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18 22 EDITOR’S NOTE Why do people under 30 still start smoking? p. 4 NEWS Community groups tackle education as Duval County Schools’ leadership changes. p. 7 BUZZ Digital billboard in Clay County, rabbit fur at Stein Mart, red-light cameras in Palatka, Mayor Alvin Brown’s pension plan, St. Johns school woes and Yulee Sports Complex upgrades. p. 7 BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Wayne and Delores Weaver, FSCJ Board and Gerald Jackson Jr. p. 8 SPORTSTALK Dixie Blues needs talented women for Nov. 17 tryouts. p. 10 MARTINIFEST Take our Martiniquest quiz. p. 11 ON THE COVER Many smokers switch to e-cigarettes for health reasons, but officials warn the trend isn’t as safe as some manufacturers claim. p. 13 OUR PICKS needtobreathe, Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair, Tap Dogs, The Uzi Rash Group, Col. Bruce Hampton and All Time Low. p. 17 MOVIES “Wreck-It Ralph”: No need for Mr. Fix-It – this animated film fuses gamer cool with a kid-friendly story. p. 18

“Flight”: Washington’s stark performance elevates this drama about alcoholism, but the Hollywood ending diminishes it. p. 19 MUSIC Jacksonville-born rock heroes 38 Special keep on trucking. p. 22 Take our Jacksonville Southern Rock Quiz. p. 22 Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert’s quick ascent and steady glide. p. 23 ARTS Secret treasure of art reveals another side to legendary children’s author Dr. Seuss. p. 29 HAPPENINGS A White House trip was a highlight in Louie Anderson’s career, but political humor isn’t his forte. p. 34 BACKPAGE Why everything you know about the Obama stimulus is wrong. p. 46 MAIL p. 5 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 12 LIVE MUSIC LISTING p. 25 ARTS LISTING p. 30 THE EYE p. 33 HAPPENINGS p. 35 DINING GUIDE p. 36 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 41 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 42 I SAW U p. 43 CLASSIFIEDS p. 44 Cover design by Chad Smith Cover photo by Walter Coker NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012 | | 3

In the Mouths of Babes

Smoking continues its hold on youth and young adults


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hy does anyone younger than 30 start smoking these days? You’d think with everything we know now about the harmful effects of smoking and all the good work that has been done to dissuade children and young adults, relatively few of them would start in 2012. But that’s not the case. Nearly one in four high school seniors and one in three young adults younger than 26 smokes, according to the Surgeon General 2012 report “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults.” At least 3 million high school students and 600,000 middle school students smoke. More than 80 percent of adult smokers begin smoking by 18 years old — 99 percent start by age 26. The 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement eliminated most cigarette billboards, transit advertising and print advertising directed at underage youth; it also limited brand sponsorship. Internal tobacco industry documents were released and analyzed by scientists. At the same time, the prices of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products increased. These and other developments created a sharp decrease in tobacco use among adults and youth. After years of steady decrease following the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, the surgeon general’s report shows declines in youth tobacco use have slowed for cigarette smoking and stalled for use of smokeless tobacco. That is really bad news if you consider that of every three young smokers, only one will quit and one of those remaining smokers will die from tobacco-related causes. And the report states that young people are using multiple tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, which is increasing among white males. Some might be under the mistaken impression that these alternatives to cigarettes are healthier. Hookah water pipes have been in vogue for the last several years, and health experts agree that they are not safer than cigarette smoking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Due to the mode of smoking — including frequency of puffing, depth of inhalation and length of the smoking session — hookah smokers may absorb higher concentrations of the toxins found in cigarette smoke.” And then there are e-cigarettes, electronic devices that produce a vapor inhaled like cigarette smoke. While some claim e-cigarettes help them cut back on the use of the deadlier cigarettes, health officials are not convinced that e-cigarettes are safe at all. You can read more about that in our cover story on page 13. Most young people never consider the long-term health consequences when they start smoking. Nicotine, as highly addictive as heroin or cocaine, causes many to continue smoking well into adulthood, often with deadly consequences. As the overall percentage of smokers has declined and older smokers die, tobacco companies recruit “replacement smokers” from youth and young adults — the age groups in which 99 percent of tobacco use begins. And they’re very good at it. Faced with having to curtail previous marketing that targeted young people, tobacco companies innovated new ways to attract new smokers. In

2008, cigarette makers spent nearly $10 billion on marketing, the surgeon general’s report states. And $6 out of every $7 helped pay for price cuts through coupons, sales and giveaways ($3 out of every $4 of the $547 million spent by smokeless tobacco makers). As you can imagine, teens are very sensitive to pricing. Laws limit face-to-face and vending machine sales of tobacco products to young people, but it’s a different story online, where very few shipments require proof of age at the time of delivery of the tobacco product. Teens and young adults face a barrage of marketing from packaging to flavors to convenience store placement to cigarette company websites that feature video games to social media to magazine ads. All of it is tested to appeal directly to them. Even movies and television shows that feature smoking play a role. We even struggled with whether this week’s Folio Weekly cover made smoking look too glamorous. Adolescents and young adults are the most susceptible to starting tobacco use — and more vulnerable and more influenced by marketing than adults. They take more risks and are heavily influenced by friends or siblings who smoke. Northeast Florida has been a leader in this area with groups like the Tobacco Free Jacksonville Coalition. It spearheaded a Jacksonville ordinance, that was subsequently adopted statewide, making possession of tobacco by minors illegal. First and second offenses include tobacco education programs, $25 fines or community service, but the third offense can mean losing your driver’s license. That’s a serious threat to a teenager. The coalition also tackled secondhand smoke, which led to the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act enacted in 1985 by the Florida Legislature. In November 2002, 71 percent voted for a Florida constitutional amendment to prohibit smoking in all enclosed indoor workplaces. Since the law became effective July 1, 2003, no one ever asks “smoking or nonsmoking?” at restaurants anymore. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, at approximately 443,000 deaths, or about one of every five deaths, each year. Mass media campaigns, price increases and community protections against secondhand smoke help reduce the initiation and prevalence of smoking among youth. But many of these programs are underfunded. Sustained investment in comprehensive tobacco control programs will lead to lower youth and adult smoking rates and, ultimately, save healthcare costs. If you don’t start smoking before the age of 26, chances are you’ll never smoke. So the best way to solve one of our biggest health problems is to help young people to never start smoking.  Denise M. Reagan

WHAT YOU CAN DO • The 37th annual Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15 encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit or to plan to quit smoking that day. • Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition holds its general meeting noon-1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Northeast Florida AHEC, 1107 Myra St., Ste. 250, Riverside.

Separation of Church and State

As a traditional Catholic all my 70 years of life, I am deeply concerned and offended with the Catholic Church violating the separation of church and state provisions of Constitution by blatantly attacking President Barack Obama and urging the universe of Catholic Americans to vote for Mitt Romney, either by inference or tangible subtlety and pulpit politicking. Case in point: This weekend, an announcement appeared in a local Catholic Church bulletin that stated: “Your pastor has put fliers in your bulletins about the 1964 Miracle of the Rosary in Brazil. Just like what is happening in our country today, a Catholic Brazil in 1962 was being taken over by a foreign government …” Since when is the president of the United States a foreign country or an agent of a foreign country attempting to undermine our Constitutional rights? The inference is clearly intended to direct our support to Romney, the candidate running against President Obama and his current administration. This is political manipulation, which is in violation of the Constitution and the IRS Tax Guide that says: “Churches and religious organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” Besides the flagrant disregard for the rights of all Americans, they should lose their tax-free status. I don’t question the church’s concern for furthering our beliefs, but to call President Obama’s administration “… a foreign government …” is disgraceful, disrespectful and way over the protective line that separates church and state. Shame on them! Art Costa Jacksonville via email

First Amendment Rights

The first thing printed in Ron Word’s article “Politicking from the Pulpit” [Oct. 30] is the First Amendment. This reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” The article then states that churches cannot endorse or support a candidate or political party in an election. This rule was as stated in the article created by a law submitted by Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (later President) in 1954. This rule allows the Internal Revenue Service to take away a church’s 501(c)(3) exemption if it preaches politics. The government expects various entities that are completely under the auspices of the church to provide services against Catholic doctrine. The church is expected not to oppose those who created this affront to the church. This is a definite denial of freedom of speech for the church’s leaders. This most important of amendments does not allow for creation of a state religion. It prohibits the free exercise of religion (which should include the defense of a religion from an attack on its doctrine from the government). It also allows for freedom of speech. It would appear the law submitted by then-Sen. Johnson would be unconstitutional. Johnson’s law was basically a coercion of

the churches. He offered tax-exempt status in exchange for keeping their mouths shut. I am surprised no one has challenged the law, in that it requires the waiver of a right to receive a benefit. This basically puts the First Amendment up for sale. Making someone pay a penalty to maintain a right is the same as denying that right. This law should be overturned. Bruce A. Fouraker Jacksonville via email

Big Public Salaries

When talking about public sector salaries [“Executive Excess?” Oct. 23], Folio Weekly left out Duval County Public Schools. In 2008, the district had 33 employees with six-figure salaries. A handful were principals, but the vast majority were administrators in the superintendent’s cabinet. The recession hit, the district cut programs and denied raises, some people lost their jobs and, as we emerged in 2010, the number of six-figure employees had jumped to 47. Again, just a handful were principals, with the vast majority being administrators. Then, in this past year alone, we have created several more high-priced positions, including hiring our own personal lawyer. People might argue that to get the best people, you have to pay the best salaries, but I would be careful in doing so. You don’t want to insult the 7,000 teachers in the district who have had their wages basically frozen for the last few years and who are some of the lowestpaid teachers in the nation. I always thought that going into public service, people knew that their salaries were probably going to be a little lower than those in the private sector, hence the word “service.” Unfortunately, that now only applies to the rank-and-file employee. Those at the top are doing pretty well. Chris Guerrieri Jacksonville via email

Being a Vocal Vegan

John Quincy Adams once said, “A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.” In this case, it’s safe to say that my dad, Jerry Seebol, was either disinterested or unaware of the effects his change in diet would have on those around him. Not that he didn’t plan to tell anyone and everyone, just that I doubt he knew the lasting impact it would make. It was almost four years ago when he decided to become a vegan. Already a vegetarian and a runner, he was enjoying the pursuit of health. He told my family about how great he felt, how great the food was and how much he loved being vegan. He took us to a weird restaurant. The food was raw and cold. We were skeptical, to say the least. We resisted his weirdness, but he didn’t care. He is a loud dude. For the first year, the women in my family watched my dad become slimmer, more energetic, happier and more engrossed in veganism. He was passing around book after book. He would finish one and then cleverly convince one of us to read it. There were books about being healthy, books about losing weight, cookbooks and endless studies. Here is the turning point: I got handed a book about what happened to the animals I ate. Barf. I was an insta-vegan! Not only that, but I handed it to my college roommate when she wanted to know why I wouldn’t order pizza with her anymore. Insta-vegan No. 2 was born. I told both of my sisters. In fact, I told everyone. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far

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from the tree. I began to realize that telling people wasn’t easy. People are mean. They ask questions from a place of resentment instead of an attempt to understand. It still happens today. “But don’t the vegetables have feelings? Didn’t you learn about the food chain? When did you become such a hippie?” I lost interest in sharing. I let the haters kill my excitement, and I rationalized it by thinking it was nice of me not to be pushy. The loud dude has thicker skin. His relentless sharing, over-sharing and the evolution of his own thinking have had a profound effect on a number of people. His parents and band members have slowly been moving toward a more plant-based diet. One of his co-workers has been a vegetarian for about a year. I am still a vegan, and one of my sisters became a vegetarian shortly after I changed my diet. My former college roommate is still a vegetarian. My mom and my other sister became vegetarians. That sister, who is still in college, has made vegetarians out of her roommate and her roommate’s brother. My boyfriend and three of our friends have become vegetarians in the past year. My family now loves that little raw-food restaurant. We just

These people had the courage to pursue the vast knowledge on the subject, instead of turning a blind eye. They stood up against © 2012the FolioWeekly crowd and accepted their weirdness. needed to give it another chance. Today, 17 people have been directly and indirectly affected by a choice my dad made about his diet only four years ago. These are just the people who have been so significantly affected that they have altered their own eating habits. These people have joined the growing ranks of vegans and vegetarians across the country. These people have reduced or eliminated their contribution to the suffering of animals. These people have taken health care into their own hands. These people had the courage to pursue the vast knowledge on the subject, instead of turning a blind eye. They stood up against the crowd and accepted their weirdness. It used to be important to me not to push my views on other people. I can’t rationalize that idea anymore. My dad was open and honest about becoming a vegan and it allowed other people slowly to get used to the idea of making their own changes. For the millionth time in my life, I am going to follow his example. It’s time to get loud!  Andrea M. Seebol Jacksonville via email

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Blinding Billboards In an attempt to be more business-friendly and bring in more money, the Clay County Board of Commissioners is considering a proposal to allow digital billboards in certain parts of the county. At the Oct. 30 meeting, commissioners asked staff to find out how other cities and counties handled the issue, The Florida Times-Union reported. Under the proposal, a company wanting to install a digital billboard would have to remove some of its conventional billboards and pay a $200 fee. In 2004, the county imposed a ban on all types of billboards and said existing ones could not be repaired or replaced.

Whose Vision Will Shape Duval County Schools?

Community groups tackle education as Duval County Schools’ leadership changes


It’s Rabbit Season Several PETA members dressed in Grim Reaper costumes demonstrated Oct. 30 outside Stein Mart’s Jacksonville headquarters, protesting the continued sale of clothing made with rabbit fur. “To satisfy the whims of fashion, Stein Mart is sentencing countless rabbits – who are among the gentlest animals on earth – to a horrific life and a violent death,” said PETA Associate Director Lindsay Rajt. Linda Tasseff, Stein Mart’s director of investor relations, said the company buys only fur that’s a byproduct of meat production.

The Red-Light District Palatka is joining the list of small Northeast Florida towns that will soon be installing red-light cameras. Palatka wants to add four cameras; it joins Orange Park and Green Cove Springs among small towns south of Jacksonville where cameras are being installed. Police Chief Gary Getchell says he hopes the new cameras will change drivers’ habits. If a red-light camera catches a motorist running a red light, the driver is issued a $158 fine. Jacksonville will receive its first cameras early next year.

two-year effort to interview a representative number of residents on their vision for the future of Duval County Schools is heading toward the consensus phase. Meanwhile, a new superintendent and four new School Board members are making plans for the district’s future. In its One by One: Transforming Our Future Together program, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund conducted 169 Kitchen Table conversations with 1,649 participants, totaling 3,900 hours and producing a list of 15 educational themes. Anyone who wanted to could participate in the Kitchen Table talks, which were limited to eight to 12 people per session. In the talks, participants were asked: “What would an ideal community and school system be like in Duval County?” In addition, they were asked what currently works and what doesn’t work in the school system and what needs to happen for the system to achieve these goals. Now comes the task of reducing and refining those 15 themes and melding them into the plans and visions of newly hired Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and his employers, the Duval County School Board. “He is eager to participate to find ways to align our work with the district and his priorities,” said Trey Csar, president of Jacksonville Public Education Fund. The next step in the process will be to hold several community meetings this month to sharpen and focus the plans into five or six themes. In an email, Vitti said he plans to meet with the group’s board of directors in late November “to discuss how the follow-up steps of the forums will be driven by the school district’s strategic plan.” In early spring, the group will convene to begin working on a final document. “This will be the community list and it is

what the community is committed to make happen,” Csar said. “Across all regions of the community, we found that people are energized to be more involved in decisions affecting the future of education and have some very specific ideas about what they think needs to be done,” the group said in its executive summary. Three of the items on the list of 15 themes were heard more frequently than others. They are climate and culture, resources and community support. “Within these, we heard people emphasize their priorities that schools be safe, healthy and positively motivating environments for all students; that all schools have enough resources to meet the academic and supporting needs and interests of all students; and that schools and communities around them work together to support each other in multiple ways,” the executive summary stated. Some of the larger themes include educating the whole child, parental involvement, policy and political reform, fairness and equality, accountability for all, better communications, great teachers, reducing the emphasis on testing, wiser use of resources and greater autonomy for principals. The education fund is asking the community to nominate delegates to a meeting in January to begin drafting a community agreement. Sometime next spring, the community agreement will be presented to the Duval County School Board for its endorsement as an officially recognized set of priority goals for the district. “Change doesn’t happen by magic. Change happens when you put your shoulders to the wheel and push in the same direction,” he said. Former mayor and outgoing School Board member Tommy Hazouri acknowledged the importance of public education to the community, to teachers and to parents and students, but he said the new superintendent

and four new School Board members need a chance to advance their plans. “The Kitchen Table is big enough for everyone, but the educational leadership must be led by the new superintendent and the elected School Board,” Hazouri said. “I think now is the time for the new superintendent and the board to step in and say, ‘We need every stakeholder to be a part of the educational successes we all want for our children and community — but we will lead that effort,’ ” said Hazouri, who is leaving after eight years on the board. Fred “Fel” Lee, School Board vice chairman, said he welcomes the Jacksonville Education Fund study. “I have been appreciative of the One by One campaign as the project elevated the amount of

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school climate and culture. As the focus areas become more specific, I believe that it will be important to work in conjunction with the new superintendent and School Board to align with the full review of the district Strategic Plan in the spring.” In addition to JPEF’s work on education, there are several educational events planned for the spring. Mayor Alvin Brown hosts a two-day education summit to be held Feb. 28 and March 1 and JCCI’s City 2025 will also focus on education. Actor and activist Bill Cosby will help kick off the summit, which will gather leaders in Jacksonville “to help chart the way to significantly enhance the quality of education for all students.” Brown wants to raise $2 million to fund education initiatives. 

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Bouquets to Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver for their $10 million gift to Baptist Health, the largest gift the medical facility has received in its 57-year history. The donation will generate perpetual funding for programs in pediatric and adolescent behavioral health. Baptist Health is recognizing the gift by naming its new patient tower in honor of the Weavers. Brickbats to Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Board of Trustees for giving President Steve Wallace $337,000 in vacation pay – a payout he requested before the board approved his $1.2 million exit package. Under his contract, Wallace claimed 2,052 hours of unused vacation time accumulated over the 15 years since he became president. If you divide it by eight hours per day, it represents 256.5 days, or 51.3 weeks of vacation. Bouquets to Jacksonville filmmaker Gerald Jackson Jr. for being named a red carpet correspondent for the 2012 Soul Train Awards. The awards show, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, is taped Nov. 8; it will air at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 on BET and Centric networks. Jackson auditioned for the job in September at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion Celebration in Orlando. He was one of five semifinalists and was recently notified he’d won the Web vote. 8 | | NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012

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Pension Dissention Mayor Alvin Brown is rolling out his plan to fix the city’s troubled pensions, but so far, union officials representing city workers are less than thrilled. Brown’s proposal for general city employees would require them to pay 12 percent of their salary toward their pension, compared to 8 percent now. For police, the plan would increase employee costs from the current 7 percent to 14 percent. The mayor’s also proposing employees be prevented from drawing retirement until they’re 62. Brown said the plan for general employees would save the city $10 million in the first year and $1.05 billion over 30 years. “In a period of financial challenge, our current retirement system is no longer sustainable. It is broken, and we have to fix it so we can protect the long-term economic security of public safety employees while also protecting taxpayers,” the mayor said in a news release.

Let’s Play Ball Nassau County commissioners have decided to spend $280,000 to upgrade facilities at the Yulee Sports Complex, and the money is coming from impact fees paid by developers. The News Leader, reporting on an Oct. 22 meeting, said the upgrades include two restrooms, fencing and bleachers and septic and drainage upgrades. The complex has football, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts and a gym, and hosts community events like the Yulee Holiday Festival. Commissioner Steve Kelley said the impact fees would have to be returned if they’re not used.

St. Johns School Woes “We’re out of money to build new schools,” St. Johns County Schools Superintendent Joseph Joyner told county principals and school board personnel in his annual State of the Schools speech on Oct. 29. Joyner pointed out that declining millage rates and property values since 2007-’08 have reduced tax revenues for schools by $20 million. During that time, the student population continued to grow at 3 percent a year. Joyner said the county is regularly rated by the state as having “A” schools, leads the state in reading scores and is No. 1 in student college preparation.

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Cleats, Talent, Desire

Dixie Blues need talented women for Nov. 17 tryouts


ne of the great sports stories of the last few decades has been the gradual rise in offerings for women in all organized sports. Since Title IX went through during the Nixon Administration, we’ve seen enforced parity of offerings on the college level. Though such a thing can’t exist in the professional realm, we nonetheless see parallel structures rising for women in almost all sports — everything from soccer and beach volleyball to mixed martial arts and organized football. One of the finest teams in the country is based right here in Northeast Florida — the Jacksonville Dixie Blues. Founded in 2001, the team had dominated four separate leagues — many of which have folded — before entering the Women’s Football Alliance, in which they have been undefeated in regular season play for three years, going 110-8 since 2001. But the organization faces challenges this year: the need to replace some of the best women’s tackle football players in the world. Rocky Brown, the 11-year running back who totaled 800 yards last year — gone! Likewise missing are the Maroon sisters, who started at quarterback and wide receiver, respectively. With these vacancies, the Dixie Blues desperately need an infusion of new blood. The team is holding tryouts noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Lackawanna Park, 3151 Lenox Ave.,

Church, played goalkeeper for the University of Georgia women’s soccer team and has also played professional soccer for the WPS.” Those who have watched women’s soccer understand the specialized skill set of the goalkeeper. It’s one of the toughest, most highpressured positions in sports, largely dependent on the abilities of the rest of the team. It’s this type of trial by fire that drives the best players on the Blues. In many sports, like women’s volleyball, size is a premium. That’s not necessarily the case with the Dixie Blues. On the gridiron, there are roles for all women: 285-pound linewomen share roster space with women who barely top 120 pounds (and who, it should be added, do not play on the line!). In a recent column, I discussed the new lingerie football franchise, mostly criticizing the sport. Bass would disagree with much of what was written. “I think it’s great to see the sport [women’s football] growing throughout the country,” Bass said. “If it’s allowing women to showcase their toughness, talent and abilities, then they have our full support!” The Dixie Blues have yet to land a TV deal. “We would love and welcome that opportunity,” Bass said. “However, it has not yet presented itself. We are currently working with Clear

“I think it’s great to see the sport [women’s football] growing throughout the country,” Bass said. “If it’s allowing women to showcase their toughness, talent and abilities, then they have our full support!”

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for women 18 and older who have “cleats and talent.” If you are a woman and have wanted to play organized football, this might be your best opportunity: the Blues need you. “There is no ‘feeder system’ for women’s football,” said Blues General Manager Brandi Bass. “When someone gets injured, you hope to have another capable body to replace her. It’s not the same as men’s sports or high school football. Elite women athletes are hard to come by, and we are blessed enough to have those in Jacksonville as part of our family.” The women who play for the Blues are a diverse lot. It takes a certain skill set to catch a ball, and a completely different one to catch a ball while running a crossing route over the middle. In the absence of organized football opportunities for talent on the high school and collegiate levels, the Blues draw from disparate sources to fill their roster. “Many of our players are former college athletes,” Bass said. “Our place-kicker, Lauren

Channel Radio, but are open to new ideas, provided they’re within our budget.” A successful women’s football franchise should be must-see TV, either as a reality show about the franchise, or traditional coverage of the team’s games. For now, though, fans can see them live when the season begins next April. The Blues start strength and conditioning training in January, which explains the urgency of the tryouts, as well as why the organization is so successful. These women don’t get paid. They play for the love of the game. They play because the field is there. They play because something drives them to win. “You can teach technique, but you can’t teach talent,” Bass said. Women who have that talent and a desire to learn football should show up at Lackawanna Nov. 17. Something tells me you won’t regret it.  AG Gancarski

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Think you know every conceivable thing about martinis from the original gin-and-vermouth concoction to the girly appletini? Give this quiz a stir. 1. Gin is a spirit that derives its predominant flavor from what? a. Blueberries b. Juniper berries c. Gooseberries 2. H.L. Mencken called the martini “the only American invention as perfect as the ____.” a. Opera b. Sonnet c. Notre Dame 3. What kind of martini does James Bond prefer “shaken, not stirred”? a. Vodka martini b. Scotch martini c. Appletini 4. A dirty martini contains a splash of what? a. Lemon juice b. Olive juice c. Coca-Cola 5. If you prefer cocktail onions (on skewer) instead of olives in your martini, you would order a what? a. Bloodhound b. Gimlet c. Gibson 6. If you bypass the gin completely and use vodka instead, it’s called what? a. Kangaroo b. Agent Orange c. Kremlin Colonel 7. Noël Coward suggested that a perfect martini should be made by “filling a glass with gin,

then waving it in the general direction” of what country? a. France b. Italy c. Germany 8. In 1863, a vermouth maker started marketing its product under the brand name Martini. This product is still available today, although it is now better known as what? a. Martelletti b. Cinzano c. Martini & Rossi 9. Who said “a martini should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously on top of one another.” a. Ernest Hemingway b. Somerset Maugham c. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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10. The name “vermouth” comes from the German word “wermut,” which means what? a. Wormwood b. Wisteria c. Witch hazel

FOLIO WEEKLY’S MARTINIFEST 2012 Sample more than 50 libations and food from The Casbah, CupCake Heaven 77, Libretto’s, Mojo No. 4 and El Ranchito 7-10 p.m. Nov. 16 Touchdown Club West, EverBank Field, Downtown Advance tickets are $25 general admission, $30 VIP (starting at 6 p.m.) To purchase tickets go to Folio Weekly, 9456 Philips Highway, Ste. 11, Southside, or Anjo Liquors, 9928 Old Baymeadows Road, Southside. NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012 | | 11



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s I’ve surely mentioned, there’s only one sure cure for a raging hangover. It’s a combination of 1) a meal of more than 93 percent pork fat, 2) an 83-ounce jug of Coca-Cola — of which 27 ounces are rum, 3) boisterous activity and 4) an entire afternoon watching multiple episodes of “Veronica Mars,” classic “Melrose Place” or Joss Whedon’s “Firefly.” IMPORTANT: Do not attempt to rise from the couch for anything other than boisterous activity. OH! Speaking of “Firefly,” did you know it celebrated its 10th anniversary this fall? That’s right — 10 years … which means you’re OLD. You’re older than Oldy McOlderson, the oldest old-timer at Decrepit Octogenarian Geriatric Old Person’s Home for the Terminally OLD … which shut down 50 years ago. That means you’re forgetful, and you need a quick reminder about this awesome show! Created in 2002 by genius nerd Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) for Fox Network, “Firefly” was a “western space opera” about a freedom fighter (Nate Fillion as Captain Mal Reynolds) who winds up on the losing side of a civil war, and now scrapes by at the edge of the solar system on the “fireflyclass” spaceship “Serenity,” smuggling goods and transporting unseemly clients. He and his roughneck crew pick up a brother and sister team being pursued by the “Alliance” — the huge government entity that won the war, and therefore treat their citizenry like poop. The sister possesses uncanny psychic and fighting abilities (thanks to some creepy brain tinkering by the Alliance), which means the government wants her back … BADLY … and Mal and the gang have to somehow make a living while staying one step ahead of those jerky governmental buttheads. While Whedon’s clever cross between Civil War history and “Star Trek” may have thrilled critics, the Fox execs were baffled (no shock there) and tried to force Whedon to make the malcontented Mal less “dour” while adding “larger-than-life characters” — this was, after all, the same year they debuted the grotesque reality show “Joe Millionaire.” As you can probably guess, “Firefly” tanked, and aired only 11 of 14 episodes before being cancelled. In its defense, not a single new Fox show debuting in 2002 lasted longer than two seasons. HAW!! They’re the worst. However! Thanks to big DVD sales and huge support from fans (who label themselves “browncoats” after the duster worn by Capt. Mal), Whedon and Universal Pictures produced the entirely excellent 2005 “Serenity” feature film, which gave this “failed” show even more supporters to help celebrate the 10th “Firefly” anniversary! And what better way to party than with an all-day “Firefly” marathon (The Science Channel, Sun., Nov. 11, starting at 7 a.m.), followed by a roundtable reunion of the cast “Firefly: Browncoats Unite” (10 p.m.).

SQUEEEEE!! Expect tons of back-story, memories and what the future may hold for one of the best sci-fi series EVAHHHH! Again … SQUEEEEE!! Better start drinking now. If you’re going to spend the entire day watching this on the couch, you’ll need one hell of a hangover cure.  Wm.™ Steven Humphrey

TUESDAY, NOV. 6 7:00 ALL NETS ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE Take a Xanny, drink a tumbler of vodka — it’ll all be over soon. 8:00 TVLAND THE COSBY SHOW For those who don’t believe a Xanny-and-vodka cocktail will do the trick.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7 10:00 FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY A patient exposes creepy Doc Arden (who has the worst porn collection ever, btw). 11:00 BRAVO LOLWORK Debut! A new reality show about an Internet company that makes funny cat pictures. WOW. Now I will kill myself.

THURSDAY, NOV. 8 9:30 NBC PARKS AND RECREATION Leslie and April have a catfight over a dog park! Meow! Meow! Ruff! Ruff! Pfffssstt! 10:00 FX IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA The gang visits a psychiatrist and guess what? Diagnosis: abnormal!

FRIDAY, NOV. 9 8:00 CW AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL One of the models has a complete freak-out while riding a horse, which is really the only reason to watch this show.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10 10:00 TBS WEDDING BAND Debut! Brian Austin Green (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) stars as the aging leader of a wedding band in this new cable sitcom. 11:30 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Host: Anne Hathaway. Musical guest: Rihanna (hot!).

SUNDAY, NOV. 11 9:00 AMC THE WALKING DEAD The Governor throws a surprise party for the people of Woodbury, and surprise! Somebody will die. 10:00 SCI FIREFLY: BROWNCOATS UNITE The original “Firefly” cast reunites and reminisces about one of the greatest sci-fi shows EVARRRR!

MONDAY, NOV. 12 11:00 MTV CATFISH: THE TV SHOW Debut! Somewhat based on the film, real-life Internet daters meet each other to find out if it all goes horribly awry. 11:00 VH1 STORYTELLERS Featuring the fantastic Alicia Keys, sharing the stories behind her songs.

Mandie Garrett, who believes e-cigarettes are safer and less expensive than regular cigarettes, puffs away on a flavorful electronic cigarette.


or Mandie Garrett, lighting up an e-cigarette “feels like being out on a really, really foggy day and breathing the air in.” Garrett is an e-cigarette convert, one of thousands in Northeast Florida, who believes the smokeless devices are safer and less costly than cigarettes and can serve as a bridge to kicking a smoking habit. She switched to e-cigarettes about three years ago for health and financial concerns and has no plans to switch back. “I enjoy it. I enjoy it more than smoking cigarettes. It’s definitely relaxing without the guilt of smoking cigarettes,” Garrett said. E-cigarettes are electronic devices which use a battery and atomizer to produce a vapor that can be inhaled like regular cigarette smoke. They can be infused with nicotine, flavorings or other chemicals. Those who use the cigarette-looking devices swear by them, claiming they have improved their health by cutting back on the use of deadlier cigarettes. “It’s a healthier habit. There are no carcinogens or tar,” said Garrett, 32. “I also don’t get the nicotine crazies. If I need some nicotine, I just take one or two puffs on my e-cigarette.” Cigarette smoking remains a public health

disaster, causing an estimated 28,600 deaths in Florida each year and 438,000 deaths annually in the United States. The annual health cost in Florida directly caused by smoking is $6.32 billion a year, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

than existing nicotine replacement products. They are cheap, they mimic the cigarette experience and they deliver nicotine more quickly and sufficiently to the brain. Early evidence indicates that e-cigarettes decrease smoking desire and behavior, but we’re still

If e-cigarettes sound too good to be true, that’s because they probably are ... Experts are increasingly concerned that e-cigarettes may do little to help you stop smoking – and may actually do more harm than good. Health officials are not convinced that e-cigarettes are as safe as users and manufacturing companies claim. Dr. Gary M. Reisfield, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Addiction Medicine at University of Florida College of Medicine, said in an email interview: “As a means for reducing tobacco-related harms, e-cigarettes hold some promise. “They are more attractive to many smokers

lacking good quality outcomes data.” Reisfield said he has concerns about e-cigarettes, including use of the products by nonsmokers as a starter product, potential overdose with the liquid nicotine products, and the short-term and long-term effects on the lungs and other organs by inhaling aerosolized toxins. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration said e-cigarettes contain cancer-causing chemicals

and toxins, and are largely untested. “Further research is needed to assess the potential public health benefits and risks of electronic cigarettes and novel tobacco products,” said FDA spokesperson Jennifer Haliski. Due to few clinical studies, the FDA said consumers have no way of knowing what types of potentially harmful chemicals are found in e-cigarettes and how much nicotine users are inhaling with the products. Though many e-cigarettes are made in the United States, others come from China. The American Lung Association also has misgivings about e-cigarettes. “If e-cigarettes sound too good to be true, that’s because they probably are. With a dearth of rigorous studies on their safety and effectiveness, experts are increasingly concerned that e-cigarettes may do little to help you stop smoking – and may actually do more harm than good,” it said in a release. Tobacco Free Florida has also expressed concerns. “There is currently no scientific evidence to support that electronic cigarettes will help people quit smoking for good, and preliminary research from the Food & Drug Administration reveals that e-cigarettes contain toxic substances and carcinogens. NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012 | | 13

While vaping on an e-cigarette, Damon Jones shows off the wide variety of flavors available at Smoke City in Orange Park.

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“Tobacco Free Florida also has concerns about electronic cigarettes utilizing candy flavors and the unique appeal these may have to young people,” it stated in a news release. “Youth has always been a target of the tobacco industry, and our department will not sit by and watch,” stated Dr. John D. Armstrong, state of Florida surgeon general and secretary of health, in a news release about the use of candy-flavored tobacco products. “Companies perceive youth as an easy target and develop products like flavored tobacco and marketing campaigns aimed at them.” Shane Johnson, who runs a company in Mandarin that produces flavored juices for e-cigarettes, disagrees and said, “I will not sell to anyone under 18.” There is nothing harmful in his juices that are inhaled by users of e-cigarettes, he said. “It’s basically glycerin, liquid nicotine and flavoring,” said Johnson, who runs fuZionvapor, an online business in Julington Creek, producing such flavors as “Endless Summer,” “Purple Pieman” and “Bob Marley Blood.” With an e-cigarette, users can determine how much nicotine they want to inhale ranging from the maximum, which is 24 mg, down to zero, he said. “Most people, when they start vaping, want to mimic the cigarette and a tobacco flavor,” he said, adding that they often switch to one of his candy-flavored concoctions. “Vaping is significantly better than any kind of smoking,” he said. Johnson expects to see the government try to regulate and tax e-cigarettes, which will make prices go up. “The FDA is in cahoots with the medical community and Big Tobacco,” he said. “They don’t want vaping to become mainstream.” That might already be happening, though. In April, the nation’s third-largest producer of cigarettes, Lorillard of Greensboro, N.C., which makes Newport, Kent, True, Maverick and Old Gold, acquired the assets of blu ecigs, an electronic cigarette company based in Charlotte, for $135 million in cash. “blu ecigs is the best-selling e-cigarette brand, with the look and feel of traditional cigarettes — without the tobacco smoke, ash or

smell,” the company said in a statement. An estimated 2.5 million users spend about $300 million a year on e-cigarettes, stated the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association. One claim by those who support e-cigarettes is that they can be smoked anywhere, because there’s no flame or smoke. Despite that, they are still banned in many places, creating a patchwork of confusing and inconsistent regulations on when and where e-cigarette users can “vape.” In 2010, Susan Kurland, U.S. Department of Transportation’s assistant secretary of Aviation & International Affairs, testified in a Senate hearing: “Smoking of electronic cigarettes is already banned on U.S. air carrier and foreign air carrier flights in scheduled intrastate, interstate and foreign air transportation.” Unlike tobacco products, e-cigarettes are permitted at Jacksonville International Airport and users can vape in the terminal, said JIA spokesperson Debbie Jones. They can be carried through security, but can’t be used aboard aircraft. Carnival Cruise Lines tightened its policy on using both cigarettes and e-cigarettes on its ships last year, said Aly Bello-Cabreizia, a Carnival spokesperson. On some ships, e-cigarettes and tobacco are allowed only in jazz clubs and designated smoking areas. As of Dec. 1, 2011, smoking and use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in all guest staterooms. Smoking is permitted outside on balconies. All spa suites and staterooms are entirely smokefree on the ships Carnival Splendor, Carnival Dream, Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze. Guests who smoke in staterooms are subject to a $250 cleaning charge. The University of Florida bans both tobacco and e-cigarettes on its Gainesville campus and at health care facilities in Jacksonville and Gainesville. However, neither Jacksonville University nor University of North Florida has a campuswide smoking ban and e-cigarettes are allowed. There is no State University System policy. Because of Florida’s indoor smoking laws, Johnson said those using e-cigarettes at restaurants and bars sometimes get a second or third look from the manager or a police officer.

Shane Johnson, who makes flavors for e-cigarettes, shows off some of the ingredients he uses to produce a wide variety of flavor blends for his fuZionvapor product.

“Security will ask. Police will ask. Soccer moms give me a hard time,” Johnson said. “I will not vape if someone is offended about it.” “They produce a heavy, lingering cloud around your head. I don’t want to deliberately offend someone. I do try to respect peoples’ personal space,” he said. Johnson took up vaping to try to kick his 18-year smoking habit. He wasn’t satisfied with many of the flavorings available, so he developed his own company to produce a wide variety of inhalable juice. Many people using e-cigarettes are trying to overcome their smoking habit. Many have tried nicotine patches and nicotine gum, without success. When they’re able to give up cigarettes, “it gives me a warm, tingly feeling,” he said. “I vape all day long. I enjoy it. It’s relaxing and enjoyable,” Johnson said, adding he has cut down by half the amount of nicotine he uses since he started vaping. Damon Jones, 20, an employee of Smoke City in Orange Park, is also using an e-cigarette to kick his three-year-old smoking addiction. “I was coughing up a lot of nasty stuff,” said Jones, who uses vapors without any nicotine. “I was really addicted to cigarettes.” “It’s so much better than smoking. I don’t think I would have been able to quit without the e-cigarettes,” he said. “My lungs feel a lot better.” “I don’t even have a craving for a cigarette any more,” said Jones, who admitted to liking some of the flavored varieties, such as strawberries-and-crème and mango. Jones said he hasn’t had any trouble using e-cigarettes in restaurants or in public. “You get looks. People are curious,” he said. Garrett remains convinced that e-cigarettes have been good for her. “I think they are fantastic. I hope many people tap into it,” Garrett said. “I smoked cigarettes because I enjoyed it. Anybody who smokes is physically addicted.” One of her favorite flavors is atomic fireball. She has seen some health benefits from e-cigarettes. “I wake up and I’m not hacking, not coughing. I don’t have phlegm in my throat,” she said. “I

work out several times a week, and it doesn’t bother me.” She uses the 24 mg of nicotine. She said she also looked into e-cigarettes because of the cost. “I was rolling my own cigarettes. I had to find a cheaper alternative,” she said. “It weaned me off of cigarettes.” The devices are sold almost everywhere — convenience stores, mall kiosks, smoke shops and online. They range in price from just a few dollars to $150. Once you get past the initial investment, it’s much less expensive to vape than smoke, Garrett said. Jones said when he was smoking, two packs of cigarettes would cost him about $10 a day. Using the e-cigarettes, he spends about $20 every six weeks for his vaping chemicals. Johnson remains convinced the e-cigarettes cause no harm. “The best thing is never having started to smoke, but these are the 100 percent alternative to smoking and quitting,” he said. “My research shows my products are 100 percent safe. There are no chemicals, no dyes and no artificial ingredients. All the ingredients are FDA safe,” he said. Jesse Dallery, a University of Florida Foundation research professor, said there is not enough information to determine whether the e-cigarette is safe. “There is a lot we don’t know about e-cigarettes, so saying they are safe is definitely premature. They are probably safer than regular cigarettes, with an emphasis on probably,” Dallery said. Lynnette Kennison, associate professor of Nursing at Jacksonville University and former chair of the Tobacco Free Jacksonville Coalition Inc., said there are too many questions for her to endorse the product. “I have some concerns about it,” she said, including the lack of FDA regulation and the candy-flavored vapors. “Are we bringing kids into it? Kids will try anything,” she said. “It is less harmful that smoking cigarettes — probably.”  Ron Word NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012 | | 15

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Reasons to leave the house this week HIP-HOP THE UZI RASH GROUP

Expect the unusual when this Oakland-based hiphop group goes on. In San Francisco last month, Uzi Rash had plans to perform as The Fall in a Halloween cover show. Instead they dressed as hippies and performed The Doors’ “Hello, I Love You,” according to SF Weekly. Now the innovative rappers are ready to shock Northeast Florida. 10 p.m. Nov. 11 at Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. 547-2188. Photo: Owen Cook


The all-male Australian dance group tapped at the Sydney Olympics, on Broadway and tour stops around the world. A construction-site set puts these talented tappers to work in a high-energy show that’s sure to make some noise. 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $27-$57. 632-3373.


There’s only one place for wicked whirly rides, carnival games and that delicious, but certainly not nutritious, fair food. Throw in live music every day, including the Florida-Georgia Line on Nov. 6 and “American Idol” runner-up Lauren Alaina on Nov. 9, and you’re set. 5-11 p.m. Nov. 6-8; extended hours Nov. 9-11 at Jacksonville Fairgrounds, 510 Fairgrounds Place, Downtown. $5-$8 for admission, $20-$25 for wristband ride pass. 353-0535.


The Atlanta-based singer, actor and artist has no plans to retire from the blues. Fellow blues singer Susan Tedeschi paid tribute to her longtime friend with the song “Hampmotized” – Hampton responded in kind with “Susan T.” The Colonel played a songwriting band manager in “Sling Blade,” and he’s more than earned his cult status. 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Dogstar Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. $5. 277-8010. Photo: BratoGanibe


Raised for a reckoning, the alternative rockers have sought and earned more than a Christian rock label. Formed in Seneca, S.C., and led by brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, Needtobreathe promises an elaborate show. Based on their popularity, it’s hard to call this band “The Outsiders.” 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. $31. 355-2787,


The sugary pop-punk band from Maryland has been ready for the party scene since its inception. Their up-tempo pop-rock sound bounces with explosive energy and the comeback album “Don’t Panic” put All Time Low back on high with its fans after the poorly reviewed “Dirty Work.” 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. $21. 246-2473. NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012 | | 17

Ralph, having grabbed cherries from a Pac-Man maze, offers one to the homeless characters from Q*bert in “Wreck-It Ralph.” Photo: Walt Disney Studios

Gaming for Glory

No need for Mr. Fix-It – this animated film fuses gamer cool with kid-friendly story Wreck-It Ralph ***@ Rated PG


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hat beautiful “Toy Story” premise of what your favorite toys do when you’re not watching has been recoded for the arcade. In “Wreck-It Ralph,” we see behind the screen after the gamers go home. It’s a nightly celebration for Fix-It Felix, the hero of the game. Typecast as the villain, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) has good reason to feel unappreciated. He’s still smarting from 30 years of being dropped off a building into the mud every time Felix (Jack McBrayer) saves the day with his magic hammer. Living in a dump (literally) doesn’t help. Ralph just wants to be the hero for once. The film succeeds, with a melding of videogame homage and Disney heart. Cameos from classic characters, including Bowser, Sonic the Hedgehog, Q*bert, Frogger, Clyde (the orange ghost from “Pac-Man”), and “Street Fighter” and “Mortal Kombat” figures and many others earn Disney street cred. Gamers will be begging for more. Ralph’s quest for glory takes him, fittingly, to a first-person shooter called “Hero’s Duty.” In that world, Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) leads her troops against “Cy-Bugs,” as Ralph wonders, “When did video games get so violent? It’s scary out here!” Then, Ralph’s shortcut to the “Medal of Heroes” sends him on a crash course to “Sugar Rush.” That candy-coated land of racing is where we meet the heart of the film, Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), who is a “glitch” just trying to survive. That doesn’t stop the kid racer from chasing her dream, even if King Candy (Alan Tudyk) decrees she doesn’t belong on the track. As the outcasts team up, Ralph learns his journey to “Sugar Rush” has put the entire arcade in danger of being unplugged. Director Rich Moore (“Futurama” and “The Simpsons”) seeks the balance between gamer cool and kid-friendly fun. We see what Ryu and Ken do after a day of street-fighting and worry about the homeless characters (like Q*bert) whose games have been hauled out of the arcade because they’re no longer cool enough.

(There’s another nod to challenges faced by Woody and his gang. in “Toy Story”.) The rules of this world seem intuitive enough. The most important: “If you die outside your own game, you won’t regenerate, ever. Game over,” Sonic the Hedgehog tells us. The minds behind major animated releases continue to draw upon a new favorite character — the misunderstood (or reformed) villain. Sometimes, it’s an ogre scaring the villagers (“Shrek”) and sometimes, it’s a monster in a closet just doing his business, collecting screams (“Monsters, Inc.”). A more recent twist appears in the form of a supervillain tired of being the bad guy (“Megamind” and Gru in “Despicable Me”). Ralph has his moments playing off this archetype. “Wreck-It Ralph” shows its great potential in a villains’ support group, “Bad-Anon,” with the slogan: “One Game at a Time.” It’s there that Bowser, Dr. Robotnik and Clyde pop up among a group of a dozen classic baddies, with Zangief of “Street Fighter” delivering the best lines in his Russian accent. That scene, the other cameos and a reference to one of the best-known secret codes in video-game history put the film on the

verge of matching “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” as a gamer classic. It ultimately falls just short of that distinction. The familiar reformed villain character and the plot confining the action to “Sugar Rush” for a long stretch are two shortcomings. Viewers will wish the film had taken them to more environments with more game characters. Where’s Mario? However, the visual jokes (the cops are donuts in “Sugar Rush”) and the teaming of Ralph and Vanellope keep the action speeding along to the final battle. “Wreck-It Ralph” is a Walt Disney Animation Studios production, but it resonates with Pixar energy and heart, maybe even more than “Cars 2” and “Brave” did. Executive producer John Lasseter (“Toy Story”) receives some of the credit. Before the film, audiences can catch the seven-minute “Paperman,” a black-and-white short that mixes hand-drawn and computergenerated animation and gives new meaning to the term “paper pusher,” as a lonely young man searches for the girl of his dreams, and fate steps in to help.  David Johnson

Gamer Achievements “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” (2010): Scott’s (Michael Cera) quest to date Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) requires him to ddefeat efeat her seven sev evil exes. The movie struggled at the box office, but with sound effects and references from “Legend of Zelda,” “Final Fantasy” and many, many others, it holds a special place in gamers’ hearts.

“The Wizard” (1989): Corey (Fred Savage) breaks his half-brother Jimmy out of an institution and helps him reach the video game me cchampionships, hampionships “Video Armageddon.” The movie does a good job of plugging Nintendo products. Christian Slater and Beau Bridges make appearances, but the real star was the debut of “Super Mario Bros. 3” in the U.S.

“The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” (2007): The documentary pits Steve Wiebe, in pursuit of the “Donkey Kong” world record, against cocky Billy Mitchell. Wiebe, a laid-off Boeing coock cky ky gamer ga M engineer, faces a tough climb to convince recordkeepers his high score is legitimate.

“The Last Starfighter” (1984): The film plays off the ultimate gamer dream: Hours perfecting your joystick moves might result in a chance to save the save the universe. universee AAlex l Rogan (Lance Guest) plays the reluctant hero who battles the Ko-Dan Empire.

Denzel Washington’s performance in “Flight” will put him on the short list for Best Actor nominations during award season. Photo: Paramount Pictures

High and Lows

Washington’s stark performance elevates this drama about alcoholism, but the Hollywood ending diminishes it FLIGHT

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hough the flight in question is one of the most dramatic and compelling scenes, “Flight” is not a movie about flying or about crashing. It is a movie about alcoholism. The crash occurs early and it’s riveting. When the fictional South Jet Air commercial jet malfunctions, Denzel Washington’s Capt. Whip Whitaker comes out of a nap, takes control and does an amazing job of bringing the plane down with limited loss of life in one of the most realistic airplane crash sequences on film. Watching the movie’s trailers and advertisements, you may well think “Flight” is about society first elevating someone to hero status and then excoriating him for being a less-than-perfect person who drank indiscreetly the night before he flew. It’s not. In the first few minutes, we see that Whip is drunk and that he uses cocaine to boost himself enough to get through the day. Any doubts we might have about this being a one-night mistake are dashed when he secretly helps himself to more alcohol on board. Whip Whitaker is a functional alcoholic and his crew knows it; even his new co-pilot Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty) can see Whip is under the influence. It’s also clear he’s estranged from his ex-wife and son and has no meaningful relationships with those around him. After the crash, the notion of Whip as a hero is something we only hear from others. His longtime friend and now-union president Charlie Anderson (Bruce Greenwood), visiting Whip in the hospital, wakes him up to tell him he’s considered a hero, and others mention it throughout the story. But Whip never embraces the role thrust upon him and spends the film running from the news media types, who zealously pursue

Alcoholics in Film THE LOST WEEKEND (1945) Ray Milland won an Academy Award for his work in one of Hollywood’s first real attempts to frankly portray the life of an alcoholic. DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962) Strong performances by Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick (both received Oscar nominations) drive this cautionary tale about heavy drinking turning into alcoholism. WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLFF? (1966) Alcohol fuels a night of revelations for an aging

him for interviews in an effort to anoint Whip with hero status. Instead, the pilot maintains a low profile as he tries to deal with the emotional impact of the crash and what it reveals to him about himself. In the hospital, he meets Nicole (Kelly Reilly), a recovering heroin addict, and for a time it looks like this might be a film about two lost souls finding each other. But, to its credit, the movie doesn’t give an easy answer to Whip’s addiction. “Flight” takes us on his rollercoaster as he goes through periods of attempted reform followed by drunken binges, periods of him showing kindness, followed by moments when he’s cruel to those who try to help him. Meanwhile, it becomes clear to investigators and the airline that Whitaker cannot be labeled a hero, because he was drunk and had cocaine in his system. Charlie Anderson brings in attorney Hugh Lang (Don Cheadle) for damage control. And he does an exceptional job, leaving open the prospect that they might actually have a chance to save Whip and his career. Saving the troubled addict involves him saving himself, which is not something that comes easily to a man who’s spent 20 years in denial about the severity of his alcoholism. Washington’s excellent performance, the latest in a long line (“Glory,” “Malcolm X,” “The Hurricane”), will put him on the short list for an Academy Award nomination. The cast around him is also strong, including Greenwood, Cheadle, Reilly and John Goodman, in one of those over-the-top roles he does so well, this time as Whip’s friend, neighbor and cocaine supplier Harling Mays. “Flight” is an engaging story and no doubt audiences will leave satisfied, but it has a Hollywood ending that takes away from the overall impact of an often stark look at the dark side of addiction.  John Hoogesteger

couple hosting a younger couple for dinner. The film received 13 Academy Award nominations and five Oscars. LEAVING LAS VEGAS (1995) Nicolas Cage stars as alcoholic Ben Sanderson, who comes to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. Cage won Best Actor and the film was nominated for Best Actress, Director and Screenplay. AFFLICTION (1997) James Coburn won a Best Supporting Actor award for his work as the lifelong drunken father and Nick Nolte was nominated for his role as the drunk son, in a look at the generational aspect of alcoholism. NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012 | | 19

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NOW SHOWING ALEX CROSS **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Tyler Perry is no Morgan Freeman, but he does a respectable job as Cross, the hero of 19 bestselling thrillers by James Patterson. Cross matches wits with Picasso, a paid assassin of superior skill who’s killing the top officers of a corporation. Cross’ first encounter with Picasso, in a Detroit office tower, is a solid action sequence, but it’s standard cop fare after that, with a Scooby-Doo ending only Velma could’ve solved. ARGO ***G Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre Ben Affleck directs and stars as CIA operative Tony Mendez, acknowledged as the agency’s top agent when it comes to “exfiltration,” the art of extracting people caught in places they cannot escape. “Argo” succeeds because director Affleck focuses on the journey, not the outcome, to create a taut political thriller. Many familiar faces – John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Kyle Chandler, Bryan Cranston, Victor Garber – deliver strong performances in this ensemble effort. CHASING MAVERICKS **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Real-life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (newcomer Jonny Weston) seeks the help of a veteran surfer (Gerard Butler) to take on the mythical Mavericks surf break. Though the wave footage will blow away viewers, the disappointing script and acting will leave many wiped out.

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CLOUD ATLAS ***G Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving and based on British author David Mitchell’s award-winning 2004 novel, the film takes six different stories and builds them into a single experience. It can’t be labeled as drama, mystery, comedy, thriller or science-fiction, as it manages to be all of these at once. “Cloud Atlas” is a commitment, at almost three hours long, and the complex plotting and storytelling demand constant attention, but the payoff is worth the effort.

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Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue. FRANKENWEENIE ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Tim Burton’s black-and-white animated film pays an earnest, warm-hearted homage to classic horror icons. Telling a story deeply rooted in sentimentality, the high-quality 3D stopmotion animation looks crisp and clear. It has some genuinely funny moments, and it’s a bit wicked in its own way. Horror aficionados will like it, and it’s kid-friendly, too. FUN SIZE **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. A sarcastic high-school senior (Victoria Justice of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”) can’t wait for college and some distance from her dysfunctional family. A night spent watching her little brother on Halloween turns into the expected misadventure. The tween comedy tries to be all things – kiddie fun and (at times) tasteless for older folks – but the sweetness never truly satisfies. HERE COMES THE BOOM **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Biology teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James) begins moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his school’s music program and save the job of a fellow teacher (Henry Winkler). James’ charm and the inspirational tale will resonate with some, but that ridiculous yet predictable plot will slam others down for the count. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3D **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theater, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach The animated monster mash delivers slapstick and fart jokes. It’s too crude for kids and too crass for most adults. With Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), Frankenstein (Kevin James), Jonathan (Andy Samberg) and Mavis (Selena Gomez),

the comedy ultimately wastes the cast’s considerable talents. This horror spoof overstays its welcome. LOOPER **** Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues In 2074, time travel is invented but illegal, and criminals send people back in time to be killed by loopers. When old Joe (Bruce Willis) goes back to 2044 to stop a mysterious figure known in the future as The Rainmaker, he discovers he’s being chased by his younger self, looper Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Sun-Ray Cinema Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA makes his directorial debut and plays the iron-fisted title character with Oscar-winner Russell Crowe as a mercenary and Lucy Liu as a brothel madam. Since arriving in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith is forced to create elaborate tools for destruction. As the clan war grows, the blacksmith joins a group of heroes to protect the villagers. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. She’s back. Katie Featherston, the first film’s star who had cameos in the next two, returns. It’s the story of a possessed Katie and kidnapped Hunter after they disappeared at the end of “PA2.” Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost direct. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Director Stephen Chbosky adapts his novel of socially awkward high school freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman), who eventually makes friends with two seniors. Sam (Emma Watson) and her step-brother Patrick (Ezra Miller) take Charlie under their wing in a classic tale of growing up while dealing with love, death, fear, conformity and angst. PITCH PERFECT ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre

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St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Beca (Anna Kendrick) arrives at a new college and joins an a cappella group that proves to be a mix of the sweetest and meanest women on campus. Don’t expect much originality in the story, as you’ll see elements of “Bring It On.” The tonguein-cheek tone and enthusiastic cast, with hilarious supporting help from Elizabeth Banks, keep the energy high. SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS ***@ Rated R • Regal Beach Blvd. Alcoholic screenwriter Marty (Colin Farrell) is struggling to start a screenplay he’s named “Seven Psychopaths.” His pal Billy (Sam Rockwell, typically unhinged and funny) works with partner Hans (Christopher Walken) to kidnap wealthy people’s dogs, then return them later to collect reward money. Billy and Hans get in trouble when they dognap a Shih Tzu owned by a gangster (Woody Harrelson). SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D *@@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss and Malcolm McDowell star in a film adaptation of the horror video game. On the eve of her 18th birthday, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. She and her father (Bean) have been on the run for years, and this new revelation leads her into a demonic world. SINISTER ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. A horror film like this is a bit of an anomaly. It’s headlined by a former Oscar nominee (Ethan Hawke) and features two surprising cameos (former U.S. Senator Fred D. Thompson and Vincent D’Onofrio). Not entirely unpredictable, “Sinister” is nonetheless creepy and mostly effective, thanks to Hawke’s performance and Scott Derrickson’s solid direction. TAKEN 2 *@@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. After saving his daughter (in the original “Taken”), retired government agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) must use his skills again when he and his wife are taken hostage during a family vacation in Istanbul. Here’s guessing the Mills family might try a “staycation” next year. WRECK-IT RALPH ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theater, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue.

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LAST CALL AT THE OASIS This documentary, written and directed by Jessica Yu, deals with the world’s water crisis, beginning with Las Vegas, which has been allowed to grow more that it should because of lack of water. Erin Brockovich-Ellis, who is still fighting hexavalent chromium pollution in Midland, Texas, is featured. 360 With a cast of international stars, including Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Ben Foster, “360” is a dramatic thriller that weaves people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships. Fernando Meirelles (“City of God,” “The Constant Gardener”) directs. It’s written by Peter Morgan, who wrote “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon.” 

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1. Which Jacksonville Southern rock band formed first? a. The Allman Brothers Band b. Lynyrd Skynyrd c. 38 Special 2. How many Van Zant brothers are there? a. 5 b. 4 c. 3 3. Which Lynyrd Skynyrd member was also in 38 Special? a. Larry Junstrom b. Gary Rossington c. Johnny Colt 4. Which of these Skynyrd members was NOT also in Blackfoot? a. Rickey Medlocke b. Peter Keys c. Greg T. Walker 5. Where did Lynyrd Skynyrd get its name? a. A high school security guard b. A high school P.E. teacher c. A high school music teacher 6. Which 38 Special member recorded a video for the Jacksonville Jaguars that’s played at home games? a. Don Barnes b. Danny Chauncey c. Donnie Van Zant 7. In what year did three Lynyrd Skynyrd members die in a plane crash? a. 1977 b. 1978 c. 1979 8. Ronnie Van Zant was buried in Orange Park, but now rests in another Northeast Florida cemetery. Which one? a. Evergreen Cemetery b. Oaklawn Cemetery c. Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery 9. Which Jacksonville band’s debut album was Ronnie Van Zant supposed to produce before passing away? a. 38 Special b. Molly Hatchet c. Limp Bizkit 10. Who’s the only original member of Skynyrd still left in the band today? a. Gary Rossington b. Mark Matejka c. Johnny Colt

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n the Jacksonville-born Southern rock pantheon, 38 Special falls just behind The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd and just ahead of Blackfoot and Molly Hatchet. But 38 Special realized early on that they’d have to tweak their sound to stand out. So even though the 1981 album “WildEyed Southern Boys” featured a decidedly hell-raising title, it also trended toward a mainstream, arena-rock sound. Lead single “Hold On Loosely” was the band’s first No. 1 Billboard hit, its main draw coming from the combination of Don Barnes’ falsetto vocals and the triple guitar attack of Barnes, Donnie Van Zant and Jeff Carlisi. Barnes described the winning formula to Folio Weekly as “muscle and melody,” and it continues to work — since the band’s last chart-topper, 1989’s “Second Chance,” they’ve released only four new albums. But they continue to be an impressive live draw, selling out stadiums, casinos and theaters worldwide.

Folio Weekly: Take us back to 38 Special’s beginnings, Don. What were those early days like in Jacksonville? Don Barnes: Since Jacksonville’s a Navy town, everybody played sailor clubs — Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Molly Hatchet. When you’re 15 years old making $150 a week, that’s pretty good! So we’d play the hits of the day, learning the structures of songs; at the time, we didn’t realize we were laying the foundation for the fundamentals of songwriting. You start seeing how there’s a certain craft to putting together songs: an A section, a B section, a ramp up near the chorus, a bridge. ... You start

seeing how those elements make for radioworthy songs. F.W.: What came next? D.B.: Then you get cocky and start thinking, “I can write my own songs.” That’s when you go starve for 10 years. [Laughs.] It’s not really something I highly recommend. But the foundation was laid at an early age. There was also a lot of camaraderie in those days. We went to school with the Skynyrd guys and Ronnie Van Zant was a big mentor for the band. He was four years older than us and told us to stay hungry, to not try and be a clone of anybody else, and to always try and put your

sandwiches, living four guys to a hotel room. … When you suffer like that, it builds a lot of character — you’re able to celebrate the highs and the lows together. F.W.: The highs came in quick succession after 1981’s “Hold On Loosely” hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. D.B.: They did. We ran into our producer Rodney Mills when we recently got inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and he said, “It’s funny — those little songs that we cobbled together 25 years ago are still being played across the country every day.” That’s really a surprise that we hadn’t anticipated. We

“It’s funny – those little songs that we cobbled together 25 years ago are still being played across the country every day.” That’s really a surprise that we hadn’t anticipated. We were the flavor of the week in the ’80s, but our goal was always to create longevity. own truth in the songs — that way, your truth couldn’t be denied. And he was right.

were the flavor of the week in the ’80s, but our goal was always to create longevity.

F.W.: So how did you guys stand out? D.B.: We started out trying to copy what had come before us before realizing it’d already been done by the best. So we were able to look inward and see that we were more influenced by British invasion groups. We call it “muscle and melody” — the snarl of the in-your-face guitars with a good melody and story on top of it. It’s a simple formula, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

F.W.: How have you been able to persevere? D.B.: We’ve always had an explosive live show, so we go out there and create a big party atmosphere, lining up our 16 hit songs like artillery and just shooting ’em down. It’s like a graph — we bring the audience up with a big opening peak, give ’em a little break in the middle and then do a big finish where we leave ’em screaming. It’s instant gratification to bring joy to people every night. It’s inevitable that you’re going to fail at first, however. Only 5 percent of what we’ve done has been a success — the other 95 percent is a struggle. But it’s that 5 percent that pays off. 

F.W.: It took a while for that formula to catch on, though, right? D.B.: When we started out, we were a brotherhood. A band is a self-support group — a gang, almost. So we suffered, living on $2.50 a day, eating peanut-butter-and-jelly

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teve Forbert’s early career trajectory reads like an American allegory: Country boy from Mississippi splits his dead-end truckdriving job for New York City, makes his name by performing in subway stations, gets discovered by CBS Records while performing at the celebrated nightclub CBGB and scores a Shakespeare-inspired Top 10 hit that, 30 years later, still sounds like an irresistible burst of folksy energy. The part that doesn’t particularly fit in with fable is what came next — several years of record label disputes, managerial fiascos and lawsuits that should have torpedoed Forbert’s career. Instead, those tribulations only solidified Forbert’s role as a wizened American troubadour. His songs, from 1980’s “Romeo’s Tune” to this year’s “Over With You,” cut so close to the emotional bone that listening to them is equal parts prophetic and pleasurable. And three decades after he first chased the singersongwriter dream to the streets of New York City, Forbert’s live performances are nakedly straightforward in a way that still feels revelatory.

F.W.: Your new album, “Over With You,” came out in September. How has the reception been — and, after all these years, do you even pay attention? S.F.: Oh, man, I read the interviews and reviews, and they’ve all been really good. I can’t honestly tell you that we’ve exploded [into] a whole new audience, because I just don’t have that much visibility. I would love the point-ofpurchase placement of the new Carole King/ James Taylor live [album], but I’m far from it. We haven’t sold a lot of records, but the people who are listening do like it, and the reviews have been the best I’ve gotten in years. F.W.: At the beginning of your career, you had a big hit with “Romeo’s Tune” and major-label contracts with CBS and Columbia Records. Have you been happy toiling far below that level of success since? S.F.: Yeah, because I like playing music. The traveling is demanding, we have airport

security, and I have a 17-year-old daughter that I’d like to be at home with a bit more. But songwriting is a challenge that’s always there. You don’t master songwriting. You only try to get good at it and keep at it. F.W.: Has your songwriting process changed much over the years? S.F.: Writing good songs is a real challenge. I don’t see how Bob Dylan can write anything, as busy as he must be. It’s more work as you get older; you don’t have that time like when you’re in your early 20s and the phone doesn’t ring — or maybe you don’t even have a phone. So it doesn’t come as easy. You have to work at it, whereas there might have been a time when you didn’t have many other distractions in life, so complete songs just came to you in an hour. That’s pretty rare for me now.

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F.W.: Has your songwriting become more personal as you’ve gotten older? S.F.: I can’t say that it has, really, because it always has been personal. I come from the Jackson Browne singer-songwriter school of chronicling all that stuff through the years, and it’s no different as I get older. I’ve written songs that take pretty hard looks at the paradoxes and contradictions of middle age, so it’s not like I’m in a reflective period now. F.W.: Your live performances have also been quite personal and intimate. S.F.: Not many people can make a personal connection on a large scale. A concert can be extremely spontaneous if you let it, and I like to let it. The people who are there to hear me are already a select group, so I can usually have a lot of fun and be very candid. That’s what keeps it interesting. I couldn’t do a Broadway play, where you do the same thing every day. How terrible.

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F.W.: May we assume that after 35 years on the road, you’ve visited Florida few times? What’s your favorite part? S.F.: Florida has Burger Kings and all that, but it really feels like you’re getting away from it all. There’s a park in Tampa called Lettuce Lake that has boardwalks out over a river and a lagoon that’s fantastic. There are herons and turtles, and it costs a dollar. It’s like, “Wow — this is the best dollar you can spend in Florida.”  Nick McGregor NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012 | | 23


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DR. DOG and COTTON JONES The indie rockers take the stage 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. $16. 246-2473. THE PROJECTION, CURSE, HUSERE GRAV, MREOW, TRAVIS JOHNSON, JAMISON WILLIAMS The pop punk band continues its Set the Stage on Fire Tour Nov. 7 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown. 353-4686. DAVID MASSENGILL The folksinger grabs the mic 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at European Street, 1704 San Marco Boulevard, San Marco. $15. 398-9500. CARRIE NATION & THE SPEAKEASY The band combines a mix of bluegrass, punk and circus tunes 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. BEAR CREEK MUSIC FEST: UMPHREY’S McGEE, SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS, ZACH DEPUTY, IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK The music fest kicks off Nov. 8-11 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 98th Dr., Live Oak. $50-$180. (386) 364-1683. SPADE McQUADE Tailgate with Spade 5-8 p.m. Nov. 8 at Fionn MacCool’s, Ste. 176, 2 Independent Drive, Jax Landing. 374-1247. TRAILER CHOIR The country band plays 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Mavericks, 2 Independent Drive, Jax Landing. $15. 356-1110. ALL TIME LOW, THE SUMMER SET, THE DOWNTOWN FICTION, HIT THE LIGHTS The pop punk bands play Nov. 9 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. $21. 246-2473. RICKIE LEE JONES From reggae to pop, Jones sings her hits 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $61. 209-0367. KIM RETEGUIZ & THE BLACK CAT BONES The blues band plays 9:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Mojo Kitchen BBQ Pit & Blues Bar, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. $5. 247-6636. THE CRUXSHADOWS, VOLTAIRE, PETER PEPPER, BATSAUCE & LADY DAISEY, PATEN LOCKE, GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE Movement Magazine’s 20th anniversary party 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $20. 223-9850. kLoB The soul band gets its groove on Nov. 9 at Kala, 331 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. 356-6455. THIS ARMISTICE, GREY FOX, GLASS APOSTLE, LUKE DOWLER The rockers go on Nov. 9 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. $10. 388-7807. STEVE FORBERT, CARRIE RODRIGUEZ The singer-songwriters



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DANCE GAVIN DANCE Blues guitar maestros Buddy Guy (pictured) and Jonny Lang share the stage Nov. 10 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre. are on 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $30, $35. 209-0399. NEEDTOBREATHE, GOOD OLD WAR The alternative rockers perform 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. $31. 355-2787. BUDDY GUY and JONNY LANG The blues guitarists appear 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine. $35-$69.50. 209-0367. PETRA (CLASSIC LINEUP) and OCTOBER GLORY The Christian rock pioneers go on 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill. $23. 388-7807. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE Local rockers play Nov. 10 at Mayport Tavern, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 270-0801. JON PARDI, FRANKIE BALLARD, MISS WILLIE BROWN The

country singer-songwriter plays 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at Mavericks, Jax Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. $15. 356-1110. PRIMITIVE HARD DRIVE This eclectic rock band performs 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $8. 398-7496. SALUTE: VETERAN’S DAY PICNIC & AMERICANA MUSICFEST Will Pearsall, Evans Acoustic Trio, Wildshiners, Longfellow, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, The O.C. Band, Feral Swine Experiment, Yankee Slickers and Love Chunk perform 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. 356-1110. COL. BRUCE HAMPTON, RET. The Atlanta-based musician brings the blues 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. $5. 277-8010.


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PASSAFIRE SIDEREAL UPCOMING SHOWS 12-22:  Sweet Lu CD Releaese Party 12-28:  The Waiting (Tom Petty trib) 1-4:    Greensky Bluegrass 1-5:    Bruised Grass 1-17:   Galactic feat Corey Glover 2-24:   Dark Star Orchestra

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LADIES WITH LYRICS The folk singer-songwriters appear 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Southside. $12. 398-1717. OLD CITY MUSIC FEST The Charlie Daniels Band, 38 Special, Craig Morgan, Gloriana, Who Rescued Who and Coy Taylor appear 1-11 p.m. Nov. 11 at the festival, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, at St. Augustine’s Marketplace, 2495 S.R. 207, St. Augustine. $29-$99. 662-1820. BIG TICKET BATTLE: THE MOTHER BAND, VIKTR, STAYNE THEE ANGEL, BURNHEART Rock bands fight it out Nov. 11 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $10. 398-7496. SONGWRITERS CONCERT Local musicians perform 6-8 p.m. Nov. 11 at Adele Grage Arts & Community Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Admission is free. 247-5828. SHADOWS FALL, GOD FORBID The metal band turns up the heat 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $12. 223-9850. THE UZI RASH GROUP The hip-hop group is on 10 p.m. Nov. 11 at Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. 547-2188. DIRTY BOURBON RIVER SHOW The vaudevillian rock band blends New Orleans R&B, gypsy, jazz and circus Nov. 11 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. 353-6067. BIG TICKET BATTLE: FOUR FAMILIES, DANFIELD, OUTKAST UPRISING, SELF EMPLOYED, LAUREN SLYMAN Indie favorites face off in another battle 8 p.m. Nov. 12, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $10. 398-7496. SAVING ABEL, MANAFEST, BREAKING THROUGH The hard rockers from Mississippi appear 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. $15. 246-2473. DANCE GAVIN DANCE, A LOT LIKE BIRDS, I, THE MIGHTY, HAIL THE SUN, THE ORPHAN THE POET California posthardcore rockers play 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. $18. 246-2473. BIG TICKET BATTLE: HERD OF WATTS, SAMUEL SANDERS, PAWN TAKES KING, ELECTRIC CADILLAC, JACKIE MOONS TOP GUNS The time for battle is running out as blues-rockers Herd of Watts takes on the competition 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $10. 398-7496.


DONAVON FRANKENREITER Nov. 14, Freebird Live JOE NICHOLS & THE DAMN BAND RANDYS Nov. 14, Whisky River AMERICAN AQUARIUM, CHASE RICE Nov. 14, Jack Rabbits AUTHORITY ZERO Nov. 14, Brewster’s Megaplex

DAYMOUTHS, SASKATCHEWAN Nov. 14, Burro Bar ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY Nov. 15, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall LOVE AND THEFT Nov. 15, Mavericks FACE TO FACE, JOSHUA BLACK WILKINS Nov. 15, Jack Rabbits SPADE McQUADE Nov. 15, Dog Star Tavern JIM HURST Nov. 15, European Street San Marco ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL Nov. 16, Thrasher-Horne Center FLANNEL CHURCH Nov. 16, Dog Star Tavern BOBBY LEE RODGERS Nov. 16, Freebird Live AARON LEWIS Nov. 16, Mavericks JIMMY THACKERY Nov. 16, Mojo Kitchen TRISTEN Nov. 16, Burro Bar DRUMLINE LIVE Nov. 17, T-U Center ARTILECT CD RELEASE PARTY, GLORIOUS GUNNER, SACRIFICE TO SURVIVE Nov. 17, Freebird Live PAINT FUMES, BAZOOKA, NEW COKE Nov. 17, Nobby’s SONiA Nov. 17, European Street Southside ST. JOHNS RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL: THE RIVER CITY BLUEZ BAND, MATT MURPHY Nov. 17 & 18, Downtown Palatka JOSH MILLER BLUES REVUE Nov. 17, Dog Star Tavern MAN ON EARTH, LOSING SEPTEMBER, CLAYTON BUSH Nov. 17, Jack Rabbits TITLE FIGHT, PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH Nov. 17, Phoenix Taproom HELLYEAH Nov. 17, Brewster’s Megaplex ZION I, MINNESOTA Nov. 18 Jack Rabbits WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN Nov. 19, Burro Bar CHUBBY Nov. 21, Dog Star Tavern JAMES JENKINS’ BRASS QUINTET Nov. 21, Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island 2 CHAINZ Nov. 23, The Florida Theatre ERNIE & DEBI EVANS Nov. 23, Whitey’s Fish Camp TOMMY TALTON Nov. 23, Dog Star Tavern SEVENDUST, NONPOINT Nov. 23, Brewster’s Megaplex THOSE GUYS Nov. 23 & 24, Tradewinds Lounge MEN WITHOUT HATS Nov. 24, Jack Rabbits LARRY MANGUM Nov. 24, European Street Southside FILTER Nov. 24, Brewster’s Megaplex EDDIE VEDDER Nov. 24 & 25, T-U Center GILBY CLARKE Nov. 25, Brewster’s Megaplex TOMMY TALTON Nov. 26, European Street Southside DAVID BAZAN Nov. 27, Cafe Eleven FREDDY’S FINEST Nov. 27, Dog Star Tavern MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, SPEEDWOLF Nov. 29, Brewster’s Roc Bar EVERCLEAR, EVE 6, NAMESAKE Nov. 30, Freebird Live

PERPETUAL GROOVE Dec. 1, Freebird Live AYE DREN, ALONZO, JAYEL & NIK the KID Dec. 1, Jack Rabbits SKINDRED Dec. 1, Brewster’s Megaplex BIRDIES FOR THE BRAVE CONCERT: DARIUS RUCKER & VINCE GILL Dec. 1, T-U Center THE ICARUS ACCOUNT Dec. 1, Murray Hill Theatre kLoB Dec. 1 & 31, Dog Star Tavern THE BIG TICKET: RUN, RISE AGAINST, BUSH, SILVERSUN PICKUPS, GROUPLOVE, OF MONSTERS AND MEN, ANBERLIN, THE JOY FORMIDABLE, IMAGINE DRAGONS Dec. 2, Metropolitan Park TOUBAB KREWE, JOHN BROWN’S BODY Dec. 4, Freebird Live MR. GNOME, HEY MANDIBLE Dec. 5, Jack Rabbits GEOFF TATE (of QUEENSRYCHE) Dec. 5, Freebird Live SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS Dec. 6, Cafe Eleven IRIS DEMENT, FLAGSHIP ROMANCE Dec. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall STEREOFIDELICS Dec. 7, Dog Star Tavern KIM RETEGUIZ & BLACK CAT BONES Dec. 7, Mojo Kitchen RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS Dec. 7, The Standard PHIL KEAGGY Dec. 8, Murray Hill Theatre PAPADASIO, GREENHOUSE LOUNGE Dec. 8, Freebird Live DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS Dec. 9, Culhane’s Irish Pub TYRONE WELLS Dec. 9, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DAN DEACON Dec. 9, Underbelly JOE BONAMASSA Dec. 9, The Florida Theatre ACE HOOD Dec. 10, Freebird Live FIFTH ON THE FLOOR Dec. 10, Burro Bar PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS with RICK BRAUN, MINDI BAIR Dec. 12, Florida Theatre TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Dec. 13, Veterans Arena DAN HICKS & THE HOT LICKS Dec. 14, P.V. Concert Hall ERIC CHURCH, JUSTIN MOORE, KIP MOORE Dec. 14, Veterans Memorial Arena PASSAFIRE Dec. 14, Freebird Live ASKING ALEXANDRIA, AS I LAY DYING, MEMPHIS MAYFIRE, SUICIDE SILENCE Dec. 15, Brewster’s Megaplex THE SKY CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY Dec. 15, Burro Bar YOU’LL LIVE, NATIONS, FOUR WORD LETTER Dec. 18, Nobby’s SAGE FRANCIS, B. DOLAN Dec. 21, Jack Rabbits SWEET LU CD Release Party Dec. 22, Freebird Live JJ GREY, MOFRO Dec. 27, Mavericks THE WAITING (TOM PETTY TRIBUTE) Dec. 28, Freebird Live FLANNEL CHURCH Dec. 28, Burro Bar SOUL GRAVY Dec. 28, Dog Star Tavern THE RIDE Dec. 28 & 29, Whitey’s Fish Camp VERSION CITY TOUR Jan. 1, Burro Bar BRUISED GRASS, SOUTHERN FEATHER BAND Jan. 5, Freebird B.B. KING Jan. 6, The Florida Theatre JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE Jan. 9, Café Eleven TOM RUSH Jan. 10, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall MARCIA BALL & HER BAND Jan. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall WE ARE MONUMENTS, 3RD CALIBUR DISEASE, ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK Jan. 14, Jack Rabbits SONNY LANDRETH, HONEY MILLER Jan. 17, P.V. Concert Hall GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL Jan. 17, T-U Center DON WILLIAMS Jan. 17, The Florida Theatre SIMPLY SINATRA Jan. 19, Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts ELVIS LIVES! Jan. 19, T-U Center HELIO SEQUENCE Jan. 22, Café Eleven MARSHALL CRENSHAW & THE BOTTLE ROCKETS Jan. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall CHARLIE HALL, DANIEL BASHTA, THE VESPERS Feb. 2, Murray Hill Theatre SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES Feb. 2, The Florida Theatre THE XX Feb. 3, The Florida Theatre LEON REDBONE Feb. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall CHRIS KAHL Feb. 10, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts STEVE MILLER Feb. 14, The Florida Theatre SCOTT COULTER Feb. 15 & 16, Thrasher Horne Center JIM BRICKMAN Feb. 17, The Florida Theatre CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Feb. 17, P.V. Concert Hall THE HIT MEN Feb. 24, The Florida Theatre LEO KOTTKE Feb. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III March 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall BRUCE COCKBURN March 3, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall BEATLES TRIBUTE “1964” March 9, The Florida Theatre JAKE SHIMABUKURO March 20, The Florida Theatre AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE ALL STARS March 23, T-U Center PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO, BRYNN MARIE March 29, The Florida Theatre MAROON 5, NEON TREES, OWL CITY April 1, Veterans Memorial Arena “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC April 16, The Florida Theatre


CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy 8 p.m. Nov. 9 & 10. Col. Bruce Hampton ret. Nov. 10. Live music every Thur. & Fri. DJs J.G. World & Jim spin vinyl 8 p.m. every Tue. GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend

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O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band 8:30 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELD’S, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Buck Smith Project 9 p.m. every Tue. & Sun. Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez in Sheffield’s every Fri. DJ Heavy Hess every Sat. Cason every Mon. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Live music every night THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 The Fostones 6 p.m. every Wed. Live music Tue.-Sun. DJ Roc 5 p.m. every Wed.


AJ’S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. BREWSTER’S MEGAPLEX/PIT/ROC BAR/THE EDGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 223-9850 The Cruxshadows, Voltaire, T Minus 9, Peter Pepper, Batsauce & Lady Daisey, Paten Locke and Grandpa’s Cough Medicine 8 p.m. Nov. 9. Shadows Fall and God Forbid Nov. 11. Live music every Wed.-Sat. MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. TONINO’S, 7001 Merrill Rd., 743-3848 Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams every Fri. Dino Saliba every Sat.


BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZiRok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke Dave Thrash Wed. DJ 151 spins Thur. DJ Catharsis first & fourth Sat. Patrick Evan & CoAlition Industry every Sun. MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670 Who Rescued Who 10 p.m. Nov. 9. Live music every Fri. & Sat. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Cloud 9 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Sat.


COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Albert Adkins spins every Fri. DJs Adrian Sky, Alberto Diaz & Chris Zachrich spin every Tue. DJ Michael Stumbaugh spins every Sat. MY PLACE, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri.


(All clubs & venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music every Fri. BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt Lanham sings island music every Fri.-Sun. BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Craig Oden Nov. 8. Incognito at noon Nov. 11. Live music Wed.-Sun. BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ IBay every Tue., Fri. & Sat. DJ Ginsu every Wed. DJ Jade every Thur. Charlie Walker every Sun. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 John Thomas Group Jazz 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Live music every Fri. & Sat. EL POTRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1553 Third St. N., 241-6910 Wilfredo Lopez every Wed. & Sat. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Spade McQuade & the Allstars Nov. 9 & 10. Songwriters Nite every Tue. Ryan Campbell every Wed. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Mon. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Dr. Dog and Cotton Jones Nov. 7. All Time Low, The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction and Hit The Lights Nov. 9. Saving Abel, Manafest and Breaking Through Nov. 12. Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, I the Mighty, Hail the Sun and The Orphan the Poet Nov. 13 GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 Will Pearsall Nov. 9. Dicarlo Nov. 10. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Locals Only Nov. 7. Brenna Vick Nov. 8. Job Meiller Nov. 9. Kevin Ski Nov. 10. Live music every Wed.-Sat. KC CRAVE, 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660 Live music every Thur.-Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 The Wobbly Toms Nov. 8. Retro Katz Nov. 9 & 10. Split Tone 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Uncommon Legends every Wed. Wits End every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Circle of Influence 9 p.m. Nov. 10. Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Pop Muzik Nov. 7. Who Rescued Who Nov. 8. Corbitt Brothers

Nov. 9. Mark O’Quinn Nov. 10. Live music every Wed.-Sun. MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 6 p.m. every Thur. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Kim Reteguiz & the Black Cat Blues 10 p.m. Nov. 29 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams Karaoke 9 p.m. every Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Cloud 9 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Reggae on the deck every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sun. Live music every third Wed. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Billy Bowers 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Live music every Fri. & Sat. OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Live music every Fri. & Sat. POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Be Easy every Sat.


RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Pat Rose Nov. 7. The Christopher Dean Band Nov. 8. Bush Doctors Nov. 9 & 10. The Splinters Nov. 11 Live music every Thur.-Sun. SUN DOG, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-8221 Live music every Tue.-Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.


1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St., Hip-hop every First Fri. Open mic every Mon. BURRITO GALLERY, 21 E. Adams St., 598-2922 Tropic of Cancer and Canary in the Coalmine Nov. 7 BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 353-4686 The Projection, Curse, Husere Grav, Mreow, Travis Johnson and Jamison Williams Nov. 7. Live music every weekend DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic every Tue. & Fri. DJ NickFresh every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent



MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Live music Wed.-Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins every Thur. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Red River Nov. 9 & 10. Reggie Nov. 11. Deck music 5 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 4 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 David Bazzell & Claude Bassingthwaighte Nov. 6. DJ Dave Jimenez Nov. 7. Cupid’s Alley Nov. 9. Big Engine Nov. 10. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. Live music Tue., Wed., Fri. & Sat.


The Dirty Bourbon River Show fuses jazz, blues, circus and more Nov. 11 at Underbelly.

Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson 6 p.m. Nov. 7. spade McQuade Nov. 8. Braxton Adamson 5 p.m., Bad Assets 9 p.m. Nov. 9. Ron Perry Connection Nov. 10. Live music every weekend THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Will Pearsall, Evans Acoustic Trio, Wildshiners, Longfellow, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, The O.C. Band, Feral Swine Experiment, Yankee Slickers and Love Chunk 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Nov. 10 & 11. Live music every Fri. & Sat. KALA, 331 E. Bay St., 356-6455 kLoB Nov. 9 MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Roy Luis spins house soulful, gospel, deep, acid, hip, Latin, tribal, Afrobeat, tech/electronic, disco, rarities 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. every Wed. DJ Vinn spins Top 40 every Thur. DJ 007 spins ultra house & top 40 dance every Fri. DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Trailer Choir Nov. 9. Jon Pardi & Willie Mae Brown Nov. 10. Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. DJs Bryan & Q45 spin every Fri. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. DJ SwitchGear every Thur. PHOENIX TAPROOM, 325 W. Forsyth St., 798-8222 Live music Fri. & Sat. TSI, 333 E. Bay St., 742-7496 Show & Tell with Tiffany Fish, DJ Dr. Vernon, Hank El Diablo and thebathparty 5 p.m.-mid. Nov. 7 UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Parker Urban Band Nov. 7. Dirty Bourbon River Show Nov. 11. Fjord Explorer & Screamin’ Eagle every Troubadour Thursday ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.

WEDNESDAY Pat Rose Thursday The Christopher Dean Band Friday & Saturday Bush Doctors Sunday The Splinters Atlantic Blvd. at the Ocean "UMBOUJD#FBDIr NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012 | | 27

JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Karaoke Dude every Wed. Live music every Fri.

THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar Band 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Sat. Bossa Nova with Monica da Silva and Chad Alger 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Those Guys Nov. 9 & 10. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth 1 p.m., Mark Hart 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin 1 p.m., Wade 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.


SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 Live music every Fri. & Sat.



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

AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 The Monster Fool 9 p.m. Nov. 9. Live jazz every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music every Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice every Sat. BAHAMA BREEZE, 10205 River Coast Dr., 646-1031 Clarence Wears every Tue. Selwyn Toby every Wed. Barry O 4 p.m., Laree App 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Laree App 4 p.m., Selwyn Toby 8 p.m. every Fri. Barry O 4 p.m., Laree App 8 p.m. every Sat. Selwyn Toby 4 p.m., Laree App 7:30 p.m. every Sun. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music 5-7 p.m. every Wed., 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally 7 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke every Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Bryan Ripper Nov. 7. Wes Cobb Nov. 9. Shawn Taylor Nov. 10. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Open mic every Sun. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music 10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 DJ Enferno Nov. 9. Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur. and 6-9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Joe Nichols & the Damn Band Randys 7 p.m. Nov. 14. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Cowford County Band Nov. 9. Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Wed.


ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Jennifer Coscia Nov. 7. Clayton Bush Nov. 8. Alex Affronti Nov. 9. John Austill Nov. 10. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 The Monster Fool 6 p.m. Nov. 10. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Tony Novelly every Mon. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 SoundStage on the upper deck every Sun.


HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic 8 p.m. every Wed.

Rickie Lee Jones mixes reggae and pop Nov. 9 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. INTUITION ALE WORKS, 720 King St., 683-7720 Nefarious Nov. 6. Jackson Vegas Nov. 13. Live music every Taproom Tue. KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor 9:30 p.m. every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. METRO/RAINBOW ROOM PIANO BAR, 859 Willowbranch Ave., 388-8719 Karaoke Rob spins 10 p.m. Sun.-Wed. DJ Zeke Smith spins 10 p.m. Fri. DJ Michael Murphy spins 10 p.m. Sat. MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., 388-7807 This Armistice, Grey Fox, Glass Apostle and Luke Dowler Nov. 9. Petra classic lineup and October Glory 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10


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A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Will Pearsall Nov. 8. The Committee Nov. 9 & 10. Live music every Thur.-Sat. AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Piano bar with Kenyon Dye 5-9:30 p.m. every Sun. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Open mic Nov. 6. Adam lee & Jason Catron 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Todd & Molly 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Strumstick Nov. 10 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Humanzee 7-11 p.m. Nov. 9. Gary Douglas Campbell 2-5 p.m., Mid-Life Crisis 7-11 p.m. Nov. 10. Vinny Jacobs 2-5 p.m. Nov. 11. Live music every Fri.-Sun. CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard 5:30 p.m. every Wed. Ty Cowell 5:30 p.m. every Sun. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers 6 p.m. Nov. 7. Live music every Fri. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite, house band every Wed. Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler noon every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth 11 a.m. every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Aaron Esposito 9 p.m. Nov. 8. 2/3rds Band 9 p.m. Nov. 9 & 10. Colton McKenna 1 p.m. Nov. 11. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Colton McKenna every Thur. Will Pearsall every Mon. MOJO BBQ, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264 Who Rescued Who 10 p.m. Nov. 11. Live music every Fri. & Sat. NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., 547-2188 The Uzi Rash Group 10 p.m. Nov. 11. Live music every Fri. PIZZALLEY’S CHIANTI ROOM, 60 Charlotte St., 825-4100 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar Band 4 p.m. every Mon. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Jeremy Austin 8 p.m. Nov. 6. Chase Rideman 9 p.m. Nov. 7. Humanzee 9 p.m. Nov. 8. Katherine Archer 4 p.m., Billy Buchanan & Free Avenue 9 p.m. Nov. 9. Zach Kafel noon-4 p.m., Amy Vickery 4-8 p.m., The Mix 9 p.m. Nov. 10. Gary Campbell noon-4 p.m., Brady Reich 7-11 p.m. Nov. 11. Karaoke 9 p.m. Nov. 12 TAPS BAR & GRILL, 2220 C.R. 210 W., 819-1554 Live music every Fri.


ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 David Massengill 8 p.m. Nov. 8. Jazz every second Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. American Top 40 every Fri. Salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Primitive Hard Drive Nov. 10. Big Ticket Battle: The Mother Band, Viktr, Stayne Thee Angel, Burnheart Nov. 11. Big Ticket Battle: Four Families, Danfield, Outkast Uprising, Self-Employed, Lauren Slyman Nov. 12 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Patrick Evan & Bert Mingea or Mark O’Quinn every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin underground dance every Wed. DJ Hal spins for Karaoke every Thur. Mitch Kuhman & Friends of Blake every other Fri. DJs Rogue & Mickey Shadow spin every Factory Sat.


BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic with The Foxes every Tue. & with George every Thur. Live music every Fri. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall every Fri. & Sat. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Ladies With Lyrics: Liz Williamson, Susan Brown & Elaine Mahon 8 p.m. Nov. 10. Live music every Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Jay DeCosta Nov. 7. Jimmy Solari Nov. 8. Aaron Sheeks Nov. 9. Lance Neely Nov. 10 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 DJ Jeff Bell 7 p.m. Nov. 6. DJ Didactic Nov. 8. Boogie Freaks 8:30 p.m., DJ Fellin 11:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Raydio Band 8:30 p.m., VJ Ginsu 11:30 p.m. Nov. 10. DJ Jeff Bell every Tue. VJ Ginsu every Sat.


DAMES POINT MARINA, 4542 Irving Road, 751-3043 Open mic 6 p.m. every Wed. DJ Steve 6 p.m. every Thur. SHANTY TOWN PUB, 22 W. Sixth St., 798-8222 Live music every Twin Peaks Fri. SKYLINE SPORTSBAR, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Live music every Thur.-Sat. TUCKERS HWY. 17 TAVERN, 850532 U.S. 17, Yulee, 225-9211 Live music every Fri. & Sat. To get listed, send band name, time, date, venue location, street address, city, ticket price, contact number to David Johnson, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email Deadline: 4 p.m. Tue.



BLACK HORSE WINERY, 420 Kingsley Ave., 644-8480 Live music 6-9 p.m. every Fri., 2-6 p.m. every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. DUB CLUB, 2223 C.R. 210, 418-0468 Karaoke 10 p.m. every Thur. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat.

An exhibit of paintings and sculptures from “Dr. Seuss’s Secrets of the Deep,” including the North American premiere of the painting “The Cat That Changed the World,” is on display Nov. 9 and 10 at Avondale Artworks.

The Good Doctor’s Surprise

Secret treasure of art reveals another side to legendary children’s author Dr. Seuss DR. SEUSS’S SECRETS OF THE DEEP 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9, 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10 Avondale Artworks, 3562 St. Johns Ave., Avondale Free. RSVP to 384-8797 or email


ach night, children around the world are tucked into bed with stories written by a doctor (his friends called him “Ted”). Dr. Seuss was a genius with cartoons and words, for which he collected myriad accolades and awards. But years after his death, the world was stunned to discover that the good doctor had left behind secret treasures: Paintings and sculptures almost no one had seen, created with talents most never knew he had. During his 70-plus years of toiling at his writing and the publishing of his efforts, often locked in his studio until the wee hours of the morning, the man — the legend, the national treasure — was secretly creating surrealistic fantasies for no other reason but his own pleasure. And at the end of his successful and storied life, he entrusted Audrey Geisel, his beloved wife, to one day reveal these unique artistic visions, as had been his intention all along. Six years later, she honored his request and we discovered another side of the genius behind “The Cat in the Hat.” And now, an exhibit of those paintings and sculptures by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel (1904-1991) is being mounted at Avondale Artworks. It’s the North American premiere of the painting “The Cat That Changed the World.” “We’re really pleased to be working with Avondale Artworks … what a great thing to do,

to reintroduce Dr. Seuss to Jacksonville with an original artwork,” Seuss collection curator Bill Dreyer said. Another notable Seuss work is displayed for the first time in Florida, “The Abduction of the Sabine Women,” a 5-foot-by-5-foot painting depicting the legendary birth of the Roman Empire. Other artists to reproduce this (in)famous moment in history include Pablo Picasso, Peter Paul Rubens and Giambologna. Dreyer will begin each showing with a short talk about the life and times of the beloved children’s book author, illustrator, artist and Academy Award-winning documentarian. The curator will be on hand to speak with guests throughout the show. When the first pieces were unveiled in 1997 with the launch of “The Art of Dr. Seuss” project, Dreyer was immediately compelled to join the endeavor. “I felt strongly that I had to come and work with this collection. To me, it’s one of those discoveries that happen rarely in the art world when you find that there is a whole treasure trove that the artist has rarely or never exhibited in his lifetime,” he said. Dreyer is among the few to have personally beheld the complete, original collection at Seuss’ widow’s estate. Although “The Art of Dr. Seuss” project was launched more than a decade ago, people are continually surprised to learn it even exists. “I almost feel at times like I haven’t done my job very well, because we’ve been doing it for 15 years and, to this day, 97 percent of the people who come into the gallery and find this artwork say, ‘I had no idea about the secret art of Dr. Seuss,’ ” Dreyer said, adding with

Seussian buoyancy, “It’s this wonderful story we get to share time and time again.” Works from the collection are now exhibited in fine art galleries alongside those of such familiar artists as Warhol and Rembrandt. And in 2011, Seuss’ artwork was awarded the Gold Medal in the National Fine Art Category, besting thousands of entries from around the world. Dr. Seuss might even have been the first sculptor to work with one particularly unexpected medium. In the 1930s, he created “The Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy,” utilizing parts of animals that died at the zoo where Seuss’ father was superintendent. According to Dreyer, each vivid piece represents how Seuss imagined the animal “would want to be reincarnated.” A number of these unusual works are also exhibited at Avondale Artworks. “Whether you’re a child or an adult, you really get a sense of the playful zealousness that Ted Geisel brings to his work,” Dreyer said. Though some may struggle to understand why a talented artist and author would keep his other works a secret, it may be that these pieces were too personal for Geisel to reveal during his lifetime. “His major legacy will always be the impact he had on children’s literature,” the curator admitted, adding, “If his work in children’s literature was the heart of the man, the artwork was his soul. This was his private domain, and he chose to keep it his own.” As the artist himself wrote, “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”  Claire Goforth NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012 | | 29


PHANTOM The musical is staged Nov. 6-25 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside. $46-$53. 641-1212. BOEING-BOEING The farce is staged Nov. 8-18 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. $10-$25. 825-1164. IN THE BLOOD The tragedy is presented 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. $20. 249-0289. TWELFTH NIGHT FSCJ’s DramaWorks performs the Shakespearean play Nov. 8, 9, 10 and 11 at Wilson Center for the Arts, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside. Free. 646-2222. THREE MURDERS AND IT’S ONLY MONDAY The murder and mayhem production is staged Nov. 9-17 at Orange Park Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park. $15. 276-2599. AWAY IN THE BASEMENT The Church Basement Ladies perform a Christmas program 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Dr., St. Johns River State College, Orange Park. 276-6750. $15-$38. TAP DOGS Dancers tap their way around a construction-site set at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $27-$57. 632-3373. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST The musical is staged 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Road, San Marco. $12-$15. 346-5620. ext. 122. SENIOR CHOREOGRAPHY CONCERT Jacksonville University graduating seniors perform contemporary choreography of original works 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at Swisher Theater, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $10. 256-7677. CFA SOIREE Jacksonville University celebrates the 50th anniversary of the College of Fine Arts. University of Toronto professor Richard Florida, who was recognized as having one of the 140 most influential Twitter feeds in the world by Time magazine, is the featured speaker. The soirée includes performances by Charlie Walker, Molotov Cocktail, Boogie Freaks, DJ Malea, Elevated Aerial, JU Jazz Ensemble, Professor Whiskey’s Traveling Bizarre Bazaar and more, 6:30 p.m.-midnight Nov. 16 at The Museum, 4160 Boulevard Center Dr., Jacksonville. $100. THE COLOR PURPLE Encore performances of the play, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning novel and Steven Spielberg’s film, are staged Nov. 17 and 18 at Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Ave., Gateway Town Center. $25. 765-7372. MURDER IN THE OLD CITY The dinner theater show returns for encore performances 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 25 at Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. $40. 824-7211.


IDEAS AND IMAGES IN FILM Writer, producer and director Helen Whitney discusses “Spiritual Landscapes: A Life in Film,” a retrospective her 40 years of life and work, 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 and 13 and 14 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Free. 819-6282. WHO IS THE CHORUS MASTER? The new director for the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, Donald McCullough, talks about how to make a choir really sing. After the talk, sit in on a symphony rehearsal. 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $15; includes box lunch. 356-0426. ST. JOHNS CULTURAL COUNCIL A meeting to present the council’s draft strategic plan 2012-’17 is held 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 808-7330. OTHER WORDS CONFERENCE The Florida Literary Arts Coalition’s literary conference, with a writing and travel theme, includes panels, readings, workshops and an independent literary book fair Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at Flagler College, 74 King St., St. Augustine. 819-6400., ART FOR TWO Children ages 3-5 and an adult explore mask-making and learn about symmetry in art as they create an oil pastel mask drawing, 10:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 9 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. $15 per pair per class. 355-0630. MS. SCROOGE AUDITIONS The Orange Park Community Theatre holds auditions for 16 roles for adults and children, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 10 and 6-8 p.m.

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Nov. 11 at 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park. The performances are scheduled for Dec. 14-16. 579-4594. CAPTURING WATER WITH PASTELS Artist Richard Lundgren teaches techniques on painting water in all its moods and settings 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 824-2310. PAINTING WORKSHOP Ellen Diamond holds a workshop on contemporary approaches 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 280-0614. MAKING MEMORIES Floral, catering and event experts talk about holiday planning 3-7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Pineapple Post, 2403 S. Third St., Jax Beach. 249-7477. MANDARIN LECTURE Dr. John T. Foster discusses his new book, “Calling Yankees to Florida — Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Forgotten Tourist Articles,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Mandarin Community Club, 11247 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville. 268-0784. CHRISTMAS WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP A class to create Christmas bells is held 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Jennies Gallery, 4446 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. 525-3959. KIDS’ WORKSHOP Jean LiJoi holds a workshop on making “Thanksgiving Trees” 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Road, Mandarin. 355-1757. ARTIST CALL FOR VIVA FLORIDA! The St. Augustine Art Association calls for artists to submit works celebrating the sights and structures, beaches and byways, flora and fauna, and history and happenings of Florida. Limited to two entries per artist; works received noon-7 p.m. Nov. 27 and noon-4 p.m. Nov. 28. Submit to the association at 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 824-2310. Entry cards online at CALL FOR ECOLOGY-THEMED ART Eco Arts announces its second annual ecology-themed competition with six creative categories. A cash prize pool of $12,500 is awarded. The deadline for entries is Jan. 15. (828) 575-3979. PONTE VEDRA CLASSES, WORKSHOPS The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach offers art classes and workshops through Dec. 21 at 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 280-0614 ext. 204. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 322-7672. MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES Six-week art classes for adults and kids are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Jacksonville. Adult class fee is $80; $50 for kids. 677-2787. DRAMATIC ARTS AT BEACHES Classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels are held Mon.-Fri. at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Fees vary. 249-0289. JAZZ MUSICIANS The Jazzland Café seeks musicians who play piano, bass or drums, for a new ensemble being formed. For details, email DANCE CLASSES The Dance Shack offers classes for several styles for all ages and skill levels every Mon.-Fri., at 3837 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. 527-8694. K.A.R.M.A. CLASS A Kindling Auras & Radiating Musical Awareness group vocal session, focusing on mental clarity, visualization, harmonizing and blending, breath and energy control, is held 6-7 p.m. every Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Registration is requested, but not required. 322-7672.


JU CHAMBER ENSEMBLES Jacksonville University’s top chamber music students perform 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington. Free. 256-7677. JOHN THOMAS JAZZ GROUP The group performs 6-8 p.m. Nov. 6 and on the first Tue. of every month at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 962 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. WEDNESDAY HAPPENING CONCERT Organist Andrew Clarke performs Bach, Franck and original compositions 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 829 Park St., Riverside. Free. 355-4585. AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET The ensemble appears 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at St. Paul’s by-theSea Episcopal Church, 465 11th Ave. N., Jax Beach. Free. 270-1771.

Edison William’s “The Unnatural State of Lavender Lagoon #2” is one of the pieces in the “Chasing Nostalgia/ Subconscious Assimilations” exhibit. A reception at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 highlights the exhibit, which continues through Jan. 13 at Bold Bean Coffee Roasters. RAVISHING RACHMANINOFF The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra plays Rachmaninoff as part of its coffee series 10 a.m. Nov. 9, and again with Christopher Rouse’s festive Karolju 8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $25-$70. 354-5547. COSI FAN TUTTE The opera ensemble is performed 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-12 at Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Drive, Southside. $18. 620-2878. CHILDREN’S CHORUS FALL CONCERT The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus presents Justin Hines, Canadian singer-songwriter, at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. 353-1636. SUNDAY MUSIC Cellist Griffin Seuter and pianist Jeanne Huebner perform 10:45 p.m. Nov. 11 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, 7405 Arlington Expressway. 725-8133. A GERMAN REQUIEM The Cantata Choir, accompanied by organist Catherine Fortson and timpanist Tony Steve, performs 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 829 Park St., Riverside. 355-4585. FALL YOUTH CONCERT The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra takes the stage 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $12. 354-5547. UNF FALL PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE The ensemble concert is performed 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Drive, Southside. 620-2878. INTERCOLLEGIATE JAZZ CONCERT The concert is held 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at FSCJ’s Wilson Center for the Arts, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside. Free. 646-2222. DANILO PEREZ The pianist plays 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Southside. $8-$35. 620-2878. KAYO ISHIMARU AND DICKIE FLEISHER The harpists perform 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. Free. 355-7584. ISLAND CHAMBER SINGERS The singing ensemble performs at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road,

Fernandina Beach. $15. 225-0575. UNF CHORAL ENSEMBLES The fall choral showcase is presented 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Drive, Southside. Free. 620-2878. SONGS OF THE SOUL The Orange Park Chorale presents a program, with styles ranging from passionate to spiritual to fun, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Grace Episcopal Church, 245 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, and 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, 4001 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. Free. 273-4279. BOHEMIAN QUARTET The quartet performs 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside. $25. 389-6222. SUNDAY MUSIC Sonia performs 10:45 p.m. Nov. 18 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, 7405 Arlington Expressway. 725-8133. FIRST COAST WIND ENSEMBLE The brass, woodwind and percussion players perform 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington. Free. 256-7677. JAZZ IN ARLINGTON Jazzland features live music 6-9 p.m. every Thur. and 8 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 1324 University Blvd. N. 240-1009. DINO SALIBA Tonino’s Trattoria hosts saxophonist Saliba 6 p.m. every Sat. at 7001 Merrill Rd., Arlington. 743-3848. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured 9:30 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Jacksonville. 388-9551. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio plays 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Live jazz is featured nightly at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502.

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ART WALKS, MARKETS, FESTIVALS FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK The “Movember” Art Walk benefits the Movember Foundation, raising awareness of men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancers. The Art Walk spans 15 blocks and 30-40 galleries, museums and businesses, headquartered in Hemming Plaza, Downtown Jacksonville, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 7. For a map, go to MID-WEEK MARKET Arts & crafts, local produce and live music are featured 3-6 p.m. every Wed. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach. 247-5800. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Fri. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive. 353-1188. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET The Arts Market is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville and features local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market. 554-6865, 389-2449. NORTH BEACH ARTS MARKET Arts & crafts, produce, community services and kids’ activities are featured 3-7 p.m. every Sat. at North Beach Park, 3721 Coastal Highway A1A, Vilano Beach (where the wooden walkover crosses A1A). 910-8386. ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET Local produce, arts and crafts are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland. 347-8900.


CAMP BLANDING MUSEUM 5629 S.R. 16 W., Camp Blanding, Starke, 682-3196. Artwork, weapons, uniforms and other artifacts from the activities of Camp Blanding during World War II are displayed along with outdoor displays of vehicles from WWII, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Free. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. “A Life in Vibrant Color,” an exhibit of works by painter Lois Mailou Jones, runs through Jan. 4. The Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibit, a juried show of local artists’ works, runs through Dec. 2. “Leonard Baskin: Works on Paper,” an exhibit of prints and watercolors, runs through Nov. 11. “Histories in Africa,” an exhibit featuring 20 years of photography by Elizabeth Gilbert, is shown through Dec. 30. FLAGLER COLLEGE’S CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The exhibit “Sara

Pedigo and Elizabeth Robbins: Transliteration” continues through Nov. 21. JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Downtown, 355-1101. The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats, various nautical-themed art, books, documents and artifacts. JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY’S ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM & GALLERY 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, 256-7371. The opening reception for JU’s annual juried student exhibit is held 5-7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Alexander Brest Museum & Gallery, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington. Free. The show runs through Dec. 5. 256-7677. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. “The Adams Family” exhibit, featuring original letters pertaining to John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Samuel Adams, runs through Dec. 29. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. Ian Bogost’s Project Atrium installation opens with a lecture by the artist at 2 p.m. Nov. 17. “ReFocus: Art of the 1980s,” an exhibit highlighting major figures of contemporary art of the decade continues through Jan. 6. The annual exhibit of UNF’s Art & Design Faculty continues through Jan. 6. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. An exhibit celebrating local African-American athletes and sports figures, “More Than a Game: African-American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” is currently on display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.


233 WEST KING 233 W. King St., St. Augustine, 217-7470. Shows change monthly and the gallery remains open late for First Friday Art Walks. AMIRO ART AND FOUND 9C Aviles St., St. Augustine, 824-8460. Artist Marcia Myrick Siany displays her collection of brass, bronze, copper, nickel and sterling pieces. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 355-1757. The TAC members show, “4 Elements,” focusing on earth, wind, fire and water, runs through Dec. 13. THE ART GUILD OF ORANGE PARK 2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park Library, 215-9177. The fall exhibit “What IS it?” opens with a reception 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10. The exhibit in painting, assemblage, glass and other mediums is on display through Nov. 30. AVONDALE ARTWORKS GALLERY 3562 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. “Secrets of the Deep,” an estate exhibit giving insight into the life of Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), is held 6-9 p.m. Nov. 9, and


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Elegant 1885 Italianate villa. Luxury-class inn with upscale amenities. Large rooms, suites, private cottages, Jacuzzis, fireplaces. Gourmet breakfast, evening social hour. Romance Packages, Girls Getaway. Smoke-free!

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THE ElIZABETH POINTE lOdGE AmElIA ISlANd The Pointe is situated on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Focusing upon individualized attention with a staff that wants to exceed your expectations, The Pointe offers a complimentary full breakfast, Wi-Fi, beach equipment, a morning newspaper and parking. Room service and concierge assistance are available 24 hours. And it’s only a short bike ride to the historic seaport of Fernandina. Custom packages available.

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Toni Charneco’s “My State of Mind” (pictured) is among works showcased in the Art Guild of Orange Park’s fall exhibit “What IS It?” with a reception Nov. 10 at Orange Park Library. The exhibit continues through Nov. 30.


Beautiful antebellum Inn with spacious guest rooms boasting the modern amenities guests love while safekeeping the old world charm. Romantic working fireplaces, antiques from around the world, private baths, whirlpool tubs, spa robes and fresh flowers are a few of the luxuries you may expect. Enjoy our beautifully landscaped gardens, fountains and our sweeping verandahs. Feast on a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning and sip wine ‘neath 500-year-old oak trees. All your worries will drift away.

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Jim Smith’s “Gravity Reduction” (pictured) is among the Steampunk-themed pieces from an exhibit of his and Mary Atwood’s work. An opening reception is held Nov. 7 during First Wednesday Art Walk; their work is featured through November at Studio 121.

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1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10. Bill Dreyer, the collection’s curator, discusses Geisel’s artistic life and vision. BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS 869 Stockton St., Ste. 1, Riverside, 855-1181. An exhibit of new work by Mark Creegan, curated by Staci Bu Shea, continues through Nov. 11. “Chasing Nostalgia/Subconscious Assimilations,” an exhibit of works by Edison William, opens with a reception 6 p.m. Nov. 12 and continues through Jan. 13. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. “An Artistic Journey: Art from the Dordogne and Tuscany,” an exhibit of Ellen Diamond’s workshops abroad students, continues through Dec. 1. The exhibit of Brett Waller’s art runs through Dec. 1. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The exhibit “Tropical Expressions” continues through Jan. 3. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Southside, 425-2845. “Ke Francis: Biloxi to Babylon,” featuring the work of the master printmaker, painter and sculptor, continues through Dec. 6. FSCJ’S KENT GALLERY 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside, 381-3400. “Mediums,” an exhibit of work by Thony Aiuppy, Crystal Floyd and Eric Gillyard, runs through Nov. 20. HASKELL GALLERY Jax International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Rd., 741-3546. Works by Grant Ward are displayed in Connector Bridge cases, an exhibit of works by Robin Shepherd is in Haskell Gallery, and an exhibit of works by Jason John is in Concourse A & C display cases (after security), all through Jan. 9. An exhibit highlighting Historic Riverside Avondale in the Sky Gallery runs through December. ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. The juried show “Fantastic Florida” is held through November. JACK MITCHELL GALLERY Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. An exhibit of works by Mary Atwood and John O’Conner runs through Dec. 9. JUICE, A JEN JONES GALLERY 1 Independent Drive, Wells Fargo Center, Downtown. Live jazz, a historic filmography and photography presentation, and paintings and sculptures are featured. LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES 4615 Philips Highway, Southside, 730-8235. The photography and mixed-media exhibit, “America: Visions of My New Country,” works by children attending the Summertime Express youth refugee camp, is displayed year-round in the main lobby. METACUSP STUDIOS GALLERY 2650 Rosselle St., Riverside, (813) 223-6190. An opening reception for “Two Fingered Turkeys,” an art performance and exhibit, is held 6-9 p.m. Nov. 16. The exhibit continues through Jan. 16.

PALENCIA FINE ARTS ACADEMY 701 Market St., Ste. 107A, St. Augustine, 819-1584. The academy, a gallery and educational institution, showcases students’ creative process, as well as exhibits. Stacie Hernandez’s works are on display. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Admin. Bldg., 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 808-7330. An exhibit of Ann McGlade’s oil paintings runs through Dec. 28. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Downtown, 292-9303. Jim Smith and Mary Atwood exhibit their “Steampunk” themed work as part of First Wednesday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 7. Their work is showcased through November. This working studio and gallery space features the work of Doug Eng, Joyce Gabiou, Bill Yates, Robert Leedy, Terese Muller, Mary St. Germain and Tony Wood. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 553-6361. The gallery features works by 29 local artists in various media. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. “Blue or Nothing,” an exhibit of Bev Hogue’s work, continues through Nov. 30. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. The Jacksonville Watercolor Society’s juried fall exhibit runs through Nov. 25. The “Collection by Candlelight” exhibit is displayed through November. The gallery’s permanent collection features 16th-century artifacts detailing Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 burning of St. Augustine. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA 1 UNF Drive, Southside, 620-1000. Selections from the Wells Fargo donation exhibit runs through Dec. 14. Jerry Domask’s “Reflections – Vietnam War 45 Years Later,” an exhibit of mixed-media paintings, is displayed through Dec. 7 at Student Union’s Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. VANDROFF ART GALLERY Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 730-2100. An exhibit of Andrew and Maria Bachmann’s art continues through Nov. 21. WHITE PEONY 216 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 819-9770. This gallery boutique features a variety of handcrafted jewelry, wearable art and recycled/upcycled items. WORLEY FAVER GALLERY 11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 304-2310. This artist-owned studio offers pottery and works by Dena and Worley Faver.  For a complete list of galleries, log on to To list your event, send info – time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print – to David Johnson, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email Deadline is 4 p.m. Tue.



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he Florida Theatre hosted the 10th annual Celebration Reception for the Jax Film Fest Nov. 1. Among the celebrants were Cassandra Freeman, an actress native to Jacksonville who played Denzel Washington’s love interest in “Inside Man,” Jacksonville film commissioner Todd Roobin and entertainment blogger Kerry “The Specktator” Speckman. Filmmaker Gwenaëlle Gobé was also at the reception. Her documentary, “This Space Available,” which looks at the worldwide visual pollution caused by billboards, screened following the reception. The Jax Film Fest ran Nov. 1 through 4, with films showing at different venues throughout Jacksonville. 

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Joking in High Places A White House trip was a highlight in Anderson’s career, but political humor isn’t his forte LOUIE ANDERSON 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9; 8 and 10 p.m. Nov. 10 The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (inside Ramada Inn), Mandarin Tickets are $20 and $25 292-4242,

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F.W.: Are there any TV appearances that stand out for you? L.A.: Being able to do “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and also do “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and do Conan O’Brien, and to do David Letterman and Craig Ferguson. To be able to have done all those shows, that’s a really fun thing. I got to perform on [a gala in 1991] for the troops during Desert Storm … with President [George H.W.] Bush when the troops came back the first time. That was a really special thing for me. Andy Griffith was on the show and lots of really great people.

Comedian and actor Louie Anderson said Nick Swardson and Bill Burr are two younger comedians who have impressed him. Anderson said he enjoys watching other comics on YouTube.

Welcoming our troops home was a really special thing. I really love the veterans and care about them. F.W.: Do you think that, through the years, your humor has changed since you started doing standup? L.A.: In subject matter, some of it has. You know, I’m over 50 now, so I’m talking about stuff like that. But I think my humor comes from my heart, and I think my heart has stayed the same. I love people. I love families. My humor’s clean. It’s a show you can bring your grandma to or you can bring your kids to, so it’s a really fun experience for all of us. The family humor, I’ve kept that trademark and that brand. I do some other stuff, but for the most part, I’d say my humor has continued to be consistent. F.W.: Do you think your family humor comes from your having a big family? L.A.: Absolutely. Whenever you come from a big family, you have a lot of experiences. F.W.: Were you the jokester among your brothers and sisters? L.A.: Somewhat. I was the guy who was trying to always make peace and to make everybody happy. F.W.: Do you get your sense of humor from your mom or your dad? L.A.: I get my nice, fun side from my mom and my cynical side from my dad. F.W.: Is there any particular subject you don’t like to joke about? L.A.: I try to stay away from politics. I think

that people don’t really want to hear about politics. I’ll talk about anything, but I don’t think politics is my forte. Mine’s the family, food, being fat, being over 50, all the f-words. F.W.: What’s your newest joke? L.A.: I went to the big men’s store to get a new shirt, and I thought, “Oh my God, if I get one more ‘X’ on my clothing I’m next year’s Super Bowl.” That’s my newest favorite that I do. I really like that joke. F.W.: Are there any particular up-and-coming comedians who impress you? L.A.: I like Nick Swardson. He’s from Minnesota also, and he’s a really funny guy. And Bill Burr. He’s really funny and different on stage. F.W.: What are your plans for your future as a comedian? L.A.: I really think that the thing I’d like to continue is making people feel good and laugh. Also, I’d like to be able to help young comedians and do a lot of mentoring. F.W.: What do you think is the best advice you can give them? L.A.: Keep the eye on the prize. Don’t worry about what other comedians are doing. Keep the eye on the prize of the stuff you want to do. Keep yourself invested in the stuff that makes you happy and builds your career. In other words, don’t worry about what other people are thinking or doing. Worry about what you’ve got going, and what you’re working on and how you can make yourself a better comedian.  Cassidy Roddy


THE DRESSING OF THE PALMS Vilano Beach Main Street and the North Shores Improvement Association present the inaugural “The Dressing of the Palms,” a celebration of the holidays and coastal living. For a $25 entry fee, residents can adopt and decorate palms through November to promote and showcase their schools or businesses. Judging is held 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Vilano Beach Town Center. Palms remain decorated through January. To reserve a palm and learn more about design rules, go to or call 910-8386. MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL The U.S. Marine Corps Oldest City Detachment #383 celebrates the Corps’ 237th birthday 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Coquina Crossing, 4536 Coquina Crossing Drive, Elkton. Dinner and dancing and a raffle are featured. GySgt. John Hayes, USMC, is the featured speaker. BYOB. Tickets are $45. 471-3179. NAME YOUR OWN PRICE This adoption event is held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at Jacksonville Humane Society, 8464 Beach Blvd., First Coast No More Homeless Pets, 10503 San Jose Blvd. and city of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services, 2020 Forest St. Adopters can choose how much to donate toward the adoption of a pet at this PetSmart Charities sponsored event. All dogs and cats available for adoption will be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and microchipped. The Name Your Own Price promotion does not include the $20 city license fee for Duval County residents. 493-4565. BUILD A HEALTHIER CLAY EXPO The inaugural expo is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10 at Orange Park Mall, 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park. Hospitals, physician practices, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, home health agencies, pharmacies and equipment providers are on hand. Free health screenings and door prizes are featured. Admission is free. 254-3168. RIDE FOR DREAMS The fourth annual ride is held Nov. 10 (registration is 8:30 a.m., kickstands up 10:30 a.m.) starting at Adamec Harley Davidson, 8909 Baymeadows Road, Southside. Fees are $25 per rider and $15 per passenger. Proceeds benefit Dreams Come True, a program for children with lifethreatening illnesses. 296-3030. EMPTY BOWLS 2012 The annual Empty Bowls Luncheon is held 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Participants pick from bowls made by area schoolchildren and senior citizens. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida’s Second Harvest Food Bank. 630-4000. FARM TO TABLE DINNER A Tuscan Evening is held 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at Davin Park, San Marco. Local chefs prepare cuisine made with locally grown ingredients. Tickets are $150. COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows include Laser Pink Floyd: The Best of “The Wall” at 7 p.m., Laser Pink Floyd: “Wish You Were Here” at 8 p.m., Laser Pink Floyd: “Dark Side of the Moon” at 9 p.m. and Laser Pink Floyd: “The Wall” at 10 p.m. Nov. 9 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Downtown. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. JACKSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET Northeast Florida’s largest farmers’ market is also its oldest. Nearly 200 year-round vendors and farmers offer everything from live chickens and homemade honey to lemongrass and locally grown blueberries. There’s a restaurant, Andy’s Farmers Market Grill, onsite. Navigable aisles, indoor and outdoor stalls, parking; open dawn to dusk, daily, year-round. 1810 W. Beaver St., Jacksonville. 354-2821. AMELIA FARMERS MARKET The new market is held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island. Awardwinning farmers, food artisans and plant growers offer produce, organic products, baked goods, tropical and landscaping plants and flowers. 491-4872. FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO Fresh local and regional produce, homemade chai tea and San Marco local honey are offered from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at 1620 Naldo Ave., near the corner of LaSalle Street and Hendricks Avenue, in Swaims United Methodist Church parking lot. 607-9935. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Mike King, Valarie Ghent and Hernan Romero, Lauren Fincham and Mike Pearson and LaVilla Chamber Orchestra perform Nov. 10. Local and regional art, live music and a farmers market are featured from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. through Dec. 15, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Downtown. Admission is free. 554-6865. ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET The new community market is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland. Local produce and arts & crafts are featured.


SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Paul Renner moderates an election results panel 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20. 396-5559.

JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Nov. 15 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ed Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown. 630-7306.


WAREHOUSE BOOK SALE Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library hold a warehouse book sale 5-8 p.m. Nov. 9 (members-only; sign up onsite for $10), from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10; $10 bag specials are held noon-5 p.m. Nov. 11, 4-7 p.m. p.m. Nov. 13 and 15 and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 17 at University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Proceeds from FJPL book sales are used to supplement the Library budget. FJPL will be asking shoppers to sign petitions supporting a straw vote on establishing a special tax district for the library. The tax district was the proposal that came out of a special JCCI study to find a way to stabilize library funding. The library budget has been cut several times in recent years. 630-2304. OTHER WORDS Other Words: A Conference of Writers, Literary Magazines and Independent Publishers is held Nov. 8, 9 and 10 in Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. A book fair, workshops, consultations, readings and discussion panels are featured, at varying costs. Scheduled authors include Stephen Kampa, Enid Shomer, Kelle Groom, Bob Shacochis, Terri Witek and Jeff Bens. 819-6339. ERIC DEGGANS Author Deggans talks about and signs copies of his new book, “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation,” 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at The BookMark, 200 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026. RON WHITTINGTON Local author Whittington signs copies of his new Parker Glynn mystery, “Dopplegänged,” 5-7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Bonefish Grill, 2400 S. Third St., Jax Beach. Proceeds benefit Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry. He’s on hand again, with local author Jordan Logue (“One Fiddle Too Many”) 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at San Marco Bookstore, 1971 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP The Bard Society holds this workshop 7-9:30 p.m. every Wed. at 1358 Tiber Ave., St. Nicholas. Those willing to share their insight into the craft of fiction are welcome. Egos are checked at the door. 250-6045. CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP The Callahan Creative Writing Workshop is held 6:15 p.m. every Tue. at Nassau County Library branch, 450077 S.R. 200, Ste. 15, Callahan. Nancy Lee Bethea is group moderator. 403-4360. BOOK GROUP The reading group gathers 7 p.m. every second Tue. of the month at Books Plus, 107 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. 261-0303.


LOUIE ANDERSON All Stars 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7. Star of stage, screen and TV Anderson appears 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9, 8 and 10 p.m. Nov. 10 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S GYPSY COMEDY CLUB Kevin King and Bob Lauver appear 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $8 and $12. 461-8843. MAD COWFORD IMPROV The local comedy troupe performs 8:15 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. Admission is $5. 860-5451. THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE Brian Foley hosts various comedians 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Coffeehouse, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. SQUARE ONE STANDUP Moses West and Herman Nazworth host standup and spoken word 9 p.m. every Tue. at Square One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. 306-9004.


FOLIO WEEKLY’S MARTINIFEST Nov. 16, EverBank Field Touchdown Club West CHRISTMAS MADE IN THE SOUTH Nov. 23, 24 & 25, Prime Osborn Convention Center GLOBAL ISSUES: BURT RUTAN Nov. 27, UNF’s University Center JERRY SEINFELD Jan. 18, T-U Center ANTHONY BOURDAIN April 25, T-U Center


JAGUARS VS. COLTS The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts 8:20 p.m. Nov. 8 at EverBank Field, One EverBank Place, Downtown. Single-game tickets for home games start at $45. 633-2000. PETANQUE AMERICA OPEN The annual tournament is held Nov. 10 and 11 riverfront at Harbor Marina, Fernandina Beach. Players from around the world compete. A market, food, beer and wine are featured.

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert and his teammates can offer Andrew Luck a special welcome on his first trip to Duval. The Jaguars already beat the Colts in Indianapolis earlier this year and now have the chance to improve to 2-0 against Luck in the team’s only night game of the season, Nov. 8 at EverBank Field. Photo: Walter Coker Dan Voll & Friends perform. Admission is free. 491-1190. SETS IN THE CITY The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation and USTA Florida offer a tennis clinic hosted by Washington 10 a.m. Nov. 10, followed by round-robin play and lunch catered by TacoLu Baja Mexicana, at MaliVai Washington Youth Center, 1096 W. Sixth St., Downtown. 359-5437.


INTERACTIVE CHILDREN’S EXHIBIT The Amelia Island Museum of History opens the exhibit this month at 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach. The exhibit features a Discovery Ship, with knot-tying, dress up, navigational activities and scavenger hunts. Geared toward ages 5-9. Admission is included with museum admission. Twice daily docent-led tours (11 a.m., 2 p.m.); open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 1-4 p.m. Sun. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for students and military. ART ADVENTURES Children ages 6-12 explore maskmaking and learn about symmetry in art as they create an oil pastel mask drawing, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. 355-0630.


MISTER ROGERS SWEATER DRIVE The 10th annual sweater drive is on. Drop off clean, new and gently used sweaters, jackets, coats and blankets through Nov. 30 at WJCT Public Broadcasting Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave., Jacksonville, Two Men & A Truck, 8849 Arlington Expressway, and all First Coast VyStar Credit Union locations. All First Coast schools collect contributions, competing for prizes. Contributions are donated to St. Vincent’s Mobile Outreach Ministry, Clara White Mission, I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. 358-6322. DONATIONS FOR HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS The Elements Massage Yoga & Physical Therapy makes a $5 donation for every massage service performed through Nov. 9 at 12795 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Proceeds benefit Red Cross efforts. 619-1587. WALK TO STOP DIABETES! The American Diabetes Association celebrates the 20th anniversary of its signature fundraising event Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes 9 a.m. (check-in 8 a.m.) Nov. 10 starting at Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. The 5K walk/run raises funds to help the nearly 26 million children and adults with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes and their families, friends, colleagues and caregivers. 730-7200 ext. 3103. To register, volunteer or for more information, visit or call 1-888-DIABETES. OPERATION RESTORED WARRIOR Veteran Enforcers Motorcycle Association hosts this charity event 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at Izzy’s Pizzeria & Sports Bar, 8206 Philips Highway, Southside. The restaurant donates 20% of total sales to benefit the program. Command Sergeant Major Chris Fields (Retired) is the featured speaker. A bike show and contests are also featured. 352-9697. WEST NASSAU HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Amelia Island Museum of History Team is featured at the Thanksgiving dinner meeting 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at West Nassau Museum of History, 45383 Dixie Ave., Callahan. 879-3406. ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAM Brooks Rehabilitation Center

hosts a horseback riding session for people with various challenges 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 10 at Haven Horse Ranch, 7333 C.R. 208, St. Augustine. Volunteers are needed. 813-5710. JOB CLUB The Rosanne R. Hartwell Women’s Center offers a free workshop series for job seekers 2-3 p.m. every Wed. through Nov. 28 at FSCJ Deerwood Center, 9911 Old Baymeadows Rd., Room G-1708, Southside. 256-6982.


LOVE RETREAT Learn to Meditate with Meditations for a Kind Heart is held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach. Donation $25 ($15 students). 222-8531. COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS Six-week martial arts classes for men and women are offered 7-8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4083 Sunbeam Road, Southside. The fee is $40 a month, which includes access to fitness center. 343-6298. YOUNG SURVIVORS Young Survivors Group (those diagnosed with cancer at a young age) meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Mon. each month at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord Ave., Arlington. 722-3000 ext. 224 or email PERFORMERS ACADEMY Fall classes for kids include Recording Made Easy (14 and older), Acting for Tots, Young Performers Theatre, Fundamentals of Acting for Teens, Acting Without Agony with Dwight Cenac, as well as workshops and drop-in courses. 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 322-7672. FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. of the month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Bring a mat. 287-0452. MARINE VETERANS GROUP The Oldest City Detachment 383 gathers 7 p.m. the first Tue. of each month at Elks Lodge 829, 1420 A1A S., St. Augustine. The organization supports Toys For Tots, Canes for Veterans and other community programs. 461-0139. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA The Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers 7 p.m. the first Wed. of every month at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Southside. 419-8821. NAMI SUPPORT GROUP National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside. Admission is free. 389-5556. NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A) Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held 6:30 p.m. every Wed. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Westside. 404-6044. Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE The group meets 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Downtown. 322-4040.  To get an event included here, email time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to or click the link in our Happenings section at Deadline is 4 p.m. Tue. for the next week’s issue.

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(In Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.) BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks Harbor Marina. Daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ 8TH STREET DINER F Familiar diner fare and specialties, including Italian Wedding Soup, teriyaki chicken wrap and The Best BLT. CM, D. 17 S. Eighth St. 491-0330. $$ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO F Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza and shrimp feast. Bread is baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL Owner Jon Walker F Owners John and Bretta Walker offer sports bar fare including onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. Plenty of TVs show nearly every sport imaginable. BW. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 320 S. Eighth St. 321-0303. $ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ Pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a laid-back atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F The casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, and hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Teppanyaki masters create your meal. 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.-Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE F She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE F An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys and seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood. Nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations recommended. 11 S. Seventh St. 4 32-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, with specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drivethru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery and juice bar. An extensive menu offers vegetarian, vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken, fresh organic produce. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 TJ Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PLAE *Bite Club Certified! The cozy venue offers an innovative, PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2012 winner. Elegant dining featuring local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$

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THE SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL Chef T.J. Pelletier The cozy new spot offers waterfront views. Local seafood and produce create signature dishes, like broiled oysters and oyster po’boys. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12 N. Front St. 277-3811. $$-$$$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on the large oceanview deck. Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp, nightly specials. Late-night menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES F Tasty’s offers burgers (Angus beef, turkey or veggie) and fries (like cheese fries, sweet potato fries), along with dogs, shakes, floats and soup. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, BW. 710 Centre St. 321-0409. $ TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK The casual seafood place features local wild-caught shrimp, fish and oysters, along with blackboard specials. L & D, daily. CM, BW. 21 N. Third St. 310-6550. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The favorite local spotserves grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS Chef/Owner Scott Schwartz F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$


CLEOTA’S SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE F Locally owned and operated, Cleota’s offers authentic, homestyle Southern cuisine, like fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, shrimp & grits, mac & cheese. Gourmet desserts. L & D, Tue.-Sun. TO. 2111 University Blvd. N. 800-2102. $ THE STEAKHOUSE @ GOLD CLUB Chef Gregg Rothang F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Daily lunch and dinner specials, wings, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and seafood; happy hour buffets Thur. and Fri. FB. L & D, daily. 320 Gen. Doolittle Dr. 645-5500. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 9070 Merrill Rd. 743-2662. $ KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Steak & shrimp, filet mignon & lobster, shrimp & scallops, a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and traditional Japanese cuisine. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10055 Atlantic Blvd. 724-8883. $$$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. $ NERO’S CAFE F Traditional Italian fare, including seafood, veal, beef, chicken and pasta dishes. Weekly specials are lasagna, 2-for-1 pizza and AYCE spaghetti. CM, FB. L, Sun.; D, daily. 3607 University Blvd. N. 743-3141. $$ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Generous portions and friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ UNIVERSITY DINER F The diner serves familiar breakfast fare and lunch like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $


BAGEL LOVE F This spot serves breakfast and lunch sandwiches, wraps, salads, gluten-free baked goods, freshsqueezed orange juice. CM. B & L, daily. 4114 Herschel St., Ste. 121. 634-7253. $ BISCOTTIS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino. Changing daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Halfportions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ THE CASBAH CAFE Owner Jason Bajalia F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Middle Eastern cuisine is served in a friendly atmosphere. BW. L & D, daily. 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the meat onto your plate from serving tables.

Sunset 30 Tavern & Grill serves seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza under one roof inside the Latitude 30 entertainment complex near Avenues Mall on Philips Highway. Photo: Walter Coker FB. D, Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$ THE FOX RESTAURANT F A local landmark 50+ years. Ian & Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ GREEN MAN GOURMET Organic and natural products, spices, teas, salts, BW. Open daily. 3543 St. Johns Ave. 384-0002. $ MOJO NO. 4 F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 3572 St. Johns Ave. 381-6670. $$ ORSAY Best of Jax 2012 winner. The French/American bistro focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Mon.-Sat.; Brunch & D, Sun. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ SAKE HOUSE JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR #5 New at Shoppes of Avondale. See Riverside. Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 3620 St. Johns Ave. 388-5688. $$ TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ ANCIENT CITY SUBS Locally owned-and-operated by Andy and Rhonna Rockwell, the St. Augustine-themed sandwich shop, now in Baymeadows, serves gourmet subs – toasted, pressed or cold – and salads. CM, TO. Mon.-Sat. 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207 (at Baymeadows Rd.). 446-9988. $ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned-&operated NYC-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brickoven-baked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F ’50s-style diner serves malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, traditional breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-4877. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes made with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ INDIA’S RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Extensive menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS General Manager Brian Williams F Best of Jax 2012 winner. With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$

MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE *Bite Club Certified! F The Lebanese restaurant offers authentic cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE *Bite Club Certified! Center-cut beef, seafood, sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. Signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Orange Park. 8380 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4. 733-0588. $ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a contemporary atmosphere. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. L & D, daily. 8133 Point Meadows Dr. 519-0509. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $ VITO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2012 winner. For more than 25 years, family-owned Vito’s has offered authentic Sicilian fare, like veal saltimbocca, shrimp BadaBing, hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, osso bucco, tiramisu and cannolis. FB, CM. L & D, Tue.-Fri.; D, Sat. & Sun. 3825 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9236. $$


(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA Area Supervisor Gazmir Broci F Al’s has been serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Subs are made-to-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BAGEL WORLD F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This cozy little place offers a breakfast special (eggs, ham and cheese) and

a variety of cream cheeses, coffees and juices. B & L, daily. 2202 S. Third St. 246-9988. $ THE BEACH RESTAURANT F Shrimp, fresh fish, chicken, burgers, burritos and Chicago-style pizza are served at this brand-new oceanfront place. L & D, daily. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets, Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s Bongiorno clan imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheesesteak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers, dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes, wide varieties of barbecue. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. $ BREEZY COFFEE SHOP CAFE F This new local coffee shop café features fresh, locally roasted Costa Rican organic coffee and espresso, as well as freshly-baked-in-house muffins, breads, scones and cakes. Breakfast, lunch and vegan options available. CM. B, L, Br., daily. 235 Eighth Ave. S. 241-2211. $ BUDDHA THAI BISTRO Owner/Chef Guy Boonsanong F Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-andtrue recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$ BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The Gallery’s kid sister at the beach each is mostly take-out; same great chow, fast service. 1333 N. Third St. 242-8226. $ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Springfield. 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. $ CRAB CAKE FACTORY JAX *Bite Club Certified! F Chef Khan Vongdara presents an innovative menu of seafood dishes and seasonal favorites. FB. L & D daily. 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza. 247-9880. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas and killer cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB *Bite Club Certified! Four sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, with faves Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ DICK’S WINGS F The casual NASCAR-themed place serves 365 wing varieties. The menu features half-pound burgers, ribs and salads. BW, TO. L & D daily. 2434 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. 311 N. Third St., 853-5004. $ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY Head Chef Sam Scribner F Gastropub fare is served here: soups, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches, like BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Craft beers made onsite, too. Daily specials. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ THE FISH COMPANY *Bite Club Certified! F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets and grilled tuna and there’s an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Call for hours and menu. D, Thur.-Sat.; L, Sat.; Br., Sun. 177 Sailfish Dr. E. 246-4293. $$ HOT DOG HUT F All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 S. Third St. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB The full-service restaurant offers corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips. 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MAMBO’S CUBAN CAFE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Authentic Cuban cuisine, including ropa vieja, picadillo and lechon asada … and mojitos. FB, CM, TO. L & D, daily. 311 N. Third St., Ste. 103. 853-6360. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS *Bite Club Certified! F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Southside. 1080 Third St. N. 241-5600. $ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 1534 N. Third St. 853-6817. $$ MEZZA LUNA F A Beaches tradition for 20-plus years. Gourmet wood-fired pizzas to contemporary American

cuisine. Inside or patio dining. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR Operations Manager Jackson Rust F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar, like pulled pork, Texas brisket, slowcooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN Chef Mike Ayres F For 25-plus years, Monkey’s has served locals and visitors pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE Chef Omar Collazo F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Chef O’s cuisine features local fare and innovative dishes, served in an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the waterfront tiki deck. FB, CM. L & D, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 2309 Beach Blvd. 247-3300. $$ NORTH BEACH BISTRO *Bite Club Certified! Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 Best of Jax 2012 winner. A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ POE’S TAVERN F American gastropub offers 50-plus beers, craft and local/regional selections. Gourmet burgers, handcut fries, fish tacos, quesadillas, Edgar’s Drunken Chili, daily fish sandwich special. L & D, daily. FB, CM. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ ROYAL PALM VILLAGE WINE & TAPAS Locally owned and operated, this new place offers creative tapas selections, like warm prosciutto dates with balsamic glaze and pork & black bean empanadas with salsa fresco. 200+ wines, 15 rotating draft microbrew beers. D, Mon.-Sat. 296 Royal Palms Dr., Atlantic Beach. 372-0052. $-$$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Specialty menu items include signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos, local fried shrimp. Casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 N. Third St. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas, wings, steak, prime rib and surf n turf. L & D, daily. FB. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Riverside. 645 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0906. $ SUN DELI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Classic deli fare and a build-your-own menu: corned beef, salami, pastrami, turkey and liverwurst, and signature creations like the Radical Side. 1101 S. Third St. Mon.-Sat. 270-1040. $ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD *Bite Club Certified! F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, plus fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. Valet parking. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ URBAN FLATS Ancient world-style flatbread is paired with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches and entrées, served in a casual, urban atmosphere. An international wine list is offered. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 131 First Ave. N. 595-5263. $$ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapas-style menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.-Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$


(The Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX Located on the first floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos and

homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ CASA DORA ITALIAN RESTAURANT F For 36 years, owner Freddy Ghobod and Chef Sam Hamidi have been serving genuine Italian fare, including veal, ribeye steaks, seafood, pizza and sandwiches. Homemade-style salad dressing is a specialty. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; D, Sat. 108 E. Forsyth St. 356-8282. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE Owner/Chef Hanif Kissoonlal F Authentic Caribbean lunch buffet Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $$ FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Best of Jax 2012 winner. Casual dining with an uptown Irish flair includes fish & chips, Guinness beef stew, black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176. 374-1247. $$ INDOCHINE Best of Jax 2012 winner. Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ KOJA SUSHI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION F This place features brick-ovenbaked pizzas, grinders, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, custom sandwiches and fries served in a laid-back setting. FB, 27 For questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. beers on draft. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 119 E. Bay St. 860-5451. $ OLIO MARKET Fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, entrées. FAX YOURFPROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 In Churchwell Lofts building, Olio partners eclectic tastes with Old World ambiance in a casual renovated space. L, Mon.-Fri.; late Art Walk. 301 E. Bay St. 356-7100. $$ PROMISE OF BENEFIT ASK FOR ACTION Produced SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday SUPPORT lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ TRELLISES HYATT REGENCY American cuisine includes a breakfast buffet, made-to-order omelet station, a la carte items. Signature entrees: grouper salad, Angus burgers, Reubens, French onion grilled cheese, seafood, steaks. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 225 East Coast Line Dr. 634-4540. $$$ ZODIAC GRILL Owner/Chef Jeriees Ewais F This spot serves busy Downtowners a variety of Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, as well as a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $


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LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Southside. 1800 Town Center Pkwy. 541-1999. $ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$ TAPS BAR & GRILL F See Julington. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1605 C.R. 220, Ste. 145. 278-9421. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F The renowned seafood place, familyowned since 1963, offers AYCE freshwater catfish. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. And you can get there by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ AROY THAI FUSION Owner/Chef Vithoon Khamchareon The new restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine, including pad Thai, Thai fried rice and traditional curry dishes. Daily happy hour, FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40. 374-0161. $$ BIG DAWG’S SPORTS RESTAURANT F The family-friendly casual sports place has wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and specialty salads. Kids get a Puppy Chow menu. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12630 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 551-3059. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Authentic New Yorkstyle pizza, Italian pastas, desserts; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CASTILLO DE MEXICO F The authentic, extensive menu includes a weekday lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, Kernan Square. 998-7006. $$ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$

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NAME: Chef Scott Houser RESTAURANT: The Grotto, 2012 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville


FAVORITE RESTAURANT (besides mine): Per Se, New York City FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Nouveau American cuisine FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Passion IDEAL MEAL: The meal that makes you forget about everything except the great vibe at your table. WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Peeps. CRAZIEST RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE: I opt out of this to maintain my professionalism. INSIDER’S SECRET: Taste everything. Photo: Walter Coker EL RANCHITO Latin American cuisine includes dishes from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. BW, CM, TO. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 22. 992-4607. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. Family-friendly place offers a legendary buffet featuring a variety of familiar favorites as well as new items. B, L & D, daily. 14035 Beach Blvd. 992-9294. $ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE F A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA Chef Jorge Camacho F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Family-owned-and-operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1A. 821-9880. $ THAI ORCHID F Authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, curry dishes and rice dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 683-1286. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$


BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ TAPS BAR & GRILL Chef J.P. Roberts F Taps’ chefs prepare every dish: beef, chicken and shrimp, with the freshest ingredients. Large selection of premium beers on tap. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2220 C.R. 210 W., St. Johns. 819-1554. $$ VINO’S PIZZA With four locations, Vino’s makes all their Italian and American dishes with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103. 230-6966. $ WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE F The fine dining restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine, a full sushi menu, curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108. 230-6688. $$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F The seafood place offers an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings, pasta. Faves: ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side.

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CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Cheese! CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE Chef/Owner Tom Blanke F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE Authentic Brazilian dishes include steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers and hot sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. Traditional feijoada (black beans and pork stew with rice, collards, orange salad and toasted yucca flour with bacon) is served every Sat. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20. 880-3313. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New York-style pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd., 880-0020. $ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Family-owned, Enza’s offers fine Italian dining, featuring veal and seafood dishes. Daily specials. FB, CM, TO. D, Tue.-Sun. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin Landing. 268-4458. $$$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 11470 San Jose Blvd. 886-9699. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, falloff-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$ LeGRAND’S THE STEAK & SEAFOOD PLACE F Locally owned and operated, LeGrand’s offers aged beef cured onsite in the dry aging room and cut in-house, as well as seafood, chicken and a variety of sides. FB, CM. L & D, daily; Br. Sun. 11290 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-3663. $$$ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE Laid-back atmosphere; 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 12807 San Jose Blvd. 638-6185. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ PICASSO’S PIZZERIA F Specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta. Fresh local seafood and steaks. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 10503 San Jose Blvd. 880-0811. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F See Orange Park. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, Outback Plaza. 503-2230. $$ RACK ’EM UP SPORTS BAR F This cigar & hookah lounge

offers bar food and more than 200 beers, imported and domestic. D, nightly. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 262-4030. $ THE RED ELEPHANT PIZZA & GRILL This casual, familyfriendly eatery serves pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials and pasta dishes. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12. 683-3773. $$ TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q Owned and operated by the Tankersley family, this place offers made-from-scratch Southern-style fare, featuring their own sauces. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23. 351-8265. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a fullservice and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Madeto-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$

RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers eclectic cuisine of local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch; fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ TABLE 1 This new upscale, casual restaurant has a variety of items, from appetizers to entrées to salads, as well as a wine bar featuring an extensive list of wines by the glass. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5549. $$$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS Best of Jax 2012 winner. Artisan-crafted, small-batch roasted specialty coffees from its certified organic roastery and brew bar, including lattes, local pastries, craft beers. BW. 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1 & 2. 855-1181. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery offers pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes (calzone, stromboli, subs, panini) and microbrews served in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Sun. Br. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ EDGEWOOD BAKERY F Best of Jax 2012 winner. For nearly 65 years, the espresso and pastry café has served fresh breakfast pastries, petit fours and pies, sandwiches, smoothies and soups. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 1012 S. Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill. 389-8054. $ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET Deli Manager Dalton Trigg F Organic and natural market with juice & smoothie bar. Wide selection of organic produce, gourmet cheeses and humanely raised meats. Grab-and-go sandwiches, wraps, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.-Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ KICKBACKS GASTROPUB F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This neighborhood spot serves favorites 20 hours a day, every day. 655+ bottled beers, 84 on tap. CM. 910 King St. 388-9551. $$ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 1661 Riverside Ave., Ste. 128. 900-1955. $ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-nchips – plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PELE’S WOOD FIRE At this restaurant, Chef Micah Windham uses a wood-fired oven to create traditional, authentic Italian fare with a modern twist. CM, FB, TO. L & D, daily; Br., weekend. 2665 Park St. 232-8545. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily. Large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ SAKE HOUSE # 1JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE Best of Jax 2012 winner. This casual place offers good-for-you soups, sandwiches and salads without the usual fat and salt – hot and cold gourmet seafood and meat dishes, vegetarian, vegan dishes. Take-out fresh/frozen soups. L & D, daily. 1526 King St. 387-9394. $ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, California roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$

ARON’S PIZZA F The family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sports-themed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 582 Blanding Blvd. 272-0755. $ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine and stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS The Italian restaurant’s specialty is a 24-slice pizza: 18˝x26˝ of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS Best of Jax 2012 winner. Known since 1968 for their Orange Frost drink, Orange Tree serves hot dogs – topped with slaw, chili, cheese, onion sauce or sauerkraut – plus personal pizzas. 1910 Wells Rd., O.P. Mall, Ste. H06. 269-1164. $ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR F Family-owned-andoperated. Gourmet pizza, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. The pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, calzones, linguini, ravioli, made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches and popular lunches are served. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN Chef Thongthine Aphayasane F Authentic traditional Thai fare made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty items include crispy duck, pra-ram, pad Thai, seafood. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Sat. & Sun. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine: fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! Chef Brett Smith’s global cuisine is seasonal and local. Selections include prime steaks, New York strip, lamb and lobster Napoleon. FB, CM. D, nightly. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott. 285-7777. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine: fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ MULLIGAN’S PUB F The new Irish gastropub, at Hilton Garden Inn, offers a variety of favorites and Irish dishes. FB. D, daily. 45 PGA Tour Blvd. 280-1661. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks include Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$


SUSHI CAFÉ Sushi Chef Leo Lin F A variety of sushi, including popular Monster Roll and Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. Publix Plaza. 384-2888. $$ TAPA THAT This place puts a modern spin on traditional tapas-style service, using locally/organically grown items as much as possible. Specialties include duck confit spring rolls and Cuban rice & beans cake. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 820 Lomax St. 376-9911. $$ 13 GYPSIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. This intimate bistro serves authentic Mediterranean peasant cuisine, specializing in tapas, blackened octopus, risotto of the day and coconut mango curry chicken. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 887 Stockton St. 389-0330. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $ TRES LECHES F The new bakery/café offers quiches, arepas, empanadas, cachitos, eggplant lasagna, omelets and sandwiches, and an array of specialty desserts, including cakes, pies, tarts and coffee cakes, served in a casual environment. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6. 551-4375. $$


A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. 461-0102. $$ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE This new Irish bar and pub in historic downtown offers burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. BW. L & D, daily. 48 Spanish St. 547-2023. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S F For 30-plus years, this family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. 547-2723. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F The Vilano Beach mainstay offers coastal cuisine – tapas platters, cioppino, fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar – indoors or on an oak-shaded deck. Boat access. FB. L, Fri.-Sun., D, nightly. 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach. 824-8794. $$ CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE F Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats & cheeses, salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR *Bite Club Certified! Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts, light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 3 St. George St. 824-6993. $ THE FLORIDIAN The downtown restaurant serves innovative Southern fare, made with local farmers’ local food. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, ’N’grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 39 Cordova St. 829-0655. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, two-story house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$

HOT SHOT BAKERY & CAFE Freshly baked items, coffees and hand-crafted breakfast and lunch sandwiches; Datil B. Good hot sauces and pepper products. B & L, daily. 8 Granada St. 824-7898. $ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL F Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ PACIFIC ASIAN BISTRO F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Fresh, artfully crafted sushi, sashimi and classic rolls are offered at Pacific Asian Bistro. Best Chef Mas Liu creates authentic sushi – like Crazy Girl (shrimp tempura, asparagus, salmon), and Mango Tango (salmon, crab, tuna, flying fish egg, mango sauce). Traditional Asian dishes also available. Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 159 Palencia Village Dr., Ste. 111. 808-1818. $$-$$$ PIZZALLEY’S PIZZERIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Fresh, prepared onsite, gourmet pizza is offered by the pie or the slice at this restaurant in the historic district. Hot subs, wings and salads, too. L & D, daily. BW. 117 St. George St. For questions, please call your advertising representative at 825-2627. $$ THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ Best of Jax 2012 winner. The FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 cozy café serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes – all prepared without PROMISE OFmeat, BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION dairy, wheat or an oven. Organic BW. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 224 W. King St. 827-4499. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ RAINTREE In a Victorian home, Raintree offers fare with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ THE REEF RESTAURANT F Casual oceanfront place with a view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SARA’S CREPE CAFE Crêpes, both traditional European style and with innovative twists, are served along with Belgian waffles in the historic district. Dine indoors or out in the openair courtyard. B, L & D, daily. 100 St. George St. 810-5800. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, the two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE In the historic district, Spy features James Bond-themed sushi and Mediterraneaninfluenced global cuisine on the seasonal menu, including fresh – never frozen – Hawaiian seafood. Dine indoors or out on the patio. Upstairs lounge, too. Great selection of chilled sakes. BW, CM. D, nightly. 21 Hypolita St. 819-5637. $$$ SUNSET GRILLE Seafood-heavy menu, consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties are baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp, datil pepper wings. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$ THE TASTING ROOM, WINE & TAPAS Owned by Michael Lugo, the upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. L, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 25 Cuna St. 810-2400. $$


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BAHAMA BREEZE ISLAND GRILLE Fresh seafood, chicken, flame-grilled steaks and hand-crafted tropical drinks made with flavorful ingredients inspired by the Caribbean. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10205 River Coast Dr. 646-1031. $$$ BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. Burgers are made with fresh ground beef; wide selection of toppings, including fried onions, jalapeños or sautéed mushrooms. Fries, kosher hot dogs and soft drinks, too. L & D, daily. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, along with third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-theoven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET F A changing menu of more than 180 items includes cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$

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Tamales, fajitas and pork tacos are customer favorites, but the grande margaritas and chips and salsa aren’t far behind at La Nopalera, on Beach Boulevard (pictured), and several other locations around town. Photo: Walter Coker

MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT Non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurt is served in flavors that change weekly. Toppings include a variety of fruit and nuts. 4860 Big Island Dr. 807-9292. $ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Best of Jax 2012 winner. Traditional chicken, duck, pork, beef and lamb dishes, plus vegetarian plates and gluten-free selections. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 137. 641-3392. $$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. $$ SAKE HOUSE #3 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR New location. See Riverside. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 996-2288. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Authentic cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racingthemed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$


ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Pulled pork, brisket and North Carolina-style barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$


BASIL THAI & SUSHI Owner Melanie Goh F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Thai cuisine includes pad Thai, curry dishes and sushi in a relaxing atmosphere. L & D, Mon.-Sat. BW. 1004 Hendricks Ave. 674-0190. $$ bb’s F A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; Br. & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX Chef Tom Gray F French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, award-winning wines, woodfired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Dine indoor or out. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $

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EUROPEAN STREET F Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO Chef Scott Houser F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Wine by the glass. Tapas-style menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE *Bite Club Certified! F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo, ropa vieja, churrasco tenderloin steak, Cuban sandwiches. L & D, Mon.Sat. CM, FB. 2578 Atlantic Blvd. 399-0609. $ MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILLE F Homestyle healthy plates: hummus, tebouleh, grape leaves, gyros, potato salad, kibbeh, spinach pie, Greek salad, daily specials. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 1705 Hendricks Ave. 396-2250. $$ PIZZA PALACE Dino F All homemade dishes from Mama’s award-winning recipes including spinach pizza and chickenspinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar has fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas and coffees; 30 smoothies, with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurt and granola. Daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2012 winner. Serving Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood, in an upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE #2 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ SAN MARCO DELI F Independently owned & operated classic diner serves grilled fish, turkey burgers. Vegetarian options. Mon.-Sat. 1965 San Marco Blvd. 399-1306. $ TAVERNA Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style woodfired pizzas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. This location offers a lunch buffet. L & D, daily. 1430 San Marco Blvd. 683-2444. $


AROMAS BEER HOUSE Faves include ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ BISTRO 41° F Casual dining – fresh, homemade breakfast and lunch dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. TO. B & L, Mon.Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $ BLUE BAMBOO Contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine includes rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai. Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$

BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes are served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. $ THE FLAME BROILER Manager Paula Hulett F Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, brown or white rice, with grilled beef, chicken, Korean short ribs. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 6192786. New location: 7159 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 337-0007. $ GREEK ISLES CAFE Authentic Greek, American and Italian fare, including gyros, spinach pie and Greek meatballs. Homemade breads, desserts. House specialties are eggs benedict and baklava. BW, CM., TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7860 Gate Parkway, Ste. 116. 564-2290. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F Since 1975 serving house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS *Bite Club Certified! F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies, vegetarian choices for specialty pizzas, hoagies, calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Ct. 997-1955. $ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned with an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ SAKE SUSHI F Sushi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu, soups. Popular rolls include Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue, Fat Boy. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 31. 647-6000. $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., Tinseltown. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, seafood, sandwiches. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F Gastropub has Southern-style fare; dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft , IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL Chef Eric Searles F Located in Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$

TAVERNA YAMAS Chef Kalli Rapanakis Best of Jax 2012 winner. *Bite Club Certified! The Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven – the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Calzones, soups, salads; Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses, Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ URBAN ORGANICS The local organic produce co-op offers seasonal fresh organic vegetables and fruit, as well as greenhouse and gardening supplies. Mon.-Sat. 5325 Fairmont St. 398-8012. $ WATAMI ASIAN FUSION F AYCE sushi, as well as teppanyaki grill items. Rolls include the Jaguar, dynamite, lobster and soft-shell crab. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-9464. $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Serving teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi and sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$


BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR *Bite Club Certified! F A full menu of sportsbar faves is served; pizzas till 2 a.m. Dine inside or on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA Chef Jorge Luis F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 13249 City Square Dr., 751-9711. $ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 7043 Normandy Blvd. 378-3688. $ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 5945 New Kings Rd. 765-8515. $ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F Locally-owned-and-operated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS Best of Jax 2012. See Orange Park. 840 Nautica Dr., River City Mrkt, Ste. 125. 714-0813. $ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ THE SAVANNAH BISTRO Chef Arthur White Low Country fare Mediterranean and French inspired crab cakes, NY strip, she crab soup, mahi mahi. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 14670 Duval Rd. Crowne Plaza Airport. 741-4404. $-$$$ THREE LAYERS CAFE F Lunch, bagels, desserts. Adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ UPTOWN MARKET *Bite Club Certified! F At corner of Third & Main, serving fresh fare made with the same élan that rules Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$ 

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

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

Caught on Video: Christ’s Return

• “Coming Up Next! The Resurrection! Live!”: “If the Messiah descends from the Mount of Olives as foretold in the Bible,” wrote the Los Angeles Times in an October dispatch from Jerusalem, the two largest Christian television networks in the U.S. promise to cover the arrival live from a hilltop in that city. Daystar Television has already been beaming a 24/7 webcam view, and Trinity Broadcasting Network bought the building next door to Daystar’s in September and has begun staging live and pre-recorded programs using the broad expanse of the Holy Land city as background.

Can’t Possibly Be True

• Once again, in September, upscale Standard Hotel, in New York City’s lower Manhattan, made headlines for the views it provides amazed pedestrians. In 2009, it was the hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing amorous couples at play (unless guests knew to draw the curtains), especially delighting out-of-towners seeking inexpensive entertainment. Now, a New York Daily News September 2012 report revealed restrooms at the hotel’s Boom-Boom Room restaurant posed a bigger problem: no curtains at all. One restroom user from Australia said, “Sitting on the royal throne, you don’t expect a public viewing.” On the other hand, the Daily News noted one gentleman relieving himself and waving merrily at the gawking crowd below. • Valerie Spruill, 60, of Doylestown, Ohio, disclosed publicly in September she’d unknowingly married her own father following the dissolution of her first marriage, which had produced three children. Percy Spruill, a “nice man,” she said, died in 1998, and Valerie told the Akron Beacon Journal she’d heard family rumors after that but only confirmed the parentage in 2004 (with DNA from an old hairbrush). After eight years of silence, from embarrassment, she went public, she said, to help other women from tumultuous childhoods in which many men are in their mothers’ lives. • Earlier this year, the National Football League suspended some New Orleans Saints players and the head coach for having a reward system that paid players for purposely injuring opponents. In September, coach Darren Crawford of the Tustin, Calif., Pee Wee Red Cobras team was suspended when former players reported the coach ran a seemingly similar scheme among his 10- and 11-year-olds, using a cash reward of up to $50 for the “hit of the game.” Last year’s top prize went to the boy who left an opposing running back with a mild concussion. At press time, the investigation was ongoing; no charges had been filed.


• Because We Can, That’s Why: In September, National Geographic’s cable TV show “Taboo” featured three young Tokyo partiers as examples of the “bagel head” craze in which fun-lovers inject saline just under the skin of the forehead to create a swelling and then pressure the center to achieve a donut look that lasts up to 24 hours before the saline is absorbed into the body. Some adventurers have injected other areas of the body, even the scrotum. • Recurring Theme: In Ventura, Calif., in

September, a scammer tried to bilk victims out of money by assuring them he could double their cash (in this case, $14,000) by spraying it with a secret chemical. Of course, victims had to wait several hours for their newly doubled cash to dry; eventually discovering the scammer substituted blank paper — by that time, he was long gone. The weirdest aspect? People who are so unsophisticated as to fall for it somehow managing to amass, in this tight economy, $14,000 in cash to begin with. • For a September beauty contest of female college students in China’s Hubei province, certain minimum body requirements were established at the outset (beyond the traditional chest, waist and hip sizes). Among them, according to a Global Post item: The space between the candidate’s pupils should be 46 percent of the distance between each pupil and the nearer ear, and the distance between a candidate’s nipples should be at least 20cm (7.8 inches).


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• Richard Parker Jr., 36, was arrested in New London, Conn., in September after allegedly hitting a man several times with a pillow, then taking his car keys and driving off. • An 18-year-old college student who moved to New York City only three weeks earlier was knocked briefly unconscious in September when a mattress fell 30 stories to the sidewalk from a building on Broad Street in Manhattan.

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• James Davis, 73, has been ordered by the town of Stevenson, Ala., to disinter his wife’s body from his front yard and re-bury it in a cemetery. The front yard is where she wanted to be, said Davis, and this way he can visit her every time he walks out the door. Davis, challenging the order at the Court of Appeals, said he feels singled out, since people in Stevenson “have raised pigs in their yard,” have “horses in the road here” and “gravesites here all over the place.”

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Data stored and disseminated on the Internet is unimaginably voluminous, yet the 540 billion trillion electrons that carry all this information weigh about the same as a strawberry. This fun fact is a metaphor for the work you’re doing these days — and the play, too. Your output is prodigious. Your intensity’s on the verge of becoming legendary. Your efforts’ potency may set in motion effects to last a long time. Yet, to the naked eye or casual observer, it all may look as simple and light as a strawberry. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): What if you have a twin sister or brother your mother gave up for adoption right after you were born and never told you about? Or what if you have a soul twin you’ve never met — a potential ally who understands life the same ways you do? Either way, it’s time the two of you might finally discover each other. At least, I suspect you go deeper and deeper with a kindred spirit to help you transform stories about your origins and make you feel more at home on the planet.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I urged you to meditate on death not as the end of physical life, but as a metaphor for shedding what’s outworn. I then asked you to describe the best death you’d ever experienced. I got a response applicable to you from a reader named Judd: “My best death was getting chicken pox at age 13 while living in the Philippines. My mother banished me to the TV room. I was uncomfortable but hyperactive, lonely and driven to agony by the awful shows. After six hours, something popped. My suffering turned inside out, and a miracle bloomed. I closed my eyes and my imagination opened up like a vortex. Images, ideas, places, dreams, people familiar and strange — all amazing, colorful, and vibrant — flowed through my head. I knew then and there no material thing on Earth could hook me up to the source of life like my own thoughts. I was free!” CANCER (June 21-July 22): Conservationists are surprised by what’s been happening in and around Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. The tigers living there have changed their schedule. They used to prowl at all hours, day and night, but as more people moved into the area, the creatures increasingly became nocturnal. Researchers who’ve studied this believe the tigers are doing so to better coexist with humans. I suspect a metaphorically similar development is possible for you. Meditate on how your life’s wildest part could adapt better to the most civilized part, and vice versa. (Read more:

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What’s a dry waterfall? The term may refer to the location of an extinct waterfall where a river once fell over a cliff, but has since stopped flowing. Döda Fallet in Sweden is like that. “Dry waterfall” may also signify a waterfall that only exists for a while after a heavy rain, then disappears. One example is on Namibia’s Brukkaros Mountain. A third variant shows up in Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting “Cliffs Beyond Abiquiu, Dry Waterfall.” It’s a lush rendering of a stark landscape near the New Mexico town where she lived. Soon you’ll have a metaphorical version of a dry waterfall. It’s ready if you’re ready. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You’re getting to where you need to be, but you’re still not there. You have a good share of raw materials you’ll need to reach your goal, but as of yet, you don’t have enough of the structure to make everything work. The in-between state you’re in reminds me of a passage by author Elias Canetti: “His head is made of stars, but not yet arranged into constellations.” Your next assignment? See what you can do about coalescing a few constellations. 42 | | NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Doctors used to believe ulcers were caused by stress and spicy foods, but in the 1980s, researchers Barry Marshall and Robin Warren began to promote an alternative theory. They believed the culprit was H. pylori, a type of bacteria. To test their hypothesis, Marshall drank a Petri dish full of H. pylori. Within days, he got gastric symptoms and underwent an endoscopy. The evidence proved he and his partner were right. They won a Nobel Prize for their work. (Marshall recovered.) Be inspired by their approach. Formulate experiments to let you make practical tests of your ideas; consider being a guinea pig. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It’s not prime time to rake in rewards, collect hard-earned goodies and celebrate successes you’ve been building toward a long time. It’s fine if you end up doing those things, but I suspect what you’re best suited for now is getting things started. You’ll attract help from unexpected sources if you lay the groundwork for projects to work on throughout 2013. You’re in alignment with cosmic rhythms, too. Your motto is from fellow Scorpio, writer Robert Louis Stevenson: “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): On a beach, a man saw a pelican barely moving. Was it sick? He wanted to help. Drawing close, he saw ants crawling all over it. He brushed them off, carried the bird to his car and drove it to a veterinarian. After a thorough examination, the doctor realized the pelican was suffering from a fungus the ants had been eating away — and probably would’ve removed completely if the man hadn’t interfered. Moral of the story: Sometimes healing happens in unexpected ways, and nature knows better than we do how to make it happen. Keep that in mind in the weeks ahead. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A farmer in Japan found a 56-leaf clover. Actually, he bred it in his garden at home. It took effort. Presumably, it gave him 14 times the luck of a mere four-leaf clover. I don’t think your good karma is quite that extravagant in the week ahead, but there’s a good chance you get into at least the 16-leaf realm. To raise the odds of approaching the 56leaf level, remember: Luck tends to flow in the direction of those who work hard to prepare for it and earn it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The world’s largest bell is in Moscow, Russia. Called the Tsar Bell, it’s made of bronze, weighs 445,170 pounds and is elaborately decorated with images of people, angels and plants. It’s not been rung once in its 275 years of existence. Anything comparable in your life? Some huge presence that’s never actually been used? The time’s near when that stillness may finally come to an end. Decide how this happens rather than let fate choose. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Interested in experiencing a close brush with a holy anomaly, rowdy blessing or divine wild card? If not, that’s OK. Just say, “No, I’m not ready for a lyrical flurry of uncanny grace.” And the freaky splendor, convulsive beauty or mystical mutation will avoid contact with you, no questions asked. But if you think you may like communing with a subversive blast of illumination — like you could have fun coming to terms with a tricky epiphany to blow your mind — then go out under the night sky and whisper a message like this: “I’m ready for you, sweetness. Find me.”  Rob Brezsny

I DON’T EVEN KNOW HIS LAST NAME I met you at the Loft night of FL/GA game. We danced, I let you kiss me but forgot to get your number. When: Oct. 27. Where: Riverside. #1446-1106 ELI YOUNG CONCERT AT MAVERICKS You saved my spot during the concert while I went to the bathroom and I thanked you with a couple of Yuenglings. I wanted to get your number but you left in kind of a hurry. Let’s try this again. When: Oct. 28. Where: Mavericks. #1445-1106 WISH YOU KNEW ME! You: Distinguished salt-and-pepper hair, sparkling blue eyes, wearing jeans, with young boy, shopping in dairy aisle. Me: Pretty brown hair, brown-eyed petite lady in jeans, white T-shirt. Our eyes met, we shared a smile and hello. The boy noticed our attraction and asked if you knew me. When: Oct. 21. Where: Walmart, U.S. 1, St. Augustine. #1444-1030 103RD PLANET FITNESS STUDMUFFIN There’s something about the way you look at me, want to know you, but neither one of us has had the courage to Say Anything. You sure do pump that iron. lol. Short, light-skinned, always with a friend. Me: Your height, caramel complexion, curly hair. Let’s stop the stares and say the words :) When: Oct. 17. Where: Planet Fitness. #1443-1030 LOVELY @ LATITUDE 30 You: Crazy DOPE chick from my hometown; cute dimples made me speak. Wish I could’ve said more. Maybe we can go bowling or play skee ball one day. Me: Wu-Tang fan, you kept me smiling as I kept y’all laughing. When: Oct. 20. Where: Latitude 30. #1442-1030 GINGER GODDESS BY RIVERSIDE PARK Saucy little redhead with cheetah tattoo walking a big brown dog by Five Points! Passed you in my car and couldn’t help but stare. You looked at me and smiled. You’ve been running through my mind ever since. When: Oct. 11. Where: Five Points. #1441-1030 BEAUTIFUL SOULED TATTOOED GODDESS You: Beanie, blue V-neck, tight khakis, vans and left arm full of color. Me: Long dark hair, full sleeves and yellow dress. I asked you about your writing but I was too lost in your deep blue eyes and unworldly smile to catch every word. I need to know you. When: Oct. 19. Where: Bold Bean Riverside. #1440-1030 JUST FITNESS 4 U HUNK Your stunning smile and sense of humor made my day. I was on a guest pass; you explained the gym to me; then you were play-fighting with the cutest 3-4 year old, which shows how much of a real man you are. You got my number in the computer; please call :-) When: Oct. 15. Where: Just Fitness 4 U Baymeadows. #1439-1023 BEAUTIFUL O.A.R. DREAM GIRL You and GF dancing in the row in front of me and my friend. You fed me nachos; your kiss was amazing! Remember what I wrote you on my iPhone? I’m sending vibes so you know to read this; we’ll fulfill our destiny together. When: Oct. 10. Where: St. Augustine. #1438-1023 INTO WISHIN’ We picked up Folio Weekly and looked at ISAWU at the same time. Thanks for noticing. You’re an amazing person. I enjoy every time we hang out! Thank you for remembering smaller things! I look forward to more beach sunrise and future dance adventures with you. My No. 1 late night friend! Keep on dancing! When: Sept. 29. Where: Jax Beach. #1437-1016 THIS ONE’S FOR YOU You caught my eye bowling an almost, if not perfect, score. You were wearing a florescent green shirt. My friend’s boyfriend kept sizing you up. You told me “this one’s for you” and then bowled a strike, to irritate him. Me: Playing horribly and wishing you were serious. Want to teach me how to bowl? When: Oct. 7. Where: Beaches Bowling Alley. #1436-1016 “WHITE” HAIRED “MAN” I was in beer line, you sat next to bar. You watched my every move, wanted to speak, but the company you keep wouldn’t allow it. How do we fix this? Lovers come and go, but true love comes once. Is that what this is? I still believe love transcends all! When: Sept. 14. Where: FL Blues Fest. #1435-1016

THIRSTY FOR ZEPHYRHILLS You: Selling Zephyrhills water coolers; can’t get you out of my head. You: Long curly black hair, wore very complimenting black pants. You look like Kim Kardashian. Me: Brown hair, muscular build. I’m naturally an introvert but you’re so easy to talk to. When: Sept. 26. Where: Jacksonville. #1434-1009 EMT TRANSPORT You: Cute blonde EMT who works for Century ambulance company. Me: Stressed nurse caught off guard. You picked up my patient Monday night for transport. You got my heart racing. Second chance for a first impression? When: Oct. 1. Where: Memorial. #1433-1009 SUNDAY BEACH WALKING BABE ISU often on Sundays strolling South Jax Beach, always alone. You: long dark hair in a ponytail, sunglasses, baseball cap, bikini, long board shorts: Today they were white; you went near PV poles. Me: bright blue tank, black shorts, barefoot running. I ran past twice wondering if you’d like company? When: Sept. 23. Where: Ponte Vedra. #1432-1009 BLACK JEANS, BLACK BOOT, BLACK HAIR… TIMEBOMB ISU while you were working at Willowbranch Library. You remind me of a grown-up Wednesday Addams, in all black looking amazing as always. Me in black shorts and a blue shirt. Maybe we could have coffee and talk about books. When: Sept. 27. Where: Willowbranch Library. #1431-1009 I REMEMBERED OCTOBER SECOND I remember the first day I saw you, Oct. 2: blue-eyed brunette. Pink sweater, bedazzled jeans, flip-flops. I remember the last day I saw you, May 22: You gave me a BIG hug. I couldn’t help thinking how beautiful you looked. Green Irish T-shirt, black pants, glasses. That’s how much I notice you. When: Oct. 2, 2010 & May 22, 2012. Where: In front of my place. #1430-1009 BLUE EYED BARISTA You: Standing strong. Beautiful blueeyed, black-haired, San Marco barista. Me: Brown-haired, blue-eyed, free spirit – I’ve hungered for these games. I’ve seen you for almost a year. You’re more than I can think about. I think you know who I am. Let’s connect again. When: Aug. 1. Where: San Marco. #1429-1002 GYPSY NOVA – ISU We both grabbed Folio Weekly on the way to the table, at once flipped to back, then simultaneously looked for an ‘ISU’ about ourselves; one day, someone may notice. Maybe not what you had in mind, but I ‘Saw You’ for the hopeless romantic like me you are in that moment. Never stop looking When: Sept. 1. Where: Denny’s @ Atlantic/9A. #1428-1002 THE BEST PATIENT OF THE DAY I was the day’s best patient; you can take the credit! You assisted the neurosurgeon who stuck me with a needle. Consequently, you were stuck in my head the rest of the day. You: Cute medical asst. in scrubs with

salt’n’pepper hair. Me: Tough blonde, plaid skirt. When: Sept. 19. Where: Injury Care Center Lenox Ave. #1427-1002 I FELT LIKE CHICKEN LITTLE I thought the sky was falling but it was just a floral Febreeze can. I looked to the sky and saw something sparkle. It wasn’t a star, it was your smile. I’d take the time to smell your roses. When: Sept. 15. Where: Riverside. #1426-0925 ARLINGTON SALVATION ARMY FRIDAYS 2X I’ve seen you & I know you’ve seen me. Haven’t seen you for 3 wks! Hope you’re OK! You’re handsome & dangerous to me, I know from deep within. You: Aviators. Me: Jackie O’s. Sparks fly! When: Aug. 17 & 24. Where: Salvation Army Arlington. #1425-0925 LIL EXOTIC BEAUTY ON THE BEACH You were down from the pier hangin’ solo, think we both sprained our necks checking each other out(; You: Cute dark skin lil’ hottie; Me: Sexy surfer guy...came back & you were gone?! See ya again soon? When: Sept. 14. Where: Jax Beach. #1424-0925 WORLD MARKET CUTE SHOES I commented about your shoes and you commented on my scooter. You were very pleasant and attractive. I’d like to see you again. When: Sept. 13. Where: World Market. #1423-0925 PAINT ME A BIRMINGHAM? You: kind-eyed, bearded sweetheart putting your twist on that Tracy Lawrence song. I was the dork correcting you. I’d like to hear you sing some more. Second time’s a charm. When: Sept. 10. Where: Moon River. #1422-0918 CUPCAKE WINE You: Cashing out before me with food, cupcake wine, blue workout shirt, black yoga pants. The cashier needed a smile. You gave a gorgeous smile, brightened her day and convinced me you’re the type of person I want in my life. Share coffee so I can learn who you are? When: End of August. Where: Yulee. #1421-0918 SEXY SEA TURTLE Me: Brunette on beach in sundress with dog HoneyBooBoo. You: Cutie, tan, blue-eyed blonde, in from ocean on your SUP; you paddle that thing like a sexy sea turtle! You looked for sharks’ teeth; we exchanged smiles. I’m an excellent chef; I’d love to cook dinner sometime to see if we make a love connection. If so, matching tattoos! Are you my soulmate? When: Sept. 5. Where: Beach near Ritz Amelia. #1420-0918 HOT SLIM TAN CHICK You: Shopping at Teacher’s Aid off JTB, in short blue-jean shorts, white polka-dot shirt, flip-flops, hot pink toenails around 1:45 p.m. I love your long black hair. Me: Shy Latino Papi, kept looking at you. Would love to chat and see what’s up. When: Sept. 3. Where: Teacher’s Aid. #1419-0918

HELP ME COOL OFF You: Delivering ice, short hair, tattoos. Me: Blond hair, blue shirt. We stared at each other; you finally asked for my number. Wish you’d call! If single, please contact me again. When: July 2012. Where: Gate on Collins Road. #1418-0918 GINGER WITH A ’STACHE You: Man-handling patio furniture. Me: Not hipster enough to ride your fixed gear. How many PBRs does a girl have to drink to be initiated into the Birdies cool kid table? When: Sept. 5. Where: Mossfire. #1417-0911 HOTTIE IN SCRUBS ST. VINCENT’S ISU in hospital parking garage. You wore scrubs; walking into the building from the garage; I was driving an orange Honda Fit. You smiled and waved. I smiled back but wasn’t sure whether to stop or not. When: Sept. 4. Where: St. Vincent’s Garage. #1416-0911 NOT AS MEAN AS YOU THINK! You: Setting up for my friend’s wedding! First in jeans,red shirt; tall, black, bald. The bride call you “W” Me: Medium build, Latin, blue dress, high heels. We changed seats twice for better look at you. You changed to a dark suit, yellow tie. WOW! I want to change with you next time! When: Aug. 4. Where: Main Library Downtown. #1415-0911 BEAUTIFUL BRUNETTE ON BEACH CRUISER You: Long brown hair, bikini top, jeans shorts. Looked amazing cruising First Street N.B. with friends. Me: Brown hair, blue eyes. Blue/white board shorts, shirtless. Our paths crossed twice. First, I’m on foot, Lemon St. Our eyes met. Second, in my black Land Rover, Magnolia St. We smiled. Next time let’s cruise together. When: Sept. 3. Where: First Street, Neptune Beach. #1414-0911 LANDING ESCALATOR I faced escalator. You & friend got on; you looked at me; I looked, too. Halfway down, you looked up; we met eyes over & over. I waved bye.You: Green shirt, blonde hair. You came back, didn’t see me; I was there; someone in the way. I hope you look here. Me: In dress; brown hair, blue eyes. Respond. When: Sept. 2. Where: Jax Landing. #1413-0911 BALLOONS, BALLOONS, BALLOONS & PENGUIN? ISU at the bar celebrating your birthday maybe? You opened a gigantic present with an endless balloon supply. Tried to buy you a drink, but a guy in a penguin suit beat me to the punch. Would love to be your Happy Feet and day of the week! When: Aug. 31. Where: Miller’s Alehouse. #1412-0911 UPS GUY You: On a break of some sort, tall with your brown locks of luscious glory swaying about your face as you sport the UPS name tag. Me: Short, black hair, obviously too dumb to read your name on the tag and too shy to go next door and say hi. When: Aug. 9. Where: Starbucks in Riverside. #1411-0911

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Stopping the Freefall

Why everything you know about the Obama stimulus is wrong


or starters, the word “stimulus” is not the name of the legislation. The term “stimulus” implies an action to boost the economy. The intent was to stop the economy from falling off a very steep cliff. More than 4 million jobs were lost and the economy shrank at a 9 percent rate in the year before President Barack Obama took office, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was not a salve for all of our economic woes, but the $800 billion bill did help the economy recover and reinvested in the technologies of the future. In February 2009, President Obama signed the ARRA and the Great Recession officially ended four months later. In the first months of 2010, the economy started producing more jobs than were lost, according to Politifact. Aside from the numbers, there was a personal side of the economic devastation, as highlighted in the book “Money Well Spent?” One of the ARRA project’s goal was to clean up an abandoned nuclear site in South Carolina. It required 3,000 workers, and nearly 13,500 people showed up to apply. A recruiter reported, “One man came down from Michigan, drove down with his daughter because he heard we were having a job fair. We had two homeless girls show up that were living in their cars. It really hit you in the face. At least it gives them some hope to know there are some jobs out there.” Florida received $24 billion, and Duval County received more than $915 million from the ARRA. Some of the largest local recipients were CSX, Miller Electric and HDR Engineering, according to ProPublica’s Recovery Tracker. These funds kept construction workers, repair crews, engineers and managers employed after the housing collapse. Railroad facilities were upgraded, the port was dredged for larger ships to navigate and new roads were built. These upgrades will make the economy more competitive as commerce flows more efficiently. ARRA investments also provided ballast for Florida’s collapsing education system. Politifact reports the state’s education budget was cut by more than $2 billion between 2008 and 2011. This was occurring at the same time enrollment was increasing by 30,000 students a year. Parental involvement is a key component of student success, but other critical factors, like class size and teacher quality, are determined by funding. Northeast Florida received more than $250 million in ARRA funding for education. The “Reinvestment” section of the ARRA created a sustainable foundation for the renewable energy industry in the U.S. These investments included financing the world’s largest wind farm, the largest solar installation and the largest effort to install solar panels

on commercial rooftops. Total solar installations grew by 600 percent while renewable power in the U.S. doubled, according to the book, “The New New Deal.” These initiatives also kept construction workers employed and reinvigorated the U.S. manufacturing sector. They include building an industry to produce electric vehicles, which are more fuel-efficient and cleaner than gasoline-powered cars. In Jacksonville, Saft America built a $200 million advanced battery manufacturing plant. The company invested more than $90 million for the project, which was matched by ARRA funding, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. It kept 300 construction workers employed and created nearly 300 permanent jobs. The plant will make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). Barron’s reports EV sales grew by 190 percent in the last year and the market is dominated by the Chevy Volt. Lithium-ion battery technology was created in the U.S., but production is currently dominated by South Korea and Japan. In addition, China aims to be the leading producer of electric vehicles and made this effort a national strategic priority in 2009. An article in Foreign Policy recently stated that this industry has the potential to remake whole economies and shift the global balance of power. Prior to the ARRA, the industry barely existed in the U.S. With the ARRA investments, the U.S. has become a major player in this emerging industry, with 20 advanced battery and 10 component manufacturing facilities, according to the Department of Energy. EV manufacturer Tesla recently announced it will build 100 high-speed charging stations across the U.S. These stations will be entirely solar-powered and Tesla owners will be able to charge up free for the life of their vehicle. These stations will complement 8,000 other charging stations across the U.S., many of which were built with ARRA support. The ARRA worked with companies like Tesla, Chevrolet, CSX and GE through public-private partnerships to stimulate employment, expand manufacturing and upgrade infrastructure. Some of these partnerships have been demonized as socialistic or un-American. Yet they are as old as the republic. The Erie Canal, the transcontinental railroad and the interstate highway system were the results of successful partnerships. More recently, governmentsponsored research has led to the Internet, GPS technology and the human genome project. Critics have charged that subsidies for renewable energy projects distort the market and put domestically produced oil at a

disadvantage. Yet, from 1930 to the 1960s, domestic oil companies persuaded the government to restrict oil production and prohibit imports when prices fell, according to the libertarian CATO Institute. The U.S. oil industry still receives $4 billion a year in tax subsidies. This allowed ExxonMobil to pay no federal taxes in 2009, while making a profit of $45 billion. Recently, oil and natural gas producers have benefited from horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking technology. The Breakthrough Institute reported that these drilling advances, which were developed through federally funded research and partnerships, have led to dramatic increases in oil and gas production. Production has grown so swiftly over the last four years that Citibank is projecting the U.S. could be “the new Middle East” if these trends continue. In addition to partnerships, the ARRA included tax breaks that have encouraged companies to bring jobs back from overseas. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported one tax credit encouraged GE to in-source jobs it had previously shipped to China. They are investing $600 million in a Louisville, Ky., plant, to build energy-efficient home appliances and create more than 800 manufacturing and engineering jobs. There are tax breaks in the ARRA for small businesses as well. Obama has been criticized for being indifferent or even hostile to small businesses, but he’s worked with Congress to give small businesses more than 14 tax breaks, according to CNN Money. In addition, more than $500 million in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans were included in the ARRA. Duval County alone received more than $70 million in SBA loans, according to ProPublica’s Recovery Tracker. The recipients included Mojo BBQ, Severt Trucking and more than 100 other small businesses. The ARRA included the largest middle-class

tax cut since Ronald Reagan’s administration. Payroll taxes were cut for nearly all Americans, the earned income tax credit was expanded and first-time homebuyers benefited. A onetime payment of $250 to senior citizens and veterans was also included. This alone injected more than $31 million into local economy almost immediately. With unemployment still high, sluggish GDP growth and concerns about a fiscal cliff, it’s easy to be pessimistic, but signs of economic progress are undeniable. According to the University of North Florida’s Leading Economic Indicator Project, Jacksonville’s unemployment peaked at more than 12 percent and is now down to 8 percent. The national unemployment rate is now less than 8 percent. Housing prices have finally stabilized, and banks are starting to lend again. Since the ARRA passed, corporate profits have never been higher. The stock market’s value has increased by more than 100 percent, while interest rates are at historic lows and inflation remains subdued. Manufacturing has expanded in 34 of the last 36 months, according to the Institute for Supply Management. Exports grew by more than 11 percent in 2010 and have continued to expand ever since. Best of all, more than 4 million private-sector jobs have been created. The ARRA was not a panacea, nor was it intended to be. Our economy is still beset with deep structural imbalances, like the debt and falling incomes for middle-class families, which will take years to resolve. But the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act pulled our national economy out of a freefall, provided stability and invested in a future where these structural issues can be resolved.  J. Scott Gaillard

Gaillard, a former Congressional staff member and local talk-radio host, is now a political consultant.

Folio Weekly welcomes Backpage Editorial submissions. Essays should be at least 1,200 words and on a topic of local interest or concern. Email your Backpage to or snail mail it to Denise Reagan, Editor, Folio Weekly, 9456 Philips Highway, Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256. Opinions expressed on the Backpage are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors or management of Folio Weekly. 46 | | NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012

The Mustard Seed Cafe

Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, free-range chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups are available — all prepared with Stephanie Christopher’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi, or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 833 T.J. Courson Road 904-277-3141

Lulu’s at The Thompson House

Lulu’s owners, Brian and Melanie Grimley, offer an innovative lunch menu, including po’boys, salads and seafood “little plates” served in the gardens of the historic Thompson House. Dinner features fresh local seafood (Fernandina shrimp is the focus every Thursday), and nightly specials. An extensive wine list and beer are available. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations are recommended. 11 S. Seventh Street 904-432-8394

PLAE Restaurant & Lounge

Located in the Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation, PLAE serves bistro style cuisine. The full bar lounge at PLAE has become an instant classic, with artistic décor and live entertainment nightly. Now you can PLAE during the day, too! Open for lunch Tue.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30p.m. Open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner daily; reservations accepted. 80 Amelia Village Cir. 904-277-2132

Moon River Pizza

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

The Surf

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

Halftime Sports Bar and Grill

The place to be on the island for sports TV — NCAA, MLB, NFL and all your favorites. Starters feature pulled pork cheese fries and soon-to-be-famous wings. The roster includes our famous All-star fish tacos, an impressive Angus burger and Gourmet quarter-pound hot dog. Try out our draft beer line-up of the best domestic and craft selections. Stop by, hang out & click 320 S. Eighth Street 904-321-0303

Cafe Karibo

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

29 South Eats

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

Brett’s Waterway Café

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

T-Ray’s Burger Station

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

Jack & Diane’s

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

Sliders Seaside Grill

Oceanfront dining at its finest. Award-winning crab cakes, fresh daily seafood specials and homemade desserts. Sliders has Amelia Island’s only waterfront Tiki Bar, as well as a children’s playground and live music every weekend. The dining experience is complete with brand-new second-story banquet facilities, bar and verandah. Open at 11 a.m. daily, with happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Make Sliders Seaside Grill your place to be for friends and family, entertainment and the best food on the East Coast. Call for your next special event. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-277-6652

Amelia Island is 13 miles of unspoiled beaches, quaint shops, antique treasures and superb dining in a 50-block historic district less than one hour north of Jacksonville NOVEMBER 6-12, 2012 | | 47


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