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COVENANT HOSPICE The non-profit was recently presented the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement Award. The award is presented to a workplace that has been recognized by the American Heart Association for meeting criteria for employee wellness. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. MADISON PACHECO The Pensacola High

School senior shot a 3-over-par 75 at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Philadelphia, Miss. to earn the opportunity to compete against the top junior female golfers in the world. She will play next month in the U.S. Girls Junior Golf Championship. Pacheco finished this past school year third in the girls’ 2A state tournament. She has been the PNJ Female Golfer of the Year for three consecutive years.

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has not been kind to the Escambia County superintendent of schools. The FCAT results were lukewarm. The national media is blasting the district for the censorship of a novel at Washington High, and a bus driver is caught on video slapping a nine-yearold, special needs student. This is also the summer Thomas wants the voters to extend the local option tax for schools. The timing could not be worse.

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BP The U.S. Supreme Court refused on June 9 to halt BP’s payments of claims stemming from 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In a one-sentence order issued, the justices said they wouldn’t put an emergency hold on lower court rulings that require the oil company to begin making the payments, part of a $9.2 billion agreement. The court will announce later this year whether it will hear the oil giant’s appeal.

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ANOTHER HOMICIDE Homicides in Escambia County and the city of Pensacola come in streaks. Most are either tied to drugs or domestic violence. Many of them are in the African-American community. This year the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has dealt with six confirmed homicides. On June 16, area ministers called a press conference to say the street violence must end. Unlike past such events held by various groups, the ministers did not point fingers at law enforcement or local officials. These men had buried too many young men over the past several years. They asked the community to come together and help them end these shootings. “We all play a part,” said Bishop Charles Young, senior pastor of Deliverance Tabernacle Christian Center Church. “It’s time we work together, be responsible and take responsibility ourselves.” The impetus for the meeting was the shooting death of Shaquille Purifoy on Friday, June 13. Purifoy played football and basketball for Commissioner Lumon May in the Southern Youth Sports Association. He graduated from Pine Forest High School and was in contention for a starting running back position in his upcoming sophomore season at Grambling State University. Purifoy was one of at least six young black men that have been killed in the past few years that played for May. The commissioner took the death hard.

"Shaq was a great kid. He was the fastest athlete I had ever seen and had a great attitude," May said. "If we become immune to feeling pain because of the background and where these boys are from, then that's a sad assessment of our community." Robert Gross and his son, Shaquille Purifoy, spoke for about 20 minutes that Friday night. The 20-year-old Shaquille wished his dad a "Happy Father's Day." Gross asked him if that meant he wasn't going to see him Sunday? "No, dad, I just wanted to tell you today," Shaquille answered. Gross received that call at 7:17 p.m. his cell phone shows. At 7:50 p.m., Gross got another call. His son had been shot and rushed to Sacred Heart Hospital where he would die Saturday. "I know some good is going to come out of this," Gross said. "God just has not revealed it yet. He was a good son, the kind every family should have." Purifoy’s death may be a turning point. The solutions for these killings aren’t simple. The ministers are correct. These deaths are a community problem that will take our governments, schools and businesses working together to solve. The effort must be consistent and persistent. Let’s hope we can figure it out…together. {in}rick@inweekly.net

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Governor Scott wants military veterans to move to Florida. “I want all the veterans to move to our state,” he told the media after the rally. “We have 1.5 million veterans. I want to make sure that they get great healthcare, that they get in-state tuition.” The governor talked about his concerns with the quality of care in the VA facilities located in Florida. “It was really disappointing when I began to hear about veterans dying and being injured in our VA facilities,” he said. “The first thing I did was say we will send in our state inspectors that inspect other hospitals. They will help them with accountability and transparency. Unfortunately they were turned away, which shocked me. Shouldn't they want our help?” In May, three officials with the Gainesville, Fla. VA’s mental health department were put on administrative leave after the VA's Inspector General's Office found a secret waiting list with over 200 patients. “When we heard about the secret wait list in Gainesville, I sent them back. Our inspectors were turned away again,” Scott said. "These are the same inspectors that worry about the care of all Florida citizens, including veterans. So now what I have done is we've sued the federal government and said we're going to establish our right to help our VA facilities get better. We want accountability. We want transparency. Our veterans need high quality healthcare. They've defended our freedom. They should get high quality healthcare.” On June 9, Governor Scott signed a bill into that would allow Florida students living in the country illegally to qualify for in-state college tuition rates. “Our federal government has failed us,” he said. “They don't have an immigration

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Inside Rick Scott’s College Affordability Tour by Rick Outzen “Let’s Keep Working” was the chant when Governor Rick Scott held a campaign stop on June 12 at the American Legion Post 240 on Gulf Beach Highway. The rally was part of his weeklong “College Affordability” tour across the state that highlighted his successful efforts to provide in-

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policy that works, but in our state we're going to do the right thing. If you grow up in our state, you are going to get the same in-state tuition as your peers. I want to make sure every child has the most affordable education possible.” Scott ended the questions with his standard stump speech: “We've done a variety of things. We've made sure our universities are not going to raise the tuition like the 15 percent under Charlie Crist, plus inflation. We have performance funding for our universities. Primarily what it cost for a degree and do you get a job once you're out and how much money do you make. Our universities are now focused on where the jobs are. “What is positive for our state is we have not only added 600,000 jobs, but we also have about 270,000 jobs openings in our state. You know if you graduate in our state, you will be able to get a great job. I want people to continue to move to our state. We're going to have a significant number of people move here this year and they are going to continue to get jobs. Our unemployment rate has gone down from 11.1 to 6.2 percent. And hopefully it will continue to go down.” Before the governor headed off to his next campaign stop, The Independent News had a few minutes to ask him about the attention he has given Northwest Florida this year. “We had a lot of flooding in the panhandle,” Scott said. “We're going to make sure the state does the right thing, which we are. The county and city have done the right thing. We need to make FEMA does the right thing.” He was proud of the job creation in Escambia County. “This part of the state is doing well,” he said. “Navy Federal Credit Union, just in the past three years, has added about 2,000 jobs. Your mayor does a great job, we get to travel the world sometimes together, calling on companies to get more jobs here. It's clearly working.” {in}

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that are wrong and holding up the fight for our children.” He asked them to vote against the renewal of the local option sales tax and questioned how Thomas could not find the money to keep Spencer-Bibbs open, but had the funds to make it a training facility. “We are looking at millions of dollars being put in Spencer-Bibbs,” he said, “What would have happened to the students at that school if those funds had been put in the curriculum instead of getting rid of (Spencer-Bibbs)?” Wesley added, “Now something else comes up to get more millions to build more schools somewhere else. Vote against it. It's helping the problem, not our community.”

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The effort to renew the local option sales tax for the Escambia County Public School District has some opposition. At the “Stop the Violence” press conference held on June 16 at St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church, two ministers spoke against the district’s closing of several schools in their neighborhoods since the tax was last renewed in 2007. St. John Divine is located across the street from SpencerBibbs Elementary School that was closed in 2011 by Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. Dr. Joseph Marshall, the pastor of St. John Divine, told the crowd at the press conference, “Whenever like landmarks like Spencer-Bibbs are taken away, crime comes in.” Marshall said that the closures of schools take hope out of a neighborhood. “When hope is taken away, then soon thereafter drug houses, prostitution havens and other opportunities start to fester and rise to the forefront,” he said. “Anger manifests itself.” He added that the culture of the county must change. Standing with Mayor Ashton Hayward, Commissioner Lumon May and other ministers, Marshall said, “We are here to say we see it. We want it to stop. We are also here to say we need to help in making the sociological change so that hope can remain a part of everyone's outlook.” Pastor Lonnie D. Wesley, III of Greater Little Rock Baptist Church thanked Hayward, May and Sheriff David Morgan for their support and efforts and challenged those in attendance. "But we, this community, play a more important part,” Wesley said. “There are a lot of things coming up on the ballot—people and items. Vote against those things

The president of The Psychedelic Shack, Inc., Crystal Hope Henry, entered a guilty plea on June 5 in Mobile, Ala. federal court, according to a release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. According to the release, Henry and her co-conspirators manufactured and distributed at least 20 tons of products containing the chemical compound XLR11. The products, which were actually smokable synthetic cannabinoids (SSC)— commonly referred to as “spice,” were marketed potpourri under names such as “Bizarro,” “Sonic Zero,” “Neutronium” and “Orgazmo.” The company Henry worked for, ZenBio, operated a call center in Robertsdale and from Dec. 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013 took in over $29.6 million. Her attorney argued at the time of her arrest a year ago that she was only a bookkeeper. Henry faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Monies seized from her in June of 2013 have also been administratively forfeited. According to filings with the Florida Secretary of State, ZenBio, LLC had two other managers – Victor Nottoli of Hillsborough, Calif. and Joseph C. Finley of Milton, Fla. N Nottoli also had trouble with the Department of Justice On May 15, Nottoli pleaded guilty in California to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of causing at least 24 tons of misbranded smokable synthetic cannabinoids (SSC) to be introduced into interstate commerce. According to court documents, between April 1, 2011, and June 26, 2013, Nottoli generated more than $20 million by distributing the spice products throughout the U.S. and from his six smoke shops. {in}

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PensacolaPRIDE's 2013 festival in Seville Square. / photos courtesy of Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida Over the past four decades, there has been a positive shift for the LGBT community, most of it quite recent—the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, 19 states have the freedom to legally marry samesex couples and earlier this month, President Barack Obama released a proclamation declaring June as LGBT Pride month. The country has come a long way since the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969 when a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village in New York City, turned violent. The event led to the founding of gay activist organizations and the first Gay Pride Marches, which is why pride events are typically held in June. But it’s not enough to take these events in stride, said Doug Landreth, president of Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida. “I don’t know if there is more support as there is more resolve, but society as a whole has changed their understanding of what LGBT rights are all about,” he said. “As a gay man in my 50s, I feel an obligation to those that brought us to where we are now. There’s going to be a time that the torch has to be handed off to someone.” After the Memorial Day parties on the beach, Gay Grassroots aims to educate the community as a whole about LGBT issues with PensacolaPRIDE, a whole week of pride events ranging from a ball, to a film festival and even a night of line dancing this month. June 19, 2014

In the 1990s, Landreth co-founded the CoastalPRIDE in Fort Walton Beach, which was the area’s first LGBT organization. Even after joining forces with the similar organization Gulf Coast TIDE, Landreth was not satisfied by the efforts being made in the community. “Neither groups were more than a social organization,” he said. Instead, Landreth wanted to advocate, “for the rights we should’ve been born with.” So in 2008, the same time Florida voted for a same-sex marriage ban, about 100 members of the LGBT community publicly rallied in downtown Pensacola. And Gay Grassroots was born. Since 2008, Landreth has seen a rapid change in attitudes. “One public event we did was holding a big picnic on National Coming Out Day, which is Oct. 11. So many people were concerned with their safety that we would go to Naval Live Oaks Park and have the picnic in a hidden pavilion,” he said. Since hiding only defeated the message behind Coming Out Day, the organization has since moved the event to Bayview Park and even stretched the picnic into a threeday event. When the City of Pensacola voted for the domestic-partnership registry last

“I look forward to the day he has the strength to come out. That’s GROWING UP IN THE CLOSET why we keep doing what we do.” Before LanDoug Landreth dreth was a gay rights advocate, he was a boy living in a small town in Tennessee who was fearful someone would discover his secret. “Being in the closet, I spent every single waking moment calculating every move, carefully choosing every piece of clothing I wore to make sure no one would know,” he said. “It was a horrible existence.” Fast forward to adulthood, Landreth met someone and eventually the two bought a house together. Yet even as a grown man, he still couldn’t find the strength to come out to his parents. It wasn’t until 2004, when Landreth heard that Rhea County, Tenn., where he grew up, was seeking to amend the criminal code to charge homosexuals with crimes against nature, he found himself not just coming out to his parents, but to everyone. “I heard that a high school sophomore was holding a pro-gay rally in the area,” he recalled. “I thought, ‘Oh, that sweet little girl is never going to get anyone to show up.’” Wanting to support the young girl’s efforts, Landreth did show up (as well as many others) and ended up becoming a keynote speaker at the rally.

December, Gay Grassroots members were there in red to support its passage. “That’s what we’ll be honoring at this year’s Celebration Ball,” Landreth said. “But there’s more work to be done.”

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Within Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida are “meat and potatoes” events, said Landreth. They are not just about pride, but education and advocacy. And they’re not just for members of the LGBT community. PensacolaPRIDE’s mission is “To celebrate and promote the history, courage, diversity, and worth of the Pensacola area gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, individually and collectively as the LGBT Community,” Landreth said. Whether the organization is urging the school system to include LGBT students in anti-discriminatory laws or offering sensitivity training, the event in June and throughout the year help Northwest Florida to progress as an accepting community. “It’s important for people to know about the LGBT community in a safe, non-hostile environment,” Landreth said. Thinking back to his childhood, Landreth said he would never have guessed that the gay rights movement would have come this far. “It’s the fastest growing civil rights movement,” he said. “I don’t know if my generation is going to be the one to finish it, but it has to be finished.” Landreth says he will continue his advocacy for the future leaders of the movement. Kids such as the 15-year-old boy from Milton who volunteered time to create logos for PensacolaPRIDE events. “He won’t like the Facebook page or receive the emails for fear of his family seeing, but he told me that he has found comfort in knowing that there were people who have his back,” Landreth said. “I look forward to the day he has the strength to come out. That’s why we keep doing what we do.” 9


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laPRIDE kicks off with a day at Seville Square. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy live entertainment, festival food and drinks from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t miss the Wedding of Hearts Mass Ceremony starting at 11:30 a.m. All couples are invited to publicly exchange vows to express their love and commitment to each other during this ceremony. Send an email to pensacolapride@gmail. com stating you wish to be part of this ceremony with the names of each person to have a “Wedding of Hearts” certificate prepared for you.

June 22

LGBT MOVIE MARATHON Spend an afternoon enjoying movies and $1 concessions at the LGBT Comedy Movie

June 23

TOWN HALL MEETING AND LGBT SENSITIVITY TRAINING

Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida President Doug Landreth will lead a discussion about the LGBT concerns, myths and misconceptions, history, medical disparities, etc. at the Pensacola Public Library, located at 239 N. Spring St. at 6 p.m. Meeting is free and open to the public.

June 24

DAY OF VISIBILITY AND ACTION

Wherever you are Tuesday, June 24, wear your purple to show your support of the LGBT community. As for action, you’re encouraged to come out to someone, email an elected official, write a letter to the media, sign an online petition or donate to an LGBT cause. You can find a contact list for elected officials and media outlets in the PensacolaPRIDE 2014 program.

June 25

CHILI DINNER AND LINE DANCING Put on your best western gear and

enjoy homemade chili (beef, chicken and vegetarian) along with coleslaw, cornbread, iced tea and brownies along with an evening of country line dancing at Holy Cross MCC, 3130 Fairfield Dr., from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $8. Sign up on facebook.com/pensacolapride.

June 26

STOP BULLYING TOWN HALL MEETING Susan Walch of the Uni-

versity of West Florida will present the latest info on just how severe the problem of school bullying has become, the role that social media plays, and how school systems are unprepared to deal with this problem starting at 6 p.m. Information will also be presented on the long-term effects of bullying. The meeting is free and open to the public.

June 27

OPEN MIC/ OPEN STAGE PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE Sing a

song, play an instrument, read a poem or just come to enjoy the talents of the LGBT

community and allies at First City Art Center, 1060 Guillemard St. from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments such as fruit and cheese, veggies and dip, hummus and crackers, and desserts will be sold. If you would like to perform, email pensacolapride@gmail.com.

June 28

CELEBRATION BALL PensacolaPRIDE closes a full week with the Celebration Ball that honors the domestic partnership registry passage last December. The ball takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Bayview Senior Center, located at 2000 E. Lloyd St. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Couples and singles alike are invited to celebrate the recent formation of a Domestic Partnership Registry for the City of Pensacola. Suggested dress is formal/semi-formal/ cocktail. Email pensacolapride@gmail. com for tickets. Vegetarian and gluten free menu available with at least oneweek prior notice. For more information about Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida and PensacolaPRIDE, visit ggnwfl.com and facebook. com/pensacolapride.

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Small Plates, Big Picture when they taste a real tomato,” Chef Nick Farkas said with a laugh. Farkas is participating as a representative from Pensacola Cooks, a teaching organization that recently added a restaurant to its operation at a new location on Barrancas Avenue. “A Community Cooks” put fresh, locally grown ingredients in the spotlight as participating chefs create dishes centered on those ingredients. The farmers that provide many of the ingredients also attend the event, making it a rare opportunity for the public to interact with not only the person who created what they’re eating, but also those who grew the vegetables, fruits, herbs and other components of the dish. “As a chef, you learn so much from every farmer that you talk to,” Farkas said. “As a consumer, to be able to talk to the person that is so passionate about what they’ve done, starting something from the seed and seeing it to fruition, it’s really educational. You learn so much and to support those individuals that have that a passion for their product—it’s always a pleasure to do it.” Rudy Rudolph is a founding and current board member of SFGC and also co-founded Four Blades of Grass, which is an organization that works to supplement backpack programs in local schools by providing fresh produce to children in need. Flora Bama Farms co-owner Sandy Veilleux is also involved. In addition to his participation with local food-focused non-profits and working at Jackson’s Steakhouse, Rudolph gardens and is participating this year as a grower in “A Community Cooks.” “I’m working with Jeff [Knott] at Old Hickory Whiskey Bar. He’s going to create cocktails using herbs I grow like chocolate mint, rosemary and lavender,” Rudolph said, who also sells produce from his athome container garden (which he constructed using repurposed pickle buckets from restaurants) to finance some of Four Blades’ operational costs. “With Four Blades, our mission is to feed people. We have relationships with farmers already,” Rudolph said when discussing the mission of the two organizations. Four Blades of Grass purchases produce from local growers, which, along with recipes, are included in packages that go home each Friday with local children who rely on the backpack programs for food over weekends. Rudolph and Veilleux are working to keep the program going during the summer and with increased funding, would one day like to start incorporating locally-sourced protein

items (such as meat and dairy) in the packages, and even eventually open a food truckdemonstration kitchen that can travel to neighborhoods and show children and their families how to prepare the fresh, seasonal ingredients available at a given time. “It would be beneficial for everyone,” Rudolph said. “It goes hand in hand with the goal of Slow Food Gulf Coast. There are a lot of local farms producing great produce and protein now.”

“As a consumer, to be able to talk to the person that is so passionate about what they’ve done, starting something from the seed and seeing it to fruition, it’s really educational. ” Nick Farkas

The subject of food is generally a good, safe conversation starter at an event, particularly if you are striking up conversations with chefs and farmers. Talking about the food will be especially relevant on Sunday at Slow Food Gulf Coast (SFGC)’s second “A Community Cooks” event, which highlights the relationships between local farmers and chefs via a range of tasting dishes. In 2013, the eat-and-greet event marked the official launch of SFGC, this region’s chapter of Slow Food USA, a part of Slow Food International. As one chapter in a global movement—there are Slow Food chapters in over 150 countries, all promoting ecologically and socially conscious 212 1

food production—SFGC works to reach the fundamental Slow Food goal of propagating food that is “Good, Clean and Fair,” with members hailing from Baldwin County, Ala. to Walton County, Fla. Like its parent organizations, SFGC works to connect people to their local food system, and events like “A Community Cooks” is just one of the ways it has found to do so. Everything about the volunteerbased organization is intended to benefit the community as a whole, from farmers to diners to those who need access to fresh produce through food assistance programs. “It’s a good cause. I think people will be in for a surprise as to what these growers supply, the flavors that are available—like

Teaching the community how to prepare fresh ingredients is a common goal among SFGC members. Farkas is partnering with Cat McCreery of Heirloom Liberty Gardens, whose specialty is growing and preparing natural, non-genetically modified crops. McCreery planted the herb garden at Pensacola Cooks’ new location and teaches classes there as well, instructing students in ways to incorporate vegetables grown from heirloom seeds in their diet throughout the year. “Those are seeds that have been on the planet for hundreds of years, thousands of years—whatever it may be—and there is a group of people that salvage those seeds and continue to grow basically plants and herbs that were intended to be here,” Farkas explained. The culinary creations that Farkas and McCreery have planned for the event showcase both of their food passions. “We do our own handcrafted smoked sausage,” Farkas said of Pensacola Cooks restaurant. “We grind the meat, season it, stuff it and smoke it all on site here. We’re going to do that with a stew of tomatoes, peppers, onions and fresh herbs from her garden.” Other participating chefs include MariCarmen Josephs of Carmen's Lunch Bar, who will team with Coldwater Gardens. Chef Chris Sherrill of the Flora Bama Yacht Club will hold cooking demonstrations featuring Lionfish, a species that is regarded as a menace to native marine habitats locally, but which is increasingly being utilized as a food source. Chef Dan Dunn of the Pensacola Beach Hilton, Chef Jack McNulty of Jackson's Steakhouse, and inweekly.net


“By purchasing and using the food that area farmers grow, those working in restaurants, food programs, and home kitchens strengthen the regional economy by keeping more of their food budget going to growers in the region.” Rudy Rudolph

Chef Nick Farkas at Ever'man Natural Foods / courtesy photo grower Robert Randel will also take part along with others being confirmed as of press time. Aside from giving diners a chance to taste and mingle, “A Community Cooks” also helps raise funds for SFGC’s community programs, namely its efforts connecting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) users with local farmers. Through a grant awarded to SFGC in its first year, the group helped put an extra $3,000 into the local food economy by operating a SNAP (formerly food stamps) incentive program at Palafox Market. Through the program, those using SNAP funds could present their SNAP for Women, Infants, and

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Children (WIC) voucher book and SFGC was able to match their funds with vouchers that they could then use to buy food items from market vendors. Rudolph said connecting the community to farmer’s markets through SNAP incentives was important to the SFGC board from the outset. “We knew it was one of the things that we needed to prioritize. This is the second year we’ve done it, and we’ve had a lot of success. Both the farmers and the people utilizing the benefits appreciate it,” he said. Now preparing for its second season of partnering with the Florida Organic Growers Association for the market program,

ence at Palafox Market on Saturdays. SFGC recently received a SNAP terminal For this weekend, however, SFGC memthat will allow users to swipe their WIC bers are expecting a Sunday afternoon of card and receive tokens to use at the good food and making new connections. market. If users charge $10 or more at the “Typically growers are connected to terminal, SFGC will be able to match the chefs, but I’m excited because I know at amount charged, up to $20 each week. The the event there will probably be farmprogram is part of the Slow Food mission ers there that I’m not familiar with. We’ll to encourage as many community membe able to meet them, see what kind of bers as possible to visit local farmer’s marproduct they carry, and hopefully build kets, realize buying local does not mean a relationship with them so that we can paying more, and incorporate more fresh maybe utilize their products as well,” Farfruits and vegetables into their meals. kas said. {in} “We’re just trying to promote all things local,” Rudolph said. That includes strengthening the local economy as well, another part of the Slow Food equation. By purchasing and using the food that area farmers grow, those working in restaurants, food programs, and home kitchens strengthen the regional economy by WHEN: 3—5 p.m. Sunday, June 22 keeping more of their food budget WHERE: The Palafox House, 196 N. Palafox St. going to growers in the region. COST: $50 As far as other community DETAILS: facebook.com/SlowFoodGulfevents, SFGC is now holding monthly Coast happy hours at Old Hickory Whiskey Bar and will have a continued pres-

A COMMUNITY COOKS: A GRAND TASTING OF THE GULF COAST’S FRESHEST LOCAL FOOD

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happenings

Ears & Fingers by Jason Leger

The Antlers "FAMILIARS"

“When Heaven has a line around the corner, we shouldn’t have to wait around and hope to get in.” This line is from the opening track on “Familiars,” the fifth studio album from the dramatic Brooklyn indie rock outfit The Antlers. I use the word ‘dramatic’ because there isn’t a simple way to categorize a band like The Antlers. They can create an atmosphere in the vein of post-rock, exude moodiness a-la emo, and underlie compositions that would fit in a jazz club environment. As fitting as all of these descriptions are, branding the band as any one would never do them justice. The Antlers gained attention with their 2009 album “Hospice,” which is a concept album that details the emotional

THURSDAY 6.19

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.

struggle of a hospice employee who falls in love with a dying patient. To this day, “Hospice” is one of the most beautifully and emotionally devastating pieces of work I’ve ever heard. 2011’s “Burst Apart” shared a similar air with its predecessor and was equally emotive, while not having the same end game or directness. Taking into account the heaviness of the previous two releases, “Familiars” is a breath—almost a gasp—of fresh air. The music is warm and organic, balancing between utter ambience, mellow indie and borderline jazz. The themes this time around however, are what make “Familiars” much more of an open door album. The subjects of eternity, happiness, peace, comfort and self-examination are broached throughout the nearly hourlong album, making it something the band themselves call “earned relief.” Singer Pete Silberman explores much more than just his peaceful end on this album. He is known for his ability to jump from a melancholy whisper to a pained cry in an instant and use a great bit of falsetto, but “Familiars” finds him mostly opting to drag a lower end of his range making for dramatic peaks and valleys. If you’re unfamiliar with The Antlers up to this point, I think they have given you a shallow end to dip your toe in with this new LP. It’s one that exemplifies everything that makes them an outstanding band, but won’t necessarily drain you emotionally. “Familiars” is out now via Anti- Records.

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City Art Center's Gallery and Studios present their newest show, "Bloom," on display through June 24. There is no cost to tour the gallery. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.—3 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1060 N. Guillemard St. 429-1222 or FirstCityArt.org.

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The Orwells

When I was in my late teens, most of my time was spent daydreaming about being in a band and touring the world and meeting lots of beautiful women. The emphasis there is on ‘daydreaming,’ since I didn’t really take many steps toward making that a reality. On the other hand, Chicago punks The Orwells have taken it upon themselves to make their late teens something to remember. Their brash brand of melodic rock has caught plenty of attention this year so far, and with a couple of now infamous Letterman visits, notoriously wild live shows, and the

The Orwells

ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m.—4 p.m. The exhibit “Push It to the Edge” is on display through Friday, July 11. Tuesday—Saturday, 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Free admission. 223 S. Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or artelgallery.org. BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m.—5 p.m. The exhibition “Lens and Palette,” featuring

lifestyle of, well, boys in their hormonal years, the band is forging quite a reputation for itself. Their major label debut “Disgraceland” was released earlier this month and has garnered wide comparisons to The Replacements and The Strokes, albeit for a new generation. Catch the hype, y’all. “Disgraceland” is out now via Atlantic/Canvasback Records.

TRACK OF THE WEEK:

Dear Desert-Give It Up

I’m a real sucker for hazy synth-pop, so when I stumbled on Dear Desert’s debut single ‘Give it Up’ last week, it occupied the entirety of my afternoon. Peaceful and catchy with just a hint of melancholy, this first taste from the Dublin trio is hopefully a sign of much more to come. Check out “Give it Up” on the band’s Soundcloud page. {in}

the works of Valerie Aune, painter; Cathy Deal, photographer; Mary Anne Sweida, water media; and Jim Sweida, photographer is on display through Saturday, June 28. 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.

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happenings 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. Summer hours are Sundays 1—5 p.m. and Tuesday—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. 877-937-6377 or PensacolaMESShall.org. PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART 10 a.m.—5 p.m. The 60th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition is open through Saturday, July 26. “The Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawaya LEGO® Brick Artist” is on display through August 8; tickets for the exhibition will be $12 for adults and $8 for children. Free Tuesdays will be suspended during “The Art of the Brick.” Tuesday—Saturday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and Sunday, 1—5 p.m. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseum.org. QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m.—5 p.m. “Awestruck 2014” featuring the work of artists Diane Brim and Marilyn R. Givens will be on display in the East Gallery through July 21. Monday—Saturday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and Sunday, 1—5 p.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St. Free admission. 438-2363 or quaysidegallery.com.

"The Double" Breaks from the Norm

Noon—1 p.m. This installment of So Gourmet’s popular series is an interactive, handson class where students will make fresh gnocchi. Class includes your own gnocchi board to take home. $45 per person. 407 S. Palafox St. 438-7857 or sogourmetpensacola.com. 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. Take a one-hour Segway tour complete with a stop at Seville Quarter or Aragon Wine Market for a wine tasting. Offered on Thursday and Friday nights. Call ahead for availability and information about other tour offerings including Historic Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and East Hill glides. Emerald Coast Tours, 701 S. Palafox. $45. 417-9292 or emeraldcoasttours.net.

The idea of meeting your own doppelgänger or clone has been explored in movies many times before, one of the most current being the excellent thriller “Enemy” from earlier this year. And who could forget 1988’s “Dead Ringers” and the Oscar-winning “Adaptation” from 2002? Each film that has touched on the subject manages to be completely different and they all seem to have their own agenda. But a new flick that may be a bit harder to figure out is Richard Ayoade’s darkly funny “The Double.”

“PASTA LA VISTA, BABY!” AT SO GOURMET

“TRADITIONAL ASIAN FAMILY CUISINE” AT SO GOURMET 6—8 p.m. Chef Dot, owner

of Khon's on Palafox, a sushi and pho style restaurant opening soon on Palafox, will be preparing one of his favorite family style Asian dinners. $65 per person. 407 S. Palafox St. 438-7857 or sogourmetpensacola.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. 429-0336 or eotlcafe.com. BLUE WAHOOS BASEBALL 6:30 p.m. Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION CHAPTER MEETING 6:30 p.m. The Western Gate

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tian Church, 6031 Goodrich Drive. For more information, contact Helen at 484-0528 or visit meetup.com/ftawesterngate. EVENINGS IN OLDE SEVILLE SQUARE 7—9 p.m. Shades the Band performs this week at Evenings in Old Seville Square, the free summer concert series held each Thursday through the end of July. Seville Square, 311 E. Government St. eveningsinoldesevillesquare.com.

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AL MARTIN 6 p.m. The Piano Bar, Qual-

ity Inn, 7601 Scenic Highway. 477-7155 or facebook.com/QualityInnScenicHwy. 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. 4700003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. RONNIE LEVINE 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. GYPSY GROOVE 7:30 p.m. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or picassojazz.com. DISCLOSURE 8 p.m. Disclosure with Soci-

Set in what appears to be the near future, it follows a lonely government clerk named Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) whose unpleasant life is made worse by the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite in personality. Much more confident and charismatic, he begins to take advantage of Simon and slowly takes control of his life. With an astounding performance from Eisenberg playing both of the contrasting characters (his scenes primarily consisting of lengthy monologues), the film has a sort of Hitchcock feel to it. The cinematography is breathtaking and its style is well refined, making it easy to get yourself lost in it. Because of the great supporting cast—Craig Roberts, Chris O’Dowd and Wallace Shawn—there are some subtle comic moments throughout. Challenging your perception of other people and making you think deeply about what makes you unique, "The Double" is an absorbing and ultimately satisfying movie experience. {in}

THE DOUBLE

WHEN: 9:30 p.m., Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 WHERE: Movies 4, 1175 Gulf Breeze Parkway. COST: $5 DETAILS: movies4gulfbreeze. webs.com

ety Sucker, Sons, Saul, and MATP. $8. All ages. Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 101 S. Jefferson St. DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. HIPPIE RADIO 8 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. DISPLACE 9 p.m. Displace with New Earth Army, Post Pluto, and Soul’d Out. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. Ages 18 and over. 434-9060 or pensacolahandlebar.com. KARAOKE WITH JEREMY 9 p.m. The Cabaret, 101 S. Jefferson St. 607-2020 or cabaretpensacola.com. TIMBERHAWK 9 p.m. End o’ the Alley Courtyard at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. DJ MR. LAO 10 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or sevillequarter.com.

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Gallery Night —5-9 p.m. Friday, June 20 —

Downtown Pensacola opens its doors again for Gallery Night. Portions of Palafox and Government streets will close to make way for crowds mingling and browsing the galleries, restaurants, and retail shops of downtown.

OFFICIAL PARTICIPANT LIST

Courtesy of the Downtown Improvement Board 1. Al Fresco, 502 S. Palafox 2. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox 3. Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, 19 N. Palafox 4. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 22 S. Palafox 5. Belle Ame’, 112 S. Palafox 6. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox 7. Carmen's Lunch Bar, 407 S. Palafox 8. Consumer Credit Counseling Service of West Florida (CCCS), 325 S. Palafox 9. Dog House Deli, 30 S. Palafox 10. Dollarhide’s Music Center, 41 S. Palafox 11. Don Alans, 401 S. Palafox 12. Four Seasons Café, 112 S. Palafox 13. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, 106 S. Palafox 14. Grand Reserve Cigar & Smoke Shop, 210 S. Palafox 15. Harvest Outreach Church at the REX Theatre, 18 Palafox 16. Helen Back, 22 S. Palafox Pl. 17. Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, 10 S. Palafox

FRIDAY 6.20

LIVING HISTORY IN HISTORIC PENSACOLA VILLAGE 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Learn cooking

techniques and trade-skills of the past such as sewing, basket weaving and wood working from costumed Living History interpreters every Friday and Saturday in Historic Pensacola Village. Demonstrations are included with admission. Tickets for the Village are available at 205 E. Zaragoza St.

18. Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique, 122 S. Palafox 19. Intermission, 214 S. Palafox 20. Khon's on Palafox, 34 S. Palafox 21. Mainline Art House, 422 S. Palafox 22. New York Nick’s, 9 S. Palafox 23. Old Hickory Whiskey Bar Co., 123 S. Palafox 24. O'Riley's Irish Pub, 321 S. Palafox 25. Pensacola Museum Of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 26. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 Palafox 27. Pita Pit, 1 S. Palafox 28. Pure Pilates, 424 S. Palafox 29. Quayside Art Gallery, 17 E. Zaragoza St. 30. Sam Marshall Architects, 325 S. Palafox 31. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 32. Susan Campbell Jewelry, 420 S. Palafox 33. The Bodacious Olive/The Bodacious Brew/SoGourmet, 407 S. Palafox 34. The Great Southern Restaurant Group, Jackson's Steakhouse, Fish House, Atlas Oyster House and the Deck Bar. The Courtyard at Seville Tower, 226 S. Palafox 35. The Leisure Club, 126 Palafox 36. The Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox 37. The Wine Bar, 16 Palafox 38. Urban Objects, 128 S. Palafox 39. World of Beer/Blend Lounge, 200 S. Palafox 40. Zarzaur Law Firm, 11 E. Romana St. 41. Mackey's Mudhouse and Grille, 28 N. Palafox

$6 adults, $5 AAA, Senior Citizen 65+ and Active Military, $3 children ages 4-16. 5955993 or historicpensacola.org. 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 it for free, buy it for less” during weekly wine tastings at the Gift Shoppe at

Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or sevillequarter.com. GALLERY NIGHT 5—9 p.m. Downtown Pensacola opens its doors again for Gallery Night. Portions of Palafox and Government streets will close to make way for crowds mingling and browsing the galleries, restaurants, and retail shops of downtown. It’s free to browse at Gallery Night, but remember to bring a little extra spending money for the food, art and other goods available along the way. 434-5371 or downtownpensacola.com. BLUE WAHOOS BASEBALL 6:30 p.m. Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. “LIFE’S A DANCE” AT THE SAENGER 7:30 p.m. The Pensacola Fred Astaire Dance Studio presents the 6th Annual “Life’s a Dance” benefiting Covenant Hospice. Local celebrities will perform with stars from ABC’s hit television series “Dancing with the Stars,” including Tony Dovolani and Val Chmerkovskiy. The Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. Tickets are $35—$75 for regular seating and $150 for VIP seating. 5953880 or pensacolasaenger.com.

CYNTHIA DOMULOT 7:30 p.m. Picasso Jazz

Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or picassojazz.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. AFTER MIDNIGHT 9 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. DJ ORLANDO RICARDO 9 p.m. Emerald City, 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491 or emeraldcitypensacola.com. GRAND THEFT AUDIO 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. GYPSY RIOT 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. TIMBERHAWK 9 p.m. End o’ the Alley Courtyard at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

NIGHT BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10 p.m.–12 a.m. Pot

Roast and Pinot’s regular Saturday and Sunday morning brunch menu is also available late night on Friday and Saturday nights. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or potroastandpinot.com.

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LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. AL MARTIN 6 p.m. The Piano Bar, Quality Inn, 7601 Scenic Highway. 477-7155 or facebook.com/ QualityInnScenicHwy. DAVE AND JOE SHOW 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. JOHNNY SANSONE 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or paradisebargrill.com.

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FOREVER DIETING? market is held weekly outside the historic former Sacred Heart Hospital, now Tower East Office Complex. 1010 N. 12th Ave. 4383580 or facebook. com/12thAveFlea.

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Nathan Sawaya / press photo ▲NATHAN SAWAYA AT THE BLUE WAHOOS BASEBALL GAME 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21. At the Blue Wahoos game against the Huntsville Stars, LEGO® brick artist, Nathan Sawaya will be throwing out the first pitch (with a LEGO® ball), unveiling a special LEGO® sculpture, modeled after a baseball player, that will be housed at the stadium, and doing a meet & great with fans. The Wahoos players will also be wearing commemorative Art of the Brick LEGO® jerseys that will be auctioned off to fans. Gates open at 5:30pm, the ceremonial first pitch is at 6:05pm, and the sculpture unveiling is at 6:15pm. Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. bluewahoos.com.

SATURDAY 6.21

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, including dozens of local farmers, home gardeners and area artists. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. palafoxmarket.com. 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. Loaner ukuleles are available for the sessions, which usually last an hour. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd. 457-7757 or bluesangelmusic.com.

a showcase for local musicians from Pensacola and the surrounding areas. Over 19 bands are scheduled to perform representing a range of genres, from rock to gospel. The festival is free to the public. William Bartram Memorial Park, 211 E. Main St. 602-3292 or facebook.com/junefestmuziq.

FREE SOGO SAMPLE SATURDAY TIPS & TECHNIQUES Noon—2 p.m. So Gourmet,

407 S. Palafox St. 438-7857 or sogourmetpensacola.com. THE 12th AVENUE FLEA Noon—5 p.m. The 12th Avenue Flea is a local community "flea" style market in the heart of East Hill featuring local artists, vendors, crafters, upcyclers, pickers, farmers and cooks. The

3:30 p.m. Go behind the scenes at Pensacola’s own brewery with Brewmaster Mark Robertson. Tours begin in the Taproom and include samples for those ages 21 and over. No reservations required. $5. 225 E. Zaragoza St. 434-3353 or pbbrew.com. BLUE WAHOOS BASEBALL 6:30 p.m.

Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. NIGHT BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10 p.m.—12 a.m. Every Friday and Saturday night, enjoy a late night edition of the regular Saturday and Sunday morning brunch menu. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or potroastandpinot.com.

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AFTER MIDNIGHT 9 a.m.—Noon. The

Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. HANNAH WALLACE 3—7 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. AL MARTIN 6 p.m. The Piano Bar, Quality Inn, 7601 Scenic Highway. 477-7155 or facebook.com/QualityInnScenicHwy.

DAY BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT

10 a.m.—3 p.m. The regular Saturday and Sunday menu includes favorite brunch dishes with exciting twists—like chicken and cashew waffles and French toast with grilled pineapple. 321 E. Cervantes St. 6077336 or potroastandpinot.com. KREWE DU YA YAS 5Th ANNUAL DICE RUN 10 a.m.—3 p.m. The Krewe du Ya Yas present the 5th Annual “Ridin’ for a Cure” Dice Run. Registration for motorcyclists starts 10am at Hadji Shrine Temple, with stops at Chaddy Shack, Hub Stacey's, and American Legion. Door Prizes, Drawings, Rider Games, Live Music, Food, and more are part of the event, the proceeds from which will benefit the Keeping Abreast Foundation and The Shriner's Hospital for Children. Cost is $15 per rider and $10 per passenger. Hadji Shrine Temple, 800 W. Nine Mile Rd. kreweduyayas.com. JUNE FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL 10 a.m.—8 p.m. For the fifth year, June Fest provides June 19, 2014

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happenings For more information on this and other local FTA events, contact Peggy at 982-9490 or visit meetup.com/ ftawesterngate.

BUBBLES & BRUNCH AT THE LEISURE CLUB

10 a.m.—2:30 p.m. Build your own brunch at TLC by choosing three menu items to customize your meal. Bottomless Champagne & Mimosas are available, too. TLC opens at 9 a.m. with coffee and pastries. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or tlcdowntown.com.

▲WEDNESDAY PALAFOX MARKET 4—7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. Due to the popularity of the Saturday Palafox Market, now in its seventh season, the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) and Palafox Market Committee announced the launch of an additional market to be held every Wednesday through September. The mid-week market will offer similar items to the Saturday market, including fresh flowers, produce, meat & poultry, baked goods and artwork. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. palafoxmarket.com. JOHNNY SANSONE 6 p.m. Paradise Bar &

Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. THREE AMIGOS DUO 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. CYNTHIA DOMULOT 7:30 p.m. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or picassojazz.com. DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. REED WADDELL & DAVE POSEY 8 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 677-9153 or thegrandmarlin.com. VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS UNKNOWN HINSON 8 p.m. Unknown Hinson with Bear

With Me. 2 S. Palafox. $15. 607-6758 or vinylmusichall.com. NIKKI TALLEY 8:30 p.m. The Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox. 466-2103 or thetincow.com. DJ JAY-R 9 p.m. Emerald City, 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491 or emeraldcitypensacola.com. DUNNOTAR 9 p.m.—1 a.m. The Sandshaker

Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. GRAND THEFT AUDIO 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. GYPSY RIOT 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 9 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or hubstaceys.com. TIMBERHAWK 9 p.m. End o’ the Alley Courtyard at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

SUNDAY 6.22

WAKE UP HIKE WITH FTA 7 a.m. The Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will lead a walk along the Navy Point Walking Trail during its weekly Sunday morning hike. The group will meet at the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Syrcle Drive in Pensacola.

DAY BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10 a. m.—3 p.m. Regular

Saturday and Sunday morning brunch menu including Bellinis, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or potroastandpinot.com. END OF THE LINE BRUNCH 11 a.m.—2 p.m. This vegan café offers its unique 3-course brunch every Sunday, with a menu that changes each week. 610 E. Wright St. $15. 429-0336 or eotlcafe.com. THE FISH HOUSE BRUNCH 11 a.m.—2 p.m. Enjoy a Sunday meal from the Fish House’s extensive brunch menu (and full bar), with a view of Pensacola Bay. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. SEVILLE QUARTER SUNDAY BRUNCH 11 a.m.—4 p.m. Seville Quarter’s weekly Sunday Brunch features their regular breakfast menu and beignets along with Chef Brandon Melton’s added specials. Bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Screwdrivers, as well as live music, are also part of the tradition. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. FIVE SISTERS JAZZ BRUNCH 11 a.m.—5 p.m. A southern-inspired brunch menu ranging from French toast to shrimp and grits is served up

in addition to Five Sisters’ regular menu offerings—and accompanied by live music—every Sunday. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 Belmont St. 912-4856 or fivessistersbluescafe.com. 512 GALLERY Noon—3 p.m. 512 Gallery, located in a historic home in Old East Hill, hosts local artists of all mediums. Shows rotate monthly. 512 E. Gadsden St. 2610833 or facebook.com/512gallery. BLUE WAHOOS BASEBALL 4 p.m. Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. 9348444 or bluewahoos.com.

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DAVE JORDAN 3 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21

Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. DUNNOTTAR 4—8 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. CADILLAC ATTACK 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. KARAOKE WITH KRAZY GEORGE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. DJ JAY-R 9 p.m. Emerald City, 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491 or emeraldcitypensacola.com. DOLO JAZZ SUITE 9 p.m. Dolo Jazz Suite featuring Ganz Field, Priori, Band of Saints, Dee Villain, and Jamal Steele. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. $5. Ages 18 and over. $8. 434-9060 or pensacolahandlebar.com. KARAOKE WITH BECKY 9 p.m.—Midnight. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. BROOKS HUBBERT 10 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St. 433-2849 or mcguiresirishpub.com.

MONDAY 6.23

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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) has a wide verity of board games and puzzles for all ages, and invites the public to bring friends and family along for this weekly event. Main Library, 239 N. Spring St. 436-5038 or mywfpl.com. BLUE WAHOOS BASEBALL 6:30 p.m. Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com.

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happenings THE GULF BREEZE BOOKCLUB 6:30 p.m. The Gulf Breeze Book Club will discuss “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. The club meets the fourth Monday of each month and welcomes visitors and new members alike. The Pensacola Beach Elk’s Lodge, 661 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-8620. TEXAS HOLD ‘EM FOR FUN AND TRIVIA 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.

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MONDAY NIGHT BLUES WITH HOST JOHN HART 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De

Luna Drive. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. PAUL KILLOUGH 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. BLUES SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA’S MONDAY NIGHT BLUES 8 p.m. Featur-

ing 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. KARAOKE WITH JEREMY 9 p.m. The Cabaret, 101 S. Jefferson St. 607-2020 or cabaretpensacola.com. OPEN MIC AT BIG EASY TAVERN 9 p.m. Bands, individual musicians, comedians, poets, and other artists are invited to participate in the weekly open mic sessions known as "Monday Night Jams." Admission is free. 710 N. Palafox St. 429-0045 or bigeasytavern.com.

TUESDAY 6.24

BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE 11:30 a.m. Weather

permitting, the Blue Angels will hold practice most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from March to November at NAS Pensacola. The practice sessions can be watched from a viewing area at the National Naval Aviation Museum, and admission is free and open to the public. After Wednesday practices, the team visits the museum for meet-and-greet and autograph sessions. 1750 Radford Blvd., NAS Pensacola. 4523604 or navalaviationmuseum.org.

O’REILY’S RUNNING CLUB 5:30 p.m. Sign up at 5:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. run at O’Reily’s Irish Pub downtown. 321 S. Palafox St. 9124001 or orileysirishpub.convergelocal.com.

focus on preparing make food items that promote excellent gut health in this gluten-free lunch class. $35 per person. 407 S. Palafox St. 438-7857 or sogourmetpensacola.com.

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TUESDAY NIGHT POETRY NIGHT AT SLUGGO’S 7 p.m. Free open mic poetry event every

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DAVE JORDAN 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill,

21 Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 4700003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com.

NO WRONG NOTES JAZZ NIGHT AT 5 ½ BAR

6—9 p.m. Head to 5 ½ Bar for an evening of live, free-ranging, experimental jazz played by local musicians. NoWrongNotes Jazz Night is on every Tuesday, unless there's a concert at Vinyl Music Hall. 5 E. Garden St. facebook.com/5.5bar. WB SEARCY AND CO. 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. TUESDAY JAZZ JAM: THE GINO ROSARIA QUARTET 6:30 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville

Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. BANDS ON THE BEACH 7 p.m. Robert Wayne performs at this week’s Bands on the Beach concert, part of a free summer series featuring regional artists held every Tuesday night through October 1. Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd. visitpensacolabeach.com. KARAOKE WITH BECKY 8 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. MIKE QUINN 9 p.m. End o’ the Alley Courtyard at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. PLAY’S “BEST OF THE COAST” KARAOKE NIGHT 9 p.m. Krazy George hosts Play’s

weekly karaoke night, voted the “Best of the Coast” in 2013. Free skee ball and $2.50 drinks are just two more reasons to check this party out. 16 S. Palafox, Suite 200. 466-3080 or iplaypensacola.com. 222 2

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WEDNESDAY PALAFOX MARKET 4—7 p.m.

Due to the popularity of the Saturday Palafox Market, now in its seventh season, the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) and Palafox Market Committee announced the launch of an additional market to be held every Wednesday through September. The mid-week market will offer similar items to the Saturday market, including fresh flowers, produce, meat & poultry, baked goods and artwork. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. palafoxmarket.com. RUN4WINE 5:30 p.m. Get out and about downtown as part of The Run4Wine Running Club. The club welcomes runners (and walkers) of all abilities, and offers 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 mile courses. Upon your return, enjoy 2-for-1 wine specials and a 10 percent discount on food, The Wine Bar’s way of rewarding you for your work out. The Wine Bar, 16 S. Palafox. run4wine.net. PENSACOLA BAY BREWERY RUNNING CLUB

6:30 p.m. Three different routes of varying lengths take off from the brewery every Wednesday. 225 E. Zaragoza St. 434-3353 or pbbrew.com. TAP IT AND RUN 6:30 p.m. Pound the pavement along the WOB Running Club’s 3.2-mile route and you’ll be treated to halfprice select drafts for runners. After 10 runs with the group, runners receive a “Tap It and Run” shirt. World of Beer, 200 S. Palafox St. 332-7952 or wobusa.com/locations/Palafox. PUB TRIVIA NIGHT AT GOAT LIPS 7—9:30 p.m. Tim Roberts hosts Goat Lips’ weekly Team Trivia Night, with topics including general trivia, pop culture, sports and more. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Road. 474-1919 or facebook.com/goatlipsdeli.  TEAM TRIVIA 8 p.m. Hopjacks. 10 S.

Everybody loves a good classic, right? The 2014 Saenger Classic Movie Series is back for another run, which will kick off next month with the 1942 musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday July 12 through Sept. 27, except for July 26 and Sept. 13. Tickets for all shows are $5 at the Saenger box office. And if you think your'e going to go see all of the movies, ticket 10-packs, good in any quantity for any show, are also available for $40. Tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, June 20 at the Saenger box office. Seating for all screenings is general admission.

SAENGER CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES SCHEDULE

July 12: “Yankee Doodle Dandy” July 19: “Psycho” Aug. 2: “King Kong” Aug. 9: “Rebel Without a Cause” Aug. 16: “American Graffiti” Aug. 23: “Dr. No” Aug. 30: “How the West Was Won” Sept. 6: “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” Sept. 20: “Vertigo” Sept. 27: “Blazing Saddles” There will be no shows on July 26 and Sept. 13 due to previously scheduled events.

For more information, call 595-3880 or visit pensacolasaenger.com.

Palafox. 497-6076 or hopjacks.com. WEDNESDAY QUIZ TRIVIA 8 p.m. The Cabaret, 101 S. Jefferson St. 607-2020 or cabaretpensacola.com.

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LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 4700003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. HOUSE, TECHNO, AND TRANCE AT 5 ½ BAR

6—9 p.m. Kam Sator mixes a laid back set of old and new styles of trance, house, and techno at 5 ½ Bar each Wednesday, unless there is a concert at Vinyl Music Hall. 5 E. Garden St. facebook.com/5.5bar. ROCKAFELLA 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. JOEY ALLRED 7 p.m. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or picassojazz.com. TIMBERHAWK 7 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001.

DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s

at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. GET THE HORN 8 p.m.—Midnight. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. KARAOKE WITH KRAZY GEORGE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. BAD HABITS 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. DJ JAY-R 9 p.m. Emerald City, 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491 or emeraldcitypensacola.com. MIKE QUINN 9 p.m. End o’ the Alley Courtyard at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

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news of the weird TOO CUTE! Marking Japan's latest unfathomable social trend, two paperback photo books—both consisting only of portraits of the rear ends of hamsters—have experienced surprising and still-growing printing runs. Japanese society has long seemed easily captured by anything considered "kawaii" (or "cute"), according to a May Wall Street Journal dispatch, and a representative of one book's publisher called his volume "delightfully cute." "I can't stop smiling," he said, "when I see these butts." The two books in print are "Hamuketsu" (hamster buttocks) and "Hamuketsu—So Cute You Could Faint." A third, "The Original Hamuketsu," was set to debut in June. RECURRING THEMES Another driver died after being unable to dodge his own vehicle. A 58-year-old man was hit by his SUV in New York City in June after he doubleparked and was opening the door on the passenger side and realized that the vehicle was still in reverse gear. He tried to jam one foot onto the brake but hit the gas instead, causing the car to jump backward, ejecting him, and pinning him between the SUV and a van parked alongside. The man suffered a heart attack and died as his vehicle broke free and drifted across the busy Manhattan intersection of Madison Avenue and East 49th Street. • Dead or just in "deep meditation"? A renowned Hindu guru, Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, in his 70s, passed away in January (so concluded police in Jalandhar, India), but His Holiness' disciples have refused to release the body, keeping it in a commercial freezer, contending that he has merely drifted into the deeper form of the meditation for which he is well-known—and will return to life when he is ready. (The guru's religious order, not coincidentally, is a real estate powerhouse in the Punjab region and on nearly every continent, and the guru's family is certain the "meditation" is a ruse to allow the Ashram's continued control of the financial empire.) • After the U.S. Postal Service finalizes its purchase of "small-arms ammunition," it will become only the most recent federal agency to make a large purchase of bullets for its armed agents (who are perhaps more numerous than the public realizes). In the last year or so, reports have surfaced that the Social Security Administration ordered 174,000 hollow-point bullets, the Department of Agriculture 320,000 rounds, Homeland Security 450 million rounds (for its 135,000 armed agents), the FBI 100 million hollow-points, and even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 46,000 rounds. (In May, the Department of Agriculture added an order of submachine guns and body armor.) • Unclear on the Concept: Robert Kiefer, 25, was arrested in Akron, Ohio, in

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February after losing his composure over an expected check that had not yet arrived in the mail. Rather than complain to the check issuer, Kiefer did as several others have done in News of the Weird's experience— attack the letter carrier. Kiefer peppersprayed the postman (with his own canister that he carries for protection), and in the ensuing struggle, bit the carrier on the leg. • Police in Lincoln, Nebraska, tracking down a call about a missing 3-year-old boy downtown, managed to locate him in the type of place where other toddlers have turned up after briefly escaping the sight of their parents: inside a toy vending machine. The boy had crawled up through the toyrelease slot of the Bear Claw and was safely, joyously playing among the bin of colorful stuffed animals at Madsen's Bowling & Billiards. • In the second such incident reported here in four months, an overenthusiastic police officer handcuffed and detained a firefighter working a 9-1-1 call, ostensibly because the firefighter refused to stop work and go move his fire truck to the officer's satisfaction. Like the earlier incident in California, the unequivocal state law in Louisiana makes it illegal for anyone to interfere with a firefighter on an emergency call, and the officer from the New Roads, La., Police Department in principle faces a stiff fine and possible jail sentence. • Orthodox Judaism requires a divorcing spouse to obtain the permission of the other via a document called a "get," leaving much power in the hands of the responding spouse—and leading to an occasional resort to trickery or violence to persuade an uncooperative spouse. In May, Lakewood, N.J., Rabbi Mendel Epstein, his son and three other men were indicted for scheming to use electric cattle prods on behalf of wives against recalcitrant husbands. (Four other men in the alleged scheme have already pleaded guilty.) According to prosecutors, Rabbi Epstein has been implicated in other over-the-top efforts to obtain gets, in 2009 and 2010, and the indictment charges the 2013 episode also involved kidnapping, surgical blades and a screwdriver. • Emergency crews in the U.K. once again came under criticism in June when dozens of police and firefighters, in three trucks and using a cherry-picker, blocked off a busy street in Cheltenham for an hour so they could rescue and release a bird (a "rook") caught in netting on top of a small apartment building. (Bonus irony: The building's owner had installed the keepaway netting for the sole purpose of discouraging rooks from roosting and nesting, as they were soiling neighborhood rooftops.) {in} From Universal Press Syndicate Chuck Shepherd’s News Of The Weird © 2014 Chuck Shepherd

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