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Cash-strapped Fernandina Beach rejects $700,000 in federal beach renourishment funds. p. 7

Firebrand painter Lee Harvey returns home to “Jesusville.” p. 33

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24 32 EDITOR’S NOTE p. 4 MAIL Should the water use of prominent Jaguars prompt fan retaliation? Plus what Sen. John Thrasher could learn from a schoolteacher. p. 5 NEWS Cash-strapped Fernandina Beach turns down $700,000 in federal beach renourishment funds. p. 7 Upcoming Tour de Farm is a local/organic tour de force. p. 10

20 MOVIES Review of “The Lincoln Lawyer,” and a look at the upcoming Citrus Cel Animation Festival. p. 20 MUSIC The nontraditional bluegrass of the Punch Brothers. Plus Springing the Blues celebrates its 21st birthday (shots!). p. 24 ARTS Comic Kathy Griffin brings her blistering standup to Northeast Florida. Plus Firebrand painter Lee Harvey returns home to “Jesusville.” p. 32 NEWS OF THE WEIRD Pissing in academia. p. 46

BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Post-election buzz collection. Plus baggy pants and bestiality bills move like butter through the sausage factory. p. 8 COVER STORY After two years of fighting childabuse charges, autism teacher Rhona Silver was cleared. A look at the journey, its costs and its casualties. p. 13 OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 19

BACKPAGE The Clara White Mission reminds us that some of the city’s most intractable problems have simple solutions. p. 51 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 11 SPORTSTALK p. 12 HAPPENINGS p. 36 DINING GUIDE p. 38 I SAW U p. 47 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 48 CLASSIFIEDS p. 49 march 29-april 4, 2011 | folio weekly | 3


The runofff between Alvin Brown and Mike Hogan forces a choice between ideas and ideology.

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acksonville’s primary election results last week delivered a rare, resounding defeat to the political players who typically run things. Forget, for a moment, the candidates who lost, and recall who backed them. The Chamber of Commerce. The Civic Council (formerly “the Non-Group”). The Weavers. The Tom PetwayPeter Rummell-Herb Peyton-Preston HaskellJohn Rood-Mike Hightower axis of influence. Though not always in political lockstep — indeed, these powerful financiers split their support between Rick Mullaney and Audrey Moran — they are nonetheless accustomed to having their way. They’ve backed the occupants of the Mayor’s Office for the past 24 years, through the Austin-Delaney-Peyton years,

than ideology, where people favor (dare we say cling to?) their guns and religion, and fear the government as much as any 21st-century boogeyman. It’s this demographic that’s allowed Hogan to lock down the Tea Party vote, but it’s off-putting to professional business folks, tending as it does to reinforce Jacksonville’s lowbrow reputation. Hogan doesn’t think city taxes should finance public libraries. He wants to sell Preservation Project lands. He cracks jokes about bombing abortion clinics. He blows off public debates, and declines to answer questions from reporters about whether he’d stay in the state pension system if elected (a choice that could mean the difference between his current $88,000 annual pension and a $146,000 annual

It’s not beyond conceiving of an emerging centrist alliance in Jacksonville. Indeed, the numbers from last week’s election suggest a kind of progressive majority in the making.

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and they certainly expected to have a hand in selecting the next one. Only not so much. After last week’s surprising defeat of both “chosen” candidates, the nongroup’s membership is left with an unappetizing choice: Pile on Mike Hogan’s wagon or back (gasp!) a Democrat in Alvin Brown. The choice is obviously a test of party loyalty, and let’s just say right off that we know the outcome. Despite the fact that almost every diehard Duval Republican would have identified (and voted) as a Democrat less than 25 years ago, the new GOP faithful are immutably partisan, more likely to ford the St. Johns River in hip-waders than cross party lines. Given that we know the outcome, let’s take a moment to explore the tradeoff that these influential backers must make to get there. Because it isn’t without consequence. And pivoting to support Hogan isn’t as simple as changing the name on a campaign donation check. The reality is that this group of power brokers really doesn’t like Hogan. Supporters of Hogan say that’s because he’s not in their pocket, and that’s at least half-true. His roots are more pure Westside than Ortega, for sure, and he doesn’t mind bucking the dictates of the city’s business boosters, as he did in his 1993 vote against the Jaguars’ lease agreement. But the power elite’s antipathy for Hogan has more to do with what he represents for the city’s future. An old-school Westsider, he hails from a place defined less by physical geography

pension). In all, not an ideal leader for a city trying to compete in a well-educated global marketplace (or even a marginally educated national one). The concerns of Hogan’s “haters” overlap to some extent with those of Democrats, and it’s not beyond conceiving of an emerging centrist alliance in Jacksonville. Indeed, the numbers from last week’s election suggest a kind of progressive majority in the making: The city’s lone Democrat in a countywide seat (John Crescimbeni) was re-elected with 55 percent of the vote; moderate Republicans Bill Bishop and Lori Boyer won handily; and even a conservative stalwart like GOP vice chair Robin Lumb has to face a no-party affiliation candidate, Donald Foy, in the runoff. The results at least hint at a city ready to move beyond the strictures of history, and the hard limitations of party lines. But May is probably too soon for that kind of transformation to occur. And so the predictable story begins its inevitable denouement: Hogan holdouts fall in line, first with noses held, and eventually with fullthroated shouts of approval. The money flows, the requisite Republican voters turn out, and the city is delivered to four or eight years of unenlightened stewardship. You don’t have to see the future to know it’s going to happen. You only have to see what the city’s power elite cannot see beyond. Party, dude. The one that never ends.  Anne Schindler themail@folioweekly.com


Who You Know

In a column reprinted recently by the St. Pete Times, David Broder shared how being in the hospital with two dozen prostate surgery patients, black and white, fundamentally changed his views on slavery and racism. On the same day, the Times reported that a guns-on-campus bill supported by the NRA was blocked by state senator John Thrasher, the Rules Committee chairman. Thrasher also happens to be a close friend of the family of Ashley Cowie, the FSU coed who died tragically as the result of an accidental gunshot. My point is that the relationships we form during our lives have everything to do with how we view the world. Mr. Broder was fortunate enough to enter into a world that gave him a

My point is that the relationships we form during our lives have everything to do with how we view the world. new understanding of black people. Thrasher also experienced a new understanding of the consequences of owning assault weapons because of his deep friendship with his neighbor. Perhaps Mr. Thrasher would learn a great deal if he entered into an authentic friendship with a public school teacher. (Note: He may not find one who can afford to be his neighbor.) My guess is that his views on teachers and our educational system would be transformed into a more compassionate and enlightened understanding. What would you have to lose, Mr. Thrasher? John R. Gallo Retired pastor and spouse of special ed teacher Ruskin, Fla., via email

High on the Hog

In response to the letter-writer who questioned Folio Weekly’s top “Water Hogs” publication as an invasion of privacy, I would suggest that not only is this disclosure an essential public service, but that Folio Weekly should continue to expose excessive water consumption by individuals and businesses on a monthly basis throughout the year (Cover story, March 1). The problem with the mentality that the privileged few should be free to consume endless amounts of water just because they can afford it neglects to consider the fact that potable water is a limited resource that must be shared by all. And selfishly wasting this resource is ultimately no less than stealing from future generations. The same would apply to the indiscriminate use of lawn fertilizers, which end up in our rivers

and streams, adversely affecting us all. But the most important revelation of your report is finding that several of our most highprofile citizens are some of the most egregious violators year after year. If the coach and quarterback of our local NFL football team don’t even care enough about their community to do their part to respect and conserve our natural resources, why should we spend our hard earned dollars supporting them on Sunday afternoons? R.M. Welch Jacksonville via email

I’ve read Folio Weekly for many years, and have appreciated so many of the valuable pieces it has provided. Each year, I’ve read the Water Hogs list and held contempt for those on it. This year, however, was different. This year’s list included a family I know well. It turns out that Bree Ringhaver, No. 10 on your list, has recently built a new home for her mother-in-law who was very ill with breast cancer. Moreover, she generously takes care of all expenses associated with this home, including the water bill, which is sent to her home and thus was likely included in the water usage data you provided in your story. Of course, including one address for each person on this list certainly implies that all the water usage comes from that home. Could it be that as a result of her generosity Bree Ringhaver has landed on this year’s Water Hogs list erroneously? Anthony M. Pellegrino, PhD Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education George Mason University Fairfax, Va., via email

Editor’s Note: The water use reported for Ringhaver was only for that address.

Election Results

Well, looks like Susie Wiles can only win a campaign when there’s $75 million in private money behind it. Mullaney’s $2 million obviously wasn’t enough for her to buy this election! Justin Levine Ponte Vedra Beach via email

Fact and Fiction

You can have your own opinions on education but you can’t have your own facts. Education deformers like to say that the nation has increased its spending on education exponentially while our kids have done worse academically. The biggest reason we spend more is we now spend money on disabled children. Thirty years ago, we spent very little, and now about a fifth of school budgets go to our special education students. We also now spend money on the creation, administering and scoring of standardized tests, which siphon money out of the classrooms and school districts. In 1976, before tens of millions in unfunded mandates, inclusion of disabled children and standardized testing, the state sent its districts $6,200 per child. This year, Gov. Scott is proposing sending the districts $6,200 per child. That is actual, not-adjustedfor-inflation dollars.

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As for our kids doing worse, when you factor out poverty, our kids shoot to near the top of the international rankings. Over a fifth

Some people would have you believe poverty is an excuse; well, if it is, it’s a pretty good one. of our students live in poverty and another fifth live just above it. Poverty is the No. 1 quantifiable factor when determining if a student succeeds. Some people would have you believe poverty is an excuse; well, if it is, it’s a pretty good one. Then there is the belief that the Duval County school system is a failure; sadly, a belief I may have contributed to through my writings. I have many issues about the way we do things here in Duval County, but I think the answer is to fix the problems, not abandon the district. I also know that there are many wonderful things going on here. Every day, thousands of teachers show up with their sleeves rolled up, ready to work — and tens of thousands of students are learning. I would hope when people make up their opinion, they use facts, not just hyperbole, the word of self-serving politicians, those seeking to make money off education and whatever sounds good. Chris Guerrieri Schoolteacher Jacksonville via email

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City Manager Michael Czymbor made the decision to turn away federal money, a move that some residents believe was short-sighted.

Sand Dollars

Cash-strapped Fernandina Beach opts to turn away federal funds to save local ones

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he city of Fernandina Beach faced a crisis in 2007. At high tide, the ocean was sloshing under some homes on the north end of the island. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection predicted that if sand wasn’t pumped on the beach to stop the erosion, the city would lose as much as 700 feet of beach every 5 years for the next 50 years. In response, City Commissioners voted unanimously that year to sign a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pump sand onto four miles of beach from Sadler Road north to Fort Clinch, to replenish it

gambit. Czymbor told the Corps project manager in a Feb. 23 letter that the beach is fine and doesn’t need renourishment. That opinion was based on an assessment by a coastal engineer with whom the city consulted, who reported that the beach is not eroding as quickly as original models predicted. But storms and hurricanes can wash away large amounts of sand in a matter of hours, and it takes about a year of planning and design before a beach renourishment project can get up and running. Because the timing could expose the city’s coast to

The beach is not eroding as quickly as original models predicted. But storms and hurricanes can wash away large amounts of sand in a matter of hours, and it takes about a year of planning and design before a beach renourishment project can get up and running. every five years for the next 50 years. City leaders agreed to a sizable investment — footing $46 million of the initial $189 million renourishment cost — and even battled with their own recalcitrant residents to make the project happen, spending more than $240,000 in legal fees to sue a group of beachfront holdouts into submission. But what once seemed like a project of paramount importance has been shelved by city leaders. According to City Manager Michael Czymbor, the city is too cash-strapped to invest in beach renourishment. After receiving notice that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was ready to begin planning the five-year replenishment in 2013, Czymbor ordered the U.S. Army Corps not to do anything that would cost Fernandina Beach money. The decision means that the city will give up its immediate claim to the $700,000 already budgeted by the Corps for the project, and could lose that funding for good. The city will save roughly $182,000 in the short run, though it’s a somewhat risky

significant erosion, some in Fernandina thought Czymbor acted rashly, or at least should have brought the matter before the City Commission for public discussion and direction. “I think he overstepped his bounds there,” says oceanfront resident Susan McNeal. Though she agrees the beach appears to be in pretty good shape, she questions whether the city manager should be able to unilaterally push away a federal contract and the dollars that accompany it. An editorial in the Fernandina Beach News Leader raised similar questions about Czymbor’s decision, saying he “exceeded his authority” in telling the Corps to back off the project. Czymbor subsequently contacted City Commissioners individually to explain that the decision was within his purview, because he wasn’t canceling the contract, just postponing it. “If he was altering the contract, that would be one thing,” Mayor Susan Stegner tells Folio Weekly. “We have not ended the contract. We’ve just said, let’s wait and see how it goes in MARCH 29-APRIL 4, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 7


Not-so-evil Knievel “Jumping for Jesus” — Event scheduled for 5 p.m. on April 9 at Calvary Baptist Church in Middleburg, at which “Baptist Daredevil” Aaron Ramsey will jump a dirtbike through a ring of fire. The following day, at 11 a.m., he’ll attempt to jump over nine church buses.

Your Ad Here State Sen. Steven Wise (R-Jacksonville) has introduced a bill that would allow the sale of naming rights to state bridges, roads, parks and rest stops, and to sell advertising space including billboards on any state transportation property. Unfortunately, House Bill 313 and Senate Bill 560 conflict with the Federal Highway Act, which could threaten federal highway funding, according to senate staff committee analysis for the Senate Transportation Committee.

the next two or three years.” Stegner adds, “This was a no-brainer. It makes sense that taxpayers not pay for a project that we don’t need.” After discussing the decision with Czymbor, City Commissioner Arlene Filkoff agrees. “I think in this situation, [Czymbor] probably made the most prudent decision. The Commission probably wouldn’t have had a lot to add to the discussion.” Project manager Dan Haubner says that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has looked over the coastal consultant’s annual reports of erosion of the beach and agrees that the project can be postponed. He notes the project was built to withstand some loss of beach during winter and tropical storms. “We have had several mild storm seasons … [The beach] has been performing very well.” Haubner adds that the Corps intends to hold over the $700,000 the feds budgeted for the planning phase, and to request funding for the 2013 renourishment so that the money will be there when the sand is needed. But

future renourishment dollars are no sure thing, with budgets tight and revenue way down. Gov. Rick Scott hasn’t allotted any money for renourishment in his 2011-’12 budget and there are requests from other local governments totaling $101 million. Funding might be the only thing shifting more than beach sands, in fact. Commissioner Filkoff, who says she’s been told that an entire block’s worth of sand has washed away from the island since the 1900s, attests to the ever-changing landscape. “I live out here on the beach and I can tell you it changes on a daily, on an hourly basis,” she says. At the same time, Filkoff says she’s no coastal engineer. “I rely to some degree on what experts tell us,” she says. “I could see something alarming one day, and the next day it’s fine. … Why bother paying them if we aren’t going to listen to what they have to say?”  Susan Cooper Eastman sceastman@folioweekly.com

The Main Squeeze Fernandina Beach is the new home of an old anti-gay crusader. Former Miami ad executive Mike Thompson engineered Anita Bryant’s Save Our Children campaign in 1976, in which the Florida orange juice queen spread the message that homosexuals were child molesters trying to recruit Dade County children into the homosexual lifestyle. Bryant’s opposition fought back with buttons and stickers that read, “Anita Bryant Sucks Oranges,” but her campaign is credited with overturning a Dade County ordinance outlawing discrimination against gays. Thompson recently wrote a letter to the Fernandina Beach News-Leader, saying the city didn’t need a new and bigger library, but should sell most of its “musty” books, get rid of the shelves and essentially turn the library into an Internet café.

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Priced to Move $3.16 — Amount spent per vote by Democratic mayoral runoff candidate Alvin Brown, according to a story in last week’s Times-Union. His opponent, Mike Hogan, spent $13.90 per vote, less than either Audrey Moran ($26.10) or Rick Mullaney ($50.21).

Silent Screens Jacksonville is one of the least socially networked cities in the nation, ranking 85th out of 100, according to a recent story in Men’s Health magazine. The magazine created the list by calculating the number of per capita Facebook and LinkedIn users, overall Twitter usage, and traffic in chat rooms and blogs. The only Florida city near the top of the ranking was Orlando (7). Tampa was 31 and Miami came in at 36. http://bit.ly/e88yzm 8 | folio weekly | March 29-april 4, 2011

Bouquets to the Concerned Taxpayers of Duval County for furthering the goal of an informed electorate by offering a wealth of candidate information in advance of last week’s primary. In addition to an online “Voter’s Guide,” the group posted revealing video interviews with most of the candidates (available at jaxtaxpayers.org). Because of those interviews, voters learned that Jacksonville mayoral candidate Mike Hogan doesn’t believe that public money should support libraries, and that City Council At Large Candidate Kimberly Daniels has never heard of the Jacksonville Journey. Bouquets to Adria and Alan Krantz of Krantz Dental Care in Mandarin for putting their professional contacts to work to help the son of a friend with leukemia. The Krantzes hosted a blood drive for 14-year-old Southside resident Elijah Deer on March 26 at their dental office. Bouquets to Tara Ferreira of St. Augustine for setting a good example for everyone about the value of shopping local. Ferreira resolved to limit her shopping at big box stores and chains, and set aside a month in which she only shopped at local stores and farmers markets. It took some planning, but she found the exercise resulted in both healthier purchases and less expensive shopping trips.


NewsBuzz Word on the Tweet Political wisdom (gleaned from Twitter and Facebook) during and after last week’s mayoral primary: Uh-oh, Audrey — GOP political consultant Jim Varian, @jimvarian Pretty somber mood here at Audrey HQ — Lawyer, democratic political activist Jimmy Midyette @JimmyMidyette Well the primary is over. Some people are happy. Some people are sad. Lots of people have no idea there were elections yesterday. — Law student, Audrey Moran supporter Adam Beaugh @adambeaugh Moran said during her brief speech “We treated people like they were smart.” A novel concept. — Jax Biz Journal reporter Matt Coleman @colemanman “Go ahead and make the [May 17 general] election a referendum on Rick Scott. This is Jacksonville, dude — Republicans will be happy to take all of that you want to give. — Jim Varian on Facebook Last night, 65% of the voters of Jacksonville voted for a progressive moderate mayor of Jacksonville. A landslide by any estimation. So how did the anti-tax conservative become the frontrunner in the runoff? — MetroJax blogger Stephen Dare on Facebook

Bright Futures “Well: There goes my dream of her becoming a pro surfer!” — Reaction of Kara Pound’s husband upon learning that their newborn daughter has albinism (Cover Story, “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” June 29, 2010 http://bit.ly/hsqmyE). Pound, a Folio Weekly contributing writer, is hosting a fundraiser for Under the Same Sun, an international albinism advocacy nonprofit that aims to educate and protect people with albinism, particularly in place like Tanzania, where they are often targeted for death or mutilation. (Witch doctors in Tanzania say that the limbs of albinos bring good luck.) Pound hopes to raise enough money to send three Tanzanian children with albinism to a boarding school for a year so that they will be safe. The fundraiser, featuring food, drink, live music and a silent auction, is held at Anchor Boutique, 210 St. George St., St. Augustine, from 5-9 p.m. on April 9. (386) 237-4500.

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t’s no accident that Northeast Florida’s first-ever farm tour is being hosted by Slow Food First Coast. The grassroots group aims to transform both the ways people eat and produce food, and the farms included in the inaugural Tour de Farm do just that. Some 24 sites in five counties are featured, including many farms, all with an emphasis on fresh, local, sustainable food production. 2011 The Tour de Farm is held Sunday, April 10, and pairs many of the farms with the area’s best chefs, who will be preparing food samples on site, including everyone from Tom Gray of the Euro chic Bistro Aix to Art Jennette of the Southerncomfort Checker BBQ & Seafood. From 1-5 p.m., folks can take a self-guided tour of the participating sites to meet farmers, learn about their crops, buy foodstuffs and sample dishes. Marcia MacPherson, co-coordinator of the tour, says the event reflects evolving attitudes toward food production. “I think there is a whole change taking place in farming,” she says. “For them, it’s a return to the old family farm. Just look at how many CSAs there are.” (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a kind of food co-op where customers buy shares of weekly harvests.) Interest in the Tour de Farm has far surpassed what organizers expected. For the first year of the tour, MacPherson says they were hoping to have 12 participating farms. They stopped at 24 and are already receiving requests from other farmers who wish be included in next year’s tour. Chef Genie Kepner, who runs the kitchen at The Floridian restaurant in downtown St. Augustine, is one of the participating chefs. She will be stationed at Blue Sky Farm in Elkton, and will prepare pan-fried potatoes sautéed with local herbs and fresh French fries served with datil pepper-spiced ketchup and arugula mayonnaise. Fourth-generation potato farmer Danny Johns will be giving tractor tours of Blue Sky’s fields and show some of the new varieties, such as blue fingerling potatoes, that he’s starting to grow. Kepner says her restaurant got its start selling homemade soups and sandwiches at the St. Augustine Farmers Market at the

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Amphitheatre. She got to know the farmers who sold there, so when she opened The Floridian six months ago, she was familiar with the farm-to-table foods upon which she wanted to base her dishes. She says about 70 percent of the food the restaurant serves is local, including the beef, chicken, fish and cheese. “We hope awareness continues to grow,” says Kepner. “And we’re hoping to set the example so that other restaurants see how it can be done.” Sawgrass Marriott Executive Chef David Scalise will be onsite at the KYV Farm in Switzerland. The farm operates a CSA, filling baskets of grocers for 165 members weekly, and sells much of the excess to Scalise. KYV owners Francisco and Vivian Arroyo started with 25 CSA members five years ago and hope to expand their membership base to 300 next year. Vivian Arroyo says they plan to set up meetings with local restaurants to ask what kind of produce they require for their various dishes, and will then dedicate certain rows of their 80-acre farm to growing exclusively for those restaurants. Chef Sean Irwin of Chew restaurant in downtown Jacksonville will be cooking a farm meal under the oak trees at the Black Hog Farm in East Palatka. He says he’ll be serving pulled pork, sausages, cole slaw and potato salad for $15, all made from produce and livestock on the Black Hog Farm (He suggests calling in an order in advance.) Since Chew opened in 2007, Irwin says interest in locally grown food has increased tremendously. “Now there is more and more awareness about where our food is coming from, and I think customers like more transparency about their food,” he says. “The Tour de Farm is an excellent way for people to visit the places in Northeast Florida to see where food is grown, how it is handled and to actually taste some of the food. It’s a great thing for the community of Northeast Florida.”  To download the brochure for the Tour de Farm, go to slowfoodfirstcoast.com and follow the link. Susan Cooper Eastman sceastman@folioweekly.com


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uys … gather round. It pains me to say this, but it’s time to stop ignoring the problem staring us in the face, and actually do something to stop it. Otherwise, we’re just enabling this type of behavior, right? OK, so we’re all in agreement; we need to act on this NOW, correct? Good! Now steel yourselves, because we can expect a lot of resistance, and — oh. Get in position, here they come! HELLO, TLC. I suppose you’re wondering why your viewers are gathered in your living room. It’s because … oh, no you don’t! You’re not going anywhere! You are going to sit down and hear what we have to say! As your loyal viewers, we’re here to tell you how much your actions have hurt and affected us. I’ll start: Look, TLC. I love you, OK? I really do. You’ve provided me with lots of laughs over the years. And even when those laughs were at the expense of others (“I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” “Strange Addictions,” etc.), it was

You need to accept that you have a PROBLEM, cancel these cake, midget, hoarding, children hoarding and now couponing shows, and get some help. Do it for your loved ones. still hilariously funny. HOWEVER, like a clown who repeatedly runs his tiny car over a bag of screaming kittens, your antics are no longer amusing. Let’s take a peek at your newest show debuting this week: “Extreme Couponing” (Wednesday, April 6, 9 p.m.). OK. You’ve got to be freaking kidding me. A show about women who obsessively clip coupons? Yes, you’re right … I do love me some “crazy.” But this doesn’t even make sense! It’s like you’ve jumped from spotlighting generalized insanity (“Hoarding: Buried Alive”) to micro-specific batshit craziness. What are you going to produce next? “I Like Hitting Myself in the Face with a Hammer”? “I Didn’t Know I Was Sticking My Fingers Up My Butt”? Wait. What? No, those are just imaginary show titles! I DON’T REALLY STICK MY FINGERS … (very often). Don’t you turn this around on me! I’M the victim here! (You’ll pay me how much to star in a show where I stick my fingers up my butt? NO! ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, PROBABLY NOT!) Besides, I’m not the only viewer you’ve hurt with your insane programming. Listen to what Helen Morgan of Topeka, Kansas has to say: “TLC, like most of America, I love cakes and midgets. But it’s too much of a good thing, you know? I was fine with ‘Ultimate Cake Off ’ and ‘Little People Big World.’ But then you went crazy with ‘Cake Boss,’ ‘The Little Couple,’ ‘DC Cupcakes,’ ‘Little Chocolatiers,’ ‘Next Great Baker’ and

‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ — who, I know, aren’t strictly “midgets,” but they are tiny and they love cake, sooo … yeah! Now? I can’t bear to look at midgets OR cake. Thanks a lot, TLC. You’ve ruined EVERYTHING!” See what you’ve done here, TLC? You’ve lost control! You need to accept that you have a PROBLEM, cancel these cake, midget, hoarding, children hoarding and now couponing shows, and get some help. Do it for your loved ones. Do it for your viewers. But most of all, do it for yourself. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 29 10:00 BBC MODERN MONARCHY: DOS & DON’TS Just in case you ever run into the royal family, this show teaches all the etiquette you need. 10:00 ABC BODY OF PROOF Debut! Poor Dana Delaney stars as a surgeon who becomes a hotpoop medical examiner in this absolutely TERRIBLE new show.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 8:00 CW AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL Tyra gives (unasked for) advice on how to handle fame. 10:00 SPIKE COAL Debut! A new reality show about coal miners and the canaries they kill.

THURSDAY, MARCH 31 8:00 ABC WIPEOUT This week is a “zombie-themed” episode, because … watching zombies bust their ass is funny? 9:00 FOX MOBBED Debut! Flash mobs and Howie Mandel. The only thing missing is leukemia.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1 8:00 CBS CHAOS Debut! A gang of rogue CIA agents defend national security while trying to avoid working at Walmart. 8:00 TOON STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Season finale! A special one-hour episode featuring light saber battles, wookiees and nerds creaming their pants.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2 8:00 NICK KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS Featuring Jack Black, Black Eyed Peas, Russell Brand … and umm … where’s the BIEBER?? 11:30 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE This week’s host: Elton John! This week’s musical guest: Elton John!

SUNDAY, APRIL 3 9:00 AMC THE KILLING Debut! An adaptation of the awesome Danish series, which depicts a murder in Seattle from three perspectives. 10:00 TLC STRANGE SEX Season premiere! Featuring a woman born with two vaginas. OK, TLC — we’ll allow it.

MONDAY, APRIL 4 9:00 A&E RELAPSE Debut! A show that purportedly helps hopeless addicts. Ding dong, TLC! I think the door is for you! Wm.™ Steven Humphrey steve@portlandmercury.com MARCH 29-APRIL 4, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 11


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he other day, when I heard Quinn Gray’s name on the news, I did a doubletake. I thought that housewife from Ponte Vedra had been abducted. Turned out I had the wrong 260-9770. RUN DATE: 032211 Quinn Gray. So did the students at Jackson High School, who benefitted from Gray’s tutelage Produced by jdw Checked by for Sales Rep co before he opted to leave one full season the cash-strapped Duval County school district to become quarterback coach at Florida A&M. Nothing wrong with that move. If you’re coaching high school, and you have a chance to move to college, you do it — especially if your first year found you mired below .500 in the standings. Gray got a gig at

If you want to play football or whatever else, guess what? You get to earn it — blood, sweat, tears and assorted other viscera.

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his alma mater. More power to him. My issue with his decision to depart Duval has little to do with any obligation he has to Jackson or to the kids or whoever else we imagine sports figures have obligations toward. He has the right to go for his. The problem I have with his move is that I can’t accept his justification of it. And the more I hear it parrotted on talk radio and the like, the more hollow it sounds. “The determining factor was all the uncertainty when it comes to Duval schools and athletics for the season,” Gray was quoted by WJXT, regarding his reasons for resigning. “It would be a shame for the kids in the upcoming year, because a lot of students use sports as an outlet, and they use it as a motivator as well.” Leave aside, for a minute, his misguided, though almost universal, belief that sports are an “it.” It would be great to believe that Gray left his job in protest of the underfunding of local schools. Of course, that would raise questions, like, “If he’s so committed to these kids, making sure they didn’t see these funding cuts, this ‘uncertainty,’ then why doesn’t he stay and fight the power?” By the time you read this, he’ll be throwing a housewarming party in Tally. And, yes, that’s his prerogative. Just like it’s

the prerogative of TV newscasters to ignore inconvenient truths, like how he said, almost in the same breath: “It’s a great opportunity to coach on the collegiate level … that’s ultimately where I wanted to be.” Looked at in a different context, the budget issues may have given Quinn Gray an out. Not that anything’s wrong with that. Exponentially, greater iniquities than forsaking Friday Night Lights for a bigger stage have been committed, after all. And ultimately, it’s all about career. As I outlined last week, there’s room for a “pay to play” program here that would safeguard the future of these vital extracurricular activities. Ultimately, the position that either the state should pay for the activity or it should be cut is a false choice. There are loads of good reasons that high school kids should play sports, but the idea that the taxpayer must finance those activities indefinitely was born in a different, sunnier time. A more useful thing for Gray to do, were his principal concern really the kids at Jackson, would be to help find a way forward for financing the future of youth sports. Maybe corporate sponsorships could help — some of those public/private sponsorships all the cool kids talk about. Or maybe teams could perform infrastructure projects during the summer, or on Saturdays when they aren’t in school. Perhaps the reason the financing of high school sports is jeopardized is, in part, that most people don’t identify with the athletes. Let’s change that. This generation of youth athletes should be inspired to reverse the trend; indeed, they should find the instruction useful for decades to come. The older generations have frittered away their collective birthright on patent pills, property bubbles and speciously justified wars. It’s all over now except the learning of exotic new languages. So if you want to play football or whatever else, guess what? You get to earn it — blood, sweat, tears and assorted other viscera. You have to hustle up sponsors or hope your parents or uncles or God knows who can come through with the money to play. Because for now, and for the future, American life is going to be like the Royal Rumble. No alliances; everyone out for himself. Welcome to the world, kids. The more of it you see, the uglier it gets.  AG Gancarski themail@folioweekly.com


After two years of fighting child-abuse charges, autism teacher Rhona Silver was cleared. A look at the journey, its costs and its casualties. by Julie Delegal

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hona Silver remembers being in a festive mood that fateful morning in 2009. “It was St. Patrick’s Day,” she recalls. “I had brought in some earrings I made, and I put little plastic shamrocks on them.” At that time, Silver was working at the Duval County school district’s Bull’s Bay Highway facility — a kind of waystation for educators in trouble. Silver had been accused several months before of abusing the autistic kids in her care, and school officials, per standard procedure, removed her from the classroom while they investigated. Silver was deeply upset by the accusations, but never really feared them. She had faith that the truth would prevail, she says; she believed the whole thing would blow over. That changed in a matter of hours. That morning, Silver was arrested, frogmarched out of work, fingerprinted and placed in an inmate intake area that had “lots of stainless steel.” She recalls the episode with a mixture of disbelief and residual fear. “I was blindsided,” she says of the arrival of the three officers. “It was so surreal.” By the next day, Silver’s face would be familiar to every consumer of local news, her dazed mugshot splashed across front page of the T-U’s Metro section, and every news station’s crime report. “She became a leper on the day after her arrest,” says her attorney, Bill Sheppard. “Everybody has a great deal of empathy for handicapped children. [There’s] out-and-out hatred and disgust for anyone accused of abusing one of [them].” Unlike a leper, however, Silver wasn’t sent to live in some distant colony while the investigation continued. Instead, for the ensuing 23 months, she faced the open scorn of former colleagues, the sadness and confusion of friends, the revulsion of strangers. She also emptied her life savings, spending some $35,000 to mount the first few months of her legal defense, working any job that would have her to earn an income, from floor sweeper to dog washer. At times, she admits, she just wanted to give up. “I’ve decided that I can’t do this anymore,” she told Folio Weekly in late December 2010. To avoid another new year of conflict and no income, Silver said she was going give up her court fight and negotiate for her pension. Her attorneys persuaded her to fight a little longer, however, and two weeks later, an administrative law judge issued a scathing dismissal of the case against her. The judge’s order called into question not only the probity of Silver’s accusers, but the system that ensnared her. Although Silver was cleared, and reinstated

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with back pay by the Duval County School Board, the episode leaves lingering questions, not least how a seasoned educator with 30 years’ experience and stellar reputation can be brought low by a few poorly investigated claims. The case also raises concerns about the actions of police investigators, and whether they should have vetted the allegations more thoroughly before rushing to make an arrest. These questions concern Silver, but they should concern us all. The price of exoneration in her case was a shattered reputation and financial ruin. It’s more than most can afford.

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’d known Rhona Silver for 12 years before her arrest; our friendship grew out of mutual advocacy work in the autism community. I was the person she asked her coworker to call as she was being hauled away in handcuffs, the one who drove her home when she was released on her own recognizance. Silver had previously asked my husband, an employment attorney, for help

mother on the phone, telling her she’d been fired from Kernan Trail (she had not), and openly worrying that she would no longer be there to “protect” the woman’s child. The mother (whom Folio Weekly is not naming in order to protect her child’s identity), in turn called police. She told them she’d seen Silver and teaching aide Nancy Cornell grabbing children by their wrists and yelling at them, and that Silver held down the children with her feet at nap time. The mother also accused Silver of leaving another student unattended in a timeout chair outside the classroom. Dowell had reported similar allegations to the school the week prior to the mother’s call to police, unbeknownst to Silver. On Oct. 22, when Silver asked Dowell to come with her to the library to discuss her internship, the intern made another accusation. According to Silver, Dowell began crying and blurted out that “Nancy [Cornell] has been abusing the children.” (Dowell denied in court that she’d made the accusation.) Silver, who wouldn’t learn until later

“She became a leper on the day after her arrest,” says her attorney, Bill Sheppard. “Everybody has a great deal of empathy for handicapped children. [There’s] outand-out hatred and disgust for anyone accused of abusing one of [them].”

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that day that Dowell had accused her of after the initial complaint against her was child abuse, found the intern’s allegation filed, but he referred her to Bill Sheppard’s totally implausible. But in retrospect, Silver criminal law firm when he learned the case believes she knows why the intern made was more than a mere employment dispute — the allegation. Dowell was scheduled to that it was, in fact, being investigated by the receive a classroom evaluation the following Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office. day to determine her progress. Scheduled The allegation cited in Silver’s arrest and to graduate in December 2008, Dowell subsequent termination sounds unforgivably harsh: that she strapped a young autistic needed the 12 credits from the semesterchild to a toilet seat, called a Rifton chair, for long internship to earn her joint bachelor/ hours at a time, over the course of four days. master’s degree. It was pretty clear she wasn’t The accusations came from several people: going to get a stellar review. Silver testified two teacher’s aides, three parents, a student intern. And, initially at least, the case seemed insurmountable. In 2008, Silver taught a preKindergarten class of autistic students at Kernan Trail Elementary School in East Arlington. She wasn’t a perfect teacher — she admitted in testimony to being loud, and having a messy, disorganized classroom — but she’d never been in trouble. In her three decades as a teacher, she’d never been subject to any disciplinary action, and she’d had some students in her class for several years. Much of the case against Silver originated with her intern, Taylor Dowell. Although it was a student’s mother who first contacted police on Oct. 23, 2008, the judge in the case later determined she’d made that call after being contacted by Dowell, an FSU student intern assigned to Silver’s classroom. According to the judge’s order, Dowell (who has since married and taken the Rhona Silver was arrested, frogmarched out of work and fingerprinted. By the next day, her face would be familiar to every consumer of name Wahila) “launched” the local news. police investigation, weeping to the


“Rhona went through hell, for a long time,” says her attorney Bill Sheppard. He’s asking the state to pay Silver’s legal fees.

she was a very unsatisfactory intern, who didn’t produce a single lesson plan during her internship, and who broke simple rules for dealing with the special-needs students, like not carrying or babying them. (Dowell did not return messages left with family members seeking comment.) Administrative Law Judge Lawrence Stevens agreed with Silver’s assessment of Dowell, calling her “insubordinate,” and “a seriously underperforming intern” who “malingered” when asked to perform. Dowell’s poor performance didn’t make her allegations any less serious, however. And she wasn’t the only one making them. Three parents and one other classroom aide, Althea Gale, eventually told police investigators they’d seen abuse in Rhona Silver’s classroom. The judge determined early on that the only charge properly presented by the School Board, and thus the only one relevant to the case, was the use or misuse of the Rifton chair. But he agreed to take testimony on all the abuse claims, in order to “judge the credibility of the witnesses.” He didn’t find them very credible. Of Althea Gale, the judge said her testimony “changed so often as to be worthless,” labeling her “a thoroughly untrustworthy witness.” He called Dowell’s testimony “riddled with exaggerations and outright misstatements.” And he found the validity of her claim undermined by the fact that, according to her own timetable, she waited five weeks after spotting abuse to report it. As for the mother who originally reported the abuse (whose child was not involved in the toilet allegations,) the judge found her “emotionally labile.” In regard to the specifics of the abuse charges, the judge reasoned that the four adults working in the classroom were the only ones capable of really gauging the length of time the boy spent on the Rifton chair. Of the four, the judge found Rhona Silver and Nancy Cornell, who denied the abuse occurred, “were far more credible than Ms. Dowell and Ms. Gale.” The judge appeared to find a connection between Dowell’s allegations and her incompetence. He noted that Dowell befriended Gale, whom he described as “an extremely unsatisfactory paraprofessional.” He went on to find that “Ms. Dowell and Ms. Gale each had ample motive to discredit Silver, if only to make their own performance appear less inadequate.” But the biggest hole in the case against Silver wasn’t the credibility of her accusers. It was the fact that the child at the center of the case “was not even at the school on two of the days” when the abuse allegedly occurred.

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motions run high in child-abuse cases, and they run even higher when the alleged victims have a disability that robs them of ordinary communication and social skills. Silver’s class was made up of young, preschool-aged children with autism, some of whom had never been in any other educational setting. That reality was complicated by the fact that some students needed potty-training. A challenge for parents in the best of circumstances, potty-training poses particular difficulties for families of children with autism, and it’s not unusual for potty skills to be part of an autistic child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) at school. To limit confusion, Silver trained just one student at a time. A Rifton

The allegation cited in Silver’s arrest sounds unforgivably harsh: that she strapped a young autistic child to a toilet chair for hours at a time, over the course of four days. toilet chair was in the bathroom in Silver’s classroom, with a buckle strap, and she and the aides used it to give the children extra support. According to Dowell, Silver left one male child on the chair for entire school days, letting him off only for lunch. She said that Silver used the chair strap as a restraint, and that the boy developed a red mark on his waist from wearing it. Silver denied the charge, and the boy’s mom conceded in court that his underwear left a red “indentation” on his waist. Florida statutes require that school personnel report suspicions of abuse “immediately,” and although Dowell’s allegations didn’t emerge until several weeks after the alleged incident, police worked to make up for lost time. “Someone reported this five weeks later,” says police information officer Mike McCall. “Then the police had to play catch-up to what happened in this particular scenario.”

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“I was blindsided,” says Silver (pictured here with her sons) of the arrival of the three officers. “It was so surreal.”

That job fell exclusively to JSO Detective Bransom Arflin, who appeared to regard Dowell as a whistleblower at a school where child abuse was being covered up. His evident sympathy emerged in an interview where, despite being occasionally misdirected by Dowell, he showed no sign that he doubted her version of events. For example, the officer believed Dowell had her master’s degree at the time of their interview, and stated as much. Dowell — who did not have her master’s degree — didn’t correct him until the end of

gotten off the ground, because they’d have discovered this is B.S.,” says Sheppard. “The School Board abdicated its responsibility to investigate and protect its own employee — after 31 years — to an outside agency that was allowed to abuse its power.” Sheppard isn’t the only one to question the JSO’s handling of the investigation. Two veteran law enforcement officers who testified in the case said that Det. Arflin would have been better off seeking a warrant before making an arrest. Instead, he made a “probable

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the extensive interview — on page 143 of the 148-page interview transcript. 2011 Silver’s attorney Bill Sheppard highlighted this dynamic in his impatient cross-examination of Dowell in the February 2010 hearing. “[Y]ou didn’t correct Arflin when he was saying you had a master’s degree three or four times?” Sheppard asks. “I was graduating in like a month. I mean — ,” Dowell responds. “I understand.” “I really didn’t think that it was that big of a deal. I was graduating with my bachelor’s and my master’s in December and —” “And you were probably 100 percent right, unless you flunked your internship and you wouldn’t have gotten any degree, would you?” Sheppard interrupts. Asked whether Dowell’s inconsistencies should have sent up red flags about her other claims, the JSO’s Mike McCall suggested that Det. Arflin’s concerns about Dowell being a whistleblower would’ve trumped concerns about her academic performance. (The judge concluded that there was no credible evidence of any “cover-up” of abuse at the school.) Det. Arflin built his case over five months, and on March 17, 2009, decided to make an arrest. At that point, the School Board, which initiated its own investigation of the abuse claims, dropped the matter. That’s standard procedure when the arrest charge involves harm to a child, but Silver’s attorney says it meant that what could have been a simple matter became a very complicated and painful one. “Had they investigated this, we wouldn’t be talking, because this never would have

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cause” arrest, which requires only that the officer have probable cause beyond reasonable suspicion. It does not require the officer to consult with a prosecutor or have a judge review and sign an arrest warrant. John McCallum, a 20-veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office and a 14-year veteran of the State Attorney’s Office’s investigative division, now works for the School Board’s internal investigations office. In a deposition in Silver’s case, he observed, “[I]f I were to set out to make a case or effect an arrest in this as a law enforcement officer, I would have probably done it with a warrant.” Another current police detective, Mike Sanders, testified similarly, saying he’d want to have the state attorney “by my side” in the form of a warrant in such an arrest. (Sanders has a child with an autism spectrum disorder, whom Silver tutored, and he testified as a character witness for her.) “In this particular case, we skipped all those checks and balances,” says Sheppard. “There were no other police officers involved [in the decision to arrest Silver], and there were no lawyers, no assistant state attorneys involved, and no judge had any knowledge of this. No one but one person. And it’s an abuse of power — to give one person that much power.” A criminal case was never brought against Silver. The judge’s ruling, which only addressed whether the School Board had a right to dismiss Silver, clearly took the wind out of prosecutors’ sails. Assistant State Attorney Joel Powell dismissed the case three days after the judge’s recommended order was published. A disposition statement


signed by both Powell and his division chief, Alan Mizrahi, reads in part: “Even if one were to believe [the victim] was strapped into the Rifton chair as alleged, [Silver’s] acts would still fall short of criminal Child Abuse because [the victim] was never physically injured and the acts could not have reasonable [sic] been expected to result in significant physical or mental injury.” Powell cited similar reasoning for ruling out criminal child neglect charges. In hindsight, the fact that the JSO had advanced a case that prosecutors found so insubstantial might suggest a flawed approach. McCall of the JSO declined to speculate on the strength of the original arrest, however. “There’s nothing more I can add. The criminal justice system has looked at it and I can’t tell you any more than what they’ve done.”

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t’s not over ’til it’s over. And despite the judge’s strong ruling, the dismissal of the criminal case and the School Board’s decision to reinstate Silver, her fight may continue. Three families of children who were in Silver’s class are mounting a civil suit against Silver. According to their attorney, Mark Marrece, with the Morgan and Morgan law firm, the parents “disagree” with Judge Lawrence Stevenson’s order. (Marrece did not return calls seeking additional comment.) The mother who originally reported the abuse, whose child was not involved in the toiletstrapping allegations, spoke briefly to Folio Weekly on the phone. She promised that “the case will continue and continue and continue until the day I die.” Though the mother acknowledged that the judge found flaws in the accusations, she suggests that they were a result of the time that elapsed between the reported abuse and the hearing. “Maybe there is some inconsistencies. That’s what happens when you wait for two years. People are a little vague on dates. That’s the game attorneys play.” The mother says that the women, many with children, who showed up outside the courtroom while the judge heard the case, were all there to see Silver punished. “Those are the mothers who would have liked to have strangled her,” she said. “You’re talking about 3-year-olds that cannot talk. We have to be their voice. That woman will not get away with what she did.” School Board Chief of Human Resources Vicki Reynolds confirmed that the district received an intent to sue notice from Morgan and Morgan in October 2010. The firm has six months to decide whether it will actually file suit, a timeframe which would end around April. Silver hopes that doesn’t happen. As of this writing, her attorneys are still resolving her back pay and benefits settlement. They’re also seeking reimbursement from the state for her legal bills. “Rhona went through hell, for a long time,” says Sheppard. But he doesn’t think she should be bankrupt because of it. Silver says she looks forward to being out of the news, forever — but she also wants people to understand what happened. She says the system failed to protect her from another person’s false allegations — something she says could happen to anyone. And she says she wants others to know: “People can’t just do this to other people.”  Julie Delegal themail@folioweekly.com march 29-april 4, 2011 | folio weekly | 17


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Reasons to leave the house this week The thrills! The rides! The foot-long hot dogs with a cotton candy chaser! The GERD! The 25th annual Clay County Agricultural Fair is held from Thur., March 31-Sat., April 9 at Reinhold Agricultural Fairgrounds, 2493 S.R. 16 W., Green Cove Springs and features over 40 rides, live music daily (Jerrod Neimann, Easton Corbin, Adam Brand, Blue River Travelers, John Anderson, Shelby Crews), livestock exhibits (why not weigh a pig?!), a lumberjack show, local talent shows and a re-enactment of an early Florida pioneer village. The whole shebang kicks on Thursday, March 31 from noon-10 p.m. Admission is $5; $4 for seniors and kids 6-12. 284-1615. claycountyfair.org

HOT MESS KATHY GRIFFIN

Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin is known as much for her signature red tresses and appearances on TV shows like “Suddenly Susan” or her Emmy award-winning reality show “My Life on the D-List” as she is for serving up ruthless “dish” on fellow celebs. Scientology, sexual orientation, substance abuse and the Palin clan are a few of the plucky topics this candid, bestselling author and LGBT activist espouses. She performs on Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $50.50-$80.50. 355-2787.

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BLUEGRASS PUNCH BROTHERS

The five-man ensemble The Punch Brothers are heavyweight contenders on the contemporary bluegrass scene, likely to bust out a tune by The White Stripes or Fiona Apple afore they start pickin’ on some Bartok and Bach. Initially a side band for Nickel Creek mandolinist Chris Thile, the band has forged its own identity on the basis of stellar live shows and two well-received releases on the Nonesuch label. They perform on Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $25-$30. 355-2787.

DYNAMIC DUO EOTO

Michael Travis and Jason Hann first turned (on) a few heads as part of the rhythm section of jam scene favorites The String Cheese Incident. In the form of EOTO, the pair merges improvisation with stateof-the-art looping technology, busting out synapse-snapping rhythms and brain-melting beats. Think Stockhausen meets the Dead and Afrika Bambaataa in a sonic game of “hot potato” at a clandestine lunar rave. EOTO performs with Zebbler Encanti Experience on Tuesday, April 5 at 8 p.m. at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $15. 246-2473.

FOOD FESTIVAL A TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE

The 15th annual A Taste of St. Augustine features more than 20 restaurants competing for the prestigious TOStA awards on April 2. Live bands are featured starting at noon, and the second annual “Race to the Taste” (racetothetaste. org), a 5K that kicks off at 4:30 p.m., begins and ends at the tasting site, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 S. A1A, St. Augustine. Admission is $5 (free for kids under 11), food and beverage tickets can be purchased individually and parking is free. Proceeds benefit EPIC Community Services. 829-2273 ext. 14.

BARDCORE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK University of North Florida presents its second annual Shakespeare-inthe-Park with a production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” staged on Friday, April 1, Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. on the UNF Green, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors and students. 620-2878. The play is also staged on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. at Jack Russell Park, 800 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach. 246-4061.

SPRINGING THE BLUES

Now in its second decade, the Springing the Blues Festival continues to offer an impressive array of traditional and contemporary blues acts. Artists scheduled for this year’s blues bash include Anders Osborne, Michael Burks, Dana Fuchs, Jo Ann Shaw Taylor, The Lee Boys, Chris Thomas King, Brethren, Willie Green Blues Project and Toots Lorraine & the Traffic. And there’s arts and crafts, food and drink, a surf contest and a 5K run. The fest is held on Friday, April 1 from 5-10 p.m., Saturday, April 2 from noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 from 12:30-7 p.m. at Seawalk Pavilion, located on the ocean at First Avenue North and First Street, Jax Beach. Premium seating tickets range from $10-$50. For a full schedule and to nab tickets, check out springingtheblues.com march 29-april 4, 2011 | folio weekly | 19


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ay the words “Saturday morning cartoons” to anyone who grew up in the heyday of weekend animation and smiles invariably reveal a childlike glow. Whether the memory evokes a particular cartoon lineup or simply the joy of eating cereal in one’s pajamas in front of the television, the fact remains that an entire generation grew up watching — and reveling in — animation. That same demographic is now the mature face of contemporary media, and cartoons are just one facet. Video games, graphic novels and many full-length feature films evince the influence of many a lost Saturday morning. And animation production studios and film festivals are popping up everywhere — including in Jacksonville’s own backyard. Shane Douberly and Bill Waller, cartoon lovers and owners of Dripsblack video and animation studio, worked with the Jacksonville Film Festival in 2009. But, as Douberly noted at the time, animation wasn’t “getting any kind of love at the festival that year” and had disappeared from the program. “I was running my mouth about an animation film festival. Joey Marchy [who runs the blog urbanjacksonville. info] heard about it and spread the word to Jack Shad [owner of 5 Points Theatre] and I got an email from him,” says Douberly. “I met with him and came back and told Bill that we’re doing an animation film festival.” Thus was born the Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival — Northeast Florida’s first animation festival. More than 1,000 people attended the 2010 event, which showcased the Academy Award-nominated “The Secret of Kells” as well as work from illustration superstar and ’90s-era animator Bill Plympton. The second installment of the festival runs April 8, 9 and 10, and includes art exhibitions, workshops, lectures and screenings of some of the world’s best animated films. Waller admits that a lot of the show’s content

is “out there” for people who know where to look. “But it would take them forever [to find],” he says. “We did all the legwork to collect all this amazing stuff and package it into neatly themed shows so people know where to go.” Film entries from more than 25 countries, including from Israel, Korea, Uruguay, India, Argentina and Japan, are screened. The festival opens Friday evening with a reception at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, and the exhibition “The Arts of Storytelling,” which showcases professionals in the design and illustration field. On Saturday morning, the festival hosts “Lil’ Squirts Animation Workshop” for children and teenagers to get hands-on experience in creating animation with instructors and students from the Art Institute of Jacksonville. Following the workshop, there’s a kid-friendly round of cartoons, “Vitamin C,” which hopes to take the Saturday Morning Generation back in time and inspire the next generation of enthusiasts. Following the cartoon offerings, animator Dan Field (“Robot Chicken,” “Moral Oral” and “Celebrity Deathmatch”) leads a puppetmaking workshop, while a 26-hour animation film competition “Juiced” is open to teams of up to three people. Community-driven interaction is the ultimate goal of the event. “We want to promote local,” says Douberly. “We want to promote the region. There are so many art schools in the region that deal with animation and illustration.” Waller hopes that Citrus Cel will be a hub, drawing attention to the local creative community while also giving the arts economy a needed jolt. “In five years, this event could be a place where people want to come on their spring break,” offers Waller. The pair also sees the festival drawing software designers and technology companies, creating a conference environment that fuses cutting-edge fine arts with business interest. The duo’s love of animated arts seems matched only by their hopes of making Northeast Florida a destination for like-minded folks, making it a focal point for students and industry types alike to connect. “I’d love to see animation houses use Citrus Cel as a hot spot to find up-and-coming talent,” admits Douberly. “[We’d love it to be] sort of like a SXSW of animation.”  Keith Marks themail@folioweekly.com


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he movie is called “The Lincoln Lawyer” because the protagonist, hotshot defense attorney Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey)uses the back seat of his Lincoln touring car as his office. I offer that explanation as a caveat for history buffs who might be anticipating Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” (about the Lincoln assassination) which is due to open in mid-April. The McConaughey movie has nothing to do with history. Based on a novel by mystery writer Michael Connelly, “The Lincoln Lawyer” is a thoroughly entertaining thriller/courtroom drama that goes a long way to restoring Matthew McConaughey’s credibility as an actor. Given his recent affinity for drivel like “Failure to Launch” and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” the new movie represents a solid rebound for the likable star. He’s playing a bit of a cad again, but this time his character (as well as the script) turns out to have considerably more depth and range. The movie’s opening segments show the seedier side of Mick Haller and his typical ne’erdo-well clients. The latter include a biker gang that has enlisted Mick to finesse one of their members (guilty, of course) out of a drug charge. Next we find him counseling a prostitute who’s been saddled with a drug charge. Larger and more lucrative bait is then dangled before him in the person of Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a spoiled rich thirtysomething accused of trying to kill a prostitute. Even though money talks for Mick and he’s pretty much despised by cops and prosecutors, he still likes to think of himself as a basically decent person; working the system, it’s true, but within acceptable boundaries. The Roulet case, however, forces him to re-evaluate, particularly after Mick discovers a link to a past case in which he was responsible for sending an innocent client to San Quentin. It would be criminal to give away too much

of the plot, even though the identity of the real villain is revealed early on. There are some surprise twists saved for the closing scenes, but by and large, “The Lincoln Lawyer” is a suspense piece, its narrative focused on Mick’s efforts to extricate himself from increasingly precarious dilemmas, legal and otherwise. Forced out of his usual cockiness and cynicism, he becomes a better man and an even more ingenious lawyer, using the system he has abused to partially redeem himself as well as some other hapless victims. McConaughey is the heart and soul of the film, on-screen in nearly every scene. And he’s very convincing in a wide range of guises — jerk, shyster, con man and, ultimately, avenger. But the film also benefits from a superb supporting cast. Though most of that cast is probably accustomed to bigger roles, it only makes their contributions to “The Lincoln Lawyer” that much more a treat. Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei (“My Cousin Vinny”) plays Mick’s friendly ex-wife, their relationship enhanced by their daughter but compromised by their separate job descriptions. She’s a dedicated prosecutor. Phillippe is suitably slick and repulsive as a vicious sociopath, and Frances Fisher (the madam in Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven”) is chillingly effective as his devoted mother. Other familiar names and faces include John Leguizamo as a manipulative bondsman and Josh Lucas (“Glory Road”) as the prosecuting attorney, Mick’s sparring partner in the courtroom. And last but far from least among the more recognizable cast members is William H. Macy as Mick’s research assistant Frank Levin, once again effortlessly stealing every scene in which he appears. “The Lincoln Lawyer” is only the second film to be made from a Michael Connelly novel, the other being “Blood Work” (2002), starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. It’s a credit to director Brad Furman (in only his second feature film) that “The Lincoln Lawyer” is actually better than Clint’s treatment — on both sides of the camera.  Pat McLeod themail@folioweekly.com

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HALL PASS **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Owen Wilson stars in the latest comedy from the Farrelly Brothers about a man whose wife gives him a chance to have an extramarital affair. The only problem? She plans on honoring the same freebie and get some newbie strange. I AM NUMBER FOUR *G@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square Silly teenybopper sci-fi flick about an alien on the lam who hides out in an American high school. Gnarly, dude! JUST GO WITH IT **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach This rom-com, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, is about a plastic surgeon who gets his office manager to pose as his disgruntled, soon-to-be-ex-wife in a bid to pick up sympathetic women. Co-starring Kevin Nealon, Rachel Dratch, Dave Matthews, Minka Kelly and Nicole Kidman. Waitaminute … Dave Matthews? JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER **@@ Rated G • Regal Avenues OMG!! A surprisingly fun film about commerce and celebrity in the age of information overload. THE KING’S SPEECH **** Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Pot Belly’s, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush deliver Oscar-worthy performances in this uplifting based-on-real-life tale. THE LAST LIONS ***@ Rated PG • Regal Beach Jeremy Irons narrates this riveting documentary that follows a lioness through the wilds of Botswana as she tirelessly protects her cubs against predators and the elements. LIMITLESS **G@

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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 After struggling author Eddie (Bradley Cooper) takes the experimental drug NZT, he discovers his brain is operating at its highest potential. Unfortunately, nefarious forces would also like to get their hands on Eddie’s stash of “happy pills” and will stop at nothing — not even murder. This adrenaline-charged action flick also stars Robert De Niro. THE LINCOLN LAWYER ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Five Points Theatre, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Reviewed in this issue. LORD OF THE DANCE 3D **@@ Rated G • Carmike Fleming Island Michael Flatley is back with a vengeance and leading his dance company through this high-steppin’ Celticchoreographed tale of good versus evil — wait for it — in 3D! MARS NEEDS MOMS **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Family-geared animated 3-D fare about young Milo (voiced by Seth Green) and his intergalactic adventure to save his mom, Lissa (voiced by Joan Cusack), from the fiendish clutches of Martians. PAUL ***@ 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 “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead” faves Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are a blast in this UFO comedy about a pair of bumbling fanboys who have a too-close encounter with goofy alien Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) whom the dimwitted duo must protect from malicious FBI Special Agent Zoil (Jason Bateman).


RANGO **** Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach, San Marco Theatre Fun, creative animated flick that features the voices of Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant and Ned Beatty in the surreal saga of a lone lizard who rolls into a Wild Western town to save the day. RED RIDING HOOD **@@ 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 Leonardo DiCaprio produced this horror film, a retelling of the kids’ tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” starring Amanda Seyfreid, Shiloh Fernandez and Gary Oldman. SUCKER PUNCH **@@ 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 Emily Browning, Jon Hamm and Scott Glenn star in an epic action-fantasy about a young girl who must battle dark forces while navigating the surreal world of her dreams. UNKNOWN **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues Liam Neeson stars in this unoriginal yet watchable film about a man who wakes up from an accident and realizes his former life no longer exists — and someone wants him dead! Yikes!

OTHER FILMS MOVIES IN THE PARK The series begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 2 at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 400 Wonderwood Drive, Atlantic Beach. For details, call 255-7911. WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS? In connection with the Women’s History Month Art exhibition, the Women’s Center of Jacksonville presents this documentary at 5:30 p.m. on March 28 at AT&T Tower auditorium, 301 W. Bay St., Jacksonville. The featurelength documentary details the lives of five diverse women artists and their struggles to lead creative lives while balancing family and motherhood. Admission is free. whodoesshethinksheis.net

POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Blue Valentine,” “The King’s Speech,” “Black Swan,” “Barney’s Version” and “The Fighter” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. 5 POINTS THEATRE “The Lincoln Lawyer” is screened through March 31 at 5 Points Theatre, 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. “Certified Copy” opens on April 1. 359-0047. WGHOF IMAX THEATER “The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D” is screened along with “Hubble 3D,” “Space Station 3D” and “Under The Sea 3D,” 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 THE TOURIST Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie join forces to collectively ruin this maudlin, internationally shot romantic thriller. Interpol, the Russian mob and Italian police intersect in a mess of a film that spells “b-a-d” in any language. SKYLINE After an otherworldly light begins swallowing up all of humanity, a group of survivors (including Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson and Brittany Daniel) must resolve their differences and band together if they hope to live through an alien onslaught. Decent, sci-fi fare directed by Colin and Greg Strause. STAND BY ME Generation X just got a little older with this 25th Anniversary Edition (yikes!) of Rob Reiner’s superb cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s story about four boys on the edge of manhood who set out on a two-day adventure to find the body of a missing teen. Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell (who grew up nicely) and River Phoenix star in what may be the ultimate ’80s nostalgia flick, set in the early ’60s. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS God gets the digital restoration treatment (uh, finally) in this fully loaded edition of Cecil B. DeMille’s classic telling of the story of Moses and one set of very strong suggestions about etiquette. An ensemble cast including Yul Brynner, Charlton Heston, Yvonne DeCarlo, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson and the great Vincent Price deliver the goods in this epochal 1956 cinematic masterpiece. NAUSICCA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND Director Hayao Miyazaki’s pioneering 1984 anime film follows Princess Nausicaa as she leads her people through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with as much in common with Frank Herbert’s “Dune” or “Mad Max” as it does any Disney fare. Nearly 30 years later, this beautifully made animated ecological fable retains its wonderful weirdness. 

Sue Wilson’s documentary “Broadcast Blues” is screened on March 31 at 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, 514-4304. The film, which chronicles the uprising of Hate Radio and the corporate influence on American media, is also shown on April 1 at 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine, 2487 A1A S., 471-3379. Wilson is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and contributor to The Huffington Post.

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raucous as a standing club show, but theaters usually sound beautiful. And since we play acoustic instruments, the sound of a room matters more to us.

F.W.: You catch a lot of flak from bluegrass purists for your modern musical elements. luegrass artists operate according to some © 2008 folioweekly Do you even consider yourselves a proper of the strictest decrees in the musical world: bluegrass band? all acoustic instrumentation, an abiding C.E.: In terms of the instrumentation of our reverence for the past, and a disdain for band — and really only as far as that — we stardom and most things modern. But New follow the classic bluegrass template of York-based quintet Punch Brothers (named after an annoying jingle in a short story mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle and bass. by Mark Twain) have thrown that formula All of us grew up in that tradition, so those out the window, adding complex classical instruments are where a large portion of our compositions and The Strokes covers to individual voices lie. But I don’t think of us as a their two critically acclaimed albums, 2008’s “Punch” and 2010’s “Antifogmatic.” The sharpdressed band, fronted by former Nickel Creek superstar Chris Thile, even has a star-making documentary slated for release later this year. But the fancy suits, Big Apple digs and 21st-century trappings don’t take a thing away from Punch Brothers’ technically masterful and instantly infectious tunes. Guitarist Chris Eldridge chatted with Folio Weekly about Radiohead, Alaska and the importance of bluegrass band at all; we’re musicians who love listening with open ears. music in a million different forms. We’re just as likely to play a Radiohead cover as a Folio Weekly: Before coming East, you guys Bill Monroe one. played a few shows in Alaska. How was that? Chris Eldridge: The shows were fun, but the real F.W.: And you’ve become famous for those highlight was [bass player] Paul [Kowert] and I covers. Is it all about interpreting modern going skiing, which neither one of us has done songs on antiquated instruments? in many years. Moments like those are when C.E.: I wouldn’t say that’s the whole the touring life really becomes nice. motivation. All musicians are manipulating the same stuff: rhythm, harmony and F.W.: How will Punch Brothers’ performance at melody. So for us, it’s about getting inside the The Florida Theatre compare? beautiful, transcendent music of a great band C.E.: Well, we play all kinds of venues, from like Radiohead — seeing if we can learn from beautiful theaters to clubs to outdoor festivals how they manipulate rhythm, harmony and and everything in between. Each different melody. There is a kind of novelty to it being environment brings out different things in the done on these instruments, but that’s not the music. A really lovely theater may not be as point we’re going for.

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F.W.: Your 2010 album “Antifogmatic” straddled another traditionalist vs. modern dichotomy — some songs were straight improvisations, while others were composed and written with meticulous care. C.E.: All of our music is about balance. We grew up as improvising musicians, so that’s a big part of our musical DNA. But a lot of the music that we’re drawn to these days is more structured — the architecture is as fascinating as the improvisation. So “Antifogmatic” was on that continuum of trying to balance those two things. F.W.: The whole band has lived in New York for the last few years. What kind of musical balance have you achieved living in the biggest city in America? C.E.: I still love the city and am fed creatively by it all the time. But I’d expand it out to being bigger than just music. Living in New York is so inspiring because you’re always surrounded by creative people — musicians, chefs, artists, dancers, all of whom go to New York to try and be great at whatever their creative endeavor is. Honestly, having an incredible meal is just as inspiring to me as seeing a great orchestral performance. That spirit feeds the same inner core. F.W.: Many Americana artists feel they draw better audiences overseas, but I read a few interviews where you guys said the “bluegrass police” were still in effect across the pond. Was the bluegrass backlash just as bad over there? C.E.: We’ve only been to the United Kingdom twice, but we found that getting in front of a younger audience worked better for us, because they didn’t have any preconceptions of what we should be. For our band in particular, that approach works well — if people come with open ears, I think they will probably enjoy what they hear.  Nick McGregor themail@folioweekly.com


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

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

picante grill rotisserie bar

Brand-new Picante offers the vibrant flavors of Peru and Latin America, served in a contemporary atmosphere. The menu includes authentic Peruvian cebiche and home-style empanadas. An extensive selection of boutique South American wines and craft brew beers are offered. A children’s menu and take-out are available. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 464073 S.R. 200, Ste. 2, Yulee 904-310-9222

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

jack & diane’s

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

kelley’s courtyard café

From She Crab Soup and salads, fried green tomatoes and a delectable selection of gourmet sandwiches and wraps, visitors to this bright café and patio are treated to a memorable meal. Signature desserts, vegetarian dishes and catering are available, too. Open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dinner 5:30-9pm. 19 S. Third Street 904-432-8213

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Soul Educator: Bruce Iglauer (right) looked to the late, great Professor Longhair for guidance in 1979.

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Springing the Blues celebrates 21 years of bringing contemporary blues to Northeast Florida SPRINGING THE BLUES FESTIVAL with ANDERS OSBORNE, MICHAEL BURKS, DANA FUCHS, JO ANN SHAW TAYLOR, THE LEE BOYS, CHRIS THOMAS KING, BRETHREN, WILLIE GREEN BLUES PROJECT, TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC and more Fri., April 1 from 5-10 p.m., Sat., April 2 from noon-10 p.m. and Sun., April 3 from 1230-5 p.m. Seawalk Pavilion, First Avenue North and First Street, Jax Beach Premium seating tickets range from $10-$50 For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, go to springingtheblues.com

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971 was an eclectic year for the music industry; the 13th Grammy Awards ceremony was broadcast live for the first time, Jim Morrison was found dead in a Parisian bathtub, “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” premiered on CBS, the top hit singles included “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, “Black Magic Woman” by Santana and “Peace Train” by Cat Stevens. Oh, and 23-year-old blues fanatic Bruce Iglauer formed Alligator Records. Iglauer started the label more out of frustration than as a business move. He was a shipping clerk for Bob Koester’s Chicagobased Delmark Records and he wanted to release an album by his favorite band, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. But his boss wasn’t interested, so Iglauer got some money together and recorded it himself. He pressed 1,000 copies of the record and named the label Alligator Records. “When I started the label,” he says, “all I wanted to do was put out a record by my favorite band. I never wanted to become a businessman. I’ve been greedy for the music, not the money.” Fast-forward 40 years and Alligator is the largest independent blues label in the world, with more than 300 titles. Over the years, the label’s hosted some of the biggest names in blues including Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Coco Montoya, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy. It’s also the home of Northeast Florida’s own JJ Grey & Mofro — the label’s top-selling band. “I actually met Bruce Iglauer who owns Alligator at Springing the Blues for the first time,” Grey admits of the first of two times he played the long-running Jacksonville Beach blues festival. Springing the Blues, one of America’s largest free outdoor blues festivals, was started in 1991 by Sam Veal and has since become a Northeast Florida institution. “He’s got

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wonderful ears,” Iglauer says of his good pal Veal. “I’m really looking forward to coming down this year.” It’s Iglauer’s fourth visit to Jax Beach, and he comes to celebrate his label’s 40th anniversary with a new double album, “Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection,” released earlier this year. He’ll also be bringing a few friends from the label, including Michael Burks, one of Saturday night’s headliners, and Anders Osborne, a Swedish-born blues-rock singersongwriter whom Iglauer calls an “amazing, passionate performer.” Veal’s happy to dote on his friend, “The blues would not be what it is without Bruce Iglauer. He is the Mother Teresa of the blues.” Veal and Iglauer, who became close while working with the Blues Music Association, clearly have one of the most influential friendships in blues music — telling each other about new up-and-coming acts. “We are two people who are very passionate about what the blues represents,” Ponte Vedra resident Veal says. “It’s about the music, not about the famous names.” For example, Springing the Blues has featured a lot of big names before they were big names including JJ Grey, the North Mississippi Allstars and Susan Tedeschi, who even slept at Veal’s house, in his daughter’s bed, the weekend she performed at the festival. The first festival, back in ’91, was about six hours long and had between 3,000 and 4,000 in attendance. Last year, the 20th anniversary, was a three-day event attracting almost 200,000 revelers. “In the beginning, I felt that Jacksonville Beach was an uncut diamond in the rough,” Veal explains. “I wanted to create a point-of-destination event that the community can be proud of and grow it carefully and slowly over time.” Springing the Blues’ future looks bright, as does that of Alligator Records. But what about the blues genre itself? Iglauer says, “The blues will have to change to meet the lyric needs and rhythm of a contemporary audience. If not, it will become a museum piece.” As far as Grey’s concerned, “I’m terrible with the concept of a genre. I can’t really tell the difference between so much of the music I love. ‘Blues’ is just a word, one that means many different things to many people, but I guess the feeling of the blues will always exists and always uplift.”  Kara Pound themail@folioweekly.com


CONCERTS THIS WEEK

THE REAL, MUSICAL CHAIRS, BLVD. PARK, DAVE MELILLO These local rockers play at 6 p.m. on March 29 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD This dub group performs at 9 p.m. on March 29 at Plush Nightclub, 845 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Admission is $8. 743-1845. YATAGARASU, BUBBLEGUM OCTOPUS These electro indie acts perform at 10 p.m. on March 29 at ShantyTown Pub, 22 W. Sixth St., Jacksonville. 798-8222. DAVID MICHAEL ANGLETON This area rocker plays at 6 p.m. on March 30 at Downtown Blues Bar & Grille, 714 St. Johns Ave., Palatka. (386) 325-5454. WORLD INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY These fiery rockers burn up the stage at 8 p.m. on March 30 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $12. 398-7496. YR DARCY This local lo-fi folkie performs at 10 p.m. on March 30 at ShantyTown Pub, 22 W. Sixth St., Jacksonville. 798-8222. RODNEY ATKINS, JESSIE JAMES It’s time to roll out the (Cracker) Barrel when these country acts perform at 7 p.m. on March 31 at University of North Florida Amphitheatre, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Tickets are $15. 620-1000. NORTHE, MATT BURKE, ADAM EZRA GROUP, WHETHERMAN These jam bands (amazingly) jam out at 8 p.m. on March 31 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $9. 398-7496. BAD ASSETS This local rock band plays at 8 p.m. on March 31 at Cliff’s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Ste. 2, Jacksonville. 645-5162. CROSSFADE, THE EMBRACED, DOWN THEORY, ADAKAIN The heavy rockers perform at 8 p.m. on March 31 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $15. 246-2473. BETH McKEE BAND This Americana group performs at 8:30 p.m. on March 31 at European Street CafÊ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 399-1740. SPRINGING THE BLUES FESTIVAL featuring ANDERS

OSBORNE, MICHAEL BURKS, DANA FUCHS, JO ANN SHAW TAYLOR, THE LEE BOYS, CHRIS THOMAS KING, BRETHERN, WILLIE GREEN BLUES PROJECT AND TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC The blues fest is held from 5-10 p.m. on April 1, from noon10 p.m. on April 2 and 12:30-7 p.m. on April 3 at Seawalk Pavilion, on the ocean at First Avenue North and First Street, Jax Beach. Premium seating tickets range from $10-$50. For a full schedule and to nab tickets, go to springingtheblues.com DA KIDD, BREAD & DEM BOIS This night of local rap and rock starts at 6 p.m. on April 1 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. JOSHUA DYER Singer-songwriter Dyer plays at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Three Layers Cafe, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. RUSSELL CEDERBERG This singer-songwriter performs at 7 p.m. on April 1 in the Courtyard at 200 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-2922. FOOL’S GOLD CONCERT with RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, DON’T SIGH DAISY, FIT FOR RIVALS, CLARA VANUM Local emo heavies Red Jumpsuit Apparatus perform at this scholarship fundraiser at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door. 276-6750. RUCKUS The local rockers fight for the right to party at 8 p.m. on April 1 and 2 at Cliff’s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Ste. 2, Jacksonville. 645-5162. THE PUNCH BROTHERS This innovative bluegrass band performs at 8 p.m. on April 1 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $25-$30. 355-2787. ALL THEE ABOVE, BLACKWATER KINGDOM, A WRITTEN REQUEST, HIGH ORDER Rockers hit the stage at 8 p.m. on April 1 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. BUBBLY JOE, COMMON GROUND Effervescent reggae-rockers Bubbly Joe perform at 8 p.m. on April 1 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $8. 246-2473. SPRINGING THE BLUES AFTER PARTY with SHANE DWIGHT Dwight hosts a blues fest jam session at 10 p.m. on April 1, 2 and 3 at Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 247-6636.

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Zach Tremblay performs at 10:30 a.m., Martha’s Trouble plays at 11:45 a.m. and Waightstill Avery plays at 2:30 p.m. on April 2 at Riverside Arts Market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville. 554-6865 THE HUMAN ABSTRACT These L.A.-based rockers perform at 6 p.m. on April 2 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. DAVID FERRARD The singer-songwriter performs at 7 p.m. on April 2 at European Street CafÊ, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 399-1740. CORY KNIGHT This singer-songwriter plays at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Three Layers Cafe, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. JANIS IAN Legendary singer-songwriter Ian performs at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 at University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. 620-1921. A required e-ticket for this free concert is available at capricorn.anf.unf.edu/ticketing/ian.asp SCHOLAR’S WORD This reggae group performs at 8 p.m. on April 2 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. 246-2473. NEW DAY, DYTSIL, TEN TON WRECKING BALL The area rockers play at 8 p.m. on April 2 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. THE VAMPIRATES, KONAMI CODE, POOR RICHARDS, SICK SICK SICKS These local punks hit it at 9 p.m. on April 2 at Lomax Lodge, 822 Lomax St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 634-8813. GOLIATH FLORES Multi-instrumentalist Flores performs at 1 p.m. on April 3 at Three Layers Cafe, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. BOBBY LONG, RICKOLUS British singer-songwriter Long performs at 8 p.m. on April 3 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 398-7496. RED RAT This reggae artist performs at 10:30 p.m. on April 3 at Island Tropics Restaurant & Lounge, 2527 N. Main St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $10-$15. 405-6381. ROCKVILLE RUMBLE featuring CALL IT CAPTIVE, IN WHISPERS, AWOL, LOVELOUD The area rockers battle it out at 8 p.m. on April 4 at Jack

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Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 398-7496. PICKERS AND PLAYERS Local musicians rock out at 8 p.m. on April 4 at Cliff’s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Ste. 2, Jacksonville. 645-5162. ROCKVILLE RUMBLE featuring BROKEN TRUST, BLEEDING IN STEREO, HIGH ORDER, LAWLESS HEARTS, SON OF A BAD MAN Local rock bands compete onstage at 8 p.m. on April 5 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 398-7496. EOTO, ZEBBLER ENCANTI EXPERIENCE Electro-jam band EOTO performs at 8 p.m. on April 5 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $15. 246-2473. LITTLE JAKE & THE SOUL SEARCHERS This soul act performs at 8 p.m. on April 5 at European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 399-1740.

UPCOMING CONCERTS

JOHN CLAYTON, JEFF CLAYTON, JEFF HAMILTON April 6, UNF Robinson Theater Voice of the Wetlands Allstars TAB BENOIT, CYRIL NEVILLE, BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX April 7, Mojo Kitchen DIET COKEHEADS, BROKEN WATER April 7, Budget Records EASY DUB ALLSTARS, THE GREEN, CAS HALEY April 7, Freebird Live GENE LOVES JEZEBEL April 8, Brewster’s Pit JOAN RED, MINDSLIP, THROUGH YOU April 9, Freebird Live DAVID NAIL, WALKER HAYES April 9, Mavericks Rock N’ Honky Tonk Concert Hall DR. DOG, FLOATING ACTION April 13, Freebird Live Wanee Festival with THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, ROBERT PLANT & BAND OF JOY, WEEN April 14-16, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS, BREATHE CAROLINA, WE ARE THE IN CROWD, BEFORE THEIR EYES, TONIGHT ALIVE April 14, Freebird Live DROWNING POOL, TRUST COMPANY April 14, Brewster’s Pit

Karaoke every Thur. YANNI April 14, T-U Center KEITH URBAN June 17, Veterans Memorial Arena MEEHAN’S TAVERN, 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 5, 551-7076 MIRANDA LAMBERT, JUSTIN MOORE & JOSH KELLY ZACH DEPUTY June 25, Freebird Live Karaoke every Wed. Live music every Fri. Improvisation Station April 15, St. Augustine Amphitheatre APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION (GUNS N ROSES TRIBUTE) every Sat. GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE CD RELEASE PARTY July 1, Freebird Live MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 April 16, Mojo Kitchen PSYCHEDELIC FURS July 3, Freebird Live Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. SOJA, THE DIRTY HEADS, NEW POLITICS April 20, PLUSH, RAIN, LEOPARD LOUNGE, 845 University Blvd. N., The Florida Theatre 745-1845 DJ Massive spins top 40 in Rain every Wed., DJs RISE AGAINST, BAD RELIGION, FOUR YEAR STRONG spin Latin every Fri.; house & techno in Z-Bar every Fri. April 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH TONINO’S TRATTORIA & MARTINI BAR, 7001 Merrill Rd., THE MOVEMENT, HEAVY PETS April 22, Freebird Live BEECH STREET GRILL, 801 Beech St., 277-3662 John Ste. 45, 743-3848 MONOZYGOTIK, FLIGHT RISK, MIGHT DUB KILLAZ Springer every Fri. & Sat., every other Thur. Barry Randolph Harry & Sally from 6:30-9 p.m. every Wed. Alaina Colding every April 23, Freebird Live every Sun. Thur. W. Harvey Williams at 6 p.m. every Fri. Signature String ASSHOLE PARADE, SHITSTORM, DISCIPLES OF CHRIST, DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Live music Quartet every Sat. MAUSER April 24, Ring of Fire Honky Tonk every weekend GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY April 26, Freebird Live GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., UNWRITTEN LAW, AUTHORITY ZERO April 27, Freebird Live AVONDALE, ORTEGA 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. P. DIDDY & DIDDY DIRTY MONEY April 28, Plush BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 GAMBLE ROGERS FOLK FESTIVAL with Richard Duet every Wed. Goliath Flores and Sam Rodriguez every Thur. Dan Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend Thompson, Pierce Pettis April 29-May 1, St. Augustine Bush Doctors every 1st Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. INDIGO ALLEY, 316 Centre St., 261-7222 Dan Voll & the Alley CHICAGO April 29, The Florida Theatre THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Cats at 8 p.m. every Sat. Frankie’s Jazz Jam at 7:30 p.m. every ROCKVILLE RUMBLE FINALS April 30, Freebird Live Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music Tue. Open mic at 7 p.m. every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. SOULIVE May 1, Freebird Live every Mon. O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN May 3, The Florida Theatre ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. The Turner London Band at JEFF BECK, IMELDA May BAND May 4, The Florida Theatre DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage 8:30 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. CHANGES IN LATITUDE (Jimmy Buffett Tribute) May 5, every Fri. DJ Dave Berg spins every Sat. DJ Alex Pagan spins THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELD’S, 117 Centre St., Freebird Live every Sun. 491-3332 BSP Unplugged every Tue. Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ MELALI (ROB MACHADO) May 6, Freebird Live ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Heavy Hess in Sheffield’s, Hupp & Rob in Palace every Thur. Live GREENHOUSE LOUNGE CD RELEASE PARTY May 7, Freebird OFDJBENEFIT ACTION Karaoke with DaveASK ThrashFOR every Wed. DJ 151 spins Produced hip hop, musicPROMISE every Fri. & Sat. Miguel Alvarez in Sheffield’s SUPPORT every Fri. Live R&B, funk, soul & old-school every Thur. Live music every DJ Heavy Hess in Sheffield’s every Sat. BSP Unplugged every HEAVY CREAM, THE COUGS May 11, Café Eleven weekend. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every 1st & 4th Sat. Sun. Cason every Mon. All shows at 9:30 p.m. PLAIN WHITE T’S May 12, Freebird Live Patrick Evan & Co-Alition every Industry Sun. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, KENNY CHESNEY May 12, Veterans Memorial Arena TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 277-2132 Gary Ross from 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. MAC MILLER May 13, Freebird Live Live music every Fri. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Sat. SEABREEZE SPORTS BAR, 2707 Sadler Rd., 277-2300 JEFFERSON STARSHIP May 13, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Karaoke with Daddy’O every Wed. DJ Roc at 9 p.m. every Fri., KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, JOHN PRINE May 14, Florida Theatre 10 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sat. THE DEFTONES, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN May 20, Plush BAYMEADOWS SLIDER’S SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. 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CASA MARINA, 691 First St. N., 270-0025 Toots Lorraine & the Traffic on April 6 COPPER TOP, 1712 Beach Blvd., 249-4776 Southbound on March 31. Neil Dixon on April 1. Chris C4Mann on April 2. Rick Arcusa Duo on April 3. Karaoke with Billy McMahan from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. THE COURTYARD, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Russell Cederberg at 7 p.m. on April 1. Live music every Fri. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Indigo Blue Jazz Band at 7 p.m. on March 29 DICK’S WINGS & GRILL, 311 Third St. N., 853-5004 Live music every Fri. & Sat. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Delta Dave on March 31. Live music every Thur. EUROPEAN STREET, 992 Beach Blvd., 249-3001 Hoffman’s Voodoo on April 10 FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB, 333 First St. N., 242-9499 Live music every Tue.-Sun. 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 Crossfade, The Embraced, Adakain and Down Theory on March 31. Bubbly Joe and Common Ground on April 1. EOTO and Zebler Encanti Experience on April 5. Easy Dub Allstars, The Green and Cas Punk’s not dead — it just smells that way! Aussie punks The Vampirates (pictured) perform on April 2 at 9 p.m. Haley on April 7. Alice Anna on April 8 along with regional musical deviants Konami Code, Poor Richards and Sick Sick Sicks at Lomax Lodge, 822 Lomax ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 634-8813. 372-0943 Live music at 9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Blistur on April 1 & 2. Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Nate Holley DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri. Reed spins ’80s, old school, remixes & mashups, Capone spins Band every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Thur. Live music every TERA NOVA, 8206 Philips Hwy., 733-8085 top 40 & dance faves every Sat. Fri. & Sat. Video DJ and Karaoke every Sun. Little Green Men DJ Jose de laOF SoulBENEFIT spins salsa & freestyle every SUPPORT Latin Thur. DJs BEACHSIDEASK SEAFOOD, S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt by ab every Mon. Produced Checked by Sales Rep rl PROMISE FOR120 ACTION spin hip hop every Fri. DJs Leland & Marc-E-Marc spin top 40 Lanham sings classical island music every Fri.-Sun. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, Produced PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION & house every Sat. DJ Leland McWilliams spins for South Beach BILLY’S BOATHOUSE, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Kurt 270-0801 Kurt Lanham at 2 p.m. every Sun. DJ Jason hosts Friday every 2nd Fri. Reggae Fanatic is held every 3rd Fri. Lanham at 5:50 p.m. on March 31. Reverend Roy at 6 p.m. on Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. TONY D’S NEW YORK PIZZA & RESTAURANT, 8358 Point April 1. Live music at 5:30 p.m. on April 2. Live music at noon, MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Meadows Dr., 322-7051 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. 4Play at 4:30 p.m. on April 3 Live music every weekend THE BRASSERIE, 1312 Beach Blvd., 249-5800 Live music MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 UNF every Wed. & Thur. Jazz at 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford and Rick Johnson BEACHES BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ at 6 p.m. every Thur. (In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) Anonymous every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Live music every Wed. DJ MIMI’S SPORTS GRILLE, 1021 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic THE ATLANTIC, 333 N. First St., 249-3338 The Infader spins Beach, 270-1030 DJ Dennis Hubbell spins & hosts Karaoke at IBay every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Sun. every Wed. DJ Wes Reed spins every Thur. DJ Jade spins old 8 p.m. every Thur. & Fri. CARIBBEE KEY, 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach, 270-8940 wave & ’80s retro, SilverStar spins hip hop every Fri. DJ Wes MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Shane Dwight Live music every Thur.-Sun.

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jams on April 1, 2 & 3 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Peter Dearing at 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar spins dance music at 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & 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. 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 every weekend RITZ LOUNGE, 139 Third Ave. N., 246-2255 DJ Jenn Azana every Wed.-Sat. DJ Ibay every Sun. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 320 N. First St., 270-8565 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. 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 Buck Smith Band on March 30. Supernatural on March 31. Live music every Wed.-Sun. 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 every 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. DE REAL TING CAFE, 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738 DJs Mix Master Prince, Pete, Stylish, Big Bodie play reggae, calypso, R&B, hip hop and top 40 every Fri. & Sat. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 DJ NickFresh spins every Tue. Indie Lounge. DJ SuZi-Rok spins every 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., 353-1188 Gator Country Spring Concert Series with Steve Holy and Steve Azar at 8 p.m. on April 1. Joshua Adams on April 2 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 spins top 40 & dance every BayStreet Sat. MAVERICKS ROCK N’HONKY TONK, The Jacksonville Landing, 356-1110 Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. Saddle Up every Sat. NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Karaoke every Fri. 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.

FLEMING ISLAND

MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 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 Live music every Thur.-Sat. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 406 Old Hard Road, Ste. 106, 213-7779 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Country Night on March 31. Spanky on April 1 & 2. Reggae SWAT Team at 5 p.m. on April 3. DJ BG on April 4. Live music on the deck at 5 p.m. every Sun. DJ BG every Mon.

INTRACOASTAL WEST

BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 The Real, Musical Chairs, Blvd. Park and Dave Melillo at 6

p.m. on March 29. Da Kidd, Bread & Dem Bois on April 1. The Human Abstract on April 2 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Throwback Tue. ’70s, ’80s & top 40. Open mic with CBH every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. Brucci’s Live open mic with Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILLE, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Bad Assets on March 31. Ruckus on April 1 & 2. Pickers & Players on April 3. 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 Boogie Freaks on March 31. Dune Dog on April 1. Str8Up on April 2. The Karaoke Dude at 8 p.m. every Mon. 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.

JULINGTON, NW ST. JOHNS COUNTY

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

MANDARIN

AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry and John O’Connor, from 8-11 p.m. every Sat. Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Sat. BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE, 3057 Julington Creek Rd., 260-2722 Live music on the deck every Sun. afternoon 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. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live 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.

ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG

CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. CRACKERS LOUNGE, 1282 Blanding Blvd., 272-4620 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Live music on March 31, April 1 & 2. 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

PALATKA

DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 David Michael Angleton at 8:30 p.m. on March 30. Live music at 6 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Fri. Blues jams at 2 p.m. every Sun.

PONTE VEDRA

AQUA GRILL, 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., 285-3017 Brian Green on the deck at 3 p.m. on April 3 KARMA, 822 A1A N., 834-3942 Live music on April 1 & 2 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 Live music on April 1 & 2 URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 High Tides of Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on March 31. Delta Dave Johnson on April 1. Darren Corlew Band on April 2. Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker every Wed.

RIVERSIDE, WESTSIDE

FATKATS NIGHT CLUB, 1187 S. Edgewood Ave., 994-5201 Waylay plays every Thur. Live music & DJ Lavo spinning hip hop, rock, reggae, punk; Caden spins house, techno, breaks,

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Society’s Child: Legendary singer-songwriter Janis Ian performs on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. 6201921. An accomplished author as well as musician, Ian won a Grammy for her 1975 hit “At Seventeen.” A required e-ticket for this free performance is available at capricorn.anf.unf. edu/ticketing/ian.asp

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 Caliente at 7:30 p.m. on March 29. Boogie Freaks at 6:30 p.m. on March 30. The Knot at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Down Theory every Mon. Live music every Thur. Alive After Five features live music every Fri. 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.

SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK

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. THE LOFT, 925 King St., 476-7283 DJs Wes Reed & Josh K every Thur. LOMAX LODGE, 822 Lomax St., 634-8813 The Vampirates, Konami Code, Sick Sick Sicks and Poor Richards on April 2. DJ Dots every Tue. 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 Fri. & Sat. Karaoke with KJ Rob every Sun., Mon. & Tue. MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ, 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551 Bluegrass Nite every Fri. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 Brian Head Welch, Decyfer Down, The Letter Black, The Wedding and Kaliyl on March 29. Oh Sleeper, Rejoice the Awakening and Seizing the Final Victory on April 1. Manafest, Man Apart, Inasense and R-Kitect on April 3 WALKERS, 2692 Post St., 894-7465 Jax Arts Collaborative every Tue. Patrick & Burt every Wed. DJ Jeremiah every Thur. Acoustic every Thur.-Sat. Dr. Bill & His Solo Practice of Music at 5 p.m. every Fri.

ST. AUGUSTINE

A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Billy Bowers on March 31. Crabgrass on April 1 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 March 29. Jim Perry on March 30. Gina & Tony Cuchetti at 8:30 p.m. on April 1. Irish By Marriage on April 2. Karaoke on April 3 THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke at 9 p.m. on March 31 & April 1 & 2. Jukebox nite on April 3. Open mic night with Christi Harris at 8:30 p.m. on April 4 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 The Committee at 7 p.m. on April 1. Will Montgomery Duo at 2 p.m., The Committee at 7 p.m. on April 2. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on April 3 CHICAGO PIZZA & BAKERY, 107 Natures Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700 Greg Flowers hosts open-mic and jazz piano from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Fri. CONCH HOUSE LOUNGE, 57 Comares Ave., 829-8646 Live reggae from 3-7 p.m. on April 3. 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 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 Live music every Fri. & Sat. 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. 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 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 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, 471-3424 Those Guys every Thur. Chris C4Mann every Mon. THE REEF, 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008 Richard Kuncicky from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Sun. 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 Soul Searchers every Wed. Jim Asalta every Thur. Jazz every Fri. The Housecats every Sat. Sunny & the Flashbacks every Sun. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 DJ Echo hosts Karaoke every Mon. Amy Hendrickson every Thur. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Live music nightly. Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TINI MARTINI BAR, 24 Avenida Menendez, 829-0928 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 Billy Buchanan on March 30. Preston Pohl on March 31. Deron Baker & Soulo every Tue. DJ Cep spins ’80s & disco every Sun. Vinny Jacobs open mic every Mon.

ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER, TINSELTOWN

AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 201, 928-0515 W. Harvey Williams every Tue. DJ Royal every Wed. & Thur. Latin music & DJ Benz every Fri. DJ T-Rav every Sat. THE BRASS MONKEY, 9734 Deerlake Ct., 996-8277 Alex Seier & Ron Rodriguez rotate every acoustic Tue. Live music every Wed. DJ Fuller spins every Thur. A DJ spins every Jazz Fri. 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 Jazz every Wed. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Open mic nite every Tue.

ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 Paten Locke spins classic boombox, hip hop & tru school every Thur. DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Reggae every Sun. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Beth McKee Band on March 31. Little Jake Mitchell & the Fabulous Soul Searchers on April 5. Jazz every 2nd Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band from 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. DJ Omar spins dance every Fri. DJs Harry, Rico & Nestor spin salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 World Inferno Friendship Society on March 30. Northe, Matt Burke, Whetherman and Adam Ezra Group on March 31. All Thee Above, Blackwater Kingdom, A Written Request and High Order on April 1. New Day, Dystil and Ten Ton Wrecking Ball on April 2. Bobby Long and Rickolus on April 3. Rockville Rumble, Call It Captive, In Whispers, AWOL and Loveloud on April 4. Broken Trust, Bleeding In Stereo, High Order, Lawless Hearts and Son of a Bad Man on April 5. Lyrics Born and Fusebox Funk on April 6 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger at 7 p.m. every Thur. RIVER CITY BREWING CO., 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 Soul on the Square & Band of Destiny at 8 p.m. every Mon. John Earle Band every Tue. DJs Wes Reed & Matt Caulder spin indie dance & electro every Wed. Split Tone & DJ Comic every Thur.

SOUTHSIDE

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 David Ferrard on April 2. JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars at 8 p.m. every 1st Mon. LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat.

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 DAMES POINT MARINA, 4518 Irving Rd., 751-3043 Mango Fever from 3-7 p.m. on April 2 FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Big Engine every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. 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 every Fri. & Sat. SKYLINE SPORTSBAR & LOUNGE, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. The Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Joshua Dyer at 7 p.m. on April 1. Cory Knight at 7 p.m. on April 1. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on April 3. Karaoke every Tue. Open mic with Al Poindexter at 7 p.m. every Thur. 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Road, 647-8625 Open mic at 8 p.m. every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music at 8 p.m. every Sat.  To be 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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That’s What She Said

Kathy Griffin talks her way into the spotlight KATHY GRIFFIN Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville Tickets range from $50.50-$80.50 355-2787

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athy Griffin is one of those celebrity personalities you either love or hate. There are no shades of gray when it comes to this 50-year-old best-selling author, standup comedian, reality TV star, Grammy-Award nominee and two-time Emmy Award-winner. Known for mocking celebrities on everything from Scientology to substance abuse, Griffin’s brash, no-holds-barred approach is partially the result of comedic influences like Joan Rivers and Don Rickles. Like them, she doesn’t spare folioweekly herself from her © 2010 brutal sense of honesty, covering everything from her plastic surgery to her brother’s drug overdose and her childhood binge-eating disorder. Born and raised outside Oak Park, Illinois, Griffin always craved the attention she received by entertaining. Shortly after high school, she convinced her parents to move to California so she could pursue acting, and they did more than just support her from afar. Her mom, Maggie, was a regular on Griffin’s former hit Bravo reality show, “My Life on the D-List.” In the early ’80s, Griffin began performing with the legendary Los Angeles-based improv troupe, The Groundlings. She eventually snagged guest appearances in everything from the definitive ’90s film “Pulp Fiction” to sitcoms like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Ellen,” “The X-Files” and “Seinfeld” before scoring a lead character on the NBC show “Suddenly Susan” with Brooke Shields. Over the years, the fiery redhead’s been honing her skills as a self-deprecating comedian and actress residing at the bottom of the Hollywood hierarchy. She’s also appeared in more than a dozen stand-up specials, including “Everybody Can Suck It,” “Whores On Crutches” and “Kathy Griffin Does The Bible Belt.” As those tour names suggest, Griffin is as comfortable making fun of Mel Gibson’s antiSemitic rants (“I talk a lot of shit about a lot of people. Even I don’t f*ck with the Jews”) as

They like me, they really like me! When it comes to sassy humor, comedian Kathy Griffin is all smiles.

she is saying that Renée Zellweger “looked like a sweaty, puffy coke whore.” She wisecracked about how she slept with Bristol Palin’s babydaddy, Levi Johnston (her date for the 2009 Teen Choice Awards), then found the time

team of assistants, her mom’s habitual wine drinking, Griffin’s frequent fight for LGBT rights (including a trip to Washington, D.C., to support the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”), and even searching for Sarah Palin in

Griffin’s brash, no-holds-barred approach is partially the result of comedic influences like Joan Rivers and Don Rickles. Like them, she doesn’t spare herself from her brutal sense of honesty. to enter a continuous beef with the women of “The View” — a feud with Griffin, Barbara Walters and Elisabeth Hasselbeck that’s gotten especially ugly. Griffin’s most controversial moment was her 2007 Emmy Award acceptance, where she mocked people for thanking Jesus for the award, adding, “Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now!” But controversy and praise are one and the same for Griffin, and she has such a strong and loyal fan base that her stand-up shows consistently sell out. This is due in large part to her successful six-season Bravo reality show, “My Life on the D-List,” which tracked everything from Griffin’s split with husband Matt Moline, her friendship with icon Liza Minnelli, a short-lived relationship with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, her stressed-out

the Alaskan wilderness. Though the show ended last fall, it (oddly enough) helped propel Griffin to A-List status. She’s now a bonafide brand name with a New York Times best-selling autobiography, two comedy albums, a New Year’s Eve co-hosting gig with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, a Broadway show “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony!” and guest spots on the hottest TV shows including “Glee” and “Law & Order: SVU.” “You know me, I’m always sellin’ somethin’,” Griffin told the audience on her TV special “Kathy Griffin: Whore On Crutches.” “I’ve got a book to sell, I’ve got a show for you to watch, I want you to buy a T-shirt — I’m on the hamster wheel.”  Kara Pound themail@folioweekly.com


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uintessential American author and pharmaceutical pioneer William S. Burroughs once classified legit writers and their wannabe counterparts into two distinct camps. The first he compared to a bullfighter who has actually battled his bovine foe, the latter simply a bullshitter “who makes a pass with no bull there.” In that regard, artist and agitprop gadfly Lee Harvey has earned his medals as a mediabaiting matador by fighting more than a few bulls, winning some matches while losing others and, when in doubt, simply inventing new horned monsters as needed. Locally, former Jacksonville resident Harvey found infamy and media attention as creator of the swastikaadorned “Vote Republican” stickers during the 2000 election as well as facing (and possibly encouraging) complaints of obscenity for displaying an anatomically sound rendering of Adam and Eve in his former Five Points gallery. Harvey parlayed his ire toward the doubleheaded beast of politics and religion into a series of paintings and eventually a book, “Jesusville Speaks: A Southern City Tells All.” Harvey’s work (leeharveyinc.com) gleefully attacks targets such as religious oppression, Big Money, financial skullduggery and FOX News. Harvey views the events of 9/11 as being mired in a still-unresolved conspiracy and, in his works, he toggles those digits along with another infamous numeral configuration — 666 — toying with the idea of the sacred/ profane in a sort of weird numbers game played out on the canvas. After dropping out of school at 15 and moving to the “Crotch of America — Floriduh,” Harvey came to visual arts through a decidedly classic path: juvenile delinquent doper. He cites early influences ranging from Mad and National Lampoon magazines, to punk rock, “SNL” and Monty Python.

“Satire is grace in its purest form,” asserts Harvey, who can trace his earliest memory of art-weirdness to his childhood in 1966, “hearing ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ with ‘Penny Lane’ as a B-side on a jukebox.” Harvey acknowledges Maurizio Cattelan, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst as a few contemporary artists he admires and he expresses love for his art cronies here in Jacksonville. The fortysomething Louisville, Ky., native has called the greater NYC area home for the last few years, yet was reluctant to give us his exact

“What I do is create totems, cast spells, cast out demons, heal the sick, and enlighten the unenlightened.” location for (in his words) “security reasons.” Harvey received a Brickbat from Folio Weekly in 2004 for some of his art-fueled highjinks, but still agreed to field a few questions sent via e-mail. Folio Weekly: Do you consider yourself a political or even a confrontational artist? Lee Harvey: Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are masters of politically confrontational art. What I do is create totems, cast spells, cast out demons, heal the sick and enlighten the unenlightened. I would be given way too much credit by being called anything more than a shaman or a revolutionary. F.W.: Is the message of your work as important as the design? Do you ever get frustrated that people are focusing on the themes and overlooking your skill as a painter? L.H.: Messages in paintings are important. That being said, I still want my work to look beautiful next to a Louie the 15th settee. As far as what people focus on, I love hearing what everyone has to say about the results of the work. The

opinions can be so diverse and bizarre, they can create the next work. The only skill I seem to have is that of being a revolutionary. So someone not noticing the way I push a bunch a paint around does not bother me in the least. F.W.: Rather than being truly egalitarian, aren’t terms like lowbrow or outsider art just new ways for artists to feel like they’re “roughing it” while marinating in their own preciousness? L.H.: Labels are for indexes. The art business is no more than bankers and art historians managing shamans. How the art business sub-categorizes those shamans is more about creating new mythology to sell them to the public. But making art is just magic. F.W.: How much of the contemporary arts scene pivots on an “emperor has no clothes” mentality, i.e.: “If you can’t dazzle them with your brilliance, baffle them with your bullshit”? L.H.: It has less to do with whether you have clothes on and more to do with what clothes you have on. Every notion is based on context. Art has to be put in — and kept in — context at all times. F.W.: Do you care to comment on the event back in ’04 that earned you a Folio Weekly Brickbat? Many or our readers (including me) might be unaware of what happened. L.H.: Well, like I said in my e-mail response that I sent to the editor, which got printed in a later issue: “Being brickbatted was a great honor.” And to make a long story short, Folio Weekly attempted to use thought control disguised as a Brickbat to chill free speech. They were called on it and I forgave them. I imagine that what I was saying then must make more sense to Folio Weekly now. F.W.: Any chance of doing a “Sarah Palin is the Whore of Babylon” series? L.H.: Consider it done.  Dan Brown dbrown@folioweekly.com march 29-april 4, 2011 | folio weekly | 33


Kathryn Arango signs copies of her memoir, “Jungle, Solitude, and Dreams,” from 5-9 p.m. on April 1 during First Friday Art Walk at Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 149 Cordova St., St. Augustine. The book recounts the time Arango and her husband spent on their farmland in Columbia and their fleeing the country as a result of political turmoil. Her quilt art exhibit, “Jungle Series,” is on display through May 29. 823-9722.

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SUSTAINING BEAUTY: REFLECTIONS FROM THE MEMOIRS OF NINAH MAY HOLDEN CUMMER Players by the Sea presents Barbara Colaciello’s original portrayal of the arts patron at 8 p.m. on April 1 and 2 at 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Admission is $20; $17 for seniors, military and students. 249-0289. THE TEMPEST University of North Florida’s English Department presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of magic and romance at 8 p.m. on April 1, 2 and 3 on the UNF Green, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors and students. 620-2878. ns, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 031511 MURDER BY NATURAL CAUSES This inventive whodone-it is staged at 8 p.m. on April 1 and 2 at Orange Park PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park. Tickets are $15. 276-2599. Produced by jw Checked by Sales Rep db OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE The dark comedy is staged at 7:30 p.m. on March 31, April 1 and 2 and at 2 p.m. on April 3 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors, military and students. 825-1164. THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE ABET presents Charles Busch’s comedy about the wife of a philanthropic allergist at 8 p.m. on March 31 and April 1 and 2 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, military, students. 249-7177. INHERIT THE WIND This drama, inspired by a teacher’s efforts to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution in a Tennessee classroom, is staged at 7:30 p.m. on March 31, 8 p.m. on April 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. on April 3 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $25; $20 For 19 years, Folio Weekly has been providing businesses and organizations an matinee for seniors, military and students. 396-4425. opportunity to directly connect with Northeast Florida parents and families in our HAIRSPRAY This musical adaptation of John Waters’ comedy about 1960s dance contests is staged at 8 p.m. on March 29, annual Kid’s Directory. From academic camps to sports events, if it’s KID related, 30 and 31 and April 1, 2 and 3, at 1:15 p.m. on April 2 and 2 the Folio Weekly Kid’s Directory has it covered. p.m. on April 3 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $45 and $49. 641-1212.

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SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP Beaches Photography Club holds a workshop with sports photographer Rob DeAngelo from 6-8 p.m. on April 4 at Beaches Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. 240-8835. A DAY WITHOUT VIOLENCE ART PROJECT Betty Griffin House seeks art and poetry from St. Johns County students, ages 6-18, from home, public or private schools for its “Day Without Violence” calendar project, before April 8. Drop off submissions at entry boxes at any St. Johns County Public Library or Betty Griffin House Thrift Shoppes, 616 S.R. 13 N., Ponte Vedra or 1961 A1A S., St. Augustine. 808-9984. DRUM CIRCLE The Ba Da Boom Community Drum Ensemble holds rehearsals for its April 17 Beaches Parade at 4 p.m. on April 3 and 10 at Jarboe Park, 301 Florida Blvd., Neptune Beach. 853-6955. ASOSA ACTORS STUDIO CLASSES Cindy Hogan holds classes for ages 7-11 every Mon. from 4-5:30 p.m., and ages 12-15 every Wed. from 4-5:30 p.m., through May 21. Each semester is $320. 814-3726. 24-HOUR PLAYWRITING COMPETITION Theatre Jacksonville seeks up to 40 applicants for its inaugural daylong playwriting event held April 1 and 2 at 2032 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. First-place prize is $300 and a public reading of the winning script. Download a registration form at theatrejax.com JAX IDOL AUDITIONS This locally produced singing competition holds auditions from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 2 and 9 at Lillian’s, 5393 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, for ages 14 and older; register before performing. 388-4220. JAX ART UNLEASHED First Coast No More Homeless Pets accepts works in a variety of media for its June 23 Jax Art Unleashed fundraiser and juried art show. Deadline is May 30. Artwork may be dropped off or mailed to 6817 Norwood Ave., Jacksonville FL 32208. 520-7900. jaxartunleashed.com SPRING ACTING CLASSES Players By The Sea offers various 10-week acting classes for ages K-adult through April 22 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 on April 9 and 10 in Avondale’s Boone Park. Entry fees start at $25. Register at zapplication.org. 388-1188. CALL TO ARTISTS The second annual Art & About Festival offers space for artists working in various media. It’s held on April 30 at Town Hall Park, 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park. Entry deadline is April 9. artguildoforangepark.com ADULT ART CLASSES, KIDS SPRING BREAK ARTS CAMP The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra offers adult classes in beginning and advanced acrylics, watercolors, photoshop, drawing, oil painting and portrait painting classes Mon.Sat. Fees vary. Each class is $50; $40 for members at 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra. Kids Spring Break Arts Camp is held daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 4-8, March 28-April 1. 280-0614. ccpvb.org ACTORS WORKSHOP ABET holds this eight-week workshop on theatrical basics from 5:30-8:30 p.m. every Sun. from March 27-May 22 at 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Session is $150. 249-7177.

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PERCUSSION CONCERT Dr. Charlotte Mabrey conducts the UNF Percussion Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on March 29 at University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. 620-2878. SYMFANTASY The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, FSCJ Chorale and Jacksonville University Concert Choir present a concert that includes Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” at 11 a.m. on April 1 and at 8 p.m. on April 1 and 2 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $26-$66. 354-5547. DER VAMPYR Jacksonville University’s Opera Department presents Heinrich Marschner’s classic tale of the supernatural at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on April 1 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Jacksonville. 355-7584. UNF OPERA The University of North Florida Opera Ensemble and UNF Orchestra present Gian Carlo Minotti’s “The Consul” at 7:30 p.m. on April 1, 2 and 4 and at 3 p.m. on April 3 at Lazzara Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. 620-2878. ORANGE PARK CHORALE This community choral group performs at 7:30 p.m. on April 1 at Island View Baptist Church, 900 Park Ave., Orange Park; at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 3976 Hendricks Ave. and at 5 p.m. on April 3 at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Jacksonville. 271-2326. ISLAND CHAMBER SINGERS This chorale group presents its Spring Concert at 8 p.m. on April 1 and at 3 p.m. on April 3 at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $15; $5 for students. 225-0575. KENNY GARRETT QUARTET Acclaimed saxophonist Garrett leads his band at 7 and 10 p.m. on April 2 at The Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $21; $25 at the door. 632-5555. PERCUSSION DUO Percussionists Kyle Haust and Gary Donald perform at 10:45 a.m. on April 3 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. 725-8133. FIRST COAST WIND ENSEMBLE The ensemble performs a fundraiser concert, “Rhapsody in Blue,” at 3 p.m. on April 3 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park. Tickets range from $15-$25. 276-6750. BAROQUE BASSOON RECITAL Bassoonist James Massol leads a group performing works by Corrette, Vivaldi and Bach at 6 p.m. on April 3 at Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Jacksonville. 387-5691. TRUMPET PERFORMANCE Cleveland Orchestra trumpeter Michael Sachs performs at 5 p.m. on April 4 at University of North Florida’s Fine Arts Center, Rm. 1404, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. 620-2878. YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION FINALS Musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra perform at 6 p.m. on April 4 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing


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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. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK This self-guided tour features 25 participating galleries from 5-9 p.m. on April 1 in downtown St. Augustine. 829-0065 RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET The Arts Market is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville and features local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market. Admission is free. 554-6865, 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com

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BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER 413 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657. The juried exhibit “Magical History Tour Act I and Act II” is on display through April 30. Painter Ellen Jones’ “The Roaring 20s: Transportation Beaches Style” runs through April 2. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. Francis Ayls’ video exhibit, “Something and Nothing,” is on display through April 8. DOW MUSEUM OF HISTORIC HOUSES 149 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 823-9722. Kathryn Arango signs copies of her memoir, “Jungle, Solitude, and Dreams,” from 5-9 p.m. on April 1 during First Friday Art Walk. An exhibit of her quilt art, “Jungle Series,” is on display through May 29. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. Barbara Colaciello presents her one-woman play celebrating Ninah Cummer at 7 p.m. on April 5. Admission is $5. “The Cummer Legacy” runs through May 22. The Livingston Elementary School Exhibition features student artwork through May 9. The photo exhibit, “A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era,” runs through April 24. “Drop-In Art” allows children ages 4 to 10 the chance to explore the galleries and create art every Tues. from 5-6 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. “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. Amateur Night is held at 7:30 p.m. on April 1. Admission is $5.50. The Kenny Garrett Quartet performs at 7 and 10 p.m. on April 2. Advance tickets are $21; $25 at the door. The exhibit “Through Our Eyes” runs through May 21. “Lift Ev’ry Voice in LaVilla,” an exhibit of African-American history in Jacksonville, is on permanent display. Open Tue.-Sun. ST. PHOTIOS GREEK ORTHODOX NATIONAL SHRINE 41 St. George St., St. Augustine, 829-8205. “All Sides of the Parthenon” is displayed through June 30.

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BUTTERFIELD GARAGE ART GALLERY/BUTTERFIELD GARAGE TOO 137/137-C King St., St. Augustine, 825-4577, 829-0078. Painter Hillary Goss’ exhibit “Botanicals” is the featured display from 5-9 p.m. on April 1 during First Friday Art Walk. CORSE GALLERY & ATELIER 4144 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 388-8205. New works by Qiang Huang, Joan Konkel, Kevin Beilfuss and Anita Mosher are on display through March. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. Photographer Ryan Ketterman’s and ceramicist Stephen Haywood’s exhibit, “Structures in Reality: Art & Life Contained,” runs through April 8. ELEMENTAL GALLERY The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 110, 307-1885. Works by Helen Cowart and Donna Grasso are on display through March. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The exhibit “Salt Air Visions” runs through April 4 and features works by the collective First Coast Pastel Society. HASKELL GALLERY Jax International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 741-3546. A collection of art kites by Melanie Walker and George Peters of Airworks Studios is on display through June. Commissioned work by the pair can also be seen in the airport’s Connector hallway. HIGH TIDE GALLERY 51 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 829-6831. The opening reception for the Earth Day-themed exhibit “Wild Birds” is held from 5-9 p.m. on April 1 during First Friday Art Walk. The exhibit is displayed through May 4. JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY GALLERY 2800 N. University Blvd., Jacksonville, 256-7371. The opening reception for the Senior Thesis Exhibition is held from 5-7 p.m. on March 31. The show runs through April. PLUM ART & DESIGN 9 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069. New works by Jim Draper, Rebecca Mutz and Allison Watson are featured from 5-9 p.m. on April 1 during First Friday Art Walk. The show is on display through June. R. ROBERTS GALLERY 3606 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 388-1188. Works by Devin Balara are on display through March. 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. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 100 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 553-6361. Photographer Jane Shirek is the featured artist for March. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. “Clay, Collage and Cutting Edge” and the sixth annual St. Johns All-County High School Art Exhibition are on display through March. VERSUS GALLERY 2000 Forbes St., Jacksonville, 982-8982. The reception for the exhibit, “The One and Only Lee Harvey,” is held from 5-9 p.m. on April 1. WATERWHEEL ART GALLERY 5047 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach, 261-2535. A reception featuring the art work of Henry Von Genk III and John Tassey is held from 4-7 p.m. on March 31. W.B. TATTER STUDIO GALLERY 76 A San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 823-9263. Multimedia artist Michelle RobideauxPent’s exhibit, “Art & Artifact,” is on display through April. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA GALLERY 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, 620-2534. The 2011 Student Juried Annual Exhibit runs through April 1. WILLIAMS-CORNELIUS GALLERY Daryl Bunn Studios, 643 Edison Ave., Jacksonville. 525-3368. Sean Meharg’s exhibit, “Seeing Little More,” runs through April 5. 

Hot Sax: Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and flautist Kenny Garrett performs with his quartet at 7 and 10 p.m. on April 2 at The Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. The 50-year-old Garrett has played with jazz greats like Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner and John McLaughlin. Advance tickets are $21; $25 at the door. 632-5555.

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GULLAH GEECHEE ANTHROPOLOGY CONFERENCE The University of North Florida’s Anthropology Club and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition hold a three-day conference, “Gwine Bak Conference: Gullah/Geechee Before and Beyond the Civil War,” starting at 1 p.m. on March 30 at UNF’s Intercultural Center for PEACE, second floor Student Union, Building 58 E., Jacksonville. Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, is the featured speaker. The conference runs through 3:45 p.m. on April 1. Admission is free. For schedule and event details, visit web.me.com/gullahgeecheenation. OLD TOWN BICENTENNIAL The 200th anniversary of the naming and platting of Old Fernandina (not to be confused with the downtown historic district) is celebrated from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 2 at Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park, White Street, Fernandina Beach. Walking tours, a pirate invasion, a sailboat race, costumed re-enactors and home tours are featured and authentic Spanish music and flamenco dances are performed. A 5K Fort-to-Fort fun run is also held, from the site of Fort San Carlos, through the State Park and along the old military road to Fort Clinch. 491-1259. SYMPHONY FUNDRAISERS The Jacksonville Symphony Guild offers its annual designer showcase with a preview luncheon kickoff at 10 a.m. on March 31 at the Garden Club, 1005 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. Landscape designer and architect Mary Palmer Dargan is the featured speaker. Tickets are $60. For reservations, call 280-2373. Wines for Music is held from 6-9 p.m. on April 4 at JJ’s Liberty Bistro, 330 A1A N., Ste. 209, Ponte Vedra. JSO musicians perform. Tickets are $35. 273-7980. The Showcase Speaker Series is held at this year’s designer showhouse, the Coxwell Estate, 9433 Coxwell Lane, Jacksonville. Donald Wright speaks at 11 a.m. on April 5, Dr. Joanne Dragun speaks on April 6, Louise Johnson is in on April 7 and 16, Jeanne Ward is featured on April 12, Chef Eric Fritsche, of Pastiche, appears on April 13, Chef Shirley Munn, of Let’s Eat In, speaks on April 14, Chef Brian Siebenschuh, of Orsay, appears on April 19, Sandy Polletta, co-owner of Edgewood Bakery, is featured on April 20 and oncologist Dr. M. Firdos Ziaudin speaks on April 21. The showhouse is open through April 24. For tickets, call 358-1479. jaxsymphonyshowhouse.com GREAT DECISIONS This grassroots world affairs education program is held from 6:30-8 p.m. on March 30 at Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. “Sanctions and Nonproliferation” is the featured topic. Admission is free. The “Horn of Africa” is discussed on April 6; “Responding to the Financial Crisis” on April 20 and “The Caucasus” on May 4. 630-2665. 100 BEERS OF SUMMER International beers are served from 7-10 p.m. on April 1 at Sheffield’s at The Palace, 117 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit the Shiny Badges programs. 491-3332. JEWISH SPEAKER SERIES Alexandra Miller Speaker Series presents a panel discussion, “So Your Values Live On,” at noon on March 28 at Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, 394-5737; “Lessons for a Lifetime” at 7 p.m. on March 28 at Marriott Southpoint, 4670 Salisbury Road, Southside, 3945737 and “Turning Adversity into Opportunity” at 11:30 a.m. on March 29 at Shands Jacksonville, LRC Auditorium, 655 W. Eighth St., Jacksonville, 244-9355. The Series is part of the Jewish Healing Network. Admission is free. SPEAKER SERIES The Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts presents decorated war hero Sgt. Matt Eversmann at 7:30 p.m. on March 29 at the Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30. Sgt. Eversmann was the subject of the film “Black Hawk Down,” an account of the 1993 peace-keeping mission in the Somali capital city of Mogadishu. 276-6750. thcenter.org COSMIC CONCERTS Laseropolis at 5 p.m., The Beatles at 6 p.m., Laser Vinyl at 7 p.m., and Laser Retro at 8 p.m. on April 1 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Each concert is $5. 396-6674 ext. 240. moshplanetarium.org SOUNDS ON CENTRE The Historic Fernandina Business Association presents a free community concert, featuring the band Crescendo Amelia, from 6-8 p.m. on April 1 in downtown Fernandina Beach, between Second and Front streets. The concert is held on the first Friday of each month through October. Bring a chair. downtownfernandina.com FIRST COAST STAR First Coast Star Semifinals are held from noon-3 p.m. on April 3 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. Semifinalists compete for a chance to make it to the finals, held on April 10. Age categories include 8-12 years, 13-17 years and 18 and older, and can win up to $2,000 in cash, according to their age category. Contestants should come prepared to sing their choice of two one-minute songs. JacksonvilleLanding.com. BEACHES GREEN MARKET Local produce, all-natural beef, organic eggs and coffees and crafts are offered from 2-5 p.m. every Sat. in Jarboe Park, corner of Florida Boulevard and Third Street, Neptune Beach. beacheslocalfoodnetwork.web MIDWEEK MARKET This market is held from 4-7 p.m. every Wed. at Bull Park, at Ocean Boulevard and East Coast Drive at Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach. Fresh locally grown produce, nuts, honey, eggs, plants, and baked goods are offered,

along with live music. Bring a grocery bag, basket or cart. 247-5828. coab.us JAX LANDING MARKET Vendors set up throughout The Landing selling locally grown produce, baked goods, plants, pottery, arts and crafts and more, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. JacksonvilleLanding.com RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Zach Tremblay, Martha’s Trouble and Waightstill Avery perform on April 2 at Riverside Arts Market, held beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville. The Arts Market features local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. through Dec. 17. Admission is free. 554-6865, 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com

POLITICS & ACTIVISM

DOWNTOWN GOVERNANCE Downtown Vision and the Urban Land Institute of North Florida present “Downtown In-Depth Part 2: Downtown Governance” at 5 p.m. on March 31 at River City Brewing Company, 835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Ron Barton, Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, Ed Burr, GreenPointe Holdings and Jim Cloar, International Downtown Association, discuss downtown development including who should oversee development, job growth, maintenance, parking and events. The discussion will also focus on how to maximize resources for downtown. Admission is $25. Pre-registration is encouraged and available online at downtownjacksonville.org ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT JEDC Downtown Development Review Board holds its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. on March 31 at Police & Fire Pension Building, 1 W. Adams St., Ste. 200, Board Room, downtown, 630-1404. JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL The Rules Committee agenda meeting is held at 9:30 a.m. on April 4 at City Hall, Conference Room A. The committee meets at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers. The Transportation, Energy & Utilities Committee agenda meeting is held at 1:30 p.m. on April 4 at City Hall, Conference Room A. That committee meets at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. The Recreation & Community Development Committee holds its agenda meeting at 3:30 p.m. on April 4 in Conference Room A, followed by its regular meeting at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers. The Finance Committee holds its agenda meeting at 9:30 a.m. on April 5 in Conference Room A, followed by its regular meeting at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers. The Public Health & Safety Committee meets at 2 p.m. on April 5, Council Chambers. The Land Use & Zoning Committee holds its agenda meeting at 3:30 p.m. on April 5 in Conference Room A. The LUZ Committee meets at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 117 W. Duval St. 630-1404. REGIONAL COUNCIL The Northeast Florida Regional Council meets at 10 a.m. on April 7 at 6850 Belfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville. 279-0880. JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. on April 21 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-1273.

COMMUNITY INTEREST

AXE MAIDENS AUDITIONS Workshops for cheerleaders for the Axemen Rugby League are held at 7:30 p.m. on March 28 and 30 at Bailey’s Gym, 7500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Auditions are held at 12:30 p.m. on April 3 at Bailey’s Gym, 9550 Baymeadows Road, Mandarin. Registration forms must be turned in at the workshop along with a photo and $25 registration fee (cash only). 608-7053. jaxaxe.com EARTH WORKS SPRING SEMINARS Step-by-step instruction on how to build a pond is given at 10 a.m. on April 2 at Earth Works Garden Center, 12501 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $25. The seminars are held every Sat.; some are free. 996-0712. THRIFT STORE MARKET DAY Lutheran Social Services holds its inaugural Market Day and inventory clearance from 8 am.-2 p.m. on April 2 at The Sharing Place Thrift Store, 4615 Philips Highway, Southside. Hot dog combos are available. Bring your items to sell, spaces are $10 for one, $15 for two. For space leasing, call 730-8247. COMMUNITY SIDEWALK SALE Swimming Pen Creek Community holds a sidewalk garage sale from 7-11:30 a.m. on April 2 at Swimming Pen Creek Elementary School, 1630 Woodpecker Lane, Middleburg. Proceeds benefit SPC’s PFA program to purchase classroom supplies. 278-5707. ROCK N RIDE BENEFIT The check-in time for Motorcycles, Music & More is at 8:30 a.m. on April 2 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. Entry fee is $30 for drivers, $50 for drivers with a passenger. Kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. Live and silent auctions are featured, and there’s an after-party at Maverick’s; tickets for that are $15. Proceeds benefit the daniel Memorial. 296-1055 ext. 1003. FRIDAY 5 O’CLOCK WHISTLE TALKS This program, held weekly, features storyteller Kaye Burnes, who discusses her book, “Extraordinary Woman,” from


5-6:30 p.m. on April 1 at The Beaches Museum and History Center, 380 Pablo Ave., Jacksonville Beach. A donation is suggested. 241-5657. HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION St. Johns County holds a Community Collection Day from 8 a.m.-noon on April 2 at St. Johns Greyhound Park, 6322 Racetrack Road, St. Johns. Household hazardous waste items are accepted, including paint, oil, cleaners, batteries obsolete electronics and tires (limit 10). Recycled paint will also be available for sale. St. Johns County residents only. 827-6980. AARP TAX ASSISTANCE This tax assistance is available from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Mon., by appointment only, at The Players Community Senior Center, 175 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra. 280-3233. WOMEN’S JAM SESSION Local women musicians and all women interested in exploring vocal, musical, dance, instrumental interest or talents gather from 4-6 p.m. on April 3 at Resonance Center, 496 Osceola Ave., Jax Beach. Bring your own instrument, sheet music. Some instruments available. 334-5290. FLEET RESERVE COOKS Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290 offers seared tuna from 5-8 p.m. on March 31 at the branch home, 390 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach. Dinner is $10. Carry-out is available. 246-6855. B.E.A.M. TAX TEAM An income tax preparation team helps prepare returns on Fri. and Sat. at Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, 850 Sixth Ave. S., Ste 400, Jax Beach. Call 241-2326 ext. 1 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Thur. and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fri. to schedule an appointment. FREE SHRED EVENT A mobile shred truck is on hand from 4:30-8 p.m. on April 6 in the Parking Lot near concession stand building at Ponte Vedra Beach High School, 460 Davis Park Road, Ponte Vedra. Limit of 10 boxes. 421-3888. WOODWIND CONCERT Navy Band Southeast’s Woodwind Quintet performs at 6:45 p.m. on April 5 at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island. 278-3722. ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE The Foundation Academy holds an open house from 5-7 p.m. every Tue. through May 31 at 3675 San Pablo Road S., Jacksonville. 241-3515. foundationacademy.com SENIOR CENTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Volunteers are needed in The Players Community Senior Center kitchen from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thur. to assist in preparation and serving of meals. A volunteer is needed to set up and facilitate bingo from 12:30-2 p.m. every Tue. and/or Thur. To volunteer or for more information, call 209-3686 or email gdraper@stjohnscoa.com.

KIDS

UNF SUMMER CAMPS University of North Florida’s Department of Campus Recreation is registering now for summer camps, including Youth Sports & Fitness Camp, EcoCamp and Soccer Skills Camp with Coach Ray Bunch. The 30th annual UNF Youth Sports & Fitness Camp is held June 13-Aug. 12, for ages 5-14. The outdoor EcoCamp is held June 13-Aug. 5 for ages 6-15. The soccer camp is held June 13-July 29 for ages 5-13. For fees, dates, times and details and all registration, go to unf.edu/recsports. 620-2998. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY Spring Into Science Camps are held March 28-April 1, for kindergarteners through fifth-graders at $40 per day or $180 for the week at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Camp is held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; before- and after-care is available for an additional fee. Register online at themosh.org or call 396-7062, ext. 226. LIBRARY EVENTS Toddler and Preschool Festival is held from 10:15-11:45 a.m. on March 31 at Ponte Vedra branch, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Storytelling, games, puppets, music and treats are featured. 827-6950. Family story time is held at 11 a.m. every Tue. The American Red Cross presents a Teen Babysitting Course for ages 11-15 from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on March 29 at Southeast Branch Library, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. 827-6900. sjcpls.org

BOOKS & WRITING

SISTERS IN CRIME The Florida Sisters in Crime get together from 10:30 a.m.-noon on April 2 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville. Author Art Adkins (Slade Lockwood Series) is the featured speaker. Admission is free for members, $10 for visitors. floridasistersincrime.com HUMANIST BOOK DISCUSSION The First Coast Freethought Society gets together at 2 p.m. on April 3 at Books-A-Million, 9400 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. Colin Beavan’s “No Impact Man” is discussed. 363-6446. BOOK CLUB The Southeast Book Club gathers at 6:45 p.m. on March 31 at Southeast Branch Library, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. “Remarkable Creatures” by Tracy Chevalier is discussed. 827-6900. sjcpls.org

COMEDY

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT The Comedy Zone features All Stars on March 29 and 30. Bobcat Goldthwait appears at 8 p.m. on March 31, and 8 and 10 p.m. on April 1 and 2 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, in the Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB James Yon and Matt McNab appear on April 1 and 2 at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club, 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine (U.S. 1 & S.R. 16). Tickets are $12. Comedy open mic night is held at 8 p.m. every Thur.; tickets are $5. 461-8843. CHRIS JOHNSTON Comedy Central’s Chris Johnston appears with Kendra Corrie at 7:45 p.m. on March 31 and April 1 and at 6:45 p.m. on April 2 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Tickets are $10 and $13. 365-5555.

UPCOMING

DISNEY ON ICE April 7, Veterans Memorial Arena JACKSONVILLE SUNS VS. HUNTSVILLE STARS April 7, Baseball Grounds

FOLIO WEEKLY’S MARGARITA FEST April 15, Morocco

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KATIE RIDE FOR LIFE April 16, Fernandina Beach GUNS & HOSES CHARITY BOXING April 16, Veterans

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SHRIMP FESTIVAL April 28-May 1, Fernandina Beach STEVE HARVEY & KIRK FRANKLIN May 21, Veterans Memorial Arena

BILL MAHER May 27, The Florida Theatre BUDDY VALASTRO “THE CAKE BOSS” June 5, T-U Center

NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS PONCE DE LEON FIRST LANDING The inaugural historical commemoration of Don Juan Ponce de León’s landing on April 3, 1513, on the shores of what is now the continental United States is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 2 and 3 at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. A lecture series, “This Other World: Ponce de Leon and the Founding of Florida,” is featured, along with portrayals and demonstrations of early 16th-century Spanish explorers and settlers of Florida and the Caribbean, and the Native Americans they encountered. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 60 and older, $6 for ages 6-12 and free for ages younger than 6. St. Johns County residents are admitted free with an individual ID. 829-3168. COLLEGE BASEBALL Florida State University Seminoles take on the University of Florida Gators in a baseball game at 7 p.m. on March 29 at the Baseball Grounds, 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $8.50$20.50. Tickets are available at Veterans Memorial Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or at ticketmaster.com. ANASTASIA STATE PARK A campfire program is held at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. 461-2033. SECRETS OF THE SALTMARSH A park ranger discusses the importance of estuarine systems that surround the inshore sides of barrier islands like those of the Talbot Islands State Parks at 2 p.m. on April 2 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, Ft. George Island. This ranger-guided hike along the saltmarsh points out why these areas are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth. No reservations are necessary and the program is free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org BROWN BAG LUNCH LECTURE GTM Research Reserve holds a free brown bag lunch lecture at noon on April 1 at the Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. GTM biological scientist Wendy Eash-Loucks discusses “Deep Sea Anemones of the Northeastern Pacific.” Bring a lunch. Reservations required; call 823-4500. CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC The Palace Saloon presents its second annual classic Black & White Gala at 7 p.m. on April 2 at Sheffield’s at the Palace, 117 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. A silent auction is featured. For ticket information, call 651-6925. The tournament is held at 12:30 p.m. on April 3 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Oak Marsh Golf Course, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island. An awards dinner and ceremony follow at 6 p.m. at Sheffield’s, featuring live music. 491-3332. WALK MS To mark Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, the National MS Society North Florida Chapter sponsors festivities at 4 p.m. and a fundraising walk at 5 p.m. on April 2 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. The fundraisers continue with festivities at 9 a.m. followed by a walk at 10 a.m. on April 9 at Orange Park Kennel Club, 455 Park Ave., Orange Park. The festivities are at 8 a.m., followed by a walk at 10 a.m. on April 16 on Randolph Boulevard by Jacksonville Historical Society, near Old St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 317 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. 332-6810. ANTIQUE TRACTOR & GAS ENGINE SHOW This 23rd annual tractor show is held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 1, 2 and 3 at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, U.S. 41 N.,

An Evening of Beatings: Northeast Florida fans of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) have two chances on April 2 to enjoy this touchyfeely sport. The Art of Fighting gets underway at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $17-$125. 630-3900. Oldest City fight fans can catch the action when Rumble in the Ancient City MMA offers 20 matches starting at 7 p.m. at Ketterlinus Gymnasium, 60 Orange St., St. Augustine. Tickets range from $10-$20. 982-0099.

White Springs. Tractor races, demonstrations, food, exhibits and kids’ activities are featured. Admission is $5 per vehicle. 877-635-3655. floridastateparks.org GOLDENFEST 2011 Golden retrievers and their owners gather from 2-4 p.m. on April 2 at Dogwood Park, 7407 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville. Admission is $15 per family. Proceeds benefit G.R.E.A.T. Rescue of NE Florida. A silent auction and doggie activities are featured. 501-6899 or 529-9951. SIDETRACKERS Sidetrackers, an outdoor activity club for adult singles meets on the first Wed. of every month at 6:30 pm at Southeast Regional Library. Go to sidetrackers.com for calendar of events — hiking, biking, paddling, camping. 996-0325. CURE NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER AT TREE HILL Family Saturday features a tour at 10 a.m. on April 2 at Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville. Activities are held each Sat. through April. 724-4646.

BUSINESS

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE The Government Affairs Committee of the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce meets at chamber headquarters, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on March 30 at 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island. The committee works to increase awareness of regulatory and legislative issues affecting chamber members. 261-3248. UNF COGGIN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS The networking social Coggin Career Connections is held from 1-4 p.m. on March 31 at University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business, Career Management Center, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is $100. 620-2067. CHAMBER DINNER & AWARDS Ponte Vedra Beach Chamber’s 15th annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony is held at 6:30 p.m. on March 30 at Tournament Players Club Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra. Dinner and a silent auction are featured. Tickets are $50. For reservations, call 285-2004. IMPACT JAX IMPACTjax presents Impact Your Style, Brand Your Future from 5:30-7 p.m. on March 31 at Regional Chamber of Commerce, 3 Independent Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is free for IMPACTjax members; $10 for nonmembers. IMPACTjax.com SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Jacksonville City Council Jack Webb is the featured speaker at noon on March 30 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. 396-5559. annie.sbmc@yahoo.com

CLASSES & GROUPS

THE LEARNING COMMUNITY An EKG technician certification program is offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 2 and every Sat. through May 21 at 626 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach. A Mediterranean Cooking class is held at 2 p.m. on April 3. Class fee is $39. For additional classes and details, call 4300120. tlcnf.com BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU Classes are open to men, women, and children, beginning, intermediate, and advanced, from 7-9 p.m. every Mon.-Thur., and from 10 a.m.-noon every Sat. at

East Coast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 7035 Philips Highway, Ste. 7, Jacksonville. The first lesson is free. 554-7800. YOGA AT THE GRANARY A yoga class is held at 10:30 a.m. every Thur. at The Granary, 1738 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. Classes are $12 each. 264-5443. SCRABBLE CLUB The Scrabble Club of Jacksonville gathers at 1 p.m. every Wed. at Golden Corral, 11470 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville and every Thur. at Barnes & Noble, 11112 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville; for times, email curtlee59@aol.com. All levels are welcome. 733-1565. JAX JUGGLERS Future jugglers gather from 6-7 p.m. every second Tue. and every fourth Mon. at San Marco Library’s Balis Center, 1514 LaSalle St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. jaxjugglers.org NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna. org, firstcoastna.org NAR-A-NON This group meets at 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168. SALSA & TAEBO CLASSES Free classes are held at 6 p.m. every Fri. at Builders of Balance Health & Wellness, 7540 103rd St., Ste. 216, Jacksonville. 485-3112. BELLY DANCE CLASS Free classes are held at 4 p.m. every Sun. at Anais Belly Dance Studio, 10300 Southside Blvd., Avenues Mall. 680-0106. JACKSONVILLE CHESS This group gathers from 1-5 p.m. every Sun. in the Sears area Food Court at Avenues Mall, 10300 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. You may bring a chess set, board and clock. All levels. 731-8496 ext. 210. jaxchess.com ASSOCIATION OF ASTROLOGY OF NORTH FLORIDA The AANF gets together at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tue. of each month at C.C.O.T., 1637 Hamilton St., Jacksonville. 641-4121 or 620-0031. MS SUPPORT GROUP This group gathers at 1:30 p.m. every first Fri. at Neptune Beach Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. 246-8841. FINANCIAL PEACE The program is held at 1 p.m. every Sun. at Christ Church of Jacksonville, 6310 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville. Call 771-6723 for details. daveramsey.com BEREAVEMENT COUNSELING SERVICES Community Hospice offers support for those who are grieving a death at Neviaser Educational Institute at Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville. To schedule an appointment, call 407-4802. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP This St. Augustine group gathers at 7 p.m. on the first Tue. of every month at Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd., Ste. 1010, St. Augustine. 501-7100. CELEBRATE RECOVERY The recovery program meets every Fri. at Beaches Chapel Church and School, 610 Florida Blvd., Neptune Beach. Dinner is held at 6 p.m. (suggested donation $5), a group meeting is held at 7 p.m. and small genderspecific meetings are held at 8 p.m., followed by fellowship, coffee and dessert. 241-4211 ext. 448.  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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(In Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.) THE BEECH STREET GRILL Fine dining is offered in a casual atmosphere. The menu includes fresh local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes created with a variety of ethnic influences. Award-winning wine list. FB. L, Wed.-Fri.; D, nightly; Sun. brunch. 801 Beech St. 277-3662. $$$ BEEF O’BRADY’S FAMILY SPORTS PUB F Signature wings, burgers and sandwiches. BW. TO. L & D, daily. 1916 S. 14th St. 261-0555. (For more locations, visit beefobradys.com) $$ BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks the Harbor Marina. The menu includes daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS F The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ 4750 An Italian kitchen and wine bar. Chef de Cuisine Garrett Gooch offers roasted sea bass, frutti di mare soup, clam linguini, panatela bruschetta and fresh gelatos. Dine indoors or on the terrace. FB. B, L & D, daily. 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ EIGHT Contemporary sports lounge offers burgers, sandwiches, wings and nachos. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Fri. & Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$ ESPAÑA RESTAURANT & TAPAS Traditional Spanish and Portuguese dishes, tapas and paella are served in a cozy atmosphere. BW, CM. D nightly. 22 S. Fourth St. 261-7700. $$$ FERNANDELI F Classics with a Southern touch, like a one-third-pound devil dog, Reubens and pulled pork. Sandwiches and wraps built to order from fresh cold cuts, tuna, egg and turkey salads. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 17B S. Eighth St. 261-0008. $ GENERAL STORE F This new store has a little bit of everything. Breakfast includes hot rope sausage, lunch features the Redneck Reuben. Deli meats, cheeses, chicken, fish, pizzas and pasta, too. BW. B, L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 310-6080. $

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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. $$

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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. $$ TREY’S DELI & GRILL F Fresh food served in a relaxed atmosphere. Burgers, Trey’s Reuben, deli sandwiches, pork, steaks, seafood, pies. Prime rib specials every Fri. night. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 2044 Rogero Rd. 744-3690. $$

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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. $$ ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$ 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. $$ ’town Owner Meghan Purcell and Executive Chef Scott Ostrander bring farm-to-table to Northeast Florida at the new Avondale restaurant, offering American fare with an emphasis on sustainability. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3611 St. Johns Ave. 345-2596. $$

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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, “BEST brick-oven-baked pizza, and traditional Italian dinners, INDIAN CUISINE” wings, subs. Dine-in or delivered. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ BOWL OF PHO This restaurant offers traditional Vietnamese PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT noodle soup and authentic favorites like spring rolls, shrimp wraps and egg rolls. Big portions and a laid-back atmosphere. 9902 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-4455. $$ CAFE CONFLUENCE This European coffeehouse serves Italian specialty coffees and smoothies, along with paninis, 9802-8 Baymeadows Rd. • salads and European chocolates. Outdoor dining. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 8612 Baymeadows Rd. 733-7840. $ 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. $$

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The Factory’s Ashley Hayek is a 2010 Best of Jax winner for Best Bartender. 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza. 247-9880. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB F Four Culhane sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, featuring Guy Fieri’s (“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”) fave items — Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ DICK’S WINGS F This NASCAR-themed place serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also features half-pound burgers, ribs and salads. BW, TO. L & D daily. 2010 Best of Jax winner for Best Chicken Wings. 2434 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. 311 N. 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L & D, • Sweet Tea-Brined • Coffee and • Lobster Corn Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ Doughnuts Delkat Farm Dogs with Spicy EUROPEAN STREET See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. Glazed Doughnut Pork Chop on Horseradish • Open for Lunch and Dinner TuesBread Pudding Macaroni Gratin Ketchup Spiked 249-3001. $ With Mocha Ice with Warm with Ketel One FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual Sat. and Brunch on Sundays Blackberry-Ginger Cream and Vodka dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, • New dinner menu nightly Butterscotch Preserves Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ • Serving local Seafood and Fresh Award winning restaurant featuring THE FISH COMPANY F Fresh, local seafood is served, Fernandina Shrimp extraordinary casual cuisine. including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets, grilled tuna and an oyster bar. L & D, daily. 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(The Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) ADAMS STREET DELI & GRILL F The lunch spot serves wraps, including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. L, Mon.-Fri. 126 W. Adams St. 475-1400. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX On the first floor of Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $4 CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$


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No extra charge for the air shows at Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, where the pizza dough flies on a regular basis. Three locations around town, including the Jacksonville Beach store on Third Street North (pictured).

CITY HALL PUB On the Trolley route. A sports bar vibe: 16 big-screen HDTVs. Angus burgers, dogs, sandwiches & sides, AYCE wings buffet, soup-n-salad. FB. Free downtown area lunch delivery. L & D, daily. 234 Randolph Blvd. 356-6750. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE F The popular restaurant offers a Caribbean lunch buffet Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $ INDOCHINE Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.-Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-andoperated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ JULIETTE’S & J-BAR Serving dinner before (or dessert after) a show. Breakfast buffet. J-Bar serves bistroinspired small plates. FB. Daily. Omni Hotel, 245 W. Water St. 355-6664. $$$ KOJA SUSHI F Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Mon.-Fri.; L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. BW. B & L, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $

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CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 406 Old Hard Road, Ste. 106. 213-7779. $$$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F See Riverside. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 1915 East West Pkwy., 541-0009. $ HONEY B’S CAFE Breakfast includes omelets, pancakes, French toast. Lunch offers entrée salads, quiches and build-your-own burgers. Peanut butter pie is a customer favorite. Tea parties are held every Sat. B & L, daily. 3535 U.S. 17, Ste. 8. 264-7325. $$ 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. $$ 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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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. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The family-ownedand-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. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$ 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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BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA BAKERY & PUB F Transforms from family restaurant to pub serving Chicago-style deep dish pizza. CM, FB. D, Tue.-Fri., L & D, Sat. & Sun. 107 Nature Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700. $$ HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE F Features wings, big salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Sports events on HDTVs. CM, FB. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101. 683-1964. $ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ RUSSO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Traditional Italian cuisine includes veal, eggplant, seafood, steak. CM. D, Tue.-Sun. 2750 Race Track Rd., Ste. 106, Plantation Plaza. 287-4111. $$

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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. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F Maryland-style Sales Rep featuring dl fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, King, crabhouse Snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ 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 shabu-shabu, Chilean sea bass and filet mignon. BW & sake. L & D, daily. 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8. 288-7999. $$ LET’S NOSH F The authentic Jewish deli offers a full breakfast, lunch, brunch and full-service deli counter. Real New York water bagels, bread baked on site and desserts. CM. B & L, daily. 9850 San Jose Blvd. 683-8346. $ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Sales ThaiRep dishes.db BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ 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. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ PICASSO’S PIZZERIA Picasso’s specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta. Fresh local seafood and steaks. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 10503 San Jose Blvd. 880-0811. $$ 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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ARON’S PIZZA This family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sports-themed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine, stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS This Italian restaurant’s specialty is the 24-slice pizza: 18”x26” of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ 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. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches, popular lunches. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty selections with authentic Thai flavors. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$

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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

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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. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery offers classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, all made from scratch, including the popular petit fours and custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Riverside. 389-7117. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE The brand-new Italian eatery serves pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes — calzone, stromboli, subs, panini — wings, and microbrews in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO, delivery. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ CROSS CREEK F See Springfield. 850 S. Lane Ave. 783-9579. $$ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F A deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice & smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses; natural, organic and raw items. Grab-andgo sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HJ’S BAR & GRILL 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. $


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NAME: Tommy Walker RESTAURANT: The Wine Bar, 320 N. First St., Jax Beach BIRTHPLACE: Cleveland, Ohio FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: The fresh kind. IDEAL MEAL: Flatbreads straight from our kitchen. WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Tripe again! MOST MEMORABLE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE: All the times spent with an infamous friend and coworker named Elvis. INSIDER’S SECRET: Happy hour every day until 9 p.m. CELEBRITY SIGHTING: Maurice “Chugga Chugga Drew Drew” Jones-Drew CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Tacos al pastor

MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ 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 fish-nchips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare is prepared with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily, along with a large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ PIZZA PALACE ON THE PARK F See San Marco. Outdoor seating. 920 Margaret St., 5 Points. 598-1212. $$ 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. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Former Tad’s owner offers traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $ WALKERS This nightspot has a tapas menu plus a wide variety of wines, served in a rustic, intimate atmosphere. BW. Tue.-Sat. 2692 Post St. 894-7465. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE buffet. Sushi bar, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, steak, seafood. BW. L & D, daily. 1014 Margaret St., Ste. 1, 5 Points. 301-1199. $$

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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. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S BEACHSIDE, BARNACLE BILL’S DOWNTOWN For 30 years, these family restaurants have served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak, and popular fried

shrimp. FB, CM, TO. Downtown location, L & D daily; beach location, D nightly. 451 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2434. 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ BEACH STREET PIZZA New York and Chicago style pizzas, calzones and homemade pasta dishes, all made from fresh ingredients., served in a beach-theme atmosphere. CM. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 4171 A1A S. 461-0910. $$ THE BISTRO AT CULINARY OUTFITTERS Locals lunch on crab cakes, chicken burritos, hamburgers, wraps and soups, made with fresh ingredients. BW, TO. L, Mon.-Fri. 9 S. Dixie Hwy. 829-2727. $ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Brand-new Black Molly Grill serves fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F This Vilano Beach mainstay offers coastal cuisine — tapas platters, cioppino, fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar — indoors or on an oakshaded deck. Boat access. FB. L, Fri.-Sun., D, nightly. 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach. 824-8794. $$ CARMELO’S PIZZERIA F Authentic New York style brickoven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats and cheeses, fresh salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR Cellar 6 serves Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts and light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Creekside serves beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ 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. $$ HURRICANE PATTY’S F Casual waterfront seafood place features lunch specials, nightly dinners. Dine inside or on the deck. L & D, daily. 69 Lewis Blvd. 827-1822. $$ KINGFISH GRILL At Vilano Bridge’s west end, Kingfish Grill offers casual waterside dining indoors and on the deck, featuring fresh daily catch, house specialties and sushi. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 252 Yacht Club Drive. 824-2111. $$ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460

U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just 1 block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ THE ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN F Eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ RAINTREE The restaurant, in a Victorian home, offers a menu with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ THE REEF RESTAURANT Casual oceanfront restaurant has an ocean view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SCARLETT O’HARA’S Best of Jax 2010 winner. Serving Southern fare, barbecue and seafood. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 70 Hypolita St. 824-6535. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, south of the S.R. 206 bridge, this two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SUNSET GRILLE Casual Key West style and a seafood-heavy menu — it’s a consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties include baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp and datil pepper wings with bleu cheese dressing. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$ ZHANRAS F Art-themed tapas-style place has small plate items in a casual, contemporary space. Entrée portions available. CM, FB. D, daily; Sun. brunch. 108 Anastasia Blvd. 823-3367. $$

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. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2010 winner. 13249 City Square Dr. 751-9711. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. fiveguys.com $ THE FLAME BROILER THE RICE BOWL KING Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, steamed brown or white rice along with grilled beef, chicken and Korean short ribs are featured. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ THE GRAPE BISTRO & WINE BAR F More than 145 wines, along with a tapas menu of gourmet fare to pair with the wine list. A wide selection of beer is also served. L & D, daily. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 642-7111. $$ 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 cedarroasted 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, 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. $$ STEAMERS CAFE Steamers’ menu has all-natural and organic items, including wraps, sandwiches, subs, soups, steamer bowls, smoothies and fresh juices. Daily lunch specials. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway, Ste. 106. 646-4527. $ SUITE This premium lounge and restaurant at St. Johns Town Center offers chef-driven small plates and an extensive list of specialty cocktails, served in a sophisticated atmosphere. FB. D & late-nite, nightly. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 493-9305. $$ TAVERNA YAMAS This Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ URBAN FLATS See Ponte Vedra. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Road. 642-1488. $$ 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. $$ WHISKY RIVER Best of Jax 2010 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racing-themed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F Serving up 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-WING (9464). $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi & sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$

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ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Burgers, sandwiches, nachos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. This NASCARthemed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. dickswingsandgrill. com $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolina-style barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$

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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. $$$ BISTRO AIX F Best of Jax 2010 winner. French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, award-winning wines, woodfired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Indoor, outdoor dining. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ 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. $

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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. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ 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. $

LA STRADA ITALIA Nestled in a quiet corner of Bowden Road, La Strada Italia offers a pleasant ambience, a full menu of traditional Italian dishes, and affordability. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 6426 Bowden Rd., Ste. 202. 524-8219.$$ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE Stylish yet simple PROMISE OF BENEFIT gastropub features Southern-style cuisine made with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL Located inside the new entertainment complex Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar sportsbar fare, including burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven — the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Plus calzones, soups and salads; Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses, Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ 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. $$

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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. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F A locally-owned-and-operated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ 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

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Tihomir Petrov, 43, a California State University Northridge mathematics professor, was charged in January with misdemeanors for allegedly urinating twice on the office door of a colleague with whom he’d been feuding. Petrov was identified by a hidden camera installed after the first puddles were found. Petrov is the author of several scholarly papers, with titles like “Rationality of Moduli of Elliptic Fibrations With Fixed Monodromy.”

Can’t Possibly Be True

Gangs in Durban, South Africa, have recently begun stealing expensive anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs destined for AIDS patients and using them in the country’s most popular street drug, “whoonga,” a highly addictive, smoked cocktail of detergent, rat poison, marijuana and the ARVs. The crisis was reported by KwaZuluNatal province drug-abuse organizations and Durban police, who stood by their claims despite attempts by South African president Jacob Zuma to assure international suppliers of ARVs that more were needed and that none were being diverted for whoonga. Somehow, prison inmates finagled $39 million in undeserved federal tax refunds in 2009, according to a February report by the U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration. In Key West, Fla., for example, where prisoner Danilo Suarez was sentenced in January to five years in prison for filing multiple fraudulent returns, jailers discovered a pass-around sheet of instructions for false filings. While some refunds were legitimate (e.g., on pre-incarceration investment activity), the IRS was found to conduct fraud screenings on fewer than half of all returns filed by prisoners. The IRS complained that, until 2008, it was illegal for the agency to share information with state corrections officials or the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Tennessee state law prohibits registered sex offenders from re-contacting their victims, but there’s no restriction on anyone convicted of a sex crime before 2007, still in prison, who’s not yet on the registered list. Post-2007 sex criminals are automatically registered upon conviction. So, according to a February WMC-TV report, convicted molester Terry McConnell can’t be kept from mailing birthday cards to one of his two pre-’07 victims (one read, “I cannot believe my little tot-tot is already a teenager. You might be tired of me writing this, but I can’t get over how fast you are growing up”). Prison officials say their limited resources are better used on monitoring incoming mail instead of outgoing. Senior Houston police officer Mike Hamby, 51, was suspended in February after witnesses reported he, off-duty and not in uniform, had tossed a tear-gas grenade into a group of rivals in a rodeo cooking contest. Hamby has 30 years’ service and was a member of his union’s board of directors. About 300 teams compete in the barbecue cook-off, and police were investigating if Hamby was just trying to sabotage a competitor’s food.

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community supporters (pushing for jobs, an enlarged tax base and shopper convenience) battle community opponents (trying to save mom-and-pop retailers), and when plans were announced for a northeast Washington, D.C., location, it was local Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Brenda Speaks who produced a brand-new reason to oppose such a store. Young people, she told an anti-Walmart rally (according to a February Washington Post report), would be more likely to get criminal records because, with a big corporation around, they could less resist the temptation to steal. British drug dealer Luke Walsh-Pinnock, 22, recently released from prison, threatened in February to sue police in London’s Kilburn neighborhood after officers distributed a leaflet near his mother’s home warning WalshPinnock was free. Walsh-Pinnock said he felt “humiliated” by the leaflet, in violation of his “human rights.”

Inexplicable

Washington, D.C., resident Nicole Pugh, arriving at her polling station in November with the sole intention of voting for mayor, noticed a line on the ballot asking her choice for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, even though no candidates were listed. On a lark and with no knowledge of the office, she wrote in her own name, and was later told she’d been elected, 1-0, to an office that had been vacant, through apathy, for the last 14 years. Though other A.N. Commission positions are contested and candidates are quite active, none is paid, and they work mostly via meetings. However, having the title can get press attention — for example, for Brenda Speaks, commenting on the planned Walmart store, above. When James Maynard arrived at the murder trial of his former long-time lover Fiona Adams, 24, in February at Britain’s Nottingham Crown Court, it was supposedly to support Adams, who was contending she didn’t recklessly start a fire that blazed out of control and took the lives of two of the couple’s three children. But Maynard, in full view of reporters, was wearing a grotesque clown mask resembling the face of the character Pennywise in Stephen King’s novel “It,” and he declined several chances to comment on why he wore it. After a threeweek trial, Adams was acquitted.

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Elusive Perps: Armed-robbery convict Edward Nathan Jr. escaped from a Florida work-release center in 1983 and, as “Claude Brooks” and other identities, managed to avoid police for the 27 years, until he slipped up in December in Atlanta — arrested when caught urinating in public. He was returned to Florida and charged with escape. CORRECTION: Two weeks ago, NOTW fell for a hoax (only the fifth time in 22 years, covering more than 20,000 stories). The seller of meatflavored water, originally reported as a legitimate entrepreneur by AOL News, is apparently doing elaborate “performance art.” I am duly embarrassed, and I apologize to readers.  Chuck Shepherd WeirdNews@earthlink.net


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FreeWill Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s an excellent time to study the book “Assholeology: The Science Behind Getting Your Way — and Getting Away with It.” In fact, the cosmos would not only look the other way if you acted on the principles it describes; the cosmos actively encourages you to be a successful jerk. APRIL FOOL! You’re in a phase when it makes sense to be a bit extra selfish, eager to bend the world to meet your needs. But according to my analysis, it’s crucial to do so politely and graciously. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): It’s a great time to get breast implants, penis enlargement, nose enhancement (if your nose is too tiny) or tongue-elongation surgery. Anything you can do to stick out further and make a bigger impression is in harmonious alignment with astrological omens. APRIL FOOL! Everything I’ve written here is a dirty lie. The facts: It’s high time to work creatively and appreciatively with what nature gave you. Don’t force it to accommodate some soulless desire. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Between now and April 16, try to party every night. Experiment with at least 100 altered states of consciousness, talk to at least 500 fascinating people, explode with at least 800 fits of laughter and change your mind at least 1,000 times. You need massive stimulation, record-breaking levels of variety and mood swings. Be everywhere! Do everything! APRIL FOOL! It’s true this may be one of those times visionary poet William Blake was referring to when he wrote, “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom,” but take care you don’t end up face-down in the gutter, pants-less, halfway along the road of excess. Remember the goal: Reach the palace of wisdom. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You have cosmic permission to brag like a coked-up pimp. You have poetic license to swagger and show off like a rock star who’s sold his soul for $30 million. You have my blessing to act as if everyone in the world should be more like you. APRIL FOOL! I was exaggerating a tad. It’s true you have every right to seize more authority, feel more confident and spread influence farther and wider. The best way to do so? Explore mysteries of humble courage, ply the art of magical truth-telling and supercharge your willpower with a big dose of smart love. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What’s your most far-fetched desire? I dare you to pursue it. What’s the craving to take you to the frontier of self-understanding? Indulge it. Which of your primal wishes intimidates you as much as it enthralls? Embrace it. APRIL FOOL! I don’t really think you should carry out your most extreme fantasies. Maybe in a few weeks, but not now. I hope you spend some time this week getting to know them better. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): If you develop symptoms like dry mouth, twitching eyebrows, sweaty palms or goose bumps in places you don’t usually get them, you may be suffering from anatidaephobia, the fear that you’re being watched by a duck. Avoid places where ducks congregate. APRIL FOOL! I lied. Truth is, you won’t contract an exotic ailment like anatidaephobia any time soon. You may experience waves of seemingly irrational elation or frequently feel like something oddly good is about to happen. According to my analysis of the omens, you’re more likely than usual to be watched by secret admirers, future helpers, interesting strangers and your guardian angel. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If you’re a straight man, this is a good time to ask Halle Berry on a date. If you’re a straight woman, you’ll have a better-than-usual chance to get Jake Gyllenhaal to go out with you. If you’re a gay

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man, you may want to try your luck with Adam Lambert, and if you’re a lesbian, propose a rendezvous with Portia de Rossi. APRIL FOOL! I lied. It’s never a good time to try to hook up with unavailable dream girls or dream guys. You now have extraordinary power to turn into a better partner, ally and lover. It’s well within your means to cultivate a more exciting kind of intimacy. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Dear Rob: I just walked in on my boyfriend of more than a year, in bed with another woman. My mind is beyond blown; it’s a splay of sparks in a drenched sky, a fireworks display in a downpour. Any advice on moving forward? — Shocked Scorpio.” Dear Shocked: I’ll tell you what I’d like to tell all Scorpios: Start plotting wicked revenge. APRIL FOOL! The truth is, revenge is a dumb waste of your precious time. Any surprises that come your way in the days ahead are disguised gifts from life to get you back on course. Use their motivational energy wisely and gratefully. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It’s an ideal time to explore the intimate wonders of ecosexuality. Nature’s libidinous pleasures are calling. How about trying some erotic experiments with trees and waterfalls? Or skinnydipping in wetlands and doing skyclad seduction dances for the clouds? Or making out with oyster mushrooms right where they grow out of a fallen log? APRIL FOOL! It’s true this is a good time to expand your sexual repertoire and seek out new sensations of intimate bliss, but it’s possible to accomplish that by confining your erotic communion to human beings. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The astrological omens are practically screaming for you to buy a luxurious new home in your ideal neighborhood. Preferably, it should have every feature you’ve ever dreamed about, whether that’s a cinema-scale theater room or a spa with a sauna and hot tub. If you have to go deep into debt to make this happen, that’s OK. APRIL FOOL! I lied, sort of. It’s an excellent time to upgrade your domestic scene, either by making comfortable and attractive changes in your current home’s decor or enhancing relationships with your family and roommates. But there’s no need to make crazy expenditures that’ll cripple you financially. In fact, cheap is better. That’s what the astrological omens are really suggesting. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s absolutely critical to be consistent and uniform right now. You must be pure, homogeneous and regular. Don’t dabble with anything even vaguely miscellaneous. APRIL FOOL! Everything I just wrote is a lie. In astrological fact, the best way to thrive is by being a cross between a mishmash and a medley … part hodgepodge and part amalgamation. Your strongest impact will come from blending the most diverse influences. The best elixir will result from mixing several different potions. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I hope you take full advantage of this unusual moment in your astrological cycle. According to my interpretation of cosmic signs, it’s prime time to unleash an ocean of tears. And not just the kind of moisture that wells up out of sadness. I hope you’ll give even more time to crying because of unreasonable joy, sobbing due to cathartic epiphanies, weeping out of compassion for the suffering of others and blubbering from visions of the interconnectedness of all life. Let it flow! APRIL FOOL! I slightly overstated the possibilities. Yes, it’s a wonderful time to feel profound states of emotion and surrender to the tears they induce. But you need to get a few things done, too, so don’t risk drowning.  Rob Brezsny freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com


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Mission Accomplished

The Clara White Mission reminds us that we already have solutions to some of our most intractable problems

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ou could be forgiven for driving past the Clara White Mission’s unassuming exterior and failing to notice it. Nothing particular about it sticks out, a humble edifice among the gutted carcasses of former businesses and inscrutable building fronts that make up this part of downtown Jacksonville’s cityscape. But inside the Mission, some very good and very big things are happening every day. On its website (www.clarawhitemission. org), the Clara White Mission describes itself as a “one-stop community center stimulating economic development through job training in educational programs, daily feedings, advancement and more.” It isn’t a surprise these days that a non-profit organization devoted to social good at least partially conceives of itself in terms of its effect on the local economy. What is surprising, however, is just how much social good the Mission manages to get done. Five programs run out of the Clara White Mission — the feeding program, educational programs, the housing program, Clara’s at the cathedral and Ashley Street Catering — and they all, in their various ways, involve helping at-risk individuals improve their lot in life. The mission was inspired by Clara English White, a former slave who fed the hungry from her two-room house on Clay Street after Emancipation. Her daughter, Dr. Eartha M.M. White, founded the mission in 1904 to honor her mother and continue the spirit of her good works. The mission eventually outgrew the house and was relocated to the old Globe Theatre Building on West Ashley Street, where it’s located now. The building enjoys a rich history, including having served as the headquarters of part of the Works Progress Administration, and housed American soldiers during World War II. Today, the mission is probably best known for its feeding program, which, as its name suggests, provides food to more than 400 homeless people, seven days a week. Similarly, its housing program aims to move participants to permanent housing and independent living within 24 months while requiring, among other things, employment or enrollment in school. While these two commendable programs work simply to aid those in need, it is the other three — the educational programs, Clara’s at the cathedral, and Ashley Street Catering — that strive to actually empower them. Betty Brown prepares meals and works on the lunch line at Tiger Academy, the YMCA’s new charter school in Northwest Jacksonville. She is a cheery woman and her voice surges with enthusiasm as we speak. When you ask her if she likes working at the school, her answer is emphatic and unequivocal: “Yes! I love it — it’s the best! Yes!” A 2010 graduate of the Clara White Mission’s culinary training program, she first learned about the

opportunity while taking G.E.D. courses at the mission; both the G.E.D. classes and cooking courses are available under the umbrella of the mission’s educational programs, along with janitorial courses. (Indeed, Tiger Academy’s janitorial staff is comprised of Clara White graduates.) The partnership between Tiger Academy and the mission is an initiative of the school’s leadership intended to better involve the community. Upon completing the five-month cooking program, graduates enter a two-year apprenticeship under the supervision of a chef. Ms. Brown is completing her two years at Tiger Academy. After her apprenticeship, Ms. Brown will receive a certificate from the American

If we really care about improving our city, we need to support the existing organizations that do the kind of great work that the Clara White Mission does and work to increase the number of them around town. Culinary Federation and can continue her education to receive a diploma in culinary arts. “It’s an experience,” Ms. Brown says. “It’s good experience. [The mission does] good. I liked it.” Raymond Anthony’s story is different. Never homeless, Mr. Anthony is a veteran of the United States Army. In addition to its outreach efforts to the homeless, the mission also provides educational and job-training programs for U.S. veterans, whose efforts to reintegrate into society can be difficult and are oftentimes are neglected. Like Ms. Brown, Mr. Anthony is a graduate of the Mission’s culinary training program and works at Tiger Academy. While Mr. Anthony isn’t as effusive as his fellow kitchen mate, he is just as thankful for the opportunity provided by the Clara White Mission. He was never formally trained as a chef, but says he has cooked for the last 37 years of his life. The mission, he says, gave him the best opportunity to connect to his passion. “I like working any place where it’s food,” he adds. “I went [to the Clara White Mission] because they offered more than the other people offered. I was at hospitality staff, and they offered three years,” he continues,

referring to the service license provided by the St. Nicholas-area staffing agency. “Clara White offered five.” The Mission’s annual operating budget — just over $2 million — is secured from public and private resources, and the Jacksonville city government assists the Mission in training and supporting services. Mrs. Ju’Coby PittmanPeele, the mission’s CEO and president, says that the organization is planning two big initiatives for the near future. One is a mixeduse 14,000-square-foot “rehab” development of leased commercial offices and affordable housing at the intersection of Broad and Beaver streets. The other project is what Mrs. PittmanPeele calls an “urban farm” on Moncrief Road that “will produce food for the culinary arts program and for residents of the farm” and This is a copyright eventually “include a building arts program to teach construction craftsmanship,” along with “This farming will advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DA For housing. questions, pleaseinitiative call your create a highly visible symbol of the depth FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 of community roots and the regenerative potential of this neighborhood, ” she continues, PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Produced by jw C “along with job training and an Eartha White satellite museum.” The mission’s overall goal is to continue developing their continuum of services and long-term resources to assist with operational costs in order to touch as many lives as possible. Like many of the hidden treasures of the city, the Clara White Mission is a remarkable resource that suffers from a lack of publicity. As Ms. Brown puts it, “People was coming and telling me [about the Clara White Mission], but I didn’t know they was doing all this greatness that they was doing down there. They do some of everything down there.” Ms. Brown’s story, along with Mr. Anthony’s and those of doubtless many more, demonstrates clear solutions for Jacksonville’s problems with homelessness and indigence. But just like Ms. Brown, many people don’t know about organizations like the ClaraWhite Mission and therefore can’t get involved. City government, while certainly deserving praise for getting involved, needs to step up and actively spread the word about the services that are provided, as does the mission itself. Both need a broader, more aggressive push for donors and some sort of publicity campaign to support the work of the Clara White Mission. If we really care about improving our city, we need to support the existing organizations that do the kind of great work that the Clara White Mission does and work to increase the number of them around town. After all, it’s good to give a formerly helpless person food to eat and a place to stay. But it’s truly great to teach a formerly helpless person to fish for himself. 

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Kenny Dikas

Kenny Dikas lives in Jacksonville.

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