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NATHAN MONK When the “little guy”

makes the powerful blink, the Independent News applauds. Rev. Monk started after Winter Storm Leon when he created an online petition for Mayor Ashton Hayward to stop his “no blankets for the homeless” ordinance. Two weeks later, the petition had garnered over 15,500 signatures, the city council passed changes to the law, and Hayward reportedly will appoint Monk to the council’s task force on homelessness.

SHERRI MYERS The hero of this no-

blanket debacle is longtime advocate for the homeless, Pensacola Councilwoman Sherri Myers. Had she not placed ordinance changes on the council agenda for its Feb. 13 regular meeting, Mayor Hayward would have had to scramble up the votes to get it added to meeting. Myer’s proactive leadership went unrecognized by the mayor in his press release, but the rest of the community should be thankful for her diligence.

JEFF MILLER The Republican congressman

from Chumuckla received the AbilityOne Congressional Champion Award in recognition of his support for the employment of people with significant disabilities. The presentation was made on Pensacola Beach during the annual leadership conference for Gulf Coast Enterprises, a Pensacolabased company with federal contracts in 13 states and the District of Columbia. GCE is a program of Lakeview Center that exists to provide employment for people with significant disabilities while ensuring exceptional service for its customers.

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PENSACOLA CITY GOVERNMENT

We expect Pensacola city leaders to be bright enough to understand the impact of the ordinances that they pass. We expect them to listen when the public challenges their proposals and points out possibly unintended consequences. When Mayor Hayward proposed the no-blanket ordinance, City Administrator Bill Reynolds defended it and Councilman Brian Spencer fought for it, we expected that the majority of the Pensacola City Council to recognize how that law could damage the city’s reputation. Sadly, six members, Spencer, Larry Johnson, Megan Pratt, Andy Terhaar, Jewel Cannada-Wynn and P.C. Wu didn’t.

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million annual debt payment. ThyssenKrupp sold its steel plant when it saw demand decline. The maritime museum is two years behind on its construction schedule. As costs balloon, the public is questioning if it will ever support itself. What happened? According to Rob Holbert, co-publisher of Lagniappe, south Alabama’s independent newspaper, Sam Jones was a big part of the problem. The mayor was secretive and rarely returned phone calls. In his column “Damn the Torpedoes,” Holbert blasted the mayor, whom he called “Silent Sam.” He accused Jones of treating the state’s open records law “like toilet paper.” Holbert wrote about Jones, “I’d imagine Genghis Khan had a better relationship with the media than Jones does…Simple questions are met with anger and obfuscation or just ignored forever.” The Hayward administration appears to be following the Sam Jones media plan, communicating primarily through press releases. The Mornings with the Mayor, which were promised to be weekly, have been sporadic. And public record requests are taking longer to fulfill than under previous administrations. We are left wondering what is really going on inside Pensacola City Hall. Let’s hope it won’t take an election to find out the truth like it did in Mobile. {in} rick@inweekly.net

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FRACKING ON FILM “Don’t Frack Florida,” a partnership between Earth Action, 350 Pensacola, and 350 North Florida, is inviting the public to attend a screening of the documentary film “Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water.” The film examines the communities that are being directly and indirectly affected by Hydraulic Fracturing, or “fracking,” a process by which rock formations are fractured using a mix of water, sand and chemicals to access deposits of oil and natural gas. The filmmakers follow ordinary people from all walks of life who have become community activists. A discussion with Craig Stevens, a Pennsylvania resident and activist featured in the film, will follow the screening on Saturday. Two fracking bills currently before the Florida legislature passed the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee in January. Both bills deal with

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the disclosure of chemicals that drilling companies use in the process to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The screening event is free. “Groundswell Rising” Film Screening with Craig Stevens 1—4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Bayview Senior Resource Center, 2001 E. Lloyd St. facebook.com/DontFrackFlorida and groundswellrising.com

GULF OIL SPILL RECOVERY-FOCUSED WORKSHOP TAKES A NEW APPROACH Online registration for the Gulf

Future Salon to be held in Pensacola on March 29 is now open. The salon is a community event organized by the Gulf Future Coalition, a group made up of over 60 organizations from across Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. The coalition is taking a fresh approach to oil spill discussions in the salon, which

is a gathering and workshop designed to engage residents and provide updates as to what's happening with coastal restoration and other efforts after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. The event will feature locally-produced documentaries, a participatory theater performance, a comprehensive workshop on the Restore Act and relevant legislation, and breakout sessions to create a vision of a healthy Gulf. The Gulf Future Coalition will hold similar salons in each of the five affected Gulf Coast states in March and early April. Admission fees are voluntary, and set on a sliding scale; whatever an attendee can contribute is accepted. Gulf Future Coalition Workshop 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 29 School for the Liberal Arts, 1010 N. 12th Ave. gulff uture.org.

and others living with epilepsy, as will State Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach), who on Feb. 6, filed a bill in the Florida House of Representatives to legalize “Charlotte’s Web,” a strain of non-euphoric marijuana which, when processed into an oil, is proving to be an effective treatment for severe forms of epilepsy. Caring 4 Florida “Meet and Greet” featuring State Rep. Matt Gaetz 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Atlas Oyster House, 600 S. Barracks St. facebook.com/caring4florida. {in}

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As far as actors and artists, Ensley said the early Pensacon targets represented horror and sci-fi. “We thought we’d get one or two bigger celebs to town. Peter Mayhew was our first choice—Chewbacca—because for me, he’s iconic, but I know he crosses a lot of generations, too.” The other “must have” on Ensley’s list was Kane Hodder, the actor who played Jason in the Friday the 13th franchise. Eventually both Mayhew and Hodder signed on for Pensacon appearances. “When I was trying to book people, there were plenty of people that said, ‘No, we don’t do first year conventions.’ So there was no selling them on it at all. I had to work hard to get Mayhew to agree.” Ensley said the hard work paid off. “He’s been a great ambassador,” Ensley said. “He got the ball rolling. I made a good contact with an agent that represented him and also represented a lot of other people, and from there it just kind of mushroomed.”

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Part of the Pensacon team / L-R: Derek Bond, Steve Wise, Lemmie Crews, Courtney Hagans, Will Phillips, Manda Manning, Mike Ensley, Sue Spencer, Ben Galecki, Jonathan Antone, Larry Cook, Ryan Eaton / photo by Samantha Crooke centered on books, films, television shows Nerd. In childhood it may not have been and games meant to provide people with the hippest nickname, but now it has an outlet for creative, imaginative thought. become a moniker increasingly embraced And maybe even to inspire a costume among some adults. The Internet, “The design or two (thousand). Big Bang Theory” and Ben on “Parks and Yes, the old, classically nerdy mainstays Recreation” have changed the way most like “Star Wars” and Dungeons & Americans relate to nerds. And Dragons are represented in by adulthood, most of us the convention, but so are have realized deep down, mainstream pop culture there’s something “THE FIRST DAY WE obsessions includwe’re all nerdy for, so MET TO TALK ABOUT IT, ing “The Walking there’s not much use I SAID, ‘I’VE BEEN Dead” and “The in pointing fingers THINKING ABOUT THIS FOR Hunger Games.” If anymore. that's not enough, And into the A LONG TIME,’ AND HE SAID, “Ghostbusters,” ever growing “nerd ‘YOU’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT “Mighty Morphin culture” comes THIS YOUR WHOLE LIFE.’” Power Rangers,” Pensacon—a “Halloween” and the fan convention Mike Ensley Harry Potter series are designed to span a also among the many range of media and iniconic media institutions terests—including anime, in the mix. horror, gaming and comics— The IN sat down with Mike within the Pensacola Bay Center Ensley, Pensacon Founder and Chairman, and Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel. and Manda Manning, Media Coordinator, From panel discussions to “Nerd to get the story behind the event from its Karaoke,” the schedule of events reads inception to what it's shaping up to be. like a cross between a summer camp and academic conference, with all activities 88

A Convention is Born

Ensley, a native of Pensacola, hosted Nightmare Theatre events in town for over 11 years, bringing horror fans together at the former Silver Screen Theatre, Vinyl Music Hall and the Handlebar among other venues. For Pensacon, he joined forces with Kinematic Entertainment owner, film director Ben Galecki. “The first day we met to talk about it, I said, ‘I’ve been thinking about this for a long time,’ and he said, ‘You’ve been thinking about this your whole life,’” Ensley said. Prior to that meeting, in February 2013, Ensley had taken to Facebook to see how much support there was locally for a smallscale fan convention that he envisioned as “some artist friends, maybe a couple of B-movie actors that I know to come to town and hang out for the day, and we just do a little convention—maybe have a few vendors selling things.” Within Ensley’s modest vision for a convention, Galecki saw potential and reached out. “Ben came to my office and we sat down and started talking and he said, ‘I think you should do this on a larger scale than what you’re thinking about doing,’” Ensley said.

As the size of the convention grew, so did the opportunity to show off Pensacola and introduce the city to the world of fandom and costume play, better known as “cosplay.” “We want to make sure that Pensacola is a part of this,” Ensley stated. With the guest list and ticket sales growing, last fall the Pensacon team began attending Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) meetings and connecting with local business owners, many of whom have become partners and are hosting events and after parties for Pensacon badge holders. “We recruited them all. It did take some convincing because I don’t think a lot of folks understood what Pensacon was in the general community. But once they did, they were very quick to come on board,” Ensley said. “There’s not really a bar or restaurant on Palafox Street that’s not offering a discount or holding a party for us on Pensacon weekend, and that goes over to Seville Quarter, too.” Seville is hosting Pensacon’s Welcome Night Party on Thursday and a Saturday night party as well. Hopjacks, Play, New York Nick’s, Tin Cow, Emerald City, O’Riley’s, Vinyl Music Hall and World of Beer are all holding events and offering discounts to Pensacon attendees. Pensacola Bay Brewery is also getting in on the action, having developed a beer specifically for the convention: Poseidon’s IPA. In addition, February’s Gallery Night falls on the Friday of the convention, so Pensacon is co-sponsoring Gallery Night and encouraging everyone to don a costume to turn the monthly event into a inweekly.net


from where and how much money they’re cosplay street party. “People in costumes spending, so we’ll have some really good are going to be everywhere. The people numbers for next year.” that come down just for Gallery Night are Based on rough pre-event estimates, going to be blown away, I think.” the Pensacon team believes that approxiIn a similar local-pride vein, Ensley mately 30 to 40 percent of attendees are stated that Pensacon chooses local vencoming from out of town. A great number dors, from credit card processors to printof locals seem to be purchasing single-day ing services, whenever possible. tickets for Saturday, which Ensley reported “Everything that we’ve done, where was approaching selling out. we can, we’ve used local vendors “It’s outselling Friday and and merchants,” Ensley said. Sunday combined 10 to “We could go to a cheap one,” said Ensley, who company probably and added the daily capacdo it online, but we’d “WE COULD GO ity will be around rather use somebody TO A CHEAP COMPANY 10,000 guests, but local and get good PROBABLY AND DO IT points out that the service and a good ONLINE, BUT WE’D RATHER crowd will by no product and help USE SOMEBODY LOCAL AND means be elbow to support them.” elbow. “Between The convention GET GOOD SERVICE AND A the two venues and also incorporates GOOD PRODUCT AND HELP downtown, people local establishments SUPPORT THEM.” are not going to be all long associated with gathered in one place fandom-related activiEnsley at one time,” Ensley said. ties, including one to run And between hotel an area dedicated tablestays, dining out, shopping top gaming (think Magic: The the convention and local stores, the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons). Pensacon team expects the weekend to “We brought in Mike Bobe from Bobe’s be a busy one for local businesses. “These Hobby House—they’re royalty in the gamare not people who are just coming in for ing community locally,” Ensley said. a concert and then driving back home,” Ensley said. “They typically have money to spend.” Day passes are $30 per adult and So, you may be asking yourself, ‘How weekend passes are $75, meaning most atbig is this really going to be?’ The answer tendees will probably have some spending is, no one is quite sure yet. But Pensacon is money burning a hole in their pockets. “It’s already breaking a few local records. a good crowd to be bringing into the city,” “The Crowne is sold out. They said that Ensley stated. that’s the first time one event has ever held the entire hotel,” said Ensley. While the hotel is often booked to capacity, D.J. Hutzley, the Crowne Plaza’s Those who are sure that Pensacon Sales and Marketing Director, explained would have nothing that interests them that Pensacon has the distinction of having should at least give the schedule a glance. all of the hotel’s 210 guest rooms reserved As Manning points out, “The more you and occupying all of the event space at learn about it, the more you realize that no the Crowne, the largest hotel in Pensacola matter what you’re into there’s something proper, as well. there for you. That’s something Mike has Ahead of the inaugural Pensacon, prostrived to do since the beginning—to make jections of the potential economic impact sure all niches are covered and to be allare uncertain, but will likely be significant inclusive.” Ensley expects. “There’s no way to really In fact, Ensley believes Pensacon’s tell. There are conventions that we sort broad-based approach is part of the fun. of compare ourselves to, but we’ve really “There are people that I didn’t know outgrown what they could do. Chattacon that would be that big of a deal that I got—I in Chattanooga, Tenn., they estimate that don’t understand the Power Rangers, bethey do over $2 million in economic impact cause it’s not my generation,” said Ensley in the one weekend.” of one of the biggest and most unexpected Manning said Visit Pensacola will be fan reactions. “My generation is ‘Star Wars’ in attendance, conducting surveys to and ‘Battlestar Gallactica.’ For people who gather data to better assess the statistics. are 30 and under, the Power Rangers were “We’ll have a better idea of who is coming a huge part of their childhood.”

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Lest anyone think Ensley relied only on his own expertise, the organizer said in areas that aren’t his strong suit, such as anime, he reached out to friends for recommendations as to guests to pursue. “I didn’t just do it for myself. Yeah, this is my convention, and I’m excited about it, and I’m very proud of what I’ve done, but I wanted to make sure there was something for everybody,” Ensley said. “You buy a badge, you get everything. You’re going to have a great time and everything that we have to offer at the convention is included in that.”

Pensacon logo drawn by Steve Scott (for more info on Scott turn to page 11)

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As for getting the word out about Pensacon, the team has worked for almost a year to do so. “We’ve tried to be really creative with our marketing efforts. We’ve seen a huge return on investment from our billboards,” Manning said. “We’ve had billboards running in Atlanta during Dragon Con." Attending other conferences including Wizard World in New Orleans, Spooky Empire in Orlando and Mobicon in Mobile has also contributed to the interest in Pensacon. Manning also noted that a group costume the Pensacon team wore while promoting at Comic Con landed them on national websites, and their photo was featured on E’s “The Soup.” But the large conventions aren’t the only ones Pensacon is interested in working with. Ensley said building relationships with smaller fan conventions in the region has been a priority. “The other local cons that are smaller, that are fan-run groups that don’t have the kind of resources we have, we’ve not only had tables at their events to promote our convention, but we also have them coming to our convention to have tables to promote their event.”

“We don’t want people to think that we’re coming in to try and squeeze them out, or we’re evil, maniacal business people. We’re fans, too, so we’ve had that open arms kind of policy, where if you’re into fandom, you want to come and be a part of Pensacon.” With that said, Ensley stated that he believes Pensacon’s is one of the best lineups of a first year convention that he has seen. “I don’t think I’ve seen a convention that has done what we’ve done in a year anywhere in the U.S., for sure. Not without studio support.” Likewise, Manning believes the work Ensley and the Pensacon crew have done has shaped up to be a great experience for fans and Pensacola at large. “It’s a huge opportunity for Pensacola that we want them to take advantage of.” Ensley concurs, “We really want them to enjoy themselves. That’s what Pensacon is all about: just having a good time and letting your geek flag fly.” {in}

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PENSACON 101: WE APONRY (RE AL AND FAKE) Real weapons will not permitted inside Pensacon at any time. For those wearing costumes and donning any kind of defense tool, there will be a weapon check at the entrance. Be prepared to allow time for this check, especially if you have more than one, as all weapons will be “peace binded,” i.e., zip tied for safety measures. February 20, 2014

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Samm Levine Not only did he star in Judd Apatow’s “Freaks and Geeks” as Neal Schweiber, but Samm Levine lives up to the geek nickname in real life. “Have you seen me? Of course I am a huge geek,” he said. Levine’s chosen geek topic? Comedy, movies—basically pop culture in general. Some of his favorites include, “‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Monty Python,’ old-school ‘Saturday Night Live’—and new-school too,” he said. All of which can be up for discussion at Pensacon. “I’ll be here for whatever they want to talk about,” Levine said. Although “Freaks and Geeks” only lasted one season on NBC 15 years ago, it has since reached a cult following that resulted in being named on “Time” magazine’s “100 Greatest Shows of All Time” list in 2007 and one of “60 Greatest Dramas of All Time” by “TV Guide” in 2013. And even though Levine has continued his acting career in movies such as “Not Another Teen Movie” and “Inglorious Bastards,” as well as numerous television series, he doesn’t shy away from walking down memory lane and talking “Freaks and Geeks.” He still hangs out with the cast occasionally, mainly John Francis Daley, and calls Apatow a pal. In 2004 , to celebrate the DVD release of the show, Levine and

‘Freaks and Geeks’ fan. I even get a Weird Al fellow geeks, including Daley, Martin Starr Christmas card.” and show creator Paul Feig, went to Comic As an actor and fan of cinema and Con where they ended up signing autotelevision, Levine often gets to mix busigraphs for about six hours. ness with pleasure. But as a pop culture “It doesn’t bother me at all. I’m always geek, it can sometimes get in the way of happy to meet fans,” he said. “I’m really Hollywood magic. proud of the work I did, and I thought “Through my friendship with it was a great show.” Damon Lindelof [co-creator But, “Freaks and Geeks” of ‘Lost’] I was able to get a fans must know, it’s all “HAVE YOU cameo on ‘Lost,’” Levine in the past. Beyond the SEEN ME? OF said. “I was so worried profile in “Vanity Fair” COURSE I AM A that in my teeny, little magazine’s first-ever HUGE GEEK.” scene I would hear the comedy issue, there will other actor’s dialogue be no series reunion. and spoil the episode. So “When was the last Samm Levine I was holding my ears in betime you saw a reunion tween takes.” show and thought ‘I am so For his first trip to Pensacola glad they did that?’” Levine said. to the first-ever Pensacon, Levine “We would never be able to recreate said he is looking forward to being a part it. People don’t even look at James Franco of the convention, meeting fans and the same way.” bringing a little diversity to the city. Living in Los Angeles, Levine has “I’m excited to raise the Jewish quotient had his own share of fanboy moments, of Pensacola up by 100 percent,” he joked. including one with parody master Weird But no matter how much of a geek he Al Yankovic. is, don’t expect him to come in costume. “When I first met Weird Al, I was 14,” “That’s not my scene,” he said with a he explained. “I went to one of his concerts laugh. {in} and waited for two hours in line to meet him. Years later, I met him again and he was a

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Character Study by Hana Frenette

The characters don’t even exist anymore,” Steve Scott is a storyteller. Not the kind Scott said. “But the comics were out on the lurking near the edge of a campfire or gesnewsstands, and at the convenience store turing wildly at the bar, but the kind who and the gas station, which was still a employs a nicely executed drawing big thing at the time.” and a few select words to push Scott soon moved on to the plot forward. household comic names Scott has illustrated and started drawing for some of the biggest “I REALLY STARTED Batman and various names in comics, like related series. Batman, The Hulk and DRAWING SO I COULD “I actually did the Wolverine. TELL STORIES.” last four issues of the “It gives me the original Batman series,” ability to be the direcSteve Scott Scott said. “I also did tor and the actor,” Scott some work with Batman said. “You get to take Confidential that people these sometimes monseemed to really like.” strously large stories and put The original Batman series them down on paper. I really started in 1939 and continued through started drawing so I could tell stories.” September of 2011, when DC comics Scott, originally from Biloxi, started canceled the series, and then relaunched it drawing comics professionally in the early with a new issue #1, as part of The New 52, ‘90s, while also working as a professional a project to reboot the entire line of DC’s fire fighter. superhero comic books. “The first job with comics I ever got In addition to the last four issues of the was with a company called Malibu Ultraoriginal Batman series, Scott also provided verse, and I got to do a couple of stories. February 20, 2014

the artwork for the only comic adaptation of “The Dark Knight,” starring Heath Ledger. “I guess Christopher Nolan had seen some of my other work and had liked the pacing a lot, so when it came time to bring in someone for the adaptation, he had me in mind,” Scott said. “They sent me some stills from the film, and I got to capture Ledger as the joker. This was about four months before he died.” Scott did renditions of several scenes in the film, and while drawing out the bank heist scene, he drew himself in as teller. “Just at the very beginning, I’m in there for a shot,” Scott said. Continuing on with the film adaptation route after “The Dark Knight,” Scott received a call to work with George Lucas for “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Gods.” “A lot of times with films, you have to get approval to do the likeness of a certain character, sometimes they just don’t want you to do it,” Scott said. “This was not the case here. It was much more like ‘Hey, we know this is Harrison Ford in a fedora.’”

Drawing the likeness of Ford wasn’t too difficult. It was the hat that was the trouble. “In the first take, I made the hat too big, almost like a cowboy hat,” Scott said. “I could probably draw it in my sleep now, but that was one of the only things that Lucas had mentioned he wanted me to change a bit.” After the likeness of the hat was properly settled, Lucas was so pleased with the artwork that he bought several pieces to hang in his home. Scott will have several prints and various pieces of his artwork available to purchase at Pensacon. “I have several pieces of Batman material, The Indiana Jones comic cover that Lucas owns and a single frame of the Hulk,” Scott said. Lots of artists will do on the spot renditions of characters at comic conferences, but Scott prefers talking with people instead of standing at the drawing board. “I really like to have the chance to talk with people and sign books or answer questions,” Scott said. “Which you kind of miss out on if you’re just standing there drawing with your head down.” {in}

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WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 WHERE: Pensacola Bay Center Room B

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"Nerd Speed Dating." It’s just like regular speed dating, except the participants are likely to be cloaked in every kind of costume imaginable, from Zelda to Ewok; and the initial urge to try and seem as suave as possible is totally unnecessary. And of course there’s no need to worry about glossing over any mention of your 400 plus comic book collection or the magician classes you’ve been taking from Criss Angel online. That’s IN: Why do you think what they want to hear. "IF THIS NERD they created this Ed Spencer will be CAN FIND LOVE event? setting up the framework WITH SOMEONE THIS SPENCER: Speed for the Pensacon dating dating was originally INCREDIBLE, THEN THERE extravaganza. created by the Jewish He took a few moIS HOPE FOR EVERYONE." community to help ments to discuss the find love in their own basics of speed dating and Ed Spencer culture. In many ways, the potential of finding true "Nerd Speed Dating" is love amidst the crowds and similar. The people who characters with the IN. comprise much of Pensacon's attendance have hobbies, passions and IN: Can anyone sign up? embrace cultures that comprise a wide SPENCER: Anyone who is single and atvariety of topics. And like all people, they tending Pensacon can attend. We will have want to find love and someone to share sign up happening on Friday and Saturday that with. until it's full. IN: Will there be multiple rounds? SPENCER: That will depend on how many people sign up and the overall timing. We plan to have at least two rounds, and given the escalating popularity, we expect it to fill up quite quickly.

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IN: Any love predictions? SPENCER: While we hope everyone that attends can find love, we know that's not always possible. If just one person does find a perfect match, it will have been worthwhile.

IN: Anything else we need to know about the event? SPENCER: For all of those thinking about "Nerd Speed Dating" who might be wondering if there is someone out there for them consider this: I am truly a geek and a nerd through and through. From my early days of D&D, to being in band and playing a woodwind instrument, to my natural abilities with computers, being an introvert almost to the extreme; and then coupled with my lack of abilities in sports, many might say I was doomed from the start, without any hope of ever finding love. Despite all of this, I found true love myself in an incredible, passionate, creative, redheaded, punk rock girl from California who loved me at first sight. If this nerd can find love with someone this incredible, then there is hope for everyone. {in}

"NERD SPEED DATING"

WHEN: 3:30–5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 WHERE: Pensacola Bay Center Room D

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prints vary, ranging from 4” x 5” to 9” x 12.” Stars featured include Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Power Rangers, Boba Fett, a young rendition of Boba Fett, and The Big Tiny and Axel (from “The Walking Dead”). “The Star Wars inspired prints are 3040 edition runs, and all the others will be around 25-30 editions,” Daw said. “There are more guests attending that I really would have loved to make prints for, but unfortunately time restraints have really cut down on how many I can do.” Needless to say in the days leading up to Pensacon, Daw’s schedule has looked a lot like excessive coffee, diligent “THE STAR WARS INdrawing, carving, cutSPIRED PRINTS ARE 30-40 ting, and of course, EDITION RUNS, AND ALL THE printing. OTHERS WILL BE AROUND In addition to 25-30 EDITIONS.” the solid lineup of x prints he has announced, he has two Michael Daw additional series of 5" x 7" pieces featuring stars that he has yet to reveal. As for these particular prints, print enthusiasts and Pensacon attendees will just have to wait and be surprised. The price for each piece is determined based on size and subject, and ranges Boba Fett prints by Michael Daw / courtesy photo from $5 to $30. Prints will be on display and for sale in the Artist Alley, throughout Sure, a poster or t-shirt commemorating tention to detail, all the way from the initial the entirety of Pensacon weekend. Well, at Pensacon sounds nice. But what if we told inspiration and drawing, to the pressing of least until they sell out. {in} the print itself. you that you could also purchase a custom Facebook.com/michaeldawdesign For linocut prints, the desired design is designed, hand-printed keepsake, which cut into a linoleum surface with pays homage to your favorite characters the raised areas representing a and has a Pensacola tie? mirror image of the parts that Well, you can. Local graphic design stuare to be printed. The linoleum dent at Pensacola State College, Michael sheet is inked, and then pressed Daw, will be selling exclusive Pensacon onto the desired paper. linocut prints at the convention. “First, I have to draw the Inspired while taking a printmaking design, trace it on transfer paper, class last year, Daw, a longtime illustrathen trace/transfer that to the tor, determined his style jived well with linoleum block. Then I carve the particular medium and process. “I've away all of the negative space. I always drawn, and the medium seemed to then have to cut all the paper to complement the style” he said. size,” Daw said. Daw quickly realized there was a growAnd then, finally, comes the ing demand for these prints, after having actual printing and final execusold the initial prints he made during class tion of each piece. minutes after sharing them with friends. “I ink the block, put the pa“After seeing how well they sold, I per on top, and transfer the ink started to make more prints than the class by rubbing with a baren,” he said. project required,” Daw said. “Then all of the prints get signed Not only did Daw continue to make and numbered. All things considmore, the opportunity arose for him to take ered, each edition can take from his printmaking all the way to Pensacon. “I decided to make some limited edition between 4 and fourteen hours to complete from start to finish.” prints exclusively for Pensacon to honor As for the exclusive Pensome of the amazing guests,” he said. Michael Daw holding his Chewbacca print / courtesy photo sacon prints, sizes of the final Each different print takes time and atFebruary 20, 2014

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May the Force be With Them by Jennifer Leigh

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hen local couple Tayler Delane, 21, and David Norton, 21, got engaged on Star Wars Day—that’s May 4 for those who don’t know—they didn’t have big plans for their wedding day. “We were going to do a little church thing and basically get it over with,” Delane said. Stationed at an Air Force base in Arizona, Norton was already planning a trip home the weekend of Pensacon before the two love-nerds even knew about the convention. Once Delane caught wind of the convention on Facebook, she told friends how it would be the perfect wedding for her and Norton. And the event organizers agreed. Luckily, Pensacon’s volunteer coordinator, Sue Spencer, and her husband Ed specialize in cosplay weddings through their company, First Day Entertainment, which includes DJ, MC and officiate services. They’ve offered their services free to the couple and plan to do the same for a deserving pair every year at Pensacon. Ashleigh Tomlinson Edwards also offered her help with decorations and invitations.

to fit the story of “Star Wars” and even had “I’m always up for a chala Jedi robe made. Some members of the lenge,” said Sue about designing 501st Imperial Legion—those dedicated cosplay weddings. “Ed and I work fans that construct and wear their own hard at finding a balance. Giving “Star Wars” costumes—should the wedding meaning be in attendance and perand work to focus on the haps even more special occasion—it’s not just a guests. costume party.” “ED AND I WORK HARD “This is the first Delane’s love ‘Star Wars’ wedding of “Star Wars” AT FINDING A BALANCE. I’ve officiated,” Ed originated from the GIVING THE WEDDING MEANsaid. “I recently video games she ING AND WORK TO FOCUS ON helped with vowel played growing up. THE OCCASION—IT’S NOT JUST renewals, using Eventually, Norton A COSTUME PARTY.” elements from ‘Dr. made her watch the Who’ and ‘Lesix movies, which gally Blonde,’ which she immediately Sue Spencer worked out very well. loved and prefers to And I have a ‘Harry watch in VHS form. At Potter’ themed wedding in Pensacon, she hopes to March.” meet the movie’s stars such As coordinators for as Peter Mayhew (Chewweddings both traditional bacca) and Billy Dee Wiland themed, Ed and Sue liams (Lando Calrissian). have seen a rise in cosplay Since the bridal party weddings in the past five already has their gowns and years. tuxes, the wedding will be a As the big day apmix of traditional and “Star proaches, Delane is just Wars.” But don’t worry— excited to make Norton’s there will be plenty of charvisit back home special. acters. As officiate, Ed has They don’t have a honeyspent hours writing vows

Sue and Ed Spencer / photo by Ashley Victoria Photography moon planned, but they do intend to spend time at Pensacon. {in}

"I LOVE YOU. I KNOW." A STAR WARS WEDDING WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 WHERE: Crowne Plaza Ballroom DETAILS: firstdayent.com

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Pensacon’s Tribute: Macenzie Lintz by Jennifer Leigh

Mackenzie Lintz While 18-year-old Mackenzie Lintz’s filmography isn’t lengthy, it does include the blockbuster “The Hunger Games” based on the book trilogy of the same name. Just in case you haven’t read the books or watched the first two movies, “The Hunger Games” follows the story of Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, a

teenager chosen at random to compete in the annual Hunger Games, where twelve teenagers compete in a televised battle to the death. Lintz was a fan of the “‘THE HUNGER book series before she GAMES’ WAS MY was cast in the 2012 film. FAVORITE CHILDHOOD She played a tribute for District 8, one of BOOK SERIES.” the poorest districts of Panem, the fictional Mackenzie Lintz world where the story takes place. Even though her character did not survive the games, Lintz said she was happy to play a small part in movie. “‘The Hunger Games’ was my favorite childhood book series,” she said. “It was a huge honor to be in the movie.” Even after her days on “The Hunger Lintz comes from an acting family, her Games” set, Lintz continues to be a part of brothers and sisters, as well as her mom, the trilogy by going to conventions. Kelly, are all working actors. Kelly was in "The “I’m excited to meet the fans,” she said. Hunger Games" as well, playing the mother Lintz is looking forward to the final two of a different tribute. At the age of 13, Mackfilms in “The Hunger Games” franchise. enzie joined in. “The Hunger Games” was She plans to stay a fan of the movies, even her first time appearing in a film.

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Panel Schedule FRIDAY

Crowne Plaza Ballroom 12:30 p.m. The Devil’s Rejects with Priscilla Barnes and Lew Temple 1:30 p.m. Comic Artists Roundtable with Jen Broomall, Stephen Butler, Mitch Byrd, Jason Craig, John Dell, Derec Donovan, Mike McKone, Nathan Massengil, Steve Scott and Kelly Yates 2:30 p.m. Heroes of Cosplay with Monika Lee and Riki LeCotey 3:30 p.m. Star Wars with Peter Mayhew, John Morton and Daniel Logan 4:30 p.m. Ready to Rumble WWE: Then and Now—Brutus Beefcake, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and Honky Tonk Man Pensacola Bay Center Room B 12:30 p.m. Writing Your Novel with Lon Prater and Lex Chase 1:30 p.m. How to Feed Your Raiding Party with Jennifer Walker 2:30 p.m. Modeling in Cosplay with Lotus Buccola 3:30 p.m. Spotlight on Dean Haglund 4:30 p.m. From the Pulps to Comics with Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson and Jeffrey Shanks Pensacola Bay Center Room C 12:30 p.m. Star Wars Off the Screen with Timothy Zahn, Dave Dorman and Mike Baron 1:30 p.m. An hour with Joe R. Landsdale 2:30 p.m. The Borg Hypothesis with Robert H. Hoffman, Ph.D. 3:30 p.m. An hour with Mike Grell 4:30 p.m. An hour with Pamela Gay Pensacola Bay Center Room D 12:30 p.m. Past, Present and Future of the Adventure Hero—Retroblasting 1:30 p.m. Vintage Toys: To Restore or Not Restore—Retroblasting 2:30 p.m. Steampunk Creativity with Airship Isabella, Escape The Clouds and Lon Prater 3:30 p.m. Movie Screening: “Fantasm” documentary 4:30 p.m. IMPROVable Cause Exposed

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SATURDAY

Crowne Plaza Ballroom 10:30 a.m. A Versatile Actor with Deep Roy 11:15 a.m. Spotlight on Ernie Hudson 12 p.m. Spotlight on Billy Dee Wlliams 1 p.m. Wedding Prep 1:30 p.m. "I love you. I know."—A Star Wars Wedding 3:30 p.m. Game of Thrones with Finn Jones and Kristian Nairn 4:30 Star Trek—An Hour with Walter Koenig Pensacola Bay Center Room B 10:30 a.m. Kids Comic Hour with Dan Mishkin and Steven Butler 11:30 a.m. Hidden Gamers Presents: Not So Free 2 Play 12:30 p.m. Fantasy and Faith with Stephen Ringl 1:30 p.m. Steampunk It! with Airship Isabella 2:30 p.m. An hour with Parker Stevenson 3:30 p.m. Costuming an Empire—501st Imperial Legion 4:30 p.m. Basics of Costuming with Pensacola Costumer's Guild Pensacola Bay Center Room C 10:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Cartoons with C. Martin Croker 11:30 a.m. The Doctor of Gallifrey 101 with Jerod Perez 12:30 p.m. An hour with David Michelinie 1:30 p.m. My Dalek has a Puncture with Simon Fisher-Becker 3 p.m. Learn How To Become a Voice Talent with Bob and September Carter Pensacola Bay Center Room D 10:30 a.m. How to Do Comics the Inverse Press Way 11:30 a.m. Podcasting: Myth or Hokum? with Chimichanga Talk 12:30 p.m. The Trek Award—USS Continuum 1:30 p.m. Dark Arts: Horror Photography with LaLa Lauren Freedman 2:30 p.m. Movie Premiere: "At All Cost" 3:30 p.m. "Nerd Speed Dating"

SUNDAY

Crowne Plaza Ballroom 10:30 a.m. Through the Stargate with Christopher Judge 11:30 a.m. Go, Go Power Rangers! with Walter Jones and David Yost 12:30 p.m. The Walking Dead with Lew Temple and Theodus Crane 1:30 p.m. Classic Battlestar Galactica with Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch, Herbert Jefferson, Jr. and Anne Lockhart 2:30 p.m. Voice Acting with Monica Rial and Veronica Taylor 3:30 p.m. Jason Speaks! An Hour with Kane Hodder 4:30 p.m. Buff y: A Decade Later with Nicholas Brendon Pensacola Bay Center Room B 11:30 a.m. The Next Steps Toward Space Colonization with John Cserep 12:30 p.m. Firefly with Airship Isabella 1:30 p.m. Portfolio Reviews with Steve Scott 2:30 p.m. Making Props and Fake Weapons with Pensacola Costumer's Guild 3:30 p.m. High School of the Dead Panel Pensacola Bay Center Room C 10:30 a.m. I Was a Walker with Savana Wehunt, Michael Koske, Triston Johnson and Jerrad Vunovich 11:30 a.m. Star Trek Visual Effects with Ronald B. Moore 1 p.m. How to Play a Bad Guy with Robert Z’Dar and Vernon Wells 2 p.m. The Boogeymen: Horror Film Actors with Tony Moran, RA Mihailoff, John Dugan and J. Larose 3 p.m. Independent Filmmaking with Ben Galecki, Steve Wise, James Balsamo, Thomas Smith and Paul Sinor 4 p.m. Kinematic Entertainment Short Films Showcase Pensacola Bay Center Room D 10:30 a.m. Freaks and Geeks with Samm Levine and Sarah Hagan 11:30 a.m. AMC Acting with Darla Briganti and Ann Marie Crouch 12:30 p.m. Deviant Films presents with Scott Tepperman and Daniel Emery-Taylor 2 p.m. Dream Players Showcase 3 p.m. Droid Building 101 with the 501st Imperial Legion

Rooms B, C & D are located on the second floor of the Pensacola Bay Center. Schedule is subject to change. Also this schedule lists panel appearances only. All guests will be in attendance all three days, unless otherwise noted on the Pensacon site. Visit pensacon.com/events/panels/ to view the schedule online.

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Spotlight on Billy Dee Wlliams He's a rare jewel in the "Star Wars" convention world. If you don't get the chance to meet him at Pensacon, you might not ever get another chance. 

JESSICA'S PICK:

From the Pulps to Comics with Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson and Jeffrey Shanks Fellow history nerds, take note: this panel features the granddaughter of DC Comics founder, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, and an archaeologist, historian and scholar of pulp and early comics.

JOANI'S PICK:

Buffy: A Decade Later with Nicholas Brendon Everybody had at least a little crush on Xander during his "Buffy" heyday—myself included. But don't worry, I'll try and keep my teenage fangirl tendencies in check during the panel. All bets are off if I see him at an after party though.

HANA'S PICK:

A Versatile Actor with Deep Roy He's played so many enigmatic and interesting roles it's almost overwhelming. I plan on waking up early Saturday to listen to him elaborate on working with Tim Burton and being the most famous Oompa Loompa there is.

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Kids Comic Hour with Dan Mishkin and Steven Butler Any excuse to indoctrinate my kids early into the comic book world is a must for me and their self-professed nerd father. I encourage all parents to let your little creative geniuses in the making give this kids workshop, from two heavy hitters in the comic world, a go.

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Cos -Parties by Sarah McCartan

Event Lineup:

While the Pensacon days may be filled with panels and workshops for convention-goers, when night falls the after parties take over. Although the parties are designed with Pensacon attendees in mind (badge holders get perks like food and drink specials), you can still get in on the fun even if you couldn't swing a Pensacon ticket. Just be sure to double check that your party of choice is open to the general public and make sure you get there early. If select bars and other venues reach capacity, those carrying Pensacon badges will get dibs on getting in.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20

Thursday night, the pre-Pensacon energy gradually builds, beginning with a low-key movie screening at Seville Quarter and an ‘80-‘90s-themed Pensacon party. Just don’t wear yourself out too much with excitement and dancing. You have an entire cosplay-filled weekend ahead of you.

Event Lineup:

• “Attack from Beneath” Movie Screening: 7 p.m. (movie begins at 8 p.m.), Seville Quarter • Gotham City Troubadour Live Show: 9 p.m., World of Beer • Welcome to Pensacon ‘80-‘90s Party: 10 p.m., Seville Quarter

FRIDAY, FEB. 21

Those headed downtown Friday night looking for a usual Gallery Night experience can expect something far more playful and costume-filled. Friday night Pensacon organizers have partnered with the Downtown Improvement Board to co-sponsor February's Gallery Night. You don’t have to go all the way to Orlando to enjoy the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. O’Riley’s Irish Pub is transforming into a Harry Potter Party beginning at 8 p.m., welcoming in all non-muggles. Meanwhile at World of Beer, a Game of Thrones party featuring live bands kicks off at 9 p.m. As Gallery Night events begin to taper off, those seeking another late night of dancing can select between Emerald City or a dance party at the Crowne, both beginning at 10 p.m. February 20, 2014

• Pensacon Co-sponsors Downtown Gallery Night: 6 p.m. • Star Trek Party: 6 p.m., The Elbow Room • Pensacon VIP Meet & Greet: 6:30-8 p.m., Cavu Bar inside the Crowne Plaza • Dean Haglund X-Files Improv Show: 7-8 p.m., Crowne Plaza Ballroom • Escape the Clouds Show: 8-9 p.m., Crowne Plaza Ballroom • Harry Potter Party: 8 p.m., O’Riley’s Irish Pub • Game of Thrones Party and live music: 8 p.m., World of Beer • Nerd Karaoke: 9-10 p.m., Crowne Plaza Ballroom • The Crossover Costume After Party: 10 p.m., Emerald City • DJ Dance Party: 10 p.m.-12 a.m., Crowne Plaza Ballroom

SATURDAY, FEB. 22:

Although you have the opportunity to revisit the Harry Pottery Party at O’Riley’s, much of the action is taking place farther up Palafox on Saturday night, with no shortage of special guests. Beginning at 8 p.m., Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom transforms into the Cantina from “StarWars Episode IV: A New Hope,” with special appearances by the 501st Imperial Legion and Dave Dorman, legendary Star Wars artist. Guests can sip on drink specials including Poseidon IPA or exclusive cocktails like “Let the Wookie Win,” “Slave Leia” or “Luke, I am your Father,” while biting down on some “Tuskan Raider Gaffi Sticks” (Belgian fries). Also beginning at 8 p.m., The Tin Cow is hosting the official Pensacon Walking Dead After Party, featuring: Theodus Crane (Big Tiny), Michael Koske ("walker"), Dango Ngyuen (one of the Governor's men) and Jerrad Vunovich ("walker"). The evening will also feature Poseidon IPA, and “Zombie Apocalyspe” Burgers, plus a series of specialty cocktails that Walking Dead enthusiasts are sure to appreciate: “No! Not Hershel!” “Walkers in C Block!”, and even a “Dreamy as Darrol Dixon” milkshake. At Play, the Fright Meter Awards and After Party kicking off at 9 p.m. gives you the opportunity to meet several horror stars, including: Kane Hodder (the original Jason from Friday the 13th), Steve Nappe (also Friday the 13th), John Dugan (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), J. LaRose (Saw and Insidious), RJ Haddy (FaceOff) and participate in a horror themed costume party.

Event Lineup:

• Fright Meter Awards Show: 6-7 p.m., Crowne Plaza Ballroom • Official Pensacon Costume Contest: 7:309:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza Ballroom

• Star Wars Cantina Party: 8 p.m., Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom • Walking Dead Raw Meat Party: 8 p.m., The Tin Cow • Nintendo Themed Party: 8 p.m., Blend Lounge • Bad Wolf Ball: Doors at 7 p.m., party at 8 p.m., Vinyl Music Hall (Exclusive to Pensacon Badge Holders) • Harry Potter Party: 8 p.m., O’Riley’s Irish Pub • X-Men Party: 9 p.m., World of Beer • Play Boy Bunny Party with artist Doug Sneyd and Pensacon VIP Party: 9 p.m., Seville Quarter • Fright Meter Awards and Horror After Party: 9 p.m., Play • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Party: 9 p.m., Twenty One West • Industrial DJ Night: 10 p.m.-12 a.m., Crowne Plaza Ballroom

SUNDAY, FEB. 23

As the events come to a close on Sunday, if you think you need a party just to re-

cover, or have remained in your costume since the night before and aren’t ready for the fun to be over, you have the opportunity to sip on a beer and partake in the Recovery Party. • Pensacon Recovery Party: 1 p.m., World of Beer This schedule is up to date as of the IN's press time (Monday Feb. 17). But the Pensacon party doesn't appear to be slowing down or stopping. We're sure at least one more event will get added, so make sure you check out pensacon.com/events to view the most up to date schedule online. {in}

LOGISTICS LOW DOWN WHERE IT'S AT

Pensacon's main locations: Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel, 200 E. Gregory St.

TICKETS

The online pre-sale option closed Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 11:59 p.m. But don't worry if you didn't get yours in time. Weekend and day passes will still be available for purchase at the Crowne Plaza, beginning Friday morning at 10 a.m. Weekend passes are $75; day passes are $30.

REGISTRATION

If you already bought your ticket, registration and badge pick-up should be your first stop. This too will be at the Crowne Plaza. It's recommended that you try to pick up your badge Thursday night in order to have immediate entry to Pensacon.

PARKING

General admission parking is $10 per day at the Pensacola Bay Center. It's cash only and you can't leave your car there overnight. There is also VIP parking in the east lot off of Alcaniz Street. This is free

for anyone with a VIP pass. Crowne Plaza parking is for hotel guests only.

GETTING AROUND

Trolleys will be available for Pensacon attendees who park downtown or need transportation to and from lunch and after-hours events. Technically speaking, you can walk from the convention area to the restaurants and after parties downtown (it's only about half a mile) but you're probably going to want to utilize the trolleys so you don't wear yourself out. It's a long, action packed weekend after all. Plus it's on kind of weird road with limited sidewalks and a lot of traffic. Go to pensacon.com/location/parking-info to view the trolley map and schedule.

PALAFOX AND BEYOND

The majority of the after parties are located on the same street—South Palafox. So getting around shouldn't be too hard. The Elbow Room is the only one you'll need to drive to, and Seville Quarter and Twenty One West are only a block off the main drag. If you find yourself out after midnight (when the Pensacon trolleys stop running) and in need of a ride, just dial 850-433-3333 for a cab. 17


2013 DIFFERENCE MAKERS ESCAMBIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT’S ALL STATE STUDENTS Congratulations to the following students who were selected to participate in various Florida Music Educators Association All-State groups at the recent FMEA conference in Tampa. After going through an extensive audition process, eight students represented the Escambia County School District.

All State Elementary Chorus: Kori Anthony, A. K. Suter Elementary Middle School Mixed Chorus: Seth Godwin, Ransom Middle Middle School Honor Band: Chase Rogers, Workman Middle All-State High School Concert Chorus: Eion Blanchard, Tate High All-State High School Honor Band: Kela Kawakami, Washington High & Kaleb Broom, Washington High All-State High School Symphonic Band: Noah Heintz, Tate High All-State High School Honor Orchestra: Brianna Snyder, Tate High In addition to the students being chosen for All-State, one Escambia school was recognized with the Music Enrollment award which is awarded to music programs demonstrating high enrollment in music courses by the Florida Music Educators Conference. To qualify for this award, at least 35 percent at the high school and 45 percent at the middle school must be enrolled in a music course. Congratulations to Ferry Pass Middle School with 52 percent of its student body enrolled in music. The music teachers at Ferry Pass are Angela Horne, Mitzi Bumbarger, and Christina Frierdich. Cecil Clark, strings teacher at Pensacola High, Washington High and Workman Middle was also recognized for his 34 years of Music Education Service to students. Dr. Sandra Durr, Fine Arts Specialist, was also recognized for 39.5 years of service.

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Arts & Entertainment art, film, music, stage, books and other signs of civilization...

Answers from a Dap-King by Jessica Forbes

VELEZ: We have been playing funk and soul music since '95, '96. Soul music never left, but the taste in popular music shifted in other directions. I'm glad to know that soul and funk are coming back to the forefront of popular music. We simply started playing that genre of music because our heart was in it. Everything else that has come our way, all the media attention is certainly welcomed, but we didn't start doing it because we hoped someday it would be huge. It just happened organically through a lot of love for what we do and hard work.

“I think that if your music is good and creative, you can use all the Internet media channels in a way you couldn't before.” Fernando Velez

As if you needed one more reason to get out of the house this weekend, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are returning to Vinyl Music Hall in support of their sixth full-length album “Give the People What They Want.” Producer Mark Ronson famously turned to the Dap-Kings when seeking out an authentic soul sound for the late Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” and with good reason. Prior to that album’s release in 2006, the Dap-Kings had been performing soul music and recording on independent record labels for a decade, starting with Desco Records and, when that dissolved in 1999, Dap-Kings Gabriel Roth and Neal Sugarman co-founded Daptone Records; Daptone is now the label for their own bands, as well as Charles Bradley and several other soul, funk, gospel and Afrobeat artists. February 20, 2014

The fall 2013 release and tour for “Give the People What They Want,” was delayed in June 2013, when vocalist Sharon Jones was diagnosed with bile duct and pancreatic cancer. After surgery and six months of chemotherapy that ended on New Year’s Day, Jones, 57, and the Dap-Kings are back on the road with their newest set of songs and Jones’ resiliency and undeniable talent on show. Fernando Velez, percussionist and one of the founding members of the band, took time out to answer a few questions during the first week of their four-month tour, which kicked off at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Feb. 6. IN: As far as people describing the band as leading a soul revival (in light of the major-label success of artists like Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, etc.), what are your thoughts on that?

IN: What have been the collaborations or feedback from musicians you look up to that stick out most in your mind? VELEZ: We played the Playboy Jazz Festival a few years back and Bill Cosby, the emcee for years, was simply enthralled with our music. To see that big smile of his flashing from the side of the stage is pretty memorable. Also, Prince saw us playing on TV on Austin City Limits and he asked us to open a show at Madison Square Garden. After that, we played two more shows opening for him in Europe. We also had the honor of asking Allan Toussaint to open for two shows in New York City a few years ago. We played some songs together toward the end of his set. It was magical.

a semicomplete or complete form by someone in the band, and then they are brought to life in studio by all of us. There are very few times where we will jam to someone’s melody or hook in the studio and a song gets written there. We do collaborate a lot in the studio to enhance a song that needs X or Y. IN: Have you all done much songwriting since Sharon’s returned or has time been focused on releasing the new album? Do you expect that what she and you all have experienced during her illness and recovery will play into future songwriting? VELEZ: I can't speak for anyone else, but I have been writing ideas for new songs. I believe we are always writing until it's time to get together and make a new album. I'm sure there will be songs in the next album that will reflect what has happened to Sharon. IN: What are the primary pros of being on an independent label? VELEZ: From my perspective, being independent means you control everything. It means you can decide on the cover art, music content, touring, merch ideas, who you collaborate with, etc. The days of needing a label to make it are over. Now I think that if your music is good and creative, you can use all the Internet media channels in a way you couldn't before. {in}

IN: When did you first hear Sharon sing? VELEZ: I first heard Sharon sing when I went to a session during the Desco Records days, '96 or ‘97. We then played a live show with her, might have been at Wetlands in downtown Manhattan. After playing that show I thought, “Wow, this would be amazing if we could do this for a living, take this show on the road.” WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox IN: How does the songwriting COST: $20-$25 process usually go for you guys? DETAILS: vinylmusichall.com VELEZ: Most songs are brought in

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS AT VINYL MUSIC HALL

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Ears & Fingers by Jason Leger

Sun Kil Moon -BENJI

Simply put, one does not approach Sun Kil Moon or the output of Mark Kozelek at large for ‘feel good music.’ I’ve learned this the hard way over the years, but it was never more painstakingly apparent than when I encountered the song “Ceiling Gazing” from his split LP with The Album Leaf last year. I very vividly remember the first time I heard the song. I was sitting in my room thinking about some problems my family had been having. The first verse of the song involves the death of his grandpa, and Kozelek sings, “It was the first and the last time I saw my dad cry.” Whatever thin veil there was between me and cracking up was shattered by those words.

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RUNNING: SIX AT SIX 6 a.m. The doors of Running Wild open every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 a.m. ahead of group runs that begin at 6 a.m. sharp. The casual group run is free of charge and intended for runners of all abilities. Running Wild, 3012 E. Cervantes St. 435-9222 or werunwild.com. FRANK BRUESKE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. “60 Years of Black & White

“Benji” is Kozelek’s latest, and the majority of the album shares the storytelling feel and mournful vibe of “Ceiling Gazing.” Within the first four songs, you learn about two family members’ deaths from freak accidents involving fire. You understand how fearful he is of losing his 75-year-old mother and gain insight on why he is afraid of blondes. On the fifth song, “Pray for Newtown,” he takes it a step further by writing about the Newtown Elementary shootings, as well as several other tragic events in America’s recent history. This kind of introspection, moroseness and dark bare bones honesty is at the core thematically, as it’s primarily Kozelek, a guitar and minimalistic backing. However, there are some moments that will make you want to laugh, mostly on the closing track, “Ben’s My Friend.” “Ben” is none other than Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, and the song tells of a Postal Service show Kozelek went to last year and had a bit of a mid-life crisis. It’s funny because he admits that he wrote the song because he “needed one more track to finish up the record.” When I first heard the two singles from the record, “Richard Ramirez Died of Natural Causes” and the aforementioned “Ben’s My Friend,” a couple of months ago, I wasn’t very fond of them. Kozelek has developed a strange style of consciousness storytelling, and at times it feels like

Photography and a Splash of Color” is a one-man photography exhibit by Frank Brueske, an award winning fine art photographer from Pace. Brueske has selected 58 of his favorite photos from more than 20,000 to display, which depict a range of work including vintage rural and city scenes. The earliest photo was taken in l952; the latest in July of 2013. On display through Feb. 27. Monday— Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The Wright Place, 80 E. Wright St. 432-1434. ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m.–4 p.m. “In Depth:

he is trying to get out too much information at once. Hearing the finished product, however, I changed my tune considerably. This album is a masterpiece from an aging musician who is, for lack of a better term, uncomfortable. It’s painful to listen to, not for the young, but more than worth your time and effort. “Benji” is out now via Caldo Verdi Records and you can check out a very handy “Benji” glossary on Pitchfork, giving you insight on what Kozelek is talking about on every song.

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD:

Cloud Nothings

No Past,” “Stay Useless” and the nineminute slow burner “Wasted Days.” A couple of weeks ago, the band released “I’m Not Part of Me,” a very grown up track, which displays Baldi’s perpetually burgeoning skills as a songwriter. The song will be included on Cloud Nothings’ upcoming fourth full-length album, “Here and Nowhere Else,” which is due out April Fools’ Day, though all signs point to it being very far from laughable. Keep an eye out for at least one more track between now and then, as the band will certainly want to keep their fans interest up until the release date. “Here and Nowhere Else” is out April 1 via Mom & Pop/Carpark Records. {in}

Cloud Nothings have been meandering around the underground for several years now, and enjoying decent critical reception for their equally decent output. Mostly the brainchild of Dylan Baldi, a singersongwriter from Cleveland, Ohio, Cloud Nothings seem to get more and more charming and mature with every release. The last we heard from the band was 2012’s “Attack on Memory,” which had several great jams, including “No Future/ photo by Pooneh Ghana

Body of Work IV” features works by Linda Kernick (manipulated photography), Sally Miller (paintings) and Gila Rayberg (mosaics). “Sacred Heart,” featuring the work of Donna O’Neal is on display in The Award Alcove, and “Simultaneity,” a multimedia exhibit by Don Manderson, is open in The Vault. All current exhibits are on display through Feb. 28. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or artelgallery.org. BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

“Adorn” Jewelers Show on display through March 1. Monday–Wednesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30–4 p.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or bluemorninggallery.com. QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m.–5 p.m. “A New Reality,” featuring the work of Lorraine Flatt, Sammie Tucker and Marcia Moritz opens with a reception from 5-8 p.m. On display through March 24. Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St. Free

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happenings admission. 438-2363 or quaysidegallery.com. “PASTA LA VISTA BABY” AT SO GOURMET 12-1 p.m. So Gourmet’s 3-part series will feature their homemade pastas, starting with more simple ones and culminating with stuffed ravioli. This second class will feature a “Hail the Kale” salad with homemade tarragon croutons, garlic marinated grilled chicken pasta with balsamic reduction glaze, and poached pears with balsamic and mascarpone whipped cream. $35 per person. 407 S. Palafox St. 438-7857 or sogourmetpensacola.com. MESS HALL 2 – 5 p.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) offers weekly themes, special activities and workshops that captivate curious minds of all ages and inspire a lifetime of discovery. School year hours are Tuesday–Friday, 2-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona St. Admission is free for members and $8 for adults and children ages 3 and over. 877937-6377 or PensacolaMESShall.org. WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. 9th Ave. 433-9463 or aragonwinemarket.com. WINE & GLIDE SEGWAY TOUR 5:30-7:30 p.m. This one-hour Segway tour includes a stop at Seville Quarter or Aragon Wine Market for a wine tasting. Offered every Thursday and Friday night. Call ahead for availability and information about other tour offerings. Emerald Coast Tours, 701 S. Palafox. $45. 417-9292 or emeraldcoasttours.net. EXPLORE PENSACOLA HISTORY: TREASURES OF THE PANHANDLE 6-7 p.m. Dr. Brian Rucker will present on topics included in his new book, “Treasures of the Panhandle: A Journey through West Florida,” which celebrates the rich history and ecology of the Panhandle counties, ranging from Pensacola to Apalachicola. The author

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combines ecotourism with heritage tourism to illustrate the beauty and the historical legacy of the Panhandle counties. The presentation is free and open to the public. West Florida Public Library Main Library, 239 N. Spring St. 436-5038 or explorepensacolahistory.com. VEGAN DINNER AT END OF THE LINE 6-9 p.m. While End of the Line offers vegan dinner options every day (except Mondays, when they’re closed) each Thursday the café also serves a 3-course dinner, the menu for which changes every week. 610 E. Wright St. $15. 4290336 or eotlcafe.com. FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION CHAPTER MEETING 6:30 p.m. The Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association welcomes the public to attend its monthly meeting. New activities will be discussed. A short program about hiking, camping or the outdoors is also usually a part of the meeting. A social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. at First Christian Church, 6031 Goodrich Drive. For more information, contact Helen at 4840528 or visit meetup.com/ftawesterngate. DAWN CORRIGAN BOOK LAUNCH AT TURN THE PAGE 7 p.m. Turn the Page Books & Gifts will host a book launch party for local author Dawn Corrigan. Corrigan will be signing copies of her debut novel, an environmental mystery called “Mitigating Circumstances.” Released from Five Star/Cengage in January, the book is set in a fictionalized version of Gulf Breeze. Turn the Page Books & Gifts, 9105 Gulf Beach Highway. 456-5200 or turnpagebooks.com. ICE HOCKEY 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Mississippi Surge. Pensacola Bay Center. 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolaiceflyers.com. PLT PRESENTS “SHORT ATTENTION SPAN

THEATRE” 7:30 p.m. Studio 400's 10th installment of the ever-popular series: an evening of one-act plays that find the humor in romance and relationships. The plays are typically original and unpublished. Ken Armitage, Tiffany Eddins, and Carla Rhodes direct this year’s production of “6 stories of love, life, laughter and relationships.” PLT’s Courtroom Theatre in the Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Tickets are $10—$17. This show is rated R. 4322042 or pensacolalittletheatre.com. BEER PONG TOURNAMENT 8 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

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THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or tlcdowntown.com. KARAOKE NIGHT 6 p.m. VFW Post 706, 5000 Lillian Highway, 455-0026. LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. GYPSY GROOVE 7 p.m. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or picassojazz.com. JAMES & FRIENDS 7 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or hubstaceys.com. DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. SONS OF HIPPIES AT THE HANDLEBAR 8:30 p.m. Sons Of Hippies, Post Pluto, The Dopamine Experience and Chain Smoking Hags. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or

pensacolahandlebar.com. TIMBERHAWK 9 p.m. End o’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. TYLER MAC BAND 9 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. DJ MR. LAO 10 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

FRIDAY 2.21

LIVING HISTORY IN HISTORIC PENSACOLA VILLAGE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn early 19th century cooking techniques and trade-skills from costumed Living History interpreters every Friday and Saturday in Historic Pensacola Village. Demonstration schedules vary and include broom making, sewing, basket weaving and wood working. Demonstrations are included with the Village admission. Tickets for the Village are available at 205 E. Zaragoza St. $6 adults, $5 AAA, Senior Citizen 65+ and Active Military, $3 children ages 4-16. 595-5993 or historicpensacola.org. PENSACON 12-6 p.m. Three-day fan convention features panel discussions, costume contests, photo opportunities with guest celebrities and a host of activities from “nerd karaoke” to film screenings. Many genres of entertainment will be represented, including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Comics, Anime and Gaming. Single-day passes are available for $30 a day, and 3-Day Weekend Passes are $75. The convention activities will take place at the Pensacola Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel and Pensacola Bay Center. pensacon.com.

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happenings St. 453-6774 openbookspcola.org. PLT PRESENTS “SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE” 7:30 p.m. Studio 400's 10th installment of the ever-popular series: an evening of one-act plays that find the humor in romance and relationships. The plays are typically original and unpublished. Ken Armitage, Tiffany Eddins and Carla Rhodes direct this year’s production of “6 stories of love, life, laughter and relationships.” PLT’s Courtroom Theatre in the Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Tickets are $10—$17. This show is rated R. 4322042 or pensacolalittletheatre.com. NIGHT BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10:30 p.m.–12 a.m. The regular Saturday and Sunday morning brunch menu, including Bellinis, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Sangrias is available late night at Pot Roast and Pinot. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or potroastandpinot.com.

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Photo By Frank Brueske / Featured in the photography exhibit “60 Years Of Black & White Photography And A Splash Of Color” WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5-7 p.m. Out and about in East Hill on Friday night? Stop by City Grocery for their free weekly wine tasting before settling in or heading out for the night. 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5-7 p.m. “Try if for free, buy it for less” during weekly wine tastings at the Gift Shoppe at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. GALLERY NIGHT 5 p.m. Pensacon is co-sponsoring this Gallery Night in support of the inaugural fan convention. In addition to the regular Gallery Night revelry among the galleries, restaurants, and retail shops of downtown, Pensacon is encouraging convention attendees to don their costumes at Gallery Night for the numerous Pensacon parties at downtown establishments, meaning even one more reason to head to the monthly gathering along Palafox and Government streets. 434-5371 or downtownpensacola.com. PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibit “Figures to Fur: Passions of a Private Collector (Selected Works from the Peyroux, Gillmore, and Meacham Collection)” opens at PMA, with an opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibition serves as a public glimpse into a private love story between the collectors and their passion for European and American oil paintings, sculpture, and portrait miniatures from the 18th

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through the 20th century. Regular museum hours resume Saturday, Feb. 22. Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday, 12-5 p.m. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.com. PENSACOLA COOKS PRESENTS “NATURALLY INTERNATIONAL DINNER” 6-8 p.m. The theme of this Pensacola Cooks’ Naturally International Dinner Class will be “Buon Appetito, The Italian Way.” Guests enjoy Italian-cuisine dishes, including a salad, entree with side and a dessert. A special feature pf the “Buon Appetito” dinner will be an organic Italian wine tasting. Ever’man Natural Foods Community Kitchen, 315 W. Garden St. 456-0743 or pensacolacooks.com. BOOK RELEASE PARTY: THE FREAK-GARDE 6:30 p.m. Join Dr. Robin Blyn as we celebrate the release of her new book, "The Freak-Garde: Extraordinary Bodies and Revolutionary Art in America." Dr. Blyn is an associate professor of English at the University of West Florida, and will give a presentation from her book entitled: "After the Crash: The Avant-garde, the Communist Party, and the Strange Case of Brother Nathanael West." A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of her book will be for sale at the event. Refreshments and wine will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are gladly accepted for the Open Books Prison Book Project. 1040 N. Guillemard

SOMETHING HUGE 4-8 p.m. Something Huge plays the Sandshaker’s Military Vets Party. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. THREE AMIGOS DUO 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. DONNIE SUNDAL 7 p.m. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or picassojazz.com. CELTIC WOMAN-THE EMERALD TOUR AT THE SAENGER 7:30 p.m. Global music phenomenon Celtic Woman will perform at the Saenger Theatre. Celtic Woman is an ensemble that showcases the talent of four gifted young Irish women, and also incorporates the talents of a group of world-class musicians, the Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers. The Emerald Tour is an all-new stage production celebrating Ireland and the Emerald Isles’ Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes.The Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. Tickets are $43—$103. 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com. VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS 7:30 p.m. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings with Valerie June. 2 S. Palafox. $20—$25. 607-6758 or vinylmusichall.com. BUZZCUT 8 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. REDDOG 8 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or fivesistersbluescafe.com.

THE BLENDERS 8:30 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or hubstaceys.com. SHROUD EATER AT THE HANDLEBAR 8:30 p.m. Shroud Eater, Orbweaver, Operation Hennessey, Some Kind Of Nightmare and Earl's Killer Squirrel. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or pensacolahandlebar.com. THE REDFIELD 9 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. TIMBERHAWK 9 p.m. End o’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. BANANA REPUBLIC 10 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. KEN SOUTH ROCK AT SLUGGO’S 9 p.m. All ages. $5. Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 101 S. Jefferson St. 791-6501.

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PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs and art for sale. Vendors include dozens of local farmers, home gardeners and area artists throughout Escambia, Santa Rosa and Baldwin counties to ensure a variety of colorful and enticing products. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. palafoxmarket.com. MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 9 a.m.-2 p.m. First City Arts Center presents this one-time workshop for up to 16 participants led by guest artists Rachael Pongetti and Margaret Warren. This workshop is for all levels and designed to open the mind and remove obstacles that can inhibit the creative process. It will include a light meditation and photographic and visual exercises. Camera equipment will be provided. The cost for the workshop is $70 for nonmembers and $65 for members. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. 1060 N. Guillemard St. 429-1222 or firstcityart.org. UKULELE CLASS 9:30 a.m. The Pensacola Ukulele Players Society (PUPS) meets every Saturday morning at Blues Angel Music, offering free ukulele lessons for both beginners and seasoned musicians looking to pick up a new instrument. Loaner ukuleles are available for the sessions, which usually last an hour. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd. 457-7757 or bluesangelmusic.com. DISCOVERY SATURDAY AT THE NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM 10 a.m. Award-winning military historian and author Bruce Gamble will

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is 4-6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door with all proceeds going to Big Brother/Big Sisters. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. PENSACOLA BITCOIN MEETUP 5 p.m. If you’d like to learn more about Bitcoin and its application for individuals and businesses, join a group of locals to discuss bitcoin and bitcoin related topics. The informal meeting is set up to let people mingle and “learn more about this fascinating new currency/protocol over some drinks and good company.” The meetup will be held at The Magnolia, a local business that now accepts bitcoin payments as well as traditional methods like cash and credit for those who don’t have a bitcoin wallet set up just yet. The Magnolia, 2907 E. Cervantes St. facebook. com/pensacolabitcoinmeetups. PLT PRESENTS “SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE” 7:30 p.m. Studio 400's 10th installment of the ever-popular series: an evening of one-act plays that find the humor in romance and relationships. The plays are typically original and unpublished. Ken Armitage, Tiffany Eddins and Carla Rhodes direct this year’s production of “6 stories of love, life, laughter and relationships.” PLT’s Courtroom Theatre in the Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Tickets are $10—$17. This show is rated R. 4322042 or pensacolalittletheatre.com. NIGHT BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10:30 p.m.– 2 a.m. A nighttime edition of the regular Saturday and Sunday morning brunch menu. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or potroastandpinot.com.

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FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION WAKE-UP HIKE 7 a.m. Head to Benny Russell Park in Pace to get your week started with a brisk one to three mile walk. The group will meet at the park, 5417 West Spencer Field Road. For more information, including other upcoming weekly hike locations, visit meetup.com/ftawesterngate. BUBBLES & BRUNCH AT THE LEISURE CLUB 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Enjoy Gourmet Brunch Trios for $12. You pick the three delicious items to build your perfect brunch. Bottomless Cham-

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Pote, will present a diverse program including classical composers, including J.S. Bach, Rossini and Leonard Bernstein, as well as current composers David Brunner, Mark Hayes, Jeffrey Ames and Allen Pote. Several multi-cultural songs will also be presented representing such countries as Greece, Israel, Venezuela, Italy and Africa. The Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. Tickets are $13—$19. 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com. DUNNOTAR 4 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. STEVE FLOYD 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. JSOP PRESENTS “JAZZFEST GOES ON!” 7–8 p.m. The Jazz Society of Pensacola's “JazzFest Goes On!" event features several talented female vocalists in “The Divas – An Evening with the Ladies of Jazz.” Proceeds from this event will go to support the 31st Annual Pensacola JazzFest, to be held April 5 and 6, 2014. JazzFest itself is presented annually and is free to the public. Tickets to this fundraising event are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $5 for students with ID at the door. Tickets are available at the event or ahead of time by calling the JSOP office at 433-8382, Mon. 12-5 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-3. p.m. Phinneas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.. 433-8382 or jazzpensacola.com. KARAOKE WITH KRAZY GEORGE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. BROOKS HUBBERT 10 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St. 433-2849 or mcguiresirishpub.com.

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RUNNING: SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS CLUB 5 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-

6211 or sevillequarter.com. FAMILY GAME NIGHT AT THE MAIN LIBRARY 6-7:30 p.m. The main branch of West Florida Public Library (WFPL) is hosting game nights each Monday. WFPL has a wide verity of board games and puzzles for all ages and are encouraging the public to bring friends and family along for this weekly event. Main Library, 239 N. Spring St. 436-5038 or mywfpl.com. THE GULF BREEZE BOOKCLUB 6:30 p.m. At its February meeting, the Gulf Breeze Book Club will hold its annual Shakespeare feature. Dr. Robert Yeager of the UWF English Department will lead the club’s discussion of “The Merchant of Venice.” The club welcomes visitors and new members alike. Third floor of the Pensacola Beach Elk’s Lodge, 661 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-8620. TEXAS HOLD ‘EM FOR FUN AT THE SANDSHAKER 7 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. WORLD OF BEER TRIVIA NIGHT 7–9 p.m. Drink beer, play trivia for free and win WOB Bucks if your team makes the top three. 200 S. Palafox St. 332-7952 or wobusa.com/locations/Palafox. BAR BINGO 8 p.m. Free to play. Buck Thomas and the Seville Girls host this weekly event complete with drink specials and prizes. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. TRIVIA AT THE SANDSHAKER 9 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com.

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BLUES SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA’S MONDAY NIGHT BLUES 8 p.m. Featuring Dizzy Jukes. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

PAPER STREET SOAP CO. 8 p.m. End o’ the Alley Courtyard at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

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COOKING 101 AT SO GOURMET 12-1 p.m. In their “Ten Secrets You Should Know” class, Betsy LeGallais and Sue Shattuck will share ten secrets to make life in the kitchen easier and more fun. The lunch menu for this class features fish tacos with Bodacious Olive chipotle olive oil and lime aioli coleslaw guacamole and chips with salsa. $35 per person. 407 S. Palafox St. 438-7857 or sogourmetpensacola.com. HALF-PRICE SUSHI 5 p.m. Atlas, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or atlas.goodgrits.com. PRIME TIME TUESDAYS 5:30 p.m. Jackson’s, 400 S. Palafox. 469-9898 or jacksons.goodgrits.com. SHAKESPEARE CLUB 5–7 p.m. Club members will read and discuss the works of Shakespeare. The club is ongoing and meets every Tuesday and welcomes Shakespeare fans of all ages. West Florida Public Library, 239 N. Spring St. 662-278-8383.  YOGA AT EVER’MAN 6 p.m. There is no cost involved. Must be over 18 to attend. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or everman.org. STRUT YOUR MUTT 6:45 p.m. Join fellow dog owners for a 45-minute leisurely stroll in East Hill. Dogs must be leashed and well-behaved. Owners should be prepared to pick up after the pets. Meet at the entrance of Bayview Park, 20th Ave. and E. Mallory St. 291-7658.

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Freak Shows, Capitalism and Not Taking the LSAT a few minutes to discuss her latest work and the inspiration behind it. IN: How did you first get into writing? BLYN: I always loved writing. I was actually supposed to go to law school. One of the greatest things I ever did was not take the LSAT! It’s hard to write and be creative when you sit at a desk all day or in front of a copy machine, and luckily this job (teaching at UWF) has allowed me the freedom to be creative and write and finish this book.

Robin Blyn, an English professor at the University of West Florida since 1999, has been observing the details and aesthetics of the freak show and its relationship to political and artistic ideals and revolutions throughout the course of history. She is releasing her first book this month, “Freak-Garde; Extraordinary Bodies and Revolutionary Art in America” and will be celebrating with a book release party and reading at Open Books. She took

IN: When did you first become inspired to start working on this book? BLYN: It actually goes back to Seattle in the late ‘90s, where I was living at the time, and I was teaching. The Jim Rose Circus was really popular then in Seattle and there were a lot of freak shows around. Especially in New York too, and on Coney Island. And “Geek Love” by Katherine Dunn was really popular as well. I started to kind of bring up ideas about humanity. Are freaks defined by biology or society? IN: Were you able to attend many of the freak shows that were popular in the ‘90s? BLYN: Yes, I was. The one’s at Coney Island — it was surprising how tame it was really. It was less about the display of

physical differences versus people who do weird things to themselves. They’d have someone called Lifto — who would hang weights from his penis or something and

working on for many years. I’ll also be doing a little presentation, which is a chance to share some of my thoughts with the community about avant-garde art and its relationship to freak shows. IN: You’ll be reading an excerpt from the book, called “The Avant-Garde, The Communist Party, and the Strange Case of Brother Nathaniel West.” Can you tell me a little bit about that? BLYN: Well Open Books is a pretty politically engaged bookstore, and I know some of the volunteers, and that they are really interested in the 1930’s, so I thought they’d enjoy this. Each chapter in the book is about a new way to approach the freak show. Chapter one starts off in the 1890’s, kind of with the late silent cinema, and how sound technology made us change what we think a person is. Then later we get into the 1930’s and the human machine, and what happens after the communist party revolution doesn’t happen. How do you get people to want a revolution? We’ve got people waiting in breadlines then and they’re still rejecting it. The book itself is a little bit of a freak show because it’s a collection of many different themes and variations. {in}

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then you have people hammering nails into their nose. It had become more like “I am the freak,” instead of “the freak is different from me.” I went to a circus museum in San Antonio, Texas and they had all these publicity shots and photographs from old performers from the P. T Barnum circus. The Mathew Brady Photography Studio was right across from the circus — the images were very compelling. There were life stories presented with some of the photographs that didn’t really match up with what you were seeing. You’d have this picture of this very sexually inviting, dark-skinned woman, in tantalizing poses, and then the story presented would be of this shy white woman. It produces uncertainty, and this is something that the avant-garde loves. You can use that uncertainty to pose questions. WHERE: Open Books, 1040 N. Guillemard St. WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb 21 IN: Tell me a little about the COST: Free event at Open Books. DETAILS: openbookspcola@riseup.net BLYN: The event is kind of a celebration — a party for the publication of the book that I’ve been

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