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CONTENTS // JAN. 29-FEB. 4, 2014 • VOLUME 27 • NUMBER 44
(Not) Movin’ On Up
12 MAIL NEWS SPORTSTALK CRIME CITY
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OUR PICKS COVER STORY MOVIES INTERVIEW
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MUSIC ARTS DINING BITE-SIZED
24 ASTROLOGY I SAW YOU CROSSWORD WEIRD
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n the surface, this was good news: A landmark report out last week from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that even as economic inequality (the ever-yawning chasm between the very rich and the rest of us) has spiked in recent years, income mobility (the ability of those born into lowerclass households to climb the socioeconomic ladder) hasn’t changed in a half-century. In other words, the rich may be getting richer, but the poor still have a shot of what we rather arrogantly call the American Dream — at least as much of a shot as their grandparents did. Income mobility isn’t getting better or worse; instead, it remains at a consistent level of suck, compared to other developed nations: About 8 percent of Americans born into the bottom income quintile will make it into the top quintile in their lifetimes. That much made headlines all over the country (though not, as best I can tell, in the Times-Union). But there was another — and for my money, equally fascinating — aspect to this research: The strength of the American Dream depends on where you live. In Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh and San Jose, the Dream is alive and well; in the Southeast — especially in Jacksonville — less so. Of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas, Jacksonville ranked 46th in income mobility (less than 5 percent of those born at the bottom will make it to the top), by far the worst ranking in Florida. Why? The researchers found five strong correlates — not necessarily causatives — with income mobility: racial and income segregation (the more segregated the poor are from the middle class, the less mobile an area is); local policies (higher-taxing, higherspending areas have a more robust American Dream); education (higher-quality schools produce greater mobility); social capital (areas with more muscular civic engagement and religiosity levels — and lower crime rates — are more mobile); and family structure (children from low-income, single-parent families have less of a chance of making it). Jacksonville is, to my eyes, sprawling and segregated, apathetic and detached, petrified of taxation, committed to public education at only the basest level — and, despite its fervent religiosity, the city has one of the highest divorce rates in the country. Which means we have all the ingredients to suffocate the American Dream. These variables interconnect, of course, but the most statistically significant were family structure and segregation. And an important aspect of segregation is urban sprawl: “Areas with less sprawl have significantly higher rates of upward mobility,” the report says. Sprawl keeps the poor isolated, away from good jobs and schools and role models. It also keeps them out of sight, effectively inuring policymakers to their plight. Sprawl makes us selfish. Sprawl keeps us from truly becoming a community, from investing adequately in schools and mass transit, from connecting with and engaging each other, and in the process it perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Sprawl is the enemy. If we care about equality of opportunity, we’re going to have to seriously confront it sooner or later. Jeffrey C. Billman twitter/jeffreybillman email@example.com
A cover story on a guy who is straight up plagiarizing another artist [News, “Who’s Afraid of Keith Haring’s Ghost,” Jeffrey C. Billman, Jan. 15]? And poorly at that. Can you say “Mark George”? What’s next, a story on a crappy Dave Matthews tribute band? Oh, and by the way, Mr. Author, there is no way that these things take five hours to complete, as stated in the story. FAIL. — Emily Pix, via Facebook
Where’s the Money Gone?
If we haven’t been fighting a war on poverty [Editor’s Note, “A War on the Poor,” Jeffrey C. Billman, Jan. 15], then what have we been spending all of our money on? To say that the war on poverty is incomplete is simply avoiding an answer to this question. Bush could have said the same thing about Iraq: The war in Iraq was just incomplete. It needed more money, more troops, more patriotism. Whether the war in Iraq or the war on poverty is complete or incomplete avoids the real issue of cost. How much do these lofty goals cost “we the people”? During the past five decades, the government has spent trillions of dollars to “lift” people out of poverty. According to government records, it spent $475 billion in 2012 for income security, compared to only $9 billion in 1964. Similarly, it spent $544 billion for Medicare and $250 billion for Medicaid in 2012, compared to $100 million for both programs in 1964. All of this for a 4 percent reduction in poverty? Couldn’t we just provide a “living wage” to the 20 to 30 million Americans living in poverty?
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Moreover, what if we didn’t spend the trillion dollars or so each year to help the poor? Would poverty really go up to 31 percent? Is that a fact? Let’s just forget the issue of cost and instead bring up issues of racial and class warfare. Let’s just call the war on poverty incomplete and keep doing what we are doing; anything else is just “horseshit.” — thamanjimmy, via folioweekly.com
The Dark Side
Just read “Am I Listening to English?” by AG Gancarski [Sportstalk, Jan. 15], and I wanted to thank you for describing the situation so well. Dee Dee McCarron’s unbelievable statement about Winston’s emotional speech infuriated me and put a dark, noticeable smudge on what many would consider a spectacular performance. Your article did a fantastic job of reminding people of the dark side of athletics and life in the South.Racism is alive and well; it will never leave. It will simply evolve in one form to another. — Duane Ford
Corrections Last week’s story “Pinnacle of Endurance” gave an incorrect date for the Wolfson 55 race. It is actually Feb. 1. Also, The Fresh Health Hydroponics & Natural Market (1738 Kings Ave., San Marco) was misidentified under its former name. If you would like to respond to something that appeared in Folio Weekly, please send an email with your address and phone number (for verification purposes only) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FELIX THE PEANUT MAN: Felix Jones peddles his wares on the corner of Centre and Third in Fernandina Beach on Jan. 24. For 22 years, Jones – born with mental disabilities – has been doing maintenance at Walmart, supplementing his income by selling peanuts, pineapples, mangos and his mother’s homemade cookies from his tricycle. In 2009, Fernandina Beach famously tried to stop him by labeling him an unlicensed vendor, though the city relented after hundreds of residents marched on City Hall chanting his name. When asked to take the podium at the rally, Jones only played “My Country ’tis of Thee” on his harmonica.
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Worst. Newspaper. Ever. Last time anyone outside of St. Augustine paid attention to The Record, which is, like the T-U, owned by Morris Communications, the world was laughing at the daily for running a piece they’d titled “NYT Reporter: No Regrets About Writing Story.” The story to which they referred, of course, was The New York Times’ blockbuster investigation, which ran in December, into allegations that the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office covered up a murder committed by one of its deputies. Which is, you know, exactly the kind of story an intrepid local newspaper should like a boozed-up Bieber on an open drag For questions, please call your advertising representative be aton260-9770. strip. Instead, The Record bravely exposed another FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLEscandalous AT 268-3655 facet of this lurid tale: “Subsequent reaction hasn’t just been outrage over the investigation, but also at the Times. … Some wondered afterward if the first loser in all this was St. a victim Produced by KAC Checked by Augustine, Sales Rep SSof big media parachuting into a SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION small town and just getting the pulse wrong.” Um, yeah. That’s the real story. Last week, The Record made another bid for entry into the Journalism Hall of Shame when publisher Delinda Fogel took to the op-ed page to invite anyone and everyone to come on down and proofread her paper, because her copy desk – and Spellcheck – aren’t getting the job done. “Spellcheck is a great program,” she wrote, “but if you type a word that is spelled correctly but used incorrectly, it doesn’t help at all.” The problem, a former Record staffer told journalism blogger Jim Romenesko, is that the copy desk is swamped and has no time to fi x the crappy copy the paper’s editors file. And asking volunteers for help is cheaper than hiring people who know what they’re doing. Or, in the words of Les Simpson, Morris’ group publisher: “I’m afraid it is archaic ‘journalists’ who would rather sit around and whine rather than give the audience what they want,” he told Romenesko. (A decent – or sober – copy editor would have caught those two “rathers,” FWIW.) “We can still persevere, but quit living in the past. Quit reading Jim Romenesko and go chart the future.” The future is free labor from armchair quarterbacks. We’re so glad we chose this profession.
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Vitti: ‘Trust Me’ On Jan. 13, Duval County Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti pulled a maverick move. He switched 11 principals from their current posts to positions at other schools. Some were transferred to schools he felt needed better leadership, some were demoted and others were switched from principal to administrator. Such a drastic mid-year change alarmed many parents and teachers, and for good reason: What was so wrong that Vitti felt the need to presto-chango so dramatically? We asked Vitti directly. The answer, he says, is that he wanted to send a message: “We made an action plan – a blueprint. Mid-year changes create a sense of urgency and I feel that it shows we are serious about putting the right leader in the right school. It energizes the faculty. Teachers and students 6 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 4, 2014
will see the results.” These changes were based on data Vitti’s staff collected during the fall, which showed that some schools’ needs were more dire than they’d realized, he says. Ribault Middle, R.L. Brown Elementary and West Jacksonville Elementary, for example, all came up short in the four core academic areas: math, science, English and history. While the moves caught people off-guard, Vitti insists that decisions weren’t made rashly. And on one particular point he’s quite firm: “There will be no more principal changes this year. Period.” The community’s feedback has been mostly positive, especially after the dust settled and the initial shock wore off, Vitti says. “Trust me. I encourage patience and understanding that change – if any – to your school moving forward is based on the best interest of our community.” Those changes, he adds, weren’t based on a specific formula or metric; rather, they seem more a product of Vitti’s gut. He says he looked at the experience and abilities of each leader, as well as his principals’ track records. “Change is not easy,” he says, “but I think the community wants a change agent. Some people embrace it and some people adjust. Some are just waiting to see results.”
Better Libraries, Please Last week, Save Jax Libraries, an activist group dedicated to, well, saving Jacksonville’s libraries, announced that it had obtained the 25,931 validated signatures it needs to add an initiative to the Aug. 16 ballot to establish an independent library district. This marks the first straw ballot to clear this hurdle in city history. And it’s a good thing. Let us explain: Right now, the Jacksonville Public Library receives funding from the city’s general fund. But every year, the activists say, that pot leaks more and more and the libraries see less and less. That potentially means branch closings, shorter hours and fewer resources Based on a 2012 proposal by the Jacksonville Community Council, they want to give the library a dedicated funding source not privy to the whims of politicians – in 2013, the city gave $9 million more toward EverBank Field ($43 million) than its entire library system ($34 million), because priorities. While the ballot initiative would create a special taxing district, that doesn’t necessarily mean new taxes. Rather, it just means that an independent board would have control over the library’s resources. “The money the libraries receive is a kind of ‘use it or lose it’ situation,” says Missy Jackson, a Friends of the Murray Hill Library board member. “With this option, we would see the unused money rolled over into the next fiscal year, making it more beneficial to the library system and the communities that use it.” If the straw ballot initiative passes in August, the second and final referendum could come as early as Nov. 4, provided the Jacksonville City Council and the Florida Legislature both sign off on it. — Jeffrey C. Billman and Abigail Wright
The Dope Bowl
The NFL is finally catching up on marijuana
n just a few days, the sports world will see something unprecedented — a championship game between teams from cities with some of the most liberal cannabis laws in the Western Hemisphere. While that doesn’t overshadow the on-field subplots — Peyton Manning attempting to win a Super Bowl with a second franchise, Richard Sherman making his case for best cornerback of all time — what the Drudge Report called “The Pot Bowl” represents a watershed moment in our national discourse, specifically as it relates to medical marijuana, our cannabis laws in general and the future of law enforcement and incarceration. The NFL has — like no other major sports league — faced an existential crisis regarding the health of players, especially once they retire from the game. Concussions, in particular, have factored into conditions that led Junior Seau and Jovan Belcher to kill themselves in spectacular fashion. Against this backdrop, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked recently about allowing players to use pot in states where medical cannabis is legal. His response was typically cagey, but rooted in reality: “I don’t know what’s going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries,” Goodell said, according to NBC Sports. “But we will continue to support the evolution of medicine.” The nascent medical marijuana industry has, for a variety of reasons, become more sophisticated in its understanding of weed’s palliative effects. For NFL players, many of whom have had issues with painkiller addiction, it makes sense to opt for a substance that may be habit-forming but can’t kill you or destroy your liver if you go one toke over the line. And let’s not kid ourselves: For medicine or recreation, weed is already widely used throughout the NFL. Last year, offensive tackle Lomas Brown, with 18 seasons under his helmet, estimated that “at least 50 percent” of NFL players smoke cannabis. If anything, that’s a lowball estimate intended to mollify a mainstream media still choking on Reefer Madness tropes harvested from the fetid
bowels of Harry Anslinger. So there’s no practical reason for Goodell to oppose the evolving status quo — and, given the popular revolt against weed laws, especially in the West, where private prison contracts and the legacy of slavery don’t dominate public discourse, it makes sense for him to be officially agnostic about it. Even septuagenarian Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks there are “some reasons for medical marijuana.” And Barack Obama, Choom-Gang-member-turned-POTUS, told The New Yorker that it’s “important” for legalization efforts “to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.” That’s the future — which the NFL will have to embrace sooner or later. Marijuana is a necessary palliative, especially useful for recovery from stress, concussion, cancer and the kinds of injuries NFL players deal with as a matter of course. It’s also pretty much the opposite of a performance enhancer, and not prone to the kinds of addiction or side effects commonly associated with other, more legal painkillers. The NFL still considers it a banned substance, and still tests for it. The league’s anti-drug vehemence falls somewhere between the NBA’s relatively laissez-faire approach and the feverish efforts of MLB, racked as baseball has been by the scandals of Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire and now Alex Rodriguez. That won’t change overnight, but it will change. Medical — and even recreational — marijuana is the evolving political consensus. Prohibition hasn’t worked — not in the sports world, not for society as a whole. Kudos to Roger Goodell for not ignoring reality. And to Obama and Reid for inching forward. Yes, in all cases, it’s political calculation writ large, but so it was with Civil Rights decades ago, and with same-sex marriage recently. No matter how we get there, doing so will be a triumph of liberty at the expense of hoary, outmoded political calculations. AG Gancarski twitter.com/aggancarski email@example.com JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 4, 2014 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 7
Don’t Pimp Your Kids
Beware adults who are there for your children just a bit too much
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ou can almost understand how, when Michael Jackson pimped a kid out from under his parents, the mom and dad would fall for it: limos, jets, front-row seats, shopping sprees at Neiman. About those teddy-bear sleepovers? No worries. Gimme my Rolex! It’s more difficult to get why Rayne Perrywinkle and her daughter Cherish jumped into a van at a Dollar General on Lem Turner Road last June with a strange man who offered them a Walmart gift card. She then allowed her 8-year-old daughter go alone with this man, supposedly to a McDonald’s inside the Walmart. Donald James Smith was a four-time loser with jolts for indecent exposure to a child, kidnapping, kiddie porn and burglary. He raped and murdered Cherish, then dumped her body along a muddy bank of Half Branch Creek among the camphor and pine. He’s on trial this week for capital rape and murder one. His only options are life or the needle. Smith himself prefers the slow drip of the death cocktail. Having spent much of his adult life in Florida prisons, he knows that child murderers don’t do well. In general population, he could look forward to nightly after-dinner beatings, which prisoners prefer for dessert over the eternal vanilla pudding. So how do these monsters cozen parents and cozy up to kids? They are extraordinarily insinuating. Child molesters have the intellects of adults but the emotions of children. They can empathize because, deep down, they are children. They know exactly what fascinates kids because it fascinates them. Often they stock their houses with the best candy, the best games, the most fun stuff. There are ice cream bars, toys, stuffed bears, horses and monkeys, and Hello Kitty in every shade of pink. Their houses are one big rock candy mountain. Molesters take advantage of parents’ exhaustion. They’re always available — and I do mean always — to babysit or run errands. They can be so, so charming. The kids have so much fun. You needn’t worry about a thing! They fixate on a specific age and state of growth. Some target only small children; some the pubescent nymphets famously depicted in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. They always lose interest as children mature, breasts appear, voices deepen and chins need shaving.
Smith was crude and in a hurry, so he killed his victim. Many pedophiles work slowly. They cultivate trust in the parents; they fascinate the children with fun. When at last they’re all alone, they hug, then touch, then tumesce. Sometimes they convince the children, at least for a while, that sex at their age is normal. In the years during which I interviewed molesters in jails, often about the details of their crimes, never once did I hear the faintest acknowledgment that what they had done was wrong. Remorse? Not possible. Always they said the same thing: “I’m giving her/him the gift of love.”
When child molesters give you the love spiel, you have to cleanse your soul. Their self-delusion is profound. Some of these characters waxed philosophical (jails can do that). Like Carl Jung freaks on acid, they rhapsodized about the merging of the physical, intellectual and spiritual, the union of opposites. It’s not easy to listen to this; it’s not easy to write about it. In jail, when junkies toss their cookies on you, all you have to do is wash your shoes. When child molesters give you the love spiel, you have to cleanse your soul. The defining characteristic of pedophilia is its intractability. As one inmate explained to me after a 20-year stretch, “You can stop from doing it, but you never stop wanting it.” Pedophilia has never been cured. Everything has been tried — psychotherapy, group therapy, aversion therapy, female hormones, even surgical excision of the penis and testicles. Nothing has worked. So beware. When a stranger comes bearing perfect gifts and, in a twinkling, becomes your child’s best friend and your best helper, consider leaving the state. If you take the money and the gifts, whether they’re a day at Neiman Marcus or a gift card at Walmart, you have, knowingly or unknowingly, pimped out your child. You’ll cry bitter tears and suffer fires of guilt that sear your being, in the lowest rung of hell, In Crime City.. Wes Denham firstname.lastname@example.org
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Reasons to leave the house this week
REGGAE SIDEREAL + UNIVERSAL GREEN
Reggae quartet Sidereal kicks off a Florida tour with fellow Jacksonville favorites Universal Green, Prime Trees and Reggie Williams. Sidereal – which just dropped a third album, Third Time’s the Charm, Jan. 28 – grabs its audience with a rock ’n’ roll delivery of bohemian hooks and islandstyle rhythms. Pro skater, stuntman, X-Games competitor, actor, photographer and musician Daryl Green leads prog hip-hop group Universal Green. His songwriting is as diverse as his résumé, as the seven-piece live incarnation of the project incorporates reggae, rock and nearly every other genre under the sun into their set. 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach, $10-$12.
FOLK DAVID WILCOX
Veteran folk artist David Wilcox tours to support blaze, his 18th full-length album, dropping on Feb. 25. The single “Oil Talking to Ya” features Wilcox’s signature-smooth baritone voice over honky-tonk guitars, upright bass and a soulful touch of R&B backup singers. Lyrically, the song takes an optimistic stance on oil dependency: “There will be beautiful lives lived out full and long, long after the transition when the oil is gone.” Global crises aside, Wilcox has built an enduring career with the bricks and mortar of straightforward, no-nonsense rock ’n’ roll Americana record after record, show after show. 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at The Original Café Eleven, St. Augustine Beach, $22.
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BLUEGRASS STEEP CANYON RANGERS
This lively acoustic quintet melds jazz, blues and country to give their music that extra kick – and a close friendship with banjo player/comedian Steve Martin doesn’t hurt. The Steep Canyon Rangers began in Asheville, have toured in Canada and Europe and won a Grammy for the 2013 album Nobody Knows You. Like all authentic bluegrass, some lyrics are about death and mortality, but SCR will never dampen your spirits. 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach, $26-$34.
It’s not quite a comedy, but not all serious, either. Leonard Gershe’s touching story of a young blind man who moves from his helicopter mom’s house to make it on his own – and forge a relationship with a free-spirited neighbor, over Mother’s strenuous objections – unabashedly dives into the complexity of relationships and tugs at the heartstrings. Director Jean Rahner, a local actor and director for 40 years, deftly brings Limelight’s production to life. Performances run Jan. 30Feb. 16 (7:30 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.) at Limelight Theatre, St. Augustine, $10-$25.
They’re not faking their way to the top. After a one-night show in May, Stage Aurora Theatrical Company brings Dreamgirls back with updates in lighting, special effects and elaborate costumes. The powerful songs and inspiring story hauled in six Tonys when it debuted on Broadway in 1981 – the Dreamettes put on one hell of a show. Cliff notes: Mo’ fame, mo’ problems. 7 p.m. Jan. 31, 6 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8, 3 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9, Stage Aurora Theatrical Company in Gateway Town Center, Northside, $20.
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ART IS FOR LOVERS FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK
Art lovers, we gotta tell ya: Artists don’t want to starve. We won’t name names, but a complaint we hear from artists (all the time!) is that many art walkers are art lookers, not art buyers. This isn’t Sotheby’s – no Picassos to buy! At First Wednesday Art Walk, the artists love, love, love for you to look, touch (ask first) and, especially, consider buying. February’s Art Walk offers a chance to get married or renew vows (6:30 p.m.), a singles mingle (7:30 p.m.) and an opportunity to “dump your baggage” (5-9 p.m.). AIGA graphic designers offer their talents for Atomic Sketch, 6 p.m. “Young Love” (pictured), a featured piece in Jane Shirek’s Love series, is displayed at Southlight Gallery’s reception, 6-9 p.m. Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Feb. 5; headquartered in Hemming Plaza, Downtown, iloveartwalk.com.
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On a very cold day in winter, I saw a man walking behind a shop in Riverside, looking for something to put into his shopping cart. I asked if I could take his photo and he agreed. We didn’t talk for very long, but I was struck by how hard it would be to live outside in the elements. Photos & Captions by Arpad Lovas
Local photographer Arpad Lovas chronicles life on Jacksonville’s streets
rpad Lovas is tall and gangly — it almost looks like he outgrew his own skin. A few weeks ago, he ambled into my office in too-loose jeans and an oversized jacket, his short-by-comparison, brighteyed wife Hannah in tow. Lovas speaks English, but not very well. He communicates through images, not words. Hannah is there to serve as his translator. Lovas, 34, emigrated from Esztergom, Hungary, a small town rich in history and art and architecture, in 2011. He was drawn to the U.S. by hiphop, and dreamed of visiting the California gravesite of Eazy-E. Eventually he did just that — and it was a seminal moment in his life, the reason he bought his first camera. I’ll let him tell you about that in a second. A fellow Hungarian whom he didn’t even know offered him a place to stay in Northeast Florida. Lovas found his own place in time, but he still struggled, unaccustomed to the language and culture. He didn’t own a car, so he biked everywhere. There were days when he didn’t know how he’d eat. He thought about moving back to Hungary until he met Hannah. “I feel like two souls meet from a very far place,” he says of her, in a broken English that is not without charm. “Our birthdays are one day different.” Hannah helped him acculturate and learn the language. She also gave him grounding — a reason to stay. His time as an outsider, a stranger in a strange land, still permeates
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I had seen this man many times and stopped to talk with him when I went grocery shopping on my bicycle. He sat outside a grocery store in St. Augustine asking for money. He always had a pet rat sitting on his shoulder, and I wanted to get a picture of this moment. One day I had my camera and asked him if I could take his portrait. He said, “Sure,” and we had a good conversation with a lot of joking going on between us.
During the Jazz Festival Downtown, my wife and I were sitting in a park close to the center stage. In the crowd were many people who live in the park every day. A couple near us was dancing and singing to the music. They had a big suitcase with their belongings beside them. The woman came over to ask for a cigarette, and we began talking, then she brought her husband over as well. They were very curious about where I am from, and my wife helped to translate our conversation. I asked if I could take some photographs, and they posed and joked around with us while we listened to the show.
his photography, vivid images of a segment of humanity that is too often and too easily kept out of sight, out of mind. Lovas has spent the last few years chronicling life on the streets of Jacksonville with a sense of raw, unflinching honesty — no judgment, no artificial sentiment, just reality through a lens. Any given night, there are some 2,600 homeless people in Duval County — the fifthhighest total in the state — and another couple hundred in the surrounding counties. We often do our best to pretend they don’t exist, to
I met with the man in this photo at Willowbranch Park in Riverside. He was listening to the radio and having lunch. I felt his positive vibe and knew he would be an interesting person to photograph. He laughed and joked with me while I took his portrait.
was a scary move to make. I didn’t know where I would live, where I would work or how I would talk with people. God helped me. That is the only explanation I have. I was able to support myself and find my own apartment. After being in Florida for a few months, I was able to fly to California and meet with my online friend. We met with Eazy’s son, and I saw the places that I had only dreamed about seeing. This is what inspired me to buy my first Nikon camera. I had always wanted a quality camera, but Hungary is a very
“In my photos, I just want to capture real life and real people. I want to show that there is more than one side to life, not just the material things.” cordon them off in the recesses of our minds as drunkards or crazies or slackers, nuisances, impediments to commerce and progress. The truth is usually more complex, just as people — even those who live on the streets or in the woods — are usually more complex, not given to simplistic stereotypes. As Lovas puts it, “I find that many times people in the hardest situations are still smiling and have joy on their faces.” In this Q&A — conducted through email, with Hannah’s translation assistance — I talked to Lovas about his life and his art. Folio Weekly: Tell me how and why you moved to Northeast Florida — why you left Hungary and what made you decide to settle in Jacksonville. Arpad Lovas: I grew up in Esztergom, Hungary, but always loved listening to American rap music. My biggest dream was to visit the graveside of Eazy-E, Eric Wright, of NWA. I began talking through MySpace with a rap artist, Tony G, who was personal friends with Eazy’s son. He arranged for me to meet with him in California at the graveside if I was able to come to America. Th is was a dream come true, one of the biggest moments in my life. I began planning how I would get to America. I came first to Florida, where I planned to stay with another Hungarian person whom I had never met. At this time I was completely alone and spoke zero English, so it
poor country. It would take me a very long time to save up the money to buy one living in Hungary, but here it was less expensive. I decided to invest in a camera to take pictures of my California trip. After this huge accomplishment came a very hard time. I was alone, living every day not knowing how I would even buy food. I had no car and rode my bicycle wherever I had to go. I still had not learned much about American people because I was so isolated due to language. It was during this time that I met my wife, Hannah. At first we were only able to communicate through a Web translator. She was patient with me, teaching me how to speak English and about American culture. I felt that this woman was different from other women that I had met. I still was not sure if I would stay in the United States or go back to Hungary, but we fell in love and decided to get married. That made up my mind about living here. F.W.: What made you decide to photograph the homeless? A.L.: Because I worked in the hospital in Hungary, I saw many people with physical and mental disabilities and saw death every day, in the morgue as an assistant. This made me think hard about life and death and what is important. I began making a documentary of a man I had met and became friends with. I wanted to record what life was like for this man, who lived in absolute poverty and
We were passing each other on the street when I took this photo. I was walking Downtown and thought that he had an interesting face.
The man these feet belong to was one of the most positive people I have photographed. He lives on a section of Jacksonville Beach. One day, my wife and I were at the beach for a music festival and saw him dancing to the music in the water. He was completely happy being himself and having a good time. The day was extremely hot, but he was dressed in winter clothes and had gallons of drinks sitting beside him along with all of his belongings. We have seen each other several times after that. He has always encouraged me with a kind word or inspiration.
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struggled with mental illness and alcoholism. After moving to the U.S., I learned that my friend was murdered as a result of his alcoholism. That was something that made me want to show people the reality of what they may not want to see or think about. F.W.: You have no formal training in photography, correct? A.L.: I learned how to use my camera through trial and error. I just practiced and over time learned my personal style. When I made my first pictures, I fell in love with the camera and couldn’t stop.
This was another moment of good timing. He looked up at me at the same time that I pressed the button to take his photo. We have never talked, but I’ve seen him many times at Hemming Plaza and other places Downtown.
I stopped to share a cigarette with this man, who was sitting on a bench at the Riverwalk. He told me he was just passing through town. I asked if I could take some photos of him. He was a complete comedian, holding up props and making silly faces, but this photo I took when he was not posing, just being himself.
F.W.: Walk us through the process of how you decide whom to shoot. A.L.: I don’t have a plan when I am taking pictures. I go out on my bike and see what is happening in the city. I just see a moment or person who is interesting and take my photos. It is important to me to capture un-posed, natural moments, when the person may or may not know they are being photographed. This is much more beautiful to me than shooting a model. I love real life. Many times I do talk with the people I photograph, especially for portraits, and try to learn something about them. I just walk up and introduce myself and ask if I can take a photo. At first talking was hard because of the language difference, but the people I have met have been so friendly and willing to give me a few minutes of their time. People are usually curious about my accent and ask where I am from. I am often surprised and happy at how open people can be and the things we have in common. F.W.: What do you hope that people learn from your photography? A.L.: In my photos, I just want to capture real life and real people. I want to show that there is more than one side to life, not just the material
things. Sometimes we focus on money and having the best things, but this is also life even though some aspects are very sad. I find that many times people in the hardest situations are still smiling and have joy on their faces. Everyone is equal in God’s eyes. We never know when we could be going through a hard time in our own life. I feel that it is important to treat everyone with respect and try to live that in my life, not judging anyone. F.W.: You have a show in February’s Art Walk, in TAC Studio Gallery on Hogan Street. Tell us about that. A.L.: The photos I will be showing are from all sides of life — some street photos and some pictures of just a moment in time, but all are real photos of life. I am so grateful for this event and the people who have helped this happen. When I came here, I never imagined that I could have this type of opportunity. Jeffrey C. Billman email@example.com
ARPAD LOVAS PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW
6-9 p.m. Feb. 5, First Wednesday Art Walk The Art Center Studio Gallery, Downtown, 355-1757, tacjacksonville.org
Around Halloween a couple of years ago, I was out in downtown St. Augustine and from far away, I spotted this man sitting in a huge group of pumpkins. He was not aware that I was photographing him, but afterward I talked with him, and he allowed me to take his portrait.
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A&E // MOVIES FILM RATINGS
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG ***@ Rated PG-13 Co-writer/director Peter Jackson has stretched Tolkien’s books into lucrative movies. Co-stars Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen. Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) is a fire-breathing dragon.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE ***G Rated PG-13 Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is a celebrity warrior hero manipulated by the Capitol’s leader Snow (Donald Sutherland). Co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson.
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BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL Local filmmaker Mark Mori’s R-rated documentary, narrated by Page, screens at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 30 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., 5 Points, 359-0049, sunraycinema.com. HUMAN TRAFFICKING Documentaries about human trafficking are screened at FSCJ’s Downtown Campus, 101 W. State St., 633-8100. Sex + Money, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30; Not My Life 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4; Fields of Mudan and Fatal Promises, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6; Not My Life encores 7 p.m. Feb. 13, followed by a talk with survivors, in Jacksonville University’s Gooding Auditorium, 2800 University Blvd., 256-8000, ju.edu. LATITUDE 30 MOVIES Thor and Grudge Match at CineGrille, Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. 365-5555. WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER We the People, Great White Shark 3D, Tornado Alley 3D, To The Arctic 3D at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com.
12 YEARS A SLAVE **** Rated R Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon, a free black man in pre-Civil War New York who’s abducted and sold into slavery. Co-stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Quvenzhané Wallis. AMERICAN HUSTLE **G@ Rated R For con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), working with the Feds is tougher than running cons. He helps the FBI (Bradley Cooper) nab corrupt public officials in the Abscam operation. Co-stars Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence. ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES ***G Rated PG-13 The comedy reunites the newsmen – Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd, charmingly smarmy) and Champ Kind (David Koechner). Co-stars Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Vince Vaughn. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY ***@ Rated R The cast of director John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning story includes Meryl Streep as Violet, crusty matriarch of a family falling apart; Julia Roberts is her soon-to-be-crusty daughter Barbara. Margo Martindale as Violet’s sister and Chris Cooper as her brother-in-law stand out. THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Rated R • Opens Jan. 31 Time to ramp up the relationship? Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller have hit that juncture where you either step up and commit … or not. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB ***G Rated R The drama, based on a true story, stars Matthew McConaughey as redneck electrician Ron, and Jared Leto as transvestite Rayon in Dallas, 1985. Co-stars Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn. DEVIL’S DUE Rated R It’s kind of like “Rosemary’s Baby,” in that a woman is pregnant with, apparently, the spawn of The Adversary himself. Co-stars Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Robert Belushi. FROZEN ***G Rated PG Disney’s animated feature about sisters Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) and Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), strong characters in this Golden Globe-winning version of “The Snow Queen.” GIMME SHELTER Rated PG-13 Vanessa Hudgens plays Agnes Bailey, pregnant and on the streets when her parents reject her. Thank God she meets a kind stranger. Co-stars Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones. GRAVITY **** Rated PG-13 Medical engineer Sandra Bullock and veteran astronaut George Clooney are tethered together, making spaceship repairs, when they lose NASA contact. HER ***G Rated R Director Spike Jonze asks what makes love real in this fantasy film. Co-stars Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt, Kristen Wiig and Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice, nearly as hot as the actual Scarlett Johansson.
I, FRANKENSTEIN Rated PG-13 The doctor’s creation is in the middle of a violent struggle between two immortal clans. So … not a fight to death, then. Co-stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS **** Rated R Joel and Ethan Coen’s meditation on the duality of life and chosen paths examines a few days in the life of 1960s folksinger Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), whose career is tanking. Co-stars Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman. THE INVISIBLE WOMAN **G@ Rated R Reviewed in this issue. JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Rated PG-13 Chris Pine stars as the young Ryan, just starting out on his CIA career. Co-stars Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh. JAI HO Not Rated The Indian action-drama co-stars Salman Khan, Tabu, Sana Khan. In Hindi. LABOR DAY Rated PG-13 • Opens Jan. 31 Who in their right mind picks up a hitchhiker these days? Single mom Adele (Kate Winslet), that’s who. The drama co-stars Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, James (Dawson!) Van Der Beek. THE LEGEND OF HERCULES Rated PG-13 Kellan Lutz plays Greek demigod Hercules, who’s supposed to oust a bad king. The guy wants to marry his true love, who’s betrothed to his brother. Co-stars Gaia Weiss, Johnathan Schaech. LONE SURVIVOR Rated R Mark Wahlberg stars in this action/bio/drama based on actual events of a failed ’05 SEAL team mission. Co-stars Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch. NEBRASKA ***G Rated R Cranky Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) gets junk mail saying he’s won $1 million; he convinces his son David (Will Forte) to drive him to Lincoln, Neb., to claim the prize. Co-stars Stacy Keach, June Squibb. 1-NENOKKADINE **@@ Not Rated Bollywood superstar Mahesh Babu plays a man searching for his true lineage. Co-stars Kriti Sanon and Nasser. In Telugu. THE NUT JOB Rated PG Will Arnett voices Surly, a rebellious squirrel banned from the park to roam the mean city streets. Co-stars the vocal cords of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Jeff Dunham. PHILOMENA **** Rated PG-13 Journalist Martin (Steve Coogan) needs to boost his career. Philomena (Dame Judi Dench) wants to find the son she was forced to give up for adoption. RIDE ALONG Rated PG-13 Kevin Hart is a smart-mouthed security guard engaged to Angela (Tika Sumpter) whose brother James (Ice Cube) is a cop. Co-stars John Leguizamo, Jay Pharoah. SAVING MR. BANKS ***@ Rated PG-13 P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), who wrote “Mary Poppins,” goes to Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) L.A. studios to OK the book’s adaptation to fi lm. THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY ***G Rated PG Ben Stiller plays Thurber’s dreamer, who creates fantasies with femme fatales and villains, in which he’s the hero. Then he gets a chance to be a real hero on a real adventure. Co-stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET ***G Rated R Hotshot stockbroker Jordan (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a mansion, yacht, jet, women, cars, coke – all that money can buy. Co-stars Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey. For more local film events, go to folioweekly.com/calendar. To add yours, go to folioweekly.com/eventhowto.html.
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A&E // MOVIES
The Effect, Not Truth
atching up on Downton Abbey this past weekend, I was reminded of Alfred Hitchcock’s droll definition of drama as “life with the dull bits cut out.” His more literary contemporary, Somerset Maugham, put it more academically: “The drama is make-believe. It does not deal with the truth but with effect.” The effect of PBS’ wildly popular Masterpiece series is that we keep tuning in every week, eager to witness the next calamity in store for those folks both upstairs and down. No doubt this is classy, wellwritten fare, with interesting characters and superb production values, but in the end, it’s not so much drama as soap opera — for the perspicacious, to be sure. Like most television series, the plots and characters evolve over time, sometimes at the whim of a cast member who wants to move on to the big screen, as was the case with Dan Stephens (who played Matthew Reginald Crawley) and his ill-fated auto ride at the end of Series 3. Taking a respite from the shenanigans and heartbreak of Downton, I revisited director James Ivory’s The Remains of the Day, nominated in 1993 for eight Oscars (including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Actress) but winning none. Schindler’s List won the big prize, while Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson in Remains lost to © 2013 Tom Hanks (Philadelphia) and Holly Hunter (The Piano), respectively. Nonetheless, Remains holds up as a fascinating, incisive look at the same kind of world as Downton Abbey, with some of the similar class and romance conflicts, minus the comforting melodramatic flourishes of the small screen. Taking its fictional Darlington Hall as a microcosm of 1930s England trying to cope with the growing threat of Nazi Germany, the film explores the national and personal tragedies of those who fail to see the truth of their personal lives as well as that of the larger world. Hopkins is magnificently restrained as Stevens, the head butler at Darlington, so immured in his devotion to the misguided Lord of the Manor (James Fox), he lets his personal life and moral commitments hang in abeyance while handling the superficial details of the house. Thompson is equally superb as Miss Kenton, the housekeeper who almost prods Stevens into life. Their mutual tragedy is the result of his failure to realize that the real world is passing him by. On a larger scale, the same is true of Lord Darlington and his political cronies, who fail to see the lies behind Hitler’s vision of a new Germany. Particularly poignant, looking back at the film some 20 years later, is the strong presence of Christopher Reeve as an American diplomat and millionaire who tries ineffectively to save Darlington the Man but eventually assumes control of Darlington the House. It was less than two years after the release of Remains that Reeve suffered his paralyzing horseback accident. For younger and older fans of Downton Abbey, the 1993 film should prove revelatory, an understated classic about the people who lived upstairs/ downstairs between the two wars that changed their world.
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Photo: David Appleby, Sony Pictures Classics
Someone Else’s Dream
Dickens biopic charms but never excites – it’s more haunted than haunting THE INVISIBLE WOMAN **G@ Rated R
or his sophomore directorial effort, Ralph Fiennes has brought to the screen the scandalous but mostly secret relationship between literary legend Charles Dickens, whom he plays, and the writer’s young mistress, Ellen “Nelly” Ternan. It’s a beautiful, melancholy tale told in a deliberate, intelligent style but, regrettably, lacking in urgency and passion, thanks to writing and performances that often keep us at arm’s length. The Invisible Woman, with a screenplay by Abi Morgan, is based on Claire Tomalin’s book of the same name. It’s largely speculative, as no letters between Dickens and Ternan survive, but whether the details are accurate matters little, as the ambience, historical tidbits and performances are realistic enough to hold our attention. That’s as strong a compliment as the movie deserves, however, as the revelation of the hearts and minds of Dickens and Ternan seems just out of reach in Fiennes’ film. Set during the height of the alleged affair (around 1860) and in 1883, as Ternan is pondering her past (13 years after Dickens’ death), the film avoids the trappings of a traditional biopic. Indeed, it focuses more on Ternan than Dickens, which is refreshing at times. Yet by avoiding a more predictable story arc, it too often leaves us in the dark on details, exposition and motivations. The result is a movie that lives in the shadows, more haunted than haunting, and never fully present. Fiennes is somewhat believable as the
legendary author, though his performance is, well, nothing to write home about. Felicity Jones, as Ternan, is sporadically effective yet visually mesmerizing in her close-ups. Both actors are held back, however, by a screenplay absent in energy and on-screen chemistry with little to no spark. Too often they simply go through the motions, content to let the sumptuous cinematography and art direction tell their tale for them. Only Joanna Scanlan, as Dickens’ tragically rejected wife Catherine, completely connects. “This is a tale of woe. This is a tale of sorrow.” Those lines are spoken by Ternan in a play directed by Dickens, but they are also used to sum up the film. An even more effective literary reference is the comparison of Dickens’ and Ternan’s relationship to the strangely uplifting yet ambiguous ending of Great Expectations, in which Pip “saw no shadow of another parting from” Estella. The Invisible Woman tries to capture the magic of that 1860 masterpiece, but it just can’t, perhaps because it’s written not by the master himself but by a writer known for the only slightly above-average screenplays for Shame and The Iron Lady. Fiennes is a competent director, and though this film is not as powerful as his first foray into directing, Coriolanus, it will intrigue not just Dickens fans but also most period-piece enthusiasts. It might even touch you with its dreamlike style — except that this is someone else’s dream, and we never feel fully part of it, which ironically means that Ternan, who stayed largely invisible for 150 years until the publication of Tomalin’s book, is destined to remain so. Cameron Meier email@example.com
A&E // INTERVIEW
And That’s the Truth!
American comedic doyenne celebrates love, comedy and classic characters at Florida Theatre LILY TOMLIN 8 p.m. Feb. 6, Florida Theatre, Downtown, $41.50-$68.50, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com
ew women have had a more sustained impact on American comedy than Lily Tomlin. From the late ’60s and into the early ’70s, she created timeless, genderredefining characters for the NBC sketch comedy show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Ernestine the Telephone Operator snorted at her customers’ stupidity. Five-year-old Edith Ann analyzed the big issues of the day. The sour, overly serious Consumer Advocate Lady represented the rigidity of corporate life. The Tasteful Lady and Mrs. Judith Beasley stood in for uptight middle-class America. Tommy Velour was played in male drag; Pervis Hawkins pounced on racial stereotypes. But Tomlin’s acerbic sense of humor, coterie of voices and over-eager facial expressions shielded a sympathetic, often activist side. She destigmatized quadriplegics, played the mother of deaf children in Robert Altman’s cult film Nashville, blasted workplace inequalities with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in Nine to Five, skewered consumerism in the sci-fi comedy The Incredible Shrinking Woman and sent up philosophy in I Heart Huckabees. She has animatized herself for the sake of laughs. Along the way, Tomlin has won Emmys, Grammys and Tonys — nearly hitting for the cycle (or as industry watchers call it, an EGOT) — by receiving a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Nashville. The 74-year-old’s biggest moment, though, was on New Year’s Eve 2013, when she and Jane Wagner, her personal and professional partner of 42 years, wed in California. Folio Weekly chatted with Tomlin about the joys of marriage, her autobiographical self and dragging Isettas around Detroit. Folio Weekly: What can Jacksonville expect from your upcoming performance, Lily? Lily Tomlin: Well, it’s much more informal than a theater piece: more interaction with the audience, a Q&A at the end. The show is fi lled mostly with my characters, and of course I’ll try to talk about Jacksonville — Jane’s cousin [and longtime Florida Times-Union political cartoonist] Eddie Gamble lives there — along with whatever’s going on in the world that’s funny, interesting or amazing. I like it when the audience doesn’t know where I’m going to go next. That’s the relationship I’ve been creating with them for a long time.
F.W.: How much of your autobiographical self is invested in your characters? L.T.: I do some autobiographical stuff, but only because I think it’s universally relatable or part of common humanity. I update the characters to be topical, too. For instance, [Ernestine] the phone operator is currently working for a health insurance firm denying health care to everyone. She’s had a lot of different jobs since the divestiture of AT&T; she’s not going to stick around someplace where she doesn’t have power.
F.W.: How do you think the dynamics of power, especially in relation to gender issues, have changed since you first started doing comedy in the 1960s? L.T.: I never felt that stereotypical points of view were valid or legitimate, but it wasn’t like I had to propagandize. I spoke from my own sensibility. I used to talk about quadriplegics and do Crystal the Terrible Tumbleweed in the mid-’70s because I was aware of disability rights. But it was just my sense of the world — the funny and wonderful aspects of other people’s humanity — at the time. I should bring Crystal back. F.W.: You recently married your longtime partner, Jane Wagner. Will the issue of samesex marriage arise in upcoming performances? L.T.: Most likely I will reference same-sex marriage, but I don’t know whether I’ll talk about my own particular situation. I actually haven’t done a show since I got married to Jane. Jacksonville will only be the second one. F.W.: How satisfying was it to legally marry someone you’ve been with for 42 years? L.T.: Wonderful. We certainly didn’t expect it in our lifetimes. But so much has changed in the last 10 years. I think we married partly to make that statement because we have such a profi le. We have gay friends and relatives who suffer much more, living in states and towns where that right is not available. So it meant a lot to do it for other people, too. And when we first got together in 1971, we just clicked. I was mad for her immediately. She’s so full and rich in her mind and in her art. We’ve pretty much been together ever since. F.W.: Were you surrounded by comedy as a child? Or was it something you discovered
after you grew up and left home? L.T.: My parents moved from the South to Detroit, and there’s something about white bread, mainstream Southerners that produces a lot of characters — just like Jewish, Italian or African-American subcultures. My mother was very witty, and she could be sarcastic, but she never ridiculed anybody. That influenced me. I spent summers on a farm in Kentucky with my grandmother and aunt, and then the rest of the year I lived in Detroit in an old apartment house with every kind of person in the world: educated older people, poor whites, poor blacks, blue-collar workers. That made me more sympathetic toward all of them. F.W.: Any untapped stories from that meltingpot culture you’re still dying to tell? L.T.: Actually, I was just in Palm Springs with my brother for a few days, and we were talking about how our family finally bought a car, a used Opel, when I was 16 and he was 13. We used to drink Geritol because we wanted to stay up all night — we thought if it made old people healthier and stronger, it would make us like Amazon and Hercules. So one night, we were driving home from a party around 1 a.m. and we realize there’s a car following us with its lights out. We could not shake this car, and my brother was getting hysterical, so we pull up to the house, both shaking, run to the door, and I can’t get my key in. We look over in fright and terror — and we’d hooked a parked Isetta and dragged it all the way from the east side of Detroit to the west side. I’ve always wanted to make a short fi lm about that. Of course, in this day and age, most people don’t even know what an Isetta is — if they see it, the joke might work. Nick McGregor firstname.lastname@example.org JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 4, 2014 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 17
A&E // MUSIC
Photo: Anna Funk
Calm, Then Storm
Jamison Williams wrangles order from chaos – and vice-versa PRE-INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONFERENCE 8 p.m. Feb. 1, Shantytown Pub, Downtown, 798-8222
EAUF PRESENTS TIM DAISY & MIKOŁAJ TRZASKA 9 p.m. Feb. 17, Karpeles Manuscript Library Jacksonville Museum, Downtown, $7, 356-2992, rain.org/~karpeles
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astoral, idyllic, bucolic — these are not words one naturally associates with the Northeast Florida noise scene. But they’re bons mots on this particular Monday morning, as saxophonist Jamison Williams sits in repose at the Funk House, one of several places hosting performances by the Experimental Arts Union of Florida (EAUF), which he launched a year ago. Sipping coffee from an X-Men mug, Williams, in a sweater, slacks and saddle-shoes, looks every bit the dedicated musicologist he is — the dutiful student of sound. As birds chirp and the sun reflects off the garden’s greenery, it is quite literally the calm before the storm — a storm largely of Williams’ own making. He was hooked on noise from his first exposure to free jazz some 15 years ago, and his trajectory from fan to student to performer to promoting this year’s Pre-International Noise Conference, on Feb. 1 at Shantytown, has been linear, like a sniper’s bullet. Williams has been attending International Noise Conference events since 2007, performing since 2009 and helping organize its local incarnation since 2011. Each set’s limited to just 15 minutes; the PINC lineup (tentatively) has more than two dozen acts, all free to do whatever they want. “Noise,” as a self-contained genre within the music industry, often repels the average listener. It’s because, in part, the word noise is itself prejudicial, suggesting chaos and cacophony. However, the music can be far more logical, if not euphonious, than its label implies. Williams says, “It’s very hard, it’s challenging music. It takes a technique, a skill, a desired interest to create that type of sound design. “If the person’s using a pedal, and their interest is [to create] as much sound from that one pedal as possible, they’re going to try to find all the extended techniques they can get from it. They can try to get every element that it wasn’t designed for originally. It’s like, ‘What color has not been created, that this tool can help you to find, to showcase, to explore?’
That’s what I like about it.” Shantytown is one of many venues around the country hosting festivities in the run-up to the International Noise Conference held Feb. 4-8 in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. It started a decade ago as a one-day affair, then expanded to five. A number of the musicians at Shantytown on Feb. 1 will be in Miami the next week — including Williams, whose work has been a festival staple for years. He’s played in every configuration from solo to big band, but his primary INC gigs were in trios with drummer Steve Bristol and guitarist Dan Hosker. Sadly, that group disbanded after Hosker’s death in a hit-and-run two years ago. It’s certainly not a scene for everyone, and that’s the point. “Some people go to Art Basel for the refined elegance of art,” Williams says, laughing as he recounts a litany of lurid tales from conferences past. “Nooo! You go to Little Haiti, man, that’s where you go — where hobos are parking your car, and you can trust these guys. … You don’t want sweet, cutesy niceness!” Many of these artists are also members of EAUF, which Williams conceived to fill a gap in the way improvised music is presented in this part of the nation. Most EAUF events have taken place at the venerable Karpeles, which has some of the most sumptuous acoustics anywhere in the Southeast. (Exposing that fact has been a major coup for the community.) EAUF’s Feb. 17 concert at Karpeles showcases the Chicago-based percussionist Tim Daisy and Polish saxophonist/clarinetist Mikolaj Trzaska; previous events have featured artists such as Jaap Blonk, Jeb Bishop, Chris Corsano, Nate Wooley, Eugene Chadbourne, Jeremiah Cymerman, and Tatsuya Nakatani. It was the Peter Brötzmann/Joe McPhee show last June 4, though, that really put EAUF — and Jacksonville — on the map as a hub for experimental music. As the afternoon begins, the conversation ends. Williams has work to do. Music is a labor of love, and that love does require actual labor, and lots of it. “I sold a 1947 Conn 6M ‘Naked Lady’ alto saxophone — that’s the Holy Grail of my arsenal — for Peter Brötzmann, so he could come here. That’s like selling a 1958 Gibson Les Paul, and that’s what you do.” Shelton Hull email@example.com
A&E // MUSIC CONCERTS THIS WEEK
KEBâ€™MOâ€™ 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, $49.50-$59.50, 209-0367. THE ROYS 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 352-7008. POP MUZIK 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Wild Wing CafĂŠ, 4555 Southside Blvd., Southside, 998-9464. BANDONTHERUN2011 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at Cliffâ€™s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Rd., Intracoastal West, 645-5162. REBECCA LOEBE, ROBBY HECHT 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 352-7008. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, THE TRAVELINâ€™ McCOURYS 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $25, 246-2473. SOME KIND OF NIGHTMARE 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. NIPSEY HUSSLE, K MARIE 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at Brewsterâ€™s, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $20/$80 VIP, 223-9850. JAKE SHIMABUKURO 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $26.50-$36.50, 355-2787. CHARLIE WALKER 9:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Mellow Mushroom, 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Southside, 997-1955. DAVID WILCOX 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at The Original CafĂŠ Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, $22, 460-9311. THE MANTRAS, BROCK BUTLER, S.P.O.R.E. 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $10. THE DELUSIONAIRES 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Shanghai Nobbyâ€™s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 547-2188. THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS, LONESOME BURT & THE SKINNY LIZARD 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, $26-$34, 209-0367. ROCK â€™Nâ€™ ROLL CHROME, WITH EYES ALIVE, DIRT MESSIAH 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. FEED A LION A FELINE, ON GUARD, MASTER RADICAL, COUGAR BARREL 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $8, 246-2473. HOT DAMN, NICK FRESH 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $10, 353-6067. ARBOR PARK, SUMERLIN, I ANTHEM, OCTOBER GLORY, LAUREN SLYMAN 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, $8-$10, 388-7807. HOT HANDS, INFINITE RADIO, THE SHADOW PEOPLE 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. MERLE HAGGARD 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $36.50-$56.50, 355-2787. VIO/MIREâ€™ 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. SIDEREAL, UNIVERSAL GREEN, PRIME TREES, REGGIE
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MOUNTAIN MEN: Neo-bluegrass outfit Yonder Mountain String Band tours in support of YMSB EP â€™13, hitting Jacksonville Beachâ€™s Freebird Live on Jan. 30. WILLIAMS 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $10, 246-2473. THE BUNNY THE BEAR, THE STRANGE 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $10, 398-7496. MAMA BLUE, GROOVE COALITION, NEW YORK CITY QUEENS 9 p.m. Feb. 1, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $5, 353-6067. THE NEKROMANTIX, TWISTED IN GRAVES 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $15, 398-7496. SEVENDUST, BUTCHER BABIES, ALL IN, RED ECHO, WORLD GONE 3 p.m. Feb. 2 at Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $18/$80 VIP, 223-9850. LIOTTA 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Shantytown Pub, 22 W. Sixth St., Downtown, 798-8222. TURQUOISE JEEP, YIP DECEIVER 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $15, 398-7496. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE 8 p.m. Feb. 3, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $37.50-$47.50, 355-2787. THE SLACKERS, THE DUPPIES 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $12, 398-7496. DORY DRIVE, LAWLESS HEARTS 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $10, 223-9850. ST. PAUL & the BROKEN BONES, GRACE & TONY 8 p.m. Feb. 5, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $10, 398-7496. PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Florida Theatre,
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128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $36.50-$41.50, 355-2787. 10 YEARS, ALLELE 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $12/$40 VIP, 223-9850.
TIM GRIMM Feb. 6, Mudville Music Room J BOOG, LOS RAKAS Feb. 6, Jack Rabbits GERI X Feb. 6, The Original CafĂŠ Eleven OF MICE AND MEN, BRING ME THE HORIZON Feb. 6, Brewsterâ€™s THE LUMINARIES, UNTITLED, SCOTT T Feb. 6, 1904 Music Hall CRAIG MORGAN Feb. 7, Mavericks at the Landing DEAD MEADOW Feb. 7, Jack Rabbits RICHIE RAMONE (The Ramones) Feb. 7, Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex STATUS FAUX, SPP, SOUTHERN ALABAMA PIE COOKOFF, GROSS EVOLUTION Feb. 7, 1904 Music Hall LOBO MARINO, ANTIQUE ANIMALS, FJORD EXPLORER, FOUR FAMILIES Feb. 7, Burro Bar JOSH HOWELL & FRIENDS Feb. 7, Murray Hill Theatre LARRY MANGUM, BARRY DRAKE, MICKEY CLARK Feb. 8, Mudville Music Room EMMA MOSELEY BAND, HENHOUSE PROWLERS, CANARY IN THE COALMINE, THE HOMETOWN w Feb. 8, Jack Rabbits MASTER RADICAL, WAVE FUNCTIONS Feb. 8, 1904 Music Hall
UNIVERSAL GREEN PRIME TREES/REGGIE WILLIAMS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7
JUKE/RACHAEL McGOYE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15
START MAKING SENSE (TALKING HEADS TRIBUTE) MICHAEL CRONIN BAND WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19
STICK FIGURE/SEEDLESS THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20
MENâ€™S NIGHT OUT Beer Pong 9pm Free Pool DJ BG ALL U CAN EAT CRABLEGS Texas Hold â€™Em STARTS AT 7 P.M. HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT KIDS EAT FREE FROM 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. BUY 10 WINGS GET 10 WINGS FREE 1/2 PRICED APPETIZERS (BAR ONLY) 5 P.M.-CLOSE
DESERT DWELLERS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21
BEEBS & HER MONEYMAKERS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22
TOMMY HARRISON GROUP SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23
TOUBAB KREWE SQUEEDLEPUSS THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27
OPEN MIC NITE 9PM 1/2 PRICED DRINKS 10 P.M-12. A.M.
CREATE THE MONSTER 9:30pm 1/2 PRICE APPS-FRI (BAR ONLY) 4-7PM DECK MUSIC 5 P.M.-9 P.M.
CREATE THE MONSTER 9:30pm DECK MUSIC 5 P.M.-9 P.M.
LIVE MUSIC 4:30-8:30pm
G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE SOSOS
SATURDAY MARCH 1
PhDradio.comâ€™s 2 Year Birthday
FULL DEVIL JACKET NEW DAY & MORE SUNDAY MARCH 2
CAKED UP/SIR CHARLES UPCOMING
3-13: Tribal Seeds/New Kingston 3-16: We The Kings
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The Wolves of San Marco
ardwolf, the newest craft brewery in the area, unites food trucks and beer lovers at the hot spot for some choice NEFla quaffs. Aardwolf cooks up its own brews and has all your local faves on tap as well. Located at 1461 Hendricks Avenue in San Marco, the structure was an ice house, then a tile shop and then a factory. We're glad it's now a brewery, a community landmark sure to be concocting awesome libations for a long time.
Text and Photos: Abigail Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Preben Olsen and Leah Young 2. Jay Yochem, Ted Thrasher and Lan Turner 3. Kelly Dyess 4. Revelers at the Aardwolf bar 5. A selection of the brews offered at Aardwolf
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DUVALFEST: Flawda Water, Jerico, Stinkarelli, Dez Nado, Mr. Low Feb. 8, Brewster’s Megaplex SEBADOH Feb. 9, Jack Rabbits ABANDON ALL SHIPS, THE BROWNING, MY TICKET HOME, I AM KING Feb. 11, Jack Rabbits BLAST & THE DETERGENTS Feb. 11, Shantytown Pub HUNTRONIK Feb. 11, Underbelly BUDDY GUY & JONNY LANG Feb. 12, The Florida Theatre BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS Feb. 12, Jack Rabbits BOOG Feb. 12, Burro Bar DARLENE LOVE Feb. 13, The Florida Theatre SHOVELS & ROPE, SHAKEY GRAVES Feb. 13, Jack Rabbits NOBUNNY Feb. 13, Shanghai Nobby’s ANTIQUE ANIMALS Feb. 13, Mellow Mushroom Jax Beach LA FIN ABSOLUTE DU MONDE Feb. 13, Burro Bar KENNY LOGGINS Feb. 14, The Florida Theatre SHEBA “THE MISSISSIPPI QUEEN,” LITTLE MIKE & THE TORNADOES Feb. 14, Mudville Music Room BIG SKY, SEVEN NATIONS, FLAGSHIP ROMANCE Feb. 14, Jack Rabbits GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE, SNAKE BLOOD REMEDY, THE HOMESTEADERS, PILOTWAVE Feb. 14, 1904 Music Hall AURA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL: Lotus, Papadosio, Conspirator, Zoogma, The Werks, The Revivalists, Particle, The Heavy Pets, Future Rock, Marco Benevento, Mike Dillon Band, Kung Fu, Dopapod, Cope, Earphunk, Juno What?!, Twiddle, Jimkata, Stokeswood, The Resolvers, Lucky Costello, Catfish Alliance, Lather Up!, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Fat Mannequin, Spontaneous Underground, Polyester Pimpstrap Feb. 14-16, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park THE IRISH ROVERS Feb. 15, The Florida Theatre START MAKING SENSE: Talking Heads Tribute Feb. 15, Freebird Live ENGLAND IN 1819, FOUR FAMILIES, SHONI Feb. 15, Burro Bar WHETHERMAN Feb. 15, Mudville Music Room GRINGO STAR, GOOD GRAEFF Feb. 15, Underbelly OSCAR MIKE, DIG DOG Feb. 15, 1904 Music Hall LAKE DISNEY Feb. 15, Jack Rabbits KALIYL, LASTWATCH Feb. 15, Murray Hill Theatre MITCH KUHMAN BAND Feb. 15, World of Beer JUCIFER Feb. 16, Jack Rabbits MASON JENNINGS Feb. 16, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall TIM DAISY, MIKOAJ TRZASKA Feb. 17, Karpeles Museum THAT 1 GUY Feb. 17, Jack Rabbits THE BEACH BOYS Feb. 17, The Florida Theatre SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS Feb. 19, Jack Rabbits THE EXPENDABLES, STICK FIGURE, SEEDLESS Feb. 19, Freebird Live YOUNG THE GIANT Feb. 19, Mavericks at the Landing THE MOBROS, PARKER URBAN BAND Feb. 19, Underbelly UV HIPPOS, LUMAGROVE Feb. 19, 1904 Music Hall THE TEMPTATIONS, THE FOUR TOPS Feb. 20, Florida Theatre SHPONGLE, DESERT DWELLERS Feb. 20, Freebird Live MELLOWDIME Feb. 20, Jack Rabbits TRACY GRAMMER, ANNIE & ROD CAPPS Feb. 20, Mudville Music Room NEW MADRID Feb. 20, Underbelly TOMMY EMMANUEL, MARTIN TAYLOR Feb. 20-21, P.V. Concert Hall STEPHEN KELLOGG Feb. 21, Mudville Music Room EL DUB Feb. 21, Dog Star Tavern JOHN BROWN’S BODY Feb. 21, Jack Rabbits STONE BONE, PIPESTONE, RULE # 6 Feb. 21, Brewster’s KILO-KAHN, DENIED TIL DEATH, APPALACHIAN DEATH TRAP, INNUENDO Feb. 21, 1904 Music Hall LEAH SYKES Feb. 21, Murray Hill Theatre DELBERT McCLINTON Feb. 22, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall IN WHISPERS, THE EMBRACED Feb. 22, Jack Rabbits BRYCE ALASTAIR BAND, 100 WATT VIPERS, SUNSPOTS Feb. 22, 1904 Music Hall DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Feb. 23, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall TOUBAB KREWE Feb. 23, Freebird Live DIRE, NOTHING TO OFFER Feb. 23, Jack Rabbits DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAM Feb. 23, The Florida Theatre GET RIGHT BAND Feb. 23, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub FOR TODAY, STRAY FROM THE PATH, THE PLOT IN YOU, LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES, FIT FOR A KING Feb. 23, Brewster’s JENNIFER NETTLES Feb. 25, The Florida Theatre GHOST FOOT Feb. 25, Burro Bar FILMSTRIP Feb. 26, Burro Bar EVERY MINUTE CAN KILL Feb. 25, Jack Rabbits THE EAGLES Feb. 26, Veterans Memorial Arena NORMA JEAN Feb. 26, Brewster’s Megaplex ASKMEIFICARE, SAMURAI SHOTGUN, WHISKEY FACE, DEAF TO THE INDUSTRY, MOSBY CLIQUE Feb. 26, Jack Rabbits UNKNOWN HINSON, GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE Feb. 27, Jack Rabbits G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE Feb. 27, Freebird Live SAM PACETTI, WALTER PARKS Feb. 27, Mudville Music Room MATT OWEN & THE ELECTRIC TUBA Feb. 28, Jack Rabbits SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & ASBURY JUKES Feb. 28, Florida Theatre LOVE AND THEFT Feb. 28, Mavericks at the Landing ART GARFUNKEL Feb. 28, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall UNDERHILL ROSE Feb. 28, Mudville Music Room GET RIGHT BAND Feb. 28-March 1, White Lion SET APART, ME & the TRINITY Feb. 28, Murray Hill Theatre GREAT GUITAR GATHERING March 1, The Florida Theatre FULL DEVIL JACKET, NEW DAY March 1, Freebird Live BENJAMIN BOOKER March 1, Jack Rabbits THE UNDERHILL FAMILY ORCHESTRA March 1, Burro Bar IRON AND WINE March 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall HERD OF WATTS, TRAE PIERCE & T-STONE BAND, LYDA BROTHERS BAND March 1, 1904 Music Hall JULIO IGLESIAS March 2, T-U Center’s Moran Theater
A&E // MUSIC BIG GIGANTIC, CAKED UP, SIR CHARLES March 2, Freebird Live TWO COW GARAGE March 4, Jack Rabbits THE DYLAN TAYLOR BAND March 4, Underbelly HOPSIN, DJ HOPPA, FUNK VOLUME March 5, Freebird Live FRANKIE VALLI & the FOUR SEASONS March 5, T-U Center HE IS LEGEND, ON GUARD March 5, 1904 Music Hall THE KENNEDYS March 6, Mudville Music Room CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS March 6, P.V. Concert Hall DROPKICK MURPHYS, LUCERO, SKINNY LISTER March 6, Mavericks at the Landing DARSOMBRA, NATIONAL DIARY March 6, Burro Bar GENERAL TSOâ€™S FURY, ASKULTURA March 6, Jack Rabbits STEVE MILLER BAND March 8, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THE REPUBLIK March 8, Underbelly WARRIOR KING & the ONE SOUND BAND, JAH ELECT & the I QUALITY BAND, KANA KIEHM March 8, Freebird Live LEVERAGE MODELS March 8, Burro Bar ALESANA, GET SCARED, HEARTS & HANDS, FAREWELL MY LOVE, MEGOSH March 9, Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex SCOTTY McCREERY March 9, The Florida Theatre LES RACQUET, THE ACCOMPLICES, WORTH ROAD March 12, Jack Rabbits TRIBAL SEEDS, STICK FIGURE March 13, Freebird Live PIERCE PETTIS March 13, The Original CafĂŠ Eleven HARPETH RISING, HONEY BOY March 14, Mudville Music MICHAEL BOLTON March 14, The Florida Theatre TOOTS LORRAINE & the TRAFFIC March 15, Mudville Music WE THE KINGS, THIS CENTURY, CRASH THE PARTY March 16, Freebird Live LA DISPUTE March 16, Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex REDRICK SULTAN March 17, Burro Bar GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS March 19, The Florida Theatre WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER, LIONS LIONS, HONOUR CREST March 19, Jack Rabbits HIROYA TSUKAMOTO, SAM PACETTI, MICHAEL JORDAN March 20, Mudville Music Room SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST: The Avett Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush Band, Southern Soul Assembly, Jason Isbell, Travelinâ€™ McCoury Jam, Donna the Buffalo, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Lauderdale, Greensky Bluegrass, Willie Sugarcaps, The Duhks, Aoife Oâ€™Donovan, Floodwood, Ralph Roddenbery, GCM, Whetherman, Canary in the Coalmine, Royal Tinfoil, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Love Canon, Grant Peeples, The Stacks, Sloppy Joe, Uproot Hootenanny, Big Cosmo, Habanera Honeys, Tammerlin, The New 76ers, JacksonVegas, Quartermoon, Rosco Bandana, SOSOS, Whiskey Gentry, Bibb City Ramblers, 2-Foot Level, Henhouse Prowlers, Gypsy Wind, Nook & Cranny, Beartoe
March 20-23, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park MOULLINEX, MARBEYA SOUND March 21, Underbelly MIDDLE CLASS RUT, BRICK & MORTAR, DINOSAUR PILEUP March 21, Jack Rabbits PINK MARTINI March 21, The Florida Theatre LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO March 22, The Florida Theatre BATTLEFIELD BAND March 22, Mudville Music Room WE ARE THE IN CROWD, WILLIAM BECKETT, SET IT OFF, STATE CHAMPS, CANDY HEARTS March 22, Jack Rabbits THE MOODY BLUES March 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre MARY OCHER March 22, Burro Bar MARC COHN DUO March 23, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE GHOST INSIDE, I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN, DANGERKIDS March 23, Murray Hill Theatre THE TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS March 24, Jack Rabbits DOC HANDY March 25, Mudville Music Room DAVE HAUSE, NORTHCOTE March 26, Jack Rabbits GET THE LED OUT March 27, The Florida Theatre JOHN FLYNN March 27, Mudville Music Room DIRTY BOURBON RIVER SHOW March 27, Underbelly THE BRONX WANDERERS March 28, Thrasher-Horne Center FORTUNATE YOUTH March 28, Freebird Live STILL ON THE HILL March 29, Mudville Music Room Spring Music & Craft Beer Fest March 29, Fernandina Beach CULTURA PROFETICA March 29, Freebird Live 2 CHAINZ March 29, Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex THE FUNERAL AND THE TWILIGHT, BURNT HAIR, PROSTRATE, VASES March 31, Burro Bar STEVE HACKETT April 2, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall MOBB DEEP April 2, Underbelly JESSE COOK April 3, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PAUL ANKA April 3, T-U Centerâ€™s Moran Theater THE ORIGINAL WAILERS April 5, The Standard AMOS LEE April 7, The Florida Theatre WANEE MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Govâ€™t Mule, Jaimoeâ€™s Jasssz Band, Umphreyâ€™s McGee, Ziggy Marley, Blues Traveler, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hot Tuna Electric, moe., Rusted Root, Ivan Nevilleâ€™s Dumpstaphunk, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Melvin Seals & JGB, Matt Schofield, Break Science, Sean Chambers, Yeti Trio April 10-12, Suwannee Music Park THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA April 11, P.V. Concert Hall WHITE FANG, DENNEY & the JETS, The MOLD April 12, Burro Bar THE ZOMBIES April 13, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall LOCAL NATIVES April 17, Freebird Live MERCYGIRL, WHOSOEVER SOUTH April 19, Murray Hill Theatre BLESSTHEFALL, SILVERSTEIN, THE AMITY AFFLICTION, SECRETS, HEARTIST April 19, Freebird Live
DARIUS RUCKER, ELI YOUNG BAND, COREY SMITH April 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SLAID CLEAVES April 19, Mudville Music Room WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE: Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Motorhead, The Cult, Hellyeah, Memphis May Fire, Monster Truck, Chevelle, Evergreen Terrace April 26-27, Metropolitan Park SANTANA April 27, St. Augustine Amphitheatre ROB THOMAS April 29, The Florida Theatre SUWANNEE RIVER JAM: Brantley Gilbert, Montgomery Gentry, The Mavericks, Chris Cagle, Justin Moore, Charlie Daniels Band, Colt Ford, The Lacs, JJ Lawhorn April 30-May 3, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park BRIT FLOYD May 4, The Florida Theatre COMBICHRIST May 8, Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex THE FAB FOUR May 9, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PURPLE HATTERâ€™S BALL: Beats Antique, Emancipator Ensemble, The New Mastersounds, The Heavy Pets, The Nth Power, DubConscious, Space Capone, Rising Appalachia, Greenhouse Lounge May 9-11, Suwannee Music Park BEGGARâ€™S RIDE, MARK MADEVILLE, RAIANNE RICHARDS May 10, Mudville Music Room YOU KNEW ME WHEN May 13, Underbelly CHER May 14, Veterans Memorial Arena GLADYS KNIGHT May 16, T-U Center THE 1975 May 19, Freebird Live JACK JOHNSON, ALO May 20, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SONGWRITERâ€™S CIRCLE ANNIVERSARY: Larry Mangum, Mike Shackelford, Jamie DeFrates June 7, Mudville Music FLORIDA COUNTRY SUPERFEST: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Big & Rich, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford, Joe Nichols June 14-15, EverBank Field DAVE MATTHEWS BAND July 15, Veterans Memorial Arena FALL OUT BOY, NEW POLITICS July 27, St. Aug. Amphitheatre
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DAVIDâ€™S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, 802 Ash St., 310-6049 John Springer every Tue.-Wed. Aaron Bing every Fri.-Sat. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Working Class Stiff with real vinyl 9:30 p.m. every Tue. THE PALACE SALOON, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Wes Cobb 9 p.m. Jan. 29. Lance Neely 9 p.m. Jan. 30. Schnockered 9:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Josh McGowan Feb. 3. Buck Smith every Tue. THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 491-8999 DJ Roc 6 p.m. every Wed. Richard Smith 6 p.m. every Fri. Honey Badgers Sat.
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BREWSTER’S MEGAPLEX/PIT/ROC BAR/THE EDGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 223-9850 Nipsey Hussle, K Marie 9 p.m. Jan. 30. Sevendust, Butcher Babies, All In, Red Echo, World Gone 3 p.m. Feb. 2. Dory Drive, Lawless Hearts 8 p.m. Feb. 4 MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music 9 p.m. every Fri.-Sat.
BLUE FISH, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Paul Haftel every other Fri. for Elevated Avondale CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. Live jazz every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith every Tue. DJ Free every Fri. DJ SuZi-Rok every Mon.
COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Jenn Martinello Tue. DJ Allen Thur. DJ Mark Mallory Fri. MY PLACE BAR & GRILL, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Bill & Bob 9:30 p.m. Jan. 29
(All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted)
200 FIRST STREET, Courtyard, Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Spiral Bound 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Unique Sound Band Feb. 1 CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Side Track 8 p.m. Jan. 31. DJ Vito every Thur. Irish music every Sun. FLYING IGUANA, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 853-5680 The Gootch 10 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Darren Corlew 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Red Beard & Stinky E 10 p.m. every Thur. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Wes Cobb every Thur. Charlie Walker every Mon. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travelin’ McCourys 7 p.m. Jan. 30. Feed a Lion a Feline, On Guard, Master Radical, Cougar Barrel 8 p.m. Jan. 31. Sidereal, Universal Green, Prime Trees, Reggie Williams 8 p.m. Feb. 1. LANDSHARK CAFE, 1728 Third St. N., 246-6024 Open mic every Wed. Matt Still every Thur. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Uncommon Legends Wed. Ryan Campbell Thur. Be Easy Mon. Split Tone Tue. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., 246-1500 Mark O’Quinn Jan. 29 & Feb. 1. Squeedlepuss 10 p.m. Jan. 30 MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon every Tue. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson every Thur. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Anna Popvic 10 p.m. Feb. 15 NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Live music Jan. 29-Feb. 5
NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Maryann Hawkins Jan. 30. Billy Bowers Jan. 31 PIER CANTINA, 412 N. First St., 246-6454 Ryan Campbell & Charlie Walker every Fri. Split Tone every Sun. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Al Arena 7 p.m. Jan. 29. Mark Williams Jan. 30. Retro Katz Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Billy Bowers 7 p.m. Feb. 5 THE SHIM SHAM ROOM, 333 First St. N., 372-0781 Live acoustic 10 p.m. every Mon.
1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St. N. The Mantras, Brock Butler, S.P.O.R.E. 8 p.m. Jan. 31. ATTICUS BAR, 325 W. Forsyth St., 634-8813 Porter, Black Mask 8 p.m. Feb. 5 BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 677-2977 Some Kind of Nightmare, Gross Evolution 8 p.m. Jan. 30. Hot Hands, Infinite Radio, Shadow People 8 p.m. Jan. 31. Vio/Mire’ 8 p.m. Feb. 1 DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth St., 354-0666 DJ NickFresh 9 p.m. every Sat. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jax Landing, Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Brett Foster Feb. 1 JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Sho Nuf 6 p.m. Jan. 29. Live music every Fri.-Sat. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Roy Luis 9 p.m. Wed. DJ Vinn Thur. DJ 007 Fri. Bay Street 9 p.m. Sat. MAVERICKS, Jax Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Joe Buck, Big Tasty spin every Thur.-Sat. SHANTYTOWN PUB, 22 W. Sixth St., 798-8222 Liotta, R-Dent, All Gone Gray 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Hot Damn, Nick Fresh 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Mama Blue, The Groove Coalition, New York City Queens 9 p.m. Feb. 1
MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Megan Dimond 10 p.m. Jan. 31. Wes Cobb Feb. 1 WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Ace Winn 5 p.m. Jan. 31. Create the Monster 9:30 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Deck music 5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4:30 p.m. Sun. DJ BG every Mon.
CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Bandontherun2011 8 p.m. Jan. 29. X Hale Jan. 31-Feb. 1 JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., 220-6766 Live music every Fri.-Sat. SALSA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 13500 Beach Blvd., 992-8402 Live guitar music 6-9 p.m. every Tue. & Sat.
HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd.,
880-3040 Open mic: Synergy 8 p.m. every Wed. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff 9 p.m. every Fri. RACK ’EM UP, 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., 262-4030 DJ Randall Sun. & Wed.
ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG
THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PREVATT’S SPORTS BAR, 2620 Blanding Blvd., 282-1564 DJ Tammy 9 p.m. every Wed. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Chilly Rhino 9 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Live music 9 p.m. every Thur.-Sat.
DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., 386-325-5454 Lee Kelly 7 p.m. Jan. 29. Bubba Can’t Dance 5 p.m. Feb. 2
PONTE VEDRA, PALM VALLEY
PUSSER’S GRILLE, 816 A1A N., 280-7766 Live music every Fri.-Sat. SoundStage Sun. TABLE 1, 330 A1A N., Ste. 208, 280-5515 Darren Corlew 6 p.m. Jan. 29. Gary Starling Jazz Band Jan. 30. Brady Jan. 31
KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor 8:30 p.m. every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., 388-7807 Arbor Park, Sumerlin, I Anthem, October Glory, Lauren Slyman 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Road Less Traveled Feb. 1
CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311 David Wilcox 8 p.m. Jan. 31 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, 157 King St., 826-1594 Ralph E. & the Jammers Jan. 31. Pili Pili Feb. 1. Vinny Jacobs p.m. Feb. 2 DOS COFFEE, 300 San Marco Ave., 342-2421 Taylor Roberts & Co. every Fri. The Residents spin every Sat. SHANGHAI NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., 547-2188 The Delusionaires 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 THE STANDARD, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 274-2090 Dave Matthews Tribute Band 9 p.m. Jan. 31 TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Lisa & the Mad Hatters Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Matanzas Sun.-Thur. Elizabeth Roth Sat.
ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER
BLACKFINN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music 5 p.m. every Wed., 9 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 Live music Fri.-Sat.
SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK
JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Rock ’N’ Roll Chrome, With Eyes Alive, Dirt Messiah 8 p.m. Jan. 31. The Bunny The Bear, The Strange, Jose Garzon 8 p.m. Feb. 1. The Nekromantix, Twisted in Graves 8 p.m. Feb. 2. Turquoise Jeep, Yip Deceiver 8 p.m. Feb. 3. The Slackers, The Duppies 8 p.m. Feb. 4 MUDVILLE MUSIC ROOM, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., 352-7008 The Roys 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Rebecca Loebe, Robby Hecht Jan. 30
LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 VJ Didactic 9 p.m. Jan. 30. One Wild Nite 9 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 SEVEN BRIDGES, 9735 Gate Parkway N., 997-1999 Live music Fri.-Sat. TAVERNA YAMAS, 9753 Deer Lake Ct., 854-0426 DJ 8 p.m. every Fri.-Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Kurt Lanham 5 p.m., Shotgun Redd 8 p.m. Jan. 31. Pop Muzik & Chilly Rhino rotate; 7 p.m. every Wed.
DAMES POINT MARINA, 4542 Irving Rd., 751-3043 Live music Fri.-Sat. HIGHWAY 17 ROADHOUSE TAVERN, 850532 U.S. 17, Yulee, 225-9211 Live music Fri.-Sat. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Open mic Jan. 30.
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A&E // MUSIC
DON’T INTERRUPT ME: Stoner-rock royalty Queens of the Stone Age are touring in support of the epic … Like Clockwork, which marks Josh Homme’s reunion with longtime friend Nick Oliveri. Photo: Nasty Little Man
Heavy for the Boys, Sweet for the Girls Josh Homme’s Queens of the Stone Age lead by thunderous, sovereign example
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE 8 p.m. Feb. 3, Florida Theatre, Downtown $37.50-$47.50, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com
here’s no denying the impact that Queens of the Stone Age — a band best known for revolutionizing the stoner-rock genre, skewering nearly every corner of the modern music industry and populating entire songs with laundry lists of illegal substances — have had on the rock ’n’ roll ecosystem over the course of its 18-year career. QOTSA emerged in 1996 from the ashes of cultish desert rock band Kyuss, which California native Josh Homme had started when he was a teenager. While stoners the world over latched onto Kyuss’ panoramic crunch, Homme was quick to take QOTSA in different directions: brutish, metal-leaning riffs mixed with irreverent cosmic boogie, dystopian space rock and macho muscle that occasionally gives way, via falsetto crooning and multitracked harmonies, to a rarely explored feminine side. As Homme said in 2000, “Rock should be heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough for the girls. That way everyone’s happy and it’s more of a party.” On QOTSA’s 1998’s self-titled debut, Homme worked out his post-Kyuss demons, but it was 2001’s Rated R that really established QOTSA as its own independent entity. Longtime friend Nick Oliveri provided a hell-raising, hardpartying contrast to Homme’s strait-laced vibe, which was immediately evident on album opener “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” — the only lyrics are “nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol,” spiked with a “c-c-c-c-c-cocaine” chorus repeated over and over with bludgeoning regularity. That controversial two-minutes-plus attention-grabber overshadowed the impressively deep cuts and sustained sonic experimentation of Rated R and its follow-up, Songs for the Deaf, both of which sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Those albums and subsequent tours also featured a stacked guest appearance list, including Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters impresario Dave Grohl. Homme’s public firing of Oliveri in 2004, however, squandered much of the band’s momentum. Homme blamed Oliveri’s uncontrollable substance abuse; Oliveri accused Homme of megalomania. Either way, QOTSA’s
public persona suffered, as Homme cycled through band members while the contemporary music world raced to embrace all things EDM. Homme took time off to focus on his rock band Eagles of Death Metal before returning to QOTSA in 2006 with Lullabies to Paralyze, a solid album that was unfortunately plagued by questions about Oliveri’s absence. Many fans consider 2007’s Era Vulgaris QOTSA’s creative low point, a nadir which perhaps drove Homme to shelve the project for a few more years in favor of the rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, with Grohl and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. Then, in 2010, Homme nearly climbed the proverbial stairway to heaven himself. Suffering from asphyxiation after routine knee surgery, his heart stopped for several seconds, and doctors had to use a defibrillator to revive him. Homme was laid up for months afterward, and in several soul-searching recent interviews, the newly mature musician, with a wife and kids at home, said he considered scrapping his music career entirely. Ultimately, however, the near-death experience only strengthened QOTSA’s resolve. The result is the epic, emotionally dense 2013 album … Like Clockwork. At times more subdued than past work, and more violently careening at other times, Clockwork is the first QOTSA record not released on a major label in 13 years, the first to feature a reunion with Oliver — and the first to hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Listen to “I Appear Missing” just once. You’ll get it. That natural evolution — resilience buoyed by mainstream success and forged in the face of challenges both personal and professional — is the reason QOTSA has moved effortlessly from the California hinterlands to the hallowed stage of The Florida Theatre. “For 20 years, all I’ve been chasing is the feeling I used to get playing generator parties with Kyuss in the desert,” Homme told Spin last October. “That’s where I learned the right way to play — not for money and not to get famous. … I just want to make music and make art and make videos. Just don’t interrupt me. Don’t censor me. Don’t stop me. Let me be.” Nick McGregor email@example.com
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A&E // ARTS
FREEFALLING: God’s Orchestra is an oil-on-canvas board by Flagler College graduate Brianna Angelakis. The painter’s first solo exhibition is scheduled for San Francisco’s Modern Eden Gallery this May.
Fairy Tales Come True
Three years out from a job at Chick-fil-A, Flagler alum Brianna Angelakis is taking her paintings all over the world
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uccess is in bloom at the intersection of talent and hard work for budding Ormond Beach painter Brianna Angelakis. The 23-year-old Flagler College graduate will exhibit works internationally this year, less than three years after completing her first student oil painting. Despite fostering a love of drawing since early childhood, Angelakis wasn’t sold on the idea of pursuing a career in art until she discovered oil painting in late 2011 as a junioryear English major. “It would have been my first choice, but you know, people say your whole life, ‘You’ll always be a starving artist,’ ” she says. “I was really bad at it at first, but I worked my butt off and I ended up just falling in love with oil paints. There’s nothing like oil painting. The brush to canvas, mixing the paint — everything. I just love it.” Angelakis burned the midnight oil over oil paints and canvases in Flagler’s art studio while working a full-time summer job at Chick-fil-A and completing bachelor’s degrees in English and fine arts. She was chosen as the school’s Distinguished Student in both majors. In just over two years, Angelakis has produced a portfolio of oil paintings characterized by the sublime qualities of nature, emotionally complex female subjects and nearly photographic realism. And thanks to her contemporaneous studies in 19thcentury English literature, she needn’t look far for inspiration. Angelakis’ four-piece 2012 collection, Wonders of the Invisible World, captures four separate heroines in mid-skyfall, while subtle patriarchal symbols of lighthouses and tornadoes hover over their demise. She says the series was directly inspired by Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel, The Awakening. “Really, I would not have made any of those paintings if I hadn’t been an English major and studied feminist literature and romantic literature,” she says. “My inspiration comes from that all the time. If I can’t come up with something, I can always go and read Jane Eyre
again, or pick up a book or some John Keats.” The emerging artist’s undeniable talent began to turn curatorial heads within the first year of her newfound love for oil painting. Neurasthenia (2012), an eerily surreal selfportrait paying homage to Angelakis’ respect for 19th-century authors, was chosen for the 2012 Folio Weekly Invitational artists’ exhibit, “Inspire and Engage,” at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Three works were selected for the second annual Highway Gallery exhibit, displayed at Florida Mining Gallery and on digital billboards throughout Jacksonville last fall. “It hadn’t really clicked with me that my art was going to be on billboards, like, ginormous. Finally, when I saw my work on a billboard, I was, like, ‘Oh, snap!’ It was just phenomenal, like, ‘This is really happening!’ ” In addition to inclusion in several Northeast Florida exhibits, Angelakis’ works have been featured in print and online magazines and catalogs and displayed across the country, in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Baton Rouge and beyond. This year, she’s already scheduled exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Germany and several areas of California — including her first solo show in San Francisco’s Modern Eden Gallery this May. “The whole show is inspired by fairy tales, which sounds really cliché, because it is, but I didn’t really care, because I love fairy tales and I’ve always wanted to make fairy-tale paintings,” she says. The as-yetunnamed exhibition will feature about 20 new paintings, drawings and small etchings that explore traditional fairy-tale themes in contemporary settings. Being the polymath she is, Angelakis plans to juggle more than creating a couple dozen fine oil paintings this year. She’s applied to six graduate schools and plans to earn a master of fine arts degree and, ultimately, become an applied art professor. Her fairy tale has only just begun. Melody Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
A&E // ARTS PERFORMANCE
PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES The country-fried musical is staged Jan. 29-Feb. 2 (doors at 6 p.m. Tue.-Sun., 11 a.m. Sat., noon Sun.) at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside; dinner and a show is $38-$59 (includes parking), reservations required, 641-1212, alhambrajax.com. C.B. SMITH, SOUTHERN STYLE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT “The man with 1,000 voices” offers family-friendly comedy and impersonations Jan. 29-April 12 (7 p.m. Wed.-Sat.) at Mark Lance National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, $10-$25, 866-661-6850, cbsmithshow.com. BEEHIVE The high-energy tribute to Sixties women pop stars is presented Jan. 30-Feb. 8 (8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.) at Players by the Sea’s main stage, 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach, $16-$28, 249-0289, playersbythesea.org. BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE When blind Don Baker moves to San Francisco to escape an overbearing mother, he meets zany neighbor Jill and learns new things. The play is staged at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 6-8 and 13-15, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 9 and 16 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, $10-$25 (check for availability), 825-1164, limelight-theatre.org. DIRTY BLONDE Fans meet at the grave of Mae West and talk about the pop culture icon. Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre stages the play Jan. 30-Feb. 9 (8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.) at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, $15, 249-7177, abettheatre.com. BROADWAY ROX Artist Series presents a concert of popular Broadway songs at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $32-$42, 442-2929, artistseriesjax.org. STARFISH CIRCUS The circus performance is held at 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Rd., San Marco, $10, 346-5620 ext. 122, da-arts.org. ALL IN THE TIMING The collection of David Ives’ six one-act plays is presented Feb. 1-8 at Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St., Fernandina Beach, $9, 206-2607, ameliaflt.org. LOVE LETTERS Playwright and Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist A.R. Gurney’s romantic play is staged Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Raintree Restaurant Dinner Theatre, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, $39.95, 824-7211, raintreerestaurant.com. GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA Artist Series presents big band music at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at FSCJ’s Wilson Center for the Arts, 11900 Beach Blvd., Southside, $38.50, 442-2929, artistseriesjax.org. AN EVENING WITH THE KING Kevin Mills stars as the undisputed king of rock ’n’ roll, recreating Elvis’ 1969 “comeback” performances down to the last leathery detail, at 6 p.m. Feb. 6-7, 11 a.m. Feb. 8 and noon Feb. 9 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, $47-$55, 641-1212, alhambrajax.com. NOISES OFF A comedy about putting on a comedy, written by English playwright Michael Frayn, runs Feb. 6-22 at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach, $10-$20, 261-6749, ameliacommunitytheatre.org. BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW A newly widowed woman learns the etiquette of grief from her mother-in-law – a professional widow. Feb. 7-23 (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun.) at Orange Park Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park, $15, 276-2599, opct.org. PIANO PRODIGY The 22-year-old world-renowned Korean pianist, known professionally as Ji, performs at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Baymeadows, free, 730-2100, jcajax.org. SMOKY MOUNTAIN SUNDAY Singer/songwriter/comedian James Rogers (Dolly Parton said he’s “the best one-man show in America”) blends comedy with original songs, at 7:45 p.m. Feb. 9 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., $40-$50, 641-1212, alhambrajax.com. SUPER SCIENTIFIC CIRCUS Artist Series presents the family education show at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at FSCJ’s Wilson Center for the Arts, 11900 Beach Blvd., Southside, $16; kids 12 and younger $8.50, 442-2929, artistseriesjax.org. NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS Artist Series presents the Chinese circus tradition at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at FSCJ’s Wilson Center for the Arts, 11900 Beach Blvd., Southside, $34.50, kids 12 and younger $15.25, 442-2929, artistseriesjax.org. THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES Frank Gilroy’s drama, which won a Pulitzer, a Tony and a New York Drama Critics Circle award for best play, is about Timmy Cleary’s return from WWII to the Bronx in May 1946. It’s staged Feb. 21-March 8 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, $25, 396-4425, theatrejax.com.
AN EVENING WITH LILY TOMLIN The winner of six Emmys, two Tonys and a Grammy and star of film, TV (“One ringydingy”) and Broadway appears at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $41.50$68.50, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com. BRAD TASSELL Comedian Tassell appears at 8 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com. NATE BARGATZE Comedian Bargatze appears at 8:04 p.m. Jan. 30, at 8:34 p.m. Jan. 31 and at 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Feb. 1 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$25, 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com. JOHN REEP Last Comic Standing winner Reep appears at 8 p.m. Jan. 30, and at 8 and 10 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $15-$20; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
CALLS & WORKSHOPS
NOVICE PAINTING CLASS Watercolorist Jennie Szaltis holds Know Your Palette workshop 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 10 a.m. Feb. 22 and 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at 3921 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $173, bring supplies, 525-3959, email@example.com. PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING Artworks for Freedom holds a two-day workshop on human trafficking, why it’s prevalent (Florida ranks third in the U.S. for highest occurrences) and the effects on its victims; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 27-28 at Jacksonville Children’s Commission, 1095 A.P. Randolph Blvd., $35, 598-0901, firstname.lastname@example.org. SPARK GRANT 2014 The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville accepts applications for the 2014 Spark Grant Program. Individual artists and nonprofit organizations in Duval, Nassau, St. Johns, Clay and Baker counties are eligible to receive $5,000-$15,000 each. The council seeks proposals designed for child and teen participation to engage residents and visitors with street-level activity. Temporary installations only. Applications must be submitted by March 12 at culturalcouncil.org. Funded projects are executed July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015. PLANTATION ARTISTS’ GUILD & GALLERY As part of his gallery display, Spanish oil painter Dionisio Rodriquez demonstrates his craft at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the gallery, 94 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, 432-1750, artamelia.com. JUNIOR ROWITA FELLOWSHIP The St. Johns Cultural Council accepts applications for the 2014 Junior ROWITA Fellowships, available to all graduating St. Johns County high school girls (public, private, homeschooled) who’ve applied for or been accepted into a Bachelor of Fine Arts program of higher education. One fellowship each in literary, performance and visual arts. Applications must be sent by Feb. 28 to St. Johns Cultural Council, 15 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084, 808-7330, stjohnsculture.com. NORTHEAST FLORIDA’S ARTS LEADERS NOMINATIONS The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville accepts nominations for arts leaders in Northeast Florida. Categories are Art Activist, Art Educator, Art Collector, Art Innovator and Art Philanthropist. Submit an essay, up to 500 words, including the nominee’s works and community influence, to Mason Martin at mason@ culturalcouncil.org before March 15. Must include name, email and phone number for both nominee and nominator. Winners are recognized at the 38th annual Art Awards May 1.
CLASSICAL & JAZZ
JU MUSIC STUDENT RECITAL The fourth of five facultyselected student recitals is held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd., Arlington, free, 256-7677, ju.edu. UNF PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE Chamber music is performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, 1 UNF Dr., Bldg. 45, Southside, free, 620-2878, unf.edu. DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, THE MUSIC OF PINK FLOYD The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs with guest artist Zebra’s Randy Jackson and his rock band at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $18-$75, 354-5547, jaxsymphony.org. KOGER/MATTESON JAZZ FESTIVAL The 26th annual concert, directed by Dr. Clarence Hines, is held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 4 at University of North Florida’s Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, free, 620-2878, unf.edu. JULIAN TOHA Pianist Toha performs for Tuesday Serenade concert series at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, free, 630-2665, jplmusic.blogspot.com. UNF JAZZ TRIO The scholarship concert – Barry Greene on guitar, Dennis Marks on bass, Danny Gottlieb on drums – is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, $8-$20, 620-2878, unf.edu.
ART WALKS & MARKETS
DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 31 and every Fri. at Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, 353-1188. WINTER RAM Local and regional art, food artists and vendors and a farmers market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at the market under the Fuller Warren bridge, 715 Riverside Ave., free admission, 389-2449 , riversideartsmarket.com. COMMUNITY FIRST SATURDAY 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 1: Art in the Park, free art classes in Hogan Street Gazebo, family activities, food trucks on Pearl Street, on Northbank Riverwalk, Downtown, free, communityfirstsaturdays.com. FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK An art walk, including 30-40 galleries, museums and businesses and spanning 15 blocks, is 5-9 p.m. Feb. 5, Downtown, iloveartwalk.com. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK The Art Galleries of St. Augustine tour is held Feb. 7 at more than 15 galleries, 829-0065. SECOND SATURDAY ARTRAGEOUS ART WALK Downtown Fernandina Beach galleries are open for self-guided tours, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 277-0717, ameliaisland.com.
ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM & GALLERY Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 256-7371, arts. ju.edu. Brian Frus and Lily Kuonen’s exhibit, “Two Gather,” featuring work exploring the physicality of layering form, material and content, runs through Feb. 12. BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTROY PARK 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657, beachesmuseum.org. The exhibit “Don Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Spanish Hero in the American
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts students – including triple trapeze artists Carley Lazeau (from left), Jackie Jones and Jessie Jacobson – perform two shows Feb. 1 in San Marco. Photo: Cathy Jones Revolution” is displayed through March 1. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM Flagler College, 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530, flagler.edu/crispellert. “The Object Tells a Story,” an exhibit of African-American folk art from Florida, runs through February. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-6857, cummer.org. “The Art of Empathy,” an exhibit showcasing a permanent collection masterwork, “Mother of Sorrows,” one of five known works by the Master of the Stötteritz Altar, is displayed through Feb. 16. The artistic and devotional contexts of painting is explored through 21 works, 19 borrowed from collections in the U.S. and Germany. “One Family: Photographs by Vardi Kahana,” an exhibit by the Israeli photographer detailing four generations of her family, runs through April 27. FSU professor William Walmsley displays his work through July 8. “The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti” runs through September. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992, rain.org/~karpeles/jaxfrm.html. “Mark Twain” includes original letters, writings and illustrations on exhibit through April 26. “New Works” features Joe Segal’s sculptural works through February. The permanent collection includes other rare manuscripts. LIGHTNER MUSEUM 75 King St., St. Augustine, 824-2874, lightnermuseum.org. Paintings of St. Augustine from the age of Henry M. Flagler are on exhibit through January. The permanent collection features relics from America’s Gilded Age, exhibited on three floors. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 366-6911, mocajacksonville.com. Ingrid Calame’s exhibit “Tarred Over Cracks” continues through March 9 as part of Project Atrium in Haskell Atrium Gallery. The exhibit “Material Transformations,” in which seven artists uncover symbolism through unconventional substances, runs through April 6. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org. “Uncovering the Past: Archaeological Discoveries of North Florida,” through August. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER 10 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, 825-1000, staugustine-450.com/journey. “Journey: 450 years of the African-American Experience,” through July 15.
AMIRO ART & FOUND GALLERY 9C Aviles St., St. Augustine, 824-8460, amiroartandfound.com. “Alexander Wilds Portfolio: Sculpture, Drawings, Painting” is on display through January. Works by Ginny Bullard, Estella Fransbergen, Deane Kellogg, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson Master and Marcia Myrick Siany are also featured. THE ART CENTER MAIN GALLERY 31 W. Adams St., Downtown, 355-1757, tacjacksonville.org/main.html. Expressionist works by artists Emine Zander and Deborah Reid are featured through January. ART GUILD OF ORANGE PARK Clay County Main Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 278-3722, artguildoforangepark.com. The Guild partners with Fleming Island Friends of the Library for “Art in Your Community,” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. BUTTERFIELD GARAGE ART GALLERY 137 King St., St. Augustine, 825-4577, butterfieldgarage.com. Jewelry and paintings by Kathryn Carlyle and Cheryl Gibbs are on exhibit through January. CATTY SHACK WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 1860 Starrett Rd., Northside, 757-3603, cattyshack.org. “Wild for Art” show, featuring animal-related works by local and regional artists, is held 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7; $10 for adults, $5 for children.
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FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928, firststreetgalleryart.com. Mermaid art in all media by local artists including Linda Olsen, Mary Hubley, Tracy Womack, Pat Livesay and JoAnne Adams, through April 1. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Rd., Southside, 425-2845, floridamininggallery.com. David De Boer’s “Significant Work,” co-curated by Nullspace and Staci Bu Shea, features installations, video and stills, through January. GALLERY725 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach, 345-9320, gallery725.com. Works and hand-crafted gifts by local artists are featured, along with a selection of national and international works. HASKELL GALLERY & DISPLAY CASES Jacksonville International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Rd., Northside, 741-3546. Paintings by Candace Fasano and Marie Shell, examining beauty in the natural world, through March 28 in Haskell Gallery. John Cheer’s decorative wall plates and sculpture, inspired by the sea’s energy and nature, through April 7 in Connector Bridge Art display case. Photographer John Adams’ “Evanescent Trawlers of the South” series examines vessels from Southern harbors, displayed through April 4 in Concourse A and C display cases after security. HIGHWAY GALLERY floridamininggallery.com/exhibitions/thehighway-gallery. Works by nine artists (Nathaniel Artkart Price, Ken Daga, Ashley C. Waldvogel, Brianna Angelakis, Christina Foard, Linda Olsen, Sara Pedigo, Zach Fitchner, Russell Maycumber) on digital billboards through July 2014. LUFRANO INTERCULTURAL GALLERY 1 UNF Dr., Student Union, Ste. 2401, Southside, 620-2475. Jacksonville native Elizabeth Brown Eagle’s exhibit, “Visions of Grace,” features mixed-media photo collages based on her experiences with Samburu and Maasai tribes in Northeastern Kenya and the Xhosa people in South Africa, through March 21. PALENCIA FINE ARTS ACADEMY AND GALLERY 701 Market St., St. Augustine, 819-1584, palenciafineartsacademy.com. Stacie Hernandez’s show “Elements,” about the power of natural elements, runs Feb. 8-March 21. PLANTATION ARTISTS’ GUILD & GALLERY 94 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, 432-1750, artamelia.com. “Arts and Flowers” opens Feb. 9; reception held 5 p.m. Feb. 14. Dionisio Rodriquez’ Spanish oil paintings are exhibited Feb. 9-March 8. SAWGRASS VILLAGE ARTS GALLERY 1520 Sawgrass Village Dr., Ponte Vedra, 273-4925, villageartspvb.com. Laurel Dagnillo’s impressionistic Florida landscapes, through March 29. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310, staaa.org. The annual juried exhibit “Figure & Portrait Show” includes a debut of Lisa O’Neil’s charcoal portraits; through Feb. 2. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 201 N. Hogan St., Ste. 100, Downtown, 553-6361, southlightgallery.com. Art Walk features 30 local artists; guest artists include Taylan Caster, Paul Ladnier and Jane Shirek, displaying her new series “Love,” 6-9 p.m. Feb. 5. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838, spaceeight.com. “Playbook,” an exhibit of works fueled by desires, hunger and thirst, by Georgia artist George Long and Brooklyn’s Mario Schambon, through January. For a complete list of art events, go to folioweekly.com/calendar. For instructions on how to submit your event, go to folioweekly. com/eventhowto.html. Folio Weekly doesn’t accept emails for events to appear in print listings. The deadline to submit for print publication is 4 p.m. Mon., 10 days before publication. Due to space constraints, not all events will appear in print.
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Average Entrée Cost: $ = Less than $8 $$ = $8-$14 $$$ = $15-$22 $$$$ = $23 & up = Beer, Wine = Full Bar C = Children’s Menu = Take Out B = Breakfast R = Brunch L = Lunch D = Dinner *Bite Club Certified! = Hosted a free Folio Weekly Bite Club tasting. Join at fwbiteclub.com. 2013 Best of Jax winner F = FW distribution spot
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BARBERITOS, 1519 Sadler Rd., 277-2505. 463867 S.R. 200, Ste. 5, Yulee, 321-2240. F Specializing in Southwestern made-to-order fresh favorites: burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salads. Salsa’s handcrafted with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, onions, peppers. $$ C L D Daily BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ, 1 S. Front St., 261-2660. F On the water at historic Centre Street’s end, it’s Southern hospitality in an upscale atmosphere; daily specials, fresh local seafood, aged beef. $$$ C L D Daily CAFÉ KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269. F In a historic building, family-owned spot has eclectic cuisine: homemade veggie burgers, fresh seafood, salads, made-from-scratch desserts. Dine inside or on oak-shaded patio. Karibrew Pub has beer brewed onsite. $$ C L D Tue.-Sat.; L Daily HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 320 S. Eighth St., 321-0303. Sports bar fare: onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps, wings. $ L D Daily JACK & DIANE’S, 708 Centre St., 321-1444. F In a renovated 1887 shotgun home. Favorites: jambalaya, French toast, mac-n-cheese, vegan, vegetarian selections. Dine inside or out on the porch. $$ C B L D Daily LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE, 11 S. Seventh St., 432-8394. F Innovative lunch menu: po’boys, salads and seafood little plates served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood, Fernandina shrimp. Reservations recommended. $$$ C R Sun.; L D Tue.-Sat. MOON RIVER PIZZA, 925 S. 14th St., 321-3400. F See Riverside. 2013 BOJ winner. $ L D Mon.-Sat. THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE, 833 TJ Courson Rd., 277-3141. Awarded Slow Food First Coast’s Snail of Approval, the casual organic eatery and juice bar, in Nassau Health Foods, offers all-natural, organic items, smoothies, juices, coffees, herbal teas. $$ B L Mon.-Sat. THE PECAN ROLL BAKERY, 122 S. Eighth St., 491-9815. In historic district. More than just nuts; sweet and savory pastries, cookies, cakes, breads – and cronuts. Breakfast items, too. $ B L D Wed.-Sun. PLAE, 80 Amelia Village Cir., 277-2132. Bite Club certified. In Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Spa & Shops, the bistro-style venue has an innovative menu: whole fried fish and duck breast. Outdoor dining. $$$ D Mon.-Sat. THE SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL, 12 N. Front St., 277-3811. F Killer sunset view over the ICW from secondstory outdoor bar. Owners T.J. and Al offer local seafood, Mayport shrimp, fish tacos, po’boys and the original broiled cheese oysters. $$ C L D Daily SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6652. F 2013 BOJ winner. Oceanfront restaurant serves award-winning handmade crab cakes, fresh seafood, fried pickles. Outdoor dining, open-air second floor and balcony. $$ C L D Daily THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711. F Oceanview dining, inside or on the deck. New menu: Steaks, seafood, nightly specials, healthy options. $$ L D Daily TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK, 21 N. Third St., 310-6550. F Casual seafood spot has fresh, local wild-caught shrimp, fish, oysters, blackboard specials, seafood baskets. $ C L D Daily T-RAY’S BURGER STATION, 202 S. Eighth St., 261-6310. F This spot in an old gas station offers blue plate specials, burgers, biscuits & gravy, shrimp. $ B L Mon.-Sat.
LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 8818 Atlantic Blvd., 720-0106. F See San Marco. $$ C L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 1301 Monument Rd. F See Baymeadows. $ C B L D Daily RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 1825 University Blvd. N., 745-0335. F Cigar and hookah lounge has billiards tables, a full kitchen, a variety of subs for late-nighters. 200-plus imported, domestic beers. $ R Sat.-Sun.; D Nightly
ALE PIE HOUSE, 3951 St. Johns Ave., 503-8000. Pizza made your way, subs, paninis, calzone, stromboli, wraps, dinners. Gluten-free, vegan cheese available. $$ C L D Daily BAGEL LOVE, 4114 Herschel St., Ste. 121, 634-7253 2013 BOJ winner. Northern-style bagels, sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, bakery items, sides, fresh-squeezed orange juice and lemonade, coffees, smoothies and tea. Homecooked turkey, chicken and roast beef. Free Wi-Fi. Locally owned and operated. Outdoor patio dining. $ C B L Daily THE CASBAH CAFÉ, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966. F 2013 BOJ winner. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine on the patio or in a hookah lounge. Wi-Fi, belly dancers, hookah pipes. $$ L D Daily ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE, 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40, 388-4884. F Celebrating five years, this churrascaria has gauchos who carve the meat onto your plate from their serving tables. $$$ D Tue.-Sun. FLORIDA CREAMERY, 3566 St. Johns Ave., 619-5386. Premium ice cream, fresh waffle cones, milkshakes, sundaes and Nathan’s grilled hot dogs, served in Florida-centric décor. Low-fat and sugar-free choices. $ C L Mon.-Sat. THE FOX RESTAURANT, 3580 St. Johns Ave., 387-2669. F Owners Ian and Mary Chase offer fresh diner fare and homemade desserts. Breakfast all day. Signature items: burgers, meatloaf, fried green tomatoes. A Jacksonville landmark for more than 50 years. $$ C L D Daily GREEN MAN GOURMET, 3543 St. Johns Ave., 384-0002. F This market features organic and natural products, spices, teas and salts. $ Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 4530 St. Johns Ave., 388-8828. F See San Marco. $$ C L D Daily LET THEM EAT CAKE! 3604 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 2, 389-2122. Artisan bakery serves coffee, croissants, muffins, cupcakes (The Fat Elvis!), pastries, individual desserts. Whole cakes made-to-order. $ Tue.-Sat. MOJO NO. 4 URBAN BBQ & WHISKEY BAR, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670. F 2013 BOJ winner. Funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chicken-fried steak, Delta fried catfish, hummus, shrimp and grits, specialty cocktails. $$ C B L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #5 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR, 3620 St. Johns Ave., 388-5688. F See Riverside. $$ L D Daily SIMPLY SARA’S, 2902 Corinthian Ave., Ortega, 387-1000. F Down-home cooking from scratch like Grandma’s: eggplant fries, pimento cheese, fried chicken, fruit cobblers, chicken & dumplings. BYOB. $$ C L D Mon.-Sat. TERRA, 4260 Herschel St., 388-9124. Michael Thomas’ comfy spot serves local, sustainable creative world cuisine. Small plates: chorizo stuffed mushrooms, pork belly skewers; entrées: lamb chops, seared tuna, ribeye. Sandwiches, craft beers, onsite organic garden. $$ D Mon.-Sat.
AL’S PIZZA, 8060 Philips Hwy., 731-4300. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $ C L D Daily BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA, 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, 519-8000. F Family-owned-and-operated Italian pizzeria serves calzones, strombolis, wings, brickoven-baked pizza, subs, desserts. Delivery. $$ C L D Daily INDIA’S RESTAURANT, 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8, 620-0777. F Authentic Indian cuisine, lunch buffet. Curry and vegetable dishes, lamb, chicken, shrimp, fish tandoori. $$ L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 8206 Philips Hwy., 732-9433. F See San Marco. $$ C L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 3928 Baymeadows Rd., 737-7740. 8616 Baymeadows Rd., 739-2498. F All over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs high and serves ’em fast. Natural meats and cheeses are hormone-, antibiotic- and gluten-free; the sub rolls are gluten-free, too. $ C B L D Daily MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN LEBANESE CUISINE, 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd., 646-1881. F Bite Club certified. Owner Pierre Barakat offers authentic Lebanese cuisine, charcoal-grilled lamb kebab. Belly dancing Fri.-Sat. Monthly dinner parties. Outdoor seating. $$ L D Tue.-Sun. PATTAYA THAI GRILLE, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-9506. F The area’s original authentic Thai restaurant has an extensive menu of traditional Thai, vegetarian and new-Thai, including curries, seafood, noodles, soups. In business since 1990, family-owned place has low-sodium and gluten-free dishes, too. $$$ L D Tue.-Sun. PIZZA PALACE, 3928 Baymeadows Rd., 527-8649. F See San Marco. $$ C L D Daily STICKY FINGERS, 8129 Point Meadows Way, 493-7427. F Memphis-style rib house slow-smokes meats over hickory. Award-winning ribs, barbecue, rotisserie chicken, signature sauces. Screened patio. $$ C L D Daily
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AL’S PIZZA, 303 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 249-0002. F 2013 BOJ winner. Celebrating more than 20 years and seven locations, Al’s
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Chef and owner Jeff Weisfeld creates sweet and savory pastries, cookies, cakes and breads from scratch at The Pecan Roll Bakery in Fernandina Beach. Among the selections are pecan diamonds, Kahlúa espresso cookies, wedding cookies, morning glory muffins and kolache. Photo: Dennis Ho offers a selection of New York-style and gourmet pizzas. $ C L D Daily BUDDHA THAI BISTRO, 301 10th Ave. N., 712-4444. F The proprietors here are from Thailand; dishes made with fresh ingredients from tried-and-true recipes. $$ L D Daily CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA, 127 First Ave. N., 249-3322. F Chili rellenos, tamales, fajitas, enchiladas, fish tacos, fried ice cream, margaritas. $$ C D Nightly CASA MARIA, 2429 S. Third St., 372-9000. F See Springfield. $ C L D Daily CULHANE’S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. Bite Club certified. Upscale Irish pub owned and managed by four sisters from County Limerick. Shepherd’s pie, corned beef; gastro pub menu soars to culinary heights. $$ C R Sat. & Sun.; D Tue.-Sun. ENGINE 15 BREWING CO., 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337. F 2013 BOJ winner. Gastropub fare: soups, salads, flatbreads, specialty sandwiches, including BarBeCuban and beer dip. Craft beers. $ C L D Daily GREGORY PAUL’S, 215 Fourth Ave. S., 372-4367. Greg Rider offers freshly prepared meals and experienced catering services. $$ Mon.-Fri. LANDSHARK CAFE, 1728 Third St. N., 246-6024. F Locally owned and operated. Fresh, right-off-the-boat local seafood, fish tacos, houseground burgers, wings, handcut fries, tater tots; daily specials. $$ C L D Daily; R Sun. LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1222 Third St. S., 372-4495. F See San Marco. $$ C L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 657 N. Third St., 247-9620. F See Baymeadows. $ C B L D Daily LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 249-2922. F Beaches landmark. Locally roasted coffee, eggs and bagels, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Dine indoors or out; patio and courtyard seating. $$ B L D Daily M SHACK, 299 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 241-2599. F 2013 BOJ winner. David and Matthew Medure are flippin’ burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes and familiar fare at moderate prices. Dine indoors or out. $$ L D Daily MARLIN MOON GRILLE, 1183 Beach Blvd., 372-4438. F This sportfishing-themed casual place features fresh crab cakes – owner Gary Beach is from Maryland’s Eastern Shore – and burgers, daily specials, craft beers, Orange Crushes, fresh-cut fries. $$ C R Sun.; D Wed.-Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS, 1018 Third St. N., Ste. 2, 241-5600. F Bite Club certified. 2013 BOJ winner. The psychedelic spot serves gourmet pizzas, hoagies, salads. Pies range from Mighty Meaty to vegetarian like Kosmic Karma. $ C L D Daily MEZZA LUNA PIZZERIA RISTORANTE, 110 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 249-5573. F Near-the-ocean eatery serves casual bistro fare (for 20+ years) like gourmet wood-fired pizzas, herb-crusted mahi mahi. Dine indoors or on the patio. $$$ C D Mon.-Sat. MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636. F 2013 BOJ winner. Funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chickenfried steak, Delta fried catfish. $$ C B L D Daily POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637. F American gastropub has gourmet hamburgers, ground in-house and cooked to order, hand-cut French fries, fish tacos, entree-size salads, Edgar’s Drunken Chili, daily fish sandwich special. $$ C L D Daily RAGTIME TAVERN & SEAFOOD GRILL, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 F For 30 years, the popular seafood place has nabbed lots of awards in our Best of Jax readers poll. Blackened snapper, sesame tuna, Ragtime shrimp. $$ L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA, 592 Marsh Landing Pkwy., 273-3113. F See Mandarin. $$ C L D Daily
SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK, 1018 Third St. N., 372-4456. F 2013 BOJ winner. Specialty items, signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos, local fried shrimp, in a contemporary open-air space. $$ C L D Daily SHIM SHAM ROOM, 333 First St. N., Ste. 150, 372-0781. F 2013 BOJ winner. Seasonal menu of “cheap eats”: bar bites, chicken & waffles, badass fries, tacos. $$ D Nightly WIPEOUTS GRILL, 1585 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 247-4508. F Casual sports spot serves burgers, wings, fish tacos in a chill atmosphere. $ C L D Daily
AVOCADOS, 311 W. Ashley St., Ste. 1, 683-9947. Mac & cheese, Southwestern wrap, French dip. Fresh ingredients, cooked to order. $ B L D Mon.-Sat. CAFÉ NOLA at MOCAJAX, 333 N. Laura St., 366-6911. On Museum of Contemporary Art first floor. Shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, homemade desserts. $$ L Mon.-Fri.; D Thur. & ArtWalk CASA DORA, 108 E. Forsyth St., 356-8282. F Owner/chef Sam Hamidi has been serving genuine Italian fare 35-plus years: veal, seafood, pizza. Homemade salad dressing is a specialty. $$ C L D Mon.-Sat. CHOMP CHOMP, 106 E. Adams St., 762-4667. F This spot has eats at moderate prices – most under $10. Chef-inspired street food: panko-crusted chicken, burgers, chinois tacos, bahn mi, barbecue. $ L Tue.-Sat.; D Fri. & Sat. DE REAL TING CAFÉ, 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738. F Caribbean spot features jerk or curried chicken, conch fritters, curried goat, oxtail. $ L Tue.-Fri.; D Fri.-Sat. FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT, Ste. 176, Jacksonville Landing, 374-1547. F 2013 BOJ winner. Casual dining, uptown Irish atmosphere. Fish & chips, blackand-tan brownies, Guinness lamb stew. $$ C L D Daily ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283. F Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites in a casual atmosphere. Panini, vegetarian dishes, daily lunch buffet. Espressos, hookahs. $ L Mon.-Fri.
BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA & GASTROPUB, 1811 Town Center Blvd., 278-1770. F Family-owned-and-operated; offers freshly made brick-oven pizzas, specialty burgers, melts, wraps, craft beers. Gluten-free items. $$ C L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100, 215-2223. F See San Marco. $$ C L D Daily MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999. F See Beaches. Bite Club certified. 2013 BOJ winner. $ C L D Daily MOJO SMOKEHOUSE, 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 8, 264-0636. F 2013 BOJ winner. Funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chickenfried steak, Delta fried catfish. $$ C B L D Daily WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198. F Authentic fish camp serves gator tail, fresh-water river catfish, traditional meals, daily specials on the banks of Swimming Pen Creek. Outdoor Tiki bar. Come by boat, motorcycle or car. $ C L Tue.-Sun.; D Nightly YOUR PIE, 1545 C.R. 220, Ste. 125, 379-9771. F Bite Club certified. Owner Mike Sims has a fast, casual pizza concept: Choose from three doughs, nine sauces, seven cheeses and 40-plus toppings and create your own pizza pie. Subs, sandwiches, gelato. $$ C L D Daily
AL’S PIZZA, 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 31, 223-0991. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $ C L D Daily
MAKE THIS: The Blind Fig Chef Jeff Standford’s I-10 IPA braised pork belly and oyster sandwich. Photos: Laura Evans Photography
In the Kitchen with Intuition
Not just for beer snobs, ‘Cooking with Intuition’ packs page after page of brew-based deliciousness
ood, beer and a sense of community: three of my favorite things. And in keeping with that trio, Riverside brewery Intuition Ale Works has embarked on its first publishing journey. The finished product, Cooking with Intuition, is a stunning hardbound collection of recipes incorporating locally crafted beer by area chefs, home brewers, food truckers and Intuition’s own Mug Club members. The book is co-authored by Intuition general manager Cari Sanchez-Potter and creative projects coordinator Robin Rutenberg, but it’s local photographer Laura Evans’ keen eye and attention to detail that really sets it apart. These 288 pages are as much a coffeetable book as a must-have recipe index. “Cooking with Intuition isn’t just for folks who enjoy cooking or for people who are major craft beer snobs,” says Sanchez-Potter. “The book is much more than that. It’s about shining a spotlight on our amazing culinary community and highlighting all the creative talent we have here in Jacksonville, using beer as a lens.” Throughout the book’s 80-plus recipes, beer-as-common-denominator proves to be quite a versatile ingredient, offering chefs myriad flavor and complexity options. “Our brewers at Intuition brew so many styles of beer that cooks have a lot of options for using [them] in their dishes,” Sanchez-Potter says. “Stouts add a subtly sweet and malty flavor to long-simmered stews or slow braises; the carbonation in certain brews adds lift to foods like hushpuppies or fish-and-chips; and hoppy
beers like IPAs lend depth to brines, marinades and sauces.” For some people, Cooking will serve as an introduction to beer-infused cuisine, but it’s also designed to help more experienced cooks break free of their culinary comfort zones, Sanchez-Potter says. Recipes range from the über-simple (stout floats, with Intuition’s Truck Stop Stout topped with ice cream) to multi-step, restaurant-quality dishes like Black Sheep Chef Waylon Rivers’ King Street BBQ pork belly with Wainwright cheddar grits and pickled mustard seeds. There are vegetarian-friendly recipes, too, like Grassroots Market’s I-10 IPA-marinated tempeh salad with Southwestern quinoa and almond-lemon dressing, and sweet creations such as 29 South Chef Scott Schwartz’s sticky toffee pudding, made with Lowdown Porter. You can pick up Cooking with Intuition for $40 at the brewery’s taproom at 720 King St., or online at intuitioncookbook.com, as well as at a handful of area establishments, including Uptown Market, Orsay, MOCA Jacksonville and Chamblin’s Uptown. Here’s the goal: Once a month, I’ll make one of these recipes (without burning down our kitchen!). You do the same. Then we’ll post photos of our creations on the book’s Facebook page, facebook.com/cookingwithintuition. Who’s up for the challenge? Caron Streibich Folio Weekly Bite Club Host firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/bite-sized
BEER IS THE LENS: With 288 pages of beer-filled recipes, there’s something for all culinary skill levels, from novices to seasoned chefs.
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A WEEKLY Q&A WITH PEOPLE IN THE FOOD BIZ
NAME: Luca Misciasci RESTAURANT: Ciao Italian Bistro, 302 Centre St., Fernandina Beach BIRTHPLACE: Nice, France
YEARS IN THE BIZ: 25
FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than mine): Le Colonial French Vietnamese in New York City FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Italian and French FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Curry, olive oil, harrissa hot sauce IDEAL MEAL: Paella WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Chinese pickles INSIDER’S SECRET: It’s not a restaurant, it’s my house. CELEBRITY SIGHTING: We’ve served a lot! CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Anything sweet.
CASTILLO DE MEXICO, 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, 998-7006. F This spot, in business for 15-plus years, has an extensive menu served in authentic Mexican décor. Weekday lunch buffet. $$ L D Daily EPIK BURGER, 12740 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 105, 374-7326. F More than 34 burgers made from grass-fed beef, ahi tuna, all-natural chicken; vegan items from innovative recipes; gluten-free options. $ L D Mon.-Sat. LA NOPALERA MEXICAN, 14333 Beach Blvd., 992-1666. F See San Marco. $$ C L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 10750 Atlantic Blvd., 642-6980. F See Baymeadows. $ C B L D Daily MAHARLIKA HALL & SPORTS GRILL, 14255 Beach Blvd., Ste. E, 699-0759. Filipino-American restaurant and market features pancit bami, lumpia, turon strudle, halo halo with ice cream. $-$$ C R L D Daily MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT, 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1A, 821-9880. See St. Johns Town Center. $ Daily TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL, 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5, 223-6999. F Locally-owned-and-operated grill serves hand-tossed pizzas, wings, specialty wraps in a clean, sporty atmosphere. Late-night menu. $$ L Tue.-Sun.; D Nightly
PIZZA PALACE, 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-2171. F See San Marco. $$ C L D Daily SAUCY TACO, 450 S.R. 13 N., Ste. 113, 287-8226. F The menu is light Mexican with American influences – and there are 40 beers on draft. $$ C B, Sat.-Sun.; L D Daily
AL’S PIZZA, 11190 San Jose Blvd., 260-4115. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $ C L D Daily ATHENS CAFÉ, 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7, 733-1199. Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), baby shoes (stuffed eggplant). Greek beers. $$ L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE, 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20, 880-3313. F Authentic steaks, sausages, chicken, burgers, fish, hot sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. $$ B L D Mon.-Sat. BROOKLYN PIZZA, 11406 San Jose Blvd., 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd., Bartram Park, 880-0020. F The Brooklyn Special Pizza is a customer fave. Calzones, white pizza, homestyle lasagna. $$ L D Daily GIGI’S RESTAURANT, 3130 Hartley Rd. (Ramada Inn), 694-4300. F Prime rib & crab leg buffet Fri.-Sat., bluejean brunch Sun., daily breakfast, lunch, dinner buffets. $$$ B R L D Daily LA NOPALERA, 11700 San Jose Blvd., 288-0175. F See San Marco. $$ C L D Daily LARRY’S, 11365 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 674-2945. F See Baymeadows. $ C B L D Daily RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., 262-4030. See Arlington. $ R Sat.-Sun.; D Nightly RENNA’S PIZZA, 11111 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, 2922300. F Casual New York-style pizzeria serves calzones, antipasto, parmigiana, homemade breads. Buy a slice – humongous – or full pie. Delivery. $$ C L D Daily
ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG
ARON’S PIZZA, 650 Park Ave., 269-1007. F Familyowned restaurant has eggplant dishes, manicotti, New York-style pizza. $$ C L D Daily THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Road, 272-5959. Specialties at this upscale restaurant include New Orleans shrimp, certified Black Angus prime rib, she-crab soup. Homemade desserts. $$$ D Tue.-Sat. LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1930 Kingsley Ave., 276-2776. F See San Marco. $$ C L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 700 Blanding, Ste. 15, 272-3553. 1545 C.R. 220, 278-2827. 1330 Blanding, 276-7370. 1404 S. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, 284-7789. F See Baymeadows. $ C B L D Daily PREVATT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 2620 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 17, Middleburg, 282-1564. F What a neighborhood sportsbar should be: Familiar fare, all the spirits you’d want. $$ C L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA, 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 16, 771-7677. F See Mandarin. $$ C L D Daily TED’S MONTANA GRILL, 8635 Blanding Blvd., 771-1964.
See St. Johns Town Center. $$$ C L D Daily THAI GARDEN, 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. B, 272-8434. Traditional Thai: pad kraw powh with roasted duck, kaeng kari (yellow curry, potatoes, choice of meat). Fine wines, imported, domestic beers. $$ L Mon.-Fri.; D Nightly
PONTE VEDRA, NW ST. JOHNS
ALICE & PETE’S PUB, 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott, 285-7777. Inspired by Sawgrass course designers Alice and Pete Dye. Local flavors and Alice & Pete’s favorites: Dominican black bean soup, Pete’s Designer club sandwich. Outside dining. $$$ L D Daily AL’S PIZZA, 635 A1A, 543-1494. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $ C L D Daily JJ’S LIBERTY BISTRO, 330 A1A N., Ste. 209, 273-7980. Traditional French cuisine: escargot, paté, steak frites, crêpes. Specials, pastries; French wines. $ $ L D Mon.-Sat. LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 830 A1A N., Ste. 6, 273-3993. F See Baymeadows. $ C B L D Daily RESTAURANT MEDURE, 818 A1A N., 543-3797. Chef David Medure creates dishes with international flavors. The lounge offers small plates, creative drinks. $$$ D Mon.-Sat. TABLE 1, 330 A1A N., Ste. 208, 280-5515. Upscale, casual restaurant offers appetizers, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, burgers, entrées. Extensive wine list. $$$ L D Daily
RIVERSIDE, FIVE POINTS, WESTSIDE
AL’S PIZZA, 1620 Margaret St., Ste. 201, 388-8384. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $ C L D Daily BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS, 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1-2, 855-1181. F 2013 BOJ winner. Bold Bean brings a small-batch, artisanal approach to roasting coffee. Organic and fair trade coffees. $ B L Daily GINA’S DELICATESSEN, 1325 Cassat Ave., 353-9903. Inside Duval Honda showroom. Mediterranean-style sandwiches, salads. Authentic New Orleans-style beignets, café au lait with chicory. $ B L Daily GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET 2007 Park St., 384-4474. F 2013 BOJ winner. Juice bar uses certified organic fruits, vegetables. Three dozen artisanal cheeses, 300-plus craft, imported beers, 50 organic wines, organic produce, meats, vitamins, herbs. Organic wraps, sides, sandwiches, salads to go; raw, vegan items. $ B L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 1509 Margaret St., 674-2794. 7859 Normandy Blvd., 781-7600. 5733 Roosevelt Blvd., 446-9500. 8102 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, 779-1933. F See Baymeadows. $ C B L D Daily MOON RIVER PIZZA, 1176 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 389-4442. F Northern-style pizzas, more than 20 toppings, by the pie or the slice. $ L D Mon.-Sat. THE MOSSFIRE GRILL, 1537 Margaret St., Riverside, 355-4434. Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas, gouda quesadillas, chicken enchiladas. Indoor or patio dining. $$ C L D Daily O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB, 1521 Margaret St., 854-9300. F Traditional Irish fare: shepherd’s pie with Stilton crust, Guinness mac-n-cheese, fish-n-chips. Outdoor patio dining. $$ C L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #1 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR, 824 Lomax St., 301-1188. F Traditional Japanese cuisine, fresh sushi, sashimi, kiatsu, teriyaki, hibachi in an authentic atmosphere. Sake. A real tatami room; outside seating. $$ L D Daily SUN-RAY CINEMA, 1028 Park St., 359-0049. F Beer (Bold City, Intuition Ale Works), wine, pizza, hot dogs, hummus, sandwiches, popcorn, nachos, brownies. $$ Daily SUSHI CAFÉ, 2025 Riverside Ave., Ste. 204, 384-2888. F Sushi: popular Monster Roll, Jimmy Smith Roll, Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Hibachi, tempura, katsu, teriyaki. Dine indoors or on the patio. $$ L D Daily
AL’S PIZZA, 1 St. George St., 824-4383. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $ C L D Daily BACK 40 URBAN CAFÉ, 40 S. Dixie Hwy., 824-0227. F Owner Brian Harmon serves Caribbean-flavored items –
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wraps, upside-down chicken potpie, fresh, local seafood – in an 1896 building. Wi-Fi. $ C L Sun.; L D Mon.-Sat. CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE & PIZZERIA, 146 King St., 494-6658. F New York-style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh sub rolls, Boar’s Head meats, cheeses, garlic herb wings. Outdoor seating, Wi-Fi. $$ L D Daily THE FLORIDIAN, 39 Cordova St., 829-0655. Updated Southern fare, with fresh, local ingredients from area farms. Vegetarian, gluten-free options. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, blackened fish, cornbread stack, grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. $$$ C L D Wed.-Mon. GYPSY CAB COMPANY, 828 Anastasia Blvd., Anastasia Island, 824-8244. F A mainstay for 25 years; menu changes daily. Signature dish is Gypsy chicken. Seafood, tofu, duck, veal. $$ R Sun.; L D Daily THE HYPPO, 15 Hypolita St., 217-7853 (popsicles only). 1765 Tree Blvd., Ste. 5, 342-7816. F Popsicles of unique flavors, of premium ingredients. Coffee pour-overs, cold-brew coffees. Handcrafted sandwiches, salads. $ Daily MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS, 410 Anastasia Blvd., 826-4040. F See Beaches. Bite Club certified. 2013 BOJ winner. $ C L D Daily MOJO OLD CITY BBQ, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264. F 2013 BOJ winner. Funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chicken-fried steak, Delta fried catfish. $$ C B L D Daily THE ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-9311. F Coffee drinks, vegetarian meals, meaty Southern comfort dishes. $ B L D Daily PACIFIC ASIAN BISTRO, 159 Palencia Village Dr., 305-2515. F 2013 BOJ winner. Chef Mas created 30+ unique sushi rolls; fresh sea scallops, H awaiian-style poke tuna salad. $$ L D Daily
ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER
BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466. Classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. $$$ C R L D Daily BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE, 4910 Big Island Dr., 807-9960. Upscale Northern Italian restaurant offers wood-grilled, ovenroasted steaks, chops, seafood. Dine indoors or al fresco on the terrace. $$$ C R Sat. & Sun.; L D Daily M SHACK, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 642-5000. F 2013 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $$ L D Daily MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT, 4860 Big Island Dr., Ste. 2, 807-9292. Non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurts. More than 40 toppings. $ Daily OVINTE, 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr., 900-7730. 2013 BOJ winner. Comfortable, chic place features tapas, small plates of Spanish, Italian flavors: ceviche fresco, pappardelle bolognese, lobster ravioli. 240-bottle wine list, 75 by the glass; craft spirits. Outdoor dining. $$ R, Sun.; D Nightly RENNA’S PIZZA, 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, 565-1299. F See Mandarin. $$ C L D Daily SEASONS OF JAPAN, 4413 Town Center Pkwy., 329-1067. Casual-style restaurant serves Japanese and hibachi-style fare, sushi, quick-as-a-wink. $$ C L D Daily TED’S MONTANA GRILL, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 998-0010. Modern classic comfort food featuring finest cuts of bison, including signature steaks and award-winning gourmet burgers, served with timeless, genuine hospitality. Crab cakes, cedar-plank salmon, fresh vegetables, signature desserts, private label Bison Ridge wines. $$$ C L D Daily
SAN JOSE, LAKEWOOD
EMPEROR’S GENTLEMAN’S CLUB 4923 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 739-6966. Upscale steakhouse features steaks, burgers, seafood and wings. $$ L D Daily FUSION SUSHI, 1550 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 636-8688. F New upscale sushi spot serves fresh sushi, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, kiatsu. $$ C L D Daily MOJO BAR-B-QUE, 1607 University Blvd. W., San Jose, 732-7200. F 2013 BOJ winner. Funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chickenfried steak, Delta fried catfish. $$ C B L D Daily URBAN ORGANICS, 5325 Fairmont St., Spring Park, 398-8012. Weekly coop every Monday that offers local, fresh fruits and vegetables in bags of 10, 20 or 30 pounds.
SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK, ST. NICHOLAS
BASIL THAI & SUSHI, 1004 Hendricks Ave., 674-0190. F Pad Thai, curry dishes, sushi, served in a relaxing environment. Dine indoors or on the patio. $$ L D Mon.-Fri., D Sat. PIZZA PALACE 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815. F Relaxed, family-owned place serves homestyle cuisine: spinach pizza, chicken spinach calzones. Ravioli, lasagna, parmigiana. Outside dining. $$ C L D Daily THE GROTTO WINE & TAPAS BAR, 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726. Varied tapas menu of artisanal cheese plates, empanadas, bruschettas, homestyle cheesecake. More
than 60 wines by the glass. $$$ Tue.-Sun. LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1631 Hendricks Ave., 399-1768. F Tamales, fajitas and pork tacos are customer favorites. Some La Nops offer a full bar. $$ C L D Daily MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922. Chef Matthew Medure’s flagship restaurant offers fine dining in a refined, European-style atmosphere. Artfully presented cuisine, small plates, extensive martini and wine lists. Reservations recommended. $$$$ D Mon.-Sat. PULP, 1962 San Marco Blvd., 396-9222. Juice bar has fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, coffees made one cup at a time. 30 smoothies, some blended with fl avored soy milks, organic frozen yogurts, granola. $ B L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #2 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR, 1478 Riverplace Blvd., 306-2188. F See Riverside. $$ L D Daily
360° GRILLE IN LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555. F Familiar sportsbar favorites: seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta, pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. $$ L D Daily ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING, 12000 Beach Blvd., 641-1212. America’s longest continuously running dinner theater features Executive Chef DeJuan Roy’s menus coordinated with stage productions. Reservations suggested. $$ D Tue.-Sun. BUCA DI BEPPO, 10334 Southside Blvd., 363-9090. Popular chain restaurant has fresh Italian cooking: lasagna, garlic mashed potatoes; three portion sizes (half-pound meatballs!) served family-style. $$$ C L D Daily CASA MARIA, 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd., 619-8186. F See Springfield. $ C L D Daily FARAH’S PITA STOP CAFÉ, 3980 Southside Blvd., Ste. 201, 928-4322. Middle Eastern cuisine: fresh sandwiches, soups, entrées, desserts, pastries and mazas (appetizers). $ C B L D Mon.-Sat. JJ’s BISTRO DE PARIS, 7643 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 105, 996-7557. Authentic French cuisine served in a comfortable, charming setting. The scratch kitchen has fresh soups, stocks, sauces, pastries. $$ C L D Mon.-Sat. LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 3611 St. Johns Bluff S., 641-6499. 4479 Deerwood Lake Pkwy., 425-4060. F See Baymeadows. BOJ winner. $ C B L D Daily MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, Tinseltown, 997-1955. F See Beaches. Bite Club certified. 2013 BOJ winner. $ C L D Daily OISHII, 4375 Southside Blvd., Ste. 4, 928-3223. Japanese fusion cuisine: fresh, high-grade sushi, a variety of lunch specials, hibachi items. $$ C L D Daily SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., Tinseltown, 997-1999. F Grill and brewery features local seafood, steaks, pizzas, award-winning freshly brewed ales, lagers. Dine indoors or outdoors. $$ L D Daily TAVERNA YAMAS, 9753 Deer Lake Court, 854-0426. Bite Club certified. 2013 BOJ winner. This Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood, traditional Greek wines and desserts. Nightly belly dancing. $$ C L D Daily TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA, 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2, 565-1999. F New York-style thin crust, brickoven-cooked pizzas – gluten-free – as well as calzones, salads, sandwiches made fresh to order, using Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses. Boylan’s soda. Curbside pick-up. $$ L D Mon.-Sat.
CASA MARIA, 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104, 757-6411. F Family-owned-and-operated spot offers authentic Mexican food: fajitas, seafood dishes, hot sauces made in-house. Specialty is tacos de asada. $ C L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 12001 Lem Turner, 764-9999. F See Baymeadows. $ C B L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA, 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 117, 714-9210. F See Mandarin. $$ C L D Daily SAVANNAH BISTRO, 14670 Duval Rd., 741-4404. F Low Country Southern fare, with a twist of Mediterranean and French, in a relaxing atmosphere at Crowne Plaza Airport. Crab cakes, New York strip, she crab soup, mahi mahi. Rainforest Lounge. $$$ C B L D Daily STICKY FINGERS, 13150 City Station Dr., 309-7427. F See Baymeadows. $$ C L D Daily
DRIFTWOOD BBQ, 412-4559, driftwoodbbq.com, facebook.com/DriftwoodBBQ Southern soul barbecue, sandwiches, subs at Pitmaster Patrick O’Grady’s truck. Pudding, pulled pork, sides, sliders, chicken. $ L D
ARIES (March 21-April 19): On my 15th birthday, I finally figured out eating dairy products was the cause of my chronic respiratory problems. From that day on, I avoided food made from cow’s milk. My health improved. I kept it up for years, but a month ago, I decided to see if my long-standing taboo still made sense. Just for the fun of it, I gorged on a tub of organic vanilla yogurt. To my shock, there was no hell to pay. I was free of snot. In the last few weeks, I’ve feasted on all the creamy goodies I’ve been missing. I bring this up because I suspect an equally momentous shift is possible for you. Some taboo you’ve honored for eons, some rule obeyed as if it were law, is ready to break.
Will you be so attached to your pain that you refuse to see, let alone explore, the dramatic proof offered?
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who won a Nobel for economics, says consulting experts may be useless. In his study of Wall Street traders, he found their advice was no better than information from a chimpanzee flipping a coin. Psychologist Philip Tetlock did a 20-year study with similar results. He found predictions made by political and financial professionals are inferior to wild guesses. Does this mean to never trust experts? No, but approach them with extra skepticism now. It’s time to trust your intuition.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Every fall, bird species Clark’s Nutcracker readies its winter food needs by burying 30,000 pine nuts in 5,000 places over a 15-square-mile area. The amazing thing is, it remembers where almost all of them are. Your memory isn’t as good as that, but it’s far better than you realize. Use it to the hilt in the days ahead. Upcoming decisions are highly effective if you draw on wisdom gained from the past, especially ones foreshadowing the transition you’ll be going through.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’m a big logic and reason fan, and I urge you to be, too. Using your rational mind to understand experience is good. The less stock you put in superstitious head trips and fear-based beliefs, the smarter you are. Make playful use of your creative imagination. Relish comically magical elements of mysterious fate. Pay attention to dreams, indulge in wild fantasies, see yourself as a mythic hero in life’s divine drama. Rational and fantastical approaches are essential to your health. The fantastical needs extra exercise in the weeks ahead. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You won’t be able to transform lead into gold any time soon. You won’t suddenly have a wizardly power to heal the sick minds of racists, homophobes and misogynists, nor cast an effective love spell on a sexy someone who’s resisted your charms. That’s the bad news. The good news? If you focus on performing less spectacular magic, you accomplish minor miracles. You might diminish an adversary’s ability to disturb you. You could welcome a source of love you’ve ignored or underestimated. And you may discover a secret you hid from yourself a long time ago. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Cosmopolitan magazine is famous for offering tips on how to spice up one’s sex life. An example: “Take a few of your favorite erotically appealing flavor combinations, like peanut butter and honey or whipped cream and chocolate sauce, and mix up yummy treats all over your lover’s body.” Sounds crazy to me, and not in a good way. Don’t follow advice like that, especially in the days ahead. True, on some occasions, silliness and messiness have a role to play in building intimacy, but they’re not advisable. For best results, be smooth, polished, dashing and deft. Togetherness thrives on elegant experiments and graceful risks. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You’re not as broken as you think. Your wounds aren’t as debilitating as you’ve imagined. Life will prove it to you this week. Life will try to prove it and not just in some mild, half-hearted way, either. The evidence it offers will be robust and unimpeachable.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Kenneth Rexroth wrote the poem “A Sword in a Cloud of Light.” According to my astrological analysis and poetic intuition, you generate the exact power you need in the weeks ahead by imprinting your imagination with a vision of a sword in a cloud of light. I don’t want to get too intellectual, but the cloud of light represents your noble purpose or sacred aspiration. The sword symbolizes the new ferocity you invoke as you implement the next step of your noble purpose or sacred aspiration.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Can you imagine what it would be like to live without hiding and pretending? To relax into total honesty? If you were free to say exactly what you mean, unburdened by the fear telling the truth might lead to awkward complications? Such a pure, exalted condition is impossible, but you have a shot at accomplishing the next best thing next week. For best results, don’t be perfectly candid and utterly uninhibited. Aim for 75 percent. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s a favorable time to gather resources, amass bounty, solicit help and collect inside information. You won’t be greedy if you focus on getting exactly what you need to feel comfortable and strong. It’s fine to store far more than what you can immediately use, because now is also a favorable time to prepare for adventures when you’ll want to call on extraordinary levels of resources, bounty, help and inside info. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Extravagant wigs were fashionable for a while in 18thcentury England, soaring as high as four feet above a woman’s head. Collections of fruit was arrayed in the mass of hair, with small replicas of gardens, taxidermed birds and model ships. I’d love to see you wear something like that next week, but if it seems extreme, here’s a second-best option: Make your face, head and hair as sexy as possible. Use an alluring gaze and confident bearing to attract more of attention and resources. You have poetic license to be shinier and more charismatic than usual. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): One of your antirole models in the weeks ahead is the character Piscean diva Rihanna plays when she sings in Eminem’s tune “Love the Way You Lie.” Study these lyrics, mouthed by Rihanna, and be sure in every way imaginable, on psychological, spiritual and interpersonal levels, you embody the exact opposite of their attitude: “You’re just gonna stand there and watch me burn / But that’s all right because I like the way it hurts / You’re just gonna stand there and hear me cry / But that’s all right, because I love the way you lie.” Avoid all situations that tempt you to feel and act that way. Rob Brezsny email@example.com JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 4, 2014 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 29
WE LOCKED EYES You parked grey pickup beside Walgreen’s. You walked by, looked; we locked eyes. I was driving metallic SUV. We spoke, flirted, smiled. You left, I went behind Walgreens. You still there; locked eyes again. Still looking, you drove off. We honked horns. Me: Black female. You: White male. Let’s see where it goes. When: 3 p.m. Dec. 22. Where: Walgreen’s parking lot, Normandy. #1329-0129 ADVENTURE LANDING BASKETBALL DAD You: Handsome dad of teen shooting hoops near the snack area. Me: Mom of birthday boy. Lots of eye contact. Hoping for more! When: Jan. 17. Where: Adventure Landing/ Blanding Blvd. #1328-0129 IN LINE AT WALGREENS You: Very tall, handsome, bearded, purchasing items with your young daughter. Me: Blue-eyed brunette, ponytails, ball cap, black workout gear behind you in line. We made eye contact. Hope it was your daughter’s presence and not my lack of makeup that kept you from saying, “Hi.” When: Jan. 18. Where: Walgreens @ C.R. 210 & C.R. 2209. #1327-0122 BRIGHT YELLOW HEELS You: Tall brunette shopping at Target on San Jose/295 on 19 Jan.; short black dress, black tights. Your bright yellow heels caught my eye. You checked out faster than I did; I couldn’t catch up in the parking lot. Me: Tall, in a blue hat. We made eye contact right before you checked out. When: Jan. 19. Where: Target on San Jose/295. #1326-0122 RED DRESS BISTRO AIX Me: Awesome. You: Decent, in a red dress. Called you a name starting with “J.” You left. Let’s do it again. When: January 11. Where: Bistro Aix. #1325-0115 DOES THE BODY GOOD You in your sexy black uniform. Me in my Green Bay shirt. I want to work you out sometime. Please? When: Jan. 5. Where: Lynch’s Irish Pub. #1324-0108 SEXY SHOES AT PUBLIX You: Super classy blonde waiting at pharmacy. Me: Tall guy feeling electricity between us! I had to wait and had a seat. You were leaving and walked my way smiled and said “good luck”. I said “nice shoes” and then enjoyed the view as you walked away. Let’s talk! When: Dec. 29, 2013. Where: Publix @ University Blvd. #1323-0108
DURING JAGUARS 3RD WIN IN 11 DAYS! You: orange shirt, being a good dad taking your son to the game. Me: waiting on ramp. We had INTENSE eye contact, but could only chat for a minute. Have any kid-free time coming up? When: Dec. 5. Where: Jags Game. #1319-1218 MARGARITA MADNESS! Are YOU the guy at La Nopalera bar Third St. Jax Beach a few months ago? You nearly fell off the stool when I asked if you were just passing through. Fun evening! Laughter, good-natured teasing. Loved your quick sense of humor; think you liked mine. Future connection? Me: Cute blonde English girl. When: Early Summer. Where: La Nopalera Jax Beach. #1318-1218 AVENUES MALL You wore a baby blue zip-up uniform well; sexy black frame glasses; some sort of pouch. Your personality shined through your gleaming smile. You were helpful with my phone troubles; confident – I like a man with confidence. Me: brown hair, brown eyes, black shirt, scarf. Hope this makes it to you. When: Nov. 22. Where: Avenues Mall AT&T. #1317-1218 BEAUTIFUL BLONDE Hi K_, I came over and introduced myself when you were sitting across the bar from me. We made eye contact numerous times and observed some funny people in the bar. I would love to get together and see if we have any chemistry. My name starts with T. When: Nov. 14. Where: Jacksonville Ale House. #1316-1204 BEAUTIFUL LADY EATING ALONE OUTSIDE ISU! Plum/purple T-shirt, rolled-up jeans shorts, sandals. We were both eating alone at outside tables. Me: In a white T-shirt and plaid shorts. I should have least said hi or hello and I’m kicking myself now! I think you’re beautiful! I’d love to talk and see. When: Nov. 23. Where: The Loop @ St. Johns Ave. #1315-1127 IN LINE It’s been so many years. Forgetfulness caught up with me. I apologize for thinking I was blowing you off when all I wanted to do was catch up! We were in line together at Publix; you remembered me from HS. I felt like such a jerk as you sped away in your maroon VW. When: Nov. 3. Where: Publix @ Tinseltown. #1314-1127
YOU FOLLOWED ME OUTSIDE Me: Girl by myself. You: With friends dancing. You offered to buy me drink, I was drinking water, you followed me outside and asked for my #, I told you I was leaving for VA Monday. Should have given you my #, don’t want to start the New Year by being afraid. I’m in Daytona for a month. When: Dec. 27, 2013. Where: Ragtime. #1322-0108
GATORS IN OAKLEAF ISU at the bar, in blue jeans and a black shirt. Blond hair and oh so gorgeous smile. It was early evening; you spoke to the bartender often. Our eyes met when I got up to leave. I wore tan cargo pants, a black short-sleeved shirt and glasses. When: Nov. 10. Where: Gators @ Oakleaf. #1313-1127
WATCHING THE STEERS GAME Your legs blew me away from Jags and other games during season’s last week. Me: black pullover, black pants, bald. You can get me in shape for any kind of marathon. SWM Southside, enjoy sports, cooking, walking the beach. Rest you legs on my lap anytime, as we sit by candlelight and watch NYE ball drop. Happy New Year! When: Dec. 29. Where: Mudville Grille @ St. Nicholas. #1321-0108
HOLIDAYS AND A SUBSPECIES OF BEINGS We chatted for a good bit in line at veg fest. You compared your name to a holiday and mine to a group of people? Took me a minute to get your meaning. Should have taken you up on your offer to stick around. When: Nov. 9. Where: Riverside Park. #1312-1113
BLACK CROWES BEAUTY You: Brown-eyed, dark-haired American Indian-looking goddess. Me: Tall, dark, brooding musician. Talked after the show. You admired my Crowes tat, I admired your cheekbones. Best dancer in venue, and kind
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conversationalist. Shared tequila after the show. Heard you’re single. Let’s get together. When: Oct. 7. Where: St. Augustine. #1320-1218
ANIME TALK IN CHAMBLIN You: Pretty blonde, light blue eyes with a tan-ish scarf. Me: Wearing a single braid on one side, in a blue dress and a raccoon backpack. First, we bonded over a love for “Loveless,” then you recommended “Clamp School Detectives.” I wish I’d asked for your name. :) When: Nov. 6. Where: Chamblin’s Uptown. #1310-1106
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America’s returning warriors continue to experience inexplicable difficulty after putting their lives at risk for their country. It took 13 years for Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson to get his job back from his civilian employer after he took leave in 2000 to serve in the National Guard special forces. The employer soon fired him for taking “excessive military leave.” The employer? The U.S. Postal Service, for which Erickson worked as a window clerk (and which was forced to reinstate him after a January 2014 ruling awarding him $2 million in back pay). Erickson had won several interim victories, but USPS fought each one, extending the case, and said in January that it might even appeal the latest ruling.
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