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LAST WEEKEND, BOURGEOIS FESTIVALGOERS were treated to an up-close-and-personal experience of how the other half lives. Promised exclusive accommodations, gourmet fare, and bang-able beauties a-plenty, attendees of the ill-fated Fyre Festival in the Bahamas instead spent their vacation scavenging for life’s little luxuries, like food, water and a place to sleep. At night, wild dogs looked on as people were driven from their tents, looting and fire broke out and, in the chaos, a mostly benevolent war party took over the bar and began distributing their bounty to grateful refugees. It was “the cultural experience of a decade,” just as the festivalplanners had marketed it, though probably not in the way they intended. Fyre Festival was also an unintentionally apropos metaphor for current affairs. The event was masterminded by an inflammatory, aging New Yorker with scads of enemies, a history of tax issues, penchant for models, and an unquenchable thirst for the blinding spotlight of fame. To lure people to Fyre Festival, Ja Rule promised them the moon; scavenger hunts with booty valued at $1 million, luxury villas, two levels of access (regular and extra-smarmy), famous people, beautiful women, all in an unspoiled tropical paradise. Fyre was to be the best festival of all time, Coachella times 1,000, an ultimate, immersive, luxury getaway. And people bought it, hook, line and stinker. Major media followed (swim)suit, penning articles with titles like “Inside the Private Island Escape All the Supermodels are Flocking to this Summer” and “11 Things to Know About Fyre Festival, Because It’s Unlike Any Music Event You’ve Attended Before.” Hauntingly accurate foreshadowing. A warning was issued to organizers and their staff in March, according to The Cut. Then, in April, grumblings emerged in the Wall Street Journal and Page Six, the latter reporting that some of the event’s pseudo-spokespersons were “super pissed-off ” to learn that they would now have to pay for their own passage to Miami and, tellingly, that some of the luxurious accommodations promised on the festival website had been quietly changed to “modern, eco-friendly, geodesic domes,” hands-down the best all-time description of a tent. Unmoved, the fearless Fyre chief pressed onward. He’d consolidated his forces to those who nodded on command; soliciting a ‘yes’ was as simple as asking a question, any question, no matter how insane or bizarre. (Though perhaps he didn’t bother to solicit opinions. And why should have he? After all, his word was all that
mattered.) They were going to be legends. This was going to change everything. And indeed it did. Incredibly, those involved didn’t seem to realize how far they’d wandered into the realm of fantasy forged with promises of fiction until they were already being overwhelmed by a mob outraged at being betrayed by a man who guaranteed paradise and delivered horror. As mayhem descended upon the gravel and sand lot that comprised the lush festival grounds, the man himself was nowhere near. His second-in-command, a social climber with a history of cajoling dollars out of the wealthy naïve, was left to explain the bedlam; failing that, he too fled to safety. In the aftermath of the fiasco, the Fyre chief and his minions had the audacity to blame those who wanted to attend their event for its utter failure. Never mind that when guests arrived, the hosts hadn’t built half of what they’d promised; or that ticket sales are a pretty solid way to project attendance; or that there are scores of professionals with decades of experience orchestrating large events such as this that they could have, but did not, hire; or that partnerships forged in “a mutual interest in technology, the ocean and rap music,” as the newly apologetic festival website details, generally peak with a kick-ass music video, not a festival on a private Bahamian island the likes of which the world has never seen. Now the wronged have gathered forces and filed a $100 million class action lawsuit to pursue compensation for the indignities suffered for the grave sin of seeing bluster and balls as substance and certainty. In this way, each wheel in the cog shares blame for the epic fail that was Fyre Festival. The media outlets that were too dazzled by skin and sex and supermodel sweat to question the feasibility of building, from scratch, a lavish festival on an uninhabited lot in four short months; the overconfident organizers and staff who surveyed the stage-less, villa-less tent city and did not sound an alarm; the hopeless, hapless denizens so desperate to press flesh with elites that they did not consult common sense before booking passage to a luxury event masterminded by a has-been rapper in his 40s who did time for tax evasion. They were promised the moon but no one seems to have told them that the moon is too large to hold in the palm of a hand, that if you dance too close to the fire, you’re going to get burned. Claire Goforth email@example.com @ClaireNJax
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BRICKBATS + BOUQUETS BOUQUETS TO SLEIMAN ENTERPRISES Thanks to the local development company, three Jacksonville Beach families will have a new place to call home. Sleiman Enterprises has sponsored the $172,000 construction of a Beaches Habitat for Humanity triplex in the OceanGate neighborhood, which will, eventually, house 70 families. The three beneficiaries of Sleiman’s generosity will receive a down payment for their new home, are approved for 30-year zero-interest loans, and will in turn pay it forward by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. BRICKBATS TO RACIST CRAIGLISTER Last week, a student at Fleming Island High School posted a surreptitiously taken photo of two of his classmates on Craigslist with the title “two slaves for sale,” referring to the young black women as “slavegals” in “good condition.” The male student responsible, whose name was not released, was suspended for 10 days and has been referred to another school for transfer. BOUQUETS TO JESSICA ROWAN Rowan, a junior at Flagler College, was recently awarded an international reporting grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a nonprofit that supports engagement with underreported global affairs. With the grant, the journalism major intends to travel to Costa Rica to investigate the plight of children with Type I diabetes whose families can’t afford or obtain medical supplies. While other college students are bumming around the beach, Rowan will be investigating a potentially grave injustice infl icted upon innocent children by circumstance. The world needs more journalists like her. DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO DESERVES A BOUQUET? HOW ABOUT A BRICKBAT? Send submissions to email@example.com; 50 word maximum, concerning a person, place, or topic of local interest. MAY 3-9, 2017 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 5
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Bona fide survivors of the Nirvana-era, alt-rock boom, since 1992 L.A. rockers Weezer have enjoyed a loyal following as they dig deep into their savvy catalog of tunes that touch on pop punk, power pop and oldschool emo. In case Generation Xers want to feel even older, you’ll be happy to realize that Weezer tunes like “Undone – The Sweater Song,” “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So” are now techinically classic rock. Lucky you! 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4 with openers The Pauses, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, $39.50-$75, staugamphitheatre.com.
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HAROLD LÓPEZ-NUSSA TRIO Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa was born and raised in a family of working musicians; by the age of eight, he was already studying classical piano. Still just in his early 30s, López-Nussa has performed at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival as well as with the elderly master players of the Buena Vista Social Club. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, The Ritz Theatre & Museum, Downtown, $30, ritzjacksonville.com.
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Hosted by internationally award-winning poet and comedian Queen Sheba, Poetry vs. Hip Hop is a verbal standoff, with one poet and one emcee trading word skills in each round. But in lieu of any onstage takedowns, the contestants are required to show each other love in some way to emphasize the bridging of gaps and culture. 9 p.m. Friday, May 5, Nighthawks, Riverside, $20, facebook.com/nighthawksjax. 6 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | MAY 3-9, 2017
The Romanza Festivale returns to St. Augustine, with 10 days of more than 60 events and exhibits, including music, dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic productions, visual arts, cuisine, heritage, culture and sports. Headliners include Lomazov-Rackers Piano Duo (pictured), the Gamble Rogers Music Festival, Kaleidoscope of Dance, and a special Harry Potter-themed event featuring magic shows, a quidditch tourney, and a personal appearance by Chris Rankin, who played Percy Weasley in the HP flicks. Friday, May 5-Sunday, May 14 at various St. Augustine venues; all details at romanzafestivale.com.
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PRAWNS & PIRATES! ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL
The 54th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is three full days of family-geared fun, with lots of seafood and other food offerings, arts & crafts, antiques, a kidzone, fireworks, Shrimp Run 5K, live music (including ’60s greats The Swingin’ Medallions as well as Skip Martin (pictured) from the Dazz Band and Kool & the Gang!), the traditional Invasion of the Pirates, a shrimp boat contest, a beard contest and many more springtime delights. Friday, May 5; Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, in downtown Fernandina Beach. Details and schedules at shrimpfestival.com.
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“One Door for Education is my passion and it helps keep black children out of trouble,” Brown allegedly told a New Jersey anesthesiologist with a history of fraud allegations himself. Brown’s verbal pitches were followed up by semi-coherent emails from Ronnie Simmons, who would drop dimes like “we really could use $10k.” I mean, really—how can you refuse that? They’d take these fools for money for the most outlandish bullshit. The Corrine Brown Golf Invitational. Exchange trips to China. The football skybox. And the Beyoncé skybox. Donors didn’t vet where the money was going. Not a one of them—many who provided seed money for the city’s leadership class with hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations—got anything approaching verifiable detail on where their money went. Because, ultimately, the money didn’t matter to them. It might take you, the reader, three years to make $90,000. But for Bright House Networks, which had a $600,000 yearly spend on “philanthropy,” if you have a congresswoman with a charity, why not put some of that budget into her? Never mind that it takes 30 seconds to verify 501(c)3 registration and is usually provided in great detail at the bottom of paperwork soliciting funds. Or that none of these people came chasing back when they learned it wasn’t a tax write-off. It wasn’t about charity. It was, as Bittel correctly asserted, transactional money. Doled out away from the cameras, outside official channels or accountability. Too toxic for photo ops. Following testimony in the first part of the trial, one has to consider one of two conclusions, both of which are depressing as hell. One: The people who put hundreds of thousands into your candidates lack serious ability to vet where their money is going. The other: They knew, or could guess, that the money was going—at least in part— to the Corrine Machine, feeding all of those hungry mouths. Transactional money. Strategic philanthropy. Corrine Brown may be guilty as hell. But so is the system that propped her up, that failed to do deep-dives into the fictional charity it funded. In closing, a Fun Fact: Very, very few of these donors wanted to talk into live mikes when TV chased them after the trial. So much for “cash me outside.” A.G. Gancarski firstname.lastname@example.org @AGGancarski
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“TRANSACTIONAL MONEY IS A CHALLENGE.” This amazingly revealing quote, secured by Jenna Bourne from Action News Jax, is from Stephen Bittel, chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, who was in town Friday for two reasons. The advertised reason: a speech to young Dems at University of North Florida. The real reason? His private plane had to make a landing, so to speak, at the Corrine Brown trial. Bittel, a generous man in the way that everyone in the political class is generous, gave money to One Door for Education. And why not? When “philanthropic giving” not only stirs your soul, but (at least theoretically) eases your tax burden, you might as well be friendly. After all, you never know when you might need a friend someday, and up until things turned for her, Queen Corrine was a great friend to have. Bittel testified that in 2014, Brown and her crew (Ronnie Simmons and Carla Wiley, who’ve already turned on her) wanted to use Bittel’s private jet to go to a Jaguars/Redskins game in the D.C. area. It was supposedly for a One Door fundraiser event, so Bittel made it happen. What it was: a bunch of Brown cronies, and Queen Corrine herself, in an exclusive skybox living la vida loca. This has been a frustrating trial to cover, because the testimony (through week one) swung from one bamboozled big-dollar donor to the next, without prosecution or defense really getting at the mechanism that makes grifts like this quasi-charity possible. One Door is a product of the system of “transactional money” that Bittel discussed … outside the courtroom. Those lawyers weren’t going to ask about transactional money. And that jury isn’t politically savvy enough to think it through more deeply. In so many instances, here’s the rough narrative arc. Brown hits up some jamoke for contributions to her campaign fund or her legal defense fund or her Honey Dripper House fund. These folks don’t want to be on the contribution report ... not for Corrine Brown. However, they will do it on the down-low, where nobody has to know. To that end, one of a few pass-through mechanisms was One Door, a way to “keep black kids out of trouble,” as one donor quoted Queen Corrine. Some put in as much as $90K. Perhaps they had some issue in a congressional committee Brown was on, and they needed to push that issue. Brown, the narrative runs, made the pitch on the phone. Or in person, even going to New Jersey to hustle one chump for One Door.
EVERYONE EXPERIENCES SOME KIND OF trauma in life. In such times, it is common to feel alone and helpless, as if there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. These feelings can cause some to attempt suicide to put an end to the pain. In 2015, suicide was the ninth leading cause of death in Florida and 10th in the nation, according to Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition. To fight this disturbing statistic, Jacksonville’s Claresa Baggs has created a web series, Still Surviving and Walking in Your Purpose, designed to let people who are struggling with suicidal ideations know that there is hope, that their current circumstances can change. Baggs, founder and president of the nonprofit All I Know Incorporated, seeks to let people know that they are not alone, that there is hope, and a happy successful life is still attainable. “There’s no such thing as ‘I survived, period,’” said Baggs. “There’s a purpose to everything that we go through in life.” Baggs believes that no matter the circumstance, there is good in everything, but we must seek that out, find our purpose, and not be ashamed of the past. The series features guests from all walks of life. For each episode, host Gigi Blackshear guides guests through a discussion of their trials and struggles and how they overcame them. “The goal is to save lives,” said Baggs. The first season introduces a man who struggled to readjust after two traumatic accidents halted his athletic career; a woman whose mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; a woman who lives with lupus; and another woman who had a terrifying encounter with a stalker. Baggs said that it took only one phone call to get the project off the ground. With the help of a close friend and the Art Institute of Jacksonville, which opened its doors to Baggs and her team, her idea quickly came to
fruition. About six months after Baggs came up with the idea, they wrapped the filming of its first season. The second season begins production this spring and is scheduled to wrap by summer. This time around, the show will bring in therapists to speak with guests, showcasing how they work through thoughts and feelings about their pasts. Like the people her series features, Baggs is no stranger to hard times. At just 12 years old, she gave birth to her first child, conceived by her mother’s husband, who was sexually abusing her. She says that people called her things like “fast,” and assumed negative things about her, but no one cared enough to find out who her baby’s father really was. Baggs says that her traumatic childhood led her to attempt suicide multiple times while she was growing up. “I felt like I was the only one that God chose to let this happen to,” she said. Even to this day, she struggles with the memories of the abuse she and her 11 siblings experienced at the hands of both their mother and their stepfather. “They used to tell us we weren’t shit and we would never be shit,” she said. “It took me a long time to stop believing that.” It was that unfortunate time in her life that later inspired Baggs to start an organization called All I Know, and eventually the web series. “Had I not gone through all that ugliness growing up I would not have my daughter now. And I cannot imagine my life without her. I would not be doing the work that I’m doing now, changing lives.” Celise Blackman email@example.com _____________________________________ The first season of Still Surviving and Walking in your Purpose is available at facebook.com/ StillSurvivingandWalkinginYourPurpose and on the All I Know YouTube page, youtube.com/ channel/UCCUr8EW4nXNd3o3nJAOoStw.
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ree Enterprise. The great fevered dream of the west. There are fewer images in the modern mind that truly elicit the pure spirit of grassroots capitalism more than the food truck. It is indeed a wondrous, elusive object of desire, born of a passion for great and affordable food. And while the collective gut of Downtown Jacksonville grows with each gourmet grilled cheese from a truck, a sizable swath of the city’s brick-and-mortar restaurants increasingly find themselves dealing with the fallout from the city’s new culinary fixation. According to Tom Thornton, owner of The Bank BBQ & Bakery and leader of the Downtown Restaurant Association of Jacksonville, “It’s just not fair what these food trucks are doing. “Lunch is our main time to make money, so we have about 12 hours a week–give or take–to actually make our living. Of course, you can’t do that when you have the food trucks eating up the majority of your customer base.” Thornton’s claims are not without cause. In fact, First Coast News has recently reported that some owners have had to fire as many as three employees in the last couple months, with sales dropping 60 percent. And according to the Jacksonville Business Journal, some restaurants’ revenue streams have dropped from 15 percent to as much as 40 percent since the Hogan Street food truck court opened. Andy Patel, owner of the Pita Pit franchise near the Duval County Courthouse, reportedly told Jacksonville Business Journal that if it weren’t for catering, he would close his doors. “I thought about shutting down last week,” said Patel. “Downtown Jacksonville, over the years, has lost about 30,000 people,” said Thornton. “Most recently, they lost 500
right here from just one company, CSX. So the pie is not as large as people think it is, and at the end of the day, there is just not enough business for both groups.” And it’s not just the food trucks on Hogan Street which Thornton references. In fact, Thornton estimates there are at least 15 food trucks operating in the Downtown area at any given time, which significantly impacts Downtown restaurateurs. “And this doesn’t just apply to food trucks,” Thornton clarifies. “If there were, say, another 15 to 20 restaurants that opened right where the food trucks are, we would be having the same problems. “But they would at least be on a level playing field with us. They would be faced with the same issues that we are faced with. Like having employees, making Downtown permanently more beautiful, or having a nice restaurant that allows people to come and sit and enjoy their food.” Which leads to Thornton’s other major criticism of the food truck scene: a lack of positive contribution to the Downtown area. “Really, what do they contribute to Downtown that the restaurants don’t already have?” asks Thornton. “There is probably all of one truck that I’ve seen that actually serves something different than what the other 90 Downtown restaurants serve … “They don’t contribute any new food that isn’t already found Downtown. They don’t bring any new customers Downtown either, they’re simply slicing the pie of customers even thinner without having to pay any of the major costs that we have to afford. They don’t have to pay liability insurance for property, they don’t have to pay electric and water, they don’t have to pay for sewage or garbage pickup.” According to some business owners, the cost of operating an actual restaurant Downtown can run at least $15,000 a month.
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“They don’t have to pay the annual fee for the Downtown Vision Plan, they don’t pay any property taxes and, around 2 p.m., most of the trucks pack up and leave,” added Thornton. “They come down, reap the profits, and leave. And it’s not like these guys are hurting for money anyway, because many of them have brick-and-mortar restaurants, too.” As far as Thornton and many other Downtown restaurant owners see it, the food trucks aren’t doing anything to permanently enhance the Downtown area. “It’s just a carnival atmosphere with the food trucks,” said Thornton. “Is that what Downtown Jacksonville wants to look like? A carnival? Or does it want to look like a vibrant and growing metropolis? “Cities like Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Tampa and even the entire providence of Ontario, Canada are all places that have either seriously regulated food trucks, or outright barred them from the downtown areas. “So Jacksonville is a little late on the fad, but at the same time, these major metropolitan areas–that are considerably more successful with their downtown areas–have realized that food trucks are not what they want.”
f course, this wouldn’t be America if someone didn’t fervently disagree. Chriss Brown, the director of Jax Truckies, makes her case by noting the current legislation that was agreed upon a few years back. “We’ve already gone through this back in 2014 with the City Council,” said Brown. “And if you look at the final legislation, you’ll have all the names of those that were in all the meetings along with everyone that had input.
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“A lot of these restaurants that are upset right now were a part of that initial legislation and, of course, others chose not to be. So everyone already had their chance to voice any concerns they might have about the current setup.” The legislation to which Brown is referring is Ordinance 2014-0472, which was officially introduced to the Jacksonville City Council in July 2014. The legislation, according to Brown, was the product of several months of meetings and compromises made between both sides of the food truck and restaurant divide. A highly regulative piece of legislation, much of it includes specific limitations unique to food trucks. Such as being prohibited from locating within 15 feet of any crosswalk, building entrance or exit, or “any walk which leads directly from a building entrance or exit.” The vehicles are also prohibited from locating within 20 feet of any bus stop, 25 feet of any intersection on a public street, right-of-way, driveway and/or alleyway, and– specific to Downtown–within 50 feet of any permanent establishment selling food for onpremise consumption (i.e., a restaurant). “It actually ended up being a mutual piece of legislation,” said Brown. “The things they’re upset with now–like the food truck court on Hogan Street–all fit into that original agreement we made. “And to say that we don’t give back to the community is probably the most egregious thing that someone could say. I would venture to guess that none of the restaurants, as a whole, give back as much as food trucks do.” For example, Brown estimates that food truck owners–as a group–donate more than $100,000 annually in both food and cash donations, with each food truck donating a certain percentage of the day’s profits, usually between 8 and 10 percent, to various fundraisers in Jacksonville. “Also, to say that we don’t have the same expenses is wrong,” added Brown. “We all have similar expenses. We pay the same taxes, we pay the same fees to the city, we pay the same fees to the state for a license–it’s no different for a mobile vendor than it is for a restaurant … “So I really don’t understand the argument that food trucks don’t have the same expenses as a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Because
even though we come into an area and are mobile, we still have to pay rent at each facility and location we set up at, as well as when we store our supplies and trucks overnight.” As Brown and many other food truck owners see it, everybody is paying rent to somebody. It might not be Downtown proper, but they all have bills that need to be paid.
ouncilman Reggie Gaffney, who represents the Downtown district, has also weighed in on the matter. Gaffney is currently in the process of hearing out both sides of the issue to determine a fair and equitable course of action. According to Gaffney, “I’ve already sat down with about 40 to 50 people that represent the Downtown brick-and-mortar restaurants. We’ve discussed some of the disadvantages and advantages between the two groups and I feel that this is definitely something that we need to look at. “This is what my concern is: We’ve got enough blighted buildings Downtown. The last thing we need is more restaurants to go out of business due to the lack of support that the city was giving them. And given what the city data has been saying, five years ago, we had 20,000 people Downtown at any given time. Now we have about half that … “As far as legislation goes, it’s a little early right now. I’m still in the process of meeting with some of my colleagues to discuss the situation. The next step is going to be to call a notice meeting so that we can really have an open discussion on how both groups are going to be able to live harmoniously within the space they’re given.” Thus far, Gaffney and his colleagues are uncertain of what the answer to the problem is going to be. However, Gaffney did express interest in seeing what each side is willing to give up. “This is going to have to be a give-and-take agreement between both groups,” said Gaffney. Regardless of their discordant interests, both factions made it very clear that there is no “turf war” going on, that both sides have each other’s interest at heart as well as their own. “Nobody is trying to eliminate anybody,” said Thornton. “I would like to see the food trucks prosper, I would like to see our restaurants prosper, but not at the expense of each other. We can’t decide to pack up and move like a food truck can when it rains and people decide to stay in their offices. We’re stuck here. “I’m not trying to say that food trucks don’t have a place. Everybody in our organization believes that food trucks have a place here, but not at our expense. We
don’t want the food trucks to be completely banished from Jacksonville. Really, what we want is to see the food trucks receive an equitable share of the 10 or so hours a week that we all have to make a living Downtown. A share that is fair to all. “At the very least, local government needs to step in and give us a chance to recoup our investments. Even the smallest restaurants Downtown have sunk considerably more money into their enterprise than a food truck vendor. “The city councilmen are ultimately going to be the ones who decide on what to do here,” said Thornton. “They’re going to have to choose which is more valuable to the Downtown area. And they may decide not to do anything. But I can promise you that if that happens, there are going to be a lot of empty stores and unhappy landlords, and I don’t know if that’s what Jacksonville wants.” Brown, however, sees the food truck epidemic as the doctrine of good news and a saving grace for the increasingly derelict Downtown. According to Brown, the people who are requesting the food trucks are the same ones involved with the Downtown revitalization. “We work with groups that are trying to revitalize Downtown, and they’re trying to get more options,” said Brown. “The more options that are Downtown, the more people it will bring to Downtown. And to my knowledge, that is the goal.” Furthermore, Brown has made it clear that food trucks are in no way in a battle with the current restaurant establishments. “We don’t search out places where we can cause trouble for somebody else–we don’t want that,” said Brown. “What we want is for an area we can call our own to fit into the legislation–which was already agreed upon three years ago–and city council passed it, and everybody signed off on it. “As it stands right now, both sides made compromises and things could always be better for one or the other. But we’ve already agreed on the rules and what we could and couldn’t do. We gave up some of our demands just to work with people to get the original legislation passed. So as it stands now, things are as about as fair as they’re gonna be.” “Everything is on the table now,” said Gaffney. “So we’re gonna have to see where we can go from here. But the plan here is in the next few months to get this problem resolved, but I’ve got to hear more discussions from both sides. “No matter what everybody’s personal opinion on the matter is, I’m going to do what’s best for Downtown.” Jake Gerken firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the food truck court opened on Hogan Street, nearby restaurants have complained of drastic drops in sales.
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Brett’s Waterway Café
Overlooking Fernandina Harbor Marina, Brett’s offers an upscale atmosphere with outstanding food. The extensive luncheon and dinner menus feature daily specials, fresh Florida seafood, chicken and aged beef. Cocktails, beer and wine. Casual resort wear. Open at 11:30 a.m. daily. Fernandina Harbor Marina at the foot of Centre Street 904-261-2660
T-Ray’s Burger Station
T-Ray’s offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items. In addition to an outstanding breakfast menu, you’ll find some of the best burgers you’ve ever put in your mouth. The Burger Station offers a grilled portabello mushroom burger, grilled or fried chicken salad and much more. The spot where locals grab a bite and go! Now serving beer & wine. Open Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Sundays. 202 S. Eighth Street 904-261-6310
Jack & Diane’s
The locals’ favorite hangout! Dine inside or on the patio of this cozy, renovated 1887 shotgun home in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. From the crab & shrimp omelet to the steak & tomato pie, “The tastiest spot on Centre” offers food with attitude and unexpected flair. Live music elevates your dining experience to a new level. Come for breakfast, stay for dinner! You’ll love every bite! 708 Centre Street 904-321-1444
The Mustard Seed Cafe
Inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, free-range chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups are available – all prepared with our staff’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi, or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat. nassauhealthfoods.net 833 T.J. Courson Road 904-277-3141
Moon River Pizza
Moon River Pizza treats customers like family. Cooked in a brick oven, the pizza is custommade by the slice (or, of course, by the pie). Set up like an Atlanta-style pizza joint, Moon River also offers an eclectic selection of wine and beer. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Dine in or take it with you. 925 S. 14th Street 904-321-3400
Homemade sandwiches, salads and soups are served in a relaxed atmosphere in this charming building in the historic district. Delicious fresh fish specials and theme nights (Pad Thai and curry), plus vegetarian dishes, are also featured. Karibrew Brew Pub & Grub – the only one on the island – offers onsite beers and great burgers and sandwiches. 27 N. Third Street 904-277-5269
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STILL SHINING After three decades, Ben Harper’s multifaceted career shows NO SIGN OF FADING
o honorable critic working in the Year of our Lord 2017 should ever make such an admission, but the truth is the truth—Ben Harper’s music changed my life. When I showed up at Flagler College as a fresh-faced freshman in 2001, Ben and his protégé Jack Johnson were ubiquitous. At every party, the dudes would blast “Burn One Down,” an earthy ode to the joys of marijuana. Shortly thereafter, the ladies would spin “Steal My Kisses,” dancing to the breezy romantic ditty. Both of those songs, along with nearly everything on Harper’s first four critically acclaimed albums (1994’s Welcome to the Cruel World, ’95’s Fight for Your Mind, ’97’s The Will to Live, and ’99’s Burn to Shine) feature crisp, concise production from longtime associate JP Plunier. That allows endless room to move for both the gentle power of Harper’s voice— up, down, quiet, loud, falsetto, basso profundo, the man can truly do it all—and his diverse musical influences. Born to an African-American/Cherokee father and a Jewish mother who traces her ancestry back to Lithuania, Harper grew up in his maternal grandparents’ business, The Folk Music Center in Claremont, California. Founded in the 1950s thanks to their friendship with Alan Lomax, loyal customers included Leonard Cohen and Ry Cooder. In 1978, a nine-year-old Harper saw Bob Marley and Peter Tosh onstage in Burbank; Country Joe & The Fish once played a private concert in Harper’s grandmother’s living room. In the ’80s, Ben became enamored of hip-hop, but he also taught himself bottleneck slide and lap steel guitar, advancing to such a high level of excellence that by 1990, he was touring and recording with modern blues icon Taj Mahal. In a genius long-term creative decision, Virgin Records signed Harper to a lifetime contract in 1992, allowing him the creative freedom and time to make debut album Welcome to the Cruel World, a masterpiece that laid the template for Harper’s farranging diversity. He nimbly evokes a gospel upbringing on songs like “Like a King” and “How Many Miles Must We March,” funky modernism on “Mama’s Got a Girlfriend Now,” and tender balladry on “Waiting on an Angel.” But the fact that Harper closed the album with a recitation of Maya Angelou’s “I’ll Rise” and a gut-wrenching cover of Blind Willie Johnson’s “…By and By I’m Going to See the King” made his intentions
clear: social justice, political consciousness and cultural awareness would represent a continuous through-line in Harper’s music. That sense of possibility is what cinched it for me as an impressionable 18-yearold. On Fight for Your Mind, the bongos of “Burn One Down” rub shoulders with the minor-key despair of “Another Lonely Day.” On The Will to Live, the raucous rock of “Glory & Consequence” balances out the fragility of “Widow of a Living Man,” all while Harper embraces Rastafarianism on “Jah Work” and mainline Christianity on “I Want to be Ready.” Meanwhile, Burn to Shine was mine and mine alone—the recent death of a devoutly religious aunt made “Two Hands of a Prayer” and “In the Lord’s Arms” instant tearjerkers, while my romantic self drowned in dreamy tracks like “The Woman in You” and “Show Me a Little Shame.” Cheesy shit, right? Indeed—which is why I’ve never shared my love of Ben Harper with any of my musically astute friends and colleagues. But looking back, absorbing those first four Ben Harper albums incessantly as an 18-year-old set me up for a lifetime of empathy, enthusiasm and emotion, both as a writer and a human. In Ben Harper’s exploratory spirit, I found a willingness to accept and enjoy all genre permutations (and the often clunky combinations thereof). In Ben Harper’s fits of pique, I discovered the ability to simultaneously laugh, cry, rage and dance. In Harper’s collaborative
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albums with legendary gospel singers The Blind Boys of Alabama and celebrated blues harp master Charlie Musselwhite, I connected with a desire to honor those who walked before us while marching ever onward in the name of fundamental human progress. In Harper’s high-minded concept albums like the Jekyll-and-Hyde Both Sides of the Gun and Childhood Home, a folksy collaboration with his mother, I found a kindred intellectual spirit. In Harper’s long and illustrious filmography, including guest spots on everything from Daria to One Tree Hill to The O.C. and House, I found a smart pop-culture sensibility. It doesn’t hurt that Harper has always maintained a sense of understated personal style, even in the dreadfully tacky ’90s. He became famous in Europe and Australia before he broke big at home in the U.S. He travels the world to surf, owns a private indoor skatepark and has worked with everyone from Ringo Starr and Jackson Browne to Mavis Staples and Toots Hibbert in his decked-out Santa Monica studio. In between tours, he can even be found behind the counter at The Folk Music Center, the institution he inherited from his grandparents, which he intends to perpetuate. In short, even though he came of age in the ’80s and established his career in the ’90s, Harper was made to be a 21st-century celebrity: handsome, intelligent, prolific and outspoken, with a dash of mystery and joie de vivre mixed in. Speaking about the way his latest album, 2016’s Call It What it Is, bluntly addresses police brutality and racial inequality, “Music should always be authentic [and] worth exploring,” Harper told Blues Magazine last October. “It’s important to see just how deep it can go, how it can become a fuse. [At the same time], the music must have room to breathe. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve never been or had to be mainstream. If anything, the mainstream has in fact shifted to meet and fit me.” Nick McGregor email@example.com
BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS, LITTLE MAE 8 p.m. May 5, The Florida Theatre, Downtown, $39.50-$69.50, floridatheatre.com
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FOLIO A+E : MAGIC LANTERNS Thanks to a unique script and memorable score, this ’50s horror flick DESERVES REISSUE
here is no way that I Bury the Living (1958), just released on Blu-ray, may be considered a classic. Still, it’s worthy of attention for several reasons, not the least of which are its failed possibilities. Bolstered by a promising title, the film might have been a gem in the annals of ’50s movie horror, except for the important fact that it’s not really a horror film— something the viewer doesn’t discover until the disappointing ending. Three things going for the film are its star (Richard Boone), its film score (by Gerald Fried) and a creepy map, the film’s visual centerpiece (designed by E. Vorkapich). Those aspects alone make I Bury the Living memorable—for good reasons. The second feature directed by the prolific Albert Band, whose son Charles later ran Empire Pictures (a bastion of cheesy horror in the ’80s and ’90s), Bury is the story of Robert Kraft (Boone), a young businessman suddenly made chairman of a committee that overlooks the operation of the city cemetery. Theodore Bikel, only seven years older than Boone in real life but here sporting a white wig and unconvincing makeup, plays Andy MacKee, the cemetery’s ancient groundskeeper. Andy explains to Robert the intricacies of the map’s design, which, as the film develops, takes on an almost hallucinatory, Picasso-esque appearance. Lots purchased for future occupants are marked with white pins; the burial spaces assigned to the dead are named and marked on the map with a black pin, to be inserted at the appropriate time by the cemetery director. After he accidentally marks joint plots of two newlyweds with black pins, Robert is horrified to learn that they died soon after. In short order, other deaths quickly follow as he places the ominous black pins on spots assigned to the living. None of this is intended with malice by the nonplussed director; in fact, he’s encouraged to do so by members of the board when he tries to convince them that he’s responsible for the unexplained deaths. Somehow, Robert is convinced he has been imbued with the power of life and death, not like God but Lucifer. Of course, everyone else—including his pretty fiancée—is convinced that Robert is delusional, but as the death toll mounts (and Robert’s psychic well-being crumbles), doubts begin to rise. At one point near the end, he contemplates suicide, his outlined figure sinking into the sinister map much like Jimmy Stewart’s angst-ridden Scottie Ferguson in a memorable animated sequence from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo the next year. Between 1954-’56, Richard Boone had become a familiar face to American audiences in his role as Dr. Konrad Styner in TV’s Medic, one of the earliest and best of television medical dramas. From 1957-’63, of course, he was the iconic Paladin in Have Gun, Will Travel. During these years, as well as before and after, he appeared in numerous other TV series and films, usually in a supporting role, frequently as the villain, in films. Marlon Brando killed him in The Night of the
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Following Day (1968), Paul Newman in Hombre (1967), and John Wayne most memorably in Big Jake (1971) and The Shootist (1976). For one of the few times in his career, Richard Boone was the hero in I Bury the Living and sort of a romantic hero. At least he gets the girl. In terms of the film itself, he gives a tortured, convincing performance. Though Fried is not usually included among the greatest of film composers—like Korngold, Herrmann, Morricone, Williams and others—he was still quite prolific and often quite original. In Return of the Vampire (the same year as I Bury the Living), his variation on the “Dies Irae” pulsed ominously throughout the film, presaging Kubrick’s memorable use of the same theme in the title sequence of The Shining 23 years later. In fact, it was Fried who scored The Killing in 1956, Kubrick’s first major film. In I Bury the Living, Fried’s subtle use of the old folk tune “A Soalin’,” compounded with the pulsing hammer beats that underlie increasingly distorted visions of the ominous map, is incredibly effective in emphasizing the growing sense of dread we viewers feel. In the end, I Bury the Living cops out with a rational, if not utterly credible, explanation for all the spooky stuff—a not-uncommon gimmick in other films, even classics like Vertigo. Nonetheless, the film well deserves more than a footnote in the ’50s genre market, making this new Blu-ray edition a tasty hors d’oeuvre, if not exactly a full feast. Pat McLeod firstname.lastname@example.org
NOWSHOWING AMERICAN WRESTLER: THE WIZARD The fact-based film premieres 4 and 7:30 p.m. May 3 at Regal Avenues, 9525 Philips Hwy. and AMC Regency, 9451 Regency Square Blvd.. It stars Jon Voight, William Fichtner and George Kosturos. SUN-RAY CINEMA Free Fire, Their Finest, Raw, and Colossal screen at 1028 Park St., 359-0049, sunraycinema.com. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starts May 4. CORAZON CINEMA & CAFÉ Lion and Life screen. Throwback Thursday screens The Outlaw, noon May 4 & 7. Local playwright/actor Lee Weaver’s The Secret, about the Spanish Inquisition, runs 7 p.m. May 4. Grave Encounters runs 8 p.m. May 5. Hidden Pictures, about the ‘universal stigma of mental illness and the power of transformation programs,’ runs noon May 6; lunch included in suggested $20 donation; proceeds benefit local mental health services. The Kentucky Derby is screened 6 p.m. May 6, hats encouraged; $10 includes food; $5 includes Derby cocktails; doors open 4:30 p.m. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine, 679-5736, corazoncinemaandcafe.com. IMAX THEATER Amazon Adventure, Walking with Dinosaurs, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Dream Big and Extreme Weather screen at World Golf Village IMAX Theater, St. Augustine, 940-4133, worldgolfimax.com.
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FOLIO A+E : ARTS
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ixed-media artists are offered a wide path of opportunities in material, texture and proportion—even performance. While roughly the last 15 years have witnessed the ongoing dominance of the “re”’s— reappropriating, repurposing and recycling— at its base level, mixed-media art (and its offspring, multimedia art) encourages artists to use materials both complimentary and incongruent. If the artist is on point (or maybe just lucky), they may create a new hybrid, chimerical form. Others stumble, making art that dilutes their original vision through a miasma of treacly, spangled gimmicks in line with the “Emperor’s New Clothes” school of art. If you don’t understand it, it must be good. So we then have a gallery of sudden fools circling shit art, inspiring more dilettantes tantes to hawk bafflement over substance. Mixed-media xed-media is routinely the weapon of choice, as its very egalitarian nature is an open door for or creation. Counter to that hustle is the presence sence of inventive and strong polymedia ideas. Does the actual paint-splattered easel sel hold as many possibilities as the canvas it supports? Can paint-andturpentine-soaked rags be stretched d on wooden frames and qualify as art? Is a pyramid of ink cartridges the rival of the colored sheets it helped create? If there is a possible equation of effective—and new— mixed-media art, it is arguably the sum total of mercurial, if not restless, exploration of materials combined with an-almost innate and nd humble ability to self-edit. Locally, Mark Creegan is a longtime ime practitioner of wide-open and strongg mixedmedia art. Creegan’s work is deceptively vely direct. With Creegan, there is no conceptual al artifice. His ideas, transmitted through a finite ite set of materials, have been “repurposed” to o the point of a now-personalized and recognizable visualarts language. But what you see isn’t always what you get. This isn’t due to any chicanery by Creegan, but rather in the sense that he boasts wellhoned skills at using, at times, his actual art-based materials, to break down our ideas of visual art, rearranging the building blocks and creating new forms, without toppling his initial purpose or ideas. “Years ago, when I was in grad school, the artist Carolee Schneemann visited my studio. I was just beginning to use the types of materials and strategies I use today. She said my work was ‘contrarian,’” says Creegan, in describing his artwork. “She meant it in a good way and I see that being part of it but I also shoot for a generous energy, sort of ‘come out and play with me’ attitude and ‘be dazzled with surprise and joy at my wit and brio.’” A series of Watercolor Sets (2005-’12) are simple yet explanatory of what Creegan can do with minimal, basic media and that same sense of playfulness. The piece Watershed (2005), using tape and used watercolor pans to create a hive-like form, is an example of Creegan’s skill at utilizing art-making materials in lieu of what they are expected to create. The piece somehow implies a painting through the very absence of a painting. Like much of Creegan’s work, Watershed is both playful and thoughtprovoking, an example of where conceptual art can seem both apparent and subjective. But with Creegan’s work, we’re allowed to not “know.” If we simply see material taped on a wall, we’re not banned from the gallery. The work is engaging, provocative and insightful, a kind of visual art hat trick. Equally radical are his ’Aintings (’05-’12) series, which use only paint-can drips and
MATERIA Mark Creegan continues his winning explorations in MIXING UP THE MEDIA
Symmetrix Blue, hairnets, nails on wood panel, 24” diameter, 2013. labels and tape to create forceful works that explode with color and movement. Like the Watercolor Sets, these pieces ask us to step away from our old ideas of what 2D/3D art truly is, using the very source materials to point us in the direction of what art can be. Yet locally Creegan is surely best known for his installation pieces. In either solo or group shows, these works run the gamut from the static and mundane—like 2010’s Toothpaste Wallpaper, featuring lines of toothpaste on a bathroom wall—to the implied motion of Download Smurfette, a spire of cassette tapes and Fun-Tak putty on a wood stand and pedestal that seem ready to blast upward.
Altered Objects Works by MARK CREEGAN, MATTHEW ABERCROMBIE, CRYSTAL FLOYD, MARK KRANCER, ROOSEVELT WATSON III and ELAINE WHEELER
Opening reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 3, Makerspace Gallery, Main Library, Downtown, jaxpubliclibrary.org/jax-makerspace. Exhibit runs through July 23.
Locals can check out Creegan’s latest installation at the show opening this week, Altered Objects, at the Main Library’s Makerspace Gallery. The show also features works by Matthew Abercrombie, Crystal Floyd, Mark Krancer, Roosevelt Watson III and Elaine Wheeler. According to show organizer Shawana Brooks, Altered Objects “explores the relationship between artists and nature. How is art specific to those living and creating in Northeast Florida and what affects does it
have on those creators?” Creegan offers his appreciation and respect for Brooks and the library’s Makerspace gallery she oversees. “She is doing some really innovative and substantial work there and I feel it’s the closest Jacksonville has gotten to having a real contemporary arts center—which is a different thing than a museum,” says Creegan. “It is the real deal.” Along with the shared theme of the artists/ nature relationship, the pieces use the shared forms of found object art and photography. Creegan’s submission for the show is a kind of culmination of his forays into stand-alone and installation art. “This new installation is called Retroskeptive and it will be the first time I am using all of my materials in one piece. Usually I make disparate, minimal arrangements in separate series arran but now I’m ready for them to assemble and r interact,” Creegan explains. “So for this show, Cree you’ll see used watercolor sets, used paint rollers, drawings from my Hooks VS CHKS series, sharks’ teeth, teet ice pops, cassette tape cases, dryboards, bungee cords, rubber bands erase boa [even] cheese balls.” and maybe ma Many installations are almost antiMa legacy, as they’re based on a finite space legacy in a finite time frame, a kind of fixed lifespan. This temporality compels lifes Creegan to explore that form. “This Cree relationship to the transitory nature of relat my work w is what I am exploring with the n new installation and hinted at in the title,” says Creegan. “It reminds me of those flowers that bloom only once every 50 years. years ” Creegan compares looking at images of his work on his site (markcreegan. com) as akin to looking at his high school yearbook. “My “M identity as an artist is mostly dependent on memories rather than physical objects and th that creates a certain anxiety, because that is i contrary to what is usually expected in my m field.” Creegan holds both a BA and MFA in studio art, from Jacksonville University and FSU, respectively. Among his myriad accomplishments, he’s been featured in more than two dozen group and solo shows and is the recipient of several awards. Including his time as adjunct teacher, Creegan has been an arts instructor at FSCJ Kent Campus for the past 12 years, teaching courses in drawing, design and art history and, along with fellow artist-instructor Dustin Harewood, for the past five years Creegan has been cocurating crucial art exhibits at the school’s campus gallery. In his current art-making practice, Creegan cites Clark Lunberry and Barbara Colaciello for helping him explore “improvisation” in creating visual art. While Creegan has already created a formidable body of work, rich with imagery and recurring materials/signifiers, any “meaning” or storyline in his work is seemingly imprinted by the viewer, rather than somehow emblazoned in his fractalized galaxy of paint drips, found papers, hairnets and used paint rollers. “I often will hear others talk about my work as being a commentary on recycling or the environment because I’m reusing manmade materials. That’s fine, but that’s not in my mind at all nor is any overarching concept,” says Creegan. “If concepts or narratives arise, it happens organically, because all I am doing is playing with things that seem funny or interesting to me. But narratives do happen because the forms and objects interact with each other and create multiple possible interpretations, perceived either by me or others.” Daniel A. Brown email@example.com
ARTS + EVENTS PERFORMANCE
KALEIDOSCOPE OF DANCE Approximately 175 dancers, in age ranges from middle school through senior citizen, perform ballet, tap, ballroom, belly dance, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance, 7:30 p.m. May 9 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine, $15; $5 students, romanzafestivale.com. THE SECRET - THE SPANISH INQUISITION IN OLD ST. AUGUSTINE Actor-playwright Lee Weaver presents his one-man play, a dramatic telling of the Spanish Inquisition, 7 p.m. May 4 at Corazon Cinema & Café, 36 Granada St., $20; proceeds benefit St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society, 914-4460. DASOTA SENIOR THEATRE WORKS Seniors in Douglas Anderson School of the Arts’ Theatre Department present their works, 7:30 p.m. May 3 at the school, 346-5620 ext. 122, datheatreboosters.org. KINKY BOOTS The fun musical about friendship, with an original score by Cyndi Lauper, is staged 7:30 p.m. May 4; 8 p.m. May 5; 2 & 8 p.m. May 6; 1:30 & 7 p.m. May 7 at Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater, 300 Water St., Downtown, 442-2929, $38.50-$99.50, fscjartistseries.org. THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre stages this Southern comedy about some gals from Eden Falls, Georgia intent on improving their lives, 8 p.m. May 5 & 6, Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-7177, $20; through May 21, abettheatre.com. THREE TALL WOMEN Players By The Sea stages Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-winning play about a 90-year-old woman who looks back on the highs and lows of her life, 8 p.m. May 4-6; 2 p.m. May 7, 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach, 249-0289, $23; $20 seniors/military/students, through May 13, playersbythesea.org. A NEW BRAIN The 5 & Dime stages a sardonic, comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency, 8 p.m. May 5 & 6; 2 p.m. May 7, 112 E. Adams St., Downtown, $25, the5anddime.org. DREAMGIRLS Alhambra Theatre & Dining presents the popular musical about the rise and fall of a 1960s vocal group, The Dreams, through May 21. Dinner 6 p.m.; brunch noon, Executive Chef DeJuan Roy’s themed menu; 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, $35-$62 + tax, 641-1212, alhambrajax.com. I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES Limelight Theatre stages Neil Simon’s story of a 19-year-old New Yorker in Hollywood to be a screenwriter and actor (a revival of the first play Limelight staged 25 years ago), 7:30 p.m. May 4-6; 2 p.m. May 7, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, 825-1164, $26; $24 seniors, $20 military/students; $10 student rush; through May 14, limelight-theatre.org. STEEL MAGNOLIAS Theatre Jacksonville stages Robert Harling’s much-loved play about a hub of Southern women’s activities, Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, 7:30 p.m. May 4; 8 p.m. May 5 & 6; 2 p.m. May 7, 2032 San Marco Blvd., 396-4425, $25; $20 seniors/ military/students May 4 & 7, theatrejax.com.
CLASSICAL + JAZZ
BLUEGRASS AT THE LIBRARY Bluegrass artists Ernie & Debi Evans perform, 6:30 p.m. May 3 at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 278-3722, claycountygov.com. AKROPOLIS REED QUINTET This youthful, five-piece ensemble performs an innovative repertoire, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 5 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside, 355-7584, fridaymusicale.com. CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF JACKSONVILLE The orchestra is joined by sopranos Rebecca Shorstein and Monica Pasquini in a concert of operatic works, 5 p.m. May 7 at St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Downtown, 356-5507, civicorchestrajax.org. HAROLD LÓPEZ-NUSSA TRIO Cuban pianist López-Nussa leads his band in a concert of eclectic selections, 7:30 p.m. May 7 at The Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 807-2010, $30, ritzjacksonville.com. THE DYNAMIC LES DEMERLE JAZZ TRIO The trio, with vocalist Bonnie Eisele, is on 6-9 p.m. every Fri. in May at Horizons Restaurant, 5472 First Coast Hwy., Fernandina, 321-2430, $15, horizonsameliaisland.com. TAYLOR ROBERTS The jazz guitarist plays 7-10 p.m. every Wed., Ocean 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060, ocean60.com. Roberts is in 4-9 p.m. every Thur. at the lobby bar; 6-10 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., Salt Restaurant, both at Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Fernandina, 277-1100, ritzcarlton.com.
MICHAEL KOSTA Comedian Kosta (The Kardashian Network, FOX Sports) is on at 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. May 5 & 6 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin, 292-4242, $15, comedyzone.com. RYAN DAVIS Comedian Davis, a YouTube fave, appears 8 p.m. May 4 & 5 and 8 & 10:30 p.m. May 6 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Southside, 646-4277, $18-$30, jacksonvillecomedy.com. MARLON WAYANS The youngest Wayans brother (Scary Movie, A Haunted House) is on at 7:30 p.m. May 11; 7:30 & 10 p.m. May 12; 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. May 13 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin, 292-4242, $35-$45, comedyzone.com.
HOT POTATO COMEDY HOUR Chris Buck MCs local comics 9 p.m. every Mon. at Rain Dogs., 1045 Park St., Riverside, free, 379-4969. SPLIFF’S OPEN MIC COMEDY The gastropub holds open mic 9 p.m. every Tue. at 15 Ocean St., Downtown, 844-5000. COMEDY UNCORKED Patrick Dalton MCs local, regional comics 7 p.m. every Wed. at The Wine Bar, 320 N. First St., Jax Beach, 442-0755, thewinebaruncorked.com.
CALLS + WORKSHOPS
NEW TOWN URBAN FARM Urban Geoponics and New Town are developing a large community garden at Pearce and West Third streets, in the New Town/Edward Waters area, Northside, to provide fresh produce and a hands-on, open-air center of learning for the community and area students. Urban Farm meets 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sun. Details, call Diallo-Sekou, 706-284-9808. SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE WORKSHOP SERIES Jacksonville Public Library and SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, offer a series of free workshops to help start and/or improve a small business, held 5:30-7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., 630-2665, jaxpubliclibrary.org. May 15, How do I start a home based business in Jacksonville?; June 19, Where can I find financing for my small business?; July 17, How do I develop a product or service to sell?; Aug. 21, How do I determine my product’s sales potential and target customers?; Sept. 18, What are the best face-to-face selling techniques?; Oct. 16, How Can I Generate Sales to the Government?; Nov. 20, Is crowdfunding right for my business? Registration is recommended; each class is limited to 25; jaxpubliclibrary. org/events/smallbiz.
ART WALKS + MARKETS
FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK The Downtown art walk, themed ImagiNATURE with the Jacksonville Symphony, is 5-9 p.m. May 3, has more than 21+ live music venues, 22+ hotspots open past 9 p.m. and 60+ total stops, spanning 15 blocks; iloveartwalk.com. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK This self-guided tour, with exhibits, live music and refreshments offered by 27 members of local art galleries, is 5-9 p.m. every first Fri., in St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach, 377-0198, artgalleriesofstaugustine.org. CONSCIOUS MARKET Tastes and sips mingle, 7-11 p.m. every Sat. at Conscious Eats, 5913 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 5, Mandarin, 612-3934. Bring a donation of dried beans, rices, quinoas, other grains. Proceeds benefit Conscious Market/Character Counts programs. WHITE HARVEST FARMS & FARMER’S MARKET Local organic, fresh produce, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every Sat., 5348 Moncrief Rd., Northside, 354-4162; proceeds benefit Clara White Mission, clarawhitemission.org. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Local, regional art, morning yoga 9 a.m., live music-Super Martin Brothers, Rip Currents, Whetherman, plus Arf Barket Dog Costume Contest-food and farmers market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6 and every Sat. under Fuller Warren Bridge, 715 Riverside Ave., free admission, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.
BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY PARK 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657, beachesmuseum.org. Atlantic Beach: From the Continental to a Coastal Community displays through June 11. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 29 Riverside Ave., 356-6857, cummermuseum.org. Free admission every first Sat. Poetry of Landscape: The Art of Eugène Louis Charvot (1847-1924) displays through Sept. 10; An American in Venice: James McNeill Whistler & His Legacy displays through July 20. David Ponsler: Chasing Shadows through Oct. 4. MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY 11964 Mandarin Rd., 268-0784, mandarinmuseum.net. The museum features a 19th-century building used as a schoolhouse for African-American children, artifacts from Civil War steamship Maple Leaf and a Harriet Beecher Stowe exhibit. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY 1025 Museum Cir., Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org. Painter Kathy Stark’s exhibit, The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks, is on display through May 29. Science & History boat tours, 1 & 3:30 p.m. every Sat., $15 adults, $12 kids. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., 366-6911, mocajacksonville.unf.edu. Project Atrium: Lauren Fensterstock displays through June 18. Hans Hofmann: Works on Paper and The Evolution of Mark-Making display through May 14.
THE ART CENTER GALLERY Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 139, 233-9252, tacjacksonville.org. The juried show Abstraction at its Best runs through May 19. CREATIVE SOUL GALLERY St. Augustine Outlet Mall, 510 Outlet Mall Blvd., Ste. 1070, creativesoulsaintaugustine. com. St. Augustine Camera Club’s sixth annual Member Photography Show runs through May 16. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530, flagler.edu/crispellert. The opening reception for an exhibit of works by Flagler College alumni, including Brianna Angelakis, Libby Couch, Amanda Dicken, Maggie Dillon, Kathleen Dougherty, Amelia Eldridge, Katie Evans,
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: IC C ARTS + EVENTS FOLIO A+E MUSIC North Carolina’s Sarah Shook & Martha Ferguson, Deanna Fitzgerald, Rebecca Hoadley, Maja Hydbom, Alex Jackman, Brielle Jenkins, Morgan Gesell Mudryk, Sara Pedigo, Key Russell, Douglas Sterns, Tara Stephens and Kate Rose Willink, is 5-7 p.m. May 5. The exhibit displays through June 16. CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, 280-0614, ccpvb.org. Glass & Serigraphs: New Works by Thomas Kite & Daryl Bunn, displays through May 26. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Rd., Southside, 535-7252, floridamininggallery.com. Christina Foard’s recent paintings display through May 5. GALLERY 1037 Reddi-Arts, 1037 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-3161, reddiarts.com. An opening reception for Less Is More is 2-4 p.m. May 7. The exhibit displays through May 26. THE GALLERY AT ONE OCEAN 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-7402, oneoceanresort.com. In partnership with Stellers Gallery, the new space exhibits Where the Earth Meets the Sky, works by mixed media fine art painter John Schuyler. THE GOLDEN GYPSY 23 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 417-0094, thegoldengypsy.com. The boutique gallery shows works by local and international artists, 5-9 p.m. May 5. JACK MITCHELL GALLERY Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. Margaret Schnebly Hodge’s paintings display through June 20. LUFRANO INTERCULTURAL GALLERY 1 UNF Dr., Student Union Bldg. 58 E., Ste. 2401, Southside. 620-2475, unf. edu/gallery. Cathedral Arts Project exhibit, County Missives: Expressive Works by Incarcerated Juveniles Adjudicated as Adults, displays through June 30. MAKERSPACE GALLERY Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, 630-2665, jaxpubliclibrary.org/jax-makerspace. An opening reception for Altered Objects, works by Matthew Abercrombie, Mark Creegan, Crystal Floyd, Mark Krancer, Roosevelt Watson III and Elaine Wheeler, is 5:30-8:30 May 3. The exhibit runs through July 23.PLUM GALLERY 10 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069, plumartgallery.com. Works by Wendy Tatter, George Ann Gillespie and Jackie Kramer show through May. RITZ THEATRE AND MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555, ritzjacksonville.com. Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts is on display through July. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 150, 438-4358, southlightgallery.com. Rita Kenyon is May’s featured artist. The co-op shows 20 local artists’ works. THE SPACE GALLERY 120 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, thespacegalleryjax.com. More Than This, an exhibit of works by Matthew S. Bennett, Jan Tomlinson Master and Lana Shuttleworth, runs through May. SUBLIME ORIGINAL GALLERY The DeLO, 420 Broad St., Downtown, 901-5515, sublimeoriginal.com. An opening reception for Bold and Brand New, works by John Beard and Holly Blanton, is 6-9 p.m. May 5. STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA 240 A1A N., Ste. 13, 273-6065, stellersgallery.com. New works by Erin Gregory and Laura Lacambra Shubert are on display. THE UNION ART STUDIOS & GALLERY 700 E. Union St., Ste. 3B, Downtown, 334-324-1818, unionartstudios.com. An opening reception for the group show Resistance is 4-8 p.m. May 6.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS HAPPY HOUR Riverside Fine Arts and Hobnob hold a happy hour featuring Jazz Trio (Ernie Ealum, Joe Watts, Darren Ronan) and a discussion about Project Listen, whose mission is to bring national and international musicians to this area; 5-7 p.m. May 4 at Hobnob, 220 Riverside Ave., Unity Plaza; facebook.com. RFAAJax. ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL The 54th annual family-geared Shrimp Festival runs three full days, featuring lots of shrimp, seafood and other foodstuffs, arts & crafts, antiques, a kidzone, fireworks, Shrimp Run 5K, live music (including ’60s greats The Swingin’ Medallions and Joe Bouchard of ’70s rock gods Blue Öyster Cult!), Invasion of the Pirates, a shrimp boat contest, a beard contest and many more springtime delights, May 5, 6 and 7, in downtown Fernandina Beach. For details, go to shrimpfestival.com. ROMANZA FESTIVALE OF THE ARTS The Festivale is 10 days of more than 60 events and exhibits including music, dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic productions, visual arts, cuisine, heritage, culture and sports, May 5-14 at various St. Augustine venues; details at romanzafestivale.com. ACE ATKINS Author Atkins discusses and signs copies of his new book, Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies, 3 p.m. May 7 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026, bookmarkbeach.com. JUMBO SHRIMP VS. SHUCKERS The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s inaugural season continues with a homestand against the Biloxi Shuckers, 7:05 p.m. May 8 (Canines & Crustaceans, Jumpin’ Jax Flyball Club), May 9 (2-4-Tuesday), May 11 (Mavericks Live Thirsty Thursday), May 12 (fireworks, Red Shirt Friday), and 12:05 p.m. May 10 (Old Bay Day!, ’50s & ’60s Music, National Shrimp Day), at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, Downtown, single game tix $9 (check website), 358-2846, jaxshrimp.com. Next up: Mississippi Braves! __________________________________________ To list an event, send time, date, location (street address, city), admission price, contact number to print to Daniel A. Brown; email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail 45 W. Bay St., Ste. 103, Jacksonville FL 32202. Items run as space is available. Deadline noon Wed. for next Wed. printing.
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the Disarmers hold nothing back with SNEERING, PUNKED-UP traditional country
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as the next great outlaw country badass. How quick scan of the Internet reveals many do you interpret the attention? takes on the rising career of North Honestly, it’s pretty exciting. I never intended Carolina’s Sarah Shook & the Disarmers. to pursue this as a career. I love my bandmates Rolling Stone hailed the “nonconforming dearly, and when they pushed me to be more spitfire” and her combination of “sneering serious, I listened. As a writer, I do understand punk-rock autonomy,” “brutal classic country that people will be struck by different things— honesty” and “combative” social media and that each review comes through a different presence. (Sample: “I’m a fucking civil rights lens based on that writer’s experience. activist, and I’m a bisexual, and I’m an atheist, and I’m a vegan,’ you know what I mean? Do you feel like you belong to the insurgent or That’s a whole lot of non-redneck shit right outlaw country movement? there.”) The niche trendsetters at roots music We’re definitely doing our own thing. I don’t journal No Depression, however, tacked right really listen to much music—creatively, I operate into redneck water, saying Shook sounded “so better in silence, which drives my bandmates authentic you can picture her propped up in the crazy. If I had my way, I wouldn’t listen to doorway of her single-wide, curlers in her hair, anything. [Laughs.] But I have a lot of respect ratty bathrobe flapping loose, cigarette dangling for artists making waves in this resurgence of from the corner of her mouth, half-empty bottle traditional country music. Kelsey Waldon is of whiskey clutched tightly to her breast.” really inspiring to me, Stereotype-slashing Lydia Loveless, Nikki feminist magazine She SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS Lane … What we do falls Shreds, meanwhile, with CHRIS COLLARD & THE GREENS under that umbrella of focused on Shook’s 8 p.m. May 6, Jack Rabbits, San Marco, alt-country or outlaw role as a mother and $8, jaxlive.com country, but I don’t care avid LGBTQ/trans/ what prefix anyone safe space activist. And uses to describe me so long as they make the most reviews of her debut album Sidelong, distinction that we are not pop country. originally put out independently in 2015, before Bloodshot Records rereleased it last week, focused on the hell-raising, no-holdsYou have a song called “Dwight Yoakam,” barred power of songs like “Fuck Up,” which celebrates one of country’s original “Nothin’ Feels Right But Doin’ Wrong” and independent spirits, even though he wasn’t “The Nail,” which ooze traditional country seen that way in his heyday. elegance spiked with feral, almost frightening Dwight has always been determined to do grit. On “Misery Without Company,” Shook things his own way, captaining his own ship sounds barely able to convince herself as she in the direction he wants to go. He’s been growls, “I’m fixin’ to dry out tomorrow/But very careful and strategic to build his career for now the only thing keeping my chin up exactly the way he wants to. That attitude is this bottle.” And the instrumental chops of and worldview is certainly something I find the Disarmers—Eric Peterson (lead guitar), inspiring as an artist who’s working on building Phil Sullivan (lap steel), John Howie Jr. my own career as well. There’s so much music (drums) and Aaron Oliva (upright bass)—are out there, and a lot of people tend to be very downright staggering—old-school Nashville ambitious, thinking it’s all about fame and grace mixed with frenetic backwoods fury. attention. As long as they’re getting eyes on “It’s all about the music for us,” Shook tells them, they don’t care how it happens. That Folio Weekly. “We want to play with the same can make you miss a lot of opportunities to be careful and contemplative about your career. level of intensity and emotion to a room of five people as we would to a sold-out crowd.” You consulted your 10-year-old son when Bloodshot approached you about signing to Folio Weekly: Sidelong is an old record for you, the label and touring more. but a fresh discovery for many new fans. How I don’t trust the glamour of overnight success; it’s have these songs, particularly the ones that are not sustainable. I had a weird foray into family so intensely personal, changed for you? life—I got married when I was 20 and had my Sarah Shook: I feel as strongly about these son when I was 22. He was 13 months old when songs now as I did two years ago, when we I got divorced. So I went from never living on put out Sidelong. The feelings they describe my own to living with my husband to living as a are still very real and palpable and still come single mom at 23. There are a lot of hard lessons through in our performance. But we just to be learned in such a situation; I worked as recorded our next album, which will be many jobs as I could to provide for my kid. He’s coming out in spring 2018 on Bloodshot, so an awesome person, and I respect his opinion, it’s nice to play stuff off Sidelong while also so if he had told me that he couldn’t handle me having new material to work with. being gone for 150 days a year, we probably wouldn’t be having this conversation right now. The press about the rerelease of Sidelong is Nick McGregor all over the place, some highlighting your email@example.com personal and political life, others hailing you
Rock legend STEVE WINWOOD (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith) performs with daughter LILLY WINWOOD May 5 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
LIVE + LOCAL MUSIC CONCERTS THIS WEEK
Suwannee River Jam: BILLY CURRINGTON, RANDY HOUSER, HUNTER HAYES, MONTGOMERY GENTRY, JERROD NIEMANN, SAMMY KERSHAW, AARON TIPPEN, COLLIN RAYE, SARA EVANS, NEAL McCOY May 3-6, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Dr., Live Oak, 386-364-1683, $90 weekend; $75 students/ military, $45 kids; $200-$400 VIP; tix & full schedule at musicliveshere.com. SPADE McQUADE 6 p.m. May 3, Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176, 374-1247. STATES AVENUE, BOYSIN, SUMMER CICADA, TERRAIN, DIVORCE CULTURE 8 p.m. May 3, Nighthawks, 2952 Roosevelt Blvd., Riverside, $5. AJEVA, ROXY ROCA 7:30 p.m. May 3, 1904 Music Hall, 19 Ocean St., Downtown. DAVID CURLEY 7:30 p.m. May 3, Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 352-7008, $10. CHRISTOPHER CROSS 8 p.m. May 3, P.V. Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., 209-0399, $63-$93. WEEZER, The PAUSES 7 p.m. May 4, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., 209-0367, $39.50-$75. Gamble Rogers Tribute Concert: LARRY MANGUM, BOB PATTERSON, JIM CARRICK, CHARLEY SIMMONS 7:30 p.m. May 4, Mudville Music Room, $10. AARON LEBOS REALITY, TRIPOW, CUSTARD PIE, THIS EARTH IS OURS 8 p.m. May 4, 1904 Music Hall, $10. 3 the BAND 9 p.m. May 4, Flying Iguana Taqueria & Tequila Bar, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 853-5680. WHETHERMAN CD RELEASE, GRACE PETTIS 7:30 p.m. May 5, Mudville Music Room, $10. STEVE WINWOOD, LILLY WINWOOD 7:30 p.m. May 5, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, $54-$104. ERIC CHURCH 8 p.m. May 5, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown, 630-3900, $88. BEN HARPER & the INNOCENT CRIMINALS 8 p.m. May 5, The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 355-2787, $39.50-$69.50. 22nd annual Gamble Rogers Music Fest: LARRY MANGUM, BOB PATTERSON, JIM CARRICK, CHARLEY SIMMONS, MEAN MARY, GRACE PETTIS, THE GRASS IS DEAD, LONESOME BERT & SKINNY LIZARDS, MIMI & HERNDOGS, FLAGSHIP ROMANCE, RED & CHRIS HENRY’S ALL STAR BAND, MADI CARR, FIONA CHALMERS, DAVIS LOOSE, FRANKIE J & THE CHICKEN PARADE, COLTON McKENNA, ANCIENT CITY SLICKERS, MANY MORE May 5-7, Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George St., St. Augustine, $15 in advance; $20 for weekend; $10 per day, gamblerogersfest.org. The ELLAMENO BEAT, JAHMEN, SUMMERLONG 8 p.m. May 5, 1904 Music Hall, $8 advance; $10 day of. The WHISKEY GENTRY, SPEAKING CURSIVE 8 p.m. May 5, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-7496, $8. Queen Sheba & Moses West present POETRY VS. HIP HOP 9 p.m. May 5, Nighthawks, $20. I-VIBES 9:30 p.m. May 5, Surfer the Bar, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, 372-9756. SAMUEL SANDERS 10 p.m. May 5 & 6, Flying Iguana. Riverside Arts Market: Morning Yoga (9 a.m.), SUPER MARTIN BROTHERS, RIP CURRENTS, WHETHERMAN 10:30 a.m. May 6, 715 Riverside Ave., 389-2449.
TECH N9NE, BROTHA LYNCH HUNG, KRIZZ KALIKO, STEVIE STONE, CES CRU 6 p.m. May 6, Mavericks Live, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, 356-1110, $35. STAYNE THEE ANGEL, COUGHIN, PRIMITIVE HARD DRIVE, GOLD, FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH 7 p.m. May 6, 1904 Music Hall, 10 advance; $12 day of. MINDSCAR, CRYPTERIA, DEAD CENTRE, NOCTAMBULANT, SHADOW HUNTER 8 p.m. May 6, Nighthawks, $10. TRAVIS SCOTT, KHALID 8 p.m. May 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, $44-$64. CHROME FANGS, SNORE, DAGGER BEACH, RIP JUNIOR, EW HARRIS 8 p.m. May 6, Rain Dogs, 1045 Park St., Riverside, 379-4969, $5. SARAH SHOOK & the DISARMERS, CHRIS COLLARD & the GREENS 8 p.m. May 6, Jack Rabbits, $8. DE LIONS of JAH 9:30 p.m. May 6, Surfer the Bar. REJEKTID, CORRUPTED SAINT, BORN in JUNE, GONE to PLAID, PUZZLES to PIECES, TWO STORY MOTEL, DANCING WITH GHOSTS 5 p.m. May 7, 1904 Music Hall, $10 advance; $12 day of. BASTILLE, MONDO COZMO 7 p.m. May 7, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, $34-$44. AMBROSIA 6 p.m. May 8, Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, 641-1212, $69. BORN A NEW, DEGRADER, JUSTICE AGAINST BRUTALITY, GUTCHECK 6 p.m. May 8, Rain Dogs. JD EICHER, STEVE EVERETT, JACKSON PHILLIP 7 p.m. May 9, Jack Rabbits, $8. MUSHROOMHEAD, SUNFLOWER DEAD, The BROWNING, RELICSEED 6:30 p.m. May 10, 1904 Music Hall, $15 advance; $20 day of. TEMPLES, LO MOON, GOV CLUB 7 p.m. May 10, Jack Rabbits, $15.
CITIZEN COPE May 11, P.V. Concert Hall X May 11, St. Augustine Amphitheatre Funk Fest: CHARLIE WILSON, FANTASIA, BELL BIV DEVOE, JOE, GUY, TEDDY RILEY, SWV, EN VOGUE, YING YANG TWINS May 12 & 13, Metropolitan Park VICTOR WOOTEN TRIO May 12, P.V. Concert Hall SKYVIEW, MIDNIGHT MATINEE, TEEN DIVORCE, BOSTON MARRIAGE, LE ORCHID May 12, Nighthawks PINE FOREST SCHOOL of the ARTS, SHIMMY MOB, JOE WATTS, CIARAN SONTAG & the SAFARI BAND May 13, Riverside Arts Market FRIENDLY FIRE, SWILL, FLAG on FIRE, RUNNING RAMPANT May 13, Nighthawks JOHN LEGEND, GALLANT May 14, St. Augustine Amphitheatre LEWIS DEL MAR, ANNA WISE May 14, Jack Rabbits EMMETT O’HANLON May 15, Culhane’s Irish Pub TERROR, GOD’S HATE, ABUSE of POWER May 16, Nighthawks CATFISH & the BOTTLEMEN, JULY TALK May 17, Jack Rabbits The HEAD AND The HEART May 17, Florida Theatre The CAFFIENDS May 17, Nighthawks UNKNOWN HINSON, WAYNE the TRAIN HANCOCK May 18, Jack Rabbits The PURPLE PARTY, DJ OB-1 BENOBI, DJ NICKFRESH, The IMPRINCENATOR May 20, Jack Rabbits
BEAR AND ROBERT, LUKE PEACOCK, SIDE TRACK, OLD DAWGS NEW TRIXX May 20, Riverside Arts Market TOKE, ETHER, UNEARTHLY CHILD, HOLLOW LEG May 20, Nighthawks OBITUARY May 22, 1904 Music Hall TODD RUNDGREN May 22, Florida Theatre SAY ANYTHING, BAYSIDE, HOT ROD CIRCUIT May 23, Mavericks Live MAYDAY PARADE, KNUCKLE PUCK, MILESTONES May 24, Mavericks Live ASLEEP at the WHEEL May 25, P.V. Concert Hall IDINA MENZEL May 26, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BRIT FLOYD May 26, Florida Theatre Daily’s Place Opening: TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND May 27, Downtown The MARVEL YEARS, DAILY BREAD, CAT PARTY, EBRO May 27, Jack Rabbits NAVY BAND SE VIP COMBO, CHRIS THOMAS BAND & BLUE MUSE, NE FL CONSERVATORY of MUSIC JAZZ BAND May 27, Riverside Arts Market The YOUNG STEP, The BLIND SPOTS, ODESSOS May 27, Planet Sarbez BEACH HOUSE May 28, P.V. Concert Hall TRAIN May 28, Daily’s Place The GRANT PAXTON BAND May 28, Music in the Box, Limelight Theatre Rock on the River: GROUPLOVE, MILKY CHANCE, K. FLAY, DREAMERS, UNLIKELY CANDIDATES, HEYDAZE, ON GUARD May 29, Jacksonville Landing SONDERBLUE, GEEXELLA, LE ORCHID May 30, Jack Rabbits DAVE MATTHEWS & TIM REYNOLDS May 30, Daily’s Place PAUL SIMON June 1, St. Augustine Amphitheatre J. COLE June 2, Mavericks Live FUTURE ISLANDS, ZACK MEXICO June 2, P.V. Concert Hall Purple Hatters Ball: EMANCIPATOR, PERPETUAL GROOVE, ZACH DEPUTY June 2-4, Suwannee Music Park MADISON CARR, MEREDITH RAE, KATHERINE ARCHER, ALLIE & the KATS June 3, Riverside Arts Market DEICIDE, DEAD CENTRE, CRYPTERIA June 4, Jack Rabbits OTEP, STAYNE THEE ANGEL, MANNA ZEN, HIGHER GROUND June 4, 1904 Music Hall DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN (Misfits), DAVEY SUICIDE June 4, Nighthawks FROGGY FRESH June 6, Jack Rabbits MURDER JUNKIES, GROSS EVOLUTION, DEATHWATCH ’97 June 8, Rain Dogs ZOSO (The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience) June 8, P.V. Concert Hall A-Train Live: PETE LEE June 9, Ritz Theatre DIRTY HEADS, SOJA, The GREEN June 10, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JESSE MONTOYA, MIKE SHACKELFORD BAND, TERRAIN June 10, Riverside Arts Market T.I. June 11, Mavericks Live Happy Together Tour: FLO & EDDIE (The Turtles), CHUCK NEGRON, The ASSOCIATION, The BOX TOPS, The COWSILLS, RON DANTE June 11, Florida Theatre THIRD EYE BLIND, SILVERSUN PICKUPS June 11, Daily’s Place
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LIVE + LOCAL MUSIC REEL BIG FISH, The EXPENDABLES, The QUEERS, TUNNEL VISION June 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre Backyard Stage KEVIN GARRETT June 13, Jack Rabbits The GIPSY KINGS June 15, St. Augustine Amphitheatre TIG NOTARO June 15, P.V. Concert Hall DAVE MASON June 16, P.V. Concert Hall SHOTGUN SHANE, AROUND the BONFIRE, BIG MURPH June 17, Jack Rabbits SAVANNA LEIGH BASSETT, The WILLOWWACKS, MOON STALKER June 17, Riverside Arts Market SLIGHTLY STOOPID, IRATION, J BOOG, The MOVEMENT June 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JOHN MELLENCAMP, EMMYLOU HARRIS, CARLENE CARTER, LILY & MADELEINE June 24, St. Augustine Amphitheatre AL POINDEXTER, DECOY, THREE HEARTS DANCE June 24, Riverside Arts Market DEFTONES, RISE AGAINST June 24, Daily’s Place ALLIE KELLY, ELLA ROMAINE June 25, Music in the Box, Limelight Theatre PAUL BYROM June 25, Culhane’s VESPERTEEN, DBMK, FAZE WAVE June 26, Jack Rabbits ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO & the BURN SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL BAND June 27, P.V. Concert Hall DIANA ROSS June 28, Daily’s Place DAN TDM June 30, Daily’s Place CHICAGO, The BAND, The DOOBIE BROTHERS July 1, Daily’s Place COREY SMITH July 1, Mavericks Live BECOMING HUMAN July 2, Jack Rabbits DIGDOG, HIVEHEAD, TEEN DIVORCE July 4, Nighthawks DWARVES, RICHIE RAMONE July 5, 1904 Music Hall TED NUGENT July 13, Florida Theatre DIERKS BENTLEY, COLE SWINDELL, JON PARDI July 13, Daily’s Place PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE, FIREFALL, ORLEANS July 14, Florida Theatre STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, DON FELDER July 20, Daily’s Place SLAYER, LAMB of GOD, BEHEMOTH July 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre TAKING BACK SUNDAY, MODERN CHEMISTRY July 22, Jack Rabbits JASON ISBELL & The 400 UNIT, STRAND of OAKS July 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JOURNEY, ASIA July 26, Daily’s Place LADY ANTEBELLUM, KELSEA BALLERINI, BRETT YOUNG July 27, Daily’s Place
‘70s soft rock faves AMBROSIA perform May 8 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, Southside.
REBELUTION, NAKHO, MEDICINE for the PEOPLE, COLLIE BUDZ, HIRIE, DJ MACKLE July 30, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BRITTANI MUELLER July 30, Music in the Box, Limelight Theatre 311, NEW POLITICS, PASSAFIRE Aug. 2, | St. Augustine Amphitheatre POSTMODERN JUKEBOX, STRAIGHT NO CHASER Aug. 2, Daily’s Place FOREIGNER, CHEAP TRICK, JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE Aug. 3, Daily’s Place NEW MANTRA, THETWOTAKES Aug. 8, Jack Rabbits The AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW Aug. 9, Florida Theatre DONALD FAGEN & the NIGHTFLYERS Aug. 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JASON ALDEAN, CHRIS YOUNG, KANE BROWN, DEEJAY SILVER Aug. 17, Veterans Memorial Arena MATCHBOX TWENTY, COUNTING CROWS Aug. 19, Daily’s Place LEE HUNTER, JOEY KERR Aug. 27, Music in the Box, Limelight Theatre LIFEHOUSE, SWITCHFOOT Aug. 27, Daily’s Place GOO GOO DOLLS, PHILLIP PHILLIPS Sept. 2, Daily’s Place BRYAN ADAMS Sept. 9, Daily’s Place
ADAM ANT Sept. 10, Florida Theatre MARSHALL TUCKER BAND Sept. 14, Florida Theatre TIM McGRAW & FAITH HILL Sept. 16, Veterans Memorial Arena ZAC BROWN BAND Sept. 21, Daily’s Place UB40 LEGENDS ALI, ASTRO & MICKEY Sept. 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre YOUNG the GIANT, COLD WAR KIDS, JOYWAVE Sept. 22, Daily’s Place ANCIENT CITY SLICKERS Sept. 24, Music in the Box, Limelight Theatre BRIAN REGAN Sept. 24, Florida Theatre TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE Oct. 1, P.V. Concert Hall JUDAH & The LION Oct. 10, Mavericks Live FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, NELLY, CHRIS LANE Oct. 12, Veterans Memorial Arena Once a Month Punk: SCATTER BRAINS, LOOSE BEARINGS Oct. 19, Blue Water Daiquiri & Oyster Bar TEMPTATIONS, FOUR TOPS Oct. 20, Florida Theatre SPOON Oct. 21, Mavericks Live KINGS OF LEON Oct. 25, Daily’s Place MICHAEL LAGASSE & FRIENDS Oct. 29, Music in the Box, Limelight Theatre JETHRO TULL Nov. 7, Daily’s Place JOHN McLAUGHLIN, JIMMY HERRING (play Mahavisnu Orchestra) Nov. 24, Florida Theatre KANSAS Dec. 2, Florida Theatre JOHN PRINE Dec. 13, Florida Theatre GEORGE WINSTON Feb. 23, P.V. Concert Hall
LIVE MUSIC CLUBS
AMELIA ISLAND + FERNANDINA
ALLEY CAT BEER HOUSE, 316 Centre St., 491-1001 Amy Basse every Fri. Dan Voll 6:30 p.m. every Wed. John Springer every Thur. & Sat. LA MANCHA, 2709 Sadler Rd., 261-4646 Miguel Paley 5:30-9 p.m. every Fri.-Sun. Javier Parez every Sun. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6652 Pili Pili 6 p.m. May 5. Tad Jennings 6 p.m. May 6. 2 Michaele & the Ambiguous May 7. Chase Foraker, Melissa Smith, Davis Turner May 8. JC & Mike, Stoop Kids May 9. Brian Ernst May 10. Mark O’Quinn May 11 SURF RESTAURANT, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Katfish Lee 1 p.m., Bandontherun May 3. Katfish Lee 1 p.m., Bush Doctors 6 p.m. May 4. Sam McDonald 2 p.m. May 5. Dan Voll, Whiskey Heart May 6. Jimmy Beats 4:30 p.m. May 7. Jacob Dylan Taylor May 8. Alexandra May 9
AVONDALE + ORTEGA
CASBAH CAFÉ, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. Jazz every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave. KJ Free 9 p.m. every Tue. & Thur. Indie dance 9 p.m. every Wed. ’80s & ’90s dance every Fri. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 3611 St. Johns Ave., 388-0200 Live music every Thur.-Sat.
THE BEACHES (All venues are in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted)
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BRASS ANCHOR PUB, 2292 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 249-0301 Joe Oliff 8 p.m. May 3. Live music on weekends CASA MARINA HOTEL, 691 First St. N., 270-0025 The Chris Thomas Band May 3 CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., AB, 249-9595 Emmett O’Hanlon May 15. DJ Heather every Wed. DJ Jerry every Thur. DJ Hal every Fri. & Sat. Michael Funge 6:30 p.m. every Sun. FLYING IGUANA TAQUERIA & TEQUILA BAR, 207 Atlantic Blvd., NB, 853-5680 3 the Band 9 p.m. May 4. Samuel Sanders 10 p.m. May 5 & 6. Darren Corlew May 7 FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 Sailfish Dr. E., AB, 246-4293 Live music on weekends GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 Third St. N., 201-9283 Chris Turner May 7 GUSTO, 1266 Beach Blvd., 372-9925 Groov 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Murray Goff Fri. Under the Bus every Sat. Gene Nordan 6 p.m. every Sun.
LIVE + LOCAL MUSIC LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 First St. N., 249-5181 Danka 10 p.m. May 5. Ginger Beard Man 10 p.m. May 6. Dirty Pete 10 p.m. every Wed. Split Tone every Thur. Chillula every Sun. Be Easy every Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 Third St. N., 241-5600 Anton LaPlume 9 p.m. May 4 MEZZA Restaurant & Bar, 110 First St., NB, 249-5573 Gypsies Ginger every Wed. Mike Shackelford, Steve Shanholtzer every Thur. Mezza Shuffle every Mon. Trevor Tanner every Tue. MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1728 N. Third St., 246-1070 Live music every weekend OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Taylor Roberts 7 p.m. May 3 RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., AB, 241-7877 Live music every Wed.-Sun. SOUTHERN GROUNDS & CO., 200 First St., NB, 249-2922 The Session 7 p.m. May 6. Leighton Serlo May 6, courtyard. Live music every weekend. Jazz Corner 6 p.m. every Tue. SURFER THE BAR, 200 First St. N., 372-9756 I-Vibes 9:30 p.m. May 5. De Lions of Jah 9:30 p.m. May 6. Live music most weekends WHISKEY JAX, 950 Marsh Landing Pkwy., 853-5973 Live music every weekend. Murray Goff 6 p.m. every Mon. Blues Club every Tue.
CAMDEN COUNTY, GA.
CAPTAIN STAN’S Smokehouse, 700 Bedell Dr., Woodbine, 912-729-9552 Live music Wed., Fri. & Sat. Acoustic music 6:30 p.m. every Sat. J’S TAVERN, 711 Osborne St., St. Marys, 912-882-5280 The Bluff Five Band 8:30 p.m. May 5. Live music most weekends
1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St. N. Ajeva, Roxy Roca 7:30 p.m. May 3. Aaron Lebos Reality, Tripow, Custard Pie, This Earth Is Ours 8 p.m. May 4. The Ellameno Beat, Jahmen, Summerlong 8 p.m. May 5. Stayne Thee Angel, Coughin, Primitive Hard Drive, Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh 7 p.m. May 6. Rejektid, Corrupted Saint, Born In June, Gone To Plaid, Puzzles To Pieces, Two Story Motel, Dancing With Ghosts 5 p.m. May 7. Mushroomhead, Sunflower Dead, The Browning, Relicseed 6:30 p.m. May 10 DE REAL TING, 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738 Ras AJ, De Lions of Jah 7 p.m. May 5 DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth St., 354-0666 DJ Brandon every Thur. DJ NickFresh every Sat. DJ Randall every Mon. DJ Hollywood every Tue. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jacksonville Landing, 374-1247 Spade McQuade 6 p.m. May 3. Chuck Nash 8 p.m. May 6. Live music most weekends HOURGLASS PUB, 345 E. Bay St., 469-1719 Man Darino May 3. Factory Goth every Sat. Open mic every Sun. Mal Jones every Mon. INTUITION ALE WORKS, 720 King St., 683-7720 Live music 6 p.m. every Thur. JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Cain’t Never Could May 3. Smooth McFlea May 6. 418 Band May 7 MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Shotgun 10 p.m. every Sat. MAVERICKS LIVE, Jax Landing, 356-1110 Tech N9NE, Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, CES CRU 6 p.m. May 6. Joe Buck, DJ Justin every Thur.-Sat. MYTH NIGHTCLUB, 333 E. Bay St., 707-0474 Thriftworks May 7. DJ Law, Artik, Killoala, D2tay every Wed.
BOONDOCKS GRILL & BAR, 2808 Henley Rd., Green Cove, 406-9497 Ivan Pulley 6 p.m. May 3. Walt Kulwicki 5 p.m. May 4. Fat Cactus May 5. Smoking Joe 6 p.m., Smoke Stack 9 p.m. May 6. Jim Lamb May 7. Alex Affronti May 9 MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Ctr. Blvd., 541-1999 Felix Chang 8:30 p.m. May 4. Dopelimatic 8:30 p.m. May 5. Radio Phillips 8:30 p.m. May 6 WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Love Monkey 9 p.m. May 5 & 6. Chillakaya 3 p.m. May 7
CLIFF’S Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, 645-5162 Live music May 5 & 6. Live music every weekend. Open mic every Tue. JERRY’S Sports Bar & Grille, 13170 Atlantic, 220-6766 Party Cartel 7:30 p.m. May 5. Lucky Stiff 7:30 p.m. May 6
ENZA’S, 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 109, 268-4458 Brian Iannucci May 3 & 7 TAPS BAR & GRILL, 2220 C.R. 210, St. Johns, 819-1554 Live music every weekend
ORANGE PARK + MIDDLEBURG DEE’S MUSIC BAR, 2141 Loch Rane Blvd., Ste. 140, 375-2240 Buck J. Smith 8 p.m. May 6. Live music every weekend THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael on the piano every Tue.-Sat. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 DJ Big Mike May 4. Live music every weekend SHARK CLUB, 714 Park Ave., 215-1557 Digital Skyline 9 p.m. May 3. Tom Bennett Band 9 p.m. May 4
PUSSER’S GRILLE, 816 A1A, 280-7766 Live music every Fri. & Sat. TABLE 1, 330 A1A, 280-5515 Billy Bowers 6 p.m. May 10
RIVERSIDE + WESTSIDE
ACROSS THE STREET, 948 Edgewood Ave. S., 683-4182 Live music most weekends HOBNOB, 220 Riverside Ave., Ste. 10, 513-4272 Live music every Fri. MR. CHUBBY’S WINGS, 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., 355-9464 Chuck Nash 9 p.m. May 5 MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 KJ52 Jonah Album release party & video shoot, Brinson, DJ Will 7:30 p.m. May 6 NIGHTHAWKS, 2952 Roosevelt Blvd. States Avenue, Boysin, Summer Cicada, Terrain, Divorce Culture 8 p.m. May 3. Queen Sheba & Moses West present Poetry vs Hip Hop 9 p.m. May 5. Mindscar, Crypteria, Dead Centre, Noctambulant, Shadow Hunter 8 p.m. May 6 RAIN DOGS, 1045 Park St., 379-4969 Chrome Fangs, Snore, Dagger Beach, Rip Junior, Ew Harris 8 p.m. May 6. Born A New, Degrader, Justice Against Brutality, Gutcheck 6 p.m. May 8 RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET, 715 Riverside Ave., 389-2449 Super Martin Brothers, Rip Currents, Whetherman 10:30 a.m. May 6 SOUTH KITCHEN & SPIRITS, 3638 Park St., 475-2362 Ace Winn 7 p.m. May 4
CELLAR UPSTAIRS, 157 King St., 826-1594 Tony Scozzaro 2 p.m. May 4. Gary Douglas Campbell, The Committee May 5. Caleb Joye 2 p.m., The Committee 7 p.m. May 6. Vinny Jacobs 2 p.m. May 7 DOS COFFEE & WINE, 300 San Marco Ave., 342-2421 Live music every weekend LA NOPALERA, 155 Hampton Pt. Dr., 230-7879 Vegas Gray 8 p.m. May 5 MARDI GRAS, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Fre Gordon, acoustic open mic 7 p.m. every Sun. Justin Gurnsey, Musicians Exchange 8 p.m. every Mon. PLANET SARBEZ, 115 Anastasia Blvd., 342-0632 Live music most weekends SHANGHAI NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., 547-2188 Live music most weekends TEMPO, 16 Cathedral Pl., 342-0286 Jazzy Blue May 4 & 6. Jax English Salsa Band 6 p.m. May 7. Open mic 7:30 p.m. every Wed. TRADEWINDS LOUNGE, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Live music 9 p.m. May 5 & 6. The Down Low every Wed. JP Driver every Thur. Elizabeth Roth every Sat..
JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 The Whiskey Gentry, Speaking Cursive 8 p.m. May 5. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Chris Collard & The Greens 8 p.m. May 6. JD Eicher, Steve Everett, Jackson Phillip 7 p.m. May 9. Temples, Lo Moon, Gov Club 7 p.m. May 10. Lewis Del Mar, Anna Wise May 14 MUDVILLE MUSIC ROOM, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., 352-7008 David Curley 7:30 p.m. May 3. Gamble Rogers Tribute Concert: Larry Mangum, Bob Patterson, Jim Carrick, Charley Simmons 7:30 p.m. May 4. Whetherman CD release, Grace Pettis 7 p.m. May 5 RIVER CITY BREWING COMPANY, 835 Museum Cir., 398-2299 Shayne Rammler 7 p.m. May 6
SOUTHSIDE + BAYMEADOWS
CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR, 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, 619-1931 Matthew Hall 8 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. GREEK STREET Café, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., 503-0620 Tavernalive 6 p.m. every Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Ct., 997-1955 Charlie Walker May 4. Whetherman May 6 WHISKEY JAX, 10915 Baymeadows Rd., 634-7208 Cassidy Lee 8 p.m. May 3. Danny Delves & the Deadly Nigtshades 8 p.m. May 6. Melissa Smith open mic every Thur. Blues jam every Sun. Acoustic with Cassidy Lee every Wed.
SPRINGFIELD + NORTHSIDE
BOSTON’S, 13070 City Station Dr., 751-7499 Live music every weekend CROOKED ROOSTER BREWERY, 148 S. Sixth St., Macclenny, 653-2337 Back from the Brink 8 p.m. May 13. Open mic 7 p.m. every Wed. FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4331 Chris Massey Band 8 p.m. May 6 MELLOW MUSHROOM, 15170 Max Leggett Pkwy., 757-8843 Live music most every weekend SANDOLLAR, 9716 Heckscher Dr., 251-2449 Live music every Fri.-Sun. SHANTYTOWN PUB, 22 W. Sixth St., 798-8222 Live music every weekend
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FOLIO DINING AL’S CRAFT PIZZA CO. in Neptune Beach has put a new spin on a 30-year legacy serving some of Northeast Florida’s most popular pizza pies and other Italian dishes.
AMELIA ISLAND + FERNANDINA BEACH
29 SOUTH EATS, 29 S. Third St., 277-7919, 29southrestaurant.com. Historic downtown bistro’s Chef Scotty Schwartz serves traditional regional cuisine with a modern twist. $$ L Tu-Sa; D M.-Sa; R Sa THE AMELIA TAVERN, 318 Centre St., 310-6088, theameliatavern.com. Contemporary hand-crafted, locally sourced comfort fare: local shrimp, small/big plates, organic greens, sandwiches. $$ FB TO D M; L & D Tu-Sa; Brunch Su. BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ, 1 S. Front St., 261-2660. F On the water at Centre Street’s end. Southern hospitality, upscale atmosphere; daily specials, fresh local seafood, aged beef. $$$ FB L D Daily CAFÉ KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269, cafekaribo. com. F In historic building, family-owned café has worldly fare, made-from-scratch dressings, sauces, desserts, sourcing fresh greens, veggies, seafood. Dine in or al fresco under oak-shaded patio. Microbrew Karibrew Pub has beer brewed onsite, imports. $$ FB K TO R, Su; L Daily, D Tu-Su in season THE CRAB TRAP, 31 N. Second St., 261-4749, ameliacrabtrap.com. F Nearly 40 years, family-ownedand-operated. Fresh local seafood, steaks, specials. HH. $$ FB L D Daily JACK & DIANE’S, 708 Centre St., 321-1444, jackanddianescafe.com. F Renovated 1887 shotgun house. Faves: jambalaya, French toast, pancakes, mac & cheese, crêpes. Vegan items. Inside or porch overlooking historic area. $$ BW K TO B L D Daily LA MANCHA, 2709 Sadler Rd., 261-4646. Spanish, Portuguese fare, Brazilian flair. Tapas, seafood, steaks, sangria. Drink specials. AYCE paella Sun. $$$ FB K TO D Nightly LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 474272 S.R. 200, 844-2225. F SEE ORANGE PARK. MOON RIVER PIZZA, 925 S. 14th St., 321-3400, moonriverpizza.net. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Authentic Northern-style pizzas, 20+ toppings, pie/slice. Calzones. $ BW TO L D M-Sa THE MUSTARD SEED CAFÉ, 833 Courson Rd., 277-3141, nassaushealthfoods.net. Casual organic eatery, juice
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bar, in Nassau Health Foods. All-natural organic items, smoothies, juices, herbal teas, coffees, daily specials. $$ K TO B L M-Sa THE PATIO PLACE, 416 Ash St., 410-3717, patioplacebistro.com. Bistro/wine bar/crêperie’s global menu uses crêpes: starters, entrées, shareables, desserts. $$ BW TO B L D Tu-Su POINTE RESTAURANT, 98 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-4851, elizabethpointelodge.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. In award-winning inn Elizabeth Pointe Lodge. Seaside dining; in or out. Hot buffet breakfast daily, full lunch menu. Homestyle soups, specialty sandwiches, desserts. $$$ BW K B L D Daily THE SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL, 12 N. Front St., 277-3811, thesaltypelicanamelia.com. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. 2nd-story outdoor bar. T.J. & Al offer local seafood, fish tacos, Mayport shrimp, po’boys, cheese oysters. $$ FB K L D Daily SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6652, slidersseaside.com. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Oceanfront. Award-winning handmade crabcakes, fried pickles, fresh seafood. Open-air 2nd floor balcony, playground. $$ FB K L D Daily THE SURF RESTAURANT & BAR, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711, thesurfonline.com. Oceanview dining since 1957, inside or on the deck. Steaks, seafood, burgers, daily food and drink specials; Wing It Wednesdays. $$ FB K TO L D Daily T-RAY’S BURGER STATION, 202 S. Eighth St., 261-6310. F Family-owned-and-operated 18+ years. Blue plate specials, burgers, biscuits & gravy, shrimp. $ BW TO B L M-Sa
ARLINGTON + REGENCY
LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 1301 Monument Rd., Ste. 5, 724-5802. F SEE ORANGE PARK.
AVONDALE + ORTEGA
HARPOON LOUIE’S, 4070 Herschel St., Ste. 8, 389-5631, harpoonlouies.net. F Locally owned & operated 20+ years. American pub. 1/2-lb. burgers, fish sandwiches, pasta. Local beers, HH. $$ FB K TO L D Daily MOJO NO. 4 URBAN BBQ & WHISKEY BAR, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 1, 381-6670. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Pulled pork and Carolina-style barbecue. Delta fried catfish. Avondale’s Mojo has shrimp & grits, specialty cocktails. Local musicians on weekends. $$ FB K TO L D Daily PINEGROVE MARKET & DELI, 1511 PineGrove Ave., 389-8655, pinegrovemarket.com. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. 40+ years. Burgers, Cubans, subs, wraps. Onsite butcher, USDA choice prime aged beef. Craft beers. Fri. & Sat. fish fry. $ BW TO B L D M-Sa RESTAURANT ORSAY, 3630 Park St., 381-0909, restaurantorsay.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. French/ Southern bistro; local organic ingredients. Steak frites, mussels, pork chops. $$$ FB R, Su; D Nightly SIMPLY SARA’S, 2902 Corinthian Ave., 387-1000, simplysaras.net. F Down-home fare from scratch: eggplant fries, pimento cheese, baked chicken, fruit cobblers, chicken & dumplings, desserts. BYOB. $$ K TO L D Tu-Sa, B Sa SOUTH KITCHEN & SPIRITS, 3638 Park St., 475-2362, south.kitchen. Southern classics: crispy catfish w/ smoked gouda grits, family-style fried chicken, burgers, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options. $$ FB K TO L D Daily
AL’S PIZZA, 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 105, 731-4300. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE BEACHES. INDIA’S, 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8, 620-0777, indiajaxcom. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Authentic cuisine, lunch buffet. Curries, vegetables, lamb, chicken, shrimp, fish tandoori. $$ BW L M-Sa; D Nightly LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 8616 Baymeadows Rd., 739-2498. F SEE ORANGE PARK. METRO DINER, 9802 Baymeadows Rd., 425-9142. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE SAN MARCO.
(Venues are in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) AL’S CRAFT PIZZA CO., 240 Third St. N., Neptune Beach, 249-0002, alspizza.com. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. NY-style-gourmet pizzas, baked dishes. 28+ years. All day HH M-Th. $ FB K TO L D Daily ANGIE’S SUBS, 1436 Beach Blvd., 246-2519. ANGIE’S GROM SUBS, 204 Third Ave. S., 241-3663. F Fresh ingredients, 25+ years. Huge salads, blue-ribbon iced tea. Grom has Sun. brunch, no alcohol. $ K BW TO L D Daily BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS, 2400 S. Third St., Ste. 201, 374-5735. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE RIVERSIDE. BURRITO GALLERY, 300 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, 246-6521, burritogallery.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Relocated, all grown up. Same great quality burritos, tacos, enchiladas; fast service. Craft cocktails. HH M-F. $ K FB TO L D Daily CRUISERS GRILL, 319 23rd Ave. S., 270-0356, cruisersgrill.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Locally owned & operated 20+ years. Half-pound burgers, fish sandwiches, big salads, award-winning cheddar fries, sangria. $ BW K TO L D Daily DELICOMB DELICATESSEN & ESPRESSO BAR, 102 Sixth Ave. N., 372-4192, delicomb.com. Family-owned-andoperated. Everything’s made with natural and organic ingredients—no hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup. Granola, tuna salad, kimchi, wraps, spicy panini melts. $ TO B L Tu-Su EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ, 992 Beach Blvd., 249-3001, europeanstreet.com. F SEE RIVERSIDE. FAMOUS TOASTERY, 311 N. Third St., 372-0712, famoustoastery.com. Corned beef hash, gluten-free pancakes, omelets, toast. Wraps, Bloody Marys, mimosas, peach Bellini. $$ FB K TO B L Daily
CAMDEN COUNTY, GEORGIA
CAPTAIN STAN’S SMOKEHOUSE, 700 Bedell Dr., Woodbine, 912-729-9552. Barbecue, sides, hot dogs, burgers, desserts. Dine in or out on picnic tables. $$ FB K TO L & D Tu-Sa OUTERBANKS SPORTS BAR & GRILLE, 140 The Lakes Blvd., Ste. H, Kingsland, 912-729-5499. Fresh seafood, burgers, steaks, wings. $$ FB TO D Nightly
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THE BANK BAR B Q & BAKERY, 331 W. Forsyth St., 388-1600, thebankbbq.com. 28 years’ experience means barbecue done right. Onsite bakery has specialty cakes. $ TO L & D M-F BURRITO GALLERY & BAR, 21 E. Adams St., 598-2922. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Innovative Southwestern fare; ginger teriyaki tofu, beef barbacoa, wraps, tacos. $ BW TO L D M-Sa CASA DORA, 108 E. Forsyth, 356-8282, casadoraitalian. com. F Serving Italian fare, 40+ years: veal, seafood, pizza. Homemade salad dressing. $ BW K L M-F; D M-Sa OLIO MARKET, 301 E. Bay St., 356-7100, oliomarket.com. F Scratch soups, sandwiches. Duck grilled cheese, seen on Best Sandwich in America. $$ BW TO B R L M-F; D F & Sa SPLIFF’S GASTROPUB, 15 N. Ocean St., 844-5000. Music venue has munchie apps, mac & cheese dishes, pockets, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, wraps. HH M-F. $ BW L D M-Sa URBAN GRIND COFFEE COMPANY, 45 W. Bay, Ste. 102, 516-7799, urbangrind.coffee. Locally roasted whole bean brewed coffees, espressos, pastries, smoothies, bagels. Chicken/tuna salad, sandwiches. WiFi. $ B L M-F. URBAN GRIND EXPRESS, 50 W. Laura, 516-7799. SEE ABOVE. ZODIAC BAR & GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283, thezodiacbarandgrill.com. 16+ years. Mediterranean cuisine, American fare, paninis, vegetarian dishes. Daily lunch buffet. Espressos, hookahs. HH M-F $ FB L M-F; D W-Sa
GRASSROOTS Natural Market, 1915 East-West Pkwy., 541-0009. F SEE RIVERSIDE. MOJO SMOKEHOUSE, 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 8, 264-0636. SEE AVONDALE. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198, whiteysfishcamp.com. F Real fish camp. Gator tail, freshwater catfish, daily specials, on Swimming Pen Creek. Tiki bar. Come by boat, bike or car. $ FB K TO L Tu-Su; D Nightly
AL’S PIZZA, 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 31, 223-0991. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE BEACHES.
6271 St. Augustine Rd. • Mandarin Born in: Greece Years in Biz: 20+ Fave Restaurant: Beirut Restaurant in Baymeadows Fave Cuisine Style: Mediterranean Go-To Ingredients: Oregano and parsley Ideal Meal: Lamb chops with sauteéd spinach Will Not Cross My Lips: Okra (Don’t like the texture) Insider's Secret: Don’t forget to breathe. Celeb Sighting in Your Restaurant: Staci Spanos from News4Jax Culinary Treat: Galaktoboureko — Google that!
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NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET & DELI, 11030 Baymeadows Rd., 260-2791. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE MANDARIN. PATTAYA THAI GRILLE, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-9506, ptgrille.com. Since 1989, the family-owned place has offered an extensive menu of traditional Thai, vegetarian, new-Thai; curries, seafood, noodles, soups. Low-sodium & gluten-free. $$$ BW TO L D Tu-Sa THE WELL WATERING HOLE, 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9, 737-7740, thewellwateringhole.com. Local craft beers, glass/bottle wines. Meatloaf sandwich, pulled Peruvian chicken, vegan black bean burgers. $$ BW K TO L M-F; D Tu-Sa WHISKEY JAX, 10915 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 135, 634-7208, whiskeyjax.com. Gastropub. Craft beers, gourmet burgers, handhelds, signature plates. HH. $$ FB L D F-Su; D Nightly
A LITTLE SANDWICH SHOP WITH SOME BIG flavors, Vessel Sandwich Co. is part of the small seaside community of Flagler Beach. Head right up to the register and order off the chalkboard, or pull a menu from the stack and take a step back. You’ll find options ranging from seafood to comfort food. The neighbors just a block away at Swillerbees Craft Donuts & Coffee Bar told us the “Hot Fried” Chicken Feathers ($6) is a must. It’s kind of a strange dish—tasty, of course, but strange. Spicy, mesquite barbecue sauce is ladled over a nice portion of chicken and served on a giant piece of ciabatta toasted to buttery perfection. House pickles are nice and crunchy, an agreeable companion to the chicken’s peppery sauce. We ordered the shrimp roll ($9) because the afternoon had a real beachy vibe. It was served on a crisp buttery roll overflowing with juicy, plump shrimp dressed lightly in a mayonnaisebased sauce. The shrimp were large enough to be treated to a nice rough chop. The chunky chop enabled us to get a perfect bite each time— instead of eating through one of five whole shrimp on the roll in a single bite. The Ham ’n’ Peppers ($9) caught my eye, then my taste buds. This Italian-style sandwich is a riot of flavors pressed between two halves of a crispy sliced baguette. Its prosciutto and salami are the perfect complement to the high quality spicy mustard. It’ll burn through your nose hairs—and I mean that in the very best way. This little gem includes a side of giardiniera, pickled Italian veggies. The little cup was an ideal side for the sandwich. The cauliflower, carrots and celery mixture were exquisitely pickled, just a tad crunchy with a nice level of spice in the marinade.
VESSEL SANDWICH CO.
FLYING IGUANA TAQUERIA & TEQUILA BAR, 207 Atlantic Blvd., NB, 853-5680, flyingiguana.com. F Latin American: tacos, seafood, carnitas, Cubana fare. 100+ tequilas. $ FB TO L D Daily GUSTO, 1266 Beach Blvd., 372-9925, gustojax.com. Classic Old World Roman cuisine, large Italian menu: homestyle pasta, beef, chicken, fish delicacies; open pizza-tossing kitchen. Reservations encouraged. $$ FB TO L R D Tu-Su HAWKERS ASIAN STREET FARE, 241 Atlantic Blvd., NB, 425-1025. SEE RIVERSIDE. LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 657 Third St. N., 247-9620. F SEE ORANGE PARK. METRO DINER, 1534 3rd St. N., 853-6817. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE SAN MARCO. MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636. SEE AVONDALE. MSHACK, 299 Atlantic Blvd., AB, 241-2599, shackburgers.com. Burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes. Dine indoors or out. $$ BW L D Daily NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET & DELI, 1585 Third St. N., 458-1390. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE MANDARIN. RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD & GRILL, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877, ragtimetavern.com. F 30+ years, iconic seafood place. Blackened snapper, sesame tuna, Ragtime shrimp. Daily HH, brunch Sun. $$ FB L D Daily SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK, 1018 Third St. N., 372-4456, saltlifefoodshack.com. Specialty items, tuna poke bowl, fresh sushi, Ensenada tacos, local fried shrimp. $$ FB K TO L D Daily V PIZZA, 528 First St. N., 853-6633, vpizza.com. Traditional Neapolitana artisan pizza from Naples – Italy, not Florida, made with fresh ingredients. $$ FB TO L D Daily WHISKEY JAX, 950 Marsh Landing Pkwy., 853-5973. SEE BAYMEADOWS.
LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 10750 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 14, 642-6980. F SEE ORANGE PARK.
MANDARIN + NW ST. JOHNS
AL’S PIZZA, 11190 San Jose Blvd., 260-4115. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE BEACHES. ATHENS CAFÉ, 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7, 733-1199, athenscafejax.com. 20+ years, serving dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), baby shoes (stuffed eggplant), Greek beers. Vegetarian-friendly. Early bird menu Mon.-Fri. $$ BW L M-F; D Sa CRUISERS GRILL, 5613 San Jose Blvd., 737-2874. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE BEACHES. FIRST COAST DELI & GRILL, 6082 St. Augustine Rd., 733-7477. Pancakes, bacon, sandwiches, burgers, wings. $ K TO B L Daily JAX DINER, 5065 St. Augustine Rd., 739-7070. New spot serves local produce, meats, breads, seafood. $ TO B L Daily METRO DINER, 12807 San Jose Blvd., 638-6185. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Dinner nightly. SEE SAN MARCO. MOJO BAR-B-QUE, 1607 University Blvd. W., 732-7200, mojobbq.com. SEE AVONDALE. NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET & DELI, 10000 San Jose Blvd., 260-6950, nativesunjax.com. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Organic soups, baked items, sandwiches, prepared foods. Juice, smoothie, coffee bar. All-natural beer/wine. $ BW TO K B L D Daily V PIZZA, 12601 San Jose Blvd., 647-9424. SEE SAN MARCO.
THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959, hilltop-club. com. Southern fine dining. New Orleans shrimp, certified Black Angus prime rib, she-crab soup, desserts. Extensive bourbon selection. $$$ FB D Tu-Sa LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 1330 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 165, 276-7370. 1545 C.R. 220, 278-2827. 700 Blanding Blvd.,
213 S. Second St., Ste. 4, Flagler Beach, 386-693-5085, vesselsandwichco.com If your palate clamors for comfort food with a little bit of twist (hey, you pay your own bills) try the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese ($7). Chow down on aged cheddar and fontina with an apple apricot mostarda on ciabatta. I’ll admit, I had to look up mostarda but I’m in love. It’s a mustard, of course, but it’s combined with the sweetness of candied fruits—the result is something unique. The sweet and spicy flavor profile adds a nice kick to this cheesy sandwich. Add an extra twist—thin slices of salty prosciutto ($1)—for those extra grownup taste buds. Vessel offers a few drinks besides soda; you can bet that Lavender Sweet Tea ($2) went into my cup. It was an ultra version: Think Southern sweet tea with a nice punch of lavender! A big bonus for Vessel is that they use bread from the holy grail of all Jacksonville bread producers, The French Pantry. With the exception of the shrimp roll bun, all the sandwiches are made with lovely TFP dough. We chose to sit outside, but this is a great spot to get your sandwiches to go and head right on down to the beach. Hellooo, perfect beach picnic! Brentley Stead email@example.com MAY 3-9, 2017 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 25
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CERVEZA PACIFICO CLARA More commonly known as Pacífico, this Pilsner-style beer was first brewed in 1900 when three Germans opened the Cerveceria del Pacífico brewery in Mazatlán. DOS EQUIS Dos Equis began life as a Vienna lager, Siglo XX, brewed by German-born Wilhelm Hasse at his Moctezuma Brewery to welcome the 20th century. The amber version is the more traditional and most closely resembles the lager it’s based on. NEGRA MODELO A Munich Dunkel Lager, the name simply means dark lager. First brewed in Mexico by Austrian immigrants, it was introduced as a draft beer in 1926. Marc Wisdom firstname.lastname@example.org 26 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | MAY 3-9, 2017
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CINCO DE MAYO IS A RELATIVELY SMALL holiday in Mexico. Most Mexicans barely give it a nod. But, as is the case with many pseudoholidays, American beer companies realized it was the perfect way to market beer. In this case, Mexican beer. So, with that, the practically unknown Cinco de Mayo morphed into an allAmerican beer bash. History tells us that on May 5, 1862, a ragtag assembly of 2,000 Mexicans defeated a French army of 6,000 in the Franco-Mexican war in the Mexican state of Puebla, which marks the day with parades and parties. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Mexicans in the U.S. began to see the day as a way to commemorate their heritage. This gave rise to bigger celebrations sponsored by Mexican beer companies. Mexico has a long, somewhat convoluted brewing history. Fermented beverages are nothing new there; before the land was overrun by Europeans, ancient civilizations produced alcoholic beverages from maize (corn), agave and even cocoa beans. Some of these beverages are still around. (“Colonizing Mexican Lagers,” Folio Weekly, June 1, 2016) When the Conquistadors arrived, so did beer. Though beer was difficult and expensive to make, in the mid-1500s, Spaniard Alfonso de Herro was granted the first official beer concession in the New World on the condition that he send one-third of his profits back to Spain in taxes. Despite efforts to grow local crops to cut costs, his brewing effort floundered under the weight of this taxation. After Mexico’s War of Independence in the early 1800s, ending European regulation and taxes, beer production began an uptick in Mexico. By the mid-1800s, an influx of German immigrants amped up the Mexican brewing industry. Brews such as Corona, Negra Modelo, Dos Equis and Sol all owe their existence to German brewers settling in Mexico. As that industry grew, events north of the border–namely Prohibition–helped strengthen a brisk beer trade with the U.S. By the 1920s, there were more than 35 breweries operating in Mexico. As consolidation began, two major players emerged to control beer south of the border–Grupo Modelo and Cerveceria Cuautehmoc-Moctezuma. Because of the Bavarian influence, most beer produced by big brewers are Vienna-style light lagers, with only a few amber or dark styles. Ales are few and far between in Mexico, but there are some intrepid microbreweries trying to make inroads with more flavorful ales. Ideally, the best way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is with a cold cerveza at one of the area’s many Mexican restaurants. To help with your beer decision, here’s some info on popular Mexican brews.
Ste. 15, 272-3553. 5733 Roosevelt, 446-9500. 1401 S. Orange Ave., Green Cove, 284-7789, larryssubs.com. F Larry’s piles ’em high, serves ’em fast; 36+ years. Hot & cold subs, soups. Some Larry’s serve breakfast. $ K TO B L D Daily METRO DINER, 2034 Kingsley Ave., 375-8548. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Dinner nightly. SEE SAN MARCO. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611, roadhouseonline.net. Sandwiches, wings, burgers, quesadillas for 35+ years. 75+ imported beers. $ FB L D Daily SNACSHACK BAKERY, 179 College Dr., Ste. 19, 322-1414, snacshack.menu. Bakery and café; sandwiches, coffees, bagels, muffins, breads, cookies, brownies, snack treats. $$ TO B BR L M-F SPRING PARK COFFEE, 328 Ferris St., Green Cove Springs, 531-9391, springparkcoffee.com. Cozy shop; fresh-roasted Brass Tacks coffee, handcrafted hot & cold drinks, specialty lattes, cappuccino, macchiato, teas, pastries, sandwiches, breakfast. $ B L D Daily
PONTE VEDRA BEACH
AL’S PIZZA, 635 A1A, 543-1494. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE BEACHES. LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 830 A1A N., Ste. 6, 273-3993. F SEE ORANGE PARK. MSHACK NOCATEE, 641 Crosswater Pkwy., 395-3575. SEE BEACHES. METRO DINER, 340 Front St., Ste. 700, 513-8422. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE SAN MARCO.
RIVERSIDE, 5 PTS + WESTSIDE
13 GYPSIES, 887 Stockton St., 389-0330, 13gypsies.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Authentic Mediterranean cuisine: chorizo, tapas, blackened cod, pork skewers, coconut mango curry chicken. Breads from scratch. $$ BW L D Tu-Sa, R Sa AL’S PIZZA, 1620 Margaret St., Ste. 201, 388-8384. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE BEACHES. BLACK SHEEP, 1534 Oak St., 355-3793, blacksheep5points.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. New American, Southern; local source ingredients. Specials, rooftop bar. HH. $$$ FB R Sa & Su; L M-F; D Nightly BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS, 869 Stockton St., Ste. 1, 855-1181, boldbeancoffee.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Small-batch, artisanal approach to sourcing and roasting single-origin, direct-trade coffees. Signature blends, handcrafted syrups, espressos, craft beers. $ BW TO B L Daily BRIXX WOOD FIRED PIZZA, 220 Riverside Ave., 300-3928, brixxpizza.com. Pizzas, pastas, soups. Glutenfree options. Daily specials, BOGO pizzas 10 p.m.-close. $$ FB K TO L D Daily CORNER TACO, 818 Post St., 240-0412, cornertaco.com. Made-from-scratch “Mexclectic street food,” tacos, nachos, gluten-free, vegetarian options. $ BW L D Tu-Su CUMMER CAFÉ, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., 356-6857, cummer.org. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Light lunch, quick bites, locally roasted coffee, espresso-based beverages, sandwiches, gourmet desserts, daily specials. Dine in or in gardens. $ BW K L D Tu; L W-Su EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ, 2753 Park St., 384-9999. 130+ import beers, 20 on tap. Sandwiches. Dine outside at some EStreets. $ BW K L D Daily FIVE POINTS TAVERN, 1521 Margaret St., 549-5063, fivepointstavern.com. New American cosmopolitan place serves chef-curated dishes in a relaxed environment. $$ FB TO L & D Tu-Su GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET, 2007 Park St., 384-4474, thegrassrootsmarket.com. F Juice bar uses certified organic fruits, veggies. Artisanal cheeses, 300 craft,
import beers, 50 organic wines, produce, meats, vitamins, herbs, wraps, sides, sandwiches. $ BW TO B L D Daily HAWKERS ASIAN STREET FARE, 1001 Park St., 508-0342, hawkerstreetfare.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Authentic dishes from mobile stalls: BBQ pork char sui, beef haw fun, Hawkers baos, chow faan, grilled Hawker skewers. $ BW TO L D Daily IL DESCO, 2665 Park St., 290-6711, ildescojax.com. Authentic Italian cuisine; wood-fired pizzas, pasta, baked Italian dishes, raw bar, spaghetti tacos. Daily HH. $$-$$$ FB K TO L D Daily JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILLE, 474 Riverside Ave., 356-8055. F Casual; made-to-order sandwiches, wraps. $ TO B L M-Sa LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 1509 Margaret St., 674-2794. 7895 Normandy Blvd., 781-7600. 8102 Blanding Blvd., 779-1933. F SEE ORANGE PARK. METRO DINER, 4495 Roosevelt Blvd., 999-4600. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE SAN MARCO. MOON RIVER PIZZA, 1176 Edgewood Ave. S., 389-4442. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE AMELIA ISLAND. THE MOSSFIRE GRILL, 1537 Margaret St., 355-4434, mossfire.com. 2016 Best of Jax finalist. Near 5 Points intersection. Southwestern dishes: fish tacos, chicken enchiladas. HH M-Sa in upstairs lounge; HH all day Su. $$ FB K L D Daily MSHACK, 1012 Margaret St., 423-1283. SEE BEACHES. SOUTHERN ROOTS FILLING STATION, 1275 King St., 513-4726, southernrootsjax.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Fresh vegan fare; local, organic ingredients. Specials, on bread, local greens/rice, change daily. Sandwiches, coffees, teas. $ Tu-Su SUN-RAY CINEMA, 1028 Park St., 359-0047, sunraycinema.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. First-run, indie and art films screened. Beer, local drafts, wine, pizza–Godbold, Black Lagoon Supreme, Cowford Pie–hot dogs, hummus, sandwiches, popcorn, nachos, brownies. $$ BW Daily SUSHI CAFÉ, 2025 Riverside Ave., Ste. 204, 384-2888, sushicafejax.com. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Monster, Rock-n-Roll, Dynamite Roll. Hibachi, tempura, katsu, teriyaki. Inside/patio. $$ BW L D Daily
AL’S PIZZA, 1 St. George St., 824-4383. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE BEACHES. CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE BEACHES. THE FLORIDIAN, 72 Spanish St., 829-0655, thefloridianstaug.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Updated Southern fare; fresh, local ingredients. Vegetarian, gluten-free option. Signature fried green tomato bruschetta, blackened fish cornbread stack; grits w/shrimp/fish/tofu. $$$ BW K TO L D W-M GYPSY CAB COMPANY, 828 Anastasia Blvd., 824-8244, gypsycab.com. F 33+ years. Varied urban cuisine menu changes twice daily. Signature: Gypsy chicken. Seafood, tofu, duck, veal. $$ FB R Su; L D Daily MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 347-3288, mardibar.com. Wings, nachos, shrimp, chicken, Phillys, sliders, soft pretzels. $$ FB TO L D Daily MOJO OLD CITY BBQ, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264, mojobbq.com. SEE AVONDALE. O’LOUGHLIN PUB, 6975 A1A S., 429-9715. Familyowned-and-operated. Authentic fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, corned beef & cabbage, bangers & mash, duck wings. $$ FB K TO L D Daily SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK, 321 A1A, 217-3256. SEE BEACHES.
METRO DINER, 1000 S. Ponce de Leon Blvd., 758-3323. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Dinner nightly. SEE SAN MARCO. SHANGHAI NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., 547-2188. Cuban-style, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. $$ FB
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THE BEARDED PIG SOUTHERN BBQ & BEER GARDEN, 1224 Kings Ave., 619-2247, thebeardedpigbbq.com. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Barbecue joint Southern style: brisket, pork, chicken, sausage, beef; veggie platters. $$ BW K TO Daily BISTRO AIX, 1440 San Marco Blvd., 398-1949, bistrox.com. F Mediterranean/French inspired menu changes seasonally. 250+ wines. Wood-fired oven baked, grilled specialties: pizza, pasta, risotto, steaks, seafood. Hand-crafted cocktails, specialty drinks. Dine outside. HH M-F. $$$ FB L D Daily BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS, 1905 Hendricks Ave. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. SEE RIVERSIDE. EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 398-9500. SEE RIVERSIDE. FUSION SUSHI, 1550 University Blvd. W., 636-8688, fusionsushijax.com. F Upscale; fresh sushi, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, kiatsu, seafood. $$ K L D Daily KITCHEN ON SAN MARCO, 1402 San Marco Blvd., 396-2344, kitchenonsanmarco.com. Gastropub serves local, national craft beers, specialty cocktails. Seasonal menu, with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. $$ FB R Su; L D Daily METRO DINER, 3302 Hendricks Ave., 398-3701, metrodinercom. F 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Original upscale diner in a historic 1930s-era building. Meatloaf, chicken pot pie, soups. This one serves dinner nightly. $$ B R L D Daily PIZZA PALACE RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815, pizzapalacejax.com. F Family-owned&-operated; spinach pizza, chicken spinach calzones, ravioli, lasagna, parmigiana. Dine outside. HH. $$ BW K TO L D Daily TAVERNA, 1986 San Marco Blvd., 398-3005, tavernasanmarco.com. Chef Sam Efron’s authentic Italian; tapas, wood-fired pizza. Seasonal local produce, meats. Craft beer (some local), award-winning wine. $$$ FB K TO R L D Daily V PIZZA, 1406 Hendricks Ave., 527-1511, vpizza.com. Serving true artisan Neapolitana pizzas, hand-tossed, thin or thick crust. Baked dishes, subs, stromboli, wings, wraps. $$ FB to L D Daily
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ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING, 12000 Beach Blvd., 641-1212, alhambrajax.com. Open 50 years. Executive Chef DeJuan Roy’s themed menus. Reservations. $$ FB D Tu-Su EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ, 5500 Beach Blvd., 398-1717. SEE RIVERSIDE. LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 3611 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., 641-6499. 4479 Deerwood Lake Pkwy., 425-4060. F SEE ORANGE PARK. MARIANAS GRINDS, 11380 Beach Blvd., Ste. 10, 206-612-6596. Pacific Islander fare, chamorro culture. Soups, stews, fitada, beef oxtail, katden pika; empanadas, lumpia, chicken relaguen, BBQ-style ribs, chicken. $$ TO B L D Tu-Su MOXIE KITCHEN + COCKTAILS, 4972 Big Island Dr., 9989744. 2016 Best of Jax Winner. Chef Tom Gray’s locally sourced contemporary American menu has starters— deviled farm eggs, chicken livers; favorites—chicken & waffles, Dr Pepper-glazed beef short ribs. Seared scallops, handmade gnocchi. Inventive cocktails, patio dining. HH daily. $$ FB K Su Br, L M-Sa; D Nightly
DINING DIRECTORY MSHACK, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 642-5000. SEE BEACHES. OVINTE, 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr., 900-7730, ovintecom. Italy, Spain, Mediterranean. Small plates, tapas, charcuterie: ceviche fresco, pappardelle bolognese, lobster ravioli. 240-bottle/wines, 75/glass; craft spirits. $$ FB R, Su; D Nightly
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ANDY’S GRILL, 1810 W. Beaver St., 354-2821, jaxfarmersmarket.com. Inside Jax Farmers Market. Local,
regional, international produce. Breakfast, sandwiches. $ B L D M-Sa LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 12001 Lem Turner Rd., 764-9999. SEE ORANGE PARK. UPTOWN KITCHEN & BAR, 1303 Main St. N., 355-0734, uptownmarketjax.com. Bite Club certified. Fresh fare, innovative menus, farm-to-table selections, daily specials. $$ BW TO B L Daily
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CRUSTACEAN CELEBRATION THIS LITTLE SHRIMPY WENT TO MARKET. To the farmers market! Though warmer water brings a sad end to the Royal Red Shrimp season, we should not put on our little pouty faces. Instead, we should celebrate. We won’t see any more Royal Reds at our local farmers market, the Fernandina Beach Marketplace, until next winter, but we still have our normal, glorious fresh shrimp with which to celebrate. We islanders celebrate these delicious wonders in a big way. For those not in the know, this year marks the 54th Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. The event kicks off with an outrageously quirky Pirate Parade starting promptly at 6 p.m. May 4. When I say quirky, I ain’t kiddin’. The parade features the Fernandina Pirate Club, an organization in which grown men and women dress in 17th- and 18th-centurystyle pirate garb. They look as if they just stepped off the set of The Pirates of The Caribbean. The club performs all kinds of charitable civic duties ranging from a scholarship fund to blood drives (give us your blood or we’ll take it from ya) to a 5K run and a “stop hunger” campaign. As you might imagine, they’re also a very entertaining bunch. During the parade, they stroll the route handing out candy and beads, and add a spectacular finish with a Pirate Ship float equipped with live and extremely loud cannons. The entire parade is, naturally, SHRIMP themed. You’ll see the Woman’s Club members parading in very attractive shrimp costumes, all manner of floats decorated in wacky shrimp motifs and even Miss Shrimp Festival contestants waving to the crowd from atop their shrimpy ride. It’s a terrific way to spend an evening. The reason for all this hubbub? Fernandina Beach is where the modern shrimping industry began. Like any seminal moment in history, the advent
of the modern shrimping industry was brought about by the convergence of several seemingly unrelated events. The result? Delicious. Like I’ve told y’all many times, fresh local shrimp are where it’s at. They are without a doubt among the top 10 foods in my life, and that’s saying a lot. Although there are millions of different ways to prepare these succulent little delicacies, the main thing to remember is to be gentle. Always cook them on a lower heat than you think is necessary, and don’t over-season them like some drunken sailor! Here’s a fun way to Chef Up these here local shrimp. See all y’all at Shrimp Fest.
CHEF BILL’S SHRIMP GUACAMOLE Ingredients: • 1/2 Pound shrimp, peeled and deveined • 2 Tsp. chipotle spice • 2 Avocados, deseeded, scooped and diced • 1/2 Red onion, diced • 1 Serrano, or chili pepper of your choice • 2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped • 1 Lime, juiced • Salt to taste Directions: 1. Toss the shrimp with the chipotle 1. spice. Sauté shrimp on medium heat 1. until just cooked through. Cool, then 1. dice into 1/4-inch pieces. 2. Mix the remaining ingredients and 1. add the shrimp when it’s cooled. 3. Adjust the seasoning. 4. Serve with tortilla chips. Until we cook again,
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Create a yard that’s PUPPY-APPROVED and DOG-ENDORSED Dear Davi, How can I stop my mutts from wreaking havoc on my garden? Petunia Petunia, Dogs see gardens differently than humans. You see soft blades of grass; we see a place to pee. You see a fig tree; we see a snack– don’t worry, figs are healthy for dogs. The key to creating harmony in your garden is designing a landscape that works for you and your dog. KNOW YOUR BREED Every dog is unique, but different breeds tend to have different traits. Terriers will dig, beagles will try to escape, retrievers like water, and dachshunds will hunt for treats–sorry, not sorry. Knowing your dog’s approach to life will help you be aware of issues that may pop up. PATHS TO PATROL Dogs are territorial and naturally want to protect the property line from intruders. Leave a gap between the fence and plantings so your dog can patrol the perimeter without trampling the perennials. Cover the trail with paw-friendly materials, but stay away from cocoa mulch. Its chemical compound can be harmful, just like chocolate. Bonus points for adding a spot to survey the land. This could be a big flat rock or a wooden deck. What dog or cat doesn’t like to keep an eye on their domain while watching the world go by? SHELTER AND SHADE Just like humans, dogs can suffer from sunburn and heatstroke. Make sure you have a shady retreat for your dog to relax after playing and chasing squirrels. A small pool or water fountain is a great feature for keeping cool and staying hydrated on a hot day. USE POISON-FREE PLANTS Some plants can be dangerous, even toxic,
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to dogs, especially if your dog enjoys snacking on greenery or shrub berries. Select plants that are safe and reduce fleas, such as lavender, rosemary and mint, and others that are good for dogs to eat, like strawberries and wheat grass. BUILD A BONEYARD Dogs dig for lots of reasons: entertainment, escape, burying treasure, looking for a comfy spot. Designate a digging zone with sand or gravel and keep it stocked with treats and bones–your dog will be drawn by the smell. The secret to getting him to understand that this zone is the only place to dig will require training. Be prepared to redirect him every time he starts to dig anywhere else in the yard. A PLACE TO POTTY When a dog’s got to go, a dog’s got to go, but that doesn’t mean your lawn has to be covered in yellow patches. Create a potty spot from mulch or hardscape and train your pooch to go there. For male dogs, provide a marking post to claim his territory. FENCED IN Keep your dog safe by fencing the yard. Not only does fencing protect plants, it keeps a curious pup off the street. Once your dog-scape is complete, it’s time to enjoy the space with your furry friend. You may still find the occasional hole or muddy mess. Just remember, the most wonderful landscapes are those that may be a little less perfect, but filled with love, care–and dogs. Happy gardening! Davi email@example.com ____________________________________ Davi the dachshund doesn’t have his landscape horticulturist license … yet!
ARGUING WHETHER CATS OR DOGS MAKE BETTER pets is a time-honored tradition that has ruined as many relationships as fork-biting. Well, per the North Shore Animal League, here’s some evidence for the kitten caboodling camp: cats can be either right- or left-pawed; cats’ brains are more similar to a human’s than a dog’s; all kittens are born with blue eyes; and your cat loves the sound of your voice, especially saying their name. Kinda make sense that cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America, eh?
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JOHN DRYDEN, MAGIC LAMPS, MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, FOLLOWING BLISS & CHER ARIES (March 21-April 19): Beware of feeling sorry for sharks yelling for help. Beware of trusting coyotes acting like sheep and sheep acting like coyotes. Wait! “Beware” isn’t my only message. Welcome interlopers if they’re humble and look you in the eye. Learn all you can from predators and pretenders without imitating them. Take advantage of any change set in motion by agitators who shake the status quo, even if you don’t like them.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): n addition to fashion tips, advice for the broken-hearted, midlife-crisis support and career counseling, I provide mystical help. Like now. So if you need nuts-and-bolts guidance, have the sense to read a more down-to-earth horoscope. I want to tell you that the metaphor of resurrection is your featured theme. Assume it’s somehow the answer to every question. Rejoice in the knowledge that although a part of you has died, it’ll be reborn in a fresh guise.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When poet Wislawa Szymborska delivered her speech for winning the Nobel Prize, she said “whatever else we might think of this world—it is astonishing.” She added that for a poet, there’s no such thing as the “ordinary world,” “ordinary life” and “the ordinary course of events.” In fact, “Nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all, not a single existence, not anyone’s existence in this world.” In the next two weeks, you’ll have potential to feel and act on these truths. You’re granted a license to be astonished on a regular basis.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Are you ready for the genie’s favors? Don’t rub the magic lamp unless you are.” I saw that message on an Instagram meme and immediately thought of you. Truth is, up until recently, you haven’t been fully prepared for the useful but demanding gifts the genie could offer. You haven’t had the selfmastery needed to use the gifts as they’re meant to be used, and so they were a bit dangerous. But that’s changed. Though you may still not be fully primed, you’re as ready as you can be. That’s why I say: RUB THE MAGIC LAMP!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Would you consider enrolling in my Self-Pity Seminar? You’d learn that obsessing on self-pity is a means to an end, not a morass to get lost in. You’d feel sorry for yourself for brief, intense periods so you’d feel proud and brave the rest of the time. For a given period–like three days–you’d indulge in self-pity until you exhausted that emotion. Then you’d be free to engage in self-healing, selfnurturing and self-celebration. Ready? Think about the ways that people don’t fully appreciate you. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In a typical conversation, most of us use too many “uhs,” “likes,” “I means” and “you knows.” I mean, I’m sure that … uh … you’ll agree that, like, what’s the purpose of, you know, all that pointless noise? Good news about your use of language in the coming weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’ll have the potential to dramatically lower reliance on needless filler. There’s more: Clear thinking and precise speech might be your superpowers. As a result, your powers of persuasion should intensify. Your ability to advocate for favorite causes may zoom. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 1668, England named John Dryden its first Poet Laureate. His literary influence was so vast, the era in which he published was known as the Age of Dryden. 20th-century poet T.S. Eliot said he was “the ancestor of nearly all that is best in the poetry of the 18th century.” Dryden had a low opinion of Shakespeare. “Scarcely intelligible,” he called the Bard, adding, “His whole style is so pestered with figurative expressions that it is as affected as it is coarse.” I see a comparable clash of titans in your sphere. Two major influences fight supremacy. One embodiment of beauty may be compete with another. One powerful, persuasive force could oppose another. What is your role? Mediator? Judge? Neutral observer? Be cagey. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Just this once, and for a limited time only, you have cosmic clearance to load up on sugary treats, leave an empty beer can in the woods, watch stupid TV shows and act uncool around the Beautiful People. Why? Because being well-behaved, perfectly composed and strictly pure would compromise your mental health more than being naughty. Besides, if you want to figure out what you’re becoming, you’ll need to know more about what you’re not.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You may have heard the exhortation “Follow your bliss!”, popularized by mythologist Joseph Campbell. After studying archetypal stories of many cultures throughout history, he concluded it was the most important principle driving the success of most heroes. Another way to say it: Identify the job or activity that deeply excites you, and make it your life’s center. In later years, Campbell worried too many people had misinterpreted “Follow your bliss” to mean “Do what comes easily.” That’s all wrong, he said. Anything worth doing takes work and struggle. “Maybe I should have said, ‘Follow your blisters,’” he laughed. You are now in an intense “Follow your blisters” phase of following your bliss. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Versatile artist Melvin Van Peebles has enjoyed working as a filmmaker, screenwriter, actor, composer and novelist. One of his more recent efforts was a collaboration with experimental band The Heliocentrics. Together they created a science-fiction-themed spoken-word poetry album The Last Transmission. Peebles told NPR, “I haven’t had so much fun with clothes on in years.” If I read planetary omens correctly, you’re either experiencing that level of fun, or will soon be. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In what ways do you most resemble your mother? Now’s a good time to take inventory. Once you identify mom-like qualities that tend to limit your freedom or lead away from dreams, plan to transform them. You may never be able to defuse them entirely, but there’s a lot you can do to minimize the mischief they cause. Be calm but calculating in setting your intention. In the inventory, you may also find ways you’re like your mother that are of great value. Is there anything you could do to fully develop their potential? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “We are what we imagine,” writes Piscean author N. Scott Momaday. “Our very existence consists in our imagination of ourselves. Our best destiny is to imagine who and what we are. The greatest tragedy that can befall us is to go unimagined.” Let’s make this passage your inspirational keynote for the coming weeks. It’s a perfect time to realize how much power you have to create yourself through intelligent and purposeful use of your vivid imagination. A tip from Cher: “All of us invent ourselves. Some of us just have more imagination than others.” Rob Brezsny firstname.lastname@example.org
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NEWS OF THE WEIRD MOTHER OF INVENTION
Robotic models of living organisms are useful to scientists, who can study the effects of stimuli without risk to actual people. Northwestern University researchers announced in March its laboratory model of the “female reproductive system” has reached a milestone: its first menstrual period. The “ovary,” using mouse tissue, had produced hormones that stimulated the system (uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes, liver) for 28 days, reaching the predictable result. Chief researcher Teresa Woodruff said she imagines eventually growing a model from tissue provided by the patient undergoing treatment.
Henry Wachtel, 24, continues in legal limbo after being found “not criminally responsible” for the death of his mother in 2014, despite having beaten her in the head and elsewhere up to 100 times—because he was having an epileptic seizure at that moment and has no memory of the attack. A judge must still decide the terms of Wachtel’s psychiatric hospitalization, but Wachtel’s mind is clear enough now that, in March, he demanded, as sole heir, payoff on his mother’s life insurance policy (which, under New York law, is still technically feasible).
THAT’S NOT EVIDENCE, THAT’S DINNER!
In February, federal customs agents seized a wide array of 22 pounds of illegal animal meat at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Among the tasty items: raw chicken, pig and cow meat, brains, hearts, heads, tongues and feet—in addition to (wrote a reporter) “other body parts.” In a typical day nationwide, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes about 4,600 smuggled plant or animal products.
WE ALL GOT RIGHTS
The long-standing campaign by animal-rights activists to bestow “human” rights upon animals (begun, of course, with intelligent orangutans and gorillas) goes on. In March, the New Zealand parliament gave human rights to a river—the Whanganui, long revered by the country’s indigenous Maori. One Maori and one civil servant were appointed the river’s representatives. Within a week, activists in India, scouring court rulings, found two
waterways deserved similar status—the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, which were then designated by judges in Uttarakhand state. The Ganges’ “rights” seem hollow since an estimated one billion gallons of waste still enters it daily despite its being a holy bathing spot for Hindus.
Luu Cong Huyen, 58, in Yen Giao, Vietnam, is the most recent to attract reporters’ attention with disturbingly long fingernails. A March OddityCentral.com report, with cringeinducing photos, failed to disclose their precise length, but Huyen said he hasn’t clipped them since a 2013 report on VietnamNet revealed each measured up to 19.7 inches. Huyen explained (inadequately) his nail obsession started as a hobby and that he’s not yet over it. The Guinness Book record is not exactly within fingertip reach: 73.5 inches per nail, by Shridhar Chillal of India.
AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE
In February, a pet welfare organization complained of a raid on a Lockhart, Texas, home that housed more than 400 animals (and, of course, reeked “overpowering[ly]” of urine). The inventory: 86 snakes, 56 guinea pigs, 28 dogs, 26 rabbits, 15 goats, 9 doves, 8 skinks, 7 pigs, 6 pigeons, 4 gerbils, 3 bearded dragons, 2 ducks and 1 tarantula—plus about 150 rats and mice (to feed the menagerie) and 20 other animals whose numbers did not fit the above lyric pattern.
For more than a decade, an “editor” has been roaming the streets at night in Bristol, England, “correcting” violations of standard grammar, lately being described as “The Apostrophiser,” since much of his work involves adjusting (or often obliterating) that punctuation mark. On April 3, the BBC at last taped the vigilante in action, in a “ride-along” documentary showing him using the special marking and climbing tools that facilitate his work. His first mission, in 2003, involved a government sign “Monday’s to Friday’s” (“ridiculous,” he said), and he recalled an even more cloying store sign— ”Amys Nail’s”—as “so loud and in your face.”) Chuck Shepherd email@example.com
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