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Inside / Volume 27 • Number 28


Jacksonville’s Rion Paige (pictured during her appearance on the season premiere) sang Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go” and survived the Four-Chair Challenge on the Oct. 3 episode of “The X Factor.”  Photo: Fox


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Editor’s Note

Folio Weekly readers crowned John M. Phillips Best Lawyer for the third year in a row and named him Best Righteous Crusader as well. Photo: Dennis Ho

The Phillips Effect

Local lawyer spreads the Best of Jax wealth


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he campaigns are less cutthroat than those for governor, mayor or city council, and we’re not aware of any PACs with limitless fundraising aimed at winning Best of Jax, but the stakes are high for those vying for crowns. Just ask Jacksonville lawyer John M. Phillips. Yes, that John Phillips. The civil litigation attorney representing the parents of Jordan Davis. The radio host covering the overlap of sports and courts. The man delivering legal commentary on HLN (CNN’s headline news spinoff channel) and many other channels. And now the three-time Best of Jax winner for Best Lawyer. You wouldn’t think a lawyer who has built a successful practice with statewide and national acclaim would care much about a local readers poll. But he credits Best of Jax with helping him build crucial grassroots marketing for a small law firm that can’t match the multimilliondollar budgets of the big boys. “The weight of polls like these tends to bring those little places that don’t have an advertising budget into the limelight,” Phillips said. When the Alabama native moved to Jacksonville in 2001, he’d grab a copy of Folio Weekly every week to read during lunch. “It gave you ideas of where to eat, what to do that maybe you hadn’t thought of before,” he said. Best of Jax first introduced him to places like Moon River Pizza. “It’s the poll in town,” he said. “It’s just a great resource for Jacksonville to weigh in on what’s going on in the city.” Phillips has used his extensive social media presence to share his personal picks in several categories. Of the 41 categories he listed on Facebook this year, 34 won — 83 percent ( PhillipsFacebookPicks). He ought to go to Vegas. He hedged his bets by picking “ties” in six categories, and some of his choices had wide-ranging support such as One Spark for Best Thing to Happen to Northeast Florida and Shad Khan for Local Hero. But many of his choices were not household names, and he stressed the “local” element in all his picks. Not only did the majority of his picks win — they won big. Most categories win by a few dozen votes. In most of the categories Phillips picked, the winners led by hundreds of votes. “It’s kind of dumbfounding,” he said when told about the results. He also won Best Righteous Crusader this year, even though he picked Ann Dugger, executive director of the Justice Coalition. “I blush even thinking about it,” he said, but he credited the results to taking cases many others won’t take, sometimes for smaller fees or on a pro bono basis, much like his grandfather and great-grandfather did. He represents several gunshot victims and people who were run over


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by Volusia County Beach Patrol vehicles. “We’re helping people through some of the worst times in their lives,” he said. Lucy and Ron Davis called Phillips in the first few days after their son was shot by Michael Dunn. They were under a barrage of media coverage. They’ve become advocates for victims and outspoken opponents of laws such as “stand your ground” ( “They’re doing what they think their son would want them to do and to prevent the loss of other kids like Jordan,” he said. The story of Davis’ killing was voted the Worst Thing to Happen in Northeast Florida. With Phillips’ help, hip-hop artist J-City, who released a tribute song to Davis, won Best Musician. Phillips also represents Aria Jewett, the Oceanway Middle School student who was lured off campus and beaten by a schoolmate while others watched and recorded it on cellphones. The case received publicity when the judge banished the main offender from attending any public school in Duval County. He said the case sheds light on a bullying law that pulls funding from schools that don’t have bullying policies, but doesn’t specifically help children who are being bullied. Their only recourse is a restraining order that doesn’t help until after physical violence has occurred. A certified NFL agent in 2009 and 2010, Phillips said he left the business when he realized how “dirty” it was. A September Yahoo! Sports story said former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis funneled more than $45,000 to All-American tackle D.J. Fluker and four other SEC football players. Phillips said a $10,000 check that was cited in the story was payment for Davis’ help on a book he was writing. Phillips said Yahoo! never called him for comment on the story and a libel suit is pending. Phillips said he left the agent world disillusioned by the system. After he took the Jordan case, he ended the regular “Courts & Sports” radio show, although he maintains a weekly segment on “The Bold City Football Show” on 930 AM. “Everything in my heart and my mind changed,” he said. “Sports wasn’t at the top of my mind.” The cases Phillips takes now represent changes he would like to see in Florida law, such as a higher standard for carrying guns and better protection for bullying victims. “I always said I want to get a law changed before I was 40,” he said. “I turn 39 in January.”  Denise M. Reagan


Mobility Fee Detail

As the chair for the Jacksonville Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), I was very interested in reading the Editor’s Note, “Street Smart,” in the Sept. 25 issue of Folio Weekly. I share your concern over the ongoing hazards to pedestrians and bicyclists in our community, but I’d like to point out that the current mobility fee waiver bill (2013-94) includes a “hold harmless” provision for bicycle and pedestrian projects. Here’s an excerpt from the enacted bill: “In order to maintain the same level of funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, while allowing for a partial waiver of mobility fees, the Planning and Development Department is directed to allocate, from each mobility fee collected during the temporary partial waiver period, the full amount that would have normally been allocated to the applicable bicycle and pedestrian projects in the absence of any partial waiver, and then allocate any remaining funds to the applicable transportation project in the applicable Mobility Zone.” Even with this hold harmless provision in effect, bicycle and pedestrian advocates are very much looking forward to the scheduled expiration of the mobility fee waiver in about one year from now, as called for in the city’s ordinance. Stephen Tocknell Regional Advocacy Director Florida Bicycle Association, First Coast Chapter Jacksonville

‘Consider Some Mercy’

The Backpage Editorial (“Unjust for All,” Sept. 25) addressed serious flaws lingering within our justice system here in Duval County. The writer of the article, Robert Pace, delved beneath the surface to reveal the complexity of getting a fair trial here in Duval County and elsewhere in the South. I am by no means an expert on the subject, but my own observations can’t help but agree with Pace’s analysis. However, I don’t think State Attorney Angela Corey should be singled out. Judges, lawyers, political clout and big bucks often tend to tip the scales of justice unfairly against the rights of the ill-informed first-time offender. A few weeks ago, my foreign-born friend and I entered the State Attorney’s Office on Bay Street. All of the officers were courteous and helpful. However, they said they could not override the judge’s ruling of 1994. We left disappointed but felt we were on the right track. My friend’s son had been convicted of second-degree murder here in 1994. He’s already been incarcerated for almost 20 years, with 30 more years still remaining on his sentence. Our request made to the State Attorney’s Office was merely to have the criminal case reviewed for possible reduction of the sentence or a pardon granted if the conduct

of the prisoner proves worthy of it. This prisoner is foreign-born. The father is foreignborn, also. English is not their first language, and our legal system is unfamiliar to them. The father (who is now my very good friend) is a kind and compassionate man. He loves American people but struggles with the English language and the American way of doing things. Therefore, I intend to help him in any way possible by helping his imprisoned son get at least a fair hearing and a review of the facts surrounding his criminal case. We need a legal person to step up and help us. The facts of this case do not compare in any way to the likes of the Boston Marathon bomber. So why should his case be judged just as severely? I think it’s time to consider some mercy. William H. Shuttleworth Jacksonville

Moving Full Steam Ahead

Thank you, Denise [Reagan]! Preach it! Anyone who could think a mall should be the center of our great city has guzzled one too many Big Gulps and frankly has no soul [“Town Center Cannot Be Town Square,” Sept. 11]. I was born and raised here, then moved away for about 8 years, to move back in 2010. The leaps and bounds Jacksonville made in that time in progressive culture and its appreciation for the arts is amazing, and we are still moving full steam ahead. The only people holding our progress back are the same small-minded philistines that agree with the appalling suggestion which you so eloquently argued against. Thank you to Sweet Theory Baking Co. in the King Street district (my ’hood and proud of it) for linking to this article on their Facebook page! Lisa Hartfeil Riverside

Sticking with the Core

I’ll stick to the locally owned shops in Riverside, San Marco and Springfield. I can’t stand St. Johns Town Center, I just can’t. I feel like everyone there should jump on conveyor belts and sing, “we don’t need no education.” I have lived in Riverside for 20 years and have seen it change for both good and bad, same with San Marco. Downtown is definitely trying, and I think more effort should be put into building Downtown back up. Kyle Hlubek Riverside

Don’t Forget About Regency

All this having been said, money not only needs to be put into Downtown but the areas leading into Downtown. The Regency area, including the mall, needs to be revitalized in some way to bring an upswing into that area. Don’t ignore the bruises on the banana when you eat it.  Jason Campioni Jacksonville

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News Hog Wild

Despite dangers, Floridians love their motorcycles


teppenwolf ’s hard-charging rock anthem, “Born to Be Wild,” and the Peter Fonda movie of the same name from the late 1960s are reflections of our national obsession with motorcycles. Almost 700,000 motorcycles are registered in Florida, about three times the number in 2000 when 255,000 were registered. But that obsession has been deadly. New figures released Oct. 1 show that 425 motorcyclists and 32 passengers died in Florida motorcycle accidents in 2012. Deaths increased from 413 in 2011 and 350 in 2010, for a threeyear average of 396. In addition, 7,809 cyclists were injured in 2012, an increase of 8.55 percent over 2011. So far this year, 15 motorcyclists have died on Duval County roads, eclipsing last year’s 13 deaths for all of 2012, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office. Three reasons are citied for the high number of deadly motorcycle accidents in Florida. First, the sheer number of motorcycles, about 700,0000, makes it more likely they will be involved in an accident. The second is the repeal of Florida’s helmet law in 2000. The third reason is the mild weather, which allows motorcyclists to climb on their bikes almost any time of year. Angelo M. Patacca Jr., a board-certified civil trial attorney with the law firm Terrell Hogan, often represents motorists and motorcyclists in civil cases involving motorcycle accidents. As the father of two sons, he has a keen © 2012 interest in safety when he climbs on his Harley. “You want to decrease the risks. There is no way to eliminate all the risks,” he said. Patacca cites his own experience and scholarly papers to note that most motorcycle accidents are caused by the drivers of cars. He cites what he said was a definitive 1981 study by H.H. Hurt Jr. at the University of Southern California’s Traffic Safety Center, which identified causes of motorcycle accidents. “The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision,” Hurt noted in the study. Many fatal accidents are caused by a motorist turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle, Patacca said. Most fatal motorcycle accidents occur in intersections, and bikers should do all they can to make themselves conspicuous, by putting reflective tape on their bikes, riding with a modulating headlight, installing running lights and wearing yellow or green high-visibility reflective vests, Patacca said. “See and be seen,” he said. “It’s just smart to make yourself more conspicuous to cars.” Rob French, 45, who got his first bike in high school and now drives a Suzuki Boulevard C-90, has an interesting view on dealing with cars. “I ride like no one can see me,” said French, a production manager at Jack Rabbits, a local nightspot. He believes the safest way to ride is


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Jacksonville attorney Angelo M. Patacca Jr. rides a Harley and represents both motorists and motorcyclists in civil suits filed after accidents. Photo: Angelo Patacca

to assume that other drivers can’t see you. He approaches intersections and cars carefully and leaves plenty of room between his bike and cars in front of him. About a fourth of all motorcycle accidents involve only a single vehicle, and French and Patacca both contend that sometimes bikers may be going too fast for conditions or have bikes too powerful for them to handle. Some accidents are caused by motorcycles being driven improperly or illegally. For example, it is illegal in Florida for cyclists to “white line” ride, which is traveling between lanes of cars. In Florida, the law says a motorcyclist has the right to his own lane, but may share a lane with another biker, riding side by side. A 2013 study conducted by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research determined, after analyzing 10 years of Florida motorcycle crashes, that 60 percent of the time, motorists in other vehicles were at fault when they collided with motorcycles. From 2007 through 2012, the latest statistics available, 118 motorcyclists were killed on Duval County roads. In Clay County, 10 bikers were killed; eight died in Nassau County and 30 in St. Johns County from 2007 through 2011. In fatal crashes in 2011, 188 drivers wearing a helmet died; 218 drivers not wearing a helmet were killed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmet use is estimated to prevent 37 percent of fatalities among motorcycle drivers and 41 percent among passengers. In 2010, helmet use saved the lives of 1,544 motorists — another 709 lives might have been saved if all the motorcyclists had worn helmets. Two recent Duval County crashes, on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, were directly tied to police activity; neither driver was wearing a helmet. John A. Blunt, 39, was killed on Oct. 1 when he crashed his motorcycle into a parked U-Haul truck while being pursued by police. According to a Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office news release, a police officer spotted Blunt riding a motorcycle and began following him because he knew Blunt’s license had been suspended. After clocking his motorcycle at speeds of more than 100 mph on Atlantic Boulevard, Sgt. J.P. Morgan ended the pursuit. Blunt attempted to turn off the road and struck the rear of the truck. He died at a local hospital. On Sept. 24, Ray Bullard, 56, of Jacksonville, crashed his motorcycle into a marked JSO cruiser at the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and Jammes Road on the Westside. The police car,


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driven by Officer J.T. Kramarsic, was heading westbound with lights and sirens going when it was struck on the right rear side by Bullard’s motorcycle. Bullard was killed in the collision. In 2011, Florida officials determined that 49.3 percent of motorcyclists ride with helmets. “I am pro helmet. I have never been on a bike without a helmet. I have never carried a passenger who didn’t have a helmet,” said French, who has been riding motorcycles off and on for almost three decades. “I do want to keep my brain in,” French said, noting that one of the common nicknames for a helmet is “brain bucket.” While some eagerly wear a helmet and think wearing them is a good idea, others see requirements to wear a helmet an infringement of civil liberties. “That’s a personal choice,” Patacca said. “I always do. You are less likely to suffer fatalities. Helmets have proved time and time again they help prevent fatal injuries and significant brain injuries.” “Having brain injuries lasts a lifetime,” he said. French added that a pet peeve of his is people riding in shorts and flip-flops. Long pants and boots provide the rider with more protection if there’s an accident and prevent nasty leg burns, he said. In Florida, everyone younger than 21 must ride with a helmet and eye protection. Those wanting to ride helmet-less must be covered by an insurance policy providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a motorcycle crash. Motorcyclists are also covered by driving under the influence laws — a recipe for disaster for both cars and motorcycles. Drinking is a favorite pastime at some of Florida’s big motorcycle events, such as Bike Week and Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach. French said many of what he calls “weekend warriors” know “just enough to be dangerous.” Under Florida law, new motorcyclists regardless of age must take and pass the Basic Rider Course through the Florida Rider Training program before they can obtain a motorcycleonly license or have the motorcycle endorsement added to their automobile driver’s license. “From a safety point of view, there is only so much we can do,” Patacca said. “We need to take a lot more into our own hands.”  Ron Word


Mixed Report for St. Johns River The sixth annual State of the Lower St. Johns River Basin Report was released Oct. 2, and it has some good news and bad news. Key findings in the report include a slight reduction in unwanted nitrogen concentrations, but harmful algae blooms are not yet declining. Copper, lead and silver concentrations continue to be elevated. The River Report brochure has a quick reference guide on river health and ways to help the river In addition, three online interactive web pages have been launched describing the Arlington River, Julington Creek and Peters Creek at The River Report is also being adapted for K-12 curriculum content. The State of the River Report is collaboration among the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University and Valdosta State University.

The Cutting Edgewood is celebrating the grand opening of Edgewood Gardens, a new food ecosystem at 1115 Edgewood Ave. S., at 5 p.m. Oct. 19. The food grown there will serve residents of Murray Hill, especially those living at the Florida Christian apartments and Sundale Manor. Visitors can see the result of using natural methods to catch, store and access the energy that flows into a garden in a way that mimics a natural ecosystem. RSVP by email to or sign up at

Share a Photo for Sight Vistakon is promoting World Sight Day during October with the release of a new free smartphone app, Donate A Photo, where users can share photos. Johnson & Johnson donates $1 per day to the charity of your choice when you use the app. The company is asking people to choose Sight For Kids, a Lions Club International Program, which has screened more than 17 million children for vision problems over the last 10 years. Vistakon is willing to donate up to $30,000 in honor of World Sight Day. The app can be downloaded free from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. Photos should be uploaded and tagged with #EyePledge, a project in which you promise to get your eyes tested.

Mathews Bridge Repairs Repairs began Oct. 2 on the Mathews Bridge, which was heavily damaged by a ship under tow. Superior Construction Company of Jacksonville submitted the winning low bid of $1.07 million. The company has 40 days to complete the project but will receive $50,000 per day for completion earlier than that deadline. If the work is finished in 30 days, traffic around the Nov. 2 Florida-Georgia game may not be as bad as feared. Once the bridge is stabilized and can withstand construction equipment and vehicles, the undamaged side of the bridge could be reopened to traffic, according to a Florida Department of Transportation news release. The total cost could reach about $3 million: $800,000 for the damage assessment, $500,000 to reroute the traffic and the possible bonus.

Ferry in Your Pocket For motorists wanting the latest, up-to-the-minute information on the St. Johns River Ferry, there’s a new app for that. JaxFerry, developed by the city of Jacksonville’s Informational Technologies Division, in partnership with the St. Johns River Ferry Commission, is available free on Apple and Android devices. The app lets commuters track ferry arrival and departure times in real time and provides the ferry’s current location and heading

information. Plus, there are driving directions to both ports, fares, schedules, alerts and special announcements about service information and delays. It's one of three mobile applications supplied by the city. The others are JaxReady, which has information on weather, fire and other threats, and JaxHapps, which connects people with info about happenings throughout the city.

JU Receives Grant to Help Veterans Jacksonville University is receiving a federal grant of $870,000 to recruit student veterans into its new College of Health Sciences, to help them pursue bachelor’s degrees in nursing. The award was announced Oct. 1 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Only nine institutions nationwide were awarded grants, which will be spread over four years. In the first year, JU officials project, about 90 students will be added to the program.

Alexander Gets New Trial An appeals court has ruled that Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she claims was a warning shot at her estranged husband, should receive a new trial. The 1st District Court of Appeals said the trial judge did not properly instruct the jury about what is needed to prove self-defense and his instructions requiring Alexander to prove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt constituted a “fundamental error.” Jackelyn Barnard, spokeswoman for State Attorney Angela Corey, said the reversal was based on a legal technicality and that they were pleased the “stand your ground” ruling was upheld.

Medallions for UNF Supporters Three community leaders who have supported the University of North Florida are honored each year with the Presidential Medallion for Outstanding Service. The 2013 honorees are R. Bruce Taylor, Melanie Jennings Husk and Bruce Ogier. Taylor, appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees in 2003, was elected chairman in 2006, and re-elected for second and third terms. The Taylor Engineering Research Institute in UNF’s College of Computer Engineering and Construction and the Taylor Leadership Institute are named in his honor. Husk, vice president of marketing and communications for Baptist Health, a 1977 graduate, served as a UNF Foundation member for more than a decade. She and her husband, Gary, donated to the Fine Arts Center; the Husk Jennings Courtyard is named in their honor. Ogier is president and shareholder of Capital Analysts of Jacksonville. A 1974 UNF grad, he was a founding member of the Sawmill Slough Conservation Club. He's a current member of UNF's Student Affairs Community Council, serving on the executive committee. He endowed the Frederick and Ophelia Ogier Gardens, an organic vegetable and herb garden, in memory of his parents.

New Arts Leader Named The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville announced the selection of Kim Bergeron as its new executive director, according to a press release Oct. 1. Bergeron is expected to start Nov. 1, replacing Robert Arleigh White, who retired after 13 years. Bergeron was director of Cultural & Public Affairs in Slidell, La. In November 2012, she chose to resign from her post rather than select one of two other employees to lay off, according to a New Orleans Times-Picayune story. In Slidell, Bergeron spearheaded fundraising efforts for programming and worked with the New Orleans Museum of Art to bring in exhibits that included art by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol, according to the Cultural Council. Bergeron was the unanimous choice of a search committee made up of Cultural Council board members and community representatives. “The committee was wowed by all Kim has achieved in her previous roles,” board member Abel Harding said, according to the news release.

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In an effort to “improve roadway safety … and prevent crashes related to the act of text messaging while driving a motor vehicle,” the state Legislature passed the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving.” Despite the law going into effect Oct. 1, many First Coast residents are just now hearing about it ( One reason is because no one can shut up about the Mathews Bridge or the return of Cinottis’ pumpkin donuts long enough to listen (apparently, the federal government shut down, too – whatever that means). The lack of knowledge and/or interest regarding the ban might also have something to do with the law’s exclusions and limitations, and the fact that it’s only a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement can’t pull over a driver just for texting. While I applaud lawmakers for the effort, I’m not sure how much of an impact it will actually have when women continue to put on their makeup and men still shave while driving. Heck, I almost got into an accident the other day while attempting to untwist my seatbelt. How’s that for ironic? (Talking to you, Alanis Morrisette.) For more specifics about the new law, as well as my suggestions for other “drivingwhile” activities that should also be banned, check out

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Bouquets & Brickbats Bouquets to Jennifer Harrison, Thea Seagraves and Amelia Hart of the Amelia Island Museum of History for their locally written and produced history play, “Viva Florida!” performed Sept. 28 at Fort Clinch. Harrison wrote the play and researched many of the characters. Seagraves produced the play, and Hart directed. Brickbats to Fernandina Beach City Manager Joe Gerrity for spending $8,283 for new carpeting, new chairs for the City Commissioners and seating for the public. The purchases came under scrutiny after the city cut personnel and funding to local nonprofit social service agencies. Bouquets to former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell for his induction into the team’s Pride of the Jaguars. Brunell, who led the team to four consecutive playoff seasons from 1996 to 1999, will be officially inducted Dec. 15. Now head football coach at Episcopal High School and an ESPN broadcaster, Brunell joins former offensive tackle Tony Boselli and former running back Fred Taylor by having his name displayed at EverBank Field. The original team owners, Wayne and Delores Weaver, were honored in 2011. Bouquets to Jacksonville artists Jeff Whipple and Liz Gibson, who have been selected for Florida Individual Artist Fellowships for 2014 by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Whipple and Gibson share the studio/gallery MetaCusp Studios in the CoRK Arts District in Riverside. They are two of eight artists to receive the fellowship. “I don’t think there has ever been an artist couple that won the fellowship at the same time,” Whipple wrote on Facebook. Whipple works in several media and has also worked as a playwright. Gibson, primarily a performance artist, was featured in the April 2011 issue of Folio Weekly. 8 | | OCTOBER 9-15, 2013

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Crime City I Agree with Obama about Guns (Sort of)

The president’s modest proposals won’t make a dent in the real problem


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on’t you ever have anything nice to say about President Obama?’ ask my adored but sometimes deluded relatives. “Of course I do,” I reply. “I like his elegant wife and his pleasant daughters, and I love, love, love those fuzzy dogs.” That’s how things stood until recently, when I found myself agreeing with the president on not one but two proposals for gun control. My editor, when she discovered this, nearly had an infarct, but not to worry. I always share my nitroglycerin. A gentleman should know how to make a lady’s heart flutter, even when circulation has stopped. The first proposal is an executive order to ban the importation of military weapons sold or donated to allies. In actuality, these exported weapons are not a source of illegal guns used in crime. Most are more than 50 years old. Take it from me that America’s badboys don’t want rusty antiques. They want the newest, baddest gats they can get, preferably with their mother’s name engraved on one side and skulls and pole dancers etched on the other. Nonetheless, why should foreign governments sell military weapons to American citizens? If our allies don’t want the guns, they can sell them elsewhere or toss them into the crusher. This is a no-brainer. The second proposal is to require that trustees and beneficiaries of gun trusts, which are used to acquire Title II weapons, send photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This is esoteric, so let me explain. Title II weapons comprise machine guns, silencers, short-barreled rifles, short shotguns, and trick weapons such as pen guns, cell phone guns, walking cane guns, etc. All these require federal, not state, firearms permits. Often these weapons are held by trusts to minimize taxes and fees upon transfer of the weapon to beneficiaries of the trust and to heirs upon the death of the original owner. Heretofore, the principals could exempt themselves from providing ID and undergoing background checks. Getting rid of this exemption is common sense. Guns are used by people, not by fictitious entities such as trusts and corporations. Anyone who wants to own a Title II firearm should cough up the prints and the pictures and get their rap sheet run by the ATF. In real life, Title II weapons are rarely used by crooks. Hiring attorneys and filing trust documents with the courts is just not a crook thing. Badboys also don’t use these weapons for more practical reasons. Machine guns run through ammo too fast. If you fire a long burst, you’ll empty the clip and melt the barrel. As for the sawed-off shotguns, they’re difficult to conceal. And silencers? They’re for pussies! They make your pistol too long and reduce the power of the bullet. The people who own Title II firearms are, ironically, absurdly law-abiding. They’re gun enthusiasts who don’t want to do anything to lose their favorite toys. Generally, these guys fire their guns only at ranges and carry them


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in hard cases, lovingly cleaned and oiled, in the trunks of their late-model cars and trucks. As you can imagine, these weapons are expensive. A full-auto carbine with customfloated barrel, attached laser and German glass scope can run $30,000 or more. The only place your average hood rat sees such guns is on TV — and those are fake! The trust background check requirement might, however, prevent transfer of these weapons to people who are mentally ill. I’ve had too much experience with families who cannot admit that their children are crazy. Some of these parents are so deluded, they might will a machine gun to their wack-job kids. The president’s actions, alas, are more gestural than serious. The reason is that they will be enacted by executive order and agency rulemaking, both of which can be abrogated in an instant by the next president. Customarily, the first thing a new president does on inauguration day, after taking the oath of office and before working the tables at a joyous luncheon, is to slip into the oval office and sign an executive order that cancels his or her predecessor’s executive orders! This president’s measures are minimal in any case. Neither addresses a major problem that is partially within federal government control, which is to block the mentally ill from obtaining guns and to enable society to commit the insane involuntarily. All the recent spree killers, with the exception of the Boston bombers, were florid, unmedicated schizophrenics. Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter; James Eagan Holmes, the Aurora theater shooter; Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter; and Jared Lee Loughner, who shot Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords, had all frightened their families and employers by their bizarre behavior. They look scary now, even from prison. Their eyes wobble; their grins terrify. Their brothers and sisters in madness are everywhere. Across the street from my bedroom window, a woman howls through the night. At the courthouse, a man chats with a palm tree. Now and then a crew-cut guy with a cigar shuffles by with his head down because his neck has been paralyzed by neuroleptic drugs. Mostly, they ignore everyone. They’re talking to gods and demons. We, by comparison, are insignificant. Until, that is, a divine being requires a sacrifice and, magically, supplies a gun or a knife. Then we all become bullocks and burnt offerings in the mad sacraments Of Crime City.  Wes Denham

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Why Not Tebow?

Nightmare season continues for big cats


hrough two home games started by Blaine Gabbert, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been outscored 65-5. If there is one silver lining, the team briefly led in both: 3-0 against the Colts; 2-0 against the Chiefs. So there’s that. The harsh truth, though, is that that just isn’t enough. Not even close. Not when discussion — ranging from a USA Today story a couple of weeks ago to a Yahoo! Sports radio spot I heard during my Monday morning commute after the Colts debacle — revolves around whether the Jags can go 0-16. Trading away starting offensive tackles for late-round picks — as the Jaguars did with Eugene Monroe in early October — won’t help the team win or the quarterback remain intact. How bad has it gotten for the Jaguars? It’s gotten so bad that when the Jaguars punt these days — and they punt a lot — people call it the Teddy Bridgewater Formation, a reference to the expected No. 1 pick that the Jags will take in the 2014 draft. It’s so bad that much discussion lately has revolved around when or whether the Jaguars should sign Tim Tebow to a contract. Again! You remember Tebow: Nease High School star, Gators superstar Heisman-trophy winner. Took Denver to the playoffs despite having entire halves of games in which he completed one forward pass. Didn’t get much of a shot in New York with the Jets. Couldn’t stick on the New England roster. That guy. Apparently, there are some who believe he’s the franchise savior. Like the guy in a monkey mask I talked to before the Colts game. I never miss an opportunity to talk to someone wearing an animal mask, and since he had a pro-Tebow sign, I wanted to get a sense of why he thought Tebow would be a good add for the franchise. His answer? Nothing you haven’t heard before. And why would there be anything new to say? The “why not Tebow?” side or the side posting banners that quote General Manager Dave Caldwell saying “even if he’s released” he’s not coming to Jacksonville — both are entrenched in their positions. Meanwhile, Coach Gus Bradley is entrenched in his position, which is that Gabbert isn’t all that bad. Consider his comments at the Monday press conference after the latest home loss: “We continue to look at ways for us to maybe … develop a running game, or maybe develop a downfield passing game,” Bradley said. “We may have to look at creative ways. So we may have to look at ways to say, ‘What really


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is the truth? Let’s take a look at all the tape and see where are our explosive passes coming from? Where are explosive runs coming from?’ If that’s the case, we may gear more toward that. That’s the flexibility we have to have. “I think I saw him use some freedom,” Bradley added. “I saw him do some things.” I know this looks different on film. Sitting in the press box, however, it looks to me like Gabbert is locking in on one guy and throwing it to him no matter what. Though we think of him as a pocket passer, in reality, he functions like a “one read and run” guy, much like the Jets’ Geno Smith — or Tebow. Could it be that, in terms of game, there isn’t much difference between Tebow and Gabbert? Consider the knocks on Tebow: His critics say he doesn’t make the reads. That his throwing motion and his choice of receivers are questionable. That he isn’t necessarily too good at lining up behind center and taking a traditional snap. He’s missing all of the things you might expect from, say, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or the gone-but-not-forgotten Mark Brunell — to be inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars during the Dec. 15 game against the Buffalo Bills. Compare those pejorative descriptions to ones that could be levied on Gabbert. In his third season of handing the ball off to Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, he still has issues with the quarterback/running back exchange — a product, to be sure, of the former Missouri quarterback playing the shotgun spread offense in college. I’ve seen the same issues from Tebow in the traditional pro-set offense. In fact, I’d argue that there are more similarities than differences between the two. That said, folks still agitate for Tebow to be signed, because, well, he’s local. They don’t seem to be able to take off the orange-andblue blinders and see that the guy who’s in there right now isn’t much different than the one they so desperately want to sign. With an increasingly porous line, though, maybe they should sign Tebow anyway, just to have another warm body behind center once the inevitable injuries happen.  AG Gancarski OCTOBER 9-15, 2013 | | 11

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Best Reason to Love Northeast Florida

Maybe it’s the ’stache. Maybe it’s the Spark. Either way, the honeymoon between Northeast Florida residents and Jaguars owner Shad Khan is still going strong, despite disappointment on the football field. Khan pledged as much as $1 million earlier this year to the projects in the first One Spark festival – just a year after completing the purchase of the Jaguars. His financing of the historic Laura Street Trio brought renewed hope to Downtown Jacksonville, and his purchase of the Premier League’s Fulham Football Club (we call it soccer) raised eyebrows. Voted Local Hero for the second year in a row, he rose from No. 179 to No. 122 on the Forbes 400, with an estimated net worth of $3.8 billion. After hiring a new general manager and coach, Khan is still waiting to see similar returns in victories for the Jaguars. – DJ

You have to be willing to “cross the ditch” (aka the Intracoastal Waterway) to get there, but townies who make the effort find Jacksonville’s beaches epitomize life in the Sunshine State. The air smells different. The pace slows down. The colors seem brighter. The people know how to relax. From the tranquil sands of Atlantic and Ponte Vedra beaches to bustling Jacksonville and Neptune beaches, each stretch of beach has its own personality – and personalities. – KS

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Best Reason to Hate Northeast Florida

Heat and Humidity

Sunburn, fogged-up eyeglasses, butt sweat, frizzy hair, steering wheels too hot to touch (let alone use to drive), sand that scorches your feet … feeling like you’re living

in an oven and trying to breathe in a sauna: heat and humidity are just two of the perks that come with living in the Sunshine State. With an average of 90-plus degrees in June, July and August and off-the-charts humidity, summer can be brutal. Just remember those days in January. – KS

Hottest Celebrity

Nikki Kimbleton, WJXT

Nikki Kimbleton wasn’t just being modest when she first heard about her award-winning looks and charisma. “I’m shocked – especially since I’m pregnant and feel really roly-poly. Definitely not sexy,” said the co-anchor of Channel 4’s “The Morning Show.” “But it’s great to hear … and my husband [Scott] will love it!” Proving that true beauty is on the inside, the perky blonde serves as a board member for Blessings in a Backpack, to which she and her husband donate 100 percent of the profits from their original seasoning line Martha’s Mix. – KS

Local Zero Best Wacko

Corrine Brown

Once again, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has placed herself smack in the middle of controversy – on changing the location of the Supervisor of Elections warehouse and the sentencing of Marissa Alexander, who is spending 20 years in prison after failing to convince a judge that she was standing her ground when she fired a warning shot against an abusive husband. In August, Brown claimed that moving the elections office from Gateway Shopping Center into Imeson Park was racist because it would eliminate an early voting location in a predominantly African-American community, and she told City Council members seeking her help from Congress they should “lose my number.” She also said that Alexander was harshly treated because she was a black woman and the legal system treats blacks differently than non-blacks. – RW

Worst Thing to Happen to Northeast Florida

Killing of Jordan Davis

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It was the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, 2012, when Michael Dunn pulled his Jetta into a parking place outside a Jacksonville convenience store on Southside Boulevard. While his girlfriend was inside, Dunn exchanged words with four black teenagers inside an SUV parked nearby, asking them to turn down the music blasting from their car stereo. Dunn, 47, said he felt threatened and said he thought he saw a shotgun, so he reached into his glove box and pulled out a handgun. He fired several shots into the SUV. Two of them struck and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn faces trial in early 2014 on one charge of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted fi rst-degree murder. State Attorney Angela Corey will personally prosecute the case. – RW

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Best College Professor

Nicholas Martino, Florida State College at Jacksonville

Nicholas Martino is teaching students the fundamentals of law in the same school where he began his career as a champion debater: Florida State College at Jacksonville. Martino is a practicing attorney who received law degrees from Florida Coastal School of Law and Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Martino, who teaches a full load in the paralegal studies department at FSCJ, is adored by his students, one of whom wrote on, “He made a tough subject very interesting with real world information. He is a great professor.” – RW

Best Thing to Happen to Northeast Florida Best Volunteer Effort Best News Story

One Spark

It started as an ember of an idea. Friends and local creative/entrepreneurial forces Elton Rivas, Dennis Eusebio and Varick Rosete frequently chatted about ways to help others – especially those who might not otherwise get public exposure – promote their ideas, to foster innovation, collaboration and creativity, and to connect people and ideas ( Their chats, usually over java (the drink, not the computer programming language) at local coffee shops, eventually developed into One Spark, the first world crowdfunding festival. Hundreds of “creators” from around the country submitted ideas, worksin-progress or finished projects in the areas of art, music, science and technology, to be showcased at venues ranging from the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville to Hemming Plaza to The Jacksonville Landing. Over the course of the five-day event held in April, 130,000 attendees descended on Downtown to meet the creators, learn about the projects and vote for those they deemed worthy of a piece of the $250,000 crowdfund ( Jaguars owner Shad Khan also pledged up to $1 million in capital investments. By all accounts, One Spark was a resounding success: fostering the creative community,

giving creators an unparalleled opportunity to share their ideas and establishing Jacksonville as a hotbed for invention and innovation. A daunting task to say the least, organizing a first-time event on such a large scale (for Jacksonville, anyway) is a testament to Rivas, Eusebio and Rosete’s vision for giving a voice and platform to other visionaries and promoting Jacksonville in general. The fact that the festival ran so smoothly and efficiently was also due, in large part, to the more than 700 dedicated volunteers who did everything from setup and breakdown to serving as onsite ambassadors and selling One Spark merchandise. Rethreaded, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “unravel the effects of the sex trade by fighting business with business on a global and local level,” took the top spot for audience vote, while Kona School, a Jacksonville middle and high school “fusing academics, action sports, nutrition and sustainability into a comprehensive private educational experience,” earned the most monetary donations from attendees. Rivas said the One Spark team hopes that attendees and participants spread the word, and the event, scheduled for April 9-13, 2014, becomes one of the best events for people to launch new ideas folioweekly/onespark). – KS

Best Neighborhood

appreciation for all that they do. The phrase “man’s best friend” has never meant more. – SH

The city’s longtime cultural hub, where most of its artists and musicians live, continues driving progress across Northeast Florida. CoRK Arts District has helped springboard the arts scene to unprecedented visibility, housing artists ranging from Jim Draper and Noli Novak to Shaun Thurston and Overstreet Ducasse. The King Street bar district is at high ebb, and Five Points is back on the upswing. – SH

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Best Nonprofit

K9s for Warriors

With talk of possible military action on the front burner right now, it’s good to have organizations like K9s for Warriors to remind us all of war’s human cost. The Department of Defense says 20 percent of returning vets suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and one in six consider and/or attempt suicide. The Ponte Vedra-based group specializes in using dogs (95 percent from rescue shelters) to help ease what can be a difficult transition. Winning this award for the second year in a row is just a token of our readers’

Food Trucks

Earlier this year, the Jax Truckies annual Food Truck Championship attracted 7,000 attendees; Truckin’ on the River at The Jacksonville Landing drew a crowd of 5,000. Then there’s the fact that on any given day, dozens of food trucks are serving hundreds of gourmet meals to hungry locals who don’t mind trading table service for a unique dining experience, featuring cuisine ranging from Swedish and Puerto Rican to cupcakes and shaved ice. Considering food trucks won the same category last year, it doesn’t look like a trend that’s nearing an end. – KS

Best Folio Weekly Cover Story

Bite by Bite

Hungry for info on where to eat out in Northeast Florida, readers ate up our March and August Bite by Bite issues. Encompassing ultra-casual to upscale restaurants with cuisines spanning the globe (Chinese, Italian, Ethiopian,

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Dominican, French) and locations throughout the First Coast, the culinary compendium listed hundreds of eateries, including coffeehouses, sports bars and neighborhood hangouts. And without the cranky comments à la Yelp. – KS

Best Scandal

Allied Veterans of the World

With the top leaders of Allied Veterans of the World pleading no contest in plea deals to avoid jail time, attention has turned to the trial of Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis. Since his arrest in April, Mathis has claimed he did not break any laws – he was simply performing his job as an attorney for Allied Veterans. His trial is scheduled to last several weeks and could set the stage for two Jacksonville police officers: Fraternal Order of Police President Nelson Cuba and Vice President Robbie Freitas still face trial. The scandal forced Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to resign because she had done some work for Allied Veterans. In March, 57 people were charged in what prosecutors said was a $300 million gambling and racketeering case at 49 Internet cafés that were later closed. – RW

Best Teacher

Randal Lessen, Jean Ribault High School

Randal Lessen, a language arts teacher at Ribault, is in his eighth year as a Duval County instructor. Lessen, 38, also taught two years in Arizona and two years in Clay County. In addition to instructing high school students on the finer points of the language arts, Lessen is an adjunct professor at Virginia College and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Lessen received his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Phoenix and his Master of Arts from Arizona State University. – RW

Best College

University of North Florida With a dynamic president, stellar professors, popular

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majors and 16,358 students, the University of North Florida has grown from that sleepy little college on the edge of town to an economic and educational powerhouse. This year’s entering freshmen had a weighted grade point average of 3.9 and an average 1,212 SAT score. UNF, boasting a notable environmentally friendly campus, continues to rank highly with Forbes magazine, U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. – RW

Best Use of Public Money

Public Libraries Best Library Branch

Downtown Main Library

More than 4.5 million customers checked out books, DVDs and other materials more than 8.4 million times last year from the Jacksonville Public Library System, making it one of the most popular city services. Readers in Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties also treasure their libraries, considering them a cultural and educational resource. “Families, job seekers, entrepreneurs and all those who love to learn value their public library,” said Library Director Barbara Gubbin. “We are so pleased that Folio Weekly readers believe libraries are a good investment.” Mayor Alvin Brown proposed closing six branches and there were fears the Main Library would close on Saturday, but the final city budget spared them all. At more than 300,000 square feet, the Main Library is the largest public library building in the state. With more than 568,315 items and more than 863,160 visitors coming through its doors last year, the Main Library is a popular community hub, an escape in the midst of a bustling Downtown. – RW

Best Waste of Public Money

Duval County Courthouse

Despite being open for more than a year, the Duval County Courthouse project is still viewed as a white elephant to many. A recent Folio Weekly story outlined its security flaws ( The courthouse finally has a certificate of occupancy, and officials spent about $281,000 making the courthouse doors meet ADA requirements. David DeCamp,

Roger Linville, Shannon Blankinship, Lisa Rinaman, Jimmy Orth, Carol Bailey and Jennie Busey

Best Environmental Abomination

St. Johns River Pollution Best Environmental Activist

St. Johns Riverkeeper

“I’ve lived in this community for 15 years now, and my life has been basically on the banks of the St. Johns,” said Lisa Rinaman, whose time as Riverkeeper was preceded by a decade in and around local government. The organization currently has more than 1,400 members, including an “active volunteer base” of nearly 200 and a 30-person “river control group.” The more things change, the more they stay the same, and Folio Weekly readers retain a real passion for the region’s waterways, starting with the main artery. “There’s been such budget constraints. We’ve lost institutional knowledge in the Environmental Quality Division … the staff that’s there doesn’t have the capacity to enforce what’s on the books. Mayor Brown loves the river; he’s done a lot of great things with access. Unfortunately, with budget constraints, there’s not as much enforcement as there needs to be.” – SH

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Best Radio Personality

Melissa Ross

Best Radio Show

‘First Coast Connect’

Best Radio Station


It’s taken some time, but WJCT is now moving toward establishing a brand identity that is viable beyond its broadcast range, more in the mold of other NPR affiliates around the country. It has done so by generating more of its own local programming, using people who know what listeners want to hear. WJCT’s success in recent years begins with Melissa Ross, whose run at the helm of “First Coast Connect” gives the station a credible lead voice to anchor the diversity of its other shows, like “Indie Endeavor,” “Lost in the Stacks” and perennial faves “This is Jazz” and “Electro Lounge.” They’ve actively sought to appeal to the hipster set, the very people who think terrestrial radio has nothing left to offer. “First Coast Connect” is the show of record for local politics and public affairs and the likely impetus for local TV stations to begin moving in that direction. And now, having Al Letson’s “State of the Re:Union” officially established there opens the door to really boost WJCT’s profile, both locally and nationally. That, in turn, can only increase the station’s revenue base. Like WJXT, WJCT proves that going local is good for business. – SH a spokesman for Mayor Alvin Brown, said the new courthouse, plus renovation of the adjacent old federal courthouse for the state attorney’s office, will meet its $350 million budget. Now that the new building’s warranty has expired, expect more problems. – RW

Best Blog

Kerry Speckman, The Specktator, Folio Weekly

The orange-spectacled writer who's turned “specktating” into an art form moved her personal blog to coincide with the relaunch of in January (folioweekly. com/specktator). Kerry Speckman quickly gained fans who relish her singular perspective on funky Northeast Florida. From buoyant and bubbly to smartass and silly, Speckman spoofs nearly any topic that catches her gaze. She exposed who Gov. Rick Scott was following on Twitter, critiqued Mayor Alvin Brown’s budget presentation (the flourishes, not the facts), and polled designers’ opinions about local sports logos. She’s a professional stalker who enjoys photo-bombing celebrities almost more than meeting them. If you’re doing something cool in Northeast Florida, she’s your biggest fan – unless you misspell the name of a Jacksonville landmark. – DMR

Best Facebook Page

Jax Truckies

With food trucks megatrending locally, it’s no surprise that the Facebook page that got the wheels rolling, so to speak, is so popular. Jax Truckies keeps its nearly 12,000 fans informed of the trucks’ daily whereabouts (as well as what trucks are off the grid), announcing new additions to the fleet and organizing and hosting truck food-fueled events, including the annual Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship, benefiting local charities. Full disclosure: Folio Weekly Bite-sized columnist Caron Streibich is a co-founder of Jax Truckies. If you love food trucks, this should be your first stop. – KS

Best Twitter Account

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Better known as “the fake mayor” to his loyal followers, @jaxmayorbrown parodies Alvin Brown with his tongue-

in-cheek take on local issues, media and the Jacksonville City Council (which he describes as “next level down”). As for his foray into social media, he said – in third person, of course – “Whether it be through parades, ribbon-cuttings, press conferences, talking points or simply giving someone a hand, Mayor Brown has always taken the direct route. Direct is far more effective and efficient than indirect, isn’t it?” – KS

Best Instagram Account


For nearly two years, local Instagram users of all ages and walks of life have been sharing their photos of the 904 via igersjax (“igers” is an abbreviation for “Instagrammers”). Creator Stefan R. Stears started using the hashtag #igersjax as a way of showcasing his own photography and encouraged others to do the same for their photos. Now with an offi cial Instagram account, igersjax has approximately 5,000 followers who have posted 45,000 photos (Stears has personally posted more than 660). – KS

Best Sports Radio Personalities

Jeff Prosser and Dan Hicken, 1010 XL, 92.5 FM

If sports talk radio is a virtual lion’s den, then the hosts of “Sports Final Radio” (which airs 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday) are the guys in the center, holding whips and chairs. Dan Hicken’s evolved over the years from the enfant terrible of local sports media to the point all sports reporters eventually reach: the curmudgeon who’s usually right. Until the no-compete clause with First Coast News expires, audiences must content themselves with his inimitable interplay with longtime co-host Jeff Prosser, and the occasional tweet. – SH

Best News Website

As a general rule, traditional media websites suck. Sloppy, outdated designs over cluttered data fi elds that are diffi cult or impossible to navigate. Old media’s inability to effectively manage their own information is one reason why so many organizations have lost

so much market share to so-called “new media.” The News4Jax site is probably the easiest to navigate, which is important, because this is Florida, so people are combing through that content on a regular basis – usually for blog posts about how weird Florida is. Between the site itself and WJXT’s new mobile app, has become the go-to resource for the kinds of stories that seem to happen only here. – SH

Best Investigative Reporter

Vic Micolucci, WJXT

It’s been a rough year in the River City – the kind that makes even veteran journalists flinch and falter. But “Vic Mic” has quietly worked his way up the ladder to become a workhorse for The Local Station’s investigative machine, in the field on some of the year’s more compelling and controversial stories. His most interesting story involved a pilot who was shot while flying over the urban core on New Year’s Eve. Micolucci is literally on a whole other plane. – SH

Best TV Anchor

Bruce Hamilton, WJXT

“I’m your typical guy who doesn’t like doctors, ignores the warning signs, and this was a wake-up call for me,” said Bruce Hamilton, who nearly died during heart surgery in July. “I’ve got four boys who give me every reason to live, so it’s onward and upward.” The humor he displays so often on-air sheathes the cold steel of a veteran newsman. Born in Philadelphia, “The Morning Show” anchor, who cites Tom Brokaw as a role model, has been a local fixture for more than a decade: His first day at WJXT was Sept. 11, 2001. – SH

Best TV Weather Forecaster

Richard Nunn, WJXT

“I’m a bonafide nerd – I want to have answers,” said Richard Nunn, who has taken the timeless “wacky

weatherman” gimmick and raised it to high art during his 10 years at WJXT. “First, as a meteorologist, Richard’s first-rate; he knows his stuff,” colleague Bruce Hamilton said. “Second, he’s unpredictable. He knows a little something about everything.” Whether he’s running marathons for charity or cooking vegan vittles on the air, Nunn always comes off like someone who truly enjoys his work … because he does. – SH

Best TV Sports Anchor

Brent Martineau, Action News, FOX 30, CBS 47

For Brent Martineau, unseating perennial favorites Sam Kouvaris and Dan Hicken just adds to what’s already been a great year. For all his on-screen ability, Martineau’s biggest impact this year came from his efforts to poach Hicken from First Coast News – a game-changing power move any sports fan can appreciate. Martineau was unavailable for comment by deadline; he was on a West Coast run with the Jaguars, whose early-season slump will be the first big test of the new Action Sports team. – SH

Best TV Newscast

First Coast News

WJXT’s dominance in this year’s balloting was broken up only sparingly by the competition. Donna Deegan’s retirement a year ago left a void impossible to fill, but the transition was smooth enough to leave nary a scratch, as our readers certify with this award. Shannon Ogden has gelled in the lead anchor spot alongside the venerable vet Jeannie Blaylock. Dan Hicken’s exit leaves Chris Porter ensconced atop the sports department, and Tim Deegan remains Tim Deegan, which is all you really need. – SH

Best TV Morning Show

‘The Morning Show,’ WJXT

Let’s keep it real: WJXT has the best morning show anywhere in the United States, and that has been the case for years. “We’re just the face – we’re just the talking-head,” said weather forecaster Richard Nunn. “We have these awesome producers. They give us this time freely; they let the story be told through the energy of the story itself.” Adding more local music coverage has helped make it must-see TV among the types who are more likely to be going to bed at that hour than waking up. “We spend so much time together that we really do become like family to each other,” anchor Bruce Hamilton said. – SH

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was exhibited at the Cummer from December 2012 through April 2013 ( “My hope is that, through exhibiting images based upon these natural systems, we can all develop a better understanding of the bounty that lay before us.” – KP

Best Artist

Yvonne C. Lozano

Known for her depiction of faceless children and Dingo, the blue dog, Yvonne C. Lozano is more than just another local artist. Through socially engaging public art projects like “I AM JAX” (artistic silhouettes that tell the story of Jacksonville citizens through social media) and Operation: Bring Art to the People (free art drops throughout the city known as #freeartfriday), Lozano is a driving force for cohesion among artists and the community ( SettingArtFree). “Art is a powerful tool, and my work is meant to do more than just be hung up on a wall,” Lozano said. “It’s meant to engage and encourage people to love, interact and connect with our region.” – KP


Best Author

Jesse Wilson

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Best Actor

Victor Jones

Proving that an actor doesn’t have to live in LA or NYC to be a working actor, Victor Jones has appeared in two movies of the week (including “Prize Pulitzer” with Courteney Cox) shot in Jacksonville, the James Bond feature “Licence to Kill” and a number of national commercials (most notably, a Buckingham Palace guard in an Imodium commercial). His biggest claim to fame 2013street-fight might be an appearance in a© newsroom scene in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” If, he said, it doesn’t wind up on the cutting floor. – KS

Best Community Theater Group

Players by the Sea Best Theater Production

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Best Art Exhibit

Jim Draper, ‘Feast of Flowers,’ The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

When local landscape artist Jim Draper decided to mark the 500th anniversary of the naming of Florida, he got to work on “Feast of Flowers.” “It seemed appropriate to celebrate those native species that have remained in this fragile ecosystem,” Draper said of his multidisciplinary series of paintings based on local landscapes. The series

In life, Andrew Jackson never visited the city that bears his name; he was the provisional governor at the time the city was incorporated, and it was named after him only in “tribute.” However, Jackson’s image proliferated throughout the summer. Players by the Sea ran “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” over four weekends in July and August, playing to strong crowds from start to finish ( It was a high point in a good

Best Comedian


“Are you SERIOUS?” An ironic question from the man dubbed the funniest in town. Moonpie (née David Hicks) got into the funny business working in promotions at a local radio station. He’s since dabbled in stand-up comedy; wrote/produced/starred in a cable variety series called “The Babble Show”; appeared in several independent films and scored a memorable cameo on “Glee” (taunting Sue Sylvester, no less). These days, he runs CineCity Jax, a networking group promoting local performance arts, and is writing a screenplay – a comedy, we assume. – KS

year overall for the company, which has grown into a real community asset since its founding in 1966. The theater’s other offerings this year included “Amadeus” (, “Passing Strange” ( ARichStew), “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” ( and “Young Frankenstein.” Coming up this fall are “Quills” opening Oct. 18 and “The Whipping Man” opening Nov. 8. – SH

Best Comedy Club

The Comedy Zone

For more than two decades, The Comedy Zone has attracted regional and national acts including Chris Rock, Carrot Top, Jeff Foxworthy, Tracy Morgan, Louie Anderson and Brian Regan to its small but mighty stage (Carlos Mencia, Drew Carey and Keenen Ivory Wayans are among those who have performed this year). Owner Fred Pozin also cultivates budding comedians with stand-up workshops and local all-star nights at the club. And if eight years of winning the category (since we started it) weren’t enough reason to get into the Zone, comedian Doug Benson dubbed it “the best comedy club off a freeway.” Now that’s funny. – KS

Best Place to Attend a Concert

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

A steady flow of varied national acts earned the St. Augustine Amphitheatre a win in 2012 (and every year since ’09) and this year was no different. With about 4,100 seats, the covered amphitheater’s 2013 shows have ranged from rock to hip-hop to country, featuring performers like Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Smashing Pumpkins, Alan Jackson, Chicago and Kendrick Lamar. Upcoming shows include The Lumineers with Dr. Dog, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame, Barenaked Ladies, Passion Pit, Justin Moore, The Avett Brothers and Alabama Shakes. – HL

Best Dance Club

Mavericks Best DJ

Joe Buck Best Concert


Jacksonvillians love, love, love country music. When folks want to go honky-tonkin’, they head to Mavericks at The Landing. On Thursday through Saturday nights, it’s DJ Joe Buck who’s usually there to make sure they have a good time. “I’m big on playing all the customers’ requests. I don’t just play what I think they want to hear,” said Buck, who has DJ’d at Mavericks off and on since the club opened in late 2007. Whether you’re a line dancer, booty shaker or slow dancer, Buck’s got you covered. “I want people to leave that club saying, ‘Man, I had a blast dancing,’ ” he said. But don’t pigeonhole Mavericks as strictly a country music club. Mavericks also holds concerts featuring artists from other genres. According to Folio Weekly readers, the best concert on the First Coast this year was SOJA, a reggae/rock band with hip-hop influences. SOJA, which stands for Soldiers of Jah Army, hails from Arlington, Va., near Washington, D.C., and they rocked a crowd at Mavericks in July. – HL

Best Dance Studio

Dance Trance

With multiple locations throughout Northeast Florida, including Neptune Beach and San Marco, Dance Trance is the place to sweat it out on the dance fl oor. Established more than 20 years ago, Dance Trance is a dance fitness program that utilizes hand signals to cue dancers to changes coming up in the music – a mix of jazz, funk, Latin, reggae, hip hop and more. With beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes, Dance Trance has become so popular that it even offers its own clothing line, from dance pants to hot shorts. – KP

Best Gallery

CoRK Arts District

Located on the corner of Rosselle and King streets, CoRK Arts District features more than 80,000 square feet of warehouse space showcasing workspaces and galleries of some of Northeast Florida’s most talented artists. Housing everything from woodworkers and painters to glass-blowers and ceramicists, CoRK has gained fame as the lifeblood of Jacksonville’s art community. Over the past year, the space has showcased a cornucopia of events, including “The Sum of Cube + Cubism” by Overstreet Ducasse and Stephanie Glen ( OverstreetDucasse); “Cut Paint Draw” featuring Hiromi Moneyhun, Sharla Valeski and Bruce Musser; “Through the Fire” (; and “The All Americans” featuring Ducasse, Dustin Harewood and Princess Simpson Rashid. – KP OCTOBER 9-15, 2013 | | 21

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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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gem hosts regular lectures, studio classes, “Conversation and Cocktails,” concerts, “Talks & Tea,” garden tours and volunteer and docent opportunities – a true Riverside institution for more than five decades. This year, the Cummer renovated its riverview Olmstead Garden ( and built a new sculpture garden facing Riverside Avenue. Check out the upcoming “Modern Dialect” collection, featuring respected American artists, opening Oct. 19 in the Mason Gallery. – KP

Best Gay/Lesbian Club

Metro Entertainment Complex

“Complex” is the perfect word to describe the Riverside nightclub said to be the largest LGBT venue in Florida. For starters, Metro Entertainment Complex houses seven distinct venues ranging from a piano bar and disco to tiki bar and female impersonator showroom (Sondra Todd and Rhiannon Todd are staples). Weekly events include an amateur male strip contest, “drag-okie” (Karaoke hosted by drag queens, of course) and bottomless Thursday (not literally). Then there’s the “complexity” of its staff and patrons. Male? Female? Both? Neither? – KS

Best Gentlemen’s Club

Gold Club

What makes a gentlemen’s club “best” certainly depends on one’s reasons for patronizing it. To Folio Weekly readers who chose Gold Club, sexy dancers aren’t the only criteria. Discreetly located on a blink-and-you-miss-it side street off Atlantic Boulevard, the adults-only club does cater to clientele who appreciate the female form, especially one spinning around a stripper pole, but it’s also a full-service steakhouse, with VIP bottle service and TVs. – KS

Best Karaoke Place

Austin Karaoke

You probably think you sound like Christina Aguilera or Michael Bublé when you’re singing in the shower, but the reality is you don’t. And that’s the beauty of Austin Karaoke. Jacksonville’s only Karaoke-only bar allows patrons to sing in private rooms with state-of-the-art, fully computerized Karaoke systems. No host to goad you, no strangers to heckle you: It’s just you, a microphone and monitor, and whoever you choose to invite – or not. Rooms are rented by the hour, and reservations are suggested. – KS

Best Movie Theater

Cinemark Tinseltown

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It’s not just the quantity of screens that makes Cinemark Tinseltown and XD the readers’ choice: It’s the quality of the movie-going experience. Ceiling-tofloor, wall-to-wall screens with custom sound (that’s the “XD”) and digital format with ultra-realistic 3-D make audiences feel like they’re in the film, not just watching it; while amenities like self-service kiosks,

online ticketing and an onsite café and arcade offer convenience. And don’t forget to “go to the lobby to get [yourselves] a treat.” – KS

Best New Club

The Shim Sham Room

This hot new club’s website lists so many meanings for “shim sham,” the Smurfs are jealous. So slip into your sexy threads and hit The Shim Sham Room in Jacksonville Beach for the night. You never know, you could meet a shim sham who wants to shim sham at the shim sham – shim sham? Translation: You might meet a fine-looking lady who wants to, um, dance at the after party – you know what I’m saying? Probably not, but go anyway. – CG

Best Open Mic Night

Three Layers Café

There has been a long tradition of regular open mic nights around the region; they’ve generated some of our most accomplished singer-songwriters and spoken-word artists. But it’s been quite some time since one has had the staying power of those held every third Thursday at Three Layers in Springfield. (However, look for Chamblin’s Uptown to give them serious competition in next year’s balloting.) Here, performers compete to have a paid gig the following month, which is sometimes their first paying gig ever – an awesome incentive. – SH

Best Outdoor Festival

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Facing ever-present suburban sprawl, the city is always searching for ways to bring people Downtown. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival does just that, packing streets annually with thousands of residents and out-of-towners jazzed about live music and a juried art show. The crowd gives Downtown a swell, urban vibe. Performers in 2013 included Trombone Shorty, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Yellowjackets and the supergroup BWB, plus local favorites such as Von Barlow’s Jazz Journey and Tropic of Cancer. – HL

Best Trivia Night

Dick’s Wings & Grill

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Best Musician


Jamaree (pronounced Jah-mar-ee) Thomas, aka J-City, wants to be a hip-hop trendsetter. The 20-year-old Jacksonville native said he has been making music since he was 7, and he’s now in the studio recording his first album. “The message of my music,” he said, “is about enjoying life and making the best of every moment that we’re here.” His music has spread in a grassroots, word-of-mouth fashion, and he wants his fans to know that “the best is yet to come.” – HL (the University/San Jose restaurant is the newest addition at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays). The competition can get fierce (there are free bar tabs on the line, people) but remains friendly, which is one reason Dick’s takes the prize – and 30 different flavors of wings to munch on between questions probably doesn’t hurt, either ( – KS

Best Live Music Club

Freebird Live

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1999, this club named for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s song, “Free Bird,” has remained a haven for live music junkies seeking a rock ’n’ roll fix. But the music doesn’t stop there. Freebird Live also books hip-hop, jam, funk and blues musicians. With two floors, two bars and space for about 700 people, standing-room only, the non-smoking club brings in nationally touring acts while supporting local bands, too. Upcoming shows include Built to Spill, Less Than Jake, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Baauer and Clutch. – HL

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Best Art Walk

First Wednesday Art Walk

Touted as a “free, self-guided tour that combines astounding visual and live art,” Downtown Jacksonville’s monthly Wednesday Art Walk is the place to hobnob while checking out local talent. Regular venues include the headquarters at Hemming Plaza, Southlight Gallery, The Florida Theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville with works by artists and artisans like Jennifer Knudsen, White Witch Jewelry, Erica Spofford and Conrad Van Wyk. Themed events such as Pet Walk and Oktoberfest are crowd pleasers. Ride your bike, hop on the bus, hail a cab or ride the Skyway. Any way you get there, First Wednesday Art Walk is not to be missed. – KP OCTOBER 9-15, 2013 | | 23

Best Athlete in Northeast Florida

Best Community Garden

The Jaguars’ sledgehammer running back has endured a lot over the past 12 months, but he’s still your favorite. Maurice Jones-Drew, voted Best Athlete for the fourth year in a row, played in only six games in 2012 because of a left foot injury. An altercation at Conch House Marina Resort in May led to reports he hit someone, but MJD was never charged. Throughout the ordeal, most Jaguars fans seemed to give Jones-Drew the benefit of the doubt, given his history of charity work as well as the bruising style he’s showcased on the fi eld. Early this season, MJD has struggled in the team’s new zoneblocking scheme, but many fans still believe he’s one of the Jaguars’ playmakers. – DJ

With an orchard, a kids’ garden, 10 family garden plots, grapevines and bees, Laura Street Community Garden – the first to win in this category – is a bright green spot in a city increasingly enamored with gardening ( On Oct. 19, the garden hosts a quarterly Cooking in Season class at The Floridian in St. Augustine. Ray Beeson, who keeps things growing smoothly, explained. “We have a local chef who uses only locally procured meats and produce, organic as well, and they make a dish or several dishes that are made from things that are ready right now, in season.” Yum. – CG

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Best Bowling Alley

Beach Bowl

The bowling is so incendiary at Beach Bowl that in September, a fire broke out! OK, maybe the relatively minor kitchen fire was caused by something other than smokin’ hot lanes with bowling balls rolling down them. This Jacksonville Beach favorite has been giving laughter and fun to locals for more than 50 years. Whether you play like a “Kingpin” or a pinhead, you’re sure to have fun on the lanes at Beach Bowl. Just try not to get “Munsoned.” – CG

Best Campsite

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

When you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city – but not that far away – Hanna Park, which is adjacent to Mayport Naval Station, is ideal. The 300 campsites, including tent and RV spots as well as cabins, are in a shady, wooded area and offer laundry and shower facilities. The 1.5 miles of sandy beaches are the biggest selling point, but the 450-acre park also boasts hiking and biking trails and a freshwater lake great for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. – HL

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Best Golf Course

TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course

The Stadium Course regularly ranks as one of the best courses in Florida and the U.S. in Golf Digest and Golfweek. Its signature 17th hole with a tricky island green is arguably the most famous in the world. It’s also tough to beat the allure of playing the course that challenges the best players in the world every May at The Players Championship. But that thrill is costly: The average duffer can expect to pay between $250 and $450 to tee off on the Stadium Course, depending on the season. And remember – tip your caddy. – DJ

Best Park

Memorial Park

Centrally located in a commercial area on Riverside Avenue, Memorial Park is a coveted, urban green space amid a busy and growing neighborhood. The large, open, grassy area is often filled with picnickers, Frisbee enthusiasts and people playing ball with their kids. It’s also a great place for a jog, to admire the St. Johns River, and to walk your dog. Be sure

to check out “Life,” the statue memorializing Floridians who died in World War I, and the bronze eagle statues guarding the park. – HL

Best Place to Canoe or Kayak

Guana River State Park

Northeast Florida has so much to offer, sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get away from it all. If you’re in need of a vacation from reality, the waters at Guana River State Park in Ponte Vedra Beach are an ideal place to kayak. After a few hours on the water watching shorebirds, alligators and fi sh frolic and hunt, and you won’t remember what you came to forget. Just be sure to bring cash for parking and check the tides before you launch. – CG

Best Skate Spot

Kona Skate Park

Between cellphones, video-game experiences so righteously realistic that you’d swear they draw blood and the almighty Internet, it can be a challenge to detach

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your gluteus from the couch maximus. But Kona Skate Park in Arlington has about 6 acres of reasons to helmet and knee-pad up and see if those muscles of yours are as near atrophy as the dimples in your forearms suggest. “Groms” (young skateboarders) have a chance to show off that double pop-shuvit late kickfl ip at the King of the Groms contest Oct. 24-27. – CG

Best Speed Trap

Butler Boulevard at Southside Boulevard

Unless you’re a bored traffic cop, calling this one a “best of” is a bit of a misnomer. After JTB’s speed limit was raised to a righteous 65 (finally!), some might have doubted it could have made it to the top of this list, but the drivers on John Turner Butler Boulevard, or Butler Boulevard or JTB or Florida State Road 202, or whatever else the city decides to call it – 9C perhaps? – have proved they won’t be satisfi ed until this short strip of highway does away with speed limits altogether, à la Autobahn. – CG

Best Surf Spot Best Place for People-Watching

Jacksonville Beach and Pier Utterly enamored with all things ocean, Northeast Floridians have voted Jacksonville Beach and Jacksonville Beach Pier to the top of an impressive six categories in this year’s list. As far as we’re concerned, the dozen or so blocks along First Street in Jacksonville Beach near the pier are a wonderland of amusement. It’s a place where families mingle with freaks and surfers, and fishers partake in the time-honored tradition of fighting over sections of sea while beachgoers nap, frolic, swim and stare into the majestic Atlantic. Packed with bars and restaurants and shops and more, it would be a tourist trap but for the fact that locals almost always outnumber outof-towners by at least three to one. Not even two years of construction as part of the Downtown Vision Plan Project, scheduled to be completed in November, has kept away the flocks of beach cruisers and day-trippers who make this spot interesting and entertaining 365 days a year. Of the many killer fishing spots in wonderfully waterlogged Northeast Florida, none tops the nearly quarter of a mile stretch that comprises the Jacksonville Beach Pier. For only a dollar ($4 to fish, no saltwater license required), you can stroll to the end and watch the sunrise as fishers of every age, walk of life and level of

expertise pull up shiny specimens of the couple of dozen species that are routinely caught from the pier. Look down and you’ll see the dawn patrol enjoying the best break in the city, frequently exchanging what can only be assumed to be pleasantries with the anglers above. As the sun arcs into an endless sky, make your way to the beach as it fills with sun-and-salt-worshippers of every shape, size, variety and costume. The diversity of the crowd has made people-watching in Jacksonville Beach a cherished pastime. Muted by the roar of the ocean, snippets of detailed analyses about whether that large, hairy man has any business wearing those leopard-print Speedos drift over sea oats-dotted dunes. There’s plenty of eye candy to go around, too, and enough ink to cast an entire season of a reality show about tattoos. At the end of the day, take one last dip as color emerges from the western sky in streaks of pink and orange that refl ect off rolling waves still carrying surfers. Then gather your towel, sunblock, cooler and various accouterments and wave goodbye to the ocean, your friend, as you climb the steps and head off into the night. – CG OCTOBER 9-15, 2013 | | 25

Best B&B on Amelia Island

Elizabeth Pointe Lodge

Your worries will drift away with the sea foam from the moment you check in at Elizabeth Pointe Lodge. While away the hours in a rocking chair on one of the porches of the three-building oceanfront compound, on South Fletcher Avenue in Fernandina Beach, or curl up for an afternoon nap in one of the many rooms with an ocean view. The main building’s Nantucket shingle style speaks of turn-of-the century New England, but the hospitality at this bed and breakfast is all Southern. – CG

Best B&B in St. Augustine

Casablanca Inn

Casablanca Inn in St. Augustine is the epitome of Old World influence in Florida. Check in and relax on one of several porches facing shimmering waters at this bright, airy bayfront spot. Then hit the streets and explore the

mazes and cobblestones of Historic St. Augustine. Perfect for a romantic weekend or even a small business retreat, with three buildings and more than 20 rooms, Casablanca Inn offers a variety of options, be you out-of-towners, honeymooners or corporate revelers. – CG

Best Bike Shop

Trek Bicycle Stores of Jacksonville

Trek Bicycle Stores of Jacksonville owner Jeff Kopp says he prides his stores on having “the largest selection, best value and awesome staff.” Two locations (Jacksonville Beach and Mandarin) sell everything from kids’ bikes to mountain bikes, all made by Trek, the best-selling bicycle brand in the U.S. Kopp, a former linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, hosts a weeknight football radio show and coaches football for the Providence School when he isn’t busy giving back to

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Best Dive Shop

Atlantic Pro Divers

Once again, Atlantic Pro Divers has gone deeper than the competition. So whether you’re planning a trip to explore the depths of the Great Barrier Reef or just want to snorkel with the manatees in the St. Johns River, this mainstay in Jacksonville Beach has the gear and the knowledge to help you swim like the fishes. Just, please, don’t repeat the lesson one Floridian learned the hard way last year: Manatees are for admiring, not for riding. – CG 26 | | OCTOBER 9-15, 2013

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Best Vintage Store

Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel

With a name like Fifi Queen, it seems the founder of Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel was destined for the finer things in life. The Asheville, N.C., native settled in Jacksonville in the early 1980s, bringing with her a love of beautiful but affordable clothing that became her business philosophy in opening the first Fifi’s store on Amelia Island, according to the company’s website. Fifi’s boutiques put vintage designer fi nds within everyday shoppers’ reach by offering gently used, highly sought brands at bargain consignment prices. You can find Fifi’s self-described “Florida’s largest and finest consignment shop” in 22 Florida and North Carolina locations, including six in Amelia Island, Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine. – MT the community by sponsoring charity rides and sharing his passion for cycling. – MT

Best Clothing Store


Frank Rosenblum opened one of the first men’s clothing stores in Jacksonville in 1898, beginning with “only a pushcart full of wares and a heart filled with determination,” according to Rosenblum’s website. More than a century later, Rosenblum’s is still a local favorite spot for men’s – and, since the 1960s, women’s – upscale fashions. The stores carry well-known brands and offer the type of personalized customer service one might expect from a third-generation family business. Two locations, in Lakewood and Jacksonville Beach, are operated by Bob and Richard Rosenblum, grandsons of the business-savvy patriarch. – MT

Best Doctor

Loren Clayman Best Plastic Surgeon

Loren Clayman, Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center Best Day Spa

Dr. Clayman’s Miracle Spa

complicated facial reconstructions on returning soldiers who’d been prisoners during the Vietnam war. For each of the 15 years that the board-certified doctor has held the title of BOJ Best Plastic Surgeon, Surgical Technician Nancy Gladden has been his first mate, assisting with everything from suture removals to extensive surgeries. Gladden, this year’s Best Nurse, became a surgical technician in 1967 at the recommendation of an unemployment offi ce staff person. “I wasn’t qualified to be a secretary,” she said, “so somebody told me I should be an operating room tech.” Gladden said she is dumbfounded but quite honored by the BOJ distinction. In addition to plastic surgeries, Dr. Clayman’s Miracle Spa, located in Riverside, offers a variety of skin care treatments designed to rejuvenate and reduce stress. – MT

Best Hairstylist

Best Florist


Kuhn Flowers

Long before the days of online-ordered apologies and I love yous, the Kuhn Flowers truck was delivering fresh flower arrangements and live plants for every occasion to happy Northeast Florida recipients. Kuhn Flowers, serving Jacksonville with consistent quality flowers and gifts since 1947, now has additional locations for folks in Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine. Many locals love the main Kuhn Flowers shop on Beach Boulevard in St. Nicholas for its elaborate themed window displays, which change for every holiday and season. Make it a stop this Halloween and Christmas. – MT

Best Nurse

Best Hair Salon

Some people achieve academic success, while others excel in athletics … and then there are those who dedicate their lives to helping others. Rarely do these three life pursuits come together as they have for Loren Clayman, who is not only the Best Plastic Surgeon for the 15th year in a row, but this year’s Best Doctor and owner of the Best Day Spa. Clayman was an All-American track and field star in his days at Harvard University before going to medical school. He later put his healing hands to work, performing

Owner-stylists Jim Stracke and Lea Laskowitz dreamed of creating a salon with an atmosphere that was “design-driven, appealing to clients and stylists and just flat-out cool.” Now, their clients love Hawthorn Salon’s relaxed Five Points environment and its nine well-trained stylists’ expertise on the latest hair products and methods. Chat it up with your stylist over some hair therapy, or take advantage of Hawthorn’s free Wi-Fi if you’re feeling a little shy. Either way, you’ll love your hair. – MT

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Jon-Michael Hall, Aura Salon Spa

As Flannery O’Connor once wrote, “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” A good hairstylist is arguably harder to find – especially one with color expertise and an artistic eye for consistently making you look and feel your best. The search is over for clients of JonMichael Hall, senior designer at Aveda Aura Salon in the Tinseltown area. Hall trained at the Aveda Institute in Charlotte, N.C., and has styled hair for New York Fashion Week for several years, and our readers consider him the best around. – MT

Best Health Club/Gym From fitness classes to swimming classes to youth sports and after-school care for kids, there’s one tried-and-true facility that Northeast Florida residents trust to meet their lifestyle needs: the YMCA. First Coast YMCA’s self-professed goals of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility are carried out through these and other programs offered in 13 locations from Macclenny to St. Augustine. If you won’t listen to us, take it from the Village People: “You’ll find it at the YMCA.” – MT

Best Health Food Store

Grassroots Natural Market

For those who care about what goes into their pieholes, one local market rises above the rest, according to FW readers. They note the quality organic, local and non-GMO product selection at Riverside’s Grassroots Natural Market, founded in 2006 “by two brothers, born and raised in Jacksonville and passionate about health, well-being and culinary adventures,” according to the company’s website. Grassroots offers freshly squeezed juices, fresh, seasonal deli selections and aisle after aisle of the good stuff a healthy bod craves. The company is endorsed by Slow Food First Coast and affiliated with the Natural Products Association and Non-GMO Project. – MT

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Best Record Store

Deep Search Records

At a time when record stores are scarce, it’s a relief – some say a miracle – that Jacksonville welcomed a new one in late 2012. Selling new and used vinyl released by independent/alternative artists (and some mainstream stars), Deep Search Records in Five Points quickly became a favorite spot for people who want to hold something solid when they purchase music. Featuring tidy, well-organized displays, walls covered in album and tour posters, and even occasional live shows, it’s like a candy store for music geeks. What naysayers may not realize is that new records come with free digital download codes, so it’s not like buyers live in the dark ages. – HL

Best Hookah Lounge

The Casbah Café

The current hookah craze was just a novelty when the Casbah first opened for business 14 years ago. It quickly became an anchor of the Avondale scene, and a perennial Best of Jax winner. It has remained that way for three main reasons: 1) The café’s classic Middle Eastern cuisine; 2) the packed line up of live music (including Goliath Flores and the Von Barlow Trio, and we can’t forget the belly-dancers) performing throughout the week; and 3) the hookahs, not bazookas. – SH

Best Hospital

St. Vincent’s Medical Center

With campuses in Riverside and on the Southside, St.

Vincent’s opened a third facility Oct. 1 in Clay County near Middleburg. St. Vincent’s operates centers of excellence in stroke, orthopedics, heart failure and spine care. It’s one of 26 hospital organizations selected by the Department of Health and Human Services to take part in a program designed to reduce millions of preventable injuries from accidents and infections. – RW

Best Jewelry Store

Underwood’s Jewelers

It’s no accident that Underwood’s has been voted the top jewelry store by Folio Weekly readers for more than 20 years in a row, just as it’s no act of chance that the quality and craftsmanship of Underwood’s jewelry has been trusted in Jacksonville for more than 80 years. “We

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Best Farmers Market

Jacksonville Farmers Market

The oldest farmers market in Florida invokes an air of an Old World bazaar, albeit one that accepts paper money or those new-fangled plastic cards more readily than handfuls of grain or salt. With hundreds of vendors hawking thousands of items every single day of the year, this sprawling market just west of Downtown Jacksonville on Beaver Street has all the fresh, local produce you’d want, plus a litany of hard-tofind ethnic and exotic items you didn’t know you needed. – CG 28 | | OCTOBER 9-15, 2013

use science to make it happen, employing every weapon in the gemological arsenal to make sure our diamonds are beautiful,” touts the Underwood’s website, explaining that great care and years of training and expertise go into every jewelry selection before it is deemed fit to sell at one of Underwood’s four locations. For everything from Rolex watches to engagement rings and anniversary gifts, visit Underwood’s in San Marco, Ponte Vedra Beach, Avondale or The Avenues mall. – MT

Best Lawyer Best Righteous Crusader

John M. Phillips

For three years in a row, John M. Phillips has been named the best lawyer in the city by our readers, but this year marks the first time the host of “Courts & Sports” has been recognized for his commitment to truth and justice. In a market that’s rife with pencil-pushing champions of all things morally unsavory, Phillips practices law with a conscience, with humility and, always, with pizzazz. Of being recognized for the quality of work he’s performed representing Aria Jewett and the family of Jordan Davis, Phillips said, “After the year that I’ve had, it’s kind of apropos; it’s still more than flattering.” – CG

Best Liquor Store

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

Unlike some other states – we’re looking at you, North Carolina – where Big Brother rules ABCs with an iron fist and laws by the list, in Florida, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits brings a feel-good vibe and some killer service to the trade. Once again floating to the top of the field this year, ABC offers wine tastings, knowledgeable staff and a dizzying array of beer, wine, liquor, smokes and snacks of the local and imported variety at many locations. – CG

Best Place to Buy a Car

Tom Bush

The search, the negotiation, the financing, the warranty – let’s face it, car shopping can be akin to the stress and pain of getting a root canal. That’s why the local Tom Bush family of dealerships, with more than 40 years’ experience serving Northeast Florida, deserves extra props for winning this category. Tom Bush not only offers new Volkswagens, Mazdas, BMWs and Minis at its seven hassle-free locations, it boasts a wide range of quality pre-owned cars and in-house service and repairs. – MT

Best Staycation Best Tourist Trap

St. Augustine

According to the official city of St. Augustine website, some 2 million visitors make their way to the Nation’s Oldest City annually. It makes sense. With a nearly 450year, culturally rich history, rapidly developing live music scene, art community, the new Ice Plant and miles of white sand beaches, St. Augustine is the perfect place for both tourists and locals to get stuck. Founded in 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the Ancient City served as the capital of the Florida Territory until 1824 and some 60 years later, a winter resort for the wealthy Northern elite. Today, St. Augustine boasts popular destinations like the lighthouse, Castillo de San Marcos, Lightner Museum, Flagler College, annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Alligator Farm and Anastasia State Park. The city just successfully hosted Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road festival. While many tourists visit to learn about St. Augustine’s past, the people of the city are looking toward a bright future. – KP

Best Skate Shop

The SB Skate Co.

Since it catapulted into the mainstream in the 1970s, skateboarding has never gone out of fashion. Girls will always swoon for a kickfl ip; guys will never get tired of watching a sweet Ollie. The SB Skate Co. (formerly Skate Bomb) in Jacksonville Beach has been putting wheels under the city since the mid-’90s. Don’t be fooled by the shop’s size: The selection is as gnarly as some of the scars you’ll see on the sport’s most dedicated athletes. – CG

Best Tattoo Studio

Inksmith & Rogers

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Best B&B in Jacksonville

The Riverdale Inn

One hundred years ago, only the crème de la Jacksonville would have had the luxury to peek inside The Riverdale Inn, which was then a private Riverside residence. A few steps from local attractions such as The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Five Points and Memorial Park, to name only a few, this bed and breakfast is an ideal spot to stow those pesky in-laws and win brownie points in the process, or to enjoy a decadent staycation with your nearest and dearest in one of 10 elegantly appointed rooms. – CG

Best Surf Shop

Aqua East Surf Shop

Those geniuses within the state government report that Florida, the world’s top travel destination, boasts 663 glorious miles of beaches (that’s more than Switzerland and Azerbaijan put together!). This year, Aqua East Surf Shop has triumphed over the competition as sand and sea lovers’ favorite source of beachwear and gear in Northeast Florida. Offering an insanely extensive selection at two locations – Neptune Beach and St. Augustine – you could show up in Brooks Brothers and leave looking like a member of the cast of “Riding Giants,” or at least dressed like one. – CG 30 | | OCTOBER 9-15, 2013

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Best Yoga Studio

Best Bookstore

Yoga might be the only workout in the world that inspires its tight and taut practitioners to be better people. So if you’re looking to find some spiritual oneness or just want to fit into your college jeans again, hit the mat with the gang at Big Fish Yoga, a Baptiste-inspired studio that will have you ohmming like a yogi in weeks. If you’re inspired to channel that good energy into good deeds, owner Mary Lyn Jenkins will gladly direct your chi in the right direction ( – CG

For some, it’s a dream come true; for others, it’s overwhelming. Packed with piles and piles upon rows and rows of used and new books, Chamblin’s Uptown is nothing short of a treasure trove for book lovers (and book hoarders). Whatever topic or genre you’re obsessed with, there’s surely a book, DVD or CD for you. Located on Laura Street near Hemming Plaza, the two-story stockpile also features a café serving coffee and lunch items. It’s the sister store to a former Best of Jax winner, Chamblin Bookmine on the Westside. – HL

Big Fish Yoga

Chamblin’s Uptown

vibrancy of the local tattoo culture, though the artists at Inksmith & Rogers would probably agree that ink should never be exposed to the sun. With its 30th anniversary coming up in 2014, we can probably guess how founders Eric Inksmith and Paul Rogers, whose several studios again top the list this year, will choose to celebrate the momentous occasion. With cake, of course. – CG

Best Veterinarian

San Juan Animal Hospital

When pets are the patients, they can’t speak up and say what’s ailing them. Furry (or scaly) creatures need veterinarians who can pinpoint their problems without verbal clues, and Folio Weekly readers say the San Juan Animal Hospital is the best place in town to take them. The full-service medical facility has five veterinarians catering to four-legged loved ones, with services including vaccinations, dental care, acupuncture, stemcell therapy and pain management. The healthcare team also includes two adorable feline “employees,” Simon and Essiemae. – HL

Best Wi-Fi Spot


Coffee and Wi-Fi go together like Norah Jones and the early 2000s, so it’s no surprise that Starbucks is once again the BOJ Wi-Fi favorite. With 33 locations offering free Wi-Fi in Jacksonville alone, you’re never far away from a chance catch up on that NSFW blog in a comfy, nicely lit Starbucks living room environment while listening to trendy music. You can even Google this year’s BOJ winners while reading about them in this issue and sipping your seasonal PSL (which we hope, for the love of all things scenester, you didn’t order that way). – MT

Best Wine Store

Total Wine

There really is no better way to describe this winner than the very name of the store itself. Recently revamped and reorganized, Total Wine offers so many bottles of wine, in addition to mixers, spirits, beer and more, that it’s nearly impossible to leave emptyhanded. In fact, you’ll probably walk out with at least twice as much as you came in for. Whether you’re a box wine enthusiast or a Napa purist, Total Wine has at least one bottle (but probably more like 100) of the vintage you’re looking for. – CG

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Best Restaurant on Amelia Island

Sliders Seaside Grill

Within walking distance from Fernandina Beach, Sliders touts gorgeous views, live music daily and an outside tiki bar. With a beach breeze and laid-back vibe, Sliders is a popular spot for out-of-towners and in-towners, especially when the weather’s right. This casual seafoodcentric spot serves up dishes like jumbo lump crab cakes, shrimp-and-grits, fried oysters and sesameseared tuna. It’s open for lunch, dinner and, perhaps most important, drinks with a view. And there’s a fun playground to keep the kids occupied. – CS

Best Restaurant in Jacksonville Best Restaurant to Impress a Date Best Slow Food Restaurant


Celebrating five years in business, Avondale hotspot Orsay has proved over the past few years that it’s a top-notch culinary destination complete with a trendy ambience and impeccable service. Chef Brian Siebenschuh eloquently combines French cuisine with Southern American influences to create a menu that spotlights fresh, local ingredients. The restaurant’s farm-to-table dishes earned Orsay a Snail of Approval recommendation from Slow Food First Coast. As for the day-to-day, it boils down to a mix of laser focus and passion. “We just work hard, stay focused, and treat every little detail as if it’s a big deal. Sometimes it’s the tiny details that guests aren’t even cognizant of in the moment that really make the difference in their overall experience,” Siebenschuh said. As for your own personal details – don’t miss the escargot, truffle mac ’n’ cheese or steak frites and a glass of wine or hand-crafted cocktail. – CS

Best Restaurant in Orange Park/Fleming Island Best Pizza in Orange Park/Fleming Island

Mellow Mushroom

With its tasty signature spring water dough and creative pizza names (think Magic Mystery Pie, Holy Shitake, Funky Q Chicken and Kosmic Karma), Mellow Mushroom earns its rep as the neighborhood favorite for all things pizza and beyond. This family-friendly spot exudes fun: bright colors, an expansive outside covered patio, live music and the hostess stand is inside an old VW bus – not to mention there’s plenty of cold craft beers and piping hot pizza to go around. – CS

Best Restaurant in St. Augustine

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Celebrating its 108th birthday (that’s a lot of candles!) this year, The Columbia is at the historic epicenter of St. Augustine on St. George Street. It’s open 365 days a year for lunch and dinner, and no visit is complete without

a carafe (or two) of fruity sangria and an order of the signature garlicky tableside-prepped 1905 salad to start. The details of this family-owned restaurant add to its charm – several fountains, a gorgeous wine cellar, family photographs and portraits and detailed hand-painted Spanish tiles throughout. – CS

Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying Best Steak

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House founder Ruth Ertel was convinced that the success of her restaurants had as much to do with the smell and sound of a steak’s “sizzle” as its taste. That’s saying a lot, considering every steak – from the filet to the cowboy ribeye – is USDA Prime, seared at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and tender enough to slice with a fork. Though the menu is geared toward red meat fans, diners can opt for lamb chops, lobster, barbecued shrimp and stuffed chicken. A la carte pricing translates to about $75 per person (excluding alcohol) for dinner at either location, in Ponte Vedra or Downtown. – KS

Best Meal for $10, Best Mexican Restaurant

TacoLu Baja Mexicana

If “The Most Interesting Man in the World” were a real person and he lived in Northeast Florida, TacoLu Baja Mexicana would be his favorite restaurant. Dig it: Corn tortillas, salsa and guacamole made fresh every day … unique flavor profiles (to wit, the wahoo taco on lettuce with grape salsa and wasabi soy crème) … a cozy atmosphere with whimsical décor … a full bar with a dizzying array of tequilas and mezcals … beautiful people (the diners and the servers) … and nothing on the menu more than 10 bucks including a “$10 Taco.” – KS

Best Chef

Mas Liu, Pacific Asian Bistro

Twenty-something chef Mas Liu offers his patrons everything from chicken katsu to the Jimmy Smith sushi roll at Pacific Asian Bistro in Palencia Village, St. Augustine. According to user Eric G., “If you are dining in for a nice meal, I would suggest you ask for ‘Mas,’ who is the owner and tell him you want an ‘omakase,’ which is essentially chef’s choice. I would normally not do this in a typical local sushi restaurant, but here it is worth it to let the chef create the best dishes with what’s freshest.” – KP

Best Server

Johnny Miller, European Street Café, Riverside

Most nights at the Riverside European Street, or E Street as it’s affectionately known, you’ll probably notice Johnny Miller weaving through the tables with

incredible speed and impeccable efficiency. “I have a pretty crazy personality,” he said. Over the past seven years, that “je ne se quoi” attribute has earned Miller a loyal following of dedicated regulars, who return night after night to revel in his brand of zesty humor. “It’s all part of my charm,” he chuckled. No wonder they keep coming back. – CG

Best All You Can Eat, Best Soup

Bold City Grill

barbecue regions – North Carolina, Memphis, Texas and Kansas City – into one smokin’ cool place. Smoked to perfection, the pork shoulder, beef brisket, turkey breast, ribs and chicken stand on their own, but it wouldn’t be barbecue without the sauce. And Mojo, which has won the category every year since ’07, has you covered (not literally, we hope) with a variety of its own sauce options from mustard to chipotle. – KS

Best Breakfast

Metro Diner

For just $7.99 (11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays), Bold City Grill offers diners a “high-end” salad bar with mixed greens, 15 toppings including grilled chicken; tuna, egg and pasta salad; a hot buffet, typically Chinese (“the best in the world” according to Chef Bobby Jones); desserts such as cheesecake, banana pudding, red velvet cake and cookies; and a soup bar. Soups of the day are homemade and may include tomato cream basil, sausage and lentil, seafood bisque and corn chowder. Beer cheese soup and clam chowder are offered daily. – KS

Breakfast traditionalists will find just what they’re looking for at Metro Diner: steak and eggs, omelets, pancakes and eggs Benedict, hot off the grill and cooked to order. More adventurous diners will appreciate Metro’s twists on old favorites like pound cake or croissant French toast, surf and turf Benedict and the Metro pancake, aka “the 12-inch challenge.” Portions are generous, so bring your appetite – and clear your schedule for a post-meal nap. – KS

Best Bagel

Best Burger on Amelia Island

With a bright yellow awning and friendly staff, this Avondale newcomer offers more than a dozen freshly baked bagel varieties and an assortment of cream cheeses (like bacon horseradish, jalapeño and veggie). Sandwiches, salads and daily specials, along with coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice, give breakfast and lunch patrons plenty of reasons to “love” Bagel Love. Perfect for grab-and-go or dining in, there’s ample inside seating and a few spots outside. – CS

A relative newcomer to the historic island, Tasty’s Fresh Burgers & Fries is already proving to be a staple with the locals. Each quarter-pound burger is made with a proprietary blend of certified Angus beef, served with your choice of toppings or “drag it thru the garden” with pickles, lettuce, onions and tomatoes. Tasty’s also offers turkey burgers and veggie burgers. And don’t forget the Tasty Sauce. – KS

Bagel Love

Best Bakery

Cinottis Bakery

Is it possible to get a sugar high by only seeing or smelling desserts? The folks at Cinottis Bakery would know – they’ve been creating sweet aromas in Jacksonville Beach for five generations. Pies, muffins, cookies, cupcakes and even cronuts (which Cinottis has been making for years, by the way) are made fresh daily, as are the bakery’s signature six-layer cakes. And now that pumpkin donuts are in season (and only through December), well, that’s just the cherry on top. – KS

Best Barbecue


No need to choose a specific barbecue style here. Mojo (with five locations) brings together the four major

Tasty’s Fresh Burgers & Fries

Best Burger in Orange Park/Fleming Island

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

There’s no mystery as to what’s on the menu at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. In fact, the fast-food restaurant with the peanut shells on the floor has more toppings (15, to be exact) than non-burger entrees. With an 80-20 mix of ground chuck/high-quality ground beef, Five Guys serves its made-to-order burgers only one way: “juicy and welldone,” which only sounds like an oxymoron. – KS

Best Burger in St. Augustine

Cruisers Grill

According to Franchise Help’s recent industry report, 75 percent of burger-lovers rank the quality of meat as the first or second most important attribute. And when it comes to good beef in St. Augustine, Cruisers Grill on St. George Street is the place to be. With locations in Jacksonville Beach and San Jose, Cruisers offers more

Best Bartender

Derek “D. Rock” McCray, Whisky River

Whisky River drink-slinger Derek “D. Rock” McCray is a welcome sight for fans of the rock-hard and ripped. An industry veteran, D. Rock has the 411 on a good time: When he’s not squeezing the fun out of life, he’s serving ’em up with a smile. “I like the open access to Fireball; I also like being able to say a lot of things that I never would be able to get away with in normal everyday life,” D. Rock said. His other claim to fame: starring on MTV’s “Road Rules” and “Real World/Road Rules Challenge.” – CG OCTOBER 9-15, 2013 | | 33

than just cow patties. Veggie-lovers can check out the chipotle black bean burger or marinated tuna wrap and wash them down with house-made sangria. – KP

Best Burrito

Burrito Gallery

Intentional or not, Burrito Gallery sums up the Southwestern-inspired, fast-casual restaurant in the heart of Downtown to a T: Their burritos are like works of art. Ginger teriyaki tofu, yellow curry chicken, Cajun shrimp and beef barbacoa are just a few of the inspired creations. If you’re feeling extra saucy, order your burrito “wet” (i.e., with ranchero sauce), and if you’re counting carbs, choose the no-tortilla option. – KS

Best Caribbean Restaurant

Nippers Beach Grille

Tucked away behind an Intracoastal Waterway marina in Jacksonville Beach, Nippers Beach Grille offers everything from scenic, romantic dockside dining to a casual, familyfriendly atmosphere with an equally crowd-pleasing, Caribbean-inspired menu. Folks who make the trip for casual Tuesday night trivia or live music performances may want to sample Nippers’ Southern boiled peanuts, conch chowder, burgers or five varieties of mac ’n’ cheese. Free dockery is provided for those arriving by boat, along with an impressive menu of seafood, steaks and Caribbean favorites for sunset dining. Whatever the occasion, Nippers’ website encourages all guests to “come for the food, stay for the experience.” – MT

Best Chicken Wings

Dick’s Wings & Grill

Folio Weekly readers have spoken, and it turns out they prefer Dick’s. That’s right, with 30 different sauce flavors like Cajun Ranch, Triple Threat and Flying Fajita, plus eight heat-intensity options, Dick’s Wings is this year’s hometown favorite place for getting messy-fingered with chicken wings. Each of Dick’s 15 Northeast Florida NASCAR-themed restaurants, including a new location in Nocatee, offers fried pickles, burgers, salads and quesadillas if wings aren’t your thing. You can count on Dick’s to keep the TVs going so you won’t miss any big races or games while licking your digits clean. – MT

Best Chinese Restaurant

Hot Wok, Riverside

In Florida, most balloting is controversial, and this is a prime example. Hot Wok wins this award posthumously after Wasabi Buffet nearby burned to the ground in June 2012, some say suspiciously. The rest of the strip – which also housed a Laundromat, convenience store and a Firehouse Subs – was later demolished for indeterminate use in the future. Owners claim it will be back by late 2013 or early 2014, ready to go for the repeat. – SH

Best Deli

Pinegrove Market and Deli

For more than 40 years, Avondale’s Pinegrove has been a family-owned-and-operated spot. In addition to serving up a hot breakfast and lunch six days a week, Pinegrove offers only high-yield grades of USDA prime and choice cuts that have been dry-aged in-house for 18 to 21 days. “Our success comes from priding ourselves in providing the highest quality meats, deli specialties and homemade favorites,” co-owner Sal Bajalia said. From Cuban sandwiches and juicy, fresh-ground burgers to soups and salads, most everything is made in-house. – CS

Best Dessert


The massive dessert case that greets you as you enter Avondale eatery Biscottis makes it obvious that indulging in dessert is required. With oversized slabs of sweet goodness like Oreo mousse pie, silky Reese’s peanut butter cup pie, crème brûlée and bread pudding, you’ll pretend calories don’t count when ending your meal here. Worth noting: Biscottis sister restaurant, bb’s in San Marco, earned the second most number of votes – double trouble. – CS

Best Food Truck

On the Fly Sandwiches & Stuff

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Best Burger in Jacksonville


Technically, the “M” in MShack stands for brothers Matthew and David Medure’s surname. But one bite of their all-natural, hormone-free beef burgers and the word “mouthwatering” or “mind-blowing” seems far more appropriate. Both award-winning chefs, the Medures have brought culinary creativity to an old-fashioned burger joint with toppings like avocado and foie gras, in addition to the usual lettuce, tomato, etc. The Atlantic Beach eatery (with a St. Johns Town Center location expected to open next month) also offers veggie burgers, fish sandwiches and salads. As if. – KS Aqua Grille. Today, he owns and operates his own eatery – but this one’s on wheels. Located at the corner of Jefferson and Adams streets 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, On the Fly Sandwiches & Stuff is technically a food truck, but with menu items like firecracker sesame seared ahi, braised pulled pork soft taco and jumbo black tiger shrimp taco, it’s more like gourmet take-out. – KS

why it would be crowned Indian king. Lamb biryani, paneer tikka, chicken tikka naan and tandoori fish await. With a toll-free phone number like 1-888-5SAMOSAS (seriously!), they can’t go wrong. – CS

Best Frozen Yogurt

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Sweet Frog

We’ve lost count of how many froyo shops have popped up in Northeast Florida since the trend’s huge popularity rise began a few years ago. But now that readers have had time to sample them all, they’ve declared their favorite: Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt. What makes Sweet Frog stand out from the others? It could be the guilt-free, made-fresh-daily treats in more than 40 nonfat flavors like Maple Bacon Donut and Thin Mint Cookie, or the extensive toppings bar. Or it could be those adorable little frog mascots. – MT

Best Italian Restaurant

Vito’s Italian Café

readers have delicious pastas and timeless Italian recipes from the Vito’s Italian Café family on the brain, and they’re not afraid to proclaim it. Vito’s once again takes the prize for its Jacksonville Landingbased mega-variety menu, featuring classic Italian fare, seafood, antipastos and an extensive wine list. Next time you go there, try Vito’s three-course special menu – you’ll get a soup or salad, an entrée and cheesecake or cannoli (take the cannoli!) for dessert. Like the Godfather, Vito’s Italian Café makes an offer you can’t refuse. – MT

Best Hot Dog

Orange Tree Hot Dogs

Do you remember when a trip to the mall wasn’t complete without a snack from Orange Tree Hot Dogs? Carolyn and Peter Koppenberger opened the first Orange Tree in Regency Square Mall in 1968, and though they’ve since moved on from those humble mall beginnings, Orange Tree franchises are still serving their famous Orange Frosts and original sweet and spicy onion sauce in three Jacksonville locations: on the Northside, the Southside and Intracoastal West. Go get one, dog. – MT

Best Indian Restaurant

5th Element

Stealing the coveted title from nearby India’s Restaurant after nearly 13 years straight (OK, Cilantro’s won in ’06), this Baymeadows spot in a former Village Inn space has proven it’s as hot as its curry is spicy. From an expansive buffet featuring a seemingly endless rotating selection of freshly prepared vegetarian and meat specialties to an elaborate menu and ample seating, it’s easy to see

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Best Seafood

Salt Life Food Shack

Salt Life Food Shack wants you to know that you don’t need to be an expert angler to “live the salt life.” Taking the top spot for seafood again this year (four in a row!), Salt Life has two locations – Jacksonville Beach and Coral Springs – with a third opening in St. Augustine this winter. No matter the variety of sea creature you’re craving, odds are that Salt Life has just the dish to please your palate. One bite and you’ll be hooked. – CG OCTOBER 9-15, 2013 | | 35



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Best Coffeehouse

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

Bold Bean hasn’t been open two years yet, but it’s already a two-time Best of Jax winner. The secret? FreshFor questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. roasted, organic coffee beans, hand-crafted syrups, a variety of brew methods, including French press and Chemex, locally brewed beers and a hip, relaxed atmosphere. Decorated with local art, Bold Bean is housed in a historic FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 Riverside building, with a no-frills look of exposed brick and a beautifully crafted bar. Riversiders whined for years

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The Casbah Café

Who needs Calgon? The Casbah Café in the heart of Avondale once again takes the hookah for Best Middle Eastern Restaurant and is the perfect spot to take you away from the worries of any bad day. Soak up the chill atmosphere with deep walls, belly dancing and dozens of hookah flavors while kicking back a regional craft beer like one from Riverside’s own Bold City Brewery. For a real doozy of a day, try the Sultan’s Feast – a mammoth portion of three kabobs with couscous or basmati rice The Casbah is open nightly until 2 a.m., so you © pilaf. 2013 won’t have to hurry back to reality. – MT

Best Mediterranean Restaurant

Taverna Yamas

Get yourself to the Greek at Tinseltown’s Taverna Yamas, this year’s repeat BOJ winner for Middle Eastern food in a fun, booming atmosphere complete with a DJ and belly dancing. Taverna Yamas’ extensive

food, wine and martini menu will please both the foodies and red-blooded Americans in your life, with traditional Greek soup, seafood recipes and desserts as well as steaks and burgers. For the tableful of folks who want it all, try the Poseidon family-style menu, with choices of cold appetizers, hot appetizers, Greek salad, entrées and saganaki – described on the menu as flaming cheese with brandy. How can you miss with that? – MT

Best Sub

Angie’s Subs

A beaches institution for years, Angie’s has a vast assortment of sub options (and life-sized vats of sugary sweet tea to wash them down). Its mismatched furniture and low-key atmosphere make it a perfect pre- or post-beach go-to spot. Favorites like the Jack Del Rio Grande with turkey, roast beef, crispy bacon, provolone, sautéed mushrooms, crunchy Fritos BBQ Flavored Corn Chips and spicy ranch are available in 7- and 10-inch sizes. The place gets packed, so do as

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Best New Restaurant

Black Sheep Restaurant

With arguably the coolest rooftop bar in Northeast Florida, Five Point’s Black Sheep is the latest from restaurateur Johnathan Insetta (also of Orsay and former downtown spot Chew). A spacious downstairs dining area offers lunch and dinner along with weekend brunch service and hand-crafted cocktails from the upstairs or downstairs bar area. This hip spot at the corner of Oak and Margaret streets celebrates its first birthday in October. Favorite items include poutine, truffled Black Hog Farm egg toast, a duck bahn mi and braised beef shortribs with blue cheese bread pudding. Save room for a malted milkshake with homemade cookies for dessert. – CS 36 | | OCTOBER 9-15, 2013


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Best Pizza in Jacksonville

Al’s Pizza

A 15-time winner in this category (this makes 16), Al’s Pizza must be doing something right. Whether it’s handtossed New York-style thin crust, Sicilian-style or gourmet hand-tossed pie that you prefer, Al’s “pizza-ologists” have your back with just the right combination of crust, sauce and toppings. And with seven locations – from Riverside to St. Augustine – you’re never too far to put some in your, ahem, pie hole. – KS

Best Pizza in St. Augustine

Pizzalley’s Pizzeria

Lookin’ for the best pie in the Oldest City? Then head to Pizzalley’s Pizzeria on St. George Street for the artery-clogging bacon cheeseburger ’za or the Garbage Can (pepperoni, onions, peppers, sausage, mushrooms and olives). Stumble in for a late-night slice and cold beer or check out the civilized, Old World charm of the adjacent Chianti Room and outdoor back porch. Pizzalley’s also has a killer happy hour, 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with two-for-one cocktails and a free slice with drink order. – KP

Best Smoothie

Smoothie King

Smoothie King, home of the original nutritional smoothie, first opened in New Orleans in 1973 with a mission “to relentlessly influence and help more and more people achieve a healthier lifestyle,” according to the company’s website. Four decades later, Smoothie King stores circle the globe, with 10 regional shops in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine. Whether you want to beef up, slim down or just stay healthy, Smoothie King blends nearly 70 different nutritional drinks in every store. Be sure to sign up for the SK text club for coupons and freebies. – MT

Best Tapas

Tapa That

Celebrating a year and a half in business, Five Points’ Tapa That serves flavorful small plates with an emphasis

on utilizing local ingredients. Co-owner Michael Coutu, along with sister chef Arielle, strive to rotate in new menu items. Bestsellers include the oven-roasted vegetable please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: For questions, salad with an herb-infused goat cheese and balsamic FAXinYOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 drizzle and chicken tacos simmered Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale from Bold City Brewery. “From local food to SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Produced by KAC local art, we always want to feel like PROMISE we represent OF the BENEFIT community,” Michael Coutu said. – CS

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Best Thai Restaurant


This tasty Thai spot serves soups like kao-piak, Vietnamese-style pho, tom-yum gai and kaeng woo sen, in addition to a lengthy list of noodle, rice, curry and wok dishes. Start with a Thai iced tea and crisp lump crab wontons, then intoxicate yourself with the flavors of drunken noodles – sautéed rice noodles, egg, onion, sweet pepper, holy basil, mushrooms and celery. Dishes are prepared on a spice scale of 1 (mild) to 6 (Thai hot). Indochine is turning up the heat in Downtown Jacksonville – it’s clearly a 6. – CS

Best Vegan or Vegetarian Restaurant

Dig Foods

In April, Chef Sean Sigmon opened Dig Foods, an organic vegan café, inside Downtown Jacksonville’s Underbelly club. Dig got its start catering events at area venues like Intuition Ale Works and Bold Bean Coffee Roasters back in 2011. Popular items include chickpea pie with housemade aioli and a cornmeal-crusted tempeh sandwich with roasted pepper relish. “An entire family of people and a large part of this community have helped build Dig and supported us to get us where we are now,” Sigmon said. – CS

Best Neighborhood Bar on Amelia Island

Cotton Eyed Joe’s

Amelia Island might be better known for white sandy beaches than belt buckles, but Cotton Eyed Joe’s is unapologetically Dixieland. Whether you’re a blue-jean baby or an old-school country man, this true American honky-tonk is not to be missed. So dust off your boots, put your cowboy hat on straight, and hit the dance floor, twirling a country cutie with a sweet Southern drawl. Before long you’ll both be singin’, “Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?” – CG

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Best Pizza on Amelia Island

Moon River Pizza

The folks at Moon River Pizza take great pride in making their pies the traditional way: “no pans, no conveyor belts.” It’s not only their commitment to quality that makes them the best on the island, though. Fresh dough and grated mozzarella, classic Italian sauce and two dozen toppings, including out-of-the ordinary selections like artichoke hearts, gorgonzola, spinach and breaded eggplant, ensure that their pizzas are worth the wait. Can’t decide? Go with a house specialty T-Rex or Maui “WOW”EE. – KS OCTOBER 9-15, 2013 | | 37


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Best Japanese Restaurant Best Sushi

Koja Sushi

A food as perfect as sushi deserves an equally perfect backdrop. Koja Sushi at The Jacksonville Landing, with its breezy nighttime views of boats drifting under the Main Street Bridge, has once again rolled up a BOJ win. The extensive menu is a sushi lover’s dream, with more than 80 artfully crafted rolls and pieces from which to choose. For those who prefer their food a little less raw, Koja also serves hibachi fare, house-made soups and bento boxes that look too beautiful to eat. – MT

Best Neighborhood Bar in Jacksonville

Engine 15 Brewing Company

Whether it’s at the end of a long day or just because they can, Jacksonvillians crave concoctions full of hops and love, which the three friends and co-owners of Engine 15 ( Engine15) provide in buckets. Fans flock to this Jacksonville Beach hotspot to indulge in the vast assortment of beers, meads and barley wines so fine and so fresh, it’s easy to decide to stay for two or three (with a cab ride home). Belly up to the bar and order a bratwurst or a grilled cheese to soak up some of Northeast Florida’s rich, frothy cultural history-in-the-making. – CG

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Best Neighborhood Bar in Orange Park/Fleming Island

Brewer’s Pizza

Tourists might never find their way to Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Park, but we locals know to follow our thirst to this jewel on Blanding Boulevard. Saucy, quick on their feet and educated in all things beer and pizza, within minutes the staff will have you feeling like a regular in this unpretentious joint that skips the red carpet and

hits heavy with delectable Pinglehead brews made in-house and made-from-scratch pies, calzones and bread bowls ( Tell ’em Mamaw Spoonpipe-Brewer sent you. – CG

Best Neighborhood Bar in St. Augustine

The Bar with No Name

Not to be confused with some other “No Name” establishment in the Sunshine State, The Bar with No Name, often called No Name Bar & Grill, is as laid-back and cool as it gets. Every night, a fun, entertaining crowd gathers for cheap drinks, live music and an unobstructed view of Castillo de San Marcos. After a few rounds, just be careful you don’t, as one Urbanspoon reviewer wrote, “fall down and show [the crowd] everything all the way to Amarillo.” – CG

Best Bar Food, Best Beer Selection Best Late Night Spot

Kickbacks Gastropub

Repeat champion Kickbacks Gastropub operates on the cutting edge of the craft beer craze in Northeast

Best Microbrewery

Bold City Brewery

The microbrewing scene on the First Coast is rife with some stiff competition, which is why Folio Weekly had to create a category for the many adoring fans to Duke it out (pun definitely intended) for the top honor. It’s no surprise that Bold City, the OG craft beer destination (, hit this one out of the park. New this year: Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Mad Manatee IPA and Killer Whale Cream Ale in the can. And mark your calendars for Oct. 19, when Bold City celebrates its fifth anniversary with, of course, some frothy genius. – CG 38 | | OCTOBER 9-15, 2013

Florida. Flocks of quirky hipsters aside, this nondescript little joint on King Street looks like the kind of place that offers beer in two flavors – regular or lite – but before ye judge, step inside and behold a selection so righteous it will literally take your breath away (you’ll be too busy drinking to breathe). As Matt S. noted on Yelp, “Look toward the ceiling, and notice the hundreds of different beer taps hanging down, showering you with delicious good vibes.” In a world where a good beer selection and awesome food are all-too-often mutually exclusive, Kickbacks stands head and shoulders above the competition, offering standard pub fare like cheeseburgers, wings and mac ’n’ cheese prepared with a flair for blue cheese, bacon infusions and flat-out deliciousness. Serving from the butt crack of dawn to the wee hours every morning, Kickbacks is one of few spots night-crawlers can fi nd something tasty for a fourth meal that doesn’t involve a drive-thru or a gas station. An expansion begun last year is slated to open in coming months, so the cantankerous reviewers who’ve complained that – gasp! – other people like to eat there, will change their tune to something more like, “There’s just so many taps [84] to choose from. I didn’t know where to begin!” Here’s an idea: Drink like a local. – CG

Best Happy Hour, Best Margarita


Mavericks routinely brings hot stars to croon to their adoring public, but some of you might not realize that this spot at The Jacksonville Landing is also known for something cold: the tastiest margarita this side of Mexico. If you’re not into that new-fangled guitar music the cool kids are listening to these days, skip concerts by the likes of Brett Eldredge (Oct. 11) and Hinder/ Candlebox (Oct. 18) and stop in for an unbeatable happy hour – if you can stay up that late – because at Mavericks, “happy hour” takes place 8-10 p.m. – CG

Best Martini

Ocean 60

No one’s really sure when and where the martini was invented. The legends swirling around the creation of this stiff cocktail are as numerous as the ways to make it. Perfect, dry, sweet, shaken, stirred, straight up, on the rocks or, ahem, dirty are just a few of the options one must face when ordering this classic drink. No matter your preference, Ocean 60 in Atlantic Beach has cracked the code on the martini, topping the list again this year. – CG

Best Pub

Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant & Pub

Fionn MacCool’s has gone from Best New Restaurant to downtown staple in a quick turn around the sun. The lads and lasses who routinely tear into boxties might be interested to know that the potato is native to the Andean highlands, not the Emerald Isle. But worry not, misinformed students of history; scholars generally agree that whiskey was invented by monks in Ireland in the 11th or 12th century (“whisky” is from Scotland). In fact, the name “whiskey” comes from the Gaelic phrase “uisge beatha,” which literally means “water of life.” – CG

Best Sports Bar

Sneakers Sports Grille

Continuing its reign this year, Sneakers Sports Grille covers the bases like Geena Davis in “A League of Their Own.” You might not find any “dirt in the skirt” in either of the area’s two locations of this mainstay of sports, but you will find a cheering crowd pretty much every single time there are sports worth watching on TV (read: not interpretive dance). In fact, Sneakers is so fabulous, even CNN was wowed ( – CG

Best Wine List


In less than a year, Ovinte has won the hearts and palates of the most fi nicky of all drinkers: winos. Peruse an amazing menu that includes no less than 75 wines by the glass, and 300 bottles, not to mention a full bar and plenty of food, and you’ll see why it’s worth braving the St. Johns Town Center retail zombies to stop in for a glass and some nosh. If you’re feeling sweet, try Ovinte’s delicious take on the s’more. Like most (all) things, chocolate goes great with wine. – CG 

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he pale red light of four Xs hanging from the ceiling bathed the stage Oct. 4 at the TimesUnion Center for the Performing Arts. Those Xs of judgment are familiar to fans of “America’s Got Talent,” and the finalists from last season who escaped their wrath arrived in Jacksonville on the “America’s Got Talent Live” tour.  Text and photos by Carley Robinson 1. Jennifer, Max and Adam Marko 2. Todd and Krista Fracke 3. Bruce and Gabriela Paquin 4. George and Ellen Williams 5. Hanna and Lauren Hoffman 6. Patty and Jose Santiago 7. Kyle Harmon and Lindsay Shuman 8. Megan Turner and Laura Goldey




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Reasons to leave the house this week


The LGBTQ pride celebration continues the tradition established with the first festival in 1978. The Jacksonville Men’s Chorus and One Accord perform 7-9 p.m. Oct. 10, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside, $10. The parade winds through Avondale and Riverside, finishing with a block party in Five Points. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 12, Boone Park to Five Points. The festival features Grammy nominee Frenchie Davis & the Rainbow Circus, other live music, artists, food trucks and a children’s entertainment zone. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 20, Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave., free,



Billed as a “mixed-up, mixed-media presentation,” the first partnership of Nullspace and Florida Mining Gallery aims to broaden the gallery experience. Louisiana native and Savannah resident Marcus Kenney – whose works have shown in New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong – exhibits art built on a collection of taxidermy that might “frighten and amaze” (“Bolanzo” pictured). Artist talk 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, FSCJ’s Kent Campus, Bldg. E, Rm. 112F, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Riverside. Exhibit opens 6-10 p.m. Oct. 11 and continues through Nov. 22, Florida Mining Gallery, 5300 Shad Road, Southside, free,


A Twitter endorsement from Kevin Bacon – “Gives me chills!” – on their cover of the Jackson 5 hit “I Want You Back” helped Lake Street Dive soar last year. The video’s now topped 1 million YouTube views, but a contract dispute delayed the release of a new album, according to The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, the buzz builds for the friends who met at the New England Conservatory of Music – bassist Bridget Kearney (from left), guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, vocalist Rachael Price and drummer Mike Calabrese. Doors 8 p.m. Oct. 16, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $10, 353-6067, Photo: Mongrel Music

Photo: Courtesy Marcus Kenney


Fernandina Little Theatre turns its projector on critically acclaimed documentaries for Doctoberbest. “Good Ol’ Freda” (pictured) reveals the story of a shy secretary who works for an upcoming band in the 1960s – The Beatles. “Blackfish” delves into consequences of keeping a killer whale in captivity. “Man on Wire” recounts an illegal high-wire act atop the World Trade Center. Other films are “Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie,” “Rejoice & Shout” and “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story.” Oct. 11-13, Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St., Fernandina Beach, $8 for one film, $40 for early-bird pass (first two screenings each day), 206-2607, check for schedule.


Tallahassee quintet Mayday Parade arrives in Jacksonville Beach three days after their new album, “Monsters in the Closet,” drops. called it a “safe continuum from their previous releases” with signs of some growth that MDP fans will embrace. The pop-rock band marches on with support from Man Overboard, The Cartel and Stages and Stereos. Doors 6 p.m. Oct. 11, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jacksonville Beach, $20, 246-2473, Photo: Paradigm Agency

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Hellenophiles, rejoice! And you might be a hellenophile and not even know it, if you love souvlaki, gyros and other Greek favorites. The 16th annual festival includes performances by Greek dancers, Hellenic bands and contemporary live music and kids’ activities. 4-9 p.m. Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 12 and noon-5 p.m. Oct. 13, Francis Field, 29 Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, $3 for adults; children and active military free, 829-0504,

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English electronic music producer Rusko turned heads with his 2009 hit “Cockney Thug.” A graduate of Leeds College of Music, he cites early influences from growing up in a family of musicians to listening to heavy reggae and dub sound systems in England. The dubstep producer drops in with support from PsoGnar, Tonn Piper, Roni Size and Dynamite MC. 9 p.m. Oct. 12, Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, Ste. 3, Southside, $25, 645-5571. Photo: Courtesy Primary Talent

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SURGE Rated PG This high-energy interactive movie theater event fuses music, comedy and inspirational messages; 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16 at AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Epic Theater St. Augustine and AMC Orange Park.


ATHARINTIKI DAAREDI ***G Not Rated This comedy/drama, directed by Trivikram Srinivas, co-stars Pawan Kalyan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Pranitha. In Telugu. BAGGAGE CLAIM *G@@ Rated PG-13 Attractive flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful career woman, is feeling the pressure: Her little sister’s getting married, and she’s still single. She’s got 30 days to get hitched, so she starts culling through the dregs of past loves. Never a good plan. BATTLE OF THE YEAR G@@@ Rated PG-13 The battle referred to is for dancing, as gutsy and talented Americans dance against the best dancers in the world. BESHARAM *G@@ Not Rated The Bollywood rom-com co-stars Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda and Rishi Kapoor. In Hindi. BLUE JASMINE ***@ Rated PG-13 Director Woody Allen elicits a stellar performance from Cate Blanchett in his drama showcasing characters bent on self-destruction. Co-starring Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins and Andrew Dice Clay, who’s gotten some positive reviews for his turn in this much-ballyhooed film. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS ***G Rated PG-13 • Opens Oct. 11 Reviewed in this issue. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 **G@ Rated PG This sequel is merely a rehash of the first one: same problems, different version. Kids will love the food creatures, though. Co-starring the voices of Bill Hader, James Caan, Anna Faris, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt and the delightful Neal Patrick Harris. DON JON ***@ Rated R The much-acclaimed film, written, directed and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt offers brutally honest truths that will strike a chord in us all. Jon (Gordon-Levitt) and buddies Bobby (Rob Brown) and Danny (Jeremy Luke) are single young men who play the field – none more successfully than the blasé Jon. Then he meets babe Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), and everything changes. Co-starring a surprisingly adept Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, Glenne Headly and Brie Larson. ELYSIUM ***@ Rated R It’s 2154, and Earth, where the 99 percenters live, is a mess. The air’s polluted, garbage is everywhere. The aristocrats live on Elysium, a circular spaceship oasis just outside Earth’s atmosphere. It’s an idyllic structure, made to look like the paradises of yesteryear. Max (Matt Damon) is planning to take down Elysium and bring equality to Earth in the dystopian sci-fi from director Neill Blomkamp (“District 9”). ENOUGH SAID ***G Rated PG-13 The late James Gandolfini leaves us with a marvelous turn as Albert, a sweet, single man fast approaching the empty-nest stage. Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a masseuse in the same boat – her daughter’s going away to college. They meet, begin dating and really click. Eva’s new friend Marianne (Catherine Keener) starts pissing and moaning about her ex-husband’s many faults, making Eva doubt her feelings for Albert. THE FAMILY **G@ Rated R Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play Fred and Maggie, a Mafia couple in the witness protection program. They’re living in France with their two kids, Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), trying to fit in. This dark comedy, directed by Luc Besson, has its moments, and De Niro is in his element. GRACE UNPLUGGED **G@ Rated PG The inspirational drama stars AJ Michalka as Gracie, a young singer who hopes her faith is strong enough to take her to the top.

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Flagler College screens “The Abolitionists” (pictured) as the first film in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ African-American film series Oct. 17 at Gamache-Koger Theater’s Ringhaver Student Center in St. Augustine. GRAVITY **** Rated PG-13 The mind-blowing, out-of-this-world survival story from director Alfonso Cuaron stars Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone, a greenhorn medical engineer, and George Clooney as experienced astronaut Matt Kowalsky. While outside the ship making repairs, debris from an exploding satellite severs the astronauts’ communication with Houston (it's Ed Harris' voice we hear at NASA – who else?), leaving them tethered together and floating 375 miles above a stark blue Earth far below. They must work together to survive in the most unsuitable environment imaginable for human beings. It’s one of the best films of the year. INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 **G@ Rated PG-13 A possessed Josh (Patrick Wilson) has just killed psychic Elise (Lin Shaye) and Josh’s wife Renai (Rose Byrne) is in shock. Demons have followed Josh and Renai’s son Dalton (Ty Simkins) back from the Further (a purgatory-type place where demons latch onto humans and rejoin the living), and a move to Grandma Lorraine’s (Barbara Hershey) house doesn’t help. INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED **@@ Rated PG-13 A Mexican ladies’ man finds the product of a fling on his doorstep and the child changes his carefree life. Settled in LA working as a stunt man, Valentín (Eugenio Derbez) and daughter Maggie (Loreto Peralta) have their family threatened when the child’s mother shows up. LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER **@@ Rated PG-13 Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, a character based on the White House butler who served U.S. presidents over three decades, witnessing many of the 20th century’s biggest moments. The all-star cast runs deep with James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, John Cusack as Richard Nixon and Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower. Also starring Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Redgrave, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Liev Schreiber. MACHETE KILLS **G@ Rated R • Opens Oct. 11 The sequel to “Machete” – well-received by action fans and critics alike – must up the ante on the camp, blood and body count. The antihero Machete (Danny Trejo) tries to take down billionaire arms dealer Luther Voz (Mel Gibson), who’s planning to launch weapons in space to ignite a war. Machete is recruited by the President of the United States – played by Charlie Sheen – we’re not kidding – for the mission, because it “would be impossible for any mortal man.” Directed by Robert Rodriguez and co-starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lady Gaga. (Still not kidding.) METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER ***G Rated R Not your average behind-the-scenes music doc. Dane DeHaan plays Trip, a roadie for Metallica who’s tasked with a do-or-die assignment during a concert. Easy, right? Wrong. After a dry spell, the metal masters got their shit together; here they bare their souls a bit. And special effects are awesome. With original members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo. PARKLAND **G@ Rated PG-13 Opening as the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches, the film examines the chaotic events on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas. Told from multiple perspectives, the historical drama looks at the alleged gunman’s escape from the FBI, the actions of doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, Lyndon B.

Johnson’s ascendancy to president, and an amateur’s filming of the tragedy. Directed by Peter Landesman, it co-stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, Jeremy Strong and Marcia Gay Harden. PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS **@@ Rated PG The sequel opens with Percy (Logan Lerman), Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) at Camp Half-Blood, the only place where demigods can live in peace. Or so they think. They’re forced to recover the Golden Fleece, which is located in – you guessed it – the Sea of Monsters (aka the Bermuda Triangle). PLANES **@@ Rated PG Watching this Disney movie, you realize you liked it better the first and second times you saw it when it was called “Cars,” then “Cars 2.” It's only moderately funny, sputtering when it needs to soar. PRISONERS ***G Rated R This crime thriller stars Hugh Jackman as a father desperate to find his daughter and her friend, missing under mysterious and potentially terrifying circumstances. Co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Maria Bello. RIDDICK **G@ Rated R Escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) is left for dead – you know how that usually goes – and faces an alien race of predators and bounty hunters who want him dead in the franchise that started with 2000’s “Pitch Black.” Co-starring Karl Urban and Jordi Molla. Directed by David Twohy. RUNNER RUNNER **@@ Rated R Richie Furst’s (Justin Timberlake) success at online poker pays for grad school at Princeton – for a while. When he loses, he goes to Costa Rica to meet offshore businessman Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Ivan recruits Richie (not knowing Richie thinks Ivan cheated him) to work for his gambling empire, but the stakes get higher when the feds want Richie to help bust Ivan. Directed by Brad Furman, the drama co-stars Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie. RUSH ***G Rated R The story of Formula One racing archrivals in 1976, director Ron Howard’s latest film is a fascinating character study of polar opposites with one thing in common: winning. Adrenaline junkie James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) is reckless and self-centered, living the high life on and off the track. Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) is grounded and super-serious; he comes from money, and uses it, along with his vast knowledge of racing, to build the fastest car possible.

WE’RE THE MILLERS ***@ Rated R Small-time drug dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) uses the “perfect family” façade when he’s offered $100,000 to bring back “a little bit” of weed from Mexico. The family includes stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), latchkey teenager Kenny (Will Poulter) and homeless teen Casey (Emma Roberts). Sudeikis has great one-liners, Aniston unfurls a edgy/sexy/funny performance like her role in “Horrible Bosses.” THE WIZARD OF OZ ***G Rated PG The classic 1939 black-and-white – and fabulous Technicolor, once we get to Oz – fantasy gets the IMAX treatment. Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West, it’s based on L. Frank Baum’s stories of a young farm girl who travels to a faraway land only to learn there’s no place like home. Click your heels and repeat after me … THE WOLVERINE ***@ Rated PG-13 Logan (Hugh Jackman) learns being a warrior without a cause isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Called to Japan, he begins a journey to face his own mortality.


D’OCTOBERFEST Documentaries featured include “Good Ol’ Freda,” about The Beatles’ secretary who worked for the Fab Four throughout their too-short career; “Blackfish, examining the consequences of keeping a killer whale in captivity; “Man on Wire,” about Philippe Petit’s illegal high-wire act atop the World Trade Center; “Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie,” “Rejoice & Shout” and “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story.” Oct. 11-13, Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St., Fernandina Beach, $8 for one film, $40 for early-bird pass (first two screenings each day) 206-2607, check for schedule. WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATRE “Gravity: An IMAX 3D Experience,” “Great White Shark 3D” and “Tornado Alley 3D” are screened along with “The Last Reef 3D” and “Flight of the Butterflies 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theatre, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, DONNIE DARKO WITH RICHARD KELLY As part of The Talkies series, director Kelly provides live commentary during a screening of his 2001 film “Donnie Darko,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Sun-Ray Cinema. See it without commentary the night before, 9:15 p.m. Oct. 11; tickets $29.50 for admission to both screenings; 359-0047, LATITUDE 30 MOVIES “Red II” screens at CineGrille, Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555.  For a complete list of film events or to submit your own, go to For step-by-step submission instructions, go to Folio Weekly does not accept emails for events to appear in print listings. The submission deadline for print publication is 4 p.m. Monday, 10 days before publication. Due to space constraints, not all events will appear in print.


AMELIA ISLAND Carmike 7, 1132 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach, 261-9867 ARLINGTON & REGENCY AMC Regency 24, 9451 Regency Square Blvd., 264-3888 BAYMEADOWS & MANDARIN Regal Avenues 20, 9525 Philips Highway, 538-3889 BEACHES Regal Beach Blvd. 18, 14051 Beach Blvd., 992-4398 FIVE POINTS Sun-Ray Cinema@5Points, 1028 Park St., 359-0047 GREEN COVE SPRINGS Clay Theatre, 326 Walnut St., 284-9012 NORTHSIDE Regal 14, River City Marketplace, 12884 City Center Blvd., 757-9880

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


Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) must outwit Somali pirates who take his ship in “Captain Phillips,” directed by Paul Greengrass. Photo: Columbia Pictures

Captivating Captain

Tom Hanks gives a top-notch performance in a tense, well-told story CAPTAIN PHILLIPS ***G

Rated PG-13 • Opens Oct. 11


here’s a reason Tom Hanks continues to be one of the preeminent actors of his generation. Aside from the “Toy Story” movies, his choices can hardly be considered “safe,” and as he continues to seek and conquer new challenges, viewers often reap the benefits. “Captain Phillips” is no different. Based on the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Captain Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty, Hanks plays the titular Phillips, a sea captain whose cargo ship is boarded by Somali pirates in April 2009. Initially Phillips, who’s respected by his crew aboard the Maersk Alabama off the coast of Africa, is able to fend off the unwanted visitors using by-the-book diversionary tactics. But there are no weapons on board, and so Somalis Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Bilal (Barkhad Abdirahman), Najee (Faysal Ahmed) and Elmi (Mahat M. Ali) are able to get on the ship and take Phillips hostage. With his crew following orders and hiding, Phillips uses cunning stall tactics and disinformation to keep the Somalis off-guard. Watching him outsmart the Somalis and keep a straight face leaves you smiling and full of tension: Smiling because Hanks, in all his likability, is extremely effective playing someone so clever, and tense because of the extreme danger Phillips and the rest of the crew are in. With Hanks on top of his game again (though it’s not a showy performance, it may DID YOU KNOW? Somali pirates have attempted to hijack the Maersk Alabama on at least three occasions since April 2009, all unsuccessfully. Weapons from the ship (which Captain Phillips did not have at his disposal) repelled the attacks.


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well earn him his sixth Oscar nomination), and the actors playing the Somalis nicely holding their own in their screen debuts, the acting is top-notch all around. Director Paul Greengrass (“United 93”) expertly paces the film to slowly build tension leading to the climax, and darn if you’re not rapt in attention as the drama intensifies. Though Greengrass has rightly been criticized for jerky camera movements and jagged editing (“The Bourne Supremacy”), here that style provides a gripping immediacy that immerses us in the cramped confines of the ship and, later, a notably smaller life boat. Additionally, neither the initial attack that Phillips is able to fend off — the Somalis boarding the Alabama — nor the arrival of the U.S. Navy feels rushed, which gives screenwriter Billy Ray’s (“The Hunger Games”) script time to develop characters and situations. This results in the viewer becoming emotionally invested, which is essential. If you remember hearing about the Somali pirate attacks when they occurred but don’t recall the details, do yourself a favor and don’t look them up until after you’ve seen “Captain Phillips.” The film will work better as a drama if you’re unsure how it plays out, and you don’t want to be thinking, “Hey, that’s not what Wikipedia said happened!” when Hanks is outsmarting uninvited pirates. What’s more, this movie deserves your attention. It’s a helluva story, told with competence by all involved. It’s also the type of drama that gets nominated for writing, directing and acting Oscars. Watch it, then expect to see its name again come awards time.  Dan Hudak OCTOBER 9-15, 2013 | | 45


Rion Paige’s performance of Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” brought the crowd to its feet — even “The X Factor” judges. Photo: Fox

In a Different Light

Jacksonville’s Rion Paige soars on ‘The X Factor,’ drawing praise from even Simon Cowell THE X FACTOR 8-10 p.m. Oct. 9-10 and 29-30 WAWS-FOX (Channels 10 and 30) Four-Chair Challenges for Boys and Groups, Oct. 9-10 Live Show No. 1, Oct. 29 Live Results Show No. 1, Oct. 30


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ou don’t have to look at Rion Paige to know that she’s different from most people; you need only listen. The 13-year-old Jacksonville native has recently catapulted to fame on Fox’s “The X Factor,” Simon Cowell’s musical competition reality show, inspiring millions with her stage presence and vocal prowess as much as her extraordinary, moving story. Paige was born with a rare congenital disorder, arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which caused a permanent curvature of her wrists. Her back muscles are smaller and she is mostly blind in her right eye. Navigating middle school is difficult enough without a physical handicap, but Paige handles her limitations with grace, a smile and a shrug. She is so upbeat and positive that people often can’t resist asking how she does it. “Honestly, God just gives me this. I don’t know how I’d do it without Him,” Paige said. “It’s a part of my personality.” The daughter of a waitress and a carpenter, Paige has been cutting her teeth on stages all over Florida since she was literally cutting teeth. Her mother, Alisa Thompson, said she noticed her daughter’s affinity for music when Paige was a babe in the crib. “When she was little and she would cry, the only thing that would calm her down was me singing,” Thompson said. With her mother holding the microphone,

Paige gave her first performance at a Karaoke night at Wing It in Mandarin when she was just 3 years old — and was rewarded with her first standing ovation. In the 10 years since, Paige has honed her technique singing all around the state, ranging from Karaoke nights at Hurricane Patty’s, Wing It and Opie’s, to performances at The Florida Theatre, The Jacksonville Landing, Suwannee River Jam and Mavericks. She likes to say that other families had Little League; she had Karaoke. This past summer, Paige approached her parents with a serious question. “I printed out all the paperwork that you have to print out for ‘X Factor,’ I showed it to Mom and I said, ‘I really wanna do this,’ ” Paige said. “She was really scared.” “As a mother it was hard for me to say, ‘OK, go ahead,’ ” Thompson said. After prayer and reflection, the family decided to let their girl go to try-outs in Charleston, S.C. No one in Paige’s family, who she says are her “biggest fan[s],” was surprised when she was invited to audition on the TV show in California. In fact, it was Thompson’s recognition of her daughter’s talent that made her hesitant to let the girl go. As the trip to LA approached, Paige literally counted down the minutes and watched endless YouTube clips of previous contestants to get a feel for how the show might present her story. She’s nothing if not prepared. “I actually love to organize things; it’s really weird but I love it,” she said. While other girls her age obsess over hair, boys and friendship alliances, Paige meticulously prepares for her future as a star. At the televised audition, Paige’s rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” brought the crowd — even cantankerous Cowell — to its feet. Judges Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio then put her through to the

next round. Another round of cuts put her in the top 40 as one of 10 girls younger than 25. On Oct. 2 and 3, Fox began airing the next round of eliminations with a new high-pressure scheme for cutting each group of 10 — the older-than-25s, girls, boys and groups — down to four, called “The Four Chair Challenge.” Each contestant performs, then one judge — in Paige’s case, Lovato — decides who makes the cut and gets a chair. Everything was at stake when Paige approached the microphone in her trademark cowboy boots, which she wears “like, every day,” with her curly blonde hair flowing. “My nerves were really high, and I think they were a good thing this time; I stood there and was like, ‘God … have me in your arms right now because it’s your plan.’ ” With her family cheering her on, Paige’s performance of Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go” left many in tears; it was no surprise when Lovato, encouraged by Cowell, gave her a spot. Paige returns to LA on Oct. 14 with a one-way ticket to her dreams. “I want people to see me as another part of the competition. Don’t underestimate me because I do have a difference,” she said. She already has a vision of herself as an artist. “I see myself as a country star with a different vibe because I do have a difference,” she said. “I choose to look at it like I’ve gotta be me and nobody else can be, so I’ve got to shine my light; that’s all I can do.” “The X Factor” airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on Fox. The final two Four-Chair Challenges — for boys and groups — broadcasts Oct. 9 and 10, with the top 16 decided. Paige’s next appearance is expected to be on Oct. 29, during the first live show.  Claire Goforth

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Higher Power

Tower of Power’s renowned R&B comes from the group’s spiritual soul TOWER OF POWER 8 p.m. Oct. 18 The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown Tickets: $40 355-2787,


ower of Power’s musical odyssey began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen “Doc” Kupka in July. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio’s house, Emilio’s father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: “Hire that guy; he’s got something.” Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on Aug. 13, 1968, Tower of Power opened for Jimi Hendrix at California’s Berkeley Community Theatre. Of the 10 current members, Castillo, Kupa, Rocco Prestia and David Garibaldi are four of the band’s founders. Their dedication to the music, creative writing and their original vision still guide ToP. Castillo spoke with Folio Weekly about the band’s longevity over four-plus decades, its trials and triumphs.

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Folio Weekly: What’s it like playing with one of the most dynamic drum and bass duos in the business? Emilio Castillo: They’re defi nitely amazing. It’s interesting, because growing up and playing with them my whole life, for many years, I didn’t even think about it, I just sort of took it for granted. But now that I’m older, I turn around and just marvel at who they are. The way Rocco plays bass. I’ve had some great bassists come in and sub for him when he’s had health issues, and I mean really excellent players, but they’re never, ever anything like him. That’s not to say he’s better or they’re better. It’s just different. He’s so far world class that it’s hard to put into words. He just has a very unique touch and feel that doesn’t come from an educated place, it’s a total heart thing. It’s not a head thing, it’s totally about feel. But it just works and sounds so great. And [drummer] Dave comes from the other direction. He’s very educated. He has a lot of knowledge about what he’s doing. But he has this innate sort of open soul feel that he can’t help but do. He also has one of “the biggest feet” in the business, as we say. His


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[are] larger than any other drummer’s. His bass drum work is phenomenal. F.W.: In the liner notes on “Tower of Power 40th Anniversary” DVD/CD, you alluded to the group’s defeats and triumphs over the years. E.C.: We came out as young kids playing this music, and we had success fairly early on. Not overnight, but within the first 10 years, we sort of hit our height. And then we started coming down. A lot of that had to do with drug addiction and alcoholism. Dave left the band three different times and came back a fourth time. He couldn’t stand to be out of it, but then when he was with us, we were so crazy, he couldn’t stand to be in it, watching us kill ourselves. And we did that for the first 20 years of our career. And then I was one of the first ones to sober up. … Eventually we all started to get sober, and then as a band, we all sort of turned to God. Sobriety and spirituality kind of go together. And now we pray before every gig, the whole band. It’s something that kind of came about naturally. So that’s really the contrast. The highs were very high, but we made a lot of mistakes. Huge mistakes. The kinds of things foolish people do. Fortunately, God blessed us and we were able to live through it and overcome it. F.W.: While you’ve accomplished so much already, what goals do you have for ToP moving forward? E.C.: We have a famous rhythm section and renowned horn section. And I would like to share that with some other artists. Although the horns have played with some artists, as a band, I would like us, as a band, to play with some other artists. For example, with Sting. Also to reach some other places globally that we don’t normally tour. We tour frequently in Europe and Japan, but I’d like to see us get to Thailand, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, South America, Mexico, and get back and tour Canada, and visit more places that we don’t normally get to around the world.  Robert Kaye


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WOLVES AT THE GATE Hard rock Ohio worship band plays 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $13-$30, 223-9850. DAVID RUSSELL, JOHN PEYTON, ERIC BOWDEN Folk and Americana singer-songwriters, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., San Marco, $10, 352-7008. THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN Psych-pop duo takes the stage, 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $5. FRIGHTENED RABBIT, AUGUSTINES Scottish indie rock band performs 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $15, 246-2473. TWITCHING TONGUES, TURNSTILE, DOWNPRESSER Melodic hardcore metal band plays 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Atticus Bar, 325 W. Forsyth St., Downtown. LAUREN MANN & THE FAIRLY ODD FOLK, RACHAEL WARFIELD, HANNAH HARBER Indie bands play folk-pop melodies, 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. JOSHUA BOWLUS TRIO Jazz trio has a touch of the blues, 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., San Marco, 352-7008. A LOSS FOR WORDS, HANDGUNS Pop-punk band is raining excuses, 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $12, 223-9850. MAYDAY PARADE, MAN OVERBOARD, THE CARTEL, STAGES AND STEREOS Tallahassee rockers appear 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $20, 246-2473. BRETT ELDREDGE Up-and-coming country artist performs his single “Don’t Ya,� 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Mavericks at the Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, $12-$17, 356-1110. JONNY CRAIG, SECRETS, KYLE LUCAS, HEARTS & HANDS, BLEACH BLONDE Controversial singer promotes new solo EP, 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $15, 398-7496.


MAYDAY PARADE Electronic music producer Baths (pictured) soaks it all in with Groundislava and Time Wharp Oct. 13 at The Original CafĂŠ Eleven in St. Augustine Beach. Photo: Flower Booking BREAD & BUTTER Chroma's side project, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 277-8010. MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD: MARK WILLIAMS Weekly concert series continues 7-10 p.m. Oct. 11 at 200 First St., Neptune Beach, free. MOUNT KIMBIE English electro duo, 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $13, 398-7496. BRYCE ALASTAIR BAND, RUSTY SHINE, DARYL HANCE Four-piece blues rock band, 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $8, 246-2473. FIREWATER TENT REVIVAL Local folk act headlines Oktoberfest 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Green Room Brewing, 228 Third St. N., Jax Beach, free, 201-9283. SUNBEARS!, SWIMM, ALEXANDER & THE GRAPES Local indie bands perform, 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $5. RUSKO, TONN PIPER, RONI SIZE, DYNAMITE MC Dubstep and electronic music, Oct. 12 at Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, Ste. 3, St. Johns Town Center, 645-5571. REBECCA DAY Local singer-songwriter appears 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Surf, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, 261-5711. SUGAR BEAR Dance-rock band takes you back, Oct. 12 at

Blue Fish, 3551 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-0700. GOLIATH FLORES Multi-instrumentalist performs, Oct. 12 at Riverside Arts Market River Stage, 715 Riverside Ave., free. MONARCH MOUNTAIN BAND Local band performs bluegrass and folk rock, Oct. 12 at Rain Dogs, 1045 Park St., Riverside, 379-4969. THE SUPERVILLAINS, THE MOVEMENT Four-piece reggae-rock band, 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $11, 223-9850. BATHS, GROUNDISLAVA, TIME WHARP Electronic musician, 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Original CafÊ Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, $12, 460-9311. THE BROWNING, THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE, HONOUR CREST, TEAR OUT THE HEART, MYKA RELOCATE Four-piece deathcore/electronica rockers, 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $13, 398-7496. BEATS & BRUNCH Mr. Al Pete performs, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13 at K.A.R.M.A. Voice Studios, 6426 Bowden Rd., Southside; $10; proceeds benefit Autism Speaks Foundation, 257-5276. AARON CARTER, THE RED HOOKS, BRIE GOLDSOBEL, BETHANY & THE TROUBADOURS Pop artist makes the girls swoon, 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $15, 398-7496. GIVING UP Pop-punk band is on 9 p.m. Oct. 14 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977.





















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Four Years of Fun A

sk any Riverside resident to describe Birdies and you’re likely to hear words like hipster, local and fun. You’ll find people of every age, attitude and race. What you won’t find is pretension and exclusivity. It is without a doubt one of the most energetic dance places in town, with a unique attitude of its own. While not considered a club, it could easily rival any dance club with its enthusiastic patrons. From the mosaic on the outside wall to the bottle-capped bathroom walls, it’s by far the hippest place in Five Points. On Oct. 5, owner Christie Frazer celebrated the bar’s four-year anniversary – an evening of happy local heroes and loyal dancing (and drinking) patrons.  Abigail Wright


1. Abby Wiley, DJ Ricky 2. Jessie Barnes, Austin Moore 3. Prescott Rowe, Cherish Hill, Samantha Wigdand 4. Kyle Morgan, Scott Kidd 5. Tammy and Wes Janssen 6. Gabriel Melero, Jon Duke, Mike Von Balan 7. Holland Diz, Danielle Clark 8. Bethany Howard, Samantha Collins 9. Naomi Chang, Paul Walker


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Live Music BARRY GREENE, TAYLOR ROBERTS, JAMES HOGAN Classical trio, Oct. 16 at Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., San Marco, 352-7008. LAKE STREET DIVE Indie rock with jazz fusion, 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $10, 353-6067. KEVIN GATES, STARLITTO, DON TRIP Rap artist is Stranger than Fiction, 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $20, 223-9850.


FOLK IS PEOPLE Oct. 11, Burro Bar BARRY MANILOW Jan. 23, Veterans Memorial Arena MUSHROOMHEAD, RAZORZ EDGE, ONE-EYED DOLL Oct. 17, Brewster’s Roc Bar INDIA.ARIE Oct. 17, The Florida Theatre BETH WOOD Oct. 17, Mudville Music Room MAGNOLIA FEST: Willie Nelson & Family, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen “Ragga� Marley, Mavis Staples, Railroad Earth, Drive-By Truckers, Donna the Buffalo, Dawes, Keller Williams & The Travelin’ McCourys, The Duhks, Jim Lauderdale, Col. Bruce Hampton & Friends, Jeff Mosier, Rev. Peyton’s Old Time Gospel Hour: Jimbo Mathus & Alvin Youngblood Hart, Grayson Capps, Tornado Rider, Seth Walker, The Heavy Pets, Nikki Talley, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Stacks, Beebs & Her Money Makers, Jon Stickley Trio: Lyndsay Pruett, Billy Iuso & Restless Natives, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Sloppy Joe, Quartermoon, Big Cosmo, Habanero Honeys, Back from the Brink, kLoB, Corbitt Brothers, Stephen Kellogg, Flagship Romance, S.P.O.R.E, Canary in the Coalmine, Tropic of Cancer, Bonnie Blue, JacksonVegas, Sentropolis, Jason Lamar, Alien Carnival Oct. 17-20, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park DIZZY WRIGHT, EMILIO ROJAS, MARCUS MOODY Oct. 18, Jack Rabbits THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, MOON HOOCH Oct. 18, Freebird Live TOWER OF POWER Oct. 18, The Florida Theatre HINDER, CANDLEBOX, DEVOUR THE DAY, OPEN AIR STEREO Oct. 18, Mavericks at the Landing JOSH MILLER’S BLUES REVUE Oct. 18, Dog Star Tavern CHILLAKAYA CHILLA REGGAE Oct. 18, Blue Fish DON MINIARD Oct. 18, 200 First Street Courtyard THE LUMINEERS, DR. DOG, NATHANIEL RATELIFF Oct. 18, St. Augustine Amphitheatre LARRY MANGUM, CHARLEY SIMMONS, JACK MENTZEL Oct. 18, Mudville Music Room SIR CHARLES, VLAD THE INHALER/TRILLUCINATION Oct. 18, 1904 Music Hall ADAM SAMS, MOONRISE COLLECTIVE Oct. 18, Murray Hill Theatre ORANGE AIR, SUPER EXCITABLES, OPIATE EYES Oct. 18, Underbelly YANKEE SLICKERS Oct. 19, Dog Star Tavern SMILE EMPTY SOUL, ACIDIC Oct. 19, Brewster’s Roc Bar PARKRIDGE, MYTH OF MYSELF Oct. 19, Freebird Live DALTON CYR, MARK WILLIAMS & BLUE HORSE Oct. 19, Riverside Arts Market River Stage PRIMITIVE HARD DRIVE Oct. 19, Jack Rabbits THE SUPERVILLAINS Oct. 19, The Standard RHYTHM RIOTS, WILLIE EVANS JR., MASTER RADICAL, SELF EMPLOYED, COUGAR BARREL Oct. 19, 1904 Music Hall LITTLE COMETS Oct. 20, Jack Rabbits IT LIES WITHIN, BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS, WAKE THE LIVING, DENIED TIL DEATH, RULE NO. 6, MAKE THEM DOCILE Oct. 20, 1904 Music Hall ACRASSICAUDA Oct. 21, Jack Rabbits GARY STARLING JAZZ GROUP Oct. 22, Mudville Music Room JEL, SERENGETI, MATTHEWDAVID Oct. 22, Jack Rabbits BILL KIRCHEN Oct. 23, Jack Rabbits

THE DEER TRACKS Oct. 23, 1904 Music Hall REVERAND HORTON HEAT, WAYNE “THE TRAINâ€? HANCOCK Oct. 24, Jack Rabbits SWITCHFOOT Oct. 24, The Florida Theatre ALYCAT Oct. 24, 1904 Music Hall WE CAME AS ROMANS, SILVERSTEIN, CHUNK? NO! CAPTAIN CHUNK!, THE COLOR MORALE, DANGERKIDS Oct. 24, Brewster’s Roc Bar THE MAIN SQUEEZE Oct. 25, 1904 Music Hall NEKO CASE Oct. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PEACH KELLI POP, COLLEEN GREEN, THE MEMORIES, WHITE FANG, GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH, QUEEN BEEF, THE MOLD, THE PREMADONNASAURS Oct. 25, Shanghai Nobby’s BUILT TO SPILL, SLAM DUNK, GENDERS Oct. 25, Freebird Live SOUL GRAVY Oct. 25, Dog Star Tavern UNDERHILL ROSE, JOHN SHAIN Oct. 25, Mudville Music Room LINDA GRENVILLE & THE FOOT SERVANTS Oct. 25, 200 First Street Courtyard MIKE STUD Oct. 26, 1904 Music Hall JOHN FOGERTY Oct. 26, St. Augustine Amphitheatre ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND Oct. 26, Freebird Live LINDA GRENVILLE & THE FOOT SERVANTS, MIKE KING Oct. 26, Riverside Arts Market River Stage CROCODILES Oct. 26, Jack Rabbits FREEDY JOHNSTON Oct. 26, Underbelly TENT CITY Oct. 26, Dog Star Tavern SALIVA Oct. 26, Brewster’s Roc Bar MICHAEL RAY Oct. 26, Mavericks at the Landing OTEP, NEW YEAR’S DAY, STOLEN BABIES Oct. 27, Brewster’s Roc Bar WEEK OF WONDERS, ASCETIC, GLITTERPISS Oct. 27, Burro Bar MELISSA FERRICK Oct. 27, The Original CafĂŠ Eleven THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, DAYLIGHT Oct. 28, Burro Bar LARRY AND HIS FLASK, ONWARD Oct. 28, Jack Rabbits MICHAEL BUBLE Oct. 29, Veterans Memorial Arena ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL Oct. 29, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ALICE COOPER Oct. 29, The Florida Theatre THE JOINT CHIEFS OF MATH, 1994! Oct. 30, Burro Bar

DANNY AVILA Oct. 30, Pure SLEIGH BELLS, DOLDRUMS Oct. 30, Freebird Live STEPDAD, MVSCLES, NORTHE Oct. 30, 1904 Music Hall LIONIZE Oct. 30, Jack Rabbits KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS, BEACH FOSSILS Oct. 31, Jack Rabbits GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD Oct. 31, The Original CafÊ Eleven SENSES FAIL Oct. 31, Brewster’s Roc Bar THOMAS RHETT Oct. 31, Mavericks at the Landing STRONG CITY Oct. 31, Burro Bar SPACE CAPONE, HERD OF WATTS Oct. 31, 1904 Music Hall DE FUNK Oct. 31, Dog Star Tavern MIKE AND RUTHY Oct. 31, Mudville Music Room SUWANEE HULAWEEN: The String Cheese Incident, Emancipator, Conspirator, Steve Kimock & Friends, Suwannee Bluegrass Surprise, Future Rock, Brock Butler, Jennifer Hartswick, Van Ghost, Moon Taxi, Applebutter Express Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Suwannee Music Park AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR, THIS TOWN NEEDS GUNS, MYLETS Nov. 1, Jack Rabbits PARKER URBAN BAND Nov. 1, Dog Star Tavern ANNE McCUE BAND Nov. 1, Mudville Music Room I ANTHEM, A CALL FOR KYLIE, THEZSPEAKER Nov. 1, Murray Hill Theatre DARK SIDE OF THE DEAD Nov. 1, Freebird Live MAYSA Nov. 2, Ritz Theatre BARENAKED LADIES Nov. 2, St. Augustine Amphitheatre EIGHT STORIES HIGH Nov. 2, Dog Star Tavern HUGH LAURIE & THE COPPER BOTTOM BAND Nov. 2, The Florida Theatre THE GREEN, SHWAYZE, KIMIE Nov. 2, Freebird Live JAKE MILLER, ACTION ITEM, AIR DUBAI Nov. 3, Murray Hill Theatre REEL BIG FISH, BEAUTIFUL BODIES, BEEBS & HER MONEY MAKERS Nov. 3, Freebird Live CAUGHT A GHOST Nov. 3, Underbelly PAINT FUMES Nov. 4, Burro Bar THE OARSMEN Nov. 5, Burro Bar NIKKI TALLEY Nov. 5, Mudville Music Room IN THIS MOMENT, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE Nov. 5, Brewster’s Roc Bar WIDESPREAD PANIC Nov. 6, Times-Union Center

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Orlando reggae rockers The Supervillains (pictured) hatch their plan with support from The Movement Oct. 12 at Brewster’s Roc Bar in Arlington. Photo: Chris Martin

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CURSE Nov. 6, Burro Bar EOTO Nov. 6, Freebird Live THE DIGITAL AGE, BELLARIVE Nov. 6, Murray Hill Theatre LEA BERTUCCI Nov. 6, Karpeles Manuscript Museum FRANK TURNER & the SLEEPING SOULS Nov. 6, Jack Rabbits COPE, THE APPLEBUTTER EXPRESS Nov. 6, 1904 Music Hall ANDY WARD KING Nov. 6, Mudville Music Room TATSUYA NAKATANI, EUGENE CHADBOURNE Nov. 7, Sun-Ray Cinema MICHAEL FRANTI, SPEARHEAD Nov. 7, Freebird Live JB SCOTT’S SWINGIN’ ALLSTARS Nov. 7, Mudville Music Room THE PIANO GUYS Nov. 7, The Florida Theatre CHRIS KNIGHT Nov. 8, Jack Rabbits CARAVAN OF THIEVES Nov. 8, The Original Café Eleven GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE Nov. 8, Dog Star Tavern THREE DOG NIGHT Nov. 8, The Florida Theatre VANNA, ALPHA & OMEGA, BETRAYAL, THE GREENERY Nov. 8, Brewster’s Roc Bar PASSION PIT, THE TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, THE JOY FORMIDABLE, ST. LUCIA Nov. 8, St. Augustine Amphitheatre PASSAFIRE, BALLYHOO, SIDEREAL Nov. 8, Freebird Live NORTH FLORIDA ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL Nov. 8-9, Flaming Lake RV Resort MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER, MARTINA McBRIDE Nov. 9, Veterans Memorial Arena BUFFALO RODEO Nov. 9, Burro Bar PETER ROWAN’S BLUEGRASS BAND, BACK FROM THE BRINK Nov. 9, 1904 Music Hall THE CULT REVOLUTION Nov. 9, Freebird Live JUSTIN MOORE, RANDY HOUSER, JOSH THOMPSON Nov. 9, St. Augustine Amphitheatre OLD CITY MUSIC FEST: Kansas, Uncle Kracker, John Anderson, Morgan Frazier, Bush Hawg Nov. 10, St. Augustine Flea Market BADFISH Nov. 10, Freebird Live ATHEL, ALL THINGS DONE Nov. 10, Jack Rabbits ATILLA, UPON A BURNING BODY, THE PLOT IN YOU Nov. 10, Brewster’s Roc Bar KEVIN DEVINE & THE GODDAMN BAND, NOW NOW, HARRISON HUDSON Nov. 11, Jack Rabbits JOHN VANDERSLICE Nov. 11, The Original Café Eleven GUNGOR Nov. 12, Murray Hill Theatre GOITSE BAND Nov. 12, Culhane's Irish Pub BEAR CREEK MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL: Break Science, Cope, Jans Ingber, Space Capone, Lettuce, The Werks, Pee Wee Ellis, Natalie Cressman Nov. 13, Suwannee Music Park THE CHARIOT, GLASSCLOUD, BIRDS IN A ROW, TO THE WIND, REBUKER Nov. 13, Jack Rabbits AMERICAN AQUARIUM, HILLVALLEY, BEAU CRUM, BARSTOOL WISDOM Nov. 14, Jack Rabbits GREG TROOPER Nov. 14, Mudville Music Room CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours Nov. 15, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts SPYRO GYRA Nov. 15, The Florida Theatre PETE DONNELLY, JUSTON STENS Nov. 15, Underbelly THE STORY SO FAR, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, SUCH GOLD, ROTTING OUT Nov. 15, Brewster’s Roc Bar LIS & LON WILLIAMSON, JAMIE DEFRATES, SUSAN BROWN Nov. 15, Mudville Music Room THE AVETT BROTHERS Nov. 15, St. Augustine Amphitheatre ADVENTURE CLUB, DVBBS, DALLAS K, HUNTER SIEGEL Nov. 16, Aqua Nightclub O.A.R. Nov. 16, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BLEEDING THROUGH, WINDS OF PLAGUE, OCEANO, GIDEON, SWORN IN Nov. 16, Brewster’s Megaplex BAAUER, ARAABMUZIK Nov. 17, Freebird Live TOBYMAC Nov. 17, Veterans Memorial Arena BAAUER Nov. 17, Freebird Live JOHN DENVER: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Nov. 19, The Florida Theatre TWENTY ONE PILOTS, ROBERT DELONG, SIRAH Nov. 19, Freebird Live STRAIGHT NO CHASER Nov. 20, The Florida Theatre JULIE DURDEN, LAURIE McCLAIN, KAREN MAL Nov. 21, Mudville Music Room RING OF FIRE: Music of Johnny Cash Nov. 22, Florida Theatre CONNOR CHRISTIAN & SOUTHERN GOTHIC Nov. 22, Jack Rabbits SHEBA “THE MISSISSIPPI QUEEN,” LITTLE MIKE & THE TORNADOES Nov. 22, Mudville Music Room HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL Nov. 22, Underbelly

DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM, AFTER THE BURIAL, THY WILL BE DONE Nov. 22, Freebird Live HONKY SUCKLE Nov. 22-23, Dog Star Tavern MAN ON EARTH Nov. 23, Jack Rabbits JOHNNY MARR Nov. 24, Freebird Live LISA KELLY Nov. 26, Mudville Music Room SOUL GRAVY Nov. 27, Dog Star Tavern BONNIE RAITT Nov. 29, The Florida Theatre ANGEL OLSEN Nov. 29, Jack Rabbits OF FORTUME & FAME, THE TRADITIONAL Nov. 30, Burro Bar PEYTON MANGUM BAND Nov. 30, Mudville Music Room ELISHA PARRIS Nov. 30, The Parlour THE IRISH TENORS: Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan Dec. 1, The Florida Theatre ANTHONY GREEN, DAVE DAVISON, PSYCHIC BABBLE Dec. 1, Jack Rabbits JB SCOTT’S SWINGING ALLSTARS Dec. 3, Mudville Music Room ZOOGMA, GHOST OWL, S.P.O.R.E., TRILLUCINATION, VLAD THE INHALER Dec. 3, 1904 Music Hall NATE WOOLEY, CHRIS CORSANO Dec. 4, Karpeles Manuscript Museum AUGUST BURNS RED, BLESS THE FALL, DEFEATER, BEARTOOTH Dec. 5, Brewster’s Roc Bar JULIE DURDEN Dec. 5, Mudville Music Room CHEAP TRICK Dec. 6, The Florida Theatre BELLARIVE Dec. 6, Murray Hill Theatre STEREOFIDELICS Dec. 7, Dog Star Tavern ALABAMA SHAKES Dec. 7, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BRIAN DAVIS Dec. 7, Jack Rabbits SHEMEKIA COPELAND Dec. 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE BIG TICKET: Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Thirty Seconds to Mars, A Day to Remember, Jimmy Eat World, Dirty Heads, Pepper, Manchester Orchestra, Twenty One Pilots, Sleeping With Sirens, Frank Turner, The 1975, Saints of Valory, Breaking Through Dec. 8, Metropolitan Park JOHN MAYER Dec. 10, Veterans Memorial Arena THE THERMALS, BEACH DAY Dec. 10, Jack Rabbits PIERCE PETTIS Dec. 12, Mudville Music Room MERCY GIRL Dec. 14, Murray Hill Theatre NEW DAY, THE SENSES, JUG OR NOT, APPALACHIAN DEATH TRAP Dec. 14, Jack Rabbits PAPADISIO Dec. 14, Freebird Live JEFF MOSIER, MICHAEL JOHNATHON Dec. 14, Mudville Music Room JOHN McCUTCHEON Dec. 14, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall MISFITS Dec. 15, Brewster’s Roc Bar MICHAEL McDONALD: This Christmas Dec. 17,Florida Theatre PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS with RICK BRAUN, MINDI ABAIR Dec. 18, The Florida Theatre THY ART IS MURDER Dec. 18, Brewster’s Megaplex JOHN THOMAS GROUP Dec. 19, Mudville Music Room ANDREW ALTMAN CHRISTMAS JAM Dec. 21, Dog Star Tavern GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE, CORBITT BROTHERS BAND Dec. 31, Freebird Live PARKER URBAN BAND Dec. 31, Dog Star Tavern GREGG ALLMAN, JJ GREY & MOFRO Dec. 31, The Florida Theatre GRANT PEEPLES, REBECCA ZAPEN Jan. 2, Mudville Music Room JACK WILLIAMS Jan. 4, Mudville Music Room CLUTCH, THE SWORD, CROBOTS Jan. 5, Jack Rabbits JOHN WESLEY HARDING, JOE PERNICE Jan. 5, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall MALCOLM HOLCOMBE Jan. 9, Mudville Music Room NATALIE MERCHANT Jan. 11, The Florida Theatre ABBA THE CONCERT Jan. 16, The Florida Theatre JOSHUA BOWLUS TRIO Jan. 16, Mudville Music Room TAB BENOIT Jan. 16, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall GURF MORLIX Jan. 18, Mudville Music Room MARCIA BALL & HER BAND Jan. 18, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall RICHARD SMITH, JULIE ADAMS Jan. 20, Mudville Music Room ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK Jan. 21, The Florida Theatre BARRY MANILOW Jan. 23, Veterans Memorial Arena RONNY COX Jan. 23, Mudville Music Room SHAWN COLVIN Jan. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall REBECCA LOEBE, ROBBY HECHT Jan. 30, Mudville Music Room

MERLE HAGGARD Feb. 1, The Florida Theatre PAT MATHENY Feb. 5, The Florida Theatre TIM GRIMM Feb. 6, Mudville Music Room LADY ANTEBELLUM, DARIUS RUCKER, THOMSPON SQUARE, KIP MOORE, KACEY MUSGRAVES Feb. 8, Veterans Memorial Arena LARRY MANGUM, BARRY DRAKE, MICKEY CLARK Feb. 8, Mudville Music Room DARLENE LOVE Feb. 13, The Florida Theatre KENNY LOGGINS Feb. 14, The Florida Theatre THE IRISH ROVERS Feb. 15, The Florida Theatre TIM DAISY, MIKOAJ TRZASKA Feb. 17, Karpeles Manuscript Museum THE TEMPTATIONS, THE FOUR TOPS Feb. 20, The Florida Theatre THE KENNEDYS March 6, Mudville Music Room MICHAEL BOLTON March 14, The Florida Theatre MICHAEL RENO HARRELL March 15, Mudville Music Room THE BAND PERRY March 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO March 22, The Florida Theatre MOORS & McCUMBER March 22, Mudville Music Room GET THE LED OUT March 27, The Florida Theatre THE BRONX WANDERERS March 28, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts STILL ON THE HILL March 29, Mudville Music Room CHER May 14, Veterans Memorial Arena


CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard 6 p.m. every Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m. every Sun. DAVID’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, 802 Ash St., 310-6049 John Springer every Tue.-Wed. Aaron Bing every Fri.-Sat. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Spade McQuade 9 p.m. Oct. 10. Bread & Butter 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Gaslight Street 9:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Working Class Stiff with real vinyl 8 p.m. every Tue. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend HAMMERHEAD TAVERN, 2045 S. Fletcher Rd., 491-7783 Buck Smith, Jim Barcaro every Thur. A DJ every Sun. MERMAID BAR, Florida House Inn, 22 S. Third St., 491-3322 Open mic, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Thur. O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band every Thur.-Sat. THE PALACE SALOON, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Wes Cobb 9:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Chuck Nash 9:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The Fostones 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Dirty Pete 9:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Schnockered 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13. J.C. Hornsby 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Buck Smith Project Band every Tue. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Rebecca Day 1-5 p.m. Oct. 12. Live music 5-9 p.m. daily; 1-5 p.m. & 6-10 p.m. every weekend


BREWSTER’S MEGAPLEX/PIT/ROC BAR/THE EDGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 223-9850 Wolves at the Gate 6 p.m. Oct. 9. Shooter Jennings, Dr. Dog Oct. 11. A Loss for Words, Handguns 6 p.m. Oct. 10. Rusko, Tonn Piper, Roni Size, Dynamite MC Oct. 12. The Supervillains, The Movement 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Roc Bar. Kevin Gates, Starlitto, Don Trip 9 p.m. Oct. 16. Mushroomhead, Razorz Edge, One-eyed Doll Oct. 17 MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat.


BLUE FISH, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Sugar Bear 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Chillakaya 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Paul Haftel 8 p.m. every other Fri. upstairs in Elevated Avondale BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Jazz every Fri. & Sat. CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. Live jazz every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free every Fri. DJ SuZi-Rok every Mon.

Live Music MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670 Live music 10 p.m. Oct. 11-12 TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Pop Muzik 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Sat.


COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Albert Adkins spins every Fri. DJs Adrian Sky, Alberto Diaz & Chris Zachrich every Tue. DJ Michael Stumbaugh every Sat.


(All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) 200 FIRST STREET, Courtyard, Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Mark Williams 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Just Jazz 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Billy Bowers 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Slickwater 6 p.m. Oct. 11 BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 Live music, DJs every weekend. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 DJ Vito every Thur. Karaoke with Hal 8 p.m. Sat. Irish music every Sun. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Live music 7 p.m. Oct. 10 FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Songwriters every Tue. Ryan Campbell every Wed. Wes Cobb every Thur. Charlie Walker 10:30 p.m. every Mon. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Frightened Rabbit, Augustines 8 p.m. Oct. 10. Mayday Parade, Man Overboard, The Cartel, Molo Eight, Stages and Stereos 6 p.m. Oct. 11. Bryce Alastair Band, Rusty Shine, Daryl Hance 8 p.m. Oct. 12 GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 Firewater Tent revival 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 John Austill Oct. 11. Lance Neely Oct. 12. Live music every Thur.-Sat. KC CRAVE, 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660 Live music Fri.-Sat. LANDSHARK CAFE, 1728 Third St. N., 246-6024 Open mic every Wed. Matt Still every Thur. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music Fri. & Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Kickin' Lassie Oct. 11-12. Dirty Pete Oct. 13. Uncommon Legends every Wed. Wits End every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., 246-1500 Redneck Hummus Oct. 9. Dirty Pete Oct. 10. Chroma Oct. 11 MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 6 p.m. every Thur. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 DieDra & the Ruff Pro Band 10 p.m. Oct. 10. Spade McQuade 10 p.m. Oct. 11 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams Karaoke 9 p.m. Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Live music every Fri.-Sat. 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 Javier Perez every Thur. PIER CANTINA, 412 N. First St., 246-6454 Charlie Walker 10:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Charlie Walker 3 p.m., Split Tone 8 p.m. Oct. 13 POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Be Easy every Sat. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Pat Rose Oct. 9. Permission Oct. 10. Little Mike & the Tornadoes Oct. 11-12. Live music Thur.-Sun. THE TAVERN ON 1ST, 401 N. First St., 435-4124 Live music 10 p.m. every Thur. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Sat.-Sun. WIPEOUTS GRILL, 1585 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 247-4508 Live music every Thur.-Sat.


1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St. N., Open mic every Tue. ATTICUS BAR, 325 W. Forsyth St., 634-8813 Twitching Tongues, Turnstile, Downpresser 8 p.m. Oct. 10. Porter, Holly Hunt 8 p.m. Oct. 15 BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 677-2977 Lake, The Four Eyes 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Giving Up 9 p.m. Oct. 14 DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins Tue. & Fri. DJ NickFresh every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jax Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson 5-8 p.m., Chris C4Mann 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Mikey Clam 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Hipp Street 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Confluent 9 p.m. Oct. 12 MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Roy Luis spins 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. every Wed. DJ Vinn spins Top 40 every Thur. DJ 007 spins every Fri. DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Brett Eldredge 6 p.m., Redneck Paradise 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Hinder, Candlebox, Devour The Day, Open Air Stereo Oct. 18.

Joe Buck, Big Tasty spin every Thur.-Sat. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night every Wed. DJ SwitchGear every Thur. UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 There is No Mountain 8 p.m. Oct. 9. Sunbears!, Swimm, Alexander & the Grapes 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Lake Street Drive 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Fjord Explorer & Screamin’ Eagle every Thur. Old Time Jam every Tue.


MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Jay DeCosta 10 p.m. Oct. 10. Megan Dimond 10 p.m. Oct. 11. Street Legal 10 p.m. Oct. 12. Live music Wed.-Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty every Thur. Buck Smith every Mon. Blistur every Wed. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Open mic 9 p.m. Oct. 10. Circle of Influence 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12. Deck music 5 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 4:30 p.m. every Sun.


BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford 6:30 p.m. every Sat. & Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Live music every Wed. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Karaoke Dude every Wed. Live music every Fri. & Sat. SALSA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46, 992-8402 Live guitar music 6-9 p.m. every Tue. & Sat.


HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Jazz 7 pm., Karaoke 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff Fri. & Sat. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., 997-9850 Karaoke 7 p.m. every Sat. RACK EM UP, 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., 262-4030 The Remains Oct. 12. DJ Randall Sun., Wed. Live music every Sat.


CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1138 Park Ave., 269-4855 Live music every Wed., Fri.-Sat. Karaoke with Ms. T 9:30 p.m. every Thur. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-595 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PREVATT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 2620 Blanding Blvd., 282-1564 Live music every Thur.-Sat. THE Schnockered 10 p.m. Oct. 14. HOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Driven 10 p.m. Oct. 11-12. Live music 9 p.m. every Thur.-Sat.


ALICE & PETE’S PUB, 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., 285-7777 Live music 5 p.m. every Wed., 8 p.m. every Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Paxton Stark Oct. 11. Matt Collins Oct. 12. Live music Fri.-Sat. PUSSER’S GRILLE, 816 A1A N., 280-7766 Steve Carey 6-8 p.m. Oct. 9. Richard Smith 6-10 p.m. Oct. 10. Dopelimatic 8 p.m.-mid. Oct. 11. Rhythm Remedy 7-11 p.m. Oct. 12. Live music Fri.-Sat. SoundStage Sun. SAUCY TACO, 450 S.R. 13, Ste. 113, 287-7226 Live music Thur.-Sat. TABLE 1, 330 A1A N., Ste. 208, 280-5515 Deron Baker 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Gary Starling Group 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Brady 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Cody Nix & Johnny Flood Oct. 12


KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor 8:30 p.m. every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. METRO/RAINBOW ROOM, 859 Willowbranch Ave., 388-8719 Karaoke Rob spins 10 p.m. Sun.-Wed. DJ Zeke Smith spins Fri. DJ Michael Murphy spins 10 p.m. Sat. MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., 388-7807 Seven J, Trevaris Tutt, Ill Day, Chalwel, Neek Smif 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Pamela Affronti, Michael Cronin, Jamie Messer, Lauren Slyman, Priscilla Couret, MJ Baker 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Adam Sams Oct. 18 RAIN DOGS, 1045 Park St. Monarch Mountain Band 8 p.m. Oct. 12 RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET, 715 Riverside Ave., 554-6865 Goliath Flores Oct. 12


A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Live music every Thur.-Sat. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Ric Welch 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Chance Gardner Oct. 12. Smokin’ Joe open mic 7 p.m. Tue. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 826-1594 Mid-Life Crisis 7-11 p.m. Oct. 11. Buffalo Rose 2-5 p.m., Falling Bones 7-11 p.m. Oct. 12. Vinny Jacobs 2-5 p.m. Oct. 13 CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. DOS COFFEE, 300 San Marco Ave., 342-2421 Taylor Roberts & Co. every Fri. The Residents spin every Sat. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers 6

p.m. Oct. 9. Live music every Fri. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth 11 a.m. every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Live music 9 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 1 p.m. Oct. 13. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Aaron Esposito every Thur. Donny Brazile Tue. MOJO OLD CITY BBQ, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264 Live music 10 p.m. Oct. 11-12 THE ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311 Baths, Groundislava, Time Wharp 9 p.m. Oct. 13 PIZZALLEY’S CHIANTI ROOM, 60 Charlotte St., 825-4100 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar 3-6 p.m. every Mon. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Oh No Oct. 10. Billy Bowers 4 p.m., Oh No 9 p.m. Oct. 11. Ken McAnlis noon, Chillula 9 p.m. Oct. 12. Karaoke every Mon. Jeremy Austin every Tue. Chase Rideman every Wed. SHANGHAI NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 825-4959 LustCats of the Gutters 9 p.m. Oct. 14 THE STANDARD, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 342-2187 Nexus & Sir Charles 8 p.m. Oct. 11 THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar Band every Sat. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Those Guys 9 p.m. Oct. 11-12. Matanzas Sun.-Thur. Elizabeth Roth every Sat.


BAHAMA BREEZE, 10205 River Coast Dr., 646-1031 Live music every Tue.-Sun. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music 5 p.m. every Wed., 9 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Dr., 645-5571 Rusko, Tonn Piper, Roni Size, Dynamite MC Oct. 12. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat.


HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS, 1615 Hendricks Ave., 393-7933 Open mic with Job Meiller 8-11 p.m. every Tue. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk, Rachel Warfield, Hannah Harber 8 p.m. Oct. 10. Jonny Craig, Secrets, Kyle Lucas, Hearts & Hands, Bleach Blonde 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Mount Kimbie 8 p.m. Oct. 12. The Browning, This or the Apocalypse, Honour Crest, Tear Out the Heart, Myka Relocate 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Aaron Carter, The Red Hooks, Brie Goldsobel, Bethany & the Troubadours 8 p.m. Oct. 14 MUDVILLE MUSIC ROOM, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., 352-7008 David Russell, John Peyton, Eric Bowden 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Joshua Bowlus Trio 8 p.m. Oct. 10. Barry Greene, Taylor Roberts, James Hogan Oct. 16. Beth Wood Oct. 17 RIVER CITY BREWING CO., 835 Museum Cir., 398-2299 DJs spin every Thur. Live music every Fri.


AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice every Sat. CORNER BISTRO, 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, 619-1931 Matt Hall every Tue. & Sat. Bill Rice & Dave every Wed. ISLAND GIRL, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Kevin Ski Oct. 11. Billy Buchanan Oct. 12. Live music Fri.-Sat. LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Highway, 365-5555 VJ Didactic 9 p.m. Oct. 10. Live music 9 p.m. Oct. 11-12 MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 1, 997-1955 Jameyal Oct. 10. Paul Miller Oct. 11. Dos Camelas Oct. 12 PURE NIGHTCLUB, 8206 Philips Highway, 800-694-1253 Live music Fri.-Sat. SEVEN BRIDGES, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music 10 p.m. every Fri. TAVERNA YAMAS, 9753 Deer Lake Ct., 854-0426 A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Dave Luthra, Paul Lundgren Band Oct. 11. Live music every Fri. WORLD OF BEER, 9700 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 1, 551-5929 A Nickel Bag of Funk 9 p.m. Oct. 11


DAMES POINT MARINA, 4542 Irving Rd., 751-3043 Mr. Natural Oct. 13 THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Lauren Fincham 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Mama Blue Jazz Band 6 p.m. Oct. 15. Live music every Fri.-Sat. TUCKERS HIGHWAY 17 TAVERN, 850532 U.S. 17, Yulee, 225-9211 Shell Game 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Mike Miller Band 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Live music every Fri. & Sat.  For a complete list of live music events or to submit your own, go to For submission instructions, go to Folio Weekly does not accept emails for events to appear in print listings. The submission deadline for print publication is 4 p.m. Monday, 10 days before publication. Due to space constraints, not all events will appear in print.

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Folk-rock band ‘lit the firecracker years ago,’ then popularity of ‘Ho Hey’ created overnight sensation THE LUMINEERS with DR. DOG and NATHANIEL RATELIFF 6:45 p.m. Oct. 18 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine Tickets: $27.50-$45 209-0367,



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n 2009, Stelth Ulvang was one of dozens of Denver musicians who got a message from a New Jersey duo that was moving to Colorado and looking for contacts and shows. “They wrote everybody on MySpace, of all things,” Ulvang said. “I was one of the only people who got back to them and the only person who set up a show for them. It was just a little house show, but it’s where they met a lot of people here.” “They” were Wes Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, who called themselves The Lumineers. Three years after setting up the show for the guys he didn’t know, Ulvang is part of the folk-rock band that’s become something of an overnight sensation with its top-five hit “Ho Hey.’ ” Nominated for best new artist and best Americana album at this year’s Grammy Awards, The Lumineers are drawing thousands to shows around the country in just over a year. “I’ve been kind of playing on and off with them since they got here,” said Ulvang, who joined the group on keyboards in late 2011. 2013 “I was in a band, and our bands would play together. The two of them added [cellist and harmony singer] Neyla [Pekarek]. There were a couple random dudes that kept going into and out of the band. It didn’t really settle to what it is now until 2012, a couple months before they released the album.” The band’s self-titled Dualtone Records debut was released in April 2012. By that time, “Ho Hey” was already beginning its climb up Billboard magazine’s Hot 100, peaking at No. 3 in June. “We first sent it out as a demo, before the album,” Ulvang said. “It was the second song on there. I think the first was ‘Submariner,’ or else it was ‘Stubborn Love,’ those were the three songs on there. A guy on Seattle’s KEXP started playing track two. I wonder sometimes if that’s all it took to make that song a hit — a guy playing the second track. But you can think what you want about it. It’s really up to the people. So no, we didn’t see it coming.”


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Powered by the single, “The Lumineers” made it to No. 11 on Billboard’s albums chart and has now sold more than 900,000 copies. The band received the Grammy nominations and has been constantly touring and making TV appearances since summer 2012. So what’s it like getting caught in a pop whirlwind? “It’s been kind of hard to keep our footing,” Ulvang said. “It’s just the tip of the iceberg, though. We kind of lit the firecracker years ago, and it blew up later. We’d kind of forgot about it. … I think everybody’s feeling ‘we got there,’ and it hasn’t been too bad. It’s really pretty nice.” The Lumineers took some time off in the spring. Now the group is back on the road, doing a run of headlining shows. Playing shows is as much fun for the quintet as it is for its audience, Ulvang said. “We’ll screw around on stage, throw things at each other, climb on stuff,” he said. “I hope it doesn’t come across as an inside joke to the audience. But musically, we give it our all every night. It’s like putting an eight-hour shift into an hour and a half.” Given that The Lumineers have just one album, putting together the 90-minute set is something of a challenge. “The record is basically a best-of album,” Ulvang said. “Wes has been writing songs for seven years, and these are the best of them. It’s hard to put stuff up against those songs. But we do bring in a few new ones and a couple covers. The whole album fits really well into a set.” The high point of The Lumineers’ set, at least for the audience, is “Ho Hey,” which, like all breakthrough hits, will be a permanent staple of the band’s shows whether its members want to play it or not. “I compared it the other day — I was talking to one of my friends — by saying it’s kind of like any job,” Ulvang said. “Maybe you work at a café that’s pretty hip. You’ve still got to wash the dishes. Sometimes when we’re not feeling it, it’s kind of like that. But we’re proud of it. It’s a great song, and it changed everything for us.”  L. Kent Wolgamott


Jacksonville University graduate Monica A. Angiuli’s work (including the pictured piece) is featured during an artist’s reception Oct. 17 during North Beaches Art Walk and through October at Adele Grage Cultural Center in Atlantic Beach. Photo: Courtesy Monica A. Angiul

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North Beaches Art Walk celebrates ‘Old Masters’ for its sixth anniversary NORTH BEACHES ART WALK 5-9 p.m. Oct. 17 and every third Thursday Various venues from Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center 249-2222,


s people near the North Beaches Art Walk area, they are lured by the sounds of saxophone, guitar and singing. The starting point could be considered Archway Gallery & Framing, where volunteers provide punch, a quick snack and a map of the venues which support and participate in the Art Walk. Artists and art lovers will celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Art Walk Oct. 17 with an “Old Masters” theme. Linda Stewart, coordinator of North Beaches Art Walk and owner of Archway Gallery & Framing, said master artists such as Vincent van Gogh will be celebrated. Participating artists and students in the Fletcher High School humanities class will display works inspired by Old Masters. The sixth anniversary of this Art Walk also features musician Steven Gallatin and Jacksonville-based dance ensemble 3 Hearts Dance. “Starry Days,” a painting donated by artist Ginifer Brinkley, and a bike painted in a beach theme by Art Walk volunteer Michele Hampton will be raffled. The displays are pedestrian-friendly, Stewart said, with shops, restaurant and bars located close together. She said four generations visit the Art Walks — babies in strollers, parents, grandparents and sometimes even great-grandparents.

“The Art Walk brings people out,” Stewart said. “It brings them together in a pleasant setting.” Many of the artists have been participants in the Art Walk for years, displaying and selling their photographs, paintings, jewelry, sculptures and other works. Artist Terry Selden is a stay-at-home mom who held house parties with friends making jewelry as a hobby. She’s been involved in the Art Walk since its inception. Mobarick Abdullah III comes to North Beaches Art Walk to get his name out to the arts-loving public. He took a break from art for nine years, but he has exhibited at three art walks lately. His paintings, a combination of spray paint and acrylics, depict everything from landscapes to people. Abdullah said his girlfriend pushed him to return to art by buying a blank canvas and placing it in the middle of the room. Erika Sdoguren once worked at a store that participated in this Art Walk five years ago. She left, but when she returned, she decided to volunteer for the event. Sdoguren said she enjoys participating in the Northeast Florida arts community and believes that the North Beaches Art Walk improves each year. Jeremy Hereford, an art student, has been going to Riverside Arts Market during the fall because of the cooler weather. He attended the September North Beaches Art Walk with a friend and said he enjoys the people-watching. “There are always characters at these things, and the art really gives you a lot to talk about,” Hereford said. Stewart considers the Art Walk her “brain

child.” Six years ago, she hatched the idea with Alice Gartland, who wrote about the arts scene in The Beaches Leader. They tested the idea with people and businesses in the area. “People got excited,” Stewart said. Initially, everyone was welcome to display art during the monthly event. After some pieces were considered inappropriate for the general public, the organizers convened a jury of artists and business owners to evaluate candidates and invite them to display their works. Neptune Beach vocalist Deedee Love, saxophonist Peter Kendrick and singer-guitarist Jimmi Mitchell all regularly perform during the monthly Art Walk. “It feels good to give back to the community … [I] enjoy the people and the musicians around,” Mitchell said. Claudia Careres started her career as an artist after losing her job about a year ago. She now views it as a blessing. She belongs to the Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society, where she learned how to make jewelry. Careres said the art walks have been an amazing opportunity for her. “I am doing what I love, get to meet amazing people and spend time with my parents,” Careres said.  Anastassia Melnikov


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WEEKEND COMEDY Cindy Williams (“Laverne & Shirley”) stars in this show about two couples accidentally booked in the same room, through Oct. 20 (doors 6 p.m. Tue.-Sun.; 11 a.m. Sat.; noon and 6 p.m. Sun.) at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, dinner and a show $43-$49, reservations required, 641-1212, THE LOVE LIST The comedy about love and the ideal mate is staged Oct. 10-19 (8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Oct. 13), with adult content, at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach, $10-$20, 261-6749, SPAMALOT The three-time Tony-winning musical by Eric Idle (“lovingly ripped off from” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”) continues 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9-12 and 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, $10-$25, 825-1164, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN A musical performance of Mel Brooks’ classic film continues on the main stage 8 p.m. Oct. 10-12 at Players by the Sea, 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach, $16-$28, 249-0289, CHECK, PLEASE A play set in a restaurant within a restaurant, written by Jacksonville native Jonathan Rand, is staged Oct. 13, 20 and 27, Nov. 3, 10 and 17 – dinner 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. – at Raintree Restaurant Dinner Theater, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, $39.95, 824-7211, PROFESSOR WHISKEY’S TRAVELING BIZARRE BAZAAR The vaudeville and burlesque troupe performs a “Dead Celebrities” show, with costumes using some form of the pink ribbon in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month; proceeds benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; doors 9 p.m., show 10 p.m. Oct. 12 at Eclipse Nightclub, 4219 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, $10, professorwhiskeystravelingbizarreBazaar. THE SAUCY SASSY GUTSY GALS The St. George Players perform 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19 at Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine, $15, 829-3168. A WISH TO BUILD A DREAM ON The benefit concert “A Wish to Build a Dream On: Music from Broadway and Beyond” is staged 8 p.m. Oct. 12 and 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Orange Park Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park, $10, 276-2599, DRINKING HABITS The comedy is presented by River City Players, 8 p.m. Oct. 16-19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Scarlett-Hill Theatre, Larimer Arts Center, 216 Reid St., Palatka, $15, 377-5044. D.A. HISTORICAL DANCE CONCERT Students perform European-based dance pieces, Renaissance through early20th century, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18 at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Road, San Marco, 346-5620 ext. 122, ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RACING QUEENS The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company, presents the theatrical concert (with adult content) with a cast of more than 40 singers and actors and a performance of more than 30 poems, 8 p.m. Oct. 17-19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Pangea Live, 956 N. Liberty St., Springfield, $10-$15, MAMMA MIA! Artist Series presents this Broadway musical featuring ABBA’s greatest hits, 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $42-$72, 442-2929, QUILLS The ghastly comedy is presented on the studio stage Oct. 18-Nov. 2 (8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.) at Players by the Sea, 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach, $12-$23, 249-0289, RIVER NORTH DANCE CHICAGO The dance company performs a work inspired by and set to the music of Eva Cassidy – with jazz, blues, folk and gospel favorites – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, $14-$44, 276-6750,


NASSAU COMMUNITY BAND The Nassau Community Band seeks new members for its 11th season as a multigenerational ensemble; rehearsals 6 p.m. Oct. 10 and every Thur. in Yulee Middle School band room, 85439 Miner Road, 277-1257,, THE WHITE PARTY The African dance party and gala is held 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, $25, 825-1164, SONGWRITER RESIDENCY APPLICATIONS The Jacksonville Songwriter Residency, a Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville grant project, accepts applications for residency opportunities in the Spark District through Oct. 15. As many as 12 residencies are available for 2013-’14 with durations of 1-4 weeks and performance opportunities at Downtown Jacksonville venues. Applications can be completed online at

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MICHAEL GOLDBERG IN CONTEXT New York-based independent curator and art critic Karen Wilkin, a contributor to MOCA Jacksonville’s “Abstraction Over Time: The Paintings of Michael Goldberg,” discusses the artist, 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, free, 366-6911, ROWITA AWARD NOMINATIONS The St. Johns Cultural Council is accepting nominations for Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts Awards through Dec. 1. For information on criteria, call 808-7330 or go to FREE KIDS’ DANCE CLASS Classes for ages 7-11 are held 4:30-5:15 p.m. every Wed. at Dance Trance, 214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, free, 246-4600, BEGINNERS’ DANCE CLASSES These classes are held 7:308:30 p.m. every Mon. and Wed. at Dance Trance, 1515 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 390-0939, SALSA/HUSTLE AT STUDIO JEAR GROUP FITNESS Classes are held 8-9 p.m. every Tue. Five one-hour dance sessions, $50 (all five sessions), 551-0459,, BELLY DANCING Belly Dance with Margarita 4 p.m. every Thur. and 10:30 a.m. every Sat. at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 721-3399. K.A.R.M.A. CLASS A Kindling Auras & Radiating Musical Awareness group vocal session, focusing on mental clarity, visualization, harmonizing and blending, breath and energy control, is held 6-7 p.m. every Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Spring Park. Registration is requested; 322-7672, ART THERAPY CLASSES Classes are held 6-9 p.m. every Tue. at Diversions, 210 N. Laura St., Downtown, $30 includes supplies, 586-2088, email JAZZ, DANCE AND TECHNIQUE The classes continue every Tue. at Dance Trance, 1515 San Marco Blvd., 390-0939, DANCE CLASSES Several classes for all ages and skill levels every Mon.-Fri. at The Dance Shack, 3837 Southside Blvd., Southside, 527-8694, DRAMATIC ARTS Theatrical performance classes and workshops, all ages and skill levels, are held Mon.-Fri. at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach, fees vary, 249-0289. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Spring Park, fees vary, 322-7672, MIXED MEDIA ART CLASSES Art classes are held weekly at Studio 121, 121 W. Forsyth St., Downtown, $20 per class or $100 for six weeks, 568-2146, MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES Six-week art classes are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Murray Hill; $80 for adults, $50 for kids, 677-2787, BRAIDED LIGHT DANCE PROJECT Weekly art classes are held at Barbara Thompson’s School of Dance, 8595 Beach Blvd., Ste. 310, Southside; intermediate ballet, 6-7:30 p.m. every Mon. and modern/improv classes, 1-2:30 p.m. every Wed., $10, 997-0002,


SATURDAY EVENING JAZZ The jazz series is 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Sat. with performances by Just Jazz Oct. 12, Jarell Harris & Sweet Inspiration Oct. 19 and The Session Oct. 26 at 200 First Street, Neptune Beach, free, 249-2922, AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL The 10th annual festival continues with concerts Oct. 9-13, including headliner concerts with the Royal Crown Revue 8:30-10 p.m. Oct. 11; Mindi Abair, featured saxophonist on “American Idol” in ’11 and ’12, 8:30-10 p.m. Oct. 12. Other performers include the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band with Bonnie Eisele, DieDra & the Ruff Pro Band, El Nino & the Latin Jazz Knights, Bobby Pickwood and Mike Levine at venues in Fernandina Beach (Omni Amelia Island Plantation Racquet Park, Amelia Park, Sandy Bottoms Beach Bar & Grill); $15-$100 for individual tickets (one free concert), $250 for all-jazz pass, 504-4772, WORLD MUSIC DAYS CONCERT UNF Orchestra joins the Daniel Pearl Harmony for Humanity Worldwide Concerts Celebration, 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at UNF’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, free, 620-2878, JU STUDENT MUSIC RECITAL The second of five facultyselected student recitals is held 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd., Arlington, free, 256-7677, A RISING STAR The Jacksonville Symphony performs with guest violinist William Hagen, 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $16-$26, 354-5547, AN EVENING WITH JAMES BOND & FRIENDS Conducted by Dr. Gordon R. Brock, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at University of North Florida’s Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, free, 620-2878, A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING JU voice majors and musicians perform the 1994 Tony-winning Rodgers & Hammerstein revue, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12 and 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800

Riverside Fine Arts begins its concert series with The Vienna Boys Choir – among the world’s most renowned boys’ choirs – in concert Oct. 20 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Riverside. University Blvd., Arlington, $10, 256-7677, DESEAN KIRKLAND TRIO The jazz trio appears 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $10, 240-1009, THE EVOLUTION OF GOSPEL The concert is held 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, 69 Washington St., St. Augustine, free, 824-1314. A RISING STAR The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural performance at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts is “A Rising Star,” with guest violinist William Hagen, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at THCA, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, 276-6750, A CELTIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION REHEARSALS St. Augustine Community Chorus rehearses singers for “A Celtic Christmas Celebration” and Handel’s “Messiah” 6:50-9 p.m. Oct. 15 and every Tue. at Memorial Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 36 Sevilla St., St. Augustine; membership is $25, 808-1904, UNF BRASS ENSEMBLE The concert is conducted by Dr. Randy Tinnin, 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside, free, 620-2878, GENERATION SERIES The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Series presents soprano Jeanie Darnel and pianist Michael Baron in concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Bldg. 45, Southside, free, 620-2878, DR. GREGORY SAUER, DR. HEIDI LOUISE WILLIAMS: FSU faculty artists perform in the Tuesday Serenade concert series, 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, free, 630-2665, TIM TULLERA program of Bach is performed, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Jacksonville, 356-5507. ERNIE LOMBARDI GROUP The group performs, with John Thomas on keyboards, 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 18 at The Brick, 3585 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-0606. VIENNA BOYS CHOIR The Riverside Fine Arts Association presents the renowned choir in concert 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside, $10-$20, 389-6222, JAZZ IN PONTE VEDRA The Gary Starling Group, featuring Carol Sheehan, Billy Thornton and Peter Miles, performs 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Thur. at Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra, 280-5515. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured 9:30 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Riverside, 388-9551. JAZZ IN MANDARIN Boril Ivanov Trio plays 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 262-0006. JAX BEACH JAZZ Live jazz is presented 6-9 p.m. every Fri. at Landshark Café, 1728 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 246-6024. JAZZ IN NEPTUNE BEACH Live jazz is featured 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Sat. at Lillie’s Coffee Bar, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE The House Cats play 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. every Sat. at Stogies Club & Listening Room, 36 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 826-4008. JAZZ IN ARLINGTON Jazzland Café features live music 8 p.m. every Sat. and 6-9 p.m. every Tue. at 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 240-1009, JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Live jazz is featured nightly at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 825-0502.


ST. AUGUSTINE’S GREEK FESTIVAL The 16th annual festival celebrates Greek heritage with authentic dishes, pastries and beverages, entertainment by the Hellenic Band and costumed Greek dance troupes, 4-9 p.m. Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 12, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Francis Field, 29 Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, 829-0504, $3 adults, free for children and activeduty military, 829-0504, GREAT GATSBY GALA The fundraiser is held 6-11 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive

Way, Ponte Vedra. Cocktails and appetizers in the Fountain Speakeasy, a sit-down dinner, open bar, music by The Wes Goode Quintet, cigar bar and a photo booth are featured. Proceeds benefit The Cultural Center. Tickets: $100 members; $125 nonmembers. 280-0614 ext. 205, DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts and crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 11 and every Fri. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, 353-1188. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market are featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12 and every Sat. at 715 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 554-6865, 389-2449, SECOND SATURDAY ARTRAGEOUS ART WALK The galleries of downtown Fernandina Beach are open for self-guided tours, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and every second Sat., 277-0717, ARTOBER FEST The festival includes an arts and craft show, business expo, haunted maze and kids’ zone, recycling regatta, car show, Poker Run & Battle of the Bars Biker Rodeo, barbecue and live entertainment, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Palatka Memorial Park on the St. Johns Riverfront, 386-325-9598, HORRORFEST: A POP-UP ART EVENT Local Artists Coming Together present Horrorfest, showcasing works of the grotesque with Eric Holler of Serial Killers Ink – as seen on The National Geographic Channel show “Taboo” – and sculptor for the band GWAR Tyler Pasquale, as well as a screening of indie horror film “Kitty, Kitty,” and a zombie costume contest, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Pomade & Tonic Traditional Barbershop & Social Club, 2415 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, Jacksonville; bring one nonperishable food item to donate to Second Harvest North Florida to see “Kitty, Kitty”;, NORTH BEACHES ART WALK Galleries of Atlantic and Neptune beaches are open late, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 17 and every third Thur., at various venues from Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center. 249-2222, PIGGIN’ & PEDDLIN’ ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL The festival features smoked barbecue – for piggin’ (eat-in or take-out) – as well as arts and crafts (that’s the peddlin’); proceeds benefit Ortega United Methodist Church. Arts and crafts festival includes music, face-painting, kids' activities and a pumpkin patch, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; barbecue 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Ortega, 389-5556. UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT Self-guided tour of galleries, antique stores and shops open 5-9 p.m. Oct. 26 and every last Sat. in St. Augustine’s San Marco District, 824-3152. NORTHSIDE LOVE ARTS & VENDORS MARKET The market, “Lifting Our Various Enterprises,” includes entertainment, kids’ activities, arts, a fruit and vegetable market, food trucks and Zumba lessons, 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and every last Sun. at Lonnie Miller Park, 5054 Soutel Drive, Northside, 755-5281,


ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM & GALLERY Jacksonville University, 2800 N. University Blvd., Arlington, 256-7371, “Hackers And Painters” is an exhibit of twodimensional and time-based works, painting, sculpture and installation by Florida State University’s art faculty Joelle Dietrick and Judy Rushin. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 10; runs through Nov. 6. AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378, The children’s exhibit, “Discovery Ship,” allows kids to pilot the ship, hoist flags and learn about the history of Fernandina’s harbor. BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY PARK 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657, “A Painter and a Potter: Mary Ann Bryan and Charlie Brown,” featuring artists from Mayport Village, is on display through Dec. 1. CAMP BLANDING MUSEUM 5629 S.R. 16 W., Camp Blanding, Starke, 682-3196, Artwork, weapons, uniforms and other artifacts from the activities of Camp Blanding during World War II are displayed along with outdoor displays of vehicles from WWII, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

Arts CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM Flagler College, 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530, “Clockwise” – an exhibit by multimedia artist Liz Rodda, who examines fate, personal control and the future through sculpture and video – continues through Oct. 18. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-6857, “La Florida,” presenting native and Spanish colonial artifacts celebrating 500 years of Florida art, continues through Oct. 20. “The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti” is on display through September 2014. “Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection” opens Oct. 19 and continues through Jan. 5. JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Downtown, 355-1101, The permanent collection includes steamboats, nautical-themed art, books, documents and artifacts. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992, “Better Left Unsaid,” an exhibit of sculpture and steampunk art by Jim Smith and black-and-white photography by Mary Atwood, is on display through Nov. 1. “Russia,” history from Peter the Great to the conquest of space, is displayed through Dec. 28. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. LIGHTNER MUSEUM 75 King St., St. Augustine, 824-2874, The permanent collection features relics from America’s Gilded Age, exhibited on three floors. MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY 11964 Mandarin Road, 268-0784, Exhibits regarding Harriet Beecher Stowe and Civil War vessel Maple Leaf are on display, as well as works by Mandarin artists. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 366-6911, mocajacksonville. com. “Kept Time: Photographs by Joseph D. Jachna” is on display through Oct. 20. “Crush,” an exhibit of works by Heather Cox, explores the distillation of the human figure; it continues through Oct. 27 as part of Project Atrium. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors,” developed by The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, examines risk related to an asteroid hitting Earth and what scientists can learn from the objects. The exhibit is displayed through Dec. 31. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555, The exhibit “Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner, Connecting Communities Through Language” continues through Dec. 31. Modeled after Harlem’s “Amateur Night at the Apollo,” host searches are held 7:30-10:30 p.m. every first Fri. of the month, $5.50.


ABSOLUTE AMERICANA ART GALLERY 77 Bridge St., St. Augustine, 824-5545, Romero Britto’s sculptures and limited-edition prints are featured. ADELE GRAGE CULTURAL CENTER 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828. Monica A. Angiuli displays her watercolor paintings during a reception held 5-9 p.m. Oct. 17 for North Beaches Art Walk. Angiuli is the featured artist for October. AMIRO ART & FOUND GALLERY 9C Aviles St., St. Augustine, 824-8460, Works by Ginny Bullard, Estella Fransbergen, Deane Kellogg, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson Master and Marcia Myrick Siany are featured. THE ART CENTER II 229 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 355-1757. A children’s art exhibit is on display Oct. 2-31. THE ART CENTER MAIN GALLERY 31 W. Adams St., Downtown, 355-1757, Laura Davis Henningsen is the featured artist for October. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 150, Downtown, 355-1757, The juried exhibit “Creatures” is on display through Nov. 22. AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3562 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 384-8797, British artist and philanthropist Mackenzie Thorpe exhibits his work. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31. CLAY & CANVAS STUDIO 2642 Rosselle St., Ste. 6, Riverside, 501-766-1266. Works by Tiffany Whitfield Leach, Lily Kuonen and Rachel Evans may be viewed by appointment. CORSE GALLERY & ATELIER 4144 Herschel St., Riverside, 388-8205, Works on permanent display are by Kevin Beilfuss, Eileen Corse, Miro Sinovcic, Maggie Siner, Alice Williams and Luana Luconi Winner. CYPRESS VILLAGE ART LEAGUE 4600 Middleton Park Circle, Southside, 223-6100. “Coastal Atlantic,” an exhibit of Gordon Russell’s landscape paintings, is displayed through Oct. 17. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. Atlantic Beach artist Melinda Bradshaw’s work is on display through Oct. 15. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Southside, 425-2845, “Shed My Skin,” mixedmedia work by Louisiana native and Savannah resident Marcus Kenney, opens 6-10 p.m. Oct. 11 and continues through Nov. 22. The artist discusses his work, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at FSCJ’s Kent Campus, Bldg. E, Rm. 112F, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Riverside.

THE GALLERY AT HOUSE OF STEREO 8780 Perimeter Park Ct., Ste. 100, Southside, 642-6677, Painting, art glass, photography, woodcrafts, pottery and sculpture are featured. GALLERY725 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach, 345-9320, “The Elements: Metal,” a multimedia exhibit featuring works by Ken Daga, “Flew” (Frank Lewis), Kelly Meagher, Linda Olsen, Shayna Raymond, Matthew Winghart and Tonsenia Yonn, continues through Nov. 10. GEORGIA NICK GALLERY 11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 806-3348, The artist-owned studio displays Nick’s sea and landscape photography, along with local works by oil painters, a mosaic artist, potter, photographer and author. HASKELL GALLERY & DISPLAY CASES Jacksonville International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Road, Northside, 741-3546. Work by Diane Fraser and Mary Atwood (Haskell Gallery), Jim Smith (Connector Bridge Art display case before security) and Chris Moore (Concourse A and C display cases after security) are on display through Dec. 31. HIGHWAY GALLERY the-highway-gallery. Nine artists – Nathaniel Artkart Price, Ken Daga, Ashley C. Waldvogel, Brianna Angelakis, Christina Foard, Linda Olsen, Sara Pedigo, Zach Fitchner and Russell Maycumber – will be featured on digital billboards throughout the city in collaboration with Clear Channel of Jacksonville through July 2014. ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. Paula M. Porterfield-Izzo’s “Seascape Portraits” are featured in October. An artist's reception is held 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12. ISLAND LIFE GRILL 2245 Plantation Center Drive, Fleming Island, 215-4522, “Art on Wheels,” the Art Guild of Orange Park’s car and motorcycle show, is held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, “Hot-N-Fresh,” an original street exhibit organized by Michael and Michele Cavendish that includes stencil and spray paint art, is on display through Dec. 15 in the upstairs food court. J. JOHNSON GALLERY 177 Fourth Ave. N., Jax Beach, 435-3200. “Paint Techtonics,” an exhibit of works by painter Leslie Wayne (who uses oils in a sculptural manner to build 3-D compositions), continues through Nov. 1. KENT GALLERY FSCJ Kent Campus, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Northside, 381-3674. “UKIYO– Floating World,” an exhibit by paper cut artist Hiromi Moneyhun, continues through Oct. 22. An exhibit of Troy Ettriem's works opens with a reception held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29; it runs through Nov. 19. PALENCIA GALLERY 701 Market St., Ste. 107A, St. Augustine, 819-1584, “Passport: Cambodia,” an exhibit of Gina Torkos’ oil paintings created from her experiences traveling in Cambodia, opens with a reception 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9 and continues through Dec. 20. REDDI ARTS 1037 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-3161, Works by local artists are featured, with a focus on “emerging artists for emerging collectors.” Collections change monthly. REMBRANDTZ GALLERY 131 King St., St. Augustine, 829-0065, “A New Light,” an exhibit of paintings and mosaics, continues through October. The gallery features work by more than 50 artists. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 808-7330, Roger Bansemer’s “La Florida,” an exhibit featuring vanishing Florida landscapes, continues through Oct. 24. SEVENTH STREET GALLERY 14 S. Seventh St., Fernandina Beach, 432-8330. “Inclinations of the Moment,” an exhibit of works by sculptor and painter Arthur Herman, opens with a reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12. The exhibit is on display Oct. 19 and 26. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 201 N. Hogan St., Ste. 100, Downtown, 553-6361, Works by more than 25 local artists as well as UNF’s ongoing student exhibit are featured. Larry Davis is October's guest artist. SPACE:EIGHT 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838, “Art Dorks Rise,” an exhibit by the Art Dorks Collective, continues through Nov. 30. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310, The 12th annual Tactile Art Show, featuring touchable art that's visually appealing for the sighted and engaging for the blind, runs through Oct. 27. STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA 240 A1A N., Ste. 13, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-6065, “Synergy,” an exhibit featuring works by painters Jennifer J.L. Jones, Laura Lacambra Shubert, Enrique Mora and Henry Von Genk III, opens with a reception held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18.  For a complete list of arts events or to submit your own, go to For instructions on how to submit your event, go to Folio Weekly does not accept emails for events to appear in print. The submission deadline for print publication is 4 p.m. Monday, 10 days before publication. Due to space constraints, not all events will appear in print.

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UNSCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY The annual kids’ party is held 10:15-11:15 a.m. Oct. 10 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Games, crafts, prizes and a costume parade are featured. Bring a camera for the Punkin Pictures station. 827-6950. JAXTOBERFEST The inaugural Jaxtoberfest family fall celebration is held 3-10 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Shipyards, 750 E. Adams St., Downtown. Live music by The Swinging Bavarians, The Rhinelanders and the U.S. Navy Band Southeast’s ensemble Pride, a 5K Beer Run, games, food and drink – German brews, a keg-tapping ceremony – costume contests and post-race party are featured. General admission $8, $40 VIP Oct. 11, $50 VIP Oct. 12; kids 12 and younger admitted free; SPOOKTACULAR The annual Spooktacular is held 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and 25-31 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, $8 for members; $10 for nonmembers. 757-4463. HALLOWEEN DOORS & MORE The ninth annual benefit is held 3-8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 510 Fairgrounds Place, downtown. Activities include Fantasy Doors, where kids trick or treat for toys; Magical Meet & Greet Streets (kids meet costumed characters), Alice’s Adventure, Monster Mash Family Disco, and Harry’s Wizarding World; tickets are $100 per adult, $50 per child ages 2-12; children younger than two are free. Proceeds benefit Community PedsCare programs. 886-3883, CASKET FACTORY Jacksonville Historical Society is fixing up the old casket factory for a fundraising party, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 26 at 314 Palmetto St., Downtown. Live music, food, drinks, costume contests and the Labyrinth of Terror are featured. Tickets are $50; 665-0064, AMAZING GRACE CROP MAZE There’s more than a maze here: a petting zoo, corn crib, live music, fish and wildlife exhibit, chainsaw art demo, and a moonlight maze. National Watermelon Queen Amber Nolin appears Oct. 12. Open 2-7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. through Nov. 2, 2899 Wisteria Farms Rd., Green Cove Springs; $11 for ages 4 and older, 284-2949, ZOMBIE WALK World Zombie Day is celebrated 2-7 p.m. Oct. 12 in Downtown Jacksonville; free – bring a non-perishable food item or personal hygiene item; CREATURES OF THE NIGHT Young ghosts and goblins wander wild walkways and encounter costumed animal-keepers with creepy creatures and candy 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 31 at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine; $8 adults, kids 2-11 $6 for pass members; $9 adults, $7 for kids 2-11 nonmembers; 824-3337, MOONLIGHT MADNESS CAMP-IN Flashlight tours, a mad science show, creepy crafts and

a Halloween Cosmic Concert are featured, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank; $35 per person, includes late-night pizza snack and continental breakfast; 396-6684, HAUNT NIGHTS HAUNTED HOUSE Apocalypse 3D Haunted House is open from dusk-11 p.m. through Nov. 2; Carnieville and Dark Fables open Oct. 11; all three run from dusk-10 p.m. Oct. 20, 24, 27, 30-31 and dusk-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, Nov. 1-2, at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, ticket prices vary; 246-4386, RIVER CITY HAUNTS A ghostly walking tour is offered 8 p.m. every Fri. through Dec. 20, starting from The Jacksonville Landing escalators. For reservations, call 827-1845; $15 for adults; $5 for kids 5-12; HAUNTING OF SCHOOL HOUSE 4 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 28, Mandarin; $20 Fri.-Sat., $18 Thur. and Sun., VIP $30; kids younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31; 7 p.m.-mid. Oct. 18-19, 25-26, RIPLEY’S ST. AUGUSTINE Zombieville Part II – Terror Under the Big Top, a live action paintball shooting gallery, is open 8-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 and 31 at 254 San Marco Ave., Old Sugar Mill, St. Augustine, 829-6545, Oddtoberfest is 8-11:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 2-6 p.m. Oct. 27; for details, call 824-1606 or go to FLORIDA HAUNTED TRAILS The Florida Agricultural Museum presents haunted houses, storytellers, hayrides, kids’ games, pumpkin patch and music, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26 at 7900 Old Kings Rd. N., Palm Coast; $12 adults, $10 kids 6-12; free 5 and younger; 386-446-7630, HALLO-WEE PARTY A younger kids’ festival features crafts, a bounce house, face-painting, candy and a costume contest from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach; proceeds benefit Seamark Ranch Children’s Home; 246-4386, THE HOARD A bad case of hoarding made even scarier; 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 31 at Clay County Fairgrounds, 2493 S.R. 16, Green Cove Springs, 748-0059; $15 adults; $25 VIP; CORN MAZE Sykes & Cooper Farms offers a nine-acre maze, a pumpkin patch and hayrides, 5-10 p.m. every Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every Sun. in October. Admission is $9; free for kids younger than 2; 5995 Brough Road, Elkton, off S.R. 207, 692-1370,


SLOW COUNTRY BOIL Slow Food First Coast hosts Sunday Supper, featuring local fare, 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Glen, 7504 Glen Nursery Road, Glen St. Mary, Ga.; tickets are $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers, BILL O’REILLY & DENNIS MILLER These two independent thinkers appear 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the T-U Center’s Moran Theater, 100 W. Water St., Downtown; tickets are $75-$125;

Happenings WINE FESTIVAL The second annual event is held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Amelia Island Farmers Market, Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, 491-4872, COLLEGE FAIR The National College Fair of Jacksonville is held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 12 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown; free; representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities discuss programs with students and parents; students can register in advance online at; JCCI ANNUAL MEETING JCCI’s annual business meeting is held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 10 at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave., Downtown; tickets are $45; 396-3052, HISTORY OF FLORIDA The two-day event is held Oct. 11-12 in Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. Speakers discuss the wide range of historic events in the area’s past. 824-2872, JUNIOR LEAGUE HOLIDAY MARKET The second annual market is held 1-6 p.m. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Oct. 11-12 at Jacksonville Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 510 Fairgrounds Place, Downtown. Proceeds benefit the Junior League’s programs and initiatives. General admission is $7, in advance online; $10 at the door; kids 2 and younger are free; 387-9927, COLLEEN WOOD The League of Women Voters presents founder of Wood at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at University Club, 1301 Riverplace Blvd., 27th Floor; $25 members; $30 nonmembers, 318-0705, WOMEN’S FORUM The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women holds its inaugural forum 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 10 at City Hall Atrium, Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St., Downtown; free, 630-1618, COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES Flagler College’s series, “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America,” presents Prof. Luciana Gassett, who discusses “American Artistic Printing & Design Inspiration at the Turn of the Century” 10 a.m. Oct. 15 in Flagler College’s Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine; $5 for a single lecture; $15 for four; reservations required; 819-6282. COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows are Fright Light 7 p.m., Queen 8 p.m., Beatles 9 p.m., Led Zeppelin 10 p.m. Oct. 11; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, THINK PINK MOTORCYCLE RIDE

Fifth annual ride is held 9 a.m. Oct. 12 at Ponce de Leon Mall, St. Augustine; proceeds benefit local breast cancer patients, $25 for riders, $10 for passengers, PRIDE PARADE River City Pride of Jacksonville holds its annual parade 4 p.m. Oct. 12 in Riverside, beginning in Boone Park and winding through Avondale and Riverside, ending in 5 Points. A block party follows in 5 Points; free, SAVE THE FERRY 5K & FEST The ferry fun starts 8 a.m. Oct. 12 along the waterfront in Mayport Village, A1A. The fest is held 11 a.m.-8 p.m. featuring food trucks, live music, arts and crafts and margaritas. CHEF’S DINNER The third annual fundraiser for the Katie Caples Foundation is held 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, 39 Beach Lagoon, Amelia Island; tickets are $150, 310-5864, SIERRA CLUB Sierra Club Northeast Group gathers 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 University Blvd. W., Jacksonville. James Taylor discusses UNF’s efforts toward sustainability; free, 247-1876.


MAURICE ROBINSON Local author Robinson discusses area history 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 827-6950, LIBRARY BOOK SALE Anastasia Island Friends of the Library hold a sale 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine. On Oct. 11, prices are cut 50 percent; 209-3731, FIRST COAST ROMANCE WRITERS An all-day workshop with authors Catherine Kean, T. Elliott Brown and Caro Carson starts 10:15 a.m. Oct. 12 at West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, 693-1448.


ALEX ORTIZ Comic Ortiz appears 8:04 p.m. Oct. 10, 8:34 p.m. Oct. 11 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$25; 646-4277, DEAN NAPOLITANO The comic is on 8 p.m. Oct. 11-12 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555,

The Amelia Island Wine Festival is held Oct. 12 at Amelia Island Farmers Market at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

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RACHEL FEINSTEIN Comedienne Feinstein appears 8 p.m. Oct. 9-11, and 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $12-$16; 292-4242,


BECOMING A CHOICE AGENT Learn how to make good choices, 7 p.m. Oct. 10; Personal Resource Banking is offered 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale,


PINK RIBBON GOLF CLASSIC The seventh annual fundraiser is held 7:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra; proceeds benefit breast cancer research and related local services, JAXPORT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT Double-elimination tournament, men’s upper and lower and women’s divisions are played all day Oct. 12 at Ray Greene Park, 2149 Leonid Rd., Northside. Prizes and raffles are featured. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS VS ORLANDO MAGIC Preseason NBA basketball is played 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown. A salute to the military and veterans community is featured. Seats start at $15; courtside $250; 630-3697, TALBOT ISLANDS A ranger leads a nature hike 2 p.m. Oct. 12 from Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road; free; 251-2320,


AIFBY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Young Business Leaders of Nassau meets 8-9 a.m. Oct. 11 at AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island. Online registration at islandchamber. com is required; admission is free for members, $25 for nonmembers; 261-3248 ext. 107. JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Oct. 17, Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, CREATIVE BUSINESS PLANNING The class “Business Planning for Creatives: Artists, Writers, Healers, Coaches, & Independent Practitioners” is held 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and 15 and Dec. 6 in Atlantic Beach;, 800-913-8611 ext. 1.


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The homemade corned beef hash was flavorful and crispy – perfect for sopping up the runny egg yolk. Photos: Caron Streibich

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Avondale anchor satisfies need for comfort food THE FOX RESTAURANT 3580 St. Johns Ave., Avondale 387-2669


ining for a sense of nostalgia coupled with simple diner food that satisfies? Head to the Shoppes of Avondale and straight to The Fox Restaurant, a diner that exudes 1950s charm coupled with a modern hipster twist. The interior is plastered with photos, art and figurines — my favorite is a Steve Urkel doll (queue the “Did I do thaaaaat?”). Though table seating is fairly limited at The Fox, there are plenty of swivel seats at the counter with a view of the open kitchen. Watch as your eggs are scrambled or your bacon is crisped. The entire right side of the restaurant is lined with comfortable booths, but keep in mind that that no one table can seat a party larger than five. I’m a Southern girl raised on diner-style comfort food, so the corned beef hash with egg (cooked any way you like it), homefries (or grits, or fresh fruit) and biscuit or buttered toast were calling my name. The homemade hash was flavorful and crispy — perfect for sopping up my runny egg yolk. I drizzled honey and a bit of butter on the light and fluffy biscuit that came with the dish. Another option guaranteed to warrant a late afternoon nap is an order of biscuits and gravy, with a side of fluffy pancakes. The gravy was

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thick, with plenty of sausage bits throughout. The menu touts traditional breakfast items, like pancakes, waffles, French toast and an array of omelets, along with an assortment of lunch items including salads, sandwiches and cooked-to-order burgers. The aptly named Pittsburgher comes piled high with French fries and a mound of creamy cole slaw on top. Pair it with your choice of side item for a reasonably priced and filling lunch. The diner is open daily, but if you’re headed to The Fox on a weekend, prepare to wait — parking can be tricky and the line is often out the door. There’s free coffee to pacify hungry guests as they wait, so sip some Joe and strike up a conversation with a potential new friend or two.  Caron Streibich Folio Weekly Bite Club host

The burgers are piled high. The Pittsburgher comes with French fries and a mound of creamy cole slaw. Pair it with your choice of side item for a filling lunch.

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BARBERITOS, 1519 Sadler Rd., 277-2505. 463867 S.R. 200, Ste. 5, Yulee, 321-2240. F Specializing in Southwestern made-to-order fresh favorites: burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salads. Salsa’s handcrafted with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, onions, peppers. $$  C  L D Daily BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ, 1 S. Front St., 261-2660. F On the water at historic Centre Street’s end, it’s Southern hospitality in an upscale atmosphere; daily specials, fresh local seafood, aged beef. $$$  C L D Daily CAFÉ KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269. F In a historic building, family-owned spot has eclectic cuisine: homemade veggie burgers, fresh seafood, salads, made-from-scratch desserts. Dine inside or on oak-shaded patio. Karibrew Pub has beer brewed onsite. $$  C  L D Tue.-Sat.; L Daily HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 320 S. Eighth St., 321-0303. Sports bar fare: onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps, wings. $  L D Daily JACK & DIANE’S, 708 Centre St., 321-1444. F In a renovated 1887 shotgun home. Favorites: jambalaya, French toast, mac-n-cheese, vegan and vegetarian selections. Dine inside or out on the porch. $$  C B L D Daily LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE, 11 S. Seventh St., 432-8394. F Innovative lunch menu: po’boys, salads and seafood little plates served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood, Fernandina shrimp. Reservations recommended. $$$  C  R Sun.; L D Tue.-Sat. MOON RIVER PIZZA, 925 S. 14th St., 321-3400. F See Riverside. 2013 BOJ winner. $   L D Mon.-Sat. THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE, 833 TJ Courson Road, 277-3141. Awarded Slow Food First Coast’s Snail of Approval, the casual organic eatery and juice bar, in Nassau Health Foods, offers all-natural, organic items, smoothies, juices, coffees, herbal teas. $$  B L Mon.-Sat. PLAE, 80 Amelia Village Cir., 277-2132. Bite Club certified. In Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Spa & Shops, the bistro-style venue has an innovative menu: whole fried fish and duck breast. Outdoor dining. $$$  D Mon.-Sat. THE SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL, 12 N. Front St., 277-3811. F Killer sunset view over the ICW from secondstory outdoor bar. Owners T.J. and Al offer local seafood, Mayport shrimp, fish tacos, po’boys and the original broiled cheese oysters. $$  C L D Daily SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6652. F 2013 BOJ winner. Oceanfront restaurant serves award-winning handmade crab cakes, fresh seafood, fried pickles. Outdoor dining, open-air second fl oor and balcony. $$  C L D Daily THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711. F Oceanview dining, inside or on the deck. Steaks, fresh fish, nightly specials, Sun. lobster special. $$  B Sat.-Sun.; L D Daily TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK, 21 N. Third St., 310-6550. F Casual seafood spot has fresh, local wild-caught shrimp, fish, oysters, blackboard specials, seafood baskets. $  C L D Daily T-RAY’S BURGER STATION, 202 S. Eighth St., 261-6310. F This spot in an old gas station is known for its blue plate specials, burgers, biscuits & gravy, shrimp. $   B L Mon.-Sat.


LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 8818 Atlantic Blvd., 720-0106. F See San Marco. $$  C  L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 1301 Monument Rd. F See Baymeadows. $ C  B L D Daily RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 1825 University Blvd. N., 745-0335. F Cigar and hookah lounge has billiards tables, a full kitchen, a variety of subs for late-nighters. 200-plus imported, domestic beers. $  R Sat.-Sun.; D Nightly


THE CASBAH CAFÉ, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966. F 2013 BOJ winner. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine on the patio or in a hookah lounge. Wi-Fi, belly

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dancers, hookah pipes. $$  L D Daily ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE, 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40, 388-4884. F Celebrating five years, this churrascaria has gauchos who carve the meat onto your plate from their serving tables. $$$  D Tue.-Sun. FLORIDA CREAMERY, 3566 St. Johns Ave., 619-5386. Premium ice cream, fresh waffle cones, milkshakes, sundaes and Nathan’s grilled hot dogs, served in Florida-centric décor. Low-fat and sugar-free choices. $ C  L Mon.-Sat. THE FOX RESTAURANT, 3580 St. Johns Ave., 387-2669. F Owners Ian and Mary Chase offer fresh diner fare and homemade desserts. Breakfast all day. Signature items: burgers, meatloaf, fried green tomatoes. A Jacksonville landmark for more than 50 years. $$  C L D Daily GREEN MAN GOURMET, 3543 St. Johns Ave., 384-0002. F This market features organic and natural products, spices, teas and salts. $  Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 4530 St. Johns Ave., 388-8828. F See San Marco. $$  C  L D Daily LET THEM EAT CAKE! 3604 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 2, 389-2122. Artisan bakery serves coffee, croissants, muffins, cupcakes (The Fat Elvis!), pastries, individual desserts. Whole cakes made-to-order. $  Tue.-Sat. MOJO NO. 4 URBAN BBQ & WHISKEY BAR, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670. F 2013 BOJ winner. Funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chicken-fried steak, Delta fried catfish, hummus, shrimp and grits, specialty cocktails. $$  C  B L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #5 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR, 3620 St. Johns Ave., 388-5688. F See Riverside. $$  L D Daily SIMPLY SARA’S, 2902 Corinthian Ave., Ortega, 387-1000. F Down-home cooking from scratch like Grandma’s: eggplant fries, pimento cheese, fried chicken, fruit cobblers, chicken & dumplings. BYOB. $$ C  L D Mon.-Sat. TERRA, 4260 Herschel St., 388-9124. Owner Michael Thomas’ comfy spot serves local, sustainable and world cuisine in a simple, creative style. Small plates: chorizo stuffed mushrooms, pork belly skewers; entrées: lamb chops, seared tuna, ribeye. Lunch features sandwiches. Craft beers. Onsite organic garden. $$  D Mon.-Sat.


AL’S PIZZA, 8060 Philips Highway, 731-4300. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $  C  L D Daily BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA, 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, 519-8000. F Family-ownedand-operated Italian pizzeria serves calzones, strombolis, wings, brick-oven-baked pizza, subs, desserts. Delivery. $$  C  L D Daily INDIA’S RESTAURANT, 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8, 620-0777. F Authentic Indian cuisine, lunch buffet. Curry and vegetable dishes, lamb, chicken, shrimp, fish tandoori. $$   L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 8206 Philips Highway, 732-9433. F See San Marco. $$  C  L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 3928 Baymeadows Rd., 737-7740. 8616 Baymeadows Rd., 739-2498. F With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs high and serves ’em fast. Natural meats and cheeses are hormone-, antibiotic- and gluten-free; the sub rolls are gluten-free, too. $ C  B L D Daily MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN LEBANESE CUISINE, 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd., 646-1881. F Bite Club certified. Owner Pierre Barakat offers authentic Lebanese cuisine, charcoal-grilled lamb kebab. Belly dancing Fri.-Sat. Monthly dinner parties. Outdoor seating. $$   L D Tue.-Sun. PATTAYA THAI GRILLE, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-9506. F The area’s original authentic Thai restaurant has an extensive menu of traditional Thai, vegetarian and new-Thai, including curries, seafood, noodles, soups. In business since 1990, family-owned place has low-sodium and gluten-free dishes, too. $$$   L D Tue.-Sun. PIZZA PALACE, 3928 Baymeadows Rd., 527-8649. F See San Marco. $$  C  L D Daily STICKY FINGERS, 8129 Point Meadows Way, 493-7427. F Memphis-style rib house slow-smokes meats over aged hickory wood. Award-winning ribs, barbecue, rotisseriesmoked chicken, five signature sauces. Dine indoors or on screened patio. $$  C  L D Daily


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AL’S PIZZA, 303 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 249-0002. F 2013 BOJ winner. Celebrating more than 20 years and seven locations, Al’s offers a selection of New York-style and gourmet pizzas. $  C  L D Daily BUDDHA THAI BISTRO, 301 10th Ave. N., 712-4444. F The proprietors here are from Thailand, and every dish is made with fresh ingredients from tried-and-true recipes, beautifully presented. $$   L D Daily CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA, 127 First Ave. N., 249-3322. F Chili rellenos, tamales, fajitas, enchiladas, fish tacos, fried ice cream, margaritas. $$  C D Nightly CASA MARIA, 2429 S. Third St., 372-9000. F See Springfield. $  C L D Daily CULHANE’S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE, 967 Atlantic Blvd.,

Mark and Ladda Salter of Indochine, with locations in Downtown and San Marco, celebrate the title of Best Thai Restaurant in the Best of Jax readers poll. Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. Bite Club certified. Upscale Irish pub owned and managed by four sisters from County Limerick. Shepherd’s pie, corned beef; gastro pub menu soars to culinary heights. $$  C R Sat. & Sun.; D Tue.-Sun. ENGINE 15 BREWING CO., 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337. F  2013 BOJ winner. Gastropub fare: soups, salads, flatbreads, specialty sandwiches, including BarBeCuban and beer dip. Craft beers. $  C L D Daily GREGORY PAUL’S, 215 Fourth Ave. S., 372-4367. Greg Rider offers freshly prepared meals and experienced catering services. $$  Mon.-Fri. LANDSHARK CAFE, 1728 Third St. N., 246-6024. F  Locally owned and operated. Fresh, right-off-the-boat local seafood, fish tacos, houseground burgers, wings, handcut fries, tater tots; daily specials. $$  C L D Daily; R Sun. LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1222 Third St. S., 372-4495. F See San Marco. $$  C  L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 657 N. Third St., 247-9620. F See Baymeadows. $ C  B L D Daily LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 249-2922. F Beaches landmark. Locally roasted coffee, eggs and bagels, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Dine indoors or out; patio and courtyard seating. $$   B L D Daily M SHACK, 299 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 241-2599. F 2013 BOJ winner. David and Matthew Medure are flippin’ burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes and familiar fare at moderate prices. Dine indoors or out. $$  L D Daily MARLIN MOON GRILLE, 1183 Beach Blvd., 372-4438. F This sportfishing-themed casual place features fresh crab cakes – owner Gary Beach’s from Maryland’s Eastern Shore – and burgers, daily specials, craft beers, Orange Crushes, fresh-cut fries. $$  C  R Sun.; D Wed.-Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS, 1018 Third St. N., Ste. 2, 241-5600. F Bite Club certified. 2013 BOJ winner. The psychedelic spot serves gourmet pizzas, hoagies, salads. Pies range from Mighty Meaty to vegetarian like Kosmic Karma. $  C  L D Daily MEZZA LUNA PIZZERIA RISTORANTE, 110 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 249-5573. F Near-the-ocean eatery serves casual bistro fare (for 20+ years) like gourmet wood-fired pizzas, herb-crusted mahi mahi. Dine indoors or on the patio. $$$  C D Mon.-Sat. MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636. F 2013 BOJ winner. Funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chickenfried steak, Delta fried catfish. $$  C  B L D Daily POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637. F Named for the poet, American gastropub offers gourmet hamburgers, ground in-house and cooked to order, hand-cut French fries, fish tacos, entree-size salads, Edgar’s Drunken Chili, daily fish sandwich special. $$  C L D Daily RAGTIME TAVERN & SEAFOOD GRILL, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 F For 30 years, the popular seafood place has nabbed lots of awards in our Best of Jax readers poll. Blackened snapper, sesame tuna, Ragtime shrimp. $$  L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA, 592 Marsh Landing Parkway, 273-3113. F See Mandarin. $$  C  L D Daily SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK, 1018 Third St. N., 372-4456. F 2013 BOJ winner. Specialty items, signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos, local fried shrimp, in a contemporary open-air space. $$  C  L D Daily SHIM SHAM ROOM, 333 First St. N., Ste. 150, 372-0781. F 2013 BOJ winner. New joint has a seasonal menu of “cheap eats”: bar bites, chicken & waffles, badass fries, tacos. $$  D Nightly

WIPEOUTS GRILL, 1585 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 247-4508. F Casual, beachy sports place serves burgers, wings, fish tacos in a chill atmosphere. $  C  L D Daily


CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCAJAX, 333 N. Laura St., 366-6911. On the first floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Café. Shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, homemade desserts. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Thur. & ArtWalk CASA DORA, 108 E. Forsyth St., 356-8282. F Owner/ chef Sam Hamidi has been serving genuine Italian fare 35-plus years: veal, seafood, pizza. Homemade salad dressing is a specialty. $$  C L D Mon.-Sat. CHOMP CHOMP, 106 E. Adams St., 762-4667. F This spot has eats at moderate prices – most under $10. Chef-inspired street food: panko-crusted chicken, burgers, chinois tacos, bahn mi, barbecue. $ L Tue.-Sat.; D Fri. & Sat. DE REAL TING CAFÉ, 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738. F Caribbean spot features jerk or curried chicken, conch fritters, curried goat, oxtail. $   L Tue.-Fri.; D Fri.-Sat. FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT, Ste. 176, Jacksonville Landing, 374-1547. F 2013 BOJ winner. Casual dining, uptown Irish atmosphere. Fish & chips, Guinness lamb stew, black-and-tan brownies. $$  C L D Daily ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283. F Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites in a casual atmosphere. Panini, vegetarian dishes, daily lunch buffet. Espressos, hookahs. $  L Mon.-Fri.


BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA & GASTROPUB, 1811 Town Center Blvd., 278-1770. F Family-owned-and-operated; offers freshly made brick-oven pizzas, specialty burgers, melts, wraps, craft beers. Gluten-free items. $$  C  L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100, 215-2223. F See San Marco. $$  C  L D Daily MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999. F See Beaches. Bite Club certified. 2013 BOJ winner. $  C  L D Daily MOJO SMOKEHOUSE, 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 8, 264-0636. F 2013 BOJ winner. Funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chickenfried steak, Delta fried catfish. $$  C  B L D Daily WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198. F Authentic fish camp serves gator tail, fresh-water river catfish, traditional meals, daily specials on the banks of Swimming Pen Creek. Outdoor Tiki bar. Come by boat, motorcycle or car. $  C  L Tue.-Sun.; D Nightly YOUR PIE, 1545 C.R. 220, Ste. 125, 379-9771. F Bite Club certified. Owner Mike Sims has a fast, casual pizza concept: Choose from three doughs, nine sauces, seven cheeses and 40-plus toppings and create your own pizza pie. Subs, sandwiches, gelato. $$  C  L D Daily


AL’S PIZZA, 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 31, 223-0991. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $  C  L D Daily CASTILLO DE MEXICO, 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, 998-7006. F This spot, in business for 15-plus years, has an extensive menu served in authentic Mexican décor. Weekday lunch buffet. $$  L D Daily EPIK BURGER, 12740 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 105, 374-7326. F More than 34 burgers made from grass-fed beef, ahi tuna,

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PIZZA PALACE, 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-2171. F See San Marco. $$  C  L D Daily SAUCY TACO, 450 S.R. 13 N., Ste. 113, 287-8226. F The menu is light Mexican with American influences – and there are 40 beers on draft. $$  C  B, Sat.-Sun.; L D Daily


AL’S PIZZA, 11190 San Jose Blvd., 260-4115. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $  C  L D Daily ATHENS CAFÉ, 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7, 733-1199.  Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), baby shoes (stuffed eggplant), all the favorites. Greek beers. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE, 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20, 880-3313. F Authentic dishes: steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers, hot sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. Traditional feijoada – black beans and pork stew with rice, collards, orange salad, toasted yucca flour with bacon – every Sat. $$  B L D Mon.-Sat. BROOKLYN PIZZA, 11406 San Jose Blvd., 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd., Bartram Park, 880-0020. F The Brooklyn Special Pizza is a customer favorite. Also calzones, white pizza, homestyle lasagna. $$   L D Daily GIGI’S RESTAURANT, 3130 Hartley Rd. (Ramada Inn), 694-4300. F Prime rib and crab leg buffet Fri.-Sat., bluejean brunch Sun., daily breakfast buffet and lunch and dinner buffets. $$$  B R L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 11700 San Jose Blvd., 288-0175. F See San Marco. $$  C  L D Daily LARRY’S, 11365 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 674-2945. F See Baymeadows. $ C  B L D Daily RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., 262-4030. See Arlington. $  R Sat.-Sun.; D Nightly RENNA’S PIZZA, 11111 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, 292-2300. F Casual New York-style pizzeria serves calzones, antipasto, parmigiana, homemade breads. Buy by the slice – they’re humongous – or full pie. Delivery. $$  C  L D Daily


ARON’S PIZZA, 650 Park Ave., 269-1007. F Family-owned restaurant has eggplant dishes, manicotti, New York-style pizza. $$  C  L D Daily THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959. Specialties at this upscale restaurant include New Orleans shrimp, certified Black Angus prime rib, she-crab soup. Homemade desserts. $$$  D Tue.-Sat. LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1930 Kingsley Ave., 276-2776. F See San Marco. $$  C  L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 700 Blanding, Ste. 15, 272-3553. 1545 C.R. 220, 278-2827. 1330 Blanding, 276-7370. 1404 S. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, 284-7789. F See Baymeadows. $ C  B L D Daily PREVATT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 2620 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 17, Middleburg, 282-1564. F What a neighborhood sportsbar should be: Familiar fare, all the spirits you’d want. $$  C  L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA, 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 16, 771-7677. F See Mandarin. $$  C  L D Daily TED’S MONTANA GRILL, 8635 Blanding Blvd., 771-1964. See St. Johns Town Center. $$$  C L D Daily THAI GARDEN, 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. B, 272-8434. Traditional Thai: pad kraw powh with roasted duck, kaeng kari (yellow curry, potatoes, choice of meat). Fine wines, imported, domestic beers. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Nightly


ALICE & PETE’S PUB, 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott, 285-7777. Inspired by TPC Sawgrass course designers Alice and Pete Dye, the new pub serves Northeast Florida flavors along with Alice & Pete’s favorites: Dominican black bean soup, Pete’s Designer club sandwich. Outside dining. $$$  L D Daily AL’S PIZZA, 635 A1A, 543-1494. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $  C  L D Daily JJ’S LIBERTY BISTRO, 330 A1A N., Ste. 209, 273-7980. Traditional French cuisine: escargot, brie, paté, steak frites, crêpes. Daily specials, specialty pastries; French wines. $$  L D Mon.-Sat.

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LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 830 A1A N., Ste. 6, 273-3993. F See Baymeadows. $ C  B L D Daily RESTAURANT MEDURE, 818 A1A N., 543-3797. Chef David Medure creates dishes with international flavors. The lounge offers small plates, creative drinks. $$$  D Mon.-Sat. TABLE 1, 330 A1A N., Ste. 208, 280-5515. Upscale, casual restaurant offers appetizers, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, burgers, entrées. Extensive wine list. $$$  L D Daily


AL’S PIZZA, 1620 Margaret St., Ste. 201, 388-8384. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $  C  L D Daily BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS, 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1-2, 855-1181. F 2013 BOJ winner. Bold Bean brings a small-batch, artisanal approach to roasting coffee. Organic and fair trade coffees. $   B L Daily GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET 2007 Park St., 384-4474. F 2013 BOJ winner. Juice bar uses certified organic fruits and vegetables. The store has three dozen artisanal cheeses, 300-plus craft and imported beers, 50 organic wines, organic produce, meats, vitamins, herbs. Organic wraps, sides, sandwiches, salads to go; raw, vegan items. $   B L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 1509 Margaret St., 674-2794. 7859 Normandy Blvd., 781-7600. 5733 Roosevelt Blvd., 446-9500. 8102 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, 779-1933. F  See Baymeadows. $ C  B L D Daily MOON RIVER PIZZA, 1176 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 389-4442. F Northern-style pizzas, more than 20 toppings, by the pie or the slice. $   L D Mon.-Sat. THE MOSSFIRE GRILL, 1537 Margaret St., Riverside, 355-4434. Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas, gouda quesadillas, chicken enchiladas. Indoor or patio dining. $$  C L D Daily O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB, 1521 Margaret St., 854-9300. F Traditional Irish fare: shepherd’s pie with Stilton crust, Guinness mac-n-cheese, fish-n-chips. Outdoor patio dining. $$  C  L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #1 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR, 824 Lomax St., 301-1188. F Traditional Japanese cuisine, fresh sushi, sashimi, kiatsu, teriyaki, hibachi in an authentic atmosphere. Sake. A real tatami room; outside seating. $$  L D Daily SUN-RAY CINEMA, 1028 Park St., 359-0049. F Beer (Bold City, Intuition Ale Works), wine, pizza, hot dogs, hummus, sandwiches, popcorn, nachos, brownies. $$  Daily SUSHI CAFÉ, 2025 Riverside Ave., Ste. 204, 384-2888. F Sushi: popular Monster Roll, Jimmy Smith Roll, Rock-nRoll and Dynamite Roll. Hibachi, tempura, katsu, teriyaki. Dine indoors or on the patio. $$  L D Daily


AL’S PIZZA, 1 St. George St., 824-4383. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $  C  L D Daily BACK 40 URBAN CAFÉ, 40 S. Dixie Highway, 824-0227. F Owner Brian Harmon serves Caribbean-flavored items – wraps, upside-down chicken potpie, fresh, local seafood – in an 1896 building. Wi-Fi. $  C L Sun.; L D Mon.-Sat. CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE & PIZZERIA, 146 King St., 494-6658. F New York-style brick-oven-baked pizza, freshly baked sub rolls, Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, stromboli, garlic herb wings. Outdoor seating, Wi-Fi. $$   L D Daily THE FLORIDIAN, 39 Cordova St., 829-0655. Updated Southern fare, with fresh, local ingredients from area farms. Vegetarian, gluten-free options. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, blackened fish, cornbread stack, grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. $$$  C  L D Wed.-Mon. GYPSY CAB COMPANY, 828 Anastasia Blvd., Anastasia Island, 824-8244. F A mainstay for 25 years; menu changes daily. Signature dish is Gypsy chicken. Seafood, tofu, duck, veal. $$  R Sun.; L D Daily THE HYPPO, 15 Hypolita St., 217-7853 (popsicles only). 1765 Tree Blvd., Ste. 5, 342-7816. F Popsicles of unique flavors, of premium ingredients. Coffee pour-overs, cold-brew coffees. Handcrafted sandwiches, salads. $  Daily MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS, 410 Anastasia Blvd., 826-4040. F See Beaches. Bite Club certified. 2013 BOJ winner. $  C  L D Daily MOJO OLD CITY BBQ, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264. F  2013 BOJ winner. Funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chicken-fried steak, Delta fried catfish. $$  C  B L D Daily THE ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-9311. F Coffee drinks, vegetarian meals, meaty Southern comfort dishes. $  B L D Daily PACIFIC ASIAN BISTRO, 159 Palencia Village Dr., 305-2515. F 2013 BOJ winner. Chef Mas created 30+ unique sushi rolls; fresh sea scallops, Hawaiian-style poke tuna salad. $$  L D Daily

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BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Drive, 345-3466. Classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. $$$  C R L D Daily

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BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE, 4910 Big Island Drive, 807-9960. Upscale Northern Italian restaurant offers wood-grilled, ovenroasted steaks, chops, seafood. Dine indoors or al fresco on the terrace. $$$  C  R Sat. & Sun.; L D Daily MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT, 4860 Big Island Drive, Ste. 2, 807-9292. Non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurts. More than 40 toppings. $  Daily OVINTE, 10208 Buckhead Branch Drive, 900-7730. 2013 BOJ winner. Comfortable, chic place features tapas, small plates of Spanish and Italian flavors: ceviche fresco, pappardelle bolognese, lobster ravioli. 240-bottle wine list, 75 by the glass; craft spirits. Outdoor dining. $$  R, Sun.; D Nightly RENNA’S PIZZA, 4624 Town Crossing Drive, Ste. 125, 565-1299. F See Mandarin. $$  C  L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #3 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR, 10281 Midtown Parkway, 996-2288. F See Riverside. $$  L D Daily SEASONS OF JAPAN, 4413 Town Center Pkwy., 329-1067.  Casual-style restaurant serves Japanese and hibachi-style fare, sushi, quick-as-a-wink. $$ C  L D Daily TED’S MONTANA GRILL, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 998-0010. Modern classic comfort food featuring finest cuts of bison, including signature steaks and award-winning gourmet burgers, served with timeless, genuine hospitality. Crab cakes, cedar-plank salmon, fresh vegetables, signature desserts and private label Bison Ridge wines complete the unique menu. $$$  C  L D Daily


EMPEROR’S GENTLEMAN’S CLUB 4923 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 739-6966. Upscale steakhouse features steaks, burgers, seafood and wings. $$  L D Daily FUSION SUSHI, 1550 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 636-8688. F New upscale sushi spot serves fresh sushi, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, kiatsu. $$ C L D Daily MOJO BAR-B-QUE, 1607 University Blvd. W., San Jose, 732-7200. F 2013 BOJ winner. Funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chickenfried steak, Delta fried catfish. $$  C  B L D Daily URBAN ORGANICS, 5325 Fairmont St., Spring Park, 398-8012. Weekly coop every Monday that offers local, fresh fruits and vegetables in bags of 10, 20 or 30 pounds.

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THE GROTTO WINE & TAPAS BAR, 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726. Varied tapas menu of artisanal cheese plates, empanadas, bruschettas, homestyle cheesecake. More than 60 wines by the glass. $$$  Tue.-Sun. LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1631 Hendricks Ave., 399-1768. F Tamales, fajitas and pork tacos are customer favorites. Some La Nops offer a full bar. $$  C  L D Daily MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922. Chef Matthew Medure’s flagship restaurant offers fine dining in a refined, European-style atmosphere. Artfully presented cuisine, small plates, extensive martini and wine lists. Reservations recommended. $$$$  D Mon.-Sat. PIZZA PALACE GM Hala Demetree 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815. F Relaxed, family-owned place serves homestyle cuisine: spinach pizza, chicken spinach calzones. Ravioli, lasagna, parmigiana. Outside dining. $$  C  L D Daily PULP, 1962 San Marco Blvd., 396-9222. Juice bar offers fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, coffees made one cup at a time. 30 kinds of smoothies, some blended with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurts, granola. $  B L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #2 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR, 1478 Riverplace Blvd., 306-2188. F See Riverside. $$  L D Daily


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360° GRILLE, 10370 Philips Highway, 365-5555. F In Latitude 30. Familiar sportsbar favorites: seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta, pizza. Dine inside or

on the patio. $$   L D Daily ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING, 12000 Beach Blvd., 641-1212. America’s longest continuously running dinner theater features Executive Chef DeJuan Roy’s menus coordinated with stage productions. Reservations suggested. $$  D Tue.-Sun. BUCA DI BEPPO, 10334 Southside Blvd., 363-9090.  Popular chain restaurant has fresh Italian cooking: lasagna, garlic mashed potatoes; three portion sizes (half-pound meatballs!) served family-style. $$$  C  L D Daily CASA MARIA, 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd., 619-8186. F See Springfield. $  C L D Daily FARAH’S PITA STOP CAFÉ, 3980 Southside Blvd., Ste. 201, 928-4322. Middle Eastern cuisine: fresh sandwiches, soups, entrées, desserts, pastries and mazas (appetizers). $  C B L D Mon.-Sat. THE FLAME BROILER THE RICE BOWL KING, 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103, 619-2786. 7159 Philips Highway, Ste. 104, 337-0007. F West Coast fave has healthy, inexpensive fast food with no transfats, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, steamed brown or white rice, grilled beef, chicken, Korean short ribs. $ C  L D Mon.-Sat. JJ’S BISTRO DE PARIS, 7643 Gate Parkway, Ste. 105, 996-7557. Authentic French cuisine served in a comfortable, charming setting. The scratch kitchen has fresh soups, stocks, sauces, pastries. $$  C L D Mon.-Sat. LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 3611 St. Johns Bluff S., 641-6499. 4479 Deerwood Lake Parkway, 425-4060. F See Baymeadows. BOJ winner. $ C  B L D Daily MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, Tinseltown, 997-1955. F See Beaches. Bite Club certified. 2013 BOJ winner. $  C  L D Daily OISHII, 4375 Southside Blvd., Ste. 4, 928-3223.  Manhattan-style Japanese fusion cuisine: fresh, high-grade sushi, a variety of lunch specials, hibachi items. $$  C  L D Daily SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Parkway N., Tinseltown, 9 97-1999. F Grill and brewery features local seafood, steaks, pizzas, award-winning freshly brewed ales and lagers. Dine indoors or outdoors. $$  L D Daily TAVERNA YAMAS, 9753 Deer Lake Court, 854-0426. Bite Club certified. 2013 BOJ winner. Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood, traditional Greek wines and desserts. Nightly belly dancing. $$  C L D Daily TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA, 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2, 565-1999. F New York-style thin crust, brick-ovencooked pizzas – gluten-free – as well as calzones, salads, sandwiches made fresh to order, using Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses. Boylan’s soda. Curbside pick-up. $$   L D Mon.-Sat.


CASA MARIA, 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104, 757-6411. F Family-owned-and-operated restaurant offers authentic Mexican food: fajitas, seafood dishes, a variety of hot sauces made in-house. Specialty is tacos de asada. $  C L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 12001 Lem Turner Rd., 764-9999.  F See Baymeadows. $ C  B L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA, 840 Nautica Drive, Ste. 117, River City Marketplace, 714-9210. F See Mandarin. $$  C  L D Daily SAVANNAH BISTRO, 14670 Duval Rd., 741-4404. F  Low Country Southern fare, with a twist of Mediterranean and French, in a relaxing atmosphere at Crowne Plaza Airport. Crab cakes, New York strip, she crab soup, mahi mahi. Rainforest Lounge. $$$  C B L D Daily STICKY FINGERS, 13150 City Station Drive, River City Marketplace, 309-7427. F See Baymeadows. $$  C  L D Daily


DRIFTWOOD BBQ, 412-4559,, Southern soul barbecue, sandwiches, subs at Pitmaster Patrick O’Grady’s truck. Pudding, pulled pork, sides, sliders, chicken. $ L D

NewsNews of theof Machine Gun by Another Name

Which is more characteristically American – that a Texas company could invent an ordinary rifle that mimics a machine gun or that America’s incomparable legal minds could find a loophole in existing anti-machine-gun laws to permit it to be manufactured and sold? The Slide Fire company’s weapon can spray bullets “like a fire hose” from a legal, semiautomatic gun by simple application of muscle, yet an official opinion of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives acknowledges the agency is powerless to regulate it because of the wording in 1934 and 1986 legislation that otherwise restricts private ownership of machine guns. One gun shop owner told London’s Daily Mail in September that the Slide Fire rifle is “not as easy” to use as a machine gun, but still, “it’s fairly idiot-proof.”

Police Indifferent Brutality

In July, a New York City judge tossed out Joseph Lozito’s lawsuit against the police — even though two officers had stood by in February 2011, out of harm’s way, while a man attacked Lozito as part of a four-murder crime spree. The judge ruled it wasn’t clear enough that Lozito was in danger when the officers began to ignore him (while they were inside a subway motorman’s booth).

Allowed to Use the ‘N-word’

In September, a federal jury in New York City upheld an employment agency worker’s claim that she (an African-American) was racially harassed by her boss. The supervisor, Rob Carmona, had insisted he could not be liable for race-based harassment because, he, too, is African-American and thus entitled to use the “n-word.”

Busy Being Superheroes

In separate incidents on successive September days, people dressed as Batman and Captain America rescued a cat from a burning house in Milton, W.Va., and Superman came to the aid of Wonder Woman in Hollywood, Calif. The West Virginia pair were performing at a function when they noticed nearby smoke, and Superman and Wonder Woman were posing for tourists’ tips when a passerby got belligerent. In July, Superman tackled a shoplifter on the streets of Sheffield, England, where he was appearing at a fundraiser. However, less elegantly, two Captain Americas and a Spider-Man brawled briefly in May over access to a contested, lucrative Hollywood street corner.

Our Freedom to Doze Off Now in Danger

The training technology company Mindflash recently revealed a feature for iPads that prevents student inattentiveness during an online course. Facial recognition software notices a user looking away (or, worse, falling asleep) and thus pauses the course at that point until the eager learner re-engages the screen. Mindflash assured reporters the program has more serious uses, such as treatment of autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

Good – and Loud – Vibrations

For people who believe “rave” parties’ music is too faint, an August event at England’s Liverpool International Music Festival offered a solution: The DaDaFest program featured an ear-crushing sound level especially staged for deaf people’s dancing — since they can “hear” only by vibrations saturating their bodies; the non-deaf

should bring earplugs. Among the performers: deaf DJ Troi “Chinaman” Lee, who claims he easily feels distinctions in his mix of hip-hop, R&B, reggae, dance and electro swing.

Not Too Tall to Fail

In an epic failure, according to Madrid’s El Pais newspaper, a 20-story condominium building (InTempo, likely the tallest residential edifice in the European Union) in the resort town of Benidorm, Spain, was hastily upsized to a planned 47 stories, but a series of architectural mistakes and developer bankruptcies has left it limping, still 65 percent unsold. Most notably, El Pais discovered in 2012 that the then-current design made it impossible to build an elevator shaft to go past the 23rd floor because of space limitation. The architects resigned, and unconfident developers were forced to turn to financing from one of the shakier banks in the country’s feeble economy.

‘Sex Is Not About Fun’

In a YouTube video, reported by political website in August, well-known tea party activist Jerome Corsi elaborates on the biblical importance of child-bearing and implores followers to hold the line on the principle that “sex is about the procreation of children.” “[S]ex is not about fun,” he says. “If you want to have fun, read a book, go to a movie.”

Evidently, Surgery Is Kind of Boring

A 36-year-old patient is suing California’s Torrance Memorial Medical Center, claiming anesthesiologist Patrick Yang decorated her face with stickers while she was unconscious and that an aide took photos for laughs, later allegedly uploading them to Facebook. Yang and the aide were later disciplined but remained in good standing. Some hospitals (not Torrance Memorial yet) prohibit cellphones in operating rooms at all times.

Sly Stone: Up with Albinos

According to his road manager, pioneer 1970s musician Sly Stone (of Sly & the Family Stone) has a lot of “real interesting ideas,” including once trying to hire “ninja chicks and clowns” for his security entourage. Stone’s latest brainstorm, reported London’s The Guardian in August: form a musical group of albinos, which Stone said “could neutralize all the racial problems” that plague society. “To me,” he said, “albinos are the most legitimate minority group of all.”

Race Car Gets a Hand to the Finish

In the concluding race in September of the Rally de Misiones in Campo Viera, Argentina, it was important for drivers to complete the laps even if they had no chance of winning, but near the end, driver Sebastian Llamosas experienced a throttle malfunction and began coasting, still about a half-mile from the finish line. However, in a move reminiscent of actor Slim Pickens jumping on the atomic bomb in “Dr. Strangelove,” Llamosas’s quick-thinking partner Mauricio Sainz jumped onto the open engine and accelerated the car by hand while Llamosas steered the final distance.  Chuck Shepherd


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Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sometimes you quit games too early. You run away, diving into a new amusement before you’ve gotten all the benefits from the old amusement. But that’s not your problem in the days ahead. You seem more committed than usual to the ongoing process. You won’t bolt; that’s good. It’s worth your devotion. You may need to say no to a small part of it. Be clear there’s something you don’t like and want to change. If you fail to deal with the doubt now, you may just quit and run. Be proactive now; you won’t be rash later.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The advice I’m giving may have never been given to Libras in horoscope history. It may be at odds with the elegance and decorum you like to express. I’m sure it’s proper counsel, to help make the most of highly original impulses erupting and flowing in you now. It’ll inspire you to generate a mess of fertile chaos to lead to invigorating long-term innovations. Ready? It’s from “Do the Work,” by Steven Pressfield: “Stay primitive. The creative act is primitive. Its principles are of birth and genesis.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Jugaad” is a Hindi-Urdu word that translates as “frugal innovation.” People in India and Pakistan use it a lot. It’s the art of finding a creative workaround to a problem despite having to deal with logistical and financial barriers. Masters of jugaad call on ingenuity and improvisation to make up for sparse resources. It’s your specialty, too, right now. You may not have abundant access to VIPs and filthy riches, but you’ve got the resourcefulness necessary to find novel solutions. What you produce may be better than if you’d had more to draw on.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Two years ago, Sean Murphy decided he’d suffered enough from a painful wart on his middle finger. So he drank a few beers to steel his nerves, and tried to blast the offending blemish off with a gun. It was a success … he got rid of the wart. It was less than a total victory, though … he annihilated most of his finger. Don’t follow Murphy’s lead. Now’s a good time to part ways with a hurtful burden, but do it without a lot of collateral damage.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be like a bird next week – specifically, as described by zoologist Norman J. Berrill: “To be a bird is to be more intensely alive than any other living creature. Birds have hotter blood, brighter colors, stronger emotions. They live in a world that is always present, mostly full of joy.” Take total advantage of the soaring grace period. Sing, chirp, swoop, glide, love the wind, see great vistas, travel all over, be attracted to hundreds of beautiful things – do it all. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired,” wrote Nikos Kazantzakis in “Report to Greco.” I hope when you read that, you feel a jolt of melancholy. I hope you get a vision of an exciting experience you’ve always wanted but haven’t brought into your life. Maybe this provocation goads you to finally conjuring the more intense desire needed to make your dream come true. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “It is truly strange how long it takes to get to know oneself,” wrote prominent 20th-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. “I am now 62 years old, yet just one moment ago I realized that I love lightly toasted bread and loath bread when it is heavily toasted. For over 60 years, and quite unconsciously, I have been experiencing inner joy or total despair at my relationship with grilled bread.” Your assignment? Engage in an intense phase of self-discovery like his. It’s time to be fully conscious of all the small likes and dislikes that shape your identity. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God than in church thinking about the mountains,” said naturalist John Muir. Let that be your inspiration. These days, you need to be at the heart of the hot action, not floating in a cloud of abstract thoughts. The dream must be fully embodied and vividly unfolding all around you, not exiled to wistful fantasies flitting in your mind’s eye when you’re lonely or tired. The only version of God meaningful to you now is the one that feeds your lust for life, here and now. 66 | | OCTOBER 9-15, 2013

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Grace has been trickling into your life lately, but it may soon flood in. A spate of interesting coincidences seems imminent. There’s a good chance an abundance of tricky luck will provide the leverage and audacity you need to pull off minor miracles. How much slack is available? As much as you want. Ask for it! Given all these blessings, you’re in a great place to expunge cynical attitudes or jaded theories you’ve been harboring. Be optimistic. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn innovator Jeff Bezos built from the ground up. He now owns The Washington Post, one of America’s leading newspapers. He might have something to teach us about translating big dreams into practical realities. “We are stubborn on vision,” he says about his team. “We are flexible in details.” He knows exactly what he wants to create, but is willing to change his mind and be adaptable. That’s excellent advice as you enter the next phase of implementing a master plan. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here’s the horoscope I’d like to write for you by the first week of December: “Congratulations! Your quest for freedom has begun to bear tangible results. You’ve escaped a habit that subtly undermined you for a long time. You’re less enslaved to limiting expectations people push on you. Even your monkey mind has eased up on chatter and your inner critic has partially stopped berating you. The result of all this? You’re as close as ever to living your own life – as opposed to the life others think you should live.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “It’s an unbearable thought that roses were not invented by me,” wrote Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. You’re not as egotistical as he, so I doubt you’ve had a similar “unbearable thought.” And it’s due in part to your lack of rampaging egotism that I predict you invent something almost as good as roses in the weeks ahead. It may also be almost as good as salt, amber, mist and moss; almost as good as kisses, dusk, honey and singing. Your ability to conjure long-lasting beauty is peaking. Your creative powers synergize with your aptitude for love to bring a new marvel into the world.  Rob Brezsny

FROM COLD SHOULDER TO PINING AFTER YOU We shared a picnic table, you snapchatting away. I yelled at you, I’m that drunk girl. I gave you the cold shoulder, but hey girl, can I take ya on a date and a half? Four and a half? When: A date and a half ago. Where: Park Place Picnicking. #1300-1009 PETERBROOKE BOY You: Carrying Peterbrooke bag, pink tissue, hope it’s for your mom. Tall, dark, handsome (dirty blonde), gray shirt/pants. You walked in the Loop, look confused, didn’t buy anything. I’ll help you find where to go. Me: On lunch, young professional, gray skirt, white shirt, brown hair, light brown eyes that met yours a time or two. Smiled at each other on sidewalk. When: Oct. 3. Where: San Marco. #1301-1009 READING JUXTAPOSE Me: Long brown curly hair, freckles and tight black pants. You: Denim & tattoos. We made eye contact several times. Maybe I’m lucky enough for you to read this! When: Sept. 26. Where: Barnes & Noble @ Town Center. #1299-1002 STAY As brief as it was, it was still worth it. That one moment when you and I shared eye contact was all it took. My heart fluttered and my words stuttered. I couldn’t get “Hello” out. But as long as you and I exist, you will be in my prayers. When: My birthday. Where: Library. #1298-1002 PUB OUTLAW You: Beautiful, long dark-haired; in that black OUTLAW dress. Must say NEVER seen a dress worn so well. Me: Just hanging out playing pool. Would love to see you come through that door and suck the oxygen out of that place ONCE again. You’re plain AMAZING. When: Sept. 20. Where: The Pub. #1297-1002 PLAYING WITH SARAN WRAP You: Half-Asian? Beauty in your green apron, wrapping containers filled with coffee goodies. Me: Wearing a Boston hat, joking about the I Saw U’s. Hey girl. There’s a first and a half for everything. When: Sept. 18. Where: Starbucks @ Baymeadows. #1296-0925 BLONDE WITH A FEDORA I walked up to the sub line not knowing that a tall, beautiful blonde would be finishing her order before me. We briefly made eye contact; you walked away. I ordered my sub without toppings, hoping I’d run into you at checkout. Maybe next time. When: Sept. 1. Where: Publix Subs @ Atlantic Blvd. #1295-0918 WILD CHILD You: Brown-eyed brunette wearing black at the Wild Child show. Me: Checkered shirt and jeans, with a PBR, trying to pay attention to the music and failing. The songs were good, but your dancing was better. Maybe next time I can join? When: Sept. 15. Where: Jack Rabbits. #1294-0918

BEAUTIFUL BLONDE ON FOOTBALL FIELD Me: Tall guy jogging around a football field who stopped dead in his tracks. You: Beautiful woman leaving football practice with a Miami bag and a maroon SU. I have to see you again; would love to buy you lunch, dinner or anything you want! When: Aug. 10. Where: Police Athletic League. #1291-0918 ASKED ABOUT MY VISOR You asked me if my visor had broken yet. I replied I was just thinking about that same thing the day before … you lald, me red pixie. I’d just left volunteer work; was a bit flustered. Should have gotten better instructions on fixing it. Might need your help! When: Sept. 7. Where: Corner Store off Lakeshore Boulevard. #1290-0918 MELLOW MUSHROOM BAR I saw you at the bar and you spoke to me, asking if I was having a party. Your male friend walked away and we had a little conversation. We told each other where we lived, generally. Need to see that smile again. When: Aug. 19. Where: Mellow Mushroom St. Augustine. #1289-0918 CHECK YOU OUT With all that attitude, elegance and the ability to read, I’ve got to say Freckles … you’re perfect. Keep turning pages and heads. When: Sept. 4. Where: Main Street Library. #1288-0911 HANSEN LOOK-A-LIKE You: Long-haired beautiful man-child sitting alone at Poe’s complaining about life. You ordered 3 shots of Fireball and chili cheese fries. We started talking about UFOs and government conspiracy. Let’s meet again. This time it’ll be out of this world. I’ll show you my Area 51. When: Sept. 4. Where: Poe’s Tavern. #1287-0911 ATLANTA AIRPORT 10:40 TO JAX You: Looked great in your orange Adidas hat. Me: Rambling on in green plaid shirt. Let’s share a pleasant moment. When: Sept. 2. Where: Atlanta Airport. #1286-0911 SENDING UP SMOKE SIGNALS Put out my fire! You commented on my nails, then had to rush out. But YAY you came back. You: Tall and beyond handsome. Me: Can’t make small talk. Us: Surrounded by prying ears and eyes. I know what you are and where to find you; do I dare? When: Aug. 29. Where: Cotten’s BBQ. #1285-0911 CHILDREN OKAY I lost your phone number! Have you been on vacation? I miss seeing you! Hope you are OK … You are my air! I miss you and those brown corduroy Levis that make your butt look fantastic! When: Regularly. Where: Arlington. #1284-0911

BLEND MY SMOOTHIE CENTURY EMT You: Big thing in a small package. Wearing an EMT shirt, getting into a sexy beige Chevy. Me: Cute brunette hottie behind the counter at Smoothie King. Let’s get together and blend our juices. When: Sept. 11. Where: Smoothie King @ Fleming Island. #1293-0918

SEXY SMOOTHIE MAGICIAN You: Long curly blonde hair, pulled back, tucked in work hat. Me: Short in height and of time to get your name; in awe of your charm, good looks. You made a smoothie; I needed to cool down from the sight of you. Smoothie personally delivered to my place? (; Let’s make a date, cutie! When: Aug. 23. Where: Tropical Smoothie, San Marco. #1282-0911

CUTE GUY ALONE AT CPK You: Blonde guy, reddish button-down, jeans, eating alone at CPK. Me: Brunette girl, black top, jeans, picking up to-go order. Waitresses surrounded you; I couldn’t say hi or give you my number. But my sister dared me to; you must reply. Every ’80s baby knows a dare’s a dare! When: Sept. 14. Where: California Pizza Kitchen, Town Center. #1292-0918

DRUNKEN BEE STING Me: Cute tiny brunette. You: Gorgeous bearded man. A bee stung your lip as you drank Coors Light trying to look suave, leading to drunken skinny-dipping night. You broke my hand after I dropped it like it was hot. Love at first sight. At O’Bros every night waiting for you. When: Aug. 21, 2011. Where: Villas on St. Johns. #1278-0828

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Backpage Editorial

Plan to Party

How you can prevent getting a DUI


nytime friends and family get together and alcohol is served, you’ve got a party. That may not be all bad if all of those who are going to drink, plan to party. Inevitably, we read or hear about those killed, arrested or injured because of driving impaired. But it’s possible to have a good time and still not put yourself or others at risk of getting caught in the “DUI trap.” Many of us have never been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), but those who fail to plan before drinking are definitely at risk of being charged and convicted of DUI. My new book, “Plan to Party: How You Can Prevent DUIs,” is a guide for taking a proactive approach to avoid the injuries or deaths associated with impaired driving. Many young people refer to drinking as “partying,” and planning can certainly reduce the number of DUIs. I’m specifically targeting those who occasionally imbibe alcoholic beverages, not alcoholics or those with known drinking problems. This book covers the history of alcohol in America, the types of alcoholic beverages, the amounts of alcohol in standard drinks, the effects of drinking alcohol, the duality of the criminal and administrative systems involved, simplified explanations of the DUI and administrative suspension laws, victims of DUIs and the different types of drinkers. I wrote the book to help people learn the details surrounding a DUI while preventing the costs and indignities associated with the charge. If you’ve already been convicted of DUI, this book is a reminder not to lapse into old behaviors. It’s legal to drink alcohol if you are 21 years old or older. Drinking and driving while impaired by alcohol or other substances is a crime at any age. Although driving is involved, DUI is not a traffic offense. It is a crime. By planning before you drink, you can ensure a happy ending to your happy hour. If you are responsible, you can drink and “party” without the risks involved in driving while impaired. One of the major consequences of driving impaired is going to jail. As mentioned in Wes

Denham’s Crime City column, “A Hard Jail Is Good to Find” on Aug. 14, “Jacksonville has a hard jail.” Police are not expected to transport impaired drivers home. After all, this is not Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, and our jails are not fun to be enjoyed. Taxpayers would oppose spending the city’s money providing luxuries for prisoners. Most of my DUI students agree: “Jail sucks!” Even if incarceration isn’t intended to make you miserable, it certainly isn’t meant to be a pleasurable experience. I hear that everything associated with getting arrested and going to jail “sucks.” I don’t need to experience it personally to believe it. Experience is said to be the best teacher, but I prefer learning vicariously. I’ll take the easy way of learning any day. Denham’s column stated that Jacksonville’s jail is rock hard. The jails in Clay, St. Johns, Nassau and all the other neighboring counties are probably not much better. If being arrested is such a hard, humiliating experience, then you certainly wouldn’t want to go back. The intent of the law is that you will not repeat your mistakes. Everyone should know that the same action/behavior yields the same results. You probably don’t have a clue how much money a DUI can cost you. I am even more certain that you could think of better ways to spend your hard-earned money. It’s more than just fines and court costs. There are attorney fees, interlock devices, driver’s license reinstatements, DUI school, lost wages, alternate transportation while your license is revoked, etc. A first DUI could cost $10,000 and could be a lot more. Then there are the non-monetary costs, like depending on other people for transportation until your license is reinstated. The emotional uncertainty and stress that goes with having to beg for rides to and from work and other required appointments can quickly get old and often have adverse effects on relationships. If you live in Northeast Florida, you know that public transportation is somewhat lacking, making personal vehicles our primary mode of transportation.

Eighty-five percent of all of those who are arrested and jailed are usually also under the influence of some impairing substance: alcohol, drugs, medications or illegal or legal prescription substances. Had they not been impaired, would they have ended up in that predicament? Probably not. DUIs only happen when you fail to plan before drinking. Collisions are preventable; if you are driving while impaired, you dramatically increase the chances of being in one. As the saying goes, “When we fail to plan, we plan to fail.” That’s so true, at least subconsciously, if not consciously. You can be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem of impaired driving. You can party and live to laugh about it, rather than having to experience time in the slammer. The choice is yours. Knowledge and understanding will empower you to make better choices. An impaired mind can only make impaired decisions. Make the important decisions before you drink any alcohol and eliminate all chances of thinking that you have no choice but to operate a vehicle while impaired. And that includes taking prescription medications, riding bicycles or operating watercraft. Before you go out to party, be absolutely certain of how you’re going to get home. Make your plans for transportation while you are completely sober. A little impaired is still impaired. If you don’t have a plan for getting home, stay home. Don’t let your friends and guests drive while impaired, either. If entertaining at home, you must plan for your guests, too. Friends don’t let friends drive impaired. Even small amounts of alcohol affect your brain, judgment and reaction time, lower inhibitions, and decrease your ability to reason. Many of my DUI students have dubbed the effects of alcohol consumption as “getting stupid.” Alcohol makes you stupid, but in your impaired state, you think you get smarter — making it even worse. Don’t take the term “stupid” personally; it’s the nature of the substance, rather than a measure of your ability


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to handle your liquor. Alcohol is manufactured to cause impairment. The reason that we drink alcohol is to get impaired. So why should you expect different results? There is no legal level of alcohol impairment while driving or while you have physical control of a vehicle. Forget about the misnomer “legal limit”: Any amount of alcohol in your system will cause some degree of impairment. Was it your understanding that it’s legal to drive impaired if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is below 0.08? Well, think again. Any amount of alcohol ingested into the body will cause some impairment. That makes it illegal to drive after drinking any alcohol at all. By statute, 0.08 BAC is only the “prima facie,” or first, evidence of impairment. You are actually impaired long before reaching the illegal level. Therefore, you cannot drink and drive at any level legally. Should you gamble on your chances to avoid the police? Should you gamble on being impaired and still be able to deceive the authorities and actually drive safely? The answer is no. Is it worth the risk to try? By having a plan before partying, you can definitely prevent getting a DUI. Think about it: If you don’t play the game, you win every time. Since I’m not a gambler, I won’t take the risks at all when it comes to impaired driving. Since we all share the roadways and highways together, your decisions and actions affect me and everyone else — drivers, passengers and pedestrians — on the road. So please plan in advance. Please plan to party.  Col. Ray E. Holmes

Holmes is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a DUI instructor and facilitator. He teaches court-ordered DUI classes at the Northeast Florida Safety Council in Duval and Clay counties. He is both a retired U.S. Army officer and federal human resources manager. His passion is advocating for the prevention and reduction of impaired driving everywhere.

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