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EDITOR’S NOTE p. 4 MAIL Other media chime in about the JSO’s public records intransigence. Plus a recent brickbat had lousy aim. p. 5 NEWS Local lawmakers’ political consulting biz proves who they know matters a lot more than what they know. p. 9

BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Black Keys’ vocalist Dan Auerbach gives St. Auggie a (somewhat muddled) shout-out. Plus Merle Haggard pleases revivalist, meat-eating drunks. p. 12 SPORTS MJD Tweets checks his body can’t cash. p. 14 COVER STORY Costume designer Candy Keane (yes, seriously) brings mad love to the business of dressing up. p. 16 BOOK OF LOVE Valentine messages from one Folio Weekly reader to another. p. 18

79 WEDDING PLANNER Everything you need, want and desire for your big day. p. 27 OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 45 MOVIES Reviews of “The Mechanic” and “The Rite.” p. 46 MUSIC The B-52s at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Will Pearsall at Ragtime, Leon Russell at The Florida Theatre. p. 50 ARTS Douglas Anderson School of the Arts celebrates a quarter-century of creative education. p. 58 BACKPAGE Sneaking into Public School No. 4 is a rite of passage for Duval County students. p. 79 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 15 HAPPENINGS p. 63 DINING p. 66 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 74 I SAW U p. 76 CLASSIFIEDS p. 77

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Red Meat T

he allegations flew thick and fast at last week’s meeting of the Taxation Revenue and Utilization of Expenditures (TRUE) Commission. Former SMG General Manager Bob Downey levied his nowfamiliar accusations against his former employer (see “What About Bob?” May 18, 2010 http://bit.ly/et5nNh, and Editor’s Note, Jan. 4, http://bit.ly/eForvB) saying that SMG failed to heed its own agreements with the city, costing the city millions in extra expense. SMG attorney Paul Harden slapped back, accusing Downey of trying to avenge being denied a 2 percent raise, and saying that Downey told him he would “cook the books” to punish SMG. Harden offered no proof that any books were cooked, and in fact pointed repeatedly to the “rigorous” audits that SMG has submitted itself to. Regardless, the allegations were broad and the job of the TRUE Commission, looking ahead, is potentially daunting. Commission Chair Wes Benwick asked for copies of some of SMG’s independent audits, and said he is interested in exploring why the company for years failed to live up to a 2002 contract pledge to find and use a local insurance provider — a mistake that

I in fact came up with the language that was included in there,” he told the TRUE Commission. “Lord knows if seven years later it resulted in additional business for someone in my family, I would be more than happy.” The deal did benefit someone in his family, though not immediately. SMG didn’t actually seek a local insurance provider for seven years after the contract was signed, until Downey forced the issue by pointing out the lapse to city auditors. Harden says the delay wasn’t due to foot-dragging at SMG. It was because the contract language was illegal. Harden says he was told by the city’s Office of Risk Management that limiting the bid pool to local companies was not allowed. “They said, ‘that’s an illegal term in your contract,” he told the commission. “It was an improper term in the contract and we were instructed by the city not to [enforce it].” Why would a highly paid lawyer insert an illegal term into a multimillion-dollar city contract? Who knows? Perhaps it’s hard for Harden to keep track of all the bones he’s tossing from his gravy train. After all, this is a city where former Council President

Harden’s taxpayer-subsidized steaks may seem a small matter — certainly beyond the purview of the all-volunteer TRUE Commission. But they, like minor “illegal” contract clauses, are part of a food pyramid of favoritism, kickbacks and outright graft that nourishes only Jacksonville’s fat cats, and starves worthy programs.

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(conservatively) cost city taxpayers $400,000 a year. While that larger discussion will take some time for members of the TRUE Commission to tease out, a smaller matter that emerged from Tuesday’s discussion likely won’t get a bit more attention. And that’s too bad, because the tidbit reveals a lot about how one of the city’s biggest lobbyists operates. According to Downey, Paul Harden — a City Hall insider who manages some of the city’s biggest contracts (Trail Ridge Landfill, the Jaguars stadium lease, SMG, courthouse contractor Turner Construction) — himself added the clause requiring SMG to buy insurance through a local provider. Downey, who wanted SMG Jacksonville to seek competitive bids for insurance, says he didn’t care where the insurance provider was located. But the contract that Harden drafted specifically obligates SMG Jacksonville to “procure all coverage … from a Florida licensed agent with its offices in Jacksonville.” Why would Harden insert such precise language? Well, as Downey noted last week, “his brother was in the insurance business” — Ceree Harden, who runs Jacksonvillebased Harden & Associates. Harden didn’t dispute this. “And, yes,

Richard Clark’s janitorial company holds the contract to clean the (SMG-managed) EverBank Stadium. And where Clark voted to give the Jacksonville Jaguars the profit from the EverBank naming rights agreement. And where, just minutes after casting his vote, Clark joined Harden (representing the Jaguars) and fellow Councilmember Stephen Joost at a steak dinner at Ruth’s Chris to celebrate the $4 million giveaway. At least the city didn’t get stuck with the bill like it did in October 2009, when Harden supped at Ruth’s Chris on two consecutive nights, racking up bills of $338 and $208, which were then sent to the city. (SMG repaid the city after auditors discovered the expense.) Harden’s taxpayer-subsidized steaks may seem a small matter — certainly beyond the purview of the all-volunteer TRUE Commission. But they, like minor “illegal” contract clauses, are part of a food pyramid of favoritism, kickbacks and outright graft that nourishes only Jacksonville’s fat cats, and starves worthy programs. Given how many legitimate city programs are going hungry these days, the thought is positively nauseating.  Anne Schindler themail@folioweekly.com


Person of Interest

I commend Folio Weekly for selecting Professor Parvez Ahmed as Person of the Year (Cover Story, Dec. 28). I am a Christian and have participated in many OneJax forums at which I had the honor of interacting with Professor Ahmed. I found him to be a highly intellectual individual who has a deep faith and speaks of peace among all people. I have never heard him espouse fanatical views or rhetoric. Really, would he have been selected as a Fulbright Scholar had he been a member of a “terrorist” organization? I was very ashamed of the Jacksonville City Councilmembers who showed their ignorance when questioning Professor Ahmed about his religious views and asking him to “Pray to his God.” Their narrowmindedness and lack of civility were evident. I sincerely hope none of them gets re-elected. I would want councilmembers of a higher intellect representing the Jacksonville community. I wouldn’t want the rest of the country to think of Jacksonville as a backward city that doesn’t appreciate its diverse population. As a Palestinian naturalized citizen who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 5, I am well aware of the stigma associated with being a Palestinian. I am not discriminated against by those who are well-informed, but by ignorant individuals who think all Palestinians are “terrorists” or Muslim, and cover their faces. As I said previously, I am a Christian, as are the majority of the Palestinians here in Jacksonville. We are a community of doctors, dentists, lawyers, teachers, accountants, and federal, state and city employees. We are proud of our homeland, but even more of being Americans. Thank you for a well-written article.

Board. It seems that the self-appointed gadflies are willing to distort events to get their slant in print. A little more thorough fact checking by your staff writer would perhaps keep the story straighter and avoid such wrongful brickbats. Alexander Cameron, Ph.D. St. Augustine via email

Cop Out

I don’t know whether “favored media outlets” get better responses [to public records requests] (News, “Answer the Question,” Jan. 25; bit.ly/dK824h), but if they do, The Ponte Vedra Recorder isn’t one of them. Our experience is that the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office can be ridiculously slow to respond, but quick to complain when they feel they’ve been slighted in a story. Contrast that with the media-friendly approach we’ve

Our experience is that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office can be ridiculously slow to respond, but quick to complain when they feel they’ve been slighted in a story. experienced when working with Sgt. Chuck Mulligan and Kevin Kelshaw in St. Johns County … and we share your frustration. Kudos for telling it like it is. Mark Pettus, Editor The Recorder Ponte Vedra Beach via email

Nadya Farah Jacksonville via email

Bad Brick

I’m a regular reader of Folio Weekly. One feature I enjoy is the Bouquets and Brickbats. As a recent immigré to St. Augustine, most of the time I’m not aware of all of the background issues. Nevertheless, I appreciate the acknowledgements. However, in the Jan. 18 issue of Folio Weekly, because I was present at the meeting where St. Augustine City Attorney Ron Brown spoke, your brickbat is undeserved and requires commentary. The statement in your piece that he advised residents, elected officials and city administrators to ask no questions, attend no meetings and not attempt to learn anything more about the First America Foundation is simply not true. What he spoke to was a request by a city commissioner to be allowed to attend board meetings of the Foundation. In his reply, he stated a correct legal opinion that as a vendor to the city, the Foundation had no more obligation to open their operational meetings to outsiders than any other city vendor. That was it. None of the rest of it happened. In fact, in prior and subsequent statements, Jaime Alvarez, the current Foundation director, clearly and articulately communicated the Foundation’s intention to operate with the greatest amount of transparency and openness. And Mayor Joe Boles is a member of the Foundation

A Civil War

With all the calls for “civility” (Editor’s Note, Jan. 18), one might expect liberals to practice a bit of it. Of course, that would be a ridiculous expectation. “The City” cartoon by Derf depicts Gov. Sarah Palin with “A**hole” targeted (complete with crosshairs!) on her forehead (“On Target,” Jan. 18). It is not unreasonable to interpret that as an incitement to gun violence by the “artist,” and by the editor who chose to

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print it. So much for Ms. Schindler’s claim that “those who need [that advice] the most” would not be likely to heed it. S. Duane England Jacksonville via email

Can a call for “civility” be sincere when put forward by those who, through complicit accommodation, help facilitate a treasurybankrupting war overseas and keep the bloody brutality, the death and destruction, at arms’ length and away from critical public discourse? Let’s debate the war now! David Wolters Riverside via email

Gag Order

RE: “Culinary Commandments” (Health & Beauty, Jan. 25). You missed two foods to never eat: blood pudding and haggis. Lucy MacEachern Jacksonville via email

Sleep Apnea

Just finished reading the Hal Crowther article “The Sleep of Reason” (“The Sleep of Reason: Midterm Madness 2010,” Jan. 18) and I have a serious question. Is Mr. Crowther an effected [sic] idiot, or simple [sic] so

Crowther. Aside from his complete and utter disregard for truth, and his pointless and self-indulgent rambling on (four pages, no less — did you need filler that bad?), he never once even offers to discuss the real principle behind or the truth about the history of the Tea Party’s rise. The American people are faced with a government that increasingly insists that it has authority to use force against them to achieve popular material goals — “feelgood” things like health care. The health care law was accomplished by Obama, Pelosi and Reid threatening, blackmailing and bribing House members who opposed the Senate bill to vote for it. Their votes were politically bought and extorted in full view of an American public, which watched in disbelief and horror at how corrupt the Washington political process had become. Tea Party rallies were all started as local efforts by people outraged by what they were witnessing in Washington, and wanting government to focus on the real issue of the time — economic recovery. As their popularity became evident, one or two organizers tried to establish a coordinated effort, without any real success. Then — and I’ll say thank goodness for them — two corporate sponsors began pumping real money into some of the groups so that a more serious effort, with organizers and advertising, could be established. Having the corporate donations was still the best thing that could have happened. The extremely liberal and close-minded press (Folio Weekly?) worked overtime to portray the Tea Party and anyone critical of the Democrats’ health care plan as ignorant and racist. I cannot think of a more disgusting and dishonest tactic. Yet here is another cretinous opinion piece by Crowther spewing the same low, vulgar and scurrilous claim again. He obviously has no shame. Government does not have the authority or the moral or ethical right to use brute force — the essence of this health care law — to force individuals to pay for others’ insurance. It doesn’t matter if another 10 to 15 million Americans get health care. What does matter is having 308 million Americans lose their most important and valuable right — their liberty, and freedom of choice. Jerold Tabbott Via email

Is Mr. Crowther an effected [sic] idiot, or simple [sic] so stupid he doesn’t get it? stupid he doesn’t get it? Even Ann Shindler [sic] recognizes the facts (“The Two Million Dollar Man”), even if she did bury them deep and late in the story. Wayne Sims St. Augustine via email

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I just finished reading your brilliant article and wanted to write and commend you for putting into words all the things that we have been saying ever since Barack Obama was elected. We’re in our 80s and constantly ask, “How can so many people who are losing their jobs and their homes be taken in and influenced by these right-wing radicals who are once again gaining power and trying to run the country?” Thank God we have MSNBC to watch with Mr. Ed, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Keith Obermann. They give us the true picture. Keep up the good work. We appreciate it. Jane and John Scanlon Via email

Diversity Squared

The New York Times piece, “Parenting by Gays


More Common in the South, Census Shows,” provides a valuable and hitherto undocumented perspective to spiritual dimensions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities — especially here in the South (Buzz, Jan. 25). While I say “Hallelujah” to my friend Pastor Val and her congregation at St. Luke’s Community Church, it must be pointed out that the author focused on but one slice of a much larger and more complex LGBT

While I say “Hallelujah” to my friend Pastor Val and her congregation at St. Luke’s Community Church, it must be pointed out that the author focused on but one slice of a much larger and more complex LGBT population pie. Jacksonville’s LGBT families come in all shapes and sizes. population pie. Jacksonville’s LGBT families come in all shapes and sizes. As pastor of another “gay congregation” right down the street from St. Luke’s, we are probably the “mostly white, male and childless” church referred to in this article. While those demographics may be true superficially, a more accurate yardstick would show that we, too, have our families and children … albeit extended and grown now. Myriad congregations here in Jacksonville are welcoming, inclusive and even affirming of their LGBT members — including the eight churches alluded to but overlooked in the article, which could have provided a better balance. Before extrapolating and assuming common denominators about Southern gay families, please consider that ours is a very diverse and somewhat stratified community for which God has provided a variety of religious expressions and worship houses. Rev. Dr. Bruce H. Joffe, Pastor Christ Church of Peace Jacksonville via email

A Tale of Two Salaries

I was sickened by the sad irony in the pages of Folio Weekly. Can it be possible that a local Legal Aid attorney receives only $30,000 per year to do the work of saints (News, Jan. 4), while a public information officer for the sheriff makes $100,000 a year (“Answer the Question,” Jan. 25). This is a stunning reversal of priorities, not to mention a prime example of bloated

bureaucratic pay scales. I wonder what the pension is for the public information officer … Wilton S. Gray Yulee via email

Getting Schooled

Professor James Crooks wrote about our school system, citing reports that our graduation rates were improving and that the district has reported a decrease in discipline problems (Commentary, Feb. 8). The good professor left out the fact that the formula for graduation rates was dramatically changed recently, which may have led to our bump. But it probably gets worse than that. I have six kids in my classes whom I have never met, and despite my reporting them to the attendance team several times, they have yet to be withdrawn. Extrapolate that countywide, and there could be thousands of kids who have effectively dropped out but have stayed on school rolls. Crooks also doesn’t mention the loophole that prevents kids who enter adult education classes (GED, etc.) from being withdrawn, which probably counts for about a five percent improvement in our rates. (http://bit.ly/hADpst) His claim that discipline has improved is also laughable. The average teacher (probably because he doesn’t know any) would completely disagree with the statement that discipline has greatly improved. What has improved is teachers ignoring bad behavior and enduring toxic learning environments. It’s common for administrators to say “with quote marks,” if a teacher writes too many referrals, then his or her evaluation, performance pay and even job can be in jeopardy. Professor Crooks, with all due respect: In the future when you write about Jacksonville, why don’t you stick with the climate, the golf courses or “special neighborhoods” like Fernandina Beach or Avondale — because you obviously have no idea what is happening in our schools. When you regurgitate statistics issued by self-serving parties, you do our city and its children a disservice. Chris Guerrieri, Schoolteacher Jacksonville via email

Object Lesson

Re: Reviving Sen. John Thrasher’s SB6 debacle. I write as the father of a high school junior, as the son of a teacher and as a brother who has four sisters who teach in public schools. In other words, I support our State Constitution that says the state of Florida will provide a quality education for every child. Instead, the state has created a system where test materials are being taught. Students are not learning because teachers are no longer allowed to teach. The entire FCAT system is a setup, a publicly funded ruse. The setup has been to create a system of failed public schools so legislators can now have leverage and fabricated “evidence” that schools are failing. That way, you, the so-called lawmaker, can justify sending my tax dollars to private schools. Lawmakers, here’s the reality parents face today: Parents complain and the principal says he cannot do a thing about a child having a deadbeat teacher. Give the principals leverage. FEBRUARY 8-14, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 7


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Set up an investigatory process by which data can be collected. Do not try and gauge this using another fricking test! Get out of Tallahassee and go to these schools. Put any and all so-called accountability bills on hold until you have had grassroots meetings around the state with parents and kids. Then, give your local school boards authority to give these principals authority to make real changes. Do not pass a bill that will create more bureaucracy or force county school

Put this legislation on hold until you get off your duffs and go talk to the kids and the parents. districts to foot the bills for some trumped-up new assessment that is supposed to save Florida. Get off your duffs and go talk to the kids and the parents. Put this legislation on hold until you talk to kids and talk, and consequently listen, to parents about what is going on in their child’s public school. Eric Cravey Orange Park via email

Like Father, Like Son

RE: Jan. 18 cover story on Rick Mullaney, “The Two Million Dollar Man.” My dad — a long-gone child of the Great Depression — used to say: Throw out the politicians every time their term is up and change parties like you do your underwear if they do not listen to reality. Another saying I also remember was this one I found in his writings as an old man of 89 years: I Am A Born Again American I am my Country’s Keeper My President and my Congress report to me And so: I will stay informed and involved I will make my voice heard And not just at election time I can make a difference I matter I am an American, Born Again Had I and we as the keepers of our city (where I was born and raised) been more vigilant, and got off our butts and acted like we care and are tired as hell of people taking advantage of us, maybe this place can be again the Bold New City of the South, or the First Coast People that are Born Again and Care. Maybe we should not keep electing people who are appointing lawyers who think they are above the law they are sworn to obey. Patrick M. Evans Jacksonville

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NewsBuzz

Holy Spirits “I believe Jesus is God” — Lyric that received the rowdiest applause from the uniformly wasted, sold-out crowd at Merle Haggard’s Jan. 30 performance at The Florida Theatre. “And a pig is just ham,” continues the 2010 song, “I Am What I Am.”

Skeleton Keys “I used to hang out in St. Augustine for the summers at my grandma’s house. I’d work at my uncle restaurant and peel onions and stuff.” — Dan Auerbach, guitarist and vocalist for the Black Keys, giving the Ancient City a shout out during a recent episode of “Austin City Limits.” (In fact, the restaurant, Gypsy Cab Co., was owned by Auerbach’s considerably older cousin, Ned Pollack.)

Always Lower “The Walmart of Cities” — The unfortunate way Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton described his city at a University of North Florida business forum. Peyton didn’t mean that Jacksonville discriminates against women, eats smaller mom-and-pop towns as it strives to become one giant megatropolis, or that its work product is provided by slave labor pools overseas. He explained: “We’re very good at being the cheapest,” referring to the city’s low tax rate.

He’s Baaaaack! One of the craziest headline makers of the past 20 years is back in the news. Furman O. Clark, subject of a 2001 Folio Weekly cover story, was arrested last week in a scheme to defraud dozens of investors, and charged with the theft of some $250,000. That’s nothing! Furman previously served prison time for killing prominent lawyer and lobbyist Julian Singman, and had several felony convictions for fraud and theft. Despite his shady past, he went on to reinvent himself in Fernandina Beach’s land development community. As recently as 2006, he was vice president of the Rotary Club in Amelia Island. To read the full 2001 Folio Weekly cover story, go to folioweekly.com.

Business partners: Daniel Davis (left) and Ronnie Fussell have started a political consulting biz.

All in the Family

Two local lawmakers sell influence packaged as political expertise to up-and-coming city candidates

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onnie Fussell and Daniel Davis shared the City Council dais for three years. They are related by marriage. They’re both influential Westsiders, and both have served as executive director of the politically powerful Northeast Florida Builders Association. So the fact that current Councilmember Fussell and former Councilmember (and now state Rep.) Davis have extended their collaboration to the business world isn’t a total surprise. What is interesting is that the pair’s new political consulting group, The Vineyard & Company, is finding a way to transform their political influence into cold hard cash. Two candidates for Jacksonville City Council have hired the consulting firm, which the politicians formed in November with Davis’ nephew Drew Messer, to manage their campaigns in the upcoming election. Group 4 City Council candidate Greg Anderson has paid Vineyard $3,000 so far for political consulting. Group 5 candidate Sean Hall has paid $2,500. Additionally, District 14 City Councilmember Michael Corrigan, who is running for county tax collector, has hired Drew Messer individually, paying him $5,565 for “get out the vote” efforts. There’s nothing illegal about politicians earning money from political consulting, but paying (current or former) councilmembers to deliver elections to (aspiring) councilmembers certainly carries the whiff of political intimacy. Add to that the fact that both Anderson and Corrigan landed endorsements from the Northeast Florida Builders Association, and

that the company’s articles of incorporation list the same address as NEFBA, and it all starts to look extraordinarily cozy. Which isn’t to say that it makes anyone blink. “Politics is basically interconnecting relationships,” says a sanguine city of

There’s nothing illegal about politicians earning money from political consulting, but paying (current or former) councilmembers to deliver elections to (aspiring) councilmembers certainly carries the whiff of political intimacy. Jacksonville Ethics Officer Carla Miller. “That’s the way things get done. If citizens take a look at it and say they don’t like it, they can change laws or organize.” John Daigle, who has done political consulting through his advertising and public relations firm Principal Creative, says he can’t remember any other elected officials working as paid political consultants, but he doesn’t see

anything inherently wrong with it. “As elected officials, you’re allowed to have businesses outside your office. I can’t see something wrong or distasteful in having a business related to campaigning.” Daigle suggests that the close relationship might trouble folks who disagree with NEFBA’s agenda more than others. “I think it depends on your personal beliefs,” he says. “A lot of people believe in what the NEFBA is doing, and they would have no problem with them forming a company.” He said there might be some instances in which Davis may have to declare a conflict of interest, but couldn’t think of any. Davis says he got involved in the company as vice president because he wanted to help out his 27-year-old nephew. “I wanted to give him guidance as he starts off his career,” says Davis. “I enjoy helping family.” Asked if candidates would hire Vineyard looking for future favoritism or special access, Davis says no. “He’s talented,” Davis says of his nephew. “I think that’s why someone will hire him.” Though Davis is a fan of keeping family close, he did put some distance between his consulting company and his day job as executive director of the Northeast Florida Builders Association. Though the address of The Vineyard & Company is listed on the Florida Division of Corporations website as being the same as NEFBA’s, Davis says that Messer decided against leasing space from that group and has his offices on the Westside.  Susan Cooper Eastman sceastman@folioweekly.com FEBRUARY 8-14, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 9


Smush Captain for Spring “Jersey Shore” fist-pumping cast member Ronnie “Smush Captain” Ortiz-Magro, whom popeater.com describes as “the archetypal juicehead gorilla” and whom totallylookslike.icanhascheezburger.com says looks like the Pokémon character Machoke, will be celebrating the arrival of spring in Jacksonville Beach at the Aqua Night Club & Lounge on Friday, March 4. Anyone who dresses like Ronnie will get in free to Aqua between now and March 4 and will be entered in a contest to party with Ronnie in the VIP lounge on the big night.

Dune Our Part Because Folio Weekly loves William Morgan’s Dune House in Atlantic Beach, when TopTenRealEstateDeals.com wrote to ask for nominations months ago for “Top 10 Weird But Wonderful Homes,” we replied that we knew the perfect home. On Feb. 2, the website debuted its feature with partner CNBC, and the Dune House is Numero One, the lead image on the page. See the Top 10 homes, all for sale, at cnbc.com/id/41371897

Gore Vitality Though some people in Jacksonville contend they haven’t seen mayoral candidate Alvin Brown do much at the local level, he definitely has friends in high places. The former presidential advisor to Bill Clinton got former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore to host a fundraiser for him last Monday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 177 Hall on North Liberty Street. Brown trails fundraising efforts of Republican candidates Mike Hogan, Rick Mullaney and Audrey Moran.

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J’ville Guvmit 101

Holiday Hangover

The Jacksonville League of Women Voters explains the nuts and bolts of the government of Jacksonville in a free online course available for download at the city’s Ethics Office at coj.net or at lwvjacksonvilleleague.org.

It’s not because they don’t want Christmas to end. The city of St. Augustine extended its annual Nights of Lights celebration through Feb. 6 in order to participate in the centennial of the Church of St. Benedict the Moor in Lincolnville, founded as a place of worship for the city’s black Catholics.


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NewsBuzz Root Cause “The Citizen’s Guide to Fighting Corruption at the Local Level” — Working title of an e-book that Jacksonville Ethics Officer Carla Miller is writing while she recovers from a broken ankle. Miller said she hopes to offer a free citizen guide that websites across the political spectrum can post for their readers.

Green Netting: Jacksonville businesses looking for ways to embrace sustainability now have a greenhouse for information and access to goods. Jacksonville is the first city in Florida with a chapter of The Green Chamber of the South, the Northeast Florida Green Chamber. The group is in the organizational stages, but for more information, contact president Helen Rake at 493-7500 ext. 9 or helen.rake@ neflgreeenchamber.org.

Workers wind the “string” on a giant yo-yo on Highway Avenue in Jacksonville on Jan. 24. The attempt to set a record for the world’s largest working yo-yo failed a few days later when the string snapped, sending the yo-yo crashing into the pavement below.

Bouquets to Beach Boulevard Automotive owners Barbara and Johnny King Jr. for helping out a family in need, and trumping the competition to boot. When the couple learned that a local kid lost out in a competition to win a Volkswagen from a Jacksonville dealer — a bid that grew out of his family’s illness and financial hardship — they stepped in and gave the kid a new Nissan Altima.

Brickbats to the former Jacksonville City Council secretaries Cheryl Kidd, Beverly Simmons and Beverly Domen for flagrantly (or stupidly) disregarding their responsibility under the state public records laws. Between 1968 and 1996, these former City Council secretaries destroyed 30 years of city records, including original copies of legislative bills, minutes of meetings, travel records and 24 cubic feet of pre-consolidation records of the former city and county governments.

Bouquets to St. Johns Audubon Society president Ned Shuler for leading his membership in a joint effort with the Flagler and Duval Audubon societies, Audubon of Florida and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to count piping plovers on Feb. 4, along 170 miles of Florida beaches from the Georgia border to Cape Canaveral. In the 1980s, the piping plover faced extinction and was listed as a threatened species. Since then, the population has grown to about 8,000 birds. 12 | FOLIO WEEKLY | FEBRUARY 8-14, 2011


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f you’ve driven Beach Boulevard at any time in the past year, you know making it to the Intracoastal is a challenge. Don’t look for that to change anytime soon. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the planned widening of Beach Boulevard from Hodges Boulevard to San Pablo Road will continue to drag on through July 2011. After nearly a year and a half of work, the project is only 60 percent complete. Jacksonville-based J.B. Coxwell Contracting was awarded the $12.8 million contract and given 631 days to complete widening the

According to FDOT spokesman Mike Goldman, “Coxwell has done numerous jobs for the FDOT and the city of Jacksonville, and to my knowledge, they have never had to pay penalties for failure to meet contractual deadlines.” Since the bidding of the project, campaign finance records show that J.B. Coxwell has donated $3,500 to local candidates, including the maximum allowable contribution to City Councilmember Richard Clark’s current bid for re-election. The entire road-widening project falls within Clark’s district and his January constituent newsletter

J.B. Coxwell’s crews have taken full advantage of these built in extensions. Since the inception of the project, they have been idle for 43 holidays, 25 days for utility delays and 36 days for inclement weather. failed to provide any information on the roadwork — even though his assistant has fielded numerous inquiries and calls about the seemingly endless project. With progress comes pain, and most area residents are willing to suffer through road construction if it is beneficial to the community. But in some cases, unintended consequences trump the gain — especially when contracts are liberally padded to ensure contractors are not penalized for poor performance. As Jacksonville lags in qualityof-life and economic growth, and tops the state in local unemployment, it might be time to take a hard look at how efficiently the Better Jacksonville Plan is being built. Nick Callahan themail@folioweekly.com

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one-mile stretch of roadway. Under their contract, Coxwell was allowed additional days (without penalty) for inclement weather, contractual time off and adverse field conditions. J.B. Coxwell’s crews have taken full advantage of these built-in extensions. Since the inception of the project, they’ve been idle for 43 holidays, 25 days for utility delays and 36 days for inclement weather. During the three months that Coxwell contractors were off, many notable businesses folded or were severely impacted by the construction project. Taco Bell, World Grill, Beef O’Brady’s, Mr. T’s Steakhouse and a WinnDixie supermarket closed their doors, while two prominent strip malls have become ghost towns. Motorists and pedestrians have had to navigate a quagmire of lane closures and jarring, pockmarked roadways. However, if Coxwell does not complete the project by July 21, 2011, it faces $3,300 in daily fines for any additional delays.

The $12.8 million, one-mile road widening project on Beach Boulevard has stymied motorists and hurt local business.

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alentine’s Day is this week! Which is why I’m taking this opportunity to advise you on what you’re doing WRONG in your romantic relationships. Just think of me like Dr. Phil — except I’m not pear-shaped, I don’t wear a pedophile mustache, I don’t talk like Deputy Dawg, I don’t offer people the absolute worst advice in the world and, generally speaking, I’m not a despicable human being who deserves to be kicked in the junk, trampled by bulls and shot out of a cannon smack into Ann Coulter. (Insider tip: I DON’T LIKE DR. PHIL VERY MUCH.) Here’s the first thing you’re doing wrong: Stop trying to find your life partner on Craigslist. It’s a great place to sell a used bassoon and an awful place to find love — unless your interests lie in a sweaty prostitute

Here’s the first thing you’re doing wrong: Stop trying to find your life partner on Craigslist. or an unsettling fellow named “Dargus” whose living room contains a startling array of animal skeletons. (By the way, if Dargus invites you downstairs to see the “well in my basement” — DO … NOT … GO!!) The second thing you’re doing wrong: Sleeping with the wrong people! (For me, there are no “wrong people” — but we’re talking about “you,” not “me.”) “Wrong” people include but are not limited to: Dr. Phil, your cousin, any member of any popular alt-rock band from the 1990s, a guy you met in a knife store, a Juggalo (actually, some Juggalos are nice, but none are sexy), anyone who says they watch “Two and a Half Men” unironically, ladies who own snakes, anyone who cried during “Toy Story 3,” anyone who uses the phrase “at the end of the day” and anyone who refuses to have sex with me — because, after all, at the end of the day, if I can’t get them to have sex, what chance do you have? The third thing you’re doing wrong: You’re not giving your significant other’s TV shows a chance. For example: Guys! “Cougar Town” (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m., ABC) is really not all that bad! There are a surprising number of intentionally funny lines, the humor’s often cruel and mean-spirited and the characters are drunk most of the time. And each episode is named after a Tom Petty song! Girls! Don’t automatically pooh-pooh “MythBusters” (Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Discovery) — it’s one of TV’s few pleasures since “MacGyver” went off the air. Hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman use their special-effects expertise to answer such life-changing questions as “Can two colliding bullets fuse together?” “What’s worse: Having an empty beer bottle smashed over your head or a full one?” and “Can a person be launched 115 feet into a kiddie pool from a giant waterslide?” Men are inquisitive creatures, ladies. Celebrate their thirst for knowledge! And the fourth thing you’re doing wrong:

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 8:00 PBS PIONEERS OF TELEVISION Season finale! The fascinating documentary series spotlights “local kids’ TV,” including Romper Room, Bozo the Clown and more! 9:30 FOX TRAFFIC LIGHT Debut! Three college buddies and their relationship woes. Snore. NEXT!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 9:00 TLC MY STRANGE ADDICTION This week: people who can’t stop bleaching their skin and eating light bulbs. (That’s practically my life story!) 9:30 ABC MR. SUNSHINE Debut! Matthew Perry from “Friends” stars in this workplace comedy set in a sports arena. SNORE. NEXT!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 9:00 NBC THE OFFICE Michael and Holly’s public displays of affection get kind of … ummm … stomach-churny. 10:00 MTV JERSEY SHORE Ronnie and Sam end their romance, prompting Sam to destroy the entirety of New Jersey and salt the earth.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 8:00 ABC BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN Charlie wishes he could be a little bit taller, a baller and had a girl so he could call her (along with a rabbit in a hat with a bat and a ’64 Impala).

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’m sorry, I’m really exhausted,” explains Candy Keane (her real name) as she rubs her hands across her forehead. Tall and athletic, Keane is sitting in one of the leopard-print chairs inside her costume and lingerie shop, Three Muses Inspired Clothing. “I was out until 3 a.m. handing out cards 2011 at Eclipse,” she continues, referring to the Riverside nightclub where she went last night, dressed in Steampunk garb (think Victorian-era fashion mixed with sci-fi elements like ray guns and goggles) to hand out business cards. Some nine hours later, Keane is struggling to find words to describe her transformation from journalism student to promo model to costume designer to small business owner. Located in the Mandarin Square shopping center, her emporium boasts a collection of brightly colored wigs, hosiery, shoes, lingerie, corsets and a slew of costume accessories. If you’re looking for rainbow thigh-highs, a pair of ruffle-butt underwear, neon pink fishnet gloves, a psychedelic paisley dress or a pair of butterfly wings, Keane’s the gal to see. “My vision for the store is that people can create their own original outfit using bits and pieces,” she explains. “It’s basically a dress-up shop.” Keane gets slammed on Halloween and Valentine’s Day and her typical clients are women who are looking to spice up their love life, stage a boudoir photo shoot, attend a theme party or who are just hardcore role players who, like Keane, attend comic book and sci-fi conventions. Keane’s love of theatrics and costuming led to a kind of modeling called cosplay (short for “costume play”). She’s been to nearly every major convention, including DragonCon in Atlanta, Orlando’s Star Wars Celebration, Comic-Con in San Diego, FetishCon in Tampa and Jacksonville’s own Ancient City Con. Over the past few years, she’s become somewhat of a celebrity in the costuming subculture. Thumbing through a rack of colorful wigs that appear to be made out of Slinkys, she explains, “We wear them in this group of Sith cheerleaders I dress up with.” Born in Huntsville, Ala., and raised in Sarasota, the 35-year-old Keane has been making costumes for as long as she can remember. “My mom and my grandma are my inspiration,” she says. “I spent summers

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in Alabama and my grandma would teach me crocheting, sewing, macramé, plaster casting, painting, knitting — you name it — and I weaved those skills into costume designing.” At the same time, Keane’s mom made a big to-do of Halloween — custom designing and constructing her outfit months ahead of time. “We would wait all year for Halloween,” Keane laughs of dressing up as a court jester, Raggedy Ann or a belly dancer. “It was the most

If you’re looking for rainbow thigh-highs, a pair of ruffle-butt underwear, neon pink fishnet gloves, a psychedelic paisley dress or a pair of butterfly wings, Keane’s the gal to see. important holiday in my family.” Keane has played a lot of different professional roles as well. After graduating from the University of Florida with a BA in magazine journalism, she moved to San Francisco with her now-husband for his job in advertising. There, she worked as a freelance website writer until the dot-com bubble burst. Not sure what to do next, she started working at a chain bathand-lotion shop in Union Square. “I saw people doing promo work out in the square. They were handing out candy, having fun and making like $5 more than me per hour,” Keane remembers. So she quit her job hawking hand soap and started doing promotions. That, in turn, snowballed into modeling, but Keane didn’t want to dress in off-the-rack items, or as she describes it, “clothes that everyone had.” So she started making her own costumes. Keane enjoyed the work. She fondly remembers the Playboy mansion parties she attended while living in California. Her shop features a framed invitation to the 2007 Midsummer Night’s Dream Party — an annual


event at the mansion, and one that aired on E! Channel’s reality show, “The Girls Next Door.” “I made my own butterfly-lingerie costume [for the party],” she says. “I watched that episode over and over and kept trying to find myself.” When asked why she never hooked up with Hugh Hefner or posed for Playboy, Keane simply answers, “I was someone more interested in dressing up and putting on the clothes than taking them off. And I love my husband.” Fittingly, Keane met her husband of eight years, Sean Keane, at a Halloween party in college. She was dressed as a genie, he as William Wallace from “Braveheart.” “He loves to dress up, too,” Keane says as she flips through a photo album. “He gets into it and goes to events and conventions with me.” Sean, a reservist Sergeant Major in the Army Special Forces, is currently stationed in Afghanistan. In the early 2000s, Sean started getting deployed overseas while Keane stayed behind in San Diego and continued her promo work, commercial swimwear modeling and costume designing. But it got lonely. In 2004, the couple decided to settle back in the Southeast where they both had family. The U-Haul they rented wouldn’t fit everything, so Keane decided to sell online some of the costumes she’d made. They sold well and she realized it was a niche market she could fill. So in 2005, she started an online version of Three Muses Inspired

Clothing (named for her grandma, her mom and her) and started offering her original designs. Some of her best-selling costumes, which cost between $300 and $700, include Wonder Woman, Leeloo from “The Fifth Element,” Princess Leia’s slave-girl outfit from “Star Wars,” Ultraviolet, Aeon Flux, and Madonna from her Material Girl days. The site became so popular that Keane opened a storefront on San Jose Boulevard in 2009. As a new small business owner, Keane wasn’t able to dress up and model as much as she wanted, so a friend suggested that she go to DragonCon in Atlanta. It was love at first sight. She was introduced to the world of cosplay or dressing up and “being” a character. She considers herself more of a cosplay model and less of a “cosplayer” because she doesn’t act out skits, but rather poses for photos with fans and revelers. “I’m always happy to take a photo with people because more photos equals more exposure for my business,” she says. “My favorite part is the kids. When they ask if you’re really Wonder Woman, then you know you got the costume right.” Keane goes on to explain that when people take photos of her at conventions, it’s so commonplace it almost seems like a normal, everyday activity. Keane’s outfits (especially when she’s wearing them) have gained a lot of attention over the years — primarily her Princess Leia slave-girl ensemble. She’s been featured wearing it on E! Channel’s “25 Most Memorable Swimsuit Moments,” and on the cover of the DVD of the documentary “Jedi Junkies” — and actress Kristen Bell rocks it in the movie “Fanboys.” One year, a few days before Halloween, “Being Erica,” a Canadian TV show, rushordered three ’80s Madonna outfits from Keane for one of the episodes. “I stayed up all night making them,” she remembers. And staff at popular talk show “The View” asked to borrow a costume (thought they never used it). Keane’s also been highlighted in print publications like Empire (a British movie magazine), Teeze Magazine and The Pyrates Way. But Keane’s daily work now is less about celebrity and more about attention to detail. A small glass case by the register features mini top hats handmade by a local artist, and an adjacent case contains a collection of silver and stone jewelry created by Keane’s 98-yearold great-grandfather. She also offers custom masquerade masks made by her mother and a rack full of miniskirts sewn by her grandmother in Alabama. The rest of Three Muses is chock-full of the “Costumes & Corsets” promised on the large plastic banner outside. There are piles of plastic jelly bracelets, full knee-length petticoats, even a pair of silver glitter, platform stack boots. Whether she’s shipping off a Halloween costume custom-designed for “America’s Next Top Model” McKey Sullivan, or being interviewed at Comic-Con for Joss Whedon and Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary, “Episode 4: A Fan’s Hope,” Keane gets to flex every facet of her personality. Superhero, sci-fi vixen, wife, business owner, seamstress: So far, she hasn’t found one role that doesn’t fit. 

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TO MY LOVELY LU

Every day I spend with you, I love you more than the last. You keep me sane and think things through when I fail to. Thank you for everything you do and are. As a wise person once said, “Lu is cool.”

MY ONE AND ONLY

The moment I saw you, I knew. We have been through so much this past year, but through it all we have never given up on one another. We stay strong and true. I love you Eric and look forward to spending the rest of my life with you.

I LOVE YOU MORE

Abel Greene, I love you more. I love you with all of my heart and I thank you for being there for me all the time. Love, Brenda

FEATHERS IN OUR CAPS

It’s said that birds of a feather flock together and we are two lucky rara avis to have found each other. You are an amazing Holistic Detective. I look forward to being your partner and travel companion.

I AM MY OWN VALENTINE!!

Happy Valentine’s to me, Shela, I take back my heart this Valentine’s Day and will cherish the true gem that I am. Though I’m never appreciated in relationships and they tend to fail, I dedicate my love to me, newly single, and will make this Valentine’s Day special FOR me.

I WANNA LOVE YA EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT

I KISSED A GIRL AND FELL IN LOVE!

Lillie, it’s been almost 2 years since I stole you away from my ex. ;) You are the most wonderful woman I’ve ever known. I love you more deeply every day. Thank you for bringing out the ME in me. Our future awaits. Mooches! Nina

LOVE HIM

Mike Ludwig, you have changed my life and shown me what being loved feels like. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me and my girls and so here’s to you, my Valentine. I will spend the rest of my life loving you. Love Always, Mary (aka Your Heart)

BABY GIRL

You are my dear and closest to my heart. I send this message of love so you and the world would know, you are my baby girl and I love you so. For Arianna J. Williams. From MOM

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

To the man that stole my heart. Time can never erase what I feel for you. You will always be a part of me.

MY MATCH-LESS LOVE

Thank you for persevering when I blew you off on Match. com! 3/22/09 — You were looking cool, calm and collected sitting at Caps. When you saw me, you smiled the biggest smile and my heart was yours. Always, Cyndi

Mark, you know I love you with at least 1/4 of my heart … OK, all of my heart and I would be completely and utterly lost without you. I am so lucky to have you in my life, to be able to experience somebody outside of my family to love me each and every day unconditionally.

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A LOVE LIKE NO OTHER

NOV. 10, 1972

My fiancé, Byron Williams, is the greatest dad, best friend, and wonderful man that I could have ever asked for in my life! I can’t wait until May 3rd... the day we get married! I love you, Byron!

I can’t believe that this year I send my message of love as your wife. Because of you, I have a family, with children who love me dearly and a house so full of love and happiness … oh yes, and a Jacuzzi tub full of date-night fun with thick bubbles and champagne bottles poppin’.

We have been together 38 years and have created 4 more wonderful lives. We could not have foreseen our life today back then on Elm tree, during the summer of ‘72. Hub

LOVE OF MY LIFE

I’ve known you for years and have been dating you for months. You were a sweet girl that has turned into an amazing woman. I am very optimistic about our future and turning our now into forever. Hayley, you’re more than Mrs. Right, you’re the one! XOXO

Dear Layla, you are my beautiful angel. You bring joy and happiness to my life. I never knew I could love the way I love you. You make every day special. I look forward to waking up and seeing your beautiful face. You are mommy’s life and I love you more than anything.

TO MY ROCK, JASON BARBER

In a year where my family turned on me, where finances were strained, where everything that could go wrong did, you were always there to pick me up, support me and love me. You have been my rock and my love and no matter what, I will always love you.

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Danielle, you are one of the most amazing people I have ever met. I care about you so much and look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come. Love, Joe

25-8-367 AND COUNTING

For never complaining about strapping my helmet and always doing it with a smile. So glad you are part of my plan and part of my life.

ABIGAIL,

Well, it’s just you living here now so Will and Rob won’t see this message. Kinda sad, just tryin’ to make the best of Hometown Blues. But I love you so much, Pickypo, and I’m very proud of the young woman you’ve become. Love, Muvver

TO MY BABY

Terrance, you are a great loving person and I want to thank you for bringing happiness back into my life. I love u!

LOVE OF MY LIFE

I met my soul mate, Terrance Hutchinson, the day before Easter last year. When we saw each other, we felt an instant connection. Ever since then, the rest was history. We are now looking forward to our 1 year anniversary together. I love you with every ounce of my being, Mr. Cheesecake!

TO MY POOKIE

I can’t imagine life before you and would not want to live without you. You are the first thing I see in the morning and the last I see at night. Never leave me because without you, life would not be worth living. Yours, Smooches

SO MANY OF OUR SMILES BEGIN WITH YOU TWO!

Madalyn and Avery, Life is filled with lots of things that make it all worthwhile, but none is better than the love found in your little smiles. Happy Valentine’s Day! We heart you two! Love, Mommy & Daddy

THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL

Elijah, you are the absolute love of my life. A love like no other I have ever felt. The love you feel for your children is the greatest, but a love a Grandmother has for her grandchild is in a league of its own. You are my greatest treasure, Elijah.

MRS. RIGHT OR MS. RIGHT NOW?

HOT DADDY!

Then, now and always! I love you so much for the life we share together. To the many more to come. I love you, Beautiful. XOXO

MY LITTLE LOVES OF MOMMY’S LIFE

Jakob and Hannah, you both take my breath away each and every day I see your adorable vibrant faces smile at me. It warms my soul with each little hug and kiss. I am the luckiest mommy ever! Happy Valentine’s Day, Mommy’s little loves. Love, Mommy

A HAPPY MOTHER AND WIFE

I just wanted my husband to know that I’m proud of him for stepping up and working hard for the family. Me and the Kids love you very much. Happy Valentine’s Day!

GARY MY LOVE

Love couples dream of, but very few find. You came into my life, I now have that friendship, companionship, and love that I so long for. I look at your beautiful smile, the glow of your face, the kindness of your heart, the soft touch of your arms around me.

ERIN, YOU ARE MY ANGEL!

My Love, my life, my everything. I’ll always walk side by side with you under only one condition: You never hide your wings so that everyone may know you are my angel.

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Just by a glance I took a chance to meet the man of my dreams! You said... “Lookin for a girl that could hang” and I said “Bring It!” Looks like I’m hangin and you brought it, Baby!!! Today, tomorrow and forever! Happy Valentine’s Day XOXO

MY HUSBAND, BY BEST FRIEND

You are my best friend and my husband and I love you with all my heart. I want to thank you for the last 10 years that we have been together. They have been the best 10 years of my life. I can’t wait to see what the next 10+ years bring.

IT’S ALWAYS BEEN YOU

M is for making our relationship a priority. A is for all the nights we spent apart when my daughter was hospitalized with cystic fibrosis. R is for recognizing that time together is important. K is for keeping our love alive for 26 years. I have always loved only YOU.

HEY, DUMB DUMB POOPIE HEAD

Christmas is your holiday, February 14th is mine, OK? I’ve something to say, it won’t be held at bay. Another year of ups and downs. Don’t be sad. Take off that frown. You are my valentine. No poker face, no bullshit line. Out singing again until nine. Will you be mine?

JESSIE BRITTEN

Simply put, I Love You.

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BUDDHA’S BELLY ROYAL THAI CUISINE 301 10th Avenue North in Jax Beach 904-712-4444 | buddhasbellythai.com This year, enjoy a Romantic Thai evening. Buddha’s Belly Authentic Thai Cuisine is serving a 5-course dinner Valentine’s Day evening. Each dish is made with fresh ingredients using triedand-true recipes. Cost is $79 per couple and includes 2 glasses of Champagne. Reservations are required for this dinner. Check out Buddha’s Belly Thai on YouTube!

THE MOSSFIRE GRILL & O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB 1537 and 1521 Margaret St. in Riverside 355.4434 mossfire.com 854.9300 obrotherspub.com If you’re a couple or not, it doesn’t matter to us. WE love you! So the hottest restaurants in Riverside are offering specials to make sure no one is lonely this Valentine’s Day! The Mossfire Grill will be offering a shared appetizer, two entrees, and a shared dessert for $20 per person! On the single side, check out the O’Brothers “Un-Valentine’s Day” Special: $10 gets you an entrée and a drink/beer.

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TAVERNA 1986 San Marco Blvd. in San Marco 398-3005 | tavernasanmarco.com Seasonal European cuisine, terroir-driven wines, craft beers, historic San Marco Square. San Marco’s favorite neighborhood gem will be open for dinner this Valentine’s Day from 5pm-10pm, and we look forward to serving you and your loved ones on this romantic holiday. We will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. You can expect to see guest favorites such as our house-made mozzarella and prosciutto, sautéed mussels & clams, and rack of lamb, as well as specials such as foie gras Torchon and Lobster Spaghettini.


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Wendell, I can’t express in words how grateful I am that you’re my husband. We’ve been together for over 10 funloving years, and I know it’ll only get better. I love you with everything I am. You’re the best honeydew melon, pot pie, cupcake, darling, love of my life! Cristy

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To my past, present and future. Everything I am is nothing without you. Here’s to the promises we made so long ago and now fulfilled today and every day until the end of time. Love, Cathee

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As we venture onto our next great adventure, parenthood, I just want you to remember that I love you. Thank you for being you. Hope you are ready for the feisty kick boxer! Love, Aspen’s Mommy

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To the man that is going to make my fairytale come true. I love you, Ryan, more now than I ever knew. You are caring, thoughtful, and I love having fun with you. We have an amazing life in front of us and I can’t wait to say I do. Yours always and forever, Rissa

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Your image is complete in my eyes. Your voice is a harmony in heaven to my ears. You are my paradise. Seduce my loneliness. Sing to my heart. Your offering will be treasured. Intimacy from heart to heart. My love will be a devotion.

WRITING WITH MADNESS

Your eyes peer into mine with psychedelic fascination, pupil to pupil with starburst irises. When we attempt to fathom what lies within, a hypnotic detonation taunts us. Flames erupt but beckon, a sonic boom stills our hearts. A galaxy of stars emerge … How helpless, graceful — yet powerful our love is.

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Arty, you are my Special Valentine, husband, lover and best friend. After 27 years of marriage, we still get asked if we are newlyweds, so we must be doing something right. My heart is forever yours. I love you! Cristi

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MY HUSBAND

I just want to let you know you are the most wonderful husband, father, and best friend a woman could have. You are the kind of man girls dream of having and I am the one who was blessed with you in my life. Thank you for being that man! I love you with all my heart and more than words could ever say! Happy Valentine’s Day, Baby! Your wife, Lorie

PORTER

Everyone else calls you that. You are handsome, smart, witty, sexy, funny, thoughtful. When we first started seeing each other, my stomach did somersaults whenever you were near me. Now my heart does somersaults when I think of you. Everyone else calls you Porter, but you are my Darling.

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING …

Doug, since we were teenagers, there has always been a strong connection between us … an unexplained passion but one that has lingered for the past 15 years. You’re everything I ever wanted in a man … thanks for not giving up on me, I promise, you won’t regret it! Love, Alicia

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John, I love you with all my heart. You’re adorable, sweet, caring and wonderful. I miss you and even though we couldn’t be together for Valentine’s Day this year, I’m looking forward to spending all the others with you. Elephant shoes, Lisa

SO THE STORY GOES

The first time I met you; two words: South Carolina and Gilmore Girls. As I’ve gotten to know you, you’ve become a great friend and a guy that I can trust and know that you’ll always be there for me. You’re like my Prince Charming from a “story.”

THE 2 LOVES OF MY LIFE

To my husband, Rick Adams, and our son, Cory Carlisle. God bless, Happy Valentine’s Day.

CITY GIRL MEETS COUNTRY BOY

Thank God you mentioned your love of green tea and I began to question my pre-conceived notions of what a country boy was. Now we are married with 2 beautiful kids! I love you with all my heart, even when you say “I forgot.” I know this love will last forever, I hope you do too … not sure about your XBOX, though. :-)

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QUEEN COBRA

Here I come again, slithering back to you on my belly like z snake I yam. Hisss. Your scales may be pale, but your venom is still lethal. Save it, Missy. I’m your soldier/knight now, and I’ll strike, strike, and strike again for you. Sheep’s Reel. COBRAH!

DID I STUTTER, LOVE?

There’s all of it. Carpools and puke cleanups and misbehaving kids and a nipping dog and homework and busted pipes. And then there’s you, my beauty. And you make it all worthwhile. Every night is still like a sleepover with you.

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HAV MERCY

I long for you, For time unspent, For words unspoken, For love unmade I long for you, For fantasies unfulfilled, For dreams uninterrupted, For US, unadulterated. I long for you, For lips untouched, For sounds unheard, For MERCY … ungiven ILYMIPSC!

IT’S YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD!

Brian, I love you more than anything! I love everything about you, about us, about our relationship and about our life together. You make me happier than I’ve ever been. You are my rock; my strength. I would be so lost without you. You are my love and my life.

JOHN THURSTON

I just wanted to let u know u are my world and I love you with all my heart.

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GARY, TYLER & CONNER

Happy Valentine’s Day to my 3 favorite men. We have a very lucky family. Love, Maria

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Dear SugarBear, 831 means I love you: 8 letters, 3 words and 1 meaning. You mean the world to me! You are truly a wonderful man! I hope that we have many more Valentine’s Days together. Happy Valentine’s Day. Baby! One Love, Sweetness

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BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY

Was it luck or was it fate on that amazing day in 2008 when a Beautiful Butterfly flew into my heart and with a gentle kiss filled it with love, sunshine, happiness and everlasting bliss! Thank you for making every day seem like it’s Valentine’s Day! I love you!

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I hate that your nickname for me is Wiggles, but I love that you’ve been calling me that and other names that I hate for 10 years. I love you more than I could say in 50 words or less. Can I have a new nickname now (one I’ll like)?

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In day of love our passionate romance grows greater and deeper as time passes. Songs of love beat inside the heart.

It’s been 28 years of endless love/marriage! High-school sweethearts and three kids later and I am still head over hills in love with you! Thanks for being the best lover/husband! Love, Bonnie-Nancy

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THE FIRST TIME YOU KISSED ME …

TE AMO!

I always wanted to take you away, but like a thief you stole my heart when you stole a kiss. You took me, shook me, and showed me that life is meaningless without love. My life begins. All I ever needed was love and all I ever needed was you. Love, something we decided not to say, Love, something you cannot keep away, We’ve slipped, Said how we feel, Now to say it aloud, To make it real, It’s true that I love you, This we know. I thought I would tell you in a way for all to know. Next to the water of winter, she and I raised a red bonfire wearing out our lips from kissing each other’s souls, casting all into the fire, burning our lives. I love you, Anna, with all my heart. We’ll be together again soon. Matthew

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We met on Valentine’s Day years ago. I knew I loved you the moment you tore the head off of my teddy bear. You are my high school sweetheart and the best fiancé anyone could ask for. ich liebe dich

AF … TE DUA ZEMER <3

We’re anti V-day this year but I just wanted to let u know that I love u and I’m very grateful to have u as a friend. Hope this made u smile! Buffalo. Te amo con todo mi corazon! Contigo todo es possible. CHENEY I LOVE YOU!

TIL ETERNITY

We’ve been together for 40 years. We’ve shared laughter, love and tears. Our vows stated til death do us part. The illness you have truly breaks my heart. We await a new lung and not sure when it will be. A gift to keep up together from now til eternity. Peanut Loves Jimmy XOXOXO

MY FOREVER VALENTINE

You are the MOST IMPORTANT person in my life and MOST SPECIAL. I hope we can always be together my love and I had the best of times with you. I’ll always love you. Always …

Tony, whether we are oceans apart or together, my love for you never changes. And with each passing year, even though I think it cannot be possible, I love you more and more. Happy Valentine’s Day!

RALPH

WADE & JACQUE

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend who changes your life just by being a part of it, who makes you laugh until you can’t stop, who makes you believe you are No. 1. This is forever friendship. Love, Janice.

Wade, you are the pride and purpose of my life. You married the perfect woman, who has become a cherished daughter to me. There is nothing the two of you can’t do together. Happy Valentine’s Day! My eternal love, MOM (Woobie)

ANNE & ALYSSA

TURTLE LUVS ANDO

I love you guys more than the world loves the outlaw!

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8 IS GREAT!!

Dear Hubby Puppy, marrying you with our toes in the sand was the most beautiful and perfect thing I could’ve ever asked for. I promise to always be by your side. You are the only Puppy for this Kitty! I love you more than words could ever say!

I LOVE YOU, HB TWIZZ!

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TO MY SUPERMAN: THOMAS JAY SCOTT

It took us 10 years to be together and the moment you walked off that Greyhound bus 2/14/10, my heart was made whole. And to answer your question … Yes, I want to grow old with you.

ARRON, WE MET IN 1995

Here’s to another year together of Cold Lampin’ in the Hour of Eros! Love ya babe!

It’s been a long time and I still love you. We will have a blast in Daytona 500. Love, Anthony

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TO MY HEART MELINDA

Honey, I know we have had our ups and downs, ins and outs but I want you to know that you are the only glass licker for me!! Yours always!! Love you!! Corky

DEAR KAY

22 years ago, we made our vow; I meant it then as I mean it now. Through sickness and health, through poor times and wealth. I remain a man of my word, not some low-life turd. So nail that fear to the wall, it’s you and me, for the long haul. I will love you always. Neil

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As I sit here and daydream of the first day we met, I can still see your eyes gleam. You’re mine to keep for now and forever. I love you with all my heart, Our love is so deep so I’m yours and you are mine. Love, Heather Hoot!

Since the day we met, your face has brightened my world, your arms warmed my heart, and your love has touched my soul. When I think about my future, I see you by my side. You make me smile, baby, Happy Valentine’s Day, I love you.

JR & TARA

Ever since I met you, I knew you were the one for me! I just wanted to let you know that you truly are my heart, and you mean the world to me. I don’t know what I would do without you! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY BABY!! Love, Your Angel


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You are an amazing woman, mother, lover, and friend. Loving you is easy ‘cause you’re beautiful … la la la la la … la la la la la … do do do do do!

JOSE

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man’s LAST romance.” Here’s to hoping we saved the best for last. Dubs

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

You are my superhero, forever and always. My very best friend.

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KALI’S MOM

Sliders was the start, New Orleans is where you won my heart. You dance with me on Main, make a mean Zing Zang. You chop onions so I don’t cry, I think you must be THE guy. From Fernandina to Atlantic Beach, the love of my life I have finally reached.

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To my wonderful husband Whip, who I love more and more every day. You are truly my best friend and soulmate. Thanks for always being there for me and loving me unconditionally, you’re the best, Puffin! I love you!

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Meeting you 6 years ago was the best thing that has happened in my life! You mean everything to me and can’t wait to see what our future holds! Love you, Booboo! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY To my amazing husband Eric B., one year down, a million more to go. I love you. Your wife, Ashley B.

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You are the love of my life, and I want to spend the rest of it making you feel adored. Let’s make this thing work. I miss you. Little A

MIRANDA,

As I said to you Sept. 7, 2002, “I don’t love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz or arrow of carnations that propagate fire: I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.” Pablo Neruda

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I kissed you once, I kissed you two, my world is better since I met you. I kissed you three and one for me, sweet Victoria, I love thee.

I SAW YOU

Where did my best friend go? We both made mistakes and said things that we wish we could take back. I miss you going to sleep in my arms and Kali sleepin’ on the floor snoring next to us. One day we will reunite. I LOVE YOU!

THANKFUL FOR YOUR LOVE

I am thankful each and every day for second chances. Thank you for not leaving my side, no matter what. It doesn’t matter what others think, we love each other and that is what makes our life together great. Forever. AYAYA

SHANNON,

I love you and miss you beyond words. Your sis Deanna

YOU BRIGHTEN MY WORLD

JT, thank you for making this past year so wonderful. Your great sense of humor, caring heart, intelligence, and Godgiven beauty make you an exceptionally rare person. I feel blessed every time I’m around you, XOXO LL

LOVEOLGY

You came up for an orange soda refill at my restaurant and asked for my number. I’m so glad I gave it to you … twice. You’re my rock star, my superhero, my Prince Charming; will you also be my Valentine?

What’s our secret? Being willingly bedridden. Too much Panera. Hours feeling like minutes. Awkward kisses. Lack of grace. Timeless black. Endless adoration. No dairy. No sweets. No smoke. No words and too many words. The staring. The yearning. The rapture. And the unexpected.

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I wish I could find the perfect words to tell you how much you mean to me, and I think I finally know. I LOVE YOU, ZACHARY. I’m so lucky to have you, baby. Happy first Valentine’s Day, and hopefully many more to come!

I love you Mr. Brannon for holding my hand and my heart always and for being a wonderful husband. We love you for being a wonderful father and hope that this message finds you and makes your heart smile. Yours always and forever, Heather, Jacob and Evan

MISSING MY SURFHOG

Scuba Sean, just remember, “You either surf or you fight.” So come home and surf. Valentine’s Day is not the same with you 7,000 miles away. Love, Snooty

HOWLIN’ FOR YOU

Yeah baby I’m howlin’ for you. Disney next week? Our passes are almost up ;). Maybe we will actually get to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster this time!

EGGS AND SADNESS

Gorgeous, their eggs, my sadness, our sorrow will all be gone with the news of tomorrow. A friend was found through the joys of yesterday. Eggs and sadness will forever be with us today. I no longer sit a broken shell, Handsome

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MY FOREVER VALENTINE

Ryan, seven years is a long time to give someone your heart but it’s nothing compared to a lifetime. A lifetime is what I hope to share with you. I’ll cherish every moment of it for my heart remains yours; my hubby, my forever Valentine. Love, your wife, Bernadyn

ALWAYS AND FOREVER

Shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand. It’s been a long road. I’m along for the ride. I’m ready if you are to put things behind us and not look back; but forward into the sunset. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, B!

WHIRLWIND ROMANCE

Jim, 13 years ago we met, fell in love and got married. You took on someone else’s responsibilities as your own. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. Every day I fall more in love with you. Thank you for Denise everything you have brought to my life. I would marry you all over again.

TO MY SWEET ENGLISH ROSE

Hello to my sweetheart Jane. I want you to know that my life has blossomed since I met you. From your kisses, to your touches, to your lovely blue eyes, you are a wonderful part of my life. Love and Kisses. Smoooooch! Love, Bill

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18 YEARS … WHAT A WAIT!

I’ve loved you from the minute I saw you. Fate kept us apart until it was ready to bring us together. The wait was worth it! You’ve melted my cynical heart. I guess true love is real and my soul mate does exist.

TO MY ONE TRUE LOVE, ANGELA

Falling in love with you, Angela, has changed my life forever. I look forward to spending my life with you and surrounding you with all of my love. I hope to make you just as happy as you have made me. I love you, Baby! Love always, Dustin

I LOVE YOU, DUSTIN

I knew I saw something in you that made me know you were the man for me. Thinking back to the way we met, we grew so close in just a short time, it makes me smile and know you are the one I want for the rest of my life. Love, Angela

DUBBIE AND MAYA

The two Loves in my life. Thank you for being there and loving me in return. Jose

MET YOU IN THE WINTER OF ‘82

Playing quarters at Detwieller Marina. Who would have thought at that time we’d be married with child? Love you, Ellen. Love, John.

KATHIE

What a ride. Over 10 yrs, a kid, work, our biz, our lives. Wow! Wouldn’t trade for anything. Marrying you was the best decision I ever made. I’m glad you told me to do that. Ken

BRUSSEL SPROUTS

Hello Handsome, will you be my Valentine? I like you so much that I will even eat Brussels routs when you make them, even though you know I don’t like them ... and maybe even carrots. Maybe. Love, Your Girlfriend

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Chip, there is a special place within my heart that only you can fill. I love you always. XOXOXO! Cathy

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, BRE

Oma and Opa love you very much! Have a nice day.

MY LOVING ARMY MAN

Sheamus, it has been 6 months since we started dating, and every day is a new adventure. I hope we are able to have many adventures together for a long time to come. I love you! Love, your Summer sunshine.

THE LOVE OF MY LIFE

Dear Michael N, you’re sweet, generous, compassionate, caring, loving, thoughtful, funny, smart, cute, honest, protective, trustworthy, kind-hearted... You are like sunlight. I just can’t get enough of it. I love you, my honey bunny. Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, Kathy L

REASONS WHY I LOVE YOU

We’ve got the most amazing secrets and understandings, my love, my Baby darling. I think of your eyes how they squint when you smile, your Gwen Stefani teeth, when you speak in foreign languages, your fantastic stanky leg dance, and your Converse with dress clothes ... Love, Christy

LIL GIRL

Thru thick and thin we always find a way to win, my lil girl my whole darn world. Love ya!!

TO MY POOH BEAR

Happy 6 1/2 year anniversary, Pooh Bear! You are the love of my life! I love you much!

BIRTHDAY GIRL SENDS HUNNY LOVE!

It’s only fitting to send my hunny JRB some love on my birthday! Love you, Alexis & Bryan MEGA!! Love, Your Birthday Girl, Avis

WHAT A RIDE!

Tony, it has only been four years, but we have been through so much over those years. We have overcome more in our short time than most that have been married for decades. No one can tell me soul mates do not exist for I have found mine in you.

TO THE BEST KID IN THE WORLD

To our Gen, you bring us all joy every day. Your jokes keep us laughing and you have a kind and gentle soul. Every day

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DAVE

we watch you getting older and growing into a strong man. Always be a great son and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. From your family. <3

You looked at me from across the room, a lightning bolt went into my soul. Love at first sight. Never thought it could happen to me. You are the most caring, sexy, intelligent, funny man I’ve ever met. Going to spend the rest of my life with you! Patti

ANGEL WHITE WINGS

I am so grateful that God brought us together on May 26, 2005. You have brought so much fun, laughter, love and sweetness into my life. I love you more every day, my wonderful husband Mike. Love Always, YOUR BABY GIRL Jane!

MIAMI

I can’t even believe it. My dream come true. YOU! So excited to see what our future brings. Happy Valentine’s Day! Love you always and forever! XOXOXO

MY LOVE

I’m often looking back, always thinking what if. I see myself amid all of the things I once deemed materialistic and unimportant and marvel at that. Then without warning, life happens and I’m forced into reality. We may not have much but have more than most, a smart and beautiful daughter, a loving family, great friends, our health, and most of all, each other. It may not be a fairytale life, but it’s ours. I’m so thankful for you to be a part of it. I love you with all my heart.

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Dear Bernadyn, Happy Valentine’s Day and many more to come. I want to tell you I love you and I’m appreciative of all things you do for me and our little boy. We love you very much and are so lucky to have such an amazing woman. Love, R&B

I love you sooo much! Early morning breakfasts and walks on the beach, you and I sneaking a quickie on the beach, quickies here, quickies there, we have had quickies every where. I love you forever.

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To the two loves of my life (E.L.C.N) and (M.C.N). Love, Big Fig

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Your soul mate is. I will never forget that full moon night we met. Promise to return to you in the next lifetime just to be with you. Love, Brooke.

SEAN BISHOP

Sean Bishop we miss you bad. All the junk going on makes me mad. But not seeing your lil face makes me sad. Alijah and Big Butt miss you so much. Ryan and Lex miss you, too. Happy Valentine’s Day Boockie Butt

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Dear JB, it was love at first sight the day we met at the Crabpot, and 20 years later we’re still going strong. You will always be my one and only! Plantlady

FIRST VALENTINE’S DAY AS A FAMILY

Justin, I just wanted to tell you I love you and I am so happy we have started our family together. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Taylor Shea, and Miss Taygen Lane! Love, Mommy

GOD BLESSED THE BROKEN ROAD

I didn’t think that I would ever find the kind of love that we share. You are the man who taught me to love with my heart. Brad Searcy, you are my best friend, husband and father. Thank you for loving me, flaws included. You will always be my valentine. I love you forever.

PATTI MY SWEET

P.I., love you so much and want to share everything with you. Come be with me till we are old and gray. For life we lead will never be the same. Love, D.

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MY LOVE BUG CHLOE

You bring so much joy and happiness to my life. I am so proud of you. I love you to the moon and back. Mommy

MY HOLLYWOOD PRINCE

The first time I saw those gorgeous blue eyes, I was in love. Then, a fateful night at PF Changs, you put your hand on mine. Now we are truly a family. Look at us! I love you truly, madly, deeply. Baby Squirt

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LOVE BUNNY

Happy Valentine’s Day. I love you. My heart still beats a little faster every time I see you. You’re my best friend and other half.

Ever since I was a little girl I can remember you surprising me with Valentine gifts from chocolate and jewelry to cards telling me how much you loved me. This Valentine’s Day will be hard without you, but I know you’re sending your love from Heaven. I MISS and LOVE YOU MOM, the world isn’t the same without you in it. Love, Pooh Bear (your baby girl always and forever)

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OUR VALENTINE BABY

I love you, Corrie Hines-Daniels, and our Valentine bundle of joy, Caleb Daniels!!

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I love thy heart that loves so true. I love thine eyes, so bright and blue. Thy precious lips I long to kiss, When I’m alone, ‘tis thee I miss. Though Cupid’s arrow hath a sting, Today I would change not a thing.’

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Ben, you are such an amazing father and husband. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mi Amor!!! Love, Mommy, Kaya, Riley and Taylor

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MW TUX

9365 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, 519-9900 Established in 1968, The Bridal Shop offers quality gowns for the bride, the mother and bridesmaids. Designers include Maggie Sotero, Paloma Blanco, Allure Walters, Casablanca and Impressions.

4624 Town Crossing Drive, Ste. 101, Jacksonville, 646-0966 4668 Town Crossing Drive, Ste. 119, Jacksonville, 565-9252 10300 Southside Blvd., Ste. 230, Jacksonville, 363-8371 9501 Arlington Expressway, Ste. 310, Jacksonville, 725-5970 1939 Wells Road, Orange Park, 264-9199 13141 City Station Drive, Ste. 101, Jacksonville, 696-6162 Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo specialty department, MW Tux, offers an extensive selection of traditional and fashion tuxedos to rent or buy, like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole and Wilke-Rodriguez. An in-store consultant is on hand to help with all the things the groom doesn’t even know he’s supposed to know: vests, shirts, shoes, cuff-links, suspenders, neckties and cummerbunds.

CONSIGNMENT COTTAGE

PARK AVENUE BRIDAL

2037 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, 744-9707 Located a half-mile south of Jacksonville University, Consignment Cottage carries new and gently worn bridal gowns, flower girls’ dresses, mothers’ dresses and other formals. Plus sizes are available, along with an extensive selection of veils, shoes, lingerie, handbags and jewelry.

9965 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, Jacksonville, 370-1021 Designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid gowns, flower girl, mother-of-bride or groom and destination dresses are offered at Park Avenue Bridal. Additional items include tuxedos, shoes and purses, gloves, jewelry, slips, garters, guest books, cake knives and servers, candles and pillows.

DAVID’S BRIDAL

THE TAILOR SHOP

9400 Atlantic Blvd., Regency Park, Jacksonville, 724-0909 9990 Southside Blvd., Shoppes at The Avenues, Jacksonville, 519-8933 With a large selection of gowns in a range of sizes, David’s Bridal offers formal wear for the entire wedding party.

4131 Southside Blvd., Ste. 104, Jacksonville, 642-7780 Gowns are custom-made from silks, laces and charmeuse and other luxurious fabrics at The Tailor Shop. Custom tuxedos and alterations are also available, along with bowties, cummerbunds and tuxedo shirts.

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BLACK TIE FORMAL

311 10th Ave. N., Jax Beach, 241-9420 Black Tie Formal has wedding, bridesmaid and mother-ofthe-bride dresses in rich fabrics and flattering styles, as well as shoes, jewelry, invitations and gifts. Tuxedo rentals are available, along with same-day service, free groom’s tux package and delivery.

THE BRIDAL SHOP AT THE AVENUES

10300 Southside Blvd., Ste. 1550, Jacksonville, 5196830 This bridal shop carries current styles of bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ and flower girls’ dresses and accessories. The store is located inside The Avenues Mall.

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1716 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, 352-3309, whitemagnoliabridal.com This San Marco boutique specializes in elegant, couture bridal gowns. Designers include Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, Blush, Modern Trousseau, Judd Waddell and Anne Barge. By appointment only.

LINDA CUNNINGHAM DESIGNS

1049 Kings Ave., Jacksonville, 399-4864 Offering custom-designed wedding gowns, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride dresses and cocktail suits, Linda Cunningham also has a large selection of custom samples.

LOVE A BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

434 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 242-9800 Upscale bridal fashions are featured, including designers like Augusta Jones, Essence of Australia, 2 Be Bride and Romona Keveza. Gowns, accessories and jewelry for the bride, attendants and flower girls are available.

MICHAEL’S FORMAL WEAR AND BRIDAL

1948 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 824-3673 A full-service bridal shop, Michael’s has been in business for more than 30 years. Designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid, flower girl and mothers’ dresses, and a variety of wedding accessories are available. Tuxedos, with all the embellishments, are in stock for rent or purchase.

JEWELRY & ACCOUTREMENTS ALLEN’S JEWELERS

13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 31, Harbor Village, 221-9998 A full-service jeweler, Allen’s can custom-design rings. In addition to engagement and wedding rings, Allen’s has fine jewelry for the bride and bridal party, groomsmen’s gifts, watches and accessories to gift-wrap in the bride’s colors.

CLASSIC JEWELERS

8221 Southside Blvd., Ste. 6, Jacksonville, 641-8999 Engagement rings, wedding bands and custom designs in platinum, 18K and 14K gold and designer jewelry from D’Oro are offered at Classic Jewelers. Custom bands can

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be fitted to existing rings and inside-ring engraving is offered. Gifts for the bridal party are also available.

CREATIVE JEWELRY DESIGNS

607-8830, laurastaley.etsy.com Consultant Laura Staley offers custom jewelry for brides and attendants for the wedding or special event.

ESPLING JEWELERS

355 Marsh Landing Parkway, Jax Beach, 280-7700 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 40, Mandarin, 268-7975 450 S.R. 13 N., Ste. 105, Fruit Cove, 287-0035 10300 Southside Blvd., Avenues Mall, Jacksonville, 683-2274 Family-owned-and-operated for 39 years, this full-service jewelry store carries a wide selection of gold and platinum wedding rings. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, they’ll create a custom design or special order one.

HELZBERG DIAMONDS

10300 Southside Blvd., Ste. 1205, Avenues Mall, Jacksonville, 363-8897 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park Mall, Orange Park, 264-4322 9501 Arlington Expressway, Ste. 160, Regency Square Mall, Jacksonville, 722-1425 With three Northeast Florida locations, Helzberg Diamonds offers wedding bands, cufflinks, watches, pearls, and bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s gifts.

HEMMING PLAZA JEWELERS

231 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville, 354-5959 This popular jewelry store makes custom jewelry onsite and also features a wide array of designer styles, including distinct wedding sets. Jewelry is repaired and cleaned as well.

HOPE JEWELERS

3582 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 387-6339 The full-service guild jewelry store, specializes in platinum, 18-carat and 14-carat designer jewelry. Colored stones, pearls, antique and estate pieces are available, along with bridal jewelry. Hope Jewelers offers special ordering and custom design, and a graduate gemologist and bench jeweler are onsite.

JACOBS JEWELERS

204 Laura St., Jacksonville, 356-1655 Established in 1890, Jacobs’ bridal department offers fine china, silver and crystal, silverware and serving pieces, and gifts for the newlyweds. Free gift wrapping and delivery are available.

MIRIAM’S FINE JEWELRY

1966 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 398-7393 2400 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 339-0309 Miriam’s offers an eclectic array of estate and fine jewelry, custom-made bridal jewelry, engagement rings and wedding bands.

NEFF JEWELERS

184 S.R. 312, Riverside Shopping Center, St. Augustine, 829-5003 Specializing in custom designs in 14K, 18K and platinum, Neff Jewelers is the exclusive authorized Tacori retailer in St. Johns County. The jewelers also offer vintage estate rings.

PICKETT BROTHERS JEWELERS

11481 Old St. Augustine Road, Ste. 403, Jacksonville, 880-3292 Pickett Brothers offers a wide selection of fine jewelry including gold, gemstones, watches, pearls and diamonds. G.I.A. diamond-certified service is available to educate and assist customers in making knowledgeable and informed purchases.

SAN MARCO JEWELERS

1712 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 527-3749 With more than 70 combined years in the jewelry industry, Terrie Wightman and Guy Beard offer a full-service jewelry boutique. Engagement rings, remounts, wedding bands, bridal party jewelry and gifts are featured. San Marco offers expertise in diamonds, gemstones, pearls and

custom design, as well as laser engraving, appraising, repair and personal shopping. An expert bench jeweler is onsite daily.

SERENDIPITY

4413 Town Center Parkway, Ste. 213, Jacksonville, 646-1822 Offering gifts for the wedding party — and for the happy couple — Serendipity carries jewelry (some designed by local artists) and accessories appropriate for any occasion.

SILVER BOX GALLERY

2400 Yankee Clipper Drive, Jacksonville International Airport, 741-6055 Carrying fine sterling silver jewelry, Silver Box also features Nambé crystal serving pieces and silver picture frames, perfect for bridal party gifts.

UNDERWOOD’S

2044 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 398-9741 3617 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 388-5406 330 A1A N., Ste. 204, Shoppes of Ponte Vedra, 280-1202 10300 Southside Blvd., Avenues Mall, 394-1390 After more than 80 years in the business, Underwood’s features a complete bridal registry and consistently wins Best Jewelry Store in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax poll. In addition to diamond engagement rings and wedding bands, Underwood’s carries many name-brand gift items like Lalique, Bacarrat, William Yeoward, Herend and Waterford. Gift wrapping and free delivery are available.

REGISTRY & GIFTS BATH JUNKIE

62 A Spanish St., St. Augustine, 810-2284 Having a hard time picking out the bridesmaids’ gifts? Treat them to a party at Bath Junkie, where the bride and attendants can choose a product, create a scent and pick the colors.

BLUE SKY COLLECTION

blueskycollection.com Blue Sky Collection is an online marketplace with unique, personalized options for wedding favors, wedding shower gifts, bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts and wedding reception decor.

CREATIVE ENGRAVINGS

3414 Hickory Hammock Road, Jacksonville, 477-0252 Providing beautifully engraved gifts for the bridal party and guests, including glassware, pewter and specialty products, Creative Engravings offers affordable gifts with a personalized flair.

LAURA’S GIFT DÉCOR & MORE

1179 S. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, 388-3889 Laura’s bridal collection includes Mark Roberts’ wedding fairies, gifts for wedding party members by Expressions From The Heart and wedding ornaments from Christopher Radko and Old World Christmas.

INVITATIONS CELEBRATED OCCASIONS

8640 Philips Highway, Ste. 8, Jacksonville, 504-7608 Celebrated Occasions creates custom invitations and stationery for the couple as well as other stationery items for the ceremony and reception, using exquisite papers with style.

THE DEANE AGENCY

1351 13th Ave. S., Ste. 120A, Jax Beach, 224-4890 Deane offers a wide selection of customized engagement announcements, bridal shower invitations, wedding and reception invitations and thank-you cards.

OTHER WORLD DESIGN

2745 Oak St., Jacksonville, (786) 201-7102 Other World Design offers modern and traditional custom invitations. The Riverside design team has 20 years of combined experience.

PINEAPPLE POST

2403 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 249-7477 or (800) 680-8018 For more than 36 years, Pineapple Post has offered a full range of engraved, thermographed and printed wedding invitations. Crane, William Arthur and many others are available, as well as gifts, wedding accessories and dinnerware. An online bridal registry is available.

THINGS VERY SPECIAL

5816 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, 733-4820 In business since 1972, this shop carries invitations and personal stationery, using ecofriendly Crane 100 percent cotton papers, as well as Carlson Craft and Birchcraft Studios styles, for engraving and thermography. Guest books, save-thedates, showers and notes are also available.

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FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS CELEBRATIONS FLOWERS, BALLOONS & GIFTS

4375 Southside Blvd., Ste. 12, Jacksonville, 641-1020 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 6, Jacksonville, 821-8646 Serving Jacksonville for 29 years, Celebrations offers wedding floral and elegant balloon décor for the wedding party, ceremony site and reception. Celebrations also offers baskets, confetti cannons, candies, candles, balloon decorations and balloon releases. Call for a consultation.

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

4160 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 674-0000 13760 St. Augustine Road, Ste. 117, Mandarin, 262-6632 3651 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-5217 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 17, Jacksonville, 317-2333 With four locations in Northeast Florida, this business offers freshly prepared fruit in baskets and ceramic containers, hand-crafted to look like floral bouquets, for centerpieces or as hors d’oeuvres. Gourmet chocolatedipped strawberries and apples, gift-boxed, are also offered. Delivery is available.

FLOWER WORKS

510 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-7806 This full-service shop offers artistic floral designs with a natural flair. With the experience of providing flowers for more than 1,000 weddings, Flower Works uses specialty flowers from around the world to ensure each bride has her own unique floral arrangements and bouquets.

BAD GIRL BOUDOIR

1104 Sandpine Court, St. Augustine, 514-4132, badgirlboudoir.com Bad Girl Boudoir’s photographer Lindsay Pullen specializes in boudoir, pin-up and glam photography, as well as wedding photography collections featuring customdesigned photobook albums. For boudoir photos, the allfemale staff (a photographer and a team of makeup artists and hair stylists) holds a completely private session.

BRP PHOTO

3105 Sandhurst Road E., Jacksonville, 614-1090 BRP Photo is husband-and-wife team Bobby and Shannon Pickle, who specialize in weddings, engagement and family photos. BRP will capture your Trash the Dress event, too.

CHELSEA PHOTOGRAPHIC

1617 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 399-3939 Specializing in wedding photography and featuring up-tothe-minute technology, Chelsea offers bridal portraits in the studio or on location, and processes digital and film in-house.

CHRISTY WHITEHEAD PHOTOGRAPHY

891-0359, christywhiteheadphotography.com Whitehead has a creative, journalistic photography style. Packages for any budget are available.

GLENN CERTAIN STUDIO

2663 Park St., Jacksonville, 388-2001 Glenn Certain Studio is a cuttingedge, custom floral design artists’ studio providing complete wedding-planning services and floral designs.

KUHN FLOWERS

3802 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 398-8601 or (800) 458-KUHN Serving Northeast Florida for more than 60 years, Kuhn Flowers provides flowers and arrangements, as well as gift items, for weddings large and small. Family-owned and operated, and with locations in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Amelia Island, Kuhn Flowers’ staff can accommodate any preference. Kuhn Flowers is consistently voted Best Local Florist in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax poll.

SEAHORSE FLORIST

725 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-7533 In business for 30 years and named a top 100 florist in the U.S., Seahorse carries fresh and silk flowers, plants and planters, and offers table sprays and unique bridal bouquets. Delivery is available in Jacksonville and the Beaches.

WOW HER FLOWERS

4651 Salisbury Road, Ste. 4033, Jacksonville, 400-3911, wowherflowers.com Wow Her Flowers creates custom floral arrangements for every budget.

PHOTOGRAPHY A DIGITAL DREAM VIDEO PRODUCTION

Jacksonville, 724-3331 Amelia Island, 277-3156, digitaldreamvideo.com A Digital Dream Video Production understands that a wedding video is one of the most cherished of keepsakes. Videographers Merrill and Mary Moore use advanced digital equipment to capture all the emotion of a wedding celebration. Call for an appointment.

AMANDA ORBICH PHOTOGRAPHY

716-3910, amandaorbichphotograpy.com A University of North Florida graduate, with a degree in photography, Orbich has an in-depth knowledge of traditional, digital and alternative photography, giving her style its unique quality. Attention to fine detail combined with an instinctive ability to catch people in the moment makes her imagery feel natural and look beautiful.

ATLANTIC VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

1171 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-0600, atlanticvideo.biz Mitch Kaufmann has been shooting weddings in Jacksonville for more than 20 years, specializing in multicamera coverage. Packages include single-camera and multi-camera coverage of the wedding, rehearsal dinner and honeymoon. Cutting-edge editing and production techniques create a quality product that will preserve memories for generations to come.

DEANNE DUNLOP PHOTOGRAPHY

Neptune Beach, 610-5669, deannedunlop.com Document the day with fresh, candid shots of the ceremony and the festivities after. Custom packages, engagement sessions and contemporary albums are available.

DIGITAL CONCEPTS PHOTOGRAPHY

4523 Hanover Park Drive, Jacksonville, 992-2062 Offering full-service wedding photography, Digital Concepts specializes in documentary photojournalism, a creative approach to capturing the special day. A free wedding portrait is available with each booking.

DAN HARRIS PHOTOART

1124 Riviera St., Jacksonville, 398-7668 Harris is a photojournalist specializing in wedding photography. Skilled in black-and-white and color photography, Harris allows clients to design their own photo packages.

DEERWOOD FRAMEWORKS

9932 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, 642-3234 Deerwood Frameworks creates digital photo printing on canvas or photo paper and offers custom framing for your photos, invitations and other wedding memorabilia.

FAVORITE STUDIOS INC.

1830 Kings Ave., Jacksonville, 399-5799 Favorite Studios offers color and B&W bridal and/or engagement portraits in the studio or at the location of your choice, unlimited coverage of the wedding, and a variety of wedding albums.

HUSTON’S STUDIO ONE

3452 Secret Cove Place, Jacksonville, 739-3452 Experienced wedding photographer Sam Huston works to ensure the special day is a treasured memory. Attention to detail is used for custom albums.

J. MOSLEY PHOTO

891-8164, jmosleyphoto.com J. Mosley specializes in wedding portraitures and events, serving all of Northeast Florida.

JM VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

7800 Point Meadows Drive, Jacksonville, 642-6111 or 859-1398, jmvideoproductions.com In business since 1982, JM offers several wedding packages, including still photos of the couple from childhood to the

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NORTH LIGHT STUDIO

3853 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 398-2501 The basic wedding package at North Light Studio includes a studio bridal sitting, a minimum of three hours photography on the wedding day and the portraits of your choice.

ONE VOICE PRODUCTION

1589B Old Moultrie Road, St. Augustine, 823-8865 One Voice is a one-stop wedding and event shop, providing photography and videography, as well as DJs and a fullservice party rental division with tents (and everything under them). Tuxedo rentals are available.

PEGGY McATEER PHOTOGRAPHY

3620 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 388-6613 1731 Penman Road, Neptune Beach, 388-6613 With 28 years experience, master photographer McAteer provides a combination of journalistic and traditional style, in the studio or on location. A variety of wedding packages are available along with a variety of leather albums.

PHOTOACTIVE VIDEO

285-2242 It’s hi-tech etiquette: engagement announcements on DVD. PhotoActive Video blends pictures, video and music for a personalized “Save the Date” DVD. Photo montages, rehearsal dinner and reception videos are also offered.

PLUMB FUN PHOTOBOOTHS

2317 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 536-4622

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rents booths where guests — and the bridal party — pose for six-picture strips. An on-site attendant and delivery are included in the fee and half the results are put into a photo booth wedding scrapbook. The other half guests keep.

PUT IT ON CANVAS

310 10th Ave. N., Jax Beach, 252-3225 This shop offers a unique concept: Your wedding photos on quality art canvas, creating a lasting display of the special day. They can also print photos on high-quality photo paper, make posters, banners, custom wallpaper, murals and giclees. Call for a consultation.

SCOTT S. SMITH PHOTOGRAPHIC LLC

1835 U.S. 1 S., Ste. 119-266, St. Augustine, 347-9257 Award-winning photographer Smith approaches weddings with a fresh, inspired style, resulting in expressive wedding photography that captures the real moments of the day.

TAKE ONE PRODUCTIONS

12147 Chippenham Court, Jacksonville, 994-0652

Take One creates keepsake high-definition wedding films that aren’t the typical style videos, providing a cinematic capture of the important day.

VOLLMER VIDEO

716-7113, treyvollmer@gmail.com Vollmer makes documentary-style films, suited to the taste of the bride and groom, that concentrate on the heart and soul of the moment.

WEDDING VIDEO ARTS

1110 Denaud St., Jacksonville, 716-0754, weddingvideoarts.com This video production company, staffed with three videographers with backgrounds in multimedia, TV production and web technology, has two editing stations to ensure a quick turn-around time for you to receive your video. They can create a package to fit any budget without sacrificing quality.

MUSIC AVALON LIVE MUSIC

471-9272, avalon-livemusic.com Barry Kelsey and Dale Blackwell perform jazz, big-band swing and Dixieland for wedding receptions and corporate parties. Additional musicians may be added, and a woodwind trio is available for wedding ceremonies.

BAGPIPES BY MICHAEL THOMAS

502-2620, gigmasters.com/Bag pipes/MichaelRThomas Michael Thomas is Pipe Sergeant of Jacksonville Pipes and Drums, Northeast Florida’s only pipe band. He’s played weddings, parties, military functions, funerals and corporate events and can assist in the selection of appropriate traditional Scottish and Irish tunes.

BELLE FLEUR

8273 Oregon St., Jacksonville, 783-0052 This family-run company features professional and experienced musicians who help ensure the music is a worry-free, integral and beautiful part of any bride’s dream wedding.

BREAD & BUTTER

994-3217, hah.alex@hotmail.com With more than 15 years of performing experience, Bread and Butter prides itself on versatility. Whether it’s soulful funk from the ’60s and ’70s, modern pop rock, jazz standards or light funk grooves, this band can keep the party going.

BUSH DOCTORS

bushdoctors.net Offering anything from a seven-piece band to a solo act featuring John Waters, performing a range of styles from island reggae to mellow jazz, Bush Doctors provide the music for the rehearsal dinner, shower or reception.

DJ CONNECTION

731-3535 or 349-3535, jaxmobiledjs.com DJ Connection offers DJ, MC and coordination services for weddings and receptions.

DJ HARMONY MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT

535-6708, djharmony.com DJ Harmony provides quality entertainment for the reception, as well as accommodations for the rehearsal dinner and the ceremony, including a Notary Public on staff and customized background music.

DJ ROC

277-8239, djroc@bellsouth.net DJ Roc has been providing music for any occasion for more than 10 years, with the professionalism to lend your rehearsal dinner or reception just the right touch.

DOWNTOWN SOUND BAND

2841 Selma St., Jacksonville, 384-5558 Downtown Sound has been providing musical entertainment since 1999. Live duo, trio or full band, professional DJ service, soloists, combos and a band/DJ combo are available for the ceremony or reception.

THE DRUIDS

389-8679, myspace.com/ thedruidstunes From ’60s favorites to current tunes, The Druids set the tone for any reception or wedding party. The band also offers live Karaoke, in which guests and members of the bridal party sing along.

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THE DYNAMIC LES DeMERLE BAND

277-7942, lesdemerlemusic.com This group of musicians can be any size, from a trio to a 17-piece band. The Les DeMerle Band plays a variety of styles, including jazz, beach music, Motown and more.

THE FAZE BAND

994-2993, thefazeband.com Since 1994, these professional musicians have offered a wide variety of popular, danceable music for the reception. Call Mark Dennison for an appointment.

FLORIDA JAZZ PLUS

287-5204, floridajazzplus.com Florida Jazz Plus offers the 20-piece Florida Swing Orchestra and 10-piece mini-big band Sophisticated Swing, featuring vocalist Lisa Kelly, trumpeter J.B. Scott and director/saxophonist Don Zentz. Available for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions.

GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE

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309-2729, Myspace.com/grandpascoughmedicineband Jax Beach-based bluegrass band Grandpa’s Cough Medicine performs original songs as well as traditional bluegrass tunes. Just the thing for that engagement party, rehearsal hoe-down and down-home reception.

JACKSONVILLE STRINGS

235-9154, jaxstrings.com Jacksonville Strings provides quality live music, offering string quartet, string trio, violin duo and solo violin services. The musicians assist in selecting, planning and coordinating the musical aspects of your event.

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LUCKYTUNES DJS

485-0976, luckytunesdj.com A professional local DJ service, Luckytunes specializes in club-level, customized entertainment for the reception or party. Several packages are offered and a DJ meets with the couple at least a month before the wedding to discuss all the details.

NEUROTIC BUTTERFLY

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REBECCA ZAPEN/GARY STARLING GROUP (ZAPSTAR)

662-6348 of 349-2134, zapen.com or garystarling.com Jacksonville jazz band ZapStar offers music with melodic beauty, sophistication and proven appeal, personally configured for each event. Classical strings are available for ceremonies.

SPADE MCQUADE & THE ALLSTARS

myspace/spademcquadeandtheallstars McQuade and his band perform authentic Irish music — traditional, rock, folk — ideal for the Irish-themed reception.

STROLLING VIOLIN

396-9325, strollingviolin.com Beverly Chapman plays soft violin music for weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners. Call for an appointment, and check website for available selections.

TROPICO SOLO STEEL PAN, TROPICO STEEL BAND

536-4166, tropicomusic.net Barry Olsavsky performs on steel drums as a one-man band, with background tracks of calypso, soca, reggae, Jimmy Buffett and strolling steel pan. Tropico Steel Band, a four-piece, rounds out the sound with two steel drummers, electric bass and drumset.

SALONS, SPAS & PLASTIC SURGERY AJ’S HOUSE OF BEAUTY & STYLE

2429 University Blvd. W., Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 737-4446 A full-service salon offers wedding and special-occasion packages for the bride and her bridal party. Owner Jodi Mattern specializes in Great Lengths — the application of 100 percent human hair extensions — and customized one-on-one service.

ALPHA BEAUTY CLINIC

4131 Southside Blvd., Ste. 205, Jacksonville, 998-9977 An afternoon at the day spa experiencing a massage and facial can help ease pre-wedding jitters. The Alpha Beauty Clinic offers a number of bridal specialties, including a beauty package for bridal parties. Reservations two weeks in advance are recommended.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF COSMETOLOGY

1330 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 125, Orange Park, 213-1416, aacschool.com This cosmetology school offers a wedding special for hair and makeup for the bride and her attendants. Book five or more appointments and the bride’s is free.

ANGEL AND ME INC.

3683 Crown Point Road, Mandarin, 288-0100 This full-service hair salon offers up-do and formal hair styling, and has hair color specialists on staff. Natural or acrylic manicures, pedicures, facials, makeup application and waxing services are available.

ANTHONY AND SANDRA EUROPEAN DAY SPA

10092 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 6, Jacksonville, 398-9777 Anthony and Sandra Day Spa offers hair care and styling (including up-do’s), massage therapy including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal and hot stone waxing, salt scrub and cellulite treatments. Skin care treatments include facials for men and eye-lifting treatments.

AVANTE SALON AVONDALE

3574 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 387-4959, avantesalons.com This Aveda Concept Salon specializes in Aveda’s award-winning color services and also offers nail treatments, facials, massage, waxing and tanning.

BAYMEADOWS JUNCTION DENTAL CARE

8206 Philips Highway, Ste. 21, Jacksonville, 448-6122 The dental office of Tom Miller, DDS, and Renata Folstein, DDS, offers general and cosmetic anxiety-free dentistry, including smile makeovers and Zoom! teeth whitening services.

BRIENNE AT BELLA HAIR DESIGNS

9965 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 11, Jacksonville, 288-7703 Brienne at Bella Hair Designs offers extension services, bride and bridesmaids styling, Brazilian blowout, and color and cutting services, onsite at the salon or at your location.

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BLOW OUT HAIR STUDIO

2222 Park St., Jacksonville, 384-5605 Blow Out Hair Studio creates styles for everyone. Located in historic Riverside, in a renovated 1905 home that reflects the salon’s styling philosophy: classic with a modern edge, blending urban sensibility with sophisticated attitude.

BODY WRAP MASTERS & SPA

9926 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, 642-3131 This salon, in business for more than 10 years, offers advanced skin and body care, including inch-loss and detox body wraps, massage, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, full-body waxing, airbrush tanning and skinceuticals products.

CALLOWAY CENTER

6000 Sawgrass Village Circle, Ste. B-1, Ponte Vedra, 273-8280 Dr. Daniel Calloway’s Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery is also the home of Abanitio Salon & Day Spa. Calloway offers the latest proven technology in liposculpture, face and neck lifts, breast augmentation and lifts, tummy tucks and facial procedures. Scheduling can be immediate and most insurances are accepted.

CASABLANCA BEAUTY, WELLNESS & DAY SPA

4209 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 389-5533 Casablanca is a total beauty, wellness and day spa in a new, state-of-the-art facility. The menu includes hair services, skin and nail care, body treatments and detox. The Day of Beauty package includes breakfast or lunch, massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, hair and makeup.

DR. CLAYMAN’S MIRACLE SPA

2 Shircliff Way, Ste. 200, Jacksonville, 208-2727 A Folio Weekly Best of Jax winner, Dr. Loren Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa offers trained estheticians, massage therapists and laser hair professionals in a tranquil, riverfront atmosphere. Spa services include facials, massages, manicures, glycolic and salicylic peels, inch-loss body wraps, teeth-whitening, hyperbaric oxygen chamber, body scrubs, waxing and medical-grade skin care. Dr. Clayman offers Botox, Juvederm, breast enlargement or reduction, face lifts, liposculpture, tummy tucks and laser hair removal.

COASTAL COSMETIC CENTER

4147 Southpoint Drive E., Jacksonville, 332-6774 Costal Cosmetic Center, an on-site, state-licensed ambulatory surgery center managed by a team of professional plastic surgeons, offers cosmetic enhancements for the face and body, including makeup and laser treatments for removal of unwanted hair and blemishes.

COMPLIMENTS BY SHERRY & CO.

13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 50, Jacksonville, 221-7380 The professional stylists, estheticians, nail technicians and massage therapists attend training seminars and incorporate the latest techniques and products for hair, skin and nails.

COSMETIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY CENTER 6867 Belfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville, 296-2008 Dr. Michael Duffy, certified plastic surgeon, specializes in helping the bride achieve the perfect look for the perfect day, with an array of procedures including face, forehead and neck lifts, body contouring, tummy tucks, Botox and Restylane.

DEBBIE’S DAY SPA AND SALON

403 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 825-0569 The Spa and Salon offer a wide range of massage therapies, custom skin-care treatments, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and hair-care services for relaxation, improved health and rejuvenation.

DIRTY BLONDE SALON

2409 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 241-4247 Bridal party and special-occasion hair specialists, Dirty Blonde offers the latest styles for the bride and her attendants. Advanced booking is required.

ELECTROLYSIS & LASER CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE

9191 Skinner Parkway, Ste. 801, Jacksonville, 363-9001 This laser hair removal and skin-care center has more than 15 years experience and a licensed, board-certified staff. Services include a wedding day of beauty, including microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, Botox, dermal fills, chemical peel, facials, waxing and photofacials.

ELITE SALON & DAY SPA

4290 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 389-2554 Elite combines American and European spa philosophies, including pampering services for brides and grooms in an environment small enough for personalized attention. Disciplines include massotherapy, heliotherapy, aromatherapy and aesthetic refi nement. Beauty services include hair care, body waxing, makeup, facials and nail care.

ELLISON VEIN INSTITUTE

836 Prudential Drive, Ste. 1405, Jacksonville, 394-5347 Dr. Robert G. Ellison Jr. and the Ellison Vein Institute offer


treatments for painful varicose and spider veins. Ellison, a vascular surgeon, specializes in the treatment of venous diseases and can help the patient achieve beautiful legs with less pain.

ENVY HAIR SALON

145 Hilden Road, Ste. 107, Jacksonville, 808-8684 Envy Hair Salon can put together a special package for the bride and bridal party. Services offered include up-dos, hair styling and coloring. The salon can open early or stay open late to accommodate the wedding party.

THE ESSENTIAL WELLNESS CENTER

13400 Sutton Park Drive S., Ste. 1502, Jacksonville, 223-6882 The Center offers relaxation and stress-relief massages including sound therapy and aromatherapy. Gift certificates are available.

FUSION SALON

9810 Baymeadows Road, Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 619-8629 683-3769 With a staff that has more than 30 years’ combined experience, Fusion offers precision cutting, Davines Mask coloring systems and FNLongLocks hair extensions.

FRANGIPANI HAIR STUDIO

1257 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 241-1411 A full-service salon with expert Aveda colorists, Frangipani specializes in hair and skin care for the entire bridal party. Make reservations early for haircuts, styles, color, nail care and makeup application.

HADLEY’S HAIR DESIGN & SKINCARE

2221 University Blvd. W., Jacksonville, 874-0118 This cozy salon has four experienced stylists, a skincare specialist and a massage therapist offering services in a relaxed atmosphere.

HAIR AT THE PLAZA

2683 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville, 997-1215 Services include hair, nail, waxing, facials and massage. Customized day-of-beauty packages are available. Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome.

HAIR PEACE

815 Lomax St., Jacksonville, 356-6856 Located in 5 Points, Hair Peace has been providing hair care for men, women and children since 1996, including the special-occasion hairstyle and makeup for the entire bridal party. The staff, which includes two Best Hairstylist winners in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax, keeps up to date on styles, products and techniques.

HAMILTON & CO. TOTAL IMAGE SALON

363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 4, Atlantic Beach, 241-1020 Hamilton & Co. offers up-to-the-minute hairstyling and coloring.

HANDS, FEET & BEYOND

9700 Philips Highway, Ste. 107, Jacksonville, 469-2432, handsfeetandbeyond.com This wellness medical spa specializes in hand, foot and nail services, provided by nail technicians and podiatrists. Aesthetic skin care, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care and skin care products are also available.

THE HONEYCOMB

4465 Woodmere St., Jacksonville, 619-1566 This boutique, home to Mavity Freeland, Susan Davis and Lindsey Sims, offers stylish cuts and fresh color. A wide range of products is offered, including Aquage, Biolage, Mop, Goldwell, Pacifica candles and handmade jewelry.

JACKSONVILLE COSMETIC SURGERY CENTER

820 Prudential Drive, Ste. 702, Jacksonville, 399-5061, ahnezami.com Board-certified Dr. A.H. Nezami offers plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation and reduction, liposuction, tummy tuck, face lift, eyelid work, Botox and Juvederm, and permanent makeup.

KARA & COMPANY SALON & DAY SPA

4278 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 388-2400 Kara & Company specializes in hairstyling, nails and skin care, and can make special arrangements for brides and bridal parties. Swedish and deep tissue massage are available.

JASON D. LEWIS DDS

130 Gateway Circle, Jacksonville, 201-6000 Dr. Lewis offers teeth bleaching with take-home trays, as well as veneers.

MAKEUP BY SUNSHINE, LLC

Jacksonville, 923-4396 Sunshine Jones is a certified makeup artist and licensed esthetician offering traditional makeup, European facials, skin-care consultations, waxing and a private makeup label. Makeup By Sunshine specializes in the newest techniques for bridal, airbrush, photography and runway makeup.

MAKEUP EXPRESSIONS BY STACI

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MEDISOLARE WELLNESS & COSMETIC CENTER

9770 Baymeadows Road, Ste. 117, Jacksonville, 224-5000 Medisolare is an anti-aging and non-surgical cosmetic medical center offering a holistic approach to age management and beauty for increased energy, vitality, sex drive and youthful vigor. Dr. Hardesh Garg specializes in bio-identical hormones, HGH, nutraceuticals, treatment of age spots, rosacea, spider veins, cellulite and wrinkles.

MIKO SALON

317 St. Augustine Blvd., Jax Beach, 853-6229 This service-oriented salon, located in South Jax Beach, pampers customers with the latest trends and a variety of services. Miko features up-dos, specialty styles, spa manicures and pedicures for brides and bridal parties, in a private courtyard.

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NATURAL LOOK MEDICAL SPA

11512 Lake Mead Ave., Ste. 702, Jacksonville, 928-9400 Dr. David Mobley, board-certified plastic surgeon, treats acne, rosacea and sun damage in the state-of-the-art medical spa. Aesthetic services include photofacial, laser hair removal, electrolysis, facials, clinical peels and massage.

ORTEGA MED SPA

4570 San Juan Ave., Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 388-8844 Onsite physician Wayne Houston, MD, and his staff offer SA Bodysculpture, an in-office mini-liposuction procedure, as well as VI Peel, DNA facials, Carbossi & Synergy, Botox, Dermal fillers, laser hair reduction, photofacials, massage, spider-vein treatments and consultations.

PANACHE ON PARK AVENUE

1472 Park Ave., Park Central Plaza, Orange Park, 269-0666

Panache offers pampering packages for the bride, mothers and the entire wedding party (men, too). Single services or special packages available.

PARADISE GROOMING FOR MEN SALON & SPA

1600 Park Ave., Ste. 1, Orange Park, 644-7549, paradisegroomingformen.com It’s the men’s turn for pampering. Paradise offers haircuts, color and styling with tea tree shampoo and spiker hair gel, as well as manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, body scrubs and massage.

PARKWAY PLASTIC SURGERY

5101 Gate Parkway S., Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 396-1186 Parkway specializes in popular surgical and cosmetic procedures, including Botox, fillers and facials. Dr. David Mobley and Dr. Rebecca Glasser, board-certified plastic surgeons, combine the latest technology and traditional methods to enhance and reshape the body. They also offer a full line of medical grade skin-care products.

PEARSON FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY

1835 East West Parkway, Ste. 19, Fleming Island, 215-7377, pearsonFaces.com Specializing exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery of the face, Dr. David C. Pearson is a fellowship-trained and board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Prior to opening Pearson Facial Plastic Surgery in the fall of 2004, Dr. Pearson practiced at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville where he was a member of its teaching faculty.

PICASSO DAY SPA & SALON

202 Second St. N., Jax Beach, 247-6670, picassospa.com This full service salon and spa can accommodate any special event, offering hair care and styling, skin care, massage, manicures, pedicures, airbrush tanning and body wraps at the spa. Several packages are available.

PLANET BEACH CONTEMPO SPA

13457 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 221-0162 13740 Beach Blvd., Ste. 403, Jacksonville, 821-8752 10915 Baymeadows Road, Ste. 108, Jacksonville, 519-1826 13820 St. Augustine Road, Ste. 209, Mandarin, 880-4826 11700 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, Jacksonville, 288-0826 Planet Beach offers a private spa experience in less time and for less money than traditional spas. Services include UV therapy with skin rejuvenation, stress reduction and relaxation, hydration treatment, facials, spray sunless tanning and teeth whitening.

LESLIE G. PLATOCK, DDS

700 Third St., Ste. 203, Neptune Beach, 247-3077 Dr. Platock offers laser bleaching, ceramic crowns and bridges, tooth color filling and bonding. Located in the Atrium Building next to Neptune Beach library, Dr. Platock’s office features a spa for teeth, with whitening processes to enhance the smiles of the bride and groom.

PONTE VEDRA COSMETIC SURGERY

150 Professional Drive, Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-5571 Dr. R. Gregory Smith provides a wide range of cosmetic surgical procedures and treatments designed to enhance your appearance with minimal downtime, including minifacelifts, lip fillers, liposuction, body contouring, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, face and neck lifts, laser skin resurfacing and Botox. All procedures are performed in the state-of-the-art facility on an outpatient basis. Financing is available.

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1030 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-7202 Dr. John Harris at Ponte Vedra MedSpa offers everything a bride needs to look and feel her very best. Laser cellulite therapy, Botox injections, Restylane, facelifts, liposuction, eyelifts, facials, hair removal and breast enhancement are available.

QUINN M.D. AESTHETIC SCIENCE LASER MEDICINE

8075 Gate Parkway W., Bldg. 1, Jacksonville, 296-0900 quinnmd.net Quinn M.D. is a medical practice that specializes in laser and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Linda Quinn offers Smartlipo MPX, Fraxel, Fotofacial, Refirme, laser tattoo removal, hair removal, vein removal, sclerotherapy, fillers, Botox and hormone replacement.

REJUVANENCE LIFESPA

4413 Town Center Parkway, Ste. 209, Jacksonville, 996-7595 Plastic surgeon John Harris offers facials, massages, laser hair

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removal and a laser alternative to a facelift, as well as Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse and microdermabrasion. Bridal packages and free consultations are available.

REVIVA MEDICAL SPA

700 Third St., Ste. 101, Neptune Beach, 694-0091, garciareviva.com Reviva offers a wide range of spa treatments, including laser hair removal, skin care, massage, spray tanning and makeup in an inviting atmosphere.

RIO HAIR STUDIO

9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 8, Jacksonville, 733-8495 Rio specializes in current looks for the bride and her party. Wedding discount packages are available, and Rio can accommodate parties of 10 or more, either in the salon or on location.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND

4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, 277-1100 The spa at The Ritz-Carlton offers a complete menu of massages, exfoliations, hair care, nail care, body wraps, facials, and hand, feet and scalp treatments for men, women and groups.

ROSENTHAL PLASTIC SURGERY

3599 University Blvd. S., Ste. 403, Jacksonville, 399-8255 In practice since 1971, Dr. Rosenthal specializes in cosmetic surgery and offers breast augmentation and lift, rhinoplasty, face lift, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty, otoplasty and liposuction, as well as Botox injections.

SALON MARIEÁ

1650 San Pablo Road S., Ste. 11, Jacksonville, 221-2020 Salon Marieá offers up-do hairstyles for those special occasions, as well as pre-occasion preparation hair color and cuts.

SALON ON THE SQUARE

1936 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 396-9003 This Aveda salon features trained stylists performing a wide range of services including color, highlights, perms and straightening, as well as massage therapy, facials and hair extensions.

BARRY SCHWEIM, DDS, PA

7000 Sawgrass Village Circle, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-5111 Dr. Schweim offers Zoom!, an in-office bleaching and cosmetic dentistry procedure, to ensure the brightest wedding day smile.

SEVENTH WONDER DAY SPA

5393 Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 4, Jacksonville, 381-8686 Specializing in Jane Iredale mineral makeup and facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and spray-on tanning, Seventh Wonder offers makeup applications for the bride and her party with a 10 percent discount on makeup products. Massages, skin care, nail care and waxing are also available.

SMALL INDULGENCES EUROPEAN DAY SPA

9 Sanchez Ave., St. Augustine, 824-6220 This day spa offers an array of creative indulgences. The Full Day of Indulgence includes a European facial, eyebrow arch, full-body sea salt glow, one-hour Swedish massage, spa-manicure and spa-pedicure, shampoo and style, makeup application. Gift certificates and bridal packages are also available.

THE SPA AT AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION

6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 432-2220 or (877) 843-7722 Services for the bridal party include organic manicure, Polynesian pampered soles pedicure, up-do and makeup application and appetizers. Call for information regarding the many other pamperings offered and for appointments.

THE SPA AT ONE OCEAN

One Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 853-2333, oneoceanresort.com Relax at the only full-service oceanfront luxury facility at the Beaches, offering VIP suites for the bride and her attendants to get ready for the big day.

THE SPA AT PONTE VEDRA INN & CLUB

302 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-7700 Operating since 1987, The Spa at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers more than 100 spa services in 22 treatment rooms and more than 30,000 square feet of space, including complete hair care, full body treatments, facials, La Stone therapy, manicures and pedicures.

SUPERIOR IMAGE PERSONAL FITNESS

1100 Shetter Ave., Ste. 103, Jax Beach, 249-9433 A certified personal trainer is committed to helping clients get in the best shape possible for that big day. Personal training packages — like Buff Brides Beach Boot Camp — are available to ensure last-minute alterations to the gown or tux aren’t needed.

SUTRA SALON

320 Ninth Ave. N., Jax Beach, 249-9292, sutrasalon320.com Sutra Salon employs a talented and diverse group of stylists who combine creativity and devotion to beauty to make anyone look and feel their best. The Bumble and Bumble exclusive salon offers Jane Iredale cosmetics, an all-natural mineral makeup.

THERAPEUTIC SPA

2320 S. Third St., Ste. 1, Jax Beach, 242-9500 Aquilla Guest, LMT, and Jill Thunberg, BS, LMT, have more than 12 years experience in massage including prenatal, hot stone, medical neuromuscular therapies (NMT) and Swedish. Other services include microdermabrasion, facials, eyebrow design, chemical peels, weight loss, body wraps and cellulite treatments.

TRANQUILITY SALON & DAY SPA

9965 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 880-7015 Tranquility offers complete services from on-site wedding day hair care and makeup application to special spa days for brides, grooms and the whole wedding party. Packages include champagne and luncheon.

TROMPE L’OEIL SALON

1540 Sawgrass Village Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, 543-1520 Trompe L’Oeil offers all the salon specialties for the bridal party: manicures, pedicures, bridal up-dos, hair extensions, makeup and full spa treatments, as well as spirit-lifting aromatherapy. All types of massage, including reflexology, are available. As an Aveda concept salon, Trompe L’Oeil provides a complete line of natural, aromatherapy-based products.

TROPICAL TRIM

721 A1A and B Street, Ste. 8, St. Augustine Beach, 471-4520 Tropical Trim offers hairstyling designs including hair extensions and braids. Eyebrow waxing is also available. The salon provides hairstyling at the wedding site as well.

TWO BLONDES AND A GUY SALON

3546 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Ste. 104, Jacksonville, 646-0970, twoblondesandaguy.com Two Blondes and a Guy offers a full menu of hair and nail services. The Redken signature salon employs a talented staff of professionals and was nominated for Salon of the Year in Modern Salon magazine. Gift certificates \are available.

The independent bakery offers a full line of specialty wedding cakes and sweet party favors, as well as cupcakes, chocolate strawberries and petit fours for showers, weddings and receptions.

BROUDY’S LIQUORS AND FINE WINES

353 Marsh Landing Parkway, Jax Beach, 273-6119 35 N. Ponce de Leon, St. Augustine, 829-6909 516 W. Geoffrey St., St. Augustine, 417-2090 138 S.R. 13, Ste. 140, Julington Creek, 482-0955 5000 U.S. 17, Stes. 1 & 2, Fleming Island, 269-7029 Broudy’s is the place to find all the celebration libations on the wedding list. From small family functions to grand receptions, Broudy’s staff can help with selection and special orders.

THE CAKE SHOP OF SAN JOSE

3911 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 306-0303, jaxcakeshop.com Specializing in custom wedding and other special-occasion cakes, The Cake Shop also offers a large variety of miniature desserts and pastries.

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11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 7, Jacksonville, 998-1555 This center for comprehensive family and implant dentistry, with a general and periodontist on staff, offers cosmetic dentistry and whitening. Full mouth restorations, dentures, fillings, implants, crowns, root canals, veneers and emergency service are available, as well as extractions. Financing is available. 1980 Wells Road, Ste. 7, Orange Park, 272-2526 This full-service salon and spa features Redken exclusively and offers monthly specials and customized spa packages.

YOUTHFUL MEDICAL SPA

13111 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 220-6565 Youthful Med Spa offers Thermage, a skin-tightening procedure for eyelids, faces, arms, tummies, thighs and buttocks. They also offer fractional skin resurfacing to reduce wrinkles, as well as Botox, Juvaderm, laser hair removal, photofacials, microdermabrasion, spray tanning and Jane Iredale makeup.

CAKES & CATERING A LA CARTE CATERING AND EVENT PLANNER

331 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 241-2005 Established in 1993, A La Carte offers full service catering and event planning in the Beaches area, featuring its own pastry chef, service attendants, bartenders, rental equipment and florists. A new economical menu is available.

ANGIE’S WEDDING CAKES

1906 Parental Home Road, Ste. 1, Jacksonville, 724-2212, angiesweddingcakes.com This wedding cake specialist creates made-to-order cakes for the rehearsal dinner or reception. Cake-tasting is offered daily. Angie’s specialty is her strawberry cake, and there are more than 20 fillings from which to choose.

BAKERY MODERNE

869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Jacksonville, 389-7117

3305 Parental Home Road, Jacksonville, 730-8081, chardonnayscatering.com Whether it’s a brunch, a casual afternoon event or an elegant black-tie formal reception, Chardonnay’s on-site wedding consultant works to suit any style. Chardonnay’s has several wedding packages and can create a customized menu. 1014 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 491-4663 Working with your colors and themes, Chez Lezan can create custom wedding cakes and groom’s cakes, as well as goodies for the reception and shower.

CHOUX DESIGNER CAKES & PASTRIES

2540 Oak St., Jacksonville, 955-3398, chouxbakery.com This historic Riverside bakery offers world-class pastry and custom design, affordable pricing and personalized service, exclusively booking one wedding cake per weekend. Tasting parties are held twice a month.

COOKIES BY DESIGN

4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 203, Jacksonville, 296-3399, facebook.com/CookiesByDesignJacksonville Make your celebration unforgettable with unique cookie centerpieces for bridal showers and wedding tables, wedding cookie favors and more. The wedding gifts and treats are available in a variety of sizes in a range of prices.

CULINARY OUTFITTERS CATERING

9 S. Dixie Highway, St. Augustine, 829-2727 This catering company offers services for any size wedding or party. An onsite facility accommodates up to 30 guests. The presentation, menu and attention to detail ensure a successful rehearsal dinner, reception or brunch. They also offer bachelorette party cooking classes.

CUPCAKE GIRLS DESSERT COMPANY

13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 992-4979 Cupcake Girls offers wedding cakes, cupcakes, cookies and desserts.

D’VINE CUISINE INC.

2762 Park St., Jacksonville, 742-7353, d-vinecuisine.com

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With creative presentations using fresh ingredients, d’Vine provides customized catering for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions, from a modest reception to a lavish sit-down dinner. Tea parties for bridal showers are also available.

EDGEWOOD BAKERY

1012 S. Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill, 389-8054 Since 1947, Edgewood Bakery has designed wedding, groom’s and bridal shower cakes. Individual continental pastries and custom-designed cookies for wedding favors are offered. Edgewood also features a 1,500-square-foot banquet hall with full catering services for receptions, showers or rehearsal dinners for up to 80 guests.

KAKES BY KATIE

3491 Maiden Voyage Circle S., Jacksonville, 716-9915, kakesbykatie.com Katie Gibbs-Dixon creates custom wedding cakes, baked to order, at reasonable rates to fit any budget. Call to schedule a consultation/tasting.

McALISTER’S DELI

9700 Deer Lake Ct., Jacksonville, 564-2377 1615 C.R. 220, Fleming Island, 278-6055 McAlister’s extensive catering menu includes sandwiches, fancy desserts, beverages and breakfast selections to complete any celebration.

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STOVER’S CUSTOM CAKES

703-0245, stoverscustomcakes.com Stover’s makes wedding cakes from scratch, customized to fit any taste and budget, or to accommodate dietary, allergy or religious restrictions. Call for an appointment.

A SWEET TO EAT BAKE SHOP

7860 Gate Parkway, Ste. 116, Southside, 996-7988, asweettoeat.com This bake shop creates cakes, cupcakes, brownies and cookies designed for showers or receptions, all made from scratch. Discounts are offered for large wedding orders.

WEDDING PLANNERS & CHAPELS A WEDDING BY STEPHANIE

86531 Cartesian Pt. Drive, Yulee, 254-0411, aweddingbystephanie.com Stephanie Leavens is a Florida ceremony officiant who also handles event planning.

ELEGANT WEDDINGS BY LISA

268-1429, elegantweddingsbylisa.com Elegant Weddings offers specialty packages to fit every budget, ranging from just the ceremony to all-inclusive events, including vow renewals, and featuring beach weddings.

EVERYTHING BUT THE DRESS

502-0812, itseverythingbutthedress.com This wedding accessories company offers favors, cake toppers, unity candles, cake server and knife, gifts, flower girl baskets, ring pillows — you know, “everything but the dress.”

FIRST COAST WEDDINGS & EVENTS

8640 Philips Highway, Ste. 8, Jacksonville, 739-8003, firstcoastweddings.com Heather Canada at First Coast is an accredited bridal consultant. For seven years, First Coast has helped coordinate invitations, ceremonies and vendor selection, in addition to offering full-service wedding week coordination, to ensure a worry-free dream wedding.

FLAIRE WEDDINGS & EVENTS

2762 Park St., Jacksonville, 352-1832, flaireweddings.com Flaire Weddings & Events is a Northeast Florida modern event design and planning firm, specializing in start-to-finish planning and event design.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER WEDDINGS OF JACKSONVILLE

12935 Deep Lagoon Place E., Jacksonville, 476-7536, tonyaperryweddings.com Tonya Perry provides personalized event planning services to make sure your special day is perfect. Happily Ever After offers a variety of customizable packages as well as a la carte wedding services to suit your needs and budget. Call to schedule a free consultation.

RIVERSIDE AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

2841 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 389-1751, jaxdisciples.com Say your vows beneath the spectacular stained glass in this beautiful, historic church.

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6272 Dupont Station Court, Jacksonville, 731-5978, SouthernCharmEvents.org The wedding planners have packages to fit any budget, to ensure the bride has a worry-free wedding day, with a touch of Southern charm. 386-5662, todoers.com To-Doers offers weddings made simple and stress-free, with wedding day coordination, consultations and fullwedding planning. Specializing in short engagements and destination weddings, To-Doers says there’s no detail too small, no request too big.

THE WEDDING ASSISTANT

238-8092, weddingdayassistant.com Tabbatha Ronnekamp will help the bride with every detail of her wedding day while keeping to her budget.

THE WEDDING AUTHORITY

75 King St., Ste. 114, St. Augustine, 826-0166 This full-service wedding designer and planner has been serving Northeast Florida since 1972, coordinating nuptial events of all sizes, ranging from small and intimate to a grand affair. The business is located in the Lightner Museum building overlooking the courtyard, which is available for ceremonies for up to 100 guests.

WEDDING MAPPER

weddingmapper.com This website offers a full suite of free wedding planning tools and resources for Northeast Florida couples.

UNIQUE PLACES TO CELEBRATE AMORÉ WEDDING CHAPEL

75 King St., Ste. 116, St. Augustine, 826-0715 Located in the Lightner Museum building and featuring a stained-glass windows, Amoré Chapel — which seats up to 50 guests — can supply an ordained minister or officiates, carriage services, photography and flower arrangements. The Amoré Wedding Chapel certified wedding consultants are available for their location or yours.

CABANA BEACH CLUB

619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-3403 Cabana Club features complete facilities for receptions and rehearsal dinners, including a pool deck that can accommodate 250 guests, and Florida casual indoor dining in 619 Ocean View restaurant, accommodating up to 80, with views of the ocean.

CLUB CONTINENTAL

2143 Astor St., Orange Park, 264-6070 Club Continental provides a scenic St. Johns River view, amid gardens and live oaks. The Mediterranean-style clubhouse serves wedding parties and receptions, and the ceremony can be held on a patio surrounded by an Italian balustrade. There’s room for 25 to 125 guests seated; up to 300 standing, and there are 22 B&B guest rooms, some with Jacuzzis and fireplaces.

DEERCREEK COUNTRY CLUB

7816 McLaurin Road N., Jacksonville, 363-1604 The elegant colonial-style Clubhouse is available for indoor and outdoor weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. After the ceremony, the couple can waltz into a dining room that accommodates 160 seated guests, or for a reception and cocktails, the club accommodates up to 300 guests. Bartending services are available.

11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine, 829-3168, fountainofyouthflorida.com This waterfront setting, dating back to 1565, is situated on 15 acres of Old Florida charm. Historical-themed weddings are a specialty. 3901 Monument Road, Jacksonville, 641-8121 ext. 118 Hidden Hills’ professional staff provides gourmet cuisine for wedding parties and receptions, from hors d’oeuvres to lavish table-service dinners. Non-members may rent the facility. The club accommodates up to 300 seated guests. The outdoor garden may also be used for a wedding ceremony.

THE HILLTOP RESTAURANT

2030 Wells Road, Orange Park, 272-5959 This Victorian mansion, nestled among the oaks, offers romantic ambiance complete with grand pianos, gardens, dance floors, fireplaces and a fountain. Wedding ceremonies and rehearsal dinners, buffets and receptions can be accommodated. Reservations are taken one month to one year in advance.

INDIGO ALLEY

316 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7054, indigo-alley.com The two-story Victorian building built in 1884, in historic Fernandina Beach, can accommodate up to 120 guests and features a cloistered courtyard, rooftop deck, bar, dance floor and certified commercial kitchen.

JACKSONVILLE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

3985 Hunt Club Road, Jacksonville, 223-5555 ext. 4 The club provides full wedding planning services. Ceremonies may be held on the lawn overlooking the golf course and lake. For the reception, the club seats 250 guests or 450 guests for cocktails.

JACKSONVILLE ZOO & GARDENS

370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, 757-4463 ext. 103 In-house certified caterers provide a broad range of menu options. The 7,000-square-foot open terrace overlooks the Aviary, or choose a safari themed private room. Weddings and receptions are fully customizable and can vary from casual to extravagant. After-hours access is given one hour after park closing, and customized packages are available for intimate gatherings to groups of up to 400.

KATHRYN ABBEY HANNA PARK

500 Wonderwood Road (off Mayport Road), Jacksonville, 249-4700 Couples can have a romantic, salt-sprayed ceremony on the beach or in the hall in Dolphin Plaza, which accommodates up to 125 guests. All events require permit application, approval and advance notice, and are subject to availability as well as environmental impact — leave no trace, in other words.

THE LODGE & CLUB AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH

607 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-9500 Framed by palm trees and sand dunes, The Lodge & Club features more than 11,000 square feet of flexible reception and banquet space for parties of 20 to 150 people, including the Ocean Room, offering views of the Atlantic, and the outdoor Fountain Courtyard overlooking the beach. The chef offers menus of heavy hors d’oeuvres and multicourse dinners. Services include floral decorations, ice sculptures and musical entertainment. Guest rooms feature fireplaces and Jacuzzis.

MANDARIN COMMUNITY CLUB

12447 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, 292-4338,

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mandarincommunityclub.org The historic club interior has a seating capacity of up to 115 guests for small weddings and receptions. For an outdoor setting, the adjacent Billard Commemorative Park may be rented alone or in combination with the Club building and features a white gazebo.

(fewer than 20) wedding and reception parties as well as catering. Reservations are required for in-house parties. 13 Gypsies serves authentic Mediterranean peasant cuisine.

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169 Marshside Drive, St. Augustine, 461-1101 Intracoastal marshland surrounds this club, making it a popular location for wedding parties and receptions. Banquet menu selections range from cocktails to heavy hors d’oeuvres to full-course. The dining room seats up to 150 guests or 250 for cocktail events. On-site wedding coordination is included and the formally attired, trained staff assists with the wedding cake, flowers and entertainment.

1 King St., St. Augustine, 829-2977 A1A Ale Works offers complete catering services with on-site facilities accommodating 25 to 125 guests, with panoramic bayfront views and a verandah. A1A can put together seated dinners, buffet-style meals or a custom menu. Premium cocktail service, the brewery’s hand-crafted beers, an extensive wine selection and offsite catering are available.

MAVERICKS ROCK’N HONKY TONK

2 Independent Drive, The Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, 356-1110 Hold your bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal after-parties and wedding receptions at the exclusive VIP Lounge in Miss Ellie’s Bardello.

BISTRO AIX

1440 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 398-1949 Bistro Aix’s private dining rooms are available for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons or receptions. Flexible seating, private rooms, custom-designed menus, personalized service, event planning and catering For questions, please call your services make the special day worry-free. Call for FAX a tour. YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 396-7062 ext. 240 MOSH offers several packages for celebrations big or small — The Rooftop has a capacity of up to 150 guests, The Wachovia Room accommodates up to 115 guests and individual floors accommodate as many as 400 guests per.

PALM VALLEY GARDENS

4975 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, 543-7777, palmvalleygardens.org Sprawling lawns, a spring-fed pond, a picturesque garden bridge, vine-covered pergola, a three-tiered fountain, outdoor lighting and a paver patio overlooking the koi pond are the amenities of this romantic location.

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PRIME F. OSBORN III CONVENTION CENTER

1000 Water St., Jacksonville, 630-4000 The convention center accommodates anywhere from 50 to 4,000 guests, with meeting rooms and a ballroom available. For large parties, the exhibition hall of this restored train station can also be used. Flexible and varied menus are available and full bars are offered. Reservations are taken six months to one year in advance.

QUEEN’S HARBOUR YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

1131 Queen’s Harbour Blvd., Jacksonville, 220-2118 Ceremonies and receptions by the marina and golf course accommodate up to 300 standing guests and up to 200 seated. Onsite catering provides anything from hors d’oeuvres to buffets to dinners. Outdoor ceremonies may be performed in the classic gazebo.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND

4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, 277-1100 The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island offers several venues — including a brand new ballroom — for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, bridal showers and afternoon teas. Also offered: customized cuisine and florals, photography and limousine services, musical entertainment, wedding officiates, wedding planner and other vendor services.

RIVER CRUISES

1840 Perry Place, Jacksonville, 306-2200 Have your reception cruising the St. Johns River on an authentic sternwheeler, the Lady St. Johns, which accommodates up to 300 guests, or the Annabelle Lee, accommodating up to 150 people. A wedding coordinator is available, and the captain can perform the ceremony. The staff can supply decorations, food and a DJ. A full bar is available, and there’s plenty of room to dance.

RIVERHOUSE EVENTS

179 Marine St., St. Augustine, 826-6210, riverhouseevents.com This new wedding ceremony and reception venue has Old World charm, with a bayfront lawn and terraces for ceremonies with a lighthouse view. The grand ballroom, with a 32-foot-round dance floor, can accommodate up to 240 guests. A paneled library with a fireplace, private bridal suite and free parking are also available.

RIVERSIDE HOUSE

2165 Park St., Jacksonville, 387-9927 Riverside House offers its board room, auditorium, reception hall and kitchen at affordable rates. Originally a church, this historic property is the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and meetings large and small. An audio/PA system is available.

ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MUSEUM, ANASTASIA GALLERY

81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, 829-0745 ext. 207 The lighthouse’s front lawn offers natural beauty and privacy with magnificent live oak trees. The Anastasia Gallery has room for 80 seated guests or 125 for cocktails. (Located on the second floor, it is accessible by stairway only.) All proceeds from rentals support the programs and restoration efforts of the Lighthouse and Museum.

SALA MENENDEZ

75 King St., Ste. 110, St. Augustine, 826-0166 This beautiful reception and entertainment room, located in the Lightner Museum Courtyard and accommodating up to 100 guests, overlooks the gardens and fountains of the museum grounds in historic St. Augustine.

SELVA MARINA COUNTRY CLUB

1600 Selva Marina Drive, Atlantic Beach, 246-4827 ext. 25 The Dining Room overlooking the golf course accommodates up to 225 people and offers the elegance of a private country club. The south lawn, with lagoon views and the quiet of a reserve, is ideal for the ceremony, and full-service catering is available.

THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER

50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550, Jacksonville, 791-9797 This restaurant and banquet venue, located at the top of the Bank America building with 360° panoramic views, offers space for most any size celebration. Call for rates and availability.

TREE HILL NATURE CENTER

7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, 724-4646, treehill.org Tree Hill Nature Center’s Strasser Amphitheater is a covered, open-air venue featuring three levels of informal seating that can accommodate 250 guests, around a central stage. The amphitheater is surrounded by 50 acres of scenic, natural land and a lush nature trail.

UNIVERSITY CLUB

1301 Riverplace Blvd., 27th Floor, Riverplace Tower, Jacksonville, 396-1687 Private dining rooms offer a panoramic view of downtown and the St. Johns River. Select from planned menus or create your own. The club accommodates four to 200 guests for seated dinners, 400 for stand-up receptions. Assistance with other wedding arrangements is available. The club is open to members and those sponsored by a member.

WINDSOR PARKE

13823 Sutton Park Drive N., Jacksonville, 223-4971 ext. 3 Windsor Parke Golf Club offers banquet and dining facilities in a clubhouse setting. Weddings can be held at the private gazebo, and the reception in the elegant dining area that accommodates up to 150 guests. Menu selections are suitable for both large and intimate events.

RESTAURANTS 13 GYPSIES

887 Stockton St., Jacksonville, 389-0330 This neighborhood bistro in Riverside is available for small

3820 Southside Blvd., PROMISE Jacksonville, 646-1478, bluebamboojacksonville.com An East-West kitchen and bar, Blue Bamboo offers an ever-changing menu based on seasonal ingredients. Hold your rehearsal dinner at the Blue Bamboo, or they’ll bring the meal to you.

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1312 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 249-5800, brasserierestaurant.com With its Old World charm, The Brasserie Restaurant & Piano Bar features a ballroom and a European-style courtyard which can accommodate up to 300 guests for weddings or any special event.

CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA

127 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 249-3322 This popular Mexican restaurant offers a banquet room that seats 40 for bridal showers, bachelor/ bachelorette parties and rehearsal dinners. Reservations are required. Campeche Bay won Best Margarita in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax.

CASA MARINA HOTEL

691 N. First St., Jax Beach, 270-0025 The Casa Marina’s creative chefs design and serve New Beach cuisine, highlighting the best of local seafood, produce and specialty ingredients with a flair for international flavor. Celebrate in the dining area or up in the Penthouse Lounge, with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean.

THE CHART HOUSE

1501 River Place Blvd., Jacksonville, 398-3353 The Chart House accommodates up to 80 people for riverfront rehearsal dinners and receptions. The menu features steak, seafood and prime rib.

CHEFS FOR A NIGHT

1523 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 704-2551 This catering company specializes in all facets of the culinary arts, with attention to the taste and budget of the client as well as the physical building layout and any themes the bride employs.

DON JUAN’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

12373 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 268-8722 Don Juan’s, serving authentic Mexican cuisine and a full bar, offers a private room for up to 70 people for wedding rehearsals and special occasions. Private patio dining is available for up to 30 people.

DWIGHT’S BISTRO

1527 Penman Road, Jax Beach, 241-4496 Dwight’s Bistro offers an intimate bistro setting for rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions, for parties ranging from 12 to 60 guests.

FARAH’S PITA STOP CAFÉ

3980 Southside Blvd., Ste. 201, Jacksonville, 928-4322 Farah’s is available for private parties, accommodating up to 60 guests, and offers catering for as few as two or as many as 500. The menu features a variety of items, from appetizers to full dinners.

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FONTANA ITALIAN RESTAURANT & BAR

7605 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 805-9755 Family-owned-and-operated, Fontana offers authentic Italian cuisine. Rehearsal dinner or wedding catering is available, with a seating capacity of 20 to 200 in-house or at your location. Fontana provides linens, utensils and table décor at no additional charge.

GYPSY CAB COMPANY

828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-8244 Gypsy Cab Company offers a banquet facility that accommodates up to 100 guests. Choose on-or off-site catering, featuring an international cuisine menu that can be customized to suit your tastes.

KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR

1766 S. Eighth St., Amelia Island, 277-8782 In addition to traditional Japanese fare, Kabuki serves steaks, chicken and seafood entrées, all available in a party package. Celebrate the wedding at a teppanyaki table or in a private dining room. Call owner Steve Wong for details.

MATTHEW’S ON SAN MARCO

2107 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 396-9922 Matthew’s elegant catering services feature a menu of an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients.

MEDITERRANIA

3877 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, 731-2898 With a private banquet room that accommodates up to 65 guests, Mediterrania offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and cuisine prepared in the classic European tradition.

METRO DINER

3302 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 398-3701 With facilities that accommodate up to 80 guests, this 1930s diner offers full-service catering for small receptions and rehearsal dinners, serving a complete menu (cold platters, hors d’oeuvres or dinners), which can be customized. They can also bring the party to you.

MEZZA LUNA

110 N. First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Mezza Luna is ideal for rehearsal dinners or small intimate wedding receptions. Choose the formal dining room, the landscaped patio or the casual ambience at the bar.

WINE CELLAR

1314 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, 398-8989 Wine Cellar has a seating capacity for 24 guests in the private reception room of the restaurant. The menu is prepared to your specifications to fit your budget.

BED & BREAKFASTS AND INNS AUGUSTIN INN

29 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 823-9559, augustininn.com Located a half-block from the historic bayfront, the 1898 Augustin Inn offers whirlpool tubs, antique furnishings and two-course breakfasts. Wedding services and inclusive packages are available, along with the walled courtyard that can accommodate parties from two to 22.

CARRIAGE WAY BED & BREAKFAST

70 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 829-2467 This traditional Victorian style home, located in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district, offers beautifully appointed rooms available in several packages for the bride and groom or the entire wedding party. Carriage Way was voted Best B&B in St. Augustine by Folio Weekly readers.

THE CEDAR HOUSE INN VICTORIAN BED & BREAKFAST 79 Cedar St., St. Augustine, 829-0079 This restored 1893 Victorian home, decorated with antiques, is located in the historic district. New owner Cynthia Humphrey offers small intimate weddings, a full gourmet breakfast and free on-premises parking.

ELIZABETH POINTE LODGE

98 S. Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island, 277-4851 The Pointe is a boutique hotel that sits directly on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Owners David and Susan Caples offer luxurious accommodations and can customize amenities to meet each couple’s expectations. Elizabeth Pointe Lodge won Best B&B on Amelia Island in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax poll.

THE FAIRBANKS HOUSE

95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 810-6810 Offering fine dining within Casa Monica Hotel. Catering is provided by world-renowned Chef DeJuan Roy and director of culinary operations Allen Lancaster. Banquet facilities are available.

227 S. Seventh St., Amelia Island, 277-0500 Owners Bill and Theresa Hamilton welcome guests to their 1885 Italianate villa for a honeymoon or special get-away. There are several private cottages and rooms with kingsized beds, Jacuzzis and fireplaces, plus wine, chocolates and lots of pampering. Packages range from two to seven nights and an Elopement Package are offered.

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60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Chef-owned-and-operated Ocean 60 is a beachside hotspot, hosting wedding receptions, showers and rehearsal dinners. Specializing in pesonalized menus, Ocean 60 has an inhouse certified wine specialist. Private and semi-private rooms for groups of up to 55 guests, or a full restaurant buyout for up to 100 are available, as is offsite catering.

19 S. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 491-4911 Banquet facilities, whirlpool rooms, fireplaces, balconies and a romantic bridal suite are a few of the amenities at Hampton Inn. In the heart of downtown Fernandina, Hampton Inn has charm and elegance with convenient access to churches, restaurants and shops.

OLD CITY HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT

7 Cincinnati Ave., St. Augustine, 824-9204 Five romantic guestrooms for guests or the newly married couple are offered at Our House, as well as intimate garden ceremony space that accommodates from four to 30 guests.

115 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 826-0113 Located in historic St. Augustine, Old City House offers full-service weddings and receptions for 25 to 100 guests. The Inn has seven elegant B&B rooms featuring four-poster beds and Jacuzzis. The ceremony, held in the walled courtyard, is followed with champagne cocktails and a reception in the restaurant.

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RAINTREE RESTAURANT

102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 824-7211 Located in a renovated turn-of-the-century home, Raintree offers private dining rooms and a garden complete with a gazebo. Wedding showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions can be accommodated. The restaurant seats 150.

THE REEF

4100 Coastal Highway A1A N., St. Augustine, 824-8008 Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Reef offers a banquet room with seating for up to 90 guests, as well as beach access and balconies.

SANGRIA HOUSE

4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway, Ste. 203, Jacksonville, 646-2977 Offering authentic Spanish cuisine, the café can accommodate up to 50 guests for the reception or rehearsal dinner, or can be catered to your location. Call for reservations.

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202 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-6310 T-Ray’s offers catering off-premises or on-site, with seating for up to 30 guests for private parties. The menu offers Country American and seafood cuisine, as well as the best burgers on Amelia Island. Call for information regarding packages available. T-Ray’s was voted Best Burger on Amelia Island in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax poll.

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THE RIVERDALE INN

1521 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 354-5080 This historic Victorian mansion is an elegant setting for intimate receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons, and also offers elegant overnight accommodations. With an event coordinator on-site, packages can be tailored for large or small events. Riverdale Inn won Best B&B in Jax in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax poll.

ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORIC INNS

88 Riberia St., Ste. 400, St. Augustine, (866) 801-2991, sayhiinns.com The St. Johns County Visitor & Convention Bureau has information on more than 20 B&Bs, all within walking distance of historic downtown St. Augustine. In addition to breakfast, some inns offer other meals.

RECEPTION ROOMS & HOTELS AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION

6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 261-6161


Say “I do” with the sound of soothing waves, seagulls and the sunset as a backdrop, or hold a more intimate ceremony amid ancient mossy oaks and marshlands. Whatever the setting, Amelia Island Plantation caters to every need. For wedding packages, call the Wedding & Social Events Department.

BAYFRONT MARIN HOUSE

142 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 824-4301 The historic buildings comprising the Bayfront Marin House are just part of the romantic setting for a honeymoon or anniversary getaway. Packages are available with several options.

BAYFRONT WESTCOTT HOUSE

146 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 825-4602 Bayfront Westcott House’s honeymoon packages include breakfast in bed and horse-drawn carriage rides. The Victorian-era mansion features suites (some with Jacuzzis). Located in the historic district, Westcott House is ideal for a romantic getaway after the ceremony.

CASA MARINA HOTEL

691 N. First St., Jax Beach, 270-0025 Weddings and private parties are a specialty here, with a majestic dining room and expansive beachfront courtyard. The 23 hotel rooms and parlor impart a classic, timeless 1920s glamour. Facilities accommodate up to 150 guests inside and 250 outside on the verandah. A photographer, videographer, changing room, invitations and stationers are available.

CASA MONICA HOTEL

95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 827-1888 This four-diamond hotel has an elaborate 4,000-squarefoot deck for ceremonies or receptions. The grand ballroom seats up to 220 guests, the Flagler Ballroom seats 110. On-and off-premises catering is done by Chef DeJuan Roy. Casa Monica also has wedding packages, customized menus and bridal suites available.

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discounts are offered and reservations should be made several months in advance.

THE LODGE & CLUB

607 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-9500 The Lodge & Club, a 66-room oceanfront hotel and private club, is popular for beach wedding ceremonies. With more than 10,000 square feet of oceanfront reception and banquet space, The Lodge & Club is available for events for 20 to 150 guests.

OMNI JACKSONVILLE HOTEL

245 Water St., Jacksonville, 355-6664 Downtown Jacksonville’s only four-diamond hotel, the Omni has than 14,000 square feet of elegant function space, along with intimate rooms for bridal luncheons and rehearsal dinners. The Omni’s elegant fare includes kosher and ethnic menus. Sleeping rooms for out-of-town guests and a complimentary guest room, champagne and breakfast-in-bed for the bride and groom are available. Call for a consultation.

ONE OCEAN RESORT HOTEL & SPA

One Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 853-2333, oneoceanresort.com This Florida wedding destination features luxury oceanfront accommodations, an upscale restaurant, 10,500 square feet of event space and a world-class spa and fitness center. Docents arrange for golf outings and spa visits, and wedding specialists help plan everything from oceanfront ceremonies to candlelit receptions.

PONTE VEDRA INN & CLUB

200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-1111 This 250-room award-winning oceanfront resort has been hosting events for more than 75 years. The resort and private club features more than 30,000 square feet of reception and banquet space in a variety of unique venues. The dining rooms accommodate gatherings from 10 to 450 people.

QUALITY INN HISTORIC DISTRICT

2525 Country Club Blvd., Orange Park, 276-7660, 458-1049, ccofop.com This stately, Southern-style mansion offers personalized event planning and has several dining rooms that can accommodate up to 300 guests.

1111 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-5554 The Quality Inn Historic, overlooking the San Sebastian River marsh, is close to all the historic sites and museums, restaurants and tours. A free continental breakfast and complementary USA Today are available, as well as an outdoor pool and hot tub.

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RAMADA INN MANDARIN

1515 First St. N., Jax Beach, 685-3009, comfortinnjaxbeach.com This oceanfront inn offers three banquet rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 120 guests. Onsite catering, discounted sleeping rooms and an oceanfront courtyard for the ceremony are available. A complimentary oceanfront stay for the bride and groom is also featured.

3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, 268-8080 Ramada Inn Mandarin offers complete facilities for rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions for 10 to 300 guests. Ramada’s catering service provides anything from hors d’oeuvres to complete meals. A guest-services staff and reception planner are on hand. Group rates are available.

CROWNE PLAZA RIVERFRONT

1201 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville, 398-8800 The hotel has 12,000 square feet of flexible function space, accommodating up to 500 guests, as well as a pool deck for sit-down dinners and receptions. For overnight stays, there are 292 rooms and suites, with group discounts available. Amenities include an outdoor pool and fitness room.

116 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 824-4352 Treat the wedding party to a Red Carpet welcome, including low rates and complimentary bar drinks at Ramada Inn Historic, centrally located in the historic area of America’s Oldest City. The full-service hotel includes a restaurant, bar, heated pool and heated Jacuzzi, only a short walk from the sites, churches, fine dining, shopping and other St. Augustine attractions.

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45 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-1661 Located at the entrance to the Tournament Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Hilton Garden Inn offers banquet facilities for rehearsal dinners, showers and receptions. An event coordinator is on-site to help with all the details, including wedding and honeymoon romance packages.

HILTON ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORIC BAYFRONT

32 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 829-2277 Located in St. Augustine’s historic district, the Hilton Historic Bayfront hosts ceremonies, receptions, showers and rehearsal dinners. Luxurious accommodations, elegant settings and a detail-oriented staff, with a wedding planner available, ensure a celebratory experience for that special time. The facility is 100 percent smoke-free, and a restaurant is located on-site.

RAMADA INN HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE

500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, 940-8635, worldgolfrenaissance.com The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village offers assistance with rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions and guestrooms — and a complementary honeymoon suite — in a beautiful setting.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND

4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, 277-1100

HYATT REGENCY JACKSONVILLE RIVERFRONT HOTEL

225 East Coast Line Drive, Jacksonville, 588-1234 Hyatt Regency offers full-service catering facilities for weddings up to 1,000 guests, including the 28,000-squarefoot Grand Ballroom, riverside rooms and private balconies overlooking the St. Johns River. Hyatt specializes in receptions, ceremonies bridal parties and showers, as well as accommodations for out-of-town guests.

JACKSONVILLE MARRIOTT AT SOUTHPOINT

4670 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, 296-2222 On-site consultants help with every aspect of the wedding. The Marriott accommodates rehearsal dinners and receptions for up to 400 guests. Ceremonies may be held outdoors or in the ballroom. Bridal suites are available, and booked weddings receive a complimentary deluxe room with an upgrade to a suite based upon availability. Group

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VIP LIMOSINE GROUP, INC.

11571 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 265-5466 There’s enough for the harried happy couple to handle without worrying about transportation. That’s where VIP Limo comes in — professional drivers transport you and the bridal party in worry-free style and comfort.

INCIDENTALS ANDY’S TAYLOR RENTAL CENTER

1005 Pope Road, St. Augustine, 471-2991 All you need is the happy couple — Andy’s provides the rest: tents, canopies, tables, linens, place settings, accessories, bars and dance floors. Planning services are available.

DANCE TRANCE FITNESS

214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, 246-4600 1515 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 390-0939 Dance Trance Studios offer a variety of classes with stateof-the-art sound and light effects. Free diet and nutrition counseling is available. dancetrancefitness.com

DESIGNER ICE

370 Fourth Ave. S., Jax Beach, 246-3497, shindigsjax.net Designer Ice offers decorative ice sculptures, drink luges, food displays and ice bars. They make their own ice, so they can freeze items inside like photos, flowers or color, personalizing to fit the theme.

DOING DISHES PAINT YOUR OWN POTTERY STUDIO

5619 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 730-3729 1026 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville, 388-7088 Perfect for bridal showers and bachelorette parties, Doing Dishes is the place to create unique wedding gifts.

For true opulence, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island offers a selection of venues for the wedding ceremony and reception — customized cuisine and florals, photography and limousine services, musical entertainment, wedding officiates, wedding planner and a destination help create a memorable wedding.

AVALON CARRIAGE SERVICE

ST. JOHNS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

14125 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 221-5466 Carey’s fleet has a variety of new vehicles for wedding parties and guests up to eight passengers. Packages are available. Choose from stretch limos, luxury sedans, deluxe vans and mini buses.

205 St. Johns Golf Drive, St. Augustine, 940-3206 The elegant clubhouse and facilities overlook the ninth and 18th greens. The club can accommodate from 50 to 300, and up to 170 on the covered patio. Catering chefs and a professional staff work to ensure your wedding is everything you dreamed.

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FLAIRE EVENT RENTALS

2762 Park St., Jacksonville, 352-1832, flaireeventrentals.com This boutique event rental company offers mahogany Chiavari chairs, specialty linens and event lighting, with affordable delivery and set-up rates. And there are no weekend overtime charges.

JACKSONVILLE BRIDAL CONNECTION

COACH & CARRIAGE LIMOUSINE

6261 Powers Ave., Jacksonville, 268-3555, coachandcarriage.com In business for more than 20 years, Coach & Carriage offers vehicles in every size and style — Jags, Lexus, Charger, stretch SUVs, Rolls Royce — for that all-important ride.

jacksonvillebridalconnection.com More than 100 local vendors are on hand at this bridal show, held from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 20 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville. Exhibitors include bakers, caterers, consultants, florists, stationers, musical entertainment, travel agents, photographers, hotels, and a fashion show for the entire wedding party. Tickets are $5 with an online pre-pay, $6 with online registration and pay at the door.

COLEMAN TRAVEL

KATHLEEN F. TRIEBWASSER

645-5106, colemantravel.com Honeymoons, getaways, cruises, ski trips and tours — Coleman gets you there. Sandals, Couples, Carnival, Princess, Holland, Norwegian and Seafoam are among the companies Coleman can book for your trip.

8833 Perimeter Park Blvd., Ste. 1001, Jacksonville, 641-4600, kathleentriebwasser.com Triebwasser is a licensed marriage and family therapist providing premarital counseling, a one-on-one four-hour program, which includes a discount on a marriage license.

110 TPC Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-3344 TPC Sawgrass is a Mediterranean Revival-style clubhouse with an array of elegant banquet halls ideal for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and groom’s golf outings. The event lawn and gardens, overlooking The Players Stadium and Dye’s Valley Courses, are perfect settings for the ceremony or intimate cocktail hour, with hospitality, service and cuisine to match.

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SAWGRASS MARRIOTT RESORT & BEACH CLUB

1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-7777 ext. 6400 The Resort offers reception accommodations for a range from 10 to 1,000, from a champagne reception to a multi-course dinner. There are several ceremony locations on-site, including a gazebo. Sawgrass offers packages including wedding coordination, theme decorations, cakes and honeymoons. Reservations recommended up to one year in advance.

TPC SAWGRASS

200 Wharfside Way, Jacksonville, 346-0605, winebarsouthbank.com The Wine Bar on Wyndam Hotel’s property, adjacent to the Chart House, offers a unique venue for any wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or bachelor/bachelorette party. Self-service wine machines, a new menu and 130 wines by the glass or by the bottle are featured.

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME

One World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-4000 The Hall of Fame seats 200 guests and is available for wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners, with several event spaces from which to choose. Deluxe accommodations, spas, world-class golf courses and restaurants are nearby.

GETTING THERE AA SUSIE’S LIMO

6261 Powers Ave., Jacksonville, 731-5466, susieslimo.com Susie’s has the hottest exotic rides — stretch sedans and SUVs, land yachts, Lincolns, even a stretch PT Cruiser — and multiple trips, large groups (8 to 30 passengers) and multiple locations are no problem.

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335 C.R. 214, St. Augustine, 824-7722 Avalon provides the finest carriages, horses and drivers for weddings and engagement parties. They bring the carriage, wagon or sleigh to your location.

10220 New Berlin Road, Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 744-3333 Dana’s offers limos, vans, sedans and mini-busses to seat up to 33 passengers. Several packages are available, which include black or white cars, all of which are nonsmoking. Dana’s encourages couples to see the fleet before selecting a car. St. Augustine Airport, Main Terminal (866) 230-1003, 827-1003 Locally owned and operated, Lighthouse offers chauffeured luxury for the wedding party in all non-smoking vehicles with courteous and professional chauffeurs.

8051 Bayberry Road, Jacksonville, 739-1312, kirbytent.com Kirby Rentals has everything you’ll need for the perfect reception or party, including a variety of tent styles, tables, linens, china and flatware, catering equipment, podiums, chandeliers and platforms.

POTTERY WORKS

4375 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 646-3009 Guests create their own pottery in an open, user-friendly area. An alternative to a traditional bridal shower or bachelorette party, Pottery Works is also a source for design ideas for custom art to get and give.

SALSA CALIENTE DANCE STUDIOS

OLD CITY HELICOPTERS, LLC

4900 U.S. 1, Ste. 400, St. Augustine Airport, St. Augustine, 824-5506 Old City Helicopter offers flights for proposals, honeymoons, weddings, wedding arrivals and departures, and wedding drops of flower petals. Call for information about sunset flights and other details.

9751 Mining Drive, Jacksonville, 370-1199, salsacalientestudios.com Salsa Caliente’s lessons help the happy couple take the right steps for their first dance. Dance packages include salsa, mambo, cha-cha and bachatta. Professional dancers are available for reception entertainment. Free consultations are offered.

ST. AUGUSTINE TRANSFER COMPANY

VIP WOMEN’S DANCE

829-2391, staugustinetransfer.com Established in 1877, St. Augustine Transfer offers a deluxe horse-drawn wedding carriage and tuxedoed drivers to get you to and from the church in style.

TRAVEL LEADERS

8221 Southside Blvd., Ste. 9, Jacksonville, 642-6909 Travel Leaders is a full-service travel agency, specializing in honeymoons, cruises and vacation packages, including Sandals and Beaches. They handle the details, you handle the fun.

2419 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 487-9938, vipwomensdanceparties.com For women only, VIP offers classes, parties and events in a private setting for pole fitness, chair dance, belly dance and burlesque tease dancing, just the thing for bachelorette parties.

THE WEDDING DANCE STUDIO

3837 Southside Blvd., Ste 2, Jacksonville, 998-3939, theweddingdancestudio.com Couples learn to dance confidently for the first dance at the reception. The first lesson is free. 


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Reasons to leave the house this week

Dave Schofield

GREATS SCOTS! TANNAHILL WEAVERS

Formed in 1968, Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers chose its name as an homage to the great 18thcentury poet and fellow Paisley native, Robert Tannahill. The band is also directly credited for reintroducing the Great Highland Bagpipe to contemporary music, which could be a blessing or a curse, depending on your tolerance for airbladder-driven droning woodwinds. This acclaimed group performs on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $25. 399-1740.

STAGE BO EASON

After playing four seasons at safety for the Houston Oilers, Bo Eason realized that if he didn’t channel his intensity and energy into something creative, he was going to end up behind bars — or worse. The result is “Runt of the Litter,” a semi-autobiographical one-man show Eason performs — and the critics are calling the 49-year-old’s dramatic debut a touchdown. The Boselli Foundation presents the play on Monday, Feb. 14, Tuesday, Feb. 15 and Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the TimesUnion Center for the Performing Arts’ Terry Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit after-school programs for kids. 630-3900. bosellifoundation.com/runtofthelitter

STANDUP ROYAL COMEDY TOUR

The Royal Comedy Tour offers a full frontal assault, top-shelf humor with the raucous (and raunchy) comedy stylings of Sommore, Bruce Bruce, D.L. Hughley, Tony Rock and Damon Williams on Friday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $39.50 and $46.50. 630-3900.

CIRCUS MENTALITY CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION

The crazed choreography, gravity-defying athleticism and state-of-the-art light show known as Cirque Dreams Illumination features 27 world-class acrobats presenting the story of a normal “day in the life” of the denizens of a modern city. (God knows how the staff here at Folio Weekly likes to get into the Wite-Out and start doing vulgar backflips and questionable cartwheels in the breakroom.) This innovative show is staged on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $35-$55. The show is staged daily through Feb. 20. 632-3373.

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TEEN SPIRIT DASOTA AT 25

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Douglas Anderson School of the Arts presents its 25th Extravaganza performance on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. The show is the culmination of the hard work of more than 450 students in this production of music, writing, film, dance and theater. Tickets range from $19-$81. 630-3900.

SURF INDIE ROCK DAIKAIJU

In the grand tradition of Dick Dale, Los Straightjackets and fellow Alabamans Man … or Astroman? comes Daikaiju! The Huntsville quartet’s name means “giant monster” in Japanese, and while band members conceal their identities behind Kabuki-on-LSD facemasks, there’s no hiding the gigantic sound these reverb-loving fellers unleash onstage. Local surf-rock freaks have two chances to witness these maniacs in Jacksonville. The first show is on Saturday, Feb. 12 when they perform with Tickleswitch, Poor Richards and Toe in the Trigger at 8 p.m. at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. The musical masked marauders perform later that night at 11 p.m. at Shantytown Pub, 22. W. Sixth St. 798-8222.

GREAT BIG SEA

For nearly two decades, the Newfoundland-formed (that’s in Nova Scotia, eh) band Great Big Sea has been knocking ’em dead with their “rockified” versions of sea shanties and other centuriesold folk hits. Fans of pennywhistle-driven ditties about mass drownings and other such hilarities can catch these multi-platinum-selling gents (the first ever at the new Ponte Vedra Concert Hall!) on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at 1050 N. A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Advance tickets are $29; $35 day of show. 471-1965. FEBRUARY 8-14, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 45


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he auteur who gave us “Con Air,” “The General’s Daughter” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” is back, extending his cinema térriblé of violent, unthinking nihilism, misogyny and brutal, pointless action. Hooray! Why anyone would (nominally) remake the 1972 2010 folioweekly Charles Bronson flick “The Mechanic” is an enormous mystery, but more curious still is the choice of hack sadist-cum-director Simon West. Maybe the shadowy, underworld figures who are seemingly behind this failed fl ick were deliberately aiming a sense of futile despair at filmgoers. Or maybe I’m reading too much existentialism into this cinematic barf-fest. It’s not as if West had any intention of exploring what it means to live gripped with the knowledge that life is meaningless or anything: Christ, that would be depressing, and this sure ain’t no darn subtitled foreign film! Sh*t just looks awesome blowing up, don’t it? Blasts of brain matter and congealed blood are the coolest things to project at a camera since sliced carnage. Who cares who’s getting shot or who’s doing the shooting or why? Better not to worry about such things, so we can savor the gore. Old men — old men in wheelchairs — getting shot point-blank in the chest might be handy shorthand for some underlying message if anyone wanted to stop and think about it, but “The Mechanic” is not a cerebral experience. Blasting old dudes away is just how action star Jason Statham rolls, OK? He plays Arthur Bishop, aka “the mechanic,” which sounds like one forced euphemism for a hit man. But when Bishop isn’t off wasting the elderly, he listens to classical music on LPs, which he lovingly cradles as he takes them from their sleeves to his expensive retro turntable. You see, this hitman has a heart of gold … maybe. Or maybe not. Who cares? Statham doesn’t: He clearly

doesn’t mind being Hollywood’s thug du jour. If he can peel his shirt off a couple times and make the girls who like brutish dudes swoon, all the better. It’s hard to decide which is the sexiest moment in the film. It could be when West stages Bishop’s regular visit to his favorite prostitute for a few moments of naked-flesh grinding. This appears to be the highlight of her day, even if he has to run off once again without even telling her his name. Time is money, toots! Or it could be when Bishop’s new psycho apprentice, Steve McKenna (Ben Foster), gets picked up in a bar by a lady who pines, after seeing his bruised and battered face, “I wish someone would hurt me like that.” Sorry, ladies, he’s mine! Those are the softer moments in the lives of these two skull-crackers, set in place so audience members can get their sadistic jollies off in a new direction; I mean, one besides offhanded violence. Neither the cast — not even the usually excellent Foster — nor the director is the slightest bit interested in anything other than a round of mutual, albeit brutal, masturbation. And certainly neither is screenwriter Richard Wenk, who also wrote the underrated “16 Blocks” a few years back. But after witnessing “The Mechanic,” I’ve begun to notice how dangerously close his name is to “wank.” Maybe if the estimable Tony Goldwyn, wasted here as Bishop’s boss Sanderson, were starring, there would be a reason for this dreadful movie to exist. (The venerable Donald Sutherland, in a brief cameo as McKenna’s father, should consider himself lucky to have escaped early.) But even Goldwyn seems to realize how exhausted the film is, even from its opening moments. And even the instances of sheer absurdity that attempt to pepper the tedium of kill-by-numbers action are too few and far between to offer any comic relief. We’re left with only a mechanical monster of a film that spits out dialogue like “I do assignments,” and uses a gunshot for punctuation. This is one mechanic that’s simply beyond repair.  Mary Ann Johanson themail@folioweekly.com


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Not Rated • AMC Regency Square Kiran Rao directs this Bollywood character study starring Aamir Khan, Monica Dogra and Prateik Babbar that follows the lives of a group of people in contemporary Mumbai. THE DILEMMA **@@

Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Regal Beach Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen star in director Mike Leigh’s story about an elderly couple who remain happy as they weather the drama storm created by their friends and loved ones.

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Even with director Ron Howard on board and an able cast including Kevin James, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Connolly and Winona Ryder, “The Dilemma” just creates more predicaments than solutions for the over-populated rom-com genre. Lovers of truly funny films will have no problem avoiding this movie.

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Rated R • Regal Beach Javier Bardem is getting rave reviews for his performance in director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s story of Uxbal, a man who is trying to tie up the loose strings of his life as he deals with the certainty of his death. BLACK SWAN ***@

Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Director Darren Aronofsky’s disturbing psychological thriller stars Natalie Portman as a sheltered ballerina who steps into her darker side during a production of “Swan Lake.” Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey deliver fine supporting turns in this edgy, weird flick. BLUE VALENTINE **G@

Rated R • Regal Beach, Five Points Theatre This innovative love story follows the complex relationship of a couple played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER *G@@

Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, Regal Avenues This latest adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ fantasy novels is about

Rated R • AMC Orange Park, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale star as brothers Mickey Ward and Dicky Eklund in David Russell’s powerful study of family, addiction and perseverance. Wahlberg and his crew keep the riveting film on its feet, but it’s Bale as strung-out Eklund that makes us want more. THE GREEN HORNET *@@@

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Somebody call an exterminator! So begins the inevitable “Seth Rogen Backlash” with this dull, unoriginal superhero flick that never takes flight. Devotees of star Rogen’s everyman-slash-stoner delivery as the masked crime-fighter won’t be disappointed, but the rest of us spoiled by quality superhero offerings, like director Christopher Nolan’s recent “Batman” films, will stay away from the hive. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS **@@

Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square The latest in the popular series has Harry, Hermione and Ron searching for Horcruxes, pieces of evil Voldemort’s soul that must be destroyed to defeat him. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Ralph Fiennes co-star.

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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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


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Rated R • AMC Regency Square Writer-director Dennis Cooper made this dramedy in 2006, but it’s still fresh. Starring Wood Harris, Zoe Saldana and Brian White, it’s about the lives of first-year med students in a rundown South Florida hospital. THE KING’S SPEECH ****

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 Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush deliver Oscar-worthy performances in this uplifting based-on-real-life tale of King George VI and his relationship with his speech therapist as His Highness struggles to overcome a stuttering disorder. LITTLE FOCKERS *G@@

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues When Greg Focker’s (Ben Stiller) father-in-law Jack (Robert De Niro) wants to pick a successor as head-of-clan, he wonders if Greg can cut it. The messy and hopefully last round of the Fockers co-stars Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Owen Wilson and Blythe Danner. MADE IN DAGENHAM ***@

Rated R • Epic Theatre St. Augustine Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Miranda Richardson star in this true story about a group of women in 1960s England who took a stand against chauvinism in labor practices and social injustice. THE MECHANIC G@@@

Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Reviewed in this issue. NO STRINGS ATTACHED ***@

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 Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star in this wickedly funny, raunchy rom-com about a couple who find that just being “friends with benefits” is harder than it looks when love is on the line. Ludacris, Greta Gerwig and Mindy Kaling all provide solid supporting roles in this worthy offering from director Ivan Reitman. RABBIT HOLE ****

Rated PG-13 • Epic Theatre St. Augustine The drama stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a couple grieving the death of their young son. THE RITE ***@

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 Reviewed in this issue.

Ron Perlman swashbuckling in medieval Europe, escorting a witch across the plague-infested land. TANGLED **G@

Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Laraine Newman and Brad Garrett lend voice to the animated update on Princess Rapunzel and her unruly locks. THE TOURIST ***G

Rated PG-13 • Regal Beach Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie star in a fair-to-middling romcom/thriller of espionage and mistaken identity in scenic Venice. TRON: LEGACY *G@@

Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde star in the sequel to the pioneering 1982 Disney sci-fi flick that does not compute as to plot or substance. TRUE GRIT ****

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, San Marco Theatre The Coen Brothers’ film revives an epic Western story of family justice. Their move to base it on Charles Portis’ novel instead of the 1969 film is seconded with stellar turns by Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld, as young Mattie Ross. THE WAY BACK

Skiles’ film, “The River Returns,” about the Floridan Aquifer, is screened at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 University Blvd., Jacksonville. 247-1876. floridasierraclub.org 5 POINTS THEATRE “Blue Valentine” is screened at 4:45 and 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 8, 9 and 10 at 5 Points Theatre, 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. 359-0047. THE BLIND SIDE The Durkeeville Historical Society shows this film at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at 1293 W. 19th St., Durkeeville. Admission is a donation. 598-9567. LAUREL & HARDY FILMS The L&H short “Our Wife” (1931) and feature “Our Relations” (1936) are screened at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Pablo Creek branch library, 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 246-0312. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “The Social Network,” “Conviction,” “Red,” “How Do You Know” and “Fair Game” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. WGHOF IMAX THEATER “Sanctum 3D” is screened along with “Sea Monsters,” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, Exit 323 off I-95, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX. worldgolfimax.com

NEW ON DVD & BLU-RAY LET ME IN Matt Reeves’ remake of the 2008 Swedish import and breakout hit “Let the Right One In” loses none of the original’s bite in this unique story of a young, alienated boy who finds a new best friend in the form of vampire girl.

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NEVER LET ME GO Mark Romanek’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishguiro’s dystopian sci-fi novel tells the story of Hailsham, an English boarding school that’s home to a select group of youths whose only reason for living is to be harvested for their genetically engineered organs for the wealthy inhabitants of a nearfuture Britain.

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CONVICTION This true-life story stars Hilary Swank as Betty Anne Waters, a single mom who spends a decade getting her law degree with the sole purpose of exonerating her brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) who has been wrongfully accused of murder.

Rated PG-13 • Regal Avenues Peter Weir’s return to the silver screen is a superb contemporary epic that stars Ed Harris, Colin Firth and Jim Sturgess as the leaders of a crew of recent prison escapees from a Soviet Gulag who realize they must travel thousands of miles on foot to find their freedom. **@@

Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues The lovable ursine in 3D — no picnic basket is safe. When the mayor closes Jellystone Park, Yogi (Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) hook up with Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) to keep the park open and save the day!

OTHER FILMS AX HANDLE SATURDAY The documentary, “Ax Handle Saturday: 50 Years Later,” is screened at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9 at The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. A Q&A follows. Admission is free. 632-5555. TRIBUTE TO WES SKILES The underwater photographer, documentarian and educator

AMARCORD This is a fully loaded edition of Federico Fellini’s 1974 Academy Award-winning story about the Italian village of Rimini during Mussolini’s reign. Nino Rota’s winning score highlights the acclaimed auteur’s cinematic blending of sex, surrealism and nostalgia. BRINGING UP BABY Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in Howard Hawks’ 1938 pioneering comedy classic about the madcap adventures of an eccentric heiress, an absent-minded paleontologist and a case of mistaken identity involving an escaped leopard. 

Rhys Wakefield and Richard Roxburgh discover the “Guilty Dog Barks Loudest” law still applies at the bottom of the ocean in James Cameron’s latest, the cozy little $30 million indie film “Sanctum.”

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Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Move over, “The Odd Couple.” This slasher of the week flips the old adage: Home is where the “hurt” is when college gal Sara (Minka Kelly) discovers she has the roommate from hell in the form of the psycho Rebecca (Leighton Meester). SANCTUM **@@

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, IMAX Theatre Blockbuster producer James Cameron’s latest 3D and IMAX excursion follows a group of underwater cave divers who must navigate a treacherous aquatic realm miles below sea level. SEASON OF THE WITCH **@@

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square This sword and sorcery fantasy flick stars Nicolas Cage and

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Party People in the House: Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Keith Strickland are The B-52s.

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ention The B-52s today, and many people think of only one thing: “Love Shack,” the Athens, Ga., band’s 1989 mega-hit. While that famed tune is equal parts wacky American kitsch, nonsensical New Wave pop and nostalgic GenX fare, “Love Shack” is, of course, just the tip of The B-52s’ iceberg. Famously formed in 1976 after professed oddballs Fred Schneider, Cindy and Ricky Wilson, Kate Pierson and Keith Strickland shared a “Flaming Volcano” cocktail at a Chinese restaurant, The B-52s (Georgia slang for bouffant hairdos) have ridden a retro-fueled wave that’s crashed across doo-wop, postpunk, surf pop and alt-rock beaches for the last 35 years. Vocalist Cindy Wilson chatted with Folio Weekly about the band’s longevity, its far-flung influences and its unflinching ability to just have fun. Folio Weekly: The B-52s play Northeast Florida just two days after the 34th anniversary of your first live show in Athens. How does it feel to celebrate that milestone? Cindy Wilson: Really exciting — it’s a real badge of honor to be around for this long.

F.W.: When the band formed in 1976, there weren’t any other acts that looked, dressed or sounded like The B-52s. What were your earliest influences? C.W.: A collection of everybody’s experiences, really. I liked Captain Beefheart, Fred liked Motown, Kate was into folk and my brother Ricky was an amazing guitarist who was influenced by the open tunings of Joni Mitchell. Plus, different cultural icons like Fellini. Athens is a college town that had great foreign films coming through — not like a regular Georgia town. 50 | FOLIO WEEKLY | FEBRUARY 8-14, 2011

F.W.: Yet you enjoyed immediate success at legendary NYC clubs like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City. How did a fun-loving band from the South fit in with that period’s aggressive punk and art rockers? C.W.: Our band was really just an excuse to have a party and be creative, but we thought we’d take it to the next level and get bragging rights by going up to New York. On our first trip, CBGB turned us down, but Max’s took a chance on us. And then Hurrah’s was the

We’re definitely all creative types, and we could put out another album. But these are really hard times in the music business. We just plan on doing our live show as much as possible. If we’re having fun, then the people in the audience will continue to have fun, too. breaking point. We had a line around the block there after the release of “Rock Lobster,” which took us to the next step. When we saw that, we were just shocked — I remember looking at Ricky and his face had gone pale. We had no idea that it was going to happen like that. F.W.: “Rock Lobster” and your self-titled debut album were popular at home and in the UK, Australia and Canada. Was that unexpected? C.W.: It’s funny; Australia and Europe were more accepting of our American trash aesthetic

than America was, except of course for college radio. But after we went over there, all the other success followed. F.W.: The band enjoyed several years of sustained celebrity before your brother Ricky died in 1985 of AIDS complications. How did that affect you and the band? C.W.: I didn’t realize Ricky was ill — he was very tight-lipped about it. We were writing “Bouncing Off The Satellites” and starting to drift apart. I thought it was just the natural disintegration of the band, but I was off the mark completely. When Ricky died, I was in complete shock. Then “Bouncing” came out, but Warner Brothers wouldn’t promote it, which was another blow. I went through really deep depression, but after a year, the band approached me and asked whether I wanted to write another record — a tribute to Ricky. That went a long way toward helping me cope with his passing. He was my big brother, my hero, and I just felt alone when he was gone. F.W.: That tribute was 1989’s “Cosmic Thing,” which was the band’s real commercial breakthrough. C.W.: We were very lucky — having a hit 10 years after your first one doesn’t usually happen. We actually toured for two years straight with “Cosmic Thing,” and I felt Ricky’s presence was a part of the success. It was wonderful, but a lot of work. [Laughs.] F.W.: In 2008, The B-52s released “Funplex,” your first original album in 16 years. Will that be the band’s last recorded salvo? C.W.: We’re definitely all creative types, and we could put out another album. But these are really hard times in the music business. We just plan on doing our live show as much as possible. If we’re having fun, then the people in the audience will continue to have fun, too.  Nick McGregor themail@folioweekly.com


Reflecting Pool: Singer-Guitarist Will Pearsall.

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hen I think of Will Pearsall, I remember him arriving backstage at a festival gig toting no fewer than five guitar cases. It actually took a moment for the man to emerge from underneath his pile of axes; surely an album cover photo-op if there ever was one. “Healing Bone” is Will’s most recent release and is as remarkable for his polished and understated guitar skills as it is for his craft of songwriting. The production offers only the subtleties of a man and his guitar, but pick any tune and prepare to be amazed. “No Difference” is the second track and serves as a kind of template for Pearsall’s approach: a very low-tuned (how about down to low E-flat, fellow pickers?), hoodoo-laced lyric as a funky ode to lost lust, while bare-thumbed dobro slide guitar swirls about. The whole tune comes across sounding like some jam session in a swamp in heaven, with local boys Mofro strumming alongside flat-top wizard Michael Hedges and country blues ace Bukka White. “Healing Bone” is packed with such crossover moments, but its eclecticism never dilutes its potency. From the Ry Cooder-like instrumental “Crippled Dog” (again pitched deep in the abyss of a low C-sharp) to the gentle, time-standing-still feel of “Black and White,” where the rhythmic pulse seems almost like an afterthought, the live recording give an audience a good sense of what happens when Pearsall takes the stage. Folio Weekly recently spoke to Pearsall about dropped tunings, penning songs and why sometimes it’s better to go it alone.

Folio Weekly: Are your guitars tuned low to accommodate your voice, or just for more presence? Will Pearsall: Both. Back when I played electric, I always tuned down a half-step like Hendrix, like Stevie Ray [Vaughan] and that was for the voice. Then I went way lower like down to a B, I mean, my low string is a .60 gauge [think chain-link fence here, gentle reader], so then it’s solid and when you get that

foot thing going, it’s basically John Lee Hooker. The bottom is there; you get that “thing.” F.W.: Like a low drone? W.P.: Basically, yeah. It’s funny though, because I find myself often playing the melodies on the bass strings and droning on the high notes. As a kid, I was always attracted to the bass. That was the first thing I went to when I listened to music; on everything. F.W.: How do you go about recording? Do you track your music live? W.P.: Basically, it’s just me. I have been spending a lot of time at home with my computer and working on microphone placement, developing that skill set, sometimes bringing in someone to help me mix. These songs have been around for a long time, so I can say I’m better at this than I was a year ago. F.W.: Do you work off a pre-arranged song or does it change as you go along? W.P.: I think it ebbs and flows. Some days it’s the guitar and voice, or I’ll just lay down a guitar track. I do a lot of takes and there are a lot of tracks in the trash bin [Laughs.]. F.W.: What’s your songwriting process like? W.P.: I dabble. I like to take a notepad and get out of my surroundings. I usually have a rhythmic thing in mind. You know, years ago I was doing a CD with Steve [Shanholtzer; Pearsall’s partner in The Jalapeno Bros.] and we had a few tunes we wanted to do and then we realized that we needed more material for a CD. So we just got down and learned how to write songs from there. F.W.: You’ve been in local bands like Bay Street and Bush Doctors. What moved you to do solo work? W.P.: Well, years ago, Steve and I went to a Gregg Allman show in Melbourne and Tony Furtado opened. Here was this guy up there by himself, playing guitar with a bottleneck on his finger, and was just great. I thought, “Whoa, this is the way to go.” I mean, we’ve all been in bands and know how that is, but this solo thing is really cool.  Arvid Smith themail@folioweekly.com FEBRUARY 8-14, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 51


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Not-so-young blood: Leon Russell

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Florida Theatre, he’ll be riding a wave of critical Sales Rep rm hosannas for his recent collaboration with Elton John. But with a decades-long career that’s been as artistically varied as it is consistent, it may be another case of the general public finally catching up with a lesser-known American genius. Sir Elton, who has called the Okie musicalwizard his “idol,” initiated the idea for the pair’s new album, “The Union.” Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the recording is a throwback folioweekly of sorts, a session by two ace musicians who are still humbled by the rare grace of a good song. Superstar Elton John is surely the better known of the two, yet Russell’s contributions to the last 50 years of popular music may surpass those of the “Rocket Man.” And while John embraces being illuminated by the spotlight of celebrity, Russell’s life and career have seen him guided by a stranger, intuitive radiance. Born Claude Russell Bridges in Lawton, Okla., on April 2, 1942, the future songwriter and producer began studying classical piano at age three. By the time he was in his early teens, he was backing two of the fiercest figures of early rock: Arkansas wildman Ronnie Hawkins and The Killer himself, Jerry Lee Lewis. By his late teens, Russell was in Los Angeles, studying guitar under rockabilly maestro James Burton and recording in the trenches of impresarioproducer (now convicted murderer) Phil Spector. In his mid-20s, Russell appeared on such epochal hits as Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” and the LSD-shimmer of The Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man.” After apprenticing under Spector, Russell conjured his own recording studio, creating the oneoff 1967 psychedelic classic, “Look Inside the Asylum Choir.” Russell’s renown as a multiinstrumentalist spread and he participated in some of the most crucial music of the ’60s and ’70s. After working with the phenomenally sharp husband and wife duo of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, Russell was appointed musical director of Joe Cocker’s pharmaceutically infamous Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour. The ensuing years put Russell in the role of creative catalyst, plugged into a powerful circuit of

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imaginative energy that seemed to illuminate anyone within its range. Over the years, Russell’s soulful skills have been requested by such artists as B.B. King, Bob Dylan, J.J. Cale, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones and even The Chairman of the Board himself, Frank Sinatra. Dozens of artists have repeatedly topped the charts with his tunes like “Delta Lady,” “Tight Rope,” “Superstar,” “A Song for You” and even the now-jazz standard “This Masquerade.” Many of Russell’s cohorts have created literal empires from their high profile successes, yet Russell seems to have forged a career fueled by both an indifference to fads and an aesthetic found only in the most ardent music fans. One example is 1973’s superlative “Hank Wilson’s Back,” a 14-track set of killer bluegrass and country standards. That same era found Russell helming his own label with the Shelter Records imprint. The incendiary music Russell produced and released by Texas blues behemoth Freddie King helped educate a stoned rock audience to one of America’s fieriest musical treasures, while reclaiming some of the blues mojo the British Invasion had so cleverly borrowed and sold back to us. Though Russell is at last slated to be inducted in the 2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for music excellence, his mercurial talent and behind-the-scenes presence resembles that of another unheralded artist, the late guitaristcomposer John Fahey. Fahey also had a long but complicated career in which he was instrumental in the vital early ’60s revival of country blues masters like Skip James, while going on to influence everyone from Leo Kottke to Thurston Moore. And while Fahey, like Russell, also experienced a late career revival before his death in 2001, the flatpicking polymath never enjoyed Russell’s 11th hour celebration and apparent reprieve from obscurity. After Fahey died, his manager Dean Blackwood described the destitute musician as an “extinct” kind of genius, and Russell seems to have sprung from that same endangered lineage. Artists of Russell’s caliber are too intense for the tastes of mass consumption and — for better or worse — will remain a stranger flavor, a secret handshake. We’re grateful to have another chance to genuflect before his honky tonk brilliance.  Dan Brown dbrown@folioweekly.com


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CONCERTS THIS WEEK DOWN THEORY CD Release Party with BAMBI SHOOTS BACK, LULLWATER, DALISS, SKEWD Local heavies Down Theory release a new CD at 8 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Advance tickets are $8. 246-2473. COLT FORD, WALKER HAYES Ford performs his hit tune â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicken and Biscuitsâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, Ste. 3, Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $15; $20 day of show. 645-5571. WATERLOOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ABBA: THE CONCERT The ABBA tribute act performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $35. 355-2787. DARK STAR ORCHESTRA This Grateful Dead tribute act performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Advance tickets are $20. 246-2473. AFROMAN, DANKA, LIVICATION, NATE HOLLEY, JAH MEN This night of rap and rock kicks off at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. FLORAL TERRACE, UNDER SPINNING LIGHTS, MY AIM IS TRUE, THE REAL, NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE Area rockers perform at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. JOHN EMIL The bluesy singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. MAD AGNES These Celtic rockers perform at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 at European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $11. 399-1740. PATEN LOCKE This local hip-hop artist performs at 10 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Endo Exo, 1224 Kings Ave. Admission is $5. 396-7733. Locke also performs at 10 p.m. on Feb. 11 at The Lomax Lodge, 822 Lomax St. 636-8813. Both clubs are in Jacksonville. SOULIDIUM, GHOST COUNCIL, SLEEPLESS IN PERIL, IN BETRAYAL, CARNIVOROUS CARNIVAL The rockers hit it at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. TO SPEAK OF WOLVES, BEFORE THESE WAS ROSALYN, CONVALESCE, SEIZING THE FINAL VICTORY, SELADORA These faith-based rockers play at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville. Advance tickets

are $8; $10 day of show. 388-3179. $8; $10 day of show. 388-3179. 200 N. 1st St., Jax Beach, FL â&#x20AC;˘ 904.246.BIRD (2473) LAUREN FINCHAM GREAT STATE TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8 This rockers hit the stage at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Dog Star This singer-songwriter performs at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Three Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. Layers Cafe, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. DAIKAIJU, TOE IN THE TRIGGER, POOR RICHARDS, THAT ONE GUY TICKLESWITCH This one-man band performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Jack Alabama surf-rockers Daikaiju play at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9 Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 398-7496. $8. 398-7496. Daikaiju play a second show at 11 p.m. on Feb. WADE WILLIAMS & THE WRECKING CREW, DANNY DELVES Its still a long strange trip 12 at Shantytown Pub, 22. W. Sixth St., Jacksonville. 798-8222. & THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADES, CLINT MACFARLAND, DREAMER, 10 WEST, MIKE BERNOS BAND BLACK CREEK RIZINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Local musicians rock for a cause at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Freebird The former Leather Nunn vocalist leads his country band at 7 Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are 2-for-1 with canned p.m. on Feb. 11 at Studio 17, 1187 Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville. food items. 246-2473. Admission is $10. 434-6488. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 11 TANNAHILL WEAVERS MANNA ZEN, SEVEN YEARS PAST, 2 MINUTE WISH These celebrated Scottish traditionalists play their only Florida These local rockers play at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Freebird Live, date at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 at European Street CafĂŠ, 5500 Beach 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Advance tickets are $8. 246-2473. Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $25. 399-1740. KARL DAVIS SPANDEX SUPERHEROES Funky rocker Davis performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Dog Star SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12 These costumed rockers play â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s rock at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. B.E.A.M. FOOD DRIVE, 2-4-1 TIX W/ CANNED FOOD Mardi Gras, 123 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 823-8806. THE LEGENDARY JCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GOLIATH FLORES The soulful rockers play at 10 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Mojo Kitchen, The multi-instrumentalist performs at noon on Feb. 13 at Three 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Tickets are $10. 247-6636. Layers Cafe, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. HOT Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SPICY Food & Music Festival with BILL WHARTON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16 FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS Florida Agricultural Museum presents Bill â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sauce Bossâ&#x20AC;? The famed vocal group performs at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Wharton at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caldwell Dairy Times-Union Center for the Performing Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Moran Theater, 300 Barn, 7900 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast. The $5 admission W. Water St., downtown. Tickets range from $46-$96. 632-3373. includes a serving of Whartonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gumbo. The festival runs from 11 Fiction 20 Down/Bubbly Joe GREAT BIG SEA a.m.-5 p.m. (386) 446-7630. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18 The traditional Newfoundland rockers play at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. ANTIQUE ANIMALS 13 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 N. A1A N., Ponte Vedra A full course vegan dinner and live music by Antique Animals Beach. Advance tickets are $29; $35 day of show. 471-1965. are featured at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Underbelly, PAUL BARIBEAU, THE BOY WHO COULD FLY, 1021 Park St., Jacksonville. Admission for each dinner is $25. SUPER FAMICOM Reservations are strongly suggested. 354-7002. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20 These indie and punk bands perform at 8 p.m. on Feb. 13 at BOBOFLEX, ROYAL BLISS, BLEEDING IN STEREO, QUASI The Floridian, 39 Cordova St., St. Augustine. Admission is $5. MOJO, OCEANS DIVIDE, TYRANNY 829-0655. The modern and heavy rock starts at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at CHUCK NASH BAND / FUNKAFFLICTION ETANA This reggae songstress performs at 9 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. De Real Ting CafĂŠ, 128 W. Adams St., Jacksonville. 633-9738. 223-9850. TUESDAY FEBRUARY 22 MIKE PINTO BAND, JEFF WHITE, TASTE BUDS LIZZY PITCH The rockers get busy atASK 8 p.m.FOR on Feb.ACTION 13 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 This eclectic performer plays 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Three SUPPORT Produced by jdw Checked by Sales Rep rm PROMISE OF atBENEFIT Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. Layers Cafe, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. ANITSERUM/DOWNLINK BELMONT AND JONES SAMUEL SANDERS, MIKE MAINS & THE BRANCHES, LIGHTS The blues duo of Charlie Engstrom and Carrie Hamby plays at 8 OF EVENING, THE CROSSWALK, CHARISE, ADAM SAMS p.m. on Feb. 15 at European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., The faith-based rock kicks off at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Murray Hill Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 399-1740. Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25

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THE OAKRIDGE BOYS, BILLY DEAN March 7, T-U Center KID ROCK, JAMEY JOHNSON March 9, Veterans Memorial WILL PEARSALL Feb. 16, Ragtime Tavern Arena AMY W. GRANT & MICHAEL W. SMITH Feb. 16, The Florida KEM March 10, T-U Center Theatre G-LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE March 10, Freebird Live IRATION, BALLYHOO, FICTION 20 DOWN LYNDSAY PRUETT, DUM DUM GIRLS, READING RAINBOW, DIRTY BEACHES GALEN KIPAR Feb. 17, European Street CafĂŠ March 11, Jack Rabbits LEON REDBONE Feb. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall SIBERIA MY SWEET March 11, Club TSI JOHNNY WINTER, PEPPERDRIVE Feb. 18, Freebird Live STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO March 11, Freebird Live SPECIAL CONSENSUS Feb. 18, European Street CafĂŠ SUGARLAND March 12, Veterans Memorial Arena YANCY CLEGG BAND, CHUCK NASH BAND Feb. 19, THE READY SET, DOWNTOWN FICTION March 12, Freebird Freebird Live Live CHROMA Feb. 19, Ananda Kula REBELUTION, JUNIOR REID, GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB HAULOVER DRIVE Feb. 20, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pit SQUAD March 13, Plush THE B-52s Feb. 20, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall SADPLANT March 13, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pit OZZY OSBOURNE, SLASH Feb. 22, Veterans Memorial Arena BRICK MOWER March 16, Underbelly LEON RUSSELL Feb. 23, The Florida Theatre BADFISH March 19, Freebird Live TRAVIS TRITT Feb. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ANTARCTIC, THE BRONZED CHORUS, MANRAY March 22, The BUSKIN & BATTEU, CASTLEBAY Feb. 24, European Street Lomax Lodge DAVID GARRETT Feb. 24, The Florida Theatre JAMES TAYLOR, BEN TAYLOR March 22, T-U Center THE INSOMNIACS Feb. 25, Mojo Kitchen MIKE WATT & THE MISSINGMEN March 24, Jack Rabbits LEE BRICE Feb. 25, Maverickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rock Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Honky Tonk RICHARD STOLTZMAN, DAVID STEINMEYER March 25, UNF THE EXPENDABLES Feb. 25, Freebird Live Robinson Theater SALT-N-PEPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Legends of Hip Hop with KURTIS BLOW, BOOM CHICK March 25, Underbelly WHODINI Feb. 25, Veterans Memorial Arena INDORPHINE March 26, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pit Theatre ARTURO SANDOVAL Feb. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall CITIZEN COPE March 27, The Florida Theatre DEFTONES May 20, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pit GREAT GUITAR GATHERING Feb. 25, The Florida Theatre PUNCH BROTHERS featuring CHRIS THILE April 1, The Florida KEITH URBAN June 17, Veterans Memorial Arena LARRY KEEL Feb. 26, Mojo Kitchen Theatre WILSON FAMILY BAND Feb. 26, European Street CafĂŠ SPRINGING THE BLUES with ANDERS OSBORNE, THE LEE JOHNNY MATHIS Feb. 26, T-U Center BOYS, MICHAEL BURKS, DANA FUCHS April 1-3, Seawalk HOT TUNA, CHARLIE MUSSLEWHITE, JIM LAUDERDALE Plaza Feb. 27, The Florida Theatre THE VAMPIRATES, KONAMI CODE, POOR RICHARDS April 2, OLD 97â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, THOSE DARLINS Feb. 27, Freebird Live The Lomax Lodge AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH AS I LAY DYING, WINGS OF PLAGUE March 2, Freebird Live JOHN CLAYTON, JEFF CLAYTON, JEFF HAMILTON April 6, BEECH STREET GRILL, 801 Beech St., 277-3662 John TY SEGALL, THE COUGS, ALLIGATOR March 2, Ring of Fire UNF Robinson Theater For questions, please your representative at 260-9770. RUNevery DATE: 011111 Springer Fri. & Sat., every other Thur. Barry Randolph every RICHARD SMITH, JULIE ADAMS March 3,call European Streetadvertising WANEE FESTIVAL with THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, Sun. TINSLEY ELLIS March 3, Mojo Kitchen ROBERT PLANT & BAND OF JOY, WEEN April 14-16, Spirit of FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS, CHAMBERLIN the Suwannee Music Park at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10. Karl Davis at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11. March 3, The Florida Theatre FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS, BREATHE CAROLINA April 14, Produced byJohn ksEmilChecked by Sales Rep dl PROMISE BENEFIT SUPPORT Freebird Live ASK FOR ACTION Great State on Feb. 12. DIANA ROSS MarchOF 4, T-U Center YANNI April 14, T-U Center GENNAROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., LITTLE GREEN APPLES, THE BIG BUCKS DJ CREW March 4, MIRANDA LAMBERT, JUSTIN MOORE & JOSH KELLY April 15, 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. Club TSI St. Augustine Amphitheatre GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 GEORGE LOPEZ March 4, The Florida Theatre ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN May 3, The Florida Theatre Dan Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend SLIGHTLY STOOPID, FISHBONE March 5, Plush KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, JOHN PRINE May 14, The Florida INDIGO ALLEY, 316 Centre St., 261-7222 Dan Voll & the Alley JOHN MELLENCAMP March 5, T-U Center

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Oldest Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Underground: Indie singer-songwriter Paul Baribeau (pictured), The Boy Who Could Fly and Super Famicom perform on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at The Floridian, 39 Cordova St., St. Augustine. Admission is $5. 829-0655. Cats at 8 p.m. every Sat. Frankieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Jam at 7:30 p.m. every Tue. Open mic at 7 p.m. every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;KANEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll from 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. The Turner London Band at 8:30 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Anonymous in Sheffieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez every Fri. Jason Buck Smith every Sun., Pili Pili every Mon. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross from 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SEABREEZE SPORTS BAR, 2707 Sadler Rd., 277-2300 Karaoke with Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;O every Wed. DJ Roc at 9 p.m. every Fri., 10 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sat. SLIDERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Cason at 2 p.m. at the tiki bar every Sat. & Sun. THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Stevie Fingers on Feb. 8. Reggie Lee on Feb. 10. Andy Haney on Feb. 11 & 14. Gary Keniston on Feb. 12. Kent Kirby on Feb. 15. Live music every night. DJ Roc at 5 p.m. every Wed.


ARLINGTON, REGENCY

AJ’S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. MEEHAN’S TAVERN, 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 5, 551-7076 Live music every Fri. MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. PLUSH, RAIN, LEOPARD LOUNGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 745-1845 DJ Massive spins top 40 in Rain every Wed., DJs spin Latin every Fri.; house & techno in Z-Bar every Fri. THE SMOKIN’ BEAVER, 5863 Arlington Rd., 744-5132 Live music every Tue., Fri. & Sat. TONINO’S TRATTORIA ITALIAN RESTAURANT & MARTINI BAR, 7001 Merrill Rd., Ste. 45, 743-3848 Harry & Sally from 6:30-9 p.m. every Wed. Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams at 6 p.m. every Fri. Signature String Quartet every Sat.

AVONDALE, ORTEGA

BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Duet every Wed. Goliath Flores and Sam Rodriguez every Thur. Bush Doctors every 1st Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins ’80s & ’90s vintage every Fri. DJ Dave Berg spins dance every Sat. DJ Alex pagan spins goth industrial & dark wave every Sun. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke with Dave Thrash every Wed. DJ 151 spins hip hop, R&B, funk, soul & old-school every Thur. Live music every weekend. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every 1st & 4th Sat. Patrick Evan & Co-Alition every Industry Sun. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Sat.

BAYMEADOWS

THE COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Jose spins Latino & house every Thur. DJ Alen spins house, dance, trance & tribal at 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Fri. DJ Ted Lane spins house & trance every Sat. MY PLACE BAR-N-GRILL, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other

Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri. TERA NOVA, 8206 Philips Hwy., 733-8085 DJ Jose de la Soul spins salsa, hustle and freestyle every Latin Thur. DJs spin hip hop every Fri. DJs Leland & Marc-E-Marc spin top 40 & house every Evolution Sat. DJ Leland McWilliams spins for South Beach Friday every 2nd Fri. Reggae Fanatic is held every 3rd Fri.

BEACHES

(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) THE ATLANTIC, 333 N. First St., 249-3338 The Infader spins every Wed. DJ Wes Reed spins every Thur. DJ Jade spins old wave & ’80s retro, SilverStar spins hip hop every Fri. DJ Wes Reed spins ’80s, old school, remixes & mashups, Capone spins top 40 & dance faves every Sat. BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt Lanham sings classical island music every Fri.-Sun. BILLY’S BOATHOUSE, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Live music every weekend THE BRASSERIE, 1312 Beach Blvd., 249-5800 The Tori-V Experience (Victoria Ward, Ezekiel Haynes & Tracy Morris) at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8. Live music every Wed. & Thur. BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ Anonymous every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Live music every Wed. DJ IBay every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Sun. CARIBBEE KEY, 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach, 270-8940 Kurt Lanham on Feb. 10. Trouble Brothers on Feb. 11. Little Green Men on Feb. 12. Alex Seier every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. CASA MARINA, 691 First St. N., 270-0025 The Johnston Duo at 6:30 p.m. every Tue. in the penthouse & at 6:30 p.m. every Wed. in the courtyard COPPER TOP, 1712 Beach Blvd., 249-4776 Craig Odom from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 9. Stephen Gogan from 7-11 on Feb. 10. Class Act from 7-11 p.m. on Feb. 11. Terry White Duo (Gates of Eden) from 7-11 p.m. on Feb. 12. Dan Coady from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Feb. 13 CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Just Jazz Quintet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8. Don’t Call Me Shirley Band at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11. Karaoke at 10 p.m. on Feb. 12. Michael Funge at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. Johnston Duo at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DICK’S WINGS & GRILL, 311 Third St. N., 853-5004 The John

Earle Band from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. on Feb. 18 ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Hoffmans Voodoo on Feb. 10. Live music every Thur. EUROPEAN STREET, 992 Beach Blvd., 249-3001 Acoustic open mic with John Longbottom from 6-9 p.m. every Tue. FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB, 333 First St. N., 242-9499 Live music every Tue.-Sun. THE FISH COMPANY, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach, 246-0123 Lou Parisi from 6-9 p.m. every Tue. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Nate Holley every Mon. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. King Eddie reggae every Sun. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Down Theory CD release party with Bambi Shoots Back, Lullwater, Daliss and Skewd on Feb. 8. Dark Star Orchestra on Feb. 9. Manna Zen, Seven Years Past and 2 Minute Wash on Feb. 11. Dreamer and Ten West on Feb. 12 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Live music at 9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music every Fri. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Blistur on Feb. 11 & 12. Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Nate Holley Band every Wed. The John Earle Band at 10:30 p.m. every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Video DJ and Karaoke every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Kurt Lanham at 2 p.m. every Sun. DJ Jason hosts Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Live music every weekend MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 UNF Jazz at 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford and Rick Johnston at 6 p.m. every Thur. MIMI’S SPORTS GRILLE, 1021 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 270-1030 DJ Dennis Hubbell spins & hosts Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Thur. & Fri. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 The Legendary JCs on Feb. 11 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN & LIQUOR STORE, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Domenic Patruno at 10 p.m. every Tue. Little Green Men Duo at 10 p.m. every Thur. DJ Papa Sugar spins dance music at 9 p.m. every Mon. & Fri. DJ Austin Williams spins dance & for Karaoke every Wed., Sat. & Sun. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic

Beach, 372-4105 Live music every Thur.-Sat. OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Class Act on Feb. 12 & 14. Strings A’Fire flamenco duo Francisco & Javier at 8 p.m. every Thur. Strings A’Fire trio every Fri. PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL, 333 N. First St., 208-5097 Live music at 9 p.m. every Thur. PHILLY’S FINEST, 1527 N. Third St., 241-7188 Ian & Steve (Hello Danger) every Fri. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Live music on Fri. & Sat. RITZ COCKTAIL LOUNGE & PACKAGE, 139 Third Ave. N., 246-2255 DJ Jenn Azana every Wed.-Sat. DJ Ibay every Sun. STICKY FINGERS, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7427 Live music 3-7 p.m. every Sun. SUN DOG, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-8221 Billy Buchanan on Feb. 9. Rick Arcusa band on Feb. 10. Toots Lorraine & the Traffic on Feb. 11 & 12. Bread & Butter on Feb. 13. Dan Evans on Feb. 14. Buck Smith on Feb. 16 THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.

DOWNTOWN

CAFE 331, 331 W. Forsyth St., 354-1999 Acoustic open mic 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Tue. Live music 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Wed. & Fri. Factory Jax’s goth-industrial 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sat. Underground 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Mon. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, old school, hip hop & R&B jams every Wine Down Wed. Live music every Thur. Smooth Jazz Lunch at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. A DJ spins classic R&B, hip hop & dance every Saturdaze. Live reggae & DJs spin island music every Sun. Joel Crutchfield for open mic every Mon. Live music every Tues. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 DJ NickFresh spins every Tue. Indie Lounge. DJ SuZi-Rok spins every Thigh-High Thur. DJ Trim spins top 40, dance & rock every Fri. DJ Shanghai spins top 40, dance & rock every Sat. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr. Live music from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. on Feb. 12 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 Massive spins top 40 & dance every Velvet Fri. DJ Shotgun

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spins top 40 & dance every BayStreet Sat. MAVERICKS ROCK N’HONKY TONK, The Jacksonville Landing, 356-1110 Lee Brice on Feb. 25. Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. DJ Rob ATrain spins country rock every Fri. Saddle Up every Sat. NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Sat. 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. POPPY LOVE SMOKE, 112 E. Adams St., 354-1988 Lil John Lumpkin, Stefano Di Bella & Lawrence Buckner every Wed. & Fri. Open mic every 2nd & 4th Sun. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Eric Carter and DJ Al Pete every Fri.

Metal Country: Wade Williams & The Wrecking Crew (pictured) perform on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. along with Danny Delves & The Deadly Nightshades, Clint MacFarland and Black Creek Rizin’ at Studio 17, 1187 Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville. Williams was the frontman for ’80s Jax metal legends Leather Nunn. Admission is $10. 434-6488.

FLEMING ISLAND

ALLSTARS SPORTS BAR, 2223 C.R. 220, 264-3322 DG BG Wed., Fri. & Sat. Dave Massey every Thur. & Sun. Open mic every Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Service Industry nite 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. ROCKIN RODZ, 2574 C.R. 220, 276-2000 David Milam from 7-10 p.m. every Thur. & Fri. Live music every Thur.-Sat. Talent Nite every Sat. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Live country music on Feb. 10. Tony Neal at 5 p.m., The Ride at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 11. Ace Winn at 5 p.m., The Ride at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. Live music on the deck at 5 p.m. every Sun.

BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. Brucci’s Live with Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILLE, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Live music on Feb. 10. Five By Seven on Feb. 11 & 12. Karaoke every Tue. DJ Kevin for ladies nite every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Jack at 9 p.m. every Sun. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Live music outside for Bike Night every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. YOUR PLACE BAR & GRILL, 13245 Atlantic Blvd., 221-9994 Chuck Nash every Tue. Simply Righteous every Wed.

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BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Afroman, Nate Holley, Livication, Jah Men and Danka on Feb. 10. Soulidium, Ghost Council, Sleepless In Peril, In Betrayal and Carnivorous Carnival on Feb. 11. Bobaflex, Royal Bliss, Bleeding In Stereo, Quasi Mojo, Oceans Divide and Tyranny on Feb. 12 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Throwback Tue. features ’70s, ’80s & top 40. Open mic with CBH every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal every Thur. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon.

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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

Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry and John O’Connor, from 8-11 p.m. every Sat. Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. THE NEW ORLEANS CAFE, 12760 San Jose Blvd., 880-5155 Jazz on the Deck 7-10 p.m. with Sleepy’s Connection every Tue. Open mic with Biker Bob at 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Les B. Fine at 1 p.m. every Reggae Sun. Creekside Songwriters Showcase at 7 p.m. on the last Wed. each month RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Craig Hand every Sat. Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun. SMITTY’S INTERNET BAR, 3353 Kori Rd., 683-0388 Jukebox Karaoke at 5 p.m. every Sun. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. THE TREE STEAKHOUSE, 11362 San Jose Blvd., 262-0006 The Boril Ivanov Biva Jazz Band from 7-9 p.m. every Thur. David Gum at the piano bar from 7-10 p.m. every Fri.

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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. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Out Of Hand on Feb. 10. Swerved on Feb. 11 & 12. Buck Smith Project every Mon. DJ Waldo every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar every Wed. SENOR WINGS, 700 Blanding Blvd., 375-0746 DJ Andy spins for Karaoke every Wed. DJ Tammy spins for Karaoke every Fri. Live music every Sat. DJ spins for every Mon. S.I. nite

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DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Lee Kelly from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 9. Lil Jake & the Soul Searchers from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. on Feb. 12. Live music at 6 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Fri. Saturday Night Blues at 8:30 p.m. every Sat. Blues jams at 2 p.m. every Sun.

PONTE VEDRA

AQUA GRILL, 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., 285-3017 Brian Green Duo at 3 p.m. every Sun. on the deck KARMA, 822 A1A N., 834-3942 Mr. & Mrs. Smith at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11. Neil Champagne at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 NINETEEN AT SAWGRASS, 110 Championship Way, 273-3235 Time2Swing at 6 p.m. every Jazz Thur. Strings of Fire from 6-9 p.m. every Sat. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Braxton from 6-10 p.m. on Feb. 11. Murray Goff from 6-10 p.m. on Feb. 12. Live music every Thur.-Sun. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 High Tides of Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. Evans Brothers on Feb. 11. Darren Corlew Band on Feb. 12. Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker every Wed.

RIVERSIDE, WESTSIDE

BIRDIE’S CAFE, 1044 Park St., 329-3374 Paten Locke on Feb. 13. Rotating bands and DJs every Fri. DJ Tom Pennington every Sat. BOX SEATS ON BLANDING, 4329 Blanding Blvd., 908-7328 Live music every Fri. & Sat. FATKAT NIGHT CLUB, 1187 S. Edgewood Ave., 994-5201 Waylay plays every ladies nite Thur. Live music and DJ Lavo spinning hip hop, rock, reggae, punk & breaks in front room; Caden spins house, techno, breaks, drum & bass at 9 p.m. every Flashback Fri. 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 Dave Massey every Tue. Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. LOMAX LODGE, 822 Lomax St., 634-8813 The P. Locke Show on Feb. 11. DJ Dots every Tue. Reggae with Milan da Tin Man every Wed. DJ Christian every Sat. DJ Spencer every Sun. DJ Luminous every Mon. METRO, 2929 Plum St., 388-8719 DJ Chadpole every College Nite Fri. & every Sat. DJ Rico every 2nd & 4th Fri. Karaoke with KJ Rob every Sun., Mon. & Tue., 10 p.m.-2 a.m. MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ, 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551 Bluegrass Nite every Fri. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 To Speak Of Wolves, Before These Was Rosalyn, Convalesce, Seizing The Final Victory and Seladora on Feb. 11. Samuel Sanders, Mike Mains & The Branches, Lights Of Evening, The Crosswalk, Charise and Adam Sams on Feb. 12 WALKERS, 2692 Post St., 894-7465 Jax Arts Collaborative every Tue. Patrick and Burt every Wed. DJ Jeremiah at 9 p.m. every Thur. Acoustic every Thur.-Sat. Dr. Bill & His Solo Practice of Music at 5 p.m. every Fri.

ST. AUGUSTINE

(In St. Augustine unless otherwise noted) A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 The Committee on Feb. 10 AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Gary Wingard every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Open mic with Smokin Joe from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 8. Carl Emerson at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. Gina & Tony Cuchetti at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. Karaoke on Feb. 13 THE BAR WITH NO NAME, 16 Castillo Dr., 826-1837 Mike Sweet from 5:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri.; noon-4 p.m. every Sat. & Sun. BENITO’S ITALIAN CAFE & PIZZERIA, 155 Hampton Point Dr., 230-8292 Live music every Fri. & Sat. THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke College Party Nite at 9 p.m. on Feb. 10. After the Bomb Baby at 8 p.m., Roll Out the Guns at 10 p.m. on Feb. 11. Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez on Feb. 12. Jukebox nite on Feb. 13. Open Mic Night with Christi Harris at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. every Thur. & Sat. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 MidLife Crisis at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11. Ray Love Band at

7 p.m. on Feb. 12. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 CHICAGO PIZZA & BAKERY, 107 Nature 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. CONCH HOUSE LOUNGE, 57 Comares Ave., 829-8646 Brad Newman every Thur. Live music at 3 p.m. every Sat. CREEKSIDE DINERY, 160 Nix Boatyard Rd., 829-6113 Live music on deck Wed.-Sun. CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler at 3:30 p.m. every Sun. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. THE FLORIDIAN, 39 Cordova St., 829-0655 Paul Baribeau, The Boy Who Could Fly and Super Famicom on Feb. 13. Live music every Fri. & Sat. THE GREEN DOLPHIN STREET, 51 Charlotte St., 810-1923 Todd & Molly at 8 p.m. every Thur. Travis Elling at 8 p.m. every Fri. Mike Sweet and Karl with a “K” every Sat. Open Forum with Mike Sweet every Sun. HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Stu Weaver every Mon. HURRICANE PATTY’S, 69 Lewis Blvd., 827-1822 Those Guys every Tue. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Wed. Billy Buchanan every Thur. Dewey Via every Sun. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY’S, 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., 829-8333 Montage features electro, dance & indie every Mon. KINGFISH GRILL, 252 Yacht Club Dr., 824-2111 Live music every Fri. & 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. LOCAL HEROES CAFE, 11 Spanish St., 825-0060 Glam punk rock dance party Radio Hot Elf with DJ Dylan Nirvana from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Fri. MARDI GRAS, 123 San Marco Ave., 540-2824 Spandex Superheroes on Feb. 12. 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. Amy Hendrickson every Sun. & Wed. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Two Thirds Band on Feb. 11 & 12. Colton McKenna at 1 p.m. on Feb. 13. Will Pearsall every Mon. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones at 9 p.m. every Wed. Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. THE OASIS, 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., 471-3424 Those Guys every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chris C4Mann every Mon. O.C. WHITES, 118 Avenida Menendez, 824-0808 Mike Howard every Mon. & Tue. Rob Peck every Wed. Gary Campbell every Fri. & Sat. Scott Sweat every Sun. PANAMA HATTIE’S, 361 A1A Beach Blvd., 471-2192 Jazz at 5 p.m. every Thur. DJ Gibz at 10 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. Live music at 10 p.m. every Sat. Kenyon Dye piano bar at 6 p.m. every Mon. RHETT’S PIANO BAR & BRASSERIE, 66 Hypolita St., 825-0502 Live jazz at 7 p.m. every night SANGRIAS PIANO BAR, 35 Hypolita St., 827-1947 Sammy every Tue. Acoustic Soul Searchers every Wed. Jim Asalta every Thur. Jazz trios every Fri. The Housecats every Sat. Sunny & the Flashbacks rotate with Soulo every Sun. SANTA MARIA, 135 Avenida Menendez, 829-6578 The Fritz at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Battle of the Bands at 8 p.m. every Thur. DJ Echo hosts Karaoke every Mon. Amy Hendrickson and Battle of the Bands every Thur. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Live music every night. Brazilian Bossa Nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TINI MARTINI BAR, 24 Avenida Menendez, 829-0928 Ray Callender and Taylor Roberts on Feb. 11. Bob Fraioli and Al Waters on Feb. 12. Bob Fraioli every Thur. TWO HUNDRED LOUNGE, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 342-0378 Live music every Thur. & Fri. DJs spin every Sat. & Sun. ZHANRAS, 108 Anastasia Blvd., 823-3367 Chubby McG on Feb. 9. Wild Wess on Feb. 10. Groovy Dog on Feb. 11. Deron Baker & Soulo every Tue. DJ Cep spins ’80s & disco every Sun. Open mic every Sun. Vinny Jacobs open mic every Mon.

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AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 201, 928-0515 W. Harvey Williams at 7 p.m. every Tue. DJ Royal at 8 p.m. every Wed. & Thur. Live music every Wed. & Thur. Latin music & DJ Benz every Fri. Live music & DJ T-Rav every Sat. THE BRASS MONKEY, 9734 Deerlake Ct., 996-8277 Alex Seier and Ron Rodriguez rotate every acoustic Tue. Live music every Wed. DJ Fuller spins every Thur. ladies nite. A DJ spins every Jazz Fri. Miley on Meth every SIN Mon. THE GRAPE, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 642-7111 Live music every Fri. & Sat. John Earle every Mon. DJ Mikeology spins lounge from 5-9 p.m. every Thur. ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Live jazz from 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. Live

music at 9 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Open mic nite every Tue. Live music every Tue.-Sun. 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 DJ Marvel and Frontline on Feb. 10. DJ Marvel and Hook’d on Feb. 11. DJ Nova and Hook’d on Feb. 12 URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Colt Ford and Walker Hayes on Feb. 9. Down Theory every Mon. Live music every Thur. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Peter Dearing Band every Wed. DJ Chad spins dance every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. De Lions of Jah every Sun. HoeDown Throwdown country music night every Tue.

SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK

ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 Paten Locke spins classic boombox, hip hop and tru school every Thur. Reggae every Sun. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. DJ J-Money spins acid jazz, soul, R&B & house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Underground Eden; dance & top 40 every Sat. DJ Ian spins every Reggae Sun. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Mad Agnes at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. 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 Night every Thur. DJ Stylez every 2nd Thur. Strings of Fire Band at 7:30 p.m., DJ Omar spins dance every Fri. DJs Harry, Rico & Nestor spin salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Floral Terrace, Under Spinning Lights, My Aim Is True, The Real and Not Tonight Josephine on Feb. 10. The Warn The Kids Tour with That One Guy on Feb. 11. Toe In The Trigger, Poor Richards, Tickleswitch and Daikaiju on Feb. 12. Mike Pinto Band, Jeff White (Burnin Smyrnans) and Taste Buds on Feb. 13 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Brazilian Bossa Nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger at 7 p.m. every Thur. RIVER CITY BREWING COMPANY, 835 Museum Cir., 398-2299 Open mic with TJ Ward every Tue. DJ G-Man at 8 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Class Act Band from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. on Feb. 19. Soul on the Square & Band of Destiny at 8 p.m. every Mon. John Earle Band every Tue. DJs Wes Reed & Matt Caulder spin indie dance & electro every Wed. Split Tone & DJ Comic every Thur. Live music every Fri. DJ Dr. Doom spins at 10 p.m. every Mon.

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BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic from 7-11 p.m. with Chris Hall every Tue. Live music every Fri. Battle of the Bands every Sat. CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall at 8 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 398-1717 Tannahill Weavers at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12. Jazz in the Listening Room on Feb. 15. Mardi Gras with JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars at 8 p.m. every 1st Mon.

SPRINGFIELD, NORTHSIDE

BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, Oceanway, 647-7798 Open mic jam every Wed. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Thur. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. Live music every weekend BOSTON’S SPORTS BAR, 13070 City Station Dr., 751-7499 DJ Roc spins for Karaoke 10 p.m.-2 a.m. every Fri. THE DAMES POINT MARINA, 4518 Irving Rd., 751-3043 Mr. Natural Band from 2-6 p.m. on Feb. 12 FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Big Engine every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. SHANTYTOWN PUB, 22 W. Sixth St., 798-8222 Reggae with Milan da Tin Man at 10 p.m. every Tue. DJs Dots & Space Mike every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. SHARKY’S WINGS & GRILL, 12400 Yellow Bluff Rd., Oceanway, 714-0995 Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Wed. & Thur. DJ Slim Wicked at 9 p.m. every Fri. Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. SKYLINE SPORTSBAR & LOUNGE, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. The Fusion Band & DJ after 9 p.m. every Thur. A DJ spins every Sat. DJ Scar spins at 9 p.m. every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Lauren Fincham at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11. Lizzy Pitch at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12. Goliath Flores at noon on Feb. 13. Al Poindexter at noon every Wed. Open mic with Al at 7 p.m. every Thur. 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Road, Northside, 647-8625 Open mic night at 8 p.m. every Thur. ladies’ nite. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music at 8 p.m. every Sat.  To be included in the live music listing, send all the vitals — time, date, location with street address, city, admission price and contact number — to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email events@folioweekly.com

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Young, acrobatic and gifted: Featured performers in a few of the scenes from last year’s DASoTA Extravaganza.

A Sentimental Education

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts celebrates a quarter-century of creative education DOUGLAS ANDERSON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Visual Arts & Cinematic Arts Galleries Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville Tickets range from $19-$81 630-3900

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ablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” In 1985, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts was established in the name of setting young artists on the path to creative excellence. The school’s mission has become more critical in recent years, with art and music education consistently on the legislature’s chopping block. But for those Northeast Florida high school students who don’t dream of becoming a doctor, teacher or mid-level bureaucrat, this public San Marco magnet high school is also a creative safe haven. Some 1,200 kids interested in music, writing, film, dance, theater and visual art attend D.A., and each year, the school assembles a showcase of their various talents. This year’s Extravaganza marks D.A.’s 25th anniversary, with more than 450 students showing off their talents in film, dance, music and everything in between. Principal Jackie Cornelius has been with the school since 1988 (15 years as principal) and calls the event “a giant puzzle that’s exciting and massive.” The production features a diverse selection of pieces including an orchestra performance of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” a chorale rendition of KoKa (an eclectic piece from India), a contemporary rendition of the spiritual “Daniel in the Lions’ Den,” tap dance number “Swimmin’ with Women,” and a heartfelt film “Departures.” The Douglas Anderson Jazz Ensemble performs Sammy Nestico’s “Pressure Cooker,” notable

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alumni are on hand and a 150-piece visual arts exhibit is featured. “While the students do feel the pressure to deliver their best work, they are also excited about the opportunity to perform for the city of Jacksonville,” cinematic arts and social studies teacher Lorraine Romano says of the public event. “Although I see these kids every day in school, when I look up on that stage, it’s hard to believe they are teenagers.” Romano, who started the film program at D.A. 13 years ago, flew out to Hollywood recently to meet with a noteworthy alumna

“It is very exciting that this production is at the Moran, giving our performers a chance to fill a huge stage and our technicians an opportunity to work with and learn from professional stage technicians.” — Ash Brannon, an Academy Awardnominated animator, writer and director who’s worked on dozens of films, including “Toy Story,” “The Little Mermaid” and “A Bug’s Life.” Romano interviewed Brannon, who will also be appearing via satellite during the Extravaganza, at his studio in Santa Monica where he’s currently working on a feature called “Turkeys.” “He talked about how much he appreciated Douglas Anderson and … he believed that D.A. provided the support and arts education that

helped him develop the portfolio he needed to be accepted into Cal Arts in California,” Romano says of her chat with Brannon. “One of his final comments was that he thought that the best thing Jacksonville ever did was to invest in a high school for the arts.” D.A. has produced its fair share of famous grads over the years, including jazz saxophonist Bob Reynolds, who’s toured with John Mayer, actor Patrick Heusinger who’s had roles in “Gossip Girl,” “30 Rock,” “The Good Wife” and “Rescue Me,” and Limp Bizkit band members guitarist Wes Borland, drummer John Otto and vocalist Fred Durst (though only for one quarter). Actor and musician James Beeks, who’s known professionally as Delisco, performs Michael Jackson’s “Bad” at the Extravaganza, with Douglas Anderson students as his back-up dancers. Dr. Lee Beger, theater department chair for 23 years, oversees 45 technical students and 20 performers who are part of the show. “It is very exciting that this production is at the Moran, giving our performers a chance to fill a huge stage and our technicians an opportunity to work with and learn from professional stage technicians,” Beger says. “Extravaganza provides all the departments time and a venue that enables collaborative work between several departments, something we don’t always have the time or the space to do during the rest of the year.” Principal Cornelius couldn’t agree more. The event sells out virtually every year and is an opportunity for Douglas Anderson students to gain real-world experience. “To me, ‘Extravaganza’ is the showcase of what can truly happen if we meet the needs of every student,” Cornelius says. “I hope that our city embraces this [event]. Every student should have art and a nurturing environment where they are accepted for who they are.”  Kara Pound themail@folioweekly.com


Strung out on love! The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents “The Sounds of Romance” featuring violinist Anne Akiko Myers (pictured), pianist Wendy Chen and cellist Christopher Rex on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Fernandina Beach. The performance includes works by Chopin and Debussy. Tickets are $40. 261-1779.

PERFORMANCE DASOTA AT 25 Douglas Anderson School of the Arts presents its 25th Extravaganza performance at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $19-$81. 630-3900. JU WINTER DANCE CONCERT Jacksonville University seniors present contemporary dance performances at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, 11 and 12 at JU’s Swisher Theatre, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Tickets are $12; $7 for seniors, military and students. 256-7677. ’50S MUSIC Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $46-$96. 632-3373. The Bronx Wanderers perform at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park. Tickets range from $24-$32. 276-6750. CABARET Amelia Community Theatre presents this winning musical about pre-WWII Berlin at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10, 11 and 12 at 209 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $20; $10 for students ages 18 and younger. 261-6749. RUNT OF THE LITTER The Boselli Foundation presents Bo Eason’s semi-autobiographical one-man show at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, 15 and 16 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Terry Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit after-school programs for kids. 630-3900. NO-I-TAN-I-GAM-I Players by the Sea presents writerdirector Barbara Colaciello’s inventive story about how we perceive the world around us at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10, 11 and 12; at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13 and at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 at 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Tickets are $12; $5 for ages 10 and younger. The cast includes 50 student actors. 249-0289. BRAIDED LIGHT DANCE PROJECT This innovative dance troupe presents “Incite to Share,” a site-specific performance at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 in various venues at Glen Kernan Business Plaza, 4776 Hodges Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit community development outreach programs. 351-6680. jaxpilates.com CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION Acrobatics and multimedia special effects are featured at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $35-$55. The show runs daily through Feb. 20. 632-3373. ROYAL COMEDY TOUR This traveling comedy show featuring Sommore, Bruce Bruce, D.L. Hughley, Tony Rock and Damon Williams kicks off at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $39.50 and $46.50. 630-3900. GYPSY The Limelight Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s story of famed striptease artist Gypsy Lee Rose at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, 11 and 12 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors and $20 for military and students. 825-1164. THE MUSIC MAN Meredith Willson’s Tony Award-winning musical is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts’ Kennedy Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park. Tickets range from $28-$48. 276-6750. WILLY WONKA Orange Park Community Theatre brings Roald Dahl’s beloved “candyman” to life in this musical adaptation staged at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10, 11 and 12 and at 3 p.m. on Feb. 13 at 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park. Tickets are $20. 276-2599. A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE The music and story of country legend Patsy Cline come to life at 8 p.m. on Feb. 8-14; at 1:15 p.m. on Feb. 12 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $45 and $49; $42 for matinees. 641-1212.

CALLS & WORKSHOPS AFRICAN HAND DRUM CLASS Midnight Sun offers hand drum classes at 7 p.m. every Tue. at 1055 Park St., Jacksonville. Class fee is $10. 358-3869.

SPRING ACTING CLASSES Players By The Sea offers various 10-week acting classes for ages K-adult starting Feb. 13 at 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Class fees vary. 249-0289. FINE ART FEST SEEKS ARTISTS The inaugural Jacksonville Fine Arts Festival seeks artists for a juried event held on April 9 and 10 in Avondale’s Boone Park. Entry fees start at $25. Registration forms at zapplication.org. 388-1188. ROMANCE WRITERS’ CONFERENCE First Coast Romance Writers accept registrations for the “Light Up Your Career at the Southern Writers’ Conference” from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 12 at Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road. Workshops, a keynote luncheon and critique raffles are featured. Registration is $110. firstcoastromancewriters.com ABET CHILDREN’S DRAMA WORKSHOPS Instructor Aine Healy-Richardson offers “Story-Makers” from 9:15-10:45 a.m. for grades K-2, and “Drama Dreamers” for grades 3-6 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Sun. through March 19, at Adele Grage Community Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. The classes cover theatrical basics and culminate with a stage showcase. Each course is $200. 249-7177. CALL TO ARTISTS The second annual Art & About Festival offers space for artists working in various media on April 30 at Town Hall Park, 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park. Entry deadline is Feb. 28. artguildoforangepark.com MUCH ADO ABOUT WOMEN St. Johns Cultural Council seeks portraits and self-portraits of women in all media for the exhibit “Much Ado About Women — Portraits of Diversity” opening March 6. Submissions, limited to one piece per artist, and entry fees are accepted from 10-11:30 a.m. on Feb. 26 at Holiday Inn & Suites, 1302 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. A $10 entry fee offers financial aid to women high school graduates seeking to further their studies in art. 471-9980. LIFE DRAWING SKETCH GROUP This non-instructional drawing group, featuring a live model, meets from 7-10 p.m. every Mon. at St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St. Artists bring their own supplies. The fee is $10. 824-2310. staaa.org ADULT ART CLASSES Beginning and advanced acrylics, watercolors, photoshop, drawing, oil painting and portrait painting classes are held Mon.-Sat. at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra. Fees vary. 280-0614. ccpvb.org CORSE GALLERY WORKSHOPS Beginning and advanced acrylics, watercolors, oil painting and portrait painting classes are held Mon.-Sat. at Corse Gallery & Atelier, 4144 Herschel St., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 388-8205. corsegalleryatelier.com WEST AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE A drumming class is held at 5:30 p.m., an African dance class is held at 6:45 p.m. every Fri. at St. Johns Cultural Arts Center, 370 A1A Beach Blvd. Each class is $10. 315-1862. ARTIST PALETTE CLASSES Beginning and advanced acrylics, watercolors, drawing, oil painting and portrait painting classes are held Tue.-Sat. at Artist Palette, 3821 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 200-8937. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 322-7672. theperformersacademy.com THRILLA IN MANILA This community arts project, open to all, asks for 50 identical pieces to be submitted for inclusion in a magazine. Submissions should be mailed to Versus Gallery c/o Birdie’s, 1044 Park St., Jacksonville, 32204 or dropped off at Anomaly, 1021 Park St. The deadline is Feb. 15.

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CLASSICAL & JAZZ JAZZ AT THE BRASSERIE Vocalist Victoria Ward, pianist Ezekiel Haynes and saxophonist Tracy Morris — The Tori-V Experience — perform R&B and jazz standards at 7 p.m. every Tue. Live jazz is featured at 7 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at The Brasserie, 1312 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 249-5800. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio performs at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum performs at 7 p.m. every Fri. at The Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006.

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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 AT INDIGO ALLEY Amelia Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble jams at 6:30 p.m.; Frankie’s Jazz Jam is at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. Guitarist Dan Voll plays from 8-11 p.m. on Feb. 12 at 316 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. 261-7222. 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. CELTIC WOMAN – SONGS FROM THE HEART This vocal ensemble performs Irish standards at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $51-$106. 632-3373. FIRST COAST WIND ENSEMBLE This ensemble performs the music of David Holsinger at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. 256-7677. THE SOUNDS OF ROMANCE Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents this Valentine’s Day concert featuring violinist Anne Akiko Myers, pianist Wendy Chen and cellist Christopher Rex performing works by Chopin and Debussy at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $40. 261-1779. VALENTINE’S ROMANCE The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and pianist-vocalist Tony DeSare present classic and contemporary romantic songs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 12 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $26-$66. 354-5547. UNF JAZZ ENSEMBLE 1 J.B. Scott directs the UNF Jazz Ensemble 1 in a Valentine’s Day Dance concert at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra, 101 Plantation Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach. 543-7532. CHORALE CONCERT Dr. Cara Tasher conducts the UNF Chorale Ensembles at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Palms Presbyterian Church, 3410 Third St. S., Jax Beach. 246-6427. RACHELLE FERRELL This jazz vocalist performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $37. 632-5555. A JU VALENTINE CABARET Mezzo-soprano Claire C. Futo, tenor Erick Crow and pianist Bonita Sonsini Wyke perform at 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 13 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. 725-8133. PIANO RECITAL Pianist Rosa Villar Córdova performs works by Brahms and Schubert at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. 630-1420. ORGANIST RECITAL Beaches Fine Arts Series presents organist Christopher Houlihan at 4 p.m. on Feb. 13 at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1150 Fifth St. N., Jax Beach. 270-2074. COMPOSERFEST Works by Jian-jun He, Thomas Harrison and Tony Steve are performed at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. 256-7677. THE AMERICAN CHAMBER TRIO This celebrated trio, featuring cellist Daniel Morganstern, pianist Eric Larsen and violinist June DeForest, performs at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Tickets are $12; $7 for seniors, military and students. 256-7677. VIOLIN AND PIANO Violinist Dr. Simon Shiao and pianist Dr. Li-Shan Hung perform at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. 620-2878.

ART WALKS & FESTIVALS 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, downtown. 353-1188. SECOND SATURDAY ARTRAGEOUS ART WALK The galleries of downtown Fernandina Beach are open from 5:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 12 for this self-guided tour. 277-0717.

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AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. A display of paintings by The Highwaymen runs through March. The museum’s permanent collection includes artifacts from Nassau County’s Spanish Mission period. BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER 413 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657. “Oceans 22,” featuring works by acrylic painter Janet Wilson, is on display through Feb. 26. An exhibit of new works by Lyn Nix, Gordon Russell and Bruce Ann Ferguson, “A View from the Atlantic,” is on display through March 1. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. Christine Nguyen’s exhibit, “Powers of the Cosmic Dusty Seas,” runs through Feb. 25. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. “The Cummer Legacy” runs through May 22. The photographic exhibition “A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era” runs through April 24. The exhibition “Art Beyond Sight” is on display


Northeast Florida lovers of ’50s vocal music have two choices this week to hear some boss, old school tunes. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons perform on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $46-$96. 632-3373. The Bronx Wanderers perform on Monday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park. Tickets range from $24-$32. 276-6750. through March 6. The class “Art for Two” allows a child ages 3-5 and their favorite adult the chance to create their own wearable art from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Feb. 12. The fee is $15 per pair; $10 per pair for members. “Women of Vision: Art Beyond Sight” runs through March 6. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. A collection of Sigmund Freud-related manuscripts are on display through April. The latest multimedia works by Adrian Rhodes and Yuwnus Asami are on display through Feb. 24. 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. “Wind Weaver and the Whirling Wheel: A Tale of Wolfbat Romance” runs through March 20. “The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design” runs through April 3. Family Fun Free Day is held from noon-4 p.m. every Sun. Open Tue.-Sun. mocajacksonville.org MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 396-6674. The Bryan Gooding Planetarium offers daily programs including children’s features, and weekend Cosmic Concerts. Open daily. RITZ THEATRE & LAVILLA MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. “Lift Ev’ry Voice in LaVilla,” an exhibit of African-American history in Jacksonville, is on permanent display. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.

GALLERIES ADELE GRAGE CULTURAL CENTER 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828. The latest works by painters Richard McGee and Peg Paschal are on display through Feb. 10. THE ADRIAN PICKETT GALLERY The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 112, Jacksonville, 962-2540. Adrian Pickett’s works in charcoal are displayed. AMELIA SANJON GALLERY 218-A Ash St., Fernandina Beach, 491-8040. Watercolors and acrylics by Sandra BakerHinton are featured. ARCHWAY GALLERY & FRAMING 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 2, Atlantic Beach, 249-2222. Works by Romeo Caseria are on display through Feb. 11. THE ART CENTER COOPERATIVE GALLERY 31 W. Adams St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. Marsha Hatcher is the featured artist for Feb. ARTIFACTORY GALLERY 1801 N. Myrtle St., Jacksonville, 632-2345. Historic Durkeeville’s gallery space doubles as a game room for chess players. West African Dance classes are held at 6:30 p.m. every Thur. Each class is $10; $8 for ages 12 and under. ARTISTREE GALLERY 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach, 241-0426. William Meyer, Michael Baum, Matthew Winghart, Tonsenia, Rebecca Rogers, Paul Ladnier and Holly Blanton are the featured artists for Feb. AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. The opening reception for the juried art exhibit “Layers: A Visual Dialogue” is held from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 15. The show runs through March 15. BEE GALLERY AND STUDIO The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 108, (727) 207-3013. The gallery features works by Brenda Kato and Melissa Finelli. BETHEL GALLERY Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church, 4510 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, 285-7241. Various media is displayed in the religious-inspired exhibit, “Splendor of God,” running through March 20. BURRO BAGS 228 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 677-2977. The gallery and boutique offers messenger bags and other apparel with original artwork by Jason Harms, Crystal Floyd, Shaun Thurston, Ian Chase, Mark George and Tom Pennington. BUTTERFIELD GARAGE ART GALLERY, BUTTERFIELD GARAGE TOO 137/137-C King St., St. Augustine, 825-4577, 829-0078. Jan Miller and Sam D. Thomas are the featured artists for Feb. CORSE GALLERY & ATELIER 4144 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 388-8205. New works by Alice Williams, Beth Myers and Mary Garrish are on display through Feb.

ELEMENTAL GALLERY The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 110, 307-1885. Works by Helen Cowart and Donna Grasso are on display through Feb. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The opening reception for the exhibit “Salt Air Visions” is held from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 11. The show runs Feb. 9-April 4 and features works by the collective First Coast Pastel Society. GALLERY 1037 Located at Reddi-Arts, 1037 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 398-3161. Works by artists from the Jacksonville Consortium of African-American Artists are on display through Feb. 28. HASKELL GALLERY JIA, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 741-3546. Works by Annelies Dykgraaf are on display through March. ISLAND ARTS ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. This gallery features juried shows focusing on Nassau County artists. JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, 256-7371. The “Faculty Bi-Annual Exhibition” runs through Feb. 16. JAXPORT GALLERY 2831 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, 357-3000. The exhibit “Mixed Cargo” runs through Feb. 28. KENT CAMPUS GALLERY Rm. E112a, FSCJ, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, 381-3674. The “Reunion Show” runs through March 1. LUFRANO INTERCULTURAL GALLERY One UNF Drive, Student Union Bldg. 58 E., Ste. 2401, Jacksonville. 620-2475. Photographer Erik Tanner’s exhibit, “The Camp: Life Between the Trees and the End of the Road,” is on display through Feb. 23. The work deals with the everyday experiences at a homeless camp. MAIN LIBRARY 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 630-2665. The Holocaust exhibit, “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” is on display on the fourth floor through March 13. NULLSPACE 108 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, 716-4202. Jenny K. Hager’s “Fieldwork: Scyphozoa” is shown through Feb. 18. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Admin. Bldg., 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 471-9980. The exhibit “Friends and Family,” featuring photography by James Quine, Joseph and Theresa Segal, Kenneth M. Barrett Jr. and Walter, Karen and Brennan Coker, is displayed through April 8. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Mosaic artist Kevan Breitinger is the featured artist for Feb. Steve Marrazzo’s Valentine’s Day-themed assemblages are also featured. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 100 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 553-6361. The Valentine’s Day-themed “Recent Heartworks by the Artists Collaborative” is displayed through Feb. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. Both the open media show “Figure & Portrait” and the photography exhibit “Incursions: Man-made America” run through Feb. 27. W.B. TATTER STUDIO GALLERY 76 A San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 823-9263. This working-batik studio features works and offers workshops by Wendy Tatter as well as monthly shows of local artists’ work. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA Carpenter Library, Bldg. 12, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, 620-1000. Photographer Jeff Sheng’s exhibit, “Fearless,” is on display through Feb. Paintings by Gary Chapman are displayed through Feb. 25 in the UNF Gallery. VAULT 121 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 525-3368. “Polarities: new photographs by Billy Buck and Andrew Green” runs through March 2. By appointment only. WILLIAMS-CORNELIUS GALLERY located in Daryl Bunn Studios, 643 Edison Ave., Jacksonville. 525-3368. The opening reception for an exhibit of latest works by Rebecca Davisson and Patrick Golden, “Beautiful Ugly,” is held from 6-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11. The show runs through March 8. 

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Avast ye, maties! The Privateer Lynx docks in Jacksonville on Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at 100 Coastline Drive. The 114ton and 122-foot square topsail schooner is an interpretation of a ship from the War of 1812 and was used to train the cast and crew of the film “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Dockside tours are $5; 12 and younger are admitted free. The ship is docked through Feb. 27. (866) 446-5969. privateerlynx.org

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS FLIGHT TO FREEDOM Re-enactors in period clothing tell the story of Fort Mose in “Flight To Freedom” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Ft. Mose Trail Blvd., St. Augustine. Park entrance fee is $4 per vehicle, $2 for bikers or walkers. Ft. Mose is located east of U.S. 1. 823-2232. SEASONS OF LOVE The Peck Community Ensemble, featuring Reggie Lee, performs from 6:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Admission is free. 277-7365. YOUNG BLACK INTELLECTUALS Applications are being accepted for this program for candidates in ninth-12th grade interested in exploring the history, culture and heritage to enhance their own development and intellectual foundation, held every Sat. from March 5-April 23 at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. ritzjacksonville.com

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CIVIL WAR DISCOVERY SERIES The Amelia Island Museum of History presents Professor Daniel L. Schafer at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Peck Center’s Willie Mae Ashley Auditorium, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $10 for members, $20 for non-members. 261-7378 ext. 102. ameliamuseum.org LECTURE AT FLAGLER Dr. Michael Butler presents the lecture “The ‘ChristHaunted’ South: Religion as History in Dixie” at 10 a.m. on Feb. 15 at Flagler College’s Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $5. 819-6282. BITE CLUB TASTING EVENT Folio Weekly’s Bite Club holds a free tasting on Feb. 8 at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra Beach. Hosted by Caron Streibich, Bite Club offers free tastings to registered members, selected for each event by answering foodie trivia. To sign up, check out fwbiteclub.com. 280-7766. COACH CAMPBELL AT FLAGLER The Flagler College Political Guild presents former NFL coach Francis Marion Campbell at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the Virginia Room, Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. Campbell discusses “Growth and Development of the NFL Player.” Admission is free; seating is on a firstcome, first-served basis. pferguson@flagler.edu PRO BULL RIDERS TOUR Professional bull riders compete at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $10-$50. (800) 745-3000.

STRESS SURVIVAL LECTURE Omar Cruz, director of education for Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, discusses “Don’t Just Survive – Thrive! Supporting Vitality and Energy in Times of Stress,” at 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Native Sun Natural Foods Market, 11030 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville. Reservations are required. 260-2791. nativesunjax.com COSMIC CONCERTS Concerts include Laser Magic at 5 p.m., Laser Retro at 6 p.m., Laser X Alternative at 7 p.m., and Metallica at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Each concert is $5 per person. 3966674 ext. 240. moshplanetarium.org GIANTS BASKETBALL The undefeated (at presstime) Jacksonville Giants take on the Orlando Kings at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., downtown. Tickets start at $4 (with a season pass). 355-6531. jacksonvillegiants.com DESSERT UNDER THE STARS The Museum of Science and History Bella Luna: Dessert Under the Stars, from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 12 at MOSH, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. The evening includes a valentine-themed Cosmic Concert, music, stargazing and time to explore the museum. Beer and wine are served. Tickets are $35 per couple for members, $45 for nonmembers. 396-6674. BREAST CANCER MARATHON The fourth annual 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is held at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 13. A marathon, half-marathon and relay are featured. breastcancermarathon.com HEELS FOR HEALING FUNDRAISER This fundraising walk for Betty Griffin House is held at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 12 at Moseley Elementary School’s track, 1100 Husson Ave., Palatka. 808-8544. bettygriffinhouse.org VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS A couples’ massage workshop, a cacao-themed dinner and a chocolate-making workshop are held on Feb. 12 at Ananda Kula Yoga, 4154 Herschel St., Jacksonville. The workshops are $60 per couple and the dinner is $50 per couple. For times, call 680-7344. ananda-kula.com SECRETS OF TRUE LOVE Secrets of True Love: Buddha’s Advice for Modern Relationships is held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Drive, Atlantic Beach. Admission is $25; $15 for students. For registration, visit meditationinjacksonville.org or call 222-8531. ST. JOHNS COUNTY READS The St. Johns County Public Library System holds its sixth annual community reading program, featuring Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” during February. Each library location host a events, including book talks, pet adoption opportunities, a Hospice Five Wishes program and system-wide raffles for all sorts of prizes. The grand prize

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this year is a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card. 827-6925. sjcpls.org INSIGHT & INQUIRY LECTURE Dr. Rosemarie Garland Thomson, professor of women’s studies, Emory University, discusses “Staring: How We Look” at 7: p.m. on Feb. 15 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. e-tickets are required, available at unf.edu/lectures. For info, call 620-2102. GUNS & ROSES Communities in Schools of St. Johns County holds a Valentine’s Day oyster roast, dinner and dance from 6-10 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the St. Augustine Gun Club, 401 Gun Club Road, St. Augustine, located just north of the airport. Cost is $75 per couple, $45 per single. Proceeds benefit the educational nonprofit. 824-0746. RALLY FOR THE RIVERS The fifth annual three-day event, promoting restoration and conservation of the Ocklawaha and St. Johns rivers, is held from Feb. 12-20 at various locations in Putnam County. Workshops, arts and crafts shows, live music, seminars, cruises and field trips are featured. (352) 685-2434 or (352) 546-3560. RAIL FAIR & MODEL TRAIN SHOW The 33rd annual show and sale is held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville. Admission is $7; kids younger than 12 are admitted free. Model rail items past and present are displayed. (386) 736-8185.

COMMUNITY INTEREST

HOME ENERGY EVALUATION This hands-on workshop is held from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 8 at West Regional branch library, 1425 Chaffee Road S., 6931448; from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Mandarin branch library, 3330 Kori Road, 262-5201; from 10 a.m.-noon on Feb. 19, at Beaches branch, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach, 2411141 and from 10 a.m.-noon on Feb. 26, at Main Library’s Multipurpose Room 3, conference level, 303 N. Laura St., 630-2665. Admission is free. coj.net ARBOR DAY EVENT The Duval County Extension Services commemorate the 139th Arbor Day from 10 a.m.-noon on Feb. 12 at Duval County Extension Services Building, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville. Speakers include Anna Dooley, Greenscape of Jacksonville, and Larry Figart, Urban Forestry extension agent. Seedlings are distributed. Admission is $5. Register at 387-8850. FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY The Sea Oats Chapter of the FNPS gets together at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at City Hall, 2200 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. Chuck Lippi discusses landscape pests. 692-3927. COMMUNITY SHRED DAY Shred sensitive documents for free from 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at AAA Office, 172 S.R. 312, St. Augustine. Most paper items are accepted; however, no phone books, heavy cardboard, trash, plastics, metals or hard-cover books. shreddingsourcefl.com HOUSES OF WORSHIP WALKING TOUR The ninth annual Worship Tour, featuring 13 churches, is held from 1:30-4 p.m. on Feb. 13 throughout historic St. Augustine. Admission is free. 829-8272. WOMEN FOR CHRIST LUNCHEON The 27th annual luncheon is held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville. Dee Brestin is the featured speaker. Tickets are $25. jaxwomenforchrist.org 52 AT THE ZOO From now through Feb. 28, when the temperature is predicted to be no higher than 52 degrees, admission is half-off (with a coupon from jacksonvillezoo.org) at The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. jacksonvillezoo.org FREE TAX PREP HELP For the fourth consecutive year, Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry offers free income tax preparation services to families at the Beaches, from 1-4 p.m. every Fri. and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sat. at 850 Sixth Ave. S., Jax Beach. Clients may call for appointments at 241-2326 ext. 1. jaxbeam.org

POLITICS & ACTIVISM

CONSERVATION MEETING The Duval Soil & Water Conservation District holds its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Duval County Agriculture Center, 1010 McDuff Ave., Jacksonville. 266-0088 ext. 3. CITIZENS PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE The Northwest CPAC meets at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Bradham-Brooks branch library, 1755 Edgewood Ave. W., Jacksonville. 255-8236. JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL & PUBLIC MEETINGS The Public Service Grant Council meeting is held at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 in 8th Floor Conference Room, Ed Ball

Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-2099. JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee meets at 4 p.m. on Feb. 17, March 17, April 21 and May 19 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-1273.

KIDS

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY The exhibit The Shell: 530,000,000 Years of Design opens on Feb. 12. The Museum offers exhibits and programs for all ages at 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for military and senior citizens, $9 for children 3-12, and free for children 2 and under and members. 396-6674. themosh.org

BOOKS & WRITING

BODICE-RIPPER BINGO This adult bingo event is held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 10 at Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Prizes include free fiction and non-fiction books. 827-6950. JOHN DUFRESNE As part of the Writers in Residence lecture series, author Dufresne (“Requiem, Mass,” “Is Life Like This?”) appears at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Flagler College auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Admission is free. Masha Hamilton appears on Feb. 24. 819-6400. GARY SHOWALTER Local author Showalter signs copies of his books, “The Big Ben” and “Hog Valley,” at 4 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Historic Grounds Books & Gifts, 420 Walnut St., Green Cove Springs. 529-5141. MICHAEL LISTER Local author Lister appears at Book Talk Café at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Lister discusses his book, “Double Exposure.” Admission is free. friendspvlibrary.org

COMEDY

ROYAL COMEDY TOUR Sommore, Bruce Bruce and D.L. Hughley appear at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., downtown. Tickets are $39.50 and $46.50. jaxevents.com COMEDY ZONE All Stars on Feb. 8. Shaun Jones appears on Feb. 10, 11 and 12 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, in the Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $6-$17. Johnny Millwater appears on Feb. 14. Tickets are $12 and $17. 292-4242. LOVE & LAUGHTER @ SKYLINE BET’s JJ Williamson and Vanessa Fraction and Tight Mike appear at 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Skyline Sportsbar & Lounge, 5611 Norwood Ave., Jacksonville. 365-8816. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Brad Brake and Law Smith appear on Feb. 11 and 12 at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club, 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine (U.S. 1 & S.R. 16). 461-8843. COMEDY SUNDAYS Brian Foley hosts comedy at 7 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791.

UPCOMING

GEORGE LOPEZ March 4, The Florida Theatre HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS March 11, Veterans Memorial Arena LEWIS BLACK March 13, The Florida Theatre DIRTY MARTINIS FOR CLEAN WATER II March 18, WJCT Studios THE UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE COMEDY TOUR April 23, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall BILL MAHER May 27, The Florida Theatre

NATURE & OUTDOORS

FOSSILS ON FLORIDA BEACHES Fossils are discussed from 11 a.m.-noon on Feb. 12 at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children 10-17. Reservations are required. 823-4500. NATURE HIKE A park ranger guides a hike to discover the island’s natural communities at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Pavilion One, Little Talbot Island State Park, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. The program is free with regular park admission. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org

GTM RESERVE BOARD MEETING The Friends of the GTM Reserve gather from 5-6 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. 823-4527.

BUSINESS

SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools Ed PrattDannals is the featured speaker at noon on Feb. 9 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. 3965559. annie.sbmc@yahoo.com UNF SMALL BUSINESS CLASS How to S-T-A-R-T-U-P Your Own Business is held from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at AIFBY Chamber, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island. Admission is $20; seating is limited. For reservations, call (800) 450-4624 or visit sbdc. unf.edu. CHAMBER BEFORE HOURS The Ponte Vedra Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 9 at Elizabeth’s Café, 1500 Sawgrass Village Drive, Ponte Vedra. Admission is $5. 285-2004. JACKSONVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The South Council holds a social from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Carrabba’s, 8137 Point Meadows Way, Jacksonville. Admission is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers, 646-1900. The second in the workshop series, Creating a Successful Business Plan, is held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Small Business Center, 3 Independent Drive, Jacksonville. The third session is held on Feb. 15. The individual workshops are $30 each. 366-6618. An orientation is held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 14; 366-6618. The Beaches chapter holds a luncheon at noon on Feb. 10 at Sawgrass Golf & Country Club, 10034 Golf Club Drive, Ponte Vedra. Admission is $25. For reservations, call For questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. 273-5366. The Westside Council holds a Wake Up at 8 a.m. FAX YOUR PROOF IFSocial POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 on Feb. 10 at Edgewood Bakery, 1012 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 265-0292. SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Produced NETWORKINGPROMISE HAPPY HOUR OF BENEFIT Jacksonville Business Exchange holds this event 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park, 4812 West Deer Lake Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is $25. eventbrite.com WORKSOURCE SERVICES Worksource Mobile Access Points offers free job-seeker services at Webb Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd St., every Tue. at 10:30 a.m. and every Fri. at 1:30 p.m.; and Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd. every Thur. at 10:30 a.m. 994-7924. worksourcefl.com

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CANCER SURVIVOR ADVOCATE TRAINING Bosom Buddies, a breast cancer support and education program, is seeking breast cancer survivors who have a desire to help women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Advocates must be able to attend a two-hour training to be held from 10 a.m.-noon on March 3 at Women’s Center of Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord Ave., Jacksonville. Applicants may make an appointment to fill out an application, followed by a brief interview, at the Women’s Center. 722-3000 ext. 224. HEBREW READING CLASS The five-week Hebrew Reading Crash Course is held at 7 p.m. every Tue. at Chabad @ the Beaches’ Center for Jewish Life, 521 A1A S., Ponte Vedra. 543-9301. chabadbeaches.com THE LEARNING COMMUNITY The Learning Community of North Florida offers the class Introduction to Paying Small Business Taxes from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at 626 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach. A Valentine’s Day Tea is held at 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. A sculpture class is held at 4 p.m. on Feb. 8, 15 and 22. For additional info, call 430-0120. tlcnf.com DANCE TRANCE New beginners PACE classes are offered at Dance Trance Studio, 214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, 246-4600. dancetrancefitness.com FREE YOGA CLASS Free classes are held at 5:45 p.m. every Tue. at The Elements, 12795 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. 619-1587. elementsoftherapy.com IMPROV COMMUNICATION CLASSES Four-week programs of Improv Communication Classes for adults are held from 7-8:30 p.m., starting on the first Wed. of the month at The Improv Effect, 1738 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. 401-9485. jessie@improveffect.com NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 3586262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org  To list an event, send 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.

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Extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken and fresh organic produce. Wraps, sandwiches, soups. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 T.J. 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. 2128 Sadler Rd. 272-2011. $$ PLAE In Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2010 winner. Elegant dining featuring local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, 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. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on large oceanview deck. Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp and nightly specials. Late-night menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite local spot; Best of Jax 2010 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. $$ GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. 6132 Merrill Rd. 744-2333. $$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F Orange Tree serves hot dogs with slaw, chili cheese or sauerkraut, as well as personal size pizzas. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9501 Arlington Expwy., Regency Square. 721-3595. (For locations, visit orangetreehotdogs.com) $ PITA EXPRESS Philly, chicken fajita, falafel, chicken Caesar salad and eggplant parmigiana pitas, plus omelets and pancakes. CM. B, L & D, daily. 2754 Trollie Lane. 674-2637. $ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR F 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. $$ TREY’S DELI & GRILL F Fresh food served in a relaxed atmosphere. Burgers, Trey’s Reuben, deli sandwiches, pork, steaks, seafood, pies. Prime rib specials every Fri. night. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 2044 Rogero Rd. 744-3690. $$

AVONDALE, ORTEGA BEETHOVEN’S BAGEL BISTRO All-day breakfast menu with French toast and bagels. Lunch is deli fare, wraps, Reubens, paninis; dinner offers paella, chicken & dumplings. CM, BYOB. B, L & D, Wed.-Sat.; B & L, Sun. & Sat. 5917 Roosevelt Blvd. 771-6606. $$ BISCOTTIS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino. Revolving daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Half-portions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ THE CASBAH F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Middle Eastern cuisine is served in a friendly atmosphere. BW. L & D, daily. 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$


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From pasta to pizza, the dishes at Pizza Palace are based on Mama’s award-winning recipes. Choose from four locations around town, including San Marco (pictured). THE FOX RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The Fox has been a Jacksonville landmark for 50-plus years. Ian and Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, featuring homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ ORSAY Best of Jax 2010 winner. The French/American bistro focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Tues.Sat. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ RUAN THAI The elegant Avondale restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine, including curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 3951 St. Johns Ave. 384-6665. $$$ 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. $$ ’town Owner Meghan Purcell and Executive Chef Scott Ostrander bring the farm-to-table concept to Northeast Florida with their new Avondale restaurant, offering American fare with an emphasis on sustainability. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3611 St. Johns Ave. 345-2596. $$

BAYMEADOWS AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-ownedand-operated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brick-oven-baked pizza, and traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Dine-in or delivered. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ BOWL OF PHO This restaurant offers traditional Vietnamese noodle soup and authentic favorites like spring rolls, shrimp wraps and egg rolls. Big portions and a laid-back atmosphere. 9902 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-4455. $$ CHA-CHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Owner Celso Alvarado offers authentic Mexican fare with 26 combo dinners and specialty dishes including chalupas, enchiladas and burritos. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9903. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$$ 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. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F The first four elements are earth, water, air and fire — but here they prepare authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 Baymeadows Rd. 448-0500. $$ INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 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. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 7392498. larryssubs.com $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE F This Lebanese restaurant offers authentic Mediterranean cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE F Traditional Indian items include tandoori specials, South Indian, Indo-Chinese, vegetarian, biryani and thali style dishes. BW. L & D. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 10. 448-5999. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2010 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, fresh seafood and 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. $$ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Serving traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu in a contemporary atmosphere. B/W. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ STICKY FINGERS F See Beaches. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ TIMES GRILL F See Fleming Island. 10915 Baymeadows Rd. 674-2606. $$

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TKO’s Thai Hut offers Thai fusion, curry dishes, chef’s specials, steaks and sushi on Beach Boulevard west of the Intracoastal Waterway. BEACH BUDS CHICKEN F This cozy, family-owned place serves marinated fried or baked chicken: family meals (kids like Peruvian nuggets), giant tenders, in box lunches and as Mini-Me sandwiches, along with gizzards, livers, 15 sides and fried or blackened shrimp, fish, conch fritters, deviled crabs. TO. L & D, daily. 1289 Penman Road. 247-2828. $ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets and Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s Bongiorno family imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheese-steak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers and dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ 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 $ THE BRASSERIE & BAR This new French/European-style bistro and bar offers coq au vin, French onion soup, fritto misto, Moroccan-style lamb shank. FB. D, Tue.-Sun. 1312 Beach Blvd. 249-5800. $$$ BUDDHA’S BELLY Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 712-4444. $$ BURRITO CANTINA This hole-in-the-wall serves big burritos and big beers. TO. L & D, daily. 22 Seminole Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-2000. $ 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. $$ CARIBBEE KEY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AmerCaribbean cuisine includes seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Open-air deck bar upstairs; outdoor dining downstairs. FB. L & D, daily. 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach. 270-8940. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ COPPER TOP SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE F The menu features favorites from The Homestead, like fried chicken, homemade-style biscuits and cornbread, served in a family atmosphere inside a cozy log cabin. CM, FB. Sun. brunch; D, daily. 1712 Beach Blvd. 249-4776. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB F Four Culhane sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, featuring Guy Fieri’s (“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”) fave items — Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive

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wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F This new Jax Beach restaurant serves gastropub fare like soups, salads, flatbreads and specialty sandwiches, including BarBeCuban and beer dip. Daily specials, too. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ THE FISH COMPANY F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets, grilled tuna and an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ HALA SANDWICH SHOP & BAKERY Authentic Middle Eastern favorites include gyros, shwarma, pita bread, made fresh daily. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 1451 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 249-2212. $$ HOT DOG HUT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 Third St. S. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The full-service restaurant offers corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips. 30+ beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MEZZA LUNA RISTORANTE F A Beaches tradition for 20+ years. Favorites are Szechuan ahi tuna, lasagna Bolognese and wood-fired pizza. Inside or patio. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MIMI’S SPORTS GRILLE East meets West: Every dish is infused with Asian style and ingredients, including lumpia, yaki tori and several kinds of sushi. FB. L & D daily. 1021 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 270-1030. $$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar atmosphere. Favorites are pulled pork, Texas brisket and slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25 years, Monkey’s has served pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NORTH BEACH BISTRO F Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco with truffled mushroom risotto; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 Best of Jax 2010 winner. A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly


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and tacos, a customer favorite. CM, FB. 2223 C.R. 220. 264-3322. $ 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, OFquiches BENEFIT French toast. Lunch offersPROMISE entrée salads, and build-your-own burgers. Peanut butter pie is a customer favorite. Tea parties are held every Sat. B & L, daily. 3535 U.S. 17, Ste. 8. 264-7325. $$ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MERCURY MOON F Appetizers, sandwiches, desserts. Daily specials. TO, FB. L & D, daily. 2015 C.R. 220. 215-8999. $$ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$ ROCKIN RODZ BAR & GRILLE This place offers fresh fare, like Stratocaster shrimp, Hot Rod gumbo and handmade gourmet Angus burgers, served in a rockin’, upscale casual atmosphere. Dine indoors or out. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2574 C.R. 220, Stes. 4-7. 276-2000. $$ TIMES GRILL F The Louisiana-based restaurant has big burgers, seafood and old-fashioned malts. Eat a 1-1/2-pound Wall of Fame burger, get your picture on the Wall of Fame. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 1811 Town Center Blvd. 592-4400. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F This 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. $

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INTRACOASTAL AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ 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. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE The varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ 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 2010 winner. The familyowned-and-operated restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas and pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, including breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$ TIMES GRILL F See Fleming Island. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 25. 992-7288. $$ TKO’S THAI HUT F The menu offers Thai fusion, curry dishes, chef’s specials, steaks and healthy options. Sushi, too. Hookahs are also available. Dine inside or on the covered patio. FB. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46. 647-7546. $$ ZAITOON MEDITERRANEAN GRILL Traditional Mediterranean family recipes are blended to create Spanish, French, Italian and Middle Eastern inspired dishes. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, Harbour Village. 221-7066. $$

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683-1964. $ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ RUSSO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Traditional Italian cuisine includes veal, eggplant, seafood, steak. CM. D, Tue.-Sun. 2750 Race Track Rd., Ste. 106, Plantation Plaza. 287-4111. $$

MANDARIN AL’S PIZZA Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F This seafood place features an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, chicken wings and pasta. Favorites include ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas and kabobs. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side item. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, King, Snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New York-style 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 See Springfield. L & D, daily. 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. 619-8186. $$ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ 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. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet served daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2010 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT The fusion-style sushi restaurant offers oyster shooters, kobe beef shabushabu, Chilean sea bass and filet mignon. BW & sake. L & D, daily. 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8. 288-7999. $$ LET’S NOSH F The authentic Jewish deli offers a full breakfast, lunch, brunch and full-service deli counter. Real New York water bagels, bread baked on site and desserts. CM. B & L, daily. 9850 San Jose Blvd. 683-8346. $ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE A laid-back atmosphere with 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a full-service and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Made-to-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$

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ORANGE PARK GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sportsthemed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine and stuffed grouper are featured. Chef Nick’s salmon is a customer favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS This Italian restaurant’s specialty is the 24-slice pizza: 18”x26” of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches,

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popular lunches. 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 Homemade breads, pizza, white pizza, calzones and Italian entrees. Voted Best Pizza in Jax by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine offers fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster and 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. $$$ KARMA This homey place offers favorites from here and abroad, including burgers, wings, pastas, salads and apps, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Outdoor dining is available. Brunch menu on Sat. & Sun. CM, FB. L, Sat. & Sun.; D, daily. 822 A1A N., Ste. 105. 834-3942. $$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks feature Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers his eclectic cuisine featuring local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2010 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ SIMPLE FAIRE F Simple Faire offers breakfast and lunch favorites, featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses served on fresh bread. Daily specials. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3020 Hartley Rd., Ste. 110. 683-2542. $$ 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. $$$ URBAN FLATS Ancient world-style flatbread is paired with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches and entrées, served in a casual, urban atmosphere. An international wine list is offered. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$

RIVERSIDE, 5 POINTS, WESTSIDE AJ’S ON PARK STREET 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. 598-0188. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery offers classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, all made from scratch, including the popular petit fours and custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Riverside. 389-7117. $ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ CROSS CREEK F See Springfield. 850 S. Lane Ave. 783-9579. $$ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F See San Marco. 2753 Park


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St. 384-9999. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F A deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice & smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses; natural, organic and raw items. Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HJ’S BAR & GRILL F This grill serves traditional American fare: burgers, sandwiches, wraps and platters of ribs, shrimp and fish. CM, FB. L & D, Sat. & Sun., D, Mon.Fri. 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1. 317-2783. $$ 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. $ JACKSONS GRILL Locally owned spot has an original menu of fried pickle chips, Rockin’ Ranch burgers, gumbo, sandwiches. BW, TO. B, L & D, daily. 1522 King St. 384-8984. $$ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.-Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemadestyle sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 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. $$ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fishn-chips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare is prepared with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily, along with a large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ PIZZA PALACE ON THE 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 Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumpling), tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, Calif. roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ F Authentic Japanese cuisine with a variety of sushi plus entrees like king salmon, katsu and teriyaki. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. 384-2888. $$ TIMES GRILL F See Fleming Island. 5149 Normandy Blvd., Ste. 1. 854-7501. $$ 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.

A1A ALE WORKS F The 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. $$ BEACH STREET PIZZA New York and Chicago style pizzas, calzones and homemade pasta dishes, all made from fresh ingredients., served in a beach-theme atmosphere. CM. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 4171 A1A S. 461-0910. $$ 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 ELEVEN F Eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ CARMELO’S PIZZERIA F Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head PROMISE OF BENEFIT meats and cheeses, fresh salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ 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. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ 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. $$ HURRICANE PATTY’S F Casual waterfront seafood place features lunch specials, nightly dinners. Dine inside or on the deck. L & D, daily. 69 Lewis Blvd. 827-1822. $$ 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. $

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MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution in an 1884 building, serving Ultimate Nachos, soups, sandwiches, daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just 1 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. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Familyowned-and-operated, with a creative menu of wines, nightly specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. D, Tue.-Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ RAINTREE The restaurant, located in a Victorian home, offers a menu with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ SCARLETT O’HARA’S Best of Jax 2010 winner. Serving Southern fare, barbecue and seafood. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 70 Hypolita St. 824-6535. $$ SHENANIGANS SIDELINES SPORTS GRILL The sports grill serves 80+ craft, imported & domestic beers, and homemade-style sandwiches. L & D, daily. 4010 U.S. 1 S. 217-3051. $$ SUNSET GRILLE Casual Key West style and a seafoodheavy 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. $$$ ZHANRAS F Art-themed tapas-style place has small plate items in a casual, contemporary space. Entrée portions available. CM, FB. D, daily; Sun. brunch. 108 Anastasia Blvd. 823-3367. $$

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ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER, TINSELTOWN BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, Blackfinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken and flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2010 winner. 13249 City Square Dr. 751-9711. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. fiveguys.com $ THE GRAPE BISTRO & WINE BAR F More than 145 wines, along with a tapas menu of gourmet fare to pair with the wine list. A wide selection of beer is also served. L & D, daily. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 642-7111. $$ ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR F 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. $$ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria brings Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce to Jax. Libretto’s serves third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-the-oven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ 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. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. $ mellowmushroom.com MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET F Featuring seafood, an ever-changing menu of more than 180 items includes cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE 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 steakhouse has an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L,

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Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F See Orange Park. 7860 Gate Parkway. 253-3314. $$ 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, fresh seafood, sandwiches and desserts. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ SUITE This new premium lounge and restaurant at St. Johns Town Center offers chef-driven small plates and an extensive list of specialty cocktails, served in a sophisticated atmosphere. FB. D & late-nite, nightly. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 493-9305. $$ URBAN FLATS See Ponte Vedra. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Road. 642-1488. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Authentic Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER Best of Jax 2010 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. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F Serving up 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-WING (9464). $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi & sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$

SAN JOSE 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. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Burgers, sandwiches, nachos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-BURG. $ DICK’S WINGS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. This NASCARthemed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. dickswingsandgrill.com $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolina-style barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$

SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK b.b.’s F A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; brunch & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F Best of Jax 2010 winner. French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, award-winning wines, woodfired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Indoor, outdoor dining. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ BISTRO 41 F Omelets, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, Metro Creations and Bistro Bites. Low carb dishes. B & L, Mon.Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Wine by the glass. Tapas-style menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ 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. $ KIRIN SUSHI F On San Marco Square. All-new sushi menu. Dine under neon in a cool atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 1950 San Marco Blvd., Ste. 1. 399-3305. $$. 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. $$ MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ PIZZA PALACE F It’s all homemade from Mama’s award-winning recipes: spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar offers fresh juices, froyo (frozen yogurt), teas, coffees made one cup at a time, along with 30 kinds of smoothies. B, L & D, daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE A Best of Jax 2010 winner. Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood in an upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. SAN MARCO DELI F The independently owned & operated classic diner serves grilled fish, turkey burgers and lunch meats roasted daily in-house. Vegetarian options, including tempeh, too. Mon.-Sat. 1965 San Marco Blvd. 399-1306. $ TAVERNA SAN MARCO Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas and entrées served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$

SOUTHSIDE 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. $$ CITY BUFFET CHINESE RESTAURANT A variety of Chinese-style dishes on one large buffet. Beer, TO, L & D, daily. 5601 Beach Blvd. 345-2507. $ THE CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. The Fresh Bar offers fine wine, cocktails, martinis. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual, El Potro cooks it fresh, made-to-order — fast, hot, simple. Daily specials and buffet at most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 733-0844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. elpotrorestaurant.com $ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F A local institution since 1975 serves house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. Best of Jax 2010 winner. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$

LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE Stylish yet simple gastropub features Southern-style cuisine made with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F New York-style thin crust, brick-oven-cooked gluten-free pizzas, calzones, sandwiches (Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses). BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AYCE sushi and two teppanyaki grill items are included in buffet price. FB. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$

SPRINGFIELD, NORTHSIDE BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR F A full menu of sportsbar faves; pizzas till 2 a.m. Dine inside or on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA F The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ JAX RIVER CITY CAFÉ Traditional breakfast fare includes omelets, sandwiches. Lunch features subs, burgers, sandwiches, grilled paninis, daily hot specials. Dine-in, carryout. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 4807 N. Main St. 355-9111. $ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees like eggplant parmigiana, shrimp scampi. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F A locally-owned-andoperated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch, served in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ SHARKY’S WINGS & GRILL A family-friendly restaurant with apps, burgers, subs & shrimp, plus 16 flavors of wings — get ’em in orders of 6-100. L & D, daily. 12400 Yellow Bluff Rd., Oceanway. 714-0995. $$ THREE LAYERS CAFE F Lunch, bagels, desserts, and the adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL F This modern restaurant’s menu features popular favorites: salads, sandwiches and pizza, as well as fine European cuisine. Nightly specials. 2467 Faye Rd., Northside. 647-8625. $$ UPTOWN MARKET F In the 1300 Building at the corner of Third & Main. Fresh fare made with the same élan that rules Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$ 

WINE LISTINGS ANJO LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Thur. 9928 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-2656 AROMAS CIGAR & WINE BAR Best of Jax 2010 winner. Call for schedule. 4372 Southside Blvd., 928-0515 BLUE BAMBOO 5:30-7:30 p.m., every first Thur. 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478 CIRCLE JAPAN “Sake 101” 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 12192 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, Southside, 710-5193 THE GIFTED CORK Tastings daily. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE GRAPE 5-7:30 p.m. every Wed.; 1-4 p.m. every Sat. 10281 Midtown Pkwy., Ste. 119, SJTC, 642-7111 THE GROTTO 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726 MONKEY’S UNCLE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-1070 NORTH BEACH BISTRO 6-8 p.m. every Tue. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 OCEAN 60 6-8 p.m every Mon. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 PUSSERS CARIBBEAN GRILL 6 p.m., every second Fri. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-7766

RIVERSIDE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1035 Park St., Five Points, 356-4517 THE TASTING ROOM 6-8 p.m. every first Tue. 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 810-2400 TASTE OF WINE Daily. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 9, Atlantic Beach, 246-5080 TOTAL WINE & MORE Noon-6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 300, 998-1740 URBAN FLATS 5-8 p.m. every Wed. 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515 WHOLE FOODS MARKET 6 p.m. every Thur. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 288-1100 THE WINE BAR 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 320 First St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0211 WINE WAREHOUSE 4-7 p.m. every Fri. 665 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 246-6450 4434 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 448-6782 1188 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, 389-9997 4085 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, 471-9900 ZAITOON MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 6-8 p.m., every first & third Wed. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, Intracoastal W., 221-7066 

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Those Ingenious Western Spies!

In January, Saudi officials detained a vulture from Tel Aviv University (part of endangeredspecies research), calling it a spy and alarming its Israeli handlers that the bird might face a gruesome execution as an espionage agent. Then, a day later, Iran reportedly detained an Arab-American woman crossing its border from Armenia — after discovering a “spy microphone” in her teeth. (A week later, she was allowed to travel to Turkey.) In December, after an Egyptian woman was killed by a shark at a Red Sea resort, the local Egyptian governor accused Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, of releasing “attack sharks” to stifle tourism.

Cultural Diversity

A supposedly centuries-old Korean health treatment — the vaginal steam bath — has become a popular fad recently in Southern California, according to a December Los Angeles Times report. As the client squats on an open-seated stool, vapors of herbs such as wormwood supposedly fight stress, infections, hemorrhoids, infertility and irregular menstrual periods. Thirty minutes’ treatment runs $20 to $50, and according to a prominent Beverly Hills gynecologist, the procedure actually could be beneficial. Among the don’t-miss tourist attractions in Thailand, according to author Jim Algie’s recent guide (“Bizarre Thailand”): the monkey hospital in Lopbun, where terminal patients are treated with utmost respect (pending, of course, their imminent reincarnation); “Tortoise Town” in Khon Kaen province, where those critters outnumber humans by 4-to-1 and dominate the streets with shell-butting matingrights competitions. China’s dynamic economy has created Western-style insecurities, including young women’s anxieties about beauty and selfimprovement as they look for employment. Consequently, China has become the world’s third-largest consumer of plastic surgery services — with demand that may challenge the skilled surgeon supply. Women typically want wider eyes, “sliced” eyelids, narrower noses and jaws, and smaller chins, and both men and women seek height by attempting the painful (and usually unsuccessful) “heel implant” procedure. Every Dec. 24 in Sweden, at 3 p.m., one third to one half of all Swedes watches the same traditional TV program that’s marked Christmas for the last 50 years: historic Donald Duck cartoons. According to a Slate. com December report, the show is ingrained in the national psyche because it was the first big holiday program when Swedes began to buy TVs in 1959. Entire families still watch together, repeating their favorite lines.

Latest Cutting-Edge Research

Georgia Tech scientists tested (for an October publication) the “oscillatory shaking” they witnessed by wet mice and various-sized wet dogs as they shook water off — finding an inverse ratio between size and speed, from 27 cycles per second by a mouse to 5.8 by a mid-sized dog. Their original hypothesis was that speed would decrease according to “torso radius,” but they forgot to factor in the length of the animals’ fur. Israeli researchers, writing in the journal Fertility and Sterility, found that women undergoing in-vitro fertilization were almost 74 | FOLIO WEEKLY | FEBRUARY 8-14, 2011

twice as likely to conceive if they had been made to laugh by a hospital “clown” entertaining them as soon as their embryos were implanted.

Latest Religious Messages

In December, the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) announced it issued 350,000 “fatwas” in 2010 — not the “death to” fatwas, but Quranic interpretations governing everyday life. Last year, The Authority ruled car raffles are bad, vuvuzelas are acceptable if kept under 100 decibels, afternoon naps are prohibited because time should be better spent and half-sisters may shake hands with their brothers, even if their mother is Christian.

News That Sounds Like a Joke

When longtime Orange County, Calif., inmate Malcolm King demanded kosher meals and double helpings, jailers resisted, and King went to court. Judge Derek Johnson asked King if his demands were religion-based, and King said yes — citing “Festivus” (a joke religion popularized on “Seinfeld”). According to a December Orange County Register report, the judge approved King’s demands. A 2010 Chicago Tribune public-records examination of suburban Chicago trafficstop drug searches found that sniffer dogs are usually wrong — 56 percent of all “positive” signals by dogs yielded no contraband (73 percent failure if the driver was Hispanic).

Least Competent Criminals

A perp wanted on an arrest warrant has a powerful incentive to lie about his ID if stopped by police, and sometimes bluffing with a bogus name works. However, twice in January, in Dallas and Great Falls, Mont., perps gave other names, only to learn that people with those names were in as much trouble as they were. Mario Miramontes, 22, wanted for parole violation, told an officer in Dallas that he was his cousin, without knowing the cousin was wanted for sexual abuse of a minor. Jonothan Gonsalez told police in Great Falls he was Timothy Koop Jr., but Koop was also a wanted man.

Rape Victims Re-Victimized

“Ashley,” attacked at age 15 by a counselor in a New York City lockup, finally received justice in September when the counselor pleaded guilty to that assault and two others. Ashley had been in lockup for lying on a police report and served one year in juvenile detention. The counselor’s guilty pleas came in a deal with the prosecutor, for which he was “punished” by a probationonly sentence, according to an October New York Daily News story. Thus, Ashley was locked up after the rape; the rapist remains forever free. “H.S.,” a high school cheerleader in Silsbee, Texas, claimed sexual assault in October 2008 by a classmate-athlete, who a year later was indicted and pleaded guilty to simple assault, receiving a suspended sentence. In February 2009, while the attacker still denied culpability, H.S., though cheering for the team at a basketball game, refused to specifically cheer for her attacker and was kicked off the squad. A federal judge and appeals court subsequently ruled that H.S. had no right to withhold her cheering — though the attacker’s right to falsely claim innocence remained inviolate.  Chuck Shepherd WeirdNews@earthlink.net


FreeWill Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Before I loved you, nothing was my own,” wrote Pablo Neruda to his lover in a sonnets. “It all belonged to someone else — to no one.” Have you ever experienced a sense of being dispossessed like that? A sense of there being nowhere and nothing in the world you can call your own? And have you fantasized that your emptiness could be remedied by the intimate presence of a special companion? I wish for you to have that consoling experience in the week ahead. In fact, I predict it. Happy Valentine Daze! TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You’re familiar with the inexhaustible longings you harbor in your depths. Your primal hungers for love and connection are never far from your awareness. But the sad thing is, you often think it’s a problem — as a vulnerability that disempowers you. This Valentine season, change all that. See your enormous yearnings as strengths … celebrate them as essential fuel for your vitality … treat them as crucial ingredients in your lust for life. Take it from someone who’s seen too many people crippled by a lack of passion: You’re lucky to be so well-endowed with desire. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Happy Valentine Daze! Here’s my prescription for making best use of current cosmic currents: Be enchanting, but in an understated way. Be slyly charismatic, innocently flirtatious and serenely wild. Show how sexy it is to be sublimely relaxed. Make judicious use of small acts of friendly mischief. Be affectionately unpredictable, always in the service of showing how much you care. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your love story has elements of a farce mixed with a soap opera, fairy tale and ghost story. For a normal human being, it may be too intense and convoluted to deal with; it requires so much willing suspension of disbelief and involves so much letting go of certainty that no one in their right mind would agree to its demands. Luckily, you’re not a normal human being these days, and you’re not particularly in your right mind. Ride this snaky tale for all it’s worth. Enjoy every plot twist and riddle as if you’ve been given an epic myth you can ponder and learn from for the next 10 years. Happy Valentine Daze! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “I think, therefore I am,” declared philosopher Descartes. Couldn’t he have also said, “I feel, therefore I am” or “I sense, therefore I am”? During this Valentine season, put the emphasis on those other proofs of identity, not Descartes’. From what I can tell, intimacy is most likely to thrive if you liberate it from excessive thinking and lubricate it with generous amounts of trans-rational contact. For love’s sake, empty your head of abstractions, opinions and theories. Make room for the aroma of freshly washed hair, the shimmer of peaceful excitement, the shuddering solace of moist skin, the zing of poignant empathy, the wisdom of wandering hands and the telepathy of shared perceptions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Happy Valentine Daze! What’s the best way to celebrate the season of love? In accordance with astrological omens, here’s a suggestion: Write haiku-like poems on scraps of red paper and leave them around for a special someone to find. You can borrow these, adopted from the work of Raymond Roseliep. 1) “mist on my mouth — air you touched.” 2) “I tried to bring you that one cloud in this cup of water.” 3) “black raspberries — your name breaking in the soft burst.” 4) “love song: I enter your mirror.” To get more inspired, go to tinyurl.com/brisk88. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Happy Valentine Daze! In my astrological opinion, you need more jokes, comedy and humor in your romantic adventures. If you’re too serious about seeking the pleasures of love, you can’t get what

you want. To inspire your efforts, here’s the winning entry from last year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, judged the worst possible opening line for a novel. It’s perfect fodder for the project I’m assigning: “For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss — a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world’s thirstiest gerbil.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): This Valentine season, you have considerable potential to bring more lyricism into close relationships. To stimulate that noble effort, I’m borrowing from Andre Breton’s poetry. See if you can adopt this style of expressing yourself (or steal the actual words) as you reach out to a person you’d like to be closer to: “Your neck is pearled barley. Your hair is a wood fire. Your mouth is a bouquet of stars. Your eyelashes are a child’s first stroke of writing. Your eyebrows are the edge of a swallow’s nest. Your shoulders are dolphins’ heads under the ice. Your fingers? The ace of hearts. Your armpits? Beechnut and midsummer night. Your arms are the sea foam and flood gate foam. Your feet are bunches of keys.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best,” wrote poet Gabriela Mistral. That’s an important theme to keep in mind during amour season. Your job as a lover is not to be inflated with perfect knowledge of how to proceed, not to stride forcefully into each romantic nuance with your confidence exploding … but rather to stumble along humbly, waging experiment after experiment, striving to kindle the spark, unleash the deluge, conjure the whirlwind, burrow into the dirty, sacred depths — or whatever the idiosyncratic truth of the moment calls for. Happy Valentine Daze! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Happy Valentine Daze! Borrowing from poet Amy Lowell, I’ve made the nucleus of a love note for you to use as your own. Feel free to give these words (and others you write) to one whose destiny needs to be woven more intimately with yours. “Your shadow is moonlight on a plate of silver; your footsteps, the seeding-place of lilies; the mystery of your voice, a chime of bells across the windless river air. The movement of your hands is the long golden running of light from a rising sun. Young horses are not more limber than your thoughts. Your laughs are bees buzzing around a pear tree. I dare to reach to you. I dare to touch the rim of your brightness.” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): When some Westerners hear the term “tantra,” they think it’s a New Age codeword for lavish sex. But in its original form, tantra is a philosophy advocating spiritual union with all of creation, not just erotic union with an attractive partner. Tantric practitioners may engage in metaphorical “lovemaking” with lizards, birch trees, clouds, rivers and quirky friends, among others. Experiment with this perspective. I bet you find that cultivating lusty compassion for the whole world enhances your intimacy with those you care about. Happy Valentine Daze! PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In many weddings I’ve been to as a guest, the love birds sealed their vows with a chaste kiss — a formal gesture without much spontaneous passion. But in a recent marriage ceremony I attended, the new husband and wife showed little inhibition at the climax. They French-kissed in a prolonged embrace that included ample groping. In the week ahead, put yourself as much as possible in situations where you can express that kind of freewheeling spirit. Happy Valentine Daze!  Rob Brezsny freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com FEBRUARY 8-14, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 75


RED HAIRED FEMME FATALE Watched you as you walk into your hotel, been catching secret glimpses of you while we work our shifts. You: beautiful long red hair, slender tight body with a booty, amazing smile. Wish you would appear on my hospital floor to say hi. You can have my heart, you’re so amazing. Me: dorky hospital care worker, in the Transplant unit, Mayo Clinic. Big white pickup truck. When: Jan. 26, 2011. Where: Marriot Courtyard @ Mayo Clinic. #1072-0208 TALL SVELTE BLONDE RIVERSIDE SNOW HUNNY 3,300 feet high on a mountain in a Patagonia snowsuit with two layers of North Face gloves and you still looked hot. I thought cabin fever was a bad thing until seeing you bathe in the kitchen. You were perfect; but I’m sorry for the frozen lock, rustic staircase, chick coffee, and the TSA confiscating your moonshine. Let me make it up to you by taking you from the top of the mountains to the depths of the sea. When: Jan. 19, 2011. Where: Riverside/Gatlinburg. #1071/0208 PIGEON-TOED QUEEN You had on a black dress with black heels. You were at Square One with your girl who has the same first name as you. We danced, we kissed. It felt like the best night of my life. You mentioned that you are pigeon-toed … we laughed. I lost your number. When: Jan. 24, 2011. Where: Square One. #1070-0208 BLUE HEELS ON BROADWAY Saw u at Broadway Deli across from St. Lukes. YOU: brunette, white striped shirt, blue skirt, striking blue heels. ME: white shirt, gray slacks. Couldn’t take my eyes off you. Saw you grab a Folio Weekly, thought I’d take a chance. When: Lunchtime, Feb. 1, 2011. Where: Broadway Deli. #1069-0208

love to fly kites with some gin and tonic in hand. You told me your hamburger phone was out of order. Well babe, I know just how to fix it. Let me be your lady Bleeker? Dream Big! When: Jan. 7, 2011. Where: Tom & Betty’s on Roosevelt. #1059-0118

BIBLICAL AND ATYPICAL You stopped me in my stumbling tracks, and only got a few words out before my friends pulled me away... I kept looking back at you as I left the bar, hoping you would follow. Where were we? When: Dec. 31, 2010. Where: The Beaches. #1053-0111

INTERESTING WAITER Interesting waiter who served my table the banquet. We looked at each other and talked briefly afterwards but not privately. Would like to chat more and get more acquainted. And, yes the glasses do make a tone. When: Dec. 10, 2010. Where: Banquet. #1049-1228

PLAYBOY BUNNY I saw you with a Bocefus-looking dog hanging out of the window of your Camry. You were wearing scrubs but otherwise looking like a Playboy bunny. I was in a truck with the candy paint selling George Foremans and I saw that look on your face. Only rasta free the people... Meet me at the park. When: Jan. 4, 2011. Where: Hodges. #1058-0118

STUNNING BRUNETTE W/ HIGHLIGHTS We met at Tinseltown on 12/08. We were both on dates and saw the movie “Unstoppable.” We talked at the bathrooms afterwards, you told me I had 15 secs to get your number but I was too slow. Our dates interrupted us. You: Stunning beauty, big beautiful green eyes, dressed down but looking amazing. Me: Sweat pants and a hoodie. Maybe we can get a movie together? Without the dates of course! When: Dec. 9, 2010. Where: Tinseltown Theatres. #1052-0104

FRESH FROM THE GARDEN BOY You: big, muscular, Hispanic, dark skin, boy with the sexiest accent ever. I heard you go nuts 4 blondes. When: Dec. 5, 2010. Where: Garden Cafe. #1048-1228

YOU KNEW MY NAME Getting pizza after hours and you knew my name, I was too dumbfounded to ask for yours. You had an amazing smile and were wearing a black dress and glasses. If we meet again, I’ll try not to be at a loss for words. When: Jan. 1, 2011. Where: Northstar Pizza and Subs. #1057-0118 DELLWOOD DELIGHT I used to see you at the Brick regularly but I never had the guts to talk to you; now I see you cruising around in your green BMW convertible frequently. You: short, thin and beautiful. Me: uncontrollably shouts “I love you” whenever I see you. Our houses share the same street; do we have anything else in common? When: Dec. 23, 2010. Where: Riverside. #1055-0111 IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY Green eyes and hair of gold. It was your birthday. You and a friend were having a good time shooting darts. Can’t stop thinking about you. When: Nov. 19, 2010. Where: Monkey’s Uncle San Jose Blvd. #1054-0111

HOW TO BE A VETERINARIAN You asked me to not tell anyone, but you want to be a vet. We talked a little bit after you rang me up and walked around the counter to talk to me some more. I should have ask for your number. If you’re single I’d love to talk to you again. What did I try to pay with or where do I work? When: Dec. 16, 2010. Where: Larry’s on Westside. #1051-1228 WE COMPARED OUR INJURED ARMS And you definitely caught my eye! After the trash cans “jumped out in front of me” in the aisle, you noticed my scar and we talked. You said my story was better than yours, and wished us a good night when you saw us later. Was hoping you’d ask for my number but you didn’t. Are you interested? I am. When: Dec. 18, 2010. Where: Walmart-San Jose Blvd. #1050-1228

SEXY SAILOR THAT STOLE MY HEART You: tall, dark and handsome Greek god. Me: short, awkward red head. Smiled at me as you left the bar chasing after your drunk girlfriend. Call me, I’m into that scene. When: Jan. 21, 2011. Where: Marks. #1066-0201

SAW YOU AT THE GYM LAST NIGHT You looked distressed, like something was on your mind. That furrowed brow was beautiful. Would you give me a chance to make you smile? Me-Man: You-Woman. When: Jan. 18, 2011. Where: The Gym. #1063-0201 SWEET MODEL You: modelesk, heels, designer jeans, dark coat, healthy hair. You have the cutest nose. Me: Boots, jeans, hard hat, vest. You showed where the sugar is! Let’s have Starbucks and conversate. When: Jan. 10, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m. Where: Jax Gate @ 95 and Baymeadows. #1062-0125 NO TIME CAN BIND THIS Pockets fed with sand from nights among the beach, my heart in your hand. I lost it all in your voice at Rendezvous, blonde hair glaring my vision from the sight I’d soon often not see. Hard to grasp all I can do is wait with hands full of hope of you coming around. When: Jan. 5, 2011. Where: Rendezvous, #1061-0125 BLEEKER SEEKS HER JUNO Sassy petite server at Tom & Betty’s who I said could be Ellen Page’s stunt double. I’d

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CONTAGIOUS SMILE AT BEACH HUT I walked in and there you were again, you and your gorgeous smile and super sweet personality. I have gone many times before for breakfast but for some reason never managed to ask you out. I even left you my number once, but no call. Are you even single? Signed, Burger & fries. When: Dec. 11, 2010. Where: Beach Hut Cafe. #1045-1221

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O TRESPASSING. The jingle of a chain link fence. A giggle-tinged whisper. A frantic dash. The smell of sweet earthy rotting-wood musk. A surge of adrenaline, a drum roll of the heart. Sneaking into Public School No. 4, the gargantuan abandoned brick elementary school that sits rotting away in Jacksonville’s Riverside area is, it seems, one of the last real adventures left for a Northeast Florida urban teenager. The decaying carcass of this once-glorious school attracts some for the inspiration it provides, others because it is a tantalizing glimpse into our city’s past, and many, as senior Kellie Wyatt puts it, “Because entering School 4 is like a rite of passage … you feel like you just have to do it.” The school is worn down, to say the least. The red-brick walls, exterior and interior, are crumbling, cascading with plants and covered with layer upon layer of graffiti, featuring a wide spectrum of vibrant colors and vibrantly “colorful” phrases. The last remaining boards of the once-wood floor fade into large dirt patches, and you can smell the age of the place in the thick, musky air. Walking across the largest room in the school, an auditorium with a completely caved-in roof, requires one to wade through a veritable forest of prickly weeds, swarming with mosquitoes and laced with glass and garbage. The classrooms that surround it aren’t much better … especially since they feature boarded-up windows that let in little or no light to help you look out for random gaping holes in the floor. However, students who’ve explored the school seem to find a strange kind of beauty in its dilapidation. “It’s dirty,” says Rebecca Runyon, a senior. “It smells like dust and asbestos. It feels cold, even when it’s hot outside. The whole place echoes because of the bare walls. It’s broken and covered in graffiti, but still beautiful.” Wyatt agrees. “It’s beautiful. I love the old architecture and what decay has done to the place. It’s broken and grungy, yet at the same time, it’s brimming with life.” She adds, “It’s the whole ‘nature’s reclaim’ thing: You’d see a dirty wall covered in graffiti, and then overgrown with vegetation. And there’s all sorts of trash inside that can tell you all kinds of stories about the place.” However meaningful it may be to these students, though, the school might not be around forever. Since it was officially abandoned and condemned in 1971, much tumult has surrounded its fate. In 1999, the structure was purchased by Foundation Holding Incorporated and plans were drawn to begin construction on a set of condominiums. This led to the angry uprise of a multitude of historic societies, spawning a movement to grant the site historical landmark designation, which was achieved in 2000. The city soon

it is, continuing to serve as a fascinating and determined, though, that the building would accessible explorer’s playground. But, as Wyatt cost far too much to refurbish and since then, notes, this isn’t really the most logical hope there has been much back and forth in council to have. regarding possible demolition. “Speaking truthfully, I want everyone to just To the students who love it so dearly, like leave it the way it is. It’s an adventure,” she says, senior Zachary Mease, this course of action “but practically speaking, it should be restored would be an outrage. and turned into something useful.” “Demolition would be a stab at the heels While preservation efforts have been of anyone who has ever explored the school, increasing recently, due to the work of Tim studied its architecture or even shown the Kinnear. He’s been heading a volunteer cleanup slightest bit of appreciation toward historical effort on the building’s exterior since 2008, preservation,” he says. “This city has an with the hope of salvaging it, but the fate of the addiction to demolishing anything currently useless, and too little respect for its own Students Enrique Cabrera and Emma Shoots in the architectural history.” abandoned School No. 4. (Photo: Suzie Hritz) Runyon also stresses the importance of preservation. “I think it should be preserved, not demolished,” she asserts. “If it is demolished, it will [destroy] what’s left of old Jacksonville. It’s a legend and a trademark and should be protected.” Emma Shoots, a senior, sees something romantic in the idea of the structure’s slow corrosion. “I like it like it is,” says Shoots. “I don’t think they should build a strip mall there or something. I don’t see any better way to use the space. I like the idea that it would just, like, decay into the ground and that it would just keep warping over time.” There’s something to be said for this line of thinking. In our modernized, fast-paced city, it often seems like every surface has been coated in concrete. It’s become the type of school is still unsure. We can only hope that place where, if you can’t find the right flavor of this historical structure plays some part in our scone in the Starbucks you’re in, you can walk city’s future. across the street to another one. In this type of “A beautiful, lovable, sustainable city was commercialized, vanilla world, it can become never built using stucco and parking lots,” says difficult to satisfy that natural human sense Mease. “It is our history that defines us, and of exploration. makes us both perceivable and unique to the So, since it feels like there is nothing left to outside world.”  be found, what’s old becomes new again. Old, forgotten buildings like this one corrode and Zoie Matthew are draped in a natural overgrowth, creating a unique, surreal, novel landscape that can help Zoie Matthew is a senior at Douglas Anderson satisfy the modern adventurer’s urges. School of the Arts and a reporter for the In an ideal world, the school may be left as school’s newspaper.

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