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THE GOVERNOR’S GOVERNOR Reubin O'Donovan Askew passed away last week. He is considered one of Florida’s best governors. The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University rated him one of the country's top ten governors of the 20th century Askew represented the best Pensacola had to offer. Born in Oklahoma, he moved to Pensacola in 1937 when his parents divorced and his mother wanted to live near her family, the O’Donovans. He graduated from Pensacola High School in 1946. After two years in the army, Askew enrolled in Florida State University and was later elected student body president. Upon graduation from the University of Florida Law School, he moved back to Pensacola and opened Levin & Askew law firm, the predecessor of today’s Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. His rise in Florida was meteoric. Askew, a Democrat, he was elected in 1955 to the Florida House of Representatives. After two terms, he was elected to the Florida Senate. He served as the Florida Senate President from 1969 to 1970. In 1971, Askew was elected the 37th governor of Florida on a platform that included taxing profits of corporations, racial diversity, school desegregation and financial transparency for public officials. He was part of the “New South” wave that moved the Democratic Party away from its racist past in the Southern states into

a more diverse and inclusive party. Other states followed his election with progressive governors. Georgia elected Jimmy Carter, Arkansas Dale Bumpers and South Carolina John C. West. Askew set the example for them to follow. He was considered the governors’ governor. He showed them that politicians could get elected supporting civil rights and peaceful desegregation of schools. He was not afraid to appoint African-Americans to state posts. Askew named the first black Justice of the State Supreme Court, Joseph Woodrow Hatchett. He appointed M. Athalie Range as Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs, the first black appointed to state government since Reconstruction and the first woman to head a state agency in Florida. Though his two presidential campaigns failed, his leadership and example paved the way for other Southern Democrats, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, to reach the White House. Askew was known for his personal integrity and for speaking the truth. He once defined a leader as "someone who cares enough to tell the people not merely what they want to hear, but what they need to know." It wouldn’t hurt for current crop of local politicians to spend some time reading up on Reuben Askew. He has given them the roadmap to success. {in} rick@inweekly.net

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insurance plan because of Florida’s discriminatory ban on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples, the couple must pay hundreds of dollars per month for private health insurance for Sarah. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Florida filed the lawsuit in Tallahassee on behalf of the couples and SAVE, an LGBT rights organization based in South Florida. The lawsuit seeks an injunction directing the state to recognize same-sex marriages that took place in other states and alleges violation of due-process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Surgeon General and Health Secretary John Armstrong and Department of Management Services Secretary Craig Nichols are named as defendants. “Each of these couples has their own story of how the state’s discriminatory refusal to recognize their marriages has impacted their lives,” stated Daniel Tilley, LGBT rights attorney for the ACLU of Florida. “These eight couples have all the rights and responsibilities of marriage in the states where they exchanged vows, and the federal government recognizes their marriages as well. It’s time for Florida to stop the harmful practice of treating committed couples as if they are strangers.”

IN POLL: NORTHWEST FLORIDA SUPPORTS MEDICAL POT Nearly half of

Northwest Florida voters support medical marijuana, according to a recent poll by the Independent News. On March 9-10, the paper conducted an Interactive Voice Response poll concerning the issue regarding the medical use of marijuana and the opinions of voters in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties. Three hundred ninety-nine phone surveys were completed and the results had a margin of error of +/- 4.43 percent. Even in conservative Northwest Florida, 47 percent favor the legalization of medical marijuana with 15 percent being unsure and only 38 percent being against. In the 2014 general election in November, Florida voters will vote on a constitutional amendment that would allow the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Opponents may not be able to count on the panhandle for votes against it. Breaking down the support by county, Escambia and Walton both had over half in support of medical use with Escambia having 53 percent and Walton having 52 percent support. In Santa Rosa County, 45 percent of the respondents favored it, followed by

Okaloosa County with 42 percent and Bay County with 38 percent. There was little difference between the Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials in how they responded. They were within two percentage points when it came to supporting medical marijuana. The 18-29 age group had 56 percent in favor and the 46-64 age group had 54 percent.

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s the fourth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion approaches, one group—Gulf Future Coalition (GFC)—is looking for better ways to include the public in discussions about the challenges facing the Gulf Coast. Comprising over 60 organizations from across Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, the GFC’s goal is “to ensure March 20, 2014

the Gulf of Mexico environment and communities are made whole from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.” Working toward that end, the coalition is hosting salons—gatherings of citizens utilizing theatre, film and music as a means to start conversation—to engage residents in the affected states and also provide updates as to what's happening with coastal restoration efforts after the 2010 BP disaster. 7


ganizing position, Dutta said she immediately began seeing ways to apply her experience in arts education and social justice with education–based community organizing. “It seemed given where the different policy processes are right now—particularly RESTORE, since right now we don’t know how much money is coming, we don’t know when it’s coming—there are so many questions, but the stakes are really, really high. For me it seemed like a natural progression to bring in the arts and culture as a way of keeping people emotionally engaged in the process for the long haul,” Dutta said. Dutta, as she assessed where policy discussions and the public converged, saw a need to involve and interact with communities beyond traditional meetings, where citizens may only have a few minutes to address a governing body or group of officials. “There’s no dialogue, there’s not really Nick Slie, co-founder and lead artist of Mondo Bizarro, facilitates visioning haiku exercise at the any place for collaborative brainstorming or people thinking together,” Mississippi Salon. / photo courtesy of Gulf Restoration Network Dutta stated. “We wanted of artists and intellectuGFC, which is coordinated from the Gulf to show a different way als. But that is in fact Restoration Network’s (GRN) offices in New of gathering voices one definition of Orleans, will hold salons in each of the five "It seemed like a natural so that when we the word. In its affected Gulf Coast states in March and early go into the Gulf progression to bring in the work, the GFC is April 2014. The Florida Salon is fourth in the Gathering this arts and culture as a way of hearkening back lineup, after Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana; year, it’s not just to the old-school, the Alabama Salon will be held the weekend the voices of the keeping people emotionally arty days of after Florida’s. people in the engaged in the process for the meaning of The salons will feature excerpts from room, but also the “salon,” defining documentaries depicting the struggles of the long haul." voices of all the each of the meetcommunities along the Gulf Coast, theater folks that we have ings as “a cultural and musical performances, a comprehensive been hearing from gathering of individuals workshop on the RESTORE Act and similar over the previous five to creatively discuss legislation, and breakout sessions during weeks in these salons.” society’s issues.” which participants discuss how to create a Jayeesha Dutta, the GFC covision of a healthy Gulf. ordinator with the GRN, is at the fore If you’ve wanted to get a better underof developing a new approach to oil spill standing of the issues related to the BP disasrecovery and Gulf restoration discussions, ter, the environmental challenges facing the The Gulf Gathering is an annual meetone that combines arts, environmentalism Gulf Coast, and how the BP fine monies could ing of the GFC, the event that the coalition and civic engagement. “The idea of a salon possibly be spent, the salons are the perfect originally formed around. “The GFC came indicates the use of culture and the arts as forum to do so in a setting designed to be about right before the BP disaster as an a launch point for dialogue and conversaengaging in ways that traditional meetings and initiative between GRN and the Gulf Coast tion, usually in a more informal setting,” committee hearings (no offense, government) Fund to bring people across the Gulf Coast she stated. typically are not. together,” Dutta said. The 2010 BP disaster “Using a term that really indicates the galvanized the group, which has met annually arts-centeredness of the approach seemed since then. The 2014 gathering is scheduled important to me” Dutta said. “I know it’s a for mid-April, shortly after the final salon in little different for folks, but my hope is that it Orange Beach, Ala. can really indicate a tangibly different kind of The word “salon” more often conjures GRN, which plays a role in coordinating space we’re trying to create.” up images of hair stylists and manicure the Gulf Gathering, is celebrating its 20th Having joined the GFC and GRN team in stations these days than it does gatherings anniversary in 2014. While much of GRN’s September 2013, her first environmental or-

original work was dedicated to door-to-door canvassing, the group has also established a presence at music festivals in the Southeast and has developed relationships with musicians and arts partners. GRN has served as the primary non-profit partner at New Orleans’ annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience and partnered with Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee, all steps to reach a broader audience. “The utilization of the arts as a way of engaging the public is not new to GRN, but I think it’s been in a more traditional form of a table at an event, as opposed to the actual utilization of the art as the engagement practice,” Dutta said. While considering options for merging arts and policy during her early months on the job, Dutta attended a performance of the outdoor theatre piece “Cry You One” in the fall of 2013, and discovered individuals with a similar desire to merge arts and environmental dialogue in the cast and crew. Like Dutta’s vision, “Cry You One” pairs discussion of environmental issues and government policy with music and theatre to serve as a catalyst for constructive discussion. “They wanted to figure out a way that they could take their show on the road and bring it communities, particularly their priority being frontline communities that are being highly impacted by environmental issues,” Dutta said. “As we started talking it seemed there was a natural fit.”

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From Dutta’s initial conversation with the “Cry You One” team, the idea of the salons grew. In addition to performances of excerpts from the play during each salon, clips from the documentaries “Can’t Stop the Water” To assure that everyone who would like to and “Come Hell or High Water,” filmed in Isle participate in the salons is able to do so, the de Jean Charles, La. and Turkey Creek, Miss., coalition has set a sliding scale for admission. respectively, will also be shown. “Most of our coalition members are grass“We naturally connected through our partroots community organizations. We wanted ners,” said Dutta of the filmmakers involved in to make sure that this event is accessible to all the projects, explaining that the communities of the members as well as the broader public, featured in the documentaries are connected so we did not want cost to be a deterrent for to the coalition. attendance,” Dutta said, who noted that the And while defining policies is inescapcoalition also conducted a crowd funding able when it comes to restoration, the salon is campaign last fall through CrowdRise and hoping to touch on the basics without getting raised some funds to offset costs. mired down in the mechanics. “Alphabet Also, should people have scheduling Soup: Decoding Restoration Policy,” is a porconflicts, it is possible to attend only a portion tion of the program that will explain the variof the day. The documentary clips will be ous funding sources that will provide money shown between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. “The for restoration, which will serve as a basis for afternoon will be the story mapping and discussing what individuals would like to see happen in their communities with the funds as creative visioning process,” Dutta said. “So it depends on what folks are most interested in, they are made available. but people can definitely come for whatever Compared to the 2010 disaster’s National portion of the day they’re able to.” Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) If possible, GFC asks for people to process and other penalties BP has paid under register ahead of the event via the online plea agreements that the National Fish and registration form. Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will administer, Dutta attended the public comment Dutta believes the RESTORE Act—or the meetings across the Gulf Coast in January and Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, February for the NRDA Draft Programmatic Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Econoand Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft mies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012— Early Restoration Programmatic Environmenwhich governs how penalties BP pays under tal Impact Statement. Based on the turnout the Clean Water Act will be distributed, will in Pensacola—even with it being merged with allow for more meaningful public input as to the Panama City meeting as a result of Winter projects they would like to see funded. Storm Leon— Dutta is optimistic about “With the potential to deepen ties in RESTORE, I the Panhandle. “Even if you think there is “Florida seems ready to doubled the numbers of the a true intenmeetings that I have been to tion to build engage in this process in a across the Gulf Coast, the a public way some other places could Florida meeting was the most engagement learn from. I’m excited to see highly attended,” she stated. structure “Florida seems ready to that can rewho does show up.” engage in this process in a ally have the way some other places could funds used learn from. I’m excited to see in ways that who does show up,” Dutta said. communities, the most impacted folks can have a say. So that’s really where we’re focusing our energies the most,” Dutta said. Ultimately, based on the conversations at the five salons, the coalition envisions developing a comprehensive mapping analysis that bridges social and physical science, which can be presented to guide future restoration policy and practice. “We have been meeting with JusWHAT: An arts-based gathering to prompt tin Ehrenwerth, who is the Executive discussion and develop a vision for Gulf Director of the RESTORE Council, restoration and with the newly appointed DirecWHEN: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, March 29 tor of External Relations, Bethany WHERE: Woodland Heights Resource CenKraft, who is kind of on loan to the ter, 111 Berkley Dr. RESTORE Council from the Ocean COST: Admission is set on a sliding scale Conservancy. The Ocean Conservanfrom $0—$20, based on what an attendee cy is one of our Gulf Future Coalition feels they can afford to give partners,” Dutta said. “We feel very INFO: For more information or to register for encouraged by the fact that someone the salon, visit gulffuture.org. who is considered part of the coalition is in a role that can really help to shape

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photo by Melisa Cardona he theatrical portion of the GFC salons, “Cry You One,” is a joint production of New Orleansbased performing arts companies ArtSpot Productions and Mondo Bizarro. The work was originally performed in fall 2013 as a procession piece that took audience members on a physical journey through St. Bernard Parish, La. The plays' objective is “to tell the story of the people most directly impacted by coastal land loss,” said Nick Slie, co-founder and co-artistic director of Mondo Bizarro. In addition to performing at the coalition’s salons, members of the “Cry You One” team also serve as facilitators, leading discussions related to culture, the coast and policy—all things that are predominantly featured in their productions. “We’ve always been into the cultural traditions of our home, what it means to live in our home,” Slie said, a native of New Orleans with familial ties to other areas of Southeast Louisiana. “We continue to be curious about this question of land and culture in Louisiana, especially at a time when so many

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public debates are ramping up around river diversion and land loss.” Now operating for 11 years, Slie said the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina factored heavily into Mondo Bizarro examining the relationship between the natural environment and culture. “We were so aware of our home being threatened, but we looked up and realized that the effects of the storm, while they were caused by a levee failure, were really caused by the fact that storms are getting worse because there isn’t any land to protect us anymore,” Slie said. “That led us directly into this investigation of cultural land loss issues. We started to really become aware that we might not have a home in 50 years. So I would say the last nine to 10 years, it’s been a real focus of all of our work, mainly out of necessity—you can’t really ignore it anymore.” Originally a two-and-half-mile procession piece through wetlands east of New Orleans, Slie and company have been busy adapting the play for an upcoming sixlocation tour in addition to performances at the salons.

represent one hour of the originally fourThe play originally featured a cast and hour long St. Bernard Parish production. crew of 10 to 12. The audience was met by In addition to musical performances a group portraying scientists who took the by the “Cry You One” cast throughout the visitors on an ecological tour while explainday—the four cast members performing at ing their research, “which happens to be a the salons even provide music to welcome part of the [Louisiana] Coastal Restoration attendees back from the lunch break—the Master Plan,” Slie explained. Then the audisalon performance includes a portion of the ence learns that the plan and funding isn’t play during which characters argue about going to save the land, and they will have to how funds are allotted, a discussion that is relocate away from the coast. imminent for residents of the Gulf Coast. “The focus of the show actually changes ”There’s an unprecedented amount of to say instead of looking at what the science resources coming to the Gulf Coast,” Slie is saying, what if we looked at this picture, said. “We want people to start thinking what the people, the land, the animals— about where those resources would what the natural best be allocated in the commuworld is nity that we’re in. That’s why we saying that it "We started to really choose the material we chose.” wants,” Slie become aware that we For more information or to stated. read stories from the producAs for might not have a home in tion, visit cryyouone.com. the culture 50 years." represented in the play, music is featured prominently, as it is in all Mondo Bizarro works. “We are drawing upon some of the musical traditions in Southeast Louisiana like Cajun and Creole music, and are all original compositions,” he stated. “It’s the whole thing of marching in Louisiana with instruments, and so music played a huge part in how we moved people and how we sort of paraded together,” he said. After the original “Cry You On” performances, the production held community dinners and invited organizations and audience members to discuss the show. There, Slie met Jayeesha Dutta. “That conversation led to excitement on both ends,” Slie said, and the two began working to create the program for the salons. “For the most part, we perform it as we always like to, using the backdrop of nature as a sort of character in and of itself. For the salons, obviously, we’re doing a little bit of an adaptation, performing it inside,” Slie said. The segments performed at the salon

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Isle de Jean Charles / photo by Don Davis

Isle de Jean Charles was originally included in plans for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers’ Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system, Ferris explained. But after additional cost-benefit analysis, the proposed length of the levees was shortened, and the island was left out of the project. The federal government offered money to relocate the residents if 100 percent of the community was ready to move. “In a democracy, you’re never going to have a 100 percent vote in agreement, and so the offer was taken off of "We were just shocked when the table,” she said. “At we moved to Louisiana [from this point, they’re really on New York] to find out that in a their own to come up with resources to make a plan.” few decades most of the coast Ferris stated that in of Louisiana could be gone.” presenting the story of Isle conde Jean Charles, she hopes cerned the film will enlighten peowith the ple unfamiliar with coastal effect of Louisiana’s challenges, as well erosion and the tribe’s efforts to save as those that view climate change as a the island from eventually disappearremote issue that will first affect other ing into the Gulf of Mexico. regions of the world. “For us making this film, we really want“These are American citizens who ed to show people outside of Louisiana how are being forced to relocate because of clicritical this issue is. We were just shocked mate change and coastal erosion. Hurricane when we moved to Louisiana [from New Sandy really woke people up to this issue, York] to find out that in a few decades most because now people in coastal regions in the of the coast of Louisiana could be gone,” Northeast are finally facing that it’s going to Ferris said. While reading about the subject happen to them as well,” she said. and also conversing with many active in the Since premiering at the New Orleans environmental movement in Louisiana—inFilm Festival, “Can’t Stop the Water” has cluding their neighbor in New Orleans, Cyn been screened at several other festivals Sarthou, the Executive Director of GRN— across the country, including the Big Sky the couple learned of Isle de Jean Charles. Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, “We wanted to make a big film, maybe Mont., the American Indian Film Festival cover this issue by focusing on various and International Ocean Film Festival in San communities, but when we read about Francisco, and is scheduled for the upcomIsle de Jean Charles, we said, ‘This is the ing Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in story,’” Ferris remembered. “Isle de Jean Durham, N.C., and the Environmental Film Charles is on the frontlines of this issue; Festival in Washington, D.C. they are feeling the effects of coastal ero“We really wanted to make this film to sion like no other community in Louisiana, give voice to the tribe,” Ferris stated. “[GRN] and they have basically been abandoned.” told us about these salons, and we jumped

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The GFR salons will incorporate the medium of film by featuring segments of documentaries produced along the Gulf of Mexico. The documentaries selected are those that depict communities along the Gulf and the residents who are working to preserve and restore the land on which they live. One of the featured films, “Can’t Stop the Water,” documents the coastal erosion imperiling the Native American community of Isle de Jean Charles, La., an island southwest of New Orleans. For approximately three years, filmmaker Rebecca Marshall Ferris, her husband, the film’s co-director, Josh Ferris and producer Kathleen Ledet filmed the Isle de Jean Charles Band of BiloxiChitimacha-Choctaw Indians, including tribal leader, Chief Albert Naquin. The crew started filming in January 2010, only months before the BP disaster. The film covers that period of time, but is largely

at the chance to have the film included and show people the face and the human cost of coastal erosion.” Having the story of Isle de Jean Charles, a critically threatened community, shared at the salons is but one of the forums Ferris hopes the film will play. While there is no news regarding a television broadcast of the film, once a broadcast date is set, the film’s DVD release will then be considered. Until that time, Ferris welcomes any community groups interested in holding a community screening to contact the filmmakers via the film’s website. “We would really love to continue getting the story out to the audience, so it’s available for community organizations,” Ferris said. “Having this story in a salon where people are exploring the issues and envisioning what can be done to help make a brighter future for the whole Gulf Coast is a great opportunity, and I think it should start with Isle de Jean Charles.” For additional information about the film, visit cantstopthewater.com.

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Derrick Evans outside his great grandfather’s house in Turkey Creek after Hurricane Katrina, leaning on a sign he built before the storm. / photo by Spencer Weiner, SAWfoto.com

Like “Can’t Stop the Water,” its salon co-feature, Director Leah Mahan’s documentary “Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek,” tells the story of a Gulf Coast community fighting to preserve its culture and its environment.

The film follows Derrick Evans, a Mississippi native who moves home from Boston. Evans returned to the area when, to make way for a commercial development in Gulfport, graves in the historic community of Turkey Creek were bulldozed ahead of the construction. Turkey Creek was founded in the 1860s by emancipated slaves and thrived for generations, though its development increasingly began to encroach upon the community starting in the 1950s. Located just north of Gulfport, the community was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Urban sprawl was just one of the fronts on which Evans battles in the film; the purchase and proposed development of over 1,000 acres in the Turkey Creek watershed, as well as Hurricane Katrina and the BP disaster also challenged the community in the 12 years Mahan documented the work of Evans and his fellow community members. In an interview with Bill Moyers Journal in 2007, Mahan explained that she and Evans first met in the late 1980s while working in Boston. Her interest in making a film about Turkey Creek stemmed from a trip she made to the community with Evans in 2001 to collect oral histories. In addition to working together on the production of “Come Hell or High Water,” Mahan and Evans formed and continue to work through “Bridge the Gulf,” a community journalism program established in 2010 to help Gulf

Coast residents tell their stories. “Come Hell or High Water” premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival in October 2013, where it received the Audience Award for Documentary Feature. According to the film’s website, the documentary will air on public television in 2014 with support from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB), but no date has been announced at present. For more information on the film and the Bridge the Gulf initiative, visit leahmahan.com.

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Other Events Continuing the Oil Spill and Restoration Discussion • “A First Hand View of the Gulf Oil Spill” with David Mattingly of CNN

AAF Pensacola, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), is inviting the public to attend a luncheon featuring CNN veteran correspondent David Mattingly. As oil began washing up onshore across the Gulf Coast, Mattingly actively reported throughout the spill and initial “cleanup” efforts; he created dozens of reports detailing the unfolding events and people involved, and conducted the first cable news interview with BP CEO Tony Hayward. At the AAF luncheon, Mattingly will share his observations and reflect on his reporting from the Gulf Coast during the crisis. AAF Pensacola asks that guests RSVP by March 21. WHEN: 11:30 a.m.—1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 WHERE: New World Landing, 600 S. Palafox COST: $15 for students and AAF/ FPRA members, $25 for nonmembers DETAILS: aafpensacola.com March 20, 2014

• RESTORE Act Advisory Committee Meetings

Once the fine amount BP will pay under the Clean Water Act is settled, a process currently ongoing in federal court in New Orleans, the money will be distributed through the RESTORE Act. A percentage of the funds are allocated to affected counties across the Gulf Coast. The Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee is tasked with, eventually, assessing projects and determining which to recommend to the county commissioners to receive RESTORE funding. The RESTORE committee meets at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. The committee’s nine members hear from local experts in the fields of environmental science, economic development, public health, and developments related to the RESTORE Act itself as part of their meetings. The committee’s meetings are open to the public, but should if you are unable to attend, the meetings can be viewed at MyEscambia. com/ECTV.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Monday, April 7 WHERE: Board of County Commissioners Chambers, Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building, 221 S. Palafox COST: Free DETAILS: myescambia.com/ restore

• Earth Day Pensacola

While not specific to the 2010 BP disaster per se, Earth Day Pensacola offers an opportunity to learn about numerous issues related to the environment. Vendors and speakers include local organizations and individuals well versed in all things related to a more green and sustainable lifestyle. Live music, food, and a fashion show featuring creations made entirely of recycled materials are all part of this annual event held the weekend before Earth Day itself, which is April 22. WHEN: 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Saturday, April 19 WHERE: Bayview Park, 2000 E. Lloyd St. COST: Free DETAILS: earthdaypensacola.org

• Hands Across the Sand

Seaside restauranteur Dave Rauschkolb founded Hands Across the Sand (HATS) in 2009 after the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill to lift the ban on near shore drilling. The first event took place on February 13, 2010, a little over two months before the BP disaster. On June 26, 2010, HATS became a truly global movement with gatherings in all 50 states and 42 countries outside the U.S. during the second event. HATS has occurred annually since 2010, with people across the globe joining hands for 15 minutes on the beach, or wherever they happen to be, to form a literal line in the sand. The 2014 HATS on Pensacola Beach will mark the third year 350 Pensacola is organizing the event. Time and specific event location to be announced. WHEN: Saturday, May 17 WHERE: Pensacola Beach COST: Free DETAILS: facebook. com/350pensacola and handsacrossthesand.com 13


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Cinderella: As You’ve Never Seen Her Before by Jennifer Leigh

The story of “Cinderella” may have been placed in pop culture history thanks to Walt Disney, but before it was the 1950 cartoon classic, the fairy tale was incarnated as an opera, too. To close out the season, Pensacola Opera presents Gioachino Rossini’s “Cinderella” this weekend. While there’s no glass slipper or fairy godmother, the magic of storytelling is still there. “The story and premise are similar—a beautiful, young woman is denigrated to servitude by her family but ultimately saved by a prince,” said Pensacola Opera Artistic Director, Kyle Marrero. “Our version, Rossini's version, is charming, beautiful, touching and more humanistic in its drama. The story is more about true love and human nature—still with comic hilarity and Disney extravagance.” Rossini composed “Cinderella,” or “La Cenerentola” in Italian, when he was 25 years old following the success of “The Barber of Seville,” which Pensacola Opera performed last year. “Though composed only one year later and containing discarded musical elements from ‘Barber of Seville,’ ‘Cinderella’ took longer to become part of the standard Rossini fare,” Marrero explained. “In fact, it is only within the past few decades that it has been frequently produced and admired.” The local production of “Cinderella” is a collaboration among national and international talent, Pensacola Opera chorus and artists in residence and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. March 20, 2014

“Opera is the ultimate art form,” said Music Director and Conductor Jerome Shannon. “It combines all elements of the arts. Any one of those experiences by itself is pretty spectacular. Now when you put it

“It's great to hear a live symphonic concert. It’s great to hear soloists sing. It’s great to hear a chorus. It’s great to view works of art— scenery, costumes, wigs, make-up— and it’s great to see live actors on the stage,” he said. Playing the role of Cinderella is Karin Mushegain, who Mar“Children will love the energetic rero said is becoming wellmusic, playful, funny characters and known for this specific role, enough connection to the story they know most recently with the Seattle and love,” he explained. “Parents should tell Opera last year. their children about the small differences. “First and foremost, there If they are anything like my four-year-old, must be an innocence mixed they will wonder where the magic pumpkin, with intelligence in any suctalking cats and mice are.” cessful portrayal of Cinderella,” Children will get the chance to delve he said. “It also helps if the deeper into the story of “Cinderella” with singer is beautiful. Well, we've a special Tea Party event before Sunday’s got it all in Karin Mushegain.” matinee. Prince and princess costumes are In traditional fashion, encouraged. Pensacola Opera has prepared “The Tea Party was a brainchild of Jenfor its latest production with nifer Knisbell in our office,” Marrero said. little to no preparation time. “Our Cinderella and Prince will arrive and Principal performers arrive just mingle with kids culminating on an onstage under two weeks before the ‘wave to the audience’ at the pre-curtain curtain rises on the Saenger announcements before the performance.” stage. However, working on a While it’s sad to see the 2014 Pensacola Rossini opera makes rehearsals Opera season come to a close, at least “Cina little more effortless. derella” will provide us with a happy ending. “He is actually a wonder“It is a great pairing with Carmen—bad ful composer and makes the girl versus good girl, drama and tragic death conductor's job very easy,” versus true love and comedy,” Marrero said. Shannon said. “He was a mas“This season, Pensacola Opera's 31st, has terful orchestrator, so he uses definitely been a dream come true for us the instruments to create very with great artistic success and support from colorful and emotive sounds.” our community.” {in} For anyone who was lucky enough to catch “The Barber of Seville” last year, you WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Friday March 21 and 2 p.m. can expect the same Sunday, March 23 upbeat and peppy temWHERE: Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox pos, as well as beautiCOST: $20 and up ful arrangements that DETAILS: pensacolaopera.com surround the story of Cinderella and

“The story is more about true love and human nature—still with comic hilarity and Disney extravagance.” Kyle Marrero

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all together it can be incredibly powerful and almost overwhelming—that's opera. ‘Grand’ opera is not possible without a live orchestra. The presence of the PSO is one of the most essential elements in creating the total experience.” On and off stage, Shannon estimates about 100 people help bring an opera production such as “Cinderella” to the Saenger Theatre.

the prince. “The music is absolutely gorgeous; such beautiful writing by Rossini for the voices and the orchestra,” Shannon said. “Cinderella” is the perfect introduction to opera for any age, Marrero said.

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Ears & Fingers by Jason Leger

Perfect Pussy SAY YES TO LOVE

"Art is hard." Cursive’s Tim Kasher’s iconic words will always ring true. Art can be messy, painful, distressing, heartbreaking and sometimes just downright difficult. Artists can go for years making incredible works and never catch the eye of more than the immediate people who surround and love them. Considering this mindset and fear, perhaps there is a lot in a name. Syracuse’s “Perfect Pussy” are gaining quite a bit of attention because of their ‘in your face’ moniker, and that’s

THURSDAY 3.20

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. PENSACOLA COOKS PRESENTS “HEIRLOOM GARDENING AND COOKING FUN-DA-MENTALS” 10 a.m.—12 p.m. Join Cat McCreery for a new spring series focused on going “back to the basics” of the home gardener and chef. Classes include lunch along with cooking and container

more than understandable. However, once (or if) you can make it past the name, I think you’ll realize this band is kind of remarkable. The band’s full-length debut, “Say Yes to Love,” is a testament to using a gimmick and then at once overcoming said gimmick with a brilliant statement. At first glance, it’s easy to get caught up in the fitty, brawny, tantrum punk rock the band is also deservedly gaining acclaim for. You have to dig for what’s beneath the surface on this record to really discover how well layered this band is. Clocking in right at 23 minutes, this record’s urgency expresses a lack of time or concern for frills and no use for filler, but there are some interesting things filling in the gaps. Beneath the angsty, fast-paced aggression and distorted vocals, are layers of calmness and shoegazy riffs that I honestly wasn’t expecting. ‘Interference Fits’ is the album’s second single, and it’s where I first noticed these layers. When the song gains steam, there is still a calm in the background, guiding the ship. The execution is quite brilliant, making it clear that while it may be what grabs your attention, these guys are much more than a name. “Say Yes to Love” is out now via Captured Tracks.

gardening instruction. $40 per person. Ever’man Natural Foods Community Kitchen, 315 W. Garden St. 456-0743 or pensacolacooks.com. ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m.—4 p.m. “Homage to the Past” a multi-media show is on display through April 11. 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. “H2O” an exhibition featuring the works of Tina Battle, oil painter; James Emery, photographer; Melinda Giron, mixed media and oil painter; and Mark Schmitt, tile and wood artist. “H2O” is on display through March 29. Monday—Wednes-

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Iska Dhaaf

Sufi poetry. Catchy hooks. Surf rock guitar licks. Upbeat rhythms. Introspection. These are a few of my favorite things. Just last week, I was perusing some music blogs and sites that I frequent when I stumbled upon Seattle two-piece Iska Dhaaf (which is Somali for ‘let it go’). I’m usually somewhat hit or miss when it comes to listening to some of the dozens of artists I come across each month. I saw the track listing for the band’s new album “Even the Sun Will Burn,” which contains a song called ‘Rumi,’ and I was intrigued. Rumi was a Sufi (the more mystical branch of Islam) poet, my favorite Sufi poet actually, as he penned some of the most beautiful words I’ve ever read. So with my interest piqued, I played the video for their single ‘Everybody Knows,’ and honestly spun it on repeat for a good portion of the rest of my afternoon. It’s just a good, catchy rock song, with a bit

day, 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. PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART 10 a.m.—5 p.m. The exhibition “Figures to Fur: Passions of a Private Collector (Selected Works from the Peyroux, Gillmore and Meacham Collection)” 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 through the 20th century. On display through April 5, as is Filipe de Sousa's contemporary installation entitled “Dietrich.” Tuesday—Friday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and

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of a dark overtone and just the right pinch of jaded cynicism. I dug a little deeper on YouTube and found the remotely ironically titled ‘Happiness,’ which really exudes singer Nathan Quiroga’s biting sarcasm, poignantly laced over a dark video. “Even the Sun Will Burn” is the duo’s debut, and if the two singles are any indication, they are a band to keep an eye on. Check out the video for ‘Everybody Knows’ and watch closely for some cameos from fellow Seattle artists you might recognize. “Even the Sun Will Burn” is out now via Brick Lane Records. {in}

Saturday, 12—5 p.m. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.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 admission. 438-2363 or quaysidegallery.com. “FIRST DAY OF SPRING!” AT SO GOURMET 12—1 p.m. Off the Vine Organic Produce hosts a one-hour cooking class, presenting dishes based on fresh produce available. $35 per person. 407 S. Palafox St. 438-7857 or sogourmetpensacola.com.

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MESS HALL 2—5 p.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff ) off ers 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. 877-937-6377 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. “A NIGHT IN TUSCANY” AT SO GOURMET 6—8 p.m. Chef Dan Dunn teaches this class dedicated to the cuisine of Northern Italy. $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 off ers 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. PENSACOLA COIN CLUB MEETING 6:30 p.m. The Pensacola Coin Club, also known as the Pensacola Numismatic Society, invites coin enthusiasts of all ages to their monthly meeting. Come early to dine, look over door prizes and raffle coins, or just socialize. There will be a coin presentation, and a coin auction is held after the meeting. Sonny’s Barbeque, 630 N. Navy Blvd. For club information, call Mark Cummings at 3326491. pensacolacoinclub.com. “BEYOND OUR BACKYARD: ARCHAEOLOGY AROUND THE WORLD” 7—8 p.m., As part of this free lecture series, Dr. Lesley Gregoricka of the University of South Alabama presents “Bioarachaeology of the Undead Deviant Burials in Post-Medieval Poland.” The series will feature a lecture each Thursday in March in celebration of Florida Archaeology Month. West Florida Public Library Main Library, 239 N. Spring St. 436-5060 or mywfpl.com. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AT THE BAY CENTER 7:30 p.m. Cirque du Soleil presents “Varekai,” the famed organization’s newest arena show. Admis-

sion for adults is $55.50—$154 per person and $46—$135.50 per child. A $5 cash-only parking fee will apply at the Bay Center’s parking lots for this event. 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com.

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BRANDON SANTINI 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. 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. RONNIE LEVINE 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.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. WALTER KATTNER 7 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or fivesistersbluescafe.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. MARIO MENA BAND 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 Courtyard 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. CRETIN GIRLS 9:30 p.m. Cretin Girls with No Code and Little Wimp. $5, all ages. Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 101 S. Jefferson St. DJ MR. LAO 10 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

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LIVING HISTORY IN HISTORIC PENSACOLA VILLAGE 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Learn early 19th century cooking techniques and trade-skills like 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. $6 adults, $5 AAA, Senior Citizen 65+ and Active Military, $3 children ages 4-16. 595-5993 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 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. HOT GLASS COLD BREW AND “SPRING FLING” ART SALE 5—9 p.m. First City Art Center is pairing its regular Hot Glass Cold Brew event with its Second Annual Spring Fling Art Sale. The art sale, held in the center’s classroom, features both art and functional pieces and will be open again on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission for Hot Glass Cold Brew is $25 for non-members and $20 for members. There is no admission fee for the art sale or visiting the gallery itself. 1060 N. Guillemard St. 429-1222 or fi rstcityart.org. MAINLINE ART HOUSE GRAND OPENING RECEPTION 6:30 p.m. This will be the first

time that the gallery is open to the public and the event will feature the unveiling of their opening exhibition, Renaissance: Pensacola.

THE PENSACOLA OPERA PRESENTS “CINDERELLA” 7:30 p.m. Set in Italy in the 18th century, Gioachino Rossini’s operatic version brings you a Cinderella story with a comedic twist. Saenger Theatre stage. 118 S. Palafox. Ticket availability and prices vary between Friday and Sunday performances. 433-6737 or pensacolaopera.com. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AT THE BAY CENTER 7:30 p.m. Cirque du Soleil presents “Varekai,” the famed organization’s newest arena show. Admission for adults is $55.50—$154 per person, and $46—$135.50 per child. A $5 cash-only parking fee will apply at the Bay Center’s parking lots for this event. 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com. NIGHT BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10 p.m.–12 a.m. The regular Saturday and Sunday morning brunch menu is available late night on Friday and Saturday nights. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or potroastandpinot.com.

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BEULAH FEST 4—11 p.m. Beulah Fest returns to the Pensacola Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, March 21—22 with Rodney Atkins, Charlie Daniels Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd as headliners. Beulah Fest, complete with rides and kids activity area, also runs from 10 a.m.—11 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets at the gate are $15 on Friday and Saturday before 7 p.m.; after 7 p.m. on Saturday, admission is $20 for adults. Kids 12 and under are admitted for free. 6655 Mobile Hwy. beulahfest.com. LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. CALYPSONUTS 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. WHISKEY DOWN 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. SEAN DIETRICH 7 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. THE BLENDERS 8:30 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or hubstaceys.com. inweekly.net


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happenings MARIO MENA BAND 9 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. OCEAN STREET 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. PASSAFIRE 9 p.m. Passafire with Lullwater. Ages 18 and up. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. $10— $13. 434-9060 or pensacolahandlebar.com. TIMBERHAWK 9 p.m. End o’ the Alley Courtyard at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. BAT! 9:30 p.m. Hopjacks. 10 S. Palafox. 497-6076 or hopjacks.com. BANANA REPUBLIC 10 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. THREE BEAN SOUP 12 a.m. The Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox. 466-2103 or thetincow.com.

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12th AVENUE PATIO SALE 8 a.m.—1 p.m. The 12th Avenue Patio Sale is back for the spring season. Original art and crafts, local produce and baked treats, and secondhand items are all part of the eclectic mix of goods offered weekly. The Patio Sale will be every Saturday from March 1 to May 31, outside the historic former Sacred Heart Hospital, now known as Tower East Office Complex. 1010 N. 12th Ave. 438-3580 or facebook.com/12thAveSale. 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. “PEDDLING PICKENS” 10 a.m. This is the final ride of Gulf Islands National Seashore’s March “Peddling Pickens” series. The leisurely, rangerled bicycle tour follows the old narrow gauge railroad path the Army built in the early 1900s. Riders must bring their own bicycles and individuals under 18 years of age must bring and wear their own helmet. The bike tour is free; however, there is an $8 entrance fee to the Fort Pickens Area. For more information, call the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at 934-2600 or visit nps.gov/guis. “A BARK TO REMEMBER” ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION EVENT 10 a.m.—2 p.m. Gulf Coast Health Care is hosting a dog-friendly event at the Community Maritime Park to raise funds and awareness to the local Alzheimer’s Association. There will be dog demonstrations, dog contests, a bloodmobile, Nursing and Retirement home representatives, as well as a variety of vendors and a silent auction. Admission and parking is free, and all event proceeds will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. 301 W. Main St. 430-0100 or gchc.com. 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. 607-7336 or potroastandpinot.com.

FREE AKHANDA YOGA BEGINNER CLASS 11 a.m. This free class is intended to introduce beginners to the Akhanda style of yoga. While the class is free, any donations will benefit The Helping Hands for India, an organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to children in India. Urban Deshi, 5043 Bayou Blvd., Suite A. COLE CLARK DEBUT PARTY 11:30 a.m.—4 p.m. Blues Angel is celebrating adding Cole Clark guitars to their inventory with a debut party featuring a live performance by James Atkins. Several different styles of Cole Clarks, a line of acoustic electric guitars made in Melbourne, Australia, will be on display and available to “test drive” during the party. 657 N. Pace Blvd. 457-7557 or bluesangelmusic.com. PENSACOLA COOKS PRESENTS “JUNIOR CHEF BAKING LAB: SPRING CAKES & DECORATING” 2—5 p.m. Children will make, bake, and take home a variety of “from scratch” goodies during this backing lab where kids practice cooking naturally healthy, savory and sweet recipes, including gluten-free options. $40 per person. Ever’man Natural Foods Community Kitchen, 315 W. Garden St. 456-0743 or pensacolacooks.com. PENSACOLA BAY BREWERY TOUR 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. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AT THE BAY CENTER 4 and 7:30 p.m. Cirque du Soleil presents “Varekai,” the famed organization’s newest arena show. Admission for adults is $55.50—$154 per person and $46—$135.50 per child. A $5 cash-only parking fee will apply at the Bay Center’s parking lots for this event. 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com.

RAGE 5K 6—11 p.m. Run, walk, and/or dance your way through downtown Pensacola during the Rage 5K. DJs, black lights and lasers are stationed throughout the course and at a postrace party. There are also “Competitive Glow” and “Glow Only” registration options for those who either want to run exclusively or not at all. Registration starts at $20. Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St. rage5k.com. FILM SCREENING: “DON”T NEED YOU—THE HERSTORY OF RIOT GRRRL” 7 p.m. Open Books hosts a screening of the film “Don’t Need You” which tells the story of the origins of the Riot Grrrl movement in the American independent music scene of the 1990's. No Code will perform ahead of the screening. 1040 N. Guillemard St. $5 cover. 453-6774 or openbookspcola.org. 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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W.B. SEARCY 12 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. BIG AL & THE HEAVYWEIGHTS 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. DAVE AND JOE SHOW 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete’s, 1010 Ft. Pickens Road. 932-4139 or peglegpetes.com. SEAN DIETRICH 7 p.m. Picasso Jazz Club, 19 S. Palafox. 433-4507 or picassojazz.com.

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Spring For Some Art at the center is that I have a place to work and then a place show my work here at the gallery.” In conjunction with the art sale and the opening of the art show, FCAC is also holding another installment of their popular fundrais-

could do because of the location. And that’s one of the reasons we moved,” Brungraber said. “Currently we have three buildings involved. This is the first time we’ve had an art gallery; our pottery department has grown two-fold; and our glass department has enlarged as well. “We’re also trying to create a program to offer pottery in school systems that don’t offer pottery any more. Since we’ve moved into our new location, we have a mentorship program in the glass department, and starting next week, four high school students will be doing glass blowing for a week to prepare them for their college education for going into the arts, which we would not be able to do at our old location. We’re trying to reach all the arts.” The FCAC offers workshops and classes in everything from pottery and portrait painting to belly dancing and bookbinding. They offer music lessons for children and field trip opportunities to area schools. The Pensacola community has reaped the benefits in FCAC’s belief that “by engaging the community in the creative process, our society is enriched.” {in}

“That’s why these fundraisers come in handy; they allow us to create and sustain the programs that we have.”

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A few of the limited edition baskets that will be available for sale during the "Spring Fling" Art Sale. / photo by Kim Brungraber

Guests picking out their one-of-a-kind glass cup or pottery mugs at Hot Glass Cold Brew. / photo by Tim Nolan

As if to unburden the scarf and boot-clad Pensacolians of their winter weariness, the First City Art Center (FCAC) has announced its Second Annual Spring Fling Art Sale, the opening of its new show “Inspiration,” and its Hot Glass Cold Brew events— all taking place this weekend. The Second Annual Spring Fling Art Sale, which will be held in the center’s classroom, will feature art works from members of First City Glass Guild and Pottery Guild, as well as resident studio artists. “We’re creating more programs all the time and for all ages,” Kim Brungraber, president of the pottery department and one of the art gallery members, said. “And that’s why these fundraisers come in handy; they allow us to create and sustain the programs that we have.” Work from the gallery will be available for purchase during the sale. Both art and

functional pieces will be on sale, in addition to a limited number of pottery Easter baskets. The proceeds raised from the art sale will go toward the purchase of new pottery equipment for the center. The artists of the Studios and Gallery at FCAC will also open their new show “Inspiration” on Friday evening. The show will feature two and three-dimensional works by the 12 studio artists who will also have their studios open for the evening to discuss their work. “The cross pollination that can occur in a space where other people are working is wonderful for artists because we get the chance to ask someone about what they think about the approach we’re taking, and they may offer a perspective that we’ve never even thought about,” Jennifer Fleming, another of the gallery’s artists, said of her experience at the FCAC. “Another wonderful thing about being

ing event, Hot Glass Cold Brew, on Friday evening. Guests may enjoy beverages courtesy of Pensacola Bay Brewery and Escambia Bay Homebrewers. While supplies last, guests can take home a hand-blown glass or hand-thrown pottery cup. Dan Dunn, Executive Chef at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, will prepare complimentary pork tacos for the event’s guests, while live music by Continuum will be played. Glassblowing by artists Joe Hobbs and Sam Cornman, and pottery demonstrations are also scheduled throughout the evening. In addition to these events, there 1060 N. Guillemard St. will be plenty to occupy the children. 429-1222 or firstcityart.org FCAC and the Gulf Coast Kids House

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will conduct art workshops during the evening for children ages four through 11 who will create an art project to take home. Gulf Coast Kids House will be collecting donations of diapers and wipes during the evening. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with FCAC, they were formerly the Belmont Arts and Cultural Center and have been a part of the Pensacola community since 1999. “When we were at the Belmont, we were very small and very limited as to what we

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DIFFERENCE MAKERS WSRE Celebrates 18 Years of “Shining Stars”

The Escambia County School District’s Elementary Principals Association, in partnership with WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, hosted the 18th annual Shining Star Awards on March 6, honoring 33 elementary school students in Escambia County for their leadership and service to the community. In an awards ceremony at WSRE’s Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio on the main campus of Pensacola State College, each winner was presented with a certificate of achievement along with a new bicycle and helmet. Area principals and teachers selected the Shining Stars based on good citizenship, leadership and adherence to the core values of the Escambia County School District: equality, responsibility, integrity, respect, honor and patriotism. Escambia County Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas, former Pensacola Mayor Mike Wiggins and DeeDee Davis, former Florida Teacher of the Year, were the masters of ceremonies for the event.

2014 SHINING STAR AWARD WINNERS A.K. Suter Elementary School - Aiden Tylavsky Bellview Elementary School - Amaya Owen Beulah Elementary School - Savannah Marshall Blue Angels Elementary School - Margo Mason Bratt Elementary School - Shelby Godwin Brentwood Elementary School - Staci Garland Byrneville Elementary School - Cody Ryan Adams C.A. Weis Elementary School - Dantesia McIntosh Cordova Park Elementary School - Nathan Godwin Ensley Elementary School - David Geiger Escambia Christian School - Reed Allison Wilson Ferry Pass Elementary School - Dante Milligan Global Learning Academy - Joshua Davis Hellen Caro Elementary School - Landon Collins Holm Elementary School - Jaylen Thomas Jim Allen Elementary School - Christian Jacobs Lipscomb Elementary School - Kendall Blackmon Longleaf Elementary School - Kevin Davis McArthur Elementary School - Carly Johnecheck Molino Park Elementary School - Ashley Ragsdale Montclair Elementary School - Kamari Williams Myrtle Grove Elementary School - Natalie Moulder Navy Point Elementary School - Pedro H. Mendiola N.B. Cook Elementary School - Chloe Cate Oakcrest Elementary School - Grace Dunaway O. J. Semmes Elementary School - Phillip Straughn Pine Meadow Elementary School - Emily Stabler Pleasant Grove Elementary School - Ian Larrieu Redeemer Lutheran Elementary School - Alex Maddox Scenic Heights Elementary School - Nathaniel Agustin Sherwood Elementary School - Madison Duffy Warrington Elementary School - Taylor Davidson West Pensacola Elementary School - Destiny Rutherford

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news of the weird THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT Branko Bogdanov, 58, his wife, Lela, 52, and daughter Julia, 34, were arrested in March and charged in a 10-year shoplifting enterprise run out of their upscale Northbrook, Ill., home, which they allegedly used as a base while prowling stores in states as far away as Florida, stealing high-end toys and jewelry, which they resold on eBay and to their fences. Police estimate the Bogdanovs swiped as much as $7 million worth on their forays—many items being stashed in Lela's customized flowing skirts with hidden pockets. • A trauma victim arriving at a hospital emergency room but requiring specialized intensive care would usually be transferred promptly to a qualified "trauma center," whose success rate with such patients is believed to be 25 percent better than that of ordinary hospitals. However, a recent study from Stanford University researchers found that, among 636 hospitals observed, there was a greater reluctance to make the transfer—if the patient was fully insured. (That is, the authors suggest, there is a tendency for hospitals to hang onto insured patients, even though their outcomes might be worse, but not to similarly hang onto the uninsured—who are more likely to be properly transferred.) • Latest Female Beauty Products: Cosmetic surgery is expensive, but beauty-conscious Japanese girls and women (especially those obsessed with a more "Western" look) have low-priced workarounds to choose from—as uncovered in January by the fashion blogger Liz Katz: (1) the $63 Face-Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece (insert it for three minutes a day, make vowel sounds and watch a "saggy" mouth turn taut); (2) the Beauty Lift High Nose nostril clip, which emits electronic vibrations to raise the proboscis's profile; (3) an altogether different but similarly painful-appearing Nose Straightener (insert for 20 minutes a day for added "perkiness"). SCIENCE FAIR Technological Know-How at Work: Hard-core pornography fans are split (according to a January report on Salon. com) on whether they want male actors to use condoms, but California's Falcon Studios

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has the technology to serve both audiences. Falcon's actors wear them, but in some movies those condoms might be digitally "removed" during post-production. The major downside, said one renowned director, is the prohibitive cost—about $100,000 to re-digitize the estimated 90,000 frames in a typical "lowbudget" porno film. The Falcon president said he is trying an alternative—using clever lighting during filming to de-emphasize the condom's presence. • Security and law enforcement agencies are looking beyond traditional biometric identification techniques (such as the accurate but obtrusive fingerprint and iris scans and unobtrusive yet questionably accurate facialrecognition) and, based on recent laboratory research, are now considering earwax and underarm odors. Work by Philadelphia's Monell Chemical Senses Center shows that ear secretions may reveal personal identity, ethnicity, health status and sexual orientation, among other information, and researchers at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) said their work demonstrates that recognizable patterns in body odor remain stable even through disease and diet change (although admitting that even the best odor technology is far inferior to a dog's nose). LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Christopher Fulton turned himself in in Midwest City, Okla., in March after seeing a surveillance photo of the robbery of an IBC Bank. He told police he indeed must be the robber, that he saw his body in the bank photo—although he insisted that his mind had no recollection of it. Police were about to arrest Fulton, anyway, because the robber's holdup note was written on a blank check with the account holder's name and address (Fulton's mom's) scratched out, except that police-lab technology easily read through the scratch-outs. From Universal Press Syndicate Chuck Shepherd’s News Of The Weird © 2014 Chuck Shepherd

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