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With 16 new charter schools on the horizon, Duval County’s about to get schooled in education reform. By Julie Delegal

It’s time for Jacksonville’s Civil Rights protections The new Ponte Vedra Concert Hall hopes to to be extended to gays and lesbians. p. 11 redefine coastal culture in Northeast Florida. p. 25


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21 EDITOR’S NOTE p. 4 MAIL Did Folio Weekly endorse Foursquare’s mayors? Plus inconsistent movie ratings confuse and mislead. p. 5 NEWS Legal Aid attorney Kara Roberts refuses to be laid off. p. 7 “Divorce showers” celebrate the death of “til death do us part.” p. 10 BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS The Jags’ new healthy diet, UNF’s new parking app and 11 rude questions for Gov.-elect Rick Scott. p. 7 COMMENTARY It’s time for Jacksonville’s Civil Rights protections to be extended to gays and lesbians. p. 11 SPORTS Lingerie football is a sad, sick, sexploitative pigskin pastiche. p. 12

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COVER STORY With 16 new charter schools on the horizon, Duval County’s about to get schooled in education reform. p. 15 OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 21 MOVIES Reviews of “Black Swan” and “The Little Fockers.” p. 22 MUSIC The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall hopes to redefine coastal culture in Northeast Florida. p. 25 ARTS Painter Beau Redmond’s investment in the union of opposites yields masterful works. p. 32 I ♥ TELEVISION 13 HAPPENINGS 35 DINING 36 NEWS OF THE WEIRD 42 I SAW U 43 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY 44 BACKPAGE 47

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Blowing in the Wind I

t’s been nearly four months since the city of Jacksonville released its audit of SMG, the company that manages city-owned entertainment venues like the Arena, the Prime Osborn, and the Equestrian Center. In those months, former SMG Jacksonville General Manager Bob Downey has waited for some sign that his attempt to whistleblow the company into line has had some effect. Suffice it to say he’s disappointed. Downey left SMG in February after 15 years, but not before he’d compiled enough documents to raise serious concerns about SMG’s practices. For months, Downey worked with auditors in the city’s Office of Inspector General, highlighting SMG contract violations, questionable dealmaking and unapproved travel expenses that he says cost city taxpayers millions. He also documented several near-misses that, without Downey’s direct intervention, could have

SMG made “an effort to comply” with their contract? Auditors didn’t tackle that subject, however, much less suggest that SMG repay the city for the hundreds of thousands of dollars that SMG’s noncompliance cost taxpayers. The audit similarly downplayed an “inherent conflict of interest” between SMG and its food concessionaire, Savor. Though the deal with Savor was originally pitched as a contract with an outside company — a deal that SMG promised would save the city $342,000 — it turned out that Savor was a subsidiary of SMG. And the savings? A bookkeeping fiction that relied on shifting Savor expenses over onto the SMG balance sheet. Savor actually brought in about a halfmillion less in revenues than its predecessor. It was Downey who pointed out Savor’s shell game to auditors, and it was Downey who blocked Savor from piggybacking on

The SMG audit has faded into obscurity, generating less wake than a canoe in a manatee zone. cost taxpayers at least a million more (see below). The final audit, however, offered only a lukewarm indictment of the company’s practices, and suggested SMG repay the city the considerably smaller sum of $22,000. Just how tepid is the audit? Among its main findings: “SMG’s expenditures may or may not be in accordance with the contract... The city may or may not be paying the best possible price for goods and services … the city may or may not be receiving the largest revenue stream possible …” [emphasis added]. Not only does the auditor’s eightmonth probe fail to resolve these important questions, the audit itself leads off with an unbelievably sunny assertion: that SMG and the city jointly identified health insurance savings of $230,000. These savings, the audit explains, surfaced “in an effort to comply with the contract.” Well, we certainly appreciate the effort, SMG. But that isn’t an entirely accurate representation of reality. The insurance savings were something that Downey himself identified — and fought for. As Folio Weekly reported earlier this year (http://bit. ly/et5nNh), it was Downey who inserted a provision into SMG’s 2002 contract renewal, requiring the company to seek more competitively priced insurance. It was Downey who pointed out to auditors and the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (the agency that [nominally] oversees the SMG contract) that SMG wasn’t abiding by that contract provision. And the actual savings far exceed what the audit suggests. Downey notes that auditors looked only at the health insurance savings. If they added in the savings that came from seeking more competitive liability and workers comp insurance, the total one-year savings are closer to $400,000. Which raises an obvious question: How much did the city lose during the previous nine years — before 4 | FOLIO WEEKLY | JANUARY 4-10, 2011

SMG’s balance sheet. The audit makes no mention of this, however, and makes no mention of Downey at all, a fact that allows his actions as a whistleblower to be credited to SMG corporate. For instance, it says, “During our audit, SMG requested our office look into an issue with the Arena soffits.” This was actually Downey’s request, stemming from his effort to force the Arena’s original contractor, Turner Construction, to repair a gaping hole in the building. The audit claims this effort (attributed to SMG) saved the city $133,000 ($45,000 for the bid to design the repair work, and another $88,000 for the repair work, performed under warranty, at no cost to the city). In fact, Downey saved the city far more. The $45,000 design work (which had already been bid and awarded to J.B. Coxwell Inc.) represented just 60 percent of the total design cost. And, according to a conversation that Downey says he had with a Coxwell executive, the entire repair cost was expected to reach $1 million. Given the audit’s indifferent tone, it’s no surprise that its recommendations drew little attention. A Times-Union story on its release was headlined “Audit finds no ripoffs.” It provoked even less interest from local lawmakers. Though Downey has sent email appeals to every City Councilmember, the mayor, even the State Attorney’s Office, the audit has faded into obscurity, generating less wake than a canoe in a manatee zone. And it’s left Downey more than a little chagrined. Having saved the city money, exposed bad practices and connected the dots for auditors, he admits he was waiting for some kind of response. “I thought the city might rally around me,” Downey says ruefully. “It happens in some cities, you know. Just not in Jacksonville, apparently.”  Anne Schindler themail@folioweekly.com


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I appreciate Folio Weekly writing about Rick Scott’s disaster of an education plan (Editor’s Note, Dec. 21), which boils down to welfare for the well-off. Strangely, the local media, especially the Times-Union, has been silent on the issue. So silent I can’t help but wonder if after not endorsing him, they have decided it’s better to join him. They have already joined him in

Can you imagine a group assembled to talk about medical issues that didn’t include doctors, or about legal issues that didn’t include a lawyer? Well, Rick Scott and the Times-Union can. discounting teachers’ influence on education. One thing I wish you would have also mentioned is the makeup of Scott’s 23-person education team, made up of representatives of for-profit charter schools who would directly benefit from the new education voucher program. Sadly, the one group left in the cold is teachers. The only one on Scott’s team teaches at a virtual school. So much for working together with all the partners. Disappointingly, that’s the norm when assembling groups to talk about education. The aforementioned Times-Union’s City of Hope steering committee also has no actual classroom teachers. Can you imagine a group assembled to talk about medical issues that didn’t include doctors, or about legal issues that didn’t include a lawyer? Well, Rick Scott and the Times-Union can. Chris Guerrieri, schoolteacher Jacksonville via email

I must say I was disappointed by the promotional nature of the latest th article, “I am Here” (Cover Story, ar Dec. D 21, http://bit.ly/fpCXij). I always find Owen Holmes’ writing a witty, so of course I found myself w laughing out loud quite a bit while l reading it. However, I can’t figure r out if the article was meant to be satirical, because at times the story seemed like an advertisement for Foursquare. While the story criticizes Jacksonville businesses for not using the site to make themselves more marketable, there is barely a critique of the site itself. It seems to me that Foursquare serves as yet another tracking device, as if Facebook and Twitter aren’t enough enou for us to be “connected.” Its usage adds to the long list of reasons why people spend more time looking at their phones than looking at their surroundings or connecting with the people around them. Not to mention the site inherently promotes consumerism, a quality of our culture that we are learning is costing us a great deal. As a bit of a Luddite myself, I had never heard of Foursquare until now, and frankly, I am concerned about what this and other lifeconsuming “social media” are doing to our humanity. From my point of view, it is not such a terrible thing that Jacksonville hasn’t caught on to this strange phenomenon. Sarah Humphreys St. Augustine via email

Read your editorial yesterday, and I also cannot understand how Rick Scott could get elected. Jeb Bush delivered on his promise that if Scott ran, Bush would get him elected. His election speaks very poorly about Florida voters. A lot has to do with the very large number of low-class senior citizens living in Florida. A lot also has to do with the “knee-jerk radical conservative base” that predominates Northeast Florida. Many of these individuals are employed in the “FIRE” industries, which keep demanding more de-regulation to assist them in their scams. In the 1970s, we had the junk bonds scam; in the 1980s, the savings and loan scam with friends of the Bush family, etc. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is right on the mark when he says that it will all happen again in about 10 years. Domenick A. Bottini Jacksonville via email

Rate of Change

I was thoroughly confused when I read your movie reviews for “The Tourist” and “Black Swan” in the Dec. 21-27 edition. “The Tourist” is described as “one bad trip,” an “unlikely disappointment,” a “pale imitation” of Hitchcock’s “To Catch A Thief,” and “a road leading to nowhere.” A pretty dismal review, to say the least. As for “Black Swan,” it had a very brief write-up. But what the review did get across was that it was worth seeing, describing it

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Gulf “dead zone” caused by the massive amounts of animal waste dumped every day by the Mississippi River. A month later, a U.N. report urged a global shift toward a vegan diet to reduce world hunger and climate change. In June, FDA asked factory farms to stop routine use of antibiotics that lead to drugresistant bacterial infections in humans. August witnessed the largest-ever recall of more than a half-billion eggs harboring salmonella. Finally, this month, Pres. Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to replace fatty animal products and other junk foods in school lunches and vending machines. According to the School Nutrition Association, 65 percent of U.S. schools now offer vegetarian lunch options. 2010 For a New Year’s resolution, we should all consider following suit. A great website, LiveVegan.org, offers recipes and tons of other useful info. 

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Firing Back Veggie Tales “I’ve tried vegetables I couldn’t even pronounce. Like bok choy. That’s become one of my favorites.” — Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton explains to New York Times reporter Karen Crouse that he’s eating more vegetables and less mac-n-cheese since holistic nutrition specialist and former Olympic swimmer Anita Hall Richesson began managing players’ diets. Richesson removed the cookie buffet and pizza day from the Jaguars’ cafeteria and added gluten-free pasta and a non-dairy smoothie bar, Crouse reported, in the Dec. 11 article, “The Care and (Healthy) Feeding of the Jaguars.”

Interrogative Mood Why don’t you ever blink? Are you a space alien? How much taxpayer money are you going to steal and then lie about? Why are u such a crook? How can the ‘little man’ ever get any help when you ‘big guys’ are always posing & just padding your own nest? Why are [you] trying to screw up the educational system worse than it already is??? Why are you using a Justin Beiber song in your inauguration? Why do you look exactly like Voldemort? How come a man that defrauds medical companies can be the governor of a state??? When are you going to resign? Why did you have to run for governor? — Questions that Facebook fans of First Coast News proposed the station ask Governor-elect Rick Scott during a scheduled interview.

The Big House Home improvement contractor David Vickers ripped off Jacksonville homeowners by collecting money for home improvements he either botched or never finished (Folio Weekly cover story, July 18, 2006). When his contractor’s license was revoked, he moved on to a mortgage scam, secretly giving borrowers money toward their down payments, so that they’d qualify for a loan — a federal offense. A federal jury recently found Vickers guilty of mortgage fraud. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison on one count and up to 20 years for each of another 18 counts of fraud.

Legal Aid attorney Kara Roberts refuses to be laid off

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hen attorney Kara Roberts got word in November that Jacksonville Area Legal Aid would be forced to eliminate her job, she reacted like most people who’ve been fired. She resisted the idea. But unlike most employees, Roberts wouldn’t take “go” for an answer. Instead of skulking out the door with her office knickknacks in a box, she decided to fight for her job. Last month, Roberts launched the “Save Kara Project,” an effort to raise enough money to fund her JALA salary for the upcoming year. Roberts works for a section of the local Legal Aid office called the Refugee Immigration Project, which addresses the legal needs of poor refugees. The project was founded by JALA attorney Nancy Hale, and the two lawyers handle about 850 cases a year. But as of Jan. 1, 2011, the state-funded project doesn’t have enough to pay for two salaries. When Roberts learned about the cuts, she asked Hale if she should put her efforts into finding another job or saving the one she had. Hale urged her to try to hang on. So Roberts launched “Save Kara.” Drawing on Roberts’ favorite cartoon superhero, a friend in New York designed a logo featuring her as Wonder Woman. Another friend, Jacksonville public affairs professional Ben Weaver, created a cartoon strip, and helped set up a Facebook page that accepts donations. Roberts also had a booth at the last two weekends of the Riverside Arts Market, and she plans to speak to corporations and private foundations, including the board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in January. So far, she’s raised enough money to fund her job through January. Roberts confesses she initially wasn’t comfortable taking center stage in her own workplace drama. “It sounds so selfserving,” she says. She really just wants to raise money for the Refugee Immigration Project, she says, so that it’s less dependent on government grants. But Weaver and others convinced her it had to be a personal narrative. “One thing I learned in doing fundraising for politics is that people don’t give to issues, they give to a person,” he says. “And we have these wonderful people in Jacksonville, like Kara, who give of their time and their energy, and we don’t know them and don’t know what they do.” Over the last two years, Roberts has handled hundreds of cases, for people who would have no legal representation if not for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. “The need is here,” she says. “I care about this city. I care about the people in it, and I’m not leaving.” Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Executive Director Michael Figgins thinks that

Roberts just might be able to make the effort work. “She strikes me as a woman who is determined and who really wants to be an attorney at Legal Aid,” he says. “It’s impressive, and I’m confident she just might pull it off.” The Refugee Immigration Project receives an annual grant from the state

of the shaky economy, JALA received notice that the state portion had been cut for 2011, reducing the project’s funding by some $30,000. Weaver says that the tough lesson that Roberts learned should be a lesson to other nonprofits. “Folks in the nonprofit sector and other organizations that have been grantdependent for so long need to be proactive

Roberts confesses she initially wasn’t comfortable taking center stage in her own workplace drama. “It sounds so self-serving,” she says. She really just wants to raise money for the Refugee Immigration Project. Office of Refugee Resettlement. The grant has traditionally provided 75 percent of the funding for two attorneys, a receptionist and two paralegals. Jacksonville Area Legal Aid contributes the other 25 percent. But because

with their fundraising,” he says. “People have to know who the heroes are in our community.” Mahmoud Khelah knows. A Palestinian client of Roberts’ who grew up in Saudia Arabia, Mahmoud Khelah was granted

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political asylum in the United States after his critical comments about the Saudi government prompted the detention of his parents. Although as a refugee he was able to work, he sought a green card as the first step toward U.S. citizenship. When he met Roberts, it had been nine years since he’d first applied for the green card, a process that was supposed to take 500 days at the most. Khelah was told there was a backlog, that his application was being held up by a background check or that it was delayed, for one reason after another. He inquired about hiring a private attorney, but the law firm wanted $5,000 to look at his case. Khelah was so frustrated, he almost gave up his dream of becoming a U.S. citizen, and began thinking of seeking a permanent home in Canada.

Within six months of Roberts making inquiries, though, the green card was approved. Khelah says he was driving a semi at the time and was in upstate New York in freezing weather. He says he was so happy, he got out of the truck and jumped into Lake Erie. “There is no way … that I can put into words how much Kara and the Refugee Project did for me,” Khelah says. “There’s no way I can be thankful enough or pay them back, ever.” To donate to the Save Kara Project, go to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid at jaxlegalaid.org, hit the “Contribute to JALA” button and then specify that your donation is to be used for the “Save Kara Project.”  Susan Cooper Eastman sceastman@folioweekly.com

Next Up: ShamWow! Mayor Peyton emerged as a reluctant pitchman last week, when a photo he took with a window cleaning company ended up on a full-page color ad in the Times-Union. The picture was accompanied by a testimonial from the mayor saying the company delivered “an excellent job at a reasonable price.” A spokesperson said last week that Peyton hadn’t realized his comments might be used in an ad.

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Rick Scott Appreciation Tour, Jacksonville Landing, December 29

Brickbats to U.S. Rep. John Mica for voting against legislation to pay for medical care for emergency workers sickened as a result of their work at the World Trade Center after 9/11. Mica, who represents portions of St. Johns and Flagler counties, voted against funding the health care measure. Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns, who voted on other bills that same day, chose to blow off the 9/11 vote. Republican Rep. Ander Crenshaw also did not vote. Bouquets to Arlington resident Al Maier for being more than just a good neighbor. Maier and several other people on his street helped save the lives of five people in a house fire, pounding on their door to awaken them and help them escape. Maier was awakened by a loud bang and his dogs’ barking. He and his neighbors helped keep the fire at bay until firefighters arrived. Brickbats to Congresswoman Corrine Brown for threatening to sue The Florida Times-Union over an editorial critical of her tenure. As Politico reported last week, Brown’s lawyers sent a letter threatening to sue the paper for “liable” [sic] after columnist Ron Littlepage accused her of accomplishing little during her scandal-plagued years in office. The T-U’s lawyer called Brown’s threatened suit “an affront to the First Amendment” and said the paper “will not publish any correction, apology, or retraction.”

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NewsBuzz Year To Remember Northeast Florida only got two mentions on the AP’s Weird Florida list for 2010. (Of course, it’s hard to compete with Miami residents sickened after ingesting giant African snail mucus as part of a religious ceremony.) But Mandarin resident Leendra Glené Dasher, 21, got the AP’s attention. After she reported her 15-month-old daughter missing on Oct. 5, police found the child (alive) stuffed inside a gym bag on the back seat of her car. Also, Clay County mom Rachel Stieringer was arrested after posting a picture on Facebook of her baby apparently smoking a bong.

Best of Jax Folio Weekly’s Best Athlete of 2010, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, was named a starter in the AFC Pro Bowl. He will be joined by tight end Marcedes Lewis and special teamer Montell Owens. The 2011 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 30 and televised live on FOX at 7 p.m. (ET) from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Selective Memory “The judgmentally selected samples, expanded scope, attention and repeated references made to the acts of the JAA’s prior CEO [John Clark] leave an impression that the purpose and scope of the audit extended beyond a review of accounts payable.” — Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s peevish response to a critical assessment by the City Council Auditor’s Office, accusing auditors of using its resources to target former Executive Director John Clark. The audit did criticize JAA for lax oversight of expenditures, particularly by Clark, who was reimbursed for nightclub outings, and who paid out $550,000 in severance packages for 18 employees. To read the full audit, go to http://bit.ly/gyVcw4

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n Regina Spektor’s song “Ode to Divorce,” the inconsolable narrator observes her now-exhusband kiss another woman — from the point of view of the dude’s tonsils. “You’ve eaten something minty … and you’re going in, in for the kill,” she sings over weepy, arpeggiated piano. The girl could use a divorce shower. Increasingly popular, the divorce version of a bridal shower downplays the devastation of a marital split, instead celebrating the divorcée’s newfound single status. The event requires themed plates and napkins, of course. And to

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trafficking in divorce-shower accoutrements, she’s glorifying the willful termination of sacred union. “There’s a big misconception that I’m prodivorce,” she says, adding that sometimes divorce is simply an “unavoidable” reality. “Having been there, done that, I believe you have to kiss a lot of toads before finding your prince.” In speaking with actual customers, Price often finds herself in the role of confidant, as shoppers divulge the details of their divorces. For her part, Price is happy to give the heartbroken

“There’s a big misconception that I’m pro-divorce,” says Beth Price, adding that sometimes divorce is simply an “unavoidable” reality. “You have to kiss a lot of toads before finding your prince.”

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meet these needs, Julington Creek resident Beth Price has opened the online Divorce Shower Store. Price’s outfit isn’t the only one of its kind — there are three or four similar shops based in the U.S. — but it’s probably the only one that doesn’t peddle dildos. (“I’m a PG-rated store,” Price says.) What shoppers will find at DivorceShowerStore.com are yard signs that read “Divorce Party in Progress” ($9.99), cake toppers that feature a bride holding her groom’s decapitated head ($5.99) and piñatas and voodoo dolls made in the image of exspouses ($4.99, $7.99). Price missed out on her own divorce shower after her first, five-year marriage went sideways (though she did hit the town with a few girlfriends). Over the following years, while watching friends split, she says she began to recognize the need to “put a positive twist on a negative experience” by officially commemorating marital dissolution with an all-out, go-nuts party. She began to ply wares for these occasions in May 2009, and made the shop a full-time concern last month. “Divorce is just plain-out ex-asperating,” says Price, who never misses an opportunity for a pun when talking or writing about her stock-intrade. “My goal is to put a smile on the face of everyone who’s going through the ex-perience.” 2010If divorce statistics are any indication, Price’s market is becoming less niche and more commodity. Research shows somewhere around 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce; the percentages for second and third marriages are in the 60s and 70s, respectively. Local rates are alarmingly higher — Duval’s was 73 percent in 2000, which is apparently the most recent reliable data. (This figure is sometimes blamed on a high population of transient military families. It may also have something to do with Baptists having the highest divorce rates of any Christian denomination — more likely to divorce than atheists, for that matter — according to the Christian firm Barna Research Group.) While Price believes society has become more tolerant of divorce, she still gets hate mail from people who say that by

a little advice while selling them “Best Ex Ever” T-shirts ($15.99). To her own surprise, Price has found that most of her customers are men, among whom the best-selling item is a tic-tac-toe-style drinking game that allows players to “take shots” at an ex ($7.99). In fact, the heavily male clientele has led Price to reconsider the term “divorce shower” — she now uses that only for women customers, and “divorce party” for men. On the heels of holiday stresses, Price is set to see an uptick in business, with January and February being the most divorce-heavy months, she says. Of December, she notes, “This is the calm before storm.” Ironically, Price’s second marriage, which she’s seven happy years into, damn near fell apart because of the Divorce Shower Store — or so it seemed. For two months, her husband silently observed her history of divorce-related Internet activity on the couple’s computer. She told him about her idea for the store only after he asked her if she was planning to leave him.  Owen Holmes themail@folioweekly.com

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Commentary Change of Heart

It’s high time Jacksonville’s civil rights protections are extended to gay and lesbian residents

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ayor John Peyton is scheduled to give the keynote address at the Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast on Jan. 14, and he has a great opportunity. It’s time for Mayor Peyton to call on the Jacksonville City Council to amend its civil rights ordinances to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. It would be not only a major contribution to the spirit of the Rev. King’s life, but a great gift to the city he has led for the last eight years. Civil Rights laws have provided important protections for African Americans, Hispanics, women, children, senior citizens and disabled citizens. Each year, more than 1,000 Jacksonville residents seek redress for discriminatory practices in housing, employment and public accommodation. Many have been helped by the capable and objective work of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission. But LGBT residents who also face discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations have no such protections. A fall 2008 study by Jacksonville Community Council Inc. surveyed 211 LGBT residents and reported that 62 percent of respondents experienced discrimination in

agreed that individuals should receive equal treatment at work without regard to sexual orientation. Almost three-quarters reported they would be comfortable living next door to a single lesbian woman. Sixty-three responded they had gay friends; one-third said they had gay family members. Twothirds disagreed with the statement that heterosexual people were “more moral” than homosexual people. The report concluded that, by large majorities, this cross-section of Jacksonville residents interviewed believed in equal rig hts and equal treatment in the workplace, did not object to a gay neighbor, had gay friends and saw no moral difference between gay and straight men and women. Last summer, Florida Times-Union reporter Tia Mitchell questioned incoming City Council President Jack Webb about expanding the city’s civil rights ordinances to include LGBT residents. He demurred, claiming pressing budgetary and crime issues. Since then, the pressures have eased and a new year is beginning. Still, opposition might come from councilmembers and others in the Jacksonville community who confuse LGBT civil rights with same-sex marriage. The latter

The city of Jacksonville has not been a leader in this area, but shouldn’t it at least follow suit? job interviews or their place of employment. Forty percent reported discrimination in local restaurants. Seventeen percent reported discrimination when trying to secure housing. Most believed existing laws did not protect them or their families, and the study found that “a recurrent thread of fear” is almost a daily experience for many gays and lesbians. This reality contrasts with much of the state of Florida. Equality Florida has reported substantial progress being made in LGBT civil rights. Human rights ordinances banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity now exist in Pinellas, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange and Leon counties. They also exist in the cities of Orlando, Tallahassee, Gainesville and Tampa. Jacksonville/Duval County is conspicuous by its absence, the only major metro area in the state not to have addressed this issue. The city has even been left behind when compared to the private sector. Major local corporations like Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, CSX, AT&T, SunTrust, Hyatt Hotels, BB&T, All State and Bank of America have rewritten corporate policies to protect LGBT employees. So have the Duval County Public Schools and the University of North Florida. The city of Jacksonville has not been a leader in this area, but shouldn’t it at least follow suit? Another response from the private sector came from a UNF survey of 512 Jacksonville adults (95 percent of whom claimed to be heterosexual or straight) in October 2008. Eighty-six percent of respondents “strongly”

is not at issue. While many religious folk may consider gay marriage a sin, like adultery or drinking alcoholic beverages, our laws don’t legislate lifestyles, short of murder and other violent behaviors. But they do protect an individual’s civil rights in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. The recent Congressional repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell reflects changing attitudes both in the military and across the nation toward gay Americans. National polls show the same shift. Attitudes are shifting about homosexuality, just as they did about race in the 1960s. City government then — both mayors and councils — belatedly recognized those changing racial, religious and gender values. As Jacksonville seeks to become a global player, welcoming international businesses and being open to new ideas, one initial step would be to bring our ordinances in line with those cities and counties with whom we compete. Mayor Peyton could start the ball rolling at the Martin Luther King breakfast. He has already shown enlightened leadership with programs like Jacksonville Journey and the New Town Success Zone. At the M.L. King breakfast, he could break new ground once again. What better way to start the New Year than to extend equal rights and protections to all Jacksonville citizens?  James B. Crooks

Crooks is professor emeritus at University of North Florida, author of two books about Jacksonville history and an occasional columnist for Folio Weekly.

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Scantily Bad

Lingerie football is a sad, sick, sexploitative pigskin pastiche

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oxing Day in Jacksonville was a gruesome affair. The Jaguars, who earlier in December seemed to have had the AFC South locked down, essentially sealed their fate by losing to a dysfunctional Redskins team featuring scrubs like quarterback Rex Grossman and running backs who weren’t even on the radar at the season’s start. David Garrard, whose stats were fine all year, threw a pivotal pick on the third play in overtime. Soon enough, Washington kicked a field goal — and the Jaguars to the curb, to rest beside the discarded memories of a Christmas since departed. Another year thrown away, like the tree bought in that flush of optimism after Thanksgiving. Or like the turkey carcass you and your tubby in-laws devoured. That said, there will be playoff football in Jacksonville in January. Two games of it, in fact, just like in New England. But ours won’t be of NFL caliber. Not even close. Unless the improbable happens between the time this column’s filed and the time it runs, the Jags will watch the playoffs from their couches like the rest of us. That said, we will have football here in January. Lingerie football, to be exact. At least that’s what the hucksters responsible for this exploitative and egregious pile of dreck call it. Unlike most of the local media, I have actually watched some lingerie football — and not just in the dorms freshman year of college either. I’ve seen the Lingerie Football League’s TV show once or twice, but really couldn’t get through more than a minute of it without feeling utterly sleazy. There are loads of legitimate women’s sports. And legitimate women athletes. These women? Not so much. They nominally play football — sort of like the FDA nominally protects consumers or the TSA nominally enhances airline security. But at heart, it’s a scam. Real football is not played in arenas by women in hot pants. The people responsible for this league know that, of course. They sank so low as to orchestrate an end-of-game melée a few weeks ago in a desperate bid for attention, between two teams as some meaningless game ended. And for whatever reason (read: the T&A factor), the ladies’ tussle got a modicum of mainstream publicity. As long as they’re writing about you, I reckon it’s good press. That said, are we really supposed to believe these two squads of would-be models have “legit heat”? That they’re so intent on victory, they can’t control their emotions? Or can we dispense with all pretense and just call it what it’s been called by misogynists over the years: a catfight? My problem with Lingerie Football is that it appeals to something base in the spirit. And in that context, it’s no accident that this operation decided to hold its “playoffs” in the Bold New City of the South, a place where women are routinely objectified and brutalized by men who would much rather see them as sex objects than real

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human beings. Jacksonville has more strip clubs than libraries and bookstores combined, and the former certainly keep longer hours than any place where one can enrich the mind. Coincidence? No. More like a reflection of the local spirit. As if we needed confirmation of that, given how many women any of us know who have been subject to sexual assault — or worse — from a dude or group thereof. There are those who will go see Lingerie Football. If you’re one of them, please don’t let me know. There are businesses that will sponsor this debacle. Fine; I’ll be sure to boycott them, and I hope you will, too. Those who push this downmarket crap expect that we here in Dirty Duval will turn out to see it, like it’s just another monster truck rally or Rick Scott Ice Cream Social. They didn’t bring Lingerie Football here because they respected us; they brought it here because they thought we were marks and boobs. And marks for boobs.

These women nominally play football — sort of like the FDA nominally protects consumers or the TSA nominally enhances airline security. But at heart, it’s a scam. My hope? I hope the stands are empty when Lingerie Football comes to the Veterans Memorial Arena later this month, sort of like they are at EverBank for the Jags’ second preseason game every year. But I know they won’t be. The mouth-breathers, the wouldbe date rapists, losers and lechers will be in attendance like boils on a fat man’s keister. I ask little of my readers. But here, a public plea: When this trash comes to town, stay home.  AG Gancarski themail@folioweekly.com

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ear superheroes of the world: Let’s talk “fashion,” shall we? Perhaps it hasn’t been brought to your attention, but you look like a goddamn idiot. As I see it, you have only one job: BEATING THE CRAP OUT OF CRIMINALS. However, the uniform you’ve chosen to accomplish this task seems somewhat counterintuitive. For example, would a ballerina dress like a Chuck E. Cheese mascot? No. Would a construction worker wear ass-less chaps? Again, no — unless you’re talking about my most recent New Year’s party. Bearing this in mind, why do superheroes insist on dressing like a Jazzercize video from 1982? “But … but … Spandex allows me freedom of movement,” you cry. Yes, while allowing criminals the freedom to assume they can beat the sh*t out of you. “But … but … the sight of rippling muscles is intimidating,” you counter. Perhaps it is — to those of us who aren’t laughing hysterically, or trying to get you into the sack. (By the way, I totally want to sleep with you.) So who has the most idiotic costumes? Here’s a truncated list: 1) Hawkman! You wear a goddamn papiermâché bird’s head on your face! 2) Batman! Attaching a cape to a cowl is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. All I have

Why do superheroes insist on dressing like a Jazzercize video from 1982? to do is step on your cape, and NECK SNAP! Stephen Hawking is teaching you how to use your fancy new wheelchair. 3) The Flash! Thanks for putting those little metal wings on the side of your head. NECK SNAP! Now, roll on over and join your friends Stephen Hawking and Batman. Who has the most awesomest costumes? Here’s a truncated list: 1) Hulk! Ripped purple pants are appropriate for his line of work, AKA SMASHING THINGS!! 2) Green Lantern! Yes, there’s a lot of Spandex — but what do you expect from a guy who wears a ring? 3) Wonder Woman! A three-quarters nude costume means I’m too busy to commit crimes. As for everyone else, you look like idiots — but whatevs. JUST DON’T WEAR A CAPE. And not just because of potential NECK SNAP! If you’re going to wear a cape, you may as well add an ascot and one of those stupid Sherlock Holmes hats. OH! Speaking of capes, the stupidest superhero in the world — yes, even stupider than Hawkman — appears in a n ew show this week, appropriately titled “The Cape” (NBC, Sunday, Jan. 9, 9 p.m.). It’s the story of a cop who gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit (SNORE!), and to prove his innocence, he joins some carnival folk (… what?), dons a cape and because he has absolutely zero imagination, calls himself … THE CAPE! Then he runs around town (slower

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than normal, because of, you know … THE CAPE), and uses THE CAPE to disable villains by … snapping it at them or something. Hey, don’t laugh! I’ve inflicted some serious welts on shower-mates with only a rolled-up towel! (Waitasecond. Forget Spandex! I could be the world’s first towel-clad superhero! And when I whip it off, the criminals will take one look and … NECK SNAP!)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4 8:00 CBS LIVE TO DANCE Debut! Auditions start for this new dancing contest featuring a newly employed Paula Abdul! 9:00 ABC V Season premiere! Those goddamn lizards return for another stab at enslaving the human race.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5 8:00 FOX HUMAN TARGET Check out this fun, action-packed show about a slightly sociopathic bodyguard for hire! 9:00 CBS THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS Obviously since these same “people” elected the Republicans back into office, “they” can’t be trusted.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6 8:00 ABC WIPEOUT Season premiere! It’s a “Wipeout” holiday spectacular featuring snow-inspired obstacles. (See ya in the emergency room!) 10:00 MTV JERSEY SHORE Season premiere! Snooki and the gang are back with more alcoholism-fueled pseudo-Italian shenanigans!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7 7:00 TOON YOUNG JUSTICE Robin, Kid Flash and Superboy try their best not to make fun of Aqualad … but C’MON! His name is AQUALAD!!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 9:00 BIO CELEBRITY GHOST STORIES “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider is visited by the ghost of an outhouse he blew up with a stick of dynamite tied to an arrow. 11:30 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Hosted by that guy who used to be really funny, but I always have trouble remembering his na… oh! Jim Carrey!

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 9 8:30 FOX BOB’S BURGERS Debut! A new cartoony about a dysfunctional family’s attempts to run a burger joint. 10:00 SHO SHAMELESS Debut! William H. Macy stars in this absolutely filthy comedy about a family of amoral criminals/ party animals.

MONDAY, JANUARY 10 8:00 ABC THE BACHELOR Brad escorts the girls to a Train concert. ACK!! I’ll take the STD instead, thanks!! 9:00 OXY THE BAD GIRLS CLUB Season premiere! A brand new cast of Snookis overrun a house in Hollywood.  Wm.™ Steven Humphrey steve@portlandmercury.com JANUARY 4-10, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 13


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the mustard seed cafe

Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, free-range chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups are available — all prepared with Lisa Harter’s impeccable style. Popular items are ginger chicken salad, falafel pitas, black bean burgers and Asian noodles with tuna. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat. nassauhealthfoods.net 833 T.J. Courson Road 904-277-3141

beech street grill

Located in Capt. Bell’s historic 1889 home, Beech Street has daily blackboard specials featuring regional seafood dishes.A full bar is served and an extensive, award-winning wine list is available. Reservations are recommended. Piano entertainment in the dining room is featured Thursday through Saturday evenings. Dress is resort-casual. Open for dinner nightly. Lunch Wed.-Fri. 11:00 a.m.-2p.m. Sunday Brunch 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. beechstreetgrill.com 801 Beech Street 904-277-3662

plae restaurant & lounge

Located in the Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation, PLAE serves bistro style cuisine. The full bar lounge at PLAE has become an instant classic, with artistic décor and live entertainment nightly. Open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner daily; reservations accepted. 80 Amelia Village Cir. 904-277-2132

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cafe karibo

Homemade sandwiches, salads and soups are served in a relaxed atmosphere in this charming building in the historic district. Delicious fresh fish specials and theme nights (Pad Thai and curry), plus vegetarian dishes, are also featured. Karibrew Brew Pub & Grub — the only one on the island — offers on-site beers and great burgers and sandwiches. 27 N. Third Street 904-277-5269

29 south eats

This chic, neighborhood bistro has it all — great ambience, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The eclectic menu offers traditional world cuisine with a modern whimsical twist and Chef Scotty Schwartz won Best Chef in Folio Weekly’s 2007 Best of Jax readers poll. Open for lunch Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thur., till 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Brunch is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. 29southrestaurant.com 29 S. Third Street 904-277-7919

brett’s waterway café

Overlooking Fernandina Harbor Marina, Brett’s offers an upscale atmosphere with outstanding food. The extensive luncheon and dinner menus feature daily specials, fresh Florida seafood, chicken and aged beef. Cocktails, beer and wine. Casual resort wear. Open at 11:30 a.m. daily. Fernandina Harbor Marina at the foot of Centre Street 904-261-2660

t-ray’s burger station moon river pizza

Moon River Pizza treats customers like family. Cooked in a brick oven, the pizza is custom-made by the slice (or, of course, by the pie). Set up like an Atlanta-style pizza joint, Moon River also offers an eclectic selection of wine and beers. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Dine in or take it with you. 925 S. 14th Street 904-321-3400

the surf

Enjoy a casual beach atmosphere in the full-service restaurant, bar and huge oceanview deck. Extensive menu features delicious steaks, fresh seafood and nightly specials. Also featuring salads, wraps, burgers, seafood baskets and our famous all-you-can-eat wing specials (Wed. & Sun.). Take-out available. Open at 11 a.m. daily for lunch, dinner and latenight menu. Entertainment nightly and 29 TVs throughout. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-261-5711

sliders seaside grill

Oceanfront dining at its finest! Enjoy our award-winning crab cakes, fresh daily seafood specials and homemade desserts. Sliders has Amelia Island’s only waterfront Tiki Bar, as well as a children’s playground, and live music every weekend. Open at 11 a.m. daily, with happy hour held Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. Make Sliders Seaside Grill your place to be for friends and family, entertainment and the best food on the East Coast. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-277-6652

T-Ray’s offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items. In addition to an outstanding breakfast menu, you’ll find some of the best burgers you’ve ever put in your mouth. The Burger Station offers a grilled portabello mushroom burger, grilled or fried chicken salad and much more. The spot where locals grab a bite and go! Now serving Beer & Wine. Open Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Sundays. 202 S. Eighth Street 904-261-6310

jack & diane’s

The locals’ favorite hangout! Dine inside or on the patio of this cozy, renovated 1887 shotgun home in historic downtown Fernandina. From the crab & shrimp omelet to the steak & tomato pie, “The tastiest spot on Centre” offers food with attitude and unexpected flair. Live music elevates your dining experience to a new level. Come for breakfast, stay for dinner! You’ll love every bite! 708 Centre Street 904-321-1444

kelley’s courtyard café

From She Crab Soup and salads, fried green tomatoes and a delectable selection of gourmet sandwiches and wraps, visitors to this bright café and patio are treated to a memorable meal. Signature desserts, vegetarian dishes and catering are available, too. Open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dinner 5:30-9pm. 19 S. Third Street 904-432-8213

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With 16 new charter schools on the horizon, Duval County’s about to get schooled in education reform

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he hot October sun inched up over the KIPP Impact Middle School building on North McDuff Avenue and the 200 chairs arrayed in the front parking lot. About half of the attendees sat while the rest milled about, awaiting the long-anticipated ribbon-cutting and the arrival of guest speaker U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Only not yet. Duncan was running late, pushing back the ribboncutting ceremony by almost an hour. The crowd was uncomfortably hot. But they stayed for the parade of speakers, and for the 92 blue-shirted “KIPP-sters” to take their seats onstage. Mostly, they stayed for Duncan’s big news. KIPP would receive a larger than usual grant — $500,000 — enough to buy a musical instrument for each student to play. For those in the audience, and for the handful of people who had pursued KIPP with the ardor of a suitor, that announcement was worth the wait. “A couple years ago I don’t know that Jacksonville was on our radar screen,” KIPP Foundation CEO Richard Barth told the crowd. But following his 2007 visit to Jacksonville, Barth was surprised by the intensity of his courtship from local leaders. “It felt a little bit like we were being stalked,” Barth confessed. A parade of local luminaries, including

Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Mayor John Peyton, showed up at his New York office, “and they said, ‘actually this isn’t an option. This isn’t up for discussion or dialogue. You’re coming to Jacksonville.’” The city that stalked KIPP was recently named one of the nation’s “top five cities for education reform” by the conservative Fordham Institute. The study’s authors readily concede that they relied heavily on information from individual reformers within the choice-and-competition movement. And since a willingness to embrace charter schools was a criterion for the Fordham endorsement, it’s easy to see how Jacksonville made the cut: Six new charter schools were approved this year in Duval County and another 10 applications are in the mix for the 2011-’12 school year. Although the Duval County School Board has been forced to close 10 of the 17 charter schools it had previously approved, the movement clearly has momentum. Embraced by the state’s conservative legislators, who have pushed “choice” as a mantra for reforming (and sometimes defunding) traditional public schools, the explosion of charter schools comes with a fair amount of political baggage. Jacksonville’s own “venture philanthropists” — the choice-and-competition movement’s

term for its financiers — include representatives of big business, like Acosta Inc.’s Gary Chartrand and Florida Rock’s former president John Baker (who each pledged to help raise $3.5 million to bring KIPP to Jacksonville). Chartrand has also been busy promoting the Professional Educators Network, which he pitches as a “non-political” alternative to the teachers’ union. In October, Chartrand hosted a private local screening of the movie, “Waiting for Superman,” a pro-charter documentary. And he was tapped in December to serve on governor-elect Rick Scott’s education transition team, alongside other reformminded advocates. Such connections make it difficult to tease out the effectiveness of charter schools from political intent. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately run, and given a great deal of discretion in hiring. For that reason, they are viewed by some critics as an end-run around teachers’ unions — the bane of conservative legislators. Charters also freely take aim at the hidebound public school system, promising to be more agile and responsive to students’ needs. Charter advocates claim they are a much-needed panacea to “failing” public schools, offering the promise of succeeding where traditional schools have not. The reality is somewhat less rosy. With one notable exception, JANUARY 4-10, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 15


local charter schools fall far short of being the cure-all portrayed by the well-funded choice-and-competition movement. Most have logged “C’s” and “D’s” on the FCAT-based statewide report card. One has even scored two consecutive “D’s,” landing it on the district’s list of other “failing” public schools. Charter schools don’t have a monopoly on reform, of course. Keeping in line with state and federal mandates to either improve failing schools or close them, local districts have created their own education reform, dubbed “turnaround schools.” In an effort to examine both the claims of charters and the ability of traditional schools to embrace change, Folio Weekly took a look at three reform-minded schools in Jacksonville: one “rising star” among public schools, Rutledge Pearson Elementary; the city’s premier charter school, River City Science Academy; and the local charter movement’s yet-untested crown jewel, KIPP.

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Thirty-six-year-old Tom Majdanics walks fast and speaks in paragraphs, even as he apologizes for having a cold. The executive director of Jacksonville’s new KIPP School leads a reporter past his Dartmouth pennant into a conference room, where he recites the entire history of KIPP from heart. He follows with a quick PowerPoint presentation jammed with unflattering statistics for Duval County: a 66.6 percent graduation rate, 39th or 40th out of 40 on a variety of state indicators, and correlating data showing that high school dropouts are 47 times as likely to be incarcerated as non-dropouts. The listener is now primed for the solution to the framed problem: “100 percent of KIPP eighth-grade classes outperform the [local] district in both reading and math,” Majdanics says. The key word in that statistic is eighth-grade. Diane Ravitch, who helped run the Department of Education under George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a scathing choice-and-competition critic and author, and takes KIPP to task on its choice of metrics. While KIPP touts the success of its eighth-graders, Ravitch notes there’s no mention that those figures include a 60 percent attrition rate among eighth-grade students — kids who began as fifth-graders at KIPP schools in the San Francisco area, and didn’t make it to eighth grade. Majdanics doesn’t shy away from the criticism. In a follow-up email, he cites studies finding that, “In plain English … KIPP’s attrition rates aren’t any different as a whole than the neighborhood schools in the area.” He’s aware, too, of the criticism that says charter schools cull the best students and reject those with behavioral problems, special needs or academic challenges. “We have plenty of kids with IEPs,” he says, referring to the Individual Education Plans required by law for students with special educational needs. And the admissions process when there are more applicants than spaces is managed by lottery. Once kids are signed up at KIPP, however, the school works hard to keep them. Though families may voluntarily withdraw at any time, after all the recruitment and relationshipbuilding that goes into serving families at KIPP, Majdanics says, “We’re awfully hesitant to walk down that road.” Two Jacksonville students have walked away so far. During a recent visit, it’s easy to identify one of their replacements. The newbie hasn’t earned his uniform yet — a blue, logo-emblazoned polo. His classmates help

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1 1.) Like all KIPP instructors, math teacher Shawn Jackson must commit to giving students a solid eight hours of instruction in a nine-hour school day. Unlike public schools, each KIPP charter school day includes an hour each of music and PE. 2.) Teachers at Rutledge Pearson must be flexible, willing to break down lessons to the basics in order to help patch up learning deficits. 3.) KIPP Jacksonville Executive Director Tom Majdanics (left) gives U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan a tour of the new Westside charter school.

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Local charter schools fall far short of being an education cure-all. Most have logged “C’s” and “D’s” on the FCAT-based statewide report card. One is even on the district’s list of “failing” public schools. him put together his saxophone in band class, which is taught by a teacher recruited from LaVilla Middle School of the Arts, KIPP Music Director Jim Daniel. “Feet,” Daniel says to a couple dozen fifthgrade flute and saxophone players. “Flat on the floor,” the students reply. “Eyes,” says Daniel. “Tracking the speaker,” the students shoot back. Critics say that KIPP schools are too rote, too drill-based, even “cultish.” But Daniel’s cued responses are phrases one might hear in any public middle school band class ��� if you can find one after state budget cuts. The aim, Majdanics says, is to teach successful character habits to students. And developing the skill sets needed to play a musical instrument, he says, “teaches the grit and perseverance that allows one to … ultimately earn a college diploma.”

That kind of thinking is refreshing for parents who’ve watched with dismay as elective courses have disappeared from public schools’ curriculum. But it doesn’t come cheap. KIPP offers an hour each of music and PE, every day, on top of four 90-minute core academic classes. Majdanics estimates KIPP will spend what a typical public school spends per student — about $6,800 — plus another $1,500 or so per student, which he says is roughly the cost of an after-school program like Team Up. Venture philanthropists like Baker and Chartrand, and the larger-than-usual federal implementation grant, help make up the difference between state funds and KIPP’s expenses. But those funds underwrite a much different level of instruction. Instead of six hours of instruction and three hours of less-structured Team Up enrichment, as occurs at public schools, students at KIPP are offered a solid eight hours

of teacher-led instruction in a nine-hour day. The longer day, the attention to character development, the college pennants, the inspirational quotes from Ghandi and Marianne Williamson painted on the walls, the students’ graduation date (2018) painted everywhere — these are what Majdanics calls “one-percent solutions.” “There are no 100-percent solutions,” he says, “there are 100 one-percent solutions.” But do they work? A Rutgers study of charter schools in New Jersey says no. The study’s author, Education Policy Professor Bruce Baker, concluded that charter schools do no better and no worse. “[C]harter schools, most of which serve relatively poor student populations, perform across grade levels on par with schools in the poorest districts,” Baker wrote. The study also found that charter school students perform much worse than students in suburban districts.


GAME CHANGER But even charter critics like Diane Ravitch concede that within the charter school movement, KIPP may be exceptional. KIPP boasts an eventual college placement rate of 85 percent for their eighth-graders. The numbers don’t apply to the rest of the movement, though, something Ravitch was careful to point out in comments directed at KIPP during a speech she made at Rice University, at an event sponsored in part by KIPP: “Warn President Obama and Secretary Duncan … that the wonderful results you get are unusual; they are not typical of the charter sector. You must disassociate yourself from the educational robber barons, dilettantes and incompetents who are following in your wake making false promises and delivering a lowquality education to poor and minority children.” Whether or not KIPP succeeds in Jacksonville as it has elsewhere remains to be seen. Majdanics notes that the school is only four months along in Duval County. “I suspect we’re under a pretty big magnifying glass,” he acknowledges. “It’s exciting and frankly daunting at the same time. Failure is not an option.”

“SHOW ME THE DATA.”

Rutledge Pearson Elementary School Principal Debbie Crotty leads the way into a school conference room, two walls of which are dominated by magnetic boards. Though the state FCAT has become the bane of some schools, and criticized by many as an insufficient measure of learning, at this turnaround public school, the FCAT is a guiding light. One board features students’ names, color-coded by his or her FCAT score. Crotty’s curly blonde hair bounces as she speaks; she talks energetically and passionately about her students, each of whom she knows by name and educational need. “It takes each child having his or her own prescriptive, differentiated instruction in order for that child to move,” says Crotty. She told the same thing to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, whose October visit to Pearson was partly to blame for his late arrival at KIPP. If the school’s report card is any indication, Crotty is on to something. Under her leadership, the Northwest Jacksonville school

pulled its grade up from “F” in 2006-’07 to “A” for the past two consecutive years. It has since become that increasingly rare species of public school — a once-failing institution that proved agile, responsive and ultimately successful. Says Crotty, “Everything here is research-based.” Critics of test-focused teaching aren’t satisfied with FCAT-based results. Ravitch worries, for example, that the blueprint for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind unfairly imposes draconian penalties against public “turnaround schools,” a fate that Pearson has diligently avoided, but one that has four other North Jacksonville schools on the brink of closure. Ravitch argues for removing all penalties, which she calls “cheat-worthy.” (Indeed, Atlanta’s is just the most recent school district to be caught in an apparent assessment test cheating scandal.) Even those who generally support standardsbased education, like School Board Chairman W.C. Gentry, worry that teaching to the test “dumbs down” the curriculum. But Crotty has a different take on This is a copyright protected proof © standardized testing. She welcomes the focus on objective student data, as a means for determining the best next step for her questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 010411 teachers. Any timeFor a teacher comes to Crotty with a concern, herFAX words are, “Show me IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 YOUR PROOF the data.” Together, they determine if the Produced by ks Checked by Sales Re OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION entire class needs to bePROMISE re-instructed, or if individual students need help shoring up their skills. Crotty says she hires teachers who are willing to take a critical look at how the entire elementary curriculum fits together — teachers who understand they must patch up student skill deficits in identifying sequences, for example, in order for the student to be able to read a passage for its main idea. “It was never broken down like this,” says Pearson teacher Khahala Stamper of Crotty’s approach. “Now what we know is how it all overlaps and comes together.” Stamper, who was a 28-year veteran teacher before she was recruited by Crotty to teach at Pearson, says, “I thought I knew a lot, and I did. I was flexible.” “She was not flexible,” Crotty jokingly interrupts. “I said, ‘Khahala, trust me, we’re

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reform-minded schools Folio Weekly visited, it’s an emphasis on staff recruitment and team-building. “They kind of get this [sense of] ownership,” says River City’s Science Academy Principal Dr. Dogan Tzoglu, of his charter school’s faculty. “The success is the teachers’, not ours in the administration.” River City’s middle/high school is in its fourth year of operation, and its organizers opened an elementary school in August. The charter’s high school component is younger — it offers 10th grade for the first time this year. But its middle school has already established itself as exceptional among charter schools, earning two consecutive “A’s” on the state’s FCAT-based scorecard. Tzoglu credits extended school hours and Saturday school as factors in the school’s success. His academy also offers free tutoring for each subject every day after school. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t appear correlated to teacher pay. Unlike KIPP, which pays teachers 15 to 20 percent above public school wages to compensate for the extra student-contact time, River City Science Academy actually pays its teachers $2,000 to $3,000 less, in terms of base salary, than its public school counterparts. Tzoglu says that RCSA still retains teachers because of the school’s family atmosphere and teacher autonomy within the classroom. “I love it here,” says River City Science Academy’s sixth-grade Language Arts teacher Shelia Moseley, a veteran of Maryland public schools. “[Teaching] had become more scripted there,” she says, adding that her new setting at RCSA allows her to be “more innovative.” One measure of the school’s connection with students: Moseley is able to speak to a reporter because her students were assigned to teach the lesson that day. Several students warmly greeted “Dr. T” by name as we walked the halls. The school, like KIPP, is small by design, with only 530 sixth through 10th graders. (KIPP’s middle school will ultimately have 92 students per grade.) The relaxed ambience in the hallway at River City — animated teenager conversation, lockers slamming — remained unaltered by the principal’s passage. Tzoglu, a quiet man who speaks warmly to teachers, students and visitors alike, repeatedly returns to the idea of his school as a family. “It’s not a private school, but it will remind you of a private school or a magnet school,” he says. In fact, the act of having left an unsatisfactory public school seemed to unite its students. Jessica, a 10th-grader who’s attended 10 different


GAME CHANGER public schools, says the uniform requirement is key. It has insulated her from “popular people” she says, and their “rich snobby clothes.” “Teachers are more into students here,” she adds. Danny, a 10th-grader in his second year at River City, agrees. “Teachers know what they’re doing here,” he says. Danny was repeatedly drawn into fights at his old school, something that hasn’t happened at all at RSCA. Instead, he’s joined the school’s Science Olympiad team, even though he says, “I’d never done anything like it before.” The team has not only taken first place in regional competition for two consecutive years, it’s also placed sixth in the state of Florida. Thirty-two percent of RCSA’s students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, while approximately half of all Duval County students are eligible. According to Tzoglu, the school’s proportion of special-needs students is similar to the county’s percentage. River City’s minority rate is 41 percent. By contrast, KIPP and Pearson, like most charter schools and public “turnaround” models, serve mostly impoverished students in impoverished neighborhoods, almost all of whom are members of racial minorities. This kind of socio-economic segregation runs counter to new thinking about helping disadvantaged students succeed. A recent study of schools in the well-performing district of Montgomery County, Maryland, found that “low-income students … performed better when they attended affluent elementary schools instead of ones with higher concentrations of poverty.” According to a story in The Washington Post, the study, by the Century Foundation, a progressive think tank in New York, “suggests economic integration is a powerful but neglected school-reform tool.” Jacksonville’s River City Science Academy charter school, which has mastered the state’s FCAT competition, may be evidence of that assertion. There’s proof of the flip side of that equation, as well. More than half of Duval’s high schools have landed on the county’s “intensive care

list” due to repeated “D” or “F” grades. Ten of those 11 are Title One schools, meaning a supermajority of students is eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches. Eight of those 11 schools sit north or west of the St. Johns River. In a city where racial segregation and poverty overlap with geography — north and west of the river — the pattern suggests a prime test site for the Century Foundation’s findings.

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he choice-and-competition movement commands political attention, but the history of charters — the centerpieces of that movement — is spotty. Most of the 10 that were closed by Duval County were financial failures. Operators find that they can’t pay their bills using the state’s per-pupil allotment, as was the case with an arts-themed charter school that opened and closed in the fall of 2009 after being evicted for failure to pay rent. While many charter school organizations apply for the $225,000 to $275,000 “implementation grants” to supplement the per-pupil allotment, few actually receive the grants. And there’s no evidence so far that charters manage financial resources better than public schools. They also don’t appear to outperform public schools academically, at least not yet. Of the 12 charter schools now in operation in Duval, the five that opened this school year don’t have any state accountability data available yet. (The sixth authorized charter deferred opening until next year.) Alternative charter high schools, which enroll few numbers of FCAT-eligible 10th-graders, are exempt from the FCAT grading system. The four remaining charters received grades from the state, but results are mixed at best: While River City Science Academy scored two consecutive “A’s,” Global Outreach and Wayman Academy of the Arts both weighed in with “C’s,” and School of Success Academy (SOS) scored “D’s,” earning it a spot on Duval’s list of “failing” schools. That data won’t make much difference when it comes to approving the 10 new charters in the pipeline, River City Science however. State law gives local Academy’s principal, Dr. Dogan Tzoglu, credits districts very little room extended school hours to reject a charter school and Saturday school as applicant. Despite Duval’s factors in the charter history of charter closures, school’s success. and despite a record of mediocrity among most of the surviving charters, new schools will be permitted as long as applicants meet basic application requirements. There are lessons to be learned in the success of some schools, Pearson, KIPP and River City among them. Small student populations, dynamic teachers, longer school days and individualized programs are a few characteristics they all share. The Duval County School Board may not have much choice about granting charters, but there’s no time to lose in absorbing these lessons — available to both traditional schools and charters alike. 

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Reasons to leave the house this week MUSICAL LEGALLY BLONDE

“Why did the blonde open the car door? To check the verbiage and clarity on a Writ of Habeas Corpus — duh!” The musical “Legally Blonde,” based on 2001’s hit film of the same name (itself based on Amanda Hood’s novel), tells the story of fashion plate sorority girl turned Harvard Law School student Elle Woods. In the musical version, Elle’s wacky hijinks are told with melodic hilarity in songs like “Omigod You Guys” and “Daughter of Delta Nu.” The show is staged Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $27-$63. The show is staged daily through Jan. 16. 632-3373.

JAM DONNA THE BUFFALO

Hailing from Trumansburg, N.Y. (the same small town where synthesizer guru Robert Moog spent a decade creating machines of sonic weirdness), pioneering jam band Donna the Buffalo has enjoyed a two-decade career on the jam and festival circuit, collaborating with artists as diverse as Bela Fleck, Mamadou Diabate and songwriter Jim Lauderdale, even being immortalized in the documentary, “On the Bus.” Loyal followers, known as The Herd, can catch them with The Believers on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Advance tickets are $15. 246-2473.

BITE CLUB THE CRAB CAKE FACTORY

Fearless foodies and garrulous gourmands nosh in the New Year at Folio Weekly’s Bite Club, a free tasting event hosted by resident guru-gourmet Caron Streibich. This month’s tasting is held on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at The Crab Cake Factory Seafood Bar & Grille, 1396 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. To sign up for this or future tastings, or just to learn what Bite Club is all about, check out fwbiteclub.com. 249-4776.

CULTURE FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK

The galleries and museums, cultural venues and bars and eateries of Downtown Jacksonville present First Wednesday Art Walk on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 5-9 p.m. This month’s theme: “Little Picassos,” which features culturally sound enticements like a free limo shuttle, the chance to witness a Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra rehearsal (“play ‘Free Bird’ as a fugue, man!”) and players jammin’ on five painted pianos as part of the City Keys Project. 634-0303 ext. 230.

BALLET SWAN LAKE

The ballet Swan Lake is the story of Prince Siegfried’s adventures in freeing swan maiden Odette from the spell of the evil, shape-shifting sorcerer Von Rothbart. Originally based on Russian folk tales, this four-part ballet was scored by Tchaikovsky, premiering in 1877 in Moscow. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs “Swan Lake” on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $35-$81. 632-3373. (This supernatural saga has received a 21st Century update with Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” starring Natalie Portman as a sheltered ballerina who morphs into her darker side as she struggles in a troubled production of the dance. Folio Weekly’s review of the film is on page 22.)

JUMP AROUND! GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS

The premier Chinese acrobatics company known as The Golden Dragon Acrobats prides itself on combining traditional feats of physical prowess from nearly 3,000 years ago with cutting-edge, contemporary choreography. Based in Hebei, China, the acclaimed troupe trains members from an early age; the results have dazzled audiences in more than 65 countries on five continents. The Golden Dragon Acrobats performs on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 3 p.m. at Wilson Center for the Arts, on FSCJ’s South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $34.50. 632-3373.

SURE PICK PAT CONROY

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Best-selling author Pat Conroy has navigated a rare path in contemporary American letters, finding critical and financial success while garnering a loyal audience that identifi es with his equally confessional and compassionate prose style in celebrated works like “The Great Santini,” “The Prince of Tides” and the elegiac “Beach Music.” Over the past four decades, many of Conroy’s novels have successfully translated to the big screen, including Robert Duvall’s Oscar-nominated role in “The Great Santini.” Pat Conroy reads from his latest book, “My Reading Life,” on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. in Flagler College’s Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Admission is free, but tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. 829-6481. JANUARY 4-10, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 21


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irector-writer Darren Aronofsky established a high-energy style with his first two films, “Pi” (1998) and “Requiem for a Dream” (2000). In “The Wrestler” (2008), Aronofsky abandoned his trademark moves in favor of a more straightforward storytelling style, reversing everything viewers knew about his work. “Black Swan” is the culmination of all three ventures and his best work to date, overlaying the frantic pace of “Requiem” onto the backstage grit of “The Wrestler.” Combining Aronofsky’s maturity as a filmmaker with Natalie Portman in her most physically demanding and anguished role, “Black Swan” showcases two credible talents delivering performances that eclipse the film’s minor flaws. It opens with a tense, ethereal dance within a dream, as Portman twists and turns her way in and out of the clutches of a bestial specter. This sequence is beautifully unnerving, and Aronofsky maintains this level of intensity until the film’s finale. Portman plays Nina Sayers, a ballerina pushed to perfection by her overbearing mother Erica (Barbara Hershey), who pressures her to land the role of the swan queen in Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” The problem is that dance company director Thomas (Vincent Cassel) wants a dancer who can portray both the white and black swans, a kind of evil twin. This may be easy for a normally developed young woman, but not for Nina. Her repressed life has been one of discipline and denial. Raised by a single 2010 folioweekly and (it must be said) nutty mother, Nina’s perception of men is as skewed as the rest of her worldview.

The lascivious Thomas doesn’t help. The director towers over his troupe of hopeful ballerinas, with motivations that seem as carnal as they are creative. Nina resists his advances, and though he awards her the role of swan queen, he ostentatiously praises new arrival and bad girl-understudy Lily (Mila Kunis) as she breezily performs the coveted villainous role. Quite simply, Nina cannot express onstage what she has yet to experience offstage. Her confining home life and strained relationship with a domineering mother has left her locked in a state of arrested development. Aronofsky does a tremendous job portraying the claustrophobic aura of their apartment and Nina’s shaky grasp on reality. In one scene where Nina takes Lily home after a wild all-nighter, he sets the camera on a strange focus. Bodies shuttle around corners in a playful dance, mischievous smiles are caught in reflections. The viewer is left wondering if much of the play occurs only in Nina’s fantasies. A trainer eventually warns Nina about a possible evil that could overwhelm her in performing as the black swan. As she moves closer to opening night, she begins to experience physical changes that include an odd rash and even the appearance of feathers. Though gruesome, Nina’s most intense changes are psychological. Though she attempts to lash out toward her mother, director Thomas and even the salacious Lily, Nina’s dark development ultimately isn’t enough to affect real change. In short, she never truly embraces the black swan in her personal life, the source of all of her inherent difficulty and awkwardness. And while this deficiency causes the film to stumble at times, Portman’s portrayal of Nina in glorious freefall still calls for an encore.  Joe Eknaian themail@folioweekly.com

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t astonishes me that people — many people — proudly put their names on this movie, even those who aren’t onscreen and could’ve escaped, dignity intact. Maybe they all used pseudonyms. It’s mystifying enough trying to fathom just what the hell an actor with the stature of Robert De Niro is doing in a movie that finds the height of its humor in a child’s projectile vomiting and the idea of four-hour boners. I suppose he’s stuck with

action, but never quite satisfies the job at hand. Once again Greg Focker — now a powerful hospital administrator — returns to butt heads with his psychotic father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (De Niro), over whether Greg is man enough to be an effective husband and father. This includes Jack interrogating his son-in-law about his sex life with daughter Pam (Teri Polo), deeply disturbing on many levels. It also involves letting the plot, such as it is, wander wherever it wants, as long as there’s the potential for Greg to be embarrassed and unmanned in some way. Again we must endure Owen Wilson as Kevin Rawley, the “perfect” suitor who Pam let get away, and whom Jack still wishes his precious progeny had married instead. It’s supposed to be a hilarious contrast,

“Little Fockers” is, in fact, the cinematic equivalent of a Viagra-induced four-hour boner: It looks ready for action, but never quite satisfies the job at hand. it at this point, and must make the best of it. But wouldn’t anyone who could avoid being associated with this dreck jump at the chance to abandon ship? The act of cinematic carnage that is “Little Fockers” begins with the title — the film has almost nothing to do with the children who bear that unfortunate tag — and doesn’t end till … well, it still hasn’t ended for me, as I continue to contemplate, however unwilling, a movie as baffling as it is pointless. Director Paul Weitz and screenwriters John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey have neither the courage of their juvenile gross-out convictions nor the ingenuity to figure out what might be funny to actual human adults. Instead, this comedy think tank doubles down on their bet that the sight of a child’s projectile vomiting or fourhour boner jokes will pay off big in laughs. But everyone, especially the filmgoer, loses big. Because for all the “gross out” here — such as Ben Stiller’s nurse Greg Focker bonding with drug rep Jessica Alba over an anal probe of a hapless hospital patient! — this story keeps running on jokes that somehow stop short of an actual, funny punch line. “Little Fockers” is, in fact, the cinematic equivalent of a Viagrainduced four-hour boner: It looks ready for

the one between Kevin’s obscene wealth and New Age touchy-feelyness and Greg’s … well, Greg apparently makes a pretty good living and is a sweet, gentle guy, too. Jack’s objection to Greg in the Focker Trilogy doesn’t make sense, and by this third film, we’ve grown to hate the entire gang. But I’m thinking far too much about this stupid movie, and far more than anyone involved in making it ever did. If they’d thought about it, they’d have realized that throwing in random crap is a poor way to tell a story; twisting an already flimsy plot so De Niro can have an onscreen argument with Harvey Keitel, who comes and goes with little apparent rationale as a contractor working on Greg’s new house, is simply lazy. Torturing an already bad joke so De Niro can eventually deliver the punch line “godfocker” is downright inexcusable. I’d call this a movie for those with a short attention span, but that’s giving it too much credit. It expects its audience to have no attention span at all, so we won’t notice “Fockers” is nothing more than a two-hourlong, four-letter word spelled d-u-m-b.  Mary Ann Johanson themail@folioweekly.com JANUARY 4-10, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 23


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NOW SHOWING BLACK SWAN ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Reviewed in this issue. BURLESQUE **G@ Rated PG-13 • Regal Beach This rags-to-riches musical stars Christina Aguilera as Ali Rose, a small-town gal with big dreams who winds up in Los Angeles working at a burlesque club. Co-starring Cher, Stanley Tucci and Kristen Bell. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER *G@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach This latest installment in the film adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ fantasy novels is about the voyage of Lucy and Edmund, sailing with Prince Caspian to the edge of the world on the royal ship The Dawn Treader. THE FIGHTER ***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, San Marco Theatre Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale star as brothers Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund in David O. Russell’s powerful study of family, addiction and perseverance. While Wahlberg and the supporting cast keep this riveting film on its feet, it’s Bale’s knockout turn as strung-out Eklund that leaves us wanting more. GULLIVER’S TRAVELS **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Jack Black gives it his all, but this update of Jonathan Swift’s fantasy about giants and the land of Lilliput bends to puerile humor, proving that a CGI-generated flatulence joke in 3-D is just pricier, not funnier. Co-stars Emily Blunt and Jason Segel. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART ONE **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, WGV IMAX The latest adventure in the hugely popular series finds Harry, Hermione and Ron searching for the elusive Horcruxes, pieces of the evil Voldemort’s soul that must be destroyed to defeat him. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Ralph Fiennes co-star. HOW DO YOU KNOW **@@ 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 Pro softballer Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) is in the middle of a love triangle and doesn’t know who to play ball with and who to strike out. Writer-director James L. Brooks’ romantic comedy co-stars Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson. THE KING’S SPEECH **** Rated R • AMC Orange Park, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Director Tom Hooper presents the true-life story of the friendship that developed between Britain’s King George VI (Colin Firth, about whom there is much Oscar buzz) — who lived a cloistered life due to a speech impediment — and his speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). This uplifting period piece also

Autobiography of a Yogi Bear: Yogi (voiced by Dan Aykroyd) deftly masters the art of Fire Yoga in “Yogi Bear 3-D.”

stars Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce. LITTLE FOCKERS *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 Reviewed in this issue. MEGAMIND ***G Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Clever animated spoof of heroes and villains, featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey. After maniacal Megamind (Ferrell) vanquishes arch nemesis and annoyingly heroic Metro Man (Pitt), he racks his oversized brain for new, creative capers. TANGLED **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Laraine Newman and Brad Garrett lend their voices to this animated update of the story of Princess Rapunzel and her unruly head of hair. TEES MAAR KHAN **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square Director Farah Khan’s Bollywood import, a remake of 1966’s “After the Fox,” is about a con man’s plan to dupe a village into thinking he’s making a documentary, when he’s really plotting a big train heist. THE TOURIST ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie star in this fair-to-middling rom-com/thriller centered on espionage and a case of mistaken identity in scenic Venice. TRON: LEGACY *G@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde star in this sequel to the pioneering 1982 Disney sci-fi flick that does not compute when it comes to plot or substance, but will appeal to CGI-FX fans. TRUE GRIT **** Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, 5 Points Theatre, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach The Coen Brothers’ latest film scores a bullseye as they revive this epic Western story of family justice, set in the Great Plains. Their decision to follow the storyline of Charles Portis’ novel rather

AREA THEATERS AMELIA ISLAND Carmike Amelia Island 7, 1132 S. 14th St., 261-9867 ARLINGTON & REGENCY AMC Regency 24, 9451 Regency Square Blvd., 264-3888 BAYMEADOWS & MANDARIN Regal Avenues 20, 9525 Philips Highway, 538-3889 BEACHES Regal Beach Blvd. 18, 14051 Beach Blvd., 992-4398 FIVE POINTS 5 Points Theatre, 1028 Park St., 359-0047 NORTHSIDE Hollywood River City 14, River City Marketplace, 12884 City Center Blvd., 757-9880

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ORANGE PARK AMC Orange Park 24, 1910 Wells Road, (888) AMC-4FUN Carmike Fleming Island 12, 1820 Town Center Blvd., 621-0221 SAN MARCO San Marco Theatre, 1996 San Marco Blvd., 396-4845 SOUTHSIDE Cinemark Tinseltown, 4535 Southside Blvd., 998-2122 ST. AUGUSTINE Epic Theatres, 112 Theatre Drive, 797-5757 IMAX Theater, World Golf Village, 940-IMAX Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., 829-3101

than the 1969 John Wayne film is aided and abetted with stellar performances by Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, as young Mattie Ross. UNSTOPPABLE **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues Denzel Washington and Chris Pine are two railroadin’ men who must stop a locomotive rigged with explosives. Director Tony Scott’s silly action yarn never stays on track and soon derails into action-movie cliché. YOGI BEAR 3D **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach America’s favorite lovable ursine outlaw gets the 3D and CGI treatment and this time no picnic basket is safe. When the mayor decides to shut down Jellystone Park, Yogi (Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) join forces with archnemesis Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) to keep the park open and save the day!

OTHER FILMS LAUREL & HARDY FILMS A Popeye cartoon, “Kickin’ the Conga Around,” along with L&H shorts “Early to Bed,” “Blotto” and “Helpmates” are screened at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Pablo Creek branch library, 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 246-0312. WEEKEND NATURE MOVIES “Arctic and Antarctic” screens at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Sun. in Jan. at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. 823-4500. 5 POINTS THEATRE “True Grit” is screened through Jan. 6 (check theater for times) at 5 Points Theatre, 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. 359-0047. WGV IMAX THEATER “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is screened along with “Ocean Wonderland,” “Dinosaurs Alive!,” “Dolphins and Whales” and “Sea Monsters.” World Golf Village, 1 World Golf Place, Exit 323 off I-95, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX. worldgolfimax.com POT BELLY’S CINEMA “The Tillman Story,” “Conviction,” “Red,” “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and “Nowhere Boy” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101.

NEW ON DVD & BLU-RAY TWELVE Based on Nick McDonnell’s novel, director Joel Schumacher’s film follows privileged kids from Manhattan’s Upper East Side as they navigate the dark realms of addiction, sex and violence. RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE In this popular fanboy fave, Milla Jovovich returns as Alice, a sexy gunslinger who battles zombies as she tries to topple evil Umbrella Corporation in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. HARD BOILED Director John Woo’s innovative 1992 film stars Chow Yun-Fat as gruff cop Tequila, forced to partner with rogue cop Tony (Tony Leung) to fight the Chinese mob. The closing gunfight sequence — in a maternity ward full of crying babies — raises the bar on surreal shoot-’emups. VIDEODROME “Long live the new flesh!” Released in ’82, David Cronenberg’s radical cinematic exploration of mind control, pornography, sadomasochism and obsession with TV didn’t exactly have ’em rolling in the aisles. It’s since become a darker, cerebral influence on horror and sci-fi fare. The deluxe reissue has interviews with Cronenberg, James Woods and Debbie Harry. 


We will rock you, eventually: Artists scheduled to appear at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall include (from left) Great Big Sea, Leon Redbone, The B-52s and Arturo Sandoval.

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he Ponte Vedra Concert Hall doesn’t look like much from the outside. It’s an old, white, concrete-block church with a dark brown roof. The interior isn’t much either, yet. It looks more like a community center than a concert hall. In fact, St. Johns County purchased the old church property on A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach in 2006 with plans to do just that — build a community center. The project eventually exceeded the $2 million earmarked for the conversion and the economy tanked — a double whammy. So in 2008, plans for the property were scratched; that is, until 2009, when the idea arose to transform the structure into a revenue-generating performing arts venue. Headed by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division — the same crew who runs the popular St. Augustine Amphitheatre — the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall opens next month, and has the potential to make life on the other side of the ditch considerably more culturally refined. The venue stages its first performance, by Celtic folk-rock band Great Big Sea, on Feb. 13. Canadian blues-jazz singer/guitarist Leon Redbone follows on Feb. 17, The B-52s on Feb. 20 and Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval on Feb. 25. (Other shows that are rumored, but not yet booked, include Blondie and The Neville Brothers.) The venue, which accommodates 450 seated guests or standing room for 900 (depending on the performance), will feature a concession area with a full bar and light fare. Over the next month, cosmetic improvements will be completed, including new red crushed-velvet curtains, chandeliers, a fresh coat of paint and acoustic tiles on the walls. It’s no secret that the young staff has a lot to do before the first show. “Basically, this is

just a shell,” says Ryan Murphy, Cultural Events Division assistant general manager, gesturing toward rows of black folding chairs and an empty stage. “But I’m not worried. It will all get done.” Though Murphy is optimistic about the new venue, he’s not sure all Ponte Vedra residents are. “There was this vibe — I felt it at the open house — that these young kids are going to come in and make it like a House of Blues,” he says of a

music — St. Augustine Amphitheatre, The Florida Theatre, Veterans Memorial Arena, Freebird Live and Jack Rabbits, to name a few — PVCH isn’t looking to compete, but rather fill a niche. Dan Larson, marketing and promotions manager for the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, says the staff is booking more performing and fine arts events at the concert hall. “We’ll be able to do

“I’m thrilled about it. I didn’t think anything like that would ever happen in Ponte Vedra.” community open house the staff hosted in early December. But Murphy says that booking loud, heavy-partying acts is not the goal. “We’re trying to keep it as varied as possible,” he says, noting plans to present an acoustic show with country singer Travis Tritt, the comedy improv group Upright Citizen’s Brigade, a Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra series, National Geographic speakers and a variety of children’s programming. Not everyone needs to be convinced about the value of a new performing arts venue opening in St. Johns County. Local musician Chad Jasmine (who plays solo and with his band, The Bath Party) lives in northern Ponte Vedra Beach and says he felt like the area was missing a little culture. “I’m thrilled about it. It’s totally unexpected. I didn’t think anything like that would ever happen in Ponte Vedra.” Jasmine’s first child is due in February, so he’s not sure if he’ll be able to attend the first shows, but he likes the idea that there will be more. Since Northeast Florida now has a variety of places for performing arts events and live

more blues, comedy, jazz, gospel, big band and world music,” he explains. “The concert hall is also a more accessible facility for rentals. We will be available for weddings, meetings, seminars, private parties and other events outside of entertainment that won’t work at the Amphitheatre for one reason or another.” “The biggest similarity is that we will continue to book high-quality, world-class performances at both venues. We also hope to brand the concert hall as a world-class facility, just like the Amphitheatre.” Tickets for the February shows went on sale in December; the official box office opening for PVCH is Jan. 6. Its hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Tickets for PVCH performances are available at the concert hall’s box office, at St. Augustine Amphitheatre and online at Ticketmaster. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located at 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. 471-1965.  Kara Pound themail@folioweekly.com JANUARY 4-10, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 25


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Locked and Loaded: Chip King and Lee Buford are The Body.

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Drone-metal duo “The Body” offers up audio autopsies for discerning, bleeding eardrums THE BODY with CIVILIZATION, GHOST HORSE and REMAINS Saturday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. The Lomax Lodge, 822 Lomax St., Jacksonville Admission is $5 634-8813

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hen the mighty Black Flag unfurled its second full-length album “My War” on an already testy and restless underground music scene, it was as if somebody had invited a cop to the keg party and then switched the record player from the anthemic speed of 45 rpm to a somnambulant 33 rpms. The Southern California band’s 1984 release took the frantic, accelerated sound of hardcore punk and sedated it with plodding riffage from guitarist Greg Ginn (who also doubled on the recording as bassist “Dale Nixon”), while drummer Bill Stevenson beat a battle march to which a (pre-Gap) Henry Rollins barked a hoarse litany of miseries. Songs like the nearly seven-minute sludged-out mantra of “Nothing Left Inside” were exhausting for even the most ardent and patient listener. The reaction of fans to the downshift was not completely positive, but Black Flag assured this was new metallic gospel: Slow was the new fast. “My War” was a clarion call for punker wastrels who no longer had to feel guilty for loving something as “uncool” as Black Sabbath, Dio or Iron Maiden. Eventually, bands like St. Vitus, the Melvins, Earth and Sleep answered and in many ways exceeded the Flag’s challenge to turn up, tune out and slow down. Over the past 15 years, a substrata of contemporary music that’s been called drone, doom and stoner rock has savored the freedom of its vile predecessors and drawn from influences as diverse as minimalist composers La Monte Young and Norwegian Black Metal snuggle-factories Burzum. The Body are devotees of this faith, which honors sustained feedback, sampled loops, maniacal beats, menacing vocals and digital blasphemies as a collective sacrament transmitted to an equally loyal and savvy congregation. Originally formed in 1999 in Little Rock, Ark., the duo of singer-guitarist Chip King and drumming-sampler Lee Buford has spent most of the last decade calling Providence, R.I., home. The band’s reason for paring the drone down to a two-man unit was more blue-collar than conceptual.

“We started out a lot faster, but we always tried to have a lot of volume with the amps since it was just the two of us,” explains Lee. “So we felt like we had to compensate for not having a bassist.” The band’s sound doesn’t suffer from a lack of extra players. The blissful menace of its latest release, “All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood,” comes across with a strange, rising crackle that finds as much allegiance with Brian Eno and Robert Fripp’s groundbreaking 1973 “No Pussyfooting” as it does any Teutonic metal ass-whomping. The song “A Curse” seems to construct itself out of icy, reverb loops, while “Empty Hearth” begins with what sounds like a frantic chant to some Vedic god until it’s finally consumed by screams and distorted waves. “Ruiner” opens with an array of guitar squeals that sound like a 1986 lice-picking contest between Pussy Galore and an ornerier Sun City Girls but soon decays into percussive, holler-infused raunch. This glorious din aside, does Buford ever grow tired of trying to explain the band’s sound? “It is tough,” he concedes. “A lot of metal people say the record is too ‘experimental,’ which is OK with us.” The duo worships at some unlikely altars, The Beach Boys and ELO among them, Buford says. And while the use of samples is common in most contemporary genres, they’ve been suspiciously absent in much metal or heavy rock. The Body has used them since birth. “Originally, we had more politically based samples, a lot of Black Panthers and stuff,” says Hunter. “As time went on, we got more apathetic when it came to politics and humanity in general. So now they’re more about the failure of humanity and more apocalyptic in nature.” Still, we had to wonder how two people crammed in a touring van and exposed to gnarly, daily levels of loud noise hadn’t killed each other. Is The Body’s longevity a testament to narcotic sedation, cigarettes or just loaded iPods? “We’re best friends, so we get along really well,” says Buford, admitting that good pizza joints, comic book stores and pinball machines help. And even the loudest bands need a little “me” time. “We do listen to a lot of podcasts and audio books.”  Dan Brown dbrown@folioweekly.com


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7 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. $8. 398-7496. 277-8010. THE BODY, CIVILIZATION, GHOST HORSE, REMAINS DUBWISE Drone-metal heads The Body perform at 9 p.m. on Jan. 8 at The The dub-style reggae madness occurs at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7 Lomax Lodge, 822 Lomax St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $8. 634-8813. 246-2473. CASEY JONES, COMEBACK KID GENERAL TSO’S FURY, STILL RINGS TRUE, BRIGHT & These straightedge punks perform at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9 at FRIDAY JANUARY 7 EARLY, THE PINZ, HIGH 5, INTERCEPTION, TAKE THAT Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are This night of punk rock mayhem kicks off at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7 $15. 223-9850. at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance DOOZDAY: THE FINAL DEATH with KNOCK GALLEY WEST, featuring Sarah Sanders tickets are $8. 398-7496. VIVA LA VOX, GRABBAG, SPP GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE These punks perform at Doozers Pub’s final show at 9 p.m. SATURDAY JANUARY 8 These bluegrass commandos perform at 10 p.m. on Jan. 7 and on Jan. 8 at 7636 N. Main St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 738-8922. 8 at Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, 177 Sailfish Drive E., Atlantic Beach. WATERSHIP DOWN, TAKE THAT, DEPARTURES 246-4293. The area rockers play at 6 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Brewster’s Pit, TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. These soulful blues-rockers perform at 10 p.m. on Jan. 7 at THE SKELTON BROTHERS Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Tickets are $7. This bluegrass combo performs at 8 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Euro247-6636. THURSDAY JANUARY 13 pean Street CafÊ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES, DNR, FROM THE EMBRACE, tickets are $11. 399-1740. HOLLY MADDUX, HOUNDS This night of emo and modern rock starts at 6 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are FRIDAY JANUARY 14 $10. 223-9850. THE PLATTERS, DRIFTERS, COASTERS & THE GAELIC STORM Jan. 13, Freebird Live TEMPTATIONS SALUTE AUTHORITY ZERO Jan. 13, Brewster’s Pit This soul and R&B revue featuring Myles Savage of The Platters Scholars Word LOST IN THE TREES, BUTTERFLIES Jan. 14, Underbelly is held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Old Florida Museum, 259 San WINTER JAM SPECTACULAR with NEWSBOYS, DAVID Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $40. 824-8874. SATURDAY JANUARY 15 CROWDER, KUTLASS Jan. 14, Veterans Memorial Arena ANDREW ALTMAN BIG GIGANTIC Jan. 15, Freebird Live The singer-songwriter from the band Railroad Earth performs at LITTLE FEAT Jan. 16, The Florida Theatre 8 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., FernanAGENT ORANGE Jan. 16, Brewster’s Pit dina Beach. 277-8010. IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK Jan. 16, Freebird Live JACK WILLIAMS SUNDAY JANUARY 16 BERNADETTE PETERS Jan. 19, T-U Center’s Jacoby Hall Singer-songwriter Williams performs at 8 p.m. on Jan. 8 at GALACTIC with COREY GLOVER Jan. 19, Freebird Live European Street CafÊ, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance LESS THAN JAKE, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS Jan. 20, tickets are $11. 399-1740. Freebird Live FIGHT FOR FIRST, DIRTY SHANNON, DANCELL, INSIDE THE HUMAN NATURE Jan. 20, The Florida Theatre TARGET CAR REEL BIG FISH, THE AQUABATS 21, Freebird LiveProduced by ab WEDNESDAY These punk and emo groups play at 8 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Freebird JANUARY 19 Rep rm Checked by Sales PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FORJan. ACTION HOLOPAW, WITCHES Jan. 22, CafÊ Eleven Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $8. 246-2473. KENNY LOGGINS Jan. 22, SHAWN LIGHTFOOT, CHRISTINA WAGNER, THE Thrasher-Horne Center DISAPPEARING GROUND, SNAKES & SWALLOWS featuring Corey Glover (Living Colour) DRIVE BY TRUCKERS Jan. 23, Freebird Live Local songwriter Lightfoot performs at 8 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Jack NONPOINT Jan. 23, Brewster’s Pit Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are & Corey Henrey (Rebirth Brass Band)

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Jan. 28, Club TSI TAPROOT Jan. 28, Brewster’s Pit SPIDER MONKEY, HORNIT, WELL TRAINED DOG Jan. 29, Freebird Live BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY Jan. 29, Brewster’s Pit MERLE HAGGARD Jan. 30, The Florida Theatre JOHN PIZZARELLI Feb. 3, UNF Robinson Theater YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND Feb. 3, Freebird Live GLORIOUS GUNNER CD RELEASE PARTY Feb. 5, Freebird Live ABBA: THE CONCERT Feb. 9, The Florida Theatre DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Feb. 9, Freebird Live ROYAL COMEDY TOUR with SOMMORE, BRUCE BRUCE, D.L. HUGHLEY Feb. 11, Veterans Memorial Arena FRANKIE VALLI Feb. 13, T-U Center GREAT BIG SEA Feb. 13, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall LEON REDBONE Feb. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall JOHNNY WINTER Feb. 18, Freebird Live THE B-52s Feb. 20, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall OZZY OSBOURNE, SLASH Feb. 22, Veterans Memorial Arena DAVID GARRETT Feb. 24, The Florida Theatre SALT-N-PEPA’S LEGENDS OF HIP HOP with KURTIS BLOW, WHODINI Feb. 25, Veterans “Who ya callin’ Toots, Bustah?” The jumpin’ jazz sound of Toots Memorial Arena Lorraine and The Traffic can be heard on Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. at Mojo ARTURO SANDOVAL Feb. 25, Ponte Vedra Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. The band appeared at the 2010 Concert Hall Springing the Blues Festival. Tickets are $7. 247-6636. GREAT GUITAR GATHERING Feb. 25, The Florida Theatre JOHNNY MATHIS Feb. 26, T-U Center WE CAME AS ROMANS, FOR TODAY, THE WORD ALIVE, HOT TUNA, CHARLIE MUSSLEWHITE, JIM LAUDERDALE WOE IS ME, TEXAS IN JULY Jan. 24, Freebird Live Feb. 27, The Florida Theatre NOFX, BOUNCING SOULS, COBRA SKULLS, OLD MAN OLD 97’s, THOSE DARLINS Feb. 27, Freebird Live MALARKEY Jan. 25, Mavericks Rock N’Honky Tonk AS I LAY DYING March 2, Freebird Live BARRY MANILOW Jan. 26, Veterans Memorial Arena TY SEGALL, THE COUGS, ALLIGATOR March 2, Ring of Fire YO LA TENGO Jan. 26, Freebird Live DIANA ROSS March 4, T-U Center GEORGE STRAIT, REBA McINTIRE, LEE ANN WOMACK Jan. SLIGHTLY STOOPID, FISHBONE March 5, Plush 28, Veterans Memorial Arena JOHN MELLENCAMP March 5, T-U Center FEEDING FINGERS, DAKHEAD, EARTH EMPIRE, SMILE 8 KID ROCK, JAMEY JOHNSON March 9, Veterans Memorial Arena

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G-LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE March 10, Freebird Live STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO March 11, Freebird Live THE READY SET March 12, Freebird Live REBELUTION, JUNIOR REID, GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD March 13, Plush BADFISH March 19, Freebird Live JAMES TAYLOR, BEN TAYLOR March 22, T-U Center RICHARD STOLTZMAN, DAVID STEINMEYER March 25, UNF Robinson Theater JOHN CLAYTON, JEFF CLAYTON, JEFF HAMILTON April 6, UNF Robinson Theater GOSPEL COMEDY TOUR with STEVE HARVEY, KIRK RANKLIN May 21, Veterans Memorial Arena KEITH URBAN June 17, Veterans Memorial Arena

• CLUBS • AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH BEECH STREET GRILL, 801 Beech St., 277-3662 John Springer every Fri. & Sat., every other Thur. Barry Randolph every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Spade McQuade on Jan. 6. Haysaker on Jan. 7. Andrew Altman on Jan. 8 GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend INDIGO ALLEY, 316 Centre St., 261-7222 Dan Voll & the Alley Cats from 8 p.m.-mid. every Sat. Frankie’s Jazz Jam at 7:30 p.m. every Tue. Open mic at 7 p.m. every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll from 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. The Turner London Band at 8:30 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELD’S, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Anonymous in Sheffield’s every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez every Fri. Jason Buck Smith every Sun., Pili Pili every Mon. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross from 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SEABREEZE SPORTS BAR, 2707 Sadler Rd., 277-2300 Karaoke with Daddy’O every Wed. DJ Roc at 9 p.m. every Fri., 10 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sat.

SLIDER’S SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Cason at 2 p.m. at the tiki bar every Sat. & Sun. THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Live music every night. DJ Roc at 5 p.m. every Wed.

ARLINGTON, REGENCY AJ’S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. PLUSH, RAIN, LEOPARD LOUNGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 745-1845 DJ Massive spins top 40 in Rain every Wed., DJs spin Latin every Fri.; house & techno in Z-Bar every Fri. THE SMOKIN’ BEAVER, 5863 Arlington Rd., 744-5132 Live music every Tue., Fri. & Sat.

AVONDALE, ORTEGA BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Duet every Wed. Goliath Flores and Sam Rodriguez every Thur. Bush Doctors every 1st Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins ’80s & ’90s vintage every Fri. DJ Dave Berg spins dance every Sat. DJ Alex pagan spins goth industrial & dark wave every Sun. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke with Dave Thrash every Wed. DJ 151 spins hip hop, R&B, funk, soul & old-school every Livingroom Thur. Live music every weekend. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every 1st & 4th Sat.; live music every 2nd & 3rd Sat. Patrick Evan & Co-Alition every Industry Sun. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Sat.

BAYMEADOWS THE COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Jose spins Latino & house every Thur. DJ Alen


Reed spins ’80s, old school, remixes & mashups, Capone spins top 40 & dance faves every Sat. BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt Lanham sings classical island music every Fri.-Sun. BILLY’S BOATHOUSE, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Live music every weekend THE BRASSERIE, 1312 Beach Blvd., 249-5800 Live music every Wed. & Thur. BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ Anonymous every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Live music every Wed. DJ IBay every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Sun. “Drivin’ that train, high on straightedge punk rock.” Casey Jones (pictured) and BUKKETS GRILL & BAR, 222 N. Comeback Kid perform on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Oceanfront, 246-7701 Open mic Jacksonville. Founded by members of Evergreen Terrace, Casey Jones plays its final every Tues. Live music every Thur. tour, then bows out gracefully from the punk scene. Tickets are $15. 223-9850. DJ Icon spins every Fri. & Sat. Nate Holley at 10 p.m. every Fri., Sat. & Sun. spins house, dance, trance & tribal at 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Fri. CARIBBEE KEY, 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach, 270-8940 DJ Ted Lane spins house & trance every Sat. Dan Reading on Jan. 6. Trouble Brothers on Jan. 7. Chilakaya on MY PLACE BAR-N-GRILL, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., Jan. 8. Mark O’Quinn every Wed. Live music every Fri. & Sat. 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other CASA MARINA, 691 First St. N., 270-0025 The Johnston Duo Tue. & Wed. at 6:30 p.m. every Tue. in the penthouse & at 6:30 p.m. every OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 Wed. in the courtyard DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri. CRAB CAKE FACTORY, 1396 Beach Blvd., 249-4776 Live TERA NOVA, 8206 Philips Hwy., 733-8085 DJ Jose de la Soul jazz every Wed. Live music every Fri. & Sat. spins salsa, hustle and freestyle every Latin Thur. DJs spin hip CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, hop every Fri. DJs Leland & Marc-E-Marc spin top 40 & house 249-9595 Live music every Fri. & Sat. every Evolution Sat. DJ Leland McWilliams spins for South Beach ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. Friday every 2nd Fri. Reggae Fanatic is held every 3rd Fri. 217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. EUROPEAN STREET, 992 Beach Blvd., 249-3001 Acoustic open mic with John Longbottom from 6-9 p.m. every Tue. BEACHES FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB, 333 First St. N., 242-9499 (In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) Live music every Tue.-Sun. THE FISH COMPANY, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic THE ATLANTIC, 333 N. First St., 249-3338 The Infader spins Beach, 246-0123 Lou Parisi from 6-9 p.m. every Tue. every Wed. DJ Wes Reed spins every Thur. DJ Jade spins old FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, wave & ’80s retro, SilverStar spins hip hop every Fri. DJ Wes 246-4293 Grandpa’s Cough Medicine at 10 p.m. on Jan. 7 & 8.

Nate Holley every Mon. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. King Eddie reggae every Sun. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Donna The Buffalo on Jan. 5. Dubwise on Jan. 7. Fight For First, Dirty Shannon, Dancell and Inside The Target Car on Jan. 8. Gaelic Storm on Jan. 13 HOMESTEAD RESTAURANT, 1712 Beach Blvd., 247-6820 Karaoke with Bill Bissonette at 7:30 p.m. every Tue. Open mic with Dan Coady every Wed. Live music at 6 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Live music from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. every Fri. & Sat. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music every Fri. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Nate Holley Band on Jan. 5. The Sweet Lowdown on Jan. 7 & 8. Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. The John Earle Band at 10:30 p.m. every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Video DJ and Karaoke every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Live music every weekend MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 UNF Jazz at 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford and Rick Johnston at 6 p.m. every Thur. MIMI’S SPORTS GRILLE, 1021 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 270-1030 DJ Dennis Hubbell spins & hosts Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Thur. & Fri. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Toots Lorraine & the Traffic at 10 p.m. on Jan. 7 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN & LIQUOR STORE, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Domenic Patruno at 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar spins dance music at 9 p.m. every Mon. & Fri. DJ Austin Williams spins dance & for Karaoke every Wed., Sat. & Sun. 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 Strings A’Fire flamenco guitar duo Francisco & Javier at 8 p.m. every Thur. Strings A’Fire quartet every Fri. Class Act every Sat. PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL, 333 N. First St., 208-5097 Live music at 9 p.m. every Thur. PHILLY’S FINEST, 1527 N. Third St., 241-7188 Ian & Steve (Hello Danger) every Fri. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Kurt Lanham on Jan. 5. Ron Perry Connection on

Jan. 6. Sentropolis on Jan. 7 & 8. Exit on Jan. 9. Live music on Fri. & Sat. RITZ COCKTAIL LOUNGE & PACKAGE, 139 Third Ave. N., 246-2255 DJ Jenn Azana every Wed.-Sat. DJ Ibay every Sun. STICKY FINGERS, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7427 Live music 3-7 p.m. every Sun. SUN DOG, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-8221 Buck Smith on Jan. 5. Skip Towne on Jan. 6. Cloud 9 on Jan. 7 & 8. Bread & Butter on Jan. 9. Billy Bowers on Jan. 10 THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.

DOWNTOWN CAFE 331, 331 W. Forsyth St., 354-1999 Acoustic open mic 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Tue. Live music 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Wed. & Fri. Factory Jax’s goth-industrial 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sat. Underground 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Mon. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, old school, hip hop & R&B jams every Wine Down Wed. Live music every Thur. Smooth Jazz Lunch at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. A DJ spins classic R&B, hip hop & dance every Saturdaze. Live reggae & DJs spin island music every Sun. Joel Crutchfield for open mic every Mon. Live music every Tues. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 DJ NickFresh spins every Tue. Indie Lounge. DJ SuZi-Rok spins every Thigh-High Thur. DJ Trim spins top 40, dance & rock every Fri. DJ Shanghai spins top 40, dance & rock every Sat. THE IVY ULTRA BAR, 113 E. Bay St., 356-9200 DJs 151 The Experience & C-Lo spin every Rush Hour Wed. DJ E.L. spins top 40, South Beach & dance classics every Pure Sat. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Massive spins top 40 & dance every Velvet Fri. DJ Shotgun spins top 40 & dance every BayStreet Sat. MAVERICKS ROCK N’HONKY TONK, The Jacksonville Landing, 356-1110 Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. DJ Rob ATrain spins country rock every Fri. Saddle Up every Sat. NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Sat. THE PEARL, 1101 N. Main St., 791-4499 DJs Tom P. & Ian S. spin ’80s & indie dance every Fri. DJ Ricky spins indie rock, hip hop & electro every Sat.

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POPPY LOVE SMOKE, 112 E. Adams St., 354-1988 Lil John Lumpkin, Stefano Di Bella & Lawrence Buckner every Wed. & Fri. Open mic every 2nd & 4th Sun. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Eric Carter and DJ Al Pete every Fri.

FLEMING ISLAND ALLSTARS SPORTS BAR, 2223 C.R. 220, 264-3322 DG BG Wed., Fri. & Sat. Dave Massey every Thur. & Sun. Open mic every Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins for ladies’ nite every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. ROCKIN RODZ, 2574 C.R. 220, 276-2000 David Milam from 7-10 p.m. every Thur. & Fri. Live music every Thur.-Sat. Talent Nite every Sat. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Country Nite live music on Jan. 6. Captain Hook at 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 7. Street Legal on Jan. 8. Live music every Thur. Live music on the deck at 5 p.m. every Sun. DJ BG spins every Mon.

INTRACOASTAL WEST BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 My Ransomed Soul and Threshold of Sanity at 6 p.m. on Jan. 5. Schizophonics, Bo Diggz & Sin Bizz, Jesta Red, Mizter E, Shot Heard Around The World and Razorz Edge at 6 p.m. on Jan. 7. Red Seas Under Red Skies, DNR, From The Embrace, Holly Maddux and Hounds at 6 p.m. on Jan. 8. Casey Jones & the Comeback Kid at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9. Watership Down, Take That and Departures at 6 p.m. on Jan. 10 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Throwback Tue. features ’70s, ’80s & top 40. Open mic with CBH every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal every Thur. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. Brucci’s Live with Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Mon. CHRISTOPHER SEAFOOD & COMPANY, 11892 Atlantic Blvd., 998-2242 Live jazz every Tue.

CLIFF’S BAR & GRILLE, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Blistur on Jan. 6. Spanky the Band on Jan. 7 & 8. Karaoke every Tue. DJ Kevin for ladies nite every Wed. ladies nite. Karaoke with DJ Jack at 9 p.m. every Sun. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Live music outside for Bike Night every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. YOUR PLACE BAR & GRILL, 13245 Atlantic Blvd., 221-9994 Chuck Nash every Tue. Simply Righteous every Wed.

JULINGTON, NW ST. JOHNS COUNTY HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE, 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101, 683-1964 Live music at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 Live music every Fri. & Sat.

ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. CRACKERS LOUNGE, 1282 Blanding Blvd., 272-4620 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. CRAZY HORSE, 1565 Wells Rd., 269-3969 El Pardino spins salsa, merengue, bachatta, freestyle & disco every Tropical Thur. VJ Makerz Mark spins top 40, dance, freestyle & reggaeton every Thur. in Club Energy THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Buck Smith project every Mon. DJ Waldo every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar every Wed. SENOR WINGS, 700 Blanding Blvd., 375-0746 DJ Andy spins for Karaoke every Wed. DJ Tammy spins for Karaoke every Fri. Live music every Sat. DJ spins for every Mon. S.I. nite

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AQUA GRILL, 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., 285-3017 Brian Green Duo at 3 p.m. every Sun. on the deck LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILL, 301 Roscoe Blvd. N., 285-0139 Sarah N’Vaughn’s Blues Revue with Sarah Sanders at 6 p.m. every Mon. & Fri. NINETEEN AT SAWGRASS, 110 Championship Way, 273-3235 Time2Swing at 6 p.m. every Jazz Thur. Strings of Fire from 6-9 p.m. every Sat. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Cason from 8 p.m.-mid. on Jan. 7. Billy Buchanan from 8 p.m.-mid. on Jan. 8. Live music every Thur.-Sun. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 High Tides of Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 6. Jason & Darren on Jan. 7. Darren Corlew Band on Jan. 8. Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker every Wed.

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Todd & Molly at 8 p.m. every Thur. Travis Elling at 8 p.m. every Fri. Mike Sweet and Karl with a “K” every Sat. Open Forum with Mike Sweet every Sun. HURRICANE PATTY’S, 69 Lewis Blvd., 827-1822 Those Guys every Tue. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Wed. Billy Buchanan every Thur. Dewey Via every Sun. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY’S, 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., 829-8333 Montage features electro, dance & indie every Mon. KINGFISH GRILL, 252 Yacht Club Dr., 824-2111 Live music every Fri. & Sat. KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Mike Sweet from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 825-4805 Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. LOCAL HEROES CAFE, 11 Spanish St., 825-0060 Glam punk rock dance party Radio Hot Elf with DJ Dylan Nirvana from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Fri. MARDI GRAS, 123 San Marco Ave., 540-2824 Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Punk Frock: Doozers Pub is closing its doors but leaving Sun. on a high note with Doozday: The Final Death featuring MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, Knock Galley West, Viva La Vox, Grabbag (pictured) and 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. SPP on Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. at 7636 N. Main St., Jacksonville. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Admission is $5. 738-8922. Saddler noon-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Amy Hendrickson every Sun. & Wed. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. FATKAT NIGHT CLUB, 1187 S. Edgewood Ave., 994-5201 George St., 829-2329 Will Pearsall every Mon. Vinny Jacobs Waylay plays every ladies nite Thur. Live music and DJ Lavo every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones at 9 p.m. every Wed. Colton spinning hip hop, rock, reggae, punk & breaks in front room; McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Caden spins house, techno, breaks, drum & bass at 9 p.m. THE OASIS, 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., 471-3424 Those every Flashback Fri. Guys every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chris C4Mann HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 every Mon. Karaoke with DJ Ron at 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie at O.C. WHITES, 118 Avenida Menendez, 824-0808 Mike every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic at 8 p.m. every Wed. Howard every Mon. & Tue. Rob Peck every Wed. Gary Campbell KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Dave Massey every Tue. every Fri. & Sat. Scott Sweat every Sun. Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. PANAMA HATTIE’S, 361 A1A Beach Blvd., 471-2192 Live LOMAX LODGE, 822 Lomax St., 634-8813 The Body, jazz at 5 p.m. every Thur. DJ Gibz at 10 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. Civilization, Ghost Horse and Remains on Jan. 8. DJ Dots every Live music at 10 p.m. every Sat. Kenyon Dye piano bar at 6 Tue. ladies nite. Reggae with Milan da Tin Man every Wed. DJ p.m. every Mon. Therapy every Fri. DJ Christian every Sat. DJ Spencer every RHETT’S PIANO BAR & BRASSERIE, 66 Hypolita St., Lodge Axe Sun. DJ Luminous every Mon. 825-0502 Live jazz at 7 p.m. every night METRO, 2929 Plum St., 388-8719 DJ Chadpole every College SANGRIAS PIANO BAR, 35 Hypolita St., 827-1947 Sammy Nite Fri. & every Sat. DJ Rico every 2nd & 4th Fri. Karaoke with every Tue. Acoustic Soul Searchers every Wed. Jim Asalta every KJ Rob every Sun., Mon. & Tue., 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Thur. Jazz trios every Fri. The Housecats every Sat. Sunny & the MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ, 4838 Highway Ave., Flashbacks rotate with Soulo every Sun. 389-5551 Bluegrass Nite every Fri. SANTA MARIA, 135 Avenida Menendez, 829-6578 The THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., Wobbly Toms at 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 388-7807 Pam Affronti, Graham Crainshaw, Jesse Hartman, SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Battle of Alaina Colding and Megan McCloud on Jan. 7. Nobody On Land, the Bands at 8 p.m. every Thur. DJ Echo hosts Karaoke every Vagrant Undertow, 316east and Davey Russell on Jan. 8 Mon. Amy Hendrickson and Battle of the Bands every Thur. WALKERS, 2692 Post St., 894-7465 Jax Arts Collaborative THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Live music every Tue. Patrick and Burt every Wed. DJ Jeremiah at 9 p.m. every night. Brazilian Bossa Nova with Monica da Silva & Chad every Thur. Acoustic every Thur.-Sat. Dr. Bill & His Solo Practice Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. of Music at 5 p.m. every Fri. TINI MARTINI BAR, 24 Avenida Menendez, 829-0928 Ray Callendar and Taylor Roberts on Jan. 7. Bob Fraioli and Scott Mariash on Jan. 8. Bob Fraioli every Thur. ST. AUGUSTINE TRADE WINDS LOUNGE, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Mark (In St. Augustine unless otherwise noted) Hart at 5 p.m. every Mon.-Wed., Fri. & Sat. Open mic every Thur. Nigel Pickering every Fri. Elizabeth Roth at 1 p.m. every A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 The Committee on Sat. Keith Godwin at 1 p.m., Wade at 5 p.m. every Sun. Jan. 6, 7 & 8 TWO HUNDRED LOUNGE, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 342-0378 AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Gary Live music every Thur. & Fri. DJs spin every Sat. & Sun. Wingard every Thur. WOODY’S BAR-B-Q, 135 Jenkins St., 819-8880 Stu Weaver ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Open mic with at 6 p.m. every Sat. Smokin Joe from 7-10 p.m. on Jan. 4. Live music on the 1st, ZHANRAS, 108 Anastasia Blvd., 823-3367 Billy Buchanan 3rd & last Sat. on Jan. 5. Preston Pohl on Jan. 6. Broadzilla & The Lady Killers THE BAR WITH NO NAME, 16 Castillo Dr., 826-1837 Mike on Jan. 7. Deron Baker & Soulo every Tue. DJ Cep spins ’80s & Sweet from 5:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri.; noon-4 p.m. every Sat. disco every Sun. Open mic every Sun. Vinny Jacobs open mic & Sun. every Mon. BENITO’S ITALIAN CAFE & PIZZERIA, 155 Hampton Point Dr., 230-8292 Live music every Fri. & Sat. ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke TINSELTOWN College Party Nite on Jan. 6. ’80s Night disco and videos; Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez on Jan. 7. Open Mic Night with AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Christi at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 10. Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 Ste. 201, 928-0515 W. Harvey Williams at 7 p.m. every Tue. p.m. every Thur. & Sat. DJ Royal at 8 p.m. every Wed. & Thur. Live music every Wed. & CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311 Open Thur. Latin music & DJ Benz every Fri. Live music & DJ T-Rav mic at 7 p.m. every Mon. every Sat. CELLAR 6, 6 Aviles St., 827-9055 Live music every Fri. & Sat. THE BRASS MONKEY, 9734 Deerlake Ct., 996-8277 Alex CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., Seier and Ron Rodriguez rotate every acoustic Tue. Live music 826-1594 The Committee at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7. Vinny Jacobs at every Wed. DJ Fuller spins every Thur. ladies nite. A DJ spins 2 p.m., The Committee at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 every Jazz Fri. Miley on Meth every SIN Mon. CHICAGO PIZZA & BAKERY, 107 Nature Walk Pkwy., Ste. COPELAND’S, 4310 Southside Blvd., 998-4414 Live music 101, 230-9700 Greg Flowers hosts open-mic and jazz piano every Fri. & Sat. from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Fri. THE GRAPE, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 642-7111 Live music CONCH HOUSE LOUNGE, 57 Comares Ave., 829-8646 Brad every Fri. & Sat. John Earle every Mon. DJ Mikeology spins Newman every Thur. Live music at 3 p.m. every Sat. lounge from 5-9 p.m. every Thur. CREEKSIDE DINERY, 160 Nix Boatyard Rd., 829-6113 Live ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. music on deck Wed.-Sun. 115, 854-6060 Live jazz from 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. Live CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music music at 9 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler at 3:30 p.m. every Sun. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 997-1955 Live music every Tue.-Sun. Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Parkway THE FLORIDIAN, 39 Cordova St., 829-0655 Live music every N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music at 10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. every Fri. & Sat. THE GREEN DOLPHIN STREET, 51 Charlotte St., 810-1923

SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 DJ Marvel and Blonde Ambition on Jan. 6. DJ Marvel and The Knot on Jan. 7. DJ Nova and The Knot on Jan. 8 URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Down Theory every Mon. Live music every Thur. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Peter Dearing Band every Wed. DJ Chad spins dance every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. De Lions of Jah every Sun. HoeDown Throwdown country music night every Tue.

SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 Reggae every Sun. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. Hip hop every Thur. DJ J-Money spins acid jazz, soul, R&B & house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Underground Eden; dance & top 40 every Sat. DJ Ian spins every Reggae Sun. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Tom Kimmel and Patchouli at 8 p.m. on Jan. 6. Jazz every 2nd Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band from 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz Night every Thur. DJ Stylez every 2nd Thur. Strings of Fire Band at 7:30 p.m., DJ Omar spins dance every Fri. DJs Harry, Rico & Nestor spin salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Chase Coy, Backseat Goodbye, Plug In Stereo and Hello Astronaut on Jan. 4. Sun Hotel, Caddywhompus and Finish It Off on Jan. 5. Live & Learn on Jan. 6. General Tso’s Fury, Still Rings True, Bright & Early, The Pinz, High 5 Interception and Take That on Jan. 7. Shawn Lightfoot, Christina Wagner, The Disappearing Ground and Snakes & Swallows on Jan. 8. Damn Right (ex-Basshound) and Bitch Please on Jan. 12 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Brazilian Bossa Nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 7-9:30 p.m. every Thur. RIVER CITY BREWING COMPANY, 835 Museum Cir., 398-2299 Open mic with TJ Ward every Tue. DJ G-Man at 8 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square & Band of Destiny at 8 p.m. every Mon. John Earle Band every Tue. DJs Wes Reed & Matt Caulder spin indie dance & electro every Wed. Split Tone & DJ Comic every Thur. Live music every Fri. DJ Dr. Doom spins at 10 p.m. every Mon.

SOUTHSIDE BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic from 7-11 p.m. with Chris Hall every Tue. Live music every Fri. & Sun. THE CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall at 8 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 398-1717 Jack Williams at 8 p.m. on Jan. 8. Larry Mangum’s Songwriter Circle once a month. Mardi Gras with JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars at 8 p.m. every 1st Mon.

SPRINGFIELD, NORTHSIDE BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, Oceanway, 647-7798 DJ Dave on Jan. 7 & 8. Open mic jam every Wed. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Thur. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. Live music every weekend BOSTON’S SPORTS BAR, 13070 City Station Dr., 751-7499 DJ Roc spins for Karaoke 10 p.m.-2 a.m. every Fri. DOOZERS PUB, 7636 N. Main St., 738-8922 Knock Galley West, Viva La Vox, Grabbag and SPP at 9 p.m. on Jan. 8. Live music every Fri. & Sat. FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Big Engine every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. SHANTYTOWN PUB, 22 W. Sixth St., 798-8222 Reggae with Milan da Tin Man at 10 p.m. every Tue. DJs Dots and Space Mike every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ MethaDonnie every Metal Monday SHARKY’S WINGS & GRILL, 12400 Yellow Bluff Rd., Oceanway, 714-0995 Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Wed. & Thur. DJ Slim Wicked at 9 p.m. every Fri. Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. SKYLINE SPORTSBAR & LOUNGE, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. The Fusion Band & DJ after 9 p.m. every Thur. A DJ spins every Sat. DJ Scar spins at 9 p.m. every Sun. THREE LAYERS COFFEE HOUSE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Benjamin Baker at 7 p.m. on Jan. 15. Al Poindexter at noon every Wed. Open mic with Al at 7 p.m. every Thur. 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Road, Northside, 647-8625 Open mic night at 8 p.m. every Thur. ladies’ nite. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music at 8 p.m. every Sat.  To be included in the live music listing, send all the vitals — time, date, location with street address, city, admission price and contact number — to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email events@folioweekly.com

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Painter Beau Redmond’s investment in the union of opposites yields masterful works BEAU REDMOND’S “NEW DIRECTIONS AND OLD FRIENDS” Opening reception is held Friday, Jan. 7 from 5-9 p.m. Plum Art & Design, 9 Aviles St., St. Augustine 825-0069 The show is on display through March

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t’s a late Monday morning when Beau Redmond answers the phone at his home and art studio in St. Augustine’s North City neighborhood. After talking excitedly for five minutes straight about visiting his daughters in New York City for Christmas, he stops himself. “Listen to me,” he says. “I’ve been painting since five this morning and I’m a Chatty Cathy.” At age 77, Redmond is full of energy. He’s also one of Northeast Florida’s most revered painters and something of a founding father of the Oldest City’s contemporary art scene (he helped start Butterfield Garage). But today, Redmond’s particularly excited to talk about his new body of work and first local show in more than three years. This weekend marks the opening of “New Directions and Old Friends” during First Friday Art Walk at Plum Art and Design, a new contemporary gallery on Aviles Street in downtown St. Augustine. For Redmond, who moved to town in 1995 and set up shop on Aviles Street, this is “kind of poetic to be going back to where I started.” Born and raised in New Orleans, Redmond graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., with a double major in fine art and economics. He spent the next few decades working in corporate banking, staging his art shows on the side. In 1980, with the encouragement of his three daughters, Redmond decided to abandon corporate

America and financial certainty and become a full-time painter. Most of Redmond’s work depicts street scenes, old cottages, oak trees and historic structures from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Manhattan (both are places where he lived before planting roots in Northeast Florida), New Orleans and the Lincolnville area. He uses acrylics and oils and deals in mostly muted tones of yellow, sage green, washed-out blues

“I wouldn’t have left the corporate world if I was doing this for the money. I think an artist should paint what they love to paint.” and browns. In the early years, he did a lot of plein air work (French for “in the open air”), but has since resorted to painting from sketches and photographs, which he calls “a great aid.” Some of Redmond’s most celebrated pieces are the ones in which he takes strips from publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker or The St. Augustine Record, and paints correlating scenes over the collages. Several are testaments to Redmond’s former occupation as a corporate banker (“Pediment — NYSE” and “Long View: Wall Street”), his love for Manhattan (“Lake — Central Park West,” “Father Duffy Square” and “Canal Street”) and his connection to St. Augustine (“Morning Edition”).

For the last three years, Redmond’s been working on a new body of work with the same title of his upcoming show. In early November, he exhibited the finished collection at Arts on Douglas Fine Art and Collectibles, an art house in downtown New Smyrna Beach and his principal gallery. In the show, Redmond revisits his newspaper collage pieces while adding new stylistic approaches and subject matter like the human figure. He calls it “contemporary art with historical references” and looks to fellow artists like Gerhard Richter, Sandro Botticelli and Peter Paul Rubens for inspiration. In “Take Time to Smell the Roses” (oil on canvas, 48”x48”), for instance, Redmond depicts the Bridge of Lions during early morning rush hour, with three women dressed in red, white and blue bikinis, standing with arms draped around each other. They don’t seem to belong in this street scene, and they don’t. Rather, they’re the female figures from “The Three Graces” (1636-’38), a painting by Rubens, the master Flemish painter. The piece is not as accessible as some of Redmond’s other works, like “Fence,” a procession of rickety fence slats against the ocean, or “Cherry Blossom,” showing an American Flag peeking out from behind cheerful flora. While these pieces may sell better than paintings depicting the homeless, the downtrodden or the obscure, Redmond realizes that he really doesn’t care. “I wouldn’t have left the corporate world if I was doing this for the money,” he explains. “I think an artist should paint what they love to paint. I can’t do what I think will sell.”  Kara Pound themail@folioweekly.com


THEATER SWAN LAKE The State Ballet Theatre of Russia stages this fantasy classic featuring a score by Tchaikovsky at 8 p.m. on Jan. 5 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $35-$81. 632-3373. HERNANDO’S HIDEWAY This dinner-theater mystery is staged at 6 p.m. on Jan. 6, 7 and 8 at The Brasserie, 1312 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Tickets are $40. 249-5800. A NIGHT OF WORDS: STORIES OF OVERCOMING OBSTACLES This evening of spoken word and performance kicks off at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 at New Broadway Square Café, 1049 Park St., Jacksonville. Al Letson, Bob White, Julie Watkins, Barbara Colaciello, Willie Evans Jr., Carmen Godwin and Vicky Watkins are featured. Proceeds benefit The Sanctuary on Eighth Street. Advance tickets are $12; $15 at the door. 738-8659. spreadthejamjacksonville.org BADA BING BABES BURLESQUE Club TSI presents Risqué Monday at 9 p.m. every Mon. at 333 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10; $15 for ages 18-20. 424-3531. GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS This acclaimed Chinese acrobatic troupe performs at 3 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ’s South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $34.50. 632-3373. AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ Players By The Sea presents this musical revue of Fats Waller at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7 and 8 at 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Tickets are $26. 249-0289. G.I. HOLIDAY JUKEBOX This WWII-era-themed holiday cabaret show is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, 7 and 8 and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 9 at The Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors, $20 for students and military. 825-1164. D.A. DANCE CONCERT The Dance Department of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts showcases students’ work at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 in the school’s Main Theatre, 2445 San Diego Road, Jacksonville. 346-5620. A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE The music and story of country legend Patsy Cline come to life at 8 p.m. on Jan. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, at 2 p.m. on Jan. 9 and at 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $45 and $49; $42 for matinees. 641-1212. SPOKEN WORD AND AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE RITZ The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum offers an open mic night of spoken word at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6. Local talents give it their best shot to impress the audience on Amateur Night at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7. Admission is $5.50. Both events are held at 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. 632-5555. THE LIVES & WIVES OF HENRY FLAGLER The Limelight Theatre and Raintree Restaurant present this dinner theater experience at 6 p.m. on Jan. 9 at 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $39.95. 825-1164. CHARLOTTE’S WEB Theatreworks presents E.B. White’s beloved children’s classic at 10 a.m. and noon on Jan. 11 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. 353-3500, 355-2787. LEGALLY BLONDE This musical comedy about a ditzy sorority girl turned law student is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $27-$63. The show is staged daily through Jan. 16. 632-3373.

CALLS & WORKSHOPS PLAYERS BY THE SEA AUDITIONS Players by the Sea auditions for “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” at 5 p.m. on Jan. 9 at 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Cast includes two males (ages 20-40) and five females (ages 17-50). All roles call for strong vocalists competent in all contemporary musical styles. Play features adult content. 249-0289. FUTURE OF MEDIA LECTURE New Yorker media columnist Ken Auletta discusses “Googled: The Future of Media” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. This free event requires e-tickets, available at unf.edu/lectures. 620-2125. CALL TO ARTISTS The second annual Art & About Festival offers vendor space for artists working in various media for its April 30 event held at Town Hall Park, 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park. Rental fees are $30 and $50. Entry deadline is Feb. 28. More information and rental application at artguildoforangepark.com MUCH ADO ABOUT WOMEN SEEKS ARTISTS The St. Johns Cultural Council seeks portraits and self-portraits of women in all media for the exhibit “Much Ado About Women — Portraits of Diversity” which opens March 6. Submissions and entry fees are accepted from 10-11:30 a.m. on Feb. 26 at Holiday Inn & Suites, 1302 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Entries are limited to one piece per artist. An entry fee of $10 offers financial assistance to women high school graduates seeking to further their studies in art. 471-9980. ABET ACTORS WORKSHOP Caryl Butterly teaches the basics of acting and script-reading every Sun. from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 9-Feb. 27 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. The eight-week session is $150. 2475828. Reservations are encouraged. abettheatre.com PROFESSIONAL ARTIST WORKSHOP The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the state of Florida, Division of

Cultural Affairs host a developmental workshop for Northeast Florida mid-career artists from 5:30-9 p.m. on Jan. 21, from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 23 at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave., Jacksonville. Space is limited; the application deadline is Jan. 4. 358-3600. SYMPHONY SEEKS SINGERS The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra auditions chorus vocalists at 9 a.m. on Jan. 15 at Jacksonville University’s Phillips Fine Arts Building, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Advance preparation and scheduling are required. 354-5479 ext. 221. jaxsymphonychorus.org OLDEST CITY SEEKS PLAYWRIGHTS The Veddy Theatre Group seeks original plays for the First Coast Playwright’s Festival held on Feb. 19 at Flagler College. Categories are comedy, drama, musical, children’s and historical St. Augustine and may be mailed to Veddy Theatre Group, P.O. Box 860094, St. Augustine, FL 32086. The winning playwright receives $100 and a stage reading. Deadline is Jan. 31. Applications available at veddytheatre.org. 806-2423. POSTER CONTEST The St. Augustine Airshow and Southeast Aero seek submissions for a commemorative poster for 2011 air shows. The winning poster’s creator receives a cash prize. Deadline is Feb. 1. staugustineairshow.net LIFE DRAWING SKETCH GROUP This non-instructional drawing group, which features a live model, meets from 7-10 p.m. every Mon. at St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St. Artists bring their own supplies. The fee is $10. 824-2310. staaa.org CORSE GALLERY WORKSHOPS Beginning and advanced acrylics, watercolors, oil painting and portrait painting classes are held Mon.-Sat. at Corse Gallery & Atelier, 4144 Herschel St., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 388-8205. corsegalleryatelier.com CALL TO ARTISTS The city of Atlantic Beach seeks artists working in all media for its 2011 Arts in the Park. Deadline is Jan. 28. 247-5828. coab.us/artsinthepark ADULT ART CLASSES Beginning and advanced acrylics, watercolors, photoshop, drawing, oil painting and portrait painting classes are held Mon.-Sat. at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra. Fees vary. 280-0614. ccpvb.org WEST AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE A drumming class is held at 5:30 p.m., an African dance class is held at 6:45 p.m. every Fri. at St. Johns Cultural Arts Center, 370 A1A Beach Blvd. Each class is $10. 315-1862. ARTIST PALETTE CLASSES Beginning and advanced acrylics, watercolors, drawing, oil painting and portrait painting classes are held Tue.-Sat. at Artist Palette, 3821 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 200-8937. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance including song and dance are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 322-7672. theperformersacademy.com

CLASSICAL & JAZZ JAZZ AT THE BRASSERIE Live jazz is featured at 7 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at The Brasserie, 1312 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 249-5800. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio performs at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum performs at 7 p.m. every Fri. at The Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ AT GENNARO’S Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano features live jazz at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 5472 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach. 491-1999. JAZZ AT INDIGO ALLEY Amelia Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble jams at 6:30 p.m.; Frankie’s Jazz Jam is at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 4. Guitarist Dan Voll plays from 8-11 p.m. on Jan. 8 at 316 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. 261-7222. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie features live jazz nightly at 7 p.m. at 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502. TRIPLE DOUBLE CONCERT Violinist Augustin Hadelich and cellist Alban Gerhardt join the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fabio Mechetti for a concert featuring works by Liszt, Beethoven, Strauss and Brahms at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 and at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7 and 8 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $26-$66. 354-5547. LESLIE AMPER RECITAL Acclaimed classical pianist Amper performs works by Faure, Scriabin and Brahms at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Jacksonville. 355-7584. JAZZ SAX CONCERT Contemporary jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows performs at 7 and 10 p.m. on Jan. 8 at The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. Advance tickets for each show are $21; $25 at the door. 632-5555. DOT WILDER, TAYLOR ROBERTS Vocalist Wilder and guitarist Roberts perform at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 at The Brasserie, 1312 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 249-5800. THE CLAREMONT TRIO This acclaimed classical piano trio performs at 8 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $25; $10 for students. 389-6222.

Four on the floor: The Grammy-nominated Ensõ String Quartet performs on Jan. 9 at 3 p.m. at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. Reservations suggested. 356-6857.

SORDS AND PONTREMOLI Violinist Andrew Sords and pianist Anita Pontremoli perform at 8 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25. 797-2800. CLASSICAL PIANO Pianist Michael Mastronicola performs at 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 9 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. 725-8133. STERLING BRASS CONCERT This brass quintet performs at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. 630-2665. ENSO STRING QUARTET The Grammy-nominated Ensõ String Quartet performs at 3 p.m. on Jan. 9 at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. Reservations suggested. 356-6857.

ART WALKS & FESTIVALS FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK This self-guided tour, themed “Little Picassos,” is held from 5-9 p.m. on Jan. 5 in downtown Jacksonville and spans a 15-block radius of galleries, museums, bars and eateries. 634-0303 ext. 230. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce are offered every Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. 353-1188. FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK This self-guided tour features 25 participating galleries from 5-9 p.m. on Jan. 7 in downtown St. Augustine. 829-0065. SECOND SATURDAY ARTRAGEOUS ART WALK The galleries of downtown Fernandina Beach are open from 5:30-8 p.m. on Jan. 8 for this self-guided tour. 277-0717.

MUSEUMS ADELE GRAGE CULTURAL CENTER 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828. Photographer Sharon Westbrook’s “A Different Perspective” is on display through Jan. 13. AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. The museum’s permanent collection includes artifacts from Nassau County’s Spanish Mission period. BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER 413 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657. An exhibit of new works by Lyn Nix, Gordon Russell and Bruce Ann Ferguson, “A View from the Atlantic,” is on display through March 1. Photographer John Kuss’s “The Sensuous Shell” runs through Jan. 8. The exhibit “World of Shells” runs through Jan. 8. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. Located on the campus of Flagler College, this museum displays works by students, alumni and national artists. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. The Grammy-nominated Ensõ String Quartet performs at 3 p.m. on Jan. 9. Advance tickets are $10. Reservations suggested. “The Cummer Legacy” features paintings that comprised Arthur and Ninah Cummer’s original philanthropic gifts and runs Jan. 7-May 22. The Tudor Room reopens on Jan. 7. The class “Drop In Art” allows children ages 4-10 the chance to explore the museum and create their own art every Tues. at 5 p.m.; the fee is $5. “Women of Vision: Art Beyond Sight” runs through March 6. HISTORIC SNYDER MEMORIAL 226 Laura St., Jacksonville, 634-0303. This former church features creativity stations including stained glass, pinwheels and pottery from 5-9 p.m. on Jan. 5 for First Wednesday Art Walk. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St.,

Jacksonville, 356-2992. A collection of Sigmund Freudrelated manuscripts are on display through April. The opening reception for an exhibit of the latest multimedia works by Adrian Rhodes and Yuwnus Asami is held from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 7. The exhibit runs through Feb. 24. Open Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. LIGHTNER MUSEUM 75 King St., St. Augustine, 824-2874. Art, decorative arts and large collections of everything from china to seashells are on permanent display. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Open daily. MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, 268-0784. This museum at Walter Jones Historical Park features a maple leaf exhibit and is home to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Garden. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. “First Coast Portfolio: The Works of Jacksonville Area Art Educators” is on display through Jan. 9. Family Fun Free Day is held from noon-4 p.m. every Sun. Open Tue.-Sun. mocajacksonville.org MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 396-6674. “Dinosaurs” runs through Jan. 9. “People of the St. Johns” runs through Jan. 30. The Bryan Gooding Planetarium offers daily programs including children’s features, and weekend Cosmic Concerts. Open daily. RITZ THEATRE & LAVILLA MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. Spoken Word is featured at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6. Local talents give it their best shot to impress on Amateur Night at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7. Admission is $5.50. Contemporary jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows performs at 7 and 10 p.m. on Jan. 8. Advance tickets for each show are $21; $25 at the door. “Lift Ev’ry Voice in LaVilla,” an exhibit of African-American history in Jacksonville, is on permanent display. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun. ST. PHOTIOS GREEK ORTHODOX NATIONAL SHRINE 41 St. George St., St. Augustine, 829-8205. “All Sides of the Parthenon” is displayed through June 30. XIMENEZ-FATIO HOUSE MUSEUM 20 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 829-3575. This former 18th Century boarding house offers tours as well as displays of historical artifacts.

GALLERIES 111 E. BAY STREET 111 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. F13RCE Dance Theatre presents “Student Works,” a performance of ballet and modern dance, at 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 5 during First Wednesday Art Walk. 122 OCEAN: THE OLD LIBRARY 122 N. Ocean St., Jacksonville, 396-9601. A performance of Southern Gothic Gospel, “The Utopian Agenda,” featuring Ryan Hull, Chad Kotce, Mac Skinner and Mike Maltese, is performed at 8 p.m. on Jan. 5. Visual art by MacTruque is on display. 130 KING STREET FINE ART & WORLD TREASURES 130 King St., St. Augustine, 829-8280. This gallery features works by local and national artists in mediums including photography, stained glass and jewelry. ABSOLUTE AMERICANA ART GALLERY 77 Bridge St., St. Augustine, 824-5545. The gallery displays lithographs and prints by artists like Keith Haring, Ron English and Andy Warhol. THE ADRIAN PICKETT GALLERY The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 112, Jacksonville, 962-2540. Adrian Pickett’s works in charcoal are displayed.

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AMELIA SANJON GALLERY 218-A Ash St., Fernandina Beach, 491-8040. Watercolors and acrylics by Sandra Baker-Hinton are featured. ANCHOR BOUTIQUE 210 Saint George Street, C2, St. Augustine, 808-7078. Heather Gabel’s recent work is on display through Jan. ARCHWAY GALLERY & FRAMING 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 2, Atlantic Beach, 249-2222. Susan Strock’s paintings display through Jan. THE ART CENTER COOPERATIVE GALLERY 31 W. Adams St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. This artist-run gallery features works by Mary Atwood, Solomon Dixon and Pablo Rivera. ARTIFACTORY GALLERY 1801 N. Myrtle St., Jacksonville, 632-2345. Historic Durkeeville’s gallery space doubles as a game room for chess players. ARTISTREE GALLERY 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach, 241-0426. William Meyer, Michael Baum, Matthew Winghart, Tonsenia, Rebecca Rogers, Paul Ladnier and Holly Blanton are the featured artists for Jan. ARTIST PALETTE 3821 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 200-8937. The featured artist for Jan. is Barbara Reid. AT&T TOWER LOBBY 301 W. Bay St., Jacksonville. The exhibit “Concurrency” features two separate, concurrent and juried exhibitions of works by Northeast Florida Sculptors and Women’s Center of Jacksonville and runs through Jan. 7. AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 384-8797. Works by MacTruque, Brian Gray, Ben’h Usry and Beth Haizlip are displayed through Jan. BEE GALLERY AND STUDIO The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 108, (727) 207-3013. Skateboard artist Marc Cody is featured from 5-9 p.m. on Jan. 5 during First Wednesday Art Walk. BETHEL GALLERY Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church, 4510 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, 285-7241. “Visions of Gold” is on display through Jan. 9. BIGBABYHEAD GALLERY 2730 College St., Ste. 114, Jacksonville, (323) 447-9261. This artist-run gallery features works by Brett Waller. BLU AT 5 POINTS 820 Post St., Jacksonville, 353-4411. Paintings and jewelry by Wyanne are on display through Jan. BURRO BAGS 228 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 677-2977. This gallery and boutique offers messenger bags and other apparel with original artwork by Jason Harms, Crystal Floyd, Shaun Thurston, Ian Chase, Mark George and Tom Pennington. BUTTERFIELD GARAGE ART GALLERY, BUTTERFIELD GARAGE TOO 137/137-C King St., St. Augustine, 825-4577, 829-0078. “Weatherscapes,” an exhibit of Susanna Richter-Helman’s light boxes, is on display through Jan. 31. Open daily except Tue. CORSE GALLERY & ATELIER 4144 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 388-8205. New works by Romel de la Torre are on display through Jan. DRAPER STUDIO AND GALLERY 1508 King St., Jacksonville, 655-4551. Product Oriented Works features local artists’ works. ELEMENTAL GALLERY The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 110, 307-1885. Works by Helen Cowart and Donna Grasso are on display through Jan. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. Leigh Murphy’s “At The Beach” runs through Jan. 6. GALLERY 1037 Located at Reddi-Arts, 1037 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 398-3161. Works by artists from the Jacksonville Consortium of African-American Artists are on

Party, Benefit and Jam presents the fundraiser and spoken-word concert “A Night of Words: Stories of Overcoming Obstacles” on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at New Broadway Square Café, 1049 Park St., Jacksonville. Scheduled performers include Al Letson, Bob White, Julie Watkins, Barbara Colaciello, Willie Evans Jr., Carmen Godwin and Vicky Watkins. Proceeds benefit The Sanctuary on Eighth Street. Advance tickets are $12; $15 at the door. 738-8659. spreadthejamjacksonville.org

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display through Feb. 28. GALLERY GROUP, THE ART INSTITUTE OF JACKSONVILLE 8775 Baypine Road, Jacksonville, 486-3000. This gallery features monthly openings and exhibits focusing on work by current students. GALLERY OF ART University of North Florida, Bldg. 2 Rm. 1001, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, 620-2534. Lillian GarciaRoig’s exhibit, “More Than a Brush with Nature,” runs through Jan. 23. HASKELL GALLERY JIA, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 741-3546. “Wings,” by John Westmark and Mary Williamson, runs through Jan. 13. ISLAND ARTS ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. This gallery features juried shows focusing on Nassau County artists. JANE GRAY GALLERY 2547 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 762-8826. Heather Blanton, Christie Holechek and Madeline Peck exhibit works through Jan. JAXPORT GALLERY 2831 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, 357-3000. Works by Adrian Pickett and Aiku Eccleston are on display through Jan. 31. KENT CAMPUS GALLERY Rm. E112a, FSCJ, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, 381-3674. This campus gallery work features works by students and alumni as well as national and local artists. NORTH CAMPUS GALLERY FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville, 632-3310. Allison Watson’s exhibit, “Florida Landscapes,” opens from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 11 and is on display through Feb. 8. NULLSPACE 108 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, 716-4202. The exhibit “From: Goya/ To: Gooseneck – New Works by R. Patrick Moser and Loren Myhre” runs through Jan. 14. P.A.ST.A. GALLERY 214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 824-0251. The latest works by oil painter Pat Hitchcock are on display through Jan. R. ROBERTS GALLERY 3606 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 388-1188. Works by Broche are on display through Jan. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Admin. Bldg., 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 209-0805. A mixedmedia show by Flagler College alumni, “Morning Brew,” runs through Jan. 19. Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Painter Matt Foote is the featured artist for Jan. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 100 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 553-6361. Pam Zambetti is the featured artist from 5-9 p.m. on Jan. 5 during First Wednesday Art Walk. STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA 240 A1A N., Ste. 13, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-6065. Wendy McArthur is the featured artist for Jan. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 292-9303. This studio features works by Doug Eng, Tony Wood, Paul Ladnier, Robert Leedy, Mary St. Germain, Joyce Gabiou and Terese Muller from 5-9 p.m. on Jan. 5 during First Wednesday Art Walk. TAC II 229 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. The featured artist through Jan. is Susan Sapinski. UNDERBELLY 1021 Park St., Jacksonville, 354-7002. Live music and Bingo are offered every Thur. at 9 p.m. with Infintesmal Records Night. For a complete list of galleries, log on to folioweekly.com. To list your event, send time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email dbrown@folioweekly.com. JPEGs must be at least 3’x5’, 300 dpi to be considered for publication.


EVENTS GIANTS BASKETBALL The Jacksonville Giants take on the Georgia Gwizzlies on Jan. 8 and the Orlando Kings at 5 p.m. on Jan. 9. Both games are at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., downtown. Tickets start at $4 (with a season pass). 355-6531. jacksonvillegiants.com FUTURE OF MEDIA LECTURE New Yorker media columnist Ken Auletta discusses “Googled: The Future of Media” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. This free event requires e-tickets, available at unf.edu/ lectures. 620-2125. PAT CONROY Best-selling author Conroy reads from his latest book, “My Reading Life,” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11 in Flagler College’s Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Admission is free, but tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. 829-6481. COSMIC CONCERTS Concerts include U2 at 5 p.m., Led Zeppelin at 6 p.m., Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 7 p.m. and Pink Floyd: Best of the Wall at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Each concert is $5 per person. 396-6674 ext. 240. moshplanetarium.org

COMMUNITY INTEREST STYRO DRIVE & RECYCLING This community collection drive is held from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Ponce de Leon Mall, 2121 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. Bring packaging foam, screw-on bottle caps, No. 5 plastics, aluminum cans, newspapers and magazines for recycling. 540-0514. anjrecycling.com MAGNET MANIA Duval County Public Schools present Magnet Mania & More School Choice Expo from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Place, Jacksonville. Admission is free. 359-0981. GUN, KNIFE & MILITARIA SHOW The North Florida Arms Collectors show is held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 8 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Jacksonville. Admission is $8. 461-0273.

POLITICS & ACTIVISM JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL & PUBLIC MEETINGS The Mayor’s Council on Fitness & Well-Being meets at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 in Room 851, Ed Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville; 255-7916. The Northwest Citizens Planning Advisory Committee gathers at 6 p.m. on Jan. 13 at BadhamBrooks Library Branch, 1755 Edgewood Ave. W., Jacksonville. 255-8236. LIBRARY CAPACITY PLAN FINDINGS Godfrey’s Associates presents the results of their research

from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Beaches Regional Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach, from 2:30-4 p.m. on Jan. 12 at Dallas Graham Branch Library, 2304 N. Myrtle Ave., Jacksonville, and from 7-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville. 630-2665. jaxpubliclibrary.org

KIDS CHARLOTTE’S WEB Theatreworks presents E.B. White’s beloved children’s classic at 10 a.m. and noon on Jan. 11 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. 353-3500, 355-2787. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY The Museum offers exhibits and programs for all ages at 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for military and senior citizens, $9 for children 3-12, and free for children 2 and under and members. 396-6674. themosh.org AFTER-SCHOOL CRAFTS WITH TEENS Elementary-aged children, K-fifth grade, make fun crafts with the teens of Nease High School’s Arts in Motion Club in the Small Conference Room, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. All materials are provided, no registration’s needed and it’s free. 827-6950. sjcpls.org KIDS HIP-HOP CONTEST The Greatest Rapper Alive Entrepreneur Challenge & Workshop, for ages 14-18, is held from 1:15-4:45 p.m. every Sat., starting Jan. 8 and running through Feb. 26, at City Kidz Event Center, 1303-113 N. Main St., Jacksonville. 318-8128, 598-5115.

BOOKS & WRITING JEFF KLINKENBERG Author and St. Petersburg Times reporter Klinkenberg signs copies of his book, “Seasons of Real Florida” on Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. at Palatka Golf Club, 1715 Moseley Ave., Palatka. The event is presented by the reading initiative program One Book, One Putnam. (386) 329-0126. SISTERS IN CRIME The Florida Sisters in Crime get together from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Jan. 8 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville. Author of the Luanne Fogarty series, Glynn Marsh Alam, is the featured speaker. floridasistersincrime.com

COMEDY COMEDY ZONE All Stars at 8 p.m. on Jan. 4 and 11. Frankie Paul appears on Jan. 5-8 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville. Tickets are $6-$12. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Kris Shaw and André Holloway appear on Jan. 7 and 8 at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club, 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine (U.S. 1 & S.R. 16). 461-8843. COMEDY SUNDAYS Brian Foley hosts comedy at 7 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Coffee House, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791.

UPCOMING FOLIO WEEKLY’S BITE CLUB Jan. 11, Crab Cake Factory HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS March 11, Veterans Memorial Arena DIRTY MARTINIS FOR CLEAN WATER II March 18, WJCT Studios BILL MAHER May 27, The Florida Theatre

NATURE & OUTDOORS Googled: The New Yorker media writer Ken Auletta embraces the information age in “Googled: The Future of Media” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. This free event requires e-tickets, available at unf.edu/ lectures. 620-2125.

BROWN BAG LUNCH LECTURE The GTM Research Reserve holds a brown bag lunch lecture at noon on Jan. 7 at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. George Getsinger, fisheries biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, discusses NOAA’s role in protecting fish habitats. Bring a

Smells Like Team Spirit: Fewer than six games into their inaugural season, The Jacksonville Giants already hold the record for the highest scoring game in ABA history (beating the San Francisco Rumble 182 to 124). The Giants take on the Georgia Gwizzlies on Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., downtown. Tickets start at $4 (with a season pass). The Giants take on the Orlando Kings at 5 p.m. on Jan. 9. Kids’ pre-game activities, halftime shows, shoot-out contests and a singing competition are featured. 355-6531. jacksonvillegiants.com

lunch. There is no cost to attend. 823-4500. MANATEE FORUM The Wild Amelia Nature Festival Wild Nite nature forum presents “Manatees, The Gentle Giants,” on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at Peck Recreation Center’s auditorium, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission biologist Rachel Cimino discusses the state marine mammal. Admission is free. wildamelia.com SHARK TEETH A ranger discusses the different types of shark teeth that can be found on the area’s beaches at 2 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, Ft. George Island. The program is free. 251-2320. ROWING The Jacksonville Rowing Club offers adult sweep classes in Jan.; eight sessions on Sat. and Sun. mornings. No experience or equipment is necessary. Adult memberships and youth programs are also available. 304-8500. jaxrow.org

BUSINESS RIBBON-CUTTINGS The Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach/Yulee Chamber of Commerce holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4:30-6 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery, 94 Village Circle, Amelia Island. O’Reilly Auto Parts celebrates its ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 11 at 1105 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach. The Yulee Chapter holds a breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 11 at Café at The Hamptons, 95742 Amelia Concourse, Yulee. 261-3248. info@aifby.com WORKSOURCE SERVICES Worksource Green Team offers free job-seeker services at 9 a.m. on Jan. 4 and at 9 a.m. on Jan. 11 at St. Johns River Community College, 283 College Drive, Orange Park; at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 4 and 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Webb-Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd St., Jacksonville. The group is at Highlands Library, 1825 Dunn Ave., Jacksonville at 10 a.m. on Jan. 5; at Westbrook Library, 2809 Commonwealth Ave., Jacksonville at 10 a.m. on Jan. 6; at Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd.,

Arlington at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 6; at 10 a.m. on Jan. 7 at University Park Library, 5110 W. 12th St., Jacksonville; and at noon on Jan. 7 at Middleburg Library, 2245 Aster Ave., Middleburg. Green Team is at the Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., downtown at 10 a.m. on Jan. 10, at Argyle Library, 7973 Old Middleburg Road S., Jacksonville, at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 and at New Bethel AME Church, 44133 Page St., Callahan, at 10 a.m. on Jan. 11. 994-7924. worksourcefl.com

CLASSES & GROUPS CHALLAH MAKING CLASS Learn everything you knead to know about challah — making and baking whole wheat and white challah breads — at 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Chabad @ The Beaches’ Center for Jewish Life, 521 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Admission is $10. 543-9301. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA The newly formed Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 at American Legion Hall Post 88, 3662 Spring Park Road, Jacksonville. Bring your DD 214 and/ or a current VVA membership card. Annual dues are $20. 249-0685. IMPROV COMMUNICATION CLASSES Four-week programs of Improv Communication Classes for adults are held from 7-8:30 p.m., starting on Jan. 5 (the first Wed. of the month) at The Improv Effect, 1738 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. 401-9485. jessie@improveffect.com NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org  To list an event, send time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to events@ folioweekly.com or click the link in our Happenings section at folioweekly.com.

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THE BEECH STREET GRILL Fine dining is offered in a casual atmosphere. The menu includes fresh local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes created with a variety of ethnic influences. Award-winning wine list. FB. L, Wed.-Fri.; D, nightly; Sun. brunch. 801 Beech St. 277-3662. $$$ BEEF O’BRADY’S FAMILY SPORTS PUB F Signature wings, burgers and sandwiches. BW. TO. L & D, daily. 1916 S. 14th St. 261-0555. (For more locations, visit beefobradys.com) $$ BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks the Harbor Marina. The menu includes daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS F The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ 4750 An Italian kitchen and wine bar, Café 4750’s Chef de Cuisine Garrett Gooch offers roasted sea bass, frutti di mare soup, clam linguini, pastas, panatela bruschetta, crab cake sandwich, and fresh gelatos. Dine indoors or out on the terrace. FB. B, L & D, daily. 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ EIGHT Contemporary sports lounge offers burgers, sandwiches, wings and nachos. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Fri. & Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$ ESPAÑA RESTAURANT & TAPAS Traditional Spanish and Portuguese dishes, tapas and paella are served in a cozy atmosphere. BW, CM. D nightly. 22 S. Fourth St. 261-7700. $$$ FERNANDELI F Classics with a Southern touch, like a thirdpound devil dog, Reubens and pulled pork. Sandwiches and wraps built to order from fresh cold cuts, tuna, egg and turkey salads. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 17B S. Eighth St. 261-0008. $ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO F Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza and shrimp feast. Bread is baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5 S. Second St., Historic District, 261-9400. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ F Pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a laid-back atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F Casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO Elegant island atmosphere. NY strip steak with sauces, Maine crab cakes, seafood fricassee and roast chicken penne pasta. BW. CM. D, nightly. 14 S. Second St. 321-2558. $$$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Teppanyaki masters create your meal; plus a 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.-Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE F She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE F Locally owned and operated, serving specialty coffees and fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drive-thru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE This organic eatery and juice bar has an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 T.J. Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ O’KANE’S IRISH PUB F Rustic, genuine Irish pub up front, eatery in back, featuring daily specials, fish-n-chips, and soups served in a sourdough bread bowl. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sun. 318 Centre St. 261-1000. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2128 Sadler Rd. 272-2011. $$

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PLAE In Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2010 winner. Elegant dining featuring local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ SANDOLLAR RESTAURANT & MARINA F Dine inside or on the deck. Snow crab legs, fresh fish, shellfish dishes. FB. L & D, daily. 9716 Heckscher Dr., Ft. George Island. 251-2449. $$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on large oceanview deck. Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp and nightly specials. Late-night menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite local spot; Best of Jax 2010 winner. Grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$

ARLINGTON, REGENCY

DE REAL TING CAFE See Downtown. 6850 Arlington Expwy. 446-9777. $ EAST COAST BUFFET F A 160+ item Chinese, Japanese, American and Italian buffet. Dine in, take out. FB. L & D, Mon.Sat.; Sun. brunch. 9569 Regency Sq. Blvd. N. 726-9888. $$ GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. 6132 Merrill Rd. 744-2333. $$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F Orange Tree serves hot dogs with slaw, chili cheese or sauerkraut, as well as personal size pizzas. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9501 Arlington Expwy., Regency Square. 721-3595. (For locations, visit orangetreehotdogs.com) $ PITA EXPRESS Philly, chicken fajita, falafel, chicken Caesar salad and eggplant parmigiana pitas, plus omelets and pancakes. CM. B, L & D, daily. 2754 Trollie Lane. 674-2637. $ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR F Generous portions and friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ TREY’S DELI & GRILL F Fresh food served in a relaxed atmosphere. Burgers, Trey’s Reuben, deli sandwiches, pork, steaks, seafood, pies. Prime rib specials every Fri. night. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 2044 Rogero Rd. 744-3690. $$

AVONDALE, ORTEGA

BEETHOVEN’S BAGEL BISTRO All-day breakfast menu with French toast and bagels. Lunch is deli fare, wraps, Reubens, paninis; dinner offers paella, chicken & dumplings. CM, BYOB. B, L & D, Wed.-Sat.; B & L, Sun. & Sat. 5917 Roosevelt Blvd. 771-6606. $$ BISCOTTIS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino. Revolving daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Halfportions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ THE CASBAH F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Middle Eastern cuisine is served in a friendly atmosphere. BW. L & D, daily. 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884 $$$ THE FOX RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The Fox has been a Jacksonville landmark for 50-plus years. Ian and Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, featuring homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ ORSAY Best of Jax 2010 winner. The French/American bistro focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Tues.-Sat. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ RUAN THAI The elegant Avondale restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine, including curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 3951 St. Johns Ave. 384-6665. $$$ TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$ ’town Owner Meghan Purcell and Executive Chef Scott Ostrander bring the farm-to-table concept to Northeast Florida with their new Avondale restaurant, offering American fare with an emphasis on sustainability. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3611 St. Johns Ave. 345-2596. $$


BEACHES

(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, Ipswich clams, crab cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, clam chowder. Outside deck. TO. L, Mon., Tue., Sat. & Sun. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Subs are madeto-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ ATOMIC FLYING FISH SEAFOOD TACO GRILL F Beach-casual with Cali-style fish, steak, blackened gator tacos and sides. L & D, daily. 309 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 372-0882. $$ BEACH BUDS CHICKEN F This cozy, family-owned place serves marinated fried or baked chicken: family meals (kids like Peruvian nuggets), giant tenders, in box lunches and as Mini-Me sandwiches, along with gizzards, livers, 15 sides and fried or blackened shrimp, fish, conch fritters, deviled crabs. TO. L & D, daily. 1289 Penman Road. 247-2828. $ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos,

oyster baskets and Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s Bongiorno family imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheese-steak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers and dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. bonosbarbq.com $ THE BRASSERIE & BAR This new French/European-style bistro and bar offers coq au vin, French onion soup, fritto misto, Moroccan-style lamb shank. FB. D, Tue.-Sun. 1312 Beach Blvd. 249-5800. $$$ BUDDHA’S BELLY Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 712-4444. $$ BUKKETS BAHA F Oysters, wings, shrimp and burgers served inside or in the open-air boardwalk dining area. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 222 N. Oceanfront. 246-3234. $$ BURRITO CANTINA This hole-in-the-wall serves big burritos and big beers. TO. L & D, daily. 22 Seminole Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-2000. $ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CARIBBEE KEY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AmerCaribbean cuisine includes seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Open-air deck bar upstairs; outdoor dining downstairs. FB. L & D, daily. 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach. 270-8940. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ COFFEE BISTRO F Fresh, locally roasted coffee, loose-leaf teas, baked goods, sandwiches and smoothies. BW. B & L, daily. 525 N. Third St., Ste. 105. 853-6500. $ CRAB CAKE FACTORY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Fresh local seafood and Mayport shrimp are on the award-winning menu, which also includes Chef’s crab cakes, filet Christian and grouper Imperial. There’s an AYCE buffet every Wed. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1396 Beach Blvd. 249-4776. $$$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB F Four Culhane sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, featuring Guy Fieri’s (“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”) favorite items — Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ 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. $$$$ EUROPEAN STREET See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ THE FISH COMPANY F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets, grilled tuna and an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ HALA SANDWICH SHOP & BAKERY Authentic Middle Eastern favorites include gyros, shwarma, pita bread, made fresh daily. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 1451 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 249-2212. $$ HOT DOG HUT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 Third St. S. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The fullservice restaurant offers corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips. 30+ beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MEZZA LUNA RISTORANTE F A Beaches tradition for 20+ years. Favorites are Szechuan ahi tuna, lasagna Bolognese and wood-fired pizza. Inside or patio. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MIMI’S SPORTS GRILLE East meets West: Every dish is infused with Asian style and ingredients, including lumpia, yaki tori and several kinds of sushi. FB. L & D daily. 1021 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 270-1030. $$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar atmosphere. Favorites are pulled pork, Texas brisket and slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25 years, Monkey’s has served pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NORTH BEACH BISTRO F Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco with truffled mushroom risotto; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips.

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AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned-andoperated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brickoven-baked pizza, and traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Dine-in or delivered. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ BOWL OF PHO This restaurant offers traditional Vietnamese noodle soup and authentic favorites like spring rolls, shrimp wraps and egg rolls. Big portions and a laid-back atmosphere. 9902 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-4455. $$ CHA-CHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Owner Celso Alvarado offers authentic Mexican fare with 26 combo dinners and specialty dishes including chalupas, enchiladas and burritos. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9903. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deepdish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$$ DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F The ’50s-style diner serves malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, and traditional breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-4877. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F The first four elements are earth, water, air and fire — but here they prepare authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 Baymeadows Rd. 448-0500. $$ INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Extensive menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. larryssubs.com $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE F This Lebanese restaurant offers authentic Mediterranean cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE F Traditional Indian items include tandoori specials, South Indian, Indo-Chinese, vegetarian, biryani and thali style dishes. BW. L & D. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 10. 448-5999. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE Center-cut beef, fresh seafood and sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. The signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Serving traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu in a contemporary atmosphere. B/W. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ STICKY FINGERS F See Beaches. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ TIMES GRILL F See Fleming Island. 10915 Baymeadows Rd. 674-2606. $$

Ruan Thai serves authentic Thai cuisine, including curry and pad dishes, in elegant digs on St. Johns Avenue in the Avondale area of Jacksonville. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 Best of Jax 2010 winner. A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL Serving Baja-style Mexican cuisine, featuring carne asada, tacos, burritos, fish tacos and shrimp burritos. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 333 First St. N. 208-5097. $ PARSONS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT F The family-style restaurant has an outdoor patio and an extensive menu, including the mariner’s platter and the Original Dreamboat. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 904 Sixth Ave. S. 249-0608. $$ PHILLY’S FINEST Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks are made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ PURE AROMA CAFE Homemade crepes, healthy wraps, Colombian coffees and smoothies, in a laid-back atmosphere. BW. B & L, daily. 1722 N. Third St. 372-4571. $ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Salt Life offers a wide array of specialty menu items, including the signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos and local fried shrimp, served in a casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 Third St. N. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-RIBS. $$ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, as well as fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-TACO (8226). $$ THAI ROOM RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Dine in an intimate setting as Chef Thepsouvanh prepares Thai cuisine like crispy duck or pan-seared Chilean sea bass. BW. L, Mon.-Fri. D, Mon.-Sat. 1286 S. Third St. 249-8444. $$$ TURTLE ISLAND NATURAL FOODS Entrées from tofu to tenderloin, sides and sandwiches. Full natural and organic grocery. BW. L & D, daily. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Stes. 7 & 8, Atlantic Beach. 246-2441. $$ 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. $$

DOWNTOWN

(The Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) ADAMS STREET DELI & GRILL F The lunch spot serves wraps, including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. L, Mon.-Fri. 126 W. Adams St. 475-1400. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$ CITY HALL PUB On the Trolley route. A sports bar vibe: 16 big-

screen HDTVs. Angus burgers, dogs, sandwiches & sides, AYCE wings buffet, soup-n-salad. FB. Free downtown area lunch delivery. L & D, daily. 234 Randolph Blvd. 356-6750. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ JULIETTE’S & J-BAR Serving dinner before (or dessert after) a show. Breakfast buffet. J-Bar serves bistro-inspired small plates. FB. Daily. Omni Hotel, 245 W. Water St. 355-6664. $$$ KOJA SUSHI F Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Mon.-Fri.; L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Newly relocated, and serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. BW. B & L, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $

FLEMING ISLAND

ALL STARS SPORTS BAR & GRILL F This casual sportsthemed bar and restaurant features wings, burgers and tacos, a customer favorite. CM, FB. 2223 C.R. 220. 264-3322. $ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F See Riverside. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 1915 East West Pkwy., 541-0009. $ HONEY B’S CAFE Breakfast includes omelets, pancakes, French toast. Lunch offers entrée salads, quiches and buildyour-own burgers. Peanut butter pie is a customer favorite. Tea parties are held every Sat. B & L, daily. 3535 U.S. 17, Ste. 8. 264-7325. $$ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MERCURY MOON F Appetizers, sandwiches, desserts. Daily specials. TO, FB. L & D, daily. 2015 C.R. 220. 215-8999. $$ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$ ROCKIN RODZ BAR & GRILLE This place offers fresh fare, like Stratocaster shrimp, Hot Rod gumbo and handmade gourmet Angus burgers, served in a rockin’, upscale casual atmosphere. Dine indoors or out. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2574 C.R. 220, Stes. 4-7. 276-2000. $$ TIMES GRILL F The Louisiana-based restaurant has big burgers, seafood and old-fashioned malts. Eat a 1-1/2-pound Wall of Fame burger, get your picture on the Wall of Fame. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 1811 Town Center Blvd. 592-4400. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F This renowned seafood place, family-owned since 1963, specializes in AYCE freshwater catfish. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. Come by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $

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AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Brucci’s offers authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CHRISTOPHER SEAFOOD & COMPANY Best of Jax 2010 winner. Chef Kahn Vongdara’s seafood restaurant offers fresh dishes made with recipes from the Chesapeake Bay to the bayous, prepared with quality ingredients. FB. CM. TO. Brunch, L & D, daily. 11891 Atlantic Blvd. 998-2242. $$ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily

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BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA BAKERY & PUB F Transforms from family restaurant to pub serving Chicago-style deep dish pizza. CM, FB. D, Tue.-Fri., L & D, Sat. & Sun. 107 Nature Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700. $$ HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE F Features wings, big salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Sports events on HDTVs. CM, FB. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101. 683-1964. $ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ RUSSO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Traditional Italian cuisine includes veal, eggplant, seafood, steak. CM. D, Tue.-Sun. 2750 Race Track Rd., Ste. 106, Plantation Plaza. 287-4111. $$

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AL’S PIZZA Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F This seafood place features an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, chicken wings and pasta. Favorites include ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas and kabobs. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side item. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, King, Snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New Yorkstyle pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd. 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd. 880-0020. $ CASA MARIA F See Springfield. L & D, daily. 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. 619-8186. $$ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$

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DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet served daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2010 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT The fusion-style sushi restaurant offers oyster shooters, kobe beef shabu-shabu, Chilean sea bass and filet mignon. BW & sake. L & D, daily. 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8. 288-7999. $$ LET’S NOSH F The authentic Jewish deli offers a full breakfast, lunch, brunch and full-service deli counter. Real New York water bagels, bread baked on site and desserts. CM. B & L, daily. 9850 San Jose Blvd. 683-8346. $ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE A laid-back atmosphere with 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a fullservice and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Madeto-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$

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GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sports-themed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine and stuffed grouper are featured. Chef Nick’s salmon is a customer favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS This Italian restaurant’s specialty is the 24-slice pizza: 18”x26” of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches, popular lunches. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty selections with authentic Thai flavors. BW. L, Mon.Fri.; D, nightly. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$

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AL’S PIZZA F Homemade breads, pizza, white pizza, calzones and Italian entrees. Voted Best Pizza in Jax by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine offers fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster and vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine features fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or Out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ KARMA This homey place offers favorites from here and


abroad, including burgers, wings, pastas, salads and apps, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Outdoor dining is available. Brunch menu on Sat. & Sun. CM, FB. L, Sat. & Sun.; D, daily. 822 A1A N., Ste. 105. 834-3942. $$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks feature Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers his eclectic cuisine featuring local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2010 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ SIMPLE FAIRE F Simple Faire offers breakfast and lunch favorites, featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses served on fresh bread. Daily specials. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3020 Hartley Rd., Ste. 110. 683-2542. $$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch, featuring fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ URBAN FLATS Ancient world-style flatbread is paired with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches and entrées, served in a casual, urban atmosphere. An international wine list is offered. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$

RIVERSIDE, 5 POINTS, WESTSIDE AJ’S ON PARK STREET AJ’s is a casual barbecue spot serving smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket, seafood and dishes made with a Latin touch. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 630 Park St. 598-0188. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery offers classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, all made from scratch, including the popular petit fours and custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Riverside. 389-7117. $ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ CROSS CREEK F See Springfield. 850 S. Lane Ave. 783-9579. $$ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F This deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice and smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses and natural, organic and raw items. Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HJ’S BAR & GRILL F This grill serves traditional American fare: burgers, sandwiches, wraps and platters of ribs, shrimp and fish. CM, FB. L & D, Sat. & Sun., D, Mon.-Fri. 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1. 317-2783. $$ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JACKSONS GRILL Locally owned spot has an original menu of fried pickle chips, Rockin’ Ranch burgers, gumbo, sandwiches. BW, TO. B, L & D, daily. 1522 King St. 384-8984. $$ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.-Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare is prepared with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily, along with a large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, nonsmoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $

PIZZA PALACE ON THE PARK F See San Marco. Outdoor seating. 920 Margaret St., 5 Points. 598-1212. $$ SAKE HOUSE F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SUMO SUSHI 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. $$ PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUSHI CAFÉ F Authentic Japanese cuisine with a variety of sushi plus entrees like king salmon, katsu and teriyaki. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. 384-2888. $$ TIMES GRILL F See Fleming Island. 5149 Normandy Blvd., Ste. 1. 854-7501. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Former Tad’s owner offers traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $ WALKERS This nightspot has a tapas menu plus a wide variety of wines, served in a rustic, intimate atmosphere. BW. Tue.-Sat. 2692 Post St. 894-7465. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE buffet. Sushi bar, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, steak, seafood. BW. L & D, daily. 1014 Margaret St., Ste. 1, 5 Points. 301-1199. $$

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ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Burgers, sandwiches, nachos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-BURG. $ DICK’S WINGS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. This NASCARthemed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. dickswingsandgrill.com $ GENE’S SEAFOOD F See Arlington. L & D, daily. 1571 University Blvd. W. 448-9888. $$ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolinastyle barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$

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b.b.’s F A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; brunch & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F Best of Jax 2010 winner. French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, award-winning wines, wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Indoor, outdoor dining. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ BISTRO 41 F Omelets, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, Metro Creations and Bistro Bites. Low carb dishes. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $$

NAME: Robyn Cagle RESTAURANT: European Street Café ADDRESS: 5500 Beach Blvd., Southside BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville YEARS IN THE BIZ: 9 FAVORITE RESTAURANT (OTHER THAN MY OWN): Mossfire Grille FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Jalapeños and hot sauce IDEAL MEAL: Tilapia, couscous and mixed veggies WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Eggplant MOST MEMORABLE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE: Getting a scratch-off for a tip and it ended up being worth $178. INSIDER’S SECRET: Wearing flowers in my hair always gets me bigger tips.

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POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F See Orange Park. 7860 Gate Parkway. 253-3314. $$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves up New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. rennaspizza.com $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, fresh seafood, sandwiches and desserts. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ URBAN FLATS See Ponte Vedra. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Road. 642-1488. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Authentic Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER Best of Jax 2010 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racing-themed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F Serving up 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-WING (9464). $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi & sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$

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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 Serves up big sandwiches, soups and desserts along with more than 100 varieties of bottled and ontap beer. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Wine by the glass. Tapas-style menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo, ropa vieja, churrasco tenderloin steak, Cuban sandwiches. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, FB. 2578 Atlantic Blvd. 399-0609. $ KIRIN SUSHI F On San Marco Square. All-new sushi menu. Dine under neon in a cool atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 1950 San Marco Blvd., Ste. 1. 399-3305. $$. LAYLA’S OF SAN MARCO Fine dining in the heart of San Marco. Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, served inside or outside on the hookah and cigar patio. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat.; D, Sun. 2016 Hendricks Ave. 398-4610. $$ MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ PIZZA PALACE F It’s all homemade from Mama’s awardwinning recipes: spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar offers fresh juices, froyo (frozen yogurt), teas, coffees made one cup at a time, along with 30 kinds of smoothies. B, L & D, daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE A Best of Jax 2010 winner. Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood in an upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. SAN MARCO DELI F The independently owned & operated classic diner serves grilled fish, turkey burgers and lunch meats roasted daily in-house. Vegetarian options, including tempeh, too. Mon.-Sat. 1965 San Marco Blvd. 399-1306. $ TAVERNA SAN MARCO Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitanstyle wood-fired pizzas and entrées served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$

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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. $$ CITY BUFFET CHINESE RESTAURANT This restaurant features a large variety of Chinese-style dishes on one large buffet. Beer available. TO, L & D, daily. 5601 Beach Blvd. 345-2507. $ THE CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Southside’s casual fine dining venue offers a menu that’s a blend of modern American favorites served with an international flair. The Fresh Bar features an extensive selection of fine wine, cocktails and martinis. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$

EL POTRO F Family-friendly and casual, El Potro cooks it fresh, made-to-order — fast, hot and simple. Daily specials and a buffet are available at most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 733-0844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. (For more locations, visit elpotrorestaurant.com) $EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F A local institution since 1975 For questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. serves house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel, tabouli and a daily lunch buffet. Best of Jax 2010 FAX winner. YOUR TO, BW. L &PROOF D, IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Produced 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE Stylish yet simple gastropub features Southern-style cuisine made with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F New York-style thin crust, brick-oven-cooked pizzas (gluten-free), calzones and sandwiches, of Thumann’s no-MSG meats and Grande cheeses. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AYCE sushi and two teppanyaki grill items are included in buffet price. FB. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$

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BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR F Boston’s serves a full menu of sportsbar favorites, including pizzas, till 2 a.m. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA F This family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ JAX RIVER CITY CAFÉ Traditional breakfast fare includes omelets, sandwiches. Lunch features subs, burgers, sandwiches, grilled paninis, daily hot specials. Dine-in, carryout. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 4807 N. Main St. 355-9111. $ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees like eggplant parmigiana, shrimp scampi. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F The locally-owned-andoperated steakhouse offers choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch, served in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ SHARKY’S WINGS & GRILL This family-friendly restaurant offers apps, burgers, subs and shrimp, as well as 16 flavors of wings — get ’em in orders of six to 100. L & D, daily. 12400 Yellow Bluff Rd., Oceanway. 714-0995. $$ THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE F Bagels, three-layer cakes and light lunches, and the adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL F This modern restaurant’s menu features a blend of popular favorites, including salads, sandwiches and pizza, as well as fine European cuisine. Nightly specials. 2467 Faye Rd., Northside. 647-8625. $$ UPTOWN MARKET F In the 1300 Building at the corner of Third & Main. Fresh fare created with the same élan that rules at Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$ 

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Biologists studying rare species have to be quick: In early 2010, researchers learned of a new monkey species in Myanmar, with a nose so recessed it collects rainfall and constantly sneezes. However, according to an October National Geographic dispatch, by the time scientists arrived to investigate, natives had eaten the monkey. (The sneezing makes them easy for hunters to detect.) Researchers studying a rare species of Vietnamese lizard had an easier time in November. After learning of the species and rushing to Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, a twoman team from California’s La Sierra University found the lizards being served in several restaurants’ lunch buffets.

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Parents of the 450 pupils (ages 3-11) at Applecroft primary school in Welwyn Garden City, England, were given individualized yearbooks recently with all the children’s faces obscured by black bars over the eyes (except for photos of the recipient’s own children, which had no obstructions). The precautions, described by one parent as “creepy,” like kids were “prisoner[s],” were ordered by headmistress Vicky Parsley, who feared clear photos of kids would wind up in child pornography. Last year, Parsley famously prohibited parents from taking pictures during school plays — of their kids or any others — from the same fear. Among the few commercially successful North Korean enterprises is its General Federation of Science and Technology’s video game unit, which has produced such popular programs as a bowling game based on the American cult classic movie “The Big Lebowski,” and another based on “Men in Black” films. Bloomberg News revealed in Sept. that a major international partner of the federation’s marketing arm Nosotek is the News Corporation, an umbrella company of Rupert Murdoch’s vast enterprises that include conservative FOX News (generally provocative toward North Korea’s government). Joy of Democracy! The women’s group Femen is getting popular in Ukraine (according to a Nov. Reuters item), helped in large part by its members’ willingness, during the group’s ubiquitous street protests, to remove their tops. The Socialist Party in Spain’s Catalonia region offered an election video in Nov. on the joy of voting, in which an attractive, increasingly excited woman simulates an orgasm as she fills out her ballot, climaxing the moment she drops it in the slot. In November, nativist Danish People’s Party called for an anti-immigration film, featuring bare-breasted women sunbathing, as one way to convince religious fundamentalists abroad not to immigrate to Denmark.

underdeveloped countries, to influence political leaders’ decisions. However, these almost always appear in patriarchies in which females have little influence beyond the power of sexual denial. In December, Stanley Kalembaye of Uganda’s National Resistance Movement, battling to unseat the ruling party, publicly called for the nation’s men to withhold sex from their wives unless the wives promise to vote for the Resistance.

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In November, outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist initiated pardon proceedings (granted in December) excusing now-deceased singer Jim Morrison of The Doors for his 1969 indecentexposure conviction in Miami Beach. However, Crist has ignored petitions from still-living, still-incarcerated convicts who almost certainly suffered unfair prosecutions. Orlando Sentinel crusader Scott Maxwell has reported on several dozen people convicted in part by trainer Bill Preston’s dogs, who supposedly tracked crimescene scents through water and other obstacles, sometimes months later and despite much site contamination, directly to the defendant on trial. Judge after judge permitted Preston’s “expert” testimony until one demanded a live courtroom test, which Preston’s dog failed. In 2009, two convicts were released after DNA tests proved the dog’s sniffs were erroneous, but as many as 60 similar convictions still stand.

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The good news for investigators covering the November shooting of a 53-year-old man in Fort Bend County, Texas, is that there were several witnesses who helped an artist sketch the shooter’s face. The bad news was that the shooter was wearing a full-face “Halloween” mask the whole time. Nonetheless, the sketch of a man’s head, with the face fully covered by the indistinct mask, was distributed to the media by the Fort Bend Sheriff ’s Office.

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Nicholas Hodge, 31, was arrested in Winona County, Minn., in November after entering the home of an acquaintance at 2:40 a.m. and refused to leave, claiming a person who lived there owed him something. According to a deputy’s report, Hodge was cuffed while sitting on a toilet “in the kitchen.” The deputy added, “I’m not sure why they had a toilet in the kitchen.” “Sex strikes” (the withholding of favors) are employed from time to time, especially in

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Not Ready for Prime Time: Bonnie Usher, 43, was arrested in Manchester, N.H., in Nov., charged with robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy after being seen in her car fleeing the store’s parking lot. The robber’s easy-to-remember license plate: “B-USHER.” Walter Allen Jr. was arrested in Houston in Nov. after trying to buy two Bentley autos at Post Oak Motor Cars. Allen, using his own driver’s license, presented a check for $500,000 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (which was, of course, bogus since the Federal Reserve does not bank with checks).

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STUNNING BRUNETTE W/ HIGHLIGHTS We met at Tinseltown on 12/08. We were both on dates and saw the movie “Unstoppable.” We talked at the bathrooms afterwards, you told me I had 15 secs to get your number but I was too slow. Our dates interrupted us. You: Stunning beauty, big beautiful green eyes, dressed down but looking amazing. Me: Sweat pants and a hoodie. Maybe we can get a movie together? Without the dates of course! When: December 9, 2010. Where: Tinseltown Theatres. #1052-0104 HOW TO BE A VETERINARIAN You asked me to not tell anyone but you want to be a Vet. We talked a little bit after you rang me up and walked around the counter to talk to me some more. I should have ask for your number. If you’re single I’d love to talk to you again. What did I try to pay with or where do I work? When: December 16, 2010. Where: Larry’s on Westside. #1051-1228 WE COMPARED OUR INJURED ARMS and you definitely caught my eye! After the trash cans “jumped out in front of me” in the aisle, you noticed my scar and we talked. You said my story was better than yours, and wished us a good night when you saw us later. Was hoping you’d ask for my number but you didn’t. Are you interested? I am. When: December 18, 2010. Where: Walmart-San Jose Blvd. #1050-1228 INTERESTING WAITER Interesting waiter who served my table at the banquet. We looked at each other and talked briefly afterwards but not privately. Would like to chat more and get more acquainted. And, yes the glasses do make a tone. When: December 10, 2010. Where: Banquet. #1049-1228 FRESH FROM THE GARDEN BOY You: big muscular Hispanic dark skin boy with the sexiest accent ever, I heard you go nuts 4 blondes. When: December 5, 2010. Where: Garden Cafe. #1048-1228 NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN I hadn’t seen you in the area in what felt like years, but then, out of nowhere, I saw you again. You were in scrubs heading into the Baptist Outpatient Ctr. Longingly, I smiled at you from Aetna. It’s nice to have you back in my world. When: December 14, 2010. Where: Baptist Outpatient Center. #1047-1228 ADAM & EVE I saw you at Adam & Eve on Atlantic Blvd. and asked if I could take you out back and show you how to use what you were purchasing. You laughed and said you did not need help at that time, maybe some other time. Is it time yet? Where: Adam & Eve Atlantic Blvd. #1046-1221 CONTAGIOUS SMILE AT BEACH HUT I walked in and there you were again, you and your gorgeous smile and super sweet personality. I have gone many times before for breakfast but for some reason never managed to ask you out. I even left you my number once, but no call. Are you even single? Signed, Burger & fries. When: December 11, 2010. Where: Beach Hut Cafe. #1045-1221 PUBLIX FLOWER BOY You’re always working in the flower section at the Roosevelt Sq. Publix. I see you all the time, since I live close by, and I know you see me as well. haha. Me: Brown hair, brown eyes, tan, shorter than you. Hope this will be a laugh for you. Next time I come in, I’ll try and say Hi. When: December 8, 2010. Where: Publix @ Roosevelt Square. #1044-1214 A DEVIL DOLL NAMED PINKY I Saw U and him walking in the rain. U were holding hands and I will never feel the same. Then I realized it was just our reflection. We found a place to sit in the sky and watched the sunset, counted stars and gazed into each others’ eyes. I found a wineglass in the sand to remember you by. Can u find my message in a bottle? I hope my legs don’t break! Walking on the moon. When: December 2, 2010. Where: Jax Beach. #1043-1214 RED TOYOTA TUNDRA AT LOWE’S You: dark hair with Bluetooth phone in line behind me at Lowe’s patiently waiting for me to purchase two cart loads of stuff. You, being a gentleman, offered to help me get everything into my car. I said I was ok and that I didn’t need any help, but I would like to get to know you better. When: December 4, 2010. Where: Lowe’s Philips Hwy. #1042-1214 BEAUTIFUL BETTY AT BIG TICKET I saw you: Lovely long hair, Quicksilver backpack, plugs, bangs, and boots. I walked you to the VIP bathroom and to your car at night. You stole my heart when I saw you from the stage. Oh where can you be? Can you be mine? Me, brand new Converse and brightly neon shirt. Moo. When: December 3, 2010. Where: Met Park, The Big Ticket. #1041-1214

PHOTO SNATCHER AT MARILYN SHOW Saw you at Marilyn Monroe play at JMOCA. You: handsome blonde sneaking photos of me with your cell phone. Me: Green dress with annoyed boyfriend who noticed you. He’s long gone, why settle for cell photos? Let’s go out! When: March 13, 2010. Where: JMOCA Marilyn Monroe Show. #1040-1214 CUMBERLAND ISLAND BLOND HOTTIE You were the tall, blond, cowboy-hat-wearing girl-of-mydreams in a thousand-year-old oak tree on Thanksgiving + 1. Forbidden fruit, but I wish I’d plucked you. I was too sick to even smile at you that day but wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I want to take you to the mountains, for much more than thumb-wrestling. When: November 26, 2010. Where: Cumberland Island GA. #1039-1207 SHORTIE WITH HEADPHONES You were dancing with headphones. You had a Led Zeppelin shirt buying gas and beer. Me: white car. You: dark green Four Runner. When: November 26, 2010. Where: Kangaroo Atlantic & Girvin. #1038-1207 SHY GUY BROUGHT YOU A BEER Monkey’s Uncle, I was wearing a blue Tapout shirt. I wanted to talk to you more, really I did, damn shyness. I bought you a beer. I remember your name. Maybe I could buy you dinner next time. When: November 20, 2010. Where: Monkey’s Uncle. #1037-1207 PUMPKIN SPICE GUY You, the tall husky felly with the pumpkin scone. Me, the Venti gent in the corner with the pumpkin spice latte. We glanced at each other. No need to go to Starbucks alone anymore.

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FreeWill Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): “A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve,” mused 19th-century author Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Advice that wild could just as well have been dispensed by a feral saint living in a cave in the woods. I’m passing it on to you, just in time for the start of what may be your wildest year in a decade. In my astrological opinion, you’re ready to be a connoisseur of mysteries that purify the mind and nurture the soul … a daredevil of the spirit in quest of seemingly impossible dreams … a fierce adept of the wisdom of uncertainty in love with unpredictable teachings. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): What confusing commotion would you like to walk away from and never revisit? What lessons have you learned so well, you’re overdue to graduate from them? What long-term healing process would you like to finish up so you can finally get started on the building phase your healing gives you the power to do? These are excellent questions to ask yourself as you plan the next six months. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The Straits of Gibraltar is the narrow passage between Europe and Africa where the Mediterranean Sea joins the Atlantic Ocean. According to legend, in ancient times the Latin phrase “ne plus ultra” was inscribed in the rock overlooking this gateway. It meant “not further beyond” — a warning to sailors to not venture out to the wild waters past the strait. Eventually, that cautionary advice became irrelevant, of course. With a sturdy vessel, skilled crew, preparation and expert knowledge based on others’ experience, venturing past the “ne plus ultra” point wasn’t risky. Take that as your 2011 cue. CANCER (June 21-July 22): There were problems with soccer balls used in last year’s World Cup. Many players felt they were hard to control, with an unpredictable trajectory. Brazilian forward Luis Fabiano said the ball “doesn’t want to be kicked.” Other players said the balls were poorly made, like those “you buy in a supermarket.” This is a cautionary metaphor: In 2011, you’ll take part in an equivalent of the World Cup. It’s crucial to have the best tools and accessories. You can’t afford to play with balls not responding accurately to your skills. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Biological diversity refers to the variety of life forms in any particular area. Cultural diversity measures the richness of social forms of expression. Biocultural diversity measures both together. Guess the places on the planet where biocultural diversity is highest: Indonesia, Malaysia, Melanesia, the Amazon Basin and Central Africa. I’d love it if you immersed yourself in environments like those in 2011. If you can’t do that, find the next best thing. You’ll thrive by exposing yourself to a kaleidoscopic mix of human types and natural influences. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When I started my rock band World Entertainment War, I was guided by a vision of two lead singers, me and another person. I chose Darby Gould as my collaborator. While I have decent vocalist skills, her talent is genius-level. I knew our work together would push me to the top of my game and allow me to write ambitious songs I didn’t have the chops to sing by myself. I’ve always been pleased with how that strategy worked. Consider giving yourself a similar challenge in 2011. It’s your Year of Collaboration. Why not put yourself in a position to transcend your limitations when operating solely under your own power? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Africa is cracking open in preparation for the birth of a new ocean. The whole process will take 10 million years, but the first sign occurred in 44 | FOLIO WEEKLY | JANUARY 4-10, 2011

2005, when a 37-mile-long fissure appeared in Ethiopia. Eventually, say geologists, the rift will grow enormous and fill with seawater. I expect a metaphorically comparable development for you in 2011: the subtle yet monumental beginning of a new “ocean” you’ll be enjoying, learning from and dealing with for many years to come. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 1967, the U.S. had 31,225 nuclear warheads. By 2010, it had a mere 5,113. The world’s most militarized nation hopes to scale down to an even more modest 3,000 or so by 2021. In the year ahead, I’d love to see you be inspired by that to begin reducing your levels of anger and combativeness. You don’t have to do away entirely with your ability to fight everyone who doesn’t agree with you and everything you don’t like; just cut back a bit. I’m sure that’ll still leave you with plenty of firepower. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “The heart is forever inexperienced,” said Thoreau. He believed our feeling nature is eternally innocent; no matter how much we learn about the game of life, sadness, lust, rage or joy hits us as hard the thousandth time as it did in the beginning. But is that really true? Are you as likely to plunge into mind-exploding infatuation with your fourth lover as you did with your first? Are you as susceptible now to having your world turned upside-down by flash floods of emotion as you were at age 15? Over the years, haven’t you acquired wisdom about your reactive tendencies, and hasn’t that transformed them? I disagree with Thoreau. I say, for the person who wants to cultivate emotional intelligence, the heart sure as hell better be capable of gaining experience. What do you think? If you’re aligned with my view, 2011 will educate and ripen your heart as never before. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “We have to stumble though so much dirt and humbug before we reach home,” wrote novelist Herman Hesse. “And we have no one to guide us. Our only guide is homesickness.” That’s the bad news. The good news, according to my analysis, is that 2011 may well be the year your homesickness drives you all the way home. For best results, keep this tip in mind: To get the full benefit of the homesickness, don’t suppress it. Only by feeling it deeply, as a burning, grinding ache, will you be able to ride it all the way home. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the past, few dog shows allowed mutts to compete. Pure breeds were prized above all others. That’s changing, though, now that the American Kennel Club has opened up a new category just for mongrels. They won’t be judged by guidelines specific to a particular breed, but rather according to their natural talents. This shift in standards mirrors a comparable development in your world. In 2011, it’s easier to find success simply by being your mottled, speckled, variegated self. There’s less pressure to live up to standards of perfection meant for the pure breeds. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “All your longings know where to go,” writes poet Nick Piombino, “but you have to tell them to open their eyes.” That’s one of your big assignments in 2011: Make sure your longings keep their eyes open. It’s not as easy as it may sound. Sometimes your longings get so entranced by obsessive fantasies — so distracted by stories swirling around in your imagination — they’re blind to what’s right before them. You must speak to your longings tenderly and patiently, as you would to a beloved animal, coaxing them to trust that life will bring more interesting and useful blessings than anything fantasy could provide.  Rob Brezsny freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com


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recently attended my first Florida A&M University graduation. My journey only took several hours, but that of Darryl “TopShelf ” McClenton began years ago, after graduation from Raines High School in Jacksonville. The journey was not just his, of course. His family supported him to matriculation. His mother, Cheryl, labored to see her sons graduate from college, putting aside her own dreams of a college diploma to support her children. As a result of her commitment, her oldest is a graduate of South Carolina State University; the youngest attends Tallahassee Community College. But today’s focus is on Darryl graduating cum laude from Florida A&M University. His accomplishment is a testament to the foundation of a solid education from Raines High School, along with the prayers and sacrifices of a determined mother. Cheryl worked sometimes multiple 12-hour shifts as a nurse and at times held two jobs. She even drove to the university a day early to make sure she saw another son graduate. During our journey, we talked about the achievements of our children and sacrifices as parents. My oldest is a freshman at Florida A&M and my youngest is a high school freshman. Cheryl and I shared our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children’s success and paths in life. Somehow, this has stopped in many families. Instead, there is mutual disagreement on the value of education, and the child suffers in the end. As we traveled down I-10, we listened to music — it’s amazing how song lyrics evoke emotions and memories. The song that stood out from melodies of Marvin Gaye and The Temptations was a gospel song, “God Specializes.” We gave glory to God because he does specialize in supplying all our needs, as long as we are faithful, hopeful and recognize where our true strength as parents comes from. President Barack Obama has stated, “In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity — it is a prerequisite.” Fast-forward to graduation day. This was not just Darryl’s achievement, but his family’s, also. The accomplishment of earning a college degree brings families together in a rare unification of spirit. There is a connection of family as a whole. Each member has contributed, and each has a vested interest in seeing that young lady or young man earn their diploma. If there were more of an emotional and energetic attachment to academic excellence as there is to sports and entertainment, there would be more minority doctors, teachers, surgeons, engineers, entrepreneurs, business owners, scientists and community activists. More of our communities would flourish instead of crumbling because of

devaluing of education, lack of respect for self, others, community and even God. As an educator, African-American man and parent, my heart swelled with pride witnessing so many young people of African-American descent and other cultures accomplish this wonderful thing. Today their families witnessed the fruits of their labour, tears, prayers, hard work and sacrifices. Education is not just learning civics, biology, physics, world history and a foreign language; all these are important. Bill Cosby said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” It is also key to the development of a person’s mind, to expanding psychological perceptions and making positive contributions in our communities and the world. The lack of education proves “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” as evidenced by drug use, incarceration and multiple unprotected sexual encounters. Watching graduates enter, we were electrified by the atmosphere. The ceremony showed that not all African-American males are on drugs, incarcerated or have death knocking on their doors. That not all AfricanAmerican women are pregnant, uneducated and only aspire to do hair, nails or work at Dollar General. There is nothing wrong with employment at these places, but our young women and men need to understand they can aspire to grow beyond that and instead seek management or ownership of a business. For these graduates’ families, they are the best, brightest, the talented and guiding lights. The graduates are the extensions of their communities, churches and their high schools. These young people are not “Waiting For Superman” — they are SUPER in their individual and respective ways. They are motivated to move forward in life and not to be stuck in a modern-day Lodebar, that Biblical place of total desolation. In her commencement address, Donna Brazile spoke of this generation’s ability to access digital content online using tools not available 10 years ago. This generation and those to come not only read digital content, but are creators of multimedia content that can be accessed globally influencing future political, economic, social and cultural changes. As she spoke, I could only pray and have faith that my son and daughter and the kids I teach will graduate from college and move on to advanced degrees. I realize my dreams as a parent and teacher are contradictory to many others’, who only hope their child is drafted by the NFL or NBA, counting only on money instead of education. This does not have to be. As Brazile spoke, it was clear she believed the graduates are a catalyst for change and have a duty for continued growth. There are high expectations for them to defend what we as a

country have accomplished. Graduate Darryl “TopShelf” McClenton

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This is a copyright The work of these graduating students will set the foundation for further social and cultural For questions, call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN D change. These young please men and women are role models for other children in their homes, high FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 schools, churches and communities. Darryl is just such an example, PROMISE OFgraduating BENEFITfrom Raines, SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Produced by jw C which has received unfavourable media coverage for its status as a “failing” school. Brazile challenged the graduates to soar and grab hold of the future to make the world a better place for everyone. The foundation has been laid, along with the building blocks of upward mobility and competitiveness in global economy, whether in political environments, operating rooms, courtrooms, classrooms, scientific discoveries or space exploration. All of it is within the grasp of graduates from educational institutions like Florida A&M University. Only time and God will tell how these students use their talents for the betterment of mankind. Congratulations to Darryl “TopShelf ” McClenton, class of 2010, who will continue his education at FAMU working on his master’s degree in educational leadership. Congratulations and God’s continued blessings upon all the graduates and their aspirations; God’s grace on the families who support and will continue to support these graduates. As my sister Dawn from Philly says, “Don’t get it twisted.” African-American young people are making right choices in valuing the power of education. Don’t get it twisted, parents: Empower your children with value for what education can do. As Carter G. Woodson writes in “Education of the Negro,” “Almost every Colored person who could read and write was a missionary teacher among his people.” This still applies in the 21st century. We are all missionaries, to our people and each generation. We must educate, encourage and empower each other as we grow, so as a people, others grow with us.  William Jackson, M.Ed.

Jackson lives and blogs in Jacksonville.

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