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EDITOR’S NOTE The greatest gift of all — the gift of life. p. 4 NEWS Bicycling advocates reeling from recent deaths plead with motorists to share the road. p. 7 BUZZ Muffler menorah, Annie Oakley in Palatka, college financial aid help, no-kill milestone, Veterans’ Dormitory, MAD DADS Emmy, JU president and Unsigned Only music competition. p. 8 BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive, FSCJ board’s standing ovation for Steve Wallace and Ron Sanchez’s letter to the Florida Legislature about crowded ballots. p. 8 SPORTSTALK Is expanding athletics facilities the right move for Jacksonville University? p. 11 ON THE COVER Jim Draper: “These paintings are about my attitudes toward consumption of Florida land.” p. 12 OUR PICKS Asking Alexandria, Eric Church, Games, Art and Music Charity Show, Winter Wonderland, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and The Seventh House by Heather Gabel and Laurel Baker. p. 17 MOVIES “Hitchcock”: A behind-the-scenes tale gives a balanced view of a moviemaking giant, but Mirren nearly steals the film. p. 19 “Playing for Keeps”: Gerard Butler’s appeal isn’t enough to fuel this clichéd fluff. p. 20

“Killing Them Softly”: Brad Pitt’s and Richard Jenkins’ performances captivate, but the crime drama falters on a hollow story and weak character development. p. 21 MUSIC South African hardcore quartet Truth & Its Burden brings righteous noise to United States for the first time. p. 26 Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks mix a little sardonic leer with their holiday cheer. p. 27 Reggae-rock band Passafire finds more versatility with a new keyboardist. p. 34 ARTS Rousing dance numbers and a classic story charm audiences in “White Christmas” at Alhambra Theatre & Dining. p. 35 BACKPAGE The savings electronic buses generate could help pay for them. p. 55 MAIL p. 5 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 18 LIVE MUSIC LISTING p. 29 ARTS LISTING p. 36 HAPPENINGS p. 41 DINING GUIDE p. 44 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 49 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 50 I SAW U p. 51 CLASSIFIEDS p. 52 THE EYE p. 54

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re you stressing out about finding the perfect gift for a loved one? What if you could give something priceless without trudging through a crowded store — and it wouldn’t cost you a thing? You won’t be able to wrap it, but it will keep giving long after the holidays are over. It’s the gift of life — blood. You might think you don’t have time in the rush of the holidays to give blood. Donations do slow down during this time of year. But with more people on the roads, traffic accidents rise, meaning the demand for blood goes up as well. “The donor pool goes down, but demand goes up,” said Odette Struys, who handles communications and public relations for The Blood Alliance. So going into the holidays, a larger amount of blood is needed on the shelf. The Blood Alliance is a nonprofit community blood center that provides blood to more than 40 hospitals and medical facilities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. It is the only provider of blood to Northeast Florida hospitals. The blood they collect locally is used to treat local patients. It only takes about an hour to give blood; much of that is the pre-physical, which includes answering questions on a form and a fingerprick test checking for iron and hemoglobin. The actual drawing process takes about 10 minutes for most people. In that short amount of time, one pint of blood provided can save the lives of three people. Each donation of whole blood is broken down into red blood cells, plasma and platelets that can serve three different people. In the past, when someone was admitted to a hospital and needed blood, the patient was given whole blood. Now, they can just give the patient a transfusion of the needed blood component. You can choose to donate platelets in a process in which the volume taken is replaced by saline. It takes 90 minutes, but Struys said people come in and read a book or watch TV and eat popcorn. That process allows them to donate every two weeks. “They know that they’re saving people,” Struys said. For whole blood donations, you must wait 56 days before you can give again. But many people give once and never go back. “They think when they donate, that’s it, that they’ve done their share,” said Robert Sanchez, director of donor resources and marketing for The Blood Alliance. Of the 60 percent of healthy Americans who can donate blood, only 5 percent do. In Jacksonville, that number is closer to 2 or 3 percent, according to Struys. If donors gave two times per year, The Blood Alliance says shortages could be prevented. They must collect blood from more than 360 donors every day to meet the needs of area hospitals. On average, about 280 people donate blood locally each day. That’s a big gap between demand and supply. Special events like the annual Jacksonville Jaguars Gift of Life Blood Drive help bring in a lot more donors. With more than 1,000 people registered to donate last year, the Florida Association of Blood Banks recognized the event as the state’s most productive blood drive. This year, The Blood Alliance has set a goal of

GIFT OF LIFE BLOOD DRIVE The Jacksonville Jaguars and The Blood Alliance team up for an event that includes gift bags with Jaguars souvenirs, random drawings, free food for donors, live bands, massages, magicians, balloon art, face-painters, clowns and appearances by Jaguars players, The Roar and Jaxson de Ville. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 11 EverBank Field Touchdown Club West, One Stadium Place, Downtown Appointments: 888-998-2243, or use the iDon8 iPhone or Droid app 1,500 donations for the Dec. 11 event. Enticements at special events can help people get over the excuses they often cite for not giving blood — fear of needles being the biggest example. Struys gave the example of a 2-year-old boy whose blood disease required him to have transfusions every two weeks. “What’s the pain of one little prick compared to that?” she said. Sanchez said another reason people don’t give is that no one ever asked them to donate. He said until someone has a personal reason to donate, such as a sick friend or family member in need, it’s not a real issue to that person. There’s one more great reason to donate blood this month. The Blood Alliance is donating $1 to The Joshua Frase Foundation for each blood donation made at any donor center (not including blood drives on bloodmobiles) throughout the month of December. Frase died Dec. 24, 2010, at the age of 15, of myotubular myopathy, a genetic error that causes abnormal development of muscle cells of a baby in the womb. As these children grow, they experience muscle weakness that makes simple tasks like eating, breathing and crawling impossible for most; 50 percent of these children never live to the age of 2. His father Paul Frase, a former Jaguars defensive lineman, started The Joshua Frase Foundation to help discover the causes of and cures for this deadly disorder. The Blood Alliance is also donating $5 for every 50 online accumulated ePoints donated back by donors this month in the Hero Rewards Store located under eDonor at Last year, The Blood Alliance raised about $7,000 for the foundation. Several members of my family donate blood together a few times a year, including during the holidays. For me, it’s as much a tradition as sticking a dollar in every Salvation Army kettle I pass. It’s a fun way to spend a little time together away from the hustle and bustle and know we’re doing something good. Plus, they shower you with juice and snacks! Here’s an idea: You could ask people to donate blood to an account in your name instead of giving presents. Whatever your reasons for giving, The Blood Alliance needs your donation. And it won’t cost you a thing, except a little of your time. “We’re the only provider of blood,” Struys said. “What happens if they don’t donate? Where will the blood come from?”  Denise M. Reagan

A True Warrior

I wanted to comment on the cover story about Jordie Hudson [“Warrior Artist,” Nov. 27]. Thank you for running this story. Why haven’t you covered this beautiful warrior earlier? I suffer from a neurological disease, and I have gone through the manhandling of spinal taps, several different physicians with no answers, the odd world of being in “the medical system.” This girl, this story should have been covered quite some time ago. I must say, it’s the best cover story Folio Weekly has ever put out, and it has nothing to do with my having a neurological disease. She is a real person, with a real passion that is keeping her going. I am ashamed of myself that I have never heard of her until now. She shows the true “warrior” spirit that only few people are able to tap into. She sugarcoats nothing about who she is, and for that I am grateful a person like her exists. I will be attending this lovely warrior’s art show. I encourage art lovers and non-art lovers to do the same. I will be looking for more coverage on her in the future. Julie Brush Jacksonville Beach via email

Inspirational Reading

The “Warrior Artist” was incredible and inspirational! Marcellus Womack Chicago via email

Write-in Candidate Ruse

Americans have a right to vote for their representation. In a closed primary, members of a political party choose from among themselves a nominee for the general election. When all candidates for an office are of the same party, Florida law stipulates there will be an open primary in which all registered voters are eligible to cast a vote. This is a good law because otherwise, voters outside that particular party would be denied the right to vote for their representation. The system breaks down when a writein candidate closes what would otherwise be an open primary. This is legal voter

She is a real person, with a real passion that is keeping her going. I am ashamed of myself that I have never heard of her until now. She shows the true “warrior” spirit that only few people are able to tap into. disenfranchisement and often seems a case of candidates choosing their voters rather than voters choosing their candidates. Sometimes Republicans are shut out, sometimes Democrats, but independents and third-party voters are always shut out when an election is closed. In the past election in Clay County, three write-in candidates closed what would have been open primaries for superintendent of schools, the clerk of court and a County Commission seat. Clay citizens were enraged that only Republicans would be eligible to vote in what were now closed primaries, and the only general election choice would be either the winner of the Republican primary or the blank space next to the words “write-in.” Write-in candidates aren’t required to pay fees or submit petitions to get on the ballot; they just file paperwork. Their names do not appear on the ballot. Considering these requirements, it is extremely unlikely a write-in would have the name recognition or resources to win an election. Yet these candidates who have no hope of winning change the results of primaries by restricting who is able to vote. None of the three write-ins in Clay County reported campaign spending, so it seems they weren’t even trying to be elected. One write-in was even openly supporting a primary candidate he was supposed to be running against. It appears in most cases the purpose of a DECEMBER 11-17, 2012 | | 5

write-in candidate is to disenfranchise voters to determine the result of a primary. This is dishonest and an insult to our democratic system. This must stop; the election laws must be changed.

In the past election in Clay County, three write-in candidates closed what would have been open primaries for superintendent of schools, the clerk of court and a County Commission seat. The way to change a law is through our lawmakers in the Florida Legislature. The Clay legislative delegation will be meeting 4-6 p.m. Dec. 12 in the fourth-floor County Commission chambers at the Administration building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. If you feel as I do, come and stand with your fellow citizens in opposition to the current write-in law that disenfranchises voters. To speak at the meeting, contact Mary Jo Marjenhoff at (386) 312-2272 to be added to the agenda. The time to speak is now, not later. To have any chance of changing the law, we must get our representatives moving now to get a bill into committee so it can be voted on during session. If we wait, we lose, and we will feel that loss in future elections. Travis Christensen Green Cove Springs via email

St. Johns River Channel Deepening Is Necessary

I read with interest Professor Jaffee’s Backpage Editorial “JaxPort as an Urban Growth Strategy” [Nov. 20]. Unfortunately, Jaffee’s editorial misses the reality that, from 2014 and into the future, there will be more and more Post-Panamax (bigger) vessels carrying cargo, regardless of any decision made with respect to the deepening of the St. Johns River channel. If the St. Johns River channel is not deepened, JaxPort will be unable to accommodate these bigger vessels at low tide. The Post-Panamax vessels would need to bypass JaxPort and sail on to other ports where they could be accommodated. Put simply, JaxPort would lose cargo volume and jobs to those other ports. The deepening of the St. Johns River channel is necessary in order to retain jobs in Jacksonville, and to maintain JaxPort’s position for further growth.  David Duncan Bangkok, Thailand, via email If you would like to respond to something that appeared in Folio Weekly, please send a signed letter (no anonymous or pseudonymous mail will be printed) along with address and phone number (for verification purposes only) to themail@folioweekly. com or THE MAIL, Folio Weekly, 9456 Philips Highway, Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256. Letters may be edited for space and clarity. 6 | | DECEMBER 11-17, 2012 A Quarter-Century of Independent Thinking in Northeast Florida Locally Owned 1987-2012 9456 Philips Highway, Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 Phone: 904.260.9770 Fax: 904.260.9773 e-mail:

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This Ghost Bike memorial marks the spot on Anastasia Island where Christian Schroom was killed last month by two hit-and-run motorists. Photo: Walter Coker

Collision Course

Bicycling advocates reeling from recent deaths plead with motorists to share the road


o one knows what happened the night Christian Gerard Schroom was struck and killed by two hit-and-run drivers while riding his bike home from work in St. Augustine last month. Schroom’s sister, Terri Cox, came to Florida last week to return Schroom’s remains to southeast Michigan and try to understand the events leading up to his death early on the morning of Nov. 18 on Anastasia Island, just past the end of the Bridge of Lions. Unfortunately, fatal bicycle accidents have been all too common with Florida’s outdoor culture, crowded roadways and drunken, distracted and aggressive drivers. Duval County has recorded eight fatal bicycle accidents this year, and St. Johns County has reported three. Since 2005, Duval County has experienced 43 bicycle accidents resulting in death, according to state records and statistics from the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office. From 2005 to 2012, St. Johns County has reported six; Clay County has had two, including the hit-and-run death of a 13-year-old, while Nassau County has had one. Statistics show Florida is the deadliest state for bike riders. In 2009, the latest year for which statistics are available, Florida reported 107 cyclists killed, compared with 99 in California. In 2008, Florida deaths totaled 125, compared with 109 in California. In the Schroom accident, Cox has her theories on what she calls “that shadowy and dim night,” when Schroom, returning home from his job as a server at Red Lobster restaurant, was struck just around the corner from where he lived. It was about midnight when he was hit by the first car, which dragged him 100 feet before speeding off into the darkness. Several people stopped to help Schroom after witnessing the horrific accident. Before they could reach him, a second car hit him and also drove off. Unfortunately, the shaken witnesses couldn’t give police any tag numbers or vehicle descriptions. “This wasn’t an accident. It was clearly a vehicular homicide. How do you not know that you ran over a person?” Cox asked. An experienced cyclist, the 49-year-old

Schroom had ridden his bicycle from Westfield, Mich., about five years ago, stopped in St. Augustine on his way to Key West and decided to stay, his sister said. He did not own a car and commuted daily on his bicycle to work. Mark Samson, a spokesperson for the St. Augustine Police Department, said police are still chasing down leads but have made no arrests. “It’s very, very sad. We are reaching out and doing what we can,” said Samson, who added that he’s hopeful someone will provide information about the case to Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida (1-887-277-8477). It is the second hit-and-run bicycle death in St. Johns County in the past 20 months. On April 13, 2011, Bryan Wrigley, 23, a student at the University of St. Augustine, died when he was struck by a vehicle, believed to be a blue pickup. Investigators found clues at that accident site, but so far they have been unable to locate the truck or its owner. They are hopeful a $5,000 reward might bring in some more leads, Samson said. Cox believes a driver clipped her brother as he rode or walked along the road and then he was hit by another car. But Samson said the SAPD and medical examiner believe Schroom was lying down in the road when he was first hit, possibly after falling off his bike, and then the second vehicle struck him. He was killed by the initial contact, according to the medical examiner. “There was no damage to the bike,” Samson said. Heather Neville, executive director of Velo Fest, a three-day bike festival scheduled for April in St. Augustine, works to promote bike safety and co-existence between bicycles and larger vehicles. She said the bicycling community has been devastated by the death. “I never want to talk to the family of another cyclist who has been killed,” said Neville, who created the Ghost Bike memorial placed near the site of Schroom’s fatal accident and another where Wrigley was killed earlier. “These collisions could have been avoided,” Neville said. Drinking, distracted driving and misinformation about the laws concerning bicycles (like riding against traffic) cause 99 percent of collisions, she said.

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No-Kill Milestone Animal Care & Protective Services reached a milestone for the month of November when 92.1 percent of all cats, dogs, kittens and puppies that were admitted left the shelter alive. The current definition of a no-kill shelter is a 90-percent live outcome or save rate. “This is a historic time in Jacksonville for animal welfare. We know it will take time before this happens each and every month, but we have shown that under the right circumstances, we can achieve our goals by working together as a community,” said Scott Trebatoski, ACPS division chief.

Aid for Aid Do you have a youngster heading for college soon? Duval County Public Schools is hosting free regional financial aid nights at local high schools, through Feb. 11. Financial aid representatives offer information on state and federal programs and answer questions about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial aid forms. Students and their parents may participate in any of the free sessions. See the schedule at

Bicyclists in Florida have the same rights to the roadways and must obey the same traffic laws as the operators of other vehicles. Those laws include fully stopping at stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic — not against it — yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway and using lights at night. Jennifer Kubicki, of the Jacksonville Bike Coalition, said there is an anti-bike mindset in Northeast Florida. “I’d say the No. 1 most-prominent issue, not to mention the most difficult to tackle, is the mindset of our culture when it comes to alternate modes of transportation and especially bicycles. Jacksonville is the third-most dangerous city in the nation for cyclists and pedestrians, according to the Transportation for America’s Dangerous by Design report of 2012,” Kubicki said. Every serious cyclist seems to have a story of a run-in or near-miss with motorists, who have been known to try to force bicycle riders off the road, chuck objects at them, hit them and threaten them. Neville said her husband had a knife pulled on him by a disgruntled motorist, during a ride. The Jacksonville Bike Coalition website,, has a page dedicated to harassment stories. “Approached from behind by a mentally unstable driver who honked several times for no apparent reason as there was plenty of room to pass me,” Kubicki wrote of an incident on Aug. 6, 2011. “The driver then laid on the horn continuously for approximately a minute and stayed close behind me. At first, I was determined to stay on the road and not to allow myself to be bullied off. As his horn continued, I became frightened for my safety and had to run a red light to escape him.” Troy Mayhew, another Jacksonville bicycle rider, said a woman in a car hit the back of his bicycle on the Riverside Avenue ramp from Water Street in 2009. “The thing that bothered me the most was she never asked if I was OK or apologized.

I have some permanent back damage, but I am happy to have survived. I always wear a helmet,” he said. The Jacksonville City Planning Board is working under a new mobility plan and conditions should improve for bike riders, said James M. Reed, city planning supervisor, who is a bicyclist himself. He said the city has 170 miles of bike paths and more are planned in the future as the city attempts to correct gaps that exist between bike lanes. In St. Augustine, the city has started a bicycle study to understand where cyclists are and what types of items would enhance the experience in the tourist and historic areas. The Florida Department of Transportation has painted sharrows on the Bridge of Lions. A sharrow is a marking that tells motorists and bicyclists that the area is a shared lane. In December 2011, the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization released a bike plan for the city of St. Augustine, recommending a series of steps to improve bicycling in the nation’s oldest city. They include development of a 50-mile network of bicycle lanes and improved bicycle parking. The plan also examined crashes and determined the most common contributors were riding on the sidewalk, riding against traffic and riding without lights in non-daylight hours. As bicycle organizations and governments are working to make riding safer, Cox is remembering her brother. “He was a great joy. He loved to ride. He loved St. Augustine. He loved the beach. He was in a place that he loved,” Cox said. “In the midst of tragedy, we are trying to make some sense of it,” she said, adding that she hopes that those responsible for his death will be caught. “There may be a murderer on the loose. Two people killed my brother and ran away.” 

Bouquets to Natalie Tomola and the staff and management of WJCT Public Broadcasting for collecting 100,000 donated sweaters for homeless men, women and children for 10 years. A decade ago, Tomola, a communications strategist at the station, suggested the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive to station officials and they ran with the idea. Some of the 10,000 sweaters, jackets and blankets donated this year were distributed Dec. 5 at Clara White Mission.

Revving Up Hanukkah

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Southside Chabad celebrated Hanukkah’s first night Dec. 8 by lighting a menorah made completely of used small-block Ford V-8 mufflers. Jacksonville master mechanic Tim Davis built the menorah. “I constructed this beautiful, functional and kosher Hanukkah candelabra from used, tattered and filthy mufflers. I think at times people can feel down, unimportant or beat, but when we come together for a good purpose, we can all shine a bright light of goodness in our lives, just like the menorah,” Davis said.

Brickbats to the board of Florida State College at Jacksonville for giving outgoing president Steve Wallace a standing ovation during his last meeting at the helm. This is the same group who gave him a $1 million golden parachute following his resignation. Wallace’s lavish spending, mistakes in issuing 1,700 Pell grants, requiring students to pay back the $4.2 million in grants and placing students into automatic majors without their consent have left a cloud over FSCJ and will cost the college millions of dollars. Bouquets to Ron Sanchez, St. Johns County District 2 commissioner, for sending a letter to leaders in the Florida Legislature, suggesting that they limit the number of proposed constitutional amendments that can be placed on the ballot and attempt to make ballot measures shorter and easier to understand. “Without commenting on how the actual voting result turned out, I am concerned about future legislative attempts to crowd out the voting ballot.” Sanchez noted the 11 constitutional amendments were ambiguous and verbose at 2,385 words, violating “the sanctity of the ballot box.”

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Annie Oakley Joins Billy Graham in Palatka A mural commemorating Annie Oakley’s 1908 visit to Palatka and two visits by Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was dedicated Dec. 1 in downtown Palatka. Palm Coast artist Nina Larkin Mateyunas, who painted the mural, added some local people in the scene. Palatka’s downtown area has been enhanced by a number of murals, including one showing the start of evangelist Billy Graham’s career.

Looking for a Big Break? Unsigned Only has announced its judges and mentors for a music competition open to artists who aren’t signed to a major record label. The judges’ panel includes Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Cyndi Lauper, Iggy Pop (pictured), Carly Simon, Robert Smith (The Cure), Neon Trees, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), G. Love and a few music critics. The mentors’ panel includes record execs from Atlantic Records, Capitol Music Group, RCA Records, Sony and Universal. There are 10 categories: adult album alternative, adult contemporary, Christian music, country, folk, R&B/ hip-hop, rock, pop, teen and vocal performance. All entries must be original music, except in the teen and vocal performance categories. The grand prize-winner gets $10,000 in cash and mentoring from label executives. Submission deadline is March 14. For details, go to Photo: Mack Rock

Jumping in as JU’s New Leader New Jacksonville University President Tim Cost will take over the reins from Kerry Romesburg on Feb. 1. “I believe an earlier transition is the best way to continue to gain the great positive momentum we are currently experiencing and is ultimately best for JU, for President-elect Cost and for me,” Romesburg said. Cost had been scheduled to step in at the end of the spring semester. Photo: Donald dela Torre/Jacksonville University

A Place to Help Vets The Sulzbacher Center is celebrating the opening of its new Veterans’ Dormitory. The build-out of the second floor of the Men’s Dormitory and the kitchen remodeling was made possible by a Community Development Block Grant, federal funding awarded to the city of Jacksonville last year. Vince and Linda Ferrigno donated furnishings. The Center’s Veteran Task Force planned the 18-bed facility for local homeless veterans over the last two years.

‘Piece/Peace’ Gets Picked A documentary on MAD DADS brought home five Emmys for Jacksonville’s Brunet-Garcia Advertising. The film, “Piece/Peace” won awards for art direction, directing, editing, writing and photography. The Give or It Goes campaign produced by the firm for WJCT also earned an Emmy from the 36th annual Suncoast Emmy Awards. “Piece/Peace” was produced with the help of local poet/radio host/actor Al Letson and photographer/filmmaker Paul Figura after a shooting that left 11 people injured in Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood. ( DECEMBER 11-17, 2012 | | 9

Cummer Restoration Plans The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is focusing on the gardens part of its name. Following the completion of a new bulkhead, work will begin to restore Olmsted Garden on the St. Johns River to the 1930 design the Olmsted Brothers’ firm provided for the Cummer family, to be completed by April. The Riverside Avenue area of the campus will be renovated starting this month. A sculpture garden in front of the Art Connections Building will include William Zorach’s “Spirit of the Dance” and Takashi Soga’s “Sea of the Ear Rings” and outdoor seating is planned for the museum’s front lawn TreeCup Café; those renovations will be finished by September. Director Hope McMath said about 97 percent of the funds have been raised for the $4.5 million project. The Cummer’s parking lots are closed through March for upgrades; officials said visitors may park in the Lane building lot or the Post Street public parking lot, between the museum and the Garden Club.

Sulzbacher Center, Jacksonville, Nov. 27

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Here’s a rendering of the planned stadium at Jacksonville University. Photo: Rosser International Inc.

An Academic Question

Is expanding athletics facilities the right move for JU?


n the last few decades, we have seen, at all levels of sport, a mania for stadium and facility renovation. The idea is that a program must have top-of-the-line facilities to “compete,” and it follows that a non-competitive program has no reason to exist. What generally happens, after some public deliberation in which the advocate for fiscal restraint is bounced from the discourse, is that construction goes forward. We saw that recently with the Miami Marlins’ ballpark, built on a foundation of lies and largesse. The team was supposed to be able to compete once the stadium was built. Those who followed the Marlins know that didn’t exactly happen. The “Fish” floundered on the field and went belly up at the box office. Then, Miami finalized a salary-dumping trade to the Blue Jays in November that jettisoned many stars, including shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio. What about the taxpayers of MiamiDade, where income stratification is at thirdworld levels? They’re on the hook for it all — a beautiful stadium for years to come and a team uglier than yesterday’s bait. These pressures — to “grow” revenue streams, to move aggressively — are by no means limited to the pro realm. They exist in college — as currently manifested by Jacksonville University’s commitment to building new facilities as part of its ASPIRE campaign. ASPIRE represents a comprehensive strategy of revamping JU’s facilities, and about 80 percent of the money is going for academic pursuits and for increasing the university’s endowment. About 20 percent, or $17.6 million, is earmarked for the athletic budget, which might seem fitting to some observers — almost 1 in 5 JU students is on one of the school’s Division I athletic teams. “This is what’s going to take us into our future,” departing JU president Kerry Romesburg told The Florida Times-Union. “This is going to take us from where we are to where we want to be.” Expansion is a good thing, in some respects. But pouring money into the athletics department budget might not be the best course of action. We’ve seen state schools — like Central Florida and South Florida — increase the visibility of their sports programs, moving into Division I and enjoying more exposure on a national stage. Their football teams made some minor bowls. We have flipped past their games on ESPN. But so what? Does that actually improve the learning going on at the university or the quality of instruction or the compensation

for folks like the uninsured and precariously employed adjunct instructors on whom colleges and universities lean so heavily even as they build these palatial structures? The figures being thrown around for JU infrastructural improvements suggest that This is a copyright protected proof whatever fiscal cliff we might be facing in a few weeks, JU is secure: $7.5 million for a basketball and volleyball gym — soFor the athletes no longerplease call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 121112 questions, have to share court space with actual students at FAX IF POSSIBLE AT 260-9773 the university, God forbid; $4.2YOUR million PROOF for the first phase of the football stadium. Two more Produced by ed Checked by Sales R PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION phases are coming, but costs are not provided at 4,500 seats. Athletics Director Brad Edwards said another $3.4 million would be needed to take the stadium to 11,000 seats. Almost $6 million for an athletics center and $200,000 earmarked for a softball hitting facility. Are these improvements necessary? They certainly benefit athletes. But what about the other 80 percent? These infrastructural improvements, it is argued, will serve as recruitment tools to help JU get better athletes. How much does that actually matter? Why should we care about getting lacrosse players from up North or football players from out West or down South? Is there a collective benefit to focusing these resources toward a select group of students whose activities are not directly related to JU’s educational mission? Or will there be benefits to some well-connected individuals who are best positioned to profit from these initiatives? I think of what UNF president John Delaney told me once about why that university doesn’t have a football program. He understood the appeal of it, but the numbers — capital investment and so on — didn’t justify the expense. JU, of course, has a right to spend its money how it wants. But if given a choice between lower tuition and better football, I am sure most students would choose the former. Luckily for JU’s master planners, such questions are recused from any referendum. The deals will be done, and the money will be spent. I must confess a sentimental bias. I appreciate the primacy of athletics, but I also liked JU’s seeming willingness to put academics first, above the athletic department branding. That said, one can understand administrators wanting to expand the JU imprimatur, as it was so many decades ago when Artis Gilmore became a household name in a Dolphins’ jersey. Time will tell as to whether and how ASPIRE pans out as hoped. 


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Jim Draper: ‘These paintings are about my attitudes toward consumption of Florida land’


Story by Kara Pound Photos by Walter Coker

here is more than meets the eye in a landscape painting by Jim Draper. At first glance, his work seems destined for the lobby of a fancy hotel or the entryway of a multimillion-dollar home in Ponte Vedra Beach. If you dig deeper — get to know Draper as a man and as an artist — you find that he’s an environmentalist with strong views on land use and water responsibility. While some landscape painters are simply parking an easel in front of a palm tree or at the edge of a marsh, Draper is taking daylong — sometimes even weeklong — treks into the Everglades or down the Suwannee River to find his subject matter. “I like the natural experience,” Draper says as he sinks into a blue leather couch in his 2,500-square-foot studio in CoRK Arts District, a collection of warehouse

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spaces on Rosselle and King streets in Riverside. “I can’t stand motor engine noises. Sometimes I hike, sometimes I camp and sometimes I kayak or canoe.” For two decades, Draper’s been a driving force in the local art scene. He’s taught everywhere from the University of North Florida to Flagler College and he’s shown work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Stellers Galleries and Coastal Living Design House in Virginia Beach, Va. “Jim is finally receiving the accolades that he

has earned through decades of producing great art and honing his craft,” says local artist and landscape painter Paul Ladnier. “In time, he will be recognized as one of the great artists of nature. When looking at Jim’s paintings, it is easy to see links to the great nature artists of the past such as Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran and Frederic Edwin Church. “Jim is more than an important local artist. Through his teaching, community outreach and countless exhibitions, he has helped to define and shape art and artists in Jacksonville for decades. As witnessed by

A limited edition of 30 wooden boxes, like this one containing a thumb drive with the “Feast of Flowers” digital publication, an antique Florida postcard and a butterfly, will be sold for $95.

the honor of a one-man exhibition at the Cummer Museum — one of a few artists so honored — he is certainly an important regional artist who is on the cusp of national recognition and more.” Draper’s latest exhibition, “Feast of

departure on a journey to explore the idea of nature as a consumable and vulnerable resource … in order to explore and discover new ways of understanding Florida’s history, environmental aesthetics and our place within the natural order.”

“Jim’s work allows us to combine our passions for both art and the landscape in a single experience for our visitors. It is a perfect fit for The Cummer.” Flowers,” is on display beginning Dec. 18 at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The museum’s chief curator Holly Keris curated the solo show, which features oil paintings based on flora, fauna and landscape endemic to Florida. “The museum has long believed in the transformational impact landscape can have on individuals and the environment can have on the community,” Keris explains. “Jim’s work allows us to combine our passions for both art and the landscape in a single experience for our visitors. It is a perfect fit for The Cummer.” “Feast of Flowers” is a nod to the 500th anniversary of the naming of Florida. On Easter Sunday, April 2, 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon set out to find an island called Bimini. After getting lost and drifting into the Gulf Stream, the expedition party stumbled upon an uncharted land, somewhere along the eastern shore of present-day Florida. Ponce de Leon named the land “Pasqua de Florida,” which translated from the Spanish means “Feast of Flowers.” “These paintings are about my attitudes toward consumption of Florida land,” Draper says as he flips through a pile of finished canvases in his studio. “I am not celebrating colonialism in any form. There is no direct evidence of human interaction with nature in these pieces.” According to a description of the exhibit on Draper’s website: “While acknowledging the history of the Spanish, we employ this phrase [Feast of Flowers] as a point of

In conjunction with the exhibition, Draper has spearheaded a digital publication that seeks to explain Florida’s unique environmental and social landscape. The book, available Dec. 12, features a unique collection of voices, including environmental writer Bill Belleville, UNF philosophy department chair and professor Hans-Herbert Kögler and environment advocate Karen Ahlers. “My piece focuses on the lives of four women and the impacts the Cross Florida Barge Canal and the destruction of the Ocklawaha River has caused them,” explains Neil Armingeon, who headed the St. Johns Riverkeeper from 2003 to 2012 and is a contributor to the publication. “Florida’s environment is on the brink. Jim’s work — this exhibit — shows all of us what we have left and what we stand to lose if we don’t say ‘enough is enough.’ ” Born in 1953 in Kosciusko, Miss., a small town in the middle of the state that boasts such diverse natives as Oprah Winfrey and blues musician Charlie Musselwhite, Draper describes his childhood as “privileged” and “pleasant.” He was the youngest of three siblings in a family that owned a department store in town. They lived like many did in the “Old South” — without a lot of conversation or showing of emotion. “Being artistic in rural Mississippi doesn’t get you a lot,” Draper explains of drawing and painting during his formative years. “There weren’t any art classes in school and there wasn’t that idea of being creative.”

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1 1. Monarch butterflies flutter amid beach grass in a scene at NaNa, a dune at American Beach, Amelia Island’s historically African-American beach.


2. Jim Draper sorts through some of his paintings to be featured in the “Feast of Flowers” show. 3. “Magnolia” is one of 40 original large-panel works of native Florida flora and fauna featured in the show. 4. Two large purple passion flowers pop from this canvas.



Draper’s family didn’t encourage or discourage him becoming an artist. He graduated from high school at age 17 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Georgia. All throughout college, Draper worked various landscaping jobs — learning about irrigation and botany and rendering design drawings. In 1991, after living in South Carolina for a few years, Draper moved to Jacksonville with his wife, who took a job at the public library, and their two children. Though he was painting on the side, Draper returned to his roots in retail — or “shit jobs” as he likes to call them — to help make ends meet for the family of four. He remembers, “I soon realized that I’d rather be killing chickens for a living than working in retail.” So in January 1995, Draper quit his day job and spent nearly a decade teaching art classes at local colleges. He also started painting. A lot. “You know the Bostwick Building downtown?” Draper asks. “The one you can see going over the Main Street Bridge that has a jaguar painted on it? It’s probably my most well-known piece.” In 1995, just before the Jacksonville Jaguars began their first season, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce commissioned Draper and artist Anne Banas to paint a jaguar-themed piece to cover up the deteriorating Bostwick Building as an aesthetically 14 | | DECEMBER 11-17, 2012

“Pursuing art manifests itself in a lot of different ways ... I think art is more of an idea. One thing about art is that it’s work. I think there’s a really hard physical aspect to it.”

pleasing entryway to the downtown area. Draper, who says he couldn’t care less about football, received a lot of publicity from the project. Over the past seven years, Draper has been making and selling paintings fulltime. His work, which currently sells for about $8,000 a piece, has been snatched up by companies like Baptist Medical Center South, the Jacksonville and Beaches Tourist Development Commission, CNB National Bank, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and the Radisson Hotel in Aruba. “Pursuing art manifests itself in a lot of different ways,” Draper says of his philosophy on the craft. “I think art is more of an idea. One thing about art is that it’s work. I think there’s a really hard physical aspect to it.” Fellow local landscape artist Allison Watson has known Draper for about 18 years. “We have a lot in common,” Watson says. “We’ve gone out to various rivers and lakes to take photographs together. He’s always had a very high standard [for his art] and a great sense of community. You have to love what you paint in order to do it well, and with Draper, it comes from the heart, from emotion and passion.” Whether he’s trekking through the Ocala National Forest, Okefenokee Swamp, Suwannee River, Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park or the subtropical wetlands of the Everglades, Draper takes thousands of photographs looking for the perfect shot to inspire his next painting. “I use photography as a reference,”

he says. “Not as an end, but as a means to an end.” Over the years, Draper’s art has changed thematically, but he has remained strong in iconography. His “Healing Palms” series from the mid-’90s was based on the idea that a palm tree — or any other item — can become an object of devotion. “I think the idea of religion is fascinating,” says Draper. “My work is about confronting an iconic image.” “Jim has the unique ability to show Florida’s landscapes in a way that touches people,” Armingeon explains of his good friend. “Once the public understands the beauty and the majesty of our lands and waters, it’s easier to convince them we need to speak up against their destruction. “I’ve always believed that, in general, society views artists and environmentalists as two unnecessary occupations. Jim Draper is at the crossroads of that misconception. Rather than be defeated by ignorance, he battles to show why, without the arts and a healthy environment, our lives, like our waters, are impaired, lessened.” Conceptually, Draper has been working on “Feast of Flowers” for more than two years. Physically, he’s been working on the show daily for a year-and-a-half — 40 to 60 hours a week. More than a dozen canvases line the sheet-rocked wall at the artist’s studio at CoRK. It’s only a few weeks before the opening at the Cummer and Draper’s busy finishing up both the

paintings and the digital publication. The interactive PDF is directed by Staci Bu Shea and designed by Summer Wood. The exhibit features 40 original works of native Florida flora and fauna on large panels. Wispy white tarflowers grace a 48-inch-by-48-inch canvas. Two large purple passion flowers pop from another canvas, and Monarch butterflies flutter amid beach grass in a scene at NaNa, a dune at American Beach, the historically African-American beach on Amelia Island. “The different panels reference an idea or a specific place or even an emotion,” Draper explains, walking from canvas to canvas. “The experience of nature is experiential. It’s not coming from a scenic point of view.” Armingeon says it’s Draper’s upbringing that has made him so passionate about protecting the Florida landscape that he spends his life painting. “Our backgrounds are very similar. We grew up geographically close, with me in Alabama and he in Mississippi,” Armingeon explains. “We remember old Florida before it was destroyed by development and greed. For two children of the inland South, Florida represented something magical, exotic and wondrous.” After flipping through the remaining canvases for his upcoming “Feast of Flowers” exhibit, Draper takes a moment to summarize the past two years he’s spent on this project. “I think the main message is that Florida has such a significant environment, and it’s been significantly abused over the years. We all need to understand what an incredibly unique place this is.”  Kara Pound

FEAST OF FLOWERS Dec. 18-April 7; reception 4-8 p.m. Jan. 15 in The Joan Wellhouse and Martin Stein Sr. Gallery. There will be a full schedule of programs for children and adults, including lectures, symposia, gallery talks, artist workshops, river tours and garden-related experiences. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside 899-6004, DIGITAL PUBLICATION PARTY The “Feast of Flowers” interactive PDF features video, audio, images and text from scholars and professionals in their respective fields. It’s available at the Cummer’s gift shop or through as a downloadable file, a creatively packaged thumb drive or a limited edition box set. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 12 CoRK Arts District, corner of Rosselle and King streets, Studio 2, Riverside 738-7640, DECEMBER 11-17, 2012 | | 15

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Reasons to leave the house this week MUSICAL HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

An East German boy, after falling in love with an American G.I., emerges from a botched sexchange operation as Hedwig (Josh Waller) with inspiration for her glam rock band, The Angry Inch. The resultant emotional and physical scars deliver, as The 5 & Dime theater company promises, a “marriage of comedy and tragedy,” with explicit content, very strong language and loud rock ‘n’ roll. 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 15 & 21 and 10 p.m. Dec. 22 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. $10-$15. 353-6067.


Still riding high off his 2011 album “Chief,” Eric Church has seen his choir grow considerably. The outlaw country musician from Granite Falls, N.C., was already planning his current Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour when “Chief” went platinum after winning the CMA Album of the Year award. Whether he’s singing about a “Drink in My Hand” or “Springsteen,” this outlaw is sure to fi re up Northeast Florida’s country fanatics. Justin Moore and Kip Moore – no relation – open. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. $36.50-$41.50. 630-3900.


Artists pay homage to “The Legend of Zelda,” “Megaman,” “Street Fighter,” “Halo” and many more epic video games in a benefit for Child’s Play, a charity focused on improving the lives of children in hospitals. In addition to the charity art auction, which includes Mekazoo’s “Ultra Mario Vs. Bowzilla” (pictured), the event includes “The Real Super Mario World Exhibit,” music from DJ Nes, a cosplay costume contest and food and beer from Intuition Ale Works. Pieces donated are from EA, N-Space, Square Enix, Valve and other prominent video-game makers. 6-11 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Museum, 4160 Boulevard Center Dr., Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 in advance; $60 at the door. 469-1877.


Visual artist Heather Gabel and St. Augustine entrepreneur Laurel Baker, who designs for several brands including Urban Outfitters, collaborated on The Seventh House, a limited edition jewelry line. The collection utilizes a casting method with a variety of materials like quartz crystal, arrowheads and snake vertebrae, to create earrings, cuffs and necklaces, including the two modeled by Jacqueline Moran (pictured). The line is introduced at a reception held 7-9 p.m. Dec. 14, with champagne and French macaroons and live music by electronic band Ritual Union, at Anchor Boutique, 210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 808-7078.


It’s time to frolic and play, the Eskimo way. This St. Augustine wonderland offers an outdoor ice-skating rink, ice chute, igloo ski lounge, sleigh rides, elf village, visits from Santa, nightly snowfall and more. (Organizers warn it’s not real snow!) 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 2-10 p.m. Sat. and Sun. through Dec. 21; 2-10 p.m. Dec. 22-Jan. 6, except Christmas Day (5-10 p.m.) and New Year’s Eve (noon-5 p.m.) at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine. $12 for ice skating (rental included), $10 per adult for sleigh rides; Santa visits and snowfall free, packages and group rates available. 209-0367.


After a bus crash earlier this month between Cleveland and Chicago, the metalcore band Asking Alexandria is ready for anything. Guitarist Ben Bruce sprained his ankle but didn’t miss a note on this tour. These Brits have fused elements of post-hardcore, screamo and electronicore into their sound since releasing the first studio album “Stand Up and Scream” in 2009. Christian metallers As I Lay Dying, I See Stars, Memphis Mayfire and Attila open. While they play Brewster’s The Edge, the annual Christmas Bash brings Burn Season, Allele and Future of the Willing to The Roc Bar. Doors at 6 p.m. (Roc Bar), 7 p.m. (Edge) Dec. 15 at Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $26-$75 for The Edge; $12-$30 for The Roc Bar. 223-9850. DECEMBER 11-17, 2012 | | 17

The Worst Honey Boo Boo Ever? F

or the 10,000th time in a row, Barbara Walters has revealed most of the winners on her “10 Most Fascinating People of the Year” list (watch her ABC special, Wed., Dec. 12 at 9:30 p.m.), and SURPRISE! Once again, I’m nowhere near it. In fact, I’m so far away from her Top 10, I’m starting to think it has a restraining order against me (which would be my fifth of 2012, I believe). And ONCE AGAIN most of the folks who made the list are totally … OK, mostly … OK, maybe just a teensy bit undeserving. Like that “Secretary

“Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the DECAY of Western civilization,” he told the magazine. “That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That’s. Ever. Happened.” of State Hillary Clinton” person. She’s OK, I guess. And Ben Affleck! Undeserving, though way DREAMY! And Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas — though I’d get a bunch of gold medals, too, if I’d spent my entire life training to do something other than watch TV and drink. But do they give gold medals for that??? NO, THEY DO NOT!! But check this crap out! Besides those kind-of-OK-I-guess-if-you-like-those-sortsof-people, Babs included Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy” creator and not one-tenth as funny as he seems to think), boy band One Direction, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James and … wait a freakin’ second … HONEY BOO BOO?? You are kidding me, right? I mean, dude. Here I am, writing the most “fascinating” TV column ever written, and the star of TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” makes 2012’s “most fascinating” list instead of wonderful me? GAAAAAHHHH! And as it turns out, Adam Levine — judge of “The Voice” and lead singer of tolerable band Maroon 5 — agrees this is a damn travesty of justice. Here’s what he told GQ magazine in a recent interview: “Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the DECAY of Western civilization,” he told the magazine. “That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That’s. Ever. Happened. It’s … ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids.” Thank you, Adam Levine, for that insight, and what’s more … oh, wait … he’s not finished yet. More wisdom: “ … They’re just the worst,” he continued. “Sorry, I’m so sensitive to that — like, I don’t know, man, it’s upsetting.” Wow. Adam, man. Like, just WOW. Get a grip, dude. OK, at first I was against Honey Boo Boo, but now I’m feeling I need to rush to her defense! You say she’s “The. Worst. Thing. That’s. Ever. Happened.”? Really, Levine? You don’t think that’s overstating it a bit? Let’s just pause for a little bitty sec and see if we 18 | | DECEMBER 11-17, 2012

can think of anything actually worse than Honey Boo Boo. ’kay, I’m ready. Try these on for size, Levine: How ’bout the Holocaust, Darfur, AIDS, 9/11, the smallpox epidemic, the Chernobyl disaster, slavery, Hiroshima, herpes, the breakup of The Beatles, Carrot Top … let’s stop here before we get depressed. In fact, thanks to Judge Adam Levine, I’m no longer upset about Honey Boo Boo being elevated to this year’s “most fascinating” list — I’m just glad HE didn’t make it. Because while Maroon 5 might not be THE. WORST. THING. THAT’S. EVER. HAPPENED … they’re still worse than Carrot Top.  Wm.™ Steven Humphrey

TUESDAY, DEC. 11 8:00 ABC SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN Hands down the best stop-motion creepy wooden puppet holiday special evarrrrr! 8:00 FOX RAISING HOPE Virginia prepares for the Mayan prophesized end of the world by stocking up on coupons. Good idea!

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 8:00 TLC TODDLERS & TIARAS: MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS For those who are curious, but afraid you might blow your head off if you watch an entire season, here’s a T&T clip show. 10:00 FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY When an episode is called “The Coat Hanger,” that’s code for “Be very afraid.”

THURSDAY, DEC. 13 8:00 NBC UP ALL NIGHT Reagan and Chris attempt to introduce their baby to “snow” – but a pile of Colombian blow may not be what they had in mind. 8:00 CW THE VAMPIRE DIARIES A Mystic Falls holiday party is ruined by demons – and a terrible White Elephant gift exchange.

FRIDAY, DEC. 14 8:00 CBS RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER A mutant reindeer is cast out of Santa’s village along with a gay dentist. THAT AIN’T RIGHT.

SATURDAY, DEC. 15 8:00 FOX COPS Season premiere! In this “Odd Arrests” episode, the cops try to contain an angry zebra. (He’s probably on bath salts.) 11:30 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Host: Martin Short. Musical guest: Paul McCartney. Primary advertiser: Metamucil.

SUNDAY, DEC. 16 9:00 SHO DEXTER Season finale! LaGuerta plans to uncover Dexter’s identity in an episode aptly titled, “Surprise, Motherf*cker!” 10:00 SHO HOMELAND Season finale! Carrie is faced with a heartbreaking decision that will give Claire Danes another chance to make her world-famous “cry face.”

MONDAY, DEC. 17 9:30 NBC 1600 PENN Debut! A sneaky peek at the upcoming White House sitcom starring Bill Pullman and Josh “Book of Mormon” Gad.

The Madness Within

A behind-the-scenes tale gives a balanced view of a moviemaking giant, but Helen Mirren nearly steals the film HITCHCOCK ***G

Rated PG-13 • Opens on Dec. 14


e all go a little mad sometimes,” Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), simultaneously one of the creepiest and most beloved villains in film history, tells his next victim, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), in “Psycho.” The 1960 black-and-white shocker cemented director Alfred Hitchcock’s reputation as a master of the macabre and a crackerjack marketer, too. The British-born filmmaker and television-series presenter used his own image and an ingenious ad campaign to turn the film into a blockbuster hit, not to mention a major inspiration for a couple of generations of horror directors. But in the process of making the movie, in meditating on the horrible real-life crimes by Wisconsin killer Ed Gein that inspired the “Psycho” screenplay, did Hitchcock himself go a little mad? Did he turn a little batty, at least briefly, in service to his art? That’s what director Sacha Gervasi (“Anvil: The Story of Anvil”), working from a screenplay inspired by Stephen Rebello’s “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of ‘Psycho,’ ” suggests in “Hitchcock.” The conceit — demonstrated onscreen through passages best left not described, so as not to spoil surprises — might be a bit overreaching. Those scenes certainly are rather off-putting and distracting. In nearly every other regard, though, “Hitchcock” hits the mark, as a behindthe-scenes tale about Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins), the moviemaking of the era, the celebrated director’s approach to his craft and his not-so-private obsessions. It’s funny and dramatic, and, perhaps most important, it gives full credit to the role that Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), aka Mrs. Hitchcock, played in influencing her husband’s filmmaking choices. She had a large and significant impact on scripts, casting, editing and various technical elements. For “Psycho,” Reville encouraged a reluctant Hitchcock to use Bernard Herrmann’s shrieking hypnotic score in the notorious slashing-in-the-shower murder scene; also, she alone noticed Leigh, as the dead Marion, blink an eye while on the floor of the bathroom. The film, too, represents a marked contrast with HBO’s “The Girl,” which, in its story about the making of “The Birds” and the director’s relationship with Tippi Hedren, offered a one-dimensional portrait — Hitch as manipulative lech. There was that, of course. His obsession with the blonde beauties he employed is well-

Before he began making “Psycho,” Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) said he was looking for “a nice, clean, nasty little piece of work” in “Hitchcock.” Photo: Fox Searchlight

documented, and one can only assume that that affected his marriage. But Gervasi’s film is larger in scope than the HBO project and, after a brief prologue, focuses on how “Psycho” came to be, the movie’s making and its release. Following 1959’s commercially successful “North by Northwest,” Hitchcock was at a creative dead end, seeking a break from the suspenseful thrillers and mysteries viewers

Peering through his office blinds — one of several images pointing to the voyeurism theme prevalent in Hitchcock’s films — he notices Leigh walking by and inquires about her availability for “Psycho.” Later, he interviews Perkins (James D’Arcy) for the role of Bates and delights in the young actor’s description of being a child, wishing that his father would die.

Hopkins, despite valiant makeup efforts, doesn’t much resemble Hitchcock, but he does capture the director’s method of delivering his words, slowly and deliberately and full of pregnant pauses, along with his girth-forward manner of walking. had come to expect. “A nice, clean, nasty little piece of work — that’s what I’m looking for,” he tells longtime assistant Peggy Robertson (Toni Collette). After seeing a television clip on the Gein killings, Hitchcock reads Robert Bloch’s novel, and the deal is sealed. “What if someone really good made a horror movie?” he asks Alma. Trouble is, the notorious slashing-in-theshower scene, which suggests but doesn’t really feature nude shots of Leigh (Scarlett Johansson, aptly vivacious), nevertheless provokes a battle with the censors. Even more vexing, the tale of a cross-dressing killer with a bizarre fixation on his dead mother’s corpse is not a particularly easy sell to the honchos at Paramount, Hitchcock’s studio home. So he works out a deal, essentially financing the $800,000 film himself, putting his home up as collateral and getting Paramount to distribute it, in exchange for 60 percent ownership of the film negative, meaning a larger chunk of the profits.

Running parallel to these scenes is a subplot concerning Alma’s friendship with handsome screenwriter Whitfield Cook, who contributed to the scripts of Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” and “Stage Fright.” Did that relationship nearly turn to romance? Gervasi suggests as much. Hopkins, despite valiant makeup efforts, doesn’t much resemble Hitchcock, but he does capture the director’s method of delivering his words, slowly and deliberately and full of pregnant pauses, along with his girth-forward manner of walking. Mirren, as a woman who’s creatively gifted and artistically astute but underappreciated, steely but tender, jealous but ultimately loyal to her husband, gives an Academy Awardcaliber performance. On several occasions, she nearly walks off with “Hitchcock.” Maybe Alma deserves a movie of her own.  Philip Booth

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George (Gerard Butler, right) tries to make amends for lost time with his son Lewis (Noah Lomax) while trying to win back his ex-wife Stacie (Jessica Biel) in “Playing for Keeps.” Photo: FilmDistrict

Not a Player

Gerard Butler’s appeal isn’t enough to fuel this clichéd fluff PLAYING FOR KEEPS **@@

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f all the great mysteries of Hollywood, Gerard Butler’s appeal is chief among them. He’s confident, has an accent, can sing and had nice painted-on abs in “300,” granted, but none of that forgives the fact that he always looks like he needs a shower. This is particularly salient in “Playing for Keeps,” as Butler plays George, a washed-up, broke, former soccer pro living in Virginia. George coaches his son Lewis’ (Noah Lomax) youth soccer team, which makes sense, but George doesn’t expect the onslaught of desperate soccer moms beating down his door. Lucky for him, they’re all attractive: Barb (Judy Greer, excellent) is looking to get back in the dating game, former broadcaster Denise (Catherine Zeta-Jones) offers to help George move his aspiring sportscaster career forward and Patti (Uma Thurman) wants revenge on her wealthy, business-oriented husband Carl (Dennis Quaid, stealing every scene he’s in), whom she knows sleeps around. If this were an upbeat, playful and zany comedy in which a swingin’ bachelor fends off the advances of middle-aged, sex-crazed soccer moms, they could’ve had something here. Instead, director Gabriele Muccino (“Seven Pounds”) goes the more serious route of focusing on George’s relationship with Lewis, which is admirable but boring. What’s more, the soccer mom George desires the most, his ex-wife/Lewis’ mother Stacie (Jessica Biel), is engaged to nice guy Matt (James Tupper). So we have that subplot at which to roll our eyes with disdain. George goes through the motions of making amends for lost time with Lewis, but the story is neither funny nor interesting enough to give us a good reason to keep watching. George is a normal guy living a normal life. He’s made mistakes and is trying to turn over

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a new leaf. Good for him. But his redemption story is as bland as they come. There are no major surprises, only a few laughs and very little intrigue. When the most amusing characters are George’s landlord (played with perfect comic delivery by Iqbal Theba) and Barb, you know something’s wrong. As for Butler, he has screen presence and a rugged charisma, yet it’s difficult to ascertain why these women would throw themselves at George. On the surface, George is a neglectful

If this were an upbeat, playful and zany comedy in which a swingin’ bachelor fends off the advances of middle-aged, sex-crazed soccer moms, they could’ve had something here. has-been with no money and no job. He’s not bad-looking, but he’s also not attractive enough to plausibly be this desired by these women. When the audience doesn’t understand why a character is bringing forth the prurient needs of the female cast, the whole premise becomes a lost cause (e.g., “Twilight”). “Playing for Keeps” is feel-good, family fluff at its nauseatingly worst. Robbie Fox’s script is so cliché-driven, it even ends with “the big championship game,” despite the fact that very little of George’s time is spent with the team and it makes no damn difference if they win or lose. So the less time you spend with this movie, the better.  Dan Hudak

Seasoned enforcer Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) is called in to investigate a heist at a mob-protected card game in “Killing Them Softly,” directed by Andrew Dominik. Photo: The Weinstein Company

Cold-blooded Void

Pitt and Jenkins’ performances captivate, but crime drama falters on hollow story, weak character development KILLING THEM SOFTLY **G@ Rated R


he prime ingredients are there for a good film — a terrific cast and a proven writer/director. In addition to starring in “Killing Them Softly,” Brad Pitt is also the producer, which means that he had a prominent role in shaping the material and principals involved. Like his good buddy George Clooney, Pitt has proven himself a savvy guy as well as a good actor. “Killing Them Softly” should have been a lot better than it is. A hit man (Pitt) comes to clean up the trash after a couple of schmucks make the big mistake of hitting a mob-sanctioned gambling scene. The film is based on a novel by the late George V. Higgins, whose only other book to make it to the screen was “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” in 1973, featuring one of Robert Mitchum’s best performances. Adapted for the screen by director Andrew Dominik, who also wore both hats for Brad Pitt in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” the script for the new film is both raw and funny, giving the actors some choice dialogue with which to chew up the scenery. Unfortunately, the script is also the main problem with the film. While there is a lot of choice dialogue, there is also a major lack of focus on plot and character development. In the same vein, there are some wonderful individual scenes that unfortunately fail to connect with one another, leaving the disgruntled viewer to await the inevitable “Director’s Cut” on the eventual DVD version. The film opens with two dopey excons, Frankie and Russell (Scott McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn), who are hired by an overachieving hood to rob the participants in a card game. The plan is to blame the heist on Markie (Ray Liotta), another cheap crook with a checkered past. The robbery goes off as planned, but mob boss Dillon (Sam Shepard, in a truly tiny cameo) is not fooled, eventually hiring the accomplished enforcer Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) to set things right and dole out the punishments.

The wonderful Richard Jenkins (“Cabin in the Woods” and “Let Me In”) plays the mob attorney go-between, giving him and Pitt numerous scenes together, which both actors perform with consummate understatement. James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”) has two extended scenes as Mickey, another hitman hired by Jackie to do the actual shooting. Pitt’s character, it turns out, prefers to do his murders from a long distance, “killing them softly” as he puts it, particularly when it involves people he knows. It’s a preference — unfortunately for him but even more so for his victims — that he doesn’t always get to realize. As the movie opens, it would seem that the major character is going to be the luckless Frankie and his witless partner. Once Pitt enters the film, however, he becomes the center of attention, a welcome shift because Frankie and Russell are, despite being comically likable, really shiftless and scummy, particularly scummy. Jackie, on the other hand, despite being a cold-blooded killer, is the epitome of cool and dignity — like Pitt. Gandolfini, in a good performance like McNairy and Mendelsohn, is simply another loser, neither as likable nor unpolished as the guys he’s supposed to kill. The actor is terrific in his two long scenes with Pitt, but his character (and consequently the scenes) are extraneous to the film as a whole. In addition to excellent performances all around, director Dominik pulls out the stops in the film’s scenes of violence, alternating between extreme slow-motion and surprise to maximize his intended effects. Just what those intentions might be (other than cinematic tricks), however, is the real problem with “Killing Them Softly.” Just like the film’s blatant attempt to draw a parallel between Washington economic politics and the mob’s “business,” the director’s adroit camera tricks and the characters’ rambling, profanity-laced dialogue ultimately ring hollow. The details throughout “Killing Them Softly” are impressive, if only the film had a solid story and real character development on which to hang them.  Pat McLeod DECEMBER 11-17, 2012 | | 21

The wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) lead Bilbo Baggins on an adventure in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” directed by Peter Jackson. The film opens Dec. 14. Photo: New Line Cinema

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NOW SHOWING ALEX CROSS **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Latitude 30 CineGrille Tyler Perry does a respectable job as Cross, the hero of 19 bestselling thrillers by James Patterson. Cross matches wits with Picasso, a skillful paid assassin who’s killing a corporation’s top officers. Cross’ first encounter with Picasso, in a Detroit office tower, is a solid action sequence, but it’s standard cop fare after that. ANNA KARENINA **** Rated R • Epic Theatre St. Augustine Keira Knightley has come a long way from “Bend It Like Beckham.” Again in period costumes, in this outing she’s the aristocratic yet rebellious heroine of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel. Directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement”), the lush film costars Jude Law as the cuckolded husband Karenin and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the two-timing Count Vronsky. ARGO ***G Rated R • Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Ben Affleck directs and stars as CIA operative Tony Mendez, acknowledged as the agency’s top agent when it comes to “exfiltration,” the art of extracting people caught in places they cannot escape. “Argo” succeeds because director Affleck focuses on the journey, not the outcome, to create a taut political thriller. Many familiar faces – John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Kyle Chandler, Bryan Cranston, Victor Garber – deliver strong performances in this ensemble effort. THE COLLECTION **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St.

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Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. In a sequel to “The Collector,” Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) goes with some friends to a secret party and becomes the latest target for a psychopathic killer. A group of mercenaries hired by Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald), get Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped The Collector. Written and directed by Marcus Dunstan, the suspense/horror film features over-the-top carnage. THE COMEDY **G@ Not Rated • Opens Dec. 14 at Sun-Ray Cinema An aging Brooklyn hipster, Swanson (Tim Heidecker) is indifferent to everything, including inheriting his father’s estate. With a range of options, the aimless man tests the limits of acceptable behavior. END OF WATCH ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Back in theaters, this high-minded cop movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as young police officers targeted by the country’s most dangerous drug cartel. David Ayer, the writer of “Training Day” and “Harsh Times,” delivers a riveting thriller that overcomes cop movie clichés; the chemistry works. FLIGHT ***@ 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. The crash occurs early on here, and it’s riveting. When a jet malfunctions, Denzel Washington’s Capt. Whip Whitaker wakes from a nap and does an amazing job of bringing the plane down with limited loss of life. However, “Flight” is not a movie about flying or about crashing. It’s a movie about alcoholism. This engaging drama satisfies, but the Hollywood ending takes away from the overall impact. HERE COMES THE BOOM **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square Biology teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James) begins moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his school’s music program and save the job of a fellow

teacher (Henry Winkler). James’ charm and the inspirational tale will resonate with some, but that ridiculous yet predictable plot will slam others down for the count. HITCHCOCK ***G Rated PG-13 • Opens Dec. 14 Reviewed in this issue. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY ***@ Rated PG-13 • Opens Dec. 14 Set before the events of “The Lord of the Rings,” Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is approached by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and goes on an adventure to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Joining him are 13 dwarfs led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. On the way, Bilbo meets Gollum (Andy Serkis) and takes possession of the twisted creature’s “precious,” the golden ring that figures prominently in the adventures of Frodo (Elijah Wood) in the LOTR trilogy. KHILADI 786 ***@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square Mansukh (Himesh Reshammiya) is in the matchmaking business — but he’s not very good at it. To prove his skill to his father, who owns the family marriage bureau biz, he pairs a cop with a gangster’s daughter. But which family tree is really filled with police and which has a con artist on every limb? KILLING THEM SOFTLY **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Sun-Ray Cinema Reviewed in this issue. LIFE OF PI ***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. A family from Pondicherry, India, hitches a ride on a freighter. Pi Patel, a zookeeper’s son, survives a disaster in the Pacific Ocean then forms a surprising and wondrous connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger — who goes by the name Richard Parker. Surviving on a 26-foot lifeboat, Pi continues

his journey in the magical adventure film directed by Ang Lee and based on the novel by Yann Martel. LINCOLN ***@ PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Daniel Day-Lewis is known for immersing himself in his characters, and this film is the latest in a line of successful transformations. “Lincoln” doesn’t try to capture the president’s entire life; instead, it focuses on the final four months of his administration as he struggles to conclude the Civil War and cement the concept of permanent freedom for slaves he began with the Emancipation Proclamation. The great cast also includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, James Spader and Joseph GordonLevitt. Despite all these superlatives, it seems it may have been produced more to win Oscars than to entertain. THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS *G@@ Rated R • AMC Regency Square Rapper RZA co-wrote, directed and starred in this mix of martial arts, historical fantasy and general mayhem. The barely coherent plot is little more than a pastiche of genres and special effects. RZA switches to split- and even triscreen shots, highlighting the comic book nature of the climax.


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Tinseltown, Clay Theater, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue. RED DAWN **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. When America is overrun by foreign invaders, a group of teens hide out in the woods, eventually evolving into a band of badass freedom fighters. Other than several pumped-up action sequences that benefit from improved direction and special effects over the last 25 years, this remake of the ’80s classic has little to tout. The jingoistic battle fest lacks the innocence and heart of the original, but these action sequences are the film’s only redeeming quality. RISE OF THE GUARDIANS ***@ 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 animated feature from Dreamworks is based on author William Joyce’s “The Guardians of Childhood” book series, featuring a League of Extraordinary Mythical Characters. This reinvention of these classic characters wastes little time establishing its vision of old friends as a group of mythical avengers; it quickly jumps into the action of their battle with Pitch Black. Kids will definitely enjoy this movie, and adults will be entertained as well. But think twice about taking children 4 and younger, because much of the movie is a dark battle between Pitch and the Guardians. It’s a fun film, though, and well worth the time, checking in at a modest 90 minutes. We’ll be surprised if we don’t see more of the Guardians in future films. THE SESSIONS ***G Rated R • Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Sun-Ray Cinema Based on the autobiography “The Surrogate,” this drama is about 38-year-old Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes), who uses an iron lung after a bout with polio, and decides he no longer wants to be a virgin. Cheryl (Helen Hunt), the sex surrogate, is hired with the help of Father Brendan (William H. Macy). SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK **@@ Rated R • Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues After eight months in a mental institution, Pat (Bradley Cooper) leaves under dubious circumstances. Though he was there because his wife’s adultery sent him over the edge, he’s determined to fix the marriage. Problem is, he isn’t allowed to contact his wife, who wants nothing to do with him, and he knows his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver) are keeping something from him, which makes him more unstable. Through a mutual friend, he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a reformed slut who claims she’ll get a message to Pat’s wife in exchange for a favor: Pat needs to take dance lessons with Tiffany. He naturally resists, then acquiesces,

and writer/director David O. Russell’s (“The Fighter”) story plays out in predictable ways. SKYFALL **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theater, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre, WGHF IMAX Theatre Like any good James Bond movie, “Skyfall” jumps off to a rip-roaring start with its opening gambit. Enjoy that extended action sequence while it lasts – it’s definitely the singular highlight of the latest installment in the series. In this one, James Bond is an aging and beat-up agent who may no longer be up to the task. That’s a bit jarring, because Daniel Craig’s Bond was a brand-new 007 in “Casino Royale,” where his inexperience as a spy was an issue. Bond is missing and presumed dead after being shot while on a failed mission. Meanwhile, MI6 and M (Judi Dench, in her seventh Bond film) are under attack. Craig has signed on for two more Bond films. Let’s hope the filmmakers can ratchet up the action in the future. TAKEN 2 *@@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square After saving his daughter (in the first “Taken”), retired G-man Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) must use his skills again when he and his wife are taken hostage during a family vacation in Istanbul. TALAASH: THE ANSWER LIES WITHIN **G@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) learns of the death of a film star in a car accident in this Indian mystery film. During his investigation, the inspector finds ties to the case push him closer to personal problems, including his broken marriage. Directed by Reema Kagti, the story leads Shekhawat to a prostitute who adds to the puzzle. TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The franchise ends on a high note. It’s still full of lame dialog, wooden acting, illogical plotlines and cheesy visual effects, but darn if this action-packed finale doesn’t find a way to work. The action is up-tempo and reasonably well done, even if the wolves still look fake. The picture also looks cleaner than in the past; colors pop, and some nifty post-production editing using slow motion, dissolves and visual effects make it a pleasant experience on the eyes. WRECK-IT RALPH ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal

Swanson (Tim Heidecker), a Brooklyn hipster indifferent to his unlimited options including inheriting his father’s estate, commits a series of reckless acts in “The Comedy,” directed by Rick Alverson. The film opens Dec. 14 at Sun-Ray Cinema. Photo: Tribeca Film

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Agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) faces the fallout from the events surrounding past Bourne operations in “The Bourne Legacy,” directed by Tony Gilroy. The film is released on DVD Dec. 11. Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Typecast as the villain, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) has good reason to feel unappreciated. He’s still smarting from 30 years of being dropped off a building and into the mud by FixIt Felix. Ralph just wants to be the hero for once. Director Rich Moore (“Futurama”) balances gamer cool and kid-friendly fun. He delivers a film that resonates with a “Toy Story” premise for the arcade, but it’s not quite up to the standard of gamer classic “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”

OTHER FILMS SUN-RAY CINEMA As part of the theater’s Push Play series, the unconventional three-piece band Wudun plays a set before introducing its favorite film, David Cronenberg’s “Naked Lunch,” screened 9:45 p.m. Dec. 17 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Riverside. $10. “The Yellow Bellies,” a feature-length film on Jacksonville’s underground music scene, screens 7 p.m. Dec. 20. Tickets are $20. The Non-essentials Series brings “The Giant Spider Invasion” (1975), directed by Bill Rebane, with Ed Tucker leading the screening of Rebane’s own 35mm print, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Tickets are $9. In preparation for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming release “Django Unchained,” Sun-Ray is Playin’ Hooky with Tarantino on Dec. 24. The showtimes are 1 p.m. for “Inglourious Basterds,” 4 p.m. for “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” 6 p.m. for “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” and 9 p.m. for “Jackie Brown.” Series tickets are $20. Then, “Django Unchained” is released 11:55 p.m. Dec. 25, requiring a separate regular-priced ticket. 359-0047. LATITUDE CINEGRILLE “Alex Cross” and “Arthur Christmas” screen at Latitude 30 CineGrille, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555.

POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Looper,” “The Master” and “Searching for Sugarman” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER “Skyfall: The IMAX Experience” is screened along with “Deep Sea 3D” and “To The Arctic 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” starts Dec. 14. 940-IMAX.

NEW ON DVD & BLU-RAY THE BOURNE LEGACY Much like Jason Bourne in the original, agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is at odds with a government that’s suddenly trying to kill him. This action-thriller entertains, but it doesn’t top its predecessors. ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT Those prehistoric pals are back – Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John Leguizamo) – this time going through some heavy changes, as in icebergs and Continental Shelf shifts. Co-starring the voices of Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Peter Dinklage, Aziz Ansari and Simon Pegg. TED Seth McFarlane’s live-action debut, an incredibly stupid raunch-fest, is a hit. A lonely little boy gets a teddy bear for Christmas and wishes on a shooting star that the bear could really talk. It comes true: The bear walks and talks. Jump ahead 30 years or so, and the grown-up boy, John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is still best friends with Ted the bear (voiced by McFarlane). The problem? John has a girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis), and Ted is coming between them. 

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

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

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Calvin Clayden (left to right), Dale Keegan, Niekie Van Niekerk and Ashley De Beer are Truth & Its Burden, appearing in Jacksonville.

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South African hardcore quartet Truth & Its Burden brings righteous noise to United States for the first time TRUTH & ITS BURDEN with CAMISADO, MERCIA and PAT CERINO 7 p.m. Dec. 15 Burro Bar, 110 E. Adams St., Downtown 677-2977

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dherents of American hardcore might assume that the good ol’ U.S. of A. is the motherland for all things earsplitting and impassioned. But international hardcore and heavy metal markets have expanded exponentially over the years, giving a band like Truth & Its Burden, which hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, the opportunity to spread its thunderous brand of hard-hitting positivity worldwide. Yet it hasn’t come easy for this fearless foursome — Ashley De Beer on vocals, Niekie Van Niekerk on bass, Calvin Clayden on guitar and Dale Keegan on drums — as they’ve © worked hard on the DIY 2011 grind since 2007. As De Beer told Folio Weekly via email, simple things like setting up tours, connecting with record labels and discovering like-minded music communities have proved extremely difficult. But with California record label Rite of Passage Records picking up Truth & Its Burden’s first full-length album “Choices” this year, things are definitely looking up for this loud little band from the Rainbow Nation.


Folio Weekly: What influences go into the music of Truth & Its Burden, and how does the band stand apart from other hardcore acts out there? Ashley De Beer: We all have very diverse musical tastes ranging from Shai Hulud to Misery Signals to Bruce Springsteen to jazz to nu-metal bands like Sevendust and Incubus, to direct influences like It Prevails, As Cities Burn, Means, Life In Your Way and Misery Signals. But we dive deeply into softer melodic parts a lot quicker, with a combination of songs that don’t really have repeating parts. We try not to fall into the trap of writing hooks just for the sake of writing hooks. We write good parts that reflect how we feel the music should breathe.

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F.W.: Do you come from a good hardcore scene in Johannesburg and greater South Africa? A.D.B.: Things are very different in South Africa for sure. The hardcore scene is pretty underdeveloped and there really isn’t much of a touring circuit. It’s harder for bands back home to get things going because there aren’t 10 promoters in every city booking shows. A lot of what goes on is very DIY, and we definitely gained a lot of ground because we learnt early on how to fend for ourselves. DIY ethics are important to us, and even with our growth, we’ll always hold most things close to our hearts and

keep that flame burning. … Dudes back home are genuinely into hardcore, and there are no bad vibes [between] bands. And that’s largely because our scene is too small for bickering. F.W.: How much touring has that forced you to do? And how have you been received in different parts of the world? A.D.B.: We’ve done a fair amount of touring considering we come from a country where no real touring circuit exists for hardcore and metal genres. We’ve toured South Africa several times, Europe twice, and are currently touring the whole U.S.A. for the very first time. But it’s been a painful experience, to say the least. Back home, no matter how hard we tried, our fan base never seemed to grow much, so we were left with no real choice but to hit overseas. We definitely had to work hard, save harder, sell everything we had and even move back in with our parents to tour. F.W.: Yet the band’s website is full of messages that are surprisingly positive and uplifting. How important is that to Truth & Its Burden, and how does it jibe with the band’s loud, inyour-face music? A.D.B.: It’s absolutely vital. We’re living in strange times when people have very negative outlooks, so we’re committed to working on people’s attitude show by show. And [since] shows are a place where people come to share ideas, what better way to do so than by screaming in someone’s face? Very few bands in today’s world have a positive message and stand by it, push it on stage and live by it. We’re not perfect dudes, and everyone goes through off days. But it’s definitely important to get people stoked on life and following their dreams. F.W.: Does that message of hope stem from the political and social challenges South Africa has faced for so many decades? A.D.B.: Back home, many people don’t have positive attitudes. There’s a lot of negativity that’s deeply embedded into the youth, with people fleeing South Africa every day and angry about how our beautiful country has slowly deteriorated with the change of government. But we feel it’s important for people to empower themselves with dreams, ambitions, knowledge, determination and perseverance so that they can overcome adversity and live a fulfilled life. It’s all about creating quality of life and passing that on to those around you.  Nick McGregor

DAN HICKS AND THE HOT LICKS 7 p.m. Dec. 14 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach Tickets are $30-$35 209-0399,


f Ambrose Bierce had worn a zoot suit, survived the psychedelic ’60s and spent a half-century penning some singular music, then he might have resembled something like Dan Hicks. While Hicks might not be as much of as a downer as that 19th-century journalistsatirist (Bierce’s plucky motto? “Nothing Matters”), they both share a darkly cerebral sense of humor and an almost prophetic sense of being ahead of their time, which can play out more like a curse than blessing. Before he vanished in Mexico in 1913 at the age of 71, Bierce had helped create literary genres ranging from horror and war fiction to dark comedy, influencing later writers like Ernest Hemingway and Kurt Vonnegut. Dan Hicks began his career as a folkie and then as a drummer for proto-acid rockers The Charlatans before branching off as a solo artist in 1968 with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Blending everything from country music and Western swing to gypsy jazz and bluegrass, Hicks and the band traded in their tie-dyes for tailored suits and, over the course of four decades, have issued more than a dozen albums while amassing a fanbase including the likes of Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett and British synth-popper Thomas Dolby, who in 1984 covered Hicks’ “I Scare Myself.” And though Hicks has thus far side-stepped a fate like that of Bierce’s, his own pervasive influence and rogue-turned-scholar vibe has threaded through musical avenues like the “jump revival” of bands like Squirrel Nut Zippers and the roots-obsessed mentality of the genre that’s now known as Americana. Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks return to Northeast Florida for their “Holidaze in Hicksville” tour to perform some fan favorites and deliver a few tunes from their 2010 holiday release “Crazy for Christmas.” Hicks talked to us over the phone from his longtime home in Mill Valley, Calif., about the Christmas season, the benefits of obscurity and run-ins with blues legends.

Folio Weekly: What compelled you to do this holiday tour? Are you a big holiday guy? Dan Hicks: I wouldn’t say that. [Chuckles.] Well, you know I’ve been doing holiday- and Christmas-themed tours for years. I am in a little jug band that plays around this area locally, and we started back in the ’70s doing this stuff. So since the Hot Licks have started up again the last 10 years or so, we’ve been doing these tunes during the season. It’s not total “wall to wall” Christmas for an hour-and-a-half, but you get the idea, like parodies with a Christmas feel. People would ask me, “Dan, when are you ever going to do a Christmas album?” and we finally


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did one that came out two years ago. F.W.: Forty years ago, you kind of created your own style, and now that blend has become what people have started calling Americana. Do you feel justified that you were so ahead of that whole thing, or do you even care? D.H.: Mmmm … justified … well, I guess you’d have to define what “Americana” means. But there is some kind of satisfaction in knowing that I’m almost in a category now: Americana. When they used to have record bins in the record stores — back when they used to have record stores — I used to be in the “Rock Pop” section, and I guess I still am. I don’t know. I don’t know what to say. Someone asked me one time: “What have you learned after all of these years?” And I said, “Well, I’ll tell you one thing: I will never have a hit single.” That’s my gross knowledge of everything I’ve learned in life. I’ve tried to stop thinking of how popular I’m not. [In mock indignation:] “Where’s this goddamned audience for me?” [Laughs.] F.W.: Well, does obscurity pay the bills? D.H.: Yeah, I still play. I don’t know if I’m obscure as certain people, but I have a good career going. I play some gigs; I get a little songwriting money. There’s some kind of show that Harry Shearer has put together in London that’s gonna be on British TV, and he’s using my song, “Nixon’s the One” because he [Shearer] is playing Nixon. So things are happening. F.W.: In the early ’60s, people like guitarist

John Fahey and Al Wilson [of Canned Heat] used to travel through the South and look for old records and even old blues singers. Did you ever go on any of those kinds of “Grail Quests” when you were younger? D.H.: You know, I didn’t, but when I went out in 1964 with a friend of mine, and this was when I was still “less than obscure,” and we had a duo and we ended up in New York City. And this was a really neat adventure for a guy who was all of 23. I remember we were in Memphis, and there were these guys who had just kind of found this guy Skip James; and one of them was Fahey. They were kind of “transporting” James through town to keep him out of trouble, I guess. They were taking him to Newport [Folk Festival]. James had been, like, washing dishes for a living, and then these folkie dudes brought him out of retirement. James played at a coffeehouse while we there, and we even stayed at the same house where he stayed while we were there. I had nothing to do with it, but I was kind of in on it, since I was just there experiencing all of that. I was just thinking about Fahey the other day — kinda weird that you brought that up. [Laughs.] F.W.: You’ve been playing music for 50 years. Do you have any combat wisdom to pass on to up-and-coming musicians? D.H.: I would say, just learn one thing real good, you know? I thought about that years ago. If you play guitar, violin, tenor sax and autoharp … man, just pick one. [Laughs.]  Dan Brown

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CONCERTS THIS WEEK BLACK TAXI, NEW STRANGERS, ARBOLES LIBRES, MECHANICAL RIVER The pop-punk band from New York City performs 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown. 677-2977. ERIC FROM PHILLY The singer-songwriter offers modern and classic rock and blues tunes 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS with RICK BRAUN, MINDI ABAIR The all-star lineup delivers pop classics 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. $33, $42. 355-2787. VALORIE MILLER The folksinger-songwriter appears 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. 353-6067. ANTIQUE ANIMALS, WHETHERMAN The alternative musicians bring what they like to call “antiquatedâ€? music to the stage 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. $5. 342-2294. DEVON ALLMAN The man with local roots appears 10 p.m. Dec. 12 at Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Tickets are $10. 247-6636. NOT ONE IS UPRIGHT, SHOOK LIKE DEAD MEN The aggressive metal band lays it down 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown. 677-2977. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA This progressive rock band combines opera with fog machines, lasers and light shows 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown. $40-$76. 630-3900. JASONPLUSONE, THE KATZ DOWNSTAIRZ The hip-hop artist appears 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at TSI, 333 E. Bay St., Downtown. $10. 701-3576. EMILY KOPP, CONNOR ZWETSCH, LAUREN SLYMAN Blending soul and pop music, the singer-songwriter goes on Dec. 13 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $8. 398-7496. STACEY BENNETT The songstress performs Dec. 13 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown. 677-2977. STACEY EARLE, MARK STUART, VALORIE MILLER Nashville’s eclectic husband-wife duo of Earle and Stuart appear 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. Miller opens. $15. 398-9500. MIDNIGHT ARTIST, RITUAL UNION, FOREIGN TRADE, DJ ERIN LEE The indie dance party goes down Dec. 13 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. 353-6067. DAN HICKS AND THE HOT LICKS The jazz artist and his band take the stage Dec. 14 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $35-$40. 209-0399. ERIC CHURCH, JUSTIN MOORE, KIP MOORE The North Carolina-born country singer goes on 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. $36.50-$41.50. 630-3900. PASSAFIRE The rock-reggae band performs at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. $15. 246-2473. SHANA FALANA, MEMPHIBIANS, THE SKY CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY The experimental dream-pop singer performs 10 p.m. Dec. 14 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown. $5. 677-2977. THE WOBBLY TOMS The rollicking St. Augustine band celebrates their CD release party 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. $5. 342-2294. GINORMOUS J This funkadelic artist mixes reggae and rock music Dec. 14 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. BURN SEASON, ALLELE, FUTURE OF THE WILLING The rockmetal band takes the stage 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $12-$30. 223-9850. ASKING ALEXANDRIA, AS I LAY DYING, I SEE STARS, MEMPHIS MAYFIRE, ATTILA The hardcore band from England screams its heart out 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Brewster’s The Edge, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $26-$75. 223-9850. ASKMEIFICARE The alt-rock band mixes rap with an energetic


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Folk singer Valorie Miller performs Dec. 12 at Underbelly in Downtown Jacksonville. Photo: Frank Zipperer sound 10 p.m. Dec. 15 at Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Downtown. 798-8222. RED AFTERNOON BAND This local alternative rock band takes the stage 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. FUSEBOX FUNK Northeast Florida’s funk favorites go at it 10 p.m. Dec. 15 at Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 247-6636. CAREY MURDOCK, TONY CREWS & THE GHOST TOWN COWBOYS Mixing Americana and rock music, the singersongwriter from Nashville performs 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $8. 398-7496. TRUTH & ITS BURDEN, CAMISADO, MERCIA The melodic hardcore band from Johannesburg, South Africa, appears 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown. 677-2977.

FRIENDS OF BLAKE, JENNI REID The Americana band performs 10 p.m. Dec. 15 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. $10. 246-2473. AARON O’ROURKE TRIO Tallahassee’s own progressive instrumental band takes the stage 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at European Street CafÊ, 5500 Beach Blvd., Southside. 398-1717. GOOD FIELD, FJORD EXPLORER The four-piece indie rock band from Austin appears Dec. 16 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown. 677-2977. MICHAEL FUNGE The Irish singer, who has performed on BBC, goes on 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. SONGWRITERS CONCERT Local musicians perform 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16 at Adele Grage Arts & Community Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Admission is free. 247-5828.


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THE STORY SO FAR, SEAHAVEN, RESCUER, TRUST ISSUES These California alternative musicians perform 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $12$30. 223-9850. YOU’LL LIVE, THE CAUTION CHILDREN, NATIONS, FOUR WORD LETTER The indie-punk band goes on 9 p.m. Dec. 18 at Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. $5. 547-2188. BAD SANTA & THE ANGRY ELVES, DJ SLEIGH Giving holiday classics a punk twist, these naughty singers perform 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $8. 398-7496. ANDY D, SWH & THE AIDS The Indianapolis musician mixes rap, rock and comedy 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown. 677-2977.


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Jack Rabbits OPIATE EYES Dec. 26, Jack Rabbits JJ GREY & MOFRO, SWAMP CABBAGE Dec. 27, Mavericks DIKEMBE, YOU BLEW IT!, LOCALS, KATO Dec. 27, Burro Bar JB SCOTT’S SWINGIN’ ALLSTARS Dec. 27, European Street Café San Marco VIKTR, ASKMEIFICARE, K-OS, STUBBILY MUG Dec. 27, Jack Rabbits QUIET PEOPLE, SEA CYCLES, SHYLIGHTS, VLAD THE INHALER Dec. 27, Underbelly SOUL GRAVY Dec. 28, Dog Star Tavern WHOLE WHEAT BREAD, ADULT CRASH, BEAU CRUM Dec. 28, Jack Rabbits THE WAITING (TOM PETTY TRIBUTE) Dec. 28, Freebird Live THE RIDE Dec. 28 & 29, Whitey’s Fish Camp NORTHE, THE DOG APOLLO, ANTIQUE ANIMALS Dec. 29, Freebird Live ALLEN SHADD Dec. 29, European Street Café Southside SAM PACETTI, JAMES HOGAN, ERNIE EVANS Dec. 29, European Street Café San Marco SWAMP CABBAGE Dec. 29, Dog Star Tavern RIVERNECKS Dec. 29, Nobby’s DRAEKON Dec. 29, Jack Rabbits ONWARD TO OLYMPAS, GREY FOX, IN ALCATRAZ 1962, IN TOO DEEP, CADIENCE Dec. 29, Murray Hill Theatre ASTRONAUTALIS, UNIVERSAL GREEN, HORUS RISING Dec. 30, Jack Rabbits KING DJANGO, THE SNAILS, MATT MACLEOD Jan. 1, Burro Bar JACK WILLIAMS Jan. 3, European Street Café San Marco GREENSKY BLUEGRASS, GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE Jan. 4, Freebird Live CHUBBY Jan. 4, Dog Star Tavern ELECTRIC CADILLAC, FRIENDS OF BLAKE, CLAY BENJAMIN Jan. 4, Jack Rabbits DEZ NADO Jan. 4, 1904 Music Hall BRUISED GRASS, SOUTHERN FEATHER BAND Jan. 5, Freebird Live THE ADOLESCENTS, YOUNG BRIGADE, VICES, NINE TENTHS Jan. 5, Jack Rabbits OCTOBER GLORY, CAPTIVE, RKITECT, MICHAEL CRONIN Jan. 5, Murray Hill Theatre LARRY MANGUM, BOB PATTERSON, MICKEY CLARK Jan. 5, European Street Café Southside

Indie rock band Antique Animals takes the stage Dec. 12 at The Standard in St. Augustine.

B.B. KING Jan. 6, The Florida Theatre THE MISERY JACKALS, MUDTOWN Jan. 6, Phoenix Taproom LIGHT YEARS Jan. 8, Phoenix Taproom JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE Jan. 9, Original Café Eleven TOM RUSH, BOB PATTERSON Jan. 10, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ROWAN CUNNINGHAM BAND Jan. 10, European Street Café San Marco THE ALMOST, ALL GET OUT, MAKESHIFT PRODIGY, THIS ARMISTICE, NOBODY ON LAND, ADAM SAMS Jan. 10, Murray Hill Theatre MATH THE BAND Jan. 10, Burro Bar WINTER JAM Jan. 11, Veterans Memorial Arena THE DEVIL MAKES THREE, PHILLIP ROEBUCK Jan. 11, Freebird Live THE DOG APOLLO, DUDES ON A RUG Jan. 11, Jack Rabbits RASHON MEDLOCK Jan. 11, 1904 Music Hall MARCIA BALL & HER BAND Jan. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ZACH DEPUTY, CHRISTOPHER HAWLEY Jan. 12, Freebird Live STEVE GILLETT, CINDY MANGSEN Jan. 12, European Street Café Southside WORDS LIKE VINES, SEIZING THE FINAL VICTORY, BEWARE THE NEVERENDING, FROM WHAT REMAINS Jan. 12, Murray Hill Theatre WE ARE MONUMENTS, 3RD CALIBUR DISEASE, ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK Jan. 14, Jack Rabbits BLACK VEIL BRIDES Jan. 15, Brewster’s Megaplex NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS, ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Jan. 15, Jack Rabbits DIRTY NAMES Jan. 16, Burro Bar SONNY LANDRETH, HONEY MILLER Jan. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DON WILLIAMS Jan. 17, The Florida Theatre THE LIGHT WITHIN, COME DOWN DENVER Jan. 17, Jack Rabbits JOE CROOKSTON Jan. 17, European Street Café San Marco GALACTIC, COREY GLOVER (of LIVING COLOUR), ART OFFICIAL Jan. 17, Freebird Live EYE EMPIRE Jan. 18, Brewster’s Roc Bar PARKER URBAN BAND Jan. 18, Dog Star Tavern DIRTY SHANNON, CHARLIE WALKER, SPLIT TONE, BUILT TO BE BROKEN Jan. 18, Freebird Live HONEY MILLER Jan. 18, Underbelly SIMPLY SINATRA Jan. 19, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts ELVIS LIVES! Jan. 19, T-U Center OSCAR MIKE, FLAGSHIP ROMANCE Jan. 19, Jack Rabbits GERRY WILLIAMS BAND Jan. 19, Dog Star Tavern SWORDZ, MR. AL PETE, JERICO, RAW Jan. 19, Brewster’s Megaplex ERIC TAYLOR Jan. 19, European Street Café Southside YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND Jan. 20, Freebird Live THE COLOR MORALE, OUR LAST NIGHT, YOUR MEMORIAL, FOR ALL I AM, I AM ENDSEEKER, CADIENCE Jan. 20, Murray Hill Theatre RICHARD THOMPSON Jan. 22, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

HELIO SEQUENCE, SHABAZZ PALACES Jan. 22, Original Café Eleven RICHARD SMITH, JULIE ADAMS Jan. 24, European Street Café San Marco CANDLEBOX Jan. 24, Freebird Live THE MALAH Jan. 25, 1904 Music Hall MARSHALL CRENSHAW & THE BOTTLE ROCKETS Jan. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall LINGO Jan. 25, Dog Star Tavern MISSY RAINES Jan. 26, European Street Café San Marco HERD OF WATTS Jan. 26, Dog Star Tavern KREWELLA Jan. 30, Pure THE JAUNTEE Jan. 31, Dog Star Tavern RICKETT PASS, MUDTOWN Jan. 31, Phoenix Taproom G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE, SWEAR AND SHAKE Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, Freebird Live ED KOWALCZYK Feb. 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall JOSH MILLER’S BLUES REVUE, KARL W. DAVIS Feb. 1, Dog Star Tavern BEN “ONE MAN BAND” PRESTAGE Feb. 2, Dog Star Tavern CHARLIE HALL, DANIEL BASHTA, THE VESPERS Feb. 2, Murray Hill Theatre SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES Feb. 2, The Florida Theatre TURISAS Feb. 2, Brewster’s Megaplex PAUL GEREMIA Feb. 2, European Street Café Southside CHARLIE HALL, DANIEL BASHTA Feb. 2, Murray Hill Theatre THE XX Feb. 3, The Florida Theatre WE CAME AS ROMANS, CROWN THE EMPIRE, ME & THE TRINITY, I AM THE WITNESS Feb. 6, Murray Hill Theatre JIMMY BUFFETT & THE CORAL REEFER BAND Feb. 7, Veterans Memorial Arena LEON REDBONE Feb. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall JB SCOTT’S SWINGIN’ ALL-STARS Feb. 7, European Street Café San Marco WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY Feb 8, The Florida Theatre FREDDY’S FINEST Feb. 8-9, Dog Star Tavern CHRIS KAHL Feb. 10, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts RAPDRAGONS, UNIVERSAL GREEN Feb. 10, Burro Bar HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, DYING FETUS Feb. 12, Freebird Live GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS Feb. 13, The Florida Theatre FISHBONE, WHOLE WHEAT BREAD Feb. 13, The Standard EMANCIPATOR Feb. 13, 1904 Music Hall STEVE MILLER BAND Feb. 14, The Florida Theatre HARPETH RISING Feb. 14, European Street Café San Marco SCOTT COULTER Feb. 15 & 16, Thrasher-Horne Center AURA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL: PAPADOSIO, CONSPIRATOR, PERPETUAL GROOVE, THE HEAVY PETS, DOPAPOD, RAQ, KUNG FU Feb. 15-17, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park DAN ZANES & FRIENDS Feb. 16, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall NIKKI TALLEY Feb. 16, European Street Café Southside

BALANCE & COMPOSURE, THE JEALOUS SOUND, MAN Feb. DREW NELSON March 7, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco 16, Phoenix Taproom BEATLES TRIBUTE “1964â€? March 9, The Florida Theatre KENNY ROGERS Feb. 16, The Florida Theatre Natural Life Music Festival: MARTIN SEXTON, FIELD DAYLIGHT, SACRED SUNS Feb. 16, Phoenix Taproom REPORT, SWEAR AND SHAKE, SUGAR & THE HI-LOWS, GARRETT ON ACOUSTIC Feb. 16, 1904 Music Hall HENRY WAGONS March 10, Metropolitan Park BATTLE OF THE BANDS Feb. 16, St. Augustine High School GET THE LED OUT March 13, The Florida Theatre JIM BRICKMAN Feb. 17, The Florida Theatre CHRIS TOMLIN March 13, Veterans Memorial Arena CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Feb. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall WIL MARING, ROBERT BOWLIN March 14, European Street ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT Feb. 20, The Florida Theatre CafĂŠ San Marco DAVID RUSSELL, JOHN PEYTON Feb. 21, European Street MATCHBOX TWENTY March 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre CafĂŠ San Marco OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA March 19, Ponte Vedra ANTIQUE ANIMALS Feb. 21, 1904 Music Hall Concert Hall TRIP LEE Feb. 22, Murray Hill Theatre JAKE SHIMABUKURO March 20, The Florida Theatre ’60S FOLK REUNION FESTIVAL Feb. 22, T-U Center ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN: GARY MULLEN & THE WORKS March CARRIE NATION & THE SPEAKEASY Feb. 22, Dog Star Tavern 22, The Florida Theatre CELTIC CROSSROADS Feb. 23, The Florida Theatre JOHNNY MATHIS March 22, T-U Center LOTUS, MOON HOOCH Feb. 23, Freebird Live BANG TANGO March 22, Brewster’s Roc Bar SILENCE, BLUNT TRAUMA, DECISIONS, I AM THE AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE: ALL STARS March 23, T-U WITNESS, FROM WHAT REMAINS, DECIDED BY FATE Center Feb 23, Jack Rabbits ERIC CLAPTON March 26, Veterans Memorial Arena DREW HOLCOMBE & THE NEIGHBORS Feb. 23, LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS March 28, European Street Murray Hill Theatre CafĂŠ San Marco WILLIE “BIG TOEâ€? GREEN, LITTLE MIKE & THE TORNADOES PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO, BRYNN MARIE March 29, Feb. 23, European Street CafĂŠ Southside The Florida Theatre THE HIT MEN Feb. 24, The Florida Theatre JUSTIN ACOUSTIC REUNION March 30, European Street CafĂŠ LEO KOTTKE Feb. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Southside THAT ONE GUY Feb. 24, Jack Rabbits MAROON 5, NEON TREES, OWL CITY April 1, Veterans DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Feb. 24, Freebird Live Memorial Arena CARRIE NATION & THE SPEAKEASY, EVERYMEN, RACHEL RITA HOSKING April 4, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco BROOKE Feb. 24, Burro Bar TAMMERLIN ANNIVERSARY CONCERT April 6, European JESSE COOK Feb. 27, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Street CafĂŠ Southside EVERYTIME I DIE, THE STRAIN, VANNA Feb.SUPPORT 27, CHICAGO April 7, St. Augustine Produced PROMISE OF ACACIA BENEFIT ASK FORAmphitheatre ACTION Freebird Live MURIEL ANDERSON April 11, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco THIRD DAY April 14, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SAM PACETTI Feb. 28, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco WEIRD AL YANKOVIC April 16, The Florida Theatre LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III March 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall TIM GRIMM April 18, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE March 1, Dog Star Tavern DAVID BENOIT, BRIAN CULBERTSON April 19, Ponte Vedra KEB’ MO’ March 2, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Concert Hall GRANT PEEPLES, SARAH MAC March 2, European Street CARRIE UNDERWOOD April 20, Veterans Memorial Arena CafĂŠ Southside FOURPLAY April 21, The Florida Theatre BRUCE COCKBURN March 3, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall SOILWORK, JEFF LOOMIS, BLACKGUARD, THE BROWNING, POLYENSO, AUTHOR March 3, Jack Rabbits WRETCHED April 27, Jack Rabbits HE’S MY BROTHER SHE’S MY SISTER, PAPER BIRD, CELTIC WOMAN May 2, T-U Center SHAKEY GRAVES March 3, Burro Bar ALAN JACKSON May 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre EXCISION, PAPER DIAMOND, VASKI March 4, Freebird Live BLUE SUEDE SHOES Aug. 10, The Florida Theatre JUDY COLLINS March 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall


CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Spade McQuade 9:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Ginormous J 9:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Brown Bag Special 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Working Class Stiff features real vinyl 8 p.m. every Tue. Karl W. Davis Showcase 8 p.m. every Wed. Spade McQuade every Thur. Live music every Thur. & Fri. GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend MERMAID BAR, Florida House Inn, 22 S. Third St., 491-3322 Live local bands for open mic night, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Thur. O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band 8:30 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELD’S, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Buck Smith 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Buck Smith in the Saloon 9 p.m. every Tue. Wes Cobb 9 p.m. every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess in Sheffield’s every Thur. & Sat. DJ Anonymous in Sheffield’s every Fri. Schnockered in The Saloon every Sun. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Live music night by cs every Checked by Sales Rep SS

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TONINO’S, 7001 Merrill Rd., 743-3848 Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams every Fri. Dino Saliba every Sat.

249-9595 Eric from Philly Dec. 11. Red Afternoon 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Michael Funge 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16. JK Wayne 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23. John Thomas Group Jazz 6-8 p.m. every Tue. Live AVONDALE, ORTEGA music every Fri. & Sat. BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Joshua EL POTRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1553 Third St. N., Bowlus & John Ricci Dec. 14. Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. 241-6910 Wilfredo Lopez every Wed. & Sat. Jazz every Fri. & Sat. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath 217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for 246-4293 Spade McQuade & the Allstars Dec. 21 & 22. Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZiSongwriters Nite every Tue. Ryan Campbell every Wed. Wes Rok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 every Mon. Karaoke Dave Thrash Wed. DJ 151 spins Thur. DJ Catharsis first FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Passafire 8 p.m. & fourth Sat. Patrick Evan & CoAlition Industry every Sun. Dec. 14. Friends of Blake and Jenni Reid 10 p.m. Dec. 15. Live MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670 Grandpa’s music Tue.-Sun. Cough Medicine 10 p.m. Dec. 14. Shawn Lightfoot Dec. 15. Live GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 Will music every Fri. & Sat. Pearsall Dec. 14. Easy E & Dr. C Dec. 15. Live music every TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music Fri. & Sat. every Fri. Karaoke every Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Lance Neely Dec. 12. Jimmy Solari Dec. 13. John BAYMEADOWS Austill Dec. 14. Matt Collins Dec. 15. Live music every Wed.-Sat. COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 KC CRAVE, 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660 Live music every DJ Albert Adkins spins every Fri. DJs Adrian Sky, Alberto Diaz Thur.-Sat. & Chris Zachrich spin every Tue. DJ Michael Stumbaugh spins LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, every Sat. 249-2922 Live music at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. MY PLACE, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 The Gootch Dec. 14 & 15. Split Tone 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Uncommon every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. Legends every Wed. Wits End every Sun. Little Green Men OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 every Mon. DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, BEACHES 270-0801 Black Creek Ri’zin 9 p.m. Dec. 15. Harsh and Fang (All clubs & venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) Dec. 16. Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Lanham sings island music every Fri.-Sun. Red Beard & Stinky E Dec. 12. Be Easy Dec. 13. Yankee Slickers BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Dec. 14. Mark O’Quinn Dec. 15. Live music every Wed.-Sun. Billy Bowers 5:30 p.m. 13. 4Play 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Sho Nuff MEZZA LUNA, 110ASK First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Produced PROMISE OFDec. BENEFIT SUPPORT FOR ACTION 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Incognito 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Live music Dixon 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Wed.-Sun. Shackelford & Rick Johnson 6 p.m. every Thur. BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ IBay every MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Devon Allman Tue., Fri. & Sat. DJ Ginsu every Wed. DJ Jade every Thur. Charlie 10 p.m. Dec. 12. Fusebox Funk 10 p.m. Dec. 15 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Walker every Sun. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach,


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1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St., Lydia Can’t Breathe and Wake the Living Dec. 15. Hip-hop every First Fri. Open mic every Mon. BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 677-2977 Black Taxi, New Strangers, Arboles Libres and Mechanical River 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Not One is Upright and Shook Like Dead Men 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Shana Falana, Memphibians, The Sky Captains of Industry and 10 p.m. Dec. 14. Truth & Its Burden, Camisado and Mercia 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Good Field and Fjord Explorer Dec. 16. Andy D and SWH & The Aids 8 p.m. Dec. 18. Live music every weekend DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 Whetherman Dec. 11. DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ NickFresh every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Chuck Nash 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Braxton Adamson 5 p.m., Bad Assets 9 p.m. Dec. 14. Ron Perry Connection 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Live music every weekend THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Big Engine Dec. 13. Spanky the Band 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 14. Sho Nuff 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 21. Live music every Fri. & Sat. KALA, 331 E. Bay St., 356-6455 DJ Robert Goodman spins for Forbidden Planet Dec. 13. Tropic of Cancer Dec. 14. DJ Robert Goodman spins alt & indie dance ’80s-’10s Dec. 15. DJ Catharsis Dec. 16. DJ Paten Locke and Patrick Evan & Co-Alition every Wed. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Roy Luis spins house soulful, gospel, deep, acid, hip, Latin, tribal, Afrobeat, tech/electronic, disco, rarities 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. every Wed. DJ Vinn spins Top 40 every Thur. DJ 007 spins ultra house & top 40 dance every Fri. DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. DJs Bryan & Q45 spin every Fri. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. DJ SwitchGear every Thur. PHOENIX TAPROOM, 325 W. Forsyth St., 798-8222 Askmeificare 10 p.m. Dec. 15. Live music every Fri. & Sat. TSI, 333 E. Bay St., 701-3576 Jasonplusone and The Katz Downstairz 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Valorie Miller 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Midnight Artist, Ritual Union, Foreign Trade and DJ Erin

Lee 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Fjord Explorer & Screamin’ Eagle every Troubadour Thursday ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.


MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 DJ BG Dec. 14. 7th Street Band Dec. 15. Live music Wed.-Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins every Thur. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Karaoke Dec. 12. DJ BG Dec. 13. Live music 9:30 p.m. Dec. 14 & 15. Deck music 5 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 4 p.m. every Sun.


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


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


AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with Diamond Dave every Wed. Live music every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Jazz 7-9 pm., Karaoke 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff Fri. & Sat. RACK EM UP, 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Ste. 205, 262-4030 Live music, DJs, Karaoke and open mic. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music 6-9 p.m. every Fri.


BLACK HORSE WINERY, 420 Kingsley Ave., 644-8480 Live music 6-9 p.m. every Fri., 2-6 p.m. every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PREVATT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 2620 Blanding Blvd., Middleburg, 282-1564 Live music every Fri. & Sat. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Live music every Thur.-Sat.


DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Lee Kelly Dec. 12. Damon Fowler Dec. 15. Local talent every Wed. Live music every Thur. Country music showcase every Fri. Blues jam every Sun.


ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Jennifer Coscia Dec. 12. Job Meiller Dec. 13. Bill & Dave Dec. 14. Clayton Bush Dec. 15. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 The Monster Fool 6 p.m. Dec. 15. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Tony Novelly every Mon. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 SoundStage on the upper deck every Sun.

SUN DOG BREWING CO., 822 A1A N., Ste. 105, 686-1852 Live music every Wed.-Sat.


HAPPY HOURS, 952 Lane Ave. N., 683-0065 Karaoke 4 p.m. every Sun. HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic 8 p.m. every Wed. INTUITION ALE WORKS, 720 King St., 683-7720 Real Job 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. You Knew Me When 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Live music every Taproom Tunesday KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor 9:30 p.m. every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. THE LOFT, 925 King St., DJs Wes Reed and Josh Kemp spin for PBR Party every Thur. METRO/RAINBOW ROOM PIANO BAR, 859 Willowbranch Ave., 388-8719 Karaoke Rob spins 10 p.m. Sun.-Wed. DJ Zeke Smith spins 10 p.m. Fri. DJ Michael Murphy spins 10 p.m. Sat. MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., 388-7807 Ryan Shelley Band 8 p.m. Dec. 14. So Intense 8 p.m. Dec. 15 RASCALS, 3960 Confederate Point Rd., 772-7335 Karaoke 8 p.m. every Thur.


A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Deron Baker Dec. 13. The Wobbly Toms Dec. 14 & 15. Live music every Thur.-Sat. ANCHOR BOUTIQUE, 210 St. George St., 808-7078 Ritual Union 7 p.m. Dec. 14 ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Open mic Dec. 11. Joe Cat 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Amy Vickery 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Folkin’ Up the ’80s 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Mojo Roux 7-11 p.m. Dec. 14. Jesse Cruce Duo 2-5 p.m., Mid-Life Crisis 7-11 p.m. Dec. 15. Vinny Jacobs 2-5 p.m. Dec. 16. Live music every Fri.-Sun. CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers 6-10 p.m. Dec. 14. Live music every Fri. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite, house band every Wed. Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler noon every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth 11 a.m.

every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Don David Trio Dec. 14 & 15. John Winters Dec. 16. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Aaron Esposito every Thur. Will Pearsall every Mon. MOJO BBQ OLD CITY, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264 7th Street Band 10 p.m. Dec. 14. John Emil & Grandpa’s Cough Medicine Dec. 15 NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., 547-2188 They Eat Their Own God, Conjure and The Resonants 9 p.m. Dec. 14. You’ll Live, The Caution Children, Nations and Four Word Letter 19 p.m. Dec. 18. Live music every Fri. PIZZALLEY’S CHIANTI ROOM, 60 Charlotte St., 825-4100 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar Band 4 p.m. every Mon. THE REEF, 4100 Coastal Hwy., 824-8008 The Mood 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Jeremy Austin 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Chase Rideman 9 p.m. Dec. 12. Humanzee 9 p.m. Dec. 13. Danka 9 p.m. Dec. 14. Ken McAnlis noon, Sentropolis 9 p.m. Dec. 15. Clayton Bush noon, Colton McKenna 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Karaoke 9 p.m. Dec. 17 THE STANDARD, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 342-2187 Antique Animals and Whetherman 8 p.m. Dec. 12. The Wobbly Toms CD release party 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Indie, dance & electro every Tue. Country every Thur. STOGIES JAZZ CLUB, 36 Charlotte St., 826-4008 The Mood 9 p.m. Dec. 14 TAPS BAR & GRILL, 2220 C.R. 210 W., 819-1554 Trevor Tanner Dec. 14. Live music every Fri. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar Band 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Sat. Bossa Nova with Monica da Silva and Chad Alger 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Those Guys Dec. 14 & 15. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth 1 p.m., Mark Hart 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin 1 p.m., Wade 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.


AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Piano bar with Kenyon Dye 5-9:30 p.m. every Sun. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat.


AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 The Monster Fool Dec. 14. Live jazz every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music every Thur. Will Hurley

every Fri. Bill Rice every Sat. BAHAMA BREEZE, 10205 River Coast Dr., 646-1031 Clarence Wears every Tue. Selwyn Toby every Wed. Barry O 4 p.m., Laree App 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Laree App 4 p.m., Selwyn Toby 8 p.m. every Fri. Barry O 4 p.m., Laree App 8 p.m. every Sat. Selwyn Toby 4 p.m., Laree App 7:30 p.m. every Sun. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 D-Lo Thompson Dec. 14. Live music 5-7 p.m. every Wed., 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally 7 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke every Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Kurt Lanham Dec. 12. Bread & Butter Dec. 14. Charlie Walker Dec. 15. Redbeard & Stinky E Dec. 19. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Open mic every Sun. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999 Pop Muzik 9 p.m. Dec. 14. Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music 10 p.m. 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. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 The Restless Kind Dec. 14. Cowford County Band Dec. 21. Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Wed.


ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart and Valorie Miller 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Jazz every second Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 3990609 MVP Band 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. American Top 40 every Fri. Salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Emily Kopp, Connor Zwetsch and Lauren Slyman 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Carey Murdock, Tony Crews & The Ghost Town Cowboys 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Bad Santa & the Angry Elves and DJ Sleigh 8 p.m. Dec. 18 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Patrick Evan & Bert Mingea or Mark O’Quinn every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin underground dance music for Are Friends Electric 9 p.m. every Wed. DJ Hal spins for Karaoke every Thur. Mitch Kuhman & Friends of Blake every other Fri. DJs Rogue & Mickey Shadow spin every Factory Sat.


BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic with The Foxes every Tue. & with George every Thur. Live music every Fri. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall every Fri. & Sat. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Aaron O’Rourke Trio 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Live music every Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Billy Buchanan Dec. 12. Doug Macrae Dec. 13. Kevin Ski Dec. 14. D-Lo Thompson Dec. 15. Live music every Thur.-Sat. LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 DJ Jeff Bell 7 p.m. Dec. 11. DJ Didactic 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Raydio Band 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Raydio Band 8:30 p.m., VJ Ginsu 11:30 p.m. Dec. 15. DJ Jeff Bell every Tue. VJ Ginsu every Sat.


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assafire singer Ted Bowne admits that when the band lost keyboardist Adam Willis in 2011, its members were left to wonder about its future. There were valid reasons for concern. While Bowne was and remains the main songwriter in the group, Willis had been a significant songwriting contributor as well before leaving because the grind of being on tour had made him unhappy. “If you read the liner notes of our earlier albums, Adam has written a lot of the songs that we still play a lot, that people request a lot,” he said. “We were kind of upset to lose that aspect of it, because we really did like taking his ideas and running with them and making them into what they are now.” Bringing in keyboardist Mike DeGuzman as Willis’ replacement before making the band’s fourth CD, “Start From Scratch” (released in 2011), Passafire found that DeGuzman added some beneficial abilities to the music, beginning with his style of keyboard playing. “Adam was more of a functional keyboard player. He learned to play keys through making beats and doing hip-hop,” Bowne said. “When he plays, he plays as if it’s inside a beat that he’s making, and he’s very structured, whereas Mike is sort of from the jam band background, and he can improvise and be very loose and groove, and it’s opened up a 2012 new kind of element of our sound. We’re really happy to have this new transition.” DeGuzman also fit seamlessly in the songwriting and arranging process. “As soon as we started writing new songs, it was really cool to see where he [DeGuzman] was coming from as a musician and to share ideas with him,” Bowne said. “He would come up with chord progressions and I would be, like, ‘Why didn’t I think of that? That’s great.’ He would write things that really already fit what I was thinking for this new album. I was just, like, ‘Wow, we’re really connecting on this.’ ” The debut of keyboardist DeGuzman on “Start From Scratch” is just one of several ways in which the CD marks a new beginning for the reggae-rooted rock band, which formed in Savannah, Ga., in 2003, when Bowne, Willis, bassist Ted Kubley and drummer Nick Kubley were attending the Savannah College of Art and Design.


After self-releasing its 2006 debut CD, Passafire was signed to Law Records, the label owned by the band Pepper, and released its next two CDs — “Submersible” in 2007 and “Everyone on Everynight” in 2009 — on that label. For “Start From Scratch,” though, the band started its own label, FlameGuy Records. Bowne emphasized that his band always enjoyed creative freedom on Law. It left the label on good terms and remains friends with the members of Pepper. The move was based purely on business. “We didn’t have control over the actual seeing where everything was going, seeing how many units were sold and how much was made in this month and all of that,” he said. “In that kind of situation, you don’t feel like you have complete control over your own product.” Another first for Passafire was to use a producer on “Start From Scratch.” After selfproducing its first three CDs, the band hired Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers with the hope that he would upgrade the sonic quality of its albums. That’s exactly what Leary did. “He [Leary] really just said, ‘Oh, you want that sound? OK, here’s how we do that,’ ” Bowne explained. “That was the coolest thing. At the end, you listen to it and it sounds exactly, for the most part, exactly how we wanted it to sound.” The reggae foundation of Passafire’s sound remains prominent on “Start From Scratch,” but Bowne said the group’s other influences are more present than ever on the latest CD. In addition to songs with a strong reggae sound (“Miss You” and the title track), the band shows off more of a hooky rock-pop sound on “Lorelie,” “Hard To Believe” and “Dimming Sky,” and lets some country/folk flavors come through on “Train Wreck” and “Epiphany.” Bowne likes how Passafire’s live show sounds these days. DeGuzman plays guitar as well as keyboard and can also play bass lines on keyboards, allowing others in the group to play additional instruments, such as banjo and acoustic guitar on a few songs. The bottom line is, Passafire now has more versatility live, and that, coupled with a deeper song catalog, has improved the group’s live shows. “There is a big library to choose from now, and it’s hard to fit all of that into an hour-anda-half. We do try to do a handful of new songs just so we can promote it. But people still want to hear their favorites, the ones that they consider the classics, the old ones,” Bowne said. “I think it’s best when I get to a show and I see a band play something from every album.”  Alan Sculley


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In “White Christmas,” a successful song-and-dance duo finds romance with a sister act and teams up to save a failing Vermont inn. Photo: Tiara Photography

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Rousing dance numbers, classic story charm audiences in ‘White Christmas’ WHITE CHRISTMAS 6 p.m. Dec. 11-24 with matinee performances on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday, Dec. 19. Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside Tickets range from $46-$53; nearly sold out. 641-1212,


hink back to the year 1944 when the United States was fighting Germany in World War II. The campground of the 151st Division in the U.S. Army is quiet, save for the sound of one music box and two harmonizing male voices softly singing the tune of “White Christmas.” This is how the family-friendly musical “White Christmas” opens, taking its cue from the 1954 musical film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Alhambra Theatre & Dining has presented a special Christmas performance for more than 20 years. The tradition of staging Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at Alhambra will continue in 2013, and the theater was nearly sold out as of last week for “White Christmas” through the last show on Dec. 24. This classic Christmas story focuses on two buddies who pursue careers in song and dance after getting out of the Army. The partners later meet up with two sisters who also have a song-and-dance act. They team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

From the comedic acting to the harmonic songs to the slow waltzes, the talent displayed in the cast is delightful. The musical features 20 songs and a mixture of swing and tap dance numbers. The colorful costumes are reminiscent of the 1940s and 50s, from the blue lace dresses worn during the “Sisters” scene to the long, red Christmas gowns worn at the end of the show, with some updated styles seen here and there. David Raimo plays crooner Captain Bob Wallace, whose character appears at first to be much more cynical than Crosby’s in the film, yet softens greatly toward the end. His smooth, rich voice would make Crosby proud in “Blue Skies” and “How Deep is the Ocean,” both written by composer Irving Berlin. Private Phil Davis, played by Ken Alan, is Wallace’s humorous, flirtatious friend and business partner, who tries to set him up with a girl because Davis believes that Wallace is too focused on work. Audiences will fall for Alan’s cheery disposition and notable dancing skills from the start. In the second act, Alan joins actress Erin Dowling and the chorus for a rousing tap dance number to “I Love a Piano.” The Haynes sisters, played by Dowling and Lindsay Luppino, add a romantic curve to the story. Luppino plays the older sister, Betty Haynes, who is the serious, logical one of the two. Her voice is much higher than that of Rosemary Clooney who played the role

originally. At first, Luppino’s voice doesn’t seem to fit the part, but she shines when singing the challenging solo “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me,” which ranges from low to high. With a cheeky grin, a good singing voice and great dancing skills, Dowling fits wonderfully into the role of Judy Haynes, the lighter, happier sister, whose character is essentially the female version of Davis’. The rest of the cast performs well, with Mark Poppleton playing the perfect version of the outwardly hard but inwardly soft Gen. Henry Waverly, while Lisa Valdini adds new flair to the general’s housekeeper and receptionist, Martha Watson. At least five more songs by Irving Berlin are in the musical that were not in the original film. The audience will enjoy the classics as well as the additional songs, including “Love and the Weather,” sung by Raimo and Luppino, comparing the unreliability of love to the unpredictable weather. “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” is a song about show business and stardom sung first by Valdini and later by Megan Sell, who plays the granddaughter of Gen. Waverly. The blend of falling snowflakes and audience participation during the final rendition of the song “White Christmas” leaves this romantic musical comedy glistening.  Cassidy Roddy DECEMBER 11-17, 2012 | | 35

Ebenezer Scrooge delivers his best “Bah, humbug!” in “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 21 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, in Downtown Jacksonville.

PERFORMANCE WHITE CHRISTMAS The musical is staged for evening and matinee performances through Dec. 24 (except Mondays) at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside. $46-$53. For available shows, call 641-1212. FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS This family-friendly musical is presented Dec. 11-Jan. 6 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. $10-$25. 825-1164. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY The musical revue is staged Dec. 13-15 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. $25. 396-4425. OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS The comedy is staged Dec. 13-15 at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. $20. 249-0289. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE The inspirational holiday story is presented Dec. 13-15 at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. $10-$20. 261-6749. A CHRISTMAS CAROL The tale of Christmases past, present and yet to come is adapted into a one-man performance by Jason Woods, Dec. 13-16 by A Classic Theatre at The Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. $20. 1-800-813-3208, 824-8874. THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre presents the family comedy Dec. 14-16 and 21-23 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. $15. 249-7177. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH The 5 & Dime promises explicit content and very loud rock ‘n’ roll in a staging of the rock musical Dec. 13-15 and 21 and 22 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. $10-$15. MS. SCROOGE The Christmas play by P.M. Clepper is staged 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Orange Park Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park. $7. 276-2599.

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THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS Director Ron Kurtz reads from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and actors perform a comedic interpretation of the classic carol “Good King Wenceslas,” Dec. 14-16 at Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St., Fernandina Beach. $10. 206-2607. RITZ CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION The seasonal event is held Dec. 15 at The Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Downtown. For details, call 632-5555. FIRST COAST NUTCRACKER The holiday ballet performance with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. 354-5547. THE NUTCRACKER The St. Augustine Ballet performs the holiday favorite at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. $15-$30. 824-1746. WINTER ACTING SHOWCASE A showcase featuring all ages of actors begins with young performers, then continues after a break with modern-day interpretations of the plays “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Julius Caesar,” among others, starting 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 965 Hubbard St., Downtown. 322-7672. A CHRISTMAS CAROL The heartwarming Charles Dickens’ story is performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $26.50-$46.50. 632-3373. CLASSIC CHRISTMAS DANCE Dance students of all ages perform electric rhythm, Flamenco de la Costa, Spectrum Dance Factory and more 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Boleros, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. 721-3399. A MARK TWAIN CHRISTMAS AND JOSEPH – THE HUSBAND OF MARY The plays are performed as Act I and Act II before Twain and Joseph banter with each other and invite questions from the audience in Act III, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22 and 2 p.m. Dec. 23 at The Pioneer Barn Theater at Fort Menendez, St. Augustine. $20. 824-8874.


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RUNAWAY AT CHRISTMAS Simply Church performs “Runaway at Christmas,” a modern play about the meaning and spirit of Christmas, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 23 at Simply Church, 3033 Monument Rd., Arlington. 233-0542.

CALLS & WORKSHOPS APP TALK The Art in Public Places (APP) Committee and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville hold a discussion to familiarize artists with the APP program and the request for proposal process for new mural projects in 2013. The first mural is scheduled to coincide with the One Spark Festival next spring. A question-and-answer period follows, 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown. Free. 366-6911. DANCE STUDIO OPEN HOUSE Dance Trance hosts a holiday open house with wine, chocolate, discounts and drawings for all-access passes, 5-8:45 p.m. Dec. 13 at 214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, 246-4600 and 5-8 p.m. Dec. 17 at 1515 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 390-0939. MYFOCUS: A COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO THE ART OF THE ’80S Members of Jacksonville’s creative community share stories of how they were inspired by influential artists of the 1980s, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown. 366-6911. PONTE VEDRA CLASSES, WORKSHOPS The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach offers art classes and workshops through Dec. 21 at 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra. 280-0614 ext. 204. VOICE ACTOR AUDITION An animation project needs voices for three recurring characters for a student production, on a voluntary basis, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Pablo Creek Branch Library, Community Room A, 13295 Beach Blvd., Southside. The voice actors sign a deferred payment contract in the event the project makes money. 742-7721. ARTS IN THE PARK Submissions are accepted for the 10th annual Arts in the Park through Dec. 28. The event is scheduled for April 27 at Johansen Park in Atlantic Beach. For information and applications, contact or artsjolynjohnson@ ART TRADING CARDS Local Artists Coming Together seeks original works of art set to the theme of “Self Portraits.” Fifty submissions will be selected to create the third series of collectible artist trading cards. The deadline is Dec. 31; no entry fee. Submit to lact@ FIGURE PORTRAIT SHOW CALL St. Augustine Art Association receives gesture drawings, academic figure studies, formal portraits, busts and people in groups represented in any style and material, noon-7 p.m. Jan. 2 and noon-4 p.m. Jan. 3 at the St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St. 824-2310. The exhibit is on display Jan. 4-27. AMELIA ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL The film festival accepts submissions for short and feature films through Jan. 3. The fee to enter is $25 for short, $35 for feature. The festival is scheduled for March 21-24. Details and entry forms are available at Submissions.html TRANSFORMATIONS IN HEALING CALL An art competition from Healogics, open to residents of Duval, Nassau, Clay, Baker and St. Johns counties, offers a $5,000 commission and an exhibit in the wound care business’s Jacksonville headquarters. As many as 10 finalists receive $500 each. Artists may submit more than one entry in all visual art media, except video and art forms requiring electricity, related to the theme of “Transformations in Healing.” The deadline is Jan. 4 for entries, and the art is displayed beginning Jan. 17. Guidelines and submission details at NASSAU ART AT THE CALLAHAN DEPOT The West Nassau Historical Society accepts entries from Nassau County artists in oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, pastels and drawing and print-making through Jan. 7. The show is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 26. 879-3406. DRAWING & PAINTING CLASSES Joan F. Tasca offers oil and acrylic painting classes 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 8-Feb. 12 and drawing classes 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 10-Feb. 14 at The Art Studio, 370 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine. Registration closes Jan. 3. 402-2292. HOTEL PONCE DE LEON EXHIBIT Flagler College is looking for original items and artifacts from

the Hotel Ponce de Leon to be displayed on the opening day of the college’s celebration, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Flagler College, 74 King St., St. Augustine. To offer an original piece from the Ponce for display, call 819-6205. BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES FOR ADULTS Adult classes are held 7-8 p.m. every Mon., beginning Jan. 14 at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. The fee is $264 for the first 16-week session. 228-9931. BALLROOM PROGRAM FOR KIDS Progressive ballroom classes for children are held 4-4:45 p.m. Mon. and Wed., beginning Jan. 14 at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. The fee is $100 per child for class held Jan. 14-May 14. 228-9931. WINTER TEEN ART CONTEST Local artists, 12-18 years old, may submit up to three pieces of visual art, including photography, mixed media and three-dimensional pieces in the Jacksonville Public Library Winter Teen Art Contest. The entries are judged on skill, originality and “wow” factor. Submissions accepted through Jan. 15, along with an entry form, at any Jacksonville library location. The winner receives a $30 gift certificate to Reddi Arts and a solo show in the Teen Department Gallery at the Main Library in March. 630-2665. CALL FOR ECOLOGY-THEMED ART Eco Arts announces its second annual ecology-themed competition with six creative categories. A cash prize pool of $12,500 is awarded. The deadline for entries is Jan. 15. (828) 575-3979. RACE JURIED SHOW PROMISE A juried art show, “Respecting Anybody’s Cultural OF BENEFIT Experience,” accepts entries through Jan. 17 in all media for art that best represents diversity in the world. Cost per entry is $25, limit three. The opening reception is held 5-7 p.m. Jan. 24 at The Art Center Studio Gallery, 229 N. Hogan St., Downtown. Application: JACKSONVILLE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL A call to artists for a juried, outdoor fine arts festival presented by Avondale Merchant’s Association and St. Vincent’s Healthcare continues through Jan. 19. The festival – which includes works in painting, hand-wrought fine jewelry, art, photography, ceramics and sculpture – is held April 20 and 21 at Boone Park in Avondale. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 322-7672. MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES Six-week art classes for adults and kids are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Murray Hill. Adult class fee is $80; $50 for kids. 677-2787. DRAMATIC ARTS AT THE BEACHES Classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels are held Mon.-Fri. at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Fees vary. 249-0289. JAZZ MUSICIANS The Jazzland Café seeks musicians who play piano, bass or drums, for a new ensemble being formed. For details, email DANCE CLASSES The Dance Shack offers classes for several styles for all ages and skill levels every Mon.-Fri., at 3837 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. 527-8694. K.A.R.M.A. CLASS A Kindling Auras & Radiating Musical Awareness group vocal session, focusing on mental clarity, visualization, harmonizing and blending, breath and energy control, is held 6-7 p.m. every Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., St. Nicholas. Registration is requested, but not required. 322-7672. JAX CONTRA DANCE A live band and caller lead a night of folk dancing, starting at 8 and 11 p.m. every third Fri. of the month at Riverside Avenue Christian Church, 2841 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $7. 396-1997.



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THE LISA KELLY QUARTET The quartet performs jazz and holiday classics 8 p.m.midnight Dec. 21 at Casa Monica Hotel, 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine. 810-6810. JAZZ IN ARLINGTON Jazzland features live music 6-9 p.m. every Tue. and 8 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington. 240-1009. DINO SALIBA Tonino’s Trattoria hosts saxophonist Saliba 6 p.m. every Sat. at 7001 Merrill Rd., Arlington. 743-3848. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured 9:30 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Riverside. 388-9551. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio plays 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. 262-0006.

ART WALKS, MARKETS, FESTIVALS OLD TOWN ART & CRAFT SHOW More than 100 artists and artisans showcase paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, fiber art, glasswork, mixed media and woodwork, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 29 and 30 at Francis Field, 25 Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. Free. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Jacksonville Ballet Theatre, Punch Buggies, Spiral Bound and West Jax Jazz Ensemble perform for the final RAM of the year. The Arts Market is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 15 beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue. Also featured are local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market. 554-6865, 389-2449. MID-WEEK MARKET Arts & crafts, local produce and live music are featured 3-6 p.m. every Wed. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach. 247-5800. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Fri. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown. 353-1188. NORTH BEACH ARTS MARKET Arts & crafts, produce, community services and kids’ activities are featured 3-7 p.m. every Sat. at North Beach Park, 3721 Coastal Highway A1A, Vilano Beach (where the wooden walkover crosses A1A). 910-8386. ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET Local produce, arts and crafts are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland. 347-8900.


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MUSEUMS AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. The children’s exhibit, “Discovery Ship,” allows kids to pilot the ship, hoist flags and learn about the history of Fernandina’s harbor. Free. CAMP BLANDING MUSEUM 5629 S.R. 16 W., Camp Blanding, Starke, 682-3196. Artwork, weapons, uniforms and other artifacts from the activities of Camp Blanding during World War II are displayed along with outdoor displays of vehicles from WWII, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Free. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-6857. “Cultural Fusion,” an exhibit of archival material about two vital community leaders, Eartha White and Ninah Cummer, continues through April 14. “Histories in Africa,” an exhibit featuring 20 years of photography by Elizabeth Gilbert, is shown through Dec. 30. “A Life in Vibrant Color,” an exhibit of works by painter Lois Mailou Jones, runs through Jan. 4. “Feast of Flowers,” Jim Draper’s newest series, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida, opens Dec. 18 and continues through April 7; a reception is held 4-8 p.m. Jan. 15. FLAGLER COLLEGE’S CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The opening reception for the exhibit “Hotel Ponce De Leon: 125 Years,” celebrating the history of the hotel, is held 5-9 p.m. Jan. 11. The exhibit is on display through Feb. 22. JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Downtown, 355-1101. The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats, various nautical-themed art, books, documents and artifacts. JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY’S ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM & GALLERY 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 256-7371. JU’s Biannual Faculty Exhibition opens with a reception held 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17. The exhibit runs through Feb. 6. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992. “The Adams Family” exhibit, featuring original letters pertaining to John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Samuel Adams, runs through Dec. 29. Prints, etchings and oils from the Avonlea Antique Mall are on display through Jan. 2. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. THE MUSEUM 4160 Boulevard Center, Jacksonville, 469-1877. The “Games, Art and Music Charity Show,” an exhibit of local artists celebrating video-game culture and its effect on society, is held 6 p.m. Dec. 14. An auction benefits Child’s Play, a charity focused on using the generosity of those in the video-game industry to improve the lives of children in hospitals. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 366-6911. Ian Bogost’s Project

Atrium installation continues through March 10. “ReFocus: Art of the 1980s,” an exhibit highlighting major figures of contemporary art of the decade continues through Jan. 6. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555. An exhibit celebrating local African-American athletes and sports figures, “More Than a Game: African-American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” is currently on display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.

GALLERIES 233 WEST KING 233 W. King St., St. Augustine, 217-7470. Shows change monthly and the gallery remains open late for First Friday Art Walks. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 355-1757. The TAC members show, “4 Elements,” focusing on earth, wind, fire and water, runs through Dec. 13. THE ART INSTITUTE OF JACKSONVILLE 8775 Baypine Rd., Baymeadows, 486-3000. The AI Portfolio Show, an exhibit of the graduates’ work, is on display 5-8 p.m. Dec. 13. The Art Institute is a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design. AVONDALE ARTWORKS GALLERY 3562 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 384-8797. Peter Max unveils his new Masters series of interpretive works of Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Renoir and Degas done in his signature style and colors, in exhibit previews beginning Jan. 12. Max appears 6-9 p.m. Jan. 19 and 1-4 p.m. Jan. 20. Reservations required; call 384-8797. BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS 869 Stockton St., Ste. 1, Riverside, 855-1181. “Chasing Nostalgia/Subconscious Assimilations,” an exhibit of works by Edison William, continues through Jan. 13. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. The exhibit “Small Objects” continues through Dec. 29. CYPRESS VILLAGE ART LEAGUE 4600 Middleton Park Circle, Southside, 223-6100. “Angels Unaware,” an exhibit of art by Cypress Village retirement community members and guest artist Annabelle Usher, continues through Jan. 4. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The exhibit “Tropical Expressions” continues through Jan. 3. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Southside, 425-2845. “PROOF: Contemporary Prints,” an exhibit of collectible works, opens with a reception held 7-9 p.m. Dec. 12; the exhibit continues through Jan. 21. HASKELL GALLERY Jax International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Rd., Northside,

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“Guardian Angel” (pictured), a piece by Bulgarian artist Nina Flores, is among the works in her exhibit, “Sacred Icons,” on display through Dec. 30 as a special seasonal exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association. 741-3546. Works by Grant Ward are displayed in Connector Bridge cases, an exhibit of works by Robin Shepherd is in Haskell Gallery, and an exhibit of works by Jason John is in Concourse A & C display cases (after security), all through Jan. 9. The Sky Gallery exhibit, highlighting Historic Riverside Avondale, runs through December. ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. “Outside the Box,” an exhibit featuring artist Paula Herman, continues through December. JACK MITCHELL GALLERY Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. An exhibit of Lois Greenfield’s work is on display Feb. 11-April 6. JUICE, A JEN JONES GALLERY 1 Independent Drive, Wells Fargo Center, Downtown. Live jazz, a historic filmography and photography presentation, and paintings and sculptures are featured. LEE ADAMS FLORIDA ARTISTS GALLERY Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. An exhibit of Ellen Diamond’s work is on display Jan. 28-April 6. LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES 4615 Philips Highway, Southside, 730-8235. The photography and mixed-media exhibit, “America: Visions of My New Country,” works by children attending the Summertime Express youth refugee camp, is displayed year-round in the main lobby. METACUSP STUDIOS GALLERY 2650 Rosselle St., Riverside, (813) 223-6190. The exhibit “Two Fingered Turkeys” is on display through Jan. 16. PALENCIA FINE ARTS ACADEMY 701 Market St., Ste. 107A, St. Augustine, 819-1584. The academy, a gallery and educational institution, showcases students’ creative process, as well as exhibits. Stacie Hernandez’s works are on display. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Admin. Bldg., 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 808-7330. An exhibit of Ann McGlade’s oil paintings runs through Dec. 28. SEVENTH STREET GALLERY 14 S. Seventh St., Fernandina Beach, 432-8330. “Fusion,” an exhibit of works by photographer Ann Kemp and fused glass

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artist Denise Murphy, continues through December. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Downtown, 292-9303. This working studio and gallery space features the work of Doug Eng, Joyce Gabiou, Bill Yates, Robert Leedy, Terese Muller, Mary St. Germain and Tony Wood. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Downtown, 553-6361. The gallery features works by 29 local artists in various media. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. “The Meanies,” an exhibit of art by Jordie Hudson, continues through Jan. 25. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. “Viva Florida,” an exhibit of works by Kristin Hosbein, is on display through Dec. 30. “Sacred Icons,” an exhibit by Bulgarian artist Nina Flores, and an exhibit of sculptures by Linda Bobinger, are also displayed. The gallery’s permanent collection features 16th-century artifacts detailing Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 burning of St. Augustine. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA 1 UNF Dr., Southside, 620-1000. Selections from the Wells Fargo donation exhibit are on display through Dec. 14 in the UNF Gallery of Art in Building 2. VANDROFF ART GALLERY Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 730-2100. An exhibit of art by Daniel Wynn continues through Dec. 26. WHITE PEONY 216 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 819-9770. This gallery boutique features a variety of handcrafted jewelry, wearable art and recycled/upcycled items. WORLEY FAVER GALLERY 11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 304-2310. This artist-owned studio exhibits pottery and works by Dena and Worley Faver.  For a complete list of galleries, log on to To list your event, send info – time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print – to David Johnson, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email Deadline is 4 p.m. Tue.


HANUKKAH CELEBRATION The Jewish Community Alliance celebrates 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11 at 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Games, crafts and entertainment are featured. The Chanukiyah Lighting is 5:45 p.m. 730-2100. COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES The Community Lecture Series concludes with assistant professor Wesley King 10 a.m. Dec. 11 in Flagler College’s Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine. King discusses “Mark Twain’s ‘Gilded Age’ and the Lure of the West.” Tickets are $5. For reservations, call 819-6282. MAYOR’S ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS The 21st annual Mayor’s Environmental Awards, honoring companies, groups and individuals who’ve made positive impacts on Northeast Florida’s environment, are held noon Dec. 13 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. Tickets are $25. 630-3690. A NIGHT OUT ON THE COAST Coastal Ocean Association of Science & Technology (a nonprofit dedicated to the stewardship of our coastlines, oceans and estuaries through education, research and technologies) holds its inaugural benefit 6-9 p.m. Dec. 14 at Atlantic Theaters, 751 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. An eco fashion show of sustainable clothing from Jaffi’s, KYDS, Aqua East, Guy Harvey and Sunrise, live music, conservation films, a “baskets” silent auction and a video presentation of COAST’s projects are featured. A children’s theater production, “Woodrum the Woodstork: Prince of Tides,” written, directed and starring John November, is presented. General admission (includes dinner from Sliders and dessert from Alley Cakes) is a $10 donation; $5 for students; ages 10 and younger are admitted free. Proceeds benefit the expansion of COAST Marine Science education programs to more local schools. 525-3042. ZOOLIGHTS The inaugural ZOOlights is held 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thur. and 6:30-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Dec. 14-31 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. Thousands of LED lights transform the Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Santa drops in Dec. 14-24 and Mrs. Claus offers storytime every Sun. Snow falls nightly at 8 p.m. Sing-alongs, dance performances, train rides, reindeer games, a bounce house, a giant slide and children’s activities are also featured; check for schedule and other activities. Admission is $7 for members, $9 for non-members. 757-4463. HOLIDAY ON THE RIVER The dance and concert series at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, continues with Palm Avenue Band & Chorus, Baymeadows Christian Academy Choir on Dec. 11, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Chorus, J. Allen Ayson Elementary School Chorus, Fletcher Dance, San Jose Catholic School Show Kids, Arlington Middle School Team Up Dec. 12, Lee High School Chorus & Guitar Ensemble Dec. 13, Fruit Cove Middle School Chorus, Jax Heights Elementary School Chorus, Dance Express, Church of Pentecost Mass Choir, Camps United Dec. 14, Nancy Dance Studio, Showtime USA, Pine Forest Dance, Dynamics Dance, Jax Ballet Theatre, Nashville Vocal Coach, Polly B. Dance, Uncle Kenny, Templo De Albanza Dec. 15, The Crue, Tribe of Judah, The Jacksonville Mass Choir and Worship Without Wordz on Dec. 16, All Night Yahtzee, Gardenview Baptist Church Dec. 17 and Ballet Arts Center, Gymnastics Unlimited Dec. 18. The tree light shows run through New Year’s Eve. Free. Sun.Thur. 6-9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 6 p.m.-mid. YAPPY HOUR This fourth annual Yappy Hour Christmas “Paw”ty is held 2-5 p.m. Dec. 16 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Jacksonville. Free dog photos with Santa, holiday drink specials and a pet food drive are featured. The George Aspinall Band performs. 353-1188. GINGERBREAD HOUSES The 11th annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza is on display 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 22, Mon.-Sat., at Jacksonville Historical Society, Old St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 317 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. The 30-plus houses are created by local chefs, architects, culinary students, engineers and civic organizations. Proceeds benefit the Society. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 3-16; free for kids under 2. The Victorian Merrill Museum House is open from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for tours. 665-0064. COSMIC CONCERTS Laser Holiday 7 p.m., Laseropolis 9 p.m. and Laser Mania 10 p.m. Dec. 14 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Cir., Southbank. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062.


FREETHOUGHT SOCIETY The group gathers 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 17 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Arlington. The

John November as Woodrum the Woodstork (from left), Eva Sonnenberg as Spartina Cordgrass and Brian Sharpe as Fiddle the Fiddler Crab perform for A Night Out on the Coast, a benefit for COAST marine science education programs, Dec. 14 at Atlantic Theatres in Atlantic Beach. Photo Credit: Liz Sharpe ninth annual “Human Light Celebration” is featured. Bring a covered dish. 419-8826. SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Paige Calvert and Elton Rivas, of Co-Work Jax, are the featured speakers 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20. 396-5559.


KAT KERR Author Kerr gives a lecture and signs copies of new book, “Heaven’s Timeline,” 7-9 p.m. Dec. 11 and 13 at Limits Off Ministries, 12187 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 527-1943. CLAY COUNTY WRITERS’ GROUP The group meets 6:15-8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Orange Park Public Library, 2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park. Free. 278-4750.


SHAUN JONES The Extreme Hypnotic Holiday Show with Rich Guzzi is held 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Shaun Jones appears 8 p.m. Dec. 12, 13 and 14 and at 8 and 10 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $10 and $12. 292-4242.

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MAD COWFORD IMPROV The local comedy troupe performs a special holiday show along with Dance Salsa Jax 8:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. Admission is $5. 860-5451. THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE Brian Foley hosts various comedians 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. SQUARE ONE STANDUP Moses West and Herman Nazworth host standup and spoken word 9 p.m. every Tue. at Square One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. 306-9004.


BUNNICULA Jan. 17, The Florida Theatre ANNUAL ML KING BREAKFAST Jan. 18, Prime Osborn Center JERRY SEINFELD Jan. 18, T-U Center JOHN EDWARD Feb. 1, The Florida Theatre STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE AND THE DOODLEBOPS Feb. 7, The Florida Theatre


GUIDED TRAIL WALK A guided walk is held 9-10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 in Flagler County’s River to Sea Preserve. Meet in the Preserve parking lot, at the south end of the town of Marineland. RSVP at or call 823-4500. FUN RUN/WALK REGISTRATION Registration is open for a Fun Run/Walk held Jan. 19 at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, St. Johns. Registration is $15 for ages 13 and older. This is a benefit fundraiser for the restoration of the interior of the turn-of-the-century house located on the park property. To register, go to MONTHLY MARINELAND LECTURE GTM Research Reserve Public Information Specialist Emily Jane Murray discusses “Living off the Water: The Timucua and Estuarine Resources” 10-11 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Reserve’s Marineland Field Office, west side of A1A at Ocean Shore Blvd., south end of Town of Marineland. Murray tells how these Native Americans, in Northeast Florida when the Spanish arrived, used the estuaries as a food and raw material source. RSVP by going to or call 823-4500. JAGUARS VS. JETS The Jacksonville Jaguars close out their home games when they take on the New England Patriots 1 p.m. Dec. 23 at EverBank Field, One EverBank Place, Downtown. Single-game

tickets for home games start at $45. 633-2000.


J.P. HALL CHARITIES CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY The 31st annual children’s event is held 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 15 at Clay County Fairgrounds, 2497 S.R. 16 W., Green Cove Springs. Open to any Clay County kids up to 14 years old, the party features new toys, food and entertainment. 284-7398. JACKSONVILLE SUNS HOLIDAY BASEBALL CAMP The camp, open to kids ages 7-12, is held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 17, 18 and 19 at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Kids learn basics from the pros and play afternoon games. Two-day camp fee is $85, which includes lunch on both days, a collectable camp ball cap and tickets to a Suns game. All three days camp fee is $125. 358-2846 ext. 128. MOSH WINTER CAMP CHILL OUT Camps for kids in grades K-5 feature Green Planet on Dec. 20, Santa’s Toy Shop Dec. 21, Winterland Wonders Dec. 26 and Lego Robots Dec. 27 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Cost is $40 per day, for members, $55 for nonmembers. Extended care is available. A New Year’s Celebration is held Dec. 28. For details, call 396-6674 ext. 226. WINTERFEST 2012 The annual event features an Alpine snow village, outdoor ice-skating rink, a 130-foot ice slide, visits from Santa, cookie decorating, carnival and crafts, Santa’s workshop (and photo op), ornament decorating, s’more roasting, reindeer games, teddy bear factory and a nightly snowfall through Jan. 13. 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Proceeds benefit Seamark Ranch. Pricing by attraction; call for details. 246-4386.


PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION A free presentation about logical fallacies is held 7-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Rd., Mandarin. RSVP at 262-5124. RIGHT TREE, RIGHT PLACE This workshop on landscape codes and selecting planting sites is held 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville. Extension agents, arborists and Jacksonville Code Enforcement personnel are the featured speakers. Fee is $10. To register, go to NORTH FLORIDA LAND TRUST OPEN HOUSE NFLT holds a Holiday Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Big Talbot House, 12134 Houston Ave., Jacksonville, to

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celebrate the fi rst anniversary of the acquisition of NFLT Talbot House and other properties on Big Talbot Island. Bring fishing poles, kayaks and bicycles to ride five miles of new trails. 285-7020. THE CHEERLEADER IN YOU Former Jaguars cheerleader Michele Brown discusses how positivity impacts the quality of women’s lives 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 15 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 1 UNF Drive, Southside. Register at STOCKING STUFFER SIDEWALK SALE This fundraiser is held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Free Starbucks coffee with each purchase. For details, call 396-6674 ext. 226. HISPANIC HERITAGE CHRISTMAS PARTY The Hispanic Heritage Council of St. Johns County hosts this fourth annual party 6 p.m. Dec. 16 in Columbia Restaurant, 98 St. George St., St. Augustine. PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA The ultimate indulgence for pet owners is offered 3-6 p.m. Dec. 16 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Courtyard, St. Johns Town Center, 4663 River City Drive, Southside. Photo prices vary; see Santa Set for more details. AUDUBON POTLUCK DINNER “Birds of a Feather” potluck dinner and photo-sharing event is held 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church, 1620 Naldo Ave., San Marco. Have you photographed some interesting birds this year? Bring a dish to share and favorite birding photos. These can be printed photographs in albums or digital. If bringing digital, please use a jump drive. 403-7134. COMMUNITY HOLIDAY PARTY Springfield Improvement Association holds this party and open house 6-9 p.m. Dec. 18 at its offices, 210 W. Seventh St., Springfield. Food, drinks and dessert are featured. 633-9308. HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS Community Hospice bereavement specialists lead free discussions on coping with grief at its centers in Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach. For schedules, call 407-6500. For reservations, call 407-7001.


JAX BEACH LIFEGUARDS The American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps holds its winter class orientation 9 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Station, at the foot of Beach Boulevard at the ocean, Jax Beach. The ARC Corps features free lifesaving course, free American Red Cross certifications, a competition team and summer employment opportunities with Jax Beach Ocean Rescue. For details, call 249-9141. COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS Six-week martial arts classes for men and women are offered 7-8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4083 Sunbeam Road, Southside. The fee is $40 a month, which includes access to fitness center. 343-6298. YOUNG SURVIVORS Young Survivors Group (those diagnosed with cancer at a young age) meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Mon. each month at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord Ave. 722-3000 ext. 224 or email FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. of the month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Bring a mat. 287-0452. MARINE VETERANS GROUP

Santa poses with pets Dec. 16 in Dick’s Sporting Goods Courtyard at St. Johns Town Center. The Oldest City Detachment 383 gathers 7 p.m. the first Tue. of each month at Elks Lodge 829, 1420 A1A S., St. Augustine. The organization supports Toys For Tots, Canes for Veterans and other community programs. 461-0139. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA The Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers 7 p.m. the first Wed. of every month at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Southside. 419-8821. NAMI SUPPORT GROUP National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside. Admission is free. 389-5556. NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A) Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held 6:30 p.m. every Wed. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Westside. 404-6044. Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683., NAR-A-NON This group meets 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168. DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE The group meets 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Downtown. 322-4040.  To be listed here, email time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to events@ or click the link in our Happenings section at

Jacksonville Suns manager Andy Barkett and former Suns manager John Shoemaker open a holiday baseball camp Dec. 17-19 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The camp is open to children ages 7-12.

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BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks Harbor Marina. Daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ DAVID’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE The brand-new fine dining restaurant offers Dover sole, Maine lobster, steaks and seafood, served in an upscale atmosphere by an attentive waitstaff. FB. D, nightly. 802 Ash St. 310-6049. $$$$ 8TH STREET DINER F Familiar diner fare and specialties, including Italian Wedding Soup, teriyaki chicken wrap and The Best BLT. CM, D. 17 S. Eighth St. 491-0330. $$ FLORIDA HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT Southern-style fare features fried chicken, shrimp ’n’ grits, burgers and salads, served in this 1850s house in the historic district. CM. FB. L, Thur.-Sun. 22 S. Third St. 491-7251. $$ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza and shrimp feast. Bread is baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL Owner Jon Walker F Owners John and Bretta Walker offer sports bar fare including onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. Plenty of TVs show nearly every sport imaginable. BW. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 320 S. Eighth St. 321-0303. $ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ F Favorite items include a pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a casual, laidback atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F The casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, and hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Teppanyaki masters create your meal. 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S at the THOMPSON HOUSE F Innovative lunch menu offers po’boys, seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood. Nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., Br. Sun. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, offering specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drive-thru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $

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THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery and juice bar offers an extensive menu offers vegetarian, vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken, fresh organic produce. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 TJ Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PLAE *Bite Club Certified! The cozy venue offers an innovative, PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax ’12 winner. Elegant dining features a menu offering local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ THE SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL Chef T.J. Pelletier F The cozy new spot offers waterfront views. Local seafood and produce create signature dishes, like broiled oysters and oyster po’boys. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12 N. Front St. 277-3811. $$-$$$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on the large oceanview deck. Fresh fish, shrimp, steaks and nightly specials. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES F Tasty’s offers burgers (Angus beef, turkey or veggie) and fries (like cheese fries, sweet potato fries), along with dogs, shakes, floats and soup. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, BW. 710 Centre St. 321-0409. $ TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK F The casual seafood place features local wild-caught shrimp, fish and oysters, along with blackboard specials. L & D, daily. CM, BW. 21 N. Third St. 310-6550. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The favorite local spot serves 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. $$


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


BAGEL LOVE F This spot serves breakfast and lunch sandwiches, wraps, salads, gluten-free baked goods, freshsqueezed orange juice. CM. B & L, daily. 4114 Herschel St., Ste. 121. 634-7253. $ BISCOTTIS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, espresso, cappuccino. Daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR F Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Half-portions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna

The Casbah serves classic Middle Eastern favorites like hummus, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, falafel and hookahs in a variety of flavors on St. Johns Avenue in Avondale. Photo: Walter Coker tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ THE CASBAH CAFE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Authentic Middle Eastern dishes – ryders, a variety of pita choices and wraps – are served in a friendly atmosphere. Hookahs available. BW. L & D, daily. 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ 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. $$$ THE FOX RESTAURANT F A local landmark 50+ years. Ian & Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ GREEN MAN GOURMET F Organic and natural products, spices, teas, salts, BW. Open daily. 3543 St. Johns Ave. 384-0002. $ MOJO NO. 4 F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 3572 St. Johns Ave. 381-6670. $$ ORSAY Best of Jax 2012 winner. The French/American bistro focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Mon.-Sat.; Brunch & D, Sun. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ SAKE HOUSE #5 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR New at Shoppes of Avondale. See Riverside. Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 3620 St. Johns Ave. 388-5688. $$ TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$


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

Mon.-Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE *Bite Club Certified! F The Lebanese restaurant offers authentic cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE *Bite Club Certified! Center-cut beef, seafood, sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. Signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Orange Park. 8380 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4. 733-0588. $ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a contemporary atmosphere. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. L & D, daily. 8133 Point Meadows Dr. 519-0509. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $


(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. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Al’s has been serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones, salads and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Subs are made-to-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BAGEL WORLD F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This cozy little place offers a breakfast special (eggs, ham and cheese) and a variety of cream cheeses, coffees and juices. B & L, daily. 2202 S. Third St. 246-9988. $ THE BEACH RESTAURANT F Shrimp, fresh fish, chicken, burgers, burritos, Chicago-style pizza are served at this new oceanfront place. L & D, daily. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ BEACHES WINGS & GRILL F New casual sportsbar serves wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps. Kids eat free Mon. FB, CM. L & D daily. 311 N. Third St., Ste. 107. 853-5004. $$ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets, Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$

BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s Bongiorno clan imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheesesteak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers, dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes, barbecue. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. $ BREEZY COFFEE SHOP CAFE F Local coffee shop café has fresh, locally roasted Costa Rican organic coffee, espresso, and freshly-baked-in-house muffins, breads, scones and cakes. Breakfast, lunch and vegan options available. CM. B, L, Br., daily. 235 Eighth Ave. S. 241-2211. $ BUDDHA THAI BISTRO Owner/Chef Guy Boonsanong F Buddha Thai Bistro serves an authentic Thai menu offering dishes made with fresh ingredients, using tried-and-true recipes. Curries, kra pow, prix pow and Kalua ribs. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$ BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The Gallery’s kid sister is mostly take-out; same great chow, fast service. 1333 N. Third St. 242-8226. $ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Springfield. 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. $ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas and killer cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB *Bite Club Certified! Four sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, with faves Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ 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. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F Gastropub fare includes soups, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches, like BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Innovative craft beers made onsite. Daily specials. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun.; D, nightly. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET CAFE F See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ EVA’S GRILL & BAR Locally owned eatery Eva’s serves a varied menu of Greek, Italian, French, Cajun/Creole and Old Southern-style cuisine, made from all original, classic recipes. CM. FB. L & D, Tue.-Fri.; D, Sat. 610 S. Third St. 372-9484. $$ THE FISH COMPANY *Bite Club Certified! F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets and grilled tuna and there’s an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Call for hours and menu. D, Thur.-Sat.; L, Sat.; Br., Sun. 177 Sailfish Dr. E., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293. $$ HOT DOG HUT F All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 S. Third St. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB Full-service restaurant offers corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips. 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MAMBO’S CUBAN CAFE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Authentic Cuban cuisine, including ropa vieja, picadillo and lechon asada … and mojitos. FB, CM, TO. L & D, daily. 311 N. Third St., Ste. 103. 853-6360. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS *Bite Club Certified! F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Southside. 1080 Third St. N. 241-5600. $ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 1534 Third St. N. 853-6817. $$ MEZZA LUNA F A Beaches tradition for 20-plus years. Gourmet wood-fired pizzas to contemporary American cuisine. Inside or patio dining. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar, like pulled pork, Texas brisket, slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25-plus years, Monkey’s Uncle has been serving locals and visitors pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NEW SIAM THAI & WINE This new restaurant serves authentic Thai fare, including pad Thai, prog pow and ram Thai delight, along with an extensive wine selection. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, daily. 798 S. Third St. 372-4328. $$ NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE Best of Jax 2012 winner. Chef O’s cuisine features local fare and innovative dishes, served in

an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the waterfront tiki deck. FB, CM. L & D, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 2309 Beach Blvd. 247-3300. $$ NORTH BEACH BISTRO *Bite Club Certified! Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN GRILLE New Ocean Grille serves contemporary fare with a spectacular oceanfront view. The menu features fresh local seafood, farm-raised certified Angus beef, pastas, sushi and seasonal dishes. Dine indoors, out on the patio or in the first floor lounge. International artisan wines, craft beers. FB. D, Br., Tue.-Sun. 333 N. First St. 849-5555. $$$ OCEAN 60 Best of Jax 2012 winner. A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ POE’S TAVERN F American gastropub offers 50-plus beers, craft and local/regional selections. Gourmet burgers, handcut fries, fish tacos, quesadillas, Edgar’s Drunken Chili, daily fish sandwich special. L & D, daily. FB, CM. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ ROYAL PALM VILLAGE WINE & TAPAS F Locally owned and operated. Creative tapas selections: warm prosciutto dates, balsamic glaze; pork & black bean empanadas, salsa fresco. 200+ wines, 15 rotating draft microbrew beers. D, Mon.-Sat. 296 Royal Palms Dr., Atlantic Beach. 372-0052. $-$$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Specialty menu items include signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos, local fried shrimp. Casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 N. Third St. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas, wings, steak, prime rib and surf n turf. L & D, daily. FB. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Riverside. 645 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0906. $ SUN DELI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Classic deli fare and a build-your-own menu: corned beef, salami, pastrami, turkey and liverwurst, and signature creations like the Radical Side. 1101 S. Third St. Mon.-Sat. 270-1040. $ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This innovative casual place has moved down the street to the former Homestead site – but it’s still serving fresh, Bajastyle Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, plus fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp, and tacos: royale, brisket and verde chicken. Valet parking. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1712 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapasstyle menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.-Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$


(Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) BENNY’S STEAK & SEAFOOD Continental cuisine features fresh fish, lobster, crab, chops, Midwestern beef. Signature dishes include chef’s tuna, Benny’s crab cake, rack of lamb. Dine inside or on the riverview patio. CM, FB. L & D daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 175. 301-1014. $$$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX Located on the first floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos and homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ CASA DORA ITALIAN RESTAURANT F For 36 years, owner Freddy Ghobod and Chef Sam Hamidi have served genuine Italian fare: veal, ribeye steaks, seafood, pizza, sandwiches. Homemade-style salad dressing is a specialty. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; D, Sat. 108 E. Forsyth St. 356-8282. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE This casual spot serves an authentic Caribbean lunch buffet as well as a variety of favorite dishes inspired by the Islands. Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $$ FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Best of Jax 2012 winner. Casual dining with an uptown Irish flair. Fish & chips, Guinness beef stew, black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176. 374-1247. $$ INDOCHINE Best of Jax 2012 winner. Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-

operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ KOJA SUSHI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION This place features brick-ovenbaked pizzas, grinders, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, custom sandwiches and fries served in a laid-back setting. FB, 27 beers on draft. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 119 E. Bay St. 860-5451. $ OLIO MARKET F Fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, entrées. In Churchwell Lofts building, Olio partners eclectic tastes with Old World ambiance in a casual renovated space. L, Mon.-Fri.; late Art Walk. 301 E. Bay St. 356-7100. $$ SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ TRELLISES HYATT REGENCY American cuisine includes a breakfast buffet, made-to-order omelet station, a la carte items. Signature entrees: grouper salad, Angus burgers, Reubens, French onion grilled cheese, seafood, steaks. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 225 East Coast Line Dr. 634-4540. $$$ ZODIAC GRILL F This spot serves busy Downtowners a variety of Mediterranean cuisine choices and American favorites, as well as a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, Mon.Fri. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $



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

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AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ AROY THAI FUSION Owner/Chef Vithoon Khamchareon The new restaurant offers a menu of authentic Thai cuisine, including pad Thai, Thai fried rice and a variety of traditional curry dishes. Daily happy hour, FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40. 374-0161. $$ BIG DAWG’S SPORTS RESTAURANT F The family-friendly casual sports place has wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and specialty salads. Kids get a Puppy Chow menu. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12630 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 551-3059. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Authentic New Yorkstyle pizza, Italian pastas, desserts; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CASTILLO DE MEXICO F The authentic, extensive menu includes a weekday lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, Kernan Square. 998-7006. $$ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ EL RANCHITO F Latin American cuisine includes dishes from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. BW, CM, TO. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 22. 992-4607. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. Buffet features familiar faves. B, L & D, daily. 14035 Beach Blvd. 992-9294. $ iPHO This new, family-owned spot offers curry dishes, noodle bowls and rare beef salad. Everything’s homemade-style. L & D, Thur.-Tue. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1. 330-0309. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE European cuisine: lamb, beef, chicken dishes, pizza, wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Family-ownedand-operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ SHANE’S RIB SHACK Shane’s serves Southern barbecue: ribs, chopped pork, beef brisket, chicken tenders – all made fresh daily. Sides, too. CM. L & D, daily. 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1. 992-0130. $$ THAI ORCHID Authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, curry dishes and rice dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 683-1286. $$

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NAME: Amber Locke RESTAURANT: The Fox Restaurant, 3580 St. Johns Ave., Avondale BIRTHPLACE: Atlanta


FAVORITE RESTAURANT (besides mine): Chomp Chomp, East Adams Street, Downtown FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Southern FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Fresh local produce IDEAL MEAL: A nice steak and veggies WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: I’ll try anything. MOST MEMORABLE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE & CELEBRITY SIGHTING: Rudy Giuliani, Cindy McCain and the Secret Service stopping by for breakfast in 2008. INSIDER’S SECRET: Keep cool no matter how crazy things get. CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Mac’n’cheese TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$


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


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ ANATOLIA GRILL & BAR F This Turkish restaurant serves authentic Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, including flatbread items, calzones, pasta dishes, shishkabobs, seafood, wraps and salads. Musakka, falafel and lamb shank are house specialties. BW. CM. L & D, daily. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 329-1336. $$ AW SHUCKS The seafood place offers an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings, pasta. Faves: ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ 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. $$ BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE F Authentic Brazilian dishes include steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers and hot sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. Traditional feijoada (black beans and pork stew with rice, collards, orange salad and toasted yucca flour with bacon) is served every Sat. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20. 880-3313. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New York-style pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd., 880-0020. $ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creekview glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Family-owned, Enza’s offers fine Italian dining, featuring veal and seafood dishes. Daily specials. FB, CM, TO. D, Tue.-Sun. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin Landing. 268-4458. $$$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax winner) has an

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appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) GOLDEN CORRAL See Intracoastal. 11470 San Jose. 886-9699. HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS F American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$ LeGRAND’S THE STEAK & SEAFOOD PLACE F Locally owned and operated, LeGrand’s offers aged beef cured onsite in the dry aging room and cut in-house, as well as seafood, chicken and a variety of sides. FB, CM. L & D, daily; Br. Sun. 11290 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-3663. $$$ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 12807 San Jose Blvd. 638-6185. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ PICASSO’S PIZZERIA F Specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta. Fresh local seafood and steaks. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 10503 San Jose Blvd. 880-0811. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA See Orange Park. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, Outback Plaza. 503-2230. $$ RACK ’EM UP SPORTS BAR This cigar & hookah lounge offers bar food and more than 200 beers, imported and domestic. D, nightly. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 262-4030. $ THE RED ELEPHANT PIZZA & GRILL F This casual, familyfriendly eatery serves pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials and pasta dishes. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12. 683-3773. $$ TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q F Owned and operated by the Tankersley family, this place offers made-from-scratch Southern-style fare, featuring their own sauces. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23. 351-8265. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a full-service and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Made-to-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. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sportsthemed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 582 Blanding Blvd. 272-0755. $ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine, stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a hit. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$

JOEY MOZARELLAS The Italian restaurant’s specialty is a 24-slice pizza: 18˝x26˝ of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS Best of Jax 2012 winner. Known since 1968 for their Orange Frost drink, Orange Tree serves hot dogs – topped with slaw, chili, cheese, onion sauce or sauerkraut – plus personal pizzas. 1910 Wells Rd., O.P. Mall, Ste. H06. 269-1164. $ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR Family-owned-and-operated. Gourmet pizza, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. The pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, calzones, linguini, ravioli, made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA 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. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches and popular lunches are served. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Authentic traditional Thai fare made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty items include crispy duck, pra-ram, pad Thai, seafood. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Sat. & Sun. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine: fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! Chef Brett Smith’s global cuisine is seasonal and local. Selections include prime steaks, New York strip, lamb and lobster Napoleon. FB, CM. D, nightly. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott. 285-7777. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine: fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ MULLIGAN’S PUB F The new Irish gastropub, at Hilton Garden Inn, offers a variety of favorites and Irish dishes. FB. D, daily. 45 PGA Tour Blvd. 280-1661. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PALM VALLEY FISH CAMP This intimate restaurant, owned by the Groshells, is the real deal – local seafood served by a professional crew, right on the Intracoastal Waterway. Popular items are the shrimp & grits, blackened mahi with tasso gravy and bread pudding. BW. CM. L & D, Tue.-Sun.; D, nightly. 299 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-3200. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks include Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch; fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ TABLE 1 This new upscale, casual restaurant has a variety of items, from appetizers to entrées to salads, as well as a wine bar featuring an extensive list of wines by the glass. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS Chief Coffee Guru & Operations Manager Zack Burnett F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Artisan-crafted, small-batch roasted specialty coffees from its certified organic roastery and brew bar, including lattes, local pastries, craft beers. BW. 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1 & 2. 855-1181. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery offers pizza

by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes (calzone, stromboli, subs, panini) and microbrews served in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Sun. Br. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ EDGEWOOD BAKERY F Best of Jax 2012 winner. For nearly 65 years, the espresso and pastry café has served fresh breakfast pastries, petit fours and pies, sandwiches, smoothies and soups. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 1012 S. Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill. 389-8054. $ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F Organic and natural market with juice & smoothie bar. Wide selection of organic produce, gourmet cheeses, humanely raised meats. Grab-and-go sandwiches, wraps, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.-Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ KICKBACKS GASTROPUB F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This neighborhood spot serves favorites 20 hours a day, every day. 655+ bottled beers, 84 on tap. CM. 910 King St. 388-9551. $$ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 1661 Riverside Ave., Ste. 128. 900-1955. $ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-nchips – plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PELE’S WOOD FIRE At this restaurant, Chef Micah Windham uses a wood-fired oven to create traditional, authentic Italian fare with a modern twist. CM, FB, TO. L & D, daily; Br., weekend. 2665 Park St. 232-8545. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE Traditional Italian fare with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily. Large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ SAKE HOUSE #1 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This casual place offers good-for-you soups, sandwiches and salads without the usual fat and salt – hot and cold gourmet seafood and meat dishes, vegetarian, vegan dishes. Take-out fresh/frozen soups. L & D, daily. 1526 King St. 387-9394. $ SPOT 5 ON PARK F This new casual place serves comfort food: hot dogs, sandwiches and salads, as well as homemade-style banana pudding. The guacamole is made fresh in house, too. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 1020 Park St. 683-2115. $$ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, California roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ F A variety of sushi, including popular Monster Roll and Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. Publix Plaza. 384-2888. $$ TAPA THAT This place puts a modern spin on traditional tapas-style service, using locally/organically grown items as much as possible. Specialties include duck confit spring rolls and Cuban rice & beans cake. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 820 Lomax St. 376-9911. $$ 13 GYPSIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. The intimate bistro serves authentic Mediterranean peasant cuisine, specializing in tapas, blackened octopus, risotto of the day and coconut mango curry chicken. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 887 Stockton St. 389-0330. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $


This is a copyright protected proo TRES LECHES F The new bakery/café offers quiches, arepas, empanadas, cachitos, eggplant lasagna, omelets and sandwiches, and an array of specialty desserts, including cakes, pies, tarts and coffee cakes, served in a casual environment. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6. 551-4375. $$


A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Brand-new location offering a balcony view overlooking Matanzas Bay. See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 1 St. George St. 824-4383. $ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE Irish bar and pub in historic district has burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie, bangers & mash. BW. L & D, daily. 48 Spanish St. 547-2023. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S F For 30-plus years, this family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive. 824-3663. $$ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. 547-2723. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE F Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats & cheeses, salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR *Bite Club Certified! Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts, light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 3 St. George St. 824-6993. $ THE FLORIDIAN The downtown restaurant serves innovative Southern fare, made with local farmers’ local food. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, ’N’grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 39 Cordova St. 829-0655. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, twostory house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ HOT SHOT BAKERY & CAFE F Freshly baked items, coffees and hand-crafted breakfast and lunch sandwiches; Datil B. Good hot sauces and pepper products. B & L, daily. 8 Granada St. 824-7898. $ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB & SEAFOOD HOUSE F This pub, just south of the old fort, offers burgers, traditional pub fare, seafood and a raw bar, along with signature dishes including steak O’Shay’s, Dubliner chicken and Irish Benedict. CM. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; Br. & D, Sat. & Sun. 20 Avenida Menendez. 810-1923. $$$ 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. $$ MOJO OLD CITY BBQ F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. FB. L & D, daily. 5 Cordova St. 342-5264. $$ PACIFIC ASIAN BISTRO Chef Mas F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Fresh, artfully crafted sushi, sashimi and classic rolls. Best Chef Mas Liu creates authentic sushi – Crazy Girl (shrimp tempura, asparagus, salmon); Mango Tango (salmon, crab, tuna, flying fish egg, mango sauce). Traditional dishes, too. Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 159 Palencia Village Dr., Ste. 111. 808-1818. $$-$$$ PIZZALLEY’S PIZZERIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Fresh, prepared onsite, gourmet pizza is offered by the pie or the slice at this restaurant in the historic district. Hot subs, wings and salads, too. L & D, daily. BW. 117 St. George St. 825-2627. $$

THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ F Best of Jax 2012 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. $ RAINTREE In a Victorian home, Raintree offers fare with PROMISE OF BENEFIT contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ SARA’S CREPE CAFE Crêpes, both traditional European style and with innovative twists, are served along with Belgian waffles in the historic district. Dine indoors or out in the open-air courtyard. B, L & D, daily. 100 St. George St. 810-5800. $$ 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. $$$ THE TASTING ROOM, WINE & TAPAS Owned by Michael Lugo, the upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. L, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 25 Cuna St. 810-2400. $$

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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. 461-0102. $$ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-7332. $$$ 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. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL 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). 461-1077. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd. 471-3424. $ ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pearberry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Familyowned-and-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.-Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6. 461-1250. $$ THE REEF RESTAURANT F Casual oceanfront place with a view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, 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. $ SUNSET GRILLE Seafood-heavy menu, consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties are baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp, datil pepper wings. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$


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

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


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


BASIL THAI & SUSHI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Authentic Thai cuisine at Basil Thai includes pad Thai, a variety of curry dishes and sushi, served in a relaxing atmosphere. L & D, Mon.-Sat. BW. 1004 Hendricks Ave. 674-0190. $$ bb’s F A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; Br. & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F The varied menu features French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, award-winning wines, woodfired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Dine indoors or out. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO Best of Jax 2012 winner. Wine by the glass. The innovative tapas-style menu at The Grotto offers a

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


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

specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 9039 Southside Blvd. 538-9100. $ THE FLAME BROILER F Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, brown or white rice, with grilled beef, chicken, Korean short ribs. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. New location: 7159 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 337-0007. $ GREEK ISLES CAFE Authentic Greek, American and Italian fare, including gyros, spinach pie and Greek meatballs. Homemade breads, desserts. House specialties are eggs benedict and baklava. BW, CM., TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7860 Gate Parkway, Ste. 116. 564-2290. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F Since 1975 serving housebaked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS *Bite Club Certified! F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies, vegetarian choices for specialty pizzas, hoagies, calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Ct. 997-1955. $ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned with an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ SAKE SUSHI F Serving sushi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu and soups. Popular rolls include Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue, Fat Boy. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 31. 647-6000. $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., Tinseltown. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, seafood, sandwiches. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F This gastropub serves Southern-style fare; dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft , IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Located in Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ TAVERNA YAMAS Best of Jax 2012 winner. *Bite Club Certified! The Greek restaurant serves char-broiled

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


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

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

ROYAL PALM VILLAGE WINES & TAPAS 5 p.m. every Mon., Wed. & Fri. 296 Royal Palms Drive, Atlantic Beach, 372-0052 THE TASTING ROOM 6 p.m. every first Tue. 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 810-2400 TASTE OF WINE Daily. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 9, Atlantic Beach, 246-5080 TIM’S WINE MARKET 5-7 p.m. every Fri., noon-5 every Sat. 278 Solana Rd., Ponte Vedra, 686-1741 128 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 461-0060 III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE 5 p.m. every Mon. 9822 Tapestry Circle, Ste. 111, SJTC, 928-9277 TOTAL WINE & MORE Noon-6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 300, 998-1740 THE WINE BAR 6 p.m. every Thur. 320 First St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0211 WINE WAREHOUSE 4 p.m. every Fri. 665 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 246-6450 4434 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 448-6782 W90+ 4 p.m. every Thur. 1112 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 413-0027. 5 p.m. every Fri. 3548 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 413-0025 

Panda Graduation Party

• The Wolong Panda Training Base in Sichuan, China, released a series of photos to China Daily in October to mark the graduation from captivity, and into the wild, of the 2-year-old Tao Tao. Sure enough, Tao Tao and his mother, Cao Cao, were shown frolicking in the woods, accompanied by trainers each dressed in fulllength panda suits, including panda heads, as they appeared to demonstrate climbing trees and searching for food.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit

• At the recently opened Soineya “cuddle cafe” in Tokyo, men buy hugging privileges (but no “sex” allowed!) with young women for from 20 minutes to 10 hours at prices (gratuity optional) ranging from $40 to $645, with surcharges for special services (e.g., foot massages, resting heads in each other’s laps). • The Deluxe Comfort Girlfriend Body Pillow, which began as a boutique-only niche product, recently became available at and at around $25. The bolsterlike, cuddling-enabled pillow is augmented with two strategically placed mounds and a snuggle-up arm hanging to the side. (There’s also an Original Soft and Comfy Boyfriend Pillow, without the mounds.) • “You have wrinkles,” the inquiring customer was told, “and your left cheek is larger than your right,” explained “Tata,” the Bangkokborn woman who recently opened a salon in San Francisco to employ the supposedly traditional Thai art of face-slapping. Frown lines and droopy skin are curable with a 10-minute regimen of well-placed whacks across the cheek (and payment of the $350 fee), Tata told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in October. Masochists are warned that Tata deals in therapy, not punishment. “If you want someone to hit you, go on Craigslist.”

Cutting-Edge Science

• Among the “Ig Nobel” prizes awarded to earnest academics in September by the Annals of Improbable Research was the one to Patrick Warren and colleagues who delved into excruciatingly detailed predictions (at the behest of a cosmetics firm) about how someone might ultimately look with a ponytail, based on hair characteristics. The team took into account the stiffness of the strands, the effects of gravity and the random curliness or waviness in the hair in a set formula to compute a “Rapunzel Number” for each head. Explaining his particularized work to reporters, Dr. Warren acknowledged (perhaps with underestimation), “I’ve been working on this for a long time.”

Leading Economic Indicators

• Uruguay’s chief executive, Jose Mujica, declared his personal wealth in 2010 at about $1,800; he gives away 90 percent of his $12,000 monthly presidential salary to remain true to his political roots with the leftist guerrilla group Tupamaros. He has rejected the government-provided mansion and instead lives with his wife at her family’s farmhouse, where he helps work the land, according to a November BBC News profile from Montevideo. “I have to do [this],” he told a reporter, “because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less.” • Financial advisers charge the big bucks

because of their sophisticated understanding of money and markets — or maybe because they know how the stars align. A September Marketplace radio program highlighted the newsletters of “financial astrologers” Karen Starich and former Merrill Lynch stock trader Arch Crawford (who left the trading floor because, apparently, astrology is more lucrative). About 300 traders pay $237 a year to learn what Starich knows about Neptune and Saturn, and Crawford’s 2,000 subscribers (at least a few of which prefer receiving copies in unmarked wrappers) learned that any new business venture goes south when Mercury is in retrograde. • The Continuing Decline of American Manufacturing: A Drug Enforcement Administration agent told the Associated Press in October that factories in Mexico have recently been supplying American markets with especially potent, inexpensive This is a copyright protected pro methamphetamine. “These are sophisticated, high-tech [businesses] … operating with extreme precision,” said agent Jim Shroba. Foroffquestions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 112712 The 90 percent-pure product ers “a faster, more intense and longer-lasting high. ” Many FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 Americans, meanwhile, continue to make small Produced by cs Checked by Sale PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION batches of inferior meth in 2-liter soda bottles.



• In 2011, only 75 worldwide shark attacks on humans were reported, with only 12 fatal, yet researchers writing recently in the journal Conservation Biology found that about 60 percent of all media reporting about sharks emphasized just the serious dangers that human swimmers face. By contrast, only about 7 percent of the reports were focused on shark biology or ecology, though the sorry state of shark survival would seem more important, in that an estimated 26 million to 73 million sharks are killed annually from the harvesting of their fins.


• First, as NOTW reported more than 20 years ago, Indonesian coffeemakers made “Kopi Luwak,” using only beans that had passed through the digestive tracts of native civet cats. More recently, Thailand’s upscale Anantara Resorts began offering coffee using beans similarly excreted by elephants. In both cases, these digestive-tract coffee beans, picked and processed by laborers earning as little as $1 a day, wind up as a drink sipped by (in the words of an NPR reviewer) “cat poop fetishi[sts]” who might pay upwards of $10 for a single cup.

Least Competent Criminals

• In November, Jacory Walker, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery in Waxahachie, Texas, and was sentenced to 37 months in prison. He had made the mistake of asking a teller at the 1st Convenience Bank to access his account (giving the teller his Social Security number), and only then, when realizing he had no money left, deciding to rob the place. • Demarco Myles, 19, was arrested in Washington, D.C., for rape after he, as rapists sometimes fatuously do, decided that his second victim might have had eyes for him and left her his name and phone number, anticipating a follow-up rendezvous.  Chuck Shepherd

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Can you manage to be both highly alert and deeply relaxed? Can you imagine yourself being extra hungry to crack life’s secrets but also at peace with your destiny exactly the way it is? If you can honestly answer yes to those questions, you’ll get a lot of help in the coming week. The universe may even seem to be conspiring to educate and heal you. You will receive a steady flow of clues about how to get closer to living your dreams.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Events in the immediate future might have resemblances to reading a boring book that’s packed with highly useful information. You might feel that there’s a disjunction between the critical clues you need to gather and the ho-hum style in which they are offered. It’s OK to be a bit disgruntled by this problem as long as you promise to remain alert for the partially disguised goodies. Don’t fall asleep in the middle of the unspectacular lesson.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You would be wise to deal with your vulnerability, your fallibility and your share of the world’s darkness. If you refuse to do that, either out of laziness or fear, I’m worried that you will reinforce a status quo that needs to be overthrown. You may end up rationalizing your mistakes, clinging to false pride and running away from challenges that could make you smarter and stronger. Don’t do that! Be brave. There will be big rewards if you choose to explore the weaker and less mature parts of your personality.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Instinct tells us that sharks are more deadly than delicious fatty foods,” Jason Daley writes in Discover magazine. But “instinct is wrong,” he adds. That’s just one example of how our uneducated urges can sometimes lead us astray. I invite you to keep this possibility in mind. It’s by no means certain that you will be misled by your natural inclinations, but it is crucial that you monitor them with acute discernment.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the 1968 Olympics, Bob Beamon broke the world record for the long jump. His leap was so far beyond the previous mark that the optical device designed to calculate it didn’t work. Officials had to resort to an old-fashioned measuring tape. After that, the word “Beamonesque” came to signify a feat that vastly outstripped all previous efforts. You will have a chance to be Beamonesque in 2013. If you have not yet launched your ascent, get started now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For the last six decades of his life, Pablo Picasso created art that was adventurous and experimental. He didn’t invent abstract painting, but he was instrumental in popularizing it. And yet in his early years he was a master of realism. Travel writer Rick Steves says that when Picasso was young, “he learned the rules he would later so skillfully break.” You’re in a phase of your own development when you could profi t from doing the same thing. So I ask you: What are the rules that are so ripe for you to bend and twist as you graduate to a more mature level of self-expression?

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The fire ants that invaded the southern U.S. back in the ’30s swarm, bite and sting. The venom they inject makes victims feel like they’ve been burned. Two communities make the best of the situation: Auburn, Ga., and Marshall, Texas, both stage annual Fire Ant Festivals, with events including the Fire Ant Call, Fire Ant Round-Up and Fire Ant Chili Cook-Off. Maybe their example could inspire you. Is there any pest you could develop a more playful and festive relationship with? Could you possibly turn into something like a Fire Ant Whisperer?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Through some cosmic intervention, a sad or bad or mad story will get tweaked prior to the final turn of the plot. Just as you’re getting ready to nurse your regrets, a wild card will appear, transforming the meaning of a series of puzzling events. This might not generate a happy ending, but it will at least result in an interesting and redemptive climax. What is that wild card? Perhaps a big secret will be revealed or some missing evidence will arrive or a mental block will crumble. You likely will have an epiphany about how valuable your problem has actually been.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): While reading William Kittredge’s “The Nature of Generosity,” I learned the oldest known sentence written 2012 in ancient Greek was inscribed on a wine jug that dates back to 740 B.C. The translation: “Who now of all dancers sports most playfully?” Or: “Which of these dancers plays most delicately?” The time is right for you to do more dancing and playing and sporting than usual – and to seek out companions who’d like to help you achieve record-breaking levels of those activities.


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray plays a TV weatherman who gets trapped in a time loop. Over and over again, he experiences the same 24 hours. At first it drives him crazy, pushing him to try suicide – which doesn’t work. Eventually, he decides to use his time wisely and becomes a skilled pianist and a fluent French-speaker. He does good deeds and saves people’s lives. He even learns what he needs to do to win the heart of the woman he desires. This transformation turns out to be the key to gaining his freedom. A comparable opportunity is looming for you. You have a chance to break a spell you’ve been under or slip away from a rut you’ve been in. Generosity may play a major role. 50 | | DECEMBER 11-17, 2012

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Have you experienced any of these symptoms? 1. Lack of interest in trivial matters and a yearning for big, holy mysteries. 2. Unfamiliar but interesting impulses rising up from within, demanding consideration. 3. Fresh insights into people and situations you’ve known a long time. 4. An altered sense of the flow of time. 5. Out-of-the-blue recall of long-forgotten memories. If you haven’t felt these, I must be totally off. But if you’ve had even two of these symptoms, you're on schedule to get what those of us in the consciousness industry call a “religious experience.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You might be able to teach a statue to talk this week – or at least coax a useful message out of a stonelike person. You could also extract a delicious clue from out of the darkness or wrangle a tricky blessing from an adversary or find a small treasure hidden in a big mess. In short, you now have a knack for accessing beauty and truth in unexpected sources. You can see what everyone else is blind to and love what everyone else has given up on. You’re practically a superhero. Use your powers wisely.  Rob Brezsny

NY GIANT DECORATED CAR You: In a black car with 2 NY Giant decals on back window, front NY plate, NY head rest. Me: In white Hyundai Tiburon with NY front license plate cover, NY decal behind driver window. We exchanged grins of approval. Had to get to work; missed my chance. Maybe we can catch a G-men game. When: Dec. 5. Where: I-95. #1165-1211 COOL WHITE JEEP DRIVER Parked side by side at Marsh Landing Publix, did some groceries, met at the checkout lane. You were next to me again, and left at the same time. Your pants look adorable on you and I noticed you didn’t have a ring. Want to meet? Can’t wait :) When: Dec. 2. Where: Publix @ Marsh Landing. #1164-1211 YOU GAVE ME DANCE LESSONS Me: Blonde, tall and boots. You: Plaid shirt and boots and doing the electric slide. We chit-chatted and you taught me some dance steps. How about a private lesson??? When: Dec. 1. Where: Crazy Horse. #1163-1211 OWL EYES ON YOU You: Brunette working at Target. Me: Redhead in black glasses asking about Barnies coffee. Wish I would have had the courage to kiss you on the spot; maybe we will share a cup one morning. When: Nov. 27. Where: Target @ Beach & Hodges. #1162-1211 BEAUTIFUL BARBER I met you around this time and have loved you since. I know we had something special and hope you thought so, too. If you think you still have any spark left, please contact me through this service. We just both have to be the nice people we really are. When: 2008. Where: Riverside. #1161-1204 I HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL I was at my friend’s house playing video games in the corner like creepy kid. You stormed in, yelling. Your beauty, accent took my breath away. I whispered “Just keep talking.” You stared at me, smiled. Didn’t know what to do. I fall in love every day thinking about you, my soulmate. You: Beautiful black hair, sweet arm tattoo, beautiful eyes, smile. Me: Tattooed, Screwed Sailor. When: Oct. 17. Where: Florida Club Blvd. #1160-1204 SHORT BUT STUDLY EMT You: EMT working for Liberty, picking up my hospice patient. Me: Blonde nurse who makes small talk with you. We’ve exchanged a few talks here and there but maybe coffee soon? When: Nov. 13. Where: Shands Hospital. #1159-1204 TIJUANA... DON’T CHA WANNA You always come in on Taco Tuesdaze with 3-4 others, always so well dressed, you always drink Orange Fanta. You used to talk about my favorite show “Eastbound & Down.” I’m the one with the ponytail if you wanna PRACTICE making little Tobys. When: Nov. 13. Where: Tijuana Flats @ Old Baymeadows. #1158-1127 DUMB ME @ WINN-DIXIE We were in checkout line together, I was wearing an Allen Iverson T-shirt, we talked about you having been a military brat who moved around a lot. We separated to different lines. I should’ve gone with you but I wasn’t thinking. Care for lunch? When: Nov. 5. Where: Winn Dixie @ Beach & St. Johns Bluff. #1157-1127 BREATHTAKING You: Manly beer salesman, mesmerized. Me: New to town, amused. You said I was “breathtaking.” I still am. Let me take your breath away again. Find me? When: Sept. 9, 2011. Where: Whole Foods/San Jose. #1156-1127 IT’S UR LUV ISU, there, in our special place, on that special day. U, who are my sunshine, my rain. I want to be with you always for you are my dream come true. It’s ur luv, it just does something to me... You: Sexy, tattooed, bandanawearing bad boy. Me: Hopelessly in luv <3 <3 When: Every day. Where: Willowbranch Park. #1155-1127 CUTIE WITH THE COFFEE COOZIE You: Cute guy with dark hair, bit of facial hair, coozie for your hot coffee. Me: Friendly, adorable girl with long reddish-brown hair. We bonded over the affordability of $1 coffee in the campus vending machine. You showed me the way to the lids! I was bummed you didn’t

get my number. Let’s chat over coffee again, pretty please! When: Nov. 15. Where: UNF. #1154-1127 BLUE CIVIC BY THE CUMMER Girl in blue two-door Civic. We locked eyes while you were turning onto Post. I was on my bike in a blue sweatshirt. What was the stare for? You must’ve liked what you saw. Your smile was so noticeable behind that tint. Let’s chat it up sometime over a drink. When: Nov. 14. Where: The Cummer. #1153-1127 GIRL IN BLACK I saw you at Omni Parking lot on Bay Street. You wore a black shirt, held a gray flag that said 22D. Me: Wearing long-sleeved tan shirt. Our eyes locked a few times. When ISU, I thought of the Hall & Oates song, “Private Eyes.” Looking to meet up somewhere. Please respond! When: Nov. 14. Where: Omni Parking Lot. #1152-1127 GREEK GOD AT MOJO I came in for my Mojo BBQ fix, ordered Whole Hawg while you were working the bar. Seeing your Greek god physique made me wish I’d just gotten a salad. I don’t know if I enjoyed the food or watching you slowly stretch by the kitchen door more. You, me and sweet sauce? When: Nov. 13. Where: Mojo Kitchen. #1151-1113 HOT LATTE Hi, brown-haired venti latte. Me: Hunk of a man (6’1”, 215 lbs.) waiting for pumpkin latte with friends. Spied you at register. You: Tall, long brown hair, blue jeans, grey sweater, high heels, ordering venti coffee in 2:45. You had my blood rushing like a triple espresso shot. Wish I’d gotten name/number. Will you be my next pumpkin latte? When: Nov. 7. Where: Starbucks @ Town Center. #1150-1113 BLONDE, BEAUTIFUL, GREAT PERSONALITY We first saw each outside as we exited our vehicles. We spoke inside by a freezer endcap. We chitchatted about cleaning your car, and that you and your friend were meeting up with a friend later that night after the LSU game. Where are you? =) When: Nov. 3. Where: Publix @ Baymeadows & A1A. #1149-1113 LOOKING FOR A SALE Tall, light-skinned older gentleman, always alone, seen around town at various fl ea markets and Goodwill. Would love to chat sometime. When: Oct. 20. Where: Flea Markets, Goodwill. #1147-1113 WHAT WAS I THINKING? Hello, Officer, my friend and I were in our red-and-black dresses (Go Dawgs!) leaving The Landing after the big game last weekend when we saw you and your colleague. I was asking my friend what I was thinking. You asked me what I was thinking. Single? When: Oct. 27. Where: The Jacksonville Landing. #1147-1113 I DON’T EVEN KNOW HIS LAST NAME I met you at the Loft night of FL/GA game. We danced, I let you kiss me but forgot to get your number. When: Oct. 27. Where: Riverside. #1446-1106

ELI YOUNG CONCERT AT MAVERICKS You saved my spot during the concert while I went to the bathroom and I thanked you with a couple of Yuenglings. I wanted to get your number but you left in kind of a hurry. Let’s try this again. When: Oct. 28. Where: Mavericks. #1445-1106 WISH YOU KNEW ME! You: Distinguished salt-and-pepper hair, sparkling blue eyes, jeans, with young boy, shopping dairy aisle. Me: Pretty brown hair, brown-eyed petite lady, jeans, white T-shirt. Eyes met, we shared a smile and hello. The boy saw our attraction and asked if you knew me. When: Oct. 21. Where: Walmart, U.S. 1, St. Augustine. #1444-1030 103RD PLANET FITNESS STUDMUFFIN Something about the way you look at me, want to know you, but neither has the courage to say anything. You sure do pump that iron. lol. Short, light-skinned, always with friend. Me: Your height, caramel complexion, curly hair. Let’s stop staring and say words :) When: Oct. 17. Where: Planet Fitness. #1443-1030 LOVELY @ LATITUDE 30 You: Crazy DOPE chick from my hometown; cute dimples made me speak. Wish I could’ve said more. Maybe we can go bowling or play skee ball one day. Me: Wu-Tang fan, you kept me smiling as I kept y’all laughing. When: Oct. 20. Where: Latitude 30. #1442-1030 GINGER GODDESS BY RIVERSIDE PARK Saucy little redhead, cheetah tattoo walking a big brown dog by Five Points! Passed you in my car and couldn’t help but stare. You looked at me and smiled. You’ve been running through my mind ever since. When: Oct. 11. Where: Five Points. #1441-1030 BEAUTIFUL SOULED TATTOOED GODDESS You: Beanie, blue V-neck, tight khakis, vans, left arm full of color. Me: Long dark hair, full sleeves, yellow dress. I asked about your writing but I was too lost in your deep blue eyes and unworldly smile to catch every word. I need to know you. When: Oct. 19. Where: Bold Bean Riverside. #1440-1030 JUST FITNESS 4 U HUNK Your stunning smile and sense of humor made my day. I was on a guest pass; you explained the gym to me; then you were play-fighting with the cutest 3-4 year old, which shows how much of a real man you are. You got my number in the computer; please call :-) When: Oct. 15. Where: Just Fitness 4 U Baymeadows. #1439-1023 BEAUTIFUL O.A.R. DREAM GIRL You and GF dancing in the row in front of me and my friend. You fed me nachos; your kiss was amazing! Remember what I wrote you on my iPhone? I’m sending vibes so you know to read this; we’ll fulfill our destiny together. When: Oct. 10. Where: St. Augustine. #1438-1023 INTO WISHIN’ We picked up Folio Weekly and looked at

ISAWU at the same time. Thanks for noticing. You’re an amazing person. I enjoy every time we hang out! Thank you for remembering smaller things! I look forward to more beach sunrise and future dance adventures with you. My No. 1 late night friend! Keep on dancing! When: Sept. 29. Where: Jax Beach. #1437-1016 THIS ONE’S FOR YOU You caught my eye bowling an almost, if not perfect, score. You wore florescent green shirt. My friend’s boyfriend sized you up. You told me “this one’s for you” and bowled a strike to irritate him. Me: Playing horribly, wishing you were serious. Want to teach me how to bowl? When: Oct. 7. Where: Beaches Bowling Alley. #1436-1016 “WHITE” HAIRED “MAN” I was in beer line, you sat next to bar. You watched my every move, wanted to speak, but the company you keep wouldn’t allow it. How do we fix this? Lovers come and go, but true love comes once. Is that what this is? I still believe love transcends all! When: Sept. 14. Where: FL Blues Fest. #1435-1016 THIRSTY FOR ZEPHYRHILLS You: Selling Zephyrhills water coolers; can’t get you out of my head. You: Long curly black hair, in complimenting black pants; look like Kim Kardashian. Me: Brown hair, muscular build. I’m an introvert but you’re easy to talk to. When: Sept. 26. Where: Jacksonville. #1434-1009 EMT TRANSPORT You: Cute blonde EMT who works for Century ambulance company. Me: Stressed nurse caught off guard. You picked up my patient Monday night for transport. You got my heart racing. Second chance for a first impression? When: Oct. 1. Where: Memorial. #1433-1009 SUNDAY BEACH WALKING BABE ISU often Sundays in South Jax Beach, always alone. You: long dark ponytail, sunglasses, ball cap, bikini, long board shorts: Today they were white; you went by PV poles. Me: bright blue tank, black shorts, barefoot running. I ran past twice wondering if you’d like company? When: Sept. 23. Where: Ponte Vedra. #1432-1009 BLACK JEANS, BLACK BOOT, BLACK HAIR… TIMEBOMB ISU while you were working at Willowbranch Library. You remind me of a grown-up Wednesday Addams, in all black looking amazing as always. Me in black shorts and a blue shirt. Maybe we could have coffee and talk about books. When: Sept. 27. Where: Willowbranch Library. #1431-1009 I REMEMBERED OCTOBER SECOND I remember the first day I saw you, Oct. 2: blue-eyed brunette. Pink sweater, bedazzled jeans, flip-flops. I remember the last day I saw you, May 22: You gave me a BIG hug. I couldn’t help thinking how beautiful you looked. Green Irish T-shirt, black pants, glasses. That’s how much I notice you. When: Oct. 2, 2010 & May 22, 2012. Where: In front of my place. #1430-1009

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ortheast Florida artists, educators, students and enthusiasts shared their work and immersed themselves in the 11th annual Art Basel — a showcase of more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa — on Dec. 6-9 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The artists represented almost every form of artistic media from sound and video artists to fine painters and street artisans. Jenny Hager, an assistant professor of sculpture at the University of North Florida, and more than 30 UNF art students made the trip as did FSCJ art professors Mark Creegan and Dustin Harewood. Mark George and Tony Rodrigues displayed recent collaborative print works at the Harold Golen Gallery, which in addition to featuring visual works also was hosting an impressive roster of international experimental sound artists on the sidewalk in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District.

Jacksonville’s Morrison Pierce (armed with buckets of wheat paste and spray paint) took to the streets with passion and intensity, and fellow CoRK Arts District gallerist Robert Bergeron was involved with the Heineken mural project. Jacksonville Beach band S.P.O.R.E. kicked off Saturday night at Moksha Art Fair, sharing the stage with Asheville, N.C.-based Toubab Krew and former Weather Report percussionist Robert Thomas Jr. This year’s Moksha Art Fair event Eagle meets Condor ( events) was an outcry for peace and positive transformation through the healing power of sound and vision. Jacksonville artist and educator Christianna White — while not in attendance herself — had one of her paintings accepted for display in 1,001 paintings at the SCOPE International Art Fair, relocated this year to the Midtown Arts District.  Text and photos by Jay Peele


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Are Electric Buses an Answer for JTA?

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he Nov. 27, 2012, Wall Street Journal pointed out that Proterra had received $23 million in funding from a new group of venture capitalists. This article leads to more curiosity about Proterra’s single product line, the electric bus. This bus seems to be too good to be true and it may be too expensive to be true. Let’s take a look at claims made by the proponents and the numbers throughout the lifetime of a bus, about 12 to 15 years. A 2010 article in Cleantech (a blog on which reports on clean energy financing deals) states that “Proterra has deployed its first all-electric model for use by transit agencies.” The first three of these buses, the Proterra EcoRide BE-35 and two fastcharging stations, were purchased by Foothill Transit, which serves East Los Angeles County. Proterra received orders from up to 15 transit agencies in 2010. According to gigaom. com’s Cleantech, “the company has produced and tested 358 buses as of June 2012,” exceeding expectations. If Proterra becomes successful, perhaps it will produce more buses in the near future. Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has a relatively small fleet, with 175 40-foot buses. According to the United States publication of National Transportation Statistics, more than 63,000 transit buses were deployed across the country in 2010; based on the 12-year lifecycle in the Cleantech article, this could mean a market for 5,000 to 6,000 buses per year. The first question is, is this type of bus feasible for JTA? The answer relies on the capital cost of the buses, the capital cost of the induction charging stations, the operating costs of the buses and the availability of capital. No matter how good the buses are, if they cost too much, they do JTA no good. An article in Wired (Autopia) in November 2009 estimated the cost of the BE-35 per unit at $1 million. This is terribly expensive — a diesel bus costs only half as much. In his interview, Terry Copeland, CEO of AltairNano (which manufactures the batteries), explained, “If bus drivers are stopping every loop for a five-minute break, you know you can recharge the battery.” The article continued, “The secret to the rapid recharge and the long lifespan is lithium titanate (the second chemical is a titanium derivative). Unlike lithium ion batteries that use graphite that expands and contracts over time, lithium titinate does not suffer from volume change during recharging.” Further into the article, it is explained that a diesel bus gets about 4 miles to the gallon (MPG), while the Proterra BE-35 gets the equivalent of 15 to 21 MPG. This is four to five

times as efficient as the diesel bus. Copeland also stated, “Transit agencies should look at the overall cost of operation.” These savings could provide a reason to spend the extra funds if they can be found. These costs savings were outlined in a June 2011 article in MIT Technology Review, which paraphrased the cost savings outlined by Proterra CEO Jeff Granoto. The cost savings in fuel over an estimated 12-year life expectancy of the BE-35 is $600,000. The average savings in maintenance are $70,000 to $90,000 during that time period. The savings spread over the 12 years would break down to about $57,500 per bus per year. The savings that would be generated by replacing JTA’s fleet of 175 40-foot buses (the BE-35 is shorter — there’s no engine compartment) are about $10 million per year. There are a few more details regarding the BE-35. One item pointed out in the Cleantech article involves the use of composites to manufacture the body of the bus, which saves a lot of weight. Another detail comes from GreenCarReports, involving the battery pack size, which actually can range from 54 to 72 kilowatt hours (Kwh). This compares to the 85 Kwh battery pack in the Tesla S Sedan that weighs 1,000 pounds. A 72 Kwh pack with a 40-mile range should weigh about 850 pounds. I will explain why this is not so heavy. According to Wikipedia, diesel fuel weighs about 6 pounds per gallon. If a bus holds 144 gallons, the fuel weighs 864 pounds. The battery actually weighs 14 pounds less before the elimination of the weight of a diesel’s fuel system and tank. Additional weight savings: The bus uses an electric motor and modern electric motors are extremely light; the bus’ length is reduced by up to 10 feet (with associated weight), since no engine compartment is needed. The air conditioning/heating system is electric and lightweight, the power steering and air compressor for the brakes are electric (the brakes may also be regenerative). There is no heavy diesel engine or transmission to put a strain on the chassis. In fact, the chassis (which determines the lifespan of the bus) may last much longer than the usual 12-year lifespan of a diesel bus. An analysis of the cost of the charging stations is needed. These stations resemble a portable basketball goal. Imagine that the backboard is raised to a horizontal position and extended about five feet from the base. The inductive charger has two vertical supports. The

base is fixed and appears to be tied to the utility through an underground line (like most traffic lights). There is a smart guidance system that signals to the bus and remotely stops it at the right location under the inductive halo charger. JTA has 33 bus routes. For the ones that go through downtown, there could be a pull-in and a charger at a place of business (where the driver takes his breaks) near the end of these routes. JTA could finally educate the passengers about the time saved by using the Skyway to connect to their next bus route. This means four to five chargers at each endpoint Skyway station. Including the trolleys, circulation routes and chargers at the bus parking and repair facility, this may mean a total of 70 chargers. The cost of the chargers, including the pull-ins on bus routes, would probably total about $10 million. The total cost is about $185 million to replace the current 175-bus fleet with BE-35s. JTA probably should not issue bonds. If they were issued, JTA would pay almost $11 million per year in debt service for 30 years. Even if the buses last 15 years, the asset does not last as long as the debt. The best option is to see if Urban Mass Transit Administration can offer a grant for the purchases. My suggestion — which assumes 2.5 buses per charger — is this: If the agency would allot $5 billion of its $11 billion budget toward electric buses, it could provide funds for transit agencies to purchase 4,700 buses and 1,880 inductive chargers. Because of production limits, it may be necessary to make the $1 billion grant per year spread over five years or even 10 years. Under this scenario, UMTA would grant $1 billion to cover the costs of 940 buses and 366 halo charging stations per year for 10 years. This would provide 9,400 buses and 3,660 chargers after one decade. JTA would stand a good chance in obtaining $185 million at some point during the 10 years of funding. One final suggestion: JTA could take the annual $10 million savings on operations and maintenance and eliminate the fares on the buses. Making the buses fare-free would be good for the passengers, improve ridership and decrease traffic. If JTA can obtain funding for electric buses, it would greatly improve mass transit in Jacksonville.  Bruce A. Fouraker

Fouraker served on a Citizens Advisory Committee to JTA for 10 years, was previously a paralegal at a law firm specializing in municipal finance and has worked in banking for the past 20 years.

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