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ON THE COVER Extremely Small and Incredibly Fast: Local bike racer Addison Zawada dominates on the mini velodrome. p. 6 NEWS Fear and Loathing in the Duval County Jail: Juvenile offenders get a harsh lesson in what awaits if their trajectory doesn’t change. p. 9 BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Diapers and porpoise perversions? Now that’s a spirited defense, folks! Plus Jacksonville air travelers can grab a picture with Santa — if they dare. p. 7 OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 15 MOVIES Animated British import “Arthur Christmas” is a welcome addition to the world of holiday film. p. 16 MUSIC The all-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser dishes on rabid fans, bad song ideas and what’s in a name. p. 20 Cheryl Watson and Watertown pick out a place on the Northeast Florida scene. p. 21

Gospel Music takes personal lament and Jacksonville links on its first national tour. p. 22 ARTS The North Pole’s rocked by sex scandal in the dark comedy “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues.” p. 30 Use your delusion: Imagination runs wild in the dark alchemy of Geoff Mitchell’s paintings. p. 32 NEWS OF THE WEIRD Taking a dump in Dubai, and praying 24/7. p.46 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY Stop eating like a pig, Aquarius! Stimulate your soul, Pisces! p. 48 BACKPAGE Jail is punishment; additional deprivations are just cruelty. p. 51 EDITOR’S NOTE p. 4 MAIL p. 5 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 11 SPORTSTALK p. 12 HAPPENINGS p. 35 DINING GUIDE p. 37 THE EYE p. 45 I SAW U p. 47 CLASSIFIEDS p. 49 december 13-19, 2011 | folio weekly | 3


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Fifty years after the worst kind of racism defined Jacksonville, it does so again — in the national spotlight

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sparked not just a tidal wave of racism and human piece of Jacksonville history died xenophobia, but a second wave of national news recently, and while somebody paid to bury coverage about exactly that. To be fair, that was him, nobody would claim him. The Nov. 13 followed by a third wave of defenders, apologists obituary for Warren Folks, long the city’s most vocal (if not virulent) racist, listed no survivors, and ad hoc Khan enthusiasts, who lined up to offer a formal, somewhat stilted “welcome” to friends or mourners. The closest anyone came the prospective team owner. Their message: Our to a public embrace of the man was a lengthy community welcomes you, and your adorable comment on the Times-Union’s website by mustache. So please don’t take our team away. someone posting under the name “Tarantula” Whether you believe the soul of this city who claimed to know Folks well. He was, in the is revealed in the first reaction or the ensuing poster’s words, “a racist. Period.” apologies, it’s impossible to claim that what “Sugarcoat it all you want, but Mr. Folks occurred was insignificant. TV anchors at believed that ‘blacks were no better than First Coast News broke with their format to animals,’ that ‘the Jews had the Holocaust publicly chastise the haters in a “Sounding Off ” coming to them’ and that ‘queers were an segment. (“I watched some of those comments abomination of the Bible.’” come in on Facebook and Twitter,” Donna Warren Folks died penniless and, for at least Deegan told co-host Shannon Ogden, “and some of his final years, homeless, having been I just could feel my whole chest just getting kicked out of his subsidized senior apartment tight.” http://fcnews.tv/uyq52T) Other stations complex for racist attacks on fellow residents. But his sorry demise on the margins belies the handled the story more obliquely, but with central role he once played in the city’s narrative. clear disdain. (In a lead-in to a story about A sometime barber and full-time limelight “fan reaction” to the sale, News4Jax reporter chaser, Folks ran for elected office numerous Jennifer Waugh cautioned, “We want to warn times — including once for governor, as you: Some of what you are about to see and hear Warren “White” Folks. He owned a downtown may be offensive.” http://bit.ly/ubGMHG.) Just barbershop where he distributed KKK literature, as telling, the url for a News4Jax story revealed and he commemorated the 1960 mob attack on the station’s decision to prohibit comments: black protestors known as Ax Handle Saturday news4jax.com/news/No-Commenting/Newwith an actual ax handle hung on the wall. Jaguars-owner-focus-of-jokes-slurs …) According to Civil Rights author Rodney Hurst, People are of two minds when it comes he called it his “nigger intimidator.” to dealing with racism. Do you bear witness, In light of Folks’ lonely and impoverished or do you ignore it and hope it goes away? If demise at the age of 91, it may be hard for some Warren Folks taught us anything, it’s that bigotry to envision just how dominant his persona — and ignorance have amazing staying power. and his views — were; how much he influenced Individual racists may die their lonely deaths, the local conversation. Nasty, crazy people are but until Jacksonville purges its institutions of everywhere, of course, but gaining a foothold the symbols of intolerance — until Don Redman in legitimate discussions of race, as Folks did, and Nathan Bedford Forest alike are repudiated requires both persistence and the acquiescence by the community — Folks’ legacy will live on. — or tacit endorsement — of the larger Anne Schindler community. Folks was a frequent presence in themail@folioweekly.com the newspaper, a vocal part of the city’s school desegregation debate and a kind of pre “Crossfire”-era voice of the opposition. We like to think we’ve evolved in the past several decades, and in some very visible ways, we have. But the city’s intractable racist subclass continues to hold microphone. Witness last year’s “debate” over appointing a Muslim to a volunteer city board, in which City Councilmember Don Redman asked the distinguished professor “to say a prayer to your god” like he was some kind of circus freak. (If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the video, see it again for the first time http://bit.ly/yourgod) The incident elicited broad criticism, and ultimately drew an apology from Redman, but it didn’t change the fact that he remains one of 19 elected lawmakers representing our fair city (in addition to also being a barber, as it happens). Such incidents don’t happen in a vacuum. The city whose lawmakers can’t abide the Muslim faith is also home to a high school named for a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan (http://on.msnbc. com/vGfj85). And it’s the same place where the announcement that the local NFL team was being purchased by a man If Warren Folks taught us anything, it’s that bigotry and ignorance hailing from — get this — a foreign country have amazing staying power.


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I suppose that the possibility that so many young men and women may have been abused at the hands of their male and female coaches, mentors, leaders and idols may help explain the hostility and regressive behavior shat upon me by them as a teen. with the spectre of these assaults, I have never wished to kill those who abused me. In many ways, it has been as difficult and painful to live with the memories of the taunting, bullying and harassment I suffered during middle school and high school at the hands of football players, and I will admit to having a brief — albeit guilty — sense of come-uppance as this story has unfolded. I suppose that the possibility that so many young men and women may have been abused at the hands of their male and female coaches, mentors, leaders and idols may help explain the hostility and regressive behavior shat upon me by them as a teen. And I feel bad for them, because I know how tough it is to make any kind of sense of it all. Charles L. Bäck Jacksonville via email

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Extremely Small and Incredibly Fast Mini-drome racer Addison Zawada dominates on the world’s tiniest cycle track

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ou fall off your bicycle, you get back on. That’s the way it’s always done, and Addison Zawada has always done that. Only, sometimes, he’s had to stop by an emergency room first. “A broken leg, broken collarbone, couple concussions, broken teeth and numerous other injuries,” rattles off his sister, Anne. “[Those injuries] kept him from reaching his full potential as a racer.” A BMX racer, that is. Zawada discovered BMX (or bicycle motocross) racing at age 11, while living in a small South Carolina town. He raced competitively, with some success — turning pro in 2009. The family moved to Fleming Island, where Zawada graduated from Fleming High School in 2009 before moving to Orange Park to attend Florida State College at Jacksonville. But not even a year later, Zawada’s father died unexpectedly from a heart attack. “It was a shock that devastated our family,” Anne remembers. “Addison vowed to make our father proud. He used his bike as an outlet for grief and began riding more than ever.” This time, however, he turned his focus from the dirt track to the velodrome — a steeply banked, often indoor track designed for cycle racing. Specifically, Zawada picked the

essential to keep from falling off (walking it is impossible), but tricky for even experienced track cyclists to master. (Watch a highlight reel of the mini-drome competition at http://win.gs/sUNvyI.) Zawada, now 20, was the clear underdog at the August event, since it was his first velodrome race. Amazingly, he took home the gold, riding his 2009 Giant Bowery ’72 to victory. He has since won every North American race and is currently in talks with Red Bull for sponsorship. “My ultimate goal is to one day make a living by riding my bike,” he says. For now, a typical week for Zawada includes school, working at Champion Cycling in Arlington, mountain biking in Hanna Park and riding the track at Jacksonville BMX off Dunn Avenue. He’s also an active member of 904 Fixed, a Jacksonville-based group that supports and promotes fixed-gear cycling through events and rides (facebook.com/904fixed). Burro Bags, a local bike-messenger-inspired line of bags, tees and accessories, is one of 904 Fixed’s biggest sponsors and supporters, also sponsored the Red Bull Mini-Drome competition in Orlando, which is how Zawada got into the event.

“It was a shock that devastated our family,” Anne remembers. “Addison vowed to make our father proud. He used his bike as an outlet for grief and began riding more than ever.”

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world’s smallest and steepest velodrome, owned by energy-drink-hawker and extreme-sportspusher Red Bull. In August, the soft drink company brought the 7-meter-wide-by-14meter-long track to Orlando’s Club Firestone, where some 90 fixed-gear riders competed in the first American event of its kind. Zawada calls the mini-drome race as “sort of like NASCAR, but for bikes.” Racers in early heats compete for time; when the number of competitor drops, the cyclists compete in (fast, intense and crash-prone) heats of two. The sport originated in New Zealand, spread through Europe and is gaining popularity in Canada and the U.S. The Red Bull velodrome is a wooden track with high bank turns — steep enough that maintaining high speeds is

“I had heard the term ‘mini-drome’ come up a few times over the years,” Zawada admits. “And I pretty much knew what it was. I just never really thought I would have the opportunity to race on one.” But Zawada raced, and Zawada won. “It was so surreal,” he says. The next month, he flew to Montreal to compete in the next leg. “It was a long shot,” his sister says. “But he figured it would be his chance to travel and have fun on his bike. To the surprise of practically everyone following the race, he won again.” After winning two in a row, he flew to Toronto, Ontario to compete. He won there, earning a lengthy segment on MTV News Canada (http://bit.ly/tGyFmv) along with sponsorship from OOQI grips and Truth Of


A Liar, an urban lifestyle blog. The fourth and final race took place just a few weeks ago in Vancouver, British Columbia. Zawada won again — making him the winner of all four North American Red Bull Mini-Drome events in its inaugural season. Zawada’s sister Anne says her brother’s wins feel like a victory for the whole family. “Our father had always been an avid supporter of Addison’s bike passion — taking him to

races every weekend, working at the local tracks and even getting on a bike himself at 53 years old,” she says. In fact, after his win in Toronto, Zawada posted to his Facebook page, “Moments like these make me hope and pray that there is a God, that there is a heaven, that my dad really is looking down on me, thinking to himself … ‘That’s my boy!’ ”  Kara Pound themail@folioweekly.com

Anything Goes “The person at the other end could have said ‘We can dress up in diapers or ride porpoises in the moonlight.’ He still would have gone.” — Public Defender Craig Atack, attempting to paint his client as an indiscriminate sex freak in an effort to prove that his decision to respond to a Craigslist ad proffering sex with a 14-year-old wasn’t a serious pursuit of the perverse. The jury, unconvinced, found the man guilty last week.

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Bouquets to UNF Professor Judy Sayre and her marketing class for turning their classroom time into tangible benefits for a local nonprofit. The class spent the past semester building an awareness and advertising campaign for the annual Walk to Defeat ALS, a fundraiser for research into the devastating illness Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The class presented their campaign recently to members and supporters of the ALS community. The next walk is scheduled for Saturday March 31 at Seven Bridges Grille in Tinseltown. Brickbats to St. Augustine business owner Henry Whetstone for attempting to claim ownership of land that that he has never paid taxes on in order to build a 270-foot pier that would obstruct access to the city’s historic sea wall. Whetstone, owner of the Bayfront Inn, claims that his business – which is located across busy Avenida Menedez from the waterway – is “contiguous” to the river and therefore his property. Whetstone says if the city will not allow him to build the pier, it must pay him for “taking” his property. Bouquets to University of North Florida criminology professor Michael Hallett for using statistical analysis to advance the discussion of crime in Jacksonville. Hallett asked four students to examine city crime stats, and found that — law enforcement claims to the contrary – the city is still statistically tied for first among urban areas for the title of “Murder Capital.” Hallett and his students presented their findings at a two-hour discussion late last month. DECEMBER 13-19, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 7


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140 years — Sentence given Robert Allan Cowan, 50, for federal child pornography charges. Cowan was a former principal at Yulee Primary School and an assistant principal at Arlington Middle School. He was working as a guidance counselor at Ft. Caroline Middle School when he was fired in 2009, after police found thousands of pieces of child pornography and rape videos on his home and office computers. Cowan continues to face child-molestation charges in state court.

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“The Charlotte aerial was an inadvertent mistake. It should not have aired. We apologize that it was part of the telecast.” — ESPN spokesperson acknowledging that some aerial shots of “downtown Jacksonville” during the Jags/San Diego Chargers game were of a different Southern city altogether. The station also acknowledged that it aired shots of EverBank Field from a previous “Monday Night Football” game — not the one being played. “We did not have a crew shooting scenic Monday,” the ESPN spokesperson said. “There were no graphic or audio mentions indicating the shot was live, though we understand viewers may have been under this assumption.”

The Fernandina Beach High School Wrestling Team has been accused of hazing after one of its members was found battered and bruised after an alleged paddling. According to the parents of the student, he was paddled 14 times on his buttocks so severely that large bruises were still visible three days later. Hazing has drawn fresh scrutiny after the death of FAMU Marching 100 band member Robert Champion following a football game. FBHS Principal Jane Arnold suspended the school’s wrestling program while administrators conduct an investigation. Police are also investigating.

Fellow Traveler And you thought air travel sucked for ordinary mortals? © 2011 The Santa Claus on Concourse C of Jacksonville International Airport (and his doppelgänger on Concourse A) has been sitting there for more than a week — and he isn’t scheduled to leave until Christmas Eve. According to airport spokesperson Michael Stewart, the diminutive, slightly creepy Santas (complete with luggage tags that read Kris Kringle) were the creation of the airport’s volunteer decorating committee, and have been a hit so far with travelers. No word on whether Santa had to get a pat-down coming through security, but Stewart insisted nobody has yet reported him as a suspicious traveler.

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he 18-year-old Duval County Jail inmate, facing years behind bars for armed robbery, has a simple message for 45 first-time offenders. “Do better,” he implores. “This could be your last chance. I don’t want anyone to feel the pain I’ve been dealing with for the past two-and-ahalf years.” The inmate — Brandon Michael Rothenberg — was the final speaker at a mandatory threehour Consequences of Crime class offered by the State Attorney’s Office; attendance is required of many young males in trouble with the law. The program was created to divert nonviolent first offenders from criminal convictions and give them a chance — and an incentive — to change their ways. A companion class, Focus on the Female, is offered for teen girls charged with crimes. The classes aren’t new; State Attorney Angela Corey’s predecessor Harry Shorstein initiated the program. But Corey’s version is more stringent — a Jacksonville version of 1970s-era “Scared Straight”-style juvenile rehabilitation programs. Case in point, inmate Rothenberg. Dressed in a green jail uniform, his hands and feet bound by chains, Rothenberg shuffles in front of the group of boys — all restless after sitting for almost three hours, while adults preached the dangers of smoking and drinking and ending up in jail. At 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 150 pounds, Rothenberg certainly doesn’t look imposing, but he’s awaiting sentencing Dec. 15 for robbing someone at gunpoint when he was only 15. He has spent three birthdays in Duval County Jail since he was arrested on Sept. 2, 2009. He doesn’t say much about his crime other than say he was “thrown under the bus” by his sister. (Published accounts say he and his sister committed the robbery to pay the rent.) But Rothenberg, who was unable to afford a lawyer and unable to post his $75,000 bond, went straight to jail upon arrest. He’s been there ever since — and what he’s witnessed in the sixth floor juvenile lockup shocks even adults in the audience. “I walked past a cell and I saw a little 13-year-old like you, sucking on a man’s dick,” he tells a young teen in the audience. He says he saw other juveniles being anally raped by broom handles. “I am always watching my back,” says Rothenberg. “It is every man for himself.” Rothenberg may yet face years in prison. The state’s 10-20-Life law requires a minimum 10-year prison sentence for crimes in which a gun is used to commit armed robbery, but the judge could send Rothenberg away for life, shattering any dreams he once had of being a pastor or psychologist. Rothenberg frequently talks to groups like this, and maintains an A/B average in the mandatory high school classes he takes in jail. On the outside, he struggled with school and

This is what is going to happen to you if you don’t change your life,” juvenile inmate Brandon Rothenberg observes. “You need to appreciate your life now.”

drugs, and thought “it was cool to tote a gun.” Inside, he’s become a role model. “You don’t know how good you’ve got it,” he tells the group, before launching into a grim litany of a day in jail. He describes endless hours behind bars, every day the same: Up at 5 a.m., lights out at 7 p.m., wearing the same clothing all week long, living like a caged animal and eating rotten food. “I call it slop,” he says of jail chow, “because that’s what it is.” “This is what is going to happen to you if you don’t change your life,” juvenile inmate Brandon Rothenberg observes. “You need to appreciate your life now.” It was unclear what effect the class had on the juveniles at the recent Wednesday night session. Those running the class admit, “It may go in one ear and come out the other.” The offenders, both white and black, range in age from a very small 9-year-old to 18-year-olds, some more than 6 feet tall. It’s obvious that they don’t want to be in this class, held in the old Jacksonville City Council chambers on the 15th floor of what is

of What’s My Name for Girls Inc., tells the boys that the class is their one “Get Out of Jail Free” card. “Next time, they are going to lock your ass up.” Her presentation ends with a series of pictures of Jacksonville teenagers serving life in prison without parole, including University Christian students Connor Pridgen and Charles Southern, who took turns shooting their 17-year-old classmate Makia Coney in the head because they wanted to know what it felt like. “These juveniles are going to die in prison,” she tells the group. “They are going to die in prison because they got caught up in foolishness.” Robert Benefield, with Gateway Community Services, warns the youths about the cancercausing chemicals in cigarettes, pulling out a plastic bag containing the tar-blackened lungs of an actual smoker. He also cautions them about the dangers of alcohol, and asks three of the students to put on special glasses that simulate the experience of being drunk. None of them can walk a straight line.

The program aims to communicate in graphic terms the wages of gun violence and culminates in a heady moment: Each child is zipped into a body bag. now the courthouse annex. The view is stunning as the sun sets and night envelops the city, but they aren’t allowed to look. The boys are on one side of the room and their parents are on the other. Many of the boys were raised by single mothers, and there are only a few fathers in the room. Parents clap or shout “Amen” when one of the speakers makes a point they agree with. The youths are stoic, looking more like kids than hardened criminals, but despite the efforts at “diversion,” officials say many of them will serve time in prison. Alan Louder, director of the diversion program, is a former professional basketball player and jail guard. He takes no nonsense from the group in his charge. “You are starting to be a menace to society,” he tells the youngsters, about of third of whom were arrested on petit theft charges. “It is easy to get a label, but it’s hard to get rid of it.” Ingrid Bowman-Thomas, executive director

Greg Fields, a Duval County Jail guard, emphasizes the reality of life in jail, telling the teens they could be beaten by other prisoners or Tased by guards. He pulls out his Taser and pulls the trigger, causing it to buzz and spark. He also pulls out his pistol, which he says he always carries “to protect me from people like you.” In addition to taking the three-hour class, the youngsters must tour the Duval County Jail. The payoff for the juveniles and their parents is a chance for their records to be expunged or sealed. Louder said the program has been successful in keeping kids out of jail. So far this year, 1,241 youngsters have been diverted into the program and away from serious criminal charges. In 2010, 973 juveniles successfully completed the program; 171 didn’t, including 57 who had new charges. “Our success rate has always been very high,” says Louder.

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News The Consequences of Crime class is often accompanied by other sanctions, including anger management classes, drug or alcohol treatment, mental health treatment and classes for parents. For some, there’s also a novel class in violence prevention at Shands Jacksonville and the city morgue called “Turning Point: Rethinking Violence.” Kamela Scott, an associate professor in the Department of Surgery and director of psychological services at the University of Florida Health Science Center of Jacksonville, leads the program, which started in 1999. The six-week court-ordered program spans 14 hours, and aims to communicate in graphic terms the wages of gun violence. The session at Shands Trauma Center culminates in a heady moment: Each child is zipped into a body bag. “Turning Point simply seeks to give at-risk youth and their parents a true view of the consequences of violence,” says Scott. Kids have been desensitized against the reality of violence by movies and television, she says, and so at the session, they’re taught the visceral effect on the body of a gunshot wound or a knife gash. “In the Trauma Center, and in the morgue, one simply cannot deny the reality of violence,” says Scott. “And yes, we do have the kids get into a body bag, to make one very important point for the kids and their parents: If they continue down their current trajectory, this is very likely to be their own reality of their parents, to have to come identify their child on a table.” The parents and the teens also attend a victim impact panel, where parents who have lost kids to violence speak graphically and emotionally about their losses. ���I truly believe we are doing something spectacular, something that works, and something we need more of,” Scott says, adding that she would like to see the program expanded to include the younger siblings of offenders. “I do believe this would be extremely effective to get these teens’ attention, prior to their actually committing a crime.” Scott wrote in an award-winning paper, “Prevention That Works: The Effect of a Focused, Comprehensive Adolescent Violence Intervention Program is both Sustained and Enhanced Over Time,” which she presented at the 2007 annual Scientific Meeting of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. But some aren’t as convinced of the effectiveness of the Scared Straight model, first popularized in the 1970s by inmates at Rahway State Prison in New Jersey. Former Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Anthony J. Schembri, who worked under Gov.

Jeb Bush from 2004-’07, authored a critical study of the programs, “Scared Straight Programs: Jail and Detention Tours.” “These programs not only fail to attain the desired goal of deterring future criminality, they correlate with an increase in reoffending,” Schembri wrote. “The research findings remind us that even while programs are operating with the best intentions, and are intuitively appropriate, we must continue to evaluate services and treatment provided to youth in the most empirically and methodologically sound way possible, to ensure our good intentions are in keeping with our goals and missions,” he wrote. A team of researchers from the Campbell Collaboration, an international research network, analyzed nine Scared Straight-type programs, and found they did not deter teenage participants from reoffending. Their study concluded that participants were actually 28 percent more likely to reoffend than youths who did not participate. The Coalition of Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C., wrote in a report, “Scared Straight: Don’t Believe the Hype,” that programs based on Scared Straight approaches are “ineffective, counterproductive and costly.” But local programs are also coupled with educational components, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment and parental classes — which may be why the local figures suggest some degree of success. Statistics from the state Department of Juvenile Justice indicate the number of youngsters diverted from court in the 4th Circuit (which includes Nassau, Clay and Duval counties) has dropped from 3,170 in 2006-’07 to 1,649 in 2010-’11. The same trend is reported statewide. The number of youth entering the Department of Juvenile Justice System is continuing to go down, referrals to the agency from schools are down 11 percent, and the number of youth waiting in detention centers for placement in a residential facility is the lowest in DJJ history. The number of youth diverted into crime prevention programs was down from 35,057 in 2006-’07 to 30,202 in 2010-’11. Department Secretary Wansley Walters calls the decline “gratifying” but adds that more needs to be done. “We must continue to work closely with our community partners to create alternatives to detention,” he says, “so youth don’t have to enter the juvenile justice system in the first place.”  Ron Word themail@folioweekly.com

And stay out!: A screenshot from the original “Scared Straight” film — the inspiration for Jacksonville’s juvenile program.

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ear television in my living room: First I’d like to apologize for the stains on your screen — both you and I know how they got there, so I don’t see any reason to discuss it further, other than to say, “I’m sorry.” Secondly, I’d like to thank you for the best gift any wise-assed TV critic could hope for, “American Horror Story,” which you’ve thankfully been providing me for the past few months. Even though it was created by the same person who dreamed up and eventually ruined “Glee” (that would be Ryan Murphy), AHS is hands down the best new show of the season. Not only does this campy psychosexual creep fest feature terrific acting from all involved (especially freaky next door neighbor Jessica Lange), and at least one “OMIGOD, I’ve

Considering the title of this episode, is it reasonable to expect a joyous birth, immediately followed by maybe a horned, clovenhooved devil baby tearing up their just-painted nursery and spitting up copious amounts of split pea soup? ONE CAN ONLY HOPE! never seen that before on television” moment during every episode, it also regularly showcases Dylan McDermott’s naked bottom AND is the only series I can think of that co-stars a rubbersuited gimp demon. (Not counting “Two and a Half Men,” of course.) So again? Thank you, television, and I’m really looking forward to this coming Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 10 p.m. on FX when I get to unwrap the slam-bang season one finale of AHS, creepily entitled “Afterbirth.” As regular viewers already know, Vivien (Connie Britton) is pregnant with twins, which would be great, except for three things: 1) The twins have two fathers — Daddy Ben (Dylan McDermott) and the aforementioned rubbersuited gimp demon. 2) One of the twins is normal and the other one just maaaaaay be the Antichrist. And 3) Uggggh, TWINS?? That’s like, twice the poopy diapers, am I right? Anyway, considering the title of this episode, is it reasonable to expect a joyous birth, immediately followed by maybe a horned, cloven-hooved devil baby tearing up their justpainted nursery and spitting up copious amounts of split pea soup? ONE CAN ONLY HOPE! Ahhh, it’s true: That rubber-suited gimp demon has made Humpy’s ho-ho-holiday season a jolly one indeed — which is why I think everyone would be jollier if he was in other shows as well! Say for example some of those well-worn Christmas specials, such as… “A Charlie Brown Christmas”: Concerned about the “materialism” of Christmas, Charlie Brown’s faith is renewed when the gang performs a Nativity play, starring a rubber-suited gimp demon as the Baby Jesus. Shockingly, things don’t end well.

“It’s a Wonderful Life:” When a cranky miser ruins the town’s savings and loan, the owner climbs onto a bridge to commit suicide. But before he can jump, a rubber-suited gimp demon floats down from heaven and shows the man how important his life really is — and then shoves him off the bridge where he’s impaled on a spike. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Cursed with a blinking red nose, a genetically mutated reindeer is bullied and uninvited to any subsequent games. Thankfully an elf/ dentist named Hermey, a prospector called Yukon Cornelius, and a rubber-suited gimp demon rush to his rescue. Rudolph eventually returns to Santa’s workshop to find everyone grotesquely slaughtered, and hanging from the rafters by their own entrails. Oh, Hermey! How could you? (Wink!)

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9:30 ABC 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE So maybe I was supposed to be No. 11? 10:00 FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY Viv gives birth to the Anti-Christ. In other words, same shit, different day.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 8:00 ABC A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Charlie’s faith in Xmas is renewed thanks to Linus and the Baby Gimp. 10:00 FX IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA Season finale! At their high school reunion, the gang tries to rehab their image. (Pro tip: Try less coke snorting.)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 9:00 NBC GRIMM Nick asks Monroe the werewolf to go undercover as a “feral creature.” Maybe give him more of a challenge next time?

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 8:00 CBS FROSTY THE SNOWMAN Frosty loves being alive — until he meets the rubber-suited gimp carrying a hot curling iron. 11:30 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Jimmy Fallon returns to host, and Michael Bublé returns so I can make fun of his name. Bublé!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 8:00 PBS MASTERPIECE CLASSIC My snooty (but smart!) pals highly recommend this turn of the century four-part soap opera, “Downton Abbey.” 9:00 TLC GEEK LOVE Geeks “speed date” at comic book conventions to find love. Tonight: Iron Man tries to tap a Wookie.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19 8:00 FOX TERRA NOVA Season finale! A new (malevolent) group moves into Terra Nova, which means “there goes the dinosaur neighborhood!” 8:30 ABC A CHIPMUNK CHRISTMAS The squeakyvoiced chipmunks try to save a terminally ill boy. BLECH!! That sounds awful! Where’s the gimp when you need him?? Wm.™ Steven Humphrey steve@portlandmercury.com

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uring the Florida State/Florida “contest” recently, I kept thinking of that car dealership whose ads promised to make a customer’s payments for a year if the team he was a “fan” of shut out its opponent. Sounded like a sucker bet throughout the whole season — until that Saturday night in The Swamp, when a regular season of disappointments for the Gators reached its apogee. The Florida State Seminoles are a second-rate club, with a glorified option quarterback and an offense more suited to Pop Warner than the national championship discussion. But even with an offense that did for me what a Tylenol PM

switch things up, it was even worse. Consider, for example, that laughable drive when the Gators did a reverse, a fake field goal and the wildcat all within a couple of minutes. It was like watching a meth head script a Madden drive. The only thing missing? The Fleaflicker. And while we’re at it, some love for first-year head coach Will Muschamp, who’s gotten a free pass this year from most of sports media. They love the Muschampian backstory, that Gainesville connection, but it doesn’t change the fact that his Gators beat no one this year better than Vandy and the Vols, and that he failed to adapt his system to the personnel he

Maybe this was a bad year, an outlier; maybe the Gators can find their way back to 8 or 9 wins a year. Which was where the reviled Ron Zook had the program, if you’ll recall. and a Zima could not, they schooled the Gators so hard on their own field that every Florida diploma this year will come with a Seminole watermark. And who was to blame for that mess? John Brantley. His failure to make reads, his willingness to throw into triple coverage and his otherwise lackluster decision-making helped seal the deal. Brantley is the worst Gator quarterback in the last 30 years. He would not have seen the field during the Spurrier era. He never would’ve beaten out one of his predecessors, Chris Leak — the projected starter next year for Jacksonville’s own Arena League team. Tebow? Matthews? Wuerffel? Brantley isn’t in the same league. Even before the concussion that knocked him out of the game, he played addled, as if hazed out on painkillers. Too slow. Too sloppy. And an indictment of the last two coaches — the current one for not developing a viable backup, and Saint Urban Meyer (soon to be with THE Ohio State University, UF’s opponent in the upcoming Gator Bowl) for his inattention to recruiting when Tebow, Harvin and Hernandez were carrying his ass. Let’s blame former sad-sack offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, too, who with every stop in his career makes it known that any notoriety he once had was glommed from the sack-sweat of Patriots coach and former boss Bill Belichick. What a ridiculous game plan he brought forth for the ’Nole game. Weis’ offenses have looked the same since the 20th Century. Of course, when he tried to 12 | FOLIO WEEKLY | DECEMBER 13-19, 2011

had. The Gators looked like a team subject to NCAA sanctions — with the offense as the prime offender. And in case you believe Ohio State fans are thrilled with the Gators and the Gator Bowl, think again. I contacted Steve “Downtown” Brown, formerly of WJCT’s morning show and currently with Columbus’s NPR affiliate, who said that “just about everyone would prefer to see Ohio State decline the bowl bid to help appease the NCAA for the ‘Tat 5’” scandal, and that the game was a “consolation prize for a horrible season.” Gator fans can relate — even though this game was sold out long before this issue was racked. Plenty of blame to go around for what the Gators have become, but maybe some perspective is in order. Maybe this was a bad year, an outlier; maybe they can improve, gradually, over the next couple of years, find their way back to so-called respectability, 8 or 9 wins a year, even. Which was where the reviled Ron Zook had the program, if you’ll recall. Can you live with that, as a frontrunning Gator fan? Or would you rather just cut to the chase and admit the truth: that in a dozen games, Will Muschamp has set the Gator program back 30 years.  AG Gancarksi themail@folioweekly.com

Listen to AG Gancarski every Friday on “First Coast Connect” with Melissa Ross on 89.9 FM WJCT.


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Reasons to leave the house this week SEASONAL CHILLAX A PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS

Anyone who craves a little smooth jazz to calm nerves jangled by holiday razzamatazz can dig the brassy sounds of A Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Kirk Whalum on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Guitarist Peter White first came to prominence playing with artists like Al Stewart and Basia. Onetime UNF jazz student Mindi Abair has blown some brassy alto sax for cats ranging from Lee Ritenour to Duran Duran, while Grammywinning horn man and songwriter Kirk Whalum has jammed with peeps like New Age guru Jean Michel Jarre and Barbra Streisand. Together, the talented triumvirate promises a dazzling night of holiday-themed jazz certain to ease everyone into maximum yuletide chillax! Tickets are $31 and $40. 355-2787.

FILM THE MISFITS

Director John Huston’s 1961 drama “The Misfits” seemed doomed to fail. Filmed in Nevada, the black-and-white movie, about lost souls navigating the rodeo circuit, was fraught with tension and uncertainty. Star Marilyn Monroe’s beauty was beginning to fade due to increasing substance abuse as her marriage to “Misfits” screenwriter Arthur Miller unraveled. And 60-year-old leading man Clark Gable insisted on doing his own stunts in 108-degree heat (“The Misfits” was his last film), while cast and crew, including Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter, drank themselves into a stupor in their down time. Upon its release, the film’s dark tone turned off fans and critics. A half-century on, it’s considered an American dramatic masterpiece. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall screens “The Misfits” on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 6 p.m. 209-0399.

COMEDY SPANKY BROWN

Comedian Spanky Brown likes to crack wise about his colorful past. This son of a preacher man (just like the tune!) worked as an ad exec, car and insurance salesman and even served in the Army before breaking into the comedy biz in 1997. Since then, the Southern-born mirth merchant has been a regular on BET and Comedy Central and is a former contributing writer to “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.” The Comedy Zone presents Spanky Brown at 8 p.m. Dec. 13-16 and 20-23 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets range from $6-$12. 292-4242.

LUMINARIA FESTIVAL

Northeast Florida holiday revelers keeping things (literally) light this holiday season can check out Riverside Avondale Preservation’s 28th annual Holiday Luminaria Festival on Sunday, Dec. 18 at sundown. Homes throughout the Riverside-Avondale neighborhood display the festive paper lanterns for the popular self-guided tour, which includes a Luminaria Bike Ride starting at 6 p.m. at City Cycle, 2740 Park St., along with a live nativity scene and several musical performances. Luminaria kits (six paper bags, candles and sand) are $6, available at the RAP Booth at Riverside Arts Market from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on weekdays at the RAP temporary offices, 2705 Riverside Ave. Proceeds benefit RAP’s efforts to preserve historic homes. 389-2449. riversideavondale.org

ROCK BURN SEASON

Come get a taste of some real Jingle Bell Rock when locally bred rockers Burn Season perform along with Mindslip, Bleeding in Stereo, Breaking Through and None Like Us on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Heavy rockers Burn Season came on the scene a decade ago and released their debut album in ’05. After a brief hiatus, the group reformed and recorded their latest album, “This Long Time Coming.” Tickets are $12. 223-9850.

SOUL LALAH HATHAWAY

Contemporary R&B and jazz artist Lalah Hathaway is known as the “First Daughter of Soul.” The 42-year-old Chicago native, the daughter of the late soul legend Donny Hathaway, has spent the last two decades working with music heavyweights like Marcus Miller, Mary J. Blige and Joe Sample. Hathaway performs on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 and 10 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. Tickets for each performance are $27.50. 632-5555.

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Elf Power: James McAvoy lends his voice to the title role in the excellent British holiday fare “Arthur Christmas.”

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Animated British import is a welcome addition to the holiday film genre Arthur Christmas ****

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.

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must admit I wasn’t initially thrilled at the prospect of seeing “Arthur Christmas.” Judging from the posters and what limited trailers I’d glimpsed, it promised to be yet another exercise in animated tinsel cheer for kids. What seemed to be a preponderance of elves in the film was another turn-off. In part, I suppose, I was just another cynical old Grinch. Nonetheless, my young daughter was eager to see the movie, so I dutifully lined up with other parents to get our tickets, and then the required popcorn, candy and drinks. My mood was none too lightened when the feature proper was preceded by a very weird and irritating music video featuring Justin Bieber singing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” “Bah, humbug!” I muttered to myself, settling deeper into my seat for an anticipated nap. But then “Arthur Christmas” began, and soon I was as radiant-eyed as my daughter. Had I realized that the film came from Aardman Animation, the same British company responsible for “Chicken Run” and the “Wallace & Gromit” films, I might well have spared myself the aforementioned grumbling. Like those earlier animated efforts, “Arthur Christmas” is a witty charmer, aimed as squarely at adults as at children. And like its predecessors, the new film succeeds. Co-written and directed by Sarah Smith (whose work is primarily in British television series, like the quirky cult hit “The League of Gentlemen”), “Arthur Christmas” is a decidedly British take on the yuletide legend of a jolly giftgiver. According to this scenario, the current Santa Claus (voiced by Jim Broadbent) comes from a long line of Clauses, dating back to the original St. Nicholas. Though the reigning Santa is still the portly majordomo at the North Pole activity center, it’s his oldest son Steve (Hugh Laurie) who has modified the operation to keep up with the times. Santa’s headquarters is now a command center, the antiquated sleigh and reindeer replaced by an enormous airship. The packaging and delivering of presents is

accomplished by a literal army of elves, who operate with the precision of clockwork ninjas. The rest of the Clauses — retired Grandsanta (Bill Nighy), Mrs. Claus (Imelda Staunton) and youngest son Arthur (James McAvoy) — remain behind on Christmas Eve, anxiously awaiting the return of the ship and a successful completion of the mission. However, when it’s discovered upon their return that one little girl’s present was inadvertently left behind, only Arthur (usually relegated to the mail room) is upset enough to try to rectify the situation. Though his father and brother assure him that the error is a miniscule one, Arthur is determined to make sure that not one child will suffer disappointment on Christmas Day and lose her faith in Santa. Enlisting the aid of crotchety old Grandsanta, Arthur and elf Bryony (Ashley Jensen), who’s usually a wrapper, coax a retired reindeer into harness and board the dilapidated sleigh for one last ride, racing the clock to deliver the errant package to the little girl in Cornwall, England. Before the night is over, their odyssey will take them to Toronto, Nevada and Africa, through all kinds of adventures, culminating in a rocket attack from military jets that mistake them for invading aliens. The animation and direction in “Arthur Christmas” are as impressive and lively as we have grown to expect from the impressive array of digital and technological tools available to today’s animators. What sets the new film apart from so many other similar (boring) holiday contenders is a genuinely clever script and, most important of all, solid characterization. That’s difficult to describe, but you know it when you see it. Like the people at Pixar, the animators at Aardman consistently manage to take the pulse of their creations, a bit of filmmaking magic that eludes lesser contenders among the competition. Parents with small children who frequent such movies know what I mean. “Arthur Christmas” is somewhat hampered by its title for most American audiences, and its marketing campaign is no match for the Disney/Pixar or Dreamworks squads. Nonetheless, this is a real holiday gem — one that warmed the heart (and tickled the funny bone) of at least one Grinch I know too well.  Pat McLeod themail@folioweekly.com


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“Well, Beau, I’ve read the script. Go ahead and sign on for ‘The Little Lebowski.’ I mean, hell, it’s not like it could hurt your career!” George Clooney advises co-star Beau Bridges in the comedy-drama “The Descendants.”

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

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flight, instead focusing on snappy animation, toe-tappin’ tunes and likable characters.

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HUGO **** Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Based on Brian Selznick’s Caldecott Medal book about a young boy’s magical adventures in a 1930s Paris train station, “Hugo” is director Martin Scorsese’s first foray into fantasy filmmaking, with dazzling results. Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee and Sacha Baron Cohen star in a film blending fact and fiction into a captivating tale, delivered through impressive technical wizardry, particularly in its use of 3-D.

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ANONYMOUS **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Pot Belly’s Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis star in director Roland Emmerich’s 17th-century period-piece, a conspiracy thriller which hypothesizes that William Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets were written by the Earl of Oxford. Prithee, Folio Weekly doth say! ARTHUR CHRISTMAS **** Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue. COURAGEOUS **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island A faith-based film about four police officers reacting to a tragedy that affects them personally, causing them to evaluate their lives as fathers, husbands and peace officers. Starring Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Ben Davies and Kevin Downes. THE DESCENDANTS **@@ Rated R • Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. After his wife slips into a coma, Matt King (George Clooney) tries to reconnect with his teenage daughters, while being pressured to sell his family’s land in Hawaii. Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard and Mary Birdsong also star in director Alexander Payne’s comedy-drama. DESI BOYZ **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square Akshay Kumar, Bruna Abdullah, John Abraham and Rajat Barmecha star in this Bollywood action-comedy about two former Oxford University students who decide to open a London strip club. Classy move. THE DIRTY PICTURE **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square This Bollywood rom-com musical stars Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi and Imran Hasnee in the story of an actress who falls for a director.

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

HAPPY FEET TWO ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., World Golf IMAX Theater This high-steppin’ sequel to the animated family flick, featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, Hank Azaria, Pink and Robin Williams, happily sidesteps a so-so story about penguins taking (literal)

THE IDES OF MARCH ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, Epic Theatre St. Augustine Director and costar George Clooney’s Oscar-buzzworthy film is about an idealistic campaign manager (Ryan Gosling) who gets a reality check while working for a Democratic presidential hopeful, played by Clooney. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti deliver ballot-stuffing performances. IMMORTALS ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Set in ancient Greece, this film from the makers of 2006’s “300” is a worthy addition to the sword-and-sorcery genre. The cast includes Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff and Henry Cavill as the heroic Theseus, who’s given the task by the Gods of Olympus to retrieve a magical bow before it falls in the hands of evil king Hyperion (Rourke). IN TIME *@@@ Rated PG-13 • Regal Avenues Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried star in this mediocre sci-fi offering about immortality that seems to drag on forfreakin’-ever. Oh, the irony! JACK AND JILL **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The latest comedy offering from the Adam Sandler Brain Trust has the former SNL cast-member-turned-frat-boypinup/star of such groundbreaking films as “Happy Gilmore” and “The Waterboy” in dual roles as Jack and Jill Sadelstein, siblings trying to survive Thanksgiving. Be thankful if you survive the 90-minute comedy, inexplicably featuring Al Pacino starring as himself. J. EDGAR ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, Carmike Amelia Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues Leonardo DiCaprio delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in Clint Eastwood’s engaging biopic that chronicles the life, legacy and still-lingering controversy surrounding J. Edgar Hoover, the decades-long director of the FBI.


LADIES VS. RICKY BAHL **@@ Film not rated • AMC Regency Square Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Parineeti Chopra star in this Bollywood import about a smooth-talking con artist that gets a little comeuppance after MONEYBALL ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Epic Theatre St. Augustine This sports biopic, based on the true life story of Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane, hits a grand slam on the strength of an all-star script and trophy-worthy performance by Brad Pitt. THE MUPPETS ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre Amy Adams and Jason Segel star (Segel co-wrote the script, with Nicholas Stoller) in the return of Jim Henson’s ragtag crew of critters including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and Sam Eagle. Some of the musical numbers fall a little flat, but endearing performances by Segel and Adams, loads o’ cameos and a decent story (Muppets try to save their theater) make this family-geared flick a must-see. NEW YEAR’S EVE **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Director Garry Marshall’s rom-com has an ensemble cast, including Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel and newly single Ashton Kutcher, in a story about couples and singles in Manhattan on the last night of the year. Check it out just for the cameos: Halle Berry, John Lithgow, Ludacris, Jon Bon Jovi (Eeeeeee!!), Seth Myers, Yeardley Smith and Ryan Seacrest … out! PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park Third offering from this popular series about one pesky and persistent demon. In this prequel, we learn how sisters Katie and Kristi first came into contact with an evil presence, delivered with the surveillance-style footage that made the other films such spooky hits. PUSS IN BOOTS **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The animated family film from the “Shrek”-meisters, with Antonio Banderas voicing Puss and Zach Galifinakis in for Humpty Dumpty, also features Salma Hayek, Amy Sedaris and Guillermo del Toro, in a paint-by-the-numbers fur-filled fantasy that never rises to the level of humor or inventiveness of the original “Shrek” movies. THE SITTER **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This comedy stars Jonah Hill as a slacker baby-sitter who tries to corral a gang of rowdy children through a crazy adventure on the streets of New York City.

TOWER HEIST *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This comedy caper about the hijinks of bumbling amateur criminals (including Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Eddie Murphy and Casey Affleck), an FBI agent (Tea Leoni) and a devious white-collar criminal (Alan Alda) never really leaves the ground floor due to a weak script. But it’s nice to see the very funny Murphy in an adult role again. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. EEEEEEEEE!! Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner return. The wolf pack and vampire clan are closing in on expectant parents Edward (Pattinson) and Bella (Stewart). Co-starring Gil Birmingham, Billy Burke (no, not the Good Witch from Oz), Sarah Clarke and Jackson (OMG!) Rathbone. A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Regal Avenues The sequel stars John Cho and Kal Penne as hemp-driven dudes navigating the streets of NYC on a crazy, holiday adventure that will appeal only to diehards and burnouts. Cameos by Patton Oswalt, RZA and Neil Patrick Harris give this doped-up duo’s seasonal blend a mild buzz.

OTHER FILMS LATITUDE 30 MOVIES “Dolphin Tale” screens at 4:30 p.m., “Real Steel” at 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Latitude 30’s new movie theater, CineGrille, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for additional showtimes. 365-5555. THE MISFITS The WJCT Film Series continues with this Marilyn Monroe/Clark Gable/Montgomery Clift classic, screened at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $5; any dollar contributed over that is matched by an anonymous donor to WJCT, to support 89.9 FM. 209-3751. wjct.org pvconcerthall.com WINTER FILM SHOWCASE Douglas Anderson School of the Arts presents its Winter Film Showcase at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the school’s theater, 2445 San Diego Road, Jacksonville. 346-5620. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene,” “Anonymous” and “The Guard” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. WGHOF IMAX THEATER “Happy Feet Two” is screened along with “Legends of Flight 3D,” “Rescue 3D,” “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest,” “Born To Be Wild 3D,” “Hubble 3D” and “Under The Sea 3D” are shown at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol” opens on Dec. 16. 940-IMAX. worldgolfimax.com

NEW ON DVD & BLU-RAY OUR IDIOT BROTHER This dramedy stars Paul Rudd as Ned, stoner-slacker extraordinaire, who systematically aggravates his sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer) while they try to help him get back on his feet after a drug bust. Director Jesse Peretz’ (former bass player for The Lemonheads, brah!) heartwarming tale puts the “fun” in highly dysfunctional. THE HELP Set in the American South of the 1960s, “The Help” is the story of young writer Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) who returns home after college, energized by the Civil Rights Movement, and decides to chronicle the lives of the African-American maids and housekeepers of local families. Bryce Dallas Howard, Mary Steenburgen and Viola Davis, with an Oscar-worthy performance as Aibileen, co-star. FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis star in this sassy little rom-com about two people hoping to avoid falling in love by engaging in a no-strings-attached sexual relationship. The staffers here at Folio Weekly have a name for this kind of social experimentation/deviation: Malt Liquor and Dirt Weed Tuesday Nights Behind the Company Dumpster.

Noah (Jonah Hill) and Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez) baffle the judges of “Dancing with the Stars” with their original number, “A Tribute to Dutch Performance Art of the 1960s,” in the comedy “The Sitter.”

THE LADY VANISHES Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 crime thriller stars Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave (his last film made in the UK before he went to Hollywood), in a classic tale about a mysterious vanishing on a train traveling through “Bandrika,” a fictional country in pre-WWII Central Europe. This deluxe edition features a high-def digital transfer, a stills gallery and an audio of Francois Truffaut interviewing Hitchcock in 1962. 

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Hoosier Daddies: Straight No Chaser brings their smooth vocal stylings to The Florida Theatre.

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hile the Italian term a cappella translates as “in the manner of the chapel,” some of Folio Weekly’s favorite professional a cappella — or all vocal — groups include the decidedly secular-sounding combos like Moosebutter, Gas House Gang and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African Grammywinners who helped propel Paul Simon’s “Graceland” to dazzling heights. While Straight No Chaser doesn’t even break into our list of favorite monikers, the 10-piece all-male a cappella group is worth a listen. Formed at Indiana University in 1996, the Hoosier-based ensemble has scored several CARA (Contemporary A Cappella Society) awards and has played venues ranging from Wrigley Field to Carnegie Hall. And besides the fact that they took their name from the Thelonious Monk jazz standard, let’s be blunt: Do you know of any 10-piece, all-male group that makes a living touring the country WITHOUT taking off their clothes? (We’re looking at you, Chippendales.) With a new EP, “Six Pack: Volume 2” (ATCO/ Atlantic) released on Nov. 29, Straight No Chaser returns to The Florida Theatre on Dec. 21 with high hopes — their 2010 show sold out. The vocal group has continually recruited new personnel — men only, of course. As of last year, approximately 60 students have sung with the group. The current lineup (Ryan Ahlwardt, Walter Chase, Jerome Collins, Seggie

Isho, Michael Luginbill, Charlie Mechling, Don Nottingham, David Roberts, Randy Stine and Tyler Trepp) is known for putting a unique vocal spin on pop classics like Weezer’s “Buddy Holly,” Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” and even the Motown jam “Get Ready,” written by Smokey Robinson and made famous by The Temptations. Folio Weekly caught up with founding and current member Jerome Collins to chat about rabid fans, bad song ideas and what’s in a name. Folio Weekly: Last year, you sold out your show at The Florida Theatre in Jacksonville. Do you remember that performance?

F.W.: Your Jacksonville show is mere days before Christmas. Will you be singing all holiday tunes or mixing it up with pop favorites? J.C.: Of course we’re going to mix in some pop. We love the holidays, so I’d say we do about fifty-fifty: 50 percent pop and 50 percent Christmas. F.W.: Are there any songs a member has suggested that the group performed that seemed like a really terrible idea? J.C.: The guys always bring unusual ideas. I mean, we have 10 guys, so you have 10 different opinions. A guy might bring a song to the

“Well, we’ve actually had a female throw herself on stage. That’s probably the weirdest thing.” Jerome Collins: Yeah, yeah. I totally remember that theater — it was one of the nicest ones we performed at on tour. That was surprising to us, because we had never really been down to Jacksonville and the fact that that place was sold out was a nice little change of pace for us. It shows that we’re not just an “up North” group. We can get down South as well. F.W.: What’s the strangest thing a female fan has thrown on stage? J.C.: Well, we’ve actually had a female throw herself on stage. That’s probably the weirdest thing. She literally crawled up on stage and security had to come get her off and she just said, “I wanted to be as close as I can get.” That was probably the worst — or best — thing ever thrown on stage.

group that he was feeling at the time and it’s all trial and error — we’ll give it a shot and listen to it. If it works for us, then fine. But for the most part, we’re honest with each other. F.W.: If I came to the Jacksonville show with a Straight No Chaser limited-edition teddy bear, what are my chances the group would sign it for me? J.C.: That’s the one thing we do. After every show, we always come out to greet our fans. We’ll come out and sign anything you have — tickets, programs, anything you buy from our merch table. The teddy bear is something we’ve already been signing on tour, so there’s a 100 percent chance you will get that thing signed.  Kara Pound themail@folioweekly.com


Slippery When Wet: The bluegrass band Watertown (Michael Ward, Cheryl Watson, Teri LaMarco and Scott Sweet) perform at San Marco’s European Street Café.

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n the world of professional music, fortune and fame can be as elusive as finding a good alibi in a backwoods Honky Tonk at closing time. Jacksonville-based musician Cheryl Watson cut her teeth as both a singer-songwriter and musician of note. Back in Northeast Florida after a stint in Nashville, she performs with her band, Watertown — featuring Watson on vocals, guitar and mandolin, Scott Sweet on banjo, guitar and vocals, Teri LaMarco on bass and mandolin and Michael Ward on vocals and guitar. Their eponymous release (available at cheryljwatson.com) is a collection of cerebral stories of love and loss, set against a bluegrass wall of sound. This, of course, means plenty of banjo, mandolin and dobro. Folio Weekly recently caught up with Watson to talk about music, making it and Maine.

Folio Weekly: How did you get into performing music? Cheryl Watson: Early on, I loved the Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, different bands from the ’60s piqued my interest. When I was young, I would sit with my grandmother and pound on plastic drums along to The Beatles. At eight, I started to pick out those tunes on this little, very poorly tuned, plastic guitar my brother had. My parents bought me a real guitar after that. F.W.: I wouldn’t quite call your music country or bluegrass, but I would absolutely call it Americana. C.W.: Americana encompasses much more than those two genres. It can have elements of blues, jazz, some rock, bluegrass and country. It’s a hybrid. F.W.: Your new album is called “Watertown.” Does St. Augustine influence your music? C.W.: I don’t really draw on anything historical. St. Augustine has so much acoustic music that wasn’t around where I lived in Maine, so I have been highly influenced by the musicians.

The title cut of my new album, “Watertown,” was actually written about my aunt, who lived in a water town up in Maine. She worked her whole life in a factory and never got to do what she really wanted to do. Her dreams went unrequited. Part of that is inside of me as well, my own frustrations. F.W.: You spent some time in Nashville. At one point you were down to gas money. It seems as if, for everyone who succeeds in Nashville, there are 100 who don’t. Do you consider that experience as a failure? C.W.: I learned to deal with the experience over time. I came home because my mom was sick. I didn’t feel like a loser. I had a lot of people patting me on the back, and I feel confident about my songs. But I realized how difficult it was. It’s more like 100,000 for every 1 who make it. You can go up Broadway in Nashville, and about every 30 feet there, will be a bar with a blonde country singer playing. It’s like a wash when you stand in the middle of Broadway. You can hear 15 bands at once. My whole life, I didn’t care about being a star, I just wanted to make a living off what I loved to do, but I wasn’t making a penny. There is a saying in bluegrass, “You can make tens of dollars in bluegrass music.” F.W.: How did your mother’s illness affect your career? C.W.: I came home; I needed to. I went to grad school, got my masters in elementary education and got a job. Eventually, I realized most people don’t make it. I teach. I try not to discourage them. Just because you can play and sing and write doesn’t mean you are going to be a star. F.W.: How have these experiences matured you as a musician? C.W.: I know that I can play better than I used to. I am always trying to become a better musician and writer, despite the fact that I know no money may come in. I know it’ll sound contrived, but I do it for the love of the music. If I were doing it for money, I would stop right now.  Danny Kelly themail@folioweekly.com DECEMBER 13-19, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 21


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F.W.: On the EP, you featured a grab-bag of female and male collaborators. This time around, you had local girl Madeline Long singing along. How did you find her? O.H.: I spotted Madeline singing at the Pecan Park Flea Market earlier this year while shopping for fruit. I bought her a banana and asked her to sing the girl parts of the EP songs for my first live show at Lomax Lodge, and then recorded her singing with me on “This Town Doesn’t Have Enough Bars for Both of Us,” the first single [from] the LP. She got the sound right, so I stuck with her for the rest of the

F.W.: How’s the critical response been so far? O.H.: The critical reviews are more fun than the glowing ones. My favorite line so far [came] from some website called Blurt: “He’s a little white waif, strumming out twee ditties from America’s second-worst state.” F.W.: Does “Death of a Newspaper” anticipate the demise of the written word? O.H.: It’s a lament for the old days of journalism: ink, paper, chain-smoking reporters drinking Scotch in seedy bars … That’s one of the few things from the “good

“Like Rick Santorum, I have a Google problem. The name ‘Gospel Music,’ which I chose before the Internet was invented, is unsearchable.” record. I’d never tell her this, but I like her voice more than any of those on the EP. She writes songs, too. We fight over whose are better. F.W.: Do you think “How To Get To Heaven” represents artistic growth for Gospel Music? O.H.: Apart from the songwriting being better, no. I don’t want to evolve. I’m a doomed species. F.W.: Any blowback for your choice of album name and decision to recreate the original church pamphlet in the record? O.H.: I can leave my apartment without fear of getting run over crossing the street and going to hell. As far as reproducing the pamphlet, it seemed at once less mean-spirited and more subversive than just using the cover and the name. Like, this is what it really was — interpret freely.

old days” that actually seem better to me. F.W.: You played CMJ in New York in October. Is this December run your first real national tour for Gospel Music? O.H.: Excepting a Florida-Georgia run and CMJ, [yes], this is our maiden voyage. We’re on our way to Nashville as I write this. I’m not driving. No fear. Like those shirts from the mid-’90s. F.W.: What’s next for Gospel Music? Can this folk-pop train be stopped? O.H.: The West Coast and South by Southwest in February and March. And I’ve started to write the next album — tentative title: “This Is Going To Hurt You More Than It Hurts Me.”  Nick McGregor themail@folioweekly.com


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The Mustard Seed Cafe

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

Lulu’s at The Thompson House

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

PLAE Restaurant & Lounge

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

Moon River Pizza

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

The Surf

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

The Palace Saloon

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

Cafe Karibo

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

29 South Eats

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

Brett’s Waterway Café

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

T-Ray’s Burger Station

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

Jack & Diane’s

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

Sliders Seaside Grill

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

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$10. 223-9850. THE CAFFIENDS, THE RESONANTS, ALLIGATOR, RED AFTERNOON BAND STIFF BINDLES SONS OF HIPPIES, GERI X Orlando punks The Caffiends perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Local rockers perform at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Culhane’s These hippie-bred rockers perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Admission is $4. Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are 825-4959. TUBERS, THE 2416, DUNE PANTHER $8. 398-7496. MAGNUS, JOHN PAUL GEORGE KULCAN The NEFla punks hit the stage at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 at CHERYL WATSON & WATERTOWN The techno and modern rock kick off at 8 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. 825-4959. The Americana group plays at 8 p.m. on Dec. 13 at European Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are THE DANCE PARTY Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 398-7496. The Dance Party gets it started at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Jack SATURDAY DECEMBER 17 $10. 398-9500. THA GOOCH Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. JOSH THOMPSON, THE COWFORD COUNTY BAND Local band Tha Gooch is on at 9 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Square 398-7496. Country artist Thompson appears at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 at One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. 306-9004. BOOGIE FREAKS Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center. TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC Funk favorites perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17 at Advance tickets are $10; $15 day of show. 645-5571. Jump blues band Toots Lorraine & the Traffic performs at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. 365-5555. PROTEST THE HERO, SCALE THE SUMMIT, 10 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., ROSCO CAINE FRIDAY DECEMBER 23 LAST CHANCE TO REASON Jacksonville. 381-6670. These local rockers play at 9 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17 at Cliff’s The emo kicks off at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Freebird Live, 200 GOLIATH FLORES Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Jacksonville. 645-5162. N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $15. 246-2473. Multi-instrumentalist and local musician Flores appears at THE TROUBLE BROTHERS MICHAEL JONATHON 1 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., The Trouble Brothers perform at 9 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Square Singer-songwriter Jonathon performs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Jacksonville. 355-9791. One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. 306-9004. FRIDAY DECEMBER 30 European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. IRISH MUSIC CANARY IN THE COALMINE Tickets are $10. 398-9500. Traditional Celtic ditties are sung at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 These Americana rockers perform at 10 p.m. on Dec. 16 at MATT NATHANSON, WE THE KINGS at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville. 381-6670. These musicians are on at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Whisky River, 249-9595. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET 4850 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center. Advance tickets THE PINZ, WHITE WIVES, REBELS & ROGUES Douglas Anderson School of the Arts students appear at are $10; $15 day of show. 645-5571. Teen punks The Pinz perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m., Tammerlin plays at 11:45 a.m., Oceanway LIVAN, HARD TO EXPLAIN, BRENT BYRD Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are School of Dance students perform at 1:45 p.m. and RSVP SATURDAY DECEMBER 31 Greek alt rockers Livan perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Jack $10. 223-9850. (Ritz Singers) sing at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17 under the Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. GOSPEL MUSIC, RICKOLUS, CANARY IN THE COALMINE Fuller Warren Bridge, Riverside Avenue, downtown. 554-6865. 398-7496. Owen Holmes’ solo project Gospel Music testifies at 8 p.m. on riversideartsmarket.com ANTHONY B, JAH SON, LION HEART, TONY PALMER, Dec. 18 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. JOHNSTON DUO This acoustic twosome performs at 6 p.m. ZIMBA LION Tickets are $8. 398-7496. on Dec. 17 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Reggae artist Anthony B. is on at 9 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Fat Kat BOBBY LEE RODGERS, ATTIS ON THE PINE Beach. 249-9595. Music Hall, 1187 S. Edgewood Ave.,ACTION Jacksonville. TicketsProduced are The sweet jam rock kicks off at 8 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Jack BURNby SEASON, MINDSLIP, BLEEDING IN STEREO, jw Checked by Sales Rep rl SUPPORT ASK FOR $25. 207-5127, 347-3973. Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. BREAKING THROUGH, NONE LIKE US THURSDAY JANUARY 5 LOCASH COWBOYS 398-7496. Local heavy rockers Burn Season perform at 7 p.m. on Dec. Country musicians LoCash Cowboys play at 6 p.m. on Dec. 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STRAIGHT NO CHASER Dec. 21, The Florida Theatre GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE Dec. 23, Mojo No. 4 LITTLE GREEN MEN Dec. 23, Latitude 30 BAY STREET Dec. 23, Square One JACKI-O Dec. 23, Brewster’s Pit MERRY ICE-MAS 2: DJ ICEY, DJ MAGIC MIKE, WAVEWHORE Dec. 25, Pure INSPECTION 12 ACOUSTIC XMAS Dec. 25, Jack Rabbits THE SCREAM TOUR: MINDLESS BEHAVIOR, DIGGY, JACOB LATIMORE, HAMILTON PARK, THE OMG GIRLZ Dec. 27, T-U Center’s Moran Theater TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND Dec. 28, The Florida Theatre JJ GREY & MOFRO, YANKEE SLICKERS Dec. 29, Mavericks MYSTIKAL Dec. 29, Brewster’s Pit BREAD & BUTTER Dec. 30, Mojo No. 4 EVERGREEN TERRACE, KIDS LIKE US, HIS NAME WAS IRON, ATLAS Dec. 30, Jack Rabbits LE BLORR, BASTOGNE Dec. 30, Square One DR. BILL Dec. 31, Mojo No. 4 JOHNSTON DUO Dec. 31, Culhane’s Irish Pub CHERYL WHEELER Jan. 4, Café Eleven ERIC LINDELL Jan. 6, Mojo Kitchen BOREDOM Jan. 7, Café Eleven BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND Jan. 10, Veterans Memorial Arena WINTER JAM TOUR: SKILLET, NEWSONG, SANCTUS REAL, KARI JOBE Jan. 13, Veterans Memorial Arena THE GENITORTURERS Jan. 13, Brewster’s Pit RUBEN STUDDARD Jan. 13, Ritz Theatre GREGG ALLMAN Jan. 13, The Florida Theatre GLORIANNA Jan. 14, Mavericks ROCCO MARSHALL BENEFIT Jan. 14, Brewster’s Pit TAB BENOIT Jan. 14, Mojo Kitchen RAT PACK REVUE Jan. 21, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall GORDON LIGHTFOOT Jan. 22, The Florida Theatre FUEL Jan. 22, Brewster’s Pit TYCHO Jan. 23, Café Eleven WHERE’S THE BAND TOUR Jan. 26, Café Eleven THE MOUNTAIN GOATS Jan. 27, Café Eleven POLYGON CD RELEASE PARTY Jan. 27, Freebird Live SPIDER MONKEY, HORNIT Jan. 28, Freebird Live TRAVIS TRITT Jan. 29, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ZACH DEPUTY, BIG DADDY LOVE Jan. 29, Jack Rabbits

SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST: YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., REBELUTION, THE GROUCH, PEP LOVE Jan. 29, Mavericks BAND, PETER ROWAN & TONY RICE, JUSTIN TOWNES 277-6990 Cason at 2 p.m. at the tiki bar every Sat. & Sun. JIMMY BUFFETT Jan. 31, Veterans Memorial Arena EARLE March 23-25, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Early McCall KEB MO Jan. 31, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall KATCHAFIRE March 24, Freebird Live on Dec. 15. Reggie Lee on Dec. 16. Richard Stratton on Dec. THE CIVIL WARS Feb. 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall HOT CHELLE RAE March 26, Freebird Live 17. Ernie & Debi on Dec. 19. Richard Smith on Dec. 20. Live RICHARD THOMPSON ELECTRIC TRIO Feb. 2, Ponte Vedra JAKE SHIMABUKURO March 30, The Florida Theatre music Tue.-Sun. DJ Roc at 5 p.m. every Wed. Concert Hall TOWER OF POWER April 12, The Florida Theatre MICHAEL FEINSTEIN Feb. 2, The Florida Theatre ELVIS COSTELLO & The IMPOSTERS April 27, Florida KELLY CLARKSON, MATT NATHANSON Feb. 2, T-U Center’s ARLINGTON, REGENCY Theatre Moran Theater AJ’S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR: LADY ANTEBELLUM, AARON LEWIS Feb. 3, Mavericks DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. DARIUS RUCKER, THOMPSON SQUARE May 10, Veterans QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT Feb. 7, Nobby’s Karaoke every Thur. Memorial Arena WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY Feb. 8, The Florida Theatre MEEHAN’S TAVERN, 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 5, 551-7076 CATIE CURTIS May 11, Café Eleven KING KHAN & THE SHRINES, NATURAL CHILD Feb. 8, Café Karaoke every Wed. Live music every Fri. Open mic every Wed. EDGAR WINTER BAND May 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Eleven MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 DIPLO, SLEIGH BELLS Feb. 9, Freebird Live Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, JONATHAN COULTON Feb. 9, PLUSH, RAIN, LAVA, 845 University Blvd. N., 745-1845 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DJ Massive spins top 40 in Rain every Wed., DJs spin Latin RASCAL FLATTS Feb. 9, Veterans Memorial Arena every Fri. THE AHN TRIO Feb. 10, The Florida Theatre AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH THE SMOKIN’ BEAVER, 5863 Arlington Rd., 744-5132 THE AVETT BROTHERS Feb. 11, The Florida Theatre BEECH STREET GRILL, 801 Beech, 277-3662 John Springer Karaoke with Ginger at 8 p.m. on Dec. 22 THE TOGAS (TY SEGALL, SHANNON SHAW, LANCE WILLIE, on Fri. & Sat., every other Thur. Barry Randolph every Sun. STARBUCKS, 9301 Atlantic Blvd., 724-4554 Open mic with PHILIP SAMBOL) Feb. 15, Café Eleven CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the Starbucks Trio from 8-11 p.m. every other Fri. PATRIZIO BUANNE Feb. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall courtyard at 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., at 5 p.m. every Sun. TONINO’S TRATTORIA, 7001 Merrill Rd., 743-3848 Alaina PASSAFIRE Feb. 17, Freebird Live DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Live Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams at 6 p.m. every Fri. TAPROOT Feb. 18, Brewster’s Pit music every weekend Signature String Quartet every Sat. ATTACK ATTACK! Feb. 18, Freebird Live GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., VIP LOUNGE, 7707 Arlington Xprway, 619-8198 Karaoke YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND Feb. 19, Freebird Live 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. at 9 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Wed. & Fri. Reggae RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND Feb. 20, Café Eleven GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan every Thur. Old school jams every Sat. A DJ spins every Sun. THE SAW DOCTORS Feb. 22, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall LYNCH MOB Feb. 24, Brewster’s Pit Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend PABLO CRUISE Feb. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall INDIGO ALLEY, 316 Centre St., 261-7222 Dan Voll & the AVONDALE, ORTEGA AGENT ORANGE Feb. 25, Brewster’s Pit Alley Cats at 8 p.m. every Sat. Frankie’s Jazz Jam at 7:30 BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 BLIND PILOT Feb. 27, Café Eleven p.m. every Tue. Open mic at 7 p.m. every Thur. Live music Duet every Wed. Goliath Flores and Sam Rodriguez every Thur. DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Feb. 29, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall every Fri. & Sat. Bush Doctors every 1st Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. BOYCE AVENUE, SECONDHAND SERENADE March 2, O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll at THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Freebird Live 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band at 8:30 p.m. every Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music WYNTON MARSALIS March 4, The Florida Theatre Thur., Fri. & Sat. every Mon. 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BURRO BAR, 228 E. Forsyth St., 353-4692 Little High Little Low on Dec. 13. Eat This McKinley on Dec. 14. DJ Tin Man spins reggae & dub every Tue. DJ SuZi-Rok spins a variety every Thur. $Big Bucks DJ Crew$ every Sat. Bert No Shirt & Uncle Jesse every Sun. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, hip hop & R&B every Wed. Live music every Tue. & Thur. Smooth Jazz Lunch at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri.

CLUB TSI, 333 E. Bay St. Live music every weekend DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 Live music every weekend DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ Rockin’ Bones spins every Wed. DJ Scandalous spins every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Holiday on the River Concerts continue. Hipp Street on Dec. 16. Driven on Dec. 17 THE IVY ULTRA BAR, 113 E. Bay St., 356-9200 DJs 151 The Experience & C-Lo spin every Rush Hour Wed. DJ E.L. spins top 40, South Beach & dance classics every Pure Sat. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Vinn spins top 40 for ladies nite every Thur. Ritmo y Sabor every Fiesta Fri. BayStreet mega party with DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 356-1110 LoCash Cowboys at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16. Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. Saddle Up every Sat. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night from 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. THE PEARL, 1101 N. Main St., 791-4499 DJs Tom P. & Ian S. spin ’80s & indie dance every Fri. DJ Ricky spins indie rock, hip hop & electro every Sat. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.

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MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Band on the Run on Dec. 14. Alex Affronti on Dec. 15. Wes Cobb on Dec. 16. Open mic every Tue. Live music every Fri. & Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins for ladies’ nite every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 406 Old Hard Rd., Ste. 106, 213-7779 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Karaoke on Dec. 14. DJ BG on Dec. 15. Fake Ciao at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. Deck music at 5 p.m., Freeze Frame at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. Reggae on the deck at 5 p.m. on Dec. 18. DJ BG every Mon.

INTRACOASTAL WEST

BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Machina, Down Theory, Framing The Red, Glorious Gunner and Quasi Mojo at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16. Burn Season, Mindslip, Bleeding In Stereo, Breaking Through, None Like Us at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17. The Pinz, White Wives and Rebels & Rogues at 8 p.m. on Dec. 18 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Open mic every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. and Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Ruckus and Garrett Unplugged for Customer Appreciation Nite at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15. Rosco Caine at 9 p.m. on Dec. 16 & 17. DJ Jack spins for Karaoke dance party every Tue. & Sun. DJ Two3 spins for ladies nite every Wed. DJ Two4 spins every Thur. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Live music every Fri.

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

MANDARIN

AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry & John O’Connor, from 8-11 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff every Fri. & Sat. RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Craig Hand every Sat. Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. TREE STEAKHOUSE, 11362 San Jose Blvd., 262-0006

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Country Time! Whisky River features back-to-back nights of country and rock this week. Josh Thompson (pictured) and The Cowford County Band perform on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Folk-rocker Matt Nathanson and power poppers We The Kings play on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. at 4850 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center. Advance tickets are $10; $15 at the door for each show. 645-5571.

Boril Ivanov Trio at 7 p.m. every Thur. David Gum at 7 p.m. every Fri.

ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG

CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. CRACKERS LOUNGE, 1282 Blanding Blvd., 272-4620 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PARK AVENUE BILLIARDS, 714 Park Ave., 215-1557 Random Act from 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Mon. Bike Nite THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Ivey Brothers on Dec. 15. Blistur on Dec. 16 & 17. DJ Waldo every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar every Wed. Buck Smith Project every Mon.

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

PONTE VEDRA

LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Tony Novelly from 6-10 p.m. every Mon. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Live music every Thur.-Sun. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 High Tides of Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker at 6 p.m. every Wed.

RIVERSIDE, WESTSIDE

HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron at 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie at every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic at 8 p.m. every Wed. KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. LOMAX LODGE, 822 Lomax St., 634-8813 DJ Dots every Tue. Milan da Tin Man every Wed. DJ Christian every Sat. DJ Spencer every Sun. DJ Luminous every Mon. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 The IGive “DreamKillerz” CD release concert with Joy Dennis at 9 p.m. on Dec. 16. Second Thief CD release concert with Tell Tale Heart, Favoretta, Me & the Trinity, Lylith Bear, Buffalo Buffalo, Ryan Shelley Band and Angles at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 PIZZA PALACE, 920 Margaret St., 598-1212 Jennifer Chase at 6:30 p.m. every Fri.

ST. AUGUSTINE

A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Deron Baker on Dec. 15. The Mix on Dec. 16 & 17 AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Fermin Spanish guitar from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Smokin Joe on Dec. 14. Chelsea Saddler at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. Doug Macrae on Dec. 16. Tony Paul Neal on Dec. 17 THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. on Dec. 16. Songwriters open mic night with TJ Ward every Mon. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Ain’t Too Proud 2 Beg at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16. Kenny

& Tony at 2 p.m., MidLife Crisis at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on Dec. 18 CHICAGO PIZZA & BAKERY, 107 Natures Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700 Greg Flowers hosts open-mic and jazz piano from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Fri. CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers from 6-10 p.m. on Dec. 16 JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 im Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Mike Sweet from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 825-4805 Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite with house band at 8 p.m. every Wed. Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler noon-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth at noon every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Scott & Michelle Dalziel at 9 p.m. on Dec. 16 & 17. John Winters at 1 p.m. on Dec. 18. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Will Pearsall at 9 p.m. every Mon. THE REEF, 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008 Richard Kuncicky from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Sun. SANGRIAS WINE AND TAPAS PIANO BAR, 35 Hypolita St., 827-1947 Live music every Thurs.-Sun. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Billy Bowers at noon on Dec. 18. Lil Blaze & DJ Alex hosts Karaoke every Mon. SIRENS, 113 Anastasia Blvd., 460-2641 DJ Rob every Indie Monday SPY GLOBAL CUISINE, 21 Hypolita St., 819-5637 Live music every weekend THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Spanky the Band at 9 p.m. on Dec. 16 & 17. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth at 1 p.m., Mark Hart at 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin at 1 p.m., Wade at 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas at 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.

ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER, TINSELTOWN

AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz from 8-11 p.m. every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music every Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice at 9 p.m. every Sat. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music from 2-7 p.m. every Sun. THE GRAPE, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 642-7111 Live music every Fri. & Sat. John Earle every Mon. DJ Mikeology every Thur. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally from 7-9 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. every Sat. with Gimme the Mike DJs ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Live music on weekends

MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Americana Road Show on Dec. 17. Open mic nite every Tue. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Parkway N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music at 10 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur. and 6-9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Josh Thompson and Cowford County Band on Dec. 14. Matt Nathanson and We The Kings on Dec. 15. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke every Mon.

SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK

ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 398-9500 Cheryl Watson & Watertown at 8 p.m. on Dec. 13. Michael Jonathan at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15. Jim & Sylvia at 8 p.m. on Dec. 20. Jazz every 2nd Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band from 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. DJ Omar spins dance every Fri. DJs Harry, Rico & Nestor spin salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Sons of Hippies and GeriX at 8 p.m. on Dec. 13. Livan, Hard to Explain and Brent Byrd at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15. The Dance Party on Dec. 16. Magnus and John Paul George Kulcan on Dec. 17. Owen Holmes & Gospel Music, Rickolus and Canary In The Coalmine at 8 p.m. on Dec. 18. Bobby Lee Rodgers and Attis on the Pine on Dec. 19. Hello Danger, Dancell and Party 4 Three on Dec. 20 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger at 7 p.m. every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 The Trouble Brothers on Dec. 16. Tha Gooch on Dec. 17. Soul on the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula at 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom at 10:30 p.m. every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin indie dance & electro at 9 p.m. every Wed.

SOUTHSIDE

AROMAS, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live music from 8-11 p.m. every Tue., Wed. & Thur. Piano Bar with Will Hurley from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., a DJ spins till close every Fri. BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic from 7-11 p.m. with Chris Hall every Tue. & every first Sun. Live music at 8 p.m. every Fri., at 6 p.m. every Sat. & at 5 p.m. every Sun. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall at 8 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 398-1717 The Riverside Guitar Quartet at 8 p.m. on Dec. 17 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 Boogie Freaks at 8 p.m., VJ Shotgun at 10 p.m. on Dec. 16. Boogie Freaks at 8 p.m., VJ Josh Frazetta at 10 p.m. on Dec. 17. Rockinaroake at 8 p.m. every Thur.

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BLUE DINER CAFE, 5868 Norwood Ave., 766-7774 Jazz from 7-9 p.m. every first Thur. BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, Oceanway, 647-7798 Live music on Dec. 16 & 17. Karaoke every Tue., Thur. & Sun. with DJ Dave. Open mic every Wed. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. RIVERCITY ISLAND GRILL & CHILL, 13141 City Station Drive, 696-0802 Live music every weekend SKYLINE SPORTSBAR & LOUNGE, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Brie Council at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on Dec. 18 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic at 8 p.m. every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music at 8 p.m. every Sat.  To get your band listed here, send all the vitals — band name, time, date, location of venue, with street address, city, admission price and contact number — to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email events@ folioweekly.com.

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Merry Mug Shots! The cast of the locally produced comedy “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues,” including (foreground) Staci Cobb as “Vixen,” prepare for their close-up and police line-up.

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et’s face it: Even the most ardent holiday devotee can get a little weary of how squeaky-clean a “White Christmas” can be. So we’re thankful that the folks of local theatrical group The 5 & Dime have put together “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues,” a play about a North Pole scandal that erupts when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer makes a shocking allegation. Dubbed “A Christmas with Balls,” Jeff Goode’s original comedy is sure to satisfy the spiciest of seasonal palates. “This is no ordinary holly-jolly Christmas play,” explains director Michael R. Lipp. “I’m thrilled that The 5 & Dime ‘has the balls’ to expose Santa and stage a production that will shock and probably offend its audience. After all, that’s what the best and most powerful theater does.” Lipp’s not kidding. With four performances slated for mid-December at CoRK Arts District, a 25,000-square-foot warehouse divvied up into artists’ studios and galleries on Rosselle Street, the theater group warns that the show contains “explicit language and adult situations.” Children 12 and younger will not be admitted. “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues” features Dave Alan Thomas (Dasher), Edward Mourningwood (Cupid), Kent Lindsey (Hollywood), Marybeth Antoinette (Blitzen), Steve Anderson Jr. (Comet), Amy Noel J.

Canning (Dancer), Bill Ratliff (Donner) and Staci Cobb (Vixen). Folio Weekly caught up with Cobb for a little Q&A about the upcoming performance. Cobb is founder and board president of The 5 & Dime, as well as a jack-of-all-trades (actress, dancer, back-up singer, director, producer, teacher and grant writer) on the local arts scene. Folio Weekly: Give us a little insight into your character, Vixen. Staci Cobb: Vixen is the “bombshell” reindeer — literally and figuratively. She’s a doe with some serious Marilyn [Monroe] appeal,

“Audiences can expect to laugh. They will probably be offended at some point.” a healthy sex drive and a wicked sense of humor — not your typical victim. But she gets dragged through the mud and put on trial because no one could believe “Saint” Nick would do such a thing. She must have asked for it. F.W.: How close is Vixen to your actual personality? S.C.: I think there are elemental similarities. I’m an actress who’s always shortlisted for the vamp/sexy girl, so I must have a knack for that sort of character. And I believe a good actor uses everything internal that they can access for each role that they create. Unfortunately, as a woman — and as a woman with a past — I

can relate to Vixen’s story of abuse. F.W.: How did you prepare for the role? S.C.: It would be so easy to play Vixen’s story very two-dimensionally. She’s pissed off. Or she’s an emotional wreck. But I think she’s stronger than that and there’s also an awful lot that’s going on in her mind. I just wanted to present a full picture — an honest picture of what someone might look like after going through something like that. Also, unfortunately, current events have helped paint a picture for me of the devastation that that kind of abuse reaps. F.W.: What is it about this play that made you want to be a part of it? S.C.: It’s hysterical, but powerful — two of my favorite things. Also, I cherish the opportunity to work with [group] as an actress, to work with an amazing cast of some of the best actors in Jacksonville and to work with Michael Lipp to tell a story he’s been wanting to tell in this town for years. And I hope the piece sparks some honest dialogue about — or at least an awareness of — the abuse of power and sexual abuse. F.W.: What can audiences expect from this production? S.C.: They can expect to laugh. They will probably be offended at some point. Creating a big “what if ” and taking a dark look at the jolly old fat man himself takes balls. I hope they are challenged and come away thinking and talking about the story.  Kara Pound themail@folioweekly.com


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This year’s final Riverside Arts Market is held on Dec. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville and features local and regional artists, strolling performers, a farmers market and performances by Students from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts at 10:30 a.m., Tammerlin at 11:45 a.m., Oceanway School of Dance at 1:45 p.m. and RSVP (Ritz Singers) at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. 554-6865, 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com

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TIM CONWAY AND FRIENDS Emmy-award winning comedian Tim Conway performs along with Chuck McCann and Louise DuArt at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Drive, Orange Park. Tickets range from $21-$75. 276-6750. THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES The 5 & Dime presents this dark comedy about the holiday season at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16, at 8 and 11 p.m. on Dec. 17 and at 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 at CoRK Arts District, 2689 Rosselle St., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10; $15 at the door. Children under 12 not admitted. the5anddime.org THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Fernandina Little Theatre presents this comedy about the hijinks that happen behind the scenes at a holiday pageant at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, 15, 16 and 17 and at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 at 1014 Beech St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $12.50 and $14. 206-2607. TRU Players by the Sea presents this one-man show about writer Truman Capote at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15, 16 and 17 at 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Tickets are $20; $17 for students, seniors and military. 249-0289. THE 39 STEPS ABET presents the stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s madcap comedy at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15, 16 and 17 at Adele Grage Community Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and military. 249-7177. I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE This musical comedy about the trials and tribulations of dating is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $25; $20 on Thur. and Sun. for seniors, military and students. 396-4425. BRUCE ALLEN SCUDDER’S CHRISTMAS CAROLE Charles Dickens’ classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s seasonal change of heart is staged at 8 p.m. on Dec. 13, 14, 15, 16 and 20, at 1:15 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 17 and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $42-$49. 641-1212. A CHRISTMAS STORY A stage adaptation of the holiday film about a little boy’s dream of getting a BB gun from Santa is presented at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15, 16 and 17 at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar Street, Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. 261-6749. DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL The family-friendly comedy about two Alabama hunters who accidentally shoot a celestial messenger is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, 15, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. The play runs through Dec. 30, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thur.-Sat. and at 2 p.m. on Sun. Tickets are $25; $20 for students and military; $22 for seniors. 825-1164. HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MARK TWAIN The Limelight Theatre and Raintree Restaurant present Robert Gill as the celebrated author in this one-man show and dinner theater experience at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 at 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $39.95. 824-7211.

CALLS & WORKSHOPS

LIMELIGHT SEEKS USHERS The Limelight Theatre seeks volunteer ushers for its current season to attend to a variety of tasks including seating guests, answering questions and bartending, in exchange for complimentary and discounted tickets. 825-1164. NORTH FLORIDA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC This school invites musicians of all skill levels and any instrument to join the community orchestra every Mon. at 6:30 p.m. and concert band every Tue. at 6:30 p.m. at 11363 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 374-8639. CALL TO ARTISTS Jacksonville Fine Arts Festival seeks original poster artwork for its festival held in Avondale’s Boone Park on March 24 and 25. The winning submission gets a free

10x10 exhibitor’s space. Send 300 dpi submissions, including name and media, to cookied@ix.netcom.com HAND DRUMMING CLASSES Midnight Sun offers classes from 7:30-8:30 p.m. every Fri. at 1055 Park St., Jacksonville. Class fee is $10. 358-3869. CHEERLEADING AND DANCE AUDITION WORKSHOPS Former NFL cheerleaders teach the fundamentals in choreography, interview skills, attire and the audition process from 12:30-3:30 p.m. every other Sat., beginning in Jan. 476-3721. procheerleadersalumni.com

CLASSICAL & JAZZ

HOLIDAY POPS The EMMA Concert Series presents the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in a program of festive, seasonal selections at 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Flagler College’s Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. The concert is also featured at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15. Tickets are $30. 797-2800. A PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS WITH MINDI ABAIR AND KIRK WHALUM Jazz guitarist Peter White is joined by saxophonists Mindi Abair and Kirk Whalum for this concert of holiday-themed jazz at 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $13-$50. 355-2787. HOLIDAY MUSIC UNDER THE STARS Museum of Science & History presents the University of North Florida’s Classic Brass Quartet under the direction of Dr. Marc Dickman at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the museum’s Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. The event includes a wine tasting and star-gazing (weather permitting). Admission is $10; $5 for members. Reservations required. 396-6674, ex. 226. AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS St. Anastasia Catholic Church presents this biblically-inspired opera at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17 at 5205 A1A S., St. Augustine. Tickets are $10. 471-4851. RSVP AT THE RITZ The Ritz Sound & Vocal Performers present their Holiday Musical Extravaganza at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 632-5555. THE FLORIDA BALLET NUTCRACKER This dance troupe presents this seasonal classic at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17, at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 18 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $22 and $28. 355-2787. A CLAY COUNTY CHRISTMAS This festive evening takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, and features performances by The Clay County Community Band, Diane Combs directing the Orange Park United Methodist Church Inspirations and selected scenes and songs from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets range from $8-$18. 276-6750. ORGAN RECITAL Organist Steven Wooddell performs works by Daquin, Bach, Dupre, Messiaen and Reger at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Jacksonville. 725-4428. FIRST COAST NUTCRACKER The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra presents this beloved ballet at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 18 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $16-$70. 354-5547. JAX CHILDREN’S CHORUS The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus performs their holiday concert entitled “The Cool Side of Yuletide” at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, 4001 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $18. Proceeds benefit the chorus’ programming and scholarship funds. 353-1636. LALAH HATHAWAY Contemporary R&B and jazz artist Lalah Hathaway performs at 8 and 10 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. Tickets for each performance are $27.50. 632-5555. GUITAR QUARTET The Riverside Guitar Quartet performs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 17 at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. ADVENT PROCESSION OF LESSONS AND CAROLS Episcopal

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Church of the Good Shepherd presents this concert of works by Bach, Palestrina, Wood, Bruckner, Poston and Chilcott at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 at 1100 Stockton St., Jacksonville. 389-6222. PERCUSSION AND VOCAL CONCERT Percussionist Ken Anoff performs at 10:45 a.m. and The Joyful Singers perform at 11 a.m. on Dec. 18 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. 725-8133. THE HERITAGE SINGERS OF JACKSONVILLE This vocal ensemble performs at 3 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 12236 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville. 434-4625. ANTHONY AND BEARD Trumpeter Ryan Anthony and organist Gary Beard perform at 4 p.m. at Dec. 18 at St. Paul’s by-theSea Episcopal Church, 465 11th Ave N., Jax Beach. Paintings by Pamela Miller are on display during the concert. 270-1771. JAZZ AT JAX BEACH Pianist John Thomas performs at 5 p.m. on Dec. 18 at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. JAZZ VESPERS St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church holds candlelight Jazz Vespers at 5:30 p.m. on the third Sun. of each month, including Dec. 18, at 37 Lovett St., St. Augustine. 829-8828. MICHAEL W. SMITH – IT’S A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra are joined by contemporary Christian vocalist Michael W. Smith in this holiday-themed concert at 8 p.m. on Dec. 18 the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $27-$75. 354-5547. JAZZ GUITAR DUO Jim and Sylvia Guitar Jazz Duo perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. 20 at European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callender and guitarist Taylor Roberts play at 7 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Jacksonville. 388-9551. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio plays at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays at 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ AT GENNARO’S Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano features live jazz at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 5472 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach. 491-1999. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie features live jazz nightly at 7 p.m. at 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502.

ART WALKS & FESTIVALS

NORTH BEACHES ART WALK Galleries of Atlantic and © 2011 FolioWeekly Neptune beaches are open late, from 5-9 p.m., on the third Thur. of each month at various venues from Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center. For a list of participating galleries, call 249-2222. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET This year’s final Arts Market is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 17 beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville and features local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market. Admission is free. 554-6865, 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce are offered every Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive. 353-1188.

MUSEUMS

CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The BFA/BA Senior Portfolio Exhibition is displayed through Dec.

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Art – The Final Frontier! The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum presents their BFA/BA Senior Portfolio Exhibition (including Kathryn D’Elia’s “Tara Spock,” oil on canvas) through Dec. at 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530.

CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. Eugene Savage Family Night is held from 4-8 p.m. on Dec. 6, featuring crafts, storytelling, music studio and art-making projects. The education-themed exhibit, “One in Three: Let’s Solve Our Dropout Crisis,” is displayed through Jan. 9. “Eugene Savage: The Seminole Paintings” runs through Jan. 8. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. “Darwin: The Origin of Species” is on display through Dec. 27. The exhibit “Upheaval Impressions,” featuring mixed media work by Rocco Catucci, is on display through Dec. 29. The permanent collection includes a variety of rare manuscripts. Open Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. A curator-led tour of “Shared Vision” is held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. The annual UNF Art & Design Faculty Exhibition is on display through Jan. 22. Project Atrium features sculptor Gustavo Godoy’s installation “Empty Altar/ Empty Throne” through March 11. The 200-piece photographic collection “Shared Vision: The Sondra and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography” and “Larry Clark: The Tulsa Series” are displayed through Jan. 8. mocajacksonville.org RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 6325555. An exhibit of works by African-American photographer E.L. Weems is on display through Dec. 30. An exhibit celebrating local African-American athletes and sports figures, “More Than a Game: African-American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” is currently on display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.

GALLERIES

THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Dec.Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. The juried still life show “Static Studies” is on display through AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 3848797. The exhibit “Vessels: A 3-D Art Exhibit” featuring works by Cookie Davis, John Bunker, Myra Schick, Nofa Dixon, Lucy Clark, Tim Bullard and Chris Jones, is displayed through Dec. BEE GALLERY & DESIGN STUDIO The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 108, 419-8016. Photographer Tiffany Manning is featured through Dec. BLOWN GLASS STUDIO 25 Palmer St., St. Augustine, 8260004. The studio offers glassblowing demonstrations from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 16 and from 2-6 p.m. on Dec. 17. C GALLERY Daryl Bunn Studios, 643 Edison Ave., Jacksonville, 525-3368. The exhibit, “A Woman’s World,” featuring works by Megan Cosby, Christina Foard, Louise Freshman Brown, Sara Pedigo and Amy Vigilante, runs through Jan. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. Cookie Davis is the featured artist through Dec. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. BEAM offers gift wrapping from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 17; proceeds benefit local emergency services. The 12th annual Holiday Ornament Show runs through Dec. 24. Photographer Mark Kowal’s exhibit, “Say It With Photography,” runs through Jan. 3. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Jacksonville, 535-7252. “Geoff Mitchell: Entries of a Diary Thief” is displayed through Jan. PLUM ART & DESIGN 9 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069. Mary Lou Gibson, Robert Renwick, Sara Pedigo and David Engdahl are the featured artists through Dec. 31. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Admin. Bldg., 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 471-9980. The exhibit “It’s Not Just Black and White: The Black and White Show,” featuring recent works by Leslie Robison and Laura Mongiovi, is on display through Feb. 16. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 438-4358. Photographer Michael Dunlap is the featured artist for Dec. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY Screen Arts, 228 W. King St., St. Augustine. 829-2838. Derek Hess’ exhibit “Half the time it could seem funny … the other half is just too sad” is displayed through Jan. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. Big cat and wolf paintings by Diane Travis are displayed through Dec. 30. STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA 240 A1A N., Ste. 13, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-6065. “Ebb and Flow,” featuring works by John Folsom, Jennifer J.L. Jones, Toni John and Wendy McArthur, is on display through Dec. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 292-9303. Artists Doug Eng, Joyce Gabiou, Robert Leedy, Terese Muller, Mary St. Germain, Tony Wood and Bill Yates are featured through Dec. VANDROFF ART GALLERY Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 730-2100. Mixed-media works and paintings by Gwen Gilmore and Connie Pratt are shown through Dec. 21. WELLS FARGO 24 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine. Photographer Jackie Kramer’s floral-themed show, “Blooms and ’Shrooms” is displayed through Dec.  For a complete list of galleries, log on to folioweekly.com. To list your event, send time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email dbrown@folioweekly.com. Events are included on a space-available basis.


Nature lovers walking off extra holiday calories among the local flora and fauna should check out the Talbot Critters guided tour on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. starting at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. A park ranger leads a hike focusing on the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of Northeast Florida’s undeveloped barrier islands. No reservations are necessary and the program is free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org

EVENTS

COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES The Flagler College Community Lecture Series “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Glory: An Interdisciplinary Evaluation of War” presents Dr. Chris Balaschak at 10 a.m. on Dec. 13 in the college’s Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Diviney discusses “Guerilla/Gorilla — The My Lai Massacre and Modern Art.” Tickets are $5. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. For reservations, call 819-6282. flagler.edu STERLING’S BIRTHDAY BASH Beaches-area fixture Sterling Joyce hosts his annual birthday party and Toys for Tots fundraiser in a Hollywood Glam Baby!themed gala at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Historic Casa Marina Hotel, 691 N. First St., Jax Beach. Live music by Cloud 9 and a fashion show are featured. Admission is $7 and a donation of one unwrapped toy (kids ages 4-14), one book and one canned good. 270-0025. MOSH AFTER DARK MOSH After Dark: Music Under the Stars features rooftop stargazing, wine-tasting and live music from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Museum of Science and History’s Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. 396-6674, ext. 230. themosh.org CHRISTMAS IN OLD ST. AUGUSTINE Alondra, La Compañía de Santiago, Los Compañeros de la Cocina, and Theater with a Mission present the inaugural holiday celebration from 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine. The Christmas music and customs of 16th-century St. Augustine and colonial Spanish Florida are featured. 877-352-4478. missionandshrine.org WINTERFEST 2011 The inaugural WinterFEST at Adventure Landing transforms the waterpark into an Alpine snow village with a large, outdoor ice-skating rink, a 130-foot “Alpine Racer” ice slide, nightly snowfalls, visits from Santa, Christmas cookie decorating, a holiday carnival and crafts, a teddy-bear-making factory and Mistletoe Marketplace through Jan. 2. 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 246-4386. jaxwinterfest.com adventurelanding.com A WINTER WONDERLAND This annual seasonal event features snow, a real ice skating rink, an ice slide, an elf village, train rides, sleigh rides and visits from Santa from 5-10 p.m. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. Hours through Dec. 16 are 5-10 p.m. every Mon.-Fri., and 2-10 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.; from Dec. 17-Jan. 1, the Wonderland is open daily from 2-10 p.m. 461-0825. HOLIDAY ON THE RIVER The annual free concert series continues through Dec. 21 in the Courtyard at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. Live performances by local choirs, school kids and dance groups are performed in front of the 56-foottall Christmas tree at midday and in the evening. 353-1188. For a schedule, go to JacksonvilleLanding.com COSMIC CONCERTS Laser Holidays is featured at 5 and 6 p.m., Laser Beatles Collection at 7 p.m., and Laser U2 at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Students from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts appear at 10:30 a.m., Tammerlin performs at 11:45 a.m., Oceanway School of Dance students are featured at 1:45 p.m. and RSVP (Ritz Singers) sing at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the market, held under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, downtown. Local and regional

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art and a farmers market are also featured from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Admission is free. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com FLORIDA WWII EXHIBIT “Victory Begins at Home: FloridaFor Duringquestions, World War II” showsplease call your advertising representative at Floridians in service, military recruitment and training, the FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 German U-boat threat and rationing, at Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, through July promise of benefit sUpport Ask for Action 8. 396-7062. themosh.org LINCOLNVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET Solar and Santa, held on Dec. 18, features the jolly giftgiver himself, along with horse-drawn sleigh rides, live music by Gary Lee Wingard and a spice bar. The weekly market, held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sun. at 399 Riberia St., St. Augustine, offers local and organic produce, baked goods, coffees, cheeses, prepared foods, crafts and jewelry at the south end of Lincolnville inEddie Vickers Park. There’s a community garden, too. lincolnvillefarmersmaket.com

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POLITICS & ACTIVISM

JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ed Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-1273.

BOOKS & WRITING

SAMUEL PHILLIS Author and waterman Phillis signs copies of his book, “A Sail and Tale of an Emotional Rescue: Beware of Murphy and his Law,” from 4-9 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Whitey’s Fish Camp, 2032 C.R. 220, Fleming Island. 325-3188.

COMEDY

SPANKY BROWN Comedian Spanky Brown appears at 8 p.m. on Dec. 13-16 and 20-23 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on Dec. 17 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $6-$12. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Phil Hogan appears at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $12. 461-8843.

UPCOMING

TIM CONWAY & FRIENDS Jan. 19, Thrasher-Horne Center THE SPENCERS: THEATRE OF ILLUSION Jan. 20, The Florida Theatre RON WHITE: MORAL COMPASS TOUR Jan. 26, T-U Moran Theater TYLER PERRY’S “THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS” Feb. 1, T-U Moran Theater MICHAEL FELDMAN’S WHAD’YA KNOW? Feb. 4, The Florida Theatre SECOND CITY TOURING COMPANY Feb. 5, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall JEFF DUNHAM CONTROLLED CHAOS Feb. 10, Veterans Memorial Arena LACROSSE CLASSIC Feb. 19, EverBank Field HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS March 2, Veterans Arena ROYAL COMEDY TOUR March 9, Veterans Memorial Arena

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NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS

JR. GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS The world’s top junior players gather Dec. 19-22 at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, 2000 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra. The World Junior Golf Series is a nonprofit whose mission is Changing the World Through Junior Golf. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities. wjgs.org GUANA RESERVE PHOTO SAFARI Craig O’Neal and Joe Hunt lead a photo walk and workshop on Dec. 18 from 8-11 a.m. at GTM Reserve, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. Cost is $69. Proceeds benefit Friends of the GTM Reserve. Meet at Trailhead Pavilion. $3 per vehicle parking fee. 823-4500. photosherpas.com JAGUARS VS COLTS The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. on Jan. 1 at EverBank Field, One EverBank Place, Jacksonville. Single-game tickets for home games start at $45. 633-2000. jaguars.com TALBOT CRITTERS A park ranger leads a hike focusing on the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of Northeast Florida’s undeveloped barrier islands at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 starting at the Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. No reservations are necessary and the program is free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org

BUSINESS

SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB The Honorable Charles McBurney Jr. appears at noon on Dec. 14 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559.

KIDS

J.P. HALL CHARITIES CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY The 29th annual children’s event, for kids ages newborn through 14, is held from 8 a.m.-noon on Dec. 17 at Clay County Fairgrounds, 2497 S.R. 16 W., Green Cove Springs. Proof of Clay County residency is required. 284-7398. MOSH WINTER CAMPS Camps for kids K-6 grades feature Candy Science on Dec. 19, Elf Workshop on Dec. 20, Passport to Florida on Dec. 21, Strange Matter on Dec. 28, LEGO Camp: Architect Adventure on Dec. 29 and Countdown to New Year’s on Dec. 30 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Cost is $35 per day or $180 for all six days. 3966674 ext. 210. themosh.org JACKSONVILLE SUNS HOLIDAY BASEBALL CAMP The camp, open to kids ages 7-12, is held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 19 and 20 at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Kids learn basics from the pros; included are lunch on both days, a collectable camp ball cap and tickets to a Suns game. Camp fee is $85. 358-2845.

COMMUNITY INTEREST

TOY & CLOTHING DRIVE Ahsa Montage and Free2BU hold a toy drive for the children of Hubbard House through Dec. 16. New, unwrapped toys &

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gently used clothing may be taken to A Perfect Touch Barber/ Beauty Salon, 2255 Dunn Ave., Ste. 607; Sweet Pete’s, 1922 N. Pearl St. and Once Upon A Child, 9400 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 61, Jacksonville. 536-6252. SANTA & REINDEER DASH The inaugural benefit is held from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine. The $25 registration includes a kids’ fun run (12 and younger) and a wristband for activities at the Winter Wonderland. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To register, go to michellesdailydeals.com. 651-6643, 471-1965. TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION DRIVE Whisky River teams with Toys For Tots to brighten the holidays for local children in need, collecting new, unwrapped toys, books and other gifts through Dec. 21 at Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, Ste. 03, Markets at Town Center. WhiskyRiverJacksonville.com RITZ-CARLTON COOKING SCHOOL Holiday Classics, an interactive, hands-on two-day cooking school is held on Dec. 15 and 16 at SALT at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island. For reservations, call 277-1100.

CLASSES & GROUPS

UNF SMALL BUSINESS CLASS Government Contracting 101 workshop is held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Small Business Development Center at UNF, 12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville. Fee is $20, which includes materials. 620-2476. sbdc.unf.edu JOB CLUB This free club is open to all active job seekers from 2-3 p.m. on Dec. 14 at FSCJ’s Deerwood Center, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Rm. G-1708, Jacksonville. 256-6982. DEPRESSION BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUP The DBSA support group meets from 5:30-7 p.m. every Wed. at River Point Behavioral Health’s Outpatient Building, 6300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 343-6511 or 964-9743. Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held at 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Jacksonville. alcoholicanonymous.org DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE This support group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville. For more information, call 616-6264. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A) Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held at 6:30 p.m. every Tue. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. 378-6849. nicotineanonymous.org NAR-A-NON This group meets at 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168.  To get in this listing, email the time, date, location (street address, city) admission price and contact number to events@folioweekly.com or click the link in our Happenings section at folioweekly.com. Events are included on a spaceavailable basis.

They say that Santa throws a mean curve ball! The Jacksonville Suns Holiday Baseball Camp is held on Dec. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. The camp, open to kids ages 7-12, lets youngsters learn basics from the pros. Participants also receive lunch on each day, a collectable camp ball cap and tickets to a Suns game. Camp fee is $85. 358-2845.


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

& D daily. 464073 S.R. 200, Ste. 2, Yulee. 310-9222. $$ PLAE In Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2011 winner. Elegant dining featuring local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ SANDOLLAR RESTAURANT & MARINA F Dine inside or on the deck. Snow crab legs, fresh fish, shellfish dishes. FB. L & D, daily. 9716 Heckscher Dr., Ft. George Island. 251-2449. $$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on the large oceanview deck. Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp and nightly specials. Late-night menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite local spot; Best of Jax 2011 winner. Grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$

ARLINGTON, REGENCY

EAST COAST BUFFET F A 160+ item Chinese, Japanese, American and Italian buffet. Dine in, take out. FB. L & D, Mon.Sat.; Sun. brunch. 9569 Regency Sq. Blvd. N. 726-9888. $$ KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Steak & shrimp, filet mignon & lobster, shrimp & scallops, a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and traditional Japanese cuisine. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10055 Atlantic Blvd. 724-8883. $$$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. $$ MEEHAN’S TAVERN F The Irish pub and restaurant serves beef and Guinness stew, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, traditional lamb stew, jalapeño poppers, in a comfy atmosphere. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 5. 551-7076. $$ NERO’S CAFE F Traditional Italian fare, including seafood, veal, beef, chicken and pasta dishes. Weekly specials are lasagna, 2-for-1 pizza and AYCE spaghetti. CM, FB. L, Sun.; D, daily. 3607 University Blvd. N. 743-3141. $$ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Generous portions and friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ TREY’S DELI & GRILL F Fresh food served in a relaxed atmosphere. Burgers, Trey’s Reuben, deli sandwiches, pork, steaks, seafood, pies. Prime rib specials every Fri. night. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 2044 Rogero Rd. 744-3690. $$ UNIVERSITY DINER F The popular diner serves familiar breakfast fare and lunch like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $

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AVONDALE, ORTEGA

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

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BAYMEADOWS

AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 8060 Sales Rep rl$ Philips Hwy. 731-4300. BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned&-operated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brick-oven-baked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ CAFE CONFLUENCE F The European coffeehouse serves Italian specialty coffees and smoothies, along with paninis, salads and European chocolates. Outdoor dining. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 8612 Baymeadows Rd. 733-7840. $ CHA-CHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT F Owner Celso Alvarado offers authentic Mexican fare with 26 combo dinners and specialty dishes including chalupas, enchiladas, burritos. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9903. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deepdish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$ DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F The ’50s-style diner serves malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, and traditional breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-4877. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes made with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 Baymeadows Rd. 448-0500. $$ INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Extensive menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. larryssubs.com $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE F The Lebanese restaurant offers authentic cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE Center-cut beef, seafood, sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. The signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F Hot dogs with slaw, chili cheese, sauerkraut; and small pizzas. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 8380 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4. 733-0588. orangetreehotdogs.com $

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BEACHES

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


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including the mariner’s platter and the Original Dreamboat. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 904 Sixth Ave. S. 249-0608. $$ THE PIER RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The oceanfront restaurant offers fresh, local fare served on two floors — upstairs, it’s Chef’s Menu, with stuffed flounder, pork tenderloin, appetizers. Downstairs bar of and patio offer promise benefit casual items, daily drink specials. CM, FB. D, daily; L & D, weekends; brunch, Sun. 412 First St. N. 246-6454. $$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Best of Jax 2011 winner. An array of specialty menu items, including signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos and local fried shrimp, in a casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 Third St. N. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, as well as fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. Valet parking. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ TROPICAL SMOOTHIE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. With 12 locations in Northeast Florida, Tropical Smoothie’s got us covered. Serving breakfast, wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads and smoothies — lowfat, fruity, coffees, supplements. CM. Open daily. 1230 Beach Blvd., 242-4940. 251 Third St., Neptune Beach, 247-8323. $ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood placeof hasbenefit a tapaspromise style menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$

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(The Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) ADAMS STREET DELI & GRILL The lunch spot serves wraps, including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. L, Mon.-Fri. 126 W. Adams St. 475-1400. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX On the first floor of Museum of Contemporary Art, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$ CITY HALL PUB A sports bar vibe: 16 big-screen HDTVs. Angus burgers, dogs, sandwiches, AYCE wings buffet. FB. Free downtown area lunch delivery. L & D, daily. 234 Randolph Blvd. 356-6750. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE F The popular restaurant offers a Caribbean lunch buffet Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Brand new location. See Beaches. FB, CM. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176. 374-1247. $$ INDOCHINE Best of Jax 2011 winner. Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.-Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ TRELLISES HYATT REGENCY This American cuisine restaurant offers a breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelet station and a la carte items. Signature lunch and dinner entrees include grouper salad, Angus burgers, Reubens, French onion grilled cheese, seafood and steaks. Wed. night Pastabilities. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 225 East Coastline Dr. 634-4540. $$$ KOJA SUSHI F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION F This place features brick-ovenbaked pizzas, grinders, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, custom sandwiches and fries served in a laid-back setting. FB, 27 beers on draft. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 119 E. Bay St. 860-5451. $ OLIO MARKET F Freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, soups and entrées. In the Churchwell Lofts building, Olio partners eclectic tastes with Old World ambiance in a casual renovated space. L, Mon.-Fri.; late Art Walk. 301 E. Bay St. 356-7100. $$ THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Mon.-Fri.; L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ VITO’S ITALIAN CAFE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic Italian oven-baked pasta dishes, pizza, veal, chicken and

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

INTRACOASTAL

AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ BIG DAWG’S SPORTS RESTAURANT F The family-friendly casual sports restaurant offers wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and specialty salads. Kids can choose from the Puppy Chow menu. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12630 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 551-3059. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Brucci’s offers authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE F A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Family-ownedand-operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ THAI ORCHID F The restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, Thai curry dishes and rice dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 683-1286. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. &

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BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE F Wings, big salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Sports events on HDTVs. CM, FB. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101. 683-1964. $ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ VINO’S PIZZA Vino’s Pizza – with four Jacksonville locations – makes all their Italian and American dishes with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103. 230-6966. $ WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE F The fine dining restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine, including a full sushi menu, curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108. 230-6688. $$

MANDARIN

AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F The seafood place features an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings and pasta. Favorites are ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas and kabobs. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New Yorkstyle pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd. 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd. 880-0020. $ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Springfield. L & D, daily. 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. 619-8186. $$ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2011 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) GOLDEN CORRAL Family-friendly place; legendary buffet featuring familiar favorites and new items. B, L & D, daily. 11470 San Jose Blvd. 886-9699. $$ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS The American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$


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ARON’S PIZZA F The family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ BLU TAVERN F The restaurant, serving global cuisine, has an upscale feel with a casual atmosphere. Favorites include bread pudding and specialty appetizers. Blu also serves pasta dishes, burgers, seafood, pork, beef and steaks. CM, FB. L & D, daily; B, Sat. & Sun. only. 1635 Wells Rd. 644-7731. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sports-themed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine, stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS The Italian restaurant’s specialty is a 24-slice pizza: 18”x26” of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR F Family-owned-andoperated. Gourmet pizza, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. The pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, calzones, linguini, ravioli, made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. Daily specials. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches and popular lunches are served. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty selections with authentic Thai flavors. BW. L, Mon.Fri.; D, nightly. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$

PONTE VEDRA, NE ST. JOHNS

AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine includes fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine features fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or Out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and

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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. $$$ PROMISE OF BENEFIT PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks feature Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers eclectic cuisine featuring local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch, featuring fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ URBAN FLATS Ancient world-style flatbread is paired with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches and entrées, served in a casual, urban atmosphere. An international wine list is offered. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$

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AJ’S ON PARK STREET F AJ’s is a casual barbecue spot serving smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket, seafood and dishes made with a Latin touch. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 630 Park St. 359-0035. $$ ALPHADOG GRILL F This brand-new fun place in Riverside features gourmet hot dogs — like Ragin’ Cajun (andouille sausage covered in jambalaya) and The Hippie (veggie dog) — and sausages, grilled chicken wraps, soups, salads, appetizers and wings. L & D, daily. BW. 2782 Park St. 374-8715. $ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery offers classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, all made from scratch, including popular petit fours and custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Riverside. 389-7117. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery serves pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes — calzone, stromboli, subs, panini — wings, and microbrews in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ CROSS CREEK See Springfield. 850 S. Lane Ave. 783-9579. $$ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F A deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice & smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses; natural, organic and raw items. Grab-andgo sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HJ’S BAR & GRILL Traditional American fare: burgers, sandwiches, wraps and platters of ribs, shrimp and fish. CM, FB. L & D, Sat. & Sun., D, Mon.-Fri. 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1. 317-2783. $$ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ KICKBACKS GASTROPUB F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The neighborhood hot spot serves pub favorites 20 hours a day, every day. The full bar has over 655 bottled beers, 84 on tap. Outdoor seating. CM. 910 King St. 388-9551. $$ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-nchips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare is prepared with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily, along with a large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $

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PIZZA PALACE ON PARK F See San Marco. Outdoor seating. 920 Margaret St., 5 Points. 598-1212. $$ SAKE HOUSE F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to Sales Reprolls, dbspicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork entrees and sushi dumpling), tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, Calif. roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ The café in Riverside Publix Plaza features a variety of sushi, including the popular Monster Roll and the Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. 384-2888. $$ TASTI D-LITE Health-conscious desserts include smoothies, shakes, sundaes, cakes and pies, made with fresh ingredients with fewer calories and less fat. More than 100 flavors. Open daily. 1024 Park St. 900-3040. $ 13 GYPSIES F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The neighborhood eatery is intimate and casual, serving tapas, shrimp dishes, salads and pressed sandwiches made from scratch. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 887 Stockton St. 389-0330. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Former Tad’s owner offers traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $ WALKERS The nightspot has a tapas menu plus a wide variety of wines, served in a rustic, intimate atmosphere. BW. Tue.-Sat. 2692 Post St. 894-7465. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE buffet. Sushi bar, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, steak, seafood. BW. L & D, daily. 1014 Margaret St., Ste. 1, 5 Points. 301-1199. $$

A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. 461-0102. $$ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S F For 30 years, the family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. 547-2723. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach

egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 4609311. B, $; L & D, $$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F The Vilano Beach mainstay offers coastal cuisine – tapas platters, cioppino, fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar – indoors or on an oak-shaded deck. Boat access. FB. L, Fri.-Sun., D, nightly. 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach. 824-8794. $$ CARMELO’S PIZZERIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats and cheeses, fresh salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts and light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Creekside serves beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 3 St. George St. 824-6993. $ THE FLORIDIAN The downtown restaurant serves innovative Southern fare, made with local farmers’ local food. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, ’N’grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 39 Cordova St. 829-0655. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F Best of Jax 2011 winner. International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, two-story house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ KINGFISH GRILL At Vilano Bridge’s west end, Kingfish Grill offers casual waterside dining indoors and on the deck, featuring fresh daily catch, house specialties and sushi. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 252 Yacht Club Drive. 824-2111. $$ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL F Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ Best of Jax 2011 winner. The cozy café serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes — all prepared without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. Organic BW. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 224 W. King St. 827-4499. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$

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RAINTREE Located in a Victorian home, Raintree offers a menu with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ THE REEF RESTAURANT F Casual oceanfront place with a view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, south of the S.R. 206 bridge, the two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE In the historic district, Spy features James Bond-themed sushi and Mediterraneaninfluenced global cuisine on the seasonal menu, including fresh — never frozen — Hawaiian seafood. Dine indoors or out on the patio. Upstairs lounge, too. Great selection of chilled sakes. BW, CM. D, nightly. 21 Hypolita St. 819-5637. $$$ SUNSET GRILLE Casual Key West style, seafood-heavy menu — it’s a consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties include baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp and datil pepper wings with bleu cheese dressing. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$ THE TASTING ROOM, WINE & TAPAS Owned by Michael Lugo, the upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. L, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 25 Cuna St. 810-2400. $$

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BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 11. 646-2874. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner. 13249 City Square Dr., 751-9711. 9039 Southside Blvd., 5389100. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401, 996-6900. $ THE FLAME BROILER Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, steamed brown or white rice along with grilled beef, chicken and Korean short ribs are featured. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ THE GRAPE BISTRO & WINE BAR F More than 145 wines, and gourmet tapas for pairing. Wide beer selection. L & D, daily. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 642-7111. $$ ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Upscale tropical vibe. Walk-in humidor, pairing apps and desserts with 25 wines, ports by the glass. 220+ wines by the bottle; draft, bottled beer. L & D, daily. 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115. 854-6060. $$ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, along with third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-theoven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. mellowmushroom.com $ MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET F A changing menu of more than 180 items includes cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$ MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT Best of Jax 2011 winner. Non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurt is served in flavors that change weekly. Toppings include a variety of fruit and nuts. 4860 Big Island Dr. 807-9292. $ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE F The recipes, unique to the Pancake House, call for only the freshest ingredients. CM. B, L & D, daily. 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr. 997-6088. $$ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned with an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves up New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. rennaspizza.com $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L

& D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, seafood, sandwiches. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ STEAMERS CAFE F Steamers’ menu has all-natural and organic items, including wraps, sandwiches, subs, soups, steamer bowls, smoothies and fresh juices. Daily lunch specials. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway, Ste. 106. 646-4527. $ SUITE Best of Jax 2011 winner. St. Johns Town Center premium lounge and restaurant offer chef-driven small plates and an extensive list of specialty cocktails, served in a sophisticated atmosphere. FB. D & late-nite, nightly. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 493-9305. $$ TAVERNA YAMAS The Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ URBAN FLATS F See Ponte Vedra. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Road. 642-1488. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Authentic Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racingthemed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F Serving up 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-9464. $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi & sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$

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ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. dickswingsandgrill.com $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolinastyle barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$

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

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PIZZA PALACE F All homemade from Mama’s awardSales Repspinach rl pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. winning recipes: BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar offers fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, coffees; 30 kinds of smoothies, with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurt, granola. Daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Consistent Best of Jax winner. Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood, upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ SAN MARCO DELI F Independently owned & operated classic diner serves grilled fish, turkey burgers. Vegetarian options. Mon.-Sat. 1965 San Marco Blvd. 399-1306. $ TAVERNA Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style woodfired pizzas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. The San Marco location offers a lunch buffet. L & D, daily. 1430 San Marco Blvd. 683-2444. $

large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Located in Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ THE THIRSTY IGUANA CANTINA TAQUERIA Classic Mexican fare includes quesadillas, tacos, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas and fajitas, as well as some killer nacho choices, made with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. TO, FB, CM. 7605 Beach Blvd. 647-7947. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven — the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Plus calzones, soups and salads; Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses and Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ URBAN ORGANICS The local produce co-op offers seasonal fresh organic vegetables and fruit. Open Mon.-Sat. 5325 Fairmont St. 398-8012. WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE sushi and two teppanyaki grill items are included in buffet price. FB. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$

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AROMAS BEER HOUSE Offers customer favorites like ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ BISTRO 41° F Casual dining features fresh, homemade breakfast and lunch dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $ BLUE BAMBOO Contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine includes rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai. Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$ BOMBA’S SOUTHERN HOME COOKING F Southern homestyle fare, featuring fresh veggies. Outside dining is available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8560 Beach Blvd. 997-2291. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual, El Potro cooks it fresh, made-to-order – fast, hot, simple. Daily specials and buffet at most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 7330844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. elpotrorestaurant.com $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. 11702 Beach Blvd. 997-9738. $$ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F A local institution since 1975 serving house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F The stylish gastropub has Southern-style cuisine made with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a

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he vibe was decidedly naughty at “A John Waters Christmas,” the one-man show staged at The Florida Theatre late last month. The author, auteur and all-around aberrant son-of-a-bitch regaled the audience with tales of perversion and subversion, telling stories ranging from recent art purchases (a black mold-covered canvas), to conversations with Justin Bieber (whom Waters quoted as saying, “your ’stashe is the jam”) to suggestions for booby-trapping holiday gifts (mousetraps and stinkbombs). Two salient pieces of advice: Don’t let your kids write letters to Santa (“What happens to those ‘Dear Santa’ letters, do you ever wonder? Some pedophile in the post office has them all!”) and keep your food allergies to yourself (“If you’re allergic to peanuts, don’t tell somebody, because I could kill you”). The stage show was followed by a meet-and-greet with Joey Egly, the winner of Folio Weekly’s “Meet John Waters” writing contest (pictured). Seen getting an earful of Bad Santa were Shelton Hull, Mike McNerney, Tyler Roberts and Jimmi Bayer.  Photos by Walter Coker

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Chinese Education Values

To get to their school, 80 children (ages 6-17) in the mountaintop village of Pili, China, near the Tajikistan and Afghanistan borders, make a 120-mile journey that includes 50 miles on foot or by camel. The most dangerous parts of the route are an inches-wide path cut into a cliff (over a 1,000-foot drop), a 600-foot-long zip-line drop and crossings of four freezing rivers (easier in winter when they’re frozen solid). The kids must make the chaperoned treks four times a year — back and forth for each of two long sessions. According to one teacher, the kids generally enjoy the adventure. The government is building a road to the village, but it won’t be finished until 2013.

Cultural Diversity

Globally (except in Japan), family-run businesses underperform those run by professional managers. Japanese corporations often have a talented son to take over for his father. The main reason for that, according to an this is a copyright protectedAugust proof © Freakonomics radio report, is that family scions usually first recruit an ideal “son” and then adopt him, often also encouraging their daughters to marry the men. (Japanese adage: ons, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. rUn dAte: 120611 “You can’t choose your sons, but you can choose PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 your sons-in-law.”) If the man’s already married, sometimes he and Produced by ab Checked by Sales Rep amhis wife are both adopted. In of benefit sUpport Ask for Action fact, while 98 percent of U.S. adoptions are of children, 98 percent of Japan’s are of adults. At an October ceremony in the Satara district in India’s Maharashtra state, 285 girls were allowed to change their names; each had originally been named “Nakusa,” a Hindi word which translates to “unwanted” (showing the parents’ disappointment at not having had a son). In Satara, only 881 girls are born for every boys, reportedly the result of abortion, © 2011 1,000 given the expense of raising a girl, whose family is expected to pay for any wedding and give a dowry to the groom’s family. Dubai is a city of towering, architecturally brilliant skyscrapers, but since all were built only in the last several decades, the city’s central sewer system hasn’t been able to keep up. Consequently, reported NPR’s “Fresh Air” in November, only a few are hooked up to the municipal system, and the rest must hire fleets of tanker trucks to carry wastewater away. The trucks then must queue up, sometimes for 24 hours at a time, to dispose of it at treatment plants.

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Factory worker Billy Hyatt, fired in 2009 by North Georgia plastics company Pliant Corp., filed a lawsuit in August alleging illegal religious discrimination. Pliant (now Berry Plastics) required employees to wear stickers indicating the number of consecutive accidentfree days, and March 12, 2009, was the 666th day. When Hyatt refused to wear “the mark of the beast”, he was suspended and then fired. The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., recently celebrated 12 consecutive years of around-the-clock musical praying, which Pastor Mike Bickle and his evangelical congregation believe is necessary to fight the devil’s continuous infiltration of the realms of power in society (business, media, government, etc.). “To keep the music going,” according to an October Los Angeles Times item, “the church has 25 bands playing throughout the week in twohour sets,” divided between “devotional” music and “intercessions,” in which God is petitioned to help some cause or place. Bickle claims there are “thousands” of 24/7 prayer groups in the world.

Israel lately experienced attacks not just from the outside but from its own ultra-Orthodox communities (about 10 percent of the country, and growing), whose activists have jeered and stoned “immodestly” dressed women and girls (as young as 6) on the street, defaced women’s images on billboards, forced illegal gender segregation in public facilities (including buses and sidewalks), and vandalized businesses that treat women as equals (for instance, an ice cream shop, since female customers lick the cones in public).

Questionable Judgments

Each August in Urakawa, Japan, a “hallucination and delusion competition” is held among visiting alcoholics and sufferers of mental disorders, who in principle are helped by bonding with fellow patients and revealing their failures and successes. The Bethel Festival, named for its sponsor, brings about 600 people together for on-stage presentations (sometimes in the form of song or dance) and awards a grand prize to a standout visitor (one year, to a woman who lived for four days in a public restroom after a voice in her head told her to, and in another year, to a man who’d overcome a 35-year stretch of never straying more than two yards from his mother). Some mental-disorder professionals think the festival is too-easily mockable by insensitive outsiders.

Bright Ideas

How does an extortionist (or kidnapper) safely collect the money that’s been dropped off for him? In July, police staking out a vacant field in Colerain Township, Ohio, after leaving the $22,000 ordered by alleged extortionist Frank Pence, waited about an hour, but Pence failed to show. Then one officer noticed the money slowly moving across the field and finally caught up to Pence, who was pulling a very, very long, partially concealed rope from a hiding place some distance from the drop site.

Creme de la Weird

In October, authorities in Washington County, Ore., said they wouldn’t file charges against a weird 21-year-old woman who felt compelled, as a tribute to her horse that had just died of old age, to get naked and climb inside the horse’s carcass, to “feel one” with it. Her boyfriend recorded the extremely bloody adventure with several photos (many showing her smiling joyously), which made their way onto the Internet, available to anyone with a strong stomach. Said Deputy Sgt. Dave Thompson: “At some point in your career, you say, yeah, I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff [and] you see this kind of picture and you realize maybe you haven’t seen everything.”

Least Competent Criminal

A lawyer’s first rule of cross-examination is to never ask a question you don’t already know the answer to, but criminal defendants who act as their own lawyers typically don’t get that memo. Philome Cesar, charged with about 25 robberies in the Allentown, Pa., area, began questioning his alleged victims at his trial in November. Please describe, he asked the first, what the robber sounded like. Answered victim Daryl Evans, “He sounded like you.” After Cesar asked a second victim the same question and got the same answer, he decided to stop cross-examining the victims. He was convicted of 19 counts.  Chuck Shepherd WeirdNews@earthlink.net


DEVASTATINGLY HANDSOME GEORGIA FAN Wanted serendipity to strike a third time. You introduced yourself first at FL/GA and blindsided me at the Jags game when you took your sister. When you smiled, I forgot my own name, much less to give you my number. Up for a friendly rivalry? You: Warm Brunette Georgia Boy. Me: Dark curlyhaired Gator Girl. When: Oct. 29, 2011. Where: EverBank Field. #1230-1213 YOU RUN ACROSS MY MIND! You also run across all of Riverside. Literally. Slow down! I’ve been contemplating a conversation for the past couple of years. Curious to know if we play for the same team. You: Usually in sweatpants, sports bra, beanie and headphones. Me: Usually walking my dog and wearing scrubs. When: All the time. Where: Riverside. #1229-1206 BAKING BLONDE IN A THUNDERBIRD You: Gorgeous blond baker girl with giant eyes and perfect smile in front of pulp around 10 with friends. Me: Severely modified guy with tail lacking intestines to speak. We’ve met a few times, but get friend vibe from you. Would slaughter a unicorn to get your attention. Coffee sometime?? When: Nov. 27, 2011. Where: Pulp/ San Marco. #1228-1206 BEAUTIFUL DANCER You: Purple dress, red bag, heels, hair up, dancing like your feet were on fire with a lot of girlfriends. Me: Shy guy in white shirt, blue sweater at the table by the door. Wanna teach me some dance moves? When: Nov. 26, 2011. Where: Suite at the Town Center. #1227-1206 NICE TRUCK…HOT GUY I noticed your truck on Mayport Rd first... silver with a DC sticker in the back window... Then I noticed your baby blue eyes... I’m the Pittsburgh fan in the Jeep... I’d like a closer look. When: Nov. 25, 2011. Where: Mayport Rd. #1226-1206 PUBLIX HOTTIE You asked me to buy a turkey dinner. I said no, but got a platter instead. I was mesmerized by your blue eyes and meat-selling techniques. Would you like to enjoy it with me?? You had dark hair and wore a red sweater. Me: Hungry for more of what you are selling. When: Nov. 20, 2011. Where: Jax Beach Publix. #1225-1206 GARAGE SALE NEAR RATHBONE Please indulge me: Years ago, an artist saw you in a golden dream. So inspired, he wrote a symphony called Good Vibrations. You: Long blonde hair, jean shorts, with ladies. Me: Black shirt, sunglasses. Passed on everything and turned to see you looking in my direction. Heaven knows I wanted to say hello. Love to see you again if possible. When: Nov. 19, 2011. Where: Garage Sale. #1224-1129 HOSTESS HOTTIE You: Blonde, blue eyes, Matthew McConaughey look-a-like, the all-American dream. You were having lunch with your boss. You called but hung up before I could give you my number. I have the perfect table for two. When: Nov. 2, 2011. Where: P.F. Changs, St. Johns Town Center. #1223-1129 SUSHI AND HOOKAH You: Mohawk at sushi in Oak Leaf. Me with my best friend. You sat down with us. I love the blue shirt you had on and how we had a great time. Glad u left with us for hookah. I knew when I met you I would see you again. How soon is too soon? When: Nov. 2, 2011. Where: Sushi. #1222-1122

woman in the world. I saw your radiant eyes and fell in love all over again. Nurse, you give me fever that’s so hard to bear. I hope you know CPR, because you take my breath away. Let me treat you right? When: Oct. 31, 2011. Where: Wall Street. #1219-1108 SEA SHELL Dear Sir, I put a seashell into your hand ... Nearly 2 months later, I chanced upon your newspaper gesture (was charmed and surprised). Responded back to your listing, but to no avail. Alas! Curiosity may have killed the cat? ... Consider this take two. When: Sept. 3, 2011. Where: The Floridian Restaurant. #1218-1108 BODACIOUS BURRO BARTENDER You: Model-looking chick workin’ the bar, slender like a traffic light, wondering if you could show me the red-light special? Me: mesmerized, Burro is now my favorite Jax bar. When: Oct. 24, 2011. Where: Burro Bar. #1217-1108 SIR, I’M A CATCH I was dancing with friends, you were too. You spilled your drink down my back and bought me one to make up for it. I wish I had concocted a business proposal sooner! You: Fearless and full of bravado. Me: A fine catch, sir. Sign that business proposal! When: Aug. 6, 2011?. Where: Lit/ Downtown. #1216-1108 HANDSOME MAN ON HIS BMW You were pumping gas for your motorcycle at the Shell station off Gate Parkway on 9/30/2011, Jacksonville. I watched you thinking … wow! You: Long pony tail, shades and cute dimples. Me: Tall brunette, jeans and t-shirt. I’ve been thinking about you and would love a ride on your bike. Call me. When: Sept. 30, 2011. Where: Shell Gas Station @ Gate Parkway. #1215-1108 BEAUTIFUL BALLERINA IN BLACK You: Extremely hot, petite blonde; the kind you want to take home to Mom. You were walking around helping anyone who raised their hand. Me: Too scared to raise my hand to get your number. Let’s do drinks or dinner sometime. When: Oct. 24, 2011. Where: The Trading Floor. #1214-1108

not as much as you got to me. Hope you find this; I would like to see you again. When: Oct. 24, 2011. Where: Whitey’s Fish Camp. #1212-1101

was in the dark pink tank top the row in front and to your right. When: Oct. 7, 2011. Where: Florida Theatre Death Cab Concert. #1204-1018

MY BROWN EYED GIRL… It was that special night I cannot forget. Looking into your soft brown eyes it made my heart skip a beat and wanted to freeze time so I could forever cherish that moment. When: Oct. 20, 2011. Where: Fresh Off The Bus. #1211-1101

GRAY SWEATPANTS AT LIFESTYLE FITNESS To the short buff guy in a black “gym life” tank top and gray shorts at Lifestyle Fitness. You were looking so hot. You were on the treadmill next to me talking about your time in the Navy, I hope next time you will ask me out. When: Oct. 6, 2011. Where: Lifestyle Fitness. #1203-1018

QUIET HANDSOME BARTENDER You: Polite, no frills bartender, working in the front taproom. Just want you to know that you have a nice smile. When: Oct. 20, 2011. Where: Ragtime. #1210-1101 NINJA WENCH… You approached with a hello, several adult beverages later, a misguided GPS, and a night I’ll never forget. Breakfast again soon? And many convos... You know how to find me :) When: Oct. 7, 2011. Where: United States. #1209-1025 WATER BOY! You: Hard-working Zephyr Water boy with light eyes carrying empty water barrels to your truck with a handy sidekick. Me: Blue eyes, dressed up in all black, completely in your way, making light jokes with the older receptionist. We made eye contact more than once in halls. Special delivery! You could be my water boy anytime... :) When: Oct. 18, 2011. Where: C. Serv. Off St. Johns. #1208-1025 SPEED RACER We were running a 5k prediction race. I was with a friend and he was talking a lot during the beginning of the race. He was talking to you and asking you questions. I was standing next to him just listening. You sound like a cool girl. Let’s get dinner some time. When: Sept. 20, 2011. Where: Starbucks parking lot. #1207-1025 LOOKING PRETTY IN THE LIBRARY You were carrying your toddler, looking for a book with a boot on the cover. Things seemed to click with us. I hope I get a chance to see a lot more of you. When: Friday. Where: Library north of JU. #1206-1025

AUBURN BEAUTY You: short cut-off jean shorts and black shirt with the shoulder straps. Beautiful auburn hair. You came into my work and got a sub. Me: Dark hair with eyebrow pierced. I was making your sub. You are a true beauty and I would like to take you out and see if there’s a spark. Hope to hear from you ;) When: Oct. 25, 2011. Where: Fleming Island. #1213-1101

BREW AT THE ZOO You were sampling a piece of aged sirloin as I was saying that “I highly recommended it.” Me: Blonde hair, was wearing a blue polo w/ orange horse, jeans, flip flops. You, Beautiful/ natural blonde, brown leg boots and dark jeans. Would love to meet you for real instead of just passing. When: Oct. 7, 2011. Where: Brew at the Zoo. #1205-1018

WHITEY’S FISH CAMP & PATRON SHOTS We met at Whitey’s and had some shots and then I lost you and never got your number. I guess the shots got to me, but

HOTTIE IN BLUE NIRVANA SHIRT Saw you there, the row behind me singing the words to every song. Smiled at you but was too nervous to do anything. I

DARK & STORMY IN BLACK APRON Was that whiskey on your lips? How delectable. I saw a smile under that beard. Feeling invincible? I’ll introduce myself next time. You: menacing. Me: caught in the storm. When: Sept. 2011. Where: Mojo. #1201-1011 GORGEOUS DUDE LONG CURLY HAIR I see you only once in a while, you hardly ever shop there. You’re usually with friends but you were alone the last time I saw you. You’re so gorgeous, EXACTLY my type. Hoping you notice me one day. You: handsome, long, curly haired, lean, fit customer at Publix. Me: tall, thin, model chick CASHIER at Publix. When: Sept. 2011. Where: Publix at Southside and Touchton Rd. #1200-1011 BEAUTIFUL LASS IN A 350Z I saw U driving that silver 350Z like it should be driven! Very impressed with your semi-aggressive driving and impressive looks! You turned off Baymeadows onto Western Way around 8 am. I was behind you in a blue Chevy Silverado. When: Sept. 27, 2011. Where: Baymeadows & Western Way. #1199-1004 PRETTIEST GIRL AT THE WEDDING You: Wearing black and white dress, brown hair and hazel eyes. Me: Working event, with brown hair. You caught my eye when you walked in the door. Later we shared a smile as you walked by me. I wish the setting was different. Wasn’t the right time to talk. I wish it was different. So badly wanted to say hi. When: Sept. 24, 2011. Where: Ponte Vedra. #1198-1004 MY FAVORITE BARKEEP You approached me outside Cool Moose. Long time no see. I thought you were gone forever. I have been anxiously waiting your return. Let us drink beer in the park sometime. You pour the beers and I will bring the goblets. You are the man of my daydreams. When: Sept. 14, 2011. Where: Cool Moose Café. #1197-1004

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Jim Moran (1908’99) called himself a publicist, but I regard him as a pioneer performance artist. At various times in his colorful career, he led a bull through a china shop in New York City, changed horses in midstream in Nevada’s Truckee River and looked for a needle in a haystack until he found it. You may want to draw inspiration from his work in the weeks ahead. You’ll have a knack for mutating clichés and scrambling conventional wisdom. In doing so, you may also pull off some seemingly improbable feats. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): One possible way to tap into the current cosmic opportunities is to seek out storeorgasms — the ecstatic feelings released when using your buyological urges in consumer temples crammed with an obscene abundance of colorful material goods. I advise you against that. It’s not a very creative solution to the epic yearnings welling up in your down-below-and-deep-inside parts. Instead, here’s a potentially far more satisfying idea: Routinely maneuver into positions where your primal self is filled up with sublime wonder, mysterious beauty and smart love. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’m not an either-or type of person. I don’t think there are just two sides to every story and you have to align with one or the other. That’s one reason why, as an American voter, I reject the idea that I must either sympathize with the Democratic Party’s goals or the Republican Party’s. It’s also why I’m bored by the trumped-up squabble between atheists and fundamentalist Christians, and predictable arguments between dogmatic cynics and fanatical optimists. Try my approach in the weeks ahead. Find a third way between any two sides dividing the world into Us against Them.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The Los Angeles school district dramatically downgraded the role homework plays in the life of its students. Beginning this fall, the assignments kids do after school account for only 10 percent of their final grade. As far as you’re concerned, that’s not a good trend to follow. In fact, I think you should go in the opposite direction. During the enhanced learning phase you’re entering, your homework is more important than ever. To take full advantage of rich educational opportunities flowing your way, do lots of research, think hard about what it all means and be wellprepared. The period between late 2011 and early 2012 is your homework time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The Amazon is the second longest river in the world, and has such a voluminous flow, it comprises 20 percent of all river water in the world. And yet there’s not a single bridge that crosses it. I love that. It comforts and inspires me to know that humans haven’t conquered this natural wonder. Which leads me to my advice for you this week: Consider keeping the wild part of you wild. It’s not at all crucial for you to civilize it.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): No one actually looks like the retouched images of the seemingly perfect people in sexy ads. It’s impossible to be that flawless, with no wrinkles, blemishes or scars. Acknowledging this, iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford once said, “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford.” Our unconscious inclination to compare ourselves to unrealistic ideals is the source of a lot of mischief. Your assignment in the week ahead is to divest yourself, as much as possible, of all standards of perfection alienating you from yourself or causing you to feel shame about who you really are. (More motivational fodder: tinyurl.com/SoftKill.)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Emotion is the resource we treasure when we’re young, says poet Naomi Shihab Nye, but eventually what we thrive on even more is energy. “Energy is everything,” she says, “not emotion.” Where does energy come from? Often, from juxtaposition, says Nye. “Rubbing happy and sad together creates energy; rubbing one image against another.” That’s what she loves about being a poet. Her specialty is to conjure magic through juxtaposition. “Our brains are desperate for that kind of energy,” she concludes. I mention this because the weeks ahead are prime time to drum up the vigor and vitality that come from mixing, melding and merging, particularly in unexpected or uncommon ways.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Barney Oldfield (18781946) was a pioneer car racer, the first ever to run a 100-mile-per-hour lap at the Indianapolis 500. He was a much better driver setting speed records and beating other cars on racetracks than he was at moseying through regular street traffic. Why? He said he couldn’t think clearly if he was traveling at less than 100 miles per hour. I suspect you may temporarily have a similar quirk — not in the way you drive but the way you live, work and play. To achieve maximum lucidity, move very fast.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Studies show that if you’re sharing a meal with one other person, you’re likely to eat up to 35 percent more food than if you’re dining alone. If you sit down at the table with four companions, you’ll probably devour 75 percent extra, and if you’re with a party of eight, your consumption may double. As I contemplate your horoscope, these facts give me pause. While I do suspect you’ll benefit from socializing more intensely and prolifically, I also think it’ll be important to raise your commitment to your physical health. Can you figure out a way to do both?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In August 2010, there was an 11-day traffic snarl on a Chinese highway. At one point, stuck vehicles stretched 60 miles, inching along at the rate of a mile per day. In that light, your current jam isn’t so bad. It may be true that your progress has been glacial lately, but at least you’ve had a bed to sleep in and a bathroom to use, which is more than the stranded Chinese motorists and truck drivers had. I’m predicting your own jam disperses some time in the next few days. Be prepped and ready to rumble on.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Were it not for the leaping and twinkling of the soul,” said psychologist Carl Jung, “human beings would rot away in their greatest passion, idleness.” To that edgy observation I add this corollary: One of the greatest and most secret forms of idleness comes from being endlessly busy at unimportant tasks. If you’re way too wrapped up doing a thousand little things that have nothing to do with your life’s primary mission, you are, in my opinion, profoundly idle. All this is prelude for the climactic advice of this week’s horoscope: Give everything you have to stimulate the leaping and twinkling of your soul.  Rob Brezsny freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Here’s a joke from Woody Allen’s movie “Annie Hall”: “Two elderly women are in a Catskills Mountain resort and 48 | FOLIO WEEKLY | DECEMBER 13-19, 2011

one of them says: ‘Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.’ The other one says, ‘Yeah, I know — and such small portions.’” Is it possible you’re acting like the second woman? Are you being influenced to find fault with something you really kind of like? Are you ignoring your preferences because you think it may help to be close to those whose preferences are different? Don’t do that in the week ahead. According to my astrological omen-analysis, it’s vital to know how you feel and stay true to that.


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Crime & Punishment

It’s time to correct Jacksonville’s correctional system

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f you’re reading this, you’re not in jail. But if you were, you’d quickly realize that the jails of Jacksonville are unacceptable as “correctional” facilities. You would understand that being locked away from family, friends and a life is consequence enough, without daily deprivations, humiliations and health risks. You would see that the basic human rights of local inmates are not being met. When I have expressed my dissatisfaction with the local correctional system to people or friends on Facebook, I get similar cold responses. “It serves them right, those criminals,” they claim. Or, “They have to make it bad for them so they don’t return.” First of all, the idea of “them” and “those criminals” strikes a nerve with me. You too could go to jail! You may think that an impossibility but you may be surprised to find yourself in jail due to false witness against you, false claims or even valid reasons — for which you thought you’d never get caught! A good example is the recent article in Folio Weekly about incorrect eyewitnesses and innocent people serving time because of it (bit.ly/up94YD). Often, people are labeled “criminals” and may be innocent due to circumstances, but the largest percent of prisoners in Jacksonville are drug addicts. Drug addicts should go straight to a drug rehabilitation lockdown, not a generic prison. Many countries in Europe have effective rehabilitation lockdowns and a high success rate. Drug addicts are often involved in criminal activity due to their addiction, but it doesn’t mean they should receive “punishment.” Drug addicts need help, not punishment. I’ve learned the drug addicts cannot help themselves because addiction is an illness, and that illness must be treated with self-control therapy. Addicts need counseling, education and positive mind programming therapy. I am a well-traveled, educated citizen and a mother. All of my children were raised in an educated, caring and loving environment free of drugs. Despite this, my oldest daughter, who is 21, has served time in the Pre-Trial Detention Center (the Duval County jail) and Montgomery Correctional Center due to addiction. Having a family member in jail, I have witnessed the injustices of the correctional system up close. It upsets me to see the way the prisoners are treated. What bothers me the most is people having the viewpoint that prison should be a place for “punishment” instead of what it is supposed to be, a “place of correction.” “Correction” is a progressive idea, designed to correct behaviors and make inmates better people and productive citizens. However, the way things are currently run in Jacksonville and many other areas, it doesn’t seem that correction is the goal. Even before my daughter went to trial to determine guilt or innocence, she served 40 days in the pre-trial detention center. While there, she could not go outside for fresh air, was routinely awakened at 4 a.m., had to sleep on a hard cold bed with overhead fluorescent lights

in her eyes, received no exercise and was fed poorly (protein only twice a week, no fruits or vegetables, and mostly white-flour foods). The pre-trial detention center is a place that anyone, “innocent” or “guilty,” could find themselves. She had 40 days before her trial? Don’t we have a constitutional right to a speedy trial? My daughter was also court-ordered to the Matrix drug rehab program in July, but due to the overcrowded Matrix facility, she hasn’t been placed there yet and it’s been five months. I was recently told that she may not get in to the Matrix program at all; there’s a long waiting list that cannot be adequately accommodated. Yet, the judge ordered it. While my daughter was at the pre-trial detention facility downtown, her roommate was 70 years old, and they made the old lady sleep on the top bunk, which she could not manage to climb into without my daughter’s assistance. (Shouldn’t people of that age go to a

3. The right to adequate nutrition (daily protein plus fresh vegetables) 4. The right to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, with the lights out 5. The right to daily fresh air outside 6. The right to daily exercise (humans need a minimum of 20 minutes of cardio and strength training per day) 7. The right to full spectrum colors within their environment (not bare white walls) 8. The right to daily lessons of morality, good ethical behavior and education 9. The right to free local phone calls to family Currently, inmates sleep on a hard cot with only a thin blanket. Many jail staff often resort to name-calling, yelling, screaming, unnecessarily using a Taser and talking down to the inmates, therefore not demonstrating “respectful” behaviors. A typical meal is grits, a slice of white bread and mashed potatoes.

My daughter served 40 days in the pre-trial detention center. While there, she could not go outside for fresh air, was routinely awakened at 4 a.m. and had to sleep on a hard cold bed. special holding place? Shouldn’t we honor our senior citizens, even if they make mistakes?) Did you know that it cost me $100 a month to receive phone calls from my daughter at the rate of approximately $1 per minute for local calls? Who is making that fortune off the struggling families of inmates, who are already getting hit hard by the high cost of the inmates’ commissary bill? It costs families approximately $40 per week to provide “commissary,” items like shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, food, etc. When my daughter told me about an 18-year-old fellow inmate who had just received 20 days of solitary confinement, I was upset again by the injustice. So I made several calls to the MCC (the “farm”), finally speaking to an officer who is the legal representative of the prison. I asked several questions, and the officer was very polite to me. He stated that his prison was star-rated. Hmm. I stated that “solitary” confinement beyond 48 hours at a time could be emotionally damaging, and is not “correctional” to the betterment of a human. I also asked if there were any “prisoner rights” booklet, manual or anything I could have — the information should be public knowledge. He said that I don’t have access to that information and there was not available information for me. So, what are the prisoner’s rights? And if there are any here in Jacksonville, are the guards and staff educated enough to know the rights and follow them? If I were to write a basic primer on prisoner’s rights, I would include the following: 1. The right to safe, clean and comfortable living conditions 2. The right to be treated with respect

That meal is all carbohydrates, which cause obesity and ultimately medical problems that cost taxpayers money! Fluorescent overhead lights blare down upon the inmates, which can cause brain dysfunction. The pre-trial facility inmates do not get fresh air, and the inmates at the jails are only allowed a few minutes outside. Exercise is not facilitated daily in any of the jails. The walls are depressing white, adding to the inmates’ hopelessness. Yes, inmates have committed suicide in these jails. A man jumped to his death at the Duval County Jail just last month. Why not paint the walls with uplifting colors and have positive sayings displayed? The jail does not offer counseling, and other jails have very limited classes. There are no libraries and the reading materials are inadequate. There are no opportunities in the Jacksonville jails to further one’s education. Instead, these prisoners will be released penniless, without education and a blemish on their record disabling them from most job opportunities. I don’t think jail should be the Hilton, but I also believe that the prisons in Jacksonville need major improvement. They should be a place to positively change people. Yes, many inmates will live there for a large part of their lives and may return again, no matter what you do. But that doesn’t mean the facility should be an awful place to live. After all, the “punishment” is being locked up, away from family, friends, work and a life! Life in jail is bad enough; inmates don’t need to be mistreated.  Shari Riepe

Riepe lives in Jacksonville.

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