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enforcement career that spanned 31 years ended Jan. 31 when he retired from the Pensacola Police Department. Goldsmith began his career with the department as a cadet in April 1981. He was promoted to sergeant in 2000. During his career, Goldsmith was responsible for working with many people on special events inside the city, including the IN’s Hawkshaw Music Festival in 2007. He also coordinated motorcade security for dignitaries such as the President, Vice President and presidential candidates when they visited Pensacola.

NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FORTUNE Magazine has announced that Navy Federal Credit Union has been named to its 2013 list of “100 Best Companies To Work For.” This marks Navy Federal’s third appearance on the list, having first been recognized in 2008 and again in 2012. In 2012, the Navy Federal workforce grew to over 10,000 employees on its three campuses—Vienna, Va., Winchester, Va. and Pensacola—and 229 branches worldwide. PENSACOLA MARDI GRAS On again,

Danny Zimmern and his team of volunteers had a fantastic Mardi Gras season which culminated with a weekend that included the Krewe of Lafitte’s Illuminated, Downtown Grand Mardi Gras and Pensacola Beach parades. Well done.

losers ASHTON HAYWARD In January 2012,

the Pensacola mayor signed a three-year contract with the Tallahassee-based Zimmerman Agency to handle all of the city’s marketing. In May, the ad agency got embroiled in allegations of the mishandling of funds of another client, Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council. In July, Mayor Hayward and the ad agency unveiled a new logo for the city. In September, the Pensacola City Council struck the line items associated with Zimmerman from the FY 2013 budget. The mayor vetoed the amendments and a council member sued him. Last month, the State Auditor issued a scathing report on the Okaloosa TDC and Zimmerman. On Feb. 3, Hayward fired the ad agency. This is going to be hard for the mayor to spin, even with the help of the daily newspaper.

PRISON HEALTH SERVICES In his proposed FY 2014 , Gov. Rick Scott is proposing to eliminate 2,355 jobs by privatizing health services for state prisoners. Escambia County’s history of using private contractors for the health services at its jail hasn’t been good, which is why Sheriff David Morgan terminated the contract in 2009—saving the county over $1 million a year. Private contractors in prisons are a huge industry, but the savings is not what some make them out to be.

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Escambia County has significant influence throughout the state this year. We have representatives on the executive committees of three prominent state associations, Florida League of Cities, Florida Association of Counties and Florida School Boards Association. School Board Member Patty Hightower is the presidentelect for the nonprofit corporation that represents all school board members in Florida and serves as the collective voice for Florida school districts in working toward improvement of education in the state. Hightower has served on the Escambia County School Board since 2004. She taught at all levels from elementary school through college in three states before moving here in 1972. Before her election, Patty served as program coordinator of the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program. Pensacola City Councilman P.C. Wu is the first vice president of the Florida League of Cities and will be inducted this summer as its next president. Wu was also elected in 2004 and currently serves as the president of the Pensacola City Council. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of West Florida, where he helped create the Pensacola Center for Creative Community Solutions to seek nonviolent solutions to community problems. He served four

years on the Florida Commission on Human Relations under Gov. Jeb Bush. Commissioner Grover Robinson, IV, is the first vice president of the Florida Association of Counties. He will take over in 2014 the leadership of that organization that lobbies for the counties on state and federal levels. Robinson was first elected to the Escambia County Commission in 2006. The real estate broker chaired the commission during the 2010 BP oil disaster. He was recently elected to chair Florida’s Gulf Consortium, which represents the interests of 22 of Florida’s 23 counties affected by the BP oil spill and is developing plans to use RESTORE Act money for the counties hardest hit by the tragedy. It’s unusual to have three elected officials in leadership positions on all three executive boards at the same time. No other county in the state has this much leadership on this level. All three are veteran politicians that understand the challenges of Florida cities, counties and school districts. They have dealt with hurricanes, environmental disasters and the recession. As our community struggles to deal with poverty, health and education problems, we are fortunate to have their representation. Their influence could be a difference maker for Escambia County. {in}

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THE PRICE OF RIGHTS McKenzie then filed a response to the city’s motion seeking legal fees. He argued that such action would “chill, frighten and intimidate all persons who would seek to have their federal constitutional rights determined in a court of law.”


Michael Kimberl marches with Occupy Pensacola from Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza to its eventual encampment on the Pensacola City Hall lawn, October 2011. / photo by Jeremy Morrison

City Seeks Legal Fees from Occupy by Jeremy Morrison Michael Kimberl was making an effort to come out of his shell, to connect to a wider community. Besides, he was already on the front lines, why not take the next logical step? “I had already put myself out there,” Kimberl recalled. “Why hide now?” An active volunteer with Food Not Bombs, Kimberl was naturally attracted to the emerging Occupy Pensacola movement in the fall of 2011. He relished the dialogue and looks back on the dissipated movement as being instrumental in bringing attention to social and economic inequalities. “When we first started, we always talked about the main goal, if there was any, was to change the national conversation, and that definitely happened,” Kimberl said. “I do think it did accomplish that goal.” Kimberl marched with Occupy to Pensacola City Hall, where tents were pitched on the lawn. When city officials eventually booted

the campout, he took the next step. He signed onto a lawsuit against the city. “First and foremost, I felt that my First Amendment rights had been violated,” the activist explained. Occupy Pensacola—in line with the overall Occupy Wall Street movement—was a leaderless group. An amorphous movement sans members. The local Occupy lawsuit, however, is not amorphous. It lists three Occupiers as plaintiffs: Kimberl, Gary Paull and Sara Beard. A local judge ruled against Occupy Pensacola in November. With the group appealing the ruling, the city of Pensacola now intends to recoup legal fees from this trio. “In my personal case, I don’t have the money,” Kimberl said. “I have no idea how I would pay for that.”

“I’m hopeful in the appeal, but at the same time I’m starting to think the whole game is rigged.” Michael Kimberl



On Election Day 2012, Judge Roger Vinson ruled against Occupy Pensacola in its case against the city. He agreed with city officials that an existing ordinance prevented long-term camping on public land. “The dispositive question is simple and straightforward,” Vinson wrote in his ruling. “Can the plaintiff s pitch tents and ‘occupy’ a centrally-located piece of public land for an indefinite period of time?”

Kimberl isn’t an experienced legal wrangler. The Occupy suit is serving as his introduction. “I’ve never been involved in a lawsuit before,” he said. “I’m kinda learning as I go along.” If the city prevails, it could prove an expensive education. The lesson: think carefully, challenging authority could be costly. “I think that’s ridiculous,” Kimberl said. “I think it will scare people out of going to court over First Amendment Rights.” Insofar as the appeal goes, the activist seems a realist. “I’m hopeful in the appeal, but at the same time I’m starting to think the whole game is rigged,” Kimberl said. “I think we should win, but I’m not sure we’re going to win.” Judge Vinson’s Election Day ruling has soured his optimism. He wonders if the appeal is simply the next verse in the same song, if there’s any chance a higher court will rule against the city of Pensacola. “It makes it really hard to believe the courts are going to say, ‘Yeah, y’all are all wrong,’” Kimberl said. “Maybe I’m just a conspiracy theorist.” {in}

In response, Occupy’s attorney, Alistair McKenzie, filed an appeal. According to a statement release by the attorney at the time, the move was met with a warning from city hall. “Today,” McKenzie wrote, “the city of Pensacola informed my clients, regular citizens of Pensacola, who have merely sought to have their constitutional rights vindicated in court, that unless they drop the appeal filed in the 11th Circuit in the Occupy case, that Mayor Hayward will be seeking attorney’s fees and costs against them.” Pensacola spokesman Derek Cosson disputed that claim. He said the city was intending to recoup legal fees regardless of the appeal. “The taxpayers have spent quite a large amount of money defending this case,” Cosson said. “We’re gonna move for recovery of attorney fees one way or the other.” Following the ruling, McKenzie approached the Pensacola City Council about the legal fees. The attorney found no sympathy in council’s Attorney Alistair McKenzie and Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri chambers. Myers discuss the ruling, September 2012. / photo by Jeremy Morrison

MCKENZIE’S LAWSUIT ROUNDUP ▶ In addition to the Occupy Pensacola lawsuit, attorney Alistair McKenzie is also involved in two other suits pertaining to the city of Pensacola. He is representing Pensacola City Councilwoman Sherri Myers in her ongoing legal battle with Mayor Ashton Hayward, as well as former city councilwoman Maren DeWeese in her lawsuit addressing the mayor’s use of his veto power during the last budget season.


▶Myers filed suit following Hayward’s

May 2012 memorandum, which directed council members to channel their communications with city staff through the mayor’s office. In September, Judge J. Scott Duncan issued a ruling that had both sides declaring victory—essentially ruling that the mayor could institute such a policy, except in the case of “inquiries.”universities

▶McKenzie requested a clarification

on the ruling, but the judge declined to offer one. The appeal is now headed to the First District Court of Appeals.

▶ More recently, DeWeese filed suit

against Hayward, as well as Pensacola Chief Financial Officer Dick Barker, following some spirited sparring over this year’s budget.

▶ In September, the Pensacola City

Council amended the mayor’s proposed budget. They raided funds Hayward intended for a controversial—and since dropped—marketing contract with the Zimmerman Agency, as well as funds from his personal budget.

▶ Hayward subsequently vetoed the

council’s amendments. The council did not override the mayoral veto.

▶ At the time, DeWeese stated that she

didn’t think Hayward’s veto reversed the council’s moves, but rather zeroed-out the funds from the budget. Hayward, however, maintains that his veto had the effect of returning the budget to its previously proposed form.

▶“The way he did it was not a veto

and was illegal,” McKenzie said, adding that a victory for DeWeese would have ramifications. “It would have severe practical applications—it actually calls into question whether there’s actually a budget this year.”

▶ DeWeese’s lawsuit is due for a Feb.

25 hearing. The city has filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that DeWeese lacks the standing to bring such a suit.

▶“The law in Florida does not allow the

general public to interfere with functions of the government by filing civil lawsuits,” the motion states. “Simply put, neither Ms. DeWeese’s capacity as a taxpayer nor capacity as a councilwoman affords her standing to maintain her lawsuit.”

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Last Call at the Bridge Bar? by Jeremy Morrison The Three-Mile Bridge has spanned the watery expanse of Pensacola Bay for decades. Rising from the depths with an arched back, it is part of the landscape. As much as the sunrise and the sunset and the whitecaps lapping gently underneath. Generations of locals and visitors have traversed it. Have memorized the rhythm of its segmented body. Have crested its hump and watched a pink horizon fade in the rearview mirror. The folks at The Bridge Bar in Gulf Breeze are intimately familiar with the structure. The restaurant sits at the base of the bridge. With the state of Florida looking to replace the existing bay bridge, owner Nick Wheatley isn’t certain about the Bridge Bar’s future. “I’m not really sure it’s going to survive it,” Wheatley said. “I think it’s probably going to end up dying a slow death.” In 2010, the Florida Department of Transportation declared the bay bridge as structurally deficient and in need of replacement. The bridge—erected in 1960 and officially dubbed the Phillip Dane Beall, Sr., Memorial Bridge—was nearing the end of its design lifespan.

Since then, the state has been studying how best to replace the bridge. Engineering and environmental analysis were conducted. Public meetings were held. Routes were discussed. “Basically,” FDOT spokesman Ian Satter explained, “it determines everything from social, environmental and economic impacts that go along with the project.” That phase is winding down. Route options have been narrowed—“right now we’re looking at east-central and west-central”— and next comes a public hearing, tentatively set for March. Finally the project will be bidout, designed and built. Following the public hearing and final decision on the route, FDOT is shooting for a 1,500-day timeframe from start to finish. “That’s what we’re estimating,” Satter said. Recently, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz visited Panhandle communities to announce upcoming transportation funding for Northwest Florida. The big deal during his Pensacola stop: $595.6 million for a new, toll-free bay bridge. Local officials, particularly ones in Gulf Breeze, were squeamish at the thought of saddling a new bridge with a toll. “I think it would have had a ripple effect,” Gulf Breeze City Manager Buzz Eddy said of the toll prospect.

And while toll-fears have been calmed, there are still questions about the route. Particularly at the Bridge Bar. “I think the Bridge Bar is going to be the only business directly affected by it,” said Wheatley. The bar, as well as an undeveloped parcel currently used as a parking lot for the establishment, sits on the tip of the spear. A proposed flyover ramp exiting the bridge will route drivers within a hair of the establishment. “You’re basically going to be looking at the edge of the interstate at the Bridge Bar,” Wheatley said. In addition to spoiling development plans for the parking area, the bar owner is concerned that his current endeavors will also be negatively impacted by the new bridge. “If it’s boxed in by interstate and concrete,” Wheatley said, “the answer is yes, it will be shut down.” But those possible pains are still a couple of years away at the soonest. For now, the Bridge Bar still has its view. “We’re just gonna keep our heads up,” Wheatley said, adding that he knows the state will eventually come knocking to inquire about his property at the base of the Three Mile Bridge. “They’re gonna get it either way if they want it—if they want it, they’re gonna take it.” {in}

“You’re basically going to be looking at the edge of the interstate at the Bridge Bar.” Nick Wheatley



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We are suckers for Valentine's Day. There, we said. It feels good to just let that out and embrace our cheesy, lovey romantic side. We know it's not cool to be all hearts and pink fluff, but we don't care. Love is fun, it feels good, it makes us happy.

But the kind of love that gets us most excited around the IN office isn't your typical Hallmark card, sappy movie brand. In fact. when we talk about love, it's rarely ever romantic love. Some of the truest and longest lasting loves of our lives aren't partners at all. They are bands, authors, TV shows, fonts. Yeah, we're nerds, we know. But we bet

you've got at least one or two of these loves out there that you feel pretty devoted to, too. Some loves last a lifetime—like Joani and Jon Stewart. Others are more like intense crushes—they burn bright but then disappear quietly and quickly. Like Lena Dunham, for example. We are super into her right now, but will we be next year? Who

knows. Love evolves, people change, and in the case of Dunham, her book might suck. We'll just have to wait it out. So in the spirit of Valentine's Day, here are some things we're totally in love with—right now. We can't guarantee we'll feel this way next year, but we don't have to. We love that about love too.

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IN LOVE: "You are the best thing that's ever been mine" from "Mine"


"I just like hangin' out with you, all the time" from "Stay, Stay, Stay"

♥ SINGLE AND READY TO MINGLE: "It feels like a perfect night for breakfast at midnight, to fall in love with strangers" from "22"

♥ BREAKING UP—AGAIN: "We are never ever, ever getting back together" from "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" ♥ STOOD UP: "And it was like slow

motion, standing there in my party dress, in red lipstick, with no-one to impress" from "The Moment I Knew"

♥ ANGRY AT YOUR EX: "Someday

I'll be living in a big ol' city, and all you're ever gonna be is mean" from "Mean"

♥ MISSING YOUR EX: "I know it's

long gone, and that magic’s not here no more, and it might be okay, but I'm not fine at all" from "All Too Well"

♥ Sure, she over-saturated the market a bit with the release of "Red" and that squeaky clean image can get kind

of boring, but I still love Taylor. I especially love her around this time of year. See, when you think about it, Taylor is kind of like the patron saint of Valentine's Day. (The holiday, not the rom com she was in bearing the same name. There's no saving that mess.) She has made a career writing about love in pretty much every stage. So no matter how you're feeling, she's got a song that's perfectly suited. (JD)

♥ WANTING YOUR EX BACK: "Turns out freedom ain't nothing but missing you" from "Back To December" ♥ STALKING YOUR EX ON FACEBOOK: "I'll watch your life in pictures like I used to watch you sleep" from "Last Kiss"

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est subscription service and has the cutest package. Even if you don’t want beauty samples brought to your door every month, the Birchbox Blog is easy to get lost in. You’ll find yourself wishing you could be best friends with the entire office. (JLM)

♥ I have no idea how Sluggo's makes vegan cream cheese style icing, but they do and it's beyond delicious. And the added bonus is that they are healthier, so you don't have to feel as guilty about indulging your sweet tooth. (JD)

♥ I honestly can't remember my life before It's my go to for just about everything on the web—celebrity gossip, beauty tips, recipes, book reviews, etc... I mean without it, I would have never know about Purrsonals ( and that alone is enough to warrant eternal love. (JD)


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♥ The new Secretary of State

has got some big (and by "big" I mean "high profile") shoes to fill, but I think John Kerry is more than up to the challenge. Let's just hope he controls his emotions better than he did during his farewell address to the Senate. (JD)

♥ The new Vietnamese deli

serving up traditional banh mi sandwiches on Cervantes Street is insanely good and insanely cheap. So hurry, go check it out before word gets out and the prices go up. (JD)

♥ "It's a Wednesday night, baby, and I'm alive!" I know that loving Lena Dunham is kind of cliché right now, but I honestly don't care. (JD)

♥ Michelle Obama and Michelle Obama's bangs. (SM)

♥ It was inevitable that Malia And Sasha would grow-up a lot during their time in the White House. But it wasn't a given that they'd grow up to be so gorgeous and stylish. Actually, maybe it was—I mean, have you seen their mom? It's only going to get better from here too. (JD)

♥ has its own way of reminding us of all the things we love (and love to hate) right now, while also inspiring us day in and day out—offering profound words of wisdom to live by. (SM)

♥ The kickass festival lineup announcements that just keep coming at us—Jazz Fest, Coachella, Pitchfork, Primavera Sound, Field Trip Music & Arts and Governors Ball for starters. (SM)

♥ Oh, Beyonce, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Whether I'm listening to her records, watching her movies, checking out her new blog (The Beyhive) or drooling over her perfectly styled selfies and videos on social media (@baddiebey on Instagram; on Tumblr), I'm always showing love for Beyonce. Which, of course, means I'm holding my breath until Saturday (Feb. 16) when her HBO documentary "Life Is But A Dream"—premiers. It's going to be so good, I just know it. (JD)

♥ Even if it’s only for a few shows and not a new album, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello teaming up again is still an indie pop dream come true. Coachella here I come! (JD)

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♥ "MBW" stands for My Bloody Valentine. It's also the title of the new album they just came out of their 20+ year silence to suddenly release. (SM) ♥ I’m holding

out until the very end. Even though Steve Carell is rumored to not appear in the series finale, I still don’t have bitter feelings about the end of my favorite show. I learned to drown my sorrows in “The Mindy Project,” which helps keep the spirit of Kelly Kapoor alive. I haven’t loved a show this much since “Full House.” (JLM)

♥ Tom Cruise has been my favorite actor for as long as I can remember. Yes, he can be intense at times, but really, what celebrity doesn’t have some weird idiosyncrasy? I love Tom’s movies—from “Risky Business” to “Jerry Maguire,” I even loved the campy “Rock of Ages.” And because my boyfriend loves his movies as well, we never have to fight over the remote when “A Few Good Men” is on. Tom, I know that this Valentine’s Day might be hard without Katie, but I hope it comforts you to know that I love you now and forever. (JLM, not that anyone would be surprised)

♥ "She ain't nothing but a little doozy when she does it"—I love that JT is back in the game and that he gave this little doozy of a lyric to enjoy. (JD)

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rassing question or are looking for quick, expert advice, ChickRx is fun and informative. You’ve probably seen their articles pop up in your Pinterest account, go ahead and check it out. (JLM)

♥ No, not the guy from "Swingers." I'm

talking about the Director of Speechwriting for President Obama. He has hinted in several media outlets that the upcoming State of the Union will be his last speech for the President. So what do you do after helping to write some of the most famous speeches of a generation? I guess we'll find out. (JD)

♥ When WUWF decided not to air re-runs of “Car Talk,” they gave the local area “Ted Talks.” Saturday afternoons just got a little more enlightening. The conversations bring people together from three different worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design—TED, get it? It never misses a trendy topic—even Tavi Gevinson was on the show. (JLM)

♥ Just what the world needs—

another social media platform. But Vine really is pretty cool. It's like Instagram, only with sixsecond videos instead of photos. I'm even more addicted to my favorite bloggers after seeing their behind the scenes style clips. (JD)

♥ I always try to see every film nominated for an Oscar and fall short. This year, I’m making good time on my promise. I love the fashion coverage, the jokes and of course the movie stars. Even when the Academy Awards disappoints me—I’ve never and will never see “The Blind Side,” but Sandra Bullock, really?! Gabourey Sidibe should’ve won. I still tune in every year and watch the entire thing. Of course, when it’s over I start looking forward to all those awful, guilty pleasure, summer movies. (JLM)


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Pensacola Blockparty Wedding Makes Dreams Come True by Jennie McKeon

Sara Gillianne

“I’m freaking out a little bit,” Gillianne said with a laugh. “I just had this crazy idea.” Surprisingly enough, it didn’t take much convincing for Gillianne to get vendors and sponsors on board. “I was so nervous to ask people,” she said. “How do you say, ‘We have this crazy idea, can you come on board?’ Each year it’s a little easier, the vendors want to be involved. We’ve have vendors that continue every year. That’s how they give back.” Chloe Lawry, florist and owner of Supposey, couldn’t wait to be a part of the blockparty wedding. She used to work for the 2011 floral vendor. When she started her own business, she was excited to provide her services in 2012. “Nobody gets to be married on Palafox, nobody,” she said. “It’s a huge opportunity to be a part of this wedding. This is such a huge thing—it launched my business.” Not only is the wedding out in the open on Palafox, but being held on Gallery Night gives the bridal party and vendors an extralarge audience.

“How do you say, ‘We have this crazy idea, can you come on board?’” Sara Gillianne

Sara Gillianne co-created the Pensacola Blockparty Wedding over a glass of wine. “It was Fat Tuesday in 2010,” Gillianne recalled. Eight short months later Nicole and Chad Parker were the first couple to win the Pensacola Blockparty Wedding and were lucky enough to exchange vows on Palafox in front of thousands on Gallery Night. “I’m not very patient when it comes to ideas,” Gillianne said with a laugh. “The next day after we came up with the idea we started moving.” Now, the Pensacola Blockparty Wedding continues to grow in vendors, audience and couples.

“I want to make a difference. The motto is ‘Changing lives one wedding at a time.’” Aislinn Kate

Aislinn Kate

“Last year, there were 20,000 people,” Gillianne said. “When we’re setting up the wedding, people come early to watch. It’s a great behindthe-scenes look for people. It shows them

“This is such a huge thing—it launched my business.” Chloe Lawry that it takes a lot of work to put the ceremony together.” “It is a lot of pressure, but it’s good pressure,” Lawry said. “And it’s fun to have creative freedom.” For vendors like Lawry to donate their time and talents means a lot to Gillianne. “It really makes me proud,” she said. “I’m extremely humbled that people want to be involved. The vendors we have are the Chloe Lawry / photo by Mirabel Photography best of the best. It’s amazing how it’s grown “We want to get to know the couples at from just an itty bitty seed.” the meet and greets. We want them to get Last year, votes for the final couples creative—make t-shirts, posters, sing a song, came in by the thousands. It’s no easy task do a skit—stand out.” to pick through the couples, but Gillianne After the top 10 are chosen, they’ll be and the vendors know they want to be able narrowed down to five and announced at a to make a real impact on the bride and Blue Wahoos game. groom-to-be. “The wedding is meant for everyone to “This is not a popularity contest,” she be a part of,” Lawry said. “The possibilities said. “I want to make a difference. The motare endless.” to is ‘Changing lives one wedding at a time.’ Beyond the pretty flowers and romantic This event is great advertising for vendors, love stories, Gillianne and her devoted team of but that’s not what this is all about.” sponsors and vendors just want to give back. Aislinn Kate, of Aislinn Kate Photogra“There’s such a great community of phy, is a new Pensacola Blockparty Wedding people that I work with,” she said. “We vendor. Being a part of changing a young want it to be known that we care and we couples’ life was what made her volunteer want it to grow every year. This core group her services. of people feels the same way. We’re all on “It’s a great opportunity to give somethe same page.” {in} thing back,” she said. “I’m excited about working with a fun team of vendors and taking care of clients who really deserve it. Some of these couples may not be able to afford a wedding.” Like Lawry, she’s looking forward to putting forth her creative efforts in a one-of-a-kind event. “It’s always fun to capture what makes Pensacola, Pensacola,” Kate said. “It’s such a unique event. I’m really looking forward to it.” To narrow down the search Gillianne and vendors will try to engage the couples throughout the voting process, with a meet and greet before the top 10 are picked. Obvious rules are that couples need to be aged 21 and up and live within 50 miles of Pensacola. “We want to know if the couples Registration is now open to all couples are currently in the wedding planhoping to win the Pensacola Blockparty ning process, if money was no Wedding and will close June 10. object, what would their dream For more information, visit pensacowedding and dream vendors be, color palettes, themes,” she said.


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♼ Don't have time for that last-minute trip to Walgreen's for a Valentine's Day card? No problem. While they're not the N *Sync ones you dropped into shoebox mailboxes from elementary school, these Valentine's are just as good. Just cut these out and pretend like you didn't forget.


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Valentine Date Night Ideas can book your stay by calling 916-9755.

There’s still time to make a night of it. Don’t feel like you can only enjoy Valentine’s Day on February 14. Celebrate throughout the entire weekend with a fancy dinner, live entertainment or a favorite movie inside Saenger Theatre.

2.14 VALENTINE’S DINNER AT SEVILLE Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic, wine dinner at Apple Annie’s candlelit courtyard at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Chef Brandon Melton and live entertainment by Gabe Steeves. The evening starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $125 per couple (tax and tip not included). End the night with free admission to Seville Quarter. For reservations, please call 434-6211.

2.14 & 2.15 VALENTINE’S IN PARADISE PACKAGE The Valentine’s in Paradise Package at Margaritaville Beach Hotel includes two Love Potion Margaritas and two signature “Love on the Rocks” keepsake Margaritaville glasses along with chocolate truffles, a four-course dinner for two on February 14 and a special rate for an additional night stay. The package and additional night is valid for February 13-15. You

2.14 VALENTINE’S DAY AT JACKSON’S Jackson’s, located at 400 S. Palafox, will be open for lunch starting at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will offer dinner starting at 5 p.m. Chef Irv Miller has prepared a special lunch and dinner Valentine’s menu in addition to the Fall/ Winter menu. To reserve your table, call 469-9898. For more information, visit jacksons.

2.14 VALENTINE’S DAY AT HILTON PENSACOLA BEACH Head to the Hilton Pensacola Beach, 12 Via de Luna, for a four-course dinner at H2O’s Cajun Asian Grill. The dinner is $140 per couple and includes and wine pairing menu. You can also sign up for a two-night getaway. The package includes a two night stay, bottle of champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries and buffet breakfast for $164. For more information, call 916-2999 or visit

♥ 2.14 VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE FISH HOUSE Chef Billy Ballou of the Fish House, located at 600 S. Barracks St., has prepared a lunch and two dinner features for the special day. The original lunch and dinner menus will be available as well. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit 470-0003 or visit fishhouse. ♥ 2.14 VALENTINE’S DAY SUPPER CLUB AT THE MAGNOLIA Choose between two seatings, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or 8 to 10 p.m. for an evening of fine dining plus champagne and wine pairings at The

Magnolia, 2907 E Cervantes St. The cost is $65 per person. Seats will fill up quickly, call 912-6196 or email themagnoliaeph@ to make your reservation.

♥ 2.14 PRETTY THINGS PEEPSHOWVALENTINE’S DAY SHOW For a Valentine’s Day that won’t be forgotten, take your date to the Pretty Things Peepshow at Vinyl Music Hall, located at 2 S. Palafox, for a Valentine-themed evening of sword swallowing, juggling, burlesque and more. Tickets are $12-$20. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit ♥ 2.14, 2.15, 2.16 & 2.17 POSSIBLE SYMMETRY In this first-time collaboration, Ballet Pensacola and Pensacola Museum of Art are bringing you an evening consisting of various mediums—art, dance and music. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, inside Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased through Ballet Pensacola at 432-9546. For more information, visit ♥ 2.15 & 2.16 VALENTINE MOVIES AT SAENGER Don’t just take your date to see an overpriced movie. Take them to the beautiful Saenger, where the tickets are cheaper and the floor isn’t sticky. On Friday, February 15, the Saenger will show “Sleepless in Seattle” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan—no matter how many times you’ve seen it, one more won’t hurt. On Saturday, “An Affair to Remember” will be shown. According to the American Film Institute it is “one of the most romantic films of all time.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Saenger Theatre box office. Movies will be seated on first-come-first-serve basis. The box office will open one-hour prior to show time. For more information, visit ♥ 2.15, 2.16 & 2.17 SHAKESPEARE & CHAMPAGNE: LOVE DRUNK No one is more romantic than Shakespeare and just in case you need something to wash down all of the mushy feelings, try Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre’s Love Drunk. Shakespearean love scenes and sonnets are given a new life with the drinking scenes added to the mix. The performances will be held at Plaza de Luna. Friday

and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. All tickets include two glasses of Korbel California Champagne—but you must be 21 or older to enjoy. Make a night of the evening and reserve the dinner package, $160 for two which includes two VIP tickets, one bottle of Korbel and two commemorative champagne flutes. Show tickets are $20 for students, $25 for bistro standing and $30 for VIP seats. For more information, visit

2.14-2.17 & 2.21-2.23 SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE This popular might of “love, hate, friendship, comedy” is back for its ninth installment at Pensacola Little Theatre, located at 400 S. Jefferson St. The night consists of one-act plays that find the humor in romance and relationships. Most of the plays are original and unpublished, some will be shown on the stage for the first time. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $17 for limited café seating. On Valentine’s Day, starting at 8 p.m., complete your night with a special performance, martinis and dessert. Tickets are $50 per couple, $25 per person. To purchase tickets call 432-2042 or visit

2.16 SUNSET TOAST AT THE TOP TOUR Take a couples only tour to the top off the Pensacola lighthouse for a truly unforgettable evening. The cost is $50 per couple and includes ambient music, sparkling non-alcoholic wine served in keepsake champagne flutes and light hors d’oeuvres. Tour times begin roughly a half-hour before sunset, approximately 5 p.m. Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your reservation. For more information, call 393-1561 or visit {in}

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Art and Dance in Perfect Harmony by Jennie McKeon

the inner workings of ballet productions will be on display. There won’t be a curtain to hide behind. “I wanted to approach this show as ‘ballet unplugged’—like MTV’s ‘Unplugged,’” Steinert said. “You’re going to see the ‘backstage.’” As the works of art are more abstract, the interpretations will be too. “With a lot of ballets, there’s a story or a simple outline,” Day explained. “With ‘Possible Symmetry,’ we’re almost creating the stories ourselves. I couldn’t imagine doing this with classical paintings.” Even the spectators can 8 Windows by Don Huber What’s better than watching a ballet performance or taking in an art exhibit? Combining the two into one, sensory overload, night of art. Just when you thought Ballet Pensacola has reached the pinnacle of creativity, comes a new show that pushes the envelope even further. In their new production, “Possible Symmetry,” Artistic Director Richard Steinert and his wife, Ballet Mistress, Christine Duhon, created pieces inspired by contemporary art from the collection of the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts. The performances will be held inside the Pensacola Museum of Art, where the inspiration will be on display. “It’s a way to collaborate,” Steinert said of the three organizations combining forces. “It’s good for us—it’s a good way to challenge the artist and reach out to new audience members.” With the inspiration of five art pieces, come five new ballets. And the productions will be more than just an impressive light show. Production Designer, Lance Brannon, is creating videos and projections that put the audience and dancers inside the works of art. “Our goal is for nobody to ever beat us to the punch at trying something new,” Steinert said. “You’re either moving forward

or moving backward. You’re only as good as the last round of applause.” The production will also be inexpensive—under $2000 Steinert said. It’s important to him that donations go to the talent and not flashy costumes. “They become a great financial impact on the community,” he said of his full-time dancers and instructors. “They rent or buy homes. They invest back in the community.” You wouldn’t be able to tell that the ballets were created on a “shoestring budget” as Steinert called it. However, beyond the rich music and the artwork are the dancers. They believe in the show and have just as much enthusiasm as the choreographers who created it. “I’m really excited to dance closer to the audience,” said Erin Lapaglia. “I like connecting with them and seeing their reactions to things.” In the Pensacola Little Theatre, where most shows are performed, the audience becomes “blackness” as Tyler Day put it. The proximity to the audience will have a great power on the dancers. “Richard jokes we’ll almost be dancing in the audience’s lap,” he said with a laugh. “Seeing the audience’s reactions—the instant gratification—can change you.” The small quarters will also mean that

“That’s the part I’m most excited about—drawing them in on their territory,” Marshall said. For Marshall, “Possible Symmetry” is a very personal show. “Christine’s work is so emotional,” she said. “It gives me something to feed off of and draw off from those emotions. Richard and Christine put you on the path to find your own story. I love dancing Christine’s pieces. She’ll tell you the specifics, but it’s your job to find your own story in the work.” It’s that creative leeway that keeps Marshall dancing in Pensacola. “It grows as I do,” she said of Ballet Pensacola. “I’d like to stay here for the rest of my life.” This isn’t the first time the ballet has helped showcase other art forms. “Everyone came together in 2010 and we did Beethoven and Blue Jeans [with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra],” said Lapaglia. “It was really different. We just had a little floor to dance on.” It’s that kind of collaboration Day looks forward to in the future. “I’d love to get back on stage with live music, with the symphony or Pensacola Opera,” he said. If you’d like to impress your sweetheart with an original Valentine’s date, “Possible Symmetry” would be a perfect choice. And with only 100 seats available, it’s an exclusive night for art lovers. “There are parts that will be emotional and romantic,” Marshall said. “It’s fun and exciting.” {in}

“I wanted to approach this show as ‘ballet unplugged’—like MTV’s ‘Unplugged.”

interpret it differently from the dancers. “I’m excited and curious to hear what the audience is going to think,” Lapaglia said. “A husband and wife may interpret it differently,” Day added. Debi Marshall has been with the ballet for nine years. She began taking classes with Ballet Pensacola at the age of 11. Growing up in Pensacola, she has frequented the art museum and is thrilled that it will be the venue for the new show. WHEN: 7 p.m. February 14-16, 2 p.m. February “It’s incredible to think that 17 Richard and Christine made this WHERE: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. possible,” she said. Jefferson St. She’s excited about dancing COST: $18 for the PMA supporters and inDETAILS: 432-9546 or troducing them to a new medium.

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‘MEDITATIONS IN MOTION’ 8 a.m. through Mar. 1. Gallery 88, inside WUWF 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2787 or ‘ANNUAL YOUTH ART FOCUS’ 10 a.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘THE STEWART COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART’ 10 a.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘FLORIDA: A CELEBRATION OF 500 YEARS’ JURIED ART SHOW 10 a.m. through Mar 1. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. 432-3080 or ‘EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX EDIT’ 10 a.m. TAG Gallery at University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or HISTORIC PENSACOLA TROLLEY TOUR 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Pensacola Visitor Center, 1401 E. Gregory St. 941-2876 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or

VEGAN DINNER AT EOTL 6 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or AFRICAN DRUMMING CLASSES 6:30 p.m. $2-$5. Gull Point Community Center, 7000 Spanish Trail. For more information contact, 291-2718, 324-4928 or PENSACOLA BALLET: ‘POSSIBLE SYMMETRY’ 7 p.m. $18. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-9546 or JAZZ COMBO AND RUNGE STRINGS 7:30 p.m. UWF Center for Fine and Performing ArtsMusic Hall, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or ‘THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS’ 8 p.m. $10-$16 University of West Florida, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE 8 p.m. $25. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. 4322042 or PRETTY THINGS PEEPSHOWVALENTINE’S DAY SHOW 8 p.m. $12-$20. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox.

live music

TROY BRANON 7 p.m., WES LOPER 9 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or AL MARTIN 7 p.m. Gregory Street Assembly Hall, 501 E. Gregory St. 607-8633. JAMES & FRIENDS 7:30 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or BRAD BARNES OPEN COLLEGE JAM 7:30 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Rd. 474-1919. KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7:30 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 934-3141 or RICKY PHELPS & DENNIS GOSSMAN 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, BEAR WITH ME 9 p.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 4349060 or BLACKWATER 9 p.m. Chan’s Nightclub, 610 E. Nine Mile Rd. 477-9961 or COLLEGE DANCE NIGHT: DJ TONYC 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or RYAN BALTHROP BAND 9 p.m. End O’ The Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or EXTREME KARAOKE WITH G.C.P.C 10 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or


‘MEDITATIONS IN MOTION’ 8 a.m. through Mar. 1. Gallery 88, inside WUWF 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2787 or TAI CHI AT FLORIDA BLUE 8:30 a.m. Free. Florida Blue, 1680 Airport Blvd. For information, call 202-4188. RELAPSE PROCESS: STRATEGIC PLANNING 9 a.m. Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, 2068 Healthcare Ave., Navarre. $30-$35. Registration is required. You can register at or you can complete the attached registration and return to ‘ANNUAL YOUTH ART FOCUS’ 10 a.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘THE STEWART COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART’ 10 a.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘FLORIDA: A CELEBRATION OF 500 YEARS’ JURIED ART SHOW 10 a.m. through Mar 1. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. 432-3080 or ‘EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX EDIT’ 10 a.m. TAG Gallery at University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5 p.m. Palace Café at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15 p.m. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. CHORAL SOCIETY OF PENSACOLA: ‘LYRIC LIBATIONS’ 5:30 p.m. $25. Dollarhide’s Music Center, 41 S. Palafox. 484-1806 or WINE TASTING AT EAST HILL MARKET 5:30 p.m. 1216 N. Ninth Ave. METER RENTALS $5. T.T. Wentworth Museum, 330 S. Jefferson. 595-5985 ext 111. PENSACOLA BALLET: ‘POSSIBLE SYMMETRY’




7 p.m. $18. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-9546 or VALENTINE MOVIES AT SAENGER: ‘SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE’ 7 p.m. $5. Saenger Theatre,118 S Palafox. 595-3882 or SHAKESPEARE & CHAMPAGNE: ‘LOVE DRUNK’ 7 p.m. $20-$30. Jaco’s Bayfront Grill and Plaza de Luna. Tickets include two glasses of Korbel California Champagne. PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE 7:30 p.m. $10-$17. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. 432-2042 or ‘THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS’ 8 p.m. $10-$16 University of West Florida, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or 3 GAME SPECIAL 8:30 p.m. $12, includes shoes. DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 Mile Road. 478-9522 or SWING DANCING 8:30 p.m. American Legion, 1401 Intendencia St. $5. 437-5465 or ‘STAND UP COMEDY SHOW’ 9:30 p.m. Big Easy Tavern, 710 N. Palafox. or 208-5976. COSMIC BOWLING 11 p.m. DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 Mile Road. 478-9522 or

live music

LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or DOWNTOWN BIG BAND 6:30 p.m. Gregory Street Assembly Hall, 501 E. Gregory St. 307-8633. MYSTIC SPRINGS 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s at the Point, 5851 Galvez Rd. 497-0071. THE BLENDERS 7:30 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7:30 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 934-3141 or MIKE BOCCIA 7:45 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Road. 474-1919. SCOTT KOEHN 8 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 6779153 or MIKE EAGAN 8:30 p.m. Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox. For more information, call 466-2103. ALPHABET CITY 9 p.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or THE MAINSTREAM 9 p.m. The Sandshaker, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or BLACKWATER 9 p.m. Chan’s Nightclub, 610 E. Nine Mile Rd. 477-9961 or MO JILES 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or


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ALEX VANS AND THE HIDE AWAY 9 p.m. Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, 20 S. Palafox. DJ MR. LAO 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or SCHOFIELD 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or THE REZ 9 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or RYAN BALTHROP BAND 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or NEWBURY JAM 9 p.m., LEE YANKIE & THE HELIZ YEAH 10 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or REGGAE NITE 10 p.m. $5, 21 and up. Heritage Museum 407 N. DeVilliers St. Call 281-1270 for information.


PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. PENSACOLA CAMELLIA CLUB GARDEN TOURS 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Two locations: Camellia Garden, University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy. and 5527 Oakmont Pl., Pace. 484-9813 or ZOOTOTS STORY AND ACTIVITY TIME 9:30 a.m. $3, does not include zoo admission. Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze. 932-2229. ‘FLORIDA: A CELEBRATION OF 500 YEARS’ JURIED ART SHOW 10 a.m. through Mar 1. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. 432-3080 or ‘ANNUAL YOUTH ART FOCUS’ 12 p.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or PET ADOPTION 12-4 p.m. PetSmart, 6251 N. Davis Hwy. 476-7375 SPECIAL OLYMPICS 2ND ANNUAL MARDI GRAS FUN RUN AND WALK 12 p.m. Osceola Golf Course, 300 Tonawanda Dr. 291-6234 or ‘THE STEWART COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART’ 12 p.m. through Mar 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or ‘EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX EDIT’ 12 p.m. TAG Gallery at University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or ROLFS PIANO SERIES PRESENTS OLGA VINOKUR 2:30 p.m. Ashmore Auditorium, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd. PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or 615-448-5094. PENSACOLA BALLET: ‘POSSIBLE SYMMETRY’ 7 p.m. $18. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-9546 or VALENTINE MOVIES AT SAENGER: ‘AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER’ 7 p.m. $5. Saenger Theatre, 118 S Palafox. 595-3882 or SHAKESPEARE & CHAMPAGNE: LOVE DRUNK 7 p.m. $20-$30. Jaco’s Bayfront Grill and Plaza de Luna. Tickets include two glasses of Korbel California Champagne. SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE 7:30 p.m. $10-$17. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. 432-2042 or ISLAND FIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIPS: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 W. Mobile Hwy. 944-4500 ‘THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS’ 8 p.m. $10$16 University of West Florida, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or

COSMIC BOWLING 11 p.m. DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 Mile Road. 478-9522 or

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JOE OCCHIPINTI SMALL GROUP JAZZ 10 a.m. The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company, 86 Brent Lane. 434-7638. PAUL KILLOUGH 6 p.m. Crabs We Got ‘Em, 6 Casino Beach. 932-0700 or WADE BAKER BAND 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. MYSTIC SPRINGS 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s at the Point, 5851 Galvez Rd. 497-0071. DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or CLARENCE BELL DUO 8:30 p.m. Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox. For more information, call 466-2103. THE BLENDERS 8:30 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or REDDOG AND FRIENDS 9 p.m. Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, 20 S. Palafox. WHY WE FIGHT, INSIDE THE GREY, FOREVER’S CALLING, DEFUSING FATE 9 p.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or PETER B’S KARAOKE WITH DJ CHRIS UPTON 9 p.m. DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 Mile Road. 4789522 or THE MAINSTREAM 9 p.m. The Sandshaker, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 9322211 or HURRICANE WARNING 9 p.m., NEWBURY SYNDICATE 10 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or BLACKWATER 9 p.m. Chan’s Nightclub, 610 E. Nine Mile Rd. 477-9961 or DJ MR. LAO 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or SCHOFIELD 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or THE REZ 9 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or RYAN BALTHROP BAND 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MO JILES 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse. KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 9 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 4691001 or


GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT 9 a.m. with the Francis M. Weston Audubon Society. 447 Creary St. Contact Brenda Callaway 9684516 for information. PENSACOLA BALLET: ‘POSSIBLE SYMMETRY’ 2 p.m. $18. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-9546 or SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE 2:30 p.m. $10-$17. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. 432-2042 or ‘THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS’ 2:30 p.m. $10-$16 University of West Florida, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Pkwy. 474-2696 or SHAKESPEARE & CHAMPAGNE: LOVE DRUNK 4 p.m. $20-$30. Jaco’s Bayfront Grill and Plaza de Luna. Tickets include two glasses of Korbel California Champagne. PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or

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RON WILLIAMSON OPEN MIC JAM 6 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Road. 474-1919. LEKTRIC MULLET 4 p.m. The Sandshaker, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 9322211 or RYAN BALTHROP 7 p.m., SHAUNA P & ADAM BROWNE 8:30 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or MUSIC AND KARAOKE 9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or EARL’S KILLER SQUIRREL, THE GONERS 9 p.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 4349060 or


‘MEDITATIONS IN MOTION’ 8 a.m. Gallery 88, inside WUWF 11000 University Pkwy. Through Mar. 1. 474-2787 or ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or CLAY GLAZING WORKSHOP 10 a.m. $35, class is limited to 16 students. First City Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St., Building 3. 429-1222 or BODACIOUS LEARNING LUNCHES 11:30-12:30 p.m. $20. The Bodacious Olive, 407-D S. Palafox. 433-6505 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS CLUB 5 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or OYSTER NIGHT AT ATLAS 5 p.m. First dozen are 25 cents apiece and $2 Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra drafts until close. Atlas, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or PERFORMANCE: ‘KAYO’ CHARLES, ‘GROWING UP DADDY’ 6 p.m. University Commons Auditorium, UWF main campus, 10000 University Blvd. THE COFFEE PARTY MEETUP AT FRANCOS 6 p.m. Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 523 East Gregory St. TAI CHI AT FLORIDA BLUE 6 p.m. Free. Florida Blue, 1680 Airport Blue. For information, call 202-4188. WSRE STUDIO AMPED: BOUKOU GROOVE 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. concert. WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd. or BURGERS & BEER NIGHT AT SURF BURGER 6 p.m. Surf Burger, 500 Quietwater Beach Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-1417 or DARK STAR ORCHESTRA WINTER TOUR 2013: CONTINUING THE GRATEFUL DEAD CONCERT EXPERIENCE 7 p.m. $25. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox, TEXAS HOLD’EM 4 FUN 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or UWF SINGERS & MADRIGALS ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Music Hall of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82, at the main UWF campus. 10000 University Blvd. To reserve ticket, call 857-6285.

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Conversations with a Professional Deadhead for us as well. [New lead guitarist] Jeff Mattson has stepped into that slot seamlessly. It’s also drawn people to us that have previously written us off. If the people that started this music grabbed somebody from the band, then you have to wonder what’s going on with the rest of us. IN: You had [Grateful Dead bassist] Phil Lesh sit in with you recently. How did that come about? ENGLISH: It was amazing. Most of the guys have played with us before, but Phil had been the only one that hadn’t. Words don’t do it justice. It was a pinnacle moment in my lifetime. IN: How far in advance are things like that planned? ENGLISH: Rob Barraco, our keyboard player, was a part of the Phil Lesh Quintet. They were doing some reunion shows at Phil’s new place Terrapin Crossroads, and Rob approached him with the idea. When the time comes around, you never know if they’re going to feel like getting out in the city that night, so you have to keep the possibility under wraps. We were supposed to go on at nine that night. At 8:58 p.m., Phil shows up at the door ready to go. He ended up sitting in on the entire set.

Photo by Bob Minkin When the Grateful Dead is brought up, it’s usually either followed by a roll of the eyes or some form of excitement and respect. The band’s magnetism became a cultural movement, but at its core, it was the music that spoke to people. Recreating different Grateful Dead shows each night, Dark Star Orchestra is most likely the closest you will come to the original Grateful Dead spirit in a small venue. IN pulled drummer Dino English away from zero degree Wisconsin weather to chat about why the music remains such a force in the world today. IN: What is it about the Grateful Dead that makes its music so timeless and worthy of such dedication from a band like yours? ENGLISH: The way they encompass so many styles of mostly American music. Rock and roll, country, R&B, funk, bluegrass, fusion. They were one of the first bands to bring the free form jazz structure into a rock and roll setting. People could hear it all. It also opens people up to other kinds of music. People who wouldn’t necessarily like a type of music would be exposed to it for the first time at Grateful Dead shows. It can really change whatever path you’re on musically IN: What was your personal journey in discovering the Grateful Dead? ENGLISH: It happened that first show— 6/24/91. I’m the baby Deadhead of the band. I had friends that could travel to see them and begged me to come with them. They’d play me tapes, but I just didn’t get it until I caught the whole live experience.

It was an eye opener. It all made sense after that. IN: Would you still be playing music if it weren’t for the Grateful Dead? ENGLISH: Yeah. I studied music in college and was focusing on original music. I played in an original band on the weekends and on weekdays played Grateful Dead music for fun with the locals. We did that until Jerry [Garcia] died. A lot of people flocked to what we were doing, so we started taking it more seriously from then on. IN: A lot of people are turned off as soon as they hear the phrase “cover band.” How do you deal with that? ENGLISH: Word of mouth. It’s only the quality of the music that’s getting people to our shows. As long as we keep on playing well, that’s all we can do. We don’t really consider ourselves to be a tribute band. We see ourselves carrying on the music. We’re not actors. IN: How do you choose what Grateful Dead show you’re going to recreate each night? ENGLISH: We look at what we’ve done in the past in the same area and we try to mix it up from that. Size of the stage matters some, too. It takes a lot to do an ‘80s show because of The Beast drums and the organ takes up a lot of space. We also avoid repeats from the previous night of music we played. IN: Once you’ve decided on the show, how does the band prepare for it? ENGLISH: Sometimes we listen together, sometimes we don’t. We’ve done it so many

“Word of mouth. It’s only the quality of the music that’s getting people to our shows.” Dino English times that we’re familiar with the arrangements, but we listen to a portion of the show either together or alone. That’s usually the day of the show. IN: How do you balance reproducing each night’s particular Grateful Dead show and putting your own spin on it? ENGLISH: It’s very much open to interpretation. We just listen for arrangements, harmony, melody, and any different tones that were being produced in the years of that original show. The improvisation is all us. We don’t copy jams. We are producing live, breathing music up there. IN: How has the band transitioned once founding member and lead guitarist John Kadlecik moved on to play with Furthur [current band of Grateful Dead founding members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir]? ENGLISH: It’s an incredible opportunity for John to play with our musical heroes, and it’s been great

IN: Personally, what is your favorite year or era of Grateful Dead music? 1977 has it all for me. ENGLISH: Great year. At first, the ‘80s would’ve been my pick, but as I’ve studied the music, I’ve grown to love all the periods of time. Most recently, I’ve grown a fondness for the ‘60s shows. I wasn’t really into them at first because it was so hard to get quality recordings. IN: Are those ‘60s shows difficult to reproduce or recreate because of the raw, brunt force and psychedelic quality behind them? ENGLISH: It takes a different approach, that’s for sure. They were kids at the time, barely in their 20s, so there’s a youthful, reckless abandon you have to capture. {in}


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UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Voted in December as vice presidents of the U.N. Human Rights Council for 2013 were the nations of Mauritania and the Maldives, both of which permit the death penalty for renouncing Islam. In Mauritania, a person so charged has three days to repent for a lesser sentence. (An August 2012 dispatch in London’s The Guardian reported widespread acceptance of slavery conditions in Mauritania, affecting as many as 800,000 of the 3.5 million population. Said one abolitionist leader, “Today we have the slavery (that) American plantation owners dreamed of (in that the slaves) believe their condition is necessary to get to paradise.”) • Non-medical employees of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have been campaigning for union representation, suggesting that their current wages leave many workers dangerously close to poverty. Though raises have not materialized, UPMC (according to a November Pittsburgh City Paper report) has now shown sympathy for its employees’ sad plight. In a November UPMC newsletter, it announced that it was setting up “UPMC Cares” food banks. Employees (presumably the better-paid ones) are urged to “donate nonperishable food items to stock employee food pantries that will established on both (UPMC campuse).” One astonished worker’s response: “I started to cry.” • In December, the St. Louis PostDispatch revealed, through a public records check, that the appointed Collector of Revenue for St. Louis County has failed since 2008 to pay personal property taxes. Stacy Bailey and her husband owe taxes on three cars and in fact filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Bailey’s boss, Director of Revenue Eugene Leung, told the Dispatch that he had checked Bailey’s real-estate tax status but not personal property taxes. Nonetheless, he said, “Knowing what I know now, she’s still the most qualified person for the job,” among the 155 applicants. READERS’ CHOICE (1) Recently, a 67-yearold woman set out to drive to a train station in Brussels, Belgium, 38 miles from her home to pick up a friend, but her GPS was broken, and

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