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      culture crunch
                     cultural leaders weigh in on funding cuts

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                        table of contents
Cultural Funding of Jacksonville .................................................................PAGES 19-22
Evan Almighty (movie review) ............................................................................ PAGE	6
Movies in Theaters this Week ......................................................................PAGES	6-10
seen. heard. noted. & quoted.............................................................................. PAGE	7
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (movie review) ....................................... PAGE	8
A Mighty Heart (movie review) ........................................................................... PAGE	9
1408 (movie review) ........................................................................................ PAGE	10

at	home
Bridge to Terabithia (dvd review)....................................................................... PAGE	12
New Summer Television Shows ........................................................................ PAGE	13
Last Comic Standing (tv review) ....................................................................... PAGE	14
Video Games ................................................................................................... PAGE	15

The Tasting Room (restaurant review)............................................................... PAGE	16
Boomtown Closing ........................................................................................... PAGE	17
Pub Crawl (wine bars) ...................................................................................... PAGE	18

Music Calendar .........................................................................................PAGES	22-26
Conrad Oberg (interview) ................................................................................. PAGE	23
Gator Country 99.9 - Amadeus, Eden & Steve ................................................PAGES	24
Tommy Womack (interview) ............................................................................. PAGE	25
Summertime in the City .................................................................................... PAGE	26
White Stripes (album)....................................................................................... PAGE	27
Beastie Boys (album) ....................................................................................... PAGE	27

arts	/	theatre	/	on	stage
Russian Icons (Cummer exhibit) ....................................................................... PAGE	28
Arts Calendar ............................................................................................PAGES	28-29
Joe Chisholm (interview) .................................................................................. PAGE	29

columns	and	stuff
BeachWise....................................................................................................... PAGE	30
The Jock .......................................................................................................... PAGE	30
NASCAR News & Notes ................................................................................... PAGE	31

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  BOB MARGOLIn

                                                                         june 21 - 23
                                              june 21                    The Rocky Horror Show LIVe!
                                                                         Break out your rice, make some toast, dust
                                                                         off your squirt-guns and put on your best
nassau Sport Fishing Association Tournament of                           pair of fishnets, Chancey Productions Inc 5
                                                                         Points Theatre kicks off their professional
Champions                                                                production of The Rocky Horror Show on
Are you thirsting for some good fishing and maybe some extra
                                                                         Thursday at 8 pm. The Science Fiction/
cash? Look no further than the 25th Annual Kingfish Tournament,
                                                                         Double Feature will continue to run from
which kicks off on the 21st and continues until the 23rd. This is the
                                                                         June 21 - July 14 on Thursdays, Fridays,
third largest event on the Southern Kingfish Association tournament
                                                                         and Saturdays at 8 pm and Fridays and
trail and offers $25,000 for the biggest catch. That’s a lot of green!
                                                                         Saturdays at 10:30 pm. Modified audience
Participants: $350-$400, attendees: free
                                                                         participation is allowed at 10:30 pm shows
Fernandina Harbor Marina, Fernandina Beach
                                                                         only. Ticket prices range from $21 to $34.
Info: 277-3327                                                           5 Points Theatre, Riverside
                                                                         Info: 252-1077 (from Monday-
                                                                         Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm) or
A World of Dreams                                                        chanceyproductions.com
Enjoy a night on the town while helping a worthy cause. This

very special event features food and beverages from around the
globe as prepared by many of the region’s premier restaurants.
This inaugural affair benefits Dreams Come True, which grants
the wishes of children who are diagnosed with life-threatening                                        june 22
Crown Royal
Touchdown Club,             STeVe MILLeR BAnD                                             Bob Margolin                                                                                      june 22 - 24
Jacksonville                                                                              Blues guitar player, Bob
Municipal Stadium                                                                         Margolin is carrying on the deep Chicago           21 Annual Greek Landing Day Celebration

                                                                                          Blues style and creating his original music        Bring the whole family to celebrate this festive tribute to the
Time: 7 pm
                                                                                          today. Bob played guitar in the band of            arrival of the first colony of Greeks in North America. Hundreds of
Info: 296-3030                                                                            Chicago Blues legend Muddy Waters from             Greeks came with Minorcans and Corsicans with Andrew Turnbull,
                                                                                          1973-1980, touring worldwide and recording,        registering on June 26, 1768 with the governor of the East Florida
Steve Miller                                                                              and learning to play Muddy’s powerful music        Province, colonizing what would be known as the New Smyrna
                                                                                          directly from him. In 1980, Bob started his        Colony. Enjoy Greek music, food and crafts at the St Photios
Band                                                                                      own band, and he’s still on the road and           Shrine. This three day event is free. St. Photios Shrine, 41 St.
“Fly Like an Eagle”                                                                                                                          George Street, St. Augustine, FL
                                                                                          recording. Mojo Kitchen & Blues Bar, 1500
with Steve Miller, a
                                                                                          Beach Boulevard, Jax Beach – 10:30 pm.

man who learned his
                                                                                          Info: 247-6636
first guitar chords
from the legendary
Les Paul, pioneer of                                                                      Warren Barfield                                                                                   june 23
the electric guitar                                                                       It does not take long for the five-year old
and also Miller’s                                                                         and the fifty-year old to be captivated by the
godfather. This show                                                                      music of Warren Barfield. The passion that is
                                                                                                                                             Breakfast with Curious George
                                                                                                                                             Everyone’s favorite curious little monkey, Curious George, will
was rescheduled from                                                                      displayed as Warren plays his guitar and sings
                                                                                                                                             swing over to Adventure Landing to have breakfast with all his fans.
April 2. Let’s hope he                                                                    his original heart-felt songs is contagious. His
                                                                                                                                             Guests can enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast from 8 am to 10 am
puts on a show worth                                                                      energetic blend of pop, rock, folk and soul is
                                                                                                                                             for just $9.99 per person, with photo opportunities and a chance
waiting for.                                                             guaranteed to please the ear and uplift the spirit. Barfield will
                                                                                                                                             to visit with the furry little guy himself. A free meet and greet with
Florida Theatre - 8 pm, Ticket Price(s): $97.50, $72                     share the stage with Brian Jones and Parker Roberts. Tickets:
                                                                                                                                             Curious George is scheduled until 1 pm immediately following
Info: 355-2787                                                           $10 Murray Hill Theatre- 8 pm
                                                                                                                  THe BeSTIeS
                                                                                                                                                                      Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Boulevard
unwritten Law and Zebrahead                                              The Besties                                                                                  Info: 246-4386
After seven full-length studio albums, five Top 20 singles (one of       The infectiously cute, undeniably
which made it all the way to #1) and being signed to five different      sweet three-piece The Besties
record labels in the past 17 years, Unwritten Law has managed to         bring their beautiful music to TSI
                                                                                                                                                                   Conrad Oberg
                                                                                                                                                                   Conrad Oberg came out of a newborn illness
accumulate a significant fan base, one that they plan on adding to       this week. The Brooklyn-based
                                                                                                                                                                   with virtually no vision and was given an
with their latest album, The Hit List. The punk band will make its       trio creates impossibly catchy
                                                                                                                                                                   electronic piano at the age of two and a half,
way to the Freebird with California-based rapcore group Zebrahead,       pop songs about everything from
                                                                                                                                                                   six months later he had taught himself enough
who are legendary in their own right. Bullets and Octane and             zombie to cowboys. Check them
                                                                                                                                                                   to play along with almost any song that
Neurosonic will also take to the stage. Tickets: $20                     out with Riverside openers Tuffy.
                                                                                                                                                                   appealed to him. Conrad has performed with
Freebird- 6:30 pm                                                        Tickets: $5 TSI- 9 pm
                                                                                                                                                                   some of the most influential blues legends
Info: 246-2473

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our country has to offer as well as being a “featured artist” at George’s Music 2007 Springing the Blues
Festival. Read interview on page 23. Conrad will be performing with his band, The One Elevens at 9th &
Main – 8 pm. Info: 353-6002 or 9thandmain.com

Tommy Womack
Aside from spending his spare time learning about the                STORy SIDe B
Historical Jesus and reading about the mob, Tommy Womack
creates folk/country/indie songs about his life experiences.
A typical show will include a dose of Americana, a dose of
gritty rock n’ roll, and a corny anthem rock classic cover- all
smothered with a warm flowing sauce seasoned with honest
and self-deprecating stories and confessions that solicit both
a good belly laugh and a bear hug. Read story on page 25.
Tickets: $10 Café Eleven, St. Augustine- 8:30 pm

Story Side B CD release show
St. Augustine boys Story Side B have patiently honed their
diverse backgrounds and musical proclivities into a unique
and unified sound which has inspired a mad following of fans
that have, in turn, propelled the band into the forefront of the
Christian music scene. The four-piece will celebrate the release
of their CD “We Are Not Alone” that the Murray Hill Theatre
with special guest Brendan Trinkle. Admission: $10
Murray Hill Theatre- 8 pm

sunday                                june 24
Summer Movie Classics 2007- High Society
Join the Florida Theatre every Sunday, from June 24 through September 2, at 2 pm for Summer Movie
Classics. The event kicks off with High Society starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. In
this Oscar nominated musical, a successful jazz musician tries to win back his ex-wife while two other
men vie for her affection. Tickets are $6 for a single admission, $40 for a movie card, which gets you
admission into 10 screenings of your choosing. Florida Theatre- 2 pm Info: 355-2787 or floridatheatre.

Brian Regan
After years of building an audience in comedy clubs around the country, funny man Brian Regan has
graduated to selling out theaters and earning hour long specials on Comedy Central. Regan brings his
act, which consists of relatively clean observational humor, to the Florida Theatre this weekend. Tickets:
$42 The Florida Theatre- 7:30 pm Info: 355-2787 or floridatheatre.com

Black Light Burns
Alt-rock supergroup Black Light Burns comes to the Freebird this weekend to support their debut album
“Cruel Melody”. The band consists of two entities, the studio band (with former members of Nine Inch
Nails, A Perfect Circle and The Vandals) and the live band (featuring former members of The Esoteric,
Open Hand and Turn of the Screw). What they both have in common is lead vocalist and guitarist Wes
Borland of Limp Bizkit fame. Horse the Band will also perform. Tickets: $10 Freebird Live- 8 pm

tuesday                                  june 26
jimmie’s Chicken Shack
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack has always been hard to classify. No two records, let alone songs, have
sounded the same. Though confusing to the commercial radio world, their fans appreciate the band’s
independent attitude and the varied sounds that each record offers. The band continues to tour as it has
for the past 13 years playing the grass roots, high energy shows that built their reputation, often playing
sets as long as 3 hours. Supporting acts include Another Way of Life and Mindslip. Tickets: $10
Jackrabbits- 8 pm

The Ataris
                                                    june 27

After nearly four years of radio silence, The Ataris are back with a new label, a new album and a new
sound. Their fifth full-length album “Welcome the Night” gets beyond their melodic hard rock niche
and incorporates their love of 90’s alt-rock, psychedelic Brit rock and indie rock to create something
completely different from what fans may be used to. Check out the reinvented seven-piece at Fuel with
My Getaway and Boys of Summer. Tickets: $10 Fuel Coffeehouse- 7 pm

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                                                                                                                                                                                          In making this dramedy, the main pressure was
Movies opening This Week                                                                                                                                                           on Steve Carell to carry the picture with his comedic
                                                                                                                                                                                   skill and considerable acting talent. Mission accom-
                                                                                                                                                                                   plished! Carell is funny and handles the dramatic mo-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ments with skillful verve. Oedekerk’s script portrays
                                                                                                                                                                                   God as free of religious dogma. In this premise, there
                                                                                                                                                                                   is God and humanity, and when it suits his purpose,
                                                                                                                                                                                   God steps in to make an important change for the
                                                                                                                                                                                   betterment of all humankind.
                                                                                                                                                                                          The story implies that God chose Baxter
                                                                                                                                                                                   because he’s a practical man who wants to make
                                                                                                                                                                                   a difference. But when he gets to Congress, he’s
                                                                                                                                                                                   badgered into supporting Congressman Long’s (John
                                                                                                                                                                                   Goodman) anti-conservation bill that would destroy
1408 Based on a Stephen King story, this scenario                                                                                                                                  the natural beauty of the northern Virginia region with
involves a man who writes books about haunted                                                                                                                                      over-development. The scenario’s theme implies that
Inns and Hotels by going there and staying over                                                                                                                                    every person should work to make a difference. God
night. His overnight visits are uneventful until he                                                                                                                                knew he had the right person for the formidable job
insists on staying in a famous haunted room in the                                                                                                                                 of constructing the ark using only the ancient tools of
Dolphin Hotel in NYC. His experience is anything but                                                                                                                               Noah’s time.
uneventful. The room is evil. Rated PG-13

                                                        park the ark
A Mighty heart This docudrama is based on
Mariane Pearl’s memoir about the tumultuous
time in 2002 when Al Qaeda held her husband,
                                                        Evan Almighty movie review
Wall Street Journal writer, Daniel Pearl, hostage in
Karachi, Pakistan. Mariane is skillfully portrayed by   by Rick gRant                         rickgrant01@comcast.net
Angelina Jolie. Rated R                                 B + pg 90 min                                                      Wanda Sykes, who plays Baxter’s personal as-
                                                                                                                     sistant, is a standout character, uttering all the funny
evan Almighty This sequel to “Bruce Almighty”                 Former news anchor, Evan Baxter (Steve Carell),        lines as she watches her boss turn into a Biblical
stars Steve Carell who has gone from Anchorman          is newly elected to Congress in this feel-good picture.      Noah, complete with long beard and ancient cloth-
to Congressman Evan Baxter and is visited by            Baxter moves his family from Buffalo, N.Y. to a subur-       ing. “Have you been shooting up Rogaine?” she asks
God (Morgan Freeman) and told to build an ark in        ban mansion in northern Virginia. This sets the stage        Baxter.
preparation for a great flood. Comedic situations       for Baxter to receive a high-profile visitation from the           At first, Baxter resists God’s will, but to no avail.
ensue when Baxter ignores God’s wishes and he           Big Guy (Morgan Freeman), who appears to him one             God is determined that he build the ark, because                     So, despite everything against him–his wife, his
finds out God means business. Rated PG                  day in his car and tells him to build an ark. Of course,     on September 22, a flood is coming. Baxter can’t              colleagues, and the law–Baxter gets to work. To drive
                                                        Baxter thinks he’s losing his mind, but God is per-          even shave off his beard, as it immediately grows             home his conservation message, God has sent the
                                                        sistent. Soon, a truck delivers a large load of lumber,      back. God gives him a copy of Ark Building for Dum-           creatures from the forest to hang around Baxter–two-
noW pLAYing                                             much to Baxter’s chagrin.                                    mies and Baxter enlists his three kids to help him.           by-two- which makes his life even more complicated
                                                              Deftly directed by Tom Shadyac and master-             Of course, his wife Joan (Lauren Graham) thinks               with hundreds of animals following him around and
AFTeR The WeDDing Mads Mickelsen stars as               fully written by scribe Steve Oedekerk, the scenario is      her husband has gone stark-raving mad. She warns              thousands of birds flying into his office. He’s an ani-
the manager of an orphanage in India. He is sent to     predictable, but between the stellar cast and Shadyac’s      him that if he goes through with this ridiculous plan,        mal magnet.
Copenhagen, Denmark where he discovers a life-          near perfect orchestration of the scenes, this is a wildly   she’s leaving him. But Baxter tells her he has no other              Joan finally takes off with the kids, leaving Bax-
altering family secret. Rated R                         entertaining movie.                                          choice. God demands it.                                       ter alone to build the ark. But God intervenes and con-
                                                                                                                                                                                   vinces her to go back and help him with the difficult
DAY WATCh A horror tale set in contemporary                                                                                                                                        construction. The underlying message is clear– we
Moscow that revolves around the conflict and                                                                                                                                       should all lend a hand to make a better world. Yet it’s
balance maintained between the forces of light and                                                                                                                                 delivered with humor and secular simplicity.
darkness-the result of a medieval truce between the                                                                                                                                       Thanks to the wonders of CGI, the few animals
opposing sides. This ancient war between the forces                                                                                                                                on the set are multiplied a thousand-fold against a
of Light and Darkness is reaching a tragic outcome.                                                                                                                                blue-screen. To make room for the ark and animals,
Each side has gained a powerful Great Other, who                                                                                                                                   Baxter buys up eight of the lots around his home,
are headed for a clash. Rated R                                                                                                                                                    while his construction site becomes a media camp-
                                                                                                                                                                                   out location, full of commentators making fun of his
DoA: DeAD oR ALive First there was the popular                                                                                                                                     project. It seems his career as a member of Congress
video game–now, the movie adaptation starring                                                                                                                                      is in jeopardy. Not only has his hair grown long, it’s
Jaime Pressly as Tina Armstrong. Also co-starring                                                                                                                                  totally white. Still, Baxter perseveres with his project to
                                                                                                                                                                                   complete it before the deadline date. He just couldn’t
                                                4                                                                                                                                  say no to God.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Congressman Long, the bulbous blow-hard, has
                                                                                                                                                                                   informed the police and now there is a court order to
                                                                                                                                                                                   demolish the ark. Long may be a big-shot with plenty
                                                                                                                                                                                   of power, but he’s up against God, who trumps all
                                                                                                                                                                                   human power. Yes, this is a big commercial movie
                                                                                                                                                                                   designed to pull your heart strings and elicit laughs,
                                                                                                                                                                                   and it does especially well and everyone goes home
                                                                                                                                                                                   happy. Hey, not bad for a night at the cinema. I’m still

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seen. heard. noted. and quoted.
                                        pARTY giRL no MoRe
                                        Lindsey Lohan’s intentions are no longer pure. The rehabbing
                                        actress has canceled her plans to celebrate her 21st birthday
                                        at the Las Vegas hotspot on July 2, the nightclub confirmed to
                                        E! News Monday. “Due to the unique circumstances, as of this
                                        afternoon, Lindsay’s birthday party at Pure Nightclub has been
                                        canceled,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “We think the
                                        world of her and look forward to working with her in the future.”
                                        Ah, no more party girl shenanigans. What will we write about?

                                        hYpoCRisY DenieD
                                        Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who championed
                                        the decision to send Paris Hilton to jail, has apologized for stay-
                                        ing mum about a 2004 accident in which his wife crashed his
                                        city-issued vehicle while driving on a suspended license. How-
                                        ever, Delgadillo maintains the incidents were not comparable, as
                                        Hilton was “driving drunk” and violated her probation. Yeah, and
                                        pigs are pink.

“iF You goT iT, FLAunT iT”
Tony Danza will reprise his role as Max Bialystock in the Las Vegas version of the hit Broadway show
The Producers. The Who’s the Boss? star is due to begin his engagement on Aug. 13 and carry on
through the week before Christmas.

ouT oF sYnC
Former Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync manager Lou Pearlman has agreed to be returned from Guam to
Florida to face a federal bankruptcy charge, officials said Monday. The former music mogul is accused
of fraudulently securing nearly $20 million in bank loans on behalf of a nonexistent accounting firm.
Music biz means crooks get rich.

Kevin James and wife Steffiana De la Cruz welcomed their second child together June 14, daughter
Shea Joelle. The couple’s other little girl, Sienna, will be two years old in September.

JACko’s CReATive ACCounTing exposeD
Michael Jackson’s attorneys are preempting a trial by settling a federal lawsuit brought against the
pop star by a New Jersey finance company, which claimed that Jackson bilked it of $48 million after
it helped him refinance a $272 million bank loan and secure $573 million in financing so that he could
buy out Sony’s stake in the Beatles song catalog, of which he had previously owned only half. The
terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

seven oF nine equALs TWo
Jeri Ryan tied the knot Saturday with chef Christopher Eme in an outdoor ceremony in the French coun-
tryside in front of about 120 guests, per People. The Shark star wore a Vera Wang gown for what was
her second trip down the aisle. An all-night party followed, culminating in breakfast at the 16th-century
manor where the couple and about 30 of the actress’ relatives were staying. Ryan said, “I’ll never have
to wear that tight body suit again.”

nuT JoB? inDeeD
As reported by the Smoking gun, Britney
Spears is threatening legal action against
Florida radio station WFIZ-FM for using a bald-
headed Britney pic and allegedly questioning
the singer’s sanity on billboards promoting
the MJ Morning Show. The headlines used in
the promos, which feature a photo of Spears
next to one of host Todd Schnit, include “Total
Nut Jobs,” “Shock Therapy” and “Certifiable.”
A letter from attorney Donna Schneider to
Clear Channel Communications dated June
14 states that the pop star could be entitled to
“very substantial damages” if the ads aren’t
immediately taken down.

speCToR’s LAWYeR in ConTeMpT
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler, who’s presiding over Phil Spector’s murder trial,
found former defense team lawyer Sara Caplan in contempt for her refusal to testify about seeing fo-
rensics expert Henry Lee pick up an object at Spector’s home the day after Lana Clarkson died. Fidler
stayed his own order sending Caplan to jail pending the results of an immediate appeal. But I want to
know, will Phil’s page boy wig survive this trial? Or will he go back to impersonating Diana Ross?

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Holly Valance, Sarah Carter, Devon Aoki, Natassia
Maltha, and Eric Roberts. Rated PG-13

FAnTAsATiC 4: Rise oF The siLveR suRFeR The
four superheroes find out there’s a new sheriff in the
universe–the powerful Silver Surfer with his planet
destroying Galactus. Yes, Jessica Alba plays Sue
Storm–enough said. Rated PG

hosTeL:pART ii Hapless American college students
studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel where
they discover hellish horrors of torture and other
bloody terror. Rated R

JinDABYne On an annual fishing trip in isolated high
country, three friends find a girl’s body in the river. It’s
too late in the day for them to hike back to the road
and report their tragic find. The next morning, instead
of making the long trek back, they spend the day
fishing. Their decision to stay on at the river is a little
mysterious, almost as if the place itself is exerting
some kind of magic over them. When the men finally
return home to Jindabyne, and report finding the
body, all hell breaks loose. Starring: Laura Linney,
Leah Purcell, John Howard (II), Deborra-Lee Furness,
Gabriel Byrne. Rated R
knoCkeD up The consequences of having

unprotected sex is explored in this comedy. Slacker
Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) meets a vivacious woman,

                                                               fantastic four:
Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) in a bar, they get drunk,
and go back to his place and have sex. Oops, she gets
pregnant. Ben has to grow up rapidly to deal with this
life-altering event. For the first time in his life, Ben has
to accept responsibility, and he’s not ready. Rated R

MR. BRooks Kevin Costner stars as a charming
man who has a split personality. In his spare time,
                                                               rise of the silver surfer
                                                               movie review
he’s a serial killer. Demi Moore plays a homicide
Detective, Tracy Atwood, who is on his trail. Dane
Cook portrays Mr. Smith–a follower of Mr. Brooks
who wants to be just like him. Rated R
                                                               by kellie abRaHamSon                                   KAbrahamson1@aol.com
nAnCY DReW The famous teenage sleuth from the
book series, Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts) now has                 grade C    Rated pg 105 min.                               globe. The couple tries to ignore the phenomenon,
her own film to thrill a new generation of pubescent                                                                      but when the silver object flies overhead during their
girls with her wily investigations. This caper includes a             It’s no big surprise that Fantastic Four: Rise of   wedding ceremony, causing a helicopter to crash                effects are top notch, particularly the CGI effects
famous movie star–natch. Rated PG                              the Silver Surfer managed to snag the top spot at the      and threatening the lives of their guests, the Fantastic       used to create the Silver Surfer. The addition of this
                                                               box office its opening weekend. Despite being mauled       Four have no choice but to try and stop the UFO.               inventive and beloved character is no doubt what
oCeAns 13 George Clooney and his partner Steven                by critics, the first film in the franchise was a box      After an exciting chase, Johnny Storm/Human Torch              brought many to the theater this weekend, and they
Soderbergh have produced yet another Ocean                     office smash, earning over $300 million worldwide.         (Chris Evans) comes face-to-face with the object               were most likely satisfied with the portrayal. Despite
film. For the third episode, Danny Ocean (Clooney)             Devotees of the series stormed theaters last weekend       and discovers it’s a silver alien flying on a strange          lapses in the acting department, with all fingers
assembles his henchmen for another heist. Casino               to see the second installment, which earned the            surfboard. With the help of the four superheroes,              pointed at the female member of the super squad, the
owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original            sequel more than $57 million. That’s $1 million more       the government captures the Silver Surfer (body by             characters remain lovingly flawed, their quirks adding
eleven, Reuben Tishoff (Elliott Gould), and the sting is       than its predecessor made its opening weekend, but is      Doug Jones, voiced by Laurence Fishburne) and soon             necessary comic relief to the plight faced throughout
on. Rated PG-13                                                the new film any good?                                     discovers that the alien works for a far bigger threat, a      the film. With a more toned down script, this second
pARis Je T’AiMe Through the neighborhoods of                          The film picks up two years after the last one      planet-eating entity known as Galactus who will soon           installment is more kid-friendly, giving families a tame
                                                               left off. The Fantastic Four, a group of astronauts        suck all the life out of the Earth. Mr. Fantastic, Invisible   evening of popcorn fare to look forward to.
                                                       4       stuck with superpowers after traveling through clouds      Woman, Human Torch and The Thing (Michael                             By and large, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver
                                                               of cosmic energy, continue to struggle with their          Chiklis) must join forces with the Silver Surfer and find      Surfer isn’t the greatest movie ever. It wouldn’t even
                                                               newfound fame. Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic (Ioan           a way to stop Galactus before the world comes to an            make it to the top ten of the superhero genre, but it
                                                               Gruffudd) and the lovely Sue Storm/Invisible Woman         end.                                                           is an entertaining piece of celluloid that will please
                                                               (Jessica Alba) are planning their wedding, which                 Like most superhero films, there’s nothing deep          existing fans, amuse the youngest moviegoers and
                                                               has been called off twice before due to one world          about the Fantastic Four. In fact, the franchise is by far     catch the attention of those who crave cool special
                                                               catastrophe after another. As the countdown to what        the shallowest of the genre. Like the cartoon series,          effects. The story lacks in nearly every department,
                                                               the press calls the wedding of the century begins, a       these films are over-the-top, cheesy and, at times,            but if you’re going to see a movie about astronauts
                                                               strange silver object enters Earth’s atmosphere and        downright goofy. But, while they’re not as fantastic           with superpowers, you’re not really expecting a future
                                                               causes massive molecular fluctuations all around the       as the title suggests, they are kind of fun. The special       Oscar contender, right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry,
                                                                                                                          the kidnappers. The FbI agent sent to work with the                 reinvented and awakened. A group of internationally
                                                                                                                          Pakistani police used every resource at their command to            renowned directors rediscover the city of Paris in a
                                                                                                                          find Daniel. It was an impressive international effort.             collective work about love. Starring: Ben Gazzara,
                                                                                                                                 The crisis was rapidly building to a tragic end and          Bob Hoskins, Elijah Wood, Emily Mortimer, Fanny
                                                                                                                          everyone was frustrated by their failure to find Daniel.            Ardant. Rated R
                                                                                                                          There were false alarms that sent the investigators to              piRATes oF The CARiBBeAn: AT WoRLD’s enD
                                                                                                                          morgues to see bodies that were not Daniel. Finally, to
                                                                                                                          the team’s horror, they received a video with Daniel’s
                                                                                                                          beheading on the tape. Clearly, this horrific scene was not
                                                                                                                          faked and Daniel was dead. Now they had to tell Mariane,
                                                                                                                          who, when she found out, used her buddhist belief in
                                                                                                                          primal screaming to let out her initial shock.
                                                                                                                                 This story is Mariane’s journey through the darkness
                                                                                                                          to give birth to her son and overcome her grief. Her
                                                                                                                          commitment to chronicling the truth about the war on
                                                                                                                          terrorism helped her write the book and reflect on the
                                                                                                                          dangers of being a journalist in places like Karachi,
                                                                                                                          Pakistan. Her love for Daniel and her strength of spirit
                                                                                                                          guided her through this catastrophe to emerge on the                Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann
                                                                                                                          other side with Daniel’s spirit and love melded into her            (Keira Knightley) are allied with Captain Barbossa
                                                                                                                          soul.                                                               (Geoffrey Rush) in a desperate quest to free Captain
                                                                                                                                 In a poignant scene toward the end, Mariane tells            Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from his mind-bending
                                                                                                                          a television interviewer, “yes, Daniel’s death was tragic,          trap in Davy Jones’ locker. The terrifying ghost ship,
                                                                                                                          but many innocent civilians have died at the hands of

chaos and confusion
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Flying Dutchman, with Davy Jones at the helm, is
                                                                                                                          these terrorists, and their families are equally upset. I will      under the control of the East India Trading Company
                                                                                                                          dedicate my life to telling their stories to bring the truth to     and wreaking havoc across the Seven Seas. Rated
                                                                                                                          the world. Daniel always told the truth, and it cost him his        PG-13
                                                                                                                          life. Now I will take up his cause.”                                shRek The ThiRD The big green ogre is back with

A Mighty Heart movie review
                                                                                                                                 Using gritty documentary techniques, Winterbottom
                                                                                                                          puts the viewer onto the streets of Karachi– a teeming
                                                                                                                          mass of humanity where it would seem impossible to find
                                                                                                                          one person. but the Pakistani investigators did a remark-
by Rick gRant                           rickgrant01@comcast.net                                                           able job tracking down the perpetrators. Sadly, it was too
                                                                                                                          late for Daniel. Ironically, the terrorist who masterminded
A    Rated R 100 min                                           Pakistani investigators traced the telephone numbers of    the kidnapping of Daniel to free his associates from
       This edgy docudrama captures the chaos, clamor,         the suspects, which led them to various safe houses that   Guantanamo bay, Cuba, ended up there himself. A fitting
and confusion of Karachi, Pakistan in January 2002.            they promptly raided. but they were always a day behind    punishment.
Mariane Pearl is coping with her pregnancy while
exhausting every effort to find her kidnapped husband,
Daniel Pearl. In this sea of humanity filled with dark
shadows, Daniel Pearl is being held captive, a pawn in a
psychotic fundamentalist Muslim’s “jihad.”
       based on Mariane Pearl’s book, director Michael
Winterbottom has recreated the trauma and desperation                                                                                                                                         his pals for another adventure. When his new father-
of the search for Daniel by a cadre of Pakistani                                                                                                                                              in-law King Harold falls ill, Shrek is viewed as the
investigators, the FbI, a State Department security agent,                                                                                                                                    heir to the land of Far, Far Away. Shrek, who doesn’t
Randall bennett (Will Patton), and Daniel’s colleagues                                                                                                                                        want to give up his beloved swamp, recruits his pals
at the Wall Street Journal. The Pakistani government                                                                                                                                          Donkey and Puss in Boots to install the rebellious
was embarrassed by the high profile kidnapping and                                                                                                                                            Artie as the new king. Princess Fiona rallies a band of
desperately wanted to end the crisis. Even the Secretary                                                                                                                                      royal girlfriends to fend off a coup d’etat by the jilted
of State, then Colin Powell, got involved to free Daniel.                                                                                                                                     Prince Charming. Rated PG
       The entire scenario required an actress to get inside
Mariane’s head and deliver a convincing performance.                                                                                                                                          spiDeR-MAn 3 Spidey is back for a third episode as
Indeed, Angelina Jolie’s portrayal is riveting. She                                                                                                                                           he explores his dark side when an alien entity lands
channeled Mariane’s emotional pain and delivered one of                                                                                                                                       on earth and attaches itself to Peter Parker (Tobey
the most awe-inspiring characterizations in film history.                                                                                                                                     Mcguire). Suddenly, Spidey is acting like a jerk but
Her skillful method acting helps the viewer understand                                                                                                                                        enjoying his new powers. His new personality puts
the depth of Mariane’s emotional trauma while keeping                                                                                                                                         a strain on his relationship with Mary Jane (Kirsten
her composure to help the many investigators who                                                                                                                                              Dunst). Rated PG-13
had descended on her friend Asta’s (Archie Panjabi)
house, which was turned into the Find Daniel group                                                                                                                                            suRF’s up Emperor penguins are the hottest
headquarters.                                                                                                                                                                                 animation subject after the success of The March
       Mariane and Daniel were both journalists working                                                                                                                                       of the Penguins. In this animated penguin movie,
on in-depth stories of the post 9/11 Pakistani turmoil,                                                                                                                                       penguins somehow invent surfing and we get a
where the Taliban fled after American and coalition forces                                                                                                                                    behind-the-scenes look at the Annual Penguin World
achieved victory in Afghanistan. Daniel was pursuing an                                                                                                                                       Surfing Championship. Up and coming surfer dude
interview with a cleric associated with Al Qaeda. The fact                                                                                                                                    Cody Maverick thinks he’s hot stuff. Featuring the
that Daniel was Jewish was not a secret and probably                                                                                                                                          voice of Shia LaBeouf. Rated PG
contributed to his being kidnapped.
       The splinter group that kidnapped Daniel wanted                                                                                                                                        WAiTRess This indie from filmmaker Adrianne
their operatives released from Guantanamo bay, Cuba. Of                                                                                                                                       Shelly, who also appears in the film, was a winner
course, the United States was not going to give in to their                                                                                                                                   at Sundance. But the film took on new significance
demands. A quiet unofficial chain of diplomatic contacts                                                                                                                                      when Shelly was murdered by a construction worker
were established to negotiate Daniel’s release. However,                                                                                                                                      in her own apartment in NYC just before the picture’s
it proved futile to negotiate with crazed killers whose                                                                                                                                       premiere. Shelly’s scenario is about a waitress,
fanatical beliefs had driven them stark raving mad with                                                                                                                                       played by Keri Russell, who is unhappily married but
overzealous indignation.
       Amid the noise of Karachi’s crowded streets, the                                                                                                                                                                                           4
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hopes to win $25,000 in a pie-baking contest. She
loses all hope when she finds out she is pregnant,
until she meets a newcomer to town and falls into
an unlikely relationship with him as a last attempt at
happiness. Also starring Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines,
Nathan Fillion and Andy Griffith. Rated PG-13

special showings
                                                           a terrifying tale of evil
summer Movie Classics 2007
The Florida Theatre will be showing Summer Movie
Classics on Sundays throughout the Summer. Enjoy
great selections from cinematic history in the beautiful
setting of one of Jacksonville’s own classics. The
series begins with high soCieTY, starring Bing
Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra on June 24.
                                                           1408 movie review
The classic, MY FAiR LADY will be shown July 1.
All showings start at 2 pm. Call 355-ARTS or go to
                                                           by Rick gRant                         rickgrant01@comcast.net
floridatheatre.com.                                        B+ pg-13 94 min                                              happenings that drive him to the edge of madness.
                                                                  Trust Stephen King to rattle viewer’s cages with             Most of the film’s lens time goes to Cusack,
MoCA summer Cinema                                         this frightening scenario based on his short story.          who portrays Enslin skillfully, carefully building the
On Wednesday, June 27, MOCA Jacksonville’s Film            Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, the story follows the           tension and not overplaying Enslin’s slow descent
Series will be showing The iRon giAnT. In this             adventures of Mike Enslin (John Cusack), who falls           into hell. Cusack does this without resorting to
PG film for both children and adults, a giant metal        apart after losing his daughter. He leaves his wife to       overblown histrionics. With great cynicism, Enslin
machine falls to Earth and frightens the residents of      go on the road researching famous haunted houses             sees the room as a normal hotel suite complete with
a small town in Maine in 1958. It befriends a nine-        for a book that will debunk their claims that the            a refrigerator and other amenities.
year old boy named Hogarth and ultimately finds its
                                                           places are haunted.                                                 As things go from bad to worse, Enslin sees
humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own
                                                                  Enslin’s book on the subject hits the best            his dead daughter. Clearly, the evil that exists in the
fears and prejudices. Based upon the 1968 story, Iron
                                                           seller list, but his success is bittersweet. Mike is still   room is playing with his head. Soon, Enslin can’t tell
Man, by the British poet laureate Ted Hughes. Tickets
                                                           grieving for his daughter. During his travels, Enslin        reality from paranormal activity. His world is turned
are $6 for members and $8 for non-members. If you
are not already a MOCA member, take advantage              becomes cynical about so-called haunted houses               into a bad acid trip that will not end. He tries to
of the Film Series membership special – join the           just being promotional gimmicks to draw tourists.            send a video E-mail to his wife, who calls the cops,
Museum the night of the movie and then watch the           He stays overnight at many of them, and no ghosts            but they arrive to find an empty room. Enslin has
show for free! Info: 366-6911.                             appear. He rates each Inn or Hotel with a scare              crossed over into another dimension of a powerful
                                                           factor.                                                      evil entity that is trying to destroy him and take his
not Just for Baby Boomers Film series                             Then Enslin hears about a haunted room at the         soul.
See great movies that boomers grew up with that            Dolphin Hotel in NYC. He tries to book a room there                 Wow, Enslin just wanted a room with a good
still intrigue and enthrall all generations. Relax at      but is refused by the desk clerk. He finds out from          bed and a well-stocked liquor bar so that he could
a FREE 5:45 pm showing of a classic film in the            a lawyer that they have to give him the room. So he          say he stayed there and say that nothing happened.
Jacksonville Public Library Main Branch Auditorium         travels to NYC’s Dolphin Hotel and requests room             What he got was the mother of all haunted rooms,
with complimentary popcorn and soda, then enjoy an         1408. The hotel manager (Samuel L. Jackson) offers           which left no doubt that the room was alive
evening downtown. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday. The          him an upgrade to a penthouse suite if he’ll agree           and holding him captive. Early in his hour-long
next film is on The WATeRFRonT on June 28.                 not to stay in that room. In fact, the manager takes         nightmare, Enslin went from skeptic to believer. Now
Info: 630-2665                                             Enslin into his office and pleads with him not to            he had no escape except to kill himself, which he
                                                           stay in the room. “It’s evil,” he says, and produces         resisted.
                                                           a portfolio of gory pictures of people who were so                  Cusack’s riveting acting holds the scenario
                                                           frightened they killed themselves. One guy gouged            together, making the viewer cringe, and hoping that
                                                           his own eyes out.                                            Enslin can figure out how to beat the demon.
                                                                  But no, Enslin is insistent and demands the key.             Stephen King has once again crafted a
                                                           Finally, the manager gives in but warns him that no          terrifying tale of evil possession. Hafstrom’s evenly
                                                           one has lasted an hour in that room. One can say he          paced scene-craft and special effects add the
                                                           was properly warned, but Enslin thinks it’s a clever         finishing touches on this classic horror picture. Hey,
                                                           pitch to get him scared before he enters the room.           the manager warned him! But nooo, he had question
                                                           But Enslin is walking into a hellish trap of paranormal      the manager’s wisdom.

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                                                                                                                                                                         the DVD’s supplements, one with Csupo, writer Jeff
new on dvd                                                                                                                                                               Stockwell and producer Hal Lieberman, and the other
                                                                                                                                                                         with Hutcherson, Robb and producer Lauren Levine.
The AbAndoned (94 min.)                                                                                                                                                         I expected a lot more from the Bridge to Tera-
An American woman (Anastasia Hille) searching                                                                                                                            bithia DVD, particularly some deleted scenes and
for her birth parents learns she has inherited a                                                                                                                         maybe a gallery with concept art, as is customary
house in the middle of a forest in a remote area of                                                                                                                      with fantasy films like this. Luckily, the quality of the
Russia. Abandoned and uninhabited for 40 years,                                                                                                                          movie itself is enough to justify the purchase price.
it stands in total disrepair and neglect. There, she                                                                                                                     Bridge to Terabithia is a beautiful story that will hold
meets a mysterious man (Karel Roden) claiming                                                                                                                            your interest, capture your imagination and touch
to be her twin brother and together they find the                                                                                                                        you in a way few children’s films can. I won’t give
house holds dangerous secrets to a past they                                                                                                                             anything away, but I will say that the movie puts
don’t even remember. Rated R for violence/gore,                                                                                                                          you through an emotional wringer. I found myself
some disturbing images, nudity and language.                                                                                                                             laughing and smiling during the first half and trying
                                                                                                                                                                         hard not to sob during the second half. The film’s
big noThing (86 min.)                                                                                                                                                    ad campaign did it a great disservice. Bridge to
Charlie (David Schwimmer) is an ex-teacher                                                                                                                               Terabithia is far from a rip off of Lord of the Rings or
turned reluctant call-center employee who gets                                                                                                                           Narnia. In fact, most of the fantasy elements in the
fired on the first day. Distraught and unable to                                                                                                                         film are shown in the trailer. The bulk of the film is
provide for his family, he partners up with Gus                                                                                                                          about human relationships, the power of imagination
                                                                                                                                                                         and the importance of finding a true friend. After the

                                                       finding fantasy
(Simon Pegg), an aspiring scam artist, on a
                                                                                                                                                                         Disney Channel subjected my children and me to far
seemingly snag-free plan to make some cash:
                                                                                                                                                                         too many of these commercials, I considered letting
blackmail Reverend Smalls (Mitchell Mullen), a
                                                                                                                                                                         them watch the film with me since they had shown
man of the cloth, who has frequently turned up                                                                                                                           an interest. I’m glad I didn’t. At 3 and 5, some of the
in a database of visitors to illegal adult websites.                                                                                                                     themes in Bridge to Terabithia would have been way
This film is not rated.                                                                                                                                                  too much for them to handle. Parents of children

bridge To TerAbiThiA (96 min.)                         Bridge to Terabithia dvd review                                                                                   under 10 should probably preview the film first to
                                                                                                                                                                         make sure its right for their child. If you do choose
Jesse (Josh Hutcherson) is a fifth-grade loner                                                                                                                           to let your children watch it, I strongly suggest you
whose life completely changes when two writ-
ers and their daughter Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb)
                                                       By kellie abraHamSoN                                   KAbrahamson1@aol.com                                       view it with them. Be prepared to dry some tears and
                                                                                                                                                                         answer some questions.
move in next door. The two soon bond over their               I’ve never read Bridge to Terabithia, but I might   that tackles the special effects work the Weta Work-          Despite being a film based on a book for chil-
love of make-believe, creating a magical kingdom       after seeing the feature film adaptation of the now        shop contributed to the film. If you happen to watch   dren, I found myself caught up in the world of Tera-
called Terabithia in the woods near their homes        classic children’s tale. The poignant story masquer-       the Disney Channel, you’ve most likely seen An-        bithia and the lives of these two inventive kids. This
where they rule over mythical creatures and fight      ading as a fantasy film has won over most critics          naSophia Robb’s music video for “Keep Your Mind        beautifully told story is truly for families to enjoy
the forces of evil. Rated PG for thematic elements     and is now available on DVD, where it will no doubt        Wide Open” at least a hundred times. If you want to    together. When my kids are a bit older, we’ll sit down
including bullying, some peril and mild language.      win more fans.                                             make it one hundred and one, the video is also on      and watch Bridge to Terabithia together. Until then, I
                                                              Jesse Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) is a fifth-          the disc. Finally, two audio commentaries round out    get to keep this wonderful gem to myself.
grAy MATTers (96 min.)                                 grade loner at school and at home. His parents are
They finish each other’s sentences, dance like         too busy trying to make ends meet to notice that
Fred and Ginger, and share the same downtown           their only son is being alienated by his sisters. At
                                                       school he finds himself the target of bullies when he
loft--the perfect couple? Not exactly. Gray and
                                                       shows up wearing pink hand-me-down sneakers.
Sam (Heather Graham and Tom Cavanagh), are a
                                                       His life completely changes when two writers and
sister and brother so compatible and inseparable
                                                       their daughter Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb) move in
that people actually assume they are dating.           next door. At first Leslie seems a threat to Jesse. His
Mortified, they both agree they must branch out        plans to earn some notoriety and respect by being
and start searching for love. He’ll look for a guy     the fastest kid in the fifth grade are dashed when
for her and she’ll look for a gal for him. But when    Leslie enters the “boys only” race and wins. But
Sam finds his perfect mate in Charlie (Bridget         soon the two are drawn together, bonding over their
Moynahan) Gray’s life turns inside out. Rated          creative outlets; Jesse is secretly an artist and Leslie
PG-13 for some mature thematic material, sexual        follows in her parents’ footsteps and excels at cre-
content and language.                                  ative writing. The two bond over their love for make-
                                                       believe, creating a magical kingdom called Terabithia
in A dArk PlAce (95 min.)                              in the woods near their homes. They rule over
Anna Veigh (Leelee Sobieski), a recently qualified     mythical creatures and fight the forces of evil and
art therapist and teacher, is finding work at her      monsters inspired by the bullies they face at school.
inner city special school a tougher psychological      Together, the kids teach each other valuable lessons
challenge than she can cope with. The offer of         about love, friendship, courage and the importance
a new post minding two wealthy young orphans           of keeping an open mind.
whilst their wealthy uncle is away on business                Bridge to Terabithia is based on the 1978 New-
seems a perfect escape for her. But Anna’s per-        bery Medal-winning book by Katherine Paterson. She
                                                       drew her inspiration from her young son’s relation-
fect world quickly begins to fade as she makes
                                                       ship with his best friend Lisa. This is the second time
disturbing discoveries. Rated R for some sexual
                                                       Bridge to Terabithia was adapted into a film. In 1985,
content/nudity and disturbing images.
                                                       a TV movie starring Annette O’Toole aired on PBS.
                                                       The latest version of the story was directed by Gabor
longford (90 min.)                                     Csupo, best known for co-founding animation studio
This HBO Films drama tells the true story of           Klasky Cuspo, and was filmed in New Zealand. The
the British Lord Frank Aungier Pakenham (Jim           film grossed $100 million worldwide during its theat-
Broadbent), 7th Earl of Longford, and his contro-      rical run and makes its way to DVD this week.
versial, colorful, headline-making friendship with            The Bridge to Terabithia DVD has only a hand-
one of Britain’s most notorious criminals, child       ful of extras, suggesting a double-dip is on the hori-
murderess Myra Hindley (Samantha Morton).              zon, possibly in time for the Christmas season. First
Their unlikely friendship ultimately undermined his    is “Behind the Book: The Themes of Bridge to Tera-
career and, possibly, her 36-year attempt to win       bithia,” which revisits the children’s classic through
freedom. This film is not rated.                       interviews with the cast and crew. Next is “Digital
                                                       Imagination: Bringing Terabithia to Life,” a featurette
Miss Potter (92 min.)
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                                                                                                                  shows to check out
                                                                                                                  Burn notice (Usa)
                                                                                                                  According to the commercial for USA’s latest drama, “When spies get fired, they don’t get a letter from human
                                                                                                                  resources…They get BURNED.” Apparently, that is exactly what happens to agent Michael Westen (Jeffrey
                                                                                                                  Donovan) and he wants to know why. Burn Notice certainly doesn’t sound like the most interesting show of
                                                                                                                  the summer, but it’s hard not to be curious about a show featuring Bruce Campbell as a CIA Agent. Satisfy
                                                                                                                  your curiosity when the show premieres on June 28th at 10 pm.

                                                                                                                  american Body shop (Comedy Central)
                                                                                                                  If you’re a fan of the improvised comedy stylings of Reno 911!, this series about a dysfunctional group of
                                                                                                                  mechanics may just be right up your alley. Expect plenty of laughs from this promising new comedy. The of-
                                                                                                                  ficial premiere is July 8th at 10:30 pm, but you can catch a free sneak peek of the series on July 1st on apple.

                                                                                                                  Chelsea lately (e!)
                                                                                                                  Admittedly, I had no desire to see this show until I caught comedienne Chelsea Handler promoting it on Jay
                                                                                                                  Leno. Her daring, tell-it-like-it-is take on celebrity gossip had me hooked from the start. Anyone who secretly
                                                                                                                  (or not so secretly) enjoys reading about train wrecks like Britney, Lindsay and Paris in trashy gossip rags
                                                                                                                  should gobble up Chelsea Lately. The late-night show will air weeknights beginning July 16th. Keep an eye on
                                                                                                                  eonline.com for more details.

                                                                                                                  damages (FX)
                                                                                              meadowlands         A couple years back when the Oscar-winning actress had a 13 episode stint on The Shield, we learned that
                                                                                                                  Glenn Close and FX are a great combination. They try their luck again this summer with Damages, a legal

it’s time to reset the dvr
                                                                                                                  drama about the difficult choices lawyers must make when struggling to balance their professional and per-
                                                                                                                  sonal lives. The commercials, which air pretty much constantly on the network, look pretty good. Find out if
                                                                                                                  the show lives up to the hype on July 24th at 10 pm.

                                                                                                                  Flash Gordon (sci-Fi)
summer tv programming                                                                                             Cashing in on the recent superhero explosion is Sci-Fi’s latest effort Flash Gordon, starring (ironically)
                                                                                                                  Smallville’s Eric Johnson. The live action series based on the comic strip has fans of the character on pins
                                                                                                                  and needles in anticipation. The rest of us will find out what all the fuss is about when the show premieres on
                                                                                                                  August 10th.
by kellie abraHamSoN                                 KAbrahamson1@aol.com
The regular season is long gone, the network upfronts have passed and those who lost a beloved show (like,        Californication (showtime)
say, Veronica Mars) are beginning to heal. That means it’s time to take a look at the most promising shows        I have an immediate aversion to anything that reminds me of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but because Mulder,
taking to the airwaves during the lazy days of summer.                                                            I mean, David Duchovny stars in this new Showtime comedy, I may just check it out. Duchovny plays a de-
                                                                                                                  praved novelist balancing addictions, creativity and family. Sounds like a hoot, no? We’ll find out on August
new shows to catch up on
                                                                                                                  returning gems
John from Cincinnati (HBo)
There’s something about this bizarre surfing series that has me intrigued. Perhaps it’s the fact that every       You love them; you missed them, now here they are! Here’s a list of some of the best returning shows pre-
character is completely bonkers. Or maybe it’s because it’s from the guy who gave us Deadwood. Or maybe           miering this summer.
it’s because Dylan McKay is on it. In any case, John from Cincinnati is getting a lot of positive buzz from TV
critics and is worth checking out. Track down the first two episodes ASAP and be sure to tune in this Sunday      already back
at 9 pm.                                                                                                          Big Love (HBO- Mondays at 9 pm)
                                                                                                                  The Closer (TNT- Mondays at 9 pm)
Flight of the Conchords (HBo)                                                                                     Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo- Tuesdays at 10 pm)
New Zealand folk/pop/comedy duo The Flight of the Conchords brings their quirky humor to the States with          Rescue Me (FX- Wednesday at 10 pm)
this new series, which follows the band as they attempt to make it in New York City. The series premiered last    The 4400 (USA- Sundays at 9 pm)
Sunday and got mixed reviews around the EU office. Still, the series has potential, so it may be worth giving a   Entourage (HBO- Sundays at 10 pm)
second chance. Give it a try this Sunday at 10:30 pm.                                                             The Dead Zone (USA- Sundays at 10 pm)
meadowlands (showtime)                                                                                            coming soon
Also premiering for the first time last Sunday was Meadowlands, a new British drama about a family who’s in
the witness protection program. Unlike the CW’s failed series, Runaway, which had a similar premise but was       Monk (USA)- Premieres July 13
canned after three episodes, this one’s actually worth watching. Check out the first episode online at sho.       Psych (USA)- Premieres July 13
com/meadowlands and watch new episodes on Sundays at 10 pm.                                                       Weeds (Showtime)- Premieres August 13

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                                                   ready for laughs?
                                                   Last Comic Standing tv review
                                                   by Rick gRant                         rickgrant01@comcast.net
                                                    	    you know it’s summertime when the television                 The number of nitwits who show up at the open
                                                   landscape goes goofy with repeats of network shows          auditions and actually think they are funny boggles
                                                   and replacement programs of questionable quality. Of        the mind. They are the nameless boring louts who get
                                                   course, reality shows are proliferating like poppy fields   drunk and tell bad jokes at a bar. These dunderheads
                                                   in Afghanistan, and summer is a great time to trot them     are under the delusion that they are born comedians.
                                                   out. They’re cheap to make and easily pulled because        I love it when the judges get rid of them with extreme
                                                   they use no actors or scripts. Well, that statement may     prejudice.
                                                   be controversial. Some months ago, editors for reality             After the auditions come the semi-final rounds.
                                                   TV shows wanted to be compensated as writers since          The comics chosen at the open auditions perform in
                                                   the way a reality show is edited can drastically change     front of the judges and a live audience. Each comic is
                                                   its content. Thus, it’s written by the manipulation of      given five minutes to knock ‘em dead. Afterwards, the
                                                   images–a visual script, as it were.                         judges decide which ones move on to the finals.
                                                         Nonetheless, a few of these reality shows are                Indeed, for the competitors, this show is high
                                                   well worth viewing, such as American Idol, America’s        stakes TV exposure. Ant said that winning the competi-
                                                   Got Talent and the established, Emmy-nominated Last         tion made him a celebrity overnight. Like in American
                                                   Comic Standing, which just launched its 5th season on       Idol, just being in the show is major exposure, reaching
                                                   NbC. The first weeks of the show are hilarious because      far more people than would be possible just playing
                                                   of the auditions that take anyone off the street who        clubs. So, the comic must come out and kill with his
                                                   thinks they are funny. The show is now international,       or her best material. If a comic bombs, it’s in front of
                                                   going to various big cities across the globe, including     millions of people. The humiliation happens on a large
                                                   Los Angeles, New york, London, Minneapolis, and San         scale, potentially ending a comedian’s career.
                                                   Antonio. This year, the roving band of Talent Scouts are           The winner receives $250,000 and an exclusive
                                                   the previous winners of the show: Ant, Kathleen Madi-       half-hour comedy special on bravo. yes, the stakes
                                                   gan, and Alonso bodden. It’s hosted by bill bellamy.        are high and the competition is fierce. by the time the
                                                         Clearly, the open auditions feature a gaggle of       hopefuls reach the semi-finals, the standards are even
                                                   crazy people who are rapidly dismissed. A few of the        higher–on a big time professional level. Of the thou-
                                                   hopefuls have experience as professional comics, but        sands of wannabes at each open audition, the throng is
                                                   wherever they were working, their standards must have       culled down to only a few worthy comics.
                                                   been very low. One comedian, Mike Silverback, came                 Interestingly, most of the finalists have been
                                                   out in a gorilla suit. It was a stupid gimmick. However,    working as professional comedians for years looking
                                                   he is actually funny and has great timing. The gorilla      for a break. This show gives them that break, and even
                                                   costume got old quickly, but he was chosen to move on       if they don’t win, they can use the appearance on their
                                                   to the next level. Once a comic uses a gimmick, it’s a      resume to get higher paying gigs.
                                                   severe limitation. Remember the Unknown Comic with                 Last Comic Standing is great alternative summer
                                                   a bag over his head? No? I rest my case. We’ll see how      viewing. It’s better than repeats or other mindless real-
                                                   far Sasquatch goes.                                         ity shows.

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video games
by Norm stovall                          normstovall@gmail.com

For Xbox 360
	     DiRT	is totally awesome. I really mean that. From the moment I got my antsy hands on the
demo, I was hopelessly in love. I’m a big fan of rally racing games in general, so I guess that
makes me a little biased going into this review, right? Well, hear me out. DiRT has a terrific mix of
simulation-style rally racing and arcade style gameplay. With a ton of true-to-life cars and buggies to
choose from, you are sure to find your favorite rally vehicle. In addition to standard style rally races
on dirt, gravel and tarmac, DiRT also features head-to-head racing, a la NASCAR. The damage that
happens to your car is realistic, and if you run off the road into a tree, chances are gonna be good
that you just ended the race for yourself. While playing, you can choose from multiple viewpoints,
including two from inside the car, which is perfect for playing with the Microsoft steering wheel. If
none of this sounds cool to you, then maybe I am a little biased, but I still stick to my opinion that
this game is totally awesome.

FinaL FanTasy

      Some of you may be sick of remakes and re-releases. Fair enough. One of the main selling
points of both the Nintendo Wii and Xbox live is the steady flow of classic games and remakes.
Well, the PSP also has a few, of course. Nothing to rant about, as there is plenty of new content for
the PSP But you know what? This week, PSP got a really good remake of a really good game.
      About 20 years ago, the first Final	Fantasy game was released with much fanfare. It may be
hard for some of you to believe that it was actually that long ago, but yeah, 20 years. With the
remake, Final	Fantasy is just as good as it ever was (and even better than it eventually became),
with all-new bells and whistles that fans of the series will go gaga over. An all-new bestiary system
is at your disposal, allowing you to easily view the enemies you have defeated, which is actually
pretty cool to use. Additionally, all the graphics have been redone and enhanced. The dungeons
have had their share of revamping as well, though the tried-and-true gameplay mechanics and
story have stayed the same. Whether you’re a fan of the original or a new player learning the roots
of console RPGs, it’ll do you good to play Final	Fantasy.

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                                                        griLLeD LobSter pAireD with
reStAurAntS & the theAtre                               jAmón SerrAno                                                                                                                  of	Spain.	The	flavor	of	Manchego	can	vary	according	to	
                                                                                                                                                                                       the	age	of	the	cheese,	from	mild	to	tangy.	This	particular	
you’ve got a grand eve-                                                                                                                                                                Manchego	seemed	to	be	fairly	young,	with	a	subtle	but	
ning planned at a                                                                                                                                                                      complex	flavor,	coaxed	to	fullness	by	the	taste	of	the	
                                                                                                                                                                                       wine	and	the	contrast	of	the	olives.
concert or to                                                                                                                                                                          	       Under	pinchos	(foods	on	skewers),	we	were	caught	
see a play                                                                                                                                                                             by	the	bold	flavor	of	the	sweet	grilled	lobster	paired	with	
and what                                                                                                                                                                               jamón Serrano,	a	dry-cured	Spanish	ham	similar	to	pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                       sciutto.	The	flavor	of	high-quality	Serrano	can	be	saltier	
better way to                                                                                                                                                                          and	more	intense	than	prosciutto,	and	the	Tasting	Room	
make your outing a                                                                                                                                                                     uses	excellent	ingredients.
special event than with                                                                                                                                                                	       We	had	an	incredible	salad	experience.	Those	who	
                                                                                                                                                                                       haven’t	had	grilled	romaine	lettuce	simply	need	to	try	it	
some great food. these are just a few of the
                                                                                                                                                                                       at	the	Tasting	Room.	The	smoky	flavor	coupled	with	the	
places that the theatre, symphony and art                                                                                                                                              crisp	lettuce	will	leave	you	thinking	about	their	salad	for	
show crowd flock to before and after shows.                                                                                                                                            days.	Ours	was	topped	with	roasted	red	peppers,	onions,	
you might see your favorite restaurant or you                                                                                                                                          pine	nuts,	chives,	a	sherry	cream	sauce	and	delectable	
                                                                                                                                                                                       little	anchovies.	(For	those	nay-sayers	who	think	they	
might find something new to you!                                                                                                                                                       don’t	like	anchovies,	I	challenge	you	to	try	this	salad.)
                                                                                                                                                                                       	       For	a	little	of	everything,	you	might	want	to	try	the	
b.b.’s (1019 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville                                                                                                                                            Chef’s	Daily	Flights,	which	features	a	selection	of	three	
                                                                                                                                                                                       mini-appetizers.	It	runs	about	$20	but	you’ll	get	an	ad-
(904) 306-0100) For diverse, stylish American

                                                       a study in spanish excellence
                                                                                                                                                                                       venture	in	taste.	We	sampled	a	mini-dish	of	pan-seared	
food in a mod-bistro atmosphere, minus the                                                                                                                                             scallops	with	an	amazing	corn	ragu	flavored	by	the	Ser-
pretension, b.b.’s in San Marco is a Jackson-                                                                                                                                          rano	ham,	a	tender,	flake-to-the	fork	mahi-mahi	on	a	bed	
                                                                                                                                                                                       of	exquisite	lentils,	and	a	grilled	quail	paired	with	roasted	
ville favorite, especially prior to a night at the

                                                       Tasting	Room
                                                                                                                                                                                       paprika	potatoes.
theater. They’ve reportedly got a bisque soup                                                                                                                                          	       By	the	time	you	reach	dessert,	you	may	be	too	full	
that will have you wanting to lick the bowl                                                                                                                                            to	go	on.	Desserts	aren’t	a	main	focus	of	the	menu,	but	
clean. Under each entrée, one of their by-the-                                                                                                                                         they	do	have	an	authentic	Spanish	style	that	is	rare	in	

glass wines is suggested as a pairing. Like            BY Erin thursby                             	scopes1925@msn.com                                                                 North	Florida.	Ask	for	the	dessert	menu	at	the	end	of	your	
                                                                                                                                                                                       meal,	which	suggests	wines	to	pair	with	each	dessert.
its sister restaurant, Biscotti’s, b.b.’s is also      	      There	are	some	eateries	that	just	invite	conversa-       	     We	began	the	evening	with	something	from	the	             	       It’s	rare	to	find	a	“tapas”	bar	or	eatery	that	sticks	to	
known for its large, luscious desserts, so plan        tion	and	camaraderie,	whether	it	be	the	cook-it-yourself	       bocadillos	section,	which	consists	of	petite	snacks	to	         traditional	fine	Spanish	cuisine	and	ingredients,	so	I	was	
                                                       fun	of	fondue,	the	simultaneously	comforting	and	exotic	        whet	the	appetite.	These	range	in	price	from	$4	(curried	       happy	to	find	this	tesoro	España.	Many	of	the	ingredients	
to share! Last we heard, they don’t accept res-        atmosphere	of	a	hookah	bar	or,	in	the	case	of	the	Tast-         yucca	chips)	to	$10	(stuffed	Spanish	olives	and	roasted	        that	are	part	of	the	tapas	selections	at	the	Tasting	Room	
ervations, but you can give them a call an hour        ing	Room,	a	tapas	bar	where	appetizers	with	a	Spanish	          marcona	almonds.)                                               are	exclusively	made	in	Spain,	including	the	Manchego	
before you arrive, give them a specific time and       finesse	are	perfectly	paired	with	fine	wines.                   	     If	you	don’t	speak	Spanish,	the	menu	headings	            cheese	and	the	Serrano	ham.		If	you’re	into	adventurous	
                                                       	      The	Tasting	Room	is	marvelous	for	a	romantic	meal	       will	need	a	little	explanation.	Fortunately,	the	servers	are	   cuisine,	you	just	might	experience	flavors	at	the	Tasting	
they will put your name on their call-ahead list.
                                                       or	as	a	place	to	take	a	large	group.	Either	way,	the	place	     equipped	to	explain	each	dish	and	if	they	don’t	know	a	         Room	that	you’ve	never	had	before,	but	if	you	love	to	
                                                       seems	to	encourage	a	slow	meal	and	a	sense	of	fun.	             minute	detail,	they	aren’t	afraid	to	go	to	the	chef	and	ask.    indulge	in	the	classics,	these	flavors	won’t	all	be	unfa-
bistro Aix (1440 San Marco Boulevard, Jack-            Service	is	quick	enough,	but	you’ll	want	to	savor	each	         	     In	the	next	section,	under	tablas,	we	indulged	in	        miliar.	
                                                       tapas	course	and	the	wine	you	select.	                          the	well-balanced	flavor	of	the	marinated	Manchego	
sonville (904) 398-1949) French-style bistro
                                                       	      You	can	be	seated	in	four	different	areas:	a	private	    cheese	and	olives.	Manchego	cheese	is	a	sheep’s	                25 Cuna Street, St. Augustine, FL (904) 810-2400
fare at its finest with an eclectic flare, they’re a   party	room	towards	the	back,	the	general	dining	area	with	      cheese,	exported	exclusively	from	the	La	Mancha	area	           Cost $$$$
pre-show dinner stop for patrons of the Sym-           a	yellow	rose	at	each	table,	red	napkins	and	dark	wood	
phony and Theatre Jacksonville, among others.          tables,	the	lounge,	complete	with	comfy	retro	couches,	
                                                       or	take	a	seat	out	on	the	patio.
Although Bistro Aix has a reputation for upscale       	      Although	wines	are	the	stars	of	the	drink	list,	there	
cuisine, there are some tasty options on the           is	a	beer	list	available	for	the	wine-shy.	Even	those	who	
menu for under $20 and they have half portions         aren’t	particularly	fond	of	wine	should	give	the	Tasting	
                                                       Room’s	wine	selections	a	try.	The	wait	staff	knows	their	
available on many of the selections, something
                                                       pairings	and	can	give	you	the	perfect	complement	to	
you might be grateful for, if you like to have a       each	tapas	platter	you	sample,	heightening	the	flavor	of	
little taste of everything! For a post-theater des-    both	the	food	and	the	wine.
                                                       	      By	the	time	you	finish	sampling	their	tapas	and	
sert, try their classic crème brûlée.
                                                       sipping	wines,	you	too	will	believe	that	entrées	are	over-
                                                       rated.	If	you	crave	a	full	meal	though,	you	can	opt	for	the	
burrito gallery (21 E Adams Street, Jack-              entradas.
sonville (904) 598-2922) A casual but artistic
choice before a show at the T-U or the Florida
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         CheF’S DAiLy FLightS
Theatre, Burrito Gallery was one of those busi-
nesses that used Jacksonville’s hosting of the
Super Bowl in 2005 to launch their business
to much success. Since that time they’ve be-
come a much loved and talked about bastion of
burritos and artwork. The huge mural painted
on the side of the building has helped change
people’s perception of Downtown. Inside, the
walls are a shifting gallery of artwork from local
Jacksonville artists. It’s become a real hotspot
during the monthly Art Walks. You’ll often see a

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                                                                                                                      cially in the indie and arts community, you’re going
                                                                                                                      to have people that are jealous and relationships will
                                                                                                                      go sour.”                                                      crowd spilling out of the place
                                                                                                                              Stephen knows about this separation because            on that first Wednesday of the
                                                                                                                      for years he was one of the local people that was              month. Plus, their burritos are
                                                                                                                      known for being divisive in this local scene. That
                                                                                                                                                                                     huge and fantastic!
                                                                                                                      was twenty years ago, and now he has learned to
                                                                                                                      try to work with others to create success through
                                                                                                                      numbers rather than through being the quintessential           Carrabba’s (9 North 3rd Street, Jacksonville
                                                                                                                      success story on a solo basis.                                 Beach (904) 249-5550) Players by the Sea
                                                                                                                              “John and a girl in Indiana mellowed me out a
                                                                                                                      little. The ego just gets in the way. I landed with a          is partnered with this Jax Beach restaurant.
                                                                                                                      loud thud from my ego, and even when I was feud-               Although it’s a chain, it’s still a big favorite
                                                                                                                      ing, I still regretted it when I looked back. I liked the      with theatre goers looking for big Italian flavor

the end of an era
                                                                                                                      people I was feuding with.”
                                                                                                                              Right now John and Stephen are both exhaust-           at a mid-range price before an evening at the
                                                                                                                      ed, so they intend to take full advantage of the time          theatre.
                                                                                                                      off, but Boomtown is not gone for good. When they
Boomtown’s	last	supper                                                                                                re-open, we can expect Nocturnal Escape to return
                                                                                                                      and the theatrical aspects of Boomtown to reclaim
                                                                                                                                                                                     Casa Dora (108 E Forsyth Street, Jacksonville
                                                                                                                      the stage, but the restaurant will take some time to           (904) 356-8282) On a more casual note is
BY jon bosworth                               jaxvillain@yahoo.com	                                                   come back. It needs to rebuild its reputation and              Casa Dora, a cozy Italian restaurant often fre-
       Boomtown is down, but it isn’t out.                        “I’m throwing myself into theatre stuff. John       become more manageable for the ownership.                      quented by folks heading to a Florida Theatre
       “I’m taking off for a little while. In order to do   and I are taking the rest of the summer off, our first            Because the overhead on an 8,000 square foot
the restaurant I need training manuals. There isn’t a       vacation in twelve months. I’m throwing myself into       restaurant in the middle of Downtown was so expen-             show. It’s right on the same block, so it’s an
culinary institute here that teaches technique, so I        sleeping and blogging.”                                   sive, they had to work harder than most to keep the            easy walk. While it might be a little short on
have to actually make a video about how the sauces                Stephen’s activism through Internet blogging        facility operating. In addition to the costs of the the-       ambiance, we’ve heard that it more than makes
are made and the consistencies.”                            intends to bring Metro Jacksonville to the next level.    atre and live music space, they had to pay the bills
       Stephen Dare is the self-taught chef at Boom-              “With our email list of 12,000 contacts, it’s not   on a vast amount of space that made no money at all            up for it with an awesome chicken marsala and
town, a downtown restaurant that has proven that            like we’ll run out of gossip.”                            for them. So they brought the restaurant concept to            manicotti.
culinary expertise doesn’t have to come with a                    So although Stephen and John are getting out        life. As it turns out, Stephen Dare is a cook who can
snobby attitude. Granted, Boomtown’s cuisine is             of the entertainment business downtown, they are          hold his own against many a celebrity chef, but he
                                                                                                                                                                                     eleven South (216 11th Avenue South, Jack-
only a portion of what made Boomtown the success            not getting out of downtown’s business. The Dalton        needs his time away from his sauté pan.
story that it has become, but their food has certainly      Agency, one of the leading advertising agencies in                So Boomtown will go into a brief hiatus and            sonville Beach (904) 241-1112) A blend of
set them apart from the other restaurants in Hem-           town, has purchased the building that Boomtown            when we see it again, it will be more focused on               world cuisine, with an emphasis on Mediter-
ming Plaza that have tried to stake their claim on          was in, but Boomtown doesn’t intend to disappear          theatre and less on cuisine, but that’s not to say we          ranean is mainly what graces the tables at the
Downtown Jacksonville’s culinary legacy.                    quietly into the night.                                   can’t expect to see cuisine in the future. In fact, one
       “We’ve been discussing franchising opportuni-              “Jacksonville is such a political place. We         of their key objectives is to bring the restaurant back        upscale Eleven South. You can take a seat on
ties in the Beaches and Arlington.”                         were looking at Craig VanHorne’s space (9th and           to multiple venues through franchising, so look for            the patio, at their custom-made bar or in their
       The other things that made Boomtown notable          Main) but he is so up against the wall for cash that      Boomtown dishes all over town in the coming years.             dining room. It’s often a choice for theatre
over the past few years are their focus on local the-       he needed a $36,000 deposit to bring a successful         But don’t expect to see Stephen spending the rest
atre and Stephen’s perpetual activism with groups           business into his floundering space.”                     of his active years slaving over a hot stove. He has           patrons before they enjoy a show at Players by
such as metrojacksonville.com. Stephen has been                   Some say that Craig originally took the concept     a lot to accomplish, and the rich sauce on his pork            the Sea.
an activist in Jacksonville since the early Five Points     of the 9th and Main space from Stephen and John to        chops isn’t exactly at the top of his priority list. Look
days of the mid-nineties, but in the last five to seven     begin with, but they’re not bitter about it.              for Boomtown’s comeback after the summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Layla’s (2016 Hendrix Avenue, Jacksonville
years, he has been involved in taking a live theatre              “We found a perfect location for what we                    “We say we aren’t going to do the restaurant
and restaurant concept from a private kitchen in            wanted to do, but someone from the neighborhood           anymore, but we just purchased a lot of restaurant             (904) 398-4610) With a sultry atmosphere
a downtown loft apartment to a real business in             queered the deal, saying we were being evicted from       equipment, so it doesn’t look like we’re really com-           and Thursday Night Jazz, Layla’s is a frequent
Springfield, and then one of the most expensive-            our current space. Of course this isn’t true, but ac-     mitted to that promise.”                                       haunt for Theatre Jacksonville patrons before
to-operate restaurants in downtown with business            cording to John:                                                  Look for Boomtown’s re-opening in the Spring-
partner John Allen Harrett.                                       “Anytime you have any level of success, espe-       field or downtown area after the summer.                       and after shows. They serve Middle Eastern
                                                                                                                                                                                     cuisine and have a patio area for hookah smok-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ers. Because it’s within walking distance from
                                                                                                                                                                                     Theatre Jacksonville, you can safely down a
                                                                                                                                                                                     few drinks during their Happy Hour (4 pm-7
                                                                                                                                                                                     pm Monday-Saturday) before hoofing it to the
                                                                                                                                                                                     theater. Layla’s is also open late, so it’s a great
                                                                                                                                                                                     post-theater place to relax, drink and eat. Food
                                                                                                                                                                                     selections range from seared tuna entrées
                                                                                                                                                                                     and Middle Eastern favorites like hummus and
                                                                                                                                                                                     grape leaves to their Shawarma Lamb Wrap.

                                                                                                                                                                                     pom’s (1974 San Marco Boulevard, Jack-
                                                                                                                                                                                     sonville (904) 338-0269) This pricey, white
                                                                                                                                                                                     table-clothed Thai eatery in San Marco often
                                                                                                                                                                                     serves chicken satay to the pre-theater crowd.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Located just off San Marco’s square above
                                                                                                                                                                                     Square One, you can enjoy traditional Thai
                                                                                                                                                                                     fare as well as fusion twists on old dishes. Try
                                                                                                                                                                                     their seafood dishes or see if you can stand
                                                                                                                                                                                     the heat of one of their spicier dishes; but be

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                                                    pub crawling gets fancy
                  forewarned, unless you’re a                                                                                                                                     CruSh
                  true aficionado of Thai-spice,                                                                                                                                  LoCAtion:	Corner	of	Park	and	Dancy	in	Riverside
                  you might be sweating at                                                                                                                                        type:	French	Restaurant	and	Wine	Bar
                  your table.                                                                                                                                                     Serving:	Fine	wines	and	a	terrific	selection	of	im-

raintree (102 San Marco Avenue, St. Au-
                                                    Wine	Bars                            by the eu professional drinkers
                                                                                                                                                                                  ported	draft	beers	and	bottled	microbrews.
                                                                                                                                                                                  AmenitieS:	Outstanding	bathrooms.
gustine (904) 824-7211) This St. Augustine                                                                                                                                        Drink SpeCiALS:	Half	price	bottles	of	wine	every	
                                                    Although	wine	bars	aren’t	the	usual	haunt	for	us	professional	drinkers,	because	wine	hangovers	are	the	worst,	
                                                                                                                                                                                  Tuesday	and	Wednesday	throughout	the	summer.	
bastion of fine American/Continental dining is      the	topic	of	“culture”	made	us	think	of	sticking	our	noses	in	some	fine	wine	glasses.	Given	the	number	of	
often a stop for those who take in a show at the    wine	bars	that	are	springing	up,	we	thought	it	would	be	good	to	bring	a	sharpened	eye	and	a	smart	ass	to	the	                 It’s	difficult	to	report	on	wine	bars.	Pretention	is	usually	
Limelight, just a block and a half away. Since                                                                                                                                    part	of	the	experience	at	a	wine	bar.	Crush	is	primarily	
                                                    cellars	around	town	and	deliver	the	dry	and	bitter	to	you	so	that	if	you	decide	to	try	to	really	impress	someone	
                                                                                                                                                                                  a	French	restaurant,	but	it	started	as	a	wine	bar	by	the	
the Raintree is partnered with the Limelight,
                                                    with	your	knowledge	and	experience	when	it	comes	to	fine	wines,	you	can	at	least	fake	it.	On	the	other	hand,	if	              original	owners	and	chef	of	the	place.	Now	it	is	serious-
they always know what time the curtain goes                                                                                                                                       ly	French	cuisine.	It	is	expensive,	but	at	$36	to	$350	a	
                                                    you	are	a	wine	drinker	who	is	looking	for	a	good	place	to	sip,	these	are	some	of	the	most	notable	wine	bars	in	
up and can suggest when you should make                                                                                                                                           bottle,	it	is	exactly	what	you	would	expect	from	a	casual/
                                                    town.	We	didn’t	go	to	them	all	(we	are	saving	The	Wine	Cellar,	The	Grape	and	some	others	for	a	future	issue)	                 high-end	restaurant.	The	server	suggested		the	2005	
your reservation. Each item is meticulously
                                                    we	did	get	to	some	good	ones	in	the	Riverside	and	San	Marco	area.                                                             Hahn	Estates	California	Meritage,	which	was	delicious	
prepared and servers are very knowledgeable                                                                                                                                       and	only	$9	a	glass,	and	the	white	2005	Dr.	Burklin-
about the menu. Enjoy their beef Wellington,                                                                                                                                      Wolf	German	dry	Reisling,	which	was	only	$8	a	glass.	
a great cut of filet surrounded by a puff pastry                                                                                                                                  They	also	have	Spaten,	Maudite,	Kronenbourg	1664,	and	
                                                       SimonS A wine bAr                                                                                                          Tucher	Weizen	on	draft.	Glasses	of	wine	range	from	$8	
with a savory Bordelaise sauce. The Wellington
                                                                                                                                                                                  per	glass	to	$14	per	glass.	–johnny St. thomas
is a specialty at the Raintree and it’s always on      LoCAtion: Prudential	and	Hendricks	
the menu. After the show, patrons drop into the        in	San	Marco/Southbank
                                                       type:	Wine	Bar	with	full	dinner	menu
Raintree’s Dessert Room, for a little after-show
                                                       Serving:	An	outstanding	selection	of	
                                                       exquisite	and	fine	wines.
                                                       AmenitieS:	Covered	patio	seating.
the row (1521 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville
                                                       Drink SpeCiALS:	Tuesday	through	
(904) 354-5080) Many of the people heading             Saturday,	from	5	pm	to	8	pm,	a	free	
for a symphony or theatre show Downtown eat            bottle	of	wine	with	dinner	for	two.	
at the Row inside the Riverdale Inn beforehand.
If you tell your server that you’re trying to be       Our	server	Frank	was	more	knowledge-
                                                       able	about	the	wines	than	most	servers	
out by a certain time, they can ensure that you        at	other	wine	bars.	He	suggested	the	
make your show with time to spare. Reserva-            2004	Carpe	Diem	Edna	Valley	wine	
tions are recommended, but you can always              at	$16	a	glass	as	a	red	and	the	2005	
                                                       Spann	Vineyard	California	Chardonnay	                                                                                        tAStingS
take a seat at the classy Gum Bunch Pub, a                                                                                                                                          	
                                                       for	$11	a	glass	as	the	white,	and	these	
favorite post-theater bar inside the Row. Per-         were	superb	selections.	The	wines	on	                                                                                        ADDreSS or DireCtionS: 1515	Prudential	
haps the pinnacle of The Row’s entrées is their        their	menu	are	categorized	by	region	                                                                                        Drive,	next	to	the	Chart	House.	
                                                       and	you	can	find	Austrian	wines	from	
signature Chicken Marsala. It’s not the standard                                                                                                                                    type oF pLACe:	Wine	Bar	and	Restaurant	
                                                       $21	per	bottle	or	a	1995	Bordeaux	for	
thin, rough-pounded chicken, but is instead            $3,400.	They	sometimes	feature	live	                                                                                         Serving: An	overwhelming	selection	of	wine,	
served as a roasted de-boned chicken stuffed           jazz,	but	every	time	I’ve	been	there,	                                                                                       brews	in	the	bottle	and	on	tap,	full	menu.	
with stunningly flavorful spinach, goat cheese         they’ve	had	classic	rock	on	the	stereo.	                                                                                     AmenitieS:	You	get	to	freaking	pour	your	own	
                                                       This	is	easily	the	most	fancy	wine	bar	                                                                                      freaking	wine!	
and pecans, topped with an excellent marsala           to	ever	play	Lynyrd	Skynyrd	on	the	over-                                                                                     Drink SpeCiALS: Aww	shucks.	You’re	special	
sauce, mushrooms and capers.                           head	system.	But	their	entrees	are	out	of	this	world,	so	don’t	hesitate	to	put	this	place	at	the	top	of	your	list	when	
                                                       you	want	excellent	food	at	a	reasonable	price	in	a	wine	bar	atmosphere. –johnny St. thomas                                   enough!	
the tasting room (25 Cuna Street, St. Augus-                                                                                                                                        So,	everyone	and	their	mother	has	been	trying	to	
tine (904) 810-2400) With their emphasis on                                                                                                                                         get	me	out	of	the	house	(Starlight)	to	check	out	
                                                                                                                                                                                    this	new	place.	Had	I	known	what	I	know	now,	I	
wine and tapas, the Tasting Room has just the
                                                    the grotto                                                                                                                      would	have	been	there	much	sooner.	This	place	is	
right atmosphere for a post-theatre chat in St.                                                                                                                                     truly	like	no	other.	Located	right	off	of	Prudential	
Augustine. It’s rare to find a so-called “tapas”    ADDreSS or DireCtionS:	2012	San	Marco	Boulevard,	in	San	Marco	Square	                                                           in	historic	San	Marco,	this	little	jazzy	joint	is	every	
bar or eatery that sticks to mainly traditional     type oF pLACe:	Wine	and	Tapas	Bar	                                                                                              wine	rookie’s	dream.	First	you	purchase	a	card,	
                                                    Serving: Eighty	wines	by	the	glass	and	even	more	by	the	bottle,	tapas	and	bottled	import	brews.	                                where	you	can	put	as	little	or	as	much	money	on	
fine Spanish cuisine and ingredients, so we                                                                                                                                         it	as	you	choose,	then	you	insert	the	card	into	a	
                                                    AmenitieS: Knowledgeable	and	courteous	staff	willing	to	answer	any	questions,	great	location,	covered	outside	
were happy to find this Spanish treasure. Many                                                                                                                                      machine	and	choose	which	wine	you’d	like	to	try	
                                                    seating.	                                                                                                                       whether	it’s	a	taste,	half	glass,	or	full.	Brilliant!	No	
of the ingredients that are part of the tapas
                                                    Drink SpeCiALS:	Weekly	wine	tasting	every	Thursday	from	6	to	8	pm	                                                              more	harassing	the	bartender,	no	more	settling	for	
selections at the Tasting Room are exclusively      	                                                                                                                               wines	you	“kinda”	like,	just	charge	up	your	card	
made in Spain, like the Manchego cheese and         Located	in	the	heart	of	San	Marco	square,	this	quaint	little	wine	bar	is	one	of	those	not-so-hidden	gems	that	has	re-           and	float	around	like	a	kid	in	a	candy	store.	There	
the Serrano ham. If you’re into adventurous         mained	very	close	to	my	heart.	From	the	midnight	champagne	toast	of	my	twenty	first	birthday,	to	the	late	night	im-             are	eight	machines	with	eight	bottles	each	and	they	
                                                    promptu	visits	that	start	with	sobriety	but	ultimately	end	up	in	the	ever	familiar	path	of	memory	lane	with	family	and	         even	scroll	through	the	prices	for	you.	The	staff	is	
cuisine, you just might experience flavors at the   friends,	this	place	is	special.	With	a	five-star	staff	and	menu	that	make	it	almost	impossible	to	leave,	take	advantage	        extremely	knowledgeable	and	are	willing	and	ready	
Tasting Room that you’ve never had before.          of	my	experience	and	make	some	memories	of	your	own.	The	Grotto	boasts	an	impressive	wine	list	and	now	serves	                  to	answer	any	questions	you	have,	there	are	even	
                                                    eighty	wines	by	the	glass.	Unsure	of	what	to	try?	Stop	by	on	any	Thursday	night	from	six	until	eight	pm	and	experi-             books	lying	around	with	everything	you	might	want	
So, next time you’re planning dinner and a          ence	their	weekly	tastings	featuring	wines	from	all	over	the	world.	You’ll	be	up	to	your	eyeballs	in	yuppies,	but	it	will	      to	learn	about	your	new	favorite	wine.	They	have	a	
                                                    be	worth	it.	I	like	to	treat	it	like	a	sport.	Yuppie	hunting	Steve	Irwin	style.	Crikey!	If	the	“San	Marco	Old	Money	Scene”	     full	menu,	serving	up	salads,	sandwiches,	desserts	
show, map out your choices to save time and
                                                    is	not	your	bag,	show	up	the	last	Saturday	of	every	month	and	witness	the	“awesomeness”	that	is	“Last	Saturdays.”	              and	gourmet	flatbread	pizzas.	Stop	by	on	a	Sunday	
make it to the opening act.                         Clever	name,	eh?	It	features	a	more	sophisticated	pairing	of	wines	along	with	down	tempo	experimental	jams	with	                to	catch	live	DJ	sets	and	try	the	Rosenblum	Paso	
                                                    DJ	Catharsis	and	Brian	V.	I’ve	poked	my	head	in	there	from	time	to	time.	More	shaken,	less	stirred.	If	you	get	this	in	         Robles.	It’s	tasty.	–Christina wagner
                                                    time,	meet	me	there	for	the	“Summer	Champagne	Party”	tonight.	–Christina wagner

18    june 21-27, 2007 | entertaining u newspaper
culture                                                                                                                        culture crunch
                                                                                                                               interview	with	Cultural	Council	of	Greater	Jacksonville		by jon bosworth
                                                                                                                               	       Probably	the	most	visibly	affected	
                                                                                                                               and	most	aware	of	the	implications	of	the	

                                                                                                                               current	tax	reform	to	Jacksonville	is	the	
                                                                                                                               Cultural	Council	of	Greater	Jacksonville.	
                                                                                                                               Headed	by	the	Executive	Director,	Robert	
                                                                                                                               White,	and	the	Deputy	Director,	Amy	
                                                                                                                               Crane,	this	is	the	local	arts	agency	
                                                                                                                               that	serves	as	a	funding	umbrella	for	
                                                                                                                               cultural	organizations.	The	dollars	that	
                                                                                                                               they	award	are	the	very	dollars	that	the	
                                                                                                                               mayor	is	currently	planning	on	cutting	
                                                                                                                               off.	We	aren’t	talking	about	random	little	
                                                                                                                               organizations	that	put	scandalous	plays	
                                                                                                                               on	little	stages,	the	Cultural	Council	
                                                                                                                               has	their	hand	in	the	success	of	some	

the	art	in	politics
                                                                                                                               of	Jacksonville’s	favorite	institutions,	
                                                                                                                               including	MOCA	Jacksonville,	the	
                                                                                                                               symphony,	and	so	much	more.	But	the	
                                                                                                                               concern	doesn’t	end	with	their	immediate	
                                                                                                                               cultural	awareness	as	far	as	arts	are	
                                                                                                                               concerned,	they	are	also	concerned	
                                                                                                                               about	the	loss	of	valuable	non-profit	
                                                                                    by jon bosworth                            organizations	and	the	impact	all	of	this	
                                                                                                                               will	have	on	our	community.
                                                                                                                               	       “Pending	the	outcomes	that	come	
	      Entertaining	U	Newspaper	is	never	about	politics	or	opinions,	but	we	are	about	Jacksonville’s	culture,	and	
                                                                                                                               down	from	the	state,	it	looks	like	all	
when	that	culture	is	coming	under	sudden	scrutiny,	we	do	feel	an	obligation	to	bring	you,	that	North	Florida	citizen	
                                                                                                                               public	service	grants	would	be	zeroed	
that	participates	and	supports	the	local	culture	through	patronage	of	the	arts,	attendance	at	art	shows,	participation	
                                                                                                                               out...Those	cuts	will	translate	to	a	loss	
in	local	theater,	going	to	local	concerts	and	so	forth,	into	the	discussion.	We	want	you	to	be	informed	when	political	
                                                                                                                               of	jobs,	loss	of	programs,	and	in	a	worse	                      robert white, executive director of the cultural council
decisions	can	affect	your	ability	to	participate	in	the	things	you	love.	This	issue	is	your	opportunity	to	weigh	in,	for	or	
                                                                                                                               case	scenario,	a	loss	of	institutions,	and	
against,	on	something	that	is	certain	to	be	the	big	discussion	around	town	for	the	next	few	weeks.
                                                                                                                               I’m	talking	about,	perhaps	in	some	cases,	flagship	institutions,”	Said	White.	
	      On	June	14th	the	state	legislature	came	together	for	a	special	session	to	legislate	the	largest	tax	cut	in	
                                                                                                                               	       So	the	affect	will	be	tangible	and	we	can	expect	to	see	plenty	of	fallout,	including	programs	that	will	
Florida’s	history.	There	was	no	outcry,	as	far	as	we	in	Jacksonville	could	hear,	demanding	a	tax	cut.	No	one	in	this	
                                                                                                                               disappear	altogether.
community	was	letting	out	tortured	screams	demanding	tax	relief,	yet	governor	Charlie	Crist	was	insistent	on	bring-
                                                                                                                               	       “I’m	not	so	much	concerned	about	programs	as	I	am	about	access,	especially	access	by	vulnerable	
ing	our	congress	together	to	pass	two	components	to	this	tax	cut.	The	first	is	the	statutory	reform	component,	which	
                                                                                                                               constituents.	Because	of	the	level	of	funding	that	a	lot	of	these	organizations	receive,	you	are	able	to	buy	a	
will	take	effect	on	October	1,	2007.	As	of	that	day	all	local	governments	will	have	to	cut	property	taxes	at	a	level	that	
                                                                                                                               ticket	at	a	certain	price,	without	that	funding	the	price	goes	up	and	so	access	to	that	program	becomes	more	
is	determined	by	the	historical	growth	of	each	area.
                                                                                                                               limited.	Also	as	a	function	of	receiving	public	money,	we	require	agencies	to	make	their	programs	available	to	
	      In	Duval	County	there	will	be	a	3%	cut,	in	St.	Johns	and	Clay	Counties	there	will	be	a	9%	cut,	so	no	one	in	
                                                                                                                               families,	children,	less	fortunate	people.	I’m	concerned	that	the	only	people	able	to	take	advantage	of	the	artistic	
North	Florida	will	escape	unharmed.	In	the	mega-money	scheme	of	city	budgets,	what	does	that	mean	to	us	locally?	
                                                                                                                               opportunities	that	exist	here	will	be	the	people	that	can	afford	to	pay	top	dollar	for	it,”	said	White.
Can	property	owners	expect	bundles	of	extra	cash	at	their	disposal?	No.	Actually	the	cut	is	described	as	being	equal	
                                                                                                                               	       These	are	the	standard	concerns	and	the	direct	results	of	the	legislation,	but	the	reciprocal	affects	include	
to	one	latte	from	Starbucks	a	day.	But	that	latte	could	be	purchasing	a	lot	for	our	community	and	the	culture	that	de-
                                                                                                                               myriad	details	that	most	people	haven’t	even	considered	yet.	After	all,	the	legislation	was	just	passed	last	
fines	us.	When	people	discuss	this	cut,	they	refer	to	the	programs	that	will	fall	prey	to	the	reforms	as	“quality	of	life”	
                                                                                                                               Thursday.	But	White	and	Crane	have	spent	a	valuable	amount	of	time	considering	those	details.	
programs,	but	“quality	of	life”	doesn’t	really	thoroughly	describe	what	will	be	impacted.	It	isn’t	just	less	live	theatre	
                                                                                                                               	       “I	think	that	art	is	our	most	important	community-building	tool.	What	art	does,	and	especially	public	pieces,	
and	museums,	it	will	be	our	local	economy	that	takes	the	hit.	From	the	businesses	that	patrons	of	the	symphony	and	
                                                                                                                               is	make	a	statement	about	the	traditions	and	values	that	we	share	together	and	the	aspirations	that	we	hold	dear	
local	live	theatre	spend	their	money	on	during	a	night	out,	such	as	restaurants	and	bars,	to	the	jobs	that	will	be	lost,	
                                                                                                                               together.	That	is	the	thing	that	identifies	a	community	and	defines	what	is	unique	about	it.”	
this	will	have	boatloads	of	peripheral	damage,	and	saying	that	isn’t	just	scare	tactics.	It’s	a	fact	that	the	Jacksonville	
                                                                                                                               	       For	those	that	think	this	is	an	issue	about	government	handouts,	it	is	not.	It’s	an	investment	in	the	future	of	
Cultural	Council	can	provide	the	numbers	to	prove.
                                                                                                                               our	city.
	      The	second	aspect	of	the	tax	cut	is	the	constitutional	legislation	that	will	go	onto	a	ballot	in	January	determin-
                                                                                                                               	       “I	hear	a	lot	of	people	talking	about	public	service	grants,	and	some	public	service	officials	have	said	we	
ing	the	level	of	the	homestead	exemption.	According	to	the	Jacksonville	Regional	Chamber	of	Commerce,	Duval	
                                                                                                                               need	to	get	out	of	that	business,	but	the	reality	is	that	the	art	and	culture	industry	is	actually	a	driver	of	economic	
County	stands	to	lose	more	than	100	million	dollars	annually.
                                                                                                                               development.	We	have	numbers	to	support	the	fact	that	when	the	city	makes	an	investment	in	arts	and	culture,	it	
	      One	perspective	is	that	these	cuts	simply	take	the	public’s	money	out	of	the	government’s	hands	and	puts	
                                                                                                                               generates	money	for	the	community.	It’s	not	a	handout,	it’s	an	investment.…	It	is	a	contribution	that	helps	sustain	
it	back	in	the	pocket	of	those	paying	the	bill	to	decide	how	they	want	to	use	it	for	themselves.	So	some	contend	
                                                                                                                               our	local	community.	The	non-profit	sector	as	a	whole	is	an	efficient	way	to	deliver	services	to	our	city,	which	
that	the	money	stays	here	and	people	can	still	use	it	to	go	see	the	symphony	or	contribute	it	to	the	cultural	or	so-
                                                                                                                               saves	the	city	money,”	said	Crane.
cial	organizations	that	they	feel	passionate	about,	but	most	people	see	the	reality	of	that	money	going	to	dinner	at	
                                                                                                                               	       “We	hear	a	lot	of	people	talk	about	public	safety	and	protection,	I	would	submit	to	you	that	the	fact	that	there	
Applebee’s	or	a	night	at	the	local	megaplex,	which	translates	to	those	dollars	leaving	our	community	and	going	to	
                                                                                                                               are	vibrant	activities	going	on	downtown	at	night	contributes	to	public	safety.	The	lights	are	on,	people	are	moving	
companies	headquartered	outside	of	our	state.
                                                                                                                               around	and	it	makes	for	a	much	safer	environment,”	added	White.
	      “Close	your	eyes	and	think	about	any	great	city	or	civilization.	I’ll	bet	you	anything	that	the	picture	you	come	
                                                                                                                               	       “What	I	dread	thinking	about	is	that	this	could	create	a	scenario	where	flagship	institutions	and	key	
up	with	is	a	piece	of	publicly	funded	art	or	architecture.	Those	are	the	things	that	last.	At	the	end	of	the	day,	it’s	the	
                                                                                                                               programming	is	completely	lost	and	people	mourn	that	loss.	For	a	small	investment,	relative	to	the	entire	budget,	
piece	of	art	on	the	Riverwalk	that	will	outlast	all	that	stuff	and	tell	an	important	piece	of	Jacksonville	history	that	we	
                                                                                                                               because	we	are	talking	about	less	than	¼	of	one	percent	of	the	entire	city	budget,	when	they	feel	that	loss	or	
all	share	together.	It’s	very	important	that	everybody	has	access	to	it	because	it	belongs	to	all	of	us,”	said	Robert	
                                                                                                                               realize	that	loss,	these	organizations	will	not	be	able	to	bounce	back	and	become	as	vibrant	as	they	are	today.	We	
White	of	the	Cultural	Council	of	Greater	Jacksonville.
                                                                                                                               are	losing	years	and	years	of	progress	that	these	organizations	have	worked	very	diligently	to	achieve.
	      The	gavel	is	falling	in	slow-motion	right	now,	but	when	it	hits	the	surface,	it	could	hit	hard.	Most	of	the	orga-
                                                                                                                               	       “When	you	think	about	a	latte	a	day,	it’s	arts,	culture	and	all	of	those	services.	If	you	look	at	the	recipients	of	
nizations	that	receive	money	from	the	state	are	preparing	for	a	worst	case	scenario,	which	is	a	zero	contribution	to	
                                                                                                                               all	of	the	public	service	grants	you’ll	be	surprised	to	see	the	diversity	of	interests	that	they	serve.	It’s	from	crime	
“quality	of	life”	programs,	but	planning	is	all	tenuous	because	things	could	drastically	change	between	now	and	
                                                                                                                               prevention	services,	victim’s	services,	programs	for	children	and	families,	homeless,	its	on	and	on.	And	that	isn’t	
when	Peyton	sits	down	to	make	up	the	new	budget	in	July.	And	things	could	change	even	more	between	then	and	the	
                                                                                                                               even	considering	the	arts	and	culture	organizations.	That	latte	does	a	lot,”	added	Crane.
city	council’s	final	determination	in	September.	
                                                                                                                               	       The	statutory	portion	of	the	legislation	can	be	rescinded	in	our	own	county	if	two	thirds	of	the	city	council	
	      There	are	26	organizations	that	receive	cultural	service	grants	in	Jacksonville.	The	money	is	awarded	through	
                                                                                                                               will	vote	down	the	rollback.	So	if	you	are	worried	about	losing	this	funding,	the	time	to	get	active	is	now.	Be	vocal	
the	Jacksonville	Cultural	Council	and	there	are	three	tiers	of	institutions.	The	level	one	institutions	require	more	than	
                                                                                                                               to	your	council	members	and	let	them	know	how	you	feel	about	local	issues.	This	is	the	perfect	opportunity	to	
a	million	dollars	a	year	to	operate.	These	organizations	include	Cummer	Museum	of	Art	&	Gardens,	The	Florida	
                                                                                                                               get	involved.	To	find	your	council	member,	go	to	coj.net	or	review	the	list	we	have	provided.	Regardless	of	what	
Theatre,	Museum	of	Contemporary	Art	Jacksonville,	Jacksonville	Symphony	and	Orchestra,	the	Museum	of	Science	
                                                                                                                               happens	politically,	the	only	way	to	be	sure	that	the	artistic	things	you	are	interested	in	stick	around,	is	to	support	
and	History	and	WJCT	Public	Broadcasting.	These	valuable	organizations	receive	between	$275,000	and	$461,000.	
                                                                                                                               those	organizations	with	your	dollars.	 (to read the full version of this interview go to eujacksonville.com)
                                                                                                                                                                                           eujacksonville.com | june 21-27, 2007                       19
 theatre = $ for the first coast
                                                                                                                 Whereas	the	Jacksonville	Symphony	and	Orchestra	receives	more	than	$436,000,	that	only	represents	5.5%	of	their	
                                                                                                                 8	million	dollar	annual	operating	expense.	In	the	case	of	The	Cummer	Museum	of	Art	and	Gardens,	it	receives	more	
                                                                                                                 than	$461,000,	but	that	amount	represents	16%	of	their	annual	operating	expenses.	
 an interview with Players by the Sea                              by erin thursby                               	      The	level	two	recipients,	organizations	such	as	Players-by-the-Sea,	Theatre	Jacksonville,	and	various	fine	arts	
                                                                                                                 programs,	receive	between	$23,000	and	$108,000	per	year.	Level	three	recipients,	such	as	Atlantic	Beach	Experi-
       “Property tax reform and reduction                                                                        mental	Theatre	and	the	Jacksonville	Children’s	Chorus,	receive	between	$2,000	and	$37,000	per	year.	By	law,	none	
 sounds great. I’m a homeowner myself.                                                                           of	these	organizations	can	receive	more	than	a	quarter	of	their	annual	expenses	from	the	government,	so	it	isn’t	that	
 Ask anybody, would they like their taxes                                                                        the	government	is	necessarily	dooming	every	program	that	currently	receives	funding,	but	ask	any	business	owner	if	
 cut—who the heck wouldn’t, but we                                                                               their	enterprise	could	succeed	if	they	lost	25%	of	their	revenue	in	three	months	time	with	no	advance	warning.	Most	
 have to think: what is the price?”—Joe                                                                          could	not.		
 Schwarz                                                                                                         	      Another	fallout	from	this	decision	is	the	impact	that	the	loss	of	funds	will	have	on	non-profit	organizations.	
       Executive Director Joe Schwarz                                                                            Erik	Hart,	president	of	the	Florida	Theatre,	admits	that	no	one	will	know	the	full	effect	until	after	the	Mayor	provides	
 of Players by the Sea is passionate                                                                             the	budget,	but	that	in	a	worse-case	scenario,	which	is	a	likely	scenario	based	on	what	Peyton’s	offices	have	already	
 and well-informed about the effect the                                                                          said,	the	situation	is	bad.	Dire	even.
 impending cuts to arts and culture in the                                                                       	      “It’s	bad.	It’s	really	bad.	We	get	about	11%	of	our	budget	from	the	city.	What	we	use	that	money	for	is	to	subsi-
 area. Though it’s hard to put a price on                                                                        dize	our	overhead	so	that	we	can,	in	turn,	serve	the	non-profits	with	reduced	rental	rates.	Theatreworks,	for	instance,	
 theatre and art, Schwarz does his best to                                                                       pays	us	pennies	to	rent	the	theatre,	versus	a	commercial	rock	show.	The	dilemma	is	a	double-whammy.	In	the	worse	
 quantify that price in terms of dollars and                                                                     case	scenario,	we	lose	that	operating	revenue,	so	we	have	to	make	up	for	that	somewhere,	but	our	constituents	are	
 cents for the hard-nosed economically                                                                           going	to	get	clobbered.	We’re	talking	about	a	lot	of	smaller	arts	organizations	who	are	living	on	the	edge	anyway,	and	
 minded folks, who look at art in terms of                                                                       we	are	talking	about	a	lot	of	charitable	organizations	and	social	service	organizations	that	we	do	concerts	and	ben-
 investment.                                                                                                     efits	for.	There’s	a	lot	of	peripheral	damage.	A	lot	of	charitable	organizations	are	really	going	to	suffer	and	they	won’t	
                                                                                                                 all	be	standing	after	this.”
 eu: are you budgeting for a complete cut of funding from the government?                                        	      Another	thing	to	consider,	something	that	was	mentioned	by	almost	every	person	interviewed	for	this	issue	of	
 JS: I have two budgets, one where it’s not gone (but we don’t think that’s going to happen) and then            EU,	is	that	the	cultural	offerings	that	a	city	brings	to	the	forefront	are	how	a	city	is	defined.	Great	cultures	throughout	
 I have a budget if it is gone…We’re going to try to make it up with private donations but the problem           history	are	remembered	for	their	art,	not	for	their	road	systems	or	police	forces,	so	culture	is,	in	this	sense,	the	most	
 is that if that money is gone…for all the arts organizations in Jacksonville…we’re all going to have            important	thing	to	a	city.
 our hands out and there’s only so much [private] funding to go around…We will survive it one way                	      “When	we	look	at	cultures	we	study	what	they	created	in	the	way	of	art.	A	city	without	that	dynamic	is	not	go-
 or another…but there are organizations that won’t…What I think is the most important point to make              ing	to	be	able	to	grow	as	it	should,”	said	Alan	Hopper	of	the	Jacksonville	Symphony	and	Orchestra	(see	more	of	that	
 is that the people who will be impacted are the people who can afford it the least. The after-school            interview	further	in	this	feature).
 programs are going to have to lay-off staff.                                                                    	      “We	like	to	say	that	Jacksonville	is	a	Super	Bowl	City,	we	take	a	lot	of	pride	in	it,	but	we	didn’t	get	that	because	
                                                                                                                 of	the	potholes	we	filled	in,	we	got	that	because	we	have	a	beautiful	city	with	a	beautiful	river	and	a	robust	cultural	
 eu: as both a homeowner and a theatre director, what’s your position on the tax cuts and their                  climate.	We	achieved	the	level	of	a	Super	Bowl	City	because	of	all	of	the	work	of	these	non-profit	organizations	and	
 effect?                                                                                                         cultural	organizations.	We	won’t	be	able	to	stand	up	and	say	that	of	ourselves	after	this	because	we	won’t	be	that	
 JS: …I think it was Thomas Paine who once said ‘Taxes is the price we pay for a civilized society.’ If          city,”	said	Amy	Crane,	the	deputy	director	of	The	Cultural	Council	of	Greater	Jacksonville.
 we want to have a library…the arts and culture, care of the homeless and things like that—we have               	      The	real	question	is,	would	you	rather	have	a	latte	from	Starbucks	everyday	or	a	free	night	at	the	Cummer?	
 to pay for it…It’s not free. That’s what my position is. I don’t see where my property taxes will be            Would	you	prefer	a	dinner	at	Applebee’s	once	a	week,	or	to	show	your	out-of-town	visitors	a	beautiful	city	that	can	
 reduced significantly enough that it would make up for loss of services…Also locally, the 3.7 million           compete	with	any	of	the	other	great	American	cities.	That	latte	is	worth	a	lot.
 dollars that we’ve invested in cultural organizations made an impact of 131 million…Now that’s a
 really good investment, so why would you want to cut something with a return that good.
                                                                                                                         District 1: Lake Ray                                      District 11: Warren Alvarez
                                                                                                                         Phone:	(904)	630-1389                                     Phone:	(904)	630-1383
 eu: art tends to bring money and business to a city, sometimes in ways that aren’t immediately
                                                                                                                         Email:	LRay@coj.net                                       Email:	WAlvarez@coj.net
 JS: That’s one of the reasons that we were able to host the Super Bowl, because we were able to
                                                                                                                         District 2: Lynette Self                                  District 12: Daniel Davis
 make infrastructure and quality of life improvements to the city…The art and cultural options that we
                                                                                                                         Phone:	(904)	630-1392                                     Phone:	(904)	630-1380
 have, it’s one of the things that companies look at when they want to re-locate to Jacksonville.                        Email:	LSelf@coj.net                                      Email:	DDavis@coj.net
 eu: economically, people are just not seeing how much this can affect Jacksonville. for example,                        District 3: Richard Clark                                 District 13: Arthur Graham
 theatre-goers tend to make an evening of the theatre; going to dinner, spending money on drinks                         Phone:	(904)	630-1386                                     Phone:	(904)	630-1397
 afterwards…                                                                                                             Email:	RClark@coj.net                                     Email:	ArtG@coj.net
 JS: Absolutely. Here’s a very interesting fact…statewide the figures reach 2.9 billion for the cultural
 impact…7 million people, out of state tourists, going to the Cummer or the Florida Theatre, 7 million                   District 4: Suzanne Jenkins                               District 14: Michael Corrigan
 out of state people traveled to Florida to attend specific arts and cultural events. That accounted for 1.5             Phone:	(904)	630-1394                                     Phone:	(904)	630-1390
 billion in tourism dollars in hotels, dinners…maybe they rented a car.                                                  Email:	SuzanneJ@coj.net                                   Email:	Corrigan@coj.net

 eu: Maybe during the day they went to 5-Points, bought some clothes…                                                    District 5: Art Shad                                      At-Large Council Members
 JS: Maybe went to 5-points or San Marco, maybe even to a Suns game…                                                     Phone:	(904)	630-1382
                                                                                                                         Email:	AShad@coj.net                                      Group 1: Ronnie Fussell
 eu: So how has Players by the Sea given back to the community here? i know you have various                                                                                       Phone:	(904)	630-1393
 programs…                                                                                                               District 6: Sharon Copeland                               Email:	RonnieF@coj.net
 JS: We scholarship young adults on a talent and need basis. We do give out free tickets…So we do,                       Phone:	(904)	630-1388
 and a lot of this is possible because we have the money in our budget…but if that gets cut, well—the                    Email:	SCopelan@coj.net                                   Group 2: Elaine Brown
 things we give away will be the things we have to look at first. I’m not saying all of it but…                                                                                    Phone:	(904)	630-1381
                                                                                                                         District 7: Pat Lockett-Felder                            Email:	ElaineB@coj.net
 eu: it does limit possibilities. would you say the money from the cultural council enables you to                       Phone:	(904)	630-1384
 do shows that might not necessarily be a box-office draw, but are more forward thinking?                                Email:	PFelder@coj.net                                    Group 3: Lad Daniels
 JS: Yes and no. The funding that I get is about 18% of my budget. Now that’s significant, I am not                                                                                Phone:	(904)	630-1396
 minimizing it, but it’s not a huge consideration. What’s going to happen is that my programming                         District 8: Gwen Yates                                    Email:	LDaniels@coj.net
 choices will be more limited…I would not have done Suburbia, a show that had limited, narrow                            Phone:	(904)	630-1385
 appeal, but it was an important show to be done.                                                                        Email:	GYates@coj.net                                     Group 4: Kevin Hyde
                                                                                                                                                                                   Phone:	(904)	630-1398
 eu: what do you say to the folks who believe that a theatre should stand completely on its own                          District 9: Warren A. Jones                               Email:	KHyde@coj.net
 through ticket sales?                                                                                                   Phone:	(904)	630-1395
 JS: They’re entitled to their opinion. That’s a valid argument but unfortunately, when you look at any                  Email:	WAJones@coj.net                                    Group 5: Glorious J. Johnson
 civilization, either in the present or through history, what defines that civilization or even city, is their                                                                     Phone:	(904)	630-1387
 art and culture, be it their art or architecture or music. When you think of Greece you think of the                    District 10: Mia Jones                                    Email:	GloriousJ@coj.net
 Parthenon…When you think of Rome you think of frescos, of their art. So funding our art is very                         Phone:	(904)	630-1684
 important to our country and our city.                                                                                  Email:	MJones@coj.net

20    june 21-27, 2007 | entertaining u newspaper
bummer at the cummer                                                                                                            surviving the cuts
an	interview	with	the	Cummer	Museum	of	Art	and	Gardens			by donald dusinberre
	     Money	in	our	pockets.	It	sounds	good	when	you	describe	the	new	property	tax	cuts	that	way.	It	sounds	real	good.	
                                                                                                                                an interview with Theatre Jacksonville                                   by erin thursby
But	the	issue	is	much	broader	than	we	realize.	When	we	decrease	the	revenue	stream	from	one	area	of	the	budget,	
                                                                                                                                       Theatre Jacksonville has been part of our cultural landscape since the 1930’s when it first opened.
money	has	to	be	taken	from	somewhere	else	in	the	budget.	There	is	always	a	price	to	pay,	and	this	time,	we’ll	be	pay-
                                                                                                                                In 1972 the community theatre was declared Jacksonville’s “official theatre” by mayoral proclamation.
ing	for	the	extra	cash	in	our	pockets	with	a	decline	in	the	arts,	recreation,	entertainment	and	community	services.
                                                                                                                                These days the mayor is proclaiming something different--that they should prepare for the worst. It,
	     We	hear	about	this	stuff	sometimes,	but	we	never	make	a	real	connection	to	what	it	can	mean	for	us.	As	an	
                                                                                                                                like most other theatre organizations on the First Coast, gets a percentage of their budget from Cultural
entertainment-based	periodical,	EU	decided	to	find	out	just	what	the	new	property	tax	cuts	would	do	to	the	arts	and	
                                                                                                                                Council funding. Because that funding comes entirely from State property taxes which have just been
entertainment	programs	in	our	city.
                                                                                                                                lifted, Theatre Jacksonville is preparing to weather the cuts. EU got the chance to speak with Theatre
	     We	conducted	an	interview	with	A.	Maria	Haynes	and	Hope	McMath	of	the	Cummer	Museum	of	Art	&	Gardens	
                                                                                                                                Jacksonville Executive director Sarah Boone about the looming cuts.
and	asked	them	to	explain	what’s	going	to	happen	to	our	city’s	most	prestigious	museum.	The	prognosis	does	not	
look	good.	Says	McMath:	“Unfortunately,	the	worst-case	scenario	was	the	most	likely	scenario.”
                                                                                                                                eu: what do you say to those who believe that theaters should stand completely on their own
                                                                                                                                through ticket sales?
eu: what percentage of the cummer’s operating cost does state funding cover?
                                                                                                                                Sb: I think that if you were to poll any arts organization, tickets that earn income never make up 100%
haynes:	Last	year,	through	the	cultural	council,	we	were	funded	with	$461,000.	There	is	also	other	revenue	that	
                                                                                                                                of the expenses in that kind of organization…Yes, we have to compete in the market, certainly…If we
comes	in	from	other	agencies	or	other	partners	who	also	get	public	service	funding.	We	are	estimating	about	a	
                                                                                                                                were to put…bad shows on, our box office income would be affected…There’s always cause and effect.
$500,000	impact	on	our	operating	budget,	and	the	$461,000	accounts	for	about	16%	of	our	operating	budget.	It’s	
                                                                                                                                You have to put out a good service and a good product, but what people don’t understand is the actual
very	significant.
                                                                                                                                cost of doing all this is going to trickle down to ticket prices. They’re going to have to be willing to put up
                                                                                                                                more for tickets to get what they’re getting now for less.
eu: when will the funding cuts begin to have an impact on the cummer?
McMath:	If	the	city	is	to	do	what	they’ve	indicated	[with	the	public	service	grants],	which	is	to	zero	those	out,	that	
                                                                                                                                eu: do you work with different places to get the materials you net for sets and such?
funding	cycle	begins	October	1st.	But	I	think	we	can	clearly	say	the	impact	would	begin	sooner	than	that,	in	that	plans	
                                                                                                                                Sb: All of the theatres borrow from each other when they need to…[but] the trickle down effect is going
are	laid	in	place	and	decisions	have	to	be	made.
                                                                                                                                to be tremendous. Vendors that we use, when we start cutting back on our budget…those vendors are
haynes: For	instance,	the	funds	for	programs	that	wouldn’t	get	implemented	until	next	year…they	wouldn’t	get	
                                                                                                                                going to get hit.
planned	now.
                                                                                                                                eu: but theatre Jacksonville will survive…
eu: what impact do you think these funding cuts will have on our community’s cultural core?
                                                                                                                                Sb: There are places that are going to be hit harder. Right now…economically we’re very strong. This is
McMath:	What’s	sort	of	interesting	is	that	we	can	say	[the	funding	cuts	are]	impacting	the	Cummer	as	an	institution,	
                                                                                                                                going to hit us [in a] huge [way], but will our doors close? No. Any organizations that are struggling at
but	you’re	talking	about	us	providing	true	community	work.	This	isn’t	about	just	who’s	walking	into	our	door.	If	we’re	
                                                                                                                                the moment [for them] this is going to have a far greater impact…People think funding for the arts is a
not	going	into	classrooms,	there’s	going	to	be	a	negative	impact	on	the	school	system.	If	we	don’t	have	a	partnership	
                                                                                                                                bad thing but this is not just a gradual weaning off of public funds, it’s a total cut.
with	DA	anymore,	then	that’s	one	less	community-based	program	that	students	have	exposure	to.
I	think	in	the	area	of	the	work	we	do	with	people	with	disabilities,	that’s	probably	going	to	be	felt	the	deepest.	The	
                                                                                                                                (to read the full version of this interview go to eujacksonville.com)
Cummer	is	THE	art	department	for	The	Florida	School	for	the	Deaf	and	Blind	in	St.	Augustine.	The	state	will	not	pay	for	
an	art	teacher	in	the	blind	school	because	they	think	children	who	can’t	see	don’t	need	art.	We’ve	been	the	art	depart-
ment	for	about	five	years	in	a	very	intense	yearlong	program	where	we	have	impact	on	150	kids	without	sight.	By	los-
ing	that	program,	there	isn’t	anyone	else	who	will	step	in	to	do	that	program	because	there	isn’t	anybody	else	who	can	
step	in	and	do	that	program.	Some	of	these	programmatic	cuts	we’re	seeing;	for	those	that	are	being	served,	it	is	an	
essential	service	and	there’s	not	anybody	that’s	going	to	be	able	to	plug	that	gap.
                                                                                                                                tax cut blues
haynes:	If	you	remove	what	have	now	become	basic	services,	then	there	is	nothing	left.	So,	it’s	not	just	trimming	              how	The	River	City	Band	worked	through	loss	of	funding by rick grant
the	fat,	it’s	removing	the	meat	from	the	table.	There	is	no	meat	left;	you	only	get	the	side.	Not	only	are	the	children	we	
serve	going	to	lose	that	opportunity,	but	the	people	that	come	together	to	make	it	happen	will	now	no	longer	be	a	part	         	      All	the	ballyhoo	about	the	property	tax	cuts	proposed	by	Governor	Crist	came	to	an	abrupt	conclusion	on	
of	what	we	do.                                                                                                                  Thursday,	June	14th,	when	the	state	legislature	approved	the	tax	cut	package.	In	a	speech	two	weeks	before	the	
McMath:	If	we	look	at	the	adult	audiences	that	we	serve	outside	of	our	walls,	we	run	several	arts	and	healthcare	pro-           final	vote,	Mayor	Peyton	called	the	$170	million	local	budget	cut	tantamount	to	the	1901	fire.	
grams.	If	these	cuts	happen,	those	arts	and	healthcare	programs	are	gone.	That’s	where	we	work	at	the	bedside,	bring-           	      Despite	strong	lobbying	by	a	Jacksonville	delegation,	the	governor	got	his	massive	statewide	property	
ing	art	and	quality	of	care	into	the	healthcare	system	at	three	local	medical	facilities.	That’s	going	to	go	away.	And	one	     tax	cut	through	the	legislature	with	few	changes.	The	so-called	super-homestead-exemption	provision	will	be	a	
of	them	in	particular,	we	work	with	frail	seniors	and	patients	with	Alzheimer’s.	It’s	not	sexy	work,	and	yet	we’ve	been	        voter	issue	on	the	January	29,	2008	ballot.
doing	that	program	for	seven	years	now.                                                                                         	      The	short	and	long-term	ramifications	of	this	tax	cut	will	vastly	reduce	the	cultural	quality	of	life	in	Jack-
                                                                                                                                sonville.	The	voters	who	elected	Charlie	Crist	Governor	will	have	to	ask	themselves,	“Is	it	worth	paying	less	
eu: what sort of changes might a cummer visitor expect?                                                                         property	tax	to	live	in	a	city	stripped	of	its	cultural	soul?”
McMath:	Specific	to	our	Cummer	audience,	we’re	going	to	have	to	cut	programs,	everything	from	classes	and	lec-                  	      	To	attract	more	high-tech	companies	to	the	city,	Peyton	presented	an	attractive	package	to	various	corpo-
tures	and	workshops	for	adults.	We’re	also	going	to	have	to	trim	our	operating	hours,	which	means	access	to	us	is	              rations,	touting	a	progressive	city	with	great	schools	and	a	rich	cultural	life.	Now,	his	pitch	has	been	deflated.	
going	to	be	limited…	[including] the	loss	of	our	two	free	‘Family	Days’.	That’s	two	thousand	family	members	that	may	           	      To	find	out	how	this	new	tax	cut	will	affect	a	specific	non-profit,	I	called	Mike	Davis,	director	of	the	River	
not	have	the	opportunity	to	visit	the	Cummer.	They	are	our	most	diverse	audience	for	all	the	programs	we	offer.	                City	Band.	Mike,	in	fact,	is	resigning	from	the	RCB,	effective	June	30,	to	go	back	to	work	for	Disney	and	teach	at	
haynes:	There	will	be	things	that	they	probably	will	begin	to	detect.	We	provide	a	huge	value	to	the	community	when	            the	University	of	Florida.	However,	Mike	will	still	help	the	band	in	any	way	he	can,	although	he	admitted	that	the	
you	walk	in	the	door.	But	the	reality	is	they’ll	see	the	deterioration	of	the	gardens.	They	will	see	less	exhibition	design.	   tax	cut	will	cause	some	cultural	organizations	to	fold.	
The	more	exciting,	the	more	interactive,	the	more	interpretive	the	exhibition	design	is,	of	course	the	more	money	it	is.	       	      “We	get	much	of	our	funding	through	writing	grants.	Because	we	are	the	Official	Band	of	Jacksonville,	we	
So	when	you	slash	those	budgets,	you	get	bare	minimum,	you	get	zero	interpretation.	That’s	one	of	the	things	we	are	            get	funds	from	the	City	for	special	events	like	the	Mayor’s	Older	Buddies,	the	Memorial	Day	at	the	Wall,	etc.	The	
strongest	in	is	connecting	the	people	with	the	art,	and	that’s	what’s	going	to	suffer	for	the	visitor	who	walks	in.	It	gets	    Snyder	Building	situation	was	caused	by	a	cut	in	our	funding.	As	a	result,	the	money	we	were	going	to	get	for	
reduced	down	to	just	the	art	on	the	wall.                                                                                       the	historical	restoration	was	cut.	That’s	when	we	had	to	find	another	headquarters	for	the	band.	I	stepped	up	
McMath:	One	of	the	reasons	we’re	cutting	as	many	programs	as	we	are	is	that	whatever	remains	on	line	must	be	the	               to	the	plate	and	took	over	as	both	Executive	Director	and	Band	Director.	We	then	found	more	money	by	writing	
absolute	highest	quality	it	can	be	with	whatever	resources	we	have.	That	means	that	rather	than	continuing	to	try	to	do	        grants	and	using	our	official	status	as	the	Florida	State	and	City	of	Jacksonville	Band	to	get	funds.”		
more	programs	and	do	them	all	lesser,	we’re	preserving	what	is	our	core,	which	is	our	art	collection,	our	exhibition	           	      “Of	course,	I	started	booking	more	paying	gigs	to	offset	the	loss	of	funds.	We	just	got	creative.	As	you	
schedule,	our	interactive	facility,	and	our	school	tour	program.	We’re	still	going	to	be	doing	good	work,	but	the	inno-         know,	the	RCB	is	highly	regarded	among	band	directors	and	musicians,	and	has	played	important	concerts	
vation	of	what	we	do,	the	ability	to	bring	in	niche	audiences,	the	ability	to	attract	a	more	diverse	audience	because	we	       around	the	country.	Not	only	is	this	band	unique,	but	our	members	are	nationally	respected	musicians	and	mu-
have	a	more	diverse	way	of	providing	the	arts	experience,	those	are	the	things	that	will	be	lost.                               sic	educators.	So,	I	truly	believe	in	this	band	and	will	do	everything	I	can	to	support	it	from	Orlando.”
haynes:	There	will	be	a	loss	of	instruction	to	1,200	classroom	teachers	who	use	the	arts	to	teach	those	core,	stan-             	      “The	passage	of	the	property	tax	cut	will	push	some	non-profits	over	the	edge.	The	RCB	will	probably	be	
dards-based	curriculum,	like	math,	reading,	and	writing.	That’s	the	kind	of	impact	you’re	going	to	feel	in	five	more	           okay.	It’s	just	unfortunate	for	the	City	of	Jacksonville’s	culture;	quality	of	life	will	suffer.	Diantha	Grant	has	taken	
years,	when	we	let,	not	just	what	the	Cummer	provides,	but	all	those	different	social	services	and	cultural	services	           over	the	RCB	as	Executive	Director.	She	is	well	qualified	to	run	the	business	end	of	the	band.	She	comes	from	a	
start	to	deteriorate.                                                                                                           background	of	running	non-profits	successfully.	Presently,	we	are	interviewing	for	the	Director’s	position.”	
McMath: The	outreach	is	where	the	cuts	are	probably	going	to	be	deepest	and	where	those	individuals	are	definitely	             	      “Although	I	will	be	busy	with	my	job	at	Disney	and	teaching	at	UF,	I	will	be	helping	the	RCB	in	any	way	I	
going	to	feel	it.	We’re	really	committed	to...whatever	it	is	we	have,	whether	it’s	fewer	exhibitions	but	still	trying	to	do	    can.	It’s	a	first	class	big	band	that	has	impressed	many	top	people	in	the	band	business.	Clearly,	the	non-profits	
them	the	best	we	can	within	our	resources.                                                                                      in	Jacksonville	will	be	running	scared	and	the	property	tax	cut	will	have	a	negative	effect	on	the	quality	of	life	in	
                                                                                                                                Jacksonville	and	all	over	the	state,”	Mike	said.	
eu: will the cuts affect the way exhibits are curated? will you tend to gravitate toward more popular ex-                       	      That	concluded	our	chat.	The	tax	cut	looms	as	a	dark	cloud	over	the	city.	When	the	dust	clears,	we	may	be	
hibits like the egyptian exhibit and other events that draw in more people?                                                     living	in	Cowford	once	again.	
haynes:	Exhibits	that	draw	people	in	more	are	also	more	expensive.	So	the	focus	will	be	on	our	amazing	permanent	
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jacksonville’s culture is jacksonville
                                                                                                                             collection.	We	have	120-130	pieces	on	the	walls	downstairs	right	now,	but	we	have	a	collection	of	almost	6,000	piec-
                                                                                                                             es,	so	there	is	a	lot	to	draw	from.	It’s	really	a	quality	collection.	Not	that	we	don’t	have	special	exhibitions	scheduled	
                                                                                                                             now,	because	we	do,	but	that	will	probably	be	less	of	a	strategy.
interview	with	the	Jacksonville	Symphony	Orchestra		 by jon bosworth                                                         McMath: What	you’ll	see	is	that,	for	example,	next	year,	we	have	two	exhibitions	that	are	remaining	on	the	schedule	
                                                                                                                             that	are	sort	of	powerhouse	exhibits.	One	is	of	Roman	art	from	a	town	that	was	buried	at	the	same	time	as	Pompeii	
	      This	past	season	the	Jacksonville	Symphony	Orchestra,	                                                                and	Herculaneum.	It’s	really	great,	world-class	stuff.	What	it	means	though,	for	our	exhibition	schedule	next	year,	to	
arguably	the	most	visible	cultural	organization	in	the	River	                                                                maintain	those	two	sort	of	big	important	shows,	the	smaller	shows	that	are	either	more	intimate	or	deal	with	subjects	
City,	received	$436,000	from	the	Cultural	Council.	That	num-                                                                 that	may	challenge	some	of	our	visitors,	or	exhibitions	that	help	complement	the	larger	exhibits,	those	are	the	ones	
ber	is	large,	for	certain,	but	it	only	represents	5.5%	of	their	                                                             that	we’re	losing.
overall	budget.                                                                                                              haynes: That	speaks	to	the	experience	of	the	visitor,	when	you	have	two	or	three	shows	that	complement	each	other	
	      “We	have	had	some	good	years,	with	big	increases	in	                                                                  and	take	the	experience	to	a	much	deeper	level.	And	a	lot	of	those	smaller,	more	niche	type	of	shows,	are	also	the	
revenue	lines,	substantial	increases	in	individual	giving	and	                                                               shows	that	help	us	diversify	our	audience	and	provide	something	for	audiences	that	maybe	we	don’t	have	already.
ticket	sales,	but	our	expenses	have	increased	significantly	as	
well,	so	this	year	we	do	have	a	deficit.”                                                                                    eu: without the funding, will you really be forced to cut all these things, or is there a way to get the fund-
	      Alan	Hopper	is	the	executive	director	of	the	Jacksonville	                                                            ing from elsewhere to keep up that activity?
Symphony,	although	not	as	visible	as	Fabio	or	the	musi-                                                                      haynes:	The	public	service	grant	dollars	go	to	operating	funds,	which	are	the	most	difficult	to	fundraise	for.	Nobody	
cians	that	perform,	he	is	the	one	that	makes	everything	work	                                                                wants	to	give	you	money	to	turn	your	lights	on;	they	want	to	fund	a	program	or	fund	a	fellowship	or	a	position.	But,	just	
behind-the-scenes,	from	budgets	to	fiscal	reporting,	so	the	                                                                 for	general	operating	dollars,	those	are	pretty	much	irreplaceable	funds.
decisions	made	in	Tallahassee	last	week	will	come	straight	to	                                                               McMath:	Right	now,	the	programs	we	just	listed	are	among	the	ones	that	are	going	to	be	cut.	Will	there	be	opportuni-
his	desk.                                                                                                                    ties,	as	we	go	through	this	process,	for	new	dollars?	They’re	going	to	be	very	difficult	to	get.	As	an	institution,	and	
	      “I	have	started	working	on	a	budget	that	assumes	the	                                                                 I’m	assuming	other	organizations	are	doing	the	same	thing,	we	have	had	to	prioritize	what	to	cut.	It	also	means	we’re	
worst	case,	which	is	zero	dollars,	but	in	our	case	the	money	                                                                prioritizing	what	we	might	be	able	to	bring	back	as	financial	resources	may	become	available.
we	receive	from	the	cultural	council	is	between	5	and	6%	of	                                                                 haynes: You	start	layering	all	of	that	together	and	a	
our	total	budget.	It’s	big	in	dollars,	but	other	organizations	            alan hoPPer, executive director of the SyMPhony   penny	becomes	a	dollar	in	no	time	at	all.	It	becomes	a	
may	lose	more	than	60%	of	their	funding.”                                                                                    very	powerful	impact	overall	on	the	community.	
	      Hopper	is	quick	to	point	out	that	Tallahassee	is	simply	reducing	the	amount	of	the	community’s	money	                 McMath: We’re	using	the	arts	in	the	community	to	help	
that	it	will	assign	to	different	organizations.	The	money	still	remains	in	the	community,	especially	in	the	pock-            transcend	community	problems.	Whether	it’s	partnering	
ets	of	the	citizens	of	Jacksonville,	so	the	hope	is	that	the	people	of	Jacksonville	will	spend	that	money	on	the	            with	Clara	White	Mission	to	change	the	experience	for	
things	that	benefit	our	city	the	most.	First	and	foremost,	art	and	culture.                                                  people	who	are	there	having	to	get	their	midday	meal,	or	
	      “The	positive	thing	of	all	this	is	that	that	money	is	still	in	the	community.	It’s	not	like	the	67	million	dol-       if	it’s	going	into	hospice	care	to	try	to	make	end-of-life	
lars	is	not	going	to	flow	into	Jacksonville,	it’s	here.	It’s	at	the	discretion	of	the	members	of	the	community	to	           experiences	more	palatable	for	the	family	members	who	
invest	that	in	the	community	in	ways	that	they	see	fit	or	invest	it	in	their	own	needs.	So	it	presents	a	different	          might	be	there,	a	lot	of	people	consider	that	extremely	
type	of	challenge.	It’s	not	like	a	huge	repression	that	goes	through	some	cities	and	the	money	is	not	there.	In	             essential.	That’s	not	a	frill,	and	when	you	can	teach	a	
our	case	it’s	a	little	different.	It’s	still	a	challenge,	but	I	like	to	look	at	the	positive	side	of	what	we	have	to	do.     child	to	read	because	the	arts	are	a	part	of	that	experi-
	      “The	reality	is	that	if	they	value	these	things,	they	can	certainly,	within	their	own	budgets,	define	how	they	       ence	and	it	makes	them	want	to	read,	the	value	of	all	of	
contribute	to	organizations	that	they	value,	organizations	that	they	think	are	valuable	and	they	enjoy.”                     what	the	non-profit	sector	does	is	so	linked	together.	
	      The	symphony	is	not	currently	in	jeopardy	of	going	away	because	of	this	cut,	the	tax	money	they	receive	              With	every	program	we’re	cutting,	you’re	going	to	see	the	
is	only	5.5%	of	their	operating	budget,	but	it	is	a	loss	of	funds,	which	means	that	they	will	have	to	change	how	            problem	multiply.
and	what	they	provide	to	the	community.
	      “We	are	in	a	deficit	situation	already.	Income	is	not	meeting	expenses.	We	are	looking	at	how	we	can	
make	adjustments	to	increase	budgets	and	reduce	expenses.”
	      According	to	Hopper,	orchestral	organizations	around	the	country	are	facing	similar	challenges,	it	is	not	
currently	the	most	lucrative	industry	in	entertainment,	so	these	are	challenges	that	they	are	somewhat	accus-
tomed	to,	but	there	are	implications	that	come	with	cutting	funding	to	one	of	the	largest	cultural	organizations	
in	the	city.
	      “What	if	half	of	those	cultural	organizations	just	couldn’t	manage?	What	affect	does	that	have	on	the	city	
and	the	city’s	ability	to	present	itself	as	one	of	the	next	great	cities	in	America?	Those	are	challenges	that	are	
far-reaching.	Jacksonville	is	growing	up	very	fast	and	doing	a	great	job	of	that.	This	could	set	that	back.	When	
you	think	of	New	York,	what	do	you	think	of?	You	think	of	entertainment.	It’s	Broadway,	it’s	the	Met,	it’s	the	New	
York	Philharmonic,	the	gazillion	clubs	that	have	jazz	and	popular	music	playing.”
	      The	important	thing	is	not	to	take	a	political	side	that	is	based	on	some	disconnected	ideology	about	
government	spending,	but	to	take	this	opportunity	to	take	the	reins	of	your	money	and	your	access	to	your	city	
council	member.	Let	them	know	what	you	think	of	the	decisions	they	make	on	your	behalf,	no	matter	which	side	
you	stand	on.	It	is	also	a	wake-up	call	that	the	things	you	cherish	and	are	passionate	about	may	not	be	around	
forever	without	citizen	input.
	      “I	think	there	is	a	sense	of	ownership	that	might	be	missing	a	little	bit	in	Jacksonville,	people	need	to	
step	forward	and	really	take	ownership	of	organizations	they	enjoy	and	be	involved…Any	community	needs	
to	be	more	involved	with	their	local	politics.	Hopefully	this	initiative	will	bring	people	closer	to	local	politics.	
Every	voice	is	important.”

22     june 21-27, 2007 | entertaining u newspaper
young blues                                                                                                                                                                                 live	music	
                                                                                                                                                                                            shows	calendar
interview	with	Conrad	Oberg                                                                                                                                                                 THURSDAY, JUNE 21
                                                                                                                                                                                            Von Barlow’s Jazz Journey Layla’s, Jax (398-4610)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Open Mic w/Colleen Murphy Trade Winds Lounge,
BY christina wagner                                                                                                                                                                         St. Augustine (829-8646)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Silver Lake Drive Cortesses, St. Augustine (825-6775)
WHO: Conrad Oberg                                             you?                                                                                                                          Go Ask Alice Roadhouse, Orange Park (264-0611)
WHERE: 9th and Main                                           CO: Well,	the	feeling	and	the	emotion	                                                                                        Madison Fadeout Brewsters Pit, Jax (223-9850)
WHEN: Saturday, June 23rd                                     behind	it	and	also,	like,	the	history,	
                                                                                                                                                                                            Railroad Earth Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)
                                                              and	all	of	the	guys	really	made	it	
	      The	first	time	I	met	Conrad,	I	wasn’t	sure	what	       sound	good.	So	that’s	basically	what	                                                                                         The Smile Rays, Tough Junkie TSI, Jax (635-3024)
to	think.	He	was	very	quiet,	very	polite	and	extremely	       made	me	love	it	so	much.	                                                                                                     Steve Miller Band Florida Theatre, Jax
dedicated.	I	thought	for	sure	the	fascists	that	make	         	                                                                                                                             Chuck Nash My Place, Jax (737-5299)
up	this	evil	society	we	call	the	music	business	would	        EU: I saw you jump up with Guitar                                                                                             The Undertones Sun Dog Steak & Seafood,
swallow	him	up	whole,	but	I	was	wrong.	I	should	have	         Shorty when he last performed at                                                                                              Neptune Beach (241-8221)
known	better.	Conrad	has	always	been	a	fighter.	Born	         Jack Rabbits. Do you still get a bit                                                                                          Out of Hand Lynch’s Irish Pub, Jax Beach (249-5181)
in	the	summer	of	1994,	Oberg	was	brought	into	this	           of stage fright when performing in
                                                                                                                                                                                            Debra Rider Island Girl Cigar Bar, Jax
world	more	than	three	months	premature,	weighing	only	        front of legends?                                               CO:	He	was	a	real	nice	guy,	too.	One	of	the	nicest	
one	pound,	three	ounces.	As	a	result,	he	remained	in	         CO:	I	don’t,	and	I	don’t	think	I	have	ever	gotten	stage	        people	you’d	ever	hope	to	meet.	                              Ron Perry Mercury Moon, Orange Park (215-8999)
intensive	care	for	more	than	three	and	a	half	months	         fright,	and	when	I’m	playing	with	Guitar	Shorty	or	Buddy	       	                                                             Mariachi Guadalajara Jimadores, Jax (739-5828)
and	came	out	of	it	with	no	vision	in	his	left	eye	and	only	   Guy	and	people	like	that,	I’m	usually	very	honored	to	          EU: George’s Music named you a “featured artist”              Aerial Tribe Eddie Bahamas, Jax Beach (241-3138)
fifteen	percent	in	his	right	eye.	                            get	to	play	with	them.	You	know,	because	they’ve	played	        for the 2007 Springing the Blues Festival. That’s             Capleton Plush, Jax (743-1845)
	      Conrad	was	given	an	electronic	piano	at	the	age	       with	a	lot	of	the	different	people	that	I	like.	                quite an honor. You have accomplished so much
                                                                                                                                                                                            Boogie Freaks Square One, Jax (306-9004)
of	2	and	a	half,	and	six	months	later	he	had	taught	          	                                                               for such a young age. What are some of the goals
himself	enough	to	play	along	with	almost	any	song	that	       EU: When you were ten years old, you recorded                   you have set up for yourself?                                 Skin & Bonz The Plaza, St. Augustine
appealed	to	him.	He	hasn’t	really	slowed	down	since.          on Jerry Lee Lewis’ Wurlitzer piano while being                 CO: Umm,	as	I	said	earlier,	I	hope	to	go	overseas,	like	in	   Still Standing Palace Saloon, Fernandina
	      Accompanied	by	his	father,	Michael	Oberg,	             backed by several of his former members. How                    Ireland	and	all	sorts	of,	like,	the	European	countries	and	   Stephen Simmons European Street, Jax (399-1740)
“the	world’s	most	underpaid	roadie”	(not	that	he’s	           was that experience?                                            stuff	like	that.	And	I	hope	to	go	to	a	good	high	school,	     Deron Baker Trio Kingfish Grille, St. Augustine
complaining),	Conrad	has	already	met	and	performed	           CO:	It	was	pretty	fun.	Yeah,	that	was	uh,	a	really	fun	time	    too.	Just	kinda	see	what	happens	from	there.
                                                                                                                                                                                            David Milam Shannon’s Irish Pub, Green Cove Springs
with	some	of	the	most	influential	blues	legends	our	          because,	you	know,	we	actually	got	to	hang	out	with	            	
country	has	to	offer.	If	that’s	not	enough,	he	even	has	      people	that	actually	know	one	of	the	people	that	I	loved	       Go to eujacksonville.com to read the entire                   Jam Session w/Jason Anderson Pub Ragusa, Jax (443-7888)
fans	flying	in	from	all	over	the	country	just	to	catch	       most	at	that	time.	It	was	pretty	cool,	it	was	really	fun	and	   interview.                                                    Steve Plays Too Loud London Bridge, Jax (359-0001)
his	gigs.	Nevertheless,	he	keeps	a	good	head	on	his	          it	was	my	birthday	on	that	trip	too,	so	yeah.	                                                                                Matt Collins Urban Flats, Ponte Vedra
shoulders,	never	gets	star-struck,	and	has	never	been	                                                                                                                                      Wes Cobb Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)
afraid	of	the	stage.	Amazing.	I	was	able	to	catch	up	with	    EU: Oh Awesome.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Cornerstone The Mill Top, St. Augustine (829-2329)
Conrad	and	his	father	one	afternoon	in	San	Marco	where	       MO:	He	turned	ten	in	the	studio,	recording.	
we	discussed	music,	future	goals	and	this	family’s	           CO:	That’s	when	I	got	my	first	guitar,	too.	                                                                                  Midlife Crisis Ragtime Tavern, Atlantic Beach (241-7877)
obvious	obsession	with	halves.	                               MO:	I	told	him	I	was	never	going	to	be	able	to	beat	that	                                                                     Ron Rodriguez Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)
	                                                             birthday,	so	remember	it	forever.	And	the	next	day	he	got	                                                                    Little Green Men West Inn Cantina, Jax (389-1131)
EU: How old are you now?                                      to	meet	Jerry	Lee	at	the	airport.	They	told	us	what	gate	                                                                     Freeze Frame Fionn Maccool’s, Jax Beach (242-9499)
CO:	I’m	going	to	be	13	in	three	and	a	half	days.	             to	go	to	and…they	checked	it	out	with	him	and	made	
                                                                                                                                                                                            John Waters, Bush Doctors A1A Aleworks, St.
	                                                             sure	it	was	ok.	So	we	went	out	to	the	Memphis	airport	                                                                        Augustine (829-2977)
EU: Blues seems to be an unlikely influence for a             to	visit	with	him	before	he	left,	so	that	was	a	pretty	fun	
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lisa & the Madhatters Players Grille, Orange Park (264-4633)
young man your age. What about the genre hooked               birthday	for	him.	(Laughing)	
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr. Natural Whitey’s Fish Camp, Orange Park (269-4198)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Those Guys The Oasis, St. Augustine (471-3424)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Unwritten Law Freebird Live, Jax Beach (246-2473)
                                                                                                                                                                                            A Rocket To the Moon Thee Imperial, Jax (475-0488)
                                                                                                                                                                                            De Lions of Jah Twisted Sisters, Jax Beach (241-6453)

                                                                                                                                                                                            FRIDAY, JUNE 22
                                                                                                                                                                                            Dana Salmela Cross Creek Restaurant, Jax
                                                                                                                                                                                            Nate Holley Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Livid Fionn Maccool’s, Jax Beach (242-9499)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Oscar Barnett Urban Flats, Ponte Vedra
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mammal Eggs, The Besties TSI, Jax (635-3024)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lokyata Thee Imperial, Jax (475-0488)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Dave Massey Your Place, Jax Beach (221-9994)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Glass Camels Culhane’s Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (249-9595)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lantern Pelican Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Blue Sage Shoes Kingfish Grille, St. Augustine
                                                                                                                                                                                            Zoso Freebird Live, Jax Beach (246-2473)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Biz Markie Ocean Club, Jax Beach (242-8884)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Those Guys The Oasis, St. Augustine (471-3424)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Rip Tide w/Brian Turner Bogey Grille, Ponte Vedra
                                                                                                                                                                                            Beach (285-5524)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Slumpbuster Landshark Café, Atlantic Beach (246-6024)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Rick Arcusa Band The Landing, Jax (353-1188)

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Johnathan Appleseed Fuel, Jax (425-3835)                       AMADEUS, EDEN KENDALL AND STEvE SUTTON
                                                                                                                                                                                Jacksonville’s	favorite	morning	show	teams	back	to	
The Jamdown Alliance San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine                                                                                                                        the	airwaves,	but	instead	of	surrounding	their	morning	
Mike Gottuso Mandarin Cigar Company, Mandarin                                                                                                                                   antics	with	Britney	Spears	songs,	Amadeus,	Eden,	
Mike Sweet & Friends Mi Casa Café, St. Augustine (824-9317)                                                                                                                     and	Steve	Sutton	will	be	goofing	off	with	you	in	the	
C1 Jazz Arielle’s, Jax (721-4271)                                                                                                                                               mornings	between	George	Strait	and	Faith	Hill	songs.	
Yancy Clegg Seven Bridges, Jax (997-1999)                                                                                                                                       I	caught	up	with	the	morning	team	just	after	their	first	
                                                                                                                                                                                show	back	on	the	air.	After	twelve	years	on	WAPE,	the	
Something Distant Lynch’s, Jax Beach (249-5181)
                                                                                                                                                                                crew	left	Cox	(on	good	terms)	and	waited	out	their	
Johnny Flood Aromas, Jax (928-0515)
                                                                                                                                                                                no-compete	contract.	
Regi Blue Brewsters, Jax (223-9850)                                                                                                                                             	      Finally	back	on	the	air,	they	didn’t	miss	a	step.
Jager Dave On the Rocks, Jax (685-5268)                                                                                                                                         	      “After	12	years,	we	know	when	we’re	going	to	
Hunnert Proof Cap’n Odies, Mayport (241-8848)                                                                                                                                   speak.	And	the	music	here	is	a	hundred-fold	better	
Wes Cobb Fly’s Tie, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)                                                                                                                                   than	the	music	from	before,”	said	Sutton.	
Roger That West Inn Cantina, Jax (389-1131)                                                                                                                                     	      “It	more	closely	reflects	our	lives.	Personally,	
                                                                                                                                                                                it’s	the	songs	that	have	a	message	that	is	more	impor-
David Milam Shannon’s Irish Pub, Green Cove Springs
                                                                                                                                                                                tant	than	top	forty.	Love,	family,	romance.	These	are	
Lisa & the Madhatters Whitey’s Fish Camp, Orange
Park (269-4198)                                                                                                                                                                 things	we	are	passionate	about,”	added	Eden.
                                                                                                                                                                                	      “It’s	awesome	to	be	back	on	the	air.	There	are	
What About Me Landshark Café, Atlantic Beach (246-6024)
                                                                                                                                                                                no	words	to	describe	it,	it’s	like	being	back	home,”	
Mommy’s Mistakes Starlite Café, Jax (356-4444)
                                                                                                                                                                                said	Amadeus.
Fifth South Culhane’s Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (249-9595)                                                                                                                      	      Although	Amadeus	was	reluctant	to	say	anything	
Crystal Bessels Kickback’s, Jax (388-9551)                                                                                                                                      negative	about	the	old	digs	at	Cox	versus	the	new	
Aerial Tribe Endo Exo, Jax (396-7733)                                                                                                                                           studio	at	Gator	Country,	he	did	admit	that	a	Mom	and	
Esther Brewsters Pit, Jax (223-9850)
Matt Collins Pauly’s Pizza, Jax (727-9101)
Riff Raff Box Seats, Jax (908-7328)
                                                              gator country’s new                                                                                               Pop	organization	is	more	of	his	speed	and	he	definite-
                                                                                                                                                                                ly	feels	as	though	he’s	being	treated	better	by	Renda.	
                                                                                                                                                                                “The	difference	is	being	in	a	company	that	is	run	by	
                                                                                                                                                                                radio	and	broadcasting	experts,	not	lawyers.	Renda	

                                                              morning team
Warren Barfield, Brian Jones Murray Hill Theatre,
Jax (388-7807)                                                                                                                                                                  does	radio	and	that’s	it.	Cox	sells	automobiles	and	
                                                                                                                                                                                newspapers	and	they	don’t	concentrate	on	one	thing.	
Elisabeth Cramer Fuel, Jax (425-3835)
                                                                                                                                                                                Tony	Renda	has	a	commitment	to	radio,	and	that’s	
                                                                                                                                                                                what	we	love,”	said	Sutton,	“It’s	nice	to	work	where	
Red River Band Trade Winds Lounge, St. Augustine
                                                              interview	with	Amadeus,	Steve	Sutton	&	Eden	Kendall                                                               you’re	respected	for	your	knowledge	and	experience	
                                                                                                                                                                                rather	than	being	treated	like	another	number.”
                                                                                                                                                                                	      Tune	into	Gator	Country	on	99.9	FM	every	week-
Blistur Mercury Moon, Orange Park (215-8999)                  BY jon bosworth                             jaxvillain@yahoo.com	                                                 day	between	5:30	am	and	10	am	to	listen	to	their	zany	
Livid Fionn MacCool’s, Jax Beach (242-9499)                   	    There	isn’t	enough	local	radio	in	town.	If	you	   are	featuring	fewer	and	fewer	local	people	on	the	         antics	in	the	morning,	or	just	tune	in	for	the	latest	
Lisa & the Madhatters Whitey’s Fish Camp, Orange              haven’t	noticed,	most	of	the	radio	stations	in	town	   airwaves.	Think	about	it.	Who	is	your	favorite	local	      country	artists	and	the	newest	hits	on	Jacksonville’s	
Park (269-4198)                                                                                                      radio	celebrity?	Take	your	time.	There	aren’t	many	        newest	country	station.	From	the	standards,	such	as	
Big Al & the Kaholics Cheers, Mandarin (262-4337)                                                                    left.	When	Cool	FM	went	the	way	of	The	Eagle,	they	        Kenny	Chesney	or	George	Strait,	to	artists	so	new	that	
Something Distant Lynch’s Irish Pub, Jax Beach (249-5181)                                                            also	dropped	their	morning	show.	Lex	&	Terry	can	          they	haven’t	even	hit	yet,	like	Whiskey	Falls	and	Emer-
The Company Cortesses, St. Augustine (825-6775)                                                                      hardly	be	considered	local	these	days,	and	I	haven’t	      son	Drive,	Gator	serves	up	cutting	edge	country	every	
Al Naturale Ragtime Tavern, Atlantic Beach (241-7877)                                                                really	kept	up	with	Planet	since	they	moved	their	ho-      day.	Listen	to	Michele	Chase	from	10	am	to	3	pm	or	
                                                                                                                     mogenized	rock	to	a	different	place	on	the	dial,	but	I	    check	out	the	program	director’s	show,	Jeff	Davis.	
Shawn Lightfoot The Grape, Jax (642-7111)
                                                                                                                     have	definitely	noticed	a	decline	in	Klinger	Road	Rage	    	      “Jeff	discovers	the	next	big	artists	and	puts	them	
CrabGrass A1A Aleworks, St. Augustine (829-2977)
                                                                                                                     bumper	stickers.	The	point	is,	there	isn’t	much	that	is	   in	rotation	weeks	before	anyone	else	has	even	caught	
A1A Roadhouse, Orange Park (264-0611)                                                                                “local”	on	local	radio	these	days.                         on	to	them.”
Uncle Meat & the Bumblebee Mill Top Tavern, St. Augustine                                                            	      Is	that	any	kind	of	surprise?	The	stations	that	    	      The	crew	is	excited	to	be	back	and	they	hope	to	
Out of Hand Players Grille, Orange Park (264-4633)                                                                   Clear	Channel	doesn’t	own,	Cox	does,	and	these	            hear	from	all	of	their	loyal	listeners.
Drivin’ South 747 Lounge, Jax (741-4331)                                                                             are	enormous	media	conglomerates.	But	there	is	a	          	      “There	are	so	many	things	coming	up,	concerts	
Sidewalk 65 Champs, Ponte Vedra (285-7777)                                                                           safe-haven.	Renda	Communications	specializes	in	           and	events.	We	can’t	wait;	we	know	we	will	be	very	
                                                                                                                     Jacksonville	radio	and	the	company	is	owned	by	Tony	       busy.	We	have	interviewed	close	to	a	hundred	artists	
Roger That Square One, Jax (306-9004)
                                                                                                                     Renda,	a	local	radio	man.	One	of	their	latest	success	     in	the	last	two	weeks.	We	just	got	back	from	Nashville,	
Pili Pili Caribbee Key, Neptune Beach (270-8940)
                                                                                                                     stories	is	Gator	Country	99.9	FM.	In	an	effort	to	show	    it	was	so	amazing.	We	are	looking	forward	to	this	next	
Chuck Nash Sun Dog Steak & Seafood, Neptune                                                                          his	ties	to	the	community,	Renda	has	brought	one	of	       year,”	said	Amadeus	emphatically.	
Beach (241-8221)

Quest Culhane’s Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (249-9595)
Tommy Womack Café Eleven, St. Augustine (460-9311)
Robby Schenck Kickback’s, Jax (388-9551)
Rip Tide w/Brian Turner Conch House, St. Augustine
McKenna Jerry’s Sports Grill, Jax (220-6766)
Rabbit Rabbit Yesterdays, Jax (387-0502)
Suenalo Twisted Sisters, Jax Beach (241-6453)
Lionheart The Oasis, St. Augustine (471-3424)
Five Star Failure Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)
Aerial Tribe House of Jam, Mandarin (262-3377)
Jose LeMonde Trio Kingfish Grille, St. Augustine
Blueground Undergrass Freebird Live, Jax Beach (246-2473)
Strings of Fire Jimadores, Jax (739-5828)
Battle of the Bands Main Library, Jax

24      june 21-27, 2007 | entertaining u newspaper
still crazy after all
                                                                                                                                                                                            Derick House of Jam, Mandarin (262-3377)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Chant The Factory, Jax (387-3582)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Stephen Pigman High Tide Café, St. Augustine
                                                                                                                                                                                            Conrad Oberg 9th & Main, Jax

these years
                                                                                                                                                                                            The Goldmembers San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine
                                                                                                                                                                                            Serving the Oath Thee Imperial, Jax (475-0488)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Man Apart Brewsters Pit, Jax (223-9850)
                                                                                                                                                                                            David Redding Urban Flats, Ponte Vedra

an	interview	with	Tommy	Womack                                                                                                                                                              Mike Sweet & Friends Mi Casa Café, St. Augustine (824-9317)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Riff Raff Brewsters, Jax (223-9850)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Storyside B Murray Hill Theatre, Jax (388-7807)
BY christina wagner                                                                                                                                                                         Payton Page Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)
                                                                                                                                                                                            After 11 Brewsters, Jax (223-9850)
WHO: Tommy Womack                                            man and genius comparison is something I can
WHEN: Saturday, June 23rd                                    understand, considering all the articles I have                                                                                Debra Rider Island Girl Cigar Bar, Jax
WHERE: Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine                            been mulling over, but what interests me is the                                                                                Freeze Frame Fionn Maccool’s, Jax Beach (242-9499)
                                                             strict Bible upbringing and Rolling Stones com-                                                                                Mike Shakelford The Homestead, Jax Beach (249-9660)
	       Born	in	Kentucky	in	1962,	Tommy	Womack	has	          ment.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Stu Weaver Harry’s, Jax Beach (247-8855)
released	13	albums	in	his	22-year	career,	written	an	au-     TW:	I	grew	up	a	preacher’s	son,	and...pictures	of	Je-
                                                                                                                                                                                            Open Mic w/Larry Broussard St. Johns Pizza Grill,
tobiography	and	a	novel,	and	still	has	time	to	search	for	   sus	hung	on	every	wall,	but	dad	was	a	sociopath	who	                                                                           Jax (287-9900)
the	“Historical	Jesus.”	His	recent	work	seems	to	reflect	    preached	a	whale	of	a	sermon	on	Sunday,	came	home	
him	better	than	any	single	project,	almost	as	if	each	re-    to	his	recliner,	and	you	didn’t	get	between	him	and	
cord	served	as	a	stepping	stone	to	finding	exactly	where	    the	television	the	next	six	days	if	the	house	wasn’t	on	                                                                       SUNDAY, JUNE 24
he	needs	to	be.	His	most	recent	album,	There I Said It,	     fire.	Mom	was	clinically	depressed;	I	turned	out	that	                                                                         Those Guys Sunset Grill, St. Augustine (471-5555)
embodies	just	that.	His	frank	and	almost	abrasive	lyri-      way.	It	wasn’t	a	happy	home,	but	it	was	the	most	reli-                                                                         Bobby Flynn Culhane’s Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (249-9595)
cism	screams	out	anthemic	questions	and	answers	that	        gious	home	you	could	imagine.	But	were	we	happy?	                                                                              Colton McKenna Zhanra’s, St. Augustine
every	honest	musician	asks	himself	at	some	point.            Content?	Spiritually	at	peace?	Not	in	the	least	bit.	And	
                                                                                                                                                                                            Dan Shepherd Harpoon Louie’s, Jax (389-5631)
	       Much	like	his	music,	Womack	holds	back	very	         that	sticks	under	my	saddle	to	this	day	and	always	will.	
little	and	embellishes	on	the	exciting	details,	making	      The	Rolling	Stones?	They’re	the	world’s	greatest	rock	                                                                         Jazlin Beautyfull Landing, Jax
even	daily	routines	seem	more	like	an	adventure.	I	had	      and	roll	band.	When	I’m	playing	acoustic,	I	imagine,	                                                                          3 Sun Dog Steak & Seafood, Neptune Beach (241-8221)
the	pleasure	of	stealing	a	few	moments	from	Tommy	           what	would	Dylan	do?	When	I’m	playing	electric,	I’m	                                                                           Chris Siefferman The Oasis, St. Augustine (471-3424)
during	his	family	vacation	in	South	Florida:                 always	wondering	what	would	Keith	do?	Archetypes	are	                                                                          JW Gilmore Gypsy Cab Company, St. Augustine
                                                                                                                                                                                            Blacklight Burns Freebird Live, Jax Beach (246-2473)
EU: We share similar breakfast routines. I never
knew cigarettes contained zero carbs. Were you               EU: On your website you mention “Skot Willis                                                                                   Sam Pacetti Ragtime Tavern, Atlantic Beach (241-7877)
informed of this tasty fact or did you do your own           once said I was the craziest person he’d ever met                                                                              David Milam Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)
research?                                                    who had his life together. Todd Snider says I’m                                                                                Jimmy Parrish Carib Key, Jax Beach (270-8940)
TW:	I	did	entirely	my	own	research,	funded	by	myself.	I	     the only person he’s ever met in Nashville who’s                                                                               Select Few Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)
bought	all	the	cigarettes	personally	except	for	the	ones	    crazier than he is.”
                                                                                                                                                                                            Soulo Kingfish Grille, St. Augustine
I	bummed.	I’ve	given	up	my	lungs	for	the	dietary	benefit	    TW:	I	was,	we	have	concluded	in	retrospect,	a	case	
of	mankind.	                                                 of	undiagnosed	childhood	ADHD. It	didn’t	exist	in	                                                                             Matanzas Trade Winds Lounge, St. Augustine (829-8646)
                                                             Kentucky	in	the	‘60s	and	‘70s. You	just	“weren’t	right,”	                                                                      Big Al & the Kaholics Whitey’s Fish Camp, Orange
EU: You mentioned that your recent album, There              and	I	wasn’t,	and	haven’t	been	ever	since. It	became	                                                                          Park (269-4198)
I Said It, was unexpected, and that you had not              who	I	am. If	I	weren’t	gifted,	I	would	be	in	jail	or	some	      his	say.	I	never	TRY	to	be	nuts.	I	try	very	hard	NOT	to	be.	   El Toro Loco Mark’s Downtown, Jax (355-5099)
anticipated doing another album. Why is that?                institution	now. My	whole	life	is	saved	by	the	fact	that	       Trying	to	turn	a	nickel	with	what	gifts	and	curses	God	        Lenny Brewsters Pit, Jax (223-9850)
TW:	Because	I	had	a	nervous	breakdown	from	too	many	         I	can	make	up	lyrics	like	‘Alpha	Male	&	the	Canine	             laid	on	me.                                                    Douglas Campbell Mill Top Tavern, St. Augustine (829-2329)
years	of	drug	abuse	and	I	was	toast.	Out	of	the	business.	   Mystery	Blood’	and	remember	them	all	night	after	night.	
                                                                                                                                                                                            3rd Bass The Casbah, Jax (981-9966)
That	was	about	2003.	These	songs	wrote	themselves	           I	seem	to	be	able	to	do	a	few	entertaining...things	rather	     To read more of Christina’s interview with Tommy
while	I	was	living	in	hell	and	the	music	business	kinda	     well.	One	of	which	is	I	can	write,	and	another	of	which	        Womack visit www.eujacksonville.com.                           Chillakaya Jack’s BBQ, St. Augustine
“came	back	to	get	me.”                                       is	I	can	deliver	lyrics	well,	and	often	scads	of	them	at	a	                                                                    Michael Funge Culhane’s Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (249-9595)
                                                             time.	And	after	all	this	time,	I	can	play	pretty	good	guitar	                                                                  El Toro Loco Square One, Jax (306-9004)
EU: Your writing style has been described as “tip-           and	at	least	sing	the	best	I’ve	ever	sang	in	my	life.	But	
toes the line between punk and poet, crazy man               underlying	it	all	is	that	I’m	crazy,	and	I	write	outrageous	
                                                             songs	and	say	outrageous	things	onstage	and	it	lets	that	
                                                                                                                                                                                            MONDAY, JUNE 25
and genius…influenced by many things- a strict
Bible upbringing, the Rolling Stones, Dylan, the             crazy	guy	in	me	out	of	the	cage	for	a	while.	When	it’s	                                                                        Sol Island Music Cortesses, St. Augustine (825-6775)
Kinks, and the crazy world we live in…” The crazy            over,	I’m	a	little	more	at	peace,	and	the	crazy	guy’s	had	                                                                     Charlie Walker Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Sam Pacetti The Mill Top, St. Augustine (829-2329)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Billy Bowers Sun Dog Steak & Seafood, Neptune
                                                                                                                                                                                            Beach (241-8221)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Rezolushun The Oasis, St. Augustine (471-3424)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lary Smith Harmonious Monks, Mandarin (880-3040)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mike Gottuso Seven Bridges, Jax (997-1999)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Soap Jack’s BBQ, St. Augustine
                                                                                                                                                                                            T.F.P Fuel, Jax (425-3835)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Band of Destiny Square One, Jax (306-9004)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lambgoat Thee Imperial, Jax (475-0488)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Roadtrip Summer Tour Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Out of Hand My Place, Jax (737-5299)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Nolan Neal Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Stu Weaver Harry’s, St. Augustine (824-7765)

                                                                                                                                                                                            TUESDAY, JUNE 26
                                                                                                                                                                                            Billy & Vinnie Sun Dog Steak & Seafood, Neptune
                                                                                                                                                                                            Beach (241-8221)

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                                                                  summertime in the city
Matanzas Trade Winds Lounge, St. Augustine (829-8646)
Christina Wagner & Friends Mark’s Downtown, Jax (355-5099)
Will Pearsall The Mill Top, St. Augustine (829-2329)
Dave Massey Kickback’s, Jax (388-9551)
Those Guys Hurricane Patty’s, St. Augustine (827-1822)
Blues Night Cortesses, St. Augustine (825-6775)
                                                                  Jacksonville’s	Hip-Hop	Festival
Ron Perry Fionn MacCool’s, Jax Beach (242-9499)
Out of Hand Palace Saloon, Fernandina Beach                       BY jon bosworth                                jaxvillain@yahoo.com	
Jimmies Chicken Shack Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)
Bill Rice Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)
Steve Beck Band The Oasis, St. Augustine (471-3424)
Mike Miller Band St. Nick’s Lounge, Jax
Jimmy Solari My Place, Jax (737-5299)
Seth Ramsdill Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)
El Toro Loco Square One, Jax (306-9004)

Gene Nordan Mackenzie’s, Ponte Vedra (543-9143)

Cloud 9 Latitudes Café, Atlantic Beach (247-6606)
The Bath Party MOCA, Jax
Mr. Beam Casa Marina, Jax Beach (270-0025)
Those Guys-Music by the Sea The Pier, St. Augustine
Sleep Serapis, Sleep Yesterday’s, Jax (387-0502)
Dave Massey My Place, Jax (737-5299)
Drop Dead Gorgeous Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)
                                                                                                                                                                    SIMPLE COMPLEXITY
Out of Hand Buffalo’s, Orange Park (778-1101)
Sly Poonce House of Jam, Mandarin (262-3377)                      	      There	have	been	rumors	floating	around	Jack-             THE SMILE RAYS
Wes Cobb Band Square One, Jax (306-9004)                          sonville	that	we	have	a	hip-hop	scene	that	is	about	to	
Stu Weaver The Mill Top, St. Augustine (829-2329)
                                                                  make	some	national	noise.	Here’s	a	brief	history:	after	
                                                                  Outkast,	Goodie	Mob,	and	Ludacris	started	blowing	up	
Eric Dawkins Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)
                                                                  out	of	Atlanta,	all	the	hip-hop	talk	was	about	the	“dirty	
The Mike Miller Band St. Nick’s Lounge, Jax (396-3396)            south.”	Then	came	the	“crunk”	movement,	which,	when	
El Toro Loco Aromas, Ponte Vedra (280-2525)                       described,	seems	as	though	it	should	be	similar	to	the	
Chuck Nash Sun Dog Steak & Seafood, Neptune                       rap-metal	of	the	Limp	Bizkit	heyday,	but	instead	of	white	
Beach (241-8221)                                                  boys	bringing	rap	into	metal,	this	is	black	dudes	bring-
Pili Pili Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)          ing	punk	into	rap,	in	the	case	of	Lil’	Jon	(whom	you	may	
Dave Massey My Place Bar & Grill, Jax (737-5299)
                                                                  remember	from	the	Dave	Chapelle	Show),	and	black	
                                                                  dudes	bringing	rap	into	their	punk,	in	the	case	of	Whole	
upcoming shows                                                    Wheat	Bread.	It	just	so	happens	that	Jacksonville’s	
                                                                  Whole	Wheat	Bread	has	been	in	Utah	helping	Lil’	Jon	
Street Dogs June 28, Jack Rabbits, 398-7496                       with	his	new	album,	forging	yet	another	local	tie	to	the	
                                                                  national	rap	scene.	Although	Limp	Bizkit	and	Whole	
Corey Smith June 28, Freebird Live, 246-2473
                                                                  Wheat	Bread	are	both	from	here,	it	may	be	something	
Cedric The Entertainer June 29, Times Union Center, 353-3309
                                                                  of	a	stretch	to	call	Jacksonville	the	home	to	either	style,	
Rooney July 2, Fuel, 425-3835                                     but	the	point	is	that	more	and	more	groups	from	Jack-
Tinsley Ellis July 7, Mojo Blues Bar, 247-6636                    sonville	are	rising	to	the	top.	
The Moscow Cats Theatre July 7-8, Times Union Center, 353-3309    	      Last	year,	a	movie	called	Grind	2	Shine	debuted	
                                                                  at	the	Florida	Theatre.	This	film	claimed	to	be	the	first	
American Idols LIvE Tour July 8, Jacksonville Arena, 630-3900
                                                                  documentary	of	the	Jacksonville	hip-hop	scene,	and	the	
311 with Matisyahu July 12, Jacksonville Arena, 630-3900
                                                                  hope	must	have	been	that	it	would	either	help	launch	
Shooter Jennings July 12, Freebird Live, 246-2473                 this	scene	out	of	obscurity,	or	become	the	documenting	        	      With	that	as	the	starting	point,	Ian	recently	joined	
Lisa Lampanelli July 14, The Florida Theatre, 355-2787            authority	of	a	movement	that	was	moving	up	on	its	own.	        forces	with	Tony	Allegretti,	an	owner	of	Burrito	Gallery	
Morrissey July 17, Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 353-3309            Neither	happened.	Nevertheless,	the	hip-hop	culture	in	        and	Allegretti	Consulting,	who	has	been	instrumental	in	
                                                                  this	town	keeps	on	brewing.                                    the	new	popularity	of	Downtown	and	Springfield,	to	put	
van’s Warped Tour July 19, Reynold’s Park Yacht Center in
Greencove Springs, 353-3309                                       	      At	the	crest	of	this	wave	is	Ian	Ranne.	Ian	put	        together	a	festival	called	Summertime	in	the	City.
                                                                  together	a	little	event	at	Thee	Imperial	called	Hip	Hop	       	      The	first	festival	of	its	kind	in	Jacksonville,	Sum-
Lee Roy Parnell July 20, Freebird Live, 246-2473
                                                                  Hell,	and	it	was	a	place	for	people	who	were	interested	       mertime	in	the	City	will	be	an	all	day,	free,	outdoor	
My Little Pony Live “The World’s Biggest Tea Party”, July
20-22, Times Union Center, 353-3309                               in	the	artistry	of	hip-hop	to	show	off	their	chops.	There	     hip-hop	festival	complete	with	jazz,	funk,	and	R&B	acts	
                                                                  was	freestyling,	organized	acts,	touring	acts,	and	all	        early	in	the	evening	and	a	break	dancing	competition	
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill July 22, Jacksonville Arena, 630-3900
                                                                  sorts	of	mayhem.	Hip	Hop	Hell	quickly	became	a	domi-           to	complement	the	full	lineup	of	live	hip-hop	acts.	All	
Candlebox July 24, Freebird Live, 246-2473                        nant	force	in	the	late	night	club	scene	and	outgrew	its	       of	this	will	take	place	at	the	corner	of	Main	and	Adams,	
The Fab Four July 31, Florida Theatre, 355-2787                   reputation	as	strictly	a	hip-hop	event.	The	music	coming	      directly	in	front	of	the	Urban	Core	mural	on	the	side	of	
Brad Paisley August 10, Jacksonville Arena, 630-3900              out	of	this	creative	engine	was	culminating.	It	was	fresh,	    the	Burrito	Gallery	restaurant.	As	the	media	sponsor	of	
Aly & AJ      August 17, Times Union Center, 633-6110             new,	and	multi-cultural.	People	that	first	donned	the	         this	event,	EU	will	feature	interviews	with	the	bands	that	
                                                                  stage	during	a	freestyle	battle	eventually	developed	an	       will	be	performing	every	week	between	now	and	July	15,	
Copeland Sept.2, Freebird Live, 246-2473
                                                                  entire	set	and	now	they	are	touring	the	region.	Hip	Hop	       the	date	of	the	festival.	
Dave Matthews Band Sep 11, O’Connell Center, Gainesville,         Hell	happens	in	several	clubs	on	several	nights	of	the	        	      Stay	tuned	and	tap	into	this	musical	movement	as	
FL, (352) 392-1653
                                                                  week,	and	constantly	the	crowds	are	growing,	because	          it	swells	into	the	national	scope.	This	is	the	first	year	of	
Sinbad       October 12, Florida Theatre, 355-2787                this	isn’t	the	kind	of	hip-hop	that	looks	down	its	nose	at	    an	annual	festival	that	will	eventually	be	far	too	big	for	a	
Clint Black October 13, Florida Theatre, 355-2787                 anyone	that	isn’t	“fronting,”	this	is	the	kind	of	hip-hop	     parking	lot	downtown,	so	get	on	the	pulse	and	look	here	
Jethro Tull Dec.11, Florida Theatre, 355-2787                     that	anyone	that	likes	music	can	get	into.                     next	week	for	an	interview	with	The	N	Word.

26       june 21-27, 2007 | entertaining u newspaper
                                the mix-up
                                album	review
                                artist: Beastie Boys
                                Title: The Mix-Up
                                release date: 06.26.07
                                label: Capitol

	     I	was	so	excited	to	hear	that	the	Beastie	Boys	were	releasing	an	instrumental	record.	Their	last	
two	albums,	To the 5 Boroughs	and	Hello Nasty,	were	released	painfully	far	apart	and	provided	little	
if	any	of	the	stylish	Californian	jams	that	made	such	an	impact	on	Check Your Head	and	Ill Commu-
nication.	Giving	way	primarily	to	their	classic	brand	of	Hip-Hop,	the	last	two	albums	left	me	yearn-
ing	for	the	old	days,	and	it	makes	me	feel	old	when	I	do	that.
	     The	feel	of	those	old	instrumental	and	less	digital	songs	was	so	catchy,	unique	and	smooth.	
They	were	the	eclectic	stoner	jams	that	made	you	feel	chill	and	excited	at	the	same	time.	
	     That’s	why	the	new	record,	The Mix-Up,	is	such	a	relief	to	hear.	I	feel	young	again	not	having	
to	yearn	so	deeply	for	the	sounds	of	old.	The	B-Boys	have	begun	to	flow	again,	this	time	bringing	
us	an	entire	album	of	liquid	compositions	with	angular	beats.	The	songs	sound	great,	as	if	they	
intended	them	to	pick	up	right	where	The In Sound from Way Out	left	off.	
	     Obviously,	the	line	up	for	The Mix-Up	is	a	given:	Mike	D	on	drums,	Adrock	on	guitar,	MCA	on	
bass,	and	Money	Mark	on	keyboards.	Just	like	always,	the	sounds	on	this	record	feature	wah	and	
envelope-filtered	guitar	squawks,	seamless	bass	grooves	with	just	the	right	mix	of	sharp	funk	and	
smooth	jazz,	slippery	notes	from	the	organ	and	snappy	drums	with	syncopated	bongos	and	snare.
	     For	many	of	us	Beastie	Boys	fans,	this	new	record	is	just	what	we	needed	to	hear.	It’s	great	
to	know	that	they	are	still	continuing	to	evolve	and	create	while	recalling	some	of	their	talents	that	
never	gel	old.
                                                                 - by donald dusinberre

                                icky thump
                                album	review
                                artist: White Stripes
                                Title: Icky Thump
                                release date: 06.19.07
                                label: Third Man / Warner Bros.

	    For	a	minute,	I	thought	maybe	the	good	Lord	didn’t	want	me	to	have	the	new	White	Stripes	
album.	I	despise	liking	a	band	that	is	releasing	one	of	the	most	anticipated	albums	of	the	year,	
because	I	waited	with	baited	breath	for	Modest	Mouse	and	made	a	fool	of	myself	in	the	hunt	for	
the	new	Radiohead	album	several	years	back.	I	am	none-too-discreet	when	it	comes	to	veiling	my	
commercial	desires.	First	I	called	Inertia	Records,	because	I	believe	in	supporting	my	local	record	
store	primarily,	but	they	told	me	to	go	to	Best	Buy.	The	only	thing	I	hate	more	than	Best	Buy	is	
Wal-Mart,	yet	I	went	to	Wal-Mart	and	called	Best	Buy	when	Target	didn’t	have	the	album	on	their	
shelves.	In	the	end,	I	found	it	at	Circuit	City	(after	more	than	ten	stops	looking	for	it	at	other	record	
stores)	and	to	be	truthful:	as	is	the	case	with	every	White	Stripes	album	upon	release,	I	love	it.	
This	record	is	as	experimental	(ala	Sonic	Youth)	as	it	is	traditional	(ala	blues	from	Johnny	Cash	
and	country	from	the	Dixie	Rose),	but	this	album	has	an	undercurrent	that	is	not	precisely	political,	
yet	certainly	deliberate	in	its	expression	of	other	cultures.	Past	White	Stripes	albums	have	been	so	
focused	on	representing	the	classic	Americana	sound,	that	it	is	almost	ridiculous	to	listen	to	this	
album’s	assortment	of	nationality	influences.	From	almost	Arabic	sounding	instrumentation	to	the	
Spanish	mixed	with	blues	influence	of	the	album’s	hits,	the	White	Stripes	have	once	again	man-
aged	to	celebrate	classic	music	while	foraying	into	a	whole	new	genre	entirely.	
	    As	is	the	case	with	most	new	White	Stripes	albums,	I	currently	think	it	is	the	best	album	ever	
made,	but	by	next	year	I	will	be	uncertain	as	to	why	I	liked	any	songs	except	for	a	select	few.

                                                                            - by Jon bosWorTH

                                                                                                             eujacksonville.com | june 21-27, 2007   27
culture & arts
21 Especially for Seniors Talk & Tea Cummer Museum, Jax
21-22 Lights, Camera, Action Media Literacy Camp JU, Jax
21-23 CSI Summer Camp FCCJ Advanced Technology Center, Jax
21-23 “State Fair” Orange Park Community Theatre, Jax
21-23 “Guys and Dolls” Theatre Jacksonville, Jax
21-24 “South Pacific” Seaside Music Theatre, Daytona Beach
21-24 Comedian John Witherspoon Comedy Zone, Mandarin
21-30 The Sea Turtle Show Exhibit First Street Gallery,
Neptune Beach
21-30 Exhibit: Jim Smith’s “Grand Secrets, Petits Objects”
Gallery at Screen Arts, St. Augustine
21-JULY 5 Out of the Shadows Exhibit UNF Gallery, Jax
21-JULY 8 “Silver Screen Seranade” Seaside Music Theatre,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christ Enthroned from Portable Iconostasis, Russia, about 1700,
Daytona Beach                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tempera on wood with gilding, 15 x 58 ½
21-JULY 13 Camp Cummer Cummer Museum, Jax
21-JULY 14 “The Rocky Horror Show Live!” Five Points Theatre, Jax
                                                                                                                                                                                                 was considered greater than them, and so they often
21-JULY 14 Exhibit: Anna Tomczak- Odes & Travels Cultural                                                                                                                                        remained in pious anonymity.
Center, Ponte Vedra
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Also interesting and clearly evident were the
21-JULY 22 “The Wizard of Oz” Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jax                                                                                                                                       differences in style. Due to an increasing Western
21-JULY 27 Summer Adventure Camps MOSH, Jax                                                                                                                                                      influence, the style and technique used to create
                                                                                                                                                                                                 icons became less intricate and rigid as time rose
21-AUG. 12 “Rather Strange Developments” Picasso,                                                                                                                                                through the 1800s. You can plainly see the influence
Kandinsky & Mondrian Cummer Museum, Jax
                                                                                                                                                                                                 in the Cummer’s display. As a result, as certain
21-AUG. 17 “Go, Dog, Go!” Seaside Music Theatre, Daytona Beach                                                                                                                                   styles became unfashionable, artists crafted oklads,
21-AUG. 26 Impermanence: Recent Works By Andres Michelena                                                                                                                                        which embellished and covered up most of the out-
MOCA, Jax                                                                                                                                                                                        of-style imagery, thereby renewing the impact of that
                                                                                                                                                                                                 holy image. The oklads were plates made of silver
21-SEPT. 3 The Cabaret of St. Augustine-Spirits Community
                                                                                                                                                                                                 or gold, with carefully placed cutouts arranged to
School of Performing Arts, St. Augustine
                                                                                                                                                                                                 expose the painted faces and gestured body parts
21-SEPT.2 Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of                                                                                                                                   showing from beneath it.
Romanovs Cummer Museum, Jax
21-SEPT. 4 Hurricanes III-Dora The Destroyer Exhibit Beaches
Museum, Jax Beach
21-OCT. 14 Dinosaurs & Ice Age Mammals MOSH, Jax
22-23 Greek Landing Day Celebration St. Photios Shrine, St. Augustine
22-24 21st Annual Greek Landing Day Celebration St. Photios Shrine,                                                             Mother of God “Plege of Sinners” Russia, about 1912, Tempera
St. Augustine                                                                                                                    on wood with gold, pearls, diamonds and emeralds, 5 x 3 13/16

                                                                        traditions in transition:
23 Art Adventures-Crazy Collage Cummer Museum, Jax
23 Second Annual Battle of the Bands Main Library, Jax
23 Journey to EmPOWerment III Workshop Ramada Inn, Mandarin

                                                                        russian icons in the age of
24 The Huls Clark Duo Main Library, Jax
24 Comedian Brian Regan Florida Theatre, Jax
25-29 Lights, Camera, Action Media Literacy Camp JU, Jax

                                                                        the romanovs
25-29 KidzfACTory Workshops & Camp Limelight Theatre,
St. Augustine
26 Profitable Poultry-Raising Birds on Pasture Duval County
Extension Office, Jax
27 Summer Cinema “The Iron Giant” MOCA, Jax                             a review of the exhibition at the Cummer Museum of                                                                                Resurrection Russia, about 1775—1800, Ivory and silk on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wood, 15 7/8 x 14 3/8
28-29 Art Unleashed Benefit No More Homeless Pets Bella Sera, Jax
29 Cedric the Entertainer Performing Arts Center, Jax                   Art & Gardens                                                                                                                  My favorite icon in the exhibition was Resur-
29-JULY 1 River of Life Musicfest St. Johns Cultural Art                                                                                                                                         rection. Although many of them have identical or
Center, St. Augustine                                                   by donald dusinberre                                imartsyfartsy@gmail.com                                              similar names, this one was especially ornate and
                                                                              For nearly one hundred years, Russia has not      where Russian icons were a common yet holy sight.                amazingly crafted. Made in Palekh, Russia sometime
                                                                        been a place known for its religious fervor. With the   The examples gathered from throughout the age of                 between 1800 and 1900, its overwhelming intricacy
                                                                        rise of Lenin and Socialism in 1917 came the forced     the Romanovs range from peasant-owned icons, to                  left me in awe and I wondered how it was created
2 Leave ‘em Laughing Tent Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society           demise of organized religion throughout the country.    those fit for the richest, to those guarded by the holi-         so finely, especially so long ago. I could look at it for
Library/Pablo Creek, Jax                                                But prior to that political upheaval (and somewhat      est. Whether they’re painted with tempera on wood                hours and get lost in the artist’s depiction of Biblical
3 Red, White & Boom World Golf Village, St. Augustine                   since the fall of Communism in 1991), Russians          or they feature an intricate gilded cover, each of the           events.
                                                                        were largely and deeply associated with the Russian     icons is a monument to God as well as a testament                      Even if you don’t subscribe to the basic prin-
3-4 Our Country Day-Arts & Crafts, Fireworks, Fish Fry City
Park, Keystone Heights
                                                                        Orthodox Church, a part of the larger Eastern Ortho-    to the skills of the artist.                                     ciples of Christianity, there’s no denying the impact
                                                                        dox Church.                                                   One of the most interesting things I learned is            these icons can have on you. Even if you had to
3-4 American Pie 4th of July Moosehaven Park, Orange Park                     From now through September 2, 2007, The           that most of the icons made during the age of the                remove their religious context completely, the Rus-
4 4th of July Liberty Celebration Sea Walk Pavilion, Jax Beach          Cummer will display 45 examples of religious history    Romanovs were unsigned and painted anonymously.                  sian icons on display at the Cummer Museum of Art
4 Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks Metro Park, Jax
                                                                        in Russia. The Romanovs, the Russian monarchy           Whether artists were copying an icon already in                  and Gardens are glorious examples of man’s will to
                                                                        in power from 1613 to 1917, governed a society          existence or creating brand-new ones, the process                make something beautiful, even extraordinary.

28        june 21-27, 2007 | entertaining u newspaper
joe chisholm
                                                                                                                           4 July 4th & Familes Festival Downtown, Fernandina Beach
                                                                                                                           4 Flagler’s Fabulous 4th Veterans Park, Flagler Beach
                                                                                                                           4 July 4th Celebration Bayfront, St. Augustine
                                                                                                                           4 Fireworks & Freedom Festival Downtown, Middleburg
                                                                                                                           5 Beginner Salsa Classes Café Bolero, Jax
                                                                                                                           5-22 “Nine” Seaside Music Theatre, Daytona Beach

North Florida actor’s star will be
                                                                                                                           6 First Friday Art Walk Various Venues, St. Augustine
                                                                                                                           7 Art-Rageous Main Library, Jax

rising in Cincinnati
                                                                                                                           7 Super Chef’s Live with Daisy Martinez Avenues Mall, Jax
                                                                                                                           8 Beg/Intermediate Salsa Classes Studio One, Jax
                                                                                                                           9-14 LibraryCon: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival Main Library, Jax
                                                                                                                           9-AUG. 10 Summer Teen Workshop Orange Park Community
by dick kerekes                           dickkerekes@yahoo.com                                                            Theatre, Orange Park
                                                                                                                           10 Big Cats For Kids Auction Morocco Shrine, Jax
       There many aspiring young actors                                                                                    11 Summer Cinema “When Fried Eggs Fly” MOCA, Jax
in the Jacksonville area who want to make
theatre a career, but none I have ever met                                                                                 12 Arthritis Foundation’s Lunch & Lecture River City Brewing
have worked as diligently to reach their goal                                                                              Company, Jax
as has Joseph “Joe” Chisholm.                                                                                              12 Café Night Cummer Museum, Jax
       In September, Joe will enter the Cincin-                                                                            13 Summer Cinema “When Fried Eggs Fly” Encore MOCA, Jax
nati Conservatory on a full scholarship, and
in four years he will earn his BSA in Theatre                                                                              13-28 “Bat Boy: The Musical” Players by the Sea, Jax Beach
Arts. In the process, he will study musical                                                                                14 Tonca’s Birthday Celebration MOSH, Jax
theatre in what is considered one of the fin-                                                                              14 Air Guitar & Lip Synching Contest Regency Library, Jax
est programs in the county.
       The road to Cincinnati began back                                                                                   14 Open House Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jax
when the acting bug bit Joe at the age of 8.                                                                               14 Dance Dance Revolution Main Library, Jax
He tagged along with his sister to an audition
                                                                                                                           15 Summer Jazz Concert Series Sea Walk Pavilion, Jax Beach
at Orange Park High School, just to watch,
but he wound up trying out. The role he was                                                                                16-20 CSI Summer Camp FCCJ Advanced Technology Center, Jax
chosen for was actually written for a girl,                                                                                16-21 AT&T Greater Jax Kingfish Tournament Sisters Creek, Jax
but the director was so impressed that he
                                                                                                                           17 Playstation Game Day Pablo Creek Library, Jax
changed it to accommodate Joe.
       Since that start and up to the present,                                                                             18 Summer Cinema “Akeelah & the Bee” MOCA, Jax
Joe has taken acting, dancing and vocal les-                                                                               19 Teen Program-Readers Theatre Main Library, Jax
sons, as well as years of practice, practice
                                                                                                                           19 Ooze, Bubble & Fizz! Library, Neptune Beach
and practice. He has also taken every oppor-
tunity to be on stage all over North Florida,                                                                              20-21 “Oklahoma!” YBAG Fletcher High School, Neptune Beach
whether as a singer, dancer or a dramatic                                                                                  21 Day of Total Luna-See MOSH, Jax
                                                                                                                           21 Books Alive Main Library, Jax
       In his four years at Ridgeview High
School in Clay County, the quickest way to                                                                                 23 Classic Movie Night Library, Neptune Beach
find Joe was to look at who was playing lead                                                                               25 Summer Cinema “Cinema Paradiso” MOCA, Jax
or supporting roles in plays like Damm Yan-
kees, Little Shop of Horrors, and Godspell,                                                                                25 Tuller & Weinberg Summer Serenade Main Library, Jax
just to name a few.                                                                                                        25-SEPT. 2 Smokey Joe’s Café Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jax
       As much as Joe loved acting, he did not             musicals so that high school groups throughout the              26-29 “Inherit The Wind” A Classic Theatre Limelight Theatre,
neglect his studies. He was in the International Bac-      country can more easily do them.                                St. Augustine
calaureate Program and a member of National Honor                 Joe played the title role in Tommy and was Chris
                                                                                                                           26-AUG. 19 “Snapshots” Seaside Music Theatre, Daytona Beach
Society.                                                   in the MTI World Premiere of the first non-professional
       I asked him what advice he would give to other      performance of Miss Saigon. Last season also found              28 Open House Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jax
aspiring actors still in school, and Joe’s reply was,      Joe playing Roger in a special production of Rent.              28 All Age Variety Show Regency Library, Jax
“Academics should come first, and the rest will follow     New York agents regularly come to the productions,
if you really want it.”                                    and one has approached him about a contract to rep-
       I started making a list of the shows I have seen    resent him in the future.                                       AUGUST
with young Mr. Chisholm in them, and I am amazed at               Joe decided he wanted to attend Cincinnati               1 Summer Cinema “Y’Tu Mama Tambien” MOCA, Jax
the variety of roles and places he has performed. He       Conservatory and applied. Because of his excellent
was in The Sound of Music and The King and I at the        grades, he was invited to compete for a full scholar-           2-19 “Peter Pan” Seaside Music Theatre, Daytona Beach
Alhambra Dinner Theatre. At St. Augustine’s Limelight      ship with 1500 other students of similar excellence.            3 First Friday Art Walk Various Venues, St. Augustine
Theatre, he played Billy in On Golden Pond. His most       The testing Joe went through had nothing to do with
                                                                                                                           3-25 Torch Song Trilogy First Coast Theatre Arts, Jax
dramatic role was in Dead Eye Boy at Players by the        his acting or singing talents, but was strictly based on
Sea. His resume also includes a long list of musicals      academics. Joe was thrilled to receive one of only ten          4 First Coast Pride Festival Sea Walk Pavilion, Jax Beach
and comedies at Orange Park Community theatre.             scholarships awarded.                                           8 Summer Cinema “An Inconvenient Truth” MOCA, Jax
       Joe studied acting for TV and film with Maury              Four to five years in the future, on my annual
                                                                                                                           9 Café Night Cummer Museum, Jax
Covington and Betty Detamore and has had roles in          trip to New York, I fully expect to go to a theatre, open
commercials and independent movies, including the          my program and see the name Joseph Chisholm. But                12 Library Night-Suns Baseball Baseball Grounds, Jax
TV series, Safe Harbor.                                    I expect to see his name in playbills sooner than that,         14 FCCJ Artist Series “Thomas & Friends Live Performing
       In a couple of weeks, Joe will leave for upstate    since Joe hopes to do summer theatre in the Florida             Arts Center, Jax
New York to attend an intensive three-week program         area, possibly at Seaside Music Theatre or maybe
                                                                                                                           15 Summer Cinema “The Notorious Bettie Page” MOCA, Jax
of musical theatre at Stagedoor Manor. This will be        even back on the stage at the Alhambra.
his third and final year at this prestigious school that          Well, good luck and break a leg, Joe. You are            18 Dog Days of Summer MOSH, Jax
limits it class to about 200 and puts its aspiring stu-    definitely a man with a plan and when you reach                 19 Summer Jazz Concert Series Sea Walk Pavilion, Jax Beach
dents of all theatrical disciplines in seven-day-a-week    Broadway, please don’t forget to invite your favorite
                                                                                                                           24 Toast to the Animals-Wine Tasting/Auction Florida Theatre,
sessions.                                                  theatre critic to opening night. I will be there, I prom-       Jax
       One of the purposes of the camp is to rework        ise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      franchise it has been for so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      long. Of course, Dr. Buss has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      his own issues to deal with,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      including not one, but two
    the top 5 surfers of all time                                                             by shaun robbins                                                                                                        DUI charges.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             While this nation is
    There are many debates among surfers on who the top surfers of all time are. Depending on whom you talk to
    and what qualifications they are going by, you might hear an assortment of surfers named and, undoubtedly, a
    multitude of differing orders in which they will be placed. Below are my top five surfers of all time. Each of them
                                                                                                                                                                                     JOCK                             known as a place where we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      can all express ourselves,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      our feelings and our opinions,
    has shown pure supremacy at the top level of surfing, and several have changed surfing for the better.                                                                                                            Kobe forgets that he is essen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tially one of the best players
    1. Kelly Slater:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      currently in the NBA, and it
    Without a doubt, Kelly Slater is the greatest surfer ever, bar none. Early on, Slater showed his potential by dominating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      would be close to impos-
    the amateur ranks, taking home six Eastern Surfing Association titles and four national titles. In 1992, Slater joined
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sible for the Lakers to receive
    the Association of Surfing Professionals Tour full time, claiming his first world title and becoming the youngest world
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      equal and fair compensation
    champion at age 20. Fifteen years later, he has accumulated 33 tour wins, tying him with Tom Curren for the most tour
                                                                                                                                                                                     by tom weppel                    for his value if he were to be
    wins ever. Retiring once, he claimed his unprecedented eighth world title, making him the oldest world champion at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      traded away.
    age 34. He is currently ranked fifth on tour after three events.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The bottom line here is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that Kobe Bryant is not going
    2. Mark Richards:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      anywhere. He should accept
    Known to most simply as MR, Mark Richards is one of a kind, and is outdone by only one other surfer. One of the
                                                                                                                                         Random thoughts from a cluttered mind...                                    the fact he is a Laker and is
    most dominant surfers to ever compete, MR helped lead the charge from the single fin to the twin fin. His dramatic
                                                                                                                                                                                             going to remain a Laker until the end of his contract.
    turns and cutbacks, when depicted in pictures, seem to show reckless abandon, but he was far from out-of-control
                                                                                                                                 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL                                       Maybe then he can consider going to another team.
    when atop a surfboard. In fact, from 1979 to 1982, MR was so dominant in all types of surf, from overhead Waimea
                                                                                                                                         We see that Barry Bonds inches closer to Hank       Maybe he should simply consider helping the Lakers
    to disappointing Sydney, that he collected four consecutive world titles. Plagued by injuries, MR dropped off the
                                                                                                                                 Aaron’s Home Run record. While he continues to              re-establish themselves to the team they were, and
    world tour, coming back on occasion to continue his dominance at each event he participated in. In 2001, MR took
                                                                                                                                 be productive, drawing a lot of walks and getting on        can be.
    part in the World Masters Championship’s Over 40 division, in Ireland, knocking off all other competitors to score
                                                                                                                                 base, it almost seems as if the media coverage of
    one more title.
                                                                                                                                 his plate appearances isn’t as strong as it has been        NASCAR
                                                                                                                                 in the past. I would’ve anticipated more coverage                  This weekend, the boys head out to the West
    3. Tom Curren:
                                                                                                                                 of Bonds’ at-bats to see what is happening. But we          Coast and take on the Sonoma road course. In my
    From his juniors’ division title at the World Amateur Surfing Championships in 1980 to his subsequent domination of
                                                                                                                                 rarely see any of Bonds’ plate appearances. And I           opinion, most NASCAR fans don’t really care for the
    the 80s surf scene, Tom Curren helped revolutionize surfing. With his smooth, powerful style and an unseen approach
                                                                                                                                 ask, does anybody care?                                     road tracks at all. They think it’s not even a part of
    to surf of all sizes, Curren dominated the surf scene. He won his first world title in 1985 and followed it up the next
                                                                                                                                         On top of that, Yankee 3B Alex Rodriguez is         NASCAR. But it is driving, and it takes skill, and there
    year with another. After winning his second title, Curren retired to pursue other interests until returning to the tour in
                                                                                                                                 having a banner season hitting, leading the League          is competition, and there will be a winner.
    1990. Upon his return, Curren won a record-tying seven events that year on his way to his third world title. Undoubt-
                                                                                                                                 in HRs and RBIs. We have seen and heard a lot                      Now that Dale, Jr. has signed his deal with Rick
    edly, he would have won more titles if he had not left for three years in his prime. Tom is still hitting up events on the
                                                                                                                                 more of Rodriguez this season than Barry Bonds,             Hendrick, the questions will center around who his
    World Qualifying Tour and putting it to surfers 20 years his junior.
                                                                                                                                 even though there has been controversy surrounding          sponsor will be, and what number will grace his car.
                                                                                                                                 A-Rod, from his indecision on honoring his Yankee           Will it be Budweiser and the #8? DEI owns the #8,
    4. Joel Tudor:
                                                                                                                                 contract, to his play time in Toronto with a little         and Hendrick must decide whether to cut a deal for
    The Kelly Slater of the longboard, Joel Tudor is the best longboarder to ever live. Combining the grace and style of
                                                                                                                                 honey.                                                      that number. Meanwhile, Budweiser wants to keep
    the past with contemporary flair and determination, he helped break the stereotype of the old, fat longboarder lacking
                                                                                                                                         I don’t know if Rodriguez is overshadowing          their association with Dale, so it remains to be seen
    skill to one of youthful elegance – something that younger surfers actually wanted to be. At 15, Joel became the
                                                                                                                                 Bonds, but I do know that a majority of the public is       if they keep things standard.
    youngest surfer ever to win an ASP contest, and if he has ever entered a surf contest, he has won it at some point
                                                                                                                                 still fairly lackluster in their enthusiasm for Bonds’             And now many fans are wondering where we
    in his career.
                                                                                                                                 pursuit of the most popular record in all of Baseball.      will see Kyle Busch land, now that he is out of the
                                                                                                                                                                                             Hendrick camp. As a free agent, Busch has a lot of
    5. Frieda Zamba:
                                                                                                                                 NBA                                                         potential employers, including DEI, Chip Ganassi,
    That’s right, a woman made the top five of all time. In a male-dominated sport, Frieda Zamba can certainly hang
                                                                                                                                         The television ratings for the NBA Finals           and Robert Yates, among others.
    with the best guys in the water. Known as one of the top East Coast surfers by age 15, Zamba was well on her way to
                                                                                                                                 weren’t too good. There are myriad excuses that can                And of course, we simply cannot avoid the
    becoming a surfing legend, defiantly closing the gap between men’s and women’s surfing. During her first year on
                                                                                                                                 go along with the reasons for this. Were there not          radical, massive duel building between AT&T and
    the Women’s Pro Tour, she finished in sixth place, a career low, and took home rookie of the year honors. Zamba won
                                                                                                                                 enough ‘stars’ playing to generate interest among           NASCAR. The #31 car driven by Jeff Burton has
    her first of three consecutive world titles in 1984 and her fourth and final title in 1988, matching the male record held
                                                                                                                                 fans? Were the two teams simply not sexy enough?            been sponsored by Cingular for quite a while, but
    at the time by Mark Richards. She is a local talent, having grown up in Flagler Beach, where she now resides again. If
                                                                                                                                 Is it simply a matter of public apathy in the game          now that AT&T has taken over Cingular, NASCAR
    you are lucky, you might catch her surfing. If you are wondering how you will know which one she is, she will be the
                                                                                                                                 overall?                                                    does not want the AT&T logo to be so prominent
    best one out there ripping harder than ever, tearing apart waves and boosting airs.
                                                                                                                                         While David Stern and his staff can shake off       in the NEXTEL Cup. AT&T just signed a three-year
    forecasted conditions                                                                                                        this season as an anomaly, the bottom line is that
                                                                                                                                 they need to give serious consideration to re-posi-
                                                                                                                                                                                             extension for their sponsorship of Burton’s car, right
                                                                                                                                                                                             after NASCAR laid down a lawsuit against AT&T. And
    You may see an occasional small wave appear that could be ridden on a longboard or fish this coming weekend or the
                                                                                                                                 tioning the League as a great sport, featuring the          so, my friends, this is gonna turn into one nasty,
    week that follows. Besides these little waves, the buoys are showing no real chance for sizable surf. Remember, this
                                                                                                                                 best basketball players in the world. I think the public rough, big-time battle. We shall see who comes out
    is hurricane season and a small storm can pop up at any time to give us some decent surf. But don’t take my weekly
                                                                                                                                 has been lost on this.                                      on top in the end.
    word for it, call or log onto your local daily report to find out what the present conditions are for your favorite break.
                                                                                                                                         This whole deal with Kobe Bryant and the Lak-              And so, the soap opera continues.
                                                                                                                                 ers is crazy. Bryant has publicly requested a trade                Tom Weppel talks trash with Greg Larson,
                                                                                                                                 now, saying Dr. Jerry Buss and his staff aren’t doing       Lonnie Marts, Eugene Chung, and Ron Duguay on
                                                                                                                                 the best job in turning Los Angeles into the winning        SportsAvengers.com 24/7.

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nascar news & notes
                                                                                                                             Kasey	will	be	in	a	budweiser	Toyota	come	2009.	Dodge	          probably	making	plans	to	help	each	other	next	year.	
                                                                                                                             made	the	big	return,	and	with	all	the	billions	involved	       Well,	at	least	they	should	be.	you	know,	you	might	see	a	
                                                                                                                             in	the	sale	of	the	parent	company,	can	they	keep	their	        little	taste	of	it	this	year	if	you	watch	real	close	when	Jeff	
                                                                                                                             promise	to	stay	in	racing?	Over	the	next	two	years,	there	     passes	Junior	or	Jimmie	drafts	Junior	and	helps	him	to	
                                                                                                                             will	be	more	teams	going	to	Toyota	than	we	expected	           the	front.	Come	on	now,	you	don’t	think	that	will	hap-
by RICHARD TEAGUE                                 TINyNASCARS@yahoo.com                                                      because	they’ve	got	the	big	bucks	to	spend,	and	they	          pen	do	ya,	or	could	it?	Well,	that’s	it	for	now,	so	if	you	
                                                                                                                             want	to	do	like	they	did	in	the	CTS.	How	many	different	       have	any	comments	or	suggestions,	send	them	to	me	at	
	       yeah,	I	don’t	have	too	much	to	say	about	Dale	         say	that	it	was	an	unpopular	move,	but	you	know	there	        teams	have	you	heard	talking	about	changing	manufac-           tinynascars@yahoo.com.	And	remember	folks,	if	It	ain’t	
Earnhardt	Jr.	and	the	big	announcement	last	week.	Well,	       are	some	folks	who	will	have	to	buy	a	new	TV	because	         turers?	Chevy	and	Ford	can’t	keep	adding	them	to	their	        NASCAR,	It	ain’t	s**t!
maybe	just	a	few	things,	while	I’m	on	the	subject.	Was	        they	threw	beer	cans	at	their	old	one	after	Gordon	won	a	     expense	accounts.	can	they?	I	know,	with	the	COT	and	
the	team	he	chose	a	big	surprise?	Did	any	of	y’all	think	      couple	of	races.	                                             all,	NASCAR	could	let	Porsche	or	Honda	in.	They	got	
he	would	go	to	Hendrick	Motorsports?	Come	on	now,	             	       Smart	move	you	ask?	yes,	very	smart	if	you	think	     plants	here	in	America,	don’t	they?	
be	honest	about	it.	Was	it	a	popular	move	or	a	smart	          about	it.	What	other	team	in	NASCAR	is	as	hot	and	on	         	      I	guess	I	did	have	a	little	to	say	about	the	“big	
one,	and	just	how	long	will	he	be	there	before	he	wins	        fire	when	it	comes	to	winning	races?	With	the	jump	           Announcement”	last	week,	but	I	really	didn’t	mean	to.	
a	championship?	To	me,	those	are	the	big	questions	            they	have	on	the	COT,	it’s	about	as	slick	a	thing	to	do	      yeah,	right.	I	ain’t	even	got	started	yet,	but	space	is	run-
among	a	few	others,	but	let	me	address	these	first	and	        as	buying	Wal-Mart	stock.	With	the	COT	going	full-time	       ning	out	so	I’ll	just	let	y’all	wonder	what	other	thoughts	
the	rest	will	have	to	be	answered	later.	Oh	yeah,	just	one	    next	season,	HMS	should	be	a	light	year	ahead	of	the	         I	got	on	the	subject.	but,	does	it	really	matter?	The	deal	
more	question,	and	I	don’t	think	I	can	even	get	close	to	      other	teams,	but	will	Junior	be	up	to	speed	in	one	with	a	    is	done,	the	line	is	crossed	and	the	new	teammates	are	
an	answer.	What	does	Teresa	Earnhardt	think	about	the	         number	5	on	the	side	of	it?	Why,	of	course	he	will,	and	
deal?	                                                         that	is	why	it’s	a	good	move	for	him,	with	his	hopes	of	
	       Sure	fooled	the	s**t	out	of	me,	because	HMS	said	      winning	races	and	a	Cup	title.	but	there	is	one	thing	that	
that	there	was	no	room	for	him,	what	with	the	inn	being	       will	come	into	play:	will	Johnson	and	Gordon	work	with	
full	and	all.	Maybe	they	really	meant	it	at	first,	but	then	   him	after	all	these	years	of	working	against	him?	They	
Richard	figured	out	a	way	to	ease	his	stepson	(not	really	     will	if	Richard	Hendrick	has	anything	to	say	about	it.	
his	stepson,	but	that’s	what	Kyle	seems	to	be	in	public)	      After	the	“napkin	contract,”	you	know	that	he’s	wanted	
out	of	the	number	5	car.	When	the	deal	was	done,	Dick	         this	for	a	long	time.	
said	that	the	negotiations	with	busch	and	his	contract	        	       Like	always,	I	have	my	own	idea	of	just	how	this	
were	not	working	and	they	both	felt	that	a	move	should	        is	all	going	to	turn	out,	and	like	many	times	in	the	past,	
be	taken,	and	what	better	way	than	to	hire	Junior?	Kyle	       I’ve	been	full	of	bull.	Here	what’s	going	to	take	place:	
sang	a	different	song	about	how	he	thought	things	were	        First	DEI	ain’t	going	to	give	up	budweiser	or	the	#8	no	
going,	and	he	was	shocked	by	the	announcement,	but	            matter	what	anybody	wants.	Kyle	busch	will	sign	with	
what	could	he	do	but	sing	the	praises	of	HMS.	you	know	        DEI	and	drive	the	car	Junior	left	and	win	races.	Dale	
a	fly	on	the	wall	could	tell	us	what	was	said,	and	I	bet	it	   Earnhardt	Jr.	will	have	to	turn	in	his	bud	fire	suit	and	
wasn’t	for	family	listening.                                   get	a	“Got	Milk”	one,	because	we	all	know	that	beer	
	       Now	busch	is	the	hottest	thing	since	Junior	on	the	    don’t	go	good	with	cereal.	Instead	of	a	Clydesdale	on	
free	agent	list-	or	at	least	he	was	for	a	day	or	two.	Then	    his	shoulder,	he’ll	sport	a	pair	of	Roosters	and	maybe	
it	was	back	to	Earnhardt	and	what	car	he’ll	drive	and	who	     a	Tiger	or	two.	We’ve	all	heard	about	how	the	fruity	bird	
the	sponsor	will	be.	If	Kelly	and	Dale	wanted	to	firm	it	      is	being	replaced,	so	Junior	will	be	spared	the	multi-
up	so	that	the	paraphernalia	(there’s	that	favorite	word	      colored	bird	with	the	big	beak.	I	know	Dale,	you	ate	your	
of	mine	again)	manufacturers	would	have	plenty	of	time	        Froot	Loops	every	morning	when	you	were	growing	up.	
to	make	his	stuff	by	Daytona	2008,	they	haven’t	done	          	       I	don’t	know	if	I	can	get	use	to	seeing	him	drive	
it	yet.	Junior	said	he	would	like	it	if	Teresa	let	him	take	   the	#5	Kellogg’s	car	or	not.	When	busch	was	at	the	
the	#8	with	him,	and	Hendrick	said	he	would	talk	to	her	       wheel	it	just	was	never	the	same.	Heck,	Terry	Labonte	
about	swapping	the	5	for	the	8,	but	I	don’t	think	that	will	   was	the	real	Terry	the	Tiger,	and	now	we	got	Junior	
happen.	If	she	wouldn’t	give	up	the	51%,	why	would	she	        behind	the	wheel.	Hmmm,	that	just	don’t	fit	either.	Two	
let	the	8	go	to	Hendrick	Motorsports?	Now	that’s	a	real	       things	can	happen	here	with	Kellogg’s,	and	one	is	that	
question,	and	the	answer	to	that	one	may	be	a	long	time	       with	the	driver	changes	they	could	bow	out	of	NASCAR	
coming.	                                                       altogether.	but	that	would	be	about	the	dumbest	thing	I	
	       Most	of	my	friends	(yes	I	do	have	a	few,	maybe	        ever	heard.	The	other,	and	really	the	only	thing	that	they	
very	few	since	I	am	a	very	opinionated	kind	of	old	guy)	       could	and	should	do,	is	make	sure	that	Dale	Earnhardt	
didn’t	see	this	coming	and	thought	that	RCR	was	going	         Jr.	drives	the	#5	Kellogg’s	car	for	as	long	as	he	wants.	
to	get	him.	We	knew	that	if	Childress	was	on	a	hunting	        Everybody	thought	that	bud	would	go	with	Junior	wher-
trip	when	the	press	meeting	was	called	that	RCR	wasn’t	        ever	he	went,	even	if	it	was	to	the	moon,	but	have	y’all	
the	one.	but	did	anybody	see	Hendrick	slip	in	the	back	        heard	the	rumor	that	they	are	talking	with	Kasey	Kahne?	
door	that	morning?	When	I	called	my	friend	John	after	         	       With	the	sale	of	Chrysler	being	done	this	week,	
the	news	broke,	he	said,	“Oh,	well.”	That	seems	to	sum	        just	how	long	will	they	be	in	NASCAR?	If	they	leave,	
up	most	of	the	other	views	I	have	heard	so	far.	I	can’t	       Evernham	will	need	a	new	car	and	sponsor,	so	perhaps	

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