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Editor’s Note The Sting

Allied Veterans attorney is declared guilty while reopened Internet cafés face Florida’s indecisive gambling record


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f you’re betting on the future of gambling in Florida, the odds are pretty good it will continue to flourish. But try telling that to Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis, who was accused of being the mastermind helping Allied Veterans of the World break the law and get away with it. Investigators said that Allied Veterans, which portrayed itself as a nonprofit, brought in $300 million but gave only 2 percent to veterans groups and that their Internet cafés were actually gambling operations. It took only 15 hours for jurors to find Mathis guilty of racketeering, helping run a lottery and possession of an illegal slot machine or device — 103 counts in all. That’s about 6.9 counts an hour, if you do the math. Never underestimate the public’s disdain for attorneys. Heck, he was acquitted of one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering. Mathis contends he was merely giving legal advice and wasn’t involved in any illegal activity. He said Allied Veterans’ centers in about 50 Florida strip malls sold Internet time at computers that featured sweepstakes games — not gambling at all. “Attorneys all over the nation need to be very afraid when six years after you give legal advice, somebody disagrees with that legal advice and they convict you of a crime,” Mathis said after the verdict. He plans to appeal. Mathis could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison when he faces Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester on Feb. 12. Mathis remains free until his sentencing. Of the 57 people arrested with great fanfare, 29 received deals that include no prison time, and 27 await trail, including Jacksonville’s Fraternal Order of Police former president Nelson Cuba and former vice president Robbie Freitas ( Cuba and Freitas, who waived their right to speedy trials, have a hearing Nov. 26 and likely will not go to trial until next year. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who was paid $72,000 by Allied Veterans for consulting work while a Northeast Florida legislator, resigned after being questioned in the case but has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Former Allied commanders Jerry Bass and Johnny Duncan and computer software designer Chase Burns received deals that included no prison time, leading to speculation about the strength of the prosecution’s case. “I have heard some talk that if we didn’t convict Kelly Mathis, our whole case would fall apart, and that was never true,” statewide prosecutor Nick Cox told The Florida Times-Union. Meanwhile, Jacksonville officials say 16 Internet cafés have returned since the Legislature banned the storefront gaming centers in April, spurred by the slew of arrests in “Operation Reveal the Deal.” Places like Pete’s Retreat Cyber Café on Normandy Boulevard, owned by William Carpenter of North Carolina, reopened with


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new software that no longer imitates slot machines, according to their lawyers. Whether police, prosecutors or legislators will agree remains to be seen. “I don’t want to get shut down, and I really don’t want to get arrested,” general manager Pete Miller told the Times-Union in July. “But I’m confident what we’re doing is completely legal.” Confident is a tricky term. Pete’s Retreat exists in the no man’s land of Florida’s gambling ambivalence. Gambling is illegal according to Florida’s constitution, but there are more exceptions to that law than possible winning numbers in the state lottery ( Poker rooms, slot machines, horseracing, greyhound racing, jai alai, casino cruises, the lottery — not to mention bingo, penny-ante poker, arcade amusement games and game promotions — all have homes in Florida. The Internet cafés weren’t illegal until the Legislature closed that loophole after the arrests, after years of dragging their feet. Bestbet Jacksonville poker room is the largest and most successful in the state, with 70 tables. From March 1, 2012, to Feb. 28, 2013, Bestbet Jacksonville collected $14,668,520 in gross receipts, according to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. The Orange Park location card room had receipts of $6,280,048 ( It’s fitting that a Bestbet sponsorship runs in front of First Coast News’ online video about the verdict. It was luck of the draw, much like the games at those Internet cafés; a selection of commercials rotates in that spot. Some have said politically connected big names in Florida gambling were behind squeezing out the competition of gaming centers like those owned by Allied Veterans. If that were true, it sure took them long enough. But now, like snake eyes, they keep turning up. Even those who never walk into a poker room think nothing of buying a couple of lottery tickets each week. The Florida Lottery rakes in more than $4.45 billion a year, with only New York and Massachusetts ranking higher, according to the Sun Sentinel. You could see why an attorney might think his advice would squeak by, given Florida’s contradictory record on gambling. We don’t want it in our state, unless we want it. We keep changing the rules. Maybe the jury’s verdict had more to do with Allied Veterans wrapping itself in charity than with its questionable gaming software. “It was an unjust verdict,” Mathis said, seemingly shocked by the jury’s decision. Nothing’s shocking when Florida continues to walk the tightrope between high-minded and high roller.  Denise M. Reagan


More Name Change Proposals

Jacksonville needs to change its name. Andrew Jackson was not merely a slave owner, he was a participant in the indigenous peoples’ genocide, including the Trail of Tears (and I am still weeping). But far worse, Jackson opposed the National Bank whereby a small group of wealthy elitists would decide all fiscal and economic matters for the nation and the “sovereign” (tee-hee) states. The easiest option would be to rename it “Rev. Jesse Jackson-ville.” However, that would permanently mark us as a second-tier city, behind any place that renames itself for Martin Luther King Jr. That would also be the least costly option, which would be the depths of irresponsible government. I remember the orgy of name changes that followed the assassination of President John Kennedy. Now Jacksonville has the chance to do the right thing by renaming itself “St. Trayvon Martin’s-ville.” We can be the “first on our block” to do so. The entire nation, indeed the world, will look upon us with envy! Additionally, St. Johns County and the St. Johns River should be renamed, both to honor St. Trayvon Martin and to eliminate the Islamophobic, atheiophobic and anti-Semitic hate-names that they presently have. S. Duane England Jacksonville

Resource Officers a ‘Waste of Money’

Part of the problem is that there is a perception that the over-prosecution of teenagers only involved minority kids from “bad areas of town,”

but if we open our eyes, we realize it bleeds into all neighborhoods to kids of all races and backgrounds [“When Kids Commit Crimes,” Oct. 2]. We allow police to wander the halls of our schools looking to arrest our children — while at the same time claiming to have no funding for librarians. Look at this story where an average suburban teen committed suicide last week after facing criminal charges for a classic teenage prank of streaking on the football field ( There are studies showing these “resource officers” are not just a waste of money but actually have very negative effects, but we continue to live under the illusion they bring some kind of safety ( Yet every one of those schools has a dedicated police officer wandering the halls looking to arrest our children. Our culture of fear is what is at the root of this problem. Melissa Phillips Jacksonville

Cheers for Pride of the Jaguars’ Inductee

By far the best quarterback we ever had and a great example of what a good quarterback does to make the whole team shine [Bouquets to Mark Brunell, Oct. 9]! Kudos to Mark! I only wish we still had him playing!

Mathews Bridge Jokes

James Lee Atlantic Beach

The Mathews Bridge walks into a barge … Ed Stansel Jacksonville Beach

Corrections • Lucy McBath’s last name was omitted in the Editor’s Note on page 4 in the Oct. 9 issue. • Kierah Cattley’s photo credit was omitted from photos on pages 22 (The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens) and 26 (Jacksonville Farmers Market) in the Oct. 9 issue. • The names of the people in the photo for Players by the Sea were omitted on page 22 in the Oct. 9 issue. Their names are Joe Schwartz, Bradley Akers, Ron Shreve and Barbara Colaciello.

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Bought and Abused

Victims of human trafficking move along Florida’s pipeline of pain


nterstate 95 has become a human pipeline, transporting young girls working as sex slaves and agricultural workers forced into involuntary servitude. Human trafficking is growing in Northeast Florida and across the Sunshine State, according to police, legal and state officials. “Human trafficking is a form of modernday slavery. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud of coercion for the purposed of commercial sex, debt bondage or forced labor. They are young children, teenagers, men and women. Trafficking in persons occurs throughout the world, including in the United States,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “It is very unreported and not understood,” said Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office Lt. Scott Dingee, head of the department’s integrity unit and special investigations units. Most of the cases investigated are sex crimes, although there have been a few cases involving forced labor at area farms and in Chinese restaurants. Dingee noted that his department, with the help of local and federal prosecutors, aggressively targets and prosecutes traffickers, sending some to prison for life. In 2011, Ian Scott Gordon was charged with holding a 15-year-old girl at hotels along Philips Highway and Arlington Expressway, giving her crack cocaine in exchange for sex. Then he sold her as a prostitute. “He’d sell 15 minutes of her time — pieces of her innocence and future — for $20 a pop. It was violent, brutal, cruel and unusual,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mac Heavener said at Gordon’s sentencing, according to The Florida TimesUnion. Gordon is serving a life sentence in federal prison. Prosecutors estimate she was assaulted by 50 men over a period of just a few weeks. Federal prosecutors said the girl was held naked so that she was less inclined to escape. She eventually escaped and called her mother. Dingee notes the Internet makes it easy for customers to find women and teenage girls for sex. When Jacksonville police want to make a sting of prostitutes and traffickers, they simply go to well-known sex websites and make a date. Often, young girls are offered. “They are from a runaway type of situation, difficult upbringing, broken homes. The victims may be sexually molested at home and are 6 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

already sexualized,” Dingee said. So far this year, Dingee and other officers in his unit have investigated 15 trafficking cases, involving up to 60 victims, including seven juveniles. Nine of those cases are in various stages in the federal court system, either pending indictment or trial. One man, Ruell Alexander Brown, pleaded guilty in federal court and was sentenced in April to more than 15 years in prison for human trafficking. Brown told an investigator he placed a tattoo on one woman that read, “Property of King David.” In addition, police have made 24 arrests this year on state charges of prostitution or deriving support from prostitution, Dingee said. To help fight the problem, the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Task Force was formed. It includes the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, state and local social service agencies, the Florida Coastal School of Law Immigration Rights Clinic and concerned citizens. During high-dollar events in Jacksonville, like the Super Bowl or the Tournament Players Championship, prostitutes “can make hundreds of dollars a day. They tend to charge more for young girls. Young girls make more money,” Dingee said. Drugs and trafficking are often linked, Dingee said, as many smart traffickers realize they can sell a pound of cocaine only once but can sell the services of a prostitute over and over again. The problem has reached epidemic proportions in most major Florida cities, Dingee said. “Some cities don’t recognize it as well as we do in Jacksonville. We take a proactive approach,” he said. “Every major city has similar amounts. We tend to do a better job of making cases.” Ericka Curran runs the Florida Coastal School of Law’s Immigration Rights Clinic, which provides legal aid and assistance to young girls and immigrants who are caught in the sex trade. “It’s a bigger problem than we know,” said Curran, an assistant professor of clinical skills, who had done work in both Seattle and South Africa on problems dealing with human trafficking before coming to the school in 2007.

Since then, the clinic has worked on 11 human trafficking cases and has recently taken on four new cases. “There are some pretty horrifying cases,” she said. “A lot of them we don’t know about. A lot of them we don’t find out,” she said about the secretive dealings of sex traffickers. Curran’s first case in Jacksonville involved a 15-year-old girl from Central America brought to the United States to work as a domestic worker, but learned she was sold as sex worker. “She escaped and ran and sought help,” Curran said. “She was very brave.” The legal clinic helped her get a place to stay and services to help her get back on her feet. “A lot of these women are forced or coerced and are either minors or quite young, who don’t have other choices,” Curran said. Curran and the students in her clinic help get immigrants permanent resident status. Curran said many of her students speak Spanish, which

“A lot of these women are forced or coerced and are either minors or quite young, who don’t have other choices.” is a plus when dealing with victims who don’t speak English. “These are tough cases. Victims are so scared. Traffickers are smart, they move them around, so they have no connections,” she said. The victims often don’t even know where they are and are kept in bondage by fear, coercion, drugs, sex abuse and beatings. Immigrants fear they can be deported or their families could be harmed if they seek help or go to the police. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said three children were rescued in Tampa in August during an FBI sting on sex trafficking. “Operation Cross Country” focused on underage victims of prostitution and led to more than 150 arrests nationwide. In Jacksonville, police arrested 21 people, including two pimps; a warrant was issued for a third. Two of the women arrested had just turned 18 and had no record, Dingee said. They were caught by undercover officers who were planted in hotel rooms and made “dates”


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for sex with young women through the Internet. Other officers were placed undercover in hotel and motel parking lots, looking for girls sent out on the streets to solicit for sex. Teens arrested are covered under the Florida Safe Harbor Act and not typically charged. Teenagers are returned home, if possible, or placed into the foster care system. The act mandates that teens victimized by trafficking be placed in specialized homes, but there is no money to build them, Dingee said. In many cases, the prostitutes are loyal to their pimps, despite the fact they are treated so poorly. “They don’t consider themselves as victims,” he said. And many former prostitutes continue to live in fear after they have been freed by police. “They are convinced if they go in and testify, they will be killed,” he said. “Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and human traffickers subject children, women and men to sexual exploitation and forced labor,” Bondi said at an Oct. 3 meeting at the University of South Florida, which brought together 700 law enforcement officials, members of the legal community, service providers, health care professionals, educators and other first responders. Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the meeting, the second statewide summit on human trafficking, noting that human trafficking affects more than 27 million people worldwide, including an estimated two million children. “As a father and a grandfather, it is important that we protect our most vulnerable,” Scott said. Bondi said human trafficking is a $32-billiona-year industry. In 2011, Florida ranked third in the number of calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resources Center’s hotline. The task force has periodic sessions to keep schools, civic clubs and others aware of Jacksonville’s human trafficking problem. “We want to raise the collective consciousness of the community by taking the issue to the streets,” Dingee said.  Ron Word


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Bed Taxes for Scoreboards Will the world’s largest scoreboards at EverBank Field help convince the Jacksonville Jaguars to score few more points next season? Mayor Alvin Brown is going full speed ahead to make the improvements, which include the world’s largest video boards in the end zones, seven LED board displays around the stadium and a fan zone with swimming pools in the stadium’s north end. The Jacksonville City Council must approve the financing arrangement to use part of the city’s bed tax to pay its $43 million share of the renovations. If approved, the upgrades will be finished next summer, before the start of the 2014 NFL season.

Shad Khan Boosts Rick Scott’s Fund Apparently, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and Gov. Rick Scott hit it off when they met in Tallahassee Sept. 8. Khan donated $250,000 to the governor’s re-election campaign; the contribution was posted on Scott’s Tallahassee-based “Let’s Get to Work” committee on Sept. 30, bringing his third quarter total to $1.34 million. So far, the governor has $3.65 million in his re-election coffers. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, upset because the Legislature didn’t approve upgrades to Sun Life Stadium, has started his own political action committee, Florida Jobs First, which is helping Scott raise money.

and lots and more than 1,600 metered spaces), while Walt Disney World has 32,539 spaces, she said. And the meters are free every weekday after 6 p.m., plus weekends and holidays. You won’t get that deal at Disney. “People have become so accustomed to living in the suburbs where shops and stores have parking lots. Urban areas are different, and walking is part of the experience,” Hardwick said. A parking map is featured on during October to familiarize visitors with myriad parking options available.

Who Will Replace Daniel Davis? His seat in Tallahassee isn’t cold yet, but contenders are already lining up to throw their hat in the ring to replace Rep. Daniel Davis. The Jacksonville Republican, recently named Jax Chamber CEO, has said he will not seek re-election. Republican Jay Fant, a third-generation banker, has said he’ll run for the seat. Fant’s already drawn support from former Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, and attorney Paul Renner has the support of State Sen. John Thrasher for the Republican nomination. Davis’ term expires in 2014.

Hope He’s Good in an Emergency Mayor Alvin Brown has appointed a retired Federal Emergency Management Agency deputy administrator to lead Duval County’s Emergency Management Division. Steven Woodard, who will earn a $120,000 annual salary, started in an acting capacity on Oct. 7; he must be confirmed by the City Council. Woodward served in the U.S. Secret Service as assistant special agent in charge of protective operations, major events division. He was involved in emergency management for Super Bowl XXXVI, the 56th session of the United Nations and the first inauguration of President George W. Bush.

Chipper, But Not So Happy

Downtown Has More Parking Than Disney Do you think there’s not enough parking in Downtown Jacksonville? “We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, ‘Downtown Jacksonville does not have a parking problem – we have a parking perception problem,’ ” said Downtown Vision Inc. Marketing Director Katherine Hardwick in a statement. “We actually have more parking spaces in Downtown Jacksonville than four of the five Walt Disney World parks combined.” Downtown has more than 43,000 public parking spaces (49 garages

The Braves appeared to take offense with former teammate Chipper Jones after the Bolles School graduate predicted the Dodgers would eliminate Atlanta in four games in the National League Division Series on the team’s flagship radio station AM 680 (WCNN) Oct. 3. Later that day, Jones took the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. No player volunteered to catch his toss, so mascot Homer the Brave did the honors. Jones expressed his “thanks” on Twitter (@RealCJ10): “Wanna thank the Braves organization for having me throw out the first pitch to the mascot tonite. Quite sure that’s never been done before!” If that wasn’t clear enough, he followed up with another: “Nor will it EVER happen again!” The Braves lost 6-1 in Game 1 and promptly lost the series in four games, proving Jones as good on prognostication as he was at the plate. David Johnson OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 | | 7


My Facebook Photos Are Going Where I Don’t Want Them To Q Every time I take a photo and try to upload it to Facebook from my iPhone 5, it keeps adding it to a folder of old photos. It looks like the comments from my friends are from all the old photos. How do I get this to stop and just upload one photo at a time in a post? A: You can upload photos to Facebook from your iPhone in one of two ways: from inside the Facebook app and directly from the Camera and Photos apps. For some reason, Facebook puts all photos into Albums now. If you upload them directly from the Camera and Photos apps, it will automatically place them in the iOS Photos Album. You can change which folder the photo goes in, but you can’t place them in a new folder. If you upload them from inside the Facebook app or on the Facebook website, you can create a new folder where it can go. Check out our blog at, and we’ll show you how to do it.

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The Name Game

For the most part, the names of our local pro sports teams have obvious connections to our city. With approximately 221 days of sun annually, the Jacksonville Suns makes sense. Having at least five players who can’t walk through a standard door without having to duck makes the Jacksonville Giants an apt descriptor. And as the county with the seventh-highest number of shark attacks in the state, the Jacksonville Sharks moniker is more accurate than most of us care to think about. (The Jacksonville Jaguars are an anomaly, however – the Panthera onca isn’t even found in Jacksonville or Florida or the Southeastern United States, but that’s another story.) I bring this up because the city’s new North American Soccer League (NASL) team is holding a contest to suggest a name. It runs through noon on Dec. 1 and the winner (if eligible, of course) wins a trip to a “top-flight professional soccer game” in the UK during the 2013-’14 season (including airfare for one, two match tickets and three nights hotel accommodations). At the moment, I’m torn between “Jacksonville Humidity,” “Jacksonville Palmetto Bugs” and “Jacksonville High Foreclosure Rates.” For full rules, terms and conditions, and more of my idiotic suggestions, check out

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Bouquets & Brickbats Bouquets to Players by the Sea Executive Director Joe Schwartz and the cast and crew of “Young Frankenstein,” who held a benefit show and are raising funds for actress Sara Beth Summers, severely injured in a car accident Oct. 1, who’s being treated at Shands in Gainesville. To date, more than $6,000 has been raised. Brickbats to Clay County Superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr. for seemingly endorsing an “American exceptionalism” conference led by a Republican party official whose website focuses on education reform with a conservative bent. Van Zant authorized $2,037 to reserve a meeting room and amenities for “Dare to Think: A Conference on Restoring America’s Heritage” to be held Nov. 4-5 at Thrasher-Horne Conference Center in Orange Park. The conference is spearheaded by The Report Card, a magazine published by William Korach, first vice-chairman of the St. Johns County Republican Party, who wrote a text book described as “the history of the influence of Judeo-Christian thinking on America, Law and Ethics.” He also penned a paper, “Islam-Biased Content in Florida’s K-12 Textbooks,” described as a study “that corrects over 200 Islam biased, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic textual errors in 25 Florida K-12 textbooks.” Though Korach reimbursed the $2,037, four of the five School Board members objected to the perception of a political agenda the sponsorship could cause and the use of funds without consulting the board. After all the previous bad blood between Van Zant and the School Board, they should be working extra hard to communicate. Bouquets to Executive Director Denise Deisler and the staff and volunteers at Jacksonville Humane Society for placing second in their division and fifth overall in the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge. From June through August, more than 50 shelters competed nationally to adopt out more animals than they did the previous summer. JHS found homes for 1,612 animals, a 46 percent increase over the summer of 2012, winning $20,000 to help support Kitten University, its offsite adoptions and pet safety net program. JHS partnered with First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services and dozens of other area animal rescue groups for another successful mega-adoption event Oct. 4-6 – 916 pets were placed with families. 8 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

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Practice a More Perfect Law

Prosecutors and defense attorneys need to train on the wealthy and well-represented


ops, prosecutors and defense attorneys need wealthy and well-represented defendants for the same reason that surgical residents need indigent patients — for training. The doctors get the practice they need because there’s no shortage of poor with end-stage diseases requiring heroic surgery and medicine. Not so with criminal defendants who are rich and well-represented, the latter defined as people who are not wealthy but can be vigorously defended by corporate, government and union attorneys when arrested. To paraphrase St. Mark, “Ye have the poor always with you; but the rich and well-defended ye have not always.” Sometimes, ye have none. It’s a problem. Without vigorous challenges from moneyed defendants, the criminal justice system gets sloppier than a barfly conjugating verbs. Prosecutors scarcely bother to prepare cases since, most of the time, they win. When a big case occurs, they can’t bring on their A-game because they don’t have one. In the murder trial of George Zimmerman, for example, state attorneys started off bad and got worse. They were overwhelmed by a $200,000 defense, multiple attorneys, oceans of motions and vigorous appeals. They couldn’t argue the facts; they couldn’t argue the law, so they fed emotional pabulum to the jury and got hammered. Lack of wealthy defendants makes defense attorneys equally flaccid. With primarily poor clients, private attorneys plead defendants rather than go to trial. Most charge modest fees, which are all that can be had, then give modest efforts in return. In Florida, judges will not allow a defense attorney to resign a case for non-payment. This means attorneys only work up to the fees paid because, like most people, they work as they’re compensated. In my experience, many don’t even request to see evidence and witness testimony against their clients because, if they saw it, they might have to do something about it, never to be paid for same. As for public defenders, don’t get me started on those mopes. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys can work for years without ever filing motions to challenge evidence, bills of particulars, multiple subpoenas of evidence, motions to draft jury instructions or to sever counts or defendants. They can’t hire experts in jury selection and forensic evidence. They don’t prep witnesses to prevent surprises under oath or hire detectives to pre-interview them and discover their tergiversations and their lies. Neither do they revisit the crime scene or hire professionals to prepare photographic and video presentations. Even if they file a non-routine motion now and then, they don’t file multiple motions, one after the other — rat-a-tat-tat. That takes big cojones and big cash. They never employ crafty operatives to


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sniff out phony academic degrees, disciplinary actions and political and sexual shenanigans among prosecutors, judges and cops. “Oppo” research has unearthed delicious dirt in many famous cases. In the rape trial of movie director Roman Polanski, a judge connived with the LA prosecutor and was fired from the bench. The first Zimmerman judge got snarky and got tossed. In the O.J. Simpson trial — Simpson is a retired NFL player who was charged with slitting the throats of his wife and her friend in 1994 — the lead detective lied under oath and was convicted of perjury. Most of the evidence went to jail with him. With infrequent legal challenges, cops make bad arrests, screw up evidence and give careless testimony. Sometimes they cross the line and stage a crime scene or drop a throw-down gun. In our fair city, police employees have been busted for fraud and theft. Imagine what a defense attorney could do with that! Like boxers, cops need to spar and take legal shots to the chops to stay sharp and honest. When private detectives sift popo personnel records, they may find disciplinary actions. When they peruse incident reports, they may discover wife-beating, drunk driving and off-the-books businesses that had previously vanished under the big blue rug. If they catch a cop knocking boots with a busty blonde witness or getting a BJ at the back door, it’s game over in court. Our system has a fundamental flaw. Cops do not work for truth or justice. They work for the prosecution. They’re powered by taxpayer cash that flows like a mighty river. Defendants usually have one private attorney (if they’re lucky) funded by savings, if any, plus whatever Daddy and Mommy, Grammy and Gramps, and Unkie and Auntie can scrape up. In the Netherlands, by contrast, cops work at the direction of judges who can order them to find evidence and witnesses who benefit both the defense and the prosecution. The difference is huge. As long as the cops work for one side only, our criminal justice system needs wealthy defendants the way you and I need oxygen. Their money enables both defense attorneys and prosecutors to train on multiple motions, hearings and jury trials. When they fight, they improve. This benefits society. That defense expertise might even trickle down to you one day, when you’re behind bars and gazing out of a concrete slit At Crime City.  Wes Denham

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FSU’s ‘Famous’ Football Icon

Jameis Winston has the on- and off-field talent to captivate fans of all ages


s the Florida State Seminoles prepare for a season-defining contest on the road against their Atlantic Coast Conference rival Clemson Tigers on Oct. 19, it’s useful to consider how, in just a few short games, the ’Noles team has incontrovertibly staked its claim to being the best college football team in the state — if not the country. For evidence of the Seminoles’ superiority, one need only look back to their last game — a 63-0 drubbing of the previously ranked Maryland Terrapins. As absurd as it may sound, that contest was not as close as the score indicated as, even with second-teamers playing the second half, it was clear Maryland had given up — the game should have been called under some sort of mercy rule provision. Whenever a sports program experiences a renaissance, there are many reasons why. One of them has to be Jimbo Fisher taking the reins from Bobby Bowden — a great coach in his day, which unfortunately ended late in the 20th century. The Bowden of the 21st century was clearly a caretaker, the equivalent of those ancient Soviet leaders of the early 1980s or Pope Benedict — more for show than for go. His teams had amazing talent, but relatively speaking, they underperformed compared to what they could have done. When Fisher officially became head coach, it took a little time for his rebuilding to bear fruit. This year, it finally has. Loads of talent on FSU’s roster, not least of which is the freshman quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate, “famous” Jameis Winston. He’s kicking butt, taking names and enjoying every moment of it, if his comments after the Maryland massacre are any indication. “It felt like a little league football game out there,” Winston said. “It was 12 o’clock, the sun was out. I don’t think I saw a cloud in the sky. It was a beautiful day.” Sports fans can forgive Winston’s reference to “little league football” as opposed to Pop Warner; he pitched 17 games with a 3.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts for Florida State’s baseball team in the spring. That was after the Texas Rangers drafted him in 15th round in 2012. On the football field, rankings this early tend to be laughably soft, and Maryland hasn’t been much of a powerhouse recently. However, when a team is ranked, even at No. 25, the assumption is that they’ll put up a fight. That assumption was wrong. Winston smoked the



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Terrapins at every turn, up until the second half, when he took a smoke break and watched his understudies accelerate the demolition. It was fun stuff to watch, burnishing the Winston legend. The defense did its part, too, of course, obliterating memories of the sloppy shootout in Chestnut Hill against Boston College. But no one is really talking about defense. Not when we have the rock star magnetism of Winston to consider. In Winston, we definitely see talent that brings to mind phrases like “once in a generation.” And we see comparisons to other larger-than-life quarterbacks, such as Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow. To be sure, there are similarities to the Manziel arc. Little did we here in Florida know, at the start of last season, just how good Manziel would be: a lights-out player whom people, even then, imagined as the savior for an NFL franchise lucky enough to draft him. In terms of talent, Manziel has it all. Attitude off the field? A different matter. His drunken escapades in the last off-season are legend. Will they hurt him in the end? I doubt it. Even if moralizing sports writers fail to acknowledge it, kids are kids and they get into things. Well, maybe one kid didn’t — the aforementioned Tebow. There are similarities between the arcs of Tebow and Winston also, though Tebow didn’t get the keys to the kingdom until Chris Leak left Gainesville. Winston already seems to have better fundamentals than Tebow has even now. But Tebow, above all, has been the rock star quarterback of college football this century. Until now, that is. Winston is going to be the guy kids pretend to be when they play backyard football. That’s a fact — there’s always one, and his time in Tallahassee will confer benefits on the Florida State program, such as improved recruiting, for years to come. Watch and see: Winston is going to be the key to Fisher’s legend. And we’re the lucky ones; we get to watch.  AG Gancarski OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 | | 11

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arents and other stakeholders watched as two debacles relating to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) occurred in as many years. Floridians also witnessed less-than-stellar research results for poor students in charter schools and the resignation of three state education commissioners — all under one governor. Now, a set of academic standards that is slated to take full force during the 2014-’15 school year in Florida, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), has emerged as the latest education lightning rod. Everyone, it seems, has chimed in on CCSS, which the Florida Department of Education adopted in 2010 and began implementing in 2011. Florida’s League of Women Voters, the Florida PTA and the Florida Education Association (FEA) are on record favoring the new learning benchmarks. The FEA, however, voted at its convention on Oct. 12 to appoint a teacher-led task force to monitor implementation of the standards and make recommendations for changes. Proponents say that common standards, and an accompanying common test, will allow states to compare student achievement in an apples-to-apples manner. Meanwhile, the tea party, parent advocacy organizations and the newly minted Badass Teachers Association (BATs) have found common ground — with overlapping and differing reasons — in opposing the new standards’ implementation ( The BATs held their own meeting at the FEA convention on Oct. 11. “We’re a democratic organization,” FEA President Andy Ford said.

“The delegates can change their minds if that’s what they want to do.” While the FEA did not change its position generally supporting the Common Core, sources say that the BATs’ concerns regarding CCSS implementation resonated broadly with FEA members. New business items approved at the convention reflect teachers’ desire to “slow down the bullet train,” Ford said, referring to CCSS and the yet-to-be determined corresponding test. The state teachers’ union also expressed a desire to allow districts the option of using paper-and-pencil tests until the infrastructure, i.e., computer technology for testing under CCSS, is fully implemented across the state. At the center of the storm is Gov. Rick Scott who, following tea party complaints about federal government overreach, withdrew Florida from participating in the multi-state group PARCC, which is developing the tests aligned to the Common Core. (The testing partnership is not to be confused with the 45-state Common Core compact.) The Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) is an 18-state consortium that received $186 million in federal Race to the Top funds to measure student learning under the new Common Core learning goals. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and President Barack Obama endorse the partnership’s work. And that endorsement might spell trouble for the Common Core. Obama has publicly embraced former Gov. Jeb Bush’s education policies, praising him in a speech at a Miami high school in 2011. This alliance gives conservatives, including columnist Michelle

Malkin, to use broad strokes M lkin, the opportunity Ma oppor to “Big Government” to paint Bush as favoring fa and “Big Business.” Malkin has tied Bush to the testing/textbook/curriculum/technology conglomerate Pearson, which now holds Florida’s FCAT vendor contract ( As Bush finds himself defending the Common Core State Standards to critics on his right, as he did with American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in August (huff. to/18ZwjSv), the furor threatens to drown out teachers’ concerns about the effects of highstakes testing on students. “It comes with more than just standards. The high-stakes testing comes with it — it’s a package,” Badass Teacher Association founding member Donna Mace told Folio Weekly.

WHAT IS THE COMMON CORE? The Common Core is a set of uniform, interchangeable academic goals, or “standards,” which are intended to be used across grades and subject areas from state to state. Having common benchmarks, and a common way to measure student learning under those benchmarks, would enable cross-state comparisons of student achievement which, proponents say, is essential to improving the nation’s schools. Currently, the standards — i.e., what educators want students to know — have been developed for reading/ language arts and math. Proponents point out that curricula — the tools and strategies of teaching in line with core standards — are to be developed by local school districts. Reading informational texts, under Common Core, crosses into the domains of science and social studies as well ( “You have to have a common assessment,”

Problems at the Core said Nikolai Vitti, superintendent for Duval County Public Schools. Vitti said he’s a “big proponent” of the CCSS and its aligned testing instrument — whatever that turns out to be. “It ensures equity of high standards across subjects and across grade levels.” The multi-state partnership to develop CCSS began in 2009. Forty-eight states, two U.S. territories and the District of Columbia signed the CCSS compact, which was sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Bush has led the effort to bring the Common Core standards to Florida. On Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future website (, the new set of academic objectives are described as “fewer, higher and clearer.” The website says that CCSS was “developed by experienced educators, leaders and experts nationwide” and “are benchmarked to top performing schools around the world.” Writing for the New York Times Science News section (, Kenneth Chang elaborated on the “fewer, higher and clearer” aspects of the Common Core: “By cutting back on a hodgepodge of topics, and delving deeper into central concepts, the hope is that children will understand it better.” Math, for example, is taught in a bottom-up manner that requires students to internalize concepts. Chang cited, for example, kindergartners’ historic difficulty learning the numbers between 10 and 20. Common Core makes sure they know the “teen” (i.e., the “1”) goes before the “4” when writing 14 — and not that they can simply recite the string of numbers. Teachers begin with student input or “entry points” on math problems and “guide” or “facilitate” students toward the correct answer. The tea party seized on the “bottom-up” nature of Common Core teaching when it excerpted for its website an Ohio teacher’s coaching session on the topic. Taking a snippet of the video out of context, the right wing group concluded, “under ObamaMath, three times four equals 11” ( Tea party members aren’t the only ones concerned with math standards. In a document obtained by Folio Weekly, a group of Florida parents, Opt Out of State Standardized Tests — Florida, noted that the manner in which questions are phrased to students in fourth grade make the test more about reading comprehension than math. They’re

concerned that the homework, as presented in PARCC workbooks now coming home with their children, will be inscrutable to parents who might not know the difference between estimating, rounding and calculating. Parent and education advocate Colleen Wood is also uneasy about how CCSS is being implemented. Wood, who founded 50th No More, is the former executive director of Save Duval Schools and currently serves on the board for Diane Ravitch’s group, the Network for Public Education. “In Florida, as always, my concern is the implementation, that it will be politicized and twisted into something it was never intended to be,” Wood said.

A BADASS TEACHER SPEAKS OUT “The name is not open for discussion,” Donna Mace, a Duval County fifth-grade teacher at Chimney Lakes Elementary, told Folio Weekly, referring to the BATs. The 34-year veteran teacher is a founding member of BATs. According to Mace, the group, which uses social media to spread its message, attracted 26,000 members over the course of its inaugural two months. The mission is to “reduce excess testing, increase teacher autonomy and include teacher-family voices in legislative processes that affect students.” Mace said she worries that the math and language arts standards, and the resulting teaching strategies, might not be developmentally appropriate for younger students. “Their brains aren’t ready yet. I don’t think it’s necessary for the little guys to grasp algebra yet. It’s OK to save that for a few years.” This fall, Vitti acknowledged the developmental difficulties faced by young students when he suspended testing in science, art and music for students in the early grades. Facing a number of grievances filed this year by the union, Duval Teachers United, Vitti relented on the number of tests for K-2 students, citing the burden it places on teachers ( He also acknowledged that this year there are more “frontloaded” tests, which are aimed at gauging students’ starting points at the beginning of the year, as well as more interim assessments. Most tests being used in Duval this fall are Curriculum Guide Assessments (CGAs). Duval County teachers developed the CGAs after they were tasked with writing curriculum

“In Florida, as always, my concern is the implementation, that it will be politicized and twisted into something it was never intended to be,” parent and education advocate Colleen Wood said of the Common Core.

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“I want the Common Core to come, and I want a Common Core assessment because I want to show the nation that Duval County … apples to apples … that our kids are going to be better prepared,” Vitti added.


Badass Teacher Association founding member Donna Mace said she worries that the Common Core language arts and math standards, and the resulting teaching strategies, may not be developmentally appropriate for younger students.

guides that incorporated Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSS). “Florida’s standards are already more aligned to the Common Core than the average state’s,” Vitti said. “They’re very close,” Mace acknowledged. Currently, students in grades 3-12 are being taught a blended curriculum based on both Common Core and NGSS standards. Grades K-2 are using Common Core exclusively ( But Mace said it’s not the standards per se that bother her most. “A lot of it is what good teachers have always done. I’m not fearful of all this ‘go deeper;’ that’s fine.” What’s not fine, she said, is the testing. “We’re using the test inappropriately. They weren’t always so high-stakes. The difference is how we’re using them now, to label schools, to grade students.”

have objected to tying half of their performance evaluations to student scores on high-stakes tests — including whatever test comes along to measure Common Core learning. “Now we’re evaluating teachers on [the tests] — even basing their salaries on it,” she said. “We don’t know it’s valid. We don’t get to see it. Parents don’t get to see it. We just take someone’s word for it. It’s scary.” As a young social studies teacher in North Carolina, Vitti said he began his career under the accountability paradigm and doesn’t know anything else. “What is not measured is often not done,” he said. “The pressure on children is horrible,” Mace countered. “This is a child’s life getting determined way too early, and I can’t even look at it [the test].”

“This is a child’s life getting determined way too early, and I can’t even look at it [the test].” Mace said she worries that the narrow focus on reading, language arts and math will prevent many students leaving elementary school from being able to take interesting electives in middle school. To a fifth-grader who has a “bad day” on test day, she said, “Too bad. You won’t get to take certain subjects.” Instead, students who don’t make the cutoff will be placed in remedial classes, which is a punitive move because those students will lose time for electives. For some students, that can mean the difference between staying in school and dropping out. “Kids lose what makes school fun,” Mace said. Mace also echoed Florida teachers who

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TEACHING TO THE TEST? Mace said that the pressure of high-stakes testing, whether it comes from FCAT or a Common Core instrument, cuts into the “teachable moments” that students and teachers both relish in the classroom. “It impacts being able to stay on something longer because the students are interested. I can’t help them explore because I have to move on,” Mace said. “You never know who’s going to spark on what.” As mother to two children who attend St. Johns County schools, Wood agreed. Her children are two school grades apart but, with

the advent of the Common Core, have had vastly different experiences with the same teacher in the same subject. While the older sibling enjoyed three days of class time to write and produce a play, for example, the younger child’s class was given only one half-hour. “We talk all the time about how we want creativity, collaboration, out-of-the-box thinking,” Wood said. “But we seem to be moving to a system that doesn’t allow time for that.” Vitti empathized with Wood’s point. “As a teacher, I loved to talk about the post-reconstruction period,” he said. “But I knew I had to get to World War I. It’s always about pacing.” Ford, however, said there’s more than just pacing to worry about. “We’re focusing on the [summative] test, so we’re backing up trying to predict performance with interim tests, and that takes away from instruction.” Vitti said he understands that there is a “degree of angst” among teachers. When he was principal of Homestead Middle School in Miami-Dade County, Vitti essentially banned talking about the FCAT as a way to avoid feeding that angst. “I’m not going to talk about the test,” he said. “I’m going to talk about teaching kids. If we teach this, we don’t have to worry about the test, because they’re going to be great.” Vitti noted that schools and states can’t compare themselves to each other if the standards are different. Wood agreed on that point and said that CCSS is “very important” to her friends in the military who move from state to state. Vitti added that numerous sets of state standards could hurt our nation in the global economy. “We’re one of only a few industrialized countries that don’t have a national curriculum,” he said.

The objections from the right registered with Gov. Scott, who, in an executive order issued Sept. 23, embraced the idea of “high standards” while decrying “federal intrusion” into public education, which is a state and local domain. Scott, in a one-page statement on his official website, used the phrase “high standards” four times ( “We agree that we should say ‘yes’ to high standards for Florida students and ‘no’ to the federal government’s overreach into our education system,” the statement said. “Therefore, I notified the federal government that Florida would be withdrawing from PARCC, and at the same time we will hold public comment sessions to receive input on any alterations that should be made to the current Common Core Standards.” So why, at the culmination of 15 years of education “reform,” led largely by former governor Bush, would Scott now pull the plug on the assessment portion of CCSS in Florida? “The tea party opposes Common Core, period,” Ford observed. “The governor is taking a middle step” in keeping CCSS while dumping PARCC. Scott’s executive order disengaging Florida from the Common Core’s test developer, PARCC, came five days after a resolution issued by the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Republican party on Sept. 18, which rejected both the Common Core Standards and the testing that goes with it ( Federal intrusion concerns raised by the tea party have been answered by the Bush camp, which has pointed out that states voluntarily joined the now-45-state CCSS compact, which excludes Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia ( “Common Core is not federal. It’s national. It’s states coming together,” Jaryn Emhof, a spokeswoman for Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future, told Marc Caputo for his Naked Politics blog ( At this writing, there is no inkling that the state of Florida will withdraw from the 2009 CCSS compact.

POLITICS MAKES STRANGE BEDFELLOWS One concern about the Common Core that unites tea partiers and teachers alike is the profit-driven nature of some education-reform tenets, as noted by Malkin. Another is the worry about “data-mining,” or using personal student data needed to track progress for illicit or commercial purposes. “Who knows what they’re going to do with it later?” Mace asked, worrying that test data could harm students as they apply for colleges or jobs in the future. She also sees the likelihood that testand-technology developers will use personal data to market programs to parents that are tailored to their children’s needs. “It’s all profit-driven,” she said. Conservatives have also expressed

Problems at the Core concerns about data-mining and privacy, most outlandishly as a run-up to the Miami GOP resolution against the Common Core, as reported by Caputo and McGrory: “There are sensors being contemplated to put them on children at public schools,” Miami Republican Frank DeVarona said. “Sensors, cameras looking at your face … a bracelet to measure your blood flow. It sounds like ‘1984’ George Orwell kind of stuff.” The Miami GOP resolution was passed Sept. 17, two months after Florida Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford sent a letter to Florida’s former Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. In the July 17 letter, Gaetz and Weatherford cited Florida’s technology infrastructure deficits, too many testing days and slow teacher-feedback loops among other reasons for rejecting the test that would emerge from PARCC ( Two days later, Bush published an op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times, hinting that the PARCC-developed assessments may “not be the right path for Florida” ( On July 24, a petition originating with the Koch-brothers-bankrolled Americans for Prosperity showed up on the Gainesville Tea Party’s website, “Help Stop Common Core and PARCC” ( A month after that, Scott’s statewide education “summit” in Clearwater convened, albeit without Scott. Tea partiers reportedly aired their numerous concerns to Florida Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand during the Clearwater meeting, which was held Aug. 26-28. Chartrand was subsequently quoted by the Tampa Bay Times as opposing the “far right’s” attempt to censor reading materials under the Common Core over concerns about “homosexuality” and “socialism” ( Following the summit and Chartrand’s statement, a pow-wow ensued in the form of a private Miami dinner, with Scott, Bush, Chartrand and Northeast Florida Sen. John Thrasher in attendance (


A PARCC-developed test could still be in the running to win Florida’s contract, but as of this writing, it’s anybody’s guess as to what test Florida will decide to use. The movements of a former Bush gubernatorial aide, who ascended through the Florida Department of Education before becoming an executive at Pearson, may or may not be indicative. William Piferrer joined the testing conglomerate in 2007, the year before Pearson won Florida’s $250 million FCAT vendor contract. In 2012, Piferrer

moved from Pearson to CTB McGraw; the two companies had been competitors in the 2008 bid for the five-year FCAT contract. CTB McGraw is a subcontractor for ETS, as a part of ETS’s bid to the PARCC consortium for testing/technology products. While Pearson, in partnership with Smarter Balanced, won the contract to assess technology needs for Common Core assessments, Pearson and ETS have submitted competing bids to PARCC for test-item development ( It’s unknown whether a new “Florida” test is already in the bag, or if not, whether it could be developed in time for the 2014-’15 implementation deadline. Will the new test get pushed back for a year or more?

( Utah, similarly, calls its standards the Utah Common Core. Will these various state-named exams (ARCC? FARCC? UARCC?) share enough fungible items to make the state-to-state comparisons that Common Core proponents say are essential to improving the nation’s schools? The larger uncertainty is whether a division has occurred, or will occur, between Scott and Bush on education ( Scott, who won the governor’s office by 1 percentage point during the 2010 tea party sweep, faces a gubernatorial election in 2014. Bush, according to some pundits, might run for president in 2016 on his most prominent platform plank, education reform.

“Whatever we do in Florida, we have to be consistent in our next steps. We have to stop changing standards every other year.” At least two Florida lawmakers have introduced bills that try to address these questions. Rep. Karen Castor-Dentel (D-Maitland) wants to suspend testing next year to give Florida lawmakers time to get a handle on which test will be used ( Rep. Debbie Mayfield (R-Vero Beach) also wants to suspend testing, but is more concerned about states’ rights issues, and appears to reject both the Common Core State Standards as well as the PARCC-developed exam ( Wood agreed that Florida should hit the pause button. “If this is really about raising standards, and not about a profit-driven motive to fail schools, then pausing is the only option,” she said. “What we see from these legislative proposals is a concern that we’re not ready for this,” Ford said. “We don’t have the infrastructure. We don’t have the research.” A Florida DOE website portal (, asking for public input and advertising the three public meetings to be held on the Common Core State Standards, studiously avoids using the words “Common Core.” (See for more information about the Oct. 15, 16 and 17 meetings.) Florida policymakers might be taking notes from Arizona Education Superintendent John Huppenthal, who has changed the name of that state’s adopted standards from “Common Core” to “Arizona College and Career Ready” standards

Do the current tea party governor and the more moderate Republican former governor need each other politically? Given the gerrymandered districts that put most tea party conservatives in office, many of them could recreate the events of 2010 by appealing to the ideologically extreme voters who tend to come out during primaries. General elections in these districts have been rendered irrelevant by rigged maps. This is not the case for Scott’s election, however, as his is a nongerrymandered statewide race. Bush’s 15-year crusade on education in Florida — much to the chagrin of grassroots parent advocacy groups and teachers — has brought school grades, privatization and an emphasis on high-stakes testing. Will Bush’s marquee issue now be subject to the machinations that are sure to emerge during the next legislative session? Vitti has some words of advice for lawmakers and the Florida Board of Education as they determine their next steps. “Whatever we do in Florida, we have to be consistent in our next steps. We have to stop changing standards every other year,” he said. “We’re eroding the public trust that those [test] results mean anything,” he added. “Let’s keep things consistent for long enough to determine whether kids are learning at a higher level or not.”  Julie Delegal


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TWO GOVERNORS’ POSITIONS Gov. Rick Scott, following tea party complaints about federal government overreach, withdrew Florida from participating in PARCC, the multistate group developing the tests aligned to the Common Core. At this writing, there is no inkling that Florida will withdraw from the 2009 CCSS compact.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush has led the effort to bring the Common Core standards to Florida. On Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future website, the new set of academic objectives are described as “fewer, higher and clearer.”

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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

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Killing of Jordan Davis

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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 first-degree murder. State Attorney Angela Corey will personally prosecute the case. – RW

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Shad Khan

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 fi eld. 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

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 fi red a warning shot against an abusive husband. In August, Brown claimed that moving the elections offi ce 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

Jacqueline Tyson, Randy Lessen and Taylor Drew

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

Krysten Bennett

Best Neighborhood


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

Best Reason to Love Northeast Florida


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

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 profi ts from their original seasoning line Martha’s Mix. – KS

Best College

University of North Florida

With a dynamic president, stellar professors, popular 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 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 Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. 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 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

Best Trend

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, Dominican, French) and locations throughout the

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Stefan Stears

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 official Instagram account, igersjax has approximately 5,000 followers who have posted 45,000 photos (Stears has personally posted more than 660). – KS

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

Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis, who claimed he was only advising his clients, was convicted Oct. 11 of 103 counts in the Allied Veterans of the World scandal. Prosecutors said Mathis, 50, was the mastermind of a $300 found him guilty of racketeering, helping run a lottery and possession of an illegal slot machine or device. Mathis has vowed to appeal the verdict. Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police President Nelson

Cuba and FOP Vice President Robbie Freitas still face trial in the scandal that forced Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to resign because she’d done some work for the organization. Top Allied leaders pleaded no contest to charges to avoid jail time. – 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

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 Vedrabased 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’ appreciation for all that they do. The phrase “man’s best friend” has never meant more. – SH 20 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

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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, 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 ( 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 © 2013 logos. She’s a professional stalker who enjoys photobombing 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, with her fiancé Mike Field. If you love food trucks, this should be your first stop. – KS

Best Twitter Account


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 Radio Personality

Melissa Ross Best Radio Show

‘First Coast Connect’ Best Radio Station

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It’s taken some time, but WJCT is now moving toward establishing a brand identity that is viable

Chris Porter, Tim Deegan, Heather Crawford and Shannon Ogden

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 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

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 fields that are difficult 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 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

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

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 was exhibited at the Cummer from December 2012 through April 2013 (bit. ly/FeastOfFlowers). “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 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

Best Author Best Actor

scene in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” If, he said, it doesn’t wind up on the cutting floor. – KS

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 might be an appearance in a newsroom street-fight

Best Art Exhibit

Victor Jones

Jim Draper, ‘Feast of Flowers,’ The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens When local landscape artist Jim Draper decided to

Jesse Wilson

Growing up a foster child, Jesse Wilson didn’t exactly have the quintessential happy childhood. But he’s turning those early-life challenges into a positive experience – for himself and others. Wilson, who works as a foster home and teen advocate at Family Support Services of North Florida, is writing a book about his life in the system. The still-untitled memoir features notes from his actual case file (he says he doesn’t remember many of the events described). As a teen, he penned a book of poetry inspired by his life at the time. – KS

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

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 Community Theater Group

Players by the Sea

Best Theater Production

‘Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson’ 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

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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 ( “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 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 fi nish ( It was a high point in a good 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” (, “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Blockhead” ( and ©Teenage 2013 “Young Frankenstein.” Coming this fall are “Quills” opening Oct. 18 and “The Whipping Man” opening Nov. 8. – SH

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 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 floor. 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 Live Music Club

Freebird Live

Since opening on First Street in Jacksonville Beach in 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 24 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

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

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-to-floor, 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 Museum

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

With a permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art and more than 110,000 annual visitors, it’s easy to see why Folio Weekly readers vote for the Cummer. Aside from extensive visual exhibitions and displays, the museum hosts 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 “Modern Dialect” collection, featuring respected American artists, opening Oct. 19 in Mason Gallery. – KP

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, wordof-mouth fashion, and he wants his fans to know that “the best is yet to come.” – HL

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 OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 | | 25

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Best Concert

Joe Buck


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 advertising representative at 260-9770. had a blast dancing,’ ” he said. But don’t pigeonhole Mavericks as strictly a country music club. Mavericks also YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT holds268-3655 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,062613 hails from Arlington, Va., near Washington, D.C., and they rocked a crowd at Mavericks in July. – HL

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Best Open Mic Night

Three Layers Café

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

Hosted by Trivia Nation, live team trivia is on the menu at Dick’s Wings & Grill five nights a week at rotating locations (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

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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 (; “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 26 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

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 Beach Best Place to Bike Best Surf Spot Best View Best Fishing Spot Best Place for People-Watching Best Place to Stay Cool

Jacksonville Beach and Pier

Best Athlete in Northeast Florida

Maurice Jones-Drew

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

Best Bowling Alley

Beach Bowl

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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 leopardprint 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 reflect 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

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

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

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Best Community Garden

Laura Street Community Garden, Springfield

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 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 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 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 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 fish 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 28 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

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 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

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Dinner & a Show!

With a new menu created by our Executive Chef DeJuan Roy and specially themed for each show, The Alhambra is taking on a reputation as a must-dine Jacksonville restaurant destination. A full bar and unique wine list rounds out your Alhambra experience before and after the show.


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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 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

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the Providence School when he isn’t busy giving back to the community by sponsoring charity rides and sharing his passion for cycling. – MT

Best Bookstore

Chamblin’s Uptown

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

Best Dive Shop

Atlantic Pro Divers

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 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-to-find ethnic and exotic items you didn’t know you needed. – CG

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,

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

Best Doctor

Loren Clayman Best Plastic Surgeon

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

Dr. Clayman’s Miracle Spa Best Nurse

Nancy Gladden

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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 complicated facial reconstructions on returning soldiers

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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 Health Club


From fitness classes to swimming classes to youth sports and after-school care for kids, there’s one triedand-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 which change for every holiday and season. Make it a stop this Halloween and Christmas. – MT

Best Hairstylist

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 Jon-Michael 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 Folio Weekly readers consider him the best around. – MT

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

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Best Health Food Store

Grassroots Natural Market

For those who care about what goes into their pie-holes, 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 OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 | | 31


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Best Clothing Store

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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; 2013it’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 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

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 32 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

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, wellorganized 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 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 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

Best Tattoo Studio

Inksmith & Rogers

A short stroll down any one of Northeast Florida’s beautiful beaches is all it takes to understand the 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 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

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 physical 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, stem-cell 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 OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 | | 33


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Best Hair Salon

Hawthorn Salon

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 sipping your seasonal PSL (which we hope, for the love of all things scenester, you didn’t order that way). – MT

Best Yoga Studio

Best Wine Store

Yoga might be the only physical workout in the world that inspires its tight and taut practitioners to be better people, spiritually and emotionally. So if you’re looking to find some spiritual oneness with the Earth or whatever, or just want to fit into those awesome 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 mere 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

Total Wine & More

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 empty-handed. 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 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 450-year, 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 34 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

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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

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Celebrating five years in business, Avondale hotspot Orsay has proved 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 St. Augustine

The Columbia Restaurant

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. The details at the family-owned spot add to its charm – fountains, a gorgeous wine cellar, family photos and portraits and hand-painted Spanish tiles throughout. – CS

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 fi rst 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

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 around here, TacoLu Baja Mexicana would be his favorite restaurant. Dig it: Corn tortillas, salsa and guacamole made fresh every day … unique flavor profiles (to wit: 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” for $4.99. – 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 OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 | | 37

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 fl aming cheese with brandy. How can you miss with that? – MT

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

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

Best Bagel

Bagel Love

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

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 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

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 Burger on Amelia Island

Tasty’s Fresh Burgers & Fries

A relative newcomer to the historic island, Tasty’s Fresh Burgers & Fries is already 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 Sridhar Sannala, Juliet Khokhar, Ritu Bala and Anil Sunny

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 why it’s crowned Indian king. Lamb biryani, paneer tikka, chicken tikka naan and tandoori fish await. With a toll-free number like 1-888-5SAMOSAS (seriously!), they can’t go wrong. – CS 38 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

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 oldfashioned 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

Best Burger in Orange Park/Fleming Island

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

There’s no mystery as to what’s featured 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 well-done,” which only sounds like an oxymoron. – KS

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, family-friendly 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 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 to get messy-fi ngered with chicken wings. Each of Dick’s 16 Northeast Florida NASCAR-themed restaurants, including a new Nocatee spot, offers fried pickles, burgers, salads and quesadillas if wings aren’t your thing. Count on Dick’s to keep the TVs on so you don’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 Coffeehouse

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

Bold Bean hasn’t been open two years, but it’s already a two-time BOJ winner. The secret? Fresh-roasted, organic coffee beans, hand-crafted syrups, a variety of brew methods, including French press and Chemex, locally brewed beers and a hip, relaxed vibe. Decorated with local art, in a historic Riverside building, it has no-frills exposed brick and a beautifully crafted bar. Riversiders whined forever about needing a cool, independent coffeehouse. Now there is one, so they can quit whining. – HL

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

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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 ( 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 OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 | | 39

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

Chef Andrew Ferenc has worked in the kitchens of some of Northeast Florida’s best-known restaurants, including 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

Best Frozen Yogurt

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 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: one each on the Northside, the Southside and Intracoastal West. Go get one, dog. – MT

Best Italian Restaurant

Vito’s Italian Café

Vito Corleone urged his son Santino to “never tell anybody outside the family what you’re thinking” in “The Godfather” – but it’s clear that Folio Weekly 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 Landing-based 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 Japanese Restaurant Best Sushi

Koja Sushi

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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

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Best Restaurant in Orange Park/Fleming Island

Mellow Mushroom

Best Pizza in Orange Park/Fleming Island

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 Middle Eastern Restaurant

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 five kabobs with couscous or basmati rice pilaf. The Casbah is open nightly until 2 a.m., so you won’t have to hurry back to reality. – MT

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 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

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

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 in our Best of Jax readers’ poll 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

Best Smoothie

Smoothie King

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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 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 OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 | | 41

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Best Neighborhood Bar on Amelia Island

Cotton Eyed Joe’s

Amelia Island is best known for white sandy beaches, not belt buckles, but Cotton Eyed Joe’s is unapologetically Dixieland. Whether you’re a blue-jean baby or an old-school country boy, this true American honky-tonk is not to be missed. Dust off your boots, put your cowboy hat on straight, and hit the dance floor. Before long all y’all will be singin’, “Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?” – CG


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Celebrating a year and a half in business, Five Points’ Sales Rep ss 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 salad with an herb-infused goat cheese and balsamic drizzle and chicken tacos simmered in Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale from Bold City Brewery. “From local food to local art, we always want to feel like we represent the community,” Michael Coutu said. – CS

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 Bartender

Derek “D. Rock” McCray, Whisky River

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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 42 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

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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 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

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 Orange Park/Fleming Island

The Bar with No Name

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

Best Neighborhood Bar in St. Augustine 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 a great view of

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 Hinder/Candlebox (Oct. 18) and stop in for an unbeatable happy hour – if you can stay up that late – because at Mavericks, “happy hour” is held 8-10 p.m. – CG OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 | | 43

Castillo de San Marcos. After a few rounds, 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 First Coast craft beer craze. 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 selection and awesome food are often mutually exclusive, Kickbacks stands head and shoulders above the rest, with 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 find 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 Gazmir Broci and Ashley Chambers

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 hand-tossed 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

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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 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

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 finicky 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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A Bite of Pie




olio Weekly’s Bite Club descended on fast-casual restaurant Your Pie in Tapestry Park on Oct. 1 to sample a range of pizza pies. Favorites were The Nat (fresh basil pesto sauce, shredded mozzarella, feta, grilled chicken, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes) and The Lineage (marinara topped with mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, green bell peppers, black and green olives, Vidalia onions and baby portobellas). The 42 guests managed to save room for a cup of gelato or sorbet, along with hot slices of s’mores pizza. With a range of craft beers and house wines, both the pies and desserts went down easy. Like FolioWeeklyBiteClub for an opportunity to take part in future Bite Club events.  Caron Streibich Folio Weekly Bite Club host 1. Eli Ramirez and Alex Richardson 2. Blythe Duckworth, Kaile Ferguson and Heather Bailey 3. Cathi Underwood 4. Shannon Redding and Harah Day 5. Blythe Duckworth 6. Lisa Lenda



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Sophie hopes her father can walk her down the aisle. In the feel-good musical “Mamma Mia!” – featuring ABBA’s greatest hits – that’s more difficult than it seems. Without telling her mother, she invites three men to her wedding, hoping to figure out which one is dear old Dad. 8 p.m. Oct. 18, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 19, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $42-$82, 442-2929, Photo: Artist Series



The celebration of Filipino culture, arts and cuisine features singer-songwriter AJ Rafael, Southstar, DJ Stiles and local cultural dance groups (pictured). Presented by We Filipinos Inc., the fifth annual Filipino Pride Day includes a hip-hop competition, an art exhibit by Games Arts and Music, free health screenings and child ID discs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 19, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, free admission,


Grammy nominee Neko Case’s critically acclaimed album, out last month, is a mouthful: “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You.” The Seattle Times raved after a performance last month, swearing her voice was “one of the nicest and most distinctive in the business.” Called “fiercely intelligent” by NPR, The New Pornographers vocalist fights hard with support from Karen Elson. Doors 7 p.m. Oct. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, $35, standing room only, 209-0367,

Photo: We Filipinos Inc.


The 14-foot-tall “fantasy doors” offer gateways for children (and adults) into Alice’s Adventure and Harry Potter’s Wizarding World. Costumes are recommended for the ninth annual benefit for Community PedsCare, which aims to deliver fun – not scares. Community Hospice reports it’s raised more than $2.8 million. Monster Mash Dash 5K and Fun Run 6 p.m. Oct. 18, Halloween Doors & More 3-8 p.m. Oct. 19, Jacksonville Fairgrounds, 510 Fairgrounds Place, Downtown, race registration $12-$35, benefit $50 for kids ages 2-12, $100 for adults,


A thriller told from the point of view of the Beltway snipers – John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo – arrives at Sun-Ray, featuring two First Coast connections. Producer Aimee Schoof is a Jacksonville native, and Angela, a woman from Muhammad’s past, is played by Douglas Anderson graduate Cassandra Freeman. Schoof speaks after the 7:15 p.m. screening Oct. 18; the R-rated film runs through Oct. 24, Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, $9, 359-0049, Photo: Sundance Selects

Photo: Community PedsCare


Don’t assume a grom or grommet is a beginner on the waves. There’s a good chance that kid can really rip it. Aqua East’s second annual Rip Into a Whip amateur surf contest celebrates that talent with seven divisions. A vehicle donated by Autoline awaits the winner of the junior men’s division (15-17). Oct. 19, south side of Jacksonville Beach Pier, $70 for junior men’s division, $30 for all others, 246-2550,


Time to pick up your lederhosen from the drycleaners. Folio Weekly’s Oktoberfest, presented by O’Steen Volkswagen, offers 100 beers and tasty food to sample. Listen to live music by Papercutt and 32oz. to Freedom – there’s a fitting name for an Oktoberfest band. 6-10 p.m. (VIP 5 p.m.) Oct. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine, tickets $20-$25 in advance, $25-$30 at door, available at the Amphitheatre, A1A Ale Works, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ragtime Tavern, Seven Bridges Brewery, 46 | | OCTOBER 16-22, 2013

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Jim White (Roy Abramsohn, right) begins to unravel while taking his family, including daughter Sara (Katelynn Rodriguez), on a surreal trip to Disney World in the subversive “Escape from Tomorrow.” Directed by Randy Moore and shot without Disney’s permission, the film opens Oct. 18 at Sun-Ray Cinema. Photo: Mankurt Media

NOW SHOWING 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 CAPRICE ***G Rated R • Opens Oct. 18 at Sun-Ray Cinema Director Alexandre Moors’ debut film examines the Beltway snipers – John Allen Muhammad (Isaiah Washington) and Lee Boyd Malvo (Tequan Richmond) – and the father-son relationship that develops between them. Douglas Anderson graduate Cassandra Freeman co-stars as a woman from whom Muhammad seeks help. BONNIE & CLYDE ***G Rated R A stylish rendering of the tale of fierce bank robbers Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty), who tore up rural America during the Great Depression, killing all who got in their way. Arthur Penn directed this great film, which ends with the inevitable shoot-out, one of the most graphic depictions of death-by-machine-gun we’ve ever seen. Nominated for 22 Oscars, the film grabbed two; for cinematography and best supporting actress, Estelle Parsons. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS ***G Rated PG-13 This real-life drama is based on the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Captain Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty. Tom Hanks plays Phillips, a sea captain whose cargo ship is boarded by Somali pirates – Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Bilal (Barkhad Abdirahman), Najee (Faysal Ahmed) and Elmi (Mahat M. Ali) – in April 2009. 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.

CARRIE **G@ Rated R • Opens Oct. 18 Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), pushed to the edge by a prank at her senior prom, unleashes her telekinetic powers in the remake of the 1976 horror classic, based on a Stephen King novel. Also starring Julianne Moore and Judy Greer; directed by Kimberly Peirce. 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 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 pals Bobby (Rob Brown) and Danny (Jeremy Luke) are single young men who play the field – none more successfully than blasé Jon. Then he meets babe Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), and everything changes. Co-starring Tony Danza and Julianne Moore. 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. ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW ***@ • Opens Oct. 18 at Sun-Ray Cinema Jim White (Roy Abramsohn) avoids telling his wife and two young kids he lost his job by taking them to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” But Disney turns nightmarish as he gets visions of prostituting princesses and devilish children. Is he losing his mind or is the park sinister? Randy Moore’s directorial debut – a black-and-white satire shot without permission in Disney theme parks – is billed as the “most provocative film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival” and a film that “should not exist.” The Daily Beast called it “Disney’s Worst Nightmare.” ESCAPE PLAN ***@ Rated R • Opens Oct. 18 Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), an expert on high-tech


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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

security, is wrongly imprisoned and must recruit Emil Rottmayer (Stallone’s “Expendables” co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger) to make a plan to escape “The Tomb” – the most impenetrable prison ever built. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, the action flick co-stars Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent). 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. THE FIFTH ESTATE ***@ Rated R • Opens Oct. 18 Reviewed in this issue. 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. 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. I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL Rated PG • Opens Oct. 18 Ja Rule (aka Jeff Atkins) plays Miles Montego, a wealthy playa who’s a retired drug trafficker. He falls for Vanessa (Adrienne Bailon) who’s squeaky-clean. THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE *G@@ Rated R Two young boys from the inner city grow up fast when their mothers are arrested? Co-starring Jordin Sparks. 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, Terrence Howard and Liev Schreiber. MACHETE KILLS **G@ Rated R 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. THE PATIENCE STONE **G@ Rated R A 30-something woman tends to her severely wounded husband in a Middle Eastern land ravaged by war. He’s essentially a vegetable, and the young wife (Golshifteh Farahani) begins to share her deepest thoughts with the unresponsive older man, which makes him a magic stone, a protecting amulet in Persian mythology. 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). PRISONERS ***G Rated R This crime thriller stars Hugh Jackman as a father desperate to find his daughter and her friend, missing under mysterious

Movies 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.

Blue Caprice Opens Oct. 18th Producer & Jax Native Aimee Schoof in attendance! Escape From Tomorrow Opens Oct 18th Dr. LowFi Presents: The Kindred Oct 18th 11:30pm Rosemary’s Baby Oct 19th 11:30pm Broadway Idiot Oct 24th One Night Only

ROMEO AND JULIET *G@@ Rated PG-13 We all know the story: two love-struck kids try to stay together despite their families’ sworn enmity. Co-starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth and Christian Cooke as Mercutio. 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. SURGE Rated PG This high-energy interactive movie theater event fuses music, comedy and inspirational messages; 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Epic Theater St. Augustine and AMC Orange Park. 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.”


IDEAS & IMAGES The National Endowment for the Humanities’ African-American film series begins with “The Abolitionists” screened 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Gamache-Koger Theater, Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, free, 819-6282, 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, SUN-RAY CINEMA Jacksonville native and producer Aimee Schoof appears for a question-and-answer session after the opening night screening of “Blue Caprice,” 7:15 p.m. Oct. 18 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, $9, 3590049, Dr. LowFi presents “The Kindred,” 11:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Professors Nick DeVillers and Duncan Barlow present Horror Trope Bingo with “Rosemary’s Baby” 11:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Green Day’s “Broadway Idiot” runs Oct. 24. Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0047, LATITUDE 30 MOVIES “Red II” and “Smurfs 2” screen 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.

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Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch, left) works with his right-hand man, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) to bring secrets out in the open in “The Fifth Estate,” directed by Bill Condon. Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

Crossing the Line

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homogenized and powerful. Though millions of social media users around the world keep information superhighways busy with senseless chatter and pictures of waterskiing squirrels, there are times when select individuals use the power of connectivity for (what they believe is) the greater good. Most famously, Julian Assange pioneered modern citizen journalism with his website WikiLeaks, founded in 2007 with the purpose of allowing anonymous whistleblowers the opportunity to unveil news leaks and other classified secrets. “The Fifth Estate” chronicles the first three years of WikiLeaks. Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a white-haired Internet activist from Australia with a clear disdain for corporate corruption, views himself as a revolutionary, a man of the people and for the people, who wants to change the way we consume news. He also believes the public has the right know everything — “privacy for individuals, transparency for organizations,” he virtuously tells his righthand man, Daniel Berg (Daniel Brühl). With the help of Berg and other volunteer support staff, WikiLeaks goes to great pains to ensure that the information revealed is truthful. Because the sources are anonymous, tips are 2006 folioweekly submitted to an encrypted online platform, checked for veracity and then published. Notable WikiLeaks revelations included footage of a military shooting in Iraq, Peruvian politician bribes, Sarah Palin’s not-so-flattering views on government and more. Most famously, in 2010 WikiLeaks, in conjunction with The Guardian in London, The New York Times in New York City and Der Spiegel in Berlin, released the Afghan War Documents, which chronicled U.S. government mistakes, deaths of civilians, Taliban attacks and more over a six-year period. Not surprisingly, the U.S. government wasn’t happy about the leaks, which threatened national


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security and the job status of two foreign attaches (played by Laura Linney and Stanley Tucci) and a White House staffer (Anthony Mackie), among others. Brühl, who deserves a supporting actor Oscar nomination for his work in “Rush,” is solid here, nicely complementing Cumberbatch’s eccentric Assange, who’s a charismatic megalomaniac with a troubled past. Cumberbatch is good but not spectacular; after playing the villain in “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” his star remains on the rise, but this will not elevate him to A-list status. He’s close, though. The central question director Bill Condon (“Kinsey”) raises — a question that’s as much a sign of modern times as any film this year — is where should the line be drawn between the public’s right to know and an organization’s right to secrecy? We know how Assange feels about this, self-touting his efforts to expose all misdeeds as “social justice.” On the flip side is the old adage that “individuals are smart, people are stupid,” meaning a single person can exercise rational thought and act accordingly when given information, but a “herd” mentality can sometimes overcome a group of people and chaos ensues. Surely it’s possible that sometimes the government doesn’t reveal information to the public for a good reason. How you feel about this will depend on your personal and (likely) political beliefs; what’s notable is that this is one of the few films to bring that question to the front. Condon’s only notable misstep comes toward the end as WikiLeaks is viewed as a vanity project for Assange rather than grassroots citizen journalism. No matter: By that point, the intention of “The Fifth Estate” has been made clear, and the result is a message that’s more dangerous than it is damning.  Dan Hudak


Jerome Fontamillas (from left), Jon Foreman, Drew Shirley, Chad Butler and Tim Foreman are Switchfoot. Photo: Chris Burkard

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Southern California rockers Switchfoot reflect on their long, strange journey with new film ‘Fading West’ SWITCHFOOT Concert preceded by premiere of band’s documentary film “Fading West” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown Tickets: $28.50-$38.50 (VIP meet-and-greet: extra $35) 355-2787,


outhern California rock quintet Switchfoot has always worn its heart on its sleeve. Christian influences shaped much of the band’s early work and image. Charitable work with organizations like Invisible Children, To Write Love on Her Arms and the Boy Scouts of America lays bare their living, breathing, social justice-concerned heart. Even the annual Switchfoot Bro-Am, now in its 10th year, is much more than a San Diego surf contest and beach concert, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help homeless children. But Jon and Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley have doubled down on revealing their inner selves with “Fading West,” Switchfoot’s forthcoming album and documentary of the same name. Produced by Flagler Beach native Matt Katsolis, the film follows Switchfoot as they ramble through the U.S., South Africa, Bali, Australia and New Zealand, riding waves, making music and spreading their laid-back good vibes to anyone along the way. Frontman Jon Foreman chatted with Folio Weekly about evolving as a songwriter, challenging accepted music industry knowledge and the unique format of Switchfoot’s upcoming “Fading West” tour.

Folio Weekly: First, what compels a rock ’n’ roll band to make a travelogue/surf documentary? Jon Foreman: We grew up watching surf fi lms, and my favorites were the ones that took you on a journey or followed the chase. We

thought, “That’s kind of what we do as a band on tour after tour — what if we combined the music and the surfing and made our own fi lm?” That idea percolated for years until we met up with [Matt Katsolis] and his fi lm company, who were very excited about the concept. So we said, “Let’s do it,” self-funded the whole thing, and set off around the globe. F.W.: The upcoming “Fading West” tour will feature performances different from the standard Switchfoot show, right? J.F.: Yes. We’ll show the fi lm, have an intermission when people can tweet us questions, then come out and play the show before answering questions. F.W.: After selling millions of albums and touring the world, do you feel like this is an opportunity to give Switchfoot fans a deeper look at the band? J.F.: Exactly. As a songwriter, you’re always looking for ways to tell a story. But there’s only so much story you can fit into three-and-ahalf minutes. So the fi lm is a great way to tell more of the story about who we are and what our journey has been like. F.W.: After 17 years and nine full-length albums, has it become harder to tell new stories? J.F.: That’s the challenge: to continually pursue new ways of expression. When you dig into the same ground for years, it starts to dry up. On “Fading West,” we’re using new instruments to tell new stories and express new ideas. F.W.: You released a three-song EP last month to tease the full-length, which comes out in January. Any particular reason? J.F.: I love EPs because they allow you to fully digest a few songs at a time. Three to four songs for me are about all I can take at once, even if I


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love a record. Recorded music has been widely available for less than 100 years, which in the course of human history is such a small amount of time — especially given how integral music is to the human experience. So there are no rules. There’s what everyone does, but that’s not to say it’s right or wrong. I love playing with that. F.W.: Switchfoot has hosted a surf contest and beach concert for 10 years, so obviously you guys love mixing it up. J.F.: That was one of those dreams come true. We were talking once about the things that kept us out of trouble when we were kids, and for me that was music and surfing. So why not give people those two things and benefit homeless kids in the process? The Bro-Am started really small and has grown bigger than any of us can handle. It’s really a community event to support the kids and show them they matter — their story matters — the place that they’re at doesn’t necessarily have to dictate their future. F.W.: You’ve got two dates on the East Coast of Florida in October. Hoping to catch some late-season hurricane surf? J.F.: I hope so! We’ve caught a couple of hurricanes down there, although if there aren’t any coming through, it seems like you’re not going to get any good surf. But any chance to get in the water is good. Plus I have lots of friends in Florida. I love it there. F.W.: Switchfoot has been around for nearly 20 years. Did you ever think you’d make it this far? J.F.: We never looked that far down the road. But we love delivering rock ’n’ roll to people around the world. It’s the best job I could think of.  Nick McGregor OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 | | 51



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Celebration of owner Dave Wernicke’s 50th birthday attracts 11 excellent punk and garage-rock bands from across U.S. GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH with THE MEMORIES, WHITE FANG, COLLEEN GREEN, PEACH KELLI POP, BOOM!, QUEEN BEEF, THE RESONANTS, WET NURSE, THE MOLD and PREMADONNASAURS 6 p.m. Oct. 25 Shanghai Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine Tickets: $10 © 2013 547-2188


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ost live music tours breeze through Northeast Florida trailing one, maybe two interesting angles behind them. Not so with the mega-show Oct. 25 at Nobby’s in St. Augustine, which packs no less than 11 excellent punk and garage-rock bands into the sweatiest, most down-to-earth venue in the Oldest City. We’re talking four of Portland’s finest purveyors of freak-flag-flying underground insanity, two female-fronted pop powerhouses from California, one similarly women-centric group of thrashers from Orlando, one in-your-face hardcore band © 2013 from Jacksonville, two St. Augustine punk-rock mainstays and one rare reunion of grassroots St. Johns County musical royalty. What’s more, this Friday night throwdown isn’t just another excuse for St. Augustine music fans to fry their eardrums and rock their socks off (although both of those activities will certainly be encouraged). No, this blowout celebrates the 50th birthday of Nobby’s owner and punk-rock visionary Dave Wernicke, widely credited by area DIY types for providing our fair city with the grassroots, blue-collar, all-are-welcome vibe it so desperately deserves and proudly flaunts. Ready for some more reasons why “Dave’s 50th Birthday Bash” requires your RSVP? Hunker down, dig out your tape deck and read on: Consider it an unofficial Southeast extension of the Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour 2013. While the main headliners from this zenith of garage-rock goodness won’t hang around after Burger Records’ annual barnstorming party grinds to a halt on

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Oct. 16, the Portland-based masterminds of sloppy, stoned-out punk kicks in White Fang have an impressive six shows scheduled in the Sunshine State. Best of all, The Memories, made up of two of White Fang’s four members, will flash their gentler, more melodic, but no less humorous pop side at Nobby’s. Cassette heads should flip over this tapedeck triangulation of epic proportions. Burger Records won’t be the only cassette-obsessed label represented on Oct. 25, as Erik “Rikky” Gage, who fronts both White Fang and The Memories, will come bearing plenty of limited-edition tapes released by his own thriving DIY label, Gnar Tapes. “This is the best thing I’ve ever been involved with in my life,” Gage told Folio Weekly. “The Burger crew is like family. We all like smoking weed, traveling around, making music and making friends. So this tour is rad.” Lest you think Gage and Burger coowners Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard are total slackers, though, consider the stats both have amassed since starting their labels in 2008 and 2007, respectively. Gnar Tapes is up to 130 tapes produced by bands from the U.S., Belgium, Japan and Canada. Burger has sold more than 200,000 copies of 622 individual releases put out by more than 500 bands, opened a thriving physical location in Fullerton, Calif., sold close to 10,000 tickets to its annual Burger Boogaloo, and bootstrapped its own video offshoot. “We work all day, every day, nonstop,” Bohrman told Folio Weekly. “No one expected it to grow the way it has, allowing us to quit our jobs, sell out festivals and turn Burger into a real business. We just wanted to put out fun tapes.” While Peach Kelli Pop and Colleen Green occupy opposite ends of the attitudinal spectrum, they both represent everything good about today’s female rock renaissance. Allie “Peach Kelli Pop” Hanlon might release sunny, sugar-spiked lo-fi pop records (on Burger Records, of course), but when she puts


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the guitar and microphone down, she stands up as an outspoken singer-songwriter cut right from the socially and politically aware riot grrl cloth. Meanwhile, in interviews and on tape, Oakland’s Colleen Green comes off as goofy, aloof and straight-up obsessed with marijuana. But both women are bona fide creative geniuses whose personalities and performance styles can’t be matched. Portland’s Guantanamo Baywatch is singlehandedly keeping kitschy, campy surfinfluenced psychobilly alive — from one of the rainiest, most pretentious cities in the U.S., no less. That band name, those costumes, that retro mash-up of surf rock, horror pop and classic country … Seriously: There’s no one else like these three maniacs. And while fellow PDXers BOOM! aren’t as well-known as their aforementioned West Coast counterparts, they still bring the catchy, raw noise as well (and Izak Arida does double duty in White Fang). If you don’t know St. Augustine’s Queen Beef, Jacksonville’s The Mold or Orlando’s Wet Nurse, you’re missing out on some of Florida’s finest punk bands. That is all. If you aren’t aware of Oldest City slop-punk/porch-core legends Premadonnasaurs, then the reunion of Jacob Hamilton, Matty Pius, PJ Famicom and other DIY Oldest City royalty is one you don’t want to miss. You know, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Eleven bands for $10 — 91 cents per act — and six of those acts have driven more than 3,000 miles apiece to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of St. Augustine’s most underappreciated music-scene movers and shakers. You run the numbers and decide if it’s a good deal.  Nick McGregor

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BARRY GREENE, TAYLOR ROBERTS, JAMES HOGAN Oct. 16 at Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., San Marco, 352-7008. LAKE STREET DIVE 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $10, 353-6067. KEVIN GATES, STARLITTO, DON TRIP 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $20, 223-9850. INDIA.ARIE 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $40-$45, 355-2787. BETH WOOD 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., San Marco, 352-7008. MUSHROOMHEAD, RAZORZ EDGE, ONE-EYED DOLL 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $12-$40, 223-9850. 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 4-11 p.m. Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Oct. 18-19, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 20 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, $50-$300, 386-364-1683. DIZZY WRIGHT, EMILIO ROJAS, MARCUS MOODY 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $15, 398-7496. THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, MOON HOOCH 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $17, 246-2473. TOWER OF POWER 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $40, 355-2787. HINDER, CANDLEBOX, DEVOUR THE DAY, OPEN AIR








They Might Be Giants loom large with support from Moon Hooch Oct. 18 at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach. Photo: Shervin Lainez

STEREO 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Mavericks at the Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, $23, 356-1110. JOSH MILLER’S BLUES REVUE 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, $5, 277-8010. CHILLAKAYA 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Blue Fish/Elevated Avondale, 3551 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-0700. DON MINIARD 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at 200 First Street Courtyard, Neptune Beach, free. THE LUMINEERS, DR. DOG, NATHANIEL RATELIFF Oct. 18 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine, $27.50-$45, 209-0367. LARRY MANGUM, CHARLEY SIMMONS, JACK MENTZEL 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., San Marco, 352-7008.

GREENHOUSE LOUNGE, SIR CHARLES, VLAD THE INHALER/ TRILLUCINATION 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $8-$10. ADAM SAMS CD RELEASE, COREY KILGANNON, MOONRISE COLLECTIVE, JENNI REID 8-10:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill, $10-$15, 388-3179. ORANGE AIR, SUPER EXCITABLES, OPIATE EYES Oct. 18 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $5, 353-6067. YANKEE SLICKERS 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 277-8010. ROCKTOBERFEST: SMILE EMPTY SOUL, ACIDIC 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $15-$50, 223-9850.















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Home for Underground Music B 8


urro Bar in Downtown Jacksonville is easily one of the most diverse nightlife spots in the whole city. Any given night, you’re likely to see a rap battle outside or a punk band inside. Burro hosts live underground music most nights of the week. Boasting the coldest cans in town and a plethora of taps, there's a beer – or some other libation – for everyone to enjoy. “Burro is like a second home for me. There’s no sense of it being exclusively a nightclub or just a venue,” Burro booking manager Jimmi Bayer said.  Abigail Wright

1. Erin Kennel, Christin Dicciano 2. Dustin Clark, Libby Curran 3. Cayla Noralea, Shawn Lightfoot 4. Stacey Bennett, Andie Moncrief 5. Jackie Molina 6. Lindsey Komara, Libby Curran, Catherine Bekketal 7. Alyssa Farr, Jacklyn Sams 8. Josh Slack, Aaron Sarchet 9. Doug Carter, Lindsey Sims 10. Leah Cohen, A. Smith, Blain Aaron


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PARKRIDGE, MYTH OF MYSELF 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $8, 246-2473. SWAMP CABBAGE, DARYL HANCE 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $10-$15, 353-6067. JESSTA JAMES 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Mavericks at the Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, 356-1110. HENRY NADER, CHRISTINA WAGNER 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Rain Dogs, 1045 Park St., Five Points, free. DALTON CYR, MARK WILLIAMS & BLUE HORSE Oct. 19 at Riverside Arts Market River Stage, 715 Riverside Ave., Riverside, free. PRANAYAM, ALL THINGS DONE, PRIMITIVE HARD DRIVE, OUTEREDGE, INNUENDO 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. THE SUPERVILLAINS 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $12-$15, 274-2090. RHYTHM RIOTS, WILLIE EVANS JR., MASTER RADICAL, SELF EMPLOYED, COUGAR BARREL 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $5-$7. AMBROSIUS 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Palace Saloon, 117 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, free, 491-3332. LITTLE COMETS 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. SKYNYRD MEMORIAL JAM The 36th annual memorial concert features Artimus Pyle, Pronounced (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band) and The Honkettes; proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project and World Hunger Relief, 2 p.m.-midnight Oct. 20 at Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $15-$25 or $35-$55 for Rockin’ Rollin’ Dice Ride, 223-9850. IT LIES WITHIN, BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS, WAKE THE LIVING, DENIED TIL DEATH, RULE NO. 6, MAKE THEM DOCILE 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $10. SCHNOCKERED 9:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at The Palace Saloon, 117 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, free, 491-3332. ACRASSICAUDA, BEARSHARK, ALL THINGS DONE 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. GARY STARLING JAZZ BAND, RUSSELL GEORGE, BILLY THORNTON, PETER MILES 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., San Marco, 352-7008. JEL, SERENGETI, MATTHEWDAVID 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. THE CASUALTIES, NEGATIVE APPROACH 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $15, 223-9850. BILL KIRCHEN, JOEY KERR 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $15, 398-7496. HONKY SUCKLE 9:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. 2nd St., Fernandina Beach, $5, 277-8010. THE DEER TRACKS, MATTHEW, CONNOR 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $8-$10.

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 CafÊ 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, 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 CITIZEN Oct. 30, Atticus Bar WHETHERMAN Oct. 30, Mudville Music Room 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 SUWANNEE 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, Florida Theatre

THE GREEN, SHWAYZE, KIMIE Nov. 2, Freebird Live LIONIZE Nov. 2, The Standard 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 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, Florida Theatre CHRIS KNIGHT Nov. 8, Jack Rabbits CAT POWER Nov. 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall CARAVAN OF THIEVES Nov. 8, The Original CafÊ Eleven GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE Nov. 8, Dog Star Tavern THREE DOG NIGHT Nov. 8, Florida Theatre ERIC PASLAY, MAGGIE ROSE Nov. 8, Mavericks at the Landing 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: Al Poindexter, Bob Patterson, Canary in the Coalmine, Charley Simmons, Cindy Bear, Dale Crider, Don Casper, David Russell, Flagship Romance, Florida State Bluegrass Band, Jackson Creek, Jamie DeFrates & Susan Brown, Jim Carrick, Julie Durden, Lis & Lon Williamson, Mike Shackelford & Steve Shanholtzer, Peyton Mangum Band, Red Afternoon, Sam Pacetti, Scortino-Garfinkel Trio, Scott & Michelle Daziel, Stu Weaver 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


THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT, WAYNE “THE TRAIN� HANCOCK Oct. 24, Jack Rabbits SWITCHFOOT Oct. 24, 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 MUDTOWN, COON DOGGIN OUTLAWS Oct. 25, Shantytown Pub MIKE STUD Oct. 26, 1904 Music Hall JOHN FOGERTY Oct. 26, St. Augustine Amphitheatre ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND Oct. 26, Freebird Live


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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 WILL DOWNING Nov. 10, Florida Theatre BADFISH Nov. 10, Freebird Live CELTIC THUNDER Nov. 10, T-U Center 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 TRAVIS TRITT Nov. 15, T-U Center's Jacoby Symphony Hall CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours Nov. 15, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts SPYRO GYRA Nov. 15, 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 TRAVIS TRITT Nov. 15, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts DIRTY BOURBON RIVER SHOW Nov. 16, Underbelly 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, Florida Theatre TWENTY ONE PILOTS, ROBERT DELONG, SIRAH Nov. 19, Freebird Live CONEY ISLAND ROADSHOW, MUDTOWN Nov. 19, Burro Bar STRAIGHT NO CHASER Nov. 20, Florida Theatre MIKE SHACKELFORD Nov. 20, Mudville Music Room JULIE DURDEN, LAURIE McCLAIN, KAREN MAL Nov. 21, Mudville Music Room RING OF FIRE: The 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 CD RELEASE Nov. 26, Mudville Music Room SOUL GRAVY Nov. 27, Dog Star Tavern BONNIE RAITT Nov. 29, 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, 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, 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 THE HOWLIN’ BROTHERS Dec. 13, 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 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, Florida Theatre THY ART IS MURDER Dec. 18, Brewster’s Megaplex 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, 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, Florida Theatre ALLEN SHADD Jan. 11, Mudville Music Room ABBA THE CONCERT Jan. 16, 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, Florida Theatre BLUE MAN GROUP Jan. 21, T-U Center RONNY COX Jan. 23, Mudville Music Room BARRY MANILOW Jan. 23, Veterans Memorial Arena SHAWN COLVIN Jan. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall GAELIC STORM Jan. 26, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall REBECCA LOEBE, ROBBY HECHT Jan. 30, Mudville Music Room MERLE HAGGARD Feb. 1, Florida Theatre PAT MATHENY Feb. 5, 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 BUDDY GUY & JONNY LANG Feb. 12, Florida Theatre DARLENE LOVE Feb. 13, Florida Theatre KENNY LOGGINS Feb. 14, Florida Theatre THE IRISH ROVERS Feb. 15, Florida Theatre TIM DAISY, MIKOAJ TRZASKA Feb. 17, Karpeles Manuscript Museum THE TEMPTATIONS, THE FOUR TOPS Feb. 20, Florida Theatre STEPHEN KELLOGG Feb. 21, Mudville Music Room AMY SPEACE March 5, Mudville Music Room THE KENNEDYS March 6, Mudville Music Room MICHAEL BOLTON March 14, Florida Theatre MICHAEL RENO HARRELL March 15, Mudville Music Room THE BAND PERRY March 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO March 22, Florida Theatre MOORS & McCUMBER March 22, Mudville Music Room GET THE LED OUT March 27, Florida Theatre LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS March 27, Mudville Music Room THE BRONX WANDERERS March 28, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts STILL ON THE HILL March 29, Mudville Music Room JON VEZNER April 13, 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 Josh Miller's Blues Revue 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Yankee Slickers 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Honky Suckle 9:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Working Class Stiff with real vinyl 8 p.m. every Tue. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll & Friends 7 p.m. Oct. 18. 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 Milltown Road Band 9:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Whetherman, Ambrosius 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Schnockered 9:30 p.m. Oct. 20. 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 RESTAURANT & BAR, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Richard Smith 5 p.m. Oct. 18. Hupp n Ray 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Nick Bryant 6 p.m. Oct. 20.


BREWSTER’S MEGAPLEX/PIT/ROC BAR/THE EDGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 223-9850 Kevin Gates, Starlitto, Don Trip 9 p.m. Oct. 16. Mushroomhead, Razorz Edge, One-eyed Doll, Denied til Death 8 p.m. Oct. 17. Smile Empty Soul, Acidic 6:30

p.m. Oct. 19. Artimus Pyle, River City Kats, Pronounced, The Honkettes 2 p.m. Oct. 20. The Casualties, Negative Approach 7 p.m. Oct. 22. We Came as Romans, Silverstein, Chunk? No! Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale, Dangerkids Oct. 24. 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 Chillakaya 8 p.m. Oct. 18. CJ Fluharty 8 p.m. Oct. 19. 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. MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670 Live music 10 p.m. Oct. 18-19. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Sat.


COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Allen 9 p.m. Oct. 17. DJ Mark Mallory 9 p.m. Oct. 18. DJ Smoke 9 p.m. Oct. 19. DJs Jamie McLaughlin & Susan Baisch 9 p.m. Oct. 20. DJ Jean Martinello 9 p.m. Oct. 22.


(All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) 200 FIRST STREET, Courtyard, Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Don "Scrawn" Miniard 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Jarell Harris & Sweet Inspiration 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Kurt Lanham 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17. 4Pack 6 p.m. Oct. 18. 4Play 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Jay DeCosta noon Oct. 20. 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. 17. 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 They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Parkridge CD release party, Myth of Myself 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Built to Spill Oct. 25. GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 Live music 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 3720943 Mark O'Quinn 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Clayton Bush 9 p.m. Oct. 19. KC CRAVE, 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660 DiCarlo Thompson 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Live music 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. LANDSHARK CAFE, 1728 Third St. N., 246-6024 Whiskey Dogs 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Open mic every Wed. Matt Still every Thur. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Something Distant Oct. 18-19. Dirty Pete Oct. 20. Uncommon Legends every Wed. Wits End every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., 246-1500 Mark O'Quinn 7 p.m. Oct. 16. T3AM 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Slickwater 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Jason & Caitlin 7 p.m. Oct. 23. 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 Conrad Oberg, Beau Knott & the Burners 10 p.m. Nov. 1. 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 Cloud 9 Oct. 16. Kevin Ski Oct. 17. Domenic Oct. 18. Ace Houston Keen Oct. 20. Barrett Jockers Oct. 22. 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. 18. Charlie Walker 3 p.m., Split Tone 8 p.m. Oct. 20. POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Be Easy every Sat. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Fish Out of Water Oct. 16. Smith & Dixon Oct. 17. Pop Muzik Oct. 18. Boogie Freaks Oct. 19. 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 Billy Buchanan 10 p.m. Oct. 18. Live music every Sat.-Sun. WIPEOUTS GRILL, 1585 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 247-4508 Live music 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 & 19.


1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St. N., Greenhouse Lounge, Sir Charles, Vlad the Inhaler, Trillucination 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Rhythm Riots, Willie Evans Jr., Master Radical, Self-employed, Cougar Barrel 8 p.m. Oct. 19. It Lies Within, Blood of the Martyrs, Wake the Living, Denied Til Death, Rule No. 6, Make Them Docile 7 p.m. Oct. 20. The Deer Tracks, Matthew, Connor 9 p.m. Oct. 23. Open mic

every Tue. ATTICUS BAR, 325 W. Forsyth St., 634-8813 Citizen Oct. 30 BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 677-2977 Gravel Kings 9 p.m. Oct. 20. DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Brandon 9 p.m. Oct. 17. DJ NICKFresh 9 p.m. Oct. 19. Rock & Roll Karaoke 9 p.m. Oct. 21. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jax Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson 5-8 p.m., Savannah Jack 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Kracker Jax 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Stevie Fingers & Sho' Nuff 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Steve & Ken 4 p.m. Oct. 20. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Roy Luis 9 p.m. Oct. 16. DJ Vinn 9 p.m. Oct. 17. Bay Street 9 p.m. Oct. 19. MAVERICKS, The Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Hinder, Candlebox, Devour The Day, Open Air Stereo 6 p.m. Oct. 18. Jessta James 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Joe Buck, Big Tasty spin every Thur.-Sat. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic 10 p.m. Oct. 16. Karaoke 10 p.m. Oct. 18. UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Lake Street Dive 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Dirt Floor Krackers, Arvid Smith 8 p.m. Oct. 17. Orange Air, Super Excitables, Opiate Eyes, England in 1819 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Swamp Cabbage, Daryl Hance 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Fare the Gap 9 p.m. Oct. 23. Arvid Smith 6 p.m. every Thur. Old Time Jam 7 p.m. every Tue.


MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Blues Lightning 10 p.m. Oct. 17. Wes Cobb 10 p.m. Oct. 18. Jim Essery Band 10 p.m. Oct. 19. Live music Wed.-Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 Schnockered 10 p.m. Oct. 16. Roger That 10 p.m. Oct. 19. 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. 17. The Ride 9:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19. 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.


AW SHUCKS OYSTER HOUSE, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open Mic 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Live music 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Open Mic 7 p.m. Oct. 23. 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. RACK ’EM UP, 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Ste. 205, 262-4030 DJ Randall Karaoke 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., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PREVATT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 2620 Blanding Blvd., 282-1564 Live music every Thur.-Sat. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Schnockered 10 p.m. Oct. 18-20. Live music 9 p.m. every Thur.-Sat.


DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., 386-325-5454 Local talent 6 p.m. Oct. 16. Jim's Jammin' 8 p.m. Oct. 17. 1*4*5 Blues Jam 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Live blues 9 p.m. Oct. 19. Acoustic Circle 2 p.m., open jam 5 p.m. Oct. 20.


ALICE & PETE’S PUB, 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., 285-777 Live music 5 p.m. every Wed., 8 p.m. every Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Bill Rice Oct. 18. Kevin Ski Oct. 19. Live music Fri.-Sat. PUSSER’S GRILLE, 816 A1A N., 280-7766 Mark O'Quinn 6-8 p.m. Oct. 16. Alex Affronti 6-10 p.m. Oct. 17. Pili Pili 8 p.m.mid. Oct. 18. Billy Buchanan 7-11 p.m. Oct. 19. 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 Michael Garrett 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Gary Starling Group 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Paxton & Mike 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. WillowWacks 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Brady 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23.


BOLD CITY BREWERY, 2670 Rosselle St., 379-6551 The Firewater Tent Revival, The Bold City Bandits, Glenn Chandler Project 1 p.m. Oct. 19. KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor 8:30 p.m. every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. THE LOFT, 925 King St., 476-7283 Indie, pop, dance party with DJs Wes Reed and Josh Kemp, 8 p.m. Oct. 17. Josh Kemp spins 80s, 90s & current 8 p.m. Oct. 18. DJ Wes Reed spins 8 p.m. Oct. 19. 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.

Swamp blues band Swamp Cabbage – Jagoda (from left), Jim Devito and Walter Parks – emerges with support from Daryl Hance, formerly of Mofro, Oct. 19 at Underbelly in Downtown Jacksonville. MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., 388-7807 Adam Sams CD release show: Corey Kilgannon, Moonrise Collective, Jenni Reid 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Emery, The Classic Crime, Peace Mercutio, This Wild Life 8 p.m. Oct. 25. RAIN DOGS, 1045 Park St. Henry Nader, Christina Wagner 8 p.m. Oct. 19. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET, 715 Riverside Ave., 554-6865 Dalton Cyr, Immani Love, Mark Williams & Blue Horse Oct. 19.


A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Live music every Thur.-Sat. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Scuttered the Bruce 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Folkin' Up the ’80s Oct. 19. Smokin’ Joe open mic 7 p.m. Tue. CASA MONICA, 95 Cordova St., 810-6810 Lisa Kelly Jazz Collective: Jeff Philips, Clyde Connor 8 p.m. Oct. 25-26. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 826-1594 Supernatural 7-11 p.m. Oct. 18. Gary Campbell 2-5 p.m., Ain't Too Proud to Beg 7-11 p.m. Oct. 19. Vinny Jacobs 2-5 p.m. Oct. 20. 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. 23. Live music every Fri. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Karaoke 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Live music 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19. 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. 18-19, 1 p.m. Oct. 20. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Aaron Esposito every Thur. Donny Brazile Tue. MOJO OLD CITY BBQ, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264 7 Street Band 10 p.m. Oct. 18. Sovereign Wine 10 p.m. Oct. 19. PIZZALLEY’S CHIANTI ROOM, 60 Charlotte St., 825-4100 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar, 3 p.m. Oct. 21. SANGRIA'S, 35 Hypolita St., 827-1947 Mitch Kuhman 2-6 p.m. Oct. 19. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Chillula 9 p.m. Oct. 17. Chase Rideman every Wed. Karaoke every Mon. Jeremy Austin every Tue. SHANGHAI NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 825-4959 Live music Fri.-Sat. THE STANDARD, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 342-2187 The Supervillians, Root of All 9 p.m. Oct. 19. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar Band every Sat. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Spanky 9 p.m. Oct. 18-19. Matanzas Sun.-Thur. Elizabeth Roth every Sat.


AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Piano Bar 5 p.m. Oct. 20. THE ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311 Melissa Ferrick 7 p.m. Oct. 27.


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. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Drive, 493-9305 Live music 9 p.m.

Oct. 17-19. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Dr., 645-5571 A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat.


HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS, 1615 Hendricks Ave., 393-7933 Trivia Night, 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Trivia Night, 7 p.m. Oct. 24. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Dizzy Wright, Emilio Rojas, Marcus Moody 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Prananyam, All Things Done, Primitive Hard Drive, Outeredge, Innuendo 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Little Comets 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Acrassicauda, Bearshark, All Things Done 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Jel, Serengeti, Matthewdavid 8 p.m. Oct. 22. Bill Kirchen, Joey Kerr 8 p.m. Oct. 23. Crocodiles Oct. 26. MATTHEW'S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Pam Affronti 6 p.m. Oct. 17. John Schaffer 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Bella Ruse 6 p.m. Oct. 24. MUDVILLE MUSIC ROOM, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., 352-7008 Barry Greene, Taylor Roberts, James Hogan 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Beth Wood 6 p.m. Oct. 17. Larry Mangum, Charley Simmons, Jack Mentzel 6 p.m. Oct. 18. Gary Starling Jazz Band 6 p.m. Oct. 22. 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 Lance Neely 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Tony Paul Neal 9 p.m. Oct. 19. Live music Fri.-Sat. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., 997-9850 Karaoke 7 p.m. every Sat. LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Highway, 365-5555 VJ Didactic 9 p.m. Oct. 17. Live music 9 p.m. Oct. 18-19. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 1, 997-1955 Brian Ernst Oct. 17. Caitlin & Jason Ivey Oct. 18. Barrett Jockers Oct. 19. Charlie Walker Oct. 24. PURE NIGHTCLUB, 8206 Philips Highway, 800-694-1253 Wide Awake 9 p.m. Oct. 16. TAVERNA YAMAS, 9753 Deer Lake Ct., 854-0426 DJ Night 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 David Luthra 5 p.m., Pop Muzik 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Live music every Fri.


DAMES POINT MARINA, 4542 Irving Rd., 751-3043 Black Creek Risin' Oct. 19. Lisa & the Madhatters Oct. 20. SKYLINE SPORTS BAR & LOUNGE, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Live music 7-9 p.m. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Open mic 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Brie Cecil 8 p.m. Oct. 18. TUCKERS HIGHWAY 17 TAVERN, 850532 U.S. 17, Yulee, 225-9211 Black Creek Rizin 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Mike Miller Band 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Live music every Fri. & Sat.  For a complete list of live music 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 listings. The deadline to submit an event for print publication is 4 p.m. Monday, 10 days before publication. Because of space constraints, not all submissions will appear in print.

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Actor Michael Ray plays the Packers coach in “Lombardi.”  Photo: Tracy Olin

Pride of the Packers

Going beyond football, Theatre Jacksonville examines the legendary coach’s family and faith LOMBARDI 8 p.m. Oct. 25-26, Nov. 1-2 and 8-9; 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco Tickets: $25 396-4425, Strong language; recommended for mature audiences


ne of the most famous men in football, Vince Lombardi is best known as head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s. A commanding personality considered the most successful coach in gridiron history, Lombardi led the team to five NFL championships — including the first two Super Bowls — and six conference titles in nine seasons. Shining a light on such a polarizing character, Theatre Jacksonville stages “Lombardi,” a play written by Eric Simonson and based on the book “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi” written by David Maraniss. “Lombardi” is directed by Jason Collins. “I knew the football life of Lombardi — his on-field accomplishments. I knew the almostGod-like status Packer fans, and to an extent football fans, have with Lombardi,” Collins said in an email to Folio Weekly. “What I didn’t know before taking on this piece was his life as just a man — a married man with a family and a faith. That’s really what ‘Lombardi,’ the play, is about.” Collins, a Lake Forest Elementary School teacher and longtime Theatre Jax contributor, last directed “Twentieth Century” and has acted as well — in “Inherit the Wind” and “Getting Sara Married.” “My experiences with Theatre Jacksonville have always been ones of great enjoyment,” Collins said. “Just to be able to a part of a theater community that cares about bringing the arts to Jacksonville is really special. I’m very grateful and appreciative to have an opportunity to direct and perform here in Jacksonville.” Born and raised in Sarasota, Collins graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and education from Ferrum College and went on to perform professionally for more than 20 years, in the works of Shakespeare as well as a stint with Actors’ Equity, touring with Troupe America, a theater and production company based in Minneapolis. He settled in Jacksonville in 2005.

About a year ago, Theatre Jacksonville Executive Director Sarah Boone contacted Collins to see if he’d be interested in directing a play about football legend Vince Lombardi. Collins, an avid sports fan, replied, “You bet.” “We were very excited to include ‘Lombardi’ as this year’s season opener to appeal to the many football fans living in our area,” Boone said. “The play had a great run on Broadway and garnered lots of positive reviews and accolades. We’re hoping to attract sports as well as theater fans to the show, which will increase our cultural outreach into the community.” The play follows Lombardi through a week in the 1965 season as he strives to lead his team to the championship. Meanwhile, a Look Magazine reporter interviews Lombardi, his players and wife, Marie — hoping to unveil the coach’s formula for success and how he became one of professional football’s greatest. Theatre Jacksonville’s cast for “Lombardi” includes Daniel Austin (reporter Michael McCormick), Damon Clark (Dave “Robbie” Robinson), Lucas Hopper (Notre Dame AllAmerican and Packer Paul Hornung), Alexis Lambert (Lombardi’s wife Marie), Michael Ray (Lombardi) and Matt Tompkins (LSU All-American and Packer Jim Taylor). “Putting a theatrical performance on, where you are painting visual pictures through other performers, is an incredible feeling,” Collins said. “The creative desire of finding the visual way to put all that stimulus onto a stage, entertain the audience and bring the Lombardis to life is simply a theater director’s adrenaline rush.” One of the play’s central themes is the stress that football has on Lombardi, his players and his family. “Basically, the Lombardis were dealing with issues and life pressure that many of us face on an everyday basis,” Collins said. “That’s the great part of this production — showing the audience the real issues of football life in the ’50s and ’60s.” Lombardi, who has been revered for his innovations in teamwork, commitment and discipline, once said, “I would say that the quality of each man’s life is the full measure of that man’s commitment of excellence and victory — whether it be football, whether it be business, whether it be politics or government or what have you.” 


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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. WEEKEND COMEDY Cindy Williams (“Laverne & Shirley”) stars in this show about two couples accidentally booked in the same room, doors 6 p.m. Oct. 16-20, 11 a.m. Oct. 19, noon Oct. 20 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 8 p.m. Oct. 17-19 with adult content, at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach, $10-$20, 261-6749, D.A. HISTORICAL DANCE CONCERT Students perform European-based dance pieces, Renaissance through early-20th 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 RAGING 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, THE SAUCY SASSY GUTSY GALS The St. George Players perform 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine, $15, 829-3168. 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, CHECK, PLEASE A play set in a restaurant within a restaurant, written by Jacksonville native Jonathan Rand, is staged Oct. 20 and 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24 – dinner 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. – at Raintree Restaurant Dinner Theater, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, $39.95, 824-7211, LET’S GO SCIENCE SHOW Professor Smart and Ms. Knowitall teach physics concepts through theatrically based experiments and demonstrations, 10:15 a.m. Oct. 22 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, $8, 276-6815, PILOBOLUS Artist Series presents this international dance company featuring a fusion of dance and multimedia art, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $36-$82, 442-2929, CHARLOTTE’S WEB This children’s story is staged with a unique edge – Charlotte the spider in steampunk goggles and a catsuit – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 25-26 and 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, $10-$15, SOUTH PACIFIC The Rogers & Hammerstein classic musical of romance on a South Pacific island during World War II, is staged Oct. 23-Dec. 1 (doors 6 p.m. Tue.-Sun., 11 a.m. Sat., noon Sun.) at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, dinner and a show $43-$49, reservations required, 641-1212,

featuring UNF Chorale, Chamber Singers and Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at University of North Florida’s Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, free, 620-2878, 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. THE MIDTOWN MEN The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs with The Midtown Men, the original cast of “Jersey Boys,” 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $25-$72, 354-5547, CATCH THE GROOVE Old-school R&B and Motown, 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $10, 240-1009, VOICE TEACHER SYMPOSIUM Kimberly Beasley, JU assistant professor of voice, and Dr. Christine Sapienza, associate dean of the JU College of Helath Sciences, are among the featured speakers at the National Association of Teachers of Singing North Florida Chapter Symposium, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 256-7389, COVER THE TOWN WITH SOUND A Jacksonville Symphony Woodwind Quintet performance is held 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Glenmoor at World Golf Village, 235 Towerview Drive, St. Augustine, free, 354-5547, SATURDAY EVENING JAZZ The jazz series continues 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Sat. with performances by Jarell Harris & Sweet Inspiration Oct. 19 and The Session Oct. 26 at 200 First Street, Neptune Beach, free, 249-2922, 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, DUO MONTAGNARD Saxophone and classical guitar concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Bldg. 45, Southside, free, 620-2878, TRIO FLORIDA Dr. Simon Shiao on violin, Dr. Nick Curry on cello and Dr. Gary Smart on piano perform Dvorak’s Dumky Trio and new works by Hoogerhyde, Wickman and Smart, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Bldg. 45, Southside, free, 620-2878, A CELTIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION REHEARSALS St. Augustine Community Chorus rehearses singers for the show and Handel’s “Messiah” 6:50 p.m. Oct. 22 and every Tue. at Memorial Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 36 Sevilla St., St. Augustine; membership is $25, 808-1904, SYMPHONY 101 A lunch-and-learn session, “What is the role of the conductor?” is followed by a symphony rehearsal with guest conductor Ward Stare, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, 354-5547, $15,



MID-WEEK MARKET Arts and crafts, local produce and live music are featured 3-6 p.m. Oct. 16 and every Wed. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach, 247-5800. 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, DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts and crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 18 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. 19 and every Sat. at 715 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 554-6865, 389-2449, PIGGIN’ & PEDDLIN’ ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL The festival includes smoked barbecue – for piggin’ (eat-in or take-out) – as well as arts and crafts (that’s the peddlin’) with proceeds benefiting 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 served 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Ortega, 389-5556.


ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM & GALLERY Jacksonville University, 2800 N. University Blvd., Arlington, 256-7371, “Hackers And Painters,” an exhibit of twodimensional and time-based works, painting, sculpture and installation by Florida State University’s art faculty Joelle Dietrick and Judy Rushin, continues through Nov. 6. BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY PARK 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657, The Beaches Museum Chapel, originally St. Paul’s By-The-Sea Mission

NASSAU COMMUNITY BAND The Nassau Community Band seeks new members for its 11th season as a multigenerational ensemble; rehearsals 6 p.m. Oct. 17 and every Thur. in Yulee Middle School band room, 85439 Miner Road, 277-1257,, CON BRIO FLUTE DUET Pianist Lynne Radcliffe joins flautists Carolyn Snyder Menke and Gia Sastre for the first concert of the Friends of the Library music series, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, free. 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,

TIM TULLER A Bach program is performed, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Downtown, 356-5507. RE-CONNECT CONCERT A cellphone-friendly concert

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International dance company Pilobolus performs a fusion of dance and multimedia art on Oct. 22 at the Times-Union Cemter for the Performing Arts in Downtown Jacksonville. Photo: Pilobolus Church, is formally opened 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 20. “A Painter and a Potter: Mary Ann Bryan and Charlie Brown,” featuring artists from Mayport Village, is on display through Dec. 1. 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, “Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection” opens Oct. 19 and continues through Jan. 5. “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. 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,” a history of Russia from Peter the Great to the first conquest of space, is displayed through Dec. 28. 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. “Uncovering the Past: Archaeological Discoveries of North Florida” is on display through August 2014. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555, The exhibit “Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner, Connecting Communities Through Language” continues through December.


THE ART CENTER II 229 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 355-1757. A children’s art exhibit is on display through October. 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 through October. 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. 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. 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. The juried theme show “Everyday Stuff” is featured in October and November. 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, palenciafineartsacademy. com. “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 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, 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. A solo exhibit of the late Bruce Minney’s collages is on display 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. The exhibit is on display through October.  For a complete list of art 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 listings. The deadline to submit an event for print publication is 4 p.m. Monday, 10 days before publication. Because of space constraints, not all events will appear in print.



SPOOKTACULAR The annual event is held 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and 25-31 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, , $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. Fantasy Doors, Magical Meet & Greet Streets, Alice’s Adventure, Monster Mash Family Disco, and Harry’s Wizarding World; $100 per adult, $50 per child ages 2-12; kids under 2 free. Proceeds benefit Community PedsCare programs. 886-3883, ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW The classic is screened 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, $20; $15 for members, 396-6674 ext. 226, CASKET FACTORY Jacksonville Historical Society has fixed up the place for a fundraiser, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 26 at 314 Palmetto St., Downtown. Live music, food, drinks, costume contests and Labyrinth of Terror are featured, $50, 665-0064, AMAZING GRACE CROP MAZE Petting zoo, corn crib, live music, fish and wildlife exhibit, 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, CREATURES OF THE NIGHT Young ghosts and goblins wander wild walkways and meet 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., $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, crafts and a Halloween Cosmic Concert, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank; $35 includes late-night pizza snack and continental breakfast; 396-6684, HAUNT NIGHTS HAUNTED HOUSE Apocalypse 3D Haunted House, dusk-11 p.m. through Nov. 2; Carnieville and Dark Fables, dusk-10 p.m. Oct. 20, 24, 27, 30-31, dusk-11 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, prices vary; 246-4386, RIVER CITY HAUNTS A ghostly walking tour, 8 p.m. every Fri. through Dec. 20, starting at 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., kids under 12 must be with an adult; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 17, 20, 24, 27, 31; 7 p.m.-mid. Oct. 18-19, 25-26, RIPLEY’S Zombieville Part II Terror Under the Big Top paintball shooting gallery, 8-11 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26 and 31, 254 San Marco Ave., Old Sugar Mill, St. Augustine, 829-6545, facebook. com/redtrains. Oddtoberfest is 8-11:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 2-6 p.m. Oct. 27; 824-1606, FLORIDA HAUNTED TRAILS Florida Agricultural Museum has 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’ event: crafts, bounce house, costume contest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26, Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach; proceeds benefit Seamark Ranch Children’s Home; 246-4386, THE HOARD 7 p.m.-mid. Oct. 18-20, 25-27, 31 at Clay County Fairgrounds, 2493 S.R. 16, Green Cove Springs, 748-0059; $15 adults; $25 VIP; CORN MAZE A nine-acre maze, 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, $9; free for kids under 2; 5995 Brough Road, Elkton, off S.R. 207, 692-1370,


FLORIDA FORUM The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital opens the series, to benefit Pediatric Surgery Center, with Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown; $200 for the series, 202-2886, SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW The annual event features demos, fashion trends, food and health advice, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville. Admission is $8 in advance online, $10 at the door, $5 for kids 6-12; free for kids under 6 (with paying adult), $5 after 5 p.m.; 800-849-0248, Celebrities include Jessica Robertson (Duck Dynasty), etiquette maven Heather Post, Chef Mike Stevenson, Tyler Secrest and 4AM R&B group. HALLA GALLA Junior Service League holds annual black-tie event, Halla Galla: Neo-Victorian Reverie, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine. Dinner, dancing, live music, open bar, silent and live auctions; $135, proceeds benefit JSL projects, 584-2976, RIVER CITY PRIDE FESTIVAL The fest, featuring Frenchy Davis & the Rainbow Circus, a kids’ zone, food trucks, Intuition Ale Works ales, is held 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Riverside Arts Market, 2623 Herschel St., Riverside, free, HOPE SQUARED Restaurants and specialty shops in historic district San Marco Square, Jacksonville, dress windows and doors with pink balloons to signify participation in Hope

OFheld BENEFIT Squared, a two-day breast cancer PROMISE awareness event Oct. 18-19. Proceeds benefit The Donna Foundation. BEACH BASH Beaches Habitat for Humanity holds its 10th annual bash, to benefit home construction and repair, 6 p.m. Oct. 22, Sawgrass Beach Club, 9797 Summer Place, Ponte Vedra. Live music, free beer and wine, raffles, live and silent auctions; $85; $100 at the door, LAWYERS IN LIBRARIES Pro Bono Week offers free one-hour workshops with attorneys offering guidance on how to research legal issues on your own, 6 p.m. Oct. 22, West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road S.; 7 p.m. University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., 356-8371 ext. 363. At noon Oct. 24 at Main Library, 303 Laura St. N.; 6 p.m. Highlands Library, 1826 Dunn Ave.; 6 p.m. Webb Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd St.; 6:30 p.m. Bradham-Brooks Library, 1755 Edgewood Ave. W.; 7 p.m. Willowbranch Library, 2875 Park St.; and 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Road, COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows: Fright Light 7 p.m., U2 8 p.m., Retro 9 p.m., Vinyl 10 p.m. Oct. 18; $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Cathedral Arts Project, Dalton Cyr, Mark Williams & Blue Horse, local/regional art, a farmers market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19 at 2623 Herschel St., Riverside, 389-2449, free,

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RICHARD LEVINE FWA Clay County Writers hosts local author Levine, “The Art of Book Trailers,” 6:15 p.m. Oct. 16, Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Ave., JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL Jewish Community Alliance kicks off its 17th annual event with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, discussing her new book, “For The Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems,” 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at 8505 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, free, 730-2100, THOMAS VAN ESSEN Author Van Essen discusses and signs copies of his novel, “The Center of the World,” 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026. JAMIE ROUSCH PEARCE Author Pearce discusses local haunted and historic sites 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Ponte Vedra Beach Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, free, 827-6950. MAGGIE FITZROY, TARYN RODRIGUEZ-BOETTE Local authors FitzRoy and Rodriguez-Boette discuss and sign copies of their book, “Jacksonville Beach,” 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Beaches Museum Chapel, 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657, free for members, $5 for nonmembers,


ERIN JACKSON Comic Jackson appears 8:04 p.m. Oct. 17, 8:34 p.m. Oct. 18 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$25; 646-4277, KEN MILLER The comic is on 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, RUSS NAGEL Comedian Nagel appears 8 p.m. Oct. 16-18, and 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $10-$14; 292-4242,

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LET’S GO SCIENCE SHOW Professor Smart and Ms. Knowitall make physics fun, 10:15 a.m. Oct. 22, Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, $8, 276-6815, CHARLOTTE’S WEB The children’s story is staged 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 25-26; 3 p.m. Oct. 26, Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra, $10-$15,


FIRST COAST FREETHOUGHT SOCIETY Joque H. Soskis discusses “The Jobs Are Coming Back, But They’re Just Visiting,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, free, 419-8826,


NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY George and Faith Barbour discuss “The Secrets and Surprises of Cary State Forest,” at Florida Native Plant Society Ixia Chapter meeting, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Arlington, free, 655-2550, CAMPOUT UNDER THE STARS The 20th annual event starts 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 with Family Fun Day activities, a screening of "The Croods" and free popcorn, Jack Russell Park, 800 Seminole Rd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828, OCEANWISE Friends of the GTM Reserve hold the fourth annual Evening for the Estuaries fundraiser, with a silent auction and fare from local chefs, 6 p.m. Oct. 19, GTM Research Reserve's Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, $50, 823-4527, TALBOT ISLANDS Five centuries of Spanish influence are discussed, “Living Together,” 2 p.m. Oct. 19, Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, free, 251-2320, ROOFTOP LUNAR ECLIPSE 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, $5, JAGUARS VS. CHARGERS Jacksonville battles San Diego, 1 p.m. Oct. 20, EverBank Field, 1 EverBank Place, Downtown. Single-game tickets start at $45, 633-2000, 

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then follow your nose. Gators BBQ owners John and Sandy Checked by Sales Rep _ ST Shepherd’s smoker cooks the signature meats low and slow. Located in an old house converted into a restaurant, Gators may be small and no-frills, but portions are generous, and the prices are right. Start by ordering at the counter then take a seat. With fewer than 10 tables inside and on the small front porch area, you may find yourself sharing a table with strangers — but it’s worth it. There are the requisite starters — corn nuggets, fried okra, onion rings and Brunswick stew. The menu’s broken into plates (your choice of meat plus two sides and garlic bread), sandwiches (served with one side), fresh seafood (with two sides and hushpuppies), family meals, an Angus beef hamburger, a hot dog and BBQ salad. With more than eight varieties of meat, channel your inner carnivore. The tender, moist brisket and chopped pork had a nice smoky flavor and hardly any fat, with pieces of flavorful bark mixed in. An assortment of sauces is available, but a special sweet thicker sauce is spot-on (request it from the counter). Our tablemates had the smoked pork ribs which looked — and smelled — amazing. As for sides, I’d order the collard greens and baked beans again, but the mac ’n’ cheese

Perfectly golden on the outside, the creamy corn nuggets pair nicely with ranch dressing.

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was nothing special. Other options include potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni salad, corn on the cob, green beans and crinkle-cut French fries. The bite-sized corn nuggets with ranch dressing were perfectly golden pockets of creamy sweet corn, and can be a side item for an upcharge. An incredibly friendly and warm staff greeted us; one woman with a slight Southern drawl brought out complementary small cups of freshly made banana pudding for everyone. The creamy, sweet dessert was studded with chunks of banana and crisp Nilla Wafers. Closed on Sundays, Gators is open 11 a.m.8 p.m. the rest of the week. Despite its tuckedaway location, diners packed the house on my most recent visit at 11:45 a.m. on a Friday.  Caron Streibich Folio Weekly Bite Club host

Sample cups of banana pudding studded with crisp Nilla Wafers and banana pieces were a sweet way to end the meal.

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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

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


(Locations are Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.)

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.,

Arielle Coutu and Michael Lane of Tapa That in Five Points, voted Best Tapas in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax readers poll, serve up an eclectic tapas menu. Photo: Dennis Ho 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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GRILL ME! all-natural chicken; vegan items from innovative recipes; gluten-free options. $  L D Mon.-Sat. LA NOPALERA MEXICAN, 14333 Beach Blvd., 992-1666. F See San Marco. $$  C  L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 10750 Atlantic Blvd., 642-6980. F See Baymeadows. $ C  B L D Daily MAHARLIKA HALL & SPORTS GRILL, 14255 Beach Blvd., Ste. E, 699-0759. Filipino-American restaurant and market features pancit bami, lumpia, turon strudle, halo halo with ice cream. $-$$  C R L D Daily MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT, 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1A, 821-9880. See St. Johns Town Center. $  Daily TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL, 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5, 223-6999. F Locally-owned-and-operated grill serves hand-tossed pizzas, wings, specialty wraps in a clean, sporty atmosphere. Late-night menu. $$  L Tue.-Sun.; D Nightly


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


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


NAME: Chef Mas Liu, winner of Best Chef in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax RESTAURANT: Pacific Asian Bistro, 159 Palencia Village Drive., St. Augustine BIRTHPLACE: China YEARS IN THE BIZ: 12 FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Sushi FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Fresh wasabi IDEAL MEAL: Pan-fried scallops with garlic and butter WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Dog or cat INSIDER’S SECRET: No. 1 priority is to make my customers happy. CELEBRITY SIGHTING AT PACIFIC ASIAN BISTRO: Preston Pohl CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: I have to try new things every day.

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.


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


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 the Weird Weird Fashion in the Eye of the Beholder

A few still-primitive cultures inexplicably celebrate such female adornments as the stacking of metal neck rings and the inserting of saucersize disks into pierced earlobes. For “civilized” society, there’s the annual Paris Fashion Week in September, when renowned designers outfit brave, otherwise-gorgeous models in grotesque clothing. Among the ensembles witnessed by a New York Times critic this year: a hat resembling steroid-enhanced stalks of peas, a shoe appearing to sprout twig-studs, “a flexible cage covered in doughnuts of black satin” and a pillow clutch with (for some reason) its own porthole.

Bowel Bacteria Treatment Fails

NOTW first reported successful “stool implants” among family members in 2007 (to cure infections such as C. difficile by introducing the donor’s “good” microbes to overcome an imbalance of “bad” bacteria in a relative’s intestine). In 2012, however, two University of California, Davis, neurosurgeons boldly extended the cutting-edge treatment for three patients with a highly malignant brain tumor unresponsive to treatment. The doctors tried infusing bowel bacteria directly into the tumor, but the patients died, nonetheless. Though the patients had given fully informed consent, the school in August 2013 pressured J. Paul Muizelaar and Rudolph Schrot to resign for having violated internal and FDA procedures.

That’s Some Expensive Saline

It’s well known that hospitals charge for medical supplies far in excess of what the products would cost at drugstores, but an August New York Times investigation of “saline drips” vividly demonstrated the disconnect. Though Medicare reimburses $1.07 for a 1-liter plastic bag of saltwater (supplied by a subsidiary of Morton Salt), White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital charged patients’ insurance companies like Aetna $91 per bag. Other hospitals decline to charge perbag, listing only “IV therapy” of, for example, $787 for hooking up the drip.

No Frown for You!

From the world’s cosmetic-surgery capital (South Korea, where one woman in five has had at least one procedure) comes the “Smile Lipt” offered by Aone Plastic Surgery in the city of Yongin, designed to produce a permanent smile (associated with success). The Smile Lipt turns downward-drooping lip corners upward, to allow a persistent smile resembling that of Batman’s nemesis, The Joker.

Outrageous Outhouse Ogler

Among the more repugnant paraphilias covered in NOTW is toilet-peeping — men who set up underneath seats in public outhouses (sometimes wearing a raincoat) and wait for a user to answer nature’s call. In August, Kenneth Enlow, 52, pleaded guilty after a woman found him a month before in a privy in White Water Park in Tulsa County, Okla., “standing with his head and shoulders out of the hole … covered in feces,” according to a deputy. Enlow’s initial explanation was that his girlfriend had knocked him unconscious with a tire iron and dumped him there.

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Patients with gargantuan tumors, but intimidated by treatment cost, create the possibility that by the time they can afford an operation, the tumor itself will be heavier than the post-surgery patient. A 63-year-old man in Bakersfield, Calif., finally had surgery in August, after 14 years’ waiting during which his set of tumors grew to 200 pounds. Bakersfield surgeon Vip Dev noted the sprawled tumors dragged the floor when the man sat and the surgery was complicated by the patient’s shape, which couldn’t be accommodated by the hospital’s MRI and CT scan machines.

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In 2010, Chinese agencies stepped up “birth tourism” packages for rich pregnant women to book vacations in America timed to their due dates — to exploit the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of citizenship to anyone born here and thus giving the Chinese children future competitive advantages against non-Americans who must apply for U.S. visas. A September promise benefit USA Today report indicated thatofmore Chinese mothers now prefer to land in the U.S. territory of Northern Mariana Islands (where birth also bestows citizenship), to the consternation of Islands officials, who’d prefer traditional Chinese tourists instead of the “birthers.” Historians agree that the 14th Amendment birth right was aimed at assuring citizenship for freed slaves.

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Have You Got Change for $1 Billion?

At Hong Kong’s traditional “Hungry Ghost” festival in August, in which people burn fake money on top of ancestors’ graves to support their after-lifestyles, a weaker economy and inflation seem to have upped the ante for the gifts. An August Wall Street Journal dispatch noted the denominations of burnable “currency” sold in stores have appreciated, including one “valued” at one trillion Hong Kong dollars ($130 billion U.S.). Some festival-goers asked, sensibly, how the ancestor could expect change from such a bill if he needed to make a small afterlife purchase.

The Fight Over Jim Thorpe’s Body

The family of the great Native American Olympic athlete and Oklahoma native Jim Thorpe (1888-1953) was so disappointed that the then-governor of Oklahoma would not properly honor Thorpe on his death, one faction of his family moved the body to Pennsylvania, where he had no discernible ties but where municipal officials eagerly offered to name a town after him. Since then, Jim Thorpe, Pa. (current population 4,800), has withstood legal challenges seeking to return the body to Oklahoma, including a recent federal court decision upholding the entire town as a Native American “museum.” One grandson said Thorpe spoke to him at a Texas sweat lodge in 2010, telling him to leave the body in Jim Thorpe, with “no more pain created in my name.” 

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Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19): This is an indelicate oracle. If you’re offended by the mention of bodily functions in a prophetic context, STOP READING NOW. Still here? OK. I was walking in my neighborhood when I spied an older woman standing over her aged Yorkshire Terrier next to a bush. The dog was in discomfort, squatting and shivering but unable to relieve himself. “He’s having trouble getting his business done,” his owner confided. “He’s been struggling for 10 minutes.” I felt sympathy for the distressed creature. With a flourish, I said, “More power to you, little one. May you purge your burden.” The dog instantly defecated. Shrieking her approval, the lady exclaimed, “It’s like you waved a magic wand!” Now I invoke my wizardry on your behalf, though less literally: “More power to you. May you purge your psychological burden.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “You won’t do it at the right time,” warns writer Kate Moller. “You’ll be late. You’ll be early. You’ll get rerouted. You’ll get delayed. You’ll change your mind. You’ll change your heart. It’s not going to turn out the way you thought it would.” And yet, Moller concludes – ready for the punch line? – “it will be better.” Describing your future, I couldn’t say it better. Fate may be comical in the way it plays with expectations and plans, but you’ll be glad with outcome. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the weeks ahead, Geminis could be skillful, even spectacular liars. You have the potential to deceive more people, bend more truths and even fool yourself better than anyone. On the other hand, you also have the knack to channel this same slipperiness in a different direction. You may tell imaginative stories rousing folks from their ruts. Or explore the positive aspects of Kurt Vonnegut’s theory that we tend to become what we pretend to be. Or simply be so creative, playful and improvisational in everything you do, you catalyze lots of inspirational fun. Which way to go? CANCER (June 21-July 22): I’m in favor of you indulging your instinct for self-protection. As a Cancerian, I understand one of the ways you take good care of yourself is to make sure you feel reasonably safe. I want to remind you: your mental and emotional health requires you to leave your comfort zone on a regular basis. Now’s one of those times. The call to adventure arrives soon. Be ready and eager for changes, and the changes that come kick your ass in educational and pleasurable ways. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Who do you want to be when you grow up, and what’s the single most important experience you need to make that happen? What riches do you want to have when you’re wise enough to make enlightened use of them, and how can you boost your eligibility for them? Which one of your glorious dreams is not ripe enough to fulfill it, but is primed to be dramatically ripened in the weeks ahead? If I were you, I’d think on this. Answers are forthcoming.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): At an elementary school festival some years ago, I performed the role of the Mad Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland.” One of my tasks was to ask kids to make a wish, whereupon I sprinkled their heads with magic fairy dust. Some kids were skeptical about the whole business. They questioned the idea that the fairy dust would make wishes come true. A few were so suspicious, they walked away without making a wish or accepting the fairy dust. Yet every single one of those distrustful kids came back to tell me they’d changed

their minds, and each one asked me to bestow more than the usual amount of fairy dust. They’re your role models. Return to the scene of doubts and demand extra fairy dust. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The door to the invisible must be visible,” wrote surrealist spiritual author Rene Daumal. This describes an opportunity on the verge of becoming available to you. It’s still invisible simply because it has no precedents in your life; you can’t imagine what it is. But recently a door to that unknown realm has become visible. Open it, even though you have no idea what’s on the other side. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In Tim Burton’s film “Alice in Wonderland,” Alice asks the White Rabbit, “How long is forever?” The talking rabbit replies, “Sometimes, just one second.” That’s an important bit of info to keep in mind. It implies “forever” may not necessarily last until the universe dies out 5 billion years from now. “Forever” may turn out to be one second or 90 minutes, a month, a year or who knows? How does this apply to your life? A situation you assumed was permanent could change – maybe faster than you imagined. An apparently everlasting decree or perpetual feeling could shift, as if by magic. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “I need a little language such as lovers use,” wrote Virginia Woolf in “The Waves.” “I need no words. Nothing neat … I need a howl; a cry.” Woolf is speaking for you. Be willing to get guttural and primal … trust the teachings of silence and the crazy wisdom of your body … exult in inarticulate mysteries and bask in dumfounding brilliance of the Eternal Wow. Are you brave enough to love what can’t be put into words? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “I get bored with the idea of becoming a better listener,” writes business blogger Penelope Trunk. “Why would I do that when interrupting people is so much faster?” If your main goal is to impose your will and get things over with as soon as possible, follow Trunk’s advice. But if you have other goals, like building consensus, learning important information and winning help from people who feel affection for you, find out how to have maximum fun by being an excellent listener. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The last time meteorologists officially added a new type of cloud formation to the International Cloud Atlas was 1951. They’re considering another one now. It’s called “asperatus,” derived from the Latin term “undulatus asperatus”, meaning “turbulent undulation.” According to the Cloud Appreciation Society, it resembles “the surface of a choppy sea from below.” Though it looks rough and agitated, it almost never makes a storm. Make asperatus your mascot for the next few weeks. You’ll discover something new under the sun. It may look turbulent, but it’s mostly just interesting. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Should you try private experiments that might generate intimate miracles? Yes! Dream up extravagant proposals and schedule midnight rendezvous? By all means! Pick up where fantasies left off the last time you got too timid to explore? Naturally! Find out what “as raw as the law allows” really means? Heck yeah! Question taboos no longer relevant? For sure! Burn away rotting pain with a show of liberated strength? Beyond a doubt! Tap into the open secret at the core of your wild beauty? You bet!  Rob Brezsny

THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY You: Two men looking for love on the dance floor. Us: Two women ignoring as you hovered. We held onto our drinks, but that wasn’t enough to ward off your charms. Luckily, a stranger saw you add spice to our beverages. What magic love spell you intended, we’ll never know. Better luck never. When: Oct. 12. Where: Birdie’s. #1303-1016 BABY GOT GAP You: Sexy brunette with glasses folding onesies like there’s no tomorrow. The determination on your face made me quiver with joy; I need someone like you. You glided toward the registers like an elegant gazelle, wearing a smile that can light up this whole town. Me: Think I found my missing puzzle piece. When: Oct. 12. Where: Gap Kids. #1304-1016 PEGASUS GALLERY’S GODDESS You: Covered in tattoos, eyes to get lost in, tiny adorable hands, buns to die for! Me: Redhead bombshell, can’t get enough, drooling over sexy you. The moment ISU smile, had to have you. Want to wake up to your beautiful face, making you feel special. Be my bite-sized goodness. I adore you. When: Oct. 10. Where: Pegasus Gallery, St. Augustine. #1302-1016 SEARCHING FOR SHARK TEETH You: Digging in the sand, searching for shark teeth; looked as beautiful as I’ve ever seen you. You’re so curious about the world; your curiosity’s sophisticated, inspiring, sexy. I think about you every day; hope I cross your mind every now and then. Wish I was your missing shark tooth. When: Sept. 2. Where: Jacksonville. #1302-1016 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 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 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 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

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Charity Remorse

Two friends discuss heavy topics with a little levity


ou might not think the guy from Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” and “The Joker” from the “Batman” series would make great friends. But if you put them on both ends of a scale, you would have the dynamic between me and my best pal for the last 20 years. I am a walking nervous breakdown and a heavy anchor, while Dennis is a buoy of humor that bobs above waves even in the stormiest of seas. Balance. So when I heard an NPR story that talked about a charity giving $1,000 directly to each poor person in some African village, instead of helping them through charitable services, I thought it had “bad idea” written all over it, and I was upset. I knew The Joker would see the funny side when I told him about it. I reminded my friend of a time before he knew me, around 30 years ago, when I supported a boy in Africa myself, through one of those non-denominational charities. I think it was the one with the Sally Struthers commercials. I am a nondenominational person, so I didn’t want to evangelize others. I just wanted to do my bit. To this day I seldom pray, but 30 years ago, I went through a “pray-every-day-over-every-aspect-of-life” phase. I even prayed silently over my employee discount hamburger at the fast-food joint where I worked. I know a lot of fast-food and low-skilled workers do this even now, and you can see them do it yourself if you keep your eyes peeled. I told the charity to please stop sending me hand-scrawled letters from the small Muslim boy I was sending money to in his West African village. And the heart-rending drawings he made for me made me feel even guiltier for everything I had. I didn’t need anyone “thanking” me for 10 bucks a month I could easily spare. And I especially didn’t feel like I had the right to peek inside this kid’s life, or the lives of his neighbors, just because I was doing a small thing. I did like getting the photos of him smiling as he posed with his large extended family, and the pictures of the waterworks and developments that were going up around their

village gave me hope. Someone told me, “That’s their way of keeping you ‘hooked’ on giving, you know. They make those little kids keep writing letters and drawing pictures to make you feel miserable if you stop sending money. You feel responsible for them in the way that some Native American tribes feel ‘responsible’ for all a person does — for the rest of their life — if they save someone from drowning.” I finally stopped sending money once the Muslim kid got married, in his mid-teens. But the charity kept sending me letters about this (now) man. When last I heard, the small Muslim boy had two wives and eight kids from each wife. That’s 16 kids from a young man who can barely feed himself. Then a few years later, I heard he had a heart-stopping 88 (eighty-eight!) grandkids from those 16 children. At this point I thought, “What have I done? There is no way that any environment on Earth can support this kind of exponential growth. What if each one of those 88 kids has 88 kids of his or her own? Scream! This young man’s entire village — not to mention this planet — is riding for a fall if that kind of thing keeps up.” From that time on, I decided to support only The Nature Conservancy, which buys up the world’s last remaining wild places, coral reefs, endangered rainforests, etc., and saves them for all time — for our kids and grandkids. I even made TNC a beneficiary on my life insurance policy, since I have no kids of my own. I told The Joker — for whom nothing is sacred when it comes to humor — that I felt rotten for sending that poor Muslim kid the first penny. I also told him how dumb it seemed (to me) for this new charity, 30 years later, to be experimenting with giving poor Africans $1,000, free and clear. One African villager they interviewed on the NPR story said that her neighbor had used his money to run off to the nearest city “to buy himself a wife, since his old wife died.” Yikes! The Joker said, “Cheer up. Maybe one of the kids from that Muslim boy you supported 30 years ago grew up to become

one of the World Trade Center bombers. That would mean you are responsible for killing thousands, instead of being responsible for overpopulating a dusty village in Africa, causing an environmental catastrophe almost single-handedly.” I pointed to the patches of woods at either end of the small street where I live in San Marco, and told The Joker, “Seriously, dude. This neighborhood gets noisy enough as is, with kids playing loudly in the streets when you’re trying to sleep, neighbors revving engines as they work on cars in driveways. Dogs bark all day and night sometimes, and lawn mowers, leaf-blowers and garbage trucks constantly shatter the peace with an orchestra of noise pollution. It can drive you nuts. But can you imagine if we added 16 times the number of people in these few blocks of starter houses? What if you added 88 times the number of people in just 30 years — or more than that? The place would be unlivable. We would be piled on top of each other like swarms of ants, and not one of these pretty trees would be here any longer. “I enjoyed that movie ‘About Schmidt.’ It was about a retired, middle-American man played by Jack Nicholson who thought his life was a waste. He couldn’t connect to any of the people in his real life, so he started sending money to poor kids overseas and exchanging letters with them. That was the one true connection Schmidt felt he had to anyone on the planet. I always liked that movie, but when you think about, the film was really about Jack Nicholson committing an act of environmental terrorism on the other side of the world by overfeeding rabbits in a very small cage. He turned some place into a dry, unlivable dustbowl of depravity and depleted resources.” “OK, stop it,” The Joker said, as he always does when I do my Edvard Munch screams. “Just quit it. You know darned good and well that you and Jack Nicholson did a good thing.” “I just think we need to send two cases of condoms for every case of food we fly over to those famine-riddled places, along with the strongest possible Planned Parenthood


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messages,” I said. “We should send so many condoms that people can replace their current building materials using them if necessary, stacking them up for walls and roofs. Then when a man has sex in his condom-crate house, all he has to do is reach into the wall of any room to pull out a rubber. We should reward responsible family planning with money, rather than starting a cycle where thousands of fertile bunnies are kept in tiny cages that can’t support them. You know what happens to rabbits when you do that? They start eating each other, that’s what. Not a pretty sight, but that’s where we’re going.” Pointing to my neighborhood again, I added, “Just a few years ago there were woods all around here. Now you just have tiny patches at both ends of the street. I used to explore all over in those woods when I first moved in. Now you can see right through the trees to the city skyline. Goodbye, country. Hello, city. If the world keeps piling up babies to the ceiling like cordwood, with no sense of responsibility or foresight, we’ll all be homeless pretty soon.” “Well,” The Joker said, “if everyone in the world keeps having kids and piling them up to the ceiling, there’s your building material. Make houses out of children.” This made me laugh and feel better all day. I hope The Joker has kids of his own one day. He’ll make a great, funny dad. (P.S. They knocked down the woods at one end of the street to expand I-95. The Joker was so appalled by the sight of a mud pit where the pretty forest had been the day before that he took pictures and posted them to Facebook in protest. Scream! I joked, “Unless you’re Shad Khan or some other billionaire here in Jacksonville, no one will give a damn what you say about this.”)  Bud Baker

Baker’s science-fiction novel “The Earthling/ Alien Chatroom” was published by Beswick & Beswick in 2012.

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