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32 MAIL Bleeding hearts show bias in pity for electric chair “nosebleeds.” Plus one reader opines, “Successful journalism is much like trying to get into a girl’s pants.” p. 5 NEWS A Department of Justice audit of Jacksonville city buildings finds rampant noncompliance with federal disabled access laws. p. 7 BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS The fumble from which Jacksonville will never recover. Plus barefoot racing, and the myth of “intercoursing” Occupiers. p. 8 ON THE COVER A 2010 tuberculosis outbreak highlights the shocking failure of the local Health Department to contain the crisis or warn the public. p. 13 OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 19 MOVIES Reviews of “The Muppets” and “Hugo.” p. 20 MUSIC Northeast Florida singer-songwriter Shawn Lightfoot anchors his musical projects in success — and failure. p. 24

Incendiary performer Jimmy Thackery keeps fanning the flames of electric blues. p. 25 ARTS “A Woman’s World” celebrates the diverse visions of five local women artists. p. 32 Meg Haston chronicles the ups and downs of middle-school life in her debut novel, “How to Rock Braces and Glasses.” p. 33 THE EYE Photographic evidence from Folio Weekly’s Martinifest. p. 45 NEWS OF THE WEIRD Was Moammar Gadhafi the last of the “Buffoon Dictators”? Plus the discovery of a cyclops shark and an advocacy group for toilet users. p. 46 BACKPAGE But I am an author! A local writer seeks e-legitimacy from her friends and family. p. 51 GUEST EDITORIAL p. 4 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 10 SPORTSTALK p. 11 HAPPENINGS p. 36 DINING GUIDE p. 38 I SAW U p. 47 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 48 CLASSIFIEDS p. 49 DECEMBER 6-12, 2011 | folio weekly | 3

Bought & Sold

After 18 years of the NFL, Jacksonville needs to acknowledge that pro sports are no civic salvation


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s “Where were you?” moments go, last Tuesday’s firing of Jack Del Rio/sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars ranks just ahead of the death of Michael Jackson and slightly behind the acquittal of Casey Anthony. It was a surprise, no doubt, and it had our local TV news outlets doing what they do worst — covering events for which they are unprepared. When the morning anchors on First Coast News tracked down their sports director, Dan Hicken, he couldn’t bother to shed his Jaguars hoodie for the interview. Meanwhile, the city’s other news outlets had trouble deciding whether the team’s new owner, Shahid Kahn, is a citizen of India, Pakistan, Great Britain or the U.S. With his open collar, flyaway hair and red-rimmed eyes, Jags owner Wayne Weaver had the appearance of a father who had spent the previous night combing the bars for his teenage daughter. He looked tired, frustrated and defeated. We haven’t heard the whole story behind the end of the Weaver dynasty, but the fire-thecoach-extend-the-GM-sell-the-team-gasm had an air of desperation. Maybe Weaver has some unreported financial problems. Or, more likely, maybe he simply couldn’t stomach another year pimping a losing product in a down economy to a small market, all while having to field calls from every NFL-owner-wanabee hounding him to sell the team. It must be exhausting to be the ringleader of a concerted effort to fleece Northeast Florida of every last nickel of disposable income. Over the last 18 years, Weaver and his pals have conned countless local businesses and institutions into questionable “partnerships” with the team. All eventually discovered their money could be better spent elsewhere, but Weaver and the team benefited from a seemingly endless supply of rubes waiting to take their turn as the “Official (Insert Your Business Here) of the Jaguars.” When not scamming gullible business owners, Weaver and company have grown fat shaming average folks into spending their dwindling resources on the most expensive tickets, hot dogs and beer in the city. But worse than the money wasted has been the sheer distraction of it all. It’s one thing for fans to enjoy the occasional diversion the NFL offers, but it’s quite another when an entire city government becomes fixated on the financial success of a football team (a private entity that enriches very few). In the wake of the Jaguars’ sale, it was depressing to hear Mayor Alvin Brown reiterate his desire to make Jacksonville more of a “sports city.” Let’s be clear: The Jacksonville Jaguars have done absolutely nothing to promote job growth, reduce homicides, cut the high school drop-out rate, prop up housing prices,

or improve (Insert Your Socio-Economic Problem Here). Two decades ago, city leaders promised that an NFL franchise would put Northeast Florida “on the map,” luring corporate titans who would bring industry to Jacksonville, enriching the local economy and, by extension, you and me. Well, the results of that experiment are in — and it has been a failure. The hundreds of millions of public and private dollars lavished on Wayne Weaver and his minions have not improved the region’s quality of life by any measure. Too often city leaders’ obsession

Two decades ago, city leaders promised that an NFL franchise would put Northeast Florida “on the map.” Well, the results of that experiment are in – and it has been a failure. with pro football caused them to neglect the fundamentals of a great city. If anything good comes from the Jaguars’ sale, perhaps it will shift the team into its proper context. With the city no longer beholden to the team’s founder, civic leaders may feel more comfortable saying “no” when Mr. Kahn comes begging for money the city no longer has. Kahn is not obliged — ethically, legally or morally — to keep the team in Northeast Florida. If the Jaguars remain, let’s hope it’s because they offer an entertaining product at a competitive price that can exist without government subsidies. Kahn needs to hear the city has more pressing problems than the financial health of its NFL franchise. Success for the Jaguars also depends on a growing economy, better schools and safer streets. For that to happen, city leaders will have to ignore the inevitable pleas for new Jumbotrons and luxury suites — and the underlying threats to take the team elsewhere. If the Jags do leave for Los Angeles, Chicago or London, we can be safe in the knowledge that Northeast Florida will survive — even thrive — in its absence. It may be an experiment worth considering.  Bob Snell

Snell is a former editor and occasional contributor to Folio Weekly.

BlueCross, Brownfields, Being Green

Anne Schindler, I’ve just read your Editor’s Note “Color Scheme” in the Nov. 22 issue of Folio Weekly ( It made me so proud of you I could pop my vest buttons and I don’t even know you. If the Jacksonville City Council lets this one through, it will be no surprise. But it will be a travesty, as most of them are nowadays. Talk about corporate greed! And puppet lawmakers! And the beat just goes on! Thank God for the Anne Schindlers of this world, lest there be no hope left for possible change. Keep up the good work! I know you won’t make many friends in THAT crowd, but you sure have with this nonagenarian. Mel Hebert Jacksonville via email

a paper that “pisses off ” half of consumers? Successful journalism is much like trying to get into a girl’s pants. Flowers will help the cause. Rudeness will doom the mission. Ned W. Schmidt Via email

Deservedly Dead

In regard to your story “Dead Issue” (News, Nov. 8,, I really resent you bringing up Tiny Davis’ nosebleed and trying to seek pity for this callous murderer. He murdered my girlfriend in 1982. He killed her while she was pregnant. He killed her daughter who was turning 11 and he murdered her 5-year-old daughter who he shot, in the back [as she was] running trying to get away from this fiend. He was a career criminal who started

Instead of worrying about Tiny Davis’ nosebleed, you should be worrying about the victims.

I read the article on eyewitnesses (“Do You See What I See?” Cover Story, Nov. 22, up94YD). Excellent journalism, filled with lots of research and then presented to the reader in a way that lets all likely arrive at the same point, of their own will. The article leads people — it does not attempt to club them into submission. On the other hand, I wonder about the editorial, “Color Scheme.” When I come across the term “corporate welfare,” I quit reading. The editorial accomplished nothing because

Successful journalism is much like trying to get into a girl’s pants. Flowers will help the cause. Rudeness will doom the mission. political bias dominates. Her arguments could have been made in a way void of leftwing corporate hate, and then been perhaps successful in changing things. My view is that her politics are so dominant that I don’t care whether she is right on this topic, or in fact any other topic. I am unlikely to read another article by this author. Articles written without this kind of political bias are certainly more likely to generate ads. If you are a corporate advertiser, are you going to choose

at the age of about 12 years with shoplifting and escalated. He lived 17 years longer than my friend and her daughters did. Instead of worrying about his nosebleed, you should be worrying about the victims. I am tired of all the sympathy for these mean, dastardly villains, and nothing left for the victims. You people are wrong [to be] promoting clemency. These people need to be put to death and as quickly as possible. And by the way, all Tiny Davis ever did wasn’t so tiny, because he was a lifelong criminal and he tried to gain weight so he couldn’t fit his fat ass into the electric chair. But they managed to squeeze him in and he died with a nosebleed, which is little compared to my friend dying knowing that her children were at the mercy of this fiend. Barbara Fallon Via voicemail

Mightier than the Penn

I just wanted to write a quick thank-you note to AG Gancarski for his recent “Pedo State” article (Sportstalk, Nov. 22). As a counselor who has worked with children and adult survivors of rape/incest for years, and also as just a human being, I am beyond mortified by the entire Penn State nightmare. Thank you for not sugarcoating this disgusting situation. Rebecca Baxter Via email

Nothing could be more nauseating than a topic like this. This scandal absolutely sickens me. There are actually several issues of concern here. First and foremost is the willful and deliberate sexual molestation of children. Our nation’s youth are already victimized in so many ways. How is it that these warped and perverted “leaders” manipulate their way into positions of power? And once they have such power, use it to force a defenseless person to comply with their pedophile desires? Are there no screens (psychological testing and DECEMBER 6-12, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 5

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otherwise) to prevent this from happening? Secondly, how could such criminal behavior be allowed to go unreported to law enforcement? How could college athletics become so corrupt? It is certainly ironic that former coach Paterno was idolized as “Joe Pa” all these years when he failed the most important duty of any parent: to protect your children. One has to wonder if Mr. Paterno’s behavior would have been any different had one of those victims been his grandchild. Perhaps “Molest-Pa” would be a more suitable nickname. Let us hope that he and his cronies get what they deserve. Joe Bialek Cleveland via email

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End Times

As Tim Tebow completes his game-winning 95-yard drive against the Jets’ impenetrable defense, I can’t help but think of the agony our dear friend, AG “The Rag” Gancarski must be feeling. Alone at the thought-provoking Folio Weekly office, he cowers behind a stack of scribbled notes, searching for this week’s spin on reality. Knowing he’ll need fresh Tebowbashing material, he’ll soon attempt a Tebow/ Penn State scandal connection. No need, Mr. Rag. We can clearly see where you stand and what you stand for. You demonize orphanage and missionary work, insinuating it is a front for a future political career. A true role model with a good attitude

You are a failed man who knew too little about sports so FolioWeekly you attack and attack, © 2011 never getting the fulfillment you truly seek. means little in your world. You attack all of our local athletes, both NFL and lingerie league alike. The fact that these very entities support local children dying of cancer and other issues is of no concern to you. You flip-flop on issues weekly. You can’t run. You can’t throw. You can’t catch. You are a failed man who knew too little about sports so you attack and attack, never getting the fulfillment you truly seek. I recommend reporting on sports; you know, the actual stuff happening on the field. Your personal bias is noted and we uneducated Jacksonville natives are ready for some new material. If Folio Weekly charged for your insight, you’d be living at our local homeless shelter, telling your fellow man about the horrors of the monster that is Tim Tebow. ESPN, here you come!  Thomas Flinchum Jacksonville Beach

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Disabling Mistakes

A Department of Justice audit of Jacksonville finds rampant noncompliance with federal disabled access laws


he company that manages the city of Jacksonville’s entertainment venues extols the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, the TimesUnion Center for the Performing Arts and the Jacksonville Equestrian Center as prime examples of handicap-accessible facilities. All “meet or exceed all structural and service requirements as stipulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act,” the jaxevents. com website promises. “Restrooms, drinking fountains, phones, ATMs and counters are accessible to guests with disabilities.” If only saying made it so. According to a Department of Justice audit given to the city in September and just released

city will have to undertake its own inventory of facilities, and offer solutions — a project that could take hundreds, if not thousands, of work hours. According to General Counsel Cindy Laquidara, the city will look for the easiest fix — which could be as simple as posting a sign to the nearest handicap-accessible facility. “We will be looking first at no-cost or low-cost alternatives,” she says. “It will be an intensely factual and legal analysis.” When there is no easy fix, Laquidara says, the repairs won’t necessarily cost the city outof-pocket. Officials will go after the contractors who failed to make their work ADA-compliant. But tracking down the contractors (some of

The scope and breadth of the violations raise questions about whether city officials are confused over the requirements of the ADA or simply disregarding them. to the media (after considerable wrangling over the definition of a “public record”), the city’s entertainment venues are rife with violations of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. So are a slew of other facilities either owned by the city or located on city property. According to the audit, conducted over the past four years, there are 226 ADA violations at EverBank Field, 112 at the Jacksonville Main Library and 171 at the Jacksonville Zoo. And the violations aren’t just trifling departures from some labyrinthine code. They are matters of pure access: no wheelchair aisles in parking lots, ramps too steep to mount, support bars in bathrooms blocked by toilet paper dispensers. The DOJ audit, part of a nationwide effort to ensure ADA compliance, has investigated nearly 200 cities in 50 states. In Jacksonville, the audit uncovered more than 2,000 violations in 64 places, including the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office, branch libraries and the Duval County Jail. About 400 violations were discovered at “new” buildings, which the Justice Department considers as any building built after 1992, when the ADA went into effect. The city hasn’t come up with a plan to address the failings, but solving them is certain to cost taxpayers. Once the city and the DOJ agree on the changes that need to be made, the

whom may be out of business) and forcing them to fix the mistakes will take time and money. So, too, will the disruption of services caused by construction. All of which raises the question of why: Why the city allowed the noncompliant structures in the first place, why it didn’t require fixes during the construction phase, why it granted buildings

“It is never, ultimately, our responsibility to catch people doing a bad job,” says City General Counsel Cindy Laquidara. “A [city building] inspection is not proof something is done right.”

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Pun Return “Yes We Khan” “Khan you dig it?” “Pros for Khan” — Among the pun-happy headlines and T-shirt designs circulated in the hours after Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver announced he was selling the team to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan.

Fair & Bawdy

Certificates of Occupancy when they clearly violated federal law. Laquidara is quick to point out that adhering to the ADA is a contractor’s job. “It is never, ultimately, our responsibility to catch people doing a bad job,” she says. “A [city building] inspection is not proof something is done right. … The city has no liability for an erroneous inspection.” Still, the scope and breadth of the violations raise questions about whether city officials are confused over the requirements of the ADA or simply disregarding them. Laquidara says it’s “premature” to ask why so many mistakes went undetected. “All that information is what we are working on,” she said. “To do better is always a goal.” Jack Gillrup, former chief of the city’s Disabled Services Division and ADA standards coordinator for the city of Jacksonville, was somewhat defensive when asked about the audit, which he hadn’t yet seen. He points out that buildings that predated the passage of

the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act are sometimes difficult to make accessible, and he questions whether the facilities cited were really as inaccessible as they sound. “The bigger issue is whether there is anything in the report showing anybody in Jacksonville has been barred or prevented from enjoying any of the goods or services that the city offers,” he says. Gillrup cites a TV news story on the report that said the city’s disabled population had been ignored. “I’m highly offended by that,” he says. The city and the Department of Justice are working out an agreement that will be in force for two years, during which time most of the problems would be fixed. Laquidara says she expects cooperation from both the private and public sector to make the city more accessible. “I think most people will step up to the task,” she says. “They don’t want to be the contractor with a building that is not in compliance with the ADA.” 

“If you listened to Fox News, you’d think Occupy people were just intercoursing and killing people.” — Occupy Jax protestor Bill Guerrant, 60, owner of a local pest-control company, in response to comments of Jacksonville Tea Party activist Billie Tucker, who told the Times-Union that OWS “has been taken over by a bunch of far, far left people with mixed agendas, with unfocused messages, with some people that are criminals.”

Equal Time Think Jacksonville cares about equal rights for all? Not so much. As it happens, the city is still the state’s only major metro area with a Human Rights Ordinance that excludes the lesbian, gay, bi and transgender community. The current ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of race, religion, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, color and age — but not sexual orientation and gender identity. If you care about bringing Jacksonville into the new millennium — or at least helping keep it current with that most progressive of institutions, the U.S. military, sign the Equality Pledge at

Barefootin’ Kick off your shoes, distance runners. Just a week after St. Augustine hosted its first-ever marathon, it announced plans for its second “Naked Foot 5K.” The course, which will be part wooded trail, part beach, runs through Anastasia State Park, though its exact path is not revealed until the day of the race. In addition to the 5K, the Feb. 4 event includes shorter fun runs, foot massages, foot painting and more. To register or learn more, go to

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Bouquets to Dr. Franklin Rios and Cypress Point Family Dentistry for offering the public a free day of dental services. The dental office on Baymeadows Circle West offered free dental services to the financially needy on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2. The office said before the event that it planned to give away $10,000 worth of dentistry in recognition of local need and tough economic times. Brickbats to Clay County principal Linda Turner for ignoring the constitutional boundaries between private expression and official endorsement. Turner used her school district email to send employees at the Bannerman Learning Center messages urging them to pray in the name of Jesus, sign petitions to keep Christian broadcasting on TV, quoting the bible and exhorting recipients to accept the “wonders of the Lord.” She also sent out political emails, comparing Barack Obama to a member of the Taliban and calling the Democratic Party the “Demonic Party.” An assistant principal last month filed a lawsuit against Turner and the Clay County School District, noting that he has a constitutional right to “be free of state-sponsored religion.” Bouquets to Colleen Messner of the Spice and Tea Exchange in St. Augustine and other members of the St. Johns Business Network for coming up with an innovative way to raise money to help the homeless. The group has obtained about 30 old city parking meters that artists will decorate and repurpose to collect spare change for charity. The meters will be placed in area stores in the coming weeks to prompt seasonal shoppers to remember the less fortunate.

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NewsBuzz Shame On Us “It’s like hush-hush. You feel unlovable. You feel tainted. They’re going to point a finger at me and be judging me.” — Earl Thompson, a Jacksonville native, speaking in a story about what it’s like having AIDS in Northeast Florida. The general consensus here, Thompson says, it that AIDS is “just what gays get.” The city’s AIDS infection rate has jumped 33 percent this year alone. Read the full story at

Fatal Fumble “April 22, 2010 — when the Jags passed on Tebow — might well go down as the day the NFL died in Jacksonville.” — From an Orlando Sentinel story last week on the sale of the Jaguars. The story, by former T-U sportswriter Mike Bianchi, continued, “Maybe it could have all been avoided with one simple, logical and incredibly obvious move. “All the Jacksonville Jaguars had to do was draft Tim Tebow and build a franchise around the biggest rock star the city has known since Ronnie Van Zant, another hometown hero and the lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, went down in that plane crash more than three decades ago.”

Smuggling Sweets Chinese Honey — What three men were indicted for smuggling, by a Jacksonville grand jury last week. The local U.S. Attorney’s Office says the men allegedly mislabeled their product “rice fructose” to avoid paying more than $1 million in taxes to the federal government. The suspects are accused of mislabeling 123 containers, each containing 64 barrels of Chinese honey.

Bean’s Jackpot They say that payback is hell, but for Nassau County Republican Aaron Bean, payback pays off — in the form of redrawn Senate district lines. The 44-year-old former state Rep. has been waiting for his turn to run for state senate ever since August 2009, when he dropped out of the special election to fill the late Sen. Jim King’s seat. Bean instead endorsed John Thrasher for the seat, giving rise to speculation that a deal had been cut. Apparently, it had. New district maps show a new Dist. 5 with boundaries carefully shifted to include Bean’s home. Read more about it and see the proposed district maps on our blog Flog at

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Look, I get it. I’m not the most popular guy in the world. But with the people I am 260-9770. rUn dAte: 101111 popular with? I’m INSANELY popular. For example; women’s prisons. They love me in women’s prisons. I’m just as big with the “lazy Produced by ab Checked by Sales Rep nv inebriate” set. And the “people who have lost the will to live” demographic also hold me in the highest regard. So why am I furiously envious? Because apparently my “Barbara Walters” popularity numbers have crapped the bed! GOD!! WHOSE TRUMPET DO I HAVE TO BLOW TO IMPRESS THIS OLD BIDDY?? Every year Walters releases her “Most Fascinating People” list, and every year I’M NOT ON IT. Babs will be interviewing her picks in the exhaustingly entitled “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011” this coming Wednesday, Dec 14 on ABC at 9:30 pm — but what kidnaps and decapitates

Walters also thinks THE KARDASHIANS are “fascinating.” IS SHE INSANE?? There is absolutely nothing interesting about these ugly, wet, moldy bags of insanely wealthy laundry! All they do is sit around on their bony rich asses all day dreaming up new and increasingly cruel ways of boring the crap out of us. I’d compare them to genital herpes, but I don’t want to get angry, offended letters from genital warts! The Kardashians have built an entire fabulously wealthy kingdom out of nothing more than the ability to worm their way into our collective anus, set up shop in our upper colon, and gorge themselves on our anger. And … and … OK, fine. That’s pretty fascinating. But is it as fascinating as me eating five boxes of Totino’s pizza rolls in one sitting? Suck on that piece of colon, Kardashians!

The Kardashians have built an entire fabulously wealthy kingdom out of nothing more than the ability to worm their way into our collective 2011 FolioWeekly anus, set© up shop in our upper colon, and gorge themselves on our anger.

8:00 FOX GLEE McKinley High prepares to host sectionals, and Finn begs fish-mouth Sam to return! 8:00 NBC A MICHAEL BUBLE CHRISTMAS I don’t really like Michael Buble… but I love saying his name! Buble! Buble!

my goat is that the people she chose are waaaaaaay less “fascinating” than yours truly! Example! Instead of me, Walters chose Donald Trump. WHAT?? Donald didn’t do jack poop in 2011 except make an ass out of himself in an aborted run for the GOP presidential nomination! You know what I did in 2011? I tongue-wrestled two Swedish exchange students in the backseat of a stolen police car. WHICH IS MORE FASCINATING? Another example! Babs also picked Pippa Middleton — who is like … what? British or something? Granted their crooked, jumbled teeth and love for pornographic foods (bangers ‘n’ mash, spotted dick) are somewhat fascinating … but is it more fascinating than me buck naked, riding a donkey through Hot Topic at the mall? (Taken out of context, that sounds weird —but trust me! I had a very good reason. I think.) 2011 Barbara Walters also fingered Simon Cowell… who’s only fascinating because he’s British, AND a spotted dick. However! I’d wager my 2011 was more fascinating because I was arrested for fist fighting a jaguar at the zoo. (Bitch started it.) Oh, and another good example: Barbara chose the two gay guys from “Modern Family” — who … NEWSFLASH! … are not real. They’re TV characters! You know what else is fascinating? People like me who can distinguish between real and fictional characters—unless we’re talking about the cast of Twilight, of course. THOSE GUYS ARE REAL, YO! (And for some reason never return my love. Sob.) But the absolute WORST example?

8:00 NBC COMMUNITY The gang is coerced into performing in the annual Xmas pageant; hallucinogenic holiday hijinx ensue! 10:00 NBC GRIMM A special Thursday night episode in which a musical prodigy is linked to her teacher’s murder.


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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 10:00 FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY The burned babies in the basement decide to pay the family a visit. EEEEEEEEK!!! 10:00 TLC TODDLERS & TIARAS Season premiere! The Southern Celebrity Glitzmas pageant is fast approaching—so c’mon, Mom! Pile on “the whore!”


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 10:00 IFC THE ONION NEWS NETWORK Season finale! The news team produces a “News that Did Not Happen in 2011” special.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 8:00 CBS RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER A mutated deer is scorned by his contemporaries. KILL THE MUTANT!! 11:30 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Hosted by Katy Perry (moderate swoon), with musical guest Robyn (major swoon)!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 9:00 A&E STEPHEN KING’S BAG OF BONES Pierce Brosnan stars as a widower haunted by ghosties in this adaptation of King’s best-seller. 10:00 HBO LUCK Debut! A new drama series about the denizens of a horse track, this week featuring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 8:00 NBC FEAR FACTOR Return! The triumphant (?) return of the contestantkilling stunt show and host/douche Joe Rogan. Wm.™ Steven Humphrey

Sportstalk The Shah of Duval

Sale of the Jaguars promises a welcome new beginning for a played out gamebook


ver the last couple of years, the Jaguars have gotten progressively more stale. Fans knew what to expect — or what not to. We knew that the team would hover around 8-8, with mediocre quarterbacking, uninspired “run the ball and stop the run” coaching, and pedestrian gameplanning that was no match for the Belichicks of the league. A second-rate franchise, if not a national punchline — basically the same story since the NFL expansion brought the Jags into being 18 years ago, and continued after our token Super Bowl, where all of those wonderful national journalists crapped on Jacksonville so hard that the event should have been sponsored by Charmin. Despite what we were told were the best efforts of the Weavers (and the best efforts of the coaching staff ), Jacksonville and its Jagwires never quite got over. The ’90s found us owned by Jeff Fisher’s Titans; this decade, Peyton and the Colts. And every few weeks or so, just to keep things interesting, some fool would spread a rumor about the Jags moving to LA. Those rumors persist, and have only surged in the wake of the bombshell news of the last week: The selling of the team to famously

replaced by someone who was supposedly going to do something different, until he, too, was replaced by someone who did the same old ball-control offense, so restricted by the unimaginative head coach that he was forced to run MJD into the ground? We’ve seen Del Rio throw away three quarterbacks — Brunell, Byron, and Diamond Dave — and for what? What did those symbolic gestures accomplish? Saving Del Rio’s ass. For nine years and a ton of losses and disappointments. We saw the Jags reach for Gabbert, who so far has looked more like a pressbox punchline than a Pro-

Now the team has a genuine American immigrant success story as owner, a man who is not risk averse, a hyperachiever reminiscent of the NBA’s Mark Cuban. Wayne Weaver has done a lot for Jacksonville, but arguably his greatest gift to us might be selling the team to a visionary rather than a hack. mustachioed Pakistani-American entrepreneur Shahid Khan. The rumors persisted after the replacement of longtime — too, too long a time — head coach Jack Del Rio with stalwart defensive coordinator “Magic” Mel Tucker. And the rumors, though unsourced, will continue. Yet, for every rumor, a grain of truth exists. Consider what Weaver said during the press conference. He let it be known that calls were made, repeatedly, from buyers looking to relocate the franchise to California. The temptation must have been great, and would’ve likely been indulged by lesser mortals — or by Weaver himself, if he actually embodied the caricature drawn of him over the years as a penny-pinching, bottom-line watching owner. But Wayne waited it out. And Jacksonville has benefited, in ways both obvious to the naked eye, and ways that won’t be fully apparent for years. It is my belief that Wayne Weaver sold to the right guy. We heard a lot about Fed Ex exec Fred Smith buying the team over the last few months, but Shahid Khan was a darkhorse candidate, one that no one saw coming despite the fact that he made a play for the St. Louis Rams a while back. A couple of hours after Del Rio was fired, the sale was announced — almost as if the removal of the coach was a precondition of the deal. Or, to look at it another way, somebody had to shoot Ol’ Yeller. Certainly, Del Rio had it coming. How many coordinators got axed, only to be

Bowl passer. Weaver never seemed to notice, or (more likely) was so loyal to Del Rio that he couldn’t bring himself to let go — until $760M in cold, hard cash was involved. Now we have a new owner, who is as gutsy as his Victorian face-fuzz, a man who built up a business employing 12,000 people, and a man who looks like the savior of football in Jacksonville. There are those out there who have their typical BS redneck reactions to it. I’ve heard some call him a “Paki”, and some who claim to wish that an “American” would’ve bought a team. Those folks are idiots. Shahid Khan is the truth. Jacksonville has made great strides toward real progress in the last year. We have our first African-American mayor, who is a fiscal conservative in ways Peyton and Delaney never would’ve hazarded. And now our team has a genuine American immigrant success story as owner, a man who is not risk averse, a ballsout hyperachiever reminiscent of the NBA’s Mark Cuban. Wayne Weaver has done a lot for Jacksonville, but arguably his greatest gift to us might be the last one — selling the team to a visionary rather than a hack. Long may our Shah reign! Here’s hoping Duval shows him love. AG Gancarski

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hen Patient X checked into Memorial Hospital in late December 2010, he was feverish, coughing up blood, and homeless. He was diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis, meaning he was not only sick, but highly infectious. When he coughed, sneezed, yelled, talked or even just breathed, tiny particles of saliva infected with the mycobacterium tuberculosis filled the air around him — spores that can survive 24 to 48 hours. Because TB is so infectious, and potentially deadly, doctors and hospitals are required to follow state and federal protocols when they encounter a case. Memorial Hospital followed this protocol when they notified the Duval County Health Department on Dec. 21 that they had an active case of TB. After notifying the Health Department, the hospital started the patient on the standard remedy — an aggressive regimen of four drugs, to be taken for a month. When the man felt better — no longer coughing, no fever — and no longer had TB in his sputum, the hospital discharged him. There is no dispute about what should have happened at that point. Because the man was homeless and indigent, he should have had a detailed after-care plan, one that included supervision when taking the daily medication needed to keep his TB from regaining strength. The Health Department is responsible for managing this kind of supervised care, making daily visits to ensure patients take their meds. In cases where the patient is unwilling or unable to comply, the Health Department will arrange for a patient to be involuntarily admitted to a state-run hospital until he completes the 6-to-9month drug regimen. What actually happened to Patient X was quite different. Rather than being handed off to the Health Department, the man was put in a taxicab and sent to the I.M. Sulzbacher Center, the city’s largest homeless shelter. Sulzbacher refused to take him in, for reasons unrelated to his TB. In fact, Sulzbacher officials say they weren’t informed by the hospital of his illness, as they usually are. After being turned away, the man simply disappeared. By the time he resurfaced in February 2011, he’d been wandering the streets of Jacksonville for a

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month. In that time, his TB had become active again. He was very sick and highly contagious, meaning every place he went — every bathroom, restaurant and social service agency — was a potential vector for disease. Patient X was also potentially a breeding ground for a mutant strain of TB, which has become resistant to the four drugs traditionally use to block the bacteria. Though drugresistant TB has not yet gained a foothold in the U.S., it has become a lethal reality in some nearby countries, including Haiti. Jacksonville already has a particular strain of tuberculosis, known as FL 1046, which is more prevalent here than anywhere else in the world, and has been linked to homeless shelters, day programs and assisted living facilities. In the worst-case scenario, the man’s TB might have morphed into a drug-resistant strain, and turned Jacksonville into Ground Zero for a drugresistant strain of FL 1046. That didn’t happen, but a former Duval County Health Department administratorturned-whistleblower says the incident demonstrates the breakdown of a system designed to protect the community. Kevin Davis, who was the Health Department’s business administrator before he was fired in April 2011, says people in Duval County should be outraged that Patient X was allowed to disappear, and even angrier that the Health Department did nothing to notify the public when it happened. “A person with tuberculosis is on the loose and you can’t find him?” asks Davis. “That’s like you’ve got a murderer on the loose. At least [when it’s a criminal], the sheriff says, ‘We got a fool on the loose, and this is what he looks like’!”


here were 19 cases of West Nile virus in Duval County this year, and every one of them made news. In most cases,


reports of new infections were followed by clear and concise tips for avoiding exposure to mosquitoes, which transmit the disease, and advice for minimizing risk. Something similar, if smaller, happens when there’s a reported case of rabies. Communities are notified, given maps of outbreak boundaries and warned to keep their pets’ immunizations current. While the Health Department routinely sends out these types of alerts to TV stations and newspapers, it does not provide similar alerts for TB. The Health Department has managed two major TB outbreaks since 2008, without issuing a word of public notice. The first one was at the Golden Retreat Shelter Care Center assisted living facility on Moncrief Road, in 2008. The second one was at City Rescue Mission on West State Street and McDuff Avenue in February 2011, an outbreak that included the Mission’s Trinity Rescue Mission women’s shelter on West Beaver Street. Though there is no way to know for certain, it’s very possible the February 2011 outbreak was started by Patient X, who — when he was eventually found — was staying at City Rescue Mission. In neither outbreak did the Health Department notify the public. It did conduct testing of staff and residents at the affected facilities, but it did not email alerts to local media, or in any way attempt to notify people who might have had contact with shelter residents. While all parents are notified if a child at their kid’s public school tests positive for TB, there is no similar notification process when the disease occurs at homeless shelters or assisted living facilities. In that respect, the local Health Department appears to differ from other large health departments in Florida. The Hillsborough County Health Department, for instance, says that a homeless shelter outbreak would merit

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a public awareness campaign. Spokesperson Steve Huard says they wouldn’t issue a notice each time there is an active case of TB, because it’s possible to trace someone’s steps and offer adequate prevention. But when asked about an outbreak at a homeless center, Huard was quick to interject, “If we had an outbreak at a homeless shelter, we would most likely notify the public about it. Or a group living facility. The impact of that could be much greater.” Health Department officials did not explain

Although the Health Department routinely notifies the community of West Nile virus and rabies, it has had battled two significant TB outbreaks since 2008, without a word to the public. why they didn’t notify the public. But they also did nothing to notify Mayor Alvin Brown and members of the Jacksonville City Council when they served a Thanksgiving meal at City Rescue Mission on Nov. 23. The dignitaries weren’t told anything about the previous outbreak or the risks associated with close-living environments. Former Health Department employee Kevin Davis makes a point to emphasize that not all homeless people have tuberculosis. But, he adds, “They should be made aware that homeless shelters are breeding grounds for infectious diseases.”


uberculosis is an ancient scourge. The TB bacterium has been found on the spines of Egyptian mummies from 240 BCE. Hippocrates called it the most widespread disease in Ancient Greece in 460 BCE. Almost always fatal throughout human history, it caused an estimated 25 percent of all deaths in 17thand 18th-century Europe. Effective treatment for the disease wasn’t discovered until the 1950s. Still, it rages. As many as 9 million people — mostly in poor and developing countries — contract TB annually, according to the World

Health Organization, and anyone with a compromised immune system is vulnerable. It remains the most common cause of infectious disease-related death in the world. Tuberculosis is also a clever disease. It mimics the flu, with fevers, night sweats and a hacking cough. It spreads like the common cold. And it can hide in the body in a latent state, only to rage like herpes when the immune system is weak. Contracting TB does require prolonged or very close contact with a carrier, and antibiotics can kill most strains of active TB. But the spores can live for days, in the right conditions. Controlling TB isn’t cheap. Health Departments around the country are tasked with tracking every case, and must treat for free anyone diagnosed with the disease. It costs $18,000 to treat a patient with latent TB (which doesn’t make the carrier sick and is not contagious) and $25,000 to treat an active case. Managing a community’s response to a disease like TB takes diligence and care. And until April 2011, the Duval County Health Department thought employee Kevin Davis exhibited both. Davis worked for DCHD for 20 years, and in 2005 was named health services administrator of the department’s TB unit. That meant he tracked all active cases of TB, worked as the hospital liaison on active cases, coordinated responses to possible outbreaks and managed the field staff that administers drug therapy. In his time on the job, Davis earned the Employee of the Quarter Award in 2010, the Director’s Department of Distinction Award in 2010 (awarded to the TB team), the DCHD Leadership Award for 2009 and the state Davis Productivity Award in February 2010. The last award was given to him for his diligence in tracking active TB cases. Because all TB tests are sent to a state laboratory for processing, Davis started doing what he called “epidemiological surveillance of laboratory results.” Every day, he would scan lab results looking for active cases. When there was a confirmed case of active TB at the Golden Retreat Shelter Care Center in 2008, for instance, he knew it before they did. Davis’ supervisor, Gayle McLaughlin, praised his innovative approach to case tracking when she nominated him for the 2009 Leadership Award. “Mr. Davis’ proactive case finding identified the initial case in a hospitalized patient before the institution was aware of the diagnosis,” she wrote. Because of Davis’ efforts, the Health Department was able to provide

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Health Department officials did nothing to notify the community about the tuberculosis outbreak at City Rescue Mission. They also didn’t alert Mayor Alvin Brown and members of the City Council before they served a Thanksgiving dinner there last month.

Going Viral onsite TB testing, chest X-rays, HIV and STD testing of 97 individuals in a single day. Out of that 97, a staggering 61 tested positive for TB, including 12 active cases. The Golden Retreat outbreak was addressed quickly and effectively, McLaughlin wrote, because of Davis’ “outstanding leadership.” Davis also sought and received grant money to help manage the aftermath o f the Whistleblower Kevin Davis says the community should be outraged that the Health outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Department simply “lost” a TB patient in January 2011. By the time he was found a month later, his TB was resurgent, and he was again contagious. Prevention awarded his TB unit $277,000 to pay for a senior “That should have been the second alarm,” community health nurse and two disease Davis says. intervention specialists, plus X-ray costs and It’s not clear why the second round of tests miscellaneous expenses. In the long term, the sampled such a small number of people, but CDC recommended that the county consider Davis says the high percentage of positive results appointing a state-level TB epidemiologist to coordinate investigations, incorporate genotype clearly crossed the line between a few isolated cases and an outbreak. At that point, he says, data and give feedback to clinicians. One of the Health Department should have moved Davis’ complaints is that an epidemiologist was into outbreak mode, going onsite to perform never hired. comprehensive multi-day testing of employees Instead, the department hired Cynthia and residents, using the mobile X-ray unit Benjamin. For Davis, that was the beginning of on the roughly 200 employees and residents, the end of his career. and tracking their points of contact. But the department did none of that. Instead, Cynthia Benjamin continued to deal with the outbreak as evin Davis has been out of work for if it were the matter of a few sick individuals. seven months, but he dresses in a black pinstriped suit and crisp red tie On Dec. 21, Davis says he personally took to meet with a reporter. His decision to turn a fax off the office machine and handed it to whistleblower on the agency he was once devoted Benjamin. It was from Memorial Hospital, to is rooted, in part, in the usual disgruntled notifying the Health Department of another former employee syndrome. Davis was fired for active TB case. It was Patient X, who’d come to misusing the Health Department’s TB outreach the hospital from City Rescue Mission. van. At issue were 28 unaccounted-for miles on Davis says at that point there was no the van’s odometer. The discrepancy was small, question what was happening; Benjamin which may be why the Health Department’s story should have sprung into action. At the very on why he was fired differs depending on whom least, the Health Department should have sent you ask. According to Timothy Lawther, assistant someone out to the hospital to assess Patient director of administration and clinic operations, X, create a list of his close contacts and come Davis was fired for driving the van. According to up with a plan for after-care — standard Victor Ferreira, clinic operations director, Davis protocol, according to both Health Department was fired for lying about driving the van. officials and Memorial Hospital spokesperson Adam Landeau. But nobody from the Health But Davis says the reason he was fired has Department went to meet the patient — at least nothing to do with the van, and everything to according to Davis and his former employer. do with his raising questions about his boss’ “We didn’t do that,” Davis says, still speaking failure to address a February 2011 TB outbreak of his former employer in the first person plural. that began months earlier. “Cynthia Benjamin just didn’t go,” he says. The February outbreak can be traced (Benjamin declined to speak to Folio Weekly.) to October 2010, a month after Cynthia Benjamin’s supervisor, Gayle McLaughlin, Benjamin arrived at the Duval County Health agrees nobody from the Health Department Department. Until that time, Davis was the responded. She says that’s because Memorial department’s hospital liaison — the person Hospital had arranged to have Patient X in charge of coordinating the response to TB voluntarily admitted to A.G. Holley State outbreaks. Under Benjamin’s direction, Davis Hospital in Palm Beach County, the hospital contends, the department’s response became statutorily tasked with treating the most decidedly uncoordinated. stubborn TB cases (and patients). In October 2011, Shands Jacksonville and Here things get tricky. Memorial Hospital Memorial Hospital notified the DCHD of TB denies that it made arrangements to send Patient cases that were traced back to the City Rescue X to A.G. Holley, saying that task always falls to Mission and Trinity Rescue Mission (related the Health Department. The hospital also says shelters for men and women, respectively). it would never have discharged a patient who The Health Department sent out a crew to test didn’t have a detailed after-care plan — again, employees and residents at both shelters. The something the Health Department creates. first set of results showed 22 percent of the “Without that,” says Landeau, “we wouldn’t be 92 people tested positive for TB, which Davis able to release him.” says should have set off alarms. A few weeks Health Department officials acknowledge later, a second set of tests showed the rate had that those procedures are standard practice; increased to 71 percent of 28 people tested.


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to the developing outbreak, why they didn’t go see Patient X when notified by Memorial Hospital, why they didn’t arrange for his aftercare as required by law. There are also questions about Memorial Hospital’s response. Though spokesperson Landeau says the hospital’s decision to discharge Patient X in January 2011 would have been predicated on the Health Department’s involvement in the case, it seems clear that the Health Department wasn’t involved. And while Landeau insists that the hospital would have notified the receiving homeless shelter before sending a TB patient their way, the Sulzbacher Center says it was not notified in this case. Perhaps strangest is the Health Department’s insistence it was out of the loop. Kevin Davis calls that a flat-out lie. He recalls Memorial Hospital calling the Health Department about the patient frequently that month. “They were steady blowing up the phone [saying] ‘We need somebody out here!’” But the Health

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release him until some time in January. Sales mh McLaughlin appears to In herRep affidavit, blame Memorial Hospital for releasing Patient X. “When the hospital learned that there were no beds available at A.G. [Holley] Hospital, at some point, and without the knowledge or approval of DCHD, released the patient and put him in a cab to a homeless shelter.” McLaughlin continues, “When this was discovered, Ms. Benjamin coordinated efforts to track the patient, working with all of the homeless shelters in and around Jacksonville.” McLaughlin, in fact, attempts to spin the entire episode into a success story for the Health Department. In her two affidavits, McLaughlin praises Cynthia Benjamin for managing what she called “the largest shelter outreach” in the history of Duval County, by coordinating mass testing at City Rescue and Trinity Rescue mission on Feb. 22 and 23, 2011. Benjamin even put her handling of the outbreak on her résumé, noting she was selected Disease Control Program Manager of the Year in 2011 by the Health Department for coordinating a “major TB outreach effort at two locations of a homeless shelter in Duval County where over 105 clients were screened” with “less than two weeks to plan the event.” 2011 Kevin Davis observes that the reason Benjamin had only two weeks to coordinate a response was because she’d dropped the ball three times previously, and was scrambling to cover for her mistake. He says her actions once Patient X was found show just how desperate she was. Benjamin herself volunteered to drive Patient X to A.G. Holley — a 586-mile round trip — where he was admitted as a voluntary patient. McLaughlin acknowledged in her affidavit that the circumstances were extraordinary. She said it was the only time she could recall a Health Department employee personally transporting a patient to A.G. Holley, and the first time she could recall such an admission being made on a voluntary rather than a courtcompelled basis. Why the special treatment? McLaughlin’s affidavit offers no explanation. In truth, much of what the Health Department did or did not do in this case is unclear: why they didn’t respond more quickly

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evin Davis filed a whistleblower complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations shortly after he was fired in April 2011, saying he was retaliated against for speaking out about Benjamin’s incompetence in the 2010-’11 TB outbreak. The fact that he was fired for driving the department’s van, he says, is a red herring. He notes that two other employees were only suspended for five days for the same offense. Affidavits taken in Davis’ complaint appear to substantiate at least part of his story. For instance, Levonne MitchellSalmon, medical director for the TB clinics, recalled Davis complaining about Cynthia Benjamin during the 2010 TB outbreak, “but I don’t remember the specifics of his complaint.” She also affirmed that during the outbreak, she did not receive information in a timely manner, but she attributes that to management changes when Cynthia Benjamin assumed Davis’ duties. Regardless, Davis’ whistleblower complaint was investigated, found to be without merit and dismissed in September. He plans to file a lawsuit, alleging discrimination and wrongful dismissal. The outcome of that case is unclear, but his goal as a whistleblower may already be accomplished. The affidavits in the case paint a sobering portrait of county preparedness for combating contagion, and a worrisome lack of coordination among those on the front lines of any outbreak. Patient X may no longer be in Duval County, or even a carrier of disease. But in an age of swine flu, bird flu and even resurgent Dengue fever, the health of millions depends on the vigilance of health care administrators. Their ability to monitor, notify and control could be all that forestalls an epidemic — and their failure is something from which none of us is immune.  Susan Cooper Eastman

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’Tis the season to clobber Holly! The Jacksonville Roller Girls hold the fifth annual Naughty vs. Nice Toys 4 Tots Charity Bout on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Jax Ice & SportsPlex, 3605 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. Cheer on Northeast Florida’s fearless femmes as they hammer their opponents for a noble cause! Admission is free with a new, packaged toy donation valued at $10 or more; or $12 at the door. 357-0102.


Barely into his 30s, singer-songwriter Lee Brice is proving that “a country boy can survive” in a music scene already rife with genre-bending styles like electro pop, dubstep, Christian rap and Satanic reggae. The pride of Sumter, S.C., Brice has hit the upper echelons of the Billboard charts on the strength of tunes like “Love Like Crazy,” which spent a record-breaking 56 weeks wowing fans, while penning ditties with fellow country stars Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. Lee Brice performs with Sunset Circus on Friday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at Mavericks at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. Advance tickets are $10; $20 for advance upstairs tickets. 356-1110.



Who’s large and in charge? Detroit-born rapper Big Sean was a straight-A student in high school who quickly parlayed those scholastic skills into mad rhyming thrills (and, we must add, for the sake of continuity, payin’ the bills), eventually wowing Kanye West with a personal, free-style audition at a Motor City radio station. The 23-year-old’s debut joint, “Finally Famous,” features 12 consonant-crackin’ cuts with a little help from hip-hop heavyweights Pharrell, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa and Chiddy Bang. Big Sean performs on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. at Freebird Live, 200 First St. N., Jax Beach. Tickets are $21. 246-2473.


Three-time Grammy-winner and former lead singer of The Temptations, Richard Street is joined by the Jacksonville Mass Choir and local soul diva Joy Dennis for a little Holiday Soul on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Along with Temps’ faves like “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” Street and his vocal group perform holiday jams from his “Everything for Christmas” album. Tickets range from $35-$75. 630-3900.

Those who like a little paranormal chill with their holiday cheer can hit “Ghosts of Christmas Past,” the 2011 St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11. Innkeepers throughout the Oldest City discuss the sentimental and supernatural stories of 25 St. Augustine Historic Inns, as visitors enjoy refreshments provided by local restaurants, candymakers and vintners. A $25 ticket covers both days.


Along with other Northeast Florida holiday traditions, like wearing baggies and flip-flops on Christmas Day and keeping fire extinguishers next to the keg when Uncle Duke decides to “deep-fry up a mess of turkeys,” the Community Nutcracker features 200 local children performing the beloved ballet blending Tchaikovsky’s musical score with a story based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s THE WOOD BROTHERS fantasy tale, “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice.” Now in its 20th year, the production Brothers Oliver and Chris Wood make the sibling act a hip thing these days. Raised by a music-loving family in has featured 3,076 amateur and 36 professional dancers performing in 95 live, full-length Boulder, Colo., Chris (right) is best known as the bassist and low-end anchor behind jam band Medeski, Martin performances seen by 182,400 arts-lovin’ folks, while bringing in a whopping $350,000 & Wood, while older brother Oliver (left) has led his own combos and played guitar alongside blues legend for local charities! That kinda dough could buy a whole lotta sugarplums. The Community Tinsley Ellis. Together, the pair weave a heady blend of roots music and Americana on jazz imprint Blue Note Nutcracker is presented on Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 and 8 p.m. at Records, with a sound that’s earned critical acclaim from the likes of NPR and Britain music rage NME. The The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $23-$33.50; $21-$31.50 Wood Brothers perform on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., for military. 355-2787. Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating, $15 for standing room only. 209-0399. DECEMBER 6-12, 2011 | folio weekly | 19

“Hey, looky! Now he’s erasing funding for orphans and the elderly!” Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz are all smiles playing with the new Rick Scott Doll with Super-Powered Public Assistance Budget-Slashing Pen in Martin Scorsese’s fantasy, “Hugo.”

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oward the end of “Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s brilliant and magical salute to the movies, Ben Kingsley’s character prepares an expectant theater audience for a retrospective viewing of his own contribution to the origins of filmmaking. “Come dream with me,” he tells them, and the screen fills with scenes of magic — for the filmgoers in the movie as well as us. As a single moment of tribute from a master filmmaker to his medium, capturing all the romance and wonder and magic of the movies, the scene is paralleled only by the similarly affecting conclusion of Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso,” in which the aging Italian director watches an assembled collection of all the snipped and censored love scenes from his childhood years as a projectionist’s assistant. Based on the 2008 Caldecott Medal winner “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick (a magical book in itself), Scorsese’s film concerns the adventures of the boy Hugo (Asa Butterfield) who lives by himself in the walls and walkways of the early 1930s Paris train station. An orphan whose beloved father (Jude Law) was a clockmaker, Hugo is taken in hand by his drunken uncle Claude (Ray Winstone), whose job it is to keep all the clocks in the station running. Upon his uncle’s sudden death, Hugo continues to keep the mechanisms operating, all the while scavenging for food and sustenance, as well as for spare parts for a mechanical automaton which he and his father had been struggling to repair. The train station becomes the lonely boy’s world, its varied inhabitants a constant source of wonder, humor and even danger. His unsuspecting neighbors include venerable bookseller Monsieur Labisse (Christopher Lee), a middle-aged couple whose courtship is continually threatened by the woman’s jealous dog, the luminous flower girl Lisette (Emily Mortimer), and a bona fide villain in the menacing gendarme Inspector Gustav (Sacha Baron Cohen), fitted with a mechanical leg brace and leading a snarling Doberman. Hugo’s main interest, however, is the proprietor of a small kiosk and his young goddaughter.

Her name, he soon learns, is Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), and she is an orphan like him. Her bitter, unhappy godfather, it turns out, is named Georges Melies, a nobody at the time, but about 20 years earlier, one of the true inventors of the movies. The less one knows about “Hugo,” the more surprising and wonderful the movie is likely to be. So I will say nothing more about the story itself, other than it is a whimsical blend of fact and fiction. The few glimpses I had seen of the trailer suggested a child’s fantasy tale, as though Scorsese might be trying to pull a Spielberg of sorts. Nothing could be further from the truth. A masterpiece of production design and technical wizardry, including a brilliant use of 3-D, “Hugo” is Scorsese’s testament to the power and romance and (there’s no better word, so I’ll use it again) magic of the movies. Superbly scripted by Oscar-nominee John Logan (“The Aviator” and “Gladiator”), the film gives us a child’s view of a complex world that ultimately comes into focus and meaning through the movies themselves. In addition, “Hugo” is a delightful tale of childhood friendship and adventure that calls to mind George Roy Hill’s “A Little Romance” (1979), also set in Paris and featuring a young Diane Lane. The charming and remarkably talented Chloe Grace Moretz (“Kick-Ass,” “Let Me In”) exudes a similar charm in “Hugo” as does her young co-star, Asa Butterfield. The adults are equally impressive in their various roles, in some cases (as with Christopher Lee) their very presence another form of tribute to the legacy of the movies. The real star of “Hugo,” however, is Martin Scorsese and his fellow magicians behind the scenes, particularly Thelma Schoonmaker, who has edited nearly all of his films. Just as it was Melies who brought technical wizardry and flights of fantasy to the fledgling moving pictures, so Scorsese interlaces the story of “Hugo” with a wide assortment of visual and technical feats that vividly complement his themes about narrative and cinematic wonders. Quite simply — or more precisely, anything but “simply”— “Hugo” is a dazzling virtuoso achievement by an artist at the top of his form, a cinematic valentine that should prove as timeless as the medium itself.  Pat McLeod

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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.


f there’s one thing you can say about the old “Muppets” TV show that ran from 1976-’81 (as well as the early Muppet movies), it’s that they were so funny and sweet, they made you feel good inside. It may sound simple, but it’s deceptively hard to pull off. So perhaps the best compliment one can give the first Muppets movie in 12 years, appropriately called “The Muppets,” is that it captures that old magic with gusto. Oh, how we’ve missed Kermit, Miss Piggy, Sam Eagle and every critic’s favorites, Statler and Waldorf. The great thing about the movie is that writers Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller have missed them, too, because the story revolves around a generation of Muppets fans who want to see the old gang reunited. As the film opens, it’s Gary (Segel) and Mary’s (Amy Adams) 10th anniversary, and to celebrate he’s taking her from Smalltown, U.S.A., to L.A. to see the sights. That Smalltown feels like vintage 1950s America is part of the movie’s charm — these are idealistic people in an idealistic world. The only catch with the trip is that Gary’s non-human, Muppet-like brother Walter (voice of Peter Linz) — who’s the biggest Muppets fan in the world — is tagging along. Upon arriving in L.A., the threesome soon discover that oil baron Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) is going to purchase and tear down the old Muppet Theater if Kermit (voice of Steve Whitmire) can’t come up with $10 million to buy it. So Gary, Mary, Walter and Kermit get the Muppets back together (montage-style, naturally) for one last hurrah to save what’s rightfully theirs. Part of the fun is seeing what the Muppets are up to now — Piggy and Gonzo are super-successful, Fozzie’s slummin’ it and Animal, well, he needs to stay away from the drums.

There are guest stars aplenty, with some great surprises up director James Bobin’s sleeve, and the new tunes, especially “Life’s a Happy Song” in the beginning, fit right in with classics such as “Rainbow Connection.” Heck, even the Muppet Barbershop Quartet singing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” doesn’t feel out of place. What’s more, there are plenty of self-referential cracks about the film’s budget, plot and length — and more. And, thanks to Fozzie Bear, we hear plenty of jokes that are so bad they’re good. Not only do writers Segel and Stoller capture the essence of the Muppets, Segel’s wide-eyed performance hits the right feel-

This movie will hit notes of nostalgia for the older generation of Muppets fans and should find an entirely new generation of fans in the youth of today.

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good notes, too. Adams, so endearing in “Enchanted” and with a lovely screen presence, sings and smiles and gives the simplistic Mary an irresistible sweetness. She’s so adorable it hurts. Cooper makes a fine villain, though his one song will leave you believing his future in musical theater is limited. The best things about the Muppets — both the franchise and this movie — are their earnest playfulness and jovial spirit. This movie will hit notes of nostalgia for the older generation of Muppets fans and should find an entirely new generation of fans in the youth of today. Did I mention how great it is to have the Muppets back?  Dan Hudak

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“It’s time to put on makeup … ” The cast of “The Muppets” gears up for its long-overdue return to the big screen.

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ANONYMOUS **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Pot Belly’s Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis star in director Roland Emmerich’s 17th-century period-piece, a conspiracy thriller which hypothesizes that William Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets were written by the Earl of Oxford. Prithee, Folio Weekly doth say! ARTHUR CHRISTMAS **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This British import, an animated fantasy featuring the voice work of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, Michael Palin, Rhys Darby and Jim Broadbent, is the story of Santa Claus’ son Arthur who’s tasked with completing his first-ever Christmas Eve toy delivery. COURAGEOUS **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Regal Avenues A faith-based film about four police officers reacting to a tragedy that affects them personally, causing them to evaluate their lives as fathers, husbands and peace officers. Starring Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Ben Davies and Kevin Downes. DESI BOYZ **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square Akshay Kumar, Bruna Abdullah, John Abraham and Rajat Barmecha star in this Bollywood action-comedy about two former Oxford University students who decide to open a London strip club. Classy move. THE DIRTY PICTURE **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square This Bollywood rom-com musical stars Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi and Imran Hasnee in the story of an actress who falls for a director. FOOTLOOSE **@@ Rated PG-13 • Regal Avenues This remake of the ’80s hit stars Kenny Wormald as a Boston teen who moves to the Deep South only to find dancing is banned by local clergyman Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid). We miss Kevin Bacon. HAPPY FEET TWO ***@ 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., World Golf IMAX Theater This high-steppin’ sequel to the animated family flick, featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, Hank Azaria, Pink and Robin Williams, happily sidesteps a so-so story about penguins taking (literal) flight, instead focusing on snappy animation, toe-tappin’ tunes and likable characters. HUGO **** Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue. THE IDES OF MARCH ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Director and costar George Clooney’s Oscar-buzzworthy film is about an idealistic campaign manager (Ryan Gosling) who gets a reality check while working for a Democratic presidential hopeful, played by Clooney. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti deliver ballot-stuffing performances. IMMORTALS ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Set in ancient Greece, this film from the makers of 2006’s “300” is a worthy addition to the sword-and-sorcery genre. The cast includes Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff and Henry Cavill as the heroic Theseus, who’s given the task by the Gods of Olympus to retrieve a magical bow before it falls in the hands of evil king Hyperion (Rourke).

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IN TIME *@@@ Rated PG-13 • Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd.

“It’s time to admit the alcoholism is just a glimmer of deeper, people-pleasing issues based on developing unrealistic expectations. Oh yeah, Happy Holidays!” Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) has a long-overdue talk with Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) in the seasonal, animated tale “Arthur Christmas.”

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

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

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried star in this mediocre sci-fi offering about immortality that seems to drag on forfreakin’-ever. Oh, the irony!

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, Regal Beach Blvd. Third offering from this popular series about one pesky and persistent demon. In this prequel, we learn how sisters Katie and Kristi first came into contact with an evil presence, delivered with the surveillance-style footage that made the other films such spooky hits.

JACK AND JILL **@@ 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. The latest comedy offering from the Adam Sandler Brain Trust has the former SNL cast-member-turned-frat-boypinup/star of such groundbreaking films as “Happy Gilmore” and “The Waterboy” in dual roles as Jack and Jill Sadelstein, siblings trying to survive Thanksgiving. Be thankful if you survive the 90-minute comedy, inexplicably featuring Al Pacino starring as himself. J. EDGAR ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Leonardo DiCaprio delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in Clint Eastwood’s engaging biopic that chronicles the life, legacy and still-lingering controversy surrounding J. Edgar Hoover, the decades-long director of the FBI. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown Woody Allen’s rom-com stars Owen Wilson as a Hollywood screenwriter on vaca in Paris who’s inexplicably transported to the City of Lights … in the 1920s. Co-stars Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Martin Sheen and Rachel McAdams. MONEYBALL ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This sports biopic, based on the true life story of Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane, hits a grand slam on the strength of an all-star script and trophy-worthy performance by Brad Pitt. THE MUPPETS ***@ 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. Reviewed in this issue. NEW YEAR’S EVE **@@ Rated PG-13 • Opens on Dec. 9 in area theaters Director Garry Marshall’s rom-com has an ensemble cast, including Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel and newly single Ashton Kutcher, in a story about couples and singles in Manhattan on the last night of the year. Check it out just for the cameos: Halle Berry, John Lithgow, Ludacris, Jon Bon Jovi (Eeeeeee!!), Seth Myers, Yeardley Smith and Ryan Seacrest … out!

PUSS IN BOOTS **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The animated family film from the “Shrek”-meisters, with Antonio Banderas voicing Puss and Zach Galifinakis in for Humpty Dumpty, also features Salma Hayek, Amy Sedaris and Guillermo del Toro, in a paint-by-the-numbers fur-filled fantasy that never rises to the level of humor or inventiveness of the original “Shrek” movies. REAL STEEL *G@@ Rated PG-13 • Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Hugh Jackman stars in this silly sci-fi story about boxing robots that should’ve been KO’d on the cutting-room floor. TOWER HEIST *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. This comedy caper about the hijinks of bumbling amateur criminals (including Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Eddie Murphy and Casey Affleck), an FBI agent (Tea Leoni) and a devious white-collar criminal (Alan Alda) never really leaves the ground floor due to a weak script. But it’s nice to see the very funny Murphy in an adult role again. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 **@@ 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. EEEEEEEEE!! Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner return. The wolf pack and vampire clan are closing in on expectant parents Edward (Pattinson) and Bella (Stewart). Co-starring Gil Birmingham, Billy Burke (no, not the Good Witch from Oz), Sarah Clarke and Jackson (OMG!) Rathbone. A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The sequel stars John Cho and Kal Penne as hemp-driven dudes navigating the streets of NYC on a crazy, holiday adventure that will appeal only to diehards and burnouts. Cameos by Patton Oswalt, RZA and Neil Patrick Harris give this doped-up duo’s seasonal blend a mild buzz. THE WAY ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park Martin Sheen stars as Tom, a grieving father whose son Daniel (Emilio Estevez, who also wrote and directed) was

killed on a pilgrimage — hiking from France to Spain. To honor Daniel, Tom continues the trek and meets some interesting characters along the way. And no, the <<other>> Sheen/Estevez man is not on the trail.


THE SANTA CLAUSE The holiday comedy starring Tim Allen is screened at 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 630-1741. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE The WJCT Film Series continues with this James Dean/Natalie Wood classic, screened at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $5; any dollar contributed over that is matched by an anonymous donor to WJCT, to support 89.9 FM. 209-3751. UNF SHORTS AT MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art and AfterImage Documentary screen 10 short films by UNF students, documenting the working life of Jacksonville residents, from 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the MOCA Auditorium, 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. 366-6911. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene,” “Anonymous,” “Contagion” and “The Guard” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. LAUREL & HARDY FILMS The International Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society (aka Sons of the Desert) screens L&H films at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Pablo Creek branch library, 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 314-5801. WGHOF IMAX THEATER “Happy Feet Two” is screened along with “Puss In Boots 3D,” “Legends of Flight 3D,” “Rescue 3D,” “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest,” “Born To Be Wild 3D,” “Hubble 3D” and “Under The Sea 3D” are shown at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX.


RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Director Rupert Wyatt’s prequel in the sci-fi simian saga follows the relationship between an idealistic scientist (James Franco) and a genetically engineered chimp (Andy Serkis). One of them freaks out and leads a bloody uprising against mankind. Guess who? KUNG FU PANDA 2 This sequel to the animated martial arts film is about Po, (voiced by Jack Black) who teams up with allies The Furious Five to protect the Valley of Peace from a powerful villain. Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh and Jean-Claude Van Damme lend their voices to the actionfilled, family-friendly yarn. FRIGHT NIGHT The remake of the ’80s cult horror flick, starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Toni Collette, is the story of teenager dealing with the trials of adolescence: acne, dating, nagging parents and a bloodthirsty vampire living next door. Oh, to be young again! MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS This classic 1944 musical, featuring Judy Garland, Tom Drake, Mary Astor and Margaret O’Brien, is the story of a family in St. Louis during the 1904 World’s Fair. The film’s score debuted the standards “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Trolley Song,” (as in “Clang, clang, clang went the …). Director Vincente Minelli and star Garland soon married, debuting daughter Liza Minelli four years after the film’s release. The two-disc set features enhanced digital sound and video as well as commentaries. 

“And here’s another song from my latest album. Hey, wait! Where’s everybody going?!” Jon Bon Jovi kills the crowd in the rom-com “New Year’s Eve.”

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Northeast Florida singersongwriter Shawn Lightfoot anchors his musical projects in success — and failure

Jeremy Hereford

Musical Footprints

SHAWN LIGHTFOOT & THE BRIGADE Friday, Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville 381-6670


hen local musician Shawn Lightfoot was a freshman at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., his music professor told him, “You don’t have the voice to be [Luciano] Pavarotti.” For Lightfoot, a vocal performance and musical education major, it was all he needed to hear. His hopes of a future in operatic singing dashed, Lightfoot chose to return to Jacksonville and finish school at University of North Florida, where he received a B.A. in communications. “Although I didn’t finish with a music degree, the courses in music theory and music history that I took really helped shape what I do today,” Lightfoot says. Born in the Philippines and raised in a Navy family, Lightfoot and his family moved from port to port before his dad retired to Orange Park. He was raised mostly in San Diego and finished high school in North Carolina, where he learned to play guitar and sing. “It was senior year that I found out I could sing,” the 32-yearold explains. “It was then that I found a passion for classical music and opera singing.” Over the last several years, the singersongwriter has been making a name for himself around his home in Riverside’s Five Points and throughout Northeast Florida as a musician and music teacher. As a solo artist, Lightfoot has performed with Jacksonville multi-instrumentalist Arvid Smith and others in the ad hoc group Longfellow Street (which he describes as “a supergroup in the idea we were playing each other’s music”) and with Jessica Pounds (of Canary in the Coalmine) in a trio they called The Daeighlies. Today, his main gig is with Shawn Lightfoot & The Brigade, a genre-bending three-piece that’s taken various forms since 2003. Since 2010, the lineup has consisted of Lightfoot (guitar, vocals), Cody Walker Jr. (drums, vocals) and Donovan King (upright bass). “It’s such a perfectly eclectic group,” says Lightfoot, citing the group’s sound as well as its innately free fashion sense. (“Donovan comes to every show in a three-piece suit and tie,” he says, “and Cody’s a T-shirt-and-jeans kinda guy.”) The music, which has taken the group to dozens of local venues including Birdies and Club TSI, is a mixture of roots rock, blues, jazz and pop. Shawn Lightfoot & The Brigade play originals, with kooky cover tunes thrown in. “We’ll play a cover of Elvis’ ‘That’s All Right (Mama)’ on top of a Bo Diddley riff,”

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Sharp Dressed Man: singer-songwriter Shawn Lightfoot.

says Lightfoot, “or a cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ that sounds more like a country-disco thing.” The group’s resident songwriter, Lightfoot has been writing since he was 19.

“It was senior year that I found out I could sing. It was then that I found a passion for classical music and opera singing.” In those days, the lyrics focused mainly on love with a “contemporary-pop-slash-German-artsong feel.” “When I first started writing,” he says, “I was listening to a lot of Radiohead, classical music and Billie Holiday.” With about 50 songs in his repertoire (10 to 15 of which he plays regularly in shows), Lightfoot is listening to a lot of blues these

days — artists like Robert Johnson and Leadbelly. “I try to write songs that are odd and pretty — something melodic with a strange arrangement. I usually write the music part and then the lyrics. The lyrics are the painful part of writing for me.” Regardless of creative pains, Lightfoot has been a consistently busy and productive musician. Between 2004 and ’06, he’s performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, and released his first solo EP, “Nocturnes and Serenades” (available for free download on He also won a finalist spot at the 2008 Suwannee Springfest Songwriting Competition and released his second EP, “That Old Sweet Southern Style,” the following year. Lightfoot is currently working on another album, expected to drop next year. “I feel like that’s the next thing for me, creatively,” Shawn Lightfoot says. “In the future, I want to tour regularly — at least regionally — produce more music and write more music. One of my dreams is to make a song that the whole world loves.”  Kara Pound

Soul and Fire

Incendiary performer Jimmy Thackery keeps fanning the flames of electric blues JIMMY THACKERY Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 p.m. Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach Tickets are $15. 247-6636


he legend of the hardworking blues guitarist permeates musical history. A young boy learns six-string tunes, starts out in local dives, ships out with a bigger outfit to see the world, then brings it all back home when he’s a grizzled veteran. Jimmy Thackery’s life follows this blueprint to a T, but his blues roots are bit more, shall we say, suburban. Raised in Washington, D.C., where he listened to Mom’s pop music and Dad’s classics, Thackery was first attracted to the electric guitar via ’50s and ’60s TV shows: Henry Mancini’s themes, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E,” “Bonanza.” Those were followed by surf guitar and the British invasion, a 15-year, 20-album stint with legendary blues ensemble The Nighthawks, tours with blues legends Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Big Walter Horton, and 20 more solo records. Today, Thackery is considered one of the most well-oiled axemen in the biz, regularly playing gigs in bowling alleys, battleships, small clubs, blues cruises and everything in between. Folio Weekly chatted with Thackery about the appeal of the blues, the beauty of a trio and goin’ up the country to rural Arkansas.

Folio Weekly: How were you first introduced to the guitar, Jimmy? Jimmy Thackery: TV. Everything in the ’50s and ’60s had electric guitars, and there was something about [its] sound that just jazzed me. I was already into music well before I got ahold of the guitar, though. I took piano lessons, but after the hormones kicked in, I realized the guitar was going to get me in to closer proximity with girls. Next thing you know, you start hearing all this cool stuff on the radio, then you start playing that stuff, then someone tells you about blues music, then you start buying blues records, and next thing you know, you’re in a blues band and almost 60 years old and you’ve been doing this 40-something years. And you know what? I don’t regret a day of it.

toured with legends like Muddy Waters, right? J.T.: Not just Muddy — we worked with everybody! We were really lucky to actually get to know and play with all the second-generation artists. I once told J. Geils, “You guys are the reason we never had to put on leisure suits and play a Holiday Inn.” F.W.: After 15 years with The Nighthawks, you finally branched out to front your own band, where you’ve remained since 1987. What was the primary motivation for the split? J.T.: I had been doing an R&B/rock’n’roll band called The Assassins, and I left the ’Hawks to pursue that on a permanent basis. It got cumbersome after a while — six pieces, up to 13 or 14 pieces. So I went back down to a trio, which was very scary. But I quickly realized that was where I wanted to stay. There’s something about the power of three, and it’s not just about the music. It’s also the mechanics of traveling, the economics of lodging and gas, how nimbly you’re able to move around. A trio’s about as simple as it gets. F.W.: You were born in Pittsburgh, raised in D.C., but now live in rural Arkansas. How’d you end up there? J.T.: I got hired to play a blues festival in Eureka Springs. Now, with The Nighthawks, we had been booked in Arkansas many times in the past, but every show got canceled at the last minute. But this festival didn’t get canceled. So I came to this little town and fell in love with it, and later fell in love with the promoter who brought me here. We finally got married in 2000. I’m a firm believer in all things happening for a reason. F.W.: Do you like the change of scenery? J.T.: I’ve lived in the big city most of my life, and I never in a million years thought I’d end up living on a mountaintop in the Ozarks, in a town with a population of 38. But here I am, and I love it.  Nick McGregor

F.W.: What was it about the blues that hooked you? J.T.: Townes Van Zandt had a great quote: “There’s two types of music — blues and zippity-do-da.” I picked the stuff that was really resonating with me, and that came from the blues. F.W.: You joined blues ensemble The Nighthawks in 1972, and helped the band establish a marathon 300-night-a-year touring schedule. Were you just trying to make a living? J.T.: It was trial by fire, man. We established the route that people in the business called Austin-to-Boston. It was pretty much the third generation blues players’ version of the chitlin’ circuit. We were making up the rules as we went along: We’d tour in the Carolinas, make a whole lot of money, and then go west to California and lose it all. F.W.: During that time, you and The Nighthawks

Hat Trick: Acclaimed blues performer Jimmy Thackery appears at Mojo Kitchen on Dec. 10.

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The Mustard Seed Cafe

Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, freerange 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 latenight menu. Entertainment nightly and 29 TVs throughout. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-261-5711

The Palace Saloon

It’s been the cornerstone of downtown Fernandina Beach since 1903. Florida’s oldest continually operating bar serves great bar food, including 10-oz. burgers, gourmet hot dogs, New York-style pizza and our famous Fernandina Fish & Chips. And you never know when Uncle Charlie’s ghost will join you for lunch and a cocktail! Pirates Punch, full liquor bar and over 100 craft beers to choose. Catch all the games on 13 giant screens every Sunday. Open daily noon-2. 117 Centre Street 904-491-3332

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

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Water St., Jacksonville. p.m. on Dec. 6 at European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., ABK These heavy-hitters perform at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Tickets range from $35-$75. 630-3900. Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 398-9500. Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are IPHONIC Local rockers Iphonic are on at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at SUNNY SWEENEY Country sweetheart Sweeney appears at 7 $10. 223-9850. Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are p.m. on Dec. 7 at Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, St. Johns LAUREN FINCHAM Singer-songwriter Fincham performs at $10. 223-9850. Town Center. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots. 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., THE SKILLREX CELL, 12th PLANET, TWO FRESH, Admission is free. 645-5571. Jacksonville. 355-9791. NADASTROM Electro head The Skrillex Cell appears at 8 p.m. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA This progressive metal SACRIFICE SURVIVE CD Release Party with KALIYL, on Dec. 11 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets ensemble is on at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Veterans Memorial ARTILECT The local rock starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Jack are $25. 246-2473. Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. $29-$58.75. 630-3900. 398-7496. PIERCE PETTIS Singer-songwriter Pettis performs at 8 p.m. LARRY MANGUM’S SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE This roundtable on Dec. 8 at European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., performance by singer-songwriters starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 Jacksonville. Tickets are $15. 398-9500. at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets LEE BRICE, SUNSET CIRCUS Country artist Brice performs at are $10. 398-1717. A PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS with MINDI ABAIR & KIRK 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Mavericks at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 BIG SEAN Rapper Big Sean appears at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 at WHALUM Dec. 14, The Florida Theatre Independent Drive, downtown. Advance tickets are $10; $20 for Freebird Live, 200 First St. N., Jax Beach. Tickets are $21. JOSH THOMPSON, THE COWFORD COUNTY BAND Dec. 14, advance upstairs tickets. 356-1110. 246-2473. Whisky River 12 STONES, ALLELE, OSCAR MIKE, THE EMBRACED THREE-HEADED STEPCHILD, VJ JOSH FRAZETTA Local MATT NATHANSON, WE THE KINGS Dec. 15, Whisky River The kick-ass local rock begins at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 at rockers Three-Headed Stepchild perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. MACHINA, DOWN THEORY Dec. 16, Brewster’s Pit Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are 10 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. CANARY IN THE COALMINE Dec. 16, Mojo No. 4 $10. 223-9850. 365-5555. 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Vikings on Dec. 6. DJ Tin Man spins reggae & dub every Tue. DJ SuZi-Rok spins a variety every Thur. $Big Bucks DJ Crew$ every Sat. Bert No Shirt & Uncle Jesse every Sun. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, hip hop & R&B every Wed. Live music every Tue. & Thur. Smooth Jazz Lunch at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. CLUB TSI, 333 E. Bay St. Live music every weekend DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 Live music every weekend DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ Rockin’ Bones spins every Wed. DJ Scandalous spins every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Holiday on the River Concerts continue. Radio 80 on Dec. 9. Mr. Natural on Dec. 10 THE IVY ULTRA BAR, 113 E. Bay St., 356-9200 DJs 151 The Experience & C-Lo spin every Rush Hour Wed. DJ E.L. spins top 40, South Beach & dance classics every Pure Sat. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Vinn spins top 40 for ladies nite every Thur. Ritmo y Sabor every Fiesta Fri. BayStreet mega party with DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 356-1110 Lee Brice and Sunset Circus on Dec. 9. Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. Saddle Up every Sat. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night from 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. THE PEARL, 1101 N. Main St., 791-4499 DJs Tom P. & Ian S. spin ’80s & indie dance every Fri. DJ Ricky spins indie rock, hip hop & electro every Sat. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.

RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 406 Old Hard Rd., Ste. 106, 213-7779 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Karaoke on Dec. 7. DJ BG on Dec. 8. The Ride at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 & 10. Reggae on the deck with Mango Fever at 5 p.m. on Dec. 11. DJ BG every Mon.

INTRACOASTAL WEST BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 12 Stones, Allele, Oscar Mike and The Embraced on Dec. 9. ABK on Dec. 10. Iphonic at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Open mic every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. and Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Blistur at 9 p.m. on Dec. 9 & 10. DJ Jack spins for Karaoke dance party every Tue. & Sun. DJ Two3 spins for ladies nite every Wed. DJ Two4 spins every Thur. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Live music every Fri.

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



MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 JB Sessions on Dec. 7. Wits End on Dec. 8. Brown Bag Special on Dec. 10. Open mic every Tue. Live music every Fri. & Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins for ladies’ nite every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed.

AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry & John O’Connor, from 8-11 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337

Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff every Fri. & Sat. RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Craig Hand every Sat. Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. TREE STEAKHOUSE, 11362 San Jose Blvd., 262-0006 Boril Ivanov Trio at 7 p.m. every Thur. David Gum at 7 p.m. every Fri.

ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. CRACKERS LOUNGE, 1282 Blanding Blvd., 272-4620 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PARK AVENUE BILLIARDS, 714 Park Ave., 215-1557 Random Act from 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Mon. Bike Nite THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Out of Hand on Dec. 8. One Night Stand on Dec. 9 & 10. DJ Waldo every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar every Wed. Buck Smith Project every Mon.

PALATKA DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Local talent nite every Wed. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Thur. Garage Band at 8 p.m. every Fri. Jam & open mic at 4 p.m. every Biker Sunday.

PONTE VEDRA LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Tony Novelly from 6-10 p.m. every Mon.

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The Riverside Arts Market is held on Dec. 10, featuring local and regional artists, strolling performers, a farmers market and live music by Terrill at 10:30 a.m., Patrick Evan & Bert Mingea (pictured) at 11:45 a.m. and Road Less Traveled at 2:30 p.m. The market is located under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, downtown. 554-6865.

PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Live music every Thur.-Sun. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 High Tides of Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker at 6 p.m. every Wed.

RIVERSIDE, WESTSIDE HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron at 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie at every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic at 8 p.m. every Wed. KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. LOMAX LODGE, 822 Lomax St., 634-8813 DJ Dots every Tue. Milan da Tin Man every Wed. DJ Christian every Sat. DJ Spencer every Sun. DJ Luminous every Mon. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 Set Apart CD release with Returners, Frameworks, Aglacia and Von Wolfe at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. King of the Hill finale with The Highest, Vagrant Undertow, The Tell Tale Heart and Vertical Axis at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 PIZZA PALACE, 920 Margaret St., 598-1212 Jennifer Chase at 6:30 p.m. every Fri.

ST. AUGUSTINE A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Billy Buchanan on Dec. 8, 9 & 10 AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Fermin Spanish guitar from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Smokin Joe on Dec. 7. Rusty Menshouse on Dec. 8. Chelsea Saddler at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. on Dec. 9. Songwriters open mic night with TJ Ward every Mon. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Blues Band at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. Gary Douglas Campbell at 2 p.m., String Sessions at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 CHICAGO PIZZA & BAKERY, 107 Natures Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700 Greg Flowers hosts open-mic and jazz piano from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Fri. 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 at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers from 6-10 p.m. on Dec. 7 JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Mike Sweet from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 825-4805 Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite with house band at 8 p.m. 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-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth at noon every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Live music on Dec. 9, 10 & 11. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Will Pearsall at 9 p.m. every Mon. THE REEF, 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008 Richard Kuncicky from 11 a.m.-2:30

p.m. every Sun. SANGRIAS WINE AND TAPAS PIANO BAR, 35 Hypolita St., 827-1947 Live music every Thurs.-Sun. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Lil Blaze & DJ Alex hosts Karaoke every Mon. SIRENS, 113 Anastasia Blvd., 460-2641 DJ Rob every Indie Monday SPY GLOBAL CUISINE, 21 Hypolita St., 819-5637 Live music every weekend THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Quick Draw at 9 p.m. on Dec. 9 & 10. Mark Hart every Mon.Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth at 1 p.m., Mark Hart at 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin at 1 p.m., Wade at 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas at 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.

ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER, TINSELTOWN AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz from 8-11 p.m. every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music every Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice at 9 p.m. every Sat. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music from 2-7 p.m. every Sun. THE GRAPE, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 642-7111 Live music every Fri. & Sat. John Earle every Mon. DJ Mikeology every Thur. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. every Sat. with Gimme the Mike DJs ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Live music on weekends MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Brown Bag Special on Dec. 10. Open mic nite every Tue. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Parkway N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music at 10 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur. and 6-9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat.

URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Sunny Sweeney at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7. Josh Thompson on Dec. 14. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke every Mon.


ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 398-9500 Midnight Clear with Bobby Moore and Tony Steve at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6. Pierce Pettis on Dec. 8. John McCutcheon on Dec. 10. Cheryl Watson and Watertown on Dec. 13. Jazz every 2nd Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band from 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. DJ Omar spins dance every Fri. DJs Harry, Rico & Nestor spin salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 The Devil Makes Three and Brown Bird at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6. Sacrifice Survive CD release party with Kaliyl and Artilect on Dec. 10 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger at 7 p.m. every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square & Band of Destiny at 8 p.m. every Mon. John Earle Band every Tue. DJs Wes Reed & Matt Caulder spin indie dance & electro every Wed. Split Tone & DJ Comic every Thur.

SOUTHSIDE AROMAS, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live music from 8-11 p.m. every Tue., Wed. & Thur. Piano Bar with Will Hurley from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., a DJ spins till close every Fri. BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic from 7-11 p.m. with Chris Hall every Tue. & every first Sun. Live music at 8 p.m. every Fri., at 6 p.m. every Sat. & at 5 p.m. every Sun. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall at 8 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 398-1717 Larry Mangum’s Songwriters Circle with Jack Mentzel at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10. JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars on Dec. 12. LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 Jamaru and VJ Shotgun at 8 p.m. on Dec. 9. Three-Headed Stepchild and VJ Josh Frazetta at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10. Rockinaroake at 8 p.m. every Thur.

SPRINGFIELD, NORTHSIDE BLUE DINER CAFE, 5868 Norwood Ave., 766-7774 Jazz from 7-9 p.m. every first Thur. BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, Oceanway, 647-7798 Live music on Dec. 9 & 10. Karaoke every Tue., Thur. & Sun. with DJ Dave. Open mic every Wed. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Big Engine every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. RIVERCITY ISLAND GRILL & CHILL, 13141 City Station Drive, 696-0802 Live music every weekend SKYLINE SPORTSBAR & LOUNGE, 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 Lauren Fincham at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic at 8 p.m. every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music at 8 p.m. every Sat.  To be listed here, send all the vitals — time, date, location with street address, city, admission price and contact number — to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email

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Feminine Mystique


“A Woman’s World” celebrates the diverse visions of five local women artists A WOMAN’S WORLD C Gallery, Daryl Bunn Studios, 643 Edison Ave., Jacksonville Displayed through Jan. 525-3368


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nspired by European statues and the “bizarre” aesthetic of children’s dolls, Louise Freshman Brown has spent five years creating mixed media collages in her series “Dolls.” Freshman Brown is just one of the five female artists featured in C Gallery’s latest exhibit, “A Woman’s World.” Curated by Cabeth Cornelius, C Gallery, located at Daryl Bunn Studios on Edison Avenue, presents this show highlighting Freshman Brown, Megan Cosby, Christina Foard, Sara Pedigo and Amy Vigilante through January. Cornelius was deliberate in her decision to feature five of the most interesting artists in this area — a group that also happens to be composed solely of women. “I knew I wanted to show Amy [Vigilante],” explains Cornelius. “After that, I started to see that other women artists were doing work that — to me — seemed like they had a similarity — as in, when you look at the work, the pieces are undeniably made by women.” The selected artists work in an eclectic mix of mediums including paint, collage, photography, fabric, recycled found objects and even thread. A diversity of styles as well as different generations of creative talents are represented in the exhibit. In the past year, three of the artists — Cosby, Foard and Pedigo — have also been featured in the pages of Folio Weekly. Cosby is a figurative painter who studied at University of North Florida and interned at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She is the youngest artist, by 20 years, to be asked by UNF to create a specialty legacy painting (this one is to be part of the permanent collection of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library). Foard is a well-known local artist who “explores erosion and regeneration” in her paintings of dresses, aerial landscapes and figures. “I am fascinated by the biographical threading of relationships and lessons through

Artists featured in the new show at C Gallery include: 1) Sara Pedigo (“Rough Surf,” Oil on canvas 16” x 20”), 2) Amy Vigilante (“Frida,” fabric, found objects, thread, 52” x 49”) and 3) Megan Cosby (“Amy Pink,” mixed media on canvas, 30” x 40”).

the course of a lifetime,” she writes in her artist’s statement, “and how each person leaves his or her legacy for others.” Pedigo, a St. Augustine artist and assistant professor at Flagler College, paints and draws figurative realist pieces that capture and interpret moments of her family history, environment and Southern upbringing. Her work was included in the 2006 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Vigilante is a good friend of Cornelius’, and also a board member of FAPAP (Florida Association of Public Art Professionals), “which is how we met,” explains Cornelius. “She does great quilts and wanted to show her work in Jacksonville, so I really built the show around her work.” Vigilante is based in Gainesville and works in fabrics, recycled found objects and thread. The final artist featured is Louise Freshman Brown, a professor at UNF who has taught painting, drawing and fine art since 1981. She’s been working in mixed media collage since 1991, and on her “Doll” series since 2006. Though most of Freshman Brown’s collages are untitled, they are distinctly unique. Postercovered walls, lush landscapes, cherubic dolls, wool coats, bright red hairbows, graffiti, papier-mâché masks, a shower cap, corsage, block of hay, old movie reels — these are just a few of the elements that appear in Freshman Brown’s collages. “It fascinates me that you can’t tell when

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the photography ends and the painting begins,” Freshman Brown says of her mixed media pieces. “I teach a lot of lectures in Europe and I’ve always been fascinated with photographing statues and organic walls to use in the background of my dolls.” The tactile, familiar materials in Freshman Brown’s works are nearly illusory, as the audience is pulled toward some deeper realities and truths. Social commentary, psychological aspects of the human condition, power, deception, illusion, humor and hope are just a few of the things viewers can look for. “My work[s are] very suggestive and people have interesting reactions to them,” she explains. Her “Dolls” series — titled simply “#1,” “#2,” “#3” and so on — don’t warrant a chosen phrase, according to the artist. “I think titles are distracting … to a person’s reaction of the piece,” says Freshman Brown. “Children don’t make dolls, adults do. People have different references to dolls and how they feel about them.” While the content of the exhibit is undeniably diverse, Cornelius believes it’s unified by perspective. “None of the works are from the same medium, color, size or even price, but they all come from a very unique and female point of view,” she says. “They are not, by any stretch of the imagination, feminine; rather, all very tactile, very hands-on and very handmade.”  Kara Pound

Junior Highness

Northeast Florida author Meg Haston has plenty to smile about with the recent publication of her debut novel.

Meg Haston chronicles the ups and downs of middleschool life in her debut novel, “How to Rock Braces and Glasses” MEG HASTON Book signing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach 241-9026


elling your typical middle-school-aged kid that they’re living “the best years of their life” is tantamount to assuring a nervous parachutist that a backpack full of bricks is “characterbuilding.” Adults seem to forget that kids in their ’tweens and teens navigate a minefield of crises — low self-esteem, peer rejection, puberty — littering a terrain as slippery as it is hostile. Northeast Florida author Meg Haston survived her own adolescence and lived to not only tell the tale but provide a roadmap. Her debut novel, “How to Rock Braces and Glasses,” chronicles the adventures of ultrapopular Kacey Simon, the queen of Marquette Middle School who is swiftly dethroned after being issued coke-bottle glasses and a daunting set of dental wear. Kacey’s fall from grace leaves her a blinking, lisping outsider, but she soon discovers that she not only needs to adjust her social calendar, she just might need to change her whole outlook on life. Over the course of the story’s 300-plus pages, Kacey discovers true friendship, self-acceptance and even a newfound calling as teenage garage rocker. Meg Haston moved to Jacksonville in her early teens, graduating from Episcopal High School in ’01. The now-29-year-old Riverside resident went on to receive her B.S. in communications from Northwestern University and an M.Ed. in professional counseling from University of Georgia. In addition to being a therapist, Haston has published her work in the pages of Marie Claire, and has written extensively on positive body image. Her take on teenagers is hitting the small screen as well: “How to Rock” has been picked up by Nickelodeon, and the show debuts next spring. Folio Weekly spoke to Meg Haston about her literary roots, getting inside the mind of the American teenager and why young people need to write their own stories.

Folio Weekly: Were you a fan of classic young adult authors like Judy Blume and S.E. Hinton? M.H.: Absolutely. I think pre-Judy Blume, my first love was Beverly Cleary and her “Ramona” books and “Runaway Ralph.” To show you what a nerdy little kid I was, I would stay home and fake being sick so that I could read my “Ramona” books. F.W.: And here I thought I was a geek. M.H.: I know! [Laughs.] I could go back and read those books over and over. There’s something really lovely about their simplicity, now that we have to have vampires and magic or some otherworldly element to make it

interesting. I think Cleary and Blume just did stories about regular kids and regular families, and there’s something nice and naturally uplifting about that.

see the pilot episode and I thought it was really cute. And the star, Cymphonique Miller, is really good! She is unbelievably talented, so that relieved a lot of my fears.

F.W.: I don’t really know anything about Young Adult fiction — which is probably healthy for a 39-year-old man — but do you feel those classic stories have survived because they’re so universal? M.H.: Yes, I do. The issues that they deal with are always going to be there. The anxieties that they speak to and what it’s like to be a 10-yearold boy or a 17-year-old girl — those are always going to be there.

F.W.: Judy Blume wrote a series of groundbreaking young adult books and then published a deliberately adult-themed book, 1978’s “Wifey.” Do you see yourself doing that? M.H.: I don’t know if I’ll do “adult” fiction, but I’m working on something right now that’s much darker and solidly more young adult rather than young adolescence.

F.W.: Those writers are the blues singers for 12-year-olds. Judy Blume is the John Lee Hooker of suburban girls. M.H.: Totally! [Laughs.]

F.W.: Do you have any good combat wisdom for kids who are compelled to write fiction?

F.W.: Has your experience as a therapist for adolescents helped fortify your decision to write about young people? M.H.: It’s sort of like the “chicken or the egg,” since I’ve just always had an interest in adolescence and young adulthood. But I don’t think that the jobs themselves are entirely different things. Writing is obviously invested in exploring people’s stories and telling them, and therapy is invested in hearing people’s stories and helping them make sense of [them]. And I feel really lucky to be doing both right now. F.W.: Do you think American teenagers get a bad rap? M.H.: I do. I obviously love this age group or I wouldn’t write about them. I think kids try really hard to grow up and become adults, while coping with the same fears and insecurities as we do as adults. … It’s never been a more difficult time to be a teenager and a young adult. I think it has become increasingly worse for each generation. It’s rough, and while it may be a cliché, I think it’s just the messages that we are sending to kids about where they find selfworth that are all based on outer appearance. F.W.: Do you have any fears that Nickelodeon will make your story more “Hannah Montana” than “My So-Called Life”? M.H.: Honestly, the TV piece and book piece are so separate that I’m not too worried. I did

M.H.: I would say that somebody has to do it. Someone has to write books and the world needs writers. Writing every day is important and I don’t know any writers who aren’t also avid readers. When I was a kid, I remember thinking, “Oh, I could never do that, only the smartest kids can write.” But there have to be writers and there is no reason it couldn’t, or shouldn’t, be you.  Dan Brown DECEMBER 6-12, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 33


A HOLIDAY EVENING WITH GARRISON KEILLOR The storyteller and host of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” spins holiday yarns at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St.,a Jacksonville. Tickets range from $36-$74. 630-3900. DRAMA AND VARIETY SHOW AT FSCJ The Acting & Directing Showcase is presented at 7 p.m., followed by the Talent & Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 646-2222. A FAMILY CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA AND ELVIS Elvis impersonator Randy Elvis Walker is joined by Santa Claus in this family-geared holiday concert at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, 1718 S.R. 13, St. Johns. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door; $10 for military. 687-1521. COMMUNITY NUTCRACKER Two hundred local children perform the beloved ballet at 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $23-$33.50; $21-$31.50 for military. 355-2787. TRU Players by the Sea presents this one-man show about writer Truman Capote at 8 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 at 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Tickets are $20; $17 for students, seniors and military. 249-0289. THE 39 STEPS ABET presents the stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s madcap comedy at 8 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at Adele Grage Community Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and military. 249-7177. I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE This musical-comedy about the trials and tribulations of dating is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 2 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $25; $20 on Thur. and Sun. for seniors, military and students. The play is also staged on Dec. 15, 16 and 17. 396-4425. BRUCE ALLEN SCUDDER’S CHRISTMAS CAROLE Charles Dickens’ classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s seasonal change of heart is staged at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 13, at 1:15 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $42-$49. 641-1212. A CHRISTMAS STORY A stage adaptation of the holiday film about a little boy’s dream of getting a BB gun from Santa is presented at 8 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9 and 10 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar Street, Fernandina Beach. The show also runs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15, 16 and 17. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. 261-6749. DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL The family-friendly comedy about two Alabama hunters who accidentally shoot a celestial messenger is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9 and 10 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. The play runs through Dec. 30, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thur.-Sat. and at 2 p.m. on Sun. Tickets are $25; $20 for students and military; $22 for seniors. 825-1164. HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MARK TWAIN The Limelight Theatre and Raintree Restaurant present Robert Gill as the celebrated author in this one-man show and dinner theater experience at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 18 at 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $39.95. 824-7211.


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LIMELIGHT SEEKS USHERS The Limelight Theatre seeks volunteer ushers for its current season to attend to a variety of tasks including seating guests, answering questions and bartending, in exchange for complimentary and discounted tickets. 825-1164. AUDITIONS IN OLDEST CITY The Limelight Theatre auditions for its production of “Harvey” at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. The roles include six men and six women, both ranging in ages 20-70s. The show runs Jan. 19-Feb. 12. 825-1164. NORTH FLORIDA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC This school invites musicians of all skill levels and any instrument to join the community orchestra every Mon. at 6:30 p.m. and concert band every Tue. at 6:30 p.m. at 11363 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 374-8639. CALL TO ARTISTS Jacksonville Fine Arts Festival seeks original poster artwork for its festival held in Avondale’s Boone Park on March 24 and 25. The winning submission gets a free 10x10 exhibitor’s space. Send 300 dpi submissions, including name and media, to HAND DRUMMING CLASSES Midnight Sun offers classes from 7:30-8:30 p.m. every Fri. at 1055 Park St., Jacksonville. Class fee is $10. 358-3869.

CHEERLEADING AND DANCE AUDITION WORKSHOPS Former NFL cheerleaders teach the fundamentals in choreography, interview skills, attire and the audition process from 12:303:30 p.m. every other Sat., beginning in Jan. 476-3721.


MADRIGAL DINNER Douglas Anderson School of the Arts stages Renaissance-themed performance, song and dining at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Jacksonville. For ticket information, call 356-5507 or 346-5620 ext. 138. WRAPPED IN HOLIDAY SOUNDS The Heritage Singers of Jacksonville present the holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at First Christian Church of Mandarin, 11924 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 434-4625. CONCERT AT FSCJ A Symphonic Band Concert is featured at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 646-2222. JOHN THOMAS GROUP Jazz pianist Thomas leads his combo at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at The 50-piece St. Augustine Community Orchestra performs “A Classic Christmas” Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. at The Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine. The Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. program features Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” selections from Tchaikovsky DASOTA AT UNF and Handel, and music from the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. An encore The Douglas Anderson School of the performance is held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church, Arts Wind Symphony performs at 76 S. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Tickets are $10 at the door; children 12 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at University of North Florida’s Lazzara Performance younger are admitted free. Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 620-2878. A CHORAL CONCERT JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Holiday-themed chorale music is featured at 7:30 p.m. on Boril Ivanov Trio plays at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Dec. 9 at Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ South Campus, Gum plays at 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 646-2222. San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. ST. AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA JAZZ AT GENNARO’S The community orchestra performs “A Classic Christmas” Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano features live jazz at 7:30 p.m. at 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 at The Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. every Fri. and Sat. at 5472 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Augustine. An encore performance is held at 3 p.m. on Dec. Beach. 491-1999. 11 at Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church, 76 S. Roscoe JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Tickets are $10 at the door; children 12 Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie features live jazz nightly at 7 and younger are admitted free. p.m. at 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502. HOLIDAY POPS The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra presents a concert featuring seasonal favorites at 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10 FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Times-Union Center for the This self-guided tour, themed “Art by Design,” is held from Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 7 in downtown Jacksonville, spanning a from $16-$70. 354-5547. 15-block radius of galleries, museums, bars and eateries. BOSTON BRASS 634-0303 ext. 230. The acclaimed ensemble performs “Holiday Sounds” at 8 JAX BEACHES ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR p.m. on Dec. 9 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, The Beaches Creative Coalition Arts & Crafts Fair, featuring 1100 Stockton St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $25; $10 for handmade gifts and original art work, is held from 8 a.m.students. 389-6222. noon on Dec. 10 at 255 18th Ave. N., Jax Beach. 372-0417. BIG ORANGE CHORUS XMAS SECOND SATURDAY ARTRAGEOUS ART WALK. The Big Orange Chorus and musical guests present their The galleries of downtown Fernandina Beach are open from “Sounds of Christmas” concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at 5:30-8 p.m. on Dec. 10 during the self-guided tour. 277-0717. University of North Florida’s Lazzara Theatre, 1 UNF Drive, SPRINGFIELD HOLIDAY BAZAAR Jacksonville. Tickets are $25. 287-1896, 620-2878. This festival, featuring jewelry, art, health and beauty items, CHORALE AT CATHEDRAL BASILICA is held from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Pak’s Gym, 1654 The St. Augustine Community Choir offers a concert of Walnut St., Jacksonville. A chili lunch is available. 536-0185. English Carols and selections from Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place, RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET St. Augustine. The program repeats at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11. The Arts Market is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. 824-0761. beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, CLASSICAL AT THE LIBRARY Jacksonville and features local and regional artists, strolling The Sterling Brass performs at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at performers, bands and a farmers market. Admission is free. the Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., 554-6865, 389-2449. Jacksonville. 630-2665. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET HERITAGE SINGERS Arts & crafts and local produce are offered every Fri. from The Heritage Singers of Jacksonville appear at 3 p.m. on 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dec. 11 at South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, 2137 Drive. 353-1188. Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. 434-4625. CHORUS IN FLEMING ISLAND The Lakeside Junior High Chorus sings at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Fleming Island Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM Fleming Island. 278-3722. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The opening JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE reception for the BFA/BA Senior Portfolio Exhibition is Trumpeter Ray Callender and guitarist Taylor Roberts play held from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 8. The exhibit is displayed at 7 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., through Dec. Jacksonville. 388-9551.



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CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. Eugene Savage Family Night is held from 4-8 p.m. on Dec. 6, featuring crafts, storytelling, music studio and art-making projects. The education-themed exhibit, “One in Three: Let’s Solve Our Dropout Crisis,” is displayed through Jan. 9. “Eugene Savage: The Seminole Paintings” runs through Jan. 8. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. “Darwin: The Origin of Species” is on display through Dec. 27. The exhibit “Upheaval Impressions,” featuring mixed media work by Rocco Catucci, is on display through Dec. 29. The permanent collection includes a variety of rare manuscripts. Open Tue.Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. The annual UNF Art & Design Faculty Exhibition is on display through Jan. 22. Project Atrium features sculptor Gustavo Godoy’s installation “Empty Altar/Empty Throne” through March 11. The 200-piece photographic collection “Shared Vision: The Sondra and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography” and “Larry Clark: The Tulsa Series” are displayed through Jan. 8. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. An exhibit of works by African-American photographer E.L. Weems is on display through Dec. 30. 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.


THE ART CENTER II 229 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. The juried still life show “Static Studies,” and handmade gifts by the TAC artists and designers from AIGA, are featured from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 7. AT&T TOWER LOBBY 301 W. Bay St., Jacksonville. Holiday music by the Northeast Florida Conservatory and A Community School of the Arts are featured from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 7. AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. The exhibit “Vessels: A 3-D Art Exhibit” featuring works by Cookie Davis, John Bunker, Myra Schick, Nofa Dixon, Lucy Clark, Tim Bullard and Chris Jones, is displayed through Dec. BEE GALLERY & DESIGN STUDIO The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 108, 419-8016. Photographer Tiffany Manning is featured through Dec. BETHEL GALLERY Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church, 4510 Palm Valley Road, 285-7241. Acrylic artist Ellen Jones’ religious-themed exhibit, “Nehemiah, Servant & Leader,” is on display through Jan. 3. C GALLERY Daryl Bunn Studios, 643 Edison Ave., Jacksonville, 525-3368. The exhibit, “A Woman’s World,” featuring works by Megan Cosby, Christina Foard, Louise Freshman Brown, Sara Pedigo and Amy Vigilante, runs through Jan. CHAMBLIN’S UPTOWN Chamblin Bookmine, 215 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 674-0868. Photographer Samuel Phillis is featured at a book signing from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 7. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. BEAM offers gift wrapping from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 10; proceeds benefit


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local emergency services. The 12th annual Holiday Ornament Show runs through Dec. 24. Photographer Mark Kowal’s promise of benefit exhibit, “Say It With Photography,” runs through Jan. 3. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Jacksonville, 535-7252. The opening reception for the exhibit “Geoff Mitchell: Entries of a Diary Thief” is held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. The show runs through Jan. HASKELL GALLERY Jax International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 741-3546. Recent paintings by Ginny Elliot and Suzi Berg are displayed through Jan. 9. JAXPORT GALLERY 2831 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, 357-3052. The exhibit “Art of the Steel Crane,” featuring multimedia works by Deborah Reid and Barbara Fryefield, is displayed through Jan. 5. LARIMER ARTS CENTER 216 Reid St., Palatka, (386) 328-8998. The Artists’ Guild of North Florida juried show is featured through Dec. 14. PLUM ART & DESIGN 9 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069. Mary Lou Gibson, Robert Renwick, Sara Pedigo and David Engdahl are the featured artists through Dec. 31. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Admin. Bldg., 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 471-9980. The exhibit “It’s Not Just Black and White: The Black and White Show,” featuring recent works by Leslie Robison and Laura Mongiovi, is on display through Feb. 16. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 438-4358. The gallery features its Holiday Artwalk from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 7 with creative gifts and featured photographer Michael Dunlap. SNYDER MEMORIAL CHURCH 226 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 634-0303. The musical comedians Dueling Pianos are featured from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 7. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY Screen Arts, 228 W. King St., St. Augustine. 829-2838. Derek Hess’ exhibit “Half the time it could seem funny … the other half is just too sad” is displayed through Jan. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. Big cat and wolf paintings by Diane Travis are displayed through Dec. 30. STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA 240 A1A N., Ste. 13, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-6065. “Ebb and Flow,” featuring works by John Folsom, Jennifer J.L. Jones, Toni John and Wendy McArthur, is on display through Dec. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 292-9303. Artists Doug Eng, Joyce Gabiou, Robert Leedy, Terese Muller, Mary St. Germain, Tony Wood and Bill Yates are featured along with handmade, seasonal gifts from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 7. VANDROFF ART GALLERY Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 730-2100. Mixed-media works and paintings by Gwen Gilmore and Connie Pratt are shown through Dec. 21. WELLS FARGO 24 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine. Photographer Jackie Kramer’s floral-themed show, “Blooms and ’Shrooms” is displayed through Dec. 

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The Springfield Holiday Bazaar is held on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Pak’s Gym, 1654 Walnut St., Jacksonville. Handmade jewelry, original art work, health and beauty items, as well as chili with all of the fixins’ are featured. Proceeds benefit the Springfield Heritage Education Center. 536-0185.

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SPRINGFIELD HOLIDAY HOME TOUR This tour of the Historic Springfield District, held from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10, features four turn-of-the-century homes, one loft conversion, one new home and two neighborhood businesses decorated for the holidays, with light displays and luminarias. The tours begin at Pak’s Gym, 1654 Walnut St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the event. 371-9694. HOLIDAY REGATTA OF LIGHTS St. Augustine hosts this annual boat parade at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10, featuring a parade of festively decorated sailboats, shrimp boats and other vessels on Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. 824-9725. A FAMILY CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA AND ELVIS Elvis impersonator Randy Elvis Walker is joined by Santa Claus in this family-geared holiday concert at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, 1718 S.R. 13, St. Johns. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door; $10 for military. 687-1521. CHRISTMAS GHOST TOUR St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour offers a “Ghosts of Christmas Past” themed two-day tour on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Innkeepers throughout the Oldest City discuss the sentimental and supernatural stories of 25 St. Augustine Historic Inns, as visitors enjoy refreshments provided by local restaurants, candymakers and vintners. A $25 ticket covers both days. WINTERFEST 2011 The inaugural WinterFEST at Adventure Landing transforms the waterpark into an Alpine snow village with a large, outdoor ice-skating rink, a 130-foot “Alpine Racer” ice slide, nightly snowfalls, visits from Santa, Christmas cookie decorating, a holiday carnival and crafts, a teddy-bear-making factory and Mistletoe Marketplace through Jan. 2. 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 246-4386. A WINTER WONDERLAND This annual seasonal event features snow, a real ice skating rink, an ice slide, an elf village, train rides, sleigh rides and visits from Santa from 5-10 p.m. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. Hours through Dec. 16 are 5-10 p.m. every Mon.-Fri., and 2-10 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.; from Dec. 17-Jan. 1, the Wonderland is open daily from 2-10 p.m. 461-0825. HOLIDAY ON THE RIVER The annual free concert series continues through Dec. 21 in the Courtyard at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. Live performances by local choirs, school kids and dance groups are performed in front of the 56-foottall Christmas tree at midday and in the evening. 353-1188. For a schedule, go to COSMIC CONCERTS Laser Holidays is featured at 5 p.m., Laser Jimmy Buffett at 6 p.m., LaseRetro at 7 p.m., and Laser Hypnotica at 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. 396-7062. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Terrill at performs 10:30 a.m., Patrick Evan & Bert Mingea perform at 11:45 a.m. and Road Less Traveled appear at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the market, held under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, downtown. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Admission is free. 554-6865. FLORIDA WWII EXHIBIT “Victory Begins at Home: Florida During World War II” shows Floridians in service, military recruitment and training, the German U-boat threat and rationing, at Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, through July 8. 396-7062. LINCOLNVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET This new weekly market, held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sun. at 399 Riberia St., St. Augustine, offers local and organic produce, baked goods, coffees, cheeses, prepared foods, crafts and jewelry at the south end of Lincolnville in Eddie Vickers Park. There’s a community garden, too.


JCCI ISSUES REPORT The Jacksonville Community Council Inc. releases their City Finance Implementation Report at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6 at The Conference Center at the Main Library, 303 N. Laura St. Jacksonville. J.F. Bryan IV, the chair of this two-year study, provides an overview of the group’s examination of local government economic transparency and accountability. 396-3052. JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ed Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-1273. INTERVENE SCHOOLS COMMUNITY MEETING Duval County Public Schools and Florida Department of Education review models for improved student learning, from

“Cheeseburger in Paradise (in Laser Lights and Surround Sound!)”: Parrotheads can squawk with delight when the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium present their Laser Jimmy Buffett Cosmic Concert on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Concerts also featured that night include Laser Holidays (5 p.m.), LaseRetro (7 p.m.) and Laser Hypnotica (8 p.m.) Tickets for each show are $5. 396-7062.

6-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Ribault High School, 3701 Winton Dr., Jacksonville. 924-3722. NAACP MONTHLY MEETING The NAACP Monthly General Membership Meeting is held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at 1725 Oakhurst Ave., Jacksonville. All current and prospective members are encouraged to attend. 764-7578.


MEG HASTON Jacksonville author Haston signs copies of her book, “How to Rock Braces and Glasses,” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026. PAUL KENDEL Jacksonville author Kendel signs copies of his book, “Walking the Tiger’s Path – A Soldier’s Spiritual Journey in Iraq,” from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Barnes & Noble, 11112 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 886-9904. BOOK WAREHOUSE SALE Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library hold a book sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 10 at FJPL Book Warehouse, University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. 630-2104.


LATITUDE 30 COMEDY Carmen Vallone performs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Tickets are $13. 365-5555. SPANKY BROWN Comedian Spanky Brown appears at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6-10 and 13 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on Dec. 10 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $6-$12. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB The Saints and Sinners Comedy Tour, featuring Patrick Jolle and Matthew Lumpkin, is featured at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. and 10 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $12. 461-8843.


LALAH HATHAWAY Dec. 17, The Ritz Theatre and Museum THE MEN OF CHIPPENDALES Dec. 17, Mavericks TIM CONWAY & FRIENDS Jan. 19, Thrasher-Horne Center THE SPENCERS: THEATRE OF ILLUSION Jan. 20, The Florida Theatre RON WHITE: MORAL COMPASS TOUR Jan. 26, T-U Moran Theater TYLER PERRY’S “THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS”Feb. 1, T-U Moran Theater MICHAEL FELDMAN’S WHAD’YA KNOW Feb. 4, The Florida Theatre SECOND CITY TOURING COMPANY Feb. 5, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

JEFF DUNHAM CONTROLLED CHAOS Feb. 10, Veterans Memorial Arena LACROSSE CLASSIC Feb. 19, EverBank Field HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS March 2, Veterans Arena ROYAL COMEDY TOUR March 9, Veterans Memorial Arena

NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS GATORS VS RIDER BRONCOS BASKETBALL The University of Florida Gators take on the Rider Broncs Men’s Basketball team at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $10-$75. 630-3900. GUANA RESERVE PHOTO SAFARI Craig O’Neal and Joe Hunt lead this photo walk and workshop on Dec. 11 and 18 from 8-11 a.m. at the GTM Reserve, at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Topics include camera settings, composition, macro and landscape photography, HDR imagery, and post-processing software tips. Cost is $69 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Friends of the GTM Reserve. Meet at the Trailhead Pavilion. $3/per vehicle parking fee. 823-4500. SAN MARCO FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 5K & 1 MILE FAMILY FUN RUN The 1-mile run starts at 5:30 p.m. and 5K starts at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 at San Marco Square, San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Along with the races, this event features carolers, horse-drawn sleigh rides, stilt walkers and Santa Claus. Advance entry fee is $30; $35 day of race. 1 Mile entry fee is $12. Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network. NAUGHTY VS. NICE The Jacksonville Roller Girls hold their annual Naughty vs. Nice Toys 4 Tots Charity Bout on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Jax Ice & SportsPlex, 3605 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. Admission is free with a new, packaged toy donation valued at $10 or more; or $12 at the door. 357-0102. JAGUARS VS BUCCANEERS The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 at EverBank Field, One EverBank Place, Jacksonville. Single-game tickets for home games start at $45. 633-2000. SALT MARSH HIKE A park ranger leads a hike focusing on the estuarine systems of the park at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 starting at the Ribault Clubhouse located at Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road, Jacksonville. No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission. 251-2320.


CHAMBER BEFORE HOURS BREAKFAST The Ponte Vedra Chamber of Commerce present this business networking breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 at Elizabeth’s Café, 1500 Sawgrass Village Drive, Ponte Vedra. Admission is $7.50 for members; $10 for nonmembers. Participants are encouraged to bring their business

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CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY The Prime Osborn Convention Center hosts this annual toy giveaway from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (earlier if toys are gone) on Dec. 10 at 1000 Water St., Jacksonville. This year, an expected 8-9,000 are to be given away. 350-1616. JACKSONVILLE SUNS HOLIDAY BASEBALL CAMP The camp, open to kids ages 7-12, is held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 19 and 20 at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Kids learn basics from the pros; included are lunch on both days, a collectable camp ball cap and tickets to a Suns game. Camp fee is $85. 358-2845.


ALL (OF US) FOR ALEX This event will help raise money for 14-year-old Alexander Fast’s liver transplant operation, and features food, artwork for sale, raffles and a silent auction. Admission is a $10 suggested donation. The event is held Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m. at The Foundry, 1955 A1A S., Anastasia Island. 829-6831. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GALA Habitat for Humanity presents their “Gala for Humanity” on Dec. 8 from 6-10 p.m. at the River House, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine. The event includes the 12 Tastes of Christmas, featuring food tastings and wine pairings from local restaurants, along with live auctions, live music and dancing. Single tickets are $55; $100 for couples. Reservations are limited. Proceeds provide affordable housing for less fortunate. 826-3252. FASHION SHOW AND AUCTION The St. Gerard Campus presents their annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction from noon-3 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, 500 S. Legacy Trial, St. Augustine. Tickets are $35. 829-5516. A BETHLEHEM VISIT Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church presents its annual Live Nativity from 6-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10 at 4510 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. More than 200 costumed cast members re-create the city of Bethlehem on 8,000 square foot village filled with townspeople, artisans and dozens of live animals. Carols, hot chocolate and cookies are also featured. There is a $5 per car parking fee with free shuttles from the PGA Tour (TPC) parking lot located just west of A1A on Palm Valley Road. 285-8225. HOLIDAY RUM TASTING FOR CHARITY Pusser’s Bar and Grille hosts a tasting of over 40 rums from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at 816 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. All proceeds benefit the PGA Tour’s military outreach initiative “Birdies for the Brave Foundation.” Tickets are $15. 280-7766 COMMUNITY SHRED DAY Duncan U. Fletcher High School hosts a free mobile shred day


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PLANT TALK Cathy Snyder and Marilyn Smith teach how to use food and flowers to decorate homes during Christmas and Hanukkah at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach. 827-6950. HERBAL STOCKING STUFFERS Bath & Body Holiday Stocking Stuffers Class is held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Maggie’s Herb Farm, 11400 C.R. 13, St. Augustine. The fee is $45; bring a sack lunch. 829-0722. WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP The workshop is offered from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, at a fee of $265, at UNF University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville. 620-4200. JOB CLUB This free club is open to all active job seekers from 2-3 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 14 at FSCJ’s Deerwood Center, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Rm. G-1708, Jacksonville. 256-6982. DEPRESSION BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUP The DBSA support group meets from 5:30-7 p.m. every Wed. at River Point Behavioral Health’s Outpatient Building, 6300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 343-6511 or 964-9743. Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held at 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Jacksonville. DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE This support group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville. For more information, call 616-6264. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683., 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 at 6:30 p.m. every Tue. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. 378-6849. NAR-A-NON This group meets at 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168.  To get in this listing, email the time, date, location (street address, city) admission price and contact number to or click the link in our Happenings section at Events are included on a spaceavailable basis.

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Motorboatin’ for Santa! St. Augustine presents their annual Holiday Regatta of Lights on Dec. 10 starting at 6 p.m. at Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. The maritime parade features festively decorated sailboats, shrimp boats and other vessels tricked out in their finest seasonal bling! 824-9725.

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(In Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.) THE BEECH STREET GRILL Fine dining in a casual atmosphere. The menu includes fresh local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes created with a variety of ethnic influences. Awardwinning wine list. FB. L, Wed.-Fri.; D, nightly; Sun. brunch. 801 Beech St. 277-3662. $$$ BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks the Harbor Marina. The menu includes daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ 4750 At the Italian kitchen and wine bar, Chef de Cuisine Garrett Gooch offers roasted sea bass, frutti di mare soup, clam linguini, panatela bruschetta and fresh gelatos. Dine indoors or on the terrace. FB. B, L & D, daily. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ EIGHT Contemporary sports lounge offers burgers, sandwiches, wings and nachos. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Fri. & Sat. The RitzCarlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$ ESPAÑA RESTAURANT & TAPAS Traditional Spanish and Portuguese dishes, tapas and paella served in a cozy atmosphere. BW, CM. D nightly. 22 S. Fourth St. 261-7700. $$$ FERNANDELI F Classics with a Southern touch, like a onethird-pound devil dog, Reubens and pulled pork. Sandwiches and wraps built to order from fresh cold cuts, tuna, egg and turkey salads. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 17B S. Eighth St. 261-0008. $ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO F Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza and shrimp feast. Bread is baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5 S. Second St., 261-9400. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ Pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a laid-back atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F Casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO Elegant island atmosphere. NY strip steak with sauces, Maine crab cakes, seafood fricassee and roast chicken penne pasta. BW. CM. D, nightly. 14 S. Second St. 321-2558. $$$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Teppanyaki masters create your meal; plus a 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.-Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE F She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE F An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys and seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood. Nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations recommended. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, with specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drivethru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery, juice bar. Extensive menu features vegetarian, vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken, fresh organic produce. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 TJ Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ O’KANE’S IRISH PUB F Rustic, genuine Irish pub up front, eatery in back, featuring daily specials, fish-n-chips, and soups served in a sourdough bread bowl. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sun. 318 Centre St. 261-1000. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PICANTE GRILL ROTISSERIE BAR F Flavors of Peru and Latin America, served in a modern atmosphere. Authentic Peruvian cebiche and homestyle empanadas. BW, CM, TO. B, L & D daily. 464073 S.R. 200, Ste. 2, Yulee. 310-9222. $$

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PLAE In Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2011 winner. Elegant dining featuring local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ SANDOLLAR RESTAURANT & MARINA F Dine inside or on the deck. Snow crab legs, fresh fish, shellfish dishes. FB. L & D, daily. 9716 Heckscher Dr., Ft. George Island. 251-2449. $$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on the large oceanview deck. Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp and nightly specials. Late-night menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite local spot; Best of Jax 2011 winner. Grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$


EAST COAST BUFFET F A 160+ item Chinese, Japanese, American and Italian buffet. Dine in, take out. FB. L & D, Mon.Sat.; Sun. brunch. 9569 Regency Sq. Blvd. N. 726-9888. $$ KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Steak & shrimp, filet mignon & lobster, shrimp & scallops, a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and traditional Japanese cuisine. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10055 Atlantic Blvd. 724-8883. $$$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. $$ MEEHAN’S TAVERN F The Irish pub and restaurant serves beef and Guinness stew, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, traditional lamb stew, jalapeño poppers, in a comfy atmosphere. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 5. 551-7076. $$ 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. $$ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Generous portions and friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ TREY’S DELI & GRILL F Fresh food served in a relaxed atmosphere. Burgers, Trey’s Reuben, deli sandwiches, pork, steaks, seafood, pies. Prime rib specials every Fri. night. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 2044 Rogero Rd. 744-3690. $$ UNIVERSITY DINER F The popular diner serves familiar breakfast fare and lunch like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $


BISCOTTIS F Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino. Revolving daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Halfportions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ THE CASBAH F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Middle Eastern cuisine is served in a friendly atmosphere. BW. L & D, daily. 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$ THE FOX RESTAURANT F The Fox has been a Jacksonville landmark for 50-plus years. Owners Ian & Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ GREEN MAN GOURMET Organic and natural products, spices, teas, salts, BW. Open daily. 3543 St. Johns Ave. 384-0002. $ MOJO NO. 4 F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 3572 St. Johns Ave. 381-6670. $$ ORSAY Best of Jax 2011 winner. The French/American bistro focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Tues.-Sat.; Brunch & D, Sun. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$ ’town F Owner Meghan Purcell and Executive Chef Scott Ostrander bring farm-to-table to Northeast Florida, offering American fare with an emphasis on sustainability. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3611 St. Johns Ave. 345-2596. $$


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BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned-&operated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brick-ovenbaked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ CAFE CONFLUENCE F The European coffeehouse serves Italian specialty coffees and smoothies, along with paninis, salads and European chocolates. Outdoor dining. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 8612 Baymeadows Rd. 733-7840. $ CHA-CHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT F Owner Celso Alvarado offers authentic Mexican fare with 26 combo dinners and specialty dishes including chalupas, enchiladas, burritos. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9903. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deepdish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$ DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F The ’50s-style diner serves malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, and traditional breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-4877. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes made with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 Baymeadows Rd. 448-0500. $$ INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Extensive menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 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. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE Center-cut beef, seafood, sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. The signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F Hot dogs with slaw, chili cheese, sauerkraut; and small pizzas. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 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. B/W. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$

PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ UDIPI CAFE Authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. L & D, Tue.-Fri. 8642 Baymeadows Rd. 402-8084. $ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $


(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Subs are madeto-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BEACH BUDS CHICKEN F The family-owned place serves marinated fried or baked chicken: family meals (kids like Peruvian nuggets), giant tenders, in box lunches and as MiniMe sandwiches, along with gizzards, livers, 15 sides and fried or blackened shrimp, fish, conch fritters, deviled crabs. TO. L & D, daily. 1289 Penman Road. 247-2828. $ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets and Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BLUES ROCK CAFE Oceanfront dining experience, featuring an all-American menu, including crab cakes and wings, served in a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of the Beaches. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 831 N. First St. 249-0007. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s Bongiorno clan imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheesesteak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers, dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. bonosbarbq. com $ BUDDHA’S BELLY F Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$ BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Gallery’s kid sister at the beach each is mostly take-out; same great chow, fast service. 1333 Third St. N. 242-8226. $ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Springfield. 2429 S. 3rd St. 372-9000. $ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$

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COPPER TOP SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE F (Formerly The Homestead) The menu features Southern favorites like fried chicken, collards, biscuits and cornbread, as well as fresh seafood, steaks, burgers and chops, served in a family atmosphere inside a cozy log cabin. CM, FB. Sunday brunch; L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1712 Beach Blvd. 249-4776. $$ CRAB CAKE FACTORY JAX F Chef Khan Vongdara presents an innovative menu of seafood dishes and seasonal favorites. FB. L & D daily. 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza. 247-9880. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB Four Culhane 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. $$ CYCLONES TEX-MEX CANTINA F The place has freshly made Tex-Mex favorites, including fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, tamales and taco salad. Lunch combos include Mexican rice and beans. FB. L & D, daily. 1222 Third St. S. 694-0488. $$ DICK’S WINGS F The NASCAR-themed place serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also 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. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Jax Beach restaurant serves gastropub fare like soups, salads, flatbreads and specialty sandwiches, including BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Daily specials, too. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ THE FISH COMPANY F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets, grilled tuna and an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ HALA SANDWICH SHOP & BAKERY Authentic Middle Eastern favorites include gyros, shwarma, pita bread, made fresh daily. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 1451 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 249-2212. $$ HOT DOG HUT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 Third St. S. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB The full-service restaurant offers corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips. 30+ beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 1080 Third St. N. 241-5600. $ MEZZA LUNA F A Beaches tradition for 20-plus years. Great food, from gourmet wood-fired pizzas to contemporary



American cuisine. Inside or patio dining. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar atmosphere. Favorites are pulled pork, Texas brisket and slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25-plus years, Monkey’s has served pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Executive Chef Kenny Gilbert’s cuisine features local fare and innovative dishes, served in an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the tiki deck. FB. L & D, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 2309 Beach Blvd. 247-3300. $$ NORTH BEACH BISTRO Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL Serving Baja-style Mexican cuisine, featuring carne asada, tacos, burritos, fish tacos and shrimp burritos. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 333 First St. N. 208-5097. $ PARSONS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT F The family-style restaurant has an outdoor patio and an extensive menu, including the mariner’s platter and the Original Dreamboat. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 904 Sixth Ave. S. 249-0608. $$ THE PIER RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The oceanfront restaurant offers fresh, local fare served on two floors — upstairs, it’s Chef’s Menu, with stuffed flounder, pork tenderloin, appetizers. Downstairs bar and patio offer casual items, daily drink specials. CM, FB. D, daily; L & D, weekends; brunch, Sun. 412 First St. N. 246-6454. $$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Best of Jax 2011 winner. An array of specialty menu items, including signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos and local fried shrimp, in a casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 Third St. N. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, as well as fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. L & D, Tue.Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ TROPICAL SMOOTHIE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. With 12 locations in Northeast Florida, Tropical Smoothie’s got us covered. Serving breakfast, wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads and smoothies — lowfat, fruity, coffees, supplements. CM.

NAME: Peter Saletta RESTAURANT: Blackfinn American Grille, 4840 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center BIRTHPLACE: Sarasota, Fla. YEARS IN THE BUSINESS: 15 FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than my own): Hot Doug’s, Chicago. FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Modern Italian. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Sea salt. IDEAL MEAL: Thanksgiving with my family. WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Fast food. INSIDER’S SECRET: Stand behind your food and truly put passion into every dish.

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CELEBRITY SIGHTING AT BLACKFINN GRILLE: The Chicago Bears rented out my entire steakhouse [in Chicago] for a luncheon. I was as giddy as a schoolgirl seeing Justin Bieber for the first time!! Da Bears!. CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Duck confit.

Open daily. 1230 Beach Blvd., 242-4940. 251 Third St., Neptune Beach, 247-8323. $ 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) ADAMS STREET DELI & GRILL The lunch spot serves wraps, including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. L, Mon.-Fri. 126 W. Adams St. 475-1400. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX On the first floor of Museum of Contemporary Art, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$ CITY HALL PUB A sports bar vibe: 16 big-screen HDTVs. Angus burgers, dogs, sandwiches, AYCE wings buffet. FB. Free downtown area lunch delivery. L & D, daily. 234 Randolph Blvd. 356-6750. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE F The popular restaurant offers a Caribbean lunch buffet Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Brand new location. See Beaches. FB, CM. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176. 374-1247. $$ INDOCHINE Best of Jax 2011 winner. Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.-Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ TRELLISES HYATT REGENCY This American cuisine restaurant offers a breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelet station and a la carte items. Signature lunch and dinner entrees include grouper salad, Angus burgers, Reubens, French onion grilled cheese, seafood and steaks. Wed. night Pastabilities. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 225 East Coastline Dr. 634-4540. $$$ KOJA SUSHI F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ 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 beers on draft. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 119 E. Bay St. 860-5451. $ OLIO MARKET F Freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, soups and entrées. In the 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. $$ THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Mon.-Fri.; L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ VITO’S ITALIAN CAFE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic Italian oven-baked pasta dishes, pizza, veal, chicken and seafood items made with fresh ingredients. CM, FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 174. 355-0064. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $


CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 406 Old Hard Road, Ste. 106. 213-7779. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F See Riverside. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 1915 East West Pkwy., 541-0009. $ HONEY B’S CAFE Breakfast includes omelets, pancakes, French toast. Lunch offers entrée salads, quiches, build-yourown burgers. Peanut butter pie is a favorite. Tea parties every Sat. B & L, daily. 3535 U.S. 17, Ste. 8. 264-7325. $$ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 1800 Town Center Pkwy. 541-1999. $ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The renowned seafood place, family-owned since 1963, specializes in AYCE freshwater catfish. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. Come by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $


AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 14286

Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ BIG DAWG’S SPORTS RESTAURANT F The family-friendly casual sports restaurant offers wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and specialty salads. Kids can choose from the Puppy Chow menu. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12630 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 551-3059. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Brucci’s offers authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE F A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Family-ownedand-operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ THAI ORCHID F The restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, Thai curry dishes and rice dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 683-1286. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$


BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE F Wings, big salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Sports events on HDTVs. CM, FB. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101. 683-1964. $ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ VINO’S PIZZA Vino’s Pizza – with four Jacksonville locations – 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, including 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 Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F The seafood place features an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings and pasta. Favorites are ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas and kabobs. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New Yorkstyle pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd. 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd. 880-0020. $ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Springfield. L & D, daily. 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. 619-8186. $$ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2011 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) GOLDEN CORRAL Family-friendly place; legendary buffet featuring familiar favorites and new items. B, L & D, daily. 11470 San Jose Blvd. 886-9699. $$ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS The American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$

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Best of Jax 2011 winner Engine 15 serves a menu of gastropub fare, along with a multitude of craft and microbrews from around the country, on Beach Boulevard in Jax Beach. KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT The fusion-style sushi restaurant offers oyster shooters, kobe beef shabu-shabu, Chilean sea bass and filet mignon. BW & sake. L & D, daily. 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8. 288-7999. $$ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE Laid-back atmosphere; 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 12807 San Jose Blvd. 638-6185. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2011 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. $$ SIMPLE FAIRE F Breakfast and lunch favorites, featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses served on fresh bread. Daily specials. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3020 Hartley Rd. 683-2542. $$ TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q Owned and operated by the Tankersley family, the barbecue place offers made-fromscratch Southern-style fare, featuring their own sauces. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23. 351-8265. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a fullservice and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Madeto-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$


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. $$ BLU TAVERN F The restaurant, serving global cuisine, has an upscale feel with a casual atmosphere. Favorites include bread pudding and specialty appetizers. Blu also serves pasta dishes, burgers, seafood, pork, beef and steaks. CM, FB. L & D, daily; B, Sat. & Sun. only. 1635 Wells Rd. 644-7731. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sports-themed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine, stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ 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. $$ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR F Family-owned-andoperated. Gourmet pizza, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. The pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, calzones, linguini, ravioli, made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. Daily specials. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$

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. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches and popular lunches are served. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty selections with authentic Thai flavors. BW. L, Mon.Fri.; D, nightly. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine includes fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine features fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or Out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks feature Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers eclectic cuisine featuring local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch, featuring fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ URBAN FLATS Ancient world-style flatbread is paired with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches and entrées, served in a casual, urban atmosphere. An international wine list is offered. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$


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brisket, seafood and dishes made with a Latin touch. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 630 Park St. 359-0035. $$ ALPHADOG GRILL F This brand-new fun place in Riverside features gourmet hot dogs — like Ragin’ Cajun (andouille sausage covered in jambalaya) and The Hippie (veggie dog) — and sausages, grilled chicken wraps, soups, salads, appetizers and wings. L & D, daily. BW. 2782 Park St. 374-8715. $ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery offers classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, all made from scratch, including popular petit fours and custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Riverside. 389-7117. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery serves pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes — calzone, stromboli, subs, panini — wings, and microbrews in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ 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. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ CROSS CREEK See Springfield. 850 S. Lane Ave. 783-9579. $$ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F A deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice & smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses; natural, organic and raw items. Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HJ’S BAR & GRILL Traditional American fare: burgers, sandwiches, wraps and platters of ribs, shrimp and fish. CM, FB. L & D, Sat. & Sun., D, Mon.-Fri. 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1. 317-2783. $$ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.-Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ KICKBACKS GASTROPUB F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The neighborhood hot spot serves pub favorites 20 hours a day, every day. The full bar has over 655 bottled beers, 84 on tap. Outdoor seating. CM. 910 King St. 388-9551. $$ 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. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare is prepared with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily, along with a large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ PIZZA PALACE ON PARK F See San Marco. Outdoor seating. 920 Margaret St., 5 Points. 598-1212. $$ SAKE HOUSE F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumpling), tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, Calif. roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ The café in Riverside Publix Plaza features a variety of sushi, including the popular Monster Roll and the 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. 384-2888. $$ TASTI D-LITE Health-conscious desserts include smoothies, shakes, sundaes, cakes and pies, made with fresh ingredients with fewer calories and less fat. More than 100 flavors. Open daily. 1024 Park St. 900-3040. $ 13 GYPSIES F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The neighborhood eatery is intimate and casual, serving tapas, shrimp dishes, salads and pressed sandwiches made from scratch. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 887 Stockton St. 389-0330. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Former Tad’s owner offers traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $ WALKERS The nightspot has a tapas menu plus a wide variety of wines, served in a rustic, intimate atmosphere. BW. Tue.-Sat.

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2692 Post St. 894-7465. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE buffet. Sushi bar, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, steak, seafood. BW. L & D, daily. 1014 Margaret St., Ste. 1, 5 Points. 301-1199. $$


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. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S F For 30 years, the family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ 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 PIZZERIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats and cheeses, fresh salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts and light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Creekside serves beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 3 St. George St. 824-6993. $ THE FLORIDIAN The downtown restaurant serves innovative Southern fare, made with local farmers’ local food. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, ’N’grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 39 Cordova St. 829-0655. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F Best of Jax 2011 winner. International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, two-story house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ KINGFISH GRILL At Vilano Bridge’s west end, Kingfish Grill offers casual waterside dining indoors and on the deck, featuring fresh daily catch, house specialties and sushi. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 252 Yacht Club Drive. 824-2111. $$ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL F Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ Best of Jax 2011 winner. The cozy café serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes — all prepared without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. Organic BW. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 224 W. King St. 827-4499. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups,

salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ RAINTREE Located in a Victorian home, Raintree offers a menu with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ 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. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, south of the S.R. 206 bridge, the two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE In the historic district, Spy features James Bond-themed sushi and Mediterraneaninfluenced global cuisine on the seasonal menu, including fresh — never frozen — Hawaiian seafood. Dine indoors or out on the patio. Upstairs lounge, too. Great selection of chilled sakes. BW, CM. D, nightly. 21 Hypolita St. 819-5637. $$$ SUNSET GRILLE Casual Key West style, seafood-heavy menu — it’s a consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties include baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp and datil pepper wings with bleu cheese dressing. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$ THE TASTING ROOM, WINE & TAPAS Owned by Michael Lugo, the upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. L, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 25 Cuna St. 810-2400. $$


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. $$ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 11. 646-2874. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner. 13249 City Square Dr., 751-9711. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401, 996-6900. $ THE FLAME BROILER Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, steamed brown or white rice along with grilled beef, chicken and Korean short ribs are featured. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ THE GRAPE BISTRO & WINE BAR F More than 145 wines, and gourmet tapas for pairing. Wide beer selection. L & D, daily. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 642-7111. $$ ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Upscale tropical vibe. Walk-in humidor, pairing apps and desserts with 25 wines, ports by the glass. 220+ wines by the bottle; draft, bottled beer. L & D, daily. 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115. 854-6060. $$ 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. $ 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. $$ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. $ 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. $$$ MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT Best of Jax 2011 winner. Non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurt is served in flavors that change weekly. Toppings include a variety of fruit and nuts. 4860 Big Island Dr. 807-9292. $ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE F The recipes, unique to the Pancake House, call for only the freshest ingredients. CM. B, L & D, daily. 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr. 997-6088. $$ 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. $$$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves up New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, seafood, sandwiches. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ STEAMERS CAFE F Steamers’ menu has all-natural and organic items, including wraps, sandwiches, subs, soups, steamer bowls, smoothies and fresh juices. Daily lunch specials. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway, Ste. 106. 646-4527. $ SUITE Best of Jax 2011 winner. St. Johns Town Center premium lounge and restaurant offer chef-driven small plates and an extensive list of specialty cocktails, served in a sophisticated atmosphere. FB. D & late-nite, nightly. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 493-9305. $$ TAVERNA YAMAS The Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ URBAN FLATS F See Ponte Vedra. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Road. 642-1488. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Authentic Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racing-themed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F Serving up 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-9464. $$

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WINE TASTINGS ANJO LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Thur. 9928 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-2656 AROMAS CIGAR & WINE BAR Call for schedule. 4372 Southside Blvd., 928-0515 BLUE BAMBOO 5:30-7:30 p.m., every first Thur. 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478 BLU TAVERN 6-8 p.m. every last Tue. 1635 Wells Rd., Orange Park, 644-7731 COPPER TOP SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE 6-8 p.m. every Wed. 1712 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 249-4776 DAMES POINT MARINA Every 3rd Wed. 4518 Irving Rd., Northside, 751-3043 THE GIFTED CORK Tastings daily. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE GRAPE 5-7:30 p.m. every Wed.; 1-4 p.m. every Sat. 10281 Midtown Pkwy., Ste. 119, SJTC, 642-7111 THE GROTTO 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726 MONKEY’S UNCLE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-1070 NORTH BEACH BISTRO 6-8 p.m. every Tue. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 OCEAN 60 6-8 p.m every Mon. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060

O’KANE’S IRISH PUB 6:30 p.m. every 3rd Tue. 318 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 261-1000 PUSSERS CARIBBEAN GRILL 6 p.m. every second Fri. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-7766 RIVERSIDE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1035 Park St., Five Points, 356-4517 THE TASTING ROOM 6-8 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 III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE 5-6:30 p.m. every Mon. 9822 Tapestry Circle, Ste. 111, SJTC, 928-9277 TOTAL WINE & MORE Noon-6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 300, 998-1740 URBAN FLATS 5-8 p.m. every Wed. 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515 WHOLE FOODS MARKET 6 p.m. every Thur. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 288-1100 THE WINE BAR 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 320 First St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0211 WINE WAREHOUSE 4-7 p.m. every Fri. 665 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 246-6450 4434 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 448-6782 1188 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, 389-9997 4085 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, 471-9900 

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YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi & sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$


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. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolinastyle barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$


BASIL THAI & SUSHI F Offering Thai cuisine, including pad Thai and curry dishes, and sushi in a relaxing atmosphere. L & D, Mon.-Sat. BW. 1004 Hendricks Ave. 674-0190. $$ b.b.’s F Best of Jax 2011 winner. A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; brunch & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, awardwinning wines, wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Indoor, outdoor dining. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and ontap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Wine by the glass. Tapas-style menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo, ropa vieja, churrasco tenderloin steak, Cuban sandwiches. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, FB. 2578 Atlantic Blvd. 399-0609. $ LAYLA’S OF SAN MARCO Fine dining in the heart of San Marco. Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, served inside or outside on the hookah and cigar patio. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat.; D, Sun. 2016 Hendricks Ave. 398-4610. $$ MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE Morton’s specializes in generous portions of USDA prime aged beef as well as fresh fish and lobster. The tableside menu presentation features every item described by the server. FB, TO. D, nightly. 1510 Riverplace Blvd. 399-3933. $$$ THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILLE F Mediterranean homestyle healthy plates: hummus, tebouleh, grape leaves, gyros, potato salad, kibbeh, spinach pie, Greek salad, daily specials. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 1705 Hendricks Ave. 396-2250. $$ PIZZA PALACE F All homemade from Mama’s awardwinning recipes: spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar offers fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, coffees; 30 kinds of smoothies, with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurt, granola. Daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Consistent Best of Jax winner. Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood, upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ 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. The San Marco location offers a lunch buffet. L & D, daily. 1430 San Marco Blvd. 683-2444. $


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AROMAS BEER HOUSE Offers customer favorites like ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ BISTRO 41° F Casual dining features fresh, homemade

breakfast and lunch dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $ BLUE BAMBOO Contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine includes rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai. Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$ BOMBA’S SOUTHERN HOME COOKING F Southern homestyle fare, featuring fresh veggies. Outside dining is available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8560 Beach Blvd. 997-2291. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CITY BUFFET CHINESE RESTAURANT F An extensive selection of Chinese fare, including beef, fish, crabs, chicken, pork, desserts, ice cream, at its all-you-can-eat buffet. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 5601 Beach Blvd. 345-2507. $ EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual, El Potro cooks it fresh, made-to-order – fast, hot, simple. Daily specials and buffet at most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 733-0844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. 11702 Beach Blvd. 997-9738. $$ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F A local institution 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. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F The stylish gastropub has Southern-style cuisine made with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Located in Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven — the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Plus calzones, soups and salads; Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses and Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ URBAN ORGANICS The local produce co-op offers seasonal fresh organic vegetables and fruit. Open Mon.-Sat. 5325 Fairmont St. 398-8012. WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE sushi and two teppanyaki grill items are included in buffet price. FB. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$


BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR F A full menu of sportsbar faves; pizzas till 2 a.m. Dine inside or on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ 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. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F A locally-owned-andoperated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ RIVERCITY ISLAND GRILL & CHILL F Casual fare: seafood, wings, burgers. 10 hi-def TVs, drink specials, club nights. L & D, daily. 13141 City Station Dr. 696-0802. $$ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ THREE LAYERS CAFE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Lunch, bagels, desserts, and the adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL F Salads, sandwiches, pizza, fine European cuisine. Nightly specials. 2467 Faye Rd., Northside. 647-8625. $$ UPTOWN MARKET F In the 1300 Building at the corner of Third & Main, Uptown serves 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. $$ 











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hings and people were flying around in equal measure at the recent Folio Weekly Martinifest at Touchdown Club West at EverBank Field, whether it was balls in the basketball game where attendees shot hoops with the Jax Giants, the women of Pole Fitness demonstrating their mad dance skillz, the mixologists at work in the bar flair contest or The Roar cheerleaders playing beanbag toss. Seen surveying the scene were Tom McManus, ex-Jag and local talk radio host, and one fellow who had his hair shaved into a martini for the occasion, but no one enjoyed himself more than Lee Silva, who was just home from deployment overseas, and was celebrating with a few well-deserved cocktails. As a Jaguars fan, it pains me to mention that this was the first time in a long while that people leaving EverBank Field were all smiles (not counting opposing fans). Martini mission: accomplished.  Story and Photos by Dustin Hegedus




1. Erin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill and Devin Wilkinson â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Roar cheerleaders 2. Jacksonville Giants mascot Mr Biggs and Gabrielle Magnanti 3. Lucy De la Guardia and Will Kitchings Jr. 4. Emily Geller and Jocel Cruz 5. Sue Thigpen, Christina Bradford and Jennifer Ventura 6. Yaira Silva, Lee Silva and Patty Dorat 7. Brittani Dister and Elvis Rey 8. Jessic Palin and Alexander Martinez 9. Peyton M and Denise Richter 10. Brande Lee 11. Glen Bacolor and Lisa Ortiz 12. Tom and Kristina McManus 13. Jeff Freiberger 14. Rebecca White 15. Shamie Barrett and Pegon Dam 16. Lauren Chambliss, Staci Varona and Andrew McFetridge 17. Ian Sweeting and Adam 18. Eric Roberts

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Was Moammar Gadhafi the last of the “buffoon dictators”? asked BBC News in October. His legend was earned not only with his now-famous, dirty-old-man scrapbook of Condoleezza Rice photos; wrote a BBC reporter, “One day [Gadhafi] was a Motown [backup] vocalist with wet-look permed hair and tight pants. The next, a white-suited comic-operetta Latin American admiral, dripping with braid.” Nonetheless, Gadhafi had competition, according to an October report in the journal Foreign Policy. The son of Equatorial Guinea’s dictator owns, among many eccentric luxuries, a $1.4 million collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia. North Korea’s Kim Jong Il owns videos of almost every game Michael Jordan ever played for the Chicago Bulls.

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In the course of an October story on an ill-fated Continental Airlines flight during which all restrooms in coach were broken, the reporter for Minneapolis’ Star Tribune sought reactions from experts. Calling the toilet failures a “bad situation that hasn’t been addressed” was Robert Brubaker, a spokesperson for something called the American Restroom Association, “a Baltimorebased advocacy group for toilet users.”

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An Oxford University researcher reported in August on the African crested rat, which is so ingenious, it slathers poison, from chewing the A. schimperi plant, onto an absorbent strip of

fur on its back as protection against predators many times larger. The researcher observed first-hand a dog quivering in fear after just one failed mouthful of a crested rat’s fur in his laboratory. The noxious goo is also used by African tribesmen on their hunting arrows. Researching the Itty-Bitty: In October, Popular Science dubbed researcher Gaby Maimon of Rockefeller University as one of its “Brilliant 10” for 2011 for his monitoring of neurons in the brains of fruit flies. Maimon first had to immobilize the flies’ brains in saline and outfit their tiny neurons with even tinier electrodes — so he could track which neurons were firing as the flies flapped their wings and did other activities (work he believes can be useful in treating human autism and attentiondeficit disorder). Oh, Dear! An October Associated Press item from New Orleans warned that “Caribbean crazy ants” are invading five Southern states by the millions, and because their death triggers distress signals to their pals for revenge attacks, up to 10 times as many may replace any population wiped out. Said a Texas exterminator, of a pesticide he once tried, “In 30 days, I had two inches of dead ants covering [an] entire half-acre,” and still ants kept coming, crawling across the carcasses. Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi are currently most vulnerable. Biologists found a shark fetus with one centered eye inside a pregnant dusky shark off the coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, in October. A marine sciences lab in nearby La Paz confirmed the unborn baby, which filled up a researcher’s hand, had the extremely rare congenital “cyclopia.”

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Japan’s Showa University School of Dentistry has for several years been training future practitioners using life-sized synthetic patients from Orient Industry, based on the company’s “sex dolls,” and recently upgraded to fancier silicone dolls with human-feel skin that can cost as much as $9,000 when sold to perverts who custom-order them for companionship. According to a July CNN report, advanced robotics added to the Showa version allow the doll to utter typical patient phrases, to sneeze and, when trainees mishandle tools, to gag.

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In August, Japan’s National Police Agency revealed during the five months after the tsunami-provoked nuclear disaster, superhonest searchers turned in wallets containing $48 million and safes containing $30 million in cash. In August, the school superintendent of Fresno County, Calif., refused $800,000 in guaranteed salary and said he’d run the 325-school system for three years on less pay than a first-year teacher makes. Employees at the dump yard in Pompano Beach, Fla., gave Brian McGuinn zero chance of ever finding a custom-designed ring he’d given his wife but had accidentally tossed in his trash at home on Oct. 30. Facing nine tons of 10-foot-high rotten eggs, dirty diapers and other garbage (which made him vomit), he found the ring within 30 minutes.  Chuck Shepherd

YOU RUN ACROSS MY MIND! You also run across all of Riverside. Literally. Slow down! I’ve been contemplating a conversation for the past couple of years. Curious to know if we play for the same team. You: Usually in sweatpants, sports bra, beanie and headphones. Me: Usually walking my dog and wearing scrubs. When: All the time. Where: Riverside. #1229-1206 BAKING BLONDE IN A THUNDERBIRD You: Gorgeous blond baker girl with giant eyes and perfect smile in front of pulp around 10 with friends. Me: Severely modified guy with tail lacking intestines to speak. We’ve met a few times, but get friend vibe from you. Would slaughter a unicorn to get your attention. Coffee sometime?? When: November 27, 2011. Where: Pulp/ San Marco. #1228-1206 BEAUTIFUL DANCER You: Purple dress, red bag, heels, hair up, dancing like your feet were on fire with a lot of girlfriends. Me: Shy guy in white shirt, blue sweater at the table by the door. Wanna teach me some dance moves? When: November 26, 2011. Where: Suite at the Towncenter. #1227-1206 NICE TRUCK…HOT GUY I noticed your truck on Mayport Rd first...silver with a DC sticker in the back window...Then I noticed your baby blue eyes...I’m the Pittsburgh fan in the Jeep...I’d like a closer look. When: November 25, 2011. Where: Mayport Rd. #1226-1206 PUBLIX HOTTIE You asked me to buy a turkey dinner. I said no, but got a platter instead. I was mesmerized by your blue eyes and meat-selling techniques. Would you like to enjoy it with me?? You had dark hair and wore a red sweater. Me: Hungry for more of what you are selling. When: November 20, 2011. Where: Jacksonville Beach Publix. #1225-1206 GARAGE SALE NEAR RATHBONE Please indulge me: Years ago, an artist saw you in a golden dream. So inspired, he wrote a symphony called Good Vibrations. You: Long blonde hair, jean shorts, with ladies. Me: Black shirt, sunglasses. Passed on everything and turned to see you looking in my direction. Heaven knows I wanted to say hello. Love to see you again if possible. When: Nov. 19, 2011. Where: Garage Sale. #1224-1129 HOSTESS HOTTIE You: Blonde, blue eyes, Matthew McConaughey look-a-like, the all-American dream. You were having lunch with your boss. You called but hung up before I could give you my number. I have the perfect table for two. When: Nov. 2, 2011. Where: P.F. Changs, St. Johns Town Center. #1223-1129 SUSHI AND HOOKAH You: Mohawk at sushi in Oak Leaf. Me with my best friend. You sat down with us. I love the blue shirt you had on and how we had a great time. Glad u left with us for hookah. I knew when I met you I would see you again. How soon is too soon? When: Nov. 2, 2011. Where: Sushi. #1222-1122 MISTER HEAVENLY You: Blonde with Miami hat on backwards, arm sleeve. You kept looking, then stood by me but never spoke. Don’t be shy. I never make first moves. Me: Well, you know; you stared long enough ;) When: Nov. 8, 2011. Where: Café 11, St. Auggie. #1221-1115 VEXING VOLCOM A little after 9 pm. You: Wearing a black Volcom hoodie, and wearing it well. Me: Noticing nothing but you. Wondering if you’d like to bump into me there again Sunday, Nov 13th about the same time? When: Nov. 1, 2011. Where: The Pita Pit in Jax Beach. #1220-1115 WALKIN’ AFTER MIDNIGHT It was Halloween and you were dressed as the most beautiful woman in the world. I saw your radiant eyes and fell in love all over again. Nurse, you give me fever that’s so hard to bear. I hope you know CPR, because you take my breath away. Let me treat you right? When: Oct. 31, 2011. Where: Wall Street. #1219-1108 SEA SHELL Dear Sir, I put a seashell into your hand ... Nearly 2 months later, I chanced upon your newspaper gesture (was charmed

and surprised). Responded back to your listing, but to no avail. Alas! Curiosity may have killed the cat? ... Consider this take two. When: Sept. 3, 2011. Where: The Floridian Restaurant. #1218-1108

QUIET HANDSOME BARTENDER You: Polite, no frills bartender, working in the front taproom. Just want you to know that you have a nice smile. When: Oct. 20, 2011. Where: Ragtime. #1210-1101

BODACIOUS BURRO BARTENDER You: Model-looking chick workin’ the bar, slender like a traffic light, wondering if you could show me the red-light special? Me: mesmerized, Burro is now my favorite Jax bar. When: Oct. 24, 2011. Where: Burro Bar. #1217-1108

NINJA WENCH… You approached with a hello, several adult beverages later, a misguided GPS, and a night I’ll never forget. Breakfast again soon? And many convos... You know how to find me :) When: Oct. 7, 2011. Where: United States. #1209-1025

SIR, I’M A CATCH I was dancing with friends, you were too. You spilled your drink down my back and bought me one to make up for it. I wish I had concocted a business proposal sooner! You: Fearless and full of bravado. Me: A fine catch, sir. Sign that business proposal! When: Aug. 6, 2011?. Where: Lit/ Downtown. #1216-1108

WATER BOY! You: Hard-working Zephyr Water boy with light eyes carrying empty water barrels to your truck with a handy sidekick. Me: Blue eyes, dressed up in all black, completely in your way, making light jokes with the older receptionist. We made eye contact more than once in halls. Special delivery! You could be my water boy anytime... :) When: Oct. 18, 2011. Where: C. Serv. Off St. Johns. #1208-1025

HANDSOME MAN ON HIS BMW You were pumping gas for your motorcycle at the Shell station off Gate Parkway on 9/30/2011, Jacksonville. I watched you thinking … wow! You: Long pony tail, shades and cute dimples. Me: Tall brunette, jeans and t-shirt. I’ve been thinking about you and would love a ride on your bike. Call me. When: Sept. 30, 2011. Where: Shell Gas Station @ Gate Parkway. #1215-1108 BEAUTIFUL BALLERINA IN BLACK You: Extremely hot, petite blonde; the kind you want to take home to Mom. You were walking around helping anyone who raised their hand. Me: Too scared to raise my hand to get your number. Let’s do drinks or dinner sometime. When: Oct. 24, 2011. Where: The Trading Floor. #1214-1108 AUBURN BEAUTY You: short cut-off jean shorts and black shirt with the shoulder straps. Beautiful auburn hair. You came into my work and got a sub. Me: Dark hair with eyebrow pierced. I was making your sub. You are a true beauty and I would like to take you out and see if there’s a spark. Hope to hear from you ;) When: Oct. 25, 2011. Where: Fleming Island. #1213-1101 WHITEY’S FISH CAMP & PATRON SHOTS We met at Whitey’s and had some shots and then I lost you and never got your number. I guess the shots got to me, but not as much as you got to me. Hope you find this; I would like to see you again. When: Oct. 24, 2011. Where: Whitey’s Fish Camp. #1212-1101 MY BROWN EYED GIRL… It was that special night I cannot forget. Looking into your soft brown eyes it made my heart skip a beat and wanted to freeze time so I could forever cherish that moment. When: Oct. 20, 2011. Where: Fresh Off The Bus. #1211-1101

SPEED RACER We were running a 5k prediction race. I was with a friend and he was talking a lot during the beginning of the race. He was talking to you and asking you questions. I was standing next to him just listening. You sound like a cool girl. Let’s get dinner some time. When: Sept. 20, 2011. Where: Starbucks parking lot. #1207-1025 LOOKING PRETTY IN THE LIBRARY You were carrying your toddler, looking for a book with a boot on the cover. Things seemed to click with us. I hope I get a chance to see a lot more of you. When: Friday. Where: Library north of JU. #1206-1025 BREW AT THE ZOO You were sampling a piece of aged sirloin as I was saying that “I highly recommended it.” Me: Blonde hair, was wearing a blue polo w/ orange horse, jeans, flip flops. You, Beautiful/ natural blonde, brown leg boots and dark jeans. Would love to meet you for real instead of just passing. When: Oct. 7, 2011. Where: Brew at the Zoo. #1205-1018 HOTTIE IN BLUE NIRVANA SHIRT Saw you there, the row behind me singing the words to every song. Smiled at you but was too nervous to do anything. I was in the dark pink tank top the row in front and to your right. When: Oct. 7, 2011. Where: Florida Theatre Death Cab Concert. #1204-1018 GRAY SWEATPANTS AT LIFESTYLE FITNESS To the short buff guy in a black “gym life” tank top and gray shorts at Lifestyle Fitness. You were looking so hot. You were on the treadmill next to me talking about your time in the Navy, I hope next time you will ask me out. When: Oct. 6, 2011. Where: Lifestyle Fitness. #1203-1018

INSANELY ATTRACTIVE BARTENDER You were the bartender at Burro Bar. I had no idea what to order but you found me something tasty! Then I saw you at ShantyTown once again tending bar but this time I knew what was up and got a root beer. P.S. I liked your glasses! When: Oct. 5, 2011. Where: Burro Bar/ ShantyTown. #1202-1018 DARK & STORMY IN BLACK APRON Was that whiskey on your lips? How delectable. I saw a smile under that beard. Feeling invincible? I’ll introduce myself next time. You: menacing. Me: caught in the storm. When: Sept. 2011. Where: Mojo. #1201-1011 GORGEOUS DUDE LONG CURLY HAIR I see you only once in a while, you hardly ever shop there. You’re usually with friends but you were alone the last time I saw you. You’re so gorgeous, EXACTLY my type. Hoping you notice me one day. You: handsome, long, curly haired, lean, fit customer at Publix. Me: tall, thin, model chick CASHIER at Publix. When: Sept. 2011. Where: Publix at Southside and Touchton Rd. #1200-1011 BEAUTIFUL LASS IN A 350Z I saw U driving that silver 350Z like it should be driven! Very impressed with your semi-aggressive driving and impressive looks! You turned off Baymeadows onto Western Way around 8 am. I was behind you in a blue Chevy Silverado. When: Sept. 27, 2011. Where: Baymeadows & Western Way. #1199-1004 PRETTIEST GIRL AT THE WEDDING You: Wearing black and white dress, brown hair and hazel eyes. Me: Working event, with brown hair. You caught my eye when you walked in the door. Later we shared a smile as you walked by me. I wish the setting was different. Wasn’t the right time to talk. I wish it was different. So badly wanted to say hi. When: Sept. 24, 2011. Where: Ponte Vedra. #1198-1004 MY FAVORITE BARKEEP You approached me outside Cool Moose. Long time no see. I thought you were gone forever. I have been anxiously waiting your return. Let us drink beer in the park sometime. You pour the beers and I will bring the goblets. You are the man of my daydreams. When: Sept. 14, 2011. Where: Cool Moose Café. #1197-1004 OH OFFICER SCRUMPTIOUS, THANK YOU! Officer B, you took us seriously and we love you for it! Us: Porch-sittin’ women in fear of scary misinformed repo man. You: Pretty blue-eyed MIU who responded and resolved it all. Feel free to stop and share stories anytime. We know we can’t have you but we feel safe and all goosepimply just knowing you’re nearby... When: Sept. 18, 2011. Where: Curbside in my ‘hood. #1196-0927

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? Your first assignment: Answer that. It’s OK if you can’t decide between the three or four most beautiful things. What’s important is to keep visions of those amazements dancing in the back of your mind for the next few days. Play with them in your imagination. Feel the feelings they rouse as you muse about the delights they’ve given. Regard them as beacons to attract other ravishing marvels into your sphere. Your second assignment: Be alert for and go hunting for a new “most beautiful thing.”

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Emily Rubin invited authors to write about a specific theme for a literary reading she organized in New York last September: stains. “What is your favorite stain?” she asked prospective participants, enticing them to imagine a stain as a good thing or at least an interesting twist. Included in her list were chocolate, candle wax, lipstick, grass, mud, wine and tomato sauce. What are yours? It’s an excellent time to sing the praises of your best-loved or most provocative blotches, splotches and smirches — and have fun stirring up new ones.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Not to dream boldly may turn out to be irresponsible,” said educator George Leonard. I think that’s true for you in the months ahead. In my astrological opinion, you have a sacred duty to yourself and to the people you care about, to use your imagination more aggressively and expressively as you contemplate what may lie ahead. You simply cannot afford to remain safely ensconced within your comfort zone, shielded from big ideas and tempting fantasies that have started calling and calling.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Mickey Mouse is a Scorpio, born Nov. 18, 1928. Bugs Bunny is a Leo, coming into the world on July 27, 1940. In their long and storied careers, these two iconic cartoon heroes have made only one joint appearance; in the film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” They got equal billing and spoke the same number of words. I’m predicting a comparable event soon takes place in your world: a conjunction of two stars, a blend of two strong flavors or a merging of iconic elements never before mixed. You’re in for a splashy time.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): University of Oregon researchers claim that in certain circumstances, they can make water flow uphill ( UphillFlow). I’m not qualified to evaluate the evidence, but I know that in the week ahead, you have the power to accomplish the metaphorical equivalent of what they say they did. Don’t squander the magic on trivialities. Facilitate a transformation important to your long-term well-being.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Harvey Ball was a commercial artist who dreamed up the iconic image of the smiley face. He whipped it out in 10 minutes one day in 1963. Unfortunately for Ball, he didn’t trademark or copyright his creation, and as a result made only $45 from it, even as it became an archetypal image used millions of times all over the world. Keep his story in the back of your mind during the weeks ahead. I have a feeling you’ll be making some innovative moves or original stuff, and I’d be sad if you didn’t get proper credit and recognition for your work.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Dear Rob: Is there any way to access your horoscope archives going back to 1943? I’m writing a novel about World War II and need to see your astrological writings from back then. — Creative Cancerian.” Dear Creative: To be honest, I wasn’t writing horoscopes in 1943, since I wasn’t anywhere near being born. On the other hand, I give you permission to make stuff up for your novel and say I wrote it in 1943. Most Cancerians have good imaginations about the past, and you’re currently going through a phase when that talent is amplified. While you’re tinkering with my history, have fun with yours, too. It’s an excellent time for members of your tribe to breath new life and fresh spin into a whole slew of personal memories. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): At, food critic L. Nightshade gathered “The 78 Most Annoying Words to Read in a Restaurant Review.” Among the worst offenders: “meltingly tender,” “yummilicious,” “crazy delicious,” “orgasmic,” “I have seen God,” “symphony of flavors” and “party in your mouth.” I understand the reluctance of any serious wordsmith to resort to such predictable language in crafting an appraisal of restaurant fare, but I don’t mind borrowing it to hint at your immediate future. What you experience may be more like a “party in your head” than “in your mouth” and “crazy delicious” may describe events and adventures rather than flavors, per se. You’re in for a yummilicious time. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In the song, “Nan, You’re a Window Shopper,” British recording artist Lily Allen sings, “The bottom feels so much better than the top.” She means that ironically; the person she describes is neurotic and insecure. In using that declaration as a theme for your horoscope this week — the bottom feels so much better than the top — I mean it sincerely. What you’ve imagined as being high, superior or uppermost may turn out to be mediocre, illusory or undesirable. Conversely, a state of affairs you once thought to be low, beneath your notice or not valuable could become interesting. If you truly open your mind to possibilities, it may even evolve into something quite useful. 48 | FOLIO WEEKLY | DECEMBER 6-12, 2011

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There are 501 possible solutions to your current dilemma. At least 10 of them would bring you a modicum of peace, a bit of relief and a touch of satisfaction. Most of the rest won’t feel fantastic, but may at least allow you to mostly put the angst behind you and move on. But only one of those potential fixes can generate a purgative and purifying success to extract the greatest possible learning from the situation and give you access to all the motivational energy it has to offer. Be very choosy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The quality of your consciousness is the single most influential thing about you. It’s the source of the primary impact you make on others. It changes every situation you interact with, some times subtly, other times dramatically. My first question: How would you characterize the quality of your consciousness? The answer is complicated, of course. But there must be eight to 10 words that capture the essence of vibes you beam out wherever you go. My second question: Are you satisfied with the way you contribute to life on Earth with the quality of your consciousness? It’s an excellent time to contemplate primal matters. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Some martial artists unleash a sharp, percussive shout as they strike a blow or make a dramatic move — a battle cry to help channel their will into an explosive, concise expression of force. The Japanese term for this is kiai. And a few women’s tennis players invoke a similar sound as they smack the ball with their racquets. Among the pros, Maria Sharapova holds the record for loudest shriek, at 105 decibels. The weeks ahead are an excellent time to use your version of kiai. As you raise your game to the next level, it makes perfect sense to get your entire body involved in exerting powerful, highly focused master strokes.  Rob Brezsny


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’m sure you think this odd, but I’m always hesitant to tell people that I’m a published author. No, it’s not because I’m modest, because I’m not. No, it’s not because I write erotica, though I am working on something pretty steamy, but that’s neither here nor there. The reason I find myself hesitating is because the inevitable response to telling someone that I’m an author is for them to ask me where they can find my books. This is the point in the conversation when I tell them that I’m an eAuthor and usually watch their excitement fade into something that resembles the pity we all have for those poor folks on “American Idol” who swear they can sing but can’t. Not too long ago, things were different in the publishing industry. Being a published author was an exclusive club into which only the best writers and storytellers were accepted. The only way to get your hands on your favorite author’s new masterpiece was to hop in your car, drive to the nearest bookstore and purchase your copy. Of course, people still borrowed from one another and there was always the library, but diehard fans would make the trip to the store. Today, reading your favorite author is as easy as clicking a button on your device of choice. I was so happy to be a part of this new age, this new beginning in the world of publishing, until I found out the cold, hard truth of being an eAuthor: Most people do not consider my being published in eBook form as not having been published at all. I received word that my first novel, “Emmy’s Song,” was accepted for publication at 11:07 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2009. I was overjoyed and I think I may have cried. My sister was spending the night with me and I flew into the guest bedroom where she was and I think she cried, too. My husband was working two jobs at the time and I told him when he came home. He wasn’t as excited as my sister was, but he doesn’t read. Anything. Ever. So that was to be expected. The real disappointment came when I called my parents to tell them the big news the next day. That conversation went something like: Me: “Guess what? My book was accepted by a publisher!” Mom: “That’s great, honey! Which one?” Me: “Devine Destinies, they’re an ePublisher.” Mom: “A what?” Me: “An ePublisher. They do eBooks.” Mom: “Oh. [Uncomfortable pause.] Well … everyone has to start somewhere, right?” Bursting of bubble ensued. My family, though very loving, is not at all supportive of my writing. I’ve lived in Jacksonville and its surrounding areas all of my life and the majority of my family live here

as well. I wonder, is it a Southern thing? If we lived in New York and I told my family I was an eAuthor, would their reaction be different? Would they all pause what they were doing to take out their smart phone and download my books right then and there? Because let me tell ya, informing my Great Aunt Barbara at our recent family reunion over in Middleburg did not yield that result. It was more of a confused expression and a half-hearted “good for you” reaction. I think some of this aversion stems from a common misconception that everyone with an eBook has self-published. There are authors who choose to take that route and I’m sure

of the new year show that eBook net sales increased by 115.8 percent vs January 2010 (from $32.4 million to $69.9 million). Sales of downloadable audio books also rose by 8.8 percent vs the previous year ($6.0M to $6.5M). As AAP reported last month in its December 2010 report and full 2010 analysis, eBook sales have increased annually and significantly in all nine years of tracking the category.” With this significant jump in sales, it would seem that eBooks are affirming their presence in the industry. While I don’t think eBooks will ever replace printed books, I do think this trend will continue, thanks to new editions to the eReader family such as the


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Just knowing that my words have touched someone, For questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. anyone, is enough, but sometimes it’s the ones closest to FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 us whose approval we seek above all others – and that isSUPPORT Produced by PROMISE OF BENEFIT ASK FOR ACTION something that Christy Trujillo, eAuthor, has yet to obtain. that it can be a very rewarding experience. I, however, need an editor. I need someone to look over what I’ve done and give me honest yet gentle feedback about the things that should be corrected. I went through a grueling query process, just as any author searching for a publisher would, and was ultimately accepted by an ePublisher from Canada. The process was similar to that of traditional publishing, albeit faster, thanks to the immediate satisfaction of the digital world. (The end product(s) are available for purchase through my publisher’s site, as well as a plethora of online eBook stores including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Ficitonwise.) Another obstacle I personally face is the types of books that I write. The four books I’ve published have all been in the Young Adult genre. While there are many adults who are interested in this style of writing, the target audience may or may not have the funds to purchase eReaders, computers, laptops, smart phones or other devices with which eBooks are compatible. Here I’m faced with the ultimate conundrum, because isn’t the younger generation supposed to be fueling this eMovement? Aren’t they the ones with the vision for our new world of electronic convenience? Perhaps they are, but I’ll have to wait for them to have jobs and/or grow up and have kids of their own before I can count on them as an audience. That leaves me with their parents, who don’t understand eBooks and think it frivolous to purchase something you can hold in your hand only through an electronic device. According to the Association of American Publishers, “Figures for the first month

Kindle Fire and Nook Color, both sure to be big-ticket items this holiday season. I don’t write for the money, though it is hard for me to function in a corporate environment due to my serious lack of mental censorship and incessant need to discuss people who aren’t real. I don’t write for the fame, though knowing that people from all over the country have read my books would put a smile on my face that only the extinction of chocolate could ever take away. I write because I love it, and by some miracle, an editor of a publishing company loved it, too. Usually, that’s enough. Just knowing that my words have touched someone, anyone, is enough, but sometimes it’s the ones closest to us whose approval we seek above all others and that is something that Christy Trujillo, eAuthor, has yet to obtain. “Never Stop Writing.” This is the dedication line to my sister in my second novel, “Emmy’s Heart.” It’s the best advice I have to give and it’s not just about writing, it’s about whatever it is you love. No matter what obstacles appear before you, don’t even break stride. Hop over, walk around, dig underneath or just bust the hell right through it, but never stop. It is with this conviction that I continue down this digital literary path and hope the rest of the world, or perhaps just the rest of my world, joins me — sooner rather than later.  Christy Trujillo

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