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free weekly guide to entertainment and more | december 28-january 3, 2006 | www.eujacksonville.com


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table of contents

feature

New Years/Gator Bowl ..............................................................PAGES 16-19

2006 In Review .....................................................................PAGES 20 & 21

movies

Winter Movie Preview ...................................................................PAGES 6-8

Movies In Theatres This Week ....................................................PAGES 8-11

Seen, Heard, Noted & Quoted ............................................................ PAGE 9

Black Christmas (movie review) ...................................................... PAGE 10

Subterranean/Film Fest .................................................................... PAGE 11

at home

High-Tech TV .................................................................................. PAGE 12

Reality Check (TV Review) .............................................................. PAGE 13

Video Games .................................................................................. PAGE 13

Saban The Ancient (book review) .................................................... PAGE 14

food

Chef Suvir Saran ............................................................................. PAGE 14

Angelo’s ......................................................................................... PAGE 15

music

Jekyll Island Bluegrass Fest ............................................................. PAGE 22

Music Calendar ........................................................................PAGES 22-26

Matt Collins (Pauly’s Pizza) ............................................................. PAGE 23

Crossfire Hurricane (Ragusa) .......................................................... PAGE 24

Donna The Buffalo (interview) ......................................................... PAGE 25

Hank III (album review) ................................................................... PAGE 25

arts / theatre / on stage

Hands-On Children’s Museum ......................................................... PAGE 27

Mark Warren Exhibit (Pepperama).................................................... PAGE 28

Arts Calendar ...........................................................................PAGES 27-28

columns and stuff

Myspace The New Christmas Card .................................................. PAGE 26

Talk To Me ...................................................................................... PAGE 29

The Jock ......................................................................................... PAGE 29

NASCAR news & notes ................................................................... PAGE 30

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thisweek

thursday DECEmbEr 28

Doodlebops

The Doodlebops are a group of colorful, face-painted and wigged

characters that sing and dance, rhyme and joke and even give

lessons to entertain your preschooler. The Doodlebops are definitely

the hot group in the preschooler set right now! Much like the Wiggles,

they have taken over many households temporarily. If you have not

seen them yet, check them out. You will be singing their theme song

all day long. Tickets: $30.00 / $26.00 / $18.00

Times Union Center, Moran Theater - 10:30 am and 4:30 pm

Info: 633-6110

THE Ab’S

THE Ab’s (formerly known as Asamov) with

Astronautalis, Swordz, and rob roy

The AB’s are a creative and refreshing group on the underground

urban music scene. With four gifted MCs and two genius producers,

they tell down-to-earth, authentic stories laid over brilliant

soundscapes. With their roots in the music of classic Native Tongues

artists, The AB’s are taking hip-hop music into the future with an

inspired musical vision and a truly organic chemistry.

Jack Rabbit’s - 8:00 pm, Tickets: $8

Info: 398-7496

The Wailers

The Wailers, the most recognized

‘reggae’ group in the world, now

consist of original members who

recorded and/or toured with Bob

Marley and the Wailers. Aston

“Familyman” Barrett is the sole living

musician who was with Bob Marley

from the beginning of Bob’s career

to his death and as the co-founder

and bass player for the Wailers, and

was the dominant musical force and

the architect behind creating reggae

music as a genre. Also playing:

Jacksonville’s own Aerial Tribe.

Freebird Live - 8:00pm, Tickets: $18,

$23 Show Day

Info: 246-BIRD (2473)

THE WAilErS

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DECEmbEr 28 - 30

31st Annual new Year’s bluegrass

Festival in Jekyll island, GA

Spend New Years listening to some real Bluegrass from

Larry Sparks & The Lonesome, The Country Gentlemen,

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Grascals, Cherry

Holmes and Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys.

Contact the Jekyll Island Convention Center at 706-864-

7203 for a complete schedule and directions or go to

www.aandabluegrass.com.

Johnny mac w/ mark Evans

Johnny Mac stunned the crowd with his professional

approach to comedy and received a standing ovation

throughout his first weekend at the Atlantic so they

quickly resigned him to ensure that ‘06 ends with a

smile.

Atlantic Theatres, 751 Atlantic Blvd

Info: 249.PLAY (7529) or info@atlantictheatres.com

friday DECEmbEr 29

Hank and my Honky Tonk Heroes

Hank Williams tribute artist Jason Petty takes listeners on an

“insightful journey” into the life of the hard-livin’ country music

icon, paying homage to other country legends like George

Jones, Jimmie Rodgers and Roy Acuff along the way. Think of it

as a 1940s, Honky Tonk version of Behind the Music. The show

runs through February 4, Tuesday-Sunday, Alhambra Dinner

Theatre, 12000 Beach Blvd., $25-$46, Info: 641-1212

The Good life w/ band of Destiny and leon

Seymore

Band of Destiny is a group of musicians based out of Florida

that began back in 1999. Although, they all have very strong

backgrounds in the church, they have a deep love for all styles

of music. Leon Timbo began singing at the age of 16 and in his

early 20’s, he picked up piano and acoustic guitar to further

his expression of worship through music. Hosted by

nokturnalescape. Boomtown Subterreana, 140 Monroe

Street - 7:30 pm Info: 626.2812

Dang!, Dash rip rock, Hand of the

Host, Honey Culture , rhinestone

Corrina

Dang! formed in 2004 when four musicians

from various musical and cultural backgrounds

came together to abandon all notions of validity,

legitimacy, musical or lyrical content and any

hope of self respect to create music that captured

the raw emotion and soul of Americana. “We’ll

play your party and then back into your car when

we leave.”

Jack Rabbit’s - 8:00 pm, Tickets: $8

Info: 398-7496

Don’T miSS moFro!

plAYinG For 3 DAYS AT FrEEbirD.

Taigaa!

Based out of Brooklyn, Taigaa is a three-piece band with energetic

and unique music, drawing from their pre-80s Korean Pop, Punk,

Goth and Experimental Pop influences. They say their live act

includes “costumes that often times depict animal skulls, exploding

minerals, and dilapidated landscapes” that allude to the world’s

largest biome, from which the band got its name.

TSI, 333 E. Bay St., Info: 424.3531

mofro

Jacksonville’s own Mofro will be performing their front porch blues

for three nights. On the 29

saturday DECEmbEr 30

th they will perform with Gunga Din and

on the 30th with the Gamble Brothers Band. Tickets for these shows

are $18, $20 Show Day. On New Years Eve Mofro will be performing

with the Lee Boys. Tickets cost $28 in advance, $30 day of the

show. Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach. Info: 246-BIRD (2473)

novEmbEr 25

DECEmbEr 29 - 31

Uptown Saturday night in St. Augustine

Enjoy extended shopping hours, live entertainment and book signings

as the quaint shops along San

Marco Ave. in St. Augustine extend

their hours for an evening of

entertainment and shopping.

San Marco Avenue from 5 to 9 pm.

Admission: Free

Info: 904.824.9357

bUrn SEASon

Acoustic Xmas ii

Featuring: Burn Season, The

Neverland Symphony, Evolemo,

Autumn Effect And Very Special

Guest Stars

Jack Rabbits - 8:00 PM

Info: 398-7496


GATorboWl pArADE!

sunday DECEmbEr 31

(read about more new Year and Gator bowl events on pages 16-19)

Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator bowl parade

The parade will begin at 3 pm in Downtown Jacksonville. The “Still Rockin’ at 60”-themed parade

features colorful floats, high school bands, college bands, giant helium balloons, and entertaining

specialty units. The units will be routed through the Northbank in downtown Jacksonville. $10 Reserved

Parade Seat.

new Year’s Eve vyStar Credit Union 5K run

If running, walking, or biking is your thing, this race is for you. The race is held right before the Gator

Bowl Parade, and runs along the parade route through downtown Jacksonville. Cost: $20 now and $25

on race day. The Jacksonville Landing - 2 p.m.

new Year’s Eve party at The Jacksonville landing Courtyard

Count down to 2007 with a spectacular fireworks display over the St. Johns River to light up the night

sky and celebrate the New Year. Festivities include live entertainment by Str8up at 7 p.m. and Blistur

at 11 p.m. All Landing restaurants will observe extended hours until 2 am. New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Spectacular take place at Midnight. All visitors must be 21 years or older or accompanied by a parent or

legal guardian, show Military I.D. or posses a Gator Bowl Patch.

monday JAnUArY 1

Toyota Gator bowl Classic

With 6 Heisman trophy winners, 175 all-Americans and over 1,000,000 fans, the Toyota Gator Bowl is

truly become more than a football game....it is a premiere event of Florida’s First Coast. West Virginia

University is the Big East representative facing the ACC representative, Georgia Tech.

Alltel Stadium - Kickoff 1 pm. Info: www.gatorbowl.com

wednesday JAnUArY 3

menopause the musical

If you haven’t seen it yet, then you’re in luck because it has been extended by popular demand to run

through Jan. 28. The show is set in the Lingerie Department of Bloomingdale’s department store,

four women: an aging TV soap star, a lost-in-the-sixties hippie, a power professional and a naïve Iowa

housewife meet by chance over a black lace bra. This fast paced musical parody pokes fun at hot

flashes, memory loss, mood swings, too much sex, not enough sex, wrinkles, night sweats and a whole

lot more. Times-Union Center, Terry Theatre, Wed - Fri at 7:30 pm., Sat. at 4:00 and Sun at 2:00. Info:

632-3373

Downtown Art Walk

The Self-Guided Tour 5-9 pm, rain or shine, will focus on The Art of the Resolution this month. Start your

New Year off on the right foot. Achieve that resolution to become more involved in your community, look

for Jacksonville non-profit organizations featured at Art Walk locations. Info: 634.0303

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winter

movies

a preview of movies to warm

the new year by rick grant

The winter season is upon us and movies are great way to overcome the winter doldrums. This

January and February‘s 2007 releases are a potpourri of genres for every taste.

After the holiday season, with its creepy relatives and spoiled kids, people will be ready to get out of

the house and enjoy the big screen experience, which is definitely the best way to view movies. Yeah, you

may have purchased a 50 inch plasma flat screen TV, but it’s a far cry from viewing movies on the megaplex

screens with an audience.

On the negative side, avid moviegoers complain about rude audience members talking and taking cell

phone calls. Theatre chain managers have worked hard to cut down on audience misbehavior. Some theater

chains are installing cell phone jamming equipment that renders cell phones useless while people are

in the theatre. These problems are getting much better. I know because I see at least 8 to 10 movies in a

month. Sense-around could be the answer. Electrify the seats and if someone talks or takes a cell phone,

zap them senseless.

Nonetheless, it’s a good time to go out to the cinema and here are worthwhile new wide releases for

January and February 2007.

January 5th

January 5, Freedom Writers premieres starring Hilary Swank as a

new teacher in a tough urban school that has all but given up on these

ghetto kids. Swank’s character finds new and innovative ways to motivate

her students. This scenario is based on a true story of a remarkable

teacher. Swank’s character uses her own money to buy the students

books and take them on important field trips to open their minds to

what’s possible.

Also Jan. 5 th , Code Name: The Cleaner opens starring Cedric the

Entertainer as Jake, a regular guy who has no idea who he is after being

beaten senseless. Now he thinks he is an undercover agent called The

Cleaner. Co-starring Lucy Liu with Nicolette Sheridan and DeRay Davis.

Happily N’Ever After also debuts. This animated feature stars a wizard

who is in charge of Fairy Tale World. When he goes on holiday, Cinderella’s

wicked stepmother takes over the land. Finally, Thr3e premieres

on Jan. 5 th . Innocent lives hang on the whim of an elusive psychopathic

murderer who sends detectives complex riddles and impossible timelines

to his murders. He forces three people into a mission to end the

game before one or all of them die. Think Saw!

January 12th

On January 12 Arthur And The Invisibles debuts. Ten-year-old Arthur has a lot on his plate: a real estate

developer is about to snap up his grandma’s home--and there’s no way Arthur’s going to hang around for

his parents or grandparents to sort out the problem. Maybe the solution lies in his grandpa’s treasure, which

is hidden somewhere on the “other side” in the land of the Minimoys. The creatures that inhabit this world

are just a tenth of an inch tall and live in perfect harmony with their environment. NomadThe Warrior is set in

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Freedom Writers

alpha dog

18th-century Kazakhstan as a boy feels destined to one day unite the three warring tribes of the region.

Also Jan.12th, Alpha Dog premieres. It’s a drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood–a drug

dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be posted on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. Stomp the

Yard also opens. It is about a troubled 19-year old street dancer from Los Angeles who skirts juvenile hall

by enrolling the all-black Truth University in Atlanta, Georgia. But his efforts to get an education are sidelined

when he is courted by the top two campus fraternities, who want and need his street-style dance moves to

win the coveted national step show competition.

January 19th

January 19 The Hitcher opens. This action film stars C. Thomas Howell as a young man who escaped

the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker. Later he is stalked by the same man, then framed for the hitcher’s

crimes, and his life is turned into a living hell.

January 26th

On January 26 Ken Watnebe stars in Letters

From Iwo Jima The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between

the United States and Japan during World War

II, as told from the perspective of two good friends

serving in the Japanese forces, who watch helplessly

throughout various battles as their comrades

are killed. Also Blood & Chocolate opens. It’s a story

about a young teenage werewolf who is torn between

honoring her family’s secret and her love for a man.

Also Jan. 26th , Jennifer Garner stars in Catch

and Release. She plays a young woman who

struggles to accept the death of her husband and the

secrets he kept from her as she rebuilds her life. This

is Garner’s return to films after her long running Alias

series ended. Clearly, her continuing career in films is

riding on this project.

Dead Silence also opens as classic horror. It

tells the story of Jamie Ashen, a man who has had

the finger pointed at him by those who they are convinced

he killed his wife. Events conspire to further

incriminate him as he seeks to clear his name. The

nutty gang that made Scary Movie have conjured up

another spoof called Epic Movie sending up the big

blockbuster epic movies. The Invisible, opens Jan.

26 also. It is about Nicklas, who lives a normal teenage life until one day, not far from graduation, a gangster

from his school beats him into unconsciousness. The next day, when he returns to school, he notices that

nobody sees him. Suddenly, he realizes that he is invisible and a ghost. Now he must find his killer. Finally,

on Jan. 26th letters From iWo Jima

Smoking’ Aces premieres. It tells the tale of a Las Vegas performer turned snitch named Buddy

Israel (Jeremy Piven) who decides to turn state’s evidence by testifying against the mob. Of course, the

gangsters are trying to make him dead so he can’t testify.

February 2nd

February 2 Because I Said So premieres. It involves a mother Daphine (Diane Keaton) who loves her

three daughters played by Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo, and Mandy Moore. In her efforts to save her daughters

from the bad men mistakes she made, she inadvertently sets up hilarious comedic situations and finds


someone herself.

Also, Feb. 2 nd , The Messengers opens as yet

another horror tale. An ominous darkness invades a

seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota.

The Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem,

and murder. Rogue opens as a winter kung fu

movie starring Jason Statam and Jet Li in a battle to

the death.

February 9th

February 9 Hannibal Rising opens. It’s a prequel

featuring Hannibal as a teenager after his parents

because i said so

are killed in WWII. Also, Norbit opens about a mild

mannered guy (Eddie Murphy) who is engaged to a

monstrous woman (also Murphy). But while engaged, he meets the woman of his dreams and schemes to be

with her, despite threats from his betrothed.

February 14th

daddy’s little girls

Music and Lyrics premieres on Valentine’s Day starring Hugh Grant as a washed up singer who is given

a couple of days to compose a chart-topping hit for an admiring teen sensation. The only thing is, he’s never

written lyrics in his life. Then he meets a woman (Drew Barrymore) who helps him write the lyrics.

Feb. 14 th also features Tyler Perry with another original film, Daddy’s Little Girls. It’s a reverse Cinderella

tale which involves a successful attorney Julia (Gabrielle Union) who falls in love with a financially challenged

mechanic, who is a single father of three kids. Problems develop when the man’s ex-wife returns to make

trouble for him.

February 16th

February 16 Breach debuts.

It is based on the true

story of an FBI agent Eric O’Neill

(Ryan Phillippe who engages

in a power game with his boss,

Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper),

who turned out to be the most

notorious FBI mole in the history

of the FBI. The real Hanssen

sold important national secrets

to the Russians for 16 years,

compromising national security

for years into the future until the

Soviet Union collapsed in 1990.

His betrayal shocked veteran FBI

agents who couldn’t believe he

had access to top secret documents

for so many years.

Also on Feb. 16th , Bridge to Terabithia debuts. It tells the story of an 11-year-old boy has his life

changed forever when he befriends the class outsider, a girl. Together they create the world of Terabithia,

an imaginary kingdom filled with giants, trolls and other magical beings. Also, Ghost Rider premieres Feb.

16th breach

. It involves an outlaw gang hanged by a posse in the late 1880s. The gang comes back from the grave

to terrorize the descendants of the posse’s leader. The Last Sin Eater is the story of 10-year-old Cadi Forbes

who discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in the 1850s in Appalachia. Finally,

Starter for Ten debuts. Set in 1985, a working class student Brian Jackson navigates his first year at Bristol

University.

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now showing

apocalypto Forget The Passion of The Christ,

this is Mel Gibson’s Braveheart-like portrayal of the

downfall of the Mayan kingdom. During the Mayan’s

decline, the ruthless king decided that to make things

better and appease the gods, he would engage in

massive human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Young

blood) is a young man chosen for sacrifice. Ah, but

he has other ideas and flees the kingdom to organize

a rebel army to defeat the demented king. Bloody

violence ensues. Rated R

blacK christmas Bad taste or not, horror stalks

Yuletide. A sorority house is terrorized by a serial killer

who makes frightening phone calls and then murders

the sorority sisters one by one during Christmas.

blood diamoNd A large priceless diamond

becomes the center of a struggle between a farmer, a

smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen trying to

lay their hands on it. Leonardo DiCaprio co-stars with

Daimon Hounsou with Jennifer Connelly in this action

adventure story. Rated R

borat Shot as a mockumentary, Sacha Baron

Cohen assumes the character of a journalist from

Kazakhstan who is dispatched to the United states to

report on the greatest country in the world. Halfway

into his travels, Borat becomes more interested in

locating and marrying Pamela Anderson. Cohen’s

offbeat humor gets old quickly. He even does

interviews in character–a ploy that real journalists

hate. Rated R

casiNo royale There’s a new Bond in town, and

he’s rough, tough, and macho–Daniel Craig. Yes,

filmmaker Martin Campbell began this new Bond

picture like the last 20 movies had never been made.

He set out to reinvent the franchise. It worked! Craig

is the best Bond yet–chiseled, powerful, and sexy. He

kills without hesitation, teams with the beautiful Vesper

Lynd (Eva Green) and wears today’s fashions. In this

scenario, Bond is tasked with his first mission from

Q (Judi Dench). He must stop a financial backer of

terrorism from winning a high stakes poker game in

the Bahamas. Rated PG-13

charlotte’s Web Wilber the pig dreads the end of

the season because he knows that pigs go to heaven

and end up on the dinner table. So he hatches a plan

with a spider that lives in his pen to prevent his demise

from happening. Starring Dakota Fanning as Fern and

Julia Roberts as the voice of Charlotte. Rated G

(continued on pg 9)

February 23rd

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February 23, The Astronaut

Farmer premieres starring Billy

Bob Thornton as Charles Farmer.

As a NASA Astronaut, he is

forced to retire so he could save

his family farm. But Farmer can’t

give up his dream of space travel.

So he set out to build his own

rocket under the government’s

threat to stop him.

Feb. 23, Black Snake Moan

also debuts starring Samuel L.

Jackson as a struggling veteran

blues artist. When he finds a

wild young woman, he begins a

relationship with her and finds

out she was a victim of sexual

abuse and has been looking in all

the wrong places for love. Also

on Feb. 23rd blacK sNaKe moaN

, Captivity premieres

starring Elisha Cuthbert as a fashion model who, along with a chauffeur, gets kidnapped and held in a small

room by a serial killer. While the killer terrorizes her,

she takes strength from her co-captive, and they fall

2

in love. The Number 23 also debuts. Jim Carrey stars

as a man who becomes obsessed with a book that

appears to be based on his life but ends with a murder

that has yet to happen in real life.

BEST

reNo 911: miami

Finally, the nutty Reno 911: Miami troupe shot a

feature film that showcases the misfit cops in all their

glory. They are called in to save the day after a terrorist

attack disrupts a national police convention in

Miami Beach, Florida during Spring Break. It is based

on the Comedy Central series.

So, when you’ve got winter-time cabin fever,

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seen. heard. noted. and quoted.

godFather goNe

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, a.k.a. the Hardest-Working

Man in Show Business, and so much more, died Monday at an Atlanta

hospital of heart failure. He was 73. Brown was hospitalized

Sunday due to pneumonia but said then he was still determined

to perform in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. He went out on

Christmas Day! This proves God has soul.

broWN tells laWyer From the other side,

“the bitch gets NothiNg”

Brown’s covivant, Tomi Rae Brown, told the Augusta Chronicle

she has been denied access to the South Carolina home she and

the musician shared with their five-year-old son after the gate was

padlocked at the request of Brown’s lawyer and accountant. She

said she does not own a deed to the home but has a legal right to

live there. However, Brown’s attorney asserted the late musician

was never legally married to Tomi Rae and she was locked out

for legal reasons pertaining to the estate. Brown’s abuse of his

significant others is well documented. I guess she’s not in the

will either.

JacKo traVels to mecca

After 18 months of self-imposed exile, Michael Jackson arrived in Las Vegas with his three children over

the weekend, where he will reportedly begin attempting to make a comeback per the Las Vegas Review-

Journal. The reclusive entertainer may be developing a live show on the Strip. His show could be called

“Jacko Does Janet on The Strip.”

more JacKo crappo

Michael Jackson filed suit Friday against his former accountants, Bernstein, Fox, Whitman, Goldman

& Sloan, claiming they made unauthorized deals that cost the moonwalker $2.5 million a year. While

Jacko was entertaining little boys at Nerverland, his accountants allegedly were stealing him blind.

more superFicial NeWs From Jolie/pitt

Angelina Jolie spent Christmas in Costa Rica with refugees from Colombia as part of her work as a goodwill

ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the agency said. The actor was

joined by Brad Pitt, who helped hand out toys to kids in the capital city of San José. Ahh, it warms one’s

heart to know that Jolie/Pitt are such altruistic phony celebrities.

the schWarz cracKed up oN the slope

Arnold Schwarzenegger required surgery to fix his snapped femur, which he broke over the weekend while

skiing with his family in Sun Valley, Idaho. The California governor will reportedly be on crutches for weeks

after screws are used to reattach his thighbone. Marie, fed up with his crap, could have pushed him into

that tree. “Terminate this, fool,” she could have said.

KNight oF rocK

Queen Elizabeth II awarded Bono an honorary British knighthood “in recognition of his services to the

music industry and for his humanitarian work,” the British embassy said. But don’t call him Sir Bono. Only

British citizens can claim that title.

rees WaNts secoNd chaNce liKe rees

Dethroned Miss Nevada USA Katie Rees held a tear-soaked press conference Saturday to announce Rrated

photos of her that surfaced on the Web were snapped years ago, before she was tiara’d. Rees appealed

to Donald Trump to give her a second chance, à la reigning Miss USA Tara Conner, and allow Rees

to compete in next year’s Miss USA contest. Ah, but can she do what Tara did to Donald as good as Tara

did it to get that chance. Donald passed on her request. I didn’t think so either.

trump’s Flag Flies large

Donald Trump filed a $10 million lawsuit last week...and it’s not against Rosie O’Donnell. No, the real

estate kingpin is suing Palm Beach, Florida, for not letting him fly a 15-by-25-foot American flag over his

Mar-a-Lago Club. Trump’s suit said a smaller flag would “look silly.” Kinda like his hair. “My flag has to be

proportional to my ego,” Trump could have said.

heNNer-broWN uNioN

Marilu Henner married Michael Brown, a former college classmate who proposed to her from his hospital

bed after undergoing surgery for cancer. The duo exchanged vows on Thursday, per the New York Times.

Isn’t that nice.

somethiNg smells liKe Wet dog

Macy’s pulled Sean John hooded jackets from its shelves and Websites after learning that the jackets

weren’t made of faux fur but of a canine known as “raccoon dog.” In a statement, Sean “Diddy” Combs

says, “I was completely unaware of the nature of this material” and that he has ceased production on the

offending clothing line. Snoop Dogg could have offered to take over the line with the moniker, “Dogs on

Dogg.”

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ROCKY BALBOA (PG) (11:20 @ $5), 12:05, 2:05, 2:50, 4:50,

5:35, 7:35, 8:20, 10:25, 11:00

CHARLOTTE’S WEB (G) (11:15 @ $5), 12:00, 1:45, 2:30, 4:20,

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ERAGON (PG) (11:30 @ $5), 12:15, 2:00, 3:00, 4:40, 5:40, 7:30,

8:15, 10:05, 10:55

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (PG13) (11:05 @ $5), 12:45,

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APOCALYPTO (R) 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30

BLOOD DIAMOND (R) (11:35 @ $5), 3:20, 7:15, 10:45

THE HOLIDAY (PG13) (11:40 @ $5), 3:30, 6:45, 9:55

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS (PG) (11:35 @ $5), 2:05, 4:45

DECK THE HALLS (PG) (11:45 AM @ $5)

DEJA VU (PG13) 7:35, 10:30

CASINO ROYALE (PG13) 7:10, 10:25

HAPPY FEET (PG) (11:35 @ $5), 2:15, 4:55, 7:30, 10:25

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APOCALYPTO (R) 4:20, 7:25, 10:25

BLOOD DIAMOND (R) 1:05, 4:15, 7:25, 10:30

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UNACCOMPANIED MINORS (PG) (11:55 @ $5), 2:10, 4:25

DECK THE HALLS (PG) 2:05

DEJA VU (PG13) 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

CASINO ROYALE (PG13) 6:55, 10:00

HAPPY FEET (PG) (11:35 @ $5), 12:55, 3:25, 5:55, 8:25, 10:20

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decK the halls This mediocre holiday film

involves two feuding neighbors. When Steve Finch

(Matthew Broderick) finds out that Buddy Hall (Danny

DeVito) is building the mother of all light displays on

his house, he goes ballistic. Buddy is stealing Steve’s

thunder as Mr. Christmas. Buddy keeps adding more

and more lights so his display can be seen from a

satellite orbiting in space. Comedic situations ensue.

Rated PG

dÉJÀ Vu Denzel Washington stars as an ATF agent

who travels back in time to save a woman from being

murdered. While accomplishing his mission, he falls

in love with his target, which greatly complicates his

mission. Rated PG-13

dreamgirls This fabulous film adaptation of the

Broadway musical is based on Tom Eyen’s book–a

thinly veiled biography of the rise of the Supremes as

the first black/white crossover singing group in the

1960s. It’s the best adaptation of a Broadway musical

to film ever. Ex-American Idol reject, Jennifer Hudson

steals he movie as the Dreams original lead singer

Effie White who is dumped in favor of Deena (Beyonce’

Knowles) who represents Diana Ross. This movie

could dominate the Academy Awards. Hudson is a

shoe-in for a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Prated PG-13 (Opens Christmas Day)

eragoN A farm boy in his homeland of Alagasia

finds a dragon egg that leads him on a predestined

journey. Eventually, he finds out he is the one person

who can defend his homeland against an evil king by

learning to ride a fire breathing dragon. This fantasy

redefines “air power,” as the dragon is used as a

tactical weapon. Rated PG-13

happy Feet In the close-knit world of Emperor

Penguins, they find their mates through singing. Ah but

a penguin is born who can’t sing a note. So, the misfit

Mumbles takes up tap dancing, and soon is banished

for their community. He meets a posse of outcasts and

soon the whole penguin nation is dancing to the oldies.

The animated film is voiced by Robin Williams, Hugh

Jackman, Elijah Wood, Nicole Kidman, and Brittany

Murphy. Rated PG

the holiday Two women, played by Cameron Diaz

and Kate Winslet who suffer from romantic difficulties,

swap homes in each other’s countries. There, each

woman meets the man of their dreams. La de da. Costarring

Jude Law and Jack Black as the women’s love

interests. Typical holiday fare Rated PG-13

Night at the museum A hapless security guard,

Larry Daley (Be Stiller) accidently invokes an ancient

curse that causes the animals and insects on display

to come to life. Rated PG

pursuit oF happyNess Will Smith stars in this

true story of a precocious child and his father, who

through circumstances beyond his control, drfits into a

downward spiral and ends up homeless but working in

a Dean Witter internship. Later he becomes a top Wall

Street broker. Smith’s real life son Jaden Smith plays

his son in this engrossing docudrama. Rated PG-13

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ocKy balboa If Sylvester Stallone lives to a

hundred, he could make Rocky in a walker. Stallone

as Rocky is now 60, but he feels like he can fight one

more time. Ah the magic of special effects. Stallone

wanted to make a film, and he couldn’t think of

anything else to make. Ah, but he can rest assured

that he’ll never run out of Rocky sequels. Rated PG

saW iii It’s that voodoo that he do so well. Jigsaw

kidnaps a doctor to keep him alive as he directs his

apprentice to torture a new subject by solving riddles

that keep the poor captive alive. It’s the ultimate torture

endurance test. Rated R

the good shepherd Matt Damon stars as Edward

Wilson, one of the creators of the CIA back in 1945.

The film chronicles how Wilson’s contacts at Yale’s

secret society called the Skull & Bones helped him

build a power base as a stern, patriotic, and driven

workaholic. Directed by Robert De Niro with an all-star

cast, it’s the best spy film in many years. Rated R

the history boys A privileged and bright group

of British prep school boys pursue higher education,

girls, and frivolity while trying to get into Oxford or

Cambridge. Call it a British version of the Dead Poets

Society. Rated R

the NatiVity story This docudrama, directed by

Catherine Hardwicke, focuses on the life of Mary and

Joseph before the birth of Christ. The screenwriter

endeavored to be Biblically correct, with fictionalized

dialogue. The couple eventually journey to Bethlehem

under difficult circumstances where Mary gives birth.

Rated PG

the saNta clause 3: the escape clause

Tim Allen will be able to retire on these goofy Santa

Clause films. This third movie in the series features

Santa a.k.a. Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) who is faced with

double-duty: First, how to keep his new family happy,

and second, how to stop Jack Frost from taking over

Christmas. Rated G

uNaccompaNied miNors A gaggle of

unaccompanied minors are snowed in at Chicago’s

Airport during the holiday season. To amuse

themselves, they create a makeshift holiday for

themselves. Rated PG

We are marshall A tragic plane crash claims the

lives of the Marshall Football team, (continued some fans, on and pg 11)

its

10 december 28-january 3, 2006 | entertaining u newspaper

black christmas

movie review

by kellie abraHamSoN KAbrahamson1@aol.com

c+ rated r 98 min.

It’s Christmas Eve. As holiday tunes can be

heard elsewhere in the house, a doe-eyed sorority

girl named Clair (Leela Savasta) is wrapping gifts and

writing Christmas cards. She hears a strange sound

coming from the closet and goes to investigate…

Of course, you know where this is going. After a bit

of cat and mouse Clair ends up dead with a plastic

bag over her head and her eyes stabbed out. So

begins Black Christmas, a twisted take on the holiday

classics!

It turns out that the sorority house was once

the home of the Lenz family. Mr. and Mrs. Lenz hated

each other and the odium only grew when their

jaundiced son Billy was born. Billy’s mom (Karin

Konoval) hated to even look at her son and became

distant and cold even when he was an infant. When

Billy was five (Cainan Wiebe) he witnessed his

wicked mother and her boyfriend (Howard Siegel)

murdering his father (Peter Wilds). As punishment for

his snooping, Billy was sent to live in the attic while

his mother and step-father began a new life without

him. One Christmas night, many years later, a much

older Billy (Robert Mann) snapped, murdering his

mother and step-father while his little sister looked

on in horror. Billy was sent to an institution for the

criminally insane. He attempts to break out every

Christmas and this year he succeeds. He’s heading

home for Christmas and he plans to make himself a

new family to spend the holidays with… whether they

like it or not! Black Christmas also stars Katie Cassidy,

Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead,

Lacey Chabert, Kristen Cloke, Andrea Martin and

Oliver Hudson.

Based on the slasher film that helped launch the

genre, Black Christmas is a remake of Bob Clark’s

other Christmas film (remember, he was also the

guy responsible for the feel-good holiday classic

A Christmas Story). Many fans attribute Clark with

inventing some of the genres trademarked motifs

such as shots from the kill’s point of view and creepy

phone calls that originate from inside the house.

Another one of Clark’s early horror films, Children

Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, is also being remade

and is currently in pre-production.

The storyline picks and chooses bits from the

original, allowing the film to stand on its own, a plus

for those who may not have seen its predecessor.

Script-wise, the film is pretty formulaic. The

filmmakers aren’t trailblazing here, it is a remake

after all, but they do pull out some off-the-wall death

scenes that are pretty surprising, complete with

decent effects to back it up and make it look more

real. It’s no Saw, but it is better than most of the

stuff we’ve seen from the genre this year. The acting

isn’t out of this world, but that’s not a total shocker

given the film in question. A minor beef I had was

with Michelle Trachtenberg, who I have seen grow up

before my eyes on the big screen between Harriet the

Spy and “Buffy”. Here, it seems Miss Trachtenberg

is trying desperately to break out of her goodytwo-shoes

image by dropping “f-bombs” every five

minutes. I’m not sensitive about language in films but

this just seemed forced and really odd given all the

preconceived notions I had about the girl based on her

body of work. I guess we know who won’t be playing

the lead in Disney’s Ice Princess 2, should they ever

make one!

Black Christmas is good in the same the

way that the Friday the 13 th movies are good.

The protagonists always make stupid decisions,

like heading up the stairs instead of out the door.

The killer never, ever stays down, no matter how

much punishment they take. The tone is such that

the audience is so keyed up that a sudden noise

makes everyone jump and then laugh sheepishly

at themselves for being freaked out by a ringing

telephone. In short, Black Christmas is a lot of fun.

Sick, twisted fun. It’s not the type of horror movie that

will give you nightmares or make you nervous about

being home alone; it’s the kind that makes you giggle

when thinking about it afterwards. It’s the kind that

has you describing the gory, over-the-top scenes in

great detail to your friends because they were just so

campy. It’s a horror version of Snakes on a Plane. It

should have been called Psycho in an Attic.

Black Christmas is a decent way to spend a little

under an hour and a half, especially if you are a fan of

films that are so bad they’re good. Those looking for

scares are definitely barking up the wrong tree. This is

a movie where laughs will be heard more often than

screams. Now whether that was intentional on the

part of the filmmakers or not is still up for debate, but

I would see it again, particularly if I could guarantee

a theater full of likeminded people. Some movies are

just more fun with a crowd and this is certainly one of

them.


cinematic for the people

film is the new art in Jacksonville

by joN boSwortH jaxvillain@yahoo.com

Ever since he moved here from Texas, Tim

Massett has been bringing underground cinema to

Jacksonville the likes of which this town has not

seen before. Back when the San Marco Theatre

was a smoke-filled, second-run house, the closest

you could get to an art film was the off chance

that the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, then

located on Art Museum Drive inside of the Koger

Center between Beach and Atlantic, might run a

couple of art films over the summer. The Florida

Theatre also ran some movies over the summer,

but their’s were mostly nostalgic films and classics.

Then Tim Massett came to town with a collection

of films and rented a little warehouse in

the Brooklyn area of Riverside to store his films. It

wasn’t long before he struck up a deal Fuel Coffeehouse,

then a new business in Five Points, to

show films under the name Subterranean Cinema.

He built up a small but loyal following of filmlovers

that couldn’t wait for the once-a-month

showing. Fuel, on the other hand, was less than

enthusiastic about continuing the program for this

elite, albeit small, group of supporters.

Tim then started showing them in “The

Screening Room at the Pit,” ie. On a smaller

screen inside of his warehouse space. There

was a ramshackle of folding metal chairs, cozy

but brutally used furniture, such as thrift store

couches and handed-down recliners, and walls

lined with towers of film canisters. He quickly

learned that Jacksonville’s underground needed

a little tapping to wake up from their slumber. He

did interviews, he ran ads, and he even started

combining showtimes of the films with live music

performances, since live music was one thing

that young, interesting people came out of their

holes for. After cultivating this audience for many

months, Massett was ready for a bigger screen

and a more accommodating venue so that he

could show films outside of his own collection or

his small network of distributors.

The new owner of the San Marco Theatre,

David Blue, had returned the venue to its original

historic glory, cleaned out the smokers, and

started to show first run films, even sometimes

incorporating artistic fare. Although Blue was not

an easy sell, he eventually let Massett come to

the theatre and experiment with showing midnight

movies. And that was really the start of Tim Massett

having an opportunity to show this cow town

that cinema was about more than Titanic.

In 2002 some local people with plenty of

money and influence decided it would be fun to

start the Jacksonville Film Festival. So they mustered

their forces, got some sponsors, and put

together a half-hearted film festival that piqued the

interest of many locals, but didn’t exactly deliver

groundbreaking cinema to the first coast. Enter

Tim Massett.

Since Massett came on board to the festival,

their films have been better than ever. The standard

family fare is not excluded, but Massett’s

focus is more on the underground films that are

making waves in the independent film circles. So

between his savvy at booking great films and his

innovative concepts, such as “The TALKIES,” he is

poised to take the festival to a higher plane.

The Talkies is a series that Massett came

up with when he invited Florida’s own Herschell

Gordon Lewis, the godfather of gore, to come and

provide live commentary to during San Marco’s

screening of Two Thousand Maniacs. Although

it was a struggle to get the audience he needed

for the event (since it was up against the Florida-

Georgia game) he still pursued the concept.

“These directors do speaking engagements

all of the time, so it isn’t asking much for them to

come here and talk about their own movies.”

He has recently booked the king of kitsch,

John Waters, to come to the San Marco Theatre

during a presentation of Polyester and provide the

live commentary. The bill was steep, but this particular

engagement is being hosted by the Jacksonville

Film Festival, so he has more backing. The

rumor is that he is currently pursuing David Lynch

and even the spastic Quentin Tarrintino to come

and provide live commentary throughout presentations

of some of their films.

Check out the midnight movies that Massett

currently programs almost every weekend. For

the new year, the San Marco Theatre presents

American Hardcore, a film about the lost subculture

of America’s rebellious, Reagan-era hardcore

kids. “Disillusioned by politics, angered by greedy

record labels, and bound together by a powerful

anti-establishment sentiment, bands such as

Minor Threat, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and

Bad Brains paved the way for such later bands as

Nirvana and Pearl Jam by fearlessly questioning

- and frequently mocking - the status quo, and

proving that you don’t need radio play to reach an

audience.”

American Hardcore plays at the San Marco

Theatre December 29th and 30th at midnight and

on New Year’s Eve at 1pm.

If you miss that show, check out Last House

on the Left, a classic horror movie by Wes Craven

from 1972.

“The story of The Last House on the Left

closely follows that of Ingmar Bergman’s classic

film The Virgin Spring (1960), an Oscar winner for

best foreign language film. The Craven film was

controversial for its graphic depiction of violence,

and also for the manner in which the villains imposed

their psychopathic and sadistic will upon

the victims. Craven was highly influenced by news

footage from the Vietnam War and wanted to convey

that sense of violence he saw in that footage.”

Last House on the Left shows at the San

Marco Theatre on January 5th and 6th at midnight.

Celebrating its fifth year in 2007, the Jacksonville

Film Festival continues its mission by

bringing the best in independent and international

film to Northeast Florida by inviting filmmakers

from around the globe to submit their shorts and

features.

If you are a filmmaker, or know one that has

a film to submit, the 2007 Jacksonville Film Festival

is accepting submissions.

To submit a film, go to www.jacksonvillefilmfestival.com.

DREAMGIRLS (PG-13) DIG★ (1035 1125 155 240) 655 740

1000 1040

BLACK CHRISTMAS (R) - ID REQ'D DIG (1050 120) 410 715

940 1215

THE GOOD SHEPHERD (R) - ID REQ'D DIG(1100 230) 700 1025

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) DIG★ (1000 1115 1245 200) 345

500 720 800 1000 1030

WE ARE MARSHALL (PG) DIG (1045 145) 445 745 1035

ROCKY BALBOA (PG) DIG (1215) 350 645 755 925 1030 1150

ERAGON (PG) DIG (1155 1250 225) 330 505 740 1010

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750 1015 1235

PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (PG-13) DIG (1030 100 130) 400

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BLOOD DIAMOND (R) - ID REQ'D DIG (1040 210) 520 825 1140

THE NATIVITY STORY (PG) DIG (1220) 340 645 920 1200

DEJA VU (PG-13) DIG 1005

CASINO ROYALE (PG-13) DIG 630 945

HAPPY FEET (PG) DIG (1025 110) 405 710 955 1230

SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE (G) DIG (1010

1255) 355

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THE GOOD SHEPHERD (R) - ID REQ'D DIG (1200) 330 700

1030

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) DIG★ (1205 1245 240) 340 510

710 740 940 1015

WE ARE MARSHALL (PG) DIG (110) 410 730 1020

ROCKY BALBOA (PG) (1220) 415 725 1005

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OC & DA: CHARLOTTE'S WEB (G) DIG 440

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745 950 1020

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BLOOD DIAMOND (R) - ID REQ'D DIG (1240) 345 650 1035

CASINO ROYALE (PG-13) 335 705 1025

HAPPY FEET (PG) DIG (115) 405 640 1000

Times For 12/30/06

©2006

new coach. Matthew McConaughey plays Jack Lengyel

a charismatic coach who rebuilds the Marshall football

team so the kids and parents can move beyond the

grief of the tragedy. Rated R

special showings

americaN hardcore The lost subculture of

America’s rebellious, Reagan-era hardcore set is

explored in filmmaker Paul Rachman’s cinematic

adaptation of Steven Blush’s book. Disillusioned by

politics, angered by greedy record labels, and bound

together by a powerful anti-establishment sentiment,

bands such as Minor Threat, Black Flag, Dead

Kennedys, and Bad Brains paved the way for such

later bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam by fearlessly

questioning - and frequently mocking - the status quo,

and proving that you don’t need radio play to reach an

audience. Whether working for a real change or simply

attempting to shake things up in the music scene, these

bands gave a voice to the legions of youthful fans who

felt their opinions had been neglected in mainstream

society. In this documentary, concert footage combines

with interviews to offer a comprehensive look at the

musical revolution that defined an era. Rated R. San

Marco Theatre, Dec. Dec 29th, 30th Midnight 31 st at 1

pm. Info: 396-4845.

happy Feet at imaX Happy Feet will be shown at

the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX® Theater through

January. Tickets are $10.50 for adults with discounts

for seniors, students, military, children and groups. The

2D World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX® Theater, located at

World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., offers stateof-the-art,

specially-designed cinematic technology.

The only IMAX® Theater in Northeast Florida, the

Hall of Fame’s 300-seat IMAX® Theater houses an

80-foot-wide by six-story-high. The World Golf Hall

of Fame IMAX® Theater is open every day of the year

except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For tickets and

showtimes, call 904-940-IMAX or visit www.wgv.com.

Holiday Favorites “the polar express” and “santa vs.

the snowman” are also showing at the World Golf Hall

of Fame IMAX® Theater.

mozart’s “the maJic Flute” Tinsletown will

be having a matinee showing of Mozart’s “The Majic

Flute” at 1:30 pm. Call 998-2020 for more information.

the last house oN the leFt The story of The

Last House on the Left closely follows that of Ingmar

Bergman’s classic film The Virgin Spring (1960), an

Oscar winner for best foreign language film. The Craven

film was controversial for its graphic depiction of

violence, and also for the manner in which the villains

imposed their psychopathic and sadistic will upon

the victims. Craven was highly influenced by news

footage from the Vietnam War and wanted to convey

that sense of violence he saw in that footage.The film

carried the tagline “It’s only a movie” in its advertising.

This was to suggest that the events of the film were so

terrifying and shocking that the only way to get through

was to remind oneself that “It’s only a movie.”The film

split opinion with critics, unsure whether the film is a

bold artistic statement or exploitative trash, or some

combination of the two. Audiences, however, flocked

to see the film and, along with films such as The Texas

Chainsaw Massacre, it is credited with bringing a new

sense of realistic violence to the modern horror film.

Wes Craven has since directed many popular horror

films including The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare

on Elm Street, and Scream. Producer Sean S.

Cunningham, meanwhile, went on to initiate one of the

biggest horror film franchises in the 1980s with Friday

the 13 th .. San Marco Theatre, Jan. 5 th & 6 th at midnight.

Info: 396-4845.

click it.

read it all online at

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new on dvd

THe ARcHiTecT (82 min.)

Anthony LaPaglia stars as a respected architect

who battles the resident (Viola Davis) of a

housing project he designed who wants it torn

down. Stage director Matt Tauber makes his

screen directorial debut with this digital HDNet

production, an adaptation of the stage play

by David Grieg. Isabella Rossellini, Hayden

Panettiere, Sebastian Stan, and Walton Goggins

co-star. Rated R for language and some sexual

content.

THe BlAck DAHliA (122 min.)

Set in 1940s Los Angeles, two cops, Bucky

Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and his partner, Lee

Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart), investigate the

death of Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner), a young

woman found brutally murdered. Bucky soon

realizes that his girlfriend (Hilary Swank) had ties

to the deceased, and soon after that, he begins

uncovering corruption and conspiracy within the

police department. Rated R for strong violence,

some grisly images, sexual content and language.

THe DecenT (99 min.)

After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a

caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes

horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep

underground and they find themselves pursued

by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships

deteriorate, they find themselves in a desperate

struggle to survive the creatures and each other.

Rated R for strong violence/gore and language.

FAcTOTum (94 min.)

This drama centers on Hank Chinaski (Matt

Dillon), the fictional alter-ego of “Factotum” author

Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los

Angeles trying to live off jobs which don’t interfere

with his primary interest, which is writing. Along

the way, he fends off the distractions offered

by women, drinking and gambling. Rated R for

language and sexual content.

HAVen (99 min.)

During a weekend, two shady businessmen (Bill

Paxton and Stephen Dillane) flee to the Cayman

Islands to avoid federal prosecution. But their

escape ignites a chain reaction that leads a British

native (Orlando Bloom) to commit an outrageous

crime that changes the nation. Rated R for

language, drug use, sexual content and some

violence.

JAckAss numBeR TWO (93 min.)

Johnny Knoxville and his gang of Jackasses from

the MTV series of stupid human tricks returns

with more stunts and pranks considered to be too

much for TV. The unrated version features scenes

that were even too extreme for theaters. Bam

Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy,

Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Ehren McGhehey, Dave

England, and Ryan Dunn are his partners in prank.

This DVD is unrated and not for the faint of heart.

THe lAsT kiss (103 min.)

Young professional Michael (Zach Braff) panics

on his 30th birthday as he sees his youth and

freedom in the rear view mirror. Newly engaged

to a beautiful young woman (Jacinda Barrett) but

still attached to his immature buddies, he risks

it all for a fling with a free-spirited college girl

(Rachel Bilson). Rated R for sexuality, nudity and

language.

I was a little late on the whole DVD thing. I had

a healthy VHS collection that took up most of the

space in my entertainment center and was extremely

skeptical about upgrading to DVD for fear that the

trend just wouldn’t catch on. Of course now I have

far too many DVDs to count and my VHS collection

is a dusty memory, half boxed up in our storage unit,

the other half taking up space in a landfill somewhere.

As my luck would have it, my beloved DVDs

may just be going the way of the buffalo, what with

the growing popularity of competing technologies

like HD, DVD and Blu-ray. If you happened to be

lucky enough to get a fancy new HDTV for Christmas,

you may need to consider picking up some

new discs to go along with it. What’s the difference?

And do you really need to go out and replace all your

movies?

HD DVD

HD DVDs and players use blue lasers to read

and write information, an upgrade to standard DVDs

because blue has a shorter wavelength, allowing

information to be more densely packed. As a result,

HD DVD can store roughly 3-4 times more information

than regular DVDs. That means your standard

single-layer copy of Bridget Jones’s Diary is 4.7GB

while the HD DVD equivalent has 15GB, resulting

in a clearer, sharper picture of a slightly overweight

Renée Zellweger in a barely-there bunny suit.

There are currently 128 films available on

HD DVD in the United States (sorry folks, Bridget

Jones’s Diary hasn’t made it to the format yet). If

you own an Xbox 360 you can purchase a HD DVD

drive for around $200 and play your new discs on

that. If not, stand alone players are available starting

at around $500.

Blu-Ray

Much like its competitor, Blu-Ray discs use

blue lasers to read and write data, meaning they

can hold a lot more information compared to current

DVDs. In fact, Blu-ray discs actually have more

information capacity than HD DVDs, with single-layer

discs holding 25GB and dual-layer discs with 50GB.

Blu-Ray players are currently running at around

$1000, but if you happened to get your hands on

a Playstation 3, you’ve already got everything you

need to play the discs. As of December 12 th , 123

films are available on Blu-Ray.

Battle lines- Whose side are you on?

If you happened to be around during the great

VHS/Betamax format war in the early 80s, you may

be feeling a bit of déjà vu right about now. Currently

manufacturers are at a standoff as to which newgen

disc will reign supreme. HD DVD supporters

include Toshiba, NEC, Sanyo, Microsoft, Intel, HBO,

New Line Cinema, Paramount Home Entertainment

and Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Blu-Ray

backers are Sony, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung,

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are you ready for an upgrade?

tv viewing goes high-tech

by kellie abraHamSoN KAbrahamson1@aol.com

Sharp, Pioneer and LG Electronics, Dell, HP, Apple

Computer, Twentieth Century Fox, Vivendi Universal

and Walt Disney and video game maker Electronic

Arts. Warner Bros and Viacom have said they will

support both.

Many people like Blu-Ray because of the

higher data capacity but others say HD DVD is better

because it is a less expensive option. While this is

currently the case, prices are expected to drop at the

end of next year, perhaps paving the way for Blu-Ray

to pull into the lead.

DVDs: Obsolete?

With all this talk of format wars, are our precious

DVDs being phased out? Not quite yet. Today’s

conventional single-layer DVDs can hold around 4.7

gigabytes of information which is plenty for most

TVs to handle. The consumer want for pitch perfect

picture quality and sound is what is driving compa-

nies to look for new technology and find a suitable

next generation replacement. We still have a long

time until either of the new formats will make standard

DVDs obsolete so those with hundreds of movies

on DVD can rest easy. And, thankfully, HD DVD

and Blu-Ray players are able to read current-generation

DVDs, meaning you can continue to watch your

discs long after you upgrade your equipment.

The winner of the battle for technological supremacy

remains to be seen and the war could very

well last another couple of years. The bottom line is

if you’re satisfied with your plain ol’ DVDs, there’s

no reason to up and switch until all the dust settles.

Existing DVD players and discs will work perfectly

with HDTV sets and will look great. Still, if you have

an HDTV and you want to see what it can really do,

you may want to pick up a next generation player

and a few discs and take it for a spin. It’ll almost be

worth money to take a look at what home entertainment

in the future will look like.


eality check

big entertainment from small cable networks

By jon BosWortH and cassie Larue

EU takes great pride in providing the most comprehensive local entertainment coverage in town. We do

more movie reviews, more in-depth interviews with local and traveling musicians, and the most television

writing than any other weekly paper. The one gap in our elaborate coverage is the reality programming that

is harbored on small cable networks. Now that the big networks have finally gotten off of the reality TV horse

and moved on to strange game shows, basic cable owns reality television.

If “reality bites,” than reality TV eats it whole. There is everything from the Celebreality programs on

VH1, which includes the always hysterical Flavor of Love and This Surreal Life, to the home and fashion

makeover shows on TLC, to the real-life crime drama of Court TV and A&E. There is no end to the voyeurism

we are capable of. Ever since The Osbournes found such success on MTV, every quasi-celebrity hopes to

extend their careers through the magic of a camera crew in-house.

Even fictional television has grabbed onto the phenomenon of reality. The Office presents its sitcom under

the auspices of being a reality television program about life in the average cubicle environment. Curb Your

Enthusiasm, in the vein of Larry David’s last faux-reality show, Seinfeld, maintains the concept of being about

Larry David’s real life in Hollywood, but most of the characters are just actors, or actors “playing themselves”

like Ted Danson and Richard Lewis.

LittLe PeoPLe Big WorLd

– TLC

This show is about midgets…Wait, midgets

isn’t the right word. The Daddy midget on the show

calls the disorder dwarfism, but the proper nomenclature

is “little people,” which I find to be a little

more demeaning than “midget,” but then again, I’m

not nearly as little. This family of six owns a farm

in Portland that wasn’t exactly successful until this

show started to air. Of the four children, only one

is a “little person,” although both of the parents are

little people.

There is certainly an educational element to

this show, because I don’t really know anything

about midgets…little people. You see little people is

a misnomer for me, because it could mean anything

from elves to children, but when I say midgets, you

know exactly what I’m saying. So political correctness

be damned, I’m calling them midgets. They

aren’t bad, although they are sometimes scary in

Fellini or Gilliam films, this family of midgets is hardworking,

understanding, and loaded with drama.

From mystery illnesses that root in their dwarfism

to the son that accidentally injured himself with their

pumpkin catapult, there is always some sort of educational,

compelling, and cathartic drama to pass

your evening on the couch.

Hogan KnoWs Best

– VH1

No one really thought they cared about Hollywood

Hulk Hogan until he had his own show. Although

we love watching people we don’t really care

about deal with predicaments that aren’t at all real to

us, The Hogans is taking it a step too far. Much like

the show about Kiss’ Gene Simmons, this show is

a sick tromp through a decadent American life that

makes terrorists far away hate us. The only drama

in this show revolves around the daughter throwing

a party or wrecking her new sports car. It is even

more drab than The Osbournes, because at least

that show allowed us the humorous relief of a totally

disoriented Ozzy mumbling curse words and popping

pills. The Hogans is dyed blonde and a total waste of

time.

groWing uP gotti

– A&E

This show isn’t on the air right now, but I am

waiting with baited breath to see this spoiled-rotten

and amoral family bring me back into their no-longer-the-gangsters-we-used-to-be

mentality. It appears,

throughout the drama of the show, that they

think of themselves as the real-life Sopranos. If that

is the case, I hope a new season will play back-toback

with A&E’s syndicated showings of the original

HBO series the Sopranos so that we can laugh at

those squirrelly brats when we realize just how NOT

gangster they are.

WHat not to Wear

– TLC

TLC has a number of shows that spotlight catty

gay men berating average Americans about their

fashion choices. From What Not to Wear to Ten Years

Younger, the benefactors of these programs are usually

less than excited and caught totally unawares.

When the hosts first speak to the “victim” and then

throughout the duration of the show, nothing is

encouraging or hopeful. Even when they are sent

to New York with $5,000 to spend on any clothes

they want, they are haunted by the jibes that echo in

their head about the rules of fashion that they were

inundated with before leaving. Similarly, in Ten Years

Younger, they are forced to stand in a soundproof,

transparent cube as passerbys in a haughty Los

Angeles shopping district are called on to judge their

appearance both before and after their makeover.

For showtimes of any of these shows, just Google the show’s name and the network will provide you

with the various times the show is scheduled to air. This topic is so full of fodder all over the television that

you can count on this column appearing once a month for the rest of the year. There is no end to reality, and

no end to bad television on basic cable, so when the two are mixed, they create an oddly entertaining combo:

this column.

video game reviews

by Norm stovall normstovall@gmail.com

Victorious Boxers 2:

FigHting sPirit

For Playstation 2

Who doesn’t love Ippo? I know I sure

do. Victorious Boxers is based on a great Japanese

manga franchise featuring the dedicated

character that most all of Japanese boxing fans

love. The gameplay in Victorious Boxers 2 is the

same as its predecessor, if you haven’t played

it, think of a control scheme much like EA’s Fight

Night- Round 2 with an anime theme, and over 70

characters to choose from. (I’m pretty sure Victorious

Boxers was the inspiration to Fight Night’s controls, actually. They work amazingly well.) Duke it out

with your opponent using your dual shock analog sticks, ducking, weaving, and beasting your way to the

top. If you love boxing but have played Fight Night to death, be sure to give this one a try. It isn’t exactly

getting the media buzz it deserves.

cars

For Nintendo Wii

So lets face it, most licensed movie

games tend to be lacking in the quality department.

Did you ever play the Pirates of the

Caribbean game? How about the Jaws game?

If so, you’ll know what I mean. Well, prepare to

be surprised with cars, a game that is geared

toward the smaller family members, but really

holds its own even with the big kids. Granted,

it’s no Gran Turismo HD, but Cars has a certain

special charm with its fun gameplay and controls

and its full cast of voice actors including

Paul Newman and Owen Wilson. In cars, you

are able to drive about, racing in various locales

including Radiator Springs and plenty of NASCAR inspired racetracks. There is plenty to do, and Cars

doesn’t get old as fast as most kid’s games.

Import Game Review:

King oF FigHters xi

For Playstation 2

Not everyone is fortunate enough to

have both a Japanese and an American

Playstation 2, but after I made a trip out to

Game Force in Mandarin, I was set to play

games meant for both regions on my soon to

be modified PS2. See, I really had to get my

hands on this Japan-only fighting game my

friends have been pushing me to get. I didn’t

have a Japanese PS2, and hell if I was going

to pay for one. Luckily, Game Force sells

mod kits so you can play these imports on your favorite console. I was told they could even do the mod

service for you, for a small fee, which is awesome. So, now that I am set up for multi-regional gaming

and ready to share my somewhat cultural gaming experience with you.

King of Fighters xi is the newest edition of the KOF series, (with the exception of the Maximum Impact/20006

games) which retains many of the coolest innovations in the series, and adds a few new

ones. When you start out a game in Arcade or versus mode, you first select the person who is to be your

team leader. Then, you select 2 team members to support you. During gameplay, you can snap in (or

tag in) your team members by tapping both punch or both kick buttons. Easy peasy. The pause menus

provide you with all the special moves and combos, and most text in the game that involves navigation is

written in English. You can also participate in single player, one-on-one matches, and if you live in Japan,

you can even play online via networked matches. Why doesn’t the US market have more PS2 games like

this? I don’t know the answer to that, but if you are a die-hard fighter fan or even if you like KOF just a

little, consider importing King of Fighters xi. I’m glad I did.

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ead an adventure

saban and the ancient

by Erin thursby scopes1925@msn.com

WHAT: Local book signings

WHEN: this Friday, Saturday and January 13 th

WHERE: Borders, The Bookmark and

The Town Center Barnes & Noble

Local author Danté Amodeo recently sent his

first novel over to EU, an action/adventure/espionage

tale called Saban and the Ancient. Although

aimed at a young teen audience, the book is complex

enough for adults to enjoy. It’s won 1st place

for the category of Action/Adventure by POW, a

national organization called Promoting Outstanding

Writers.

The hero of the book is the unassuming

Saban, who gets caught up with an ultra-secret

spy organization called “The Ancient.” Elements

reminiscent of comic book heroes, a splattering

of the paranormal, the spy genre and relationship

complications, all merge to form a cleanly told

story that is to be the first in a series. The book

is rapidly gaining popularity, showing up on book

shop shelves across Jacksonville. EU recently

caught up with Danté Amodeo to ask questions

about the series.

EU: What inspired you to write for this age

range?

The “age range” is always a tricky question,

because it LOOKS like a young adult book, but it’s

not just that. I actually wrote the book to be escapism

for adults, but back when I worked for Daniel

Memorial as a child care worker, I could never

find enough books about young adults that were

pushing themselves to be the best they could be.

So the book is ABOUT young adults, and it’s clean

enough for young adults...but there are a lot of

parts that only adults will appreciate.

EU: When will the next book be out? Can you

give us a sneak peek into the plot?

I’m shooting for June 2007…As to the second

book, there is definitely a mole on the team.

Saban cannot fully trust his friends, and he’s not

too sure about his boss, either. Meanwhile, the

crystals DO come together, in Italy of all places,

and when the big evil is released, we will have to

see if the supernatural can be trumped by science

or superior firepower. Perhaps both...perhaps neither.

EU: How have your many jobs prepared you for

writing?

All of them, as far as being able to think

quickly. In my younger, slightly unethical days, I

bluffed my way into maybe half of my jobs, under

the pretense of being “rusty.” By the time I shook

of the supposed rust, I had learned how to do the

job - kind of like a small-scale “Pretender”, except

without the chiseled good looks, or good looks of

any type, really. And no felonies committed.

EU: Are you planning on killing off any characters

in the next book?

One character is in a bad situation, I’m trying

to figure out a way for them to survive, but I’m

not sure they logically can. I’m big into “Deus” but

not so much the “ex machina.” Like real life, the

mortality rate is still 100% no matter what, and

the only factors are when, how, and the class with

which you pass. So some people will not make it

out of the series alive, I can assure you.

EU: What kind of research did you do to get the

spy lingo down?

Well, I am prior military intelligence, but

most of what I did was over twenty years ago. So

I cheated a bit. See, John has been “off-grid” for

twenty years or so, and Alpha learned what they

know from him. So they all use the terminology he

would use, which (not coincidentally) is the lingo

with which I am familiar. Younger spooks would

call it “old-school”, I’m sure, but you know, “no

school like the old school!”

EU: What’s your favorite spy novel?

Oddly, I don’t read spy novels. Most real

intelligence work is surprisingly relational and

relatively gadget-free. I did wear out my copy of

The Puzzle Palace. And I thought the Bourne movies

were cute and engaging.

EU: What are you currently reading?

Hah! You might laugh: I like relational stuff.

I just finished Boundaries by Drs. Townsend and

McCloud. It’s an incredible book on embracing

responsibility and learning when to say “no” to

people who encroach on your time and space.

And I’m about to start Love and Respect by Dr.

Emerson Eggerichs, a fantastic book about the

dynamics of man/woman relationships. Don’t be

surprised if you see some concepts reflected in

the relationships of the series. And I’ll read a few

others soon, and then I won’t read for a while.

But when I read, I read quickly. When the fifth

Harry Potter came out, I borrowed it from a friend

and read it in a day. I would rather learn than be

entertained. Hopefully my books will do both -

philosophical discussions while dodging bullets.

And the action is the vehicle for the relationships,

not the other way around.

EU: If Saban were a chess piece, what piece

would he be and why?

He would say a bishop or maybe a rook, but

he’s beginning to understand that those pieces

are just “talented” pawns. Even as nice as Saban

is, he has no desire to be anyone’s pawn - much

to the surprise of those who try to play him. And

when he has had enough...well, I would leave the

room. It won’t be pretty.

The author will be at two book signings this

weekend December 29 th at Borders on Southside,

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eat indian, cook indian

cooking demo with suvir saran

by Erin thursby scopes1925@msn.com

WHAT: Cooking demo, five course meal and

cookbook signing with celebrity chef Suvir Saran

WHEN: Cooking Class Jan 6 th @6:30 PM Book

Signing, 5 to 6 PM

WHERE: Apron’s Cooking School

Cost: $50

Suvir Saran doesn’t remember a time when

he wasn’t cooking. When he thinks back to his

childhood in India, his earliest memories of relatives

are always associated with food. When the other

boys had taken up their cricket bats, Saran stayed

behind in the kitchen, always cooking.

All these hours in the kitchen led him to a

completely different approach to Indian cooking. This

radical, yet sensible approach has made him the

premier chef of Indian cuisine in the U.S. On Jan 6 th ,

Saran will be coming to Jacksonville for an Apron’s

Cooking School demo and a book signing. Since

2004 when he opened his New York restaurant, Dévi,

Saran has been featured in the New York Times,

Food & Wine as well as many other publications

across the country.

Saran originally came to the United States in

1993 to study graphic design at the School of Visual

Arts. He had so many friends and foodies over for

dinner at night, teaching them

how to cook Indian food,

that he was forced to start

charging for it. At the urging

of friends and family, Saran

opened his own catering

business. The highlight of

his catering career so far has

been cooking the first Indian

meal ever served at Carnegie

Hall for a host of international

celebrities and dignitaries in

honor of the 50th anniversary

of India’s independence in

1997.

Reading his Indian

Home Cooking: A Fresh

Introduction to Indian Food

I noticed a lot of similarities

between American Southernstyle

hospitality and Indian

hospitality, so when I had him

on the phone, interviewing for

EU, I asked him about it. “It’s

true, they are similar,” Saran

says “It’s all about passion,

love, a desire to love and spoil

people. [It’s] Entertainment

that is the way we should be

living.”

Most Indian cookbooks,

Saran laments, “are written

like a great-grandmother wrote

it.” Saran’s cookbook attempts to reflect modern

Indian home-style cooking. Saran also thinks most

cookbooks are needlessly intricate. “I think we like to

make things difficult so as to justify our paycheck,”

he joked. His book simplifies wherever possible.

Saran zeroes in on what’s available in Indian

kitchens today. Of the famed ghee butter Saran says,

“We didn’t grow up with ghee, we grew up with the

Indian version of canola oil.”

Each region of India is also very different, and

Saran borrows from them all. Northern Indian food

is “heavy on creams, dairy and meats.” Central

focuses on vegan and vegetarian fare and the south

tends toward use of spices, seafoods and coconut.

As far as Saran is concerned, the food served in

most Indian isn’t authentic. When he came to this

country and went to Indian restaurants, he found

that they were “serving some hybrid cuisine that

wasn’t Indian.” Even though India has an extensive

coastline, most Indian eateries don’t serve much in

the way of fish and when they do, the results are

often disastrous. “You don’t want to order seafood

in most Indian restaurants, [they] just kill our meats

and seafood…mostly by overcooking.”

Saran doesn’t believe that all curries should

be exalted or condemned based on the impression

of curry at one restaurant or in one dish. “When

non-Indians tell us that they love or hate curry, we

die a little inside, because curry can mean different

things.” The term curry is often used in India as a

catch-all phrase meaning sauce or gravy. French

sauces or gravies can be as different as Indian

curries can be. The word curry can also be used

to denote the use of the curry plant in recipes,

and lastly, curry can mean “that awful powder the

English invented.”

To learn more about modern Indian cooking,

you can see Chef Suvir Saran at the Apron’s Cooking

School. Call (904) 262-4187 for more info. The

demo menu will feature Puff Pastry Samosas with

Green Peas; Ground Chicken with Spinach and

Whole Spices; Stir-Fried Green Beans with Coconut;

Eggplant Raita; Rice (Basmati and Lemon); Chutney

(Green and Tamarind).


making the old new again

Angelo’s is open

by Erin thursby scopes1925@msn.com

With dark wood paneling, Sinatra

crooning, black accents and red tablecloths,

Angelo’s isn’t short on classy retrostyle

atmosphere. The food is something I

crave--uncomplicated Americanized Italian.

Angelo’s has a history of more than thirty

years in Jacksonville. They were closed

for two years before being re-opened

by its new owners, Paul Rohan and Don

Werkema. Always a neighborhood favorite,

locals were happy to see the place being

re-opened this past November.

What has stayed the same since

Angelo’s has changed hands, is the neighborhood

sensibility. Chef Ian Gabbe tells EU

that “the majority of the staff are from the

Arlington area, a lot of them live less than 4

blocks away.”

The biggest difference between the new Angelo’s and the old Angelo’s, according to Chef Gabbe is

“more of an emphasis on fresh ingredients.” Undeniably, there is a bistro sensibility to the food that will be

placed before you, especially with non-fried items like the tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. This

very basic but lush appetizer was finished with basil-infused olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. They are

starting over with the menu, still offering Italian food, but using their own recipes. A few popular favorites, like

the baked spaghetti and meatballs, made it over from the old menu. You can order their sought-after pasta

selections for lunch or dinner.

Another important difference is that Angelo’s will now be open for lunch, with lower priced items for the

lunch crowd. Word has started to trickle out that eatery is now open for lunch ahead of schedule, something

that they were slated to do in January but have begun this month.

Paul and Don also own Pauly’s New York Pizzeria on Monument in Regency. You can see the influence

of Pauly’s menu on Angelo’s menu as you scan the lunch menu and the pizza selections. Items like the

whimsically named “Tighty Whitey” (a ricotta, mozzarella and garlic pizza) and “the Pauly Meatbally” are lifted

straight from the Pauly menu. Lunch features many of the hero sandwiches you’ll find at Pauly’s, which is

likely why they’re ahead of schedule in offering up lunch.

Beverages include standard beer and wine selections, as well as a full liquor bar. Most of the décor was

kept from the old restaurant, but a few things were refreshed and refurbished. New wallpaper, a few reupholstered

chairs and artwork from local artists like MactruQue and Sage Steven’s New York photo studies complete

the look of the new Angelo’s.

The entrées here are of course more upscale than the lunch offerings. I lovingly consumed the artfully

presented chicken piccata. The moist juices of the tender chicken breast were sealed in by an egg batter

(Français style) served atop a bed of zucchini and green peppers with a flavorful lemon and chicken stock

reduction laced with capers. Each entrée item comes with a choice of salads.

To end my meal, I had their Roma tiramisu, a well presented dessert criss-crossed with chocolate and

caramel. I was torn between the rich-sounding chocolate cake and the tiramisu, but in the end, I had to go

with something classically Italian, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Large parties can be scheduled at Angelo’s with a reservation. Chef Gabbe is excited about a party

slated for the weekend: “A couple that came in every year for their anniversary, obviously hasn’t been able

to come in here the last couple of years [will be here]…This year is their 50 th wedding anniversary and their

children found out that we were re-opening and set up a party. It’s going to be about 35 people.”

There’s something on the menu for everybody at Angelo’s, and they even provide a kid’s menu for the

little ones. If you’re looking for a neighborhood restaurant with an upscale atmosphere and Italian comfort

food, Angelo’s is the place to go.

INFORMATION

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant 2111 University Blvd N. (904) 745-4812

OpeN: 11AM-2PM Lunch & 5PM-9PM Dinner Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-9PM Sundays, You can also order

pizza only Tuesday-Saturday from 2PM-5PM between lunch and dinner.

COsT: Lunch will roughly cost about $10 for a single person and dinner is from about $10-$25 depending

on what you order.

ian gabbe

chef profile

Restaurant: Angelo’s Italian Restaurant

You’ve worked at pastiche, with the san Marco Group and

Crush during your career in Jacksonville. Besides that, did

you receive any formal training?

ACFI basically sponsored me through FCCJ…My instructor was

John L. Wright, who is a culinary icon here in Jacksonville, he’s

trained a lot of people here. He’s one of the coolest old guys

you’ll ever meet.

If you were trapped on a dessert island, besides a chef knife, what kitchen tool would you bring?

I think probably a big mallet, a big meat tenderizer.

What’s your favorite dish to make?

I like doing sauté. That’s probably the thing I have the most fun doing, because there’s flames…and

stuff’s flying.

What’s your favorite spice to use?

I don’t know that I have an overall favorite, I mean, I use thyme in just about everything that I do, but

that’s just the basic background…I’m kind of partial to tamarind.

What’s your favorite dish to eat?

I’m a moody person, all depends on my mood. I love food…I have standbys everywhere I go to eat.

Bistro Aix, I usually eat the tuna if I don’t have anything else I want to try. Pastiche does…a grouper

Provencal that’s really good.

What’s the most decadent dessert at Angelo’s?

The chocolate cake, it’s…a five layer chocolate cake and it stands about 8 feet tall (laughs)—Well it’s

pretty tall, anyway. It’s a thin wedge but it’s tall and very rich.

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NEw YEaR’s EvE

blow outs, events

and eats by erin thursby

Here’s this year’s sampling of the parties and events you can attend for New Year’s Eve,

from the Gatorbowl and club events to places to eat as you ring in the New Year!

Gatorbowl Related Events!

December 31 st , New Year’s Eve

Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade

Downtown Jacksonville: 3 p.m.

$10 Reserved Parade Seat

You are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade. The “Still

Rockin’ at 60”-themed parade features colorful floats, high school bands, college bands, giant helium

balloons, and entertaining specialty units. The units will be routed through the Northbank in downtown

Jacksonville.

Gator Bowl Pep Rallies

The Jacksonville Landing Courtyard

Visiting Team Pep Rally: 1:30 p.m.

Home Team (ACC) Pep Rally: 5:30 p.m.

Get pumped up for the Toyota Gator Bowl Classic! Excited fans are invited to show their team spirit at the

Pep Rallies at The Jacksonville Landing. Join the bands, cheerleaders, and mascot in the excitement on

New Year’s Eve.

January 1 st

Budweiser Tailgate Party

Alltel Stadium Entertainment Zone: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

$10 at the gate or FREE admission with “THE PATCH” (Go to www.gatorbowl.com to learn more)

Enjoy the thrill and excitement of college football as thousands of out-of-town fans come together to

celebrate their team in a festive and family-oriented entertainment atmosphere. Truly a party where team

spirit abounds, there will be pep rallies, cheerleaders and bands from both Universities that will be sure to

ignite the passion in every college football fan. A multitude of interactive games to test your athletic skills,

a variety of inflatables for kids of all ages to enjoy and all of your tailgating concession essentials make

this a Tailgate Party not to miss!

THE BIG GAME!

ALLTEL Stadium: 12:00 Noon


CLUB PARIS

Downtown New Year’s

Check out the New Year’s Eve Party in the Jacksonville Landing Courtyard Festivities include live entertainment

at The Landing stage. Club Paris will be injecting some style into the Landing festivities with Fred’s

New Years Royal Black and White Tie Party! Packages range from $30 for first floor admission up to the

most excusive VIP lounge. Call (904) 918-3999 for VIP details and (904) 633-9477 to reserve other tickets.

At Twisted Martini a variety of VIP packages are available, with champagne menus all night, party favors,

live feed of Times Square on 10 TV’s and 4 big screens. As usual they only serve the finest premium sprits.

Space is limited so make your reservations today. (904) 353-8464

Count down to 2007 with a spectacular fireworks display over the St. Johns River to light up the night

sky and celebrate the New Year. Watch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular at Midnight from the

Landing or anywhere else in Downtown Jacksonville with a view of the river. Presented by The City of Jacksonville.

VyStar Credit Union 5K Run is at 2PM at the Jacksonville Landing. The VyStar Financial Group 5K Run

is a great way to get involved with all the excitement the Toyota Gator Bowl has to offer. If running, walking, or

biking is your thing, this race is for you. The race is held right before the Gator Bowl Parade, and runs along

the parade route through downtown Jacksonville. Each entrant will receive a VyStar Credit Union 5K Run Tshirt.

Cost: $17 until December 24, $20 December 25-30 and $25 on race day.

Clubs & Bars

At Aromas the cigars are included at this semi-upscale wine and cigar bar. Black Tie, Black Jeans, Who

Cares!! The starts at 9PM at both locations (Southside and Ponte Vedra) with party favors and a champagne

toast. Call (904) 280-2525 (PVB)/ (904) 928-0515 for ticket reservations.

The Atlantic will have party favors, a special sushi menu and the traditional champagne toast. They’re

open through 4AM www.the-atlantic.com (904)249-3338.

Martini’s & Club Vegas New Year’s Eve Blowout $10 All U Can Drink Blowout including Champagne

- DJ KGB & DJ Coop Brink in the New Year. Martini’s & Club Vegas, 1187 Edgewood Ave South - 9:29 pm

New Year’s Eve Party with Big Al & the Kaholics at Cheers! Cheers will be having a champagne toast

at midnight, party favors, and the place will be decorated like Times Square. The kitchen will be open until 10

pm for those last minute appetizers to soak up the alcohol. Cover charge $10, Cheers in Mandarin, 11475

San Jose Blvd., 9:30pm-1:30am.

Just a $10 cover will grant you access to all of Bourbon Street Station, Crazy Horse Saloon, Mardi

Gras, the Latin Quarter, the Blue Room and the Varsity Club. Expect lots of prizes, with one giveaway every

15 minutes starting at 9PM, including a 2 karat diamond tennis bracelet and $10,000 in cash prizes. A complimentary

champagne toast will happen at midnight. (904) 641-8777

Have a funky blues New Year with Mofro at Freebird. New Year’s Eve Mofro plays with the Lee Boys.

Cost is $28 prior and $30 the day of the show. 246-BIRD (2473)

Latitudes Café and Martini Bar. All you can eat and drink, live music, party favors and a champagne

toast for just $60 in advance or $70 at the door. (904) 247-6606

Ocean Club party ‘till 4AM, with a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Watch a live feed of

Times Square for the big ball drop www.oceanclubjax.com (904) 242-8884

If you haven’t been to Square One, New Year’s Eve just might be the time to check it out. Located in the

San Marco shopping district of Jacksonville, it’s where you can celebrate the New Year in style with El Toro

Loco, party favors and the standard champagne toast.

The infamous Tradewinds Lounge will be partying New Year’s in St. Augustine. It’s the the oldest

lounge in the oldest city. Limited seating with live music by Matanzas. 124 Charlotte St.(904)829-9336

For a quintessential Florida experience, head to Whitey’s Fish Camp in Orange Park. Once again the

Boogie Freaks will entertain. There will be giveaways all night, a balloon drop, champagne toast and breakfast

at midnight. Come in a boat and stay all night! Bloody Mary’s served in the AM. Call (904)269-4198

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Celebrate New Year’s in a Hotel

Most every hotel with a restaurant and bar will be holding some kind of New Year’s bash, get a room

so you can just trundle up to bed after getting completely snockered. The beaches have a myriad of bar/hotel

options. Here’s just two of the places you can go in Ponte Verdra, St. Augstine and Amelia Island:

At the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, you can take in New Year’s Eve at their Glacial Gala at the Polar Bar

featuring a martini ice luge. Take a walk in the ice garden, enjoy live music, dancing, extravagant buffet, open

bar, complimentary champagne and midnight fireworks. Cost is $175 per person. There are also packages

that include rooms. Call (904) 277-1028 for info.

SwingIn’ the New Year 2007. Popular ‘60s

band The Swingin’ Medallions will return to Northeast

out of town

See the Tybee Beach Fireworks at the

Tybee Island Pier in Georgia on the corner of

Tybrisa St. & Strand Ave. Fireworks will launch

at midnight to celebrate the New Year. Come

early to capture that perfect spot in the sand.

Free parking. Earlier in the day you can take the

Polar Bear Plunge, meeting at 9AM to take a

plunge into the icy Atlantic precisely at Noon.

Last year over 3,000 people participated some

in costumes, even a wedding dress or two.

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Florida to again perform at the big New Year’s Eve

bash at The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village

in St. Augustine. Famous for such classics as the million-selling

“Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love)” and

“Hey, Hey, Baby”, The Swingin’ Medallions are known

for their impressive stage shows, and are often

called “The Party Band of the South.” The “SwingIn’

the New Year 2007” festivities will be on Sunday,

December 31, 2006 in the resort’s St. Augustine

Ballroom. The Renaissance Resort is offering several

New Year’s Eve packages. “The Party Package” is

$125 per person (plus tax), and it includes admission

to the party, a four-course buffet dinner, an open bar

throughout the evening, champagne toast at mid-

night, party favors, a huge balloon drop, and a “Resolution Breakfast” after midnight. Other packages include

deluxe accommodations for one or two nights as well as golf packages. For reservations, or for information

on any of the packages, call (904) 940-8000 or (888) 740-7020, or visit www. WorldGolfRenaissance.com.

You can party, eat fabulous food or both at the Marriot Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra. Packages run from

$49-$99. Choose from two venues within the hotel. There will be a Vegas style casino for entertainment as

well as live acts and all the usual drinks and favors. (904) 285-7777.

New Years Eve Eats

You’ll need to make a reservation at any of these restaurants for New Year’s Eve. Call quickly because they fill

up fast. All the costs don’t include tax or gratuity.

The Grape (904) 642-7111 and Simon’s (904) 396-8088 are both wine bars that will feature a great

spread for New Year’s Eve. Call for reservations, they are both filling up fast. The Grape will have a six course

wine dinner at $100 a person, including a champagne toast. Simons will have a multiple course dinner paired

with wine and a midnight toast as well.

If you’re heading for an Irish pub keep in mind that most of them celebrate New Year’s twice. Once at

7PM, when Ireland rings in the New Year, and once at Midnight. Fionn MacCools VIP package will include an

open bar and a three course meal at $100 per person. Don’t Tell Amy will be the live entertainment from 9PM

on. Culhane’s will have two seatings, one at 7PM and one at 9PM for $60 a person. Expect a sumptuous set

menu.

The Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant (904) 270-0025 will be holding a Greek themed New Year’s with

Club/Pub Crawl in

style

River City Social & Travel Club’s Annual New

Year’s Eve Pub Crawl can help you bar hop in

three different neighborhoods (The Beaches,

Southside and Orange Park) without getting a

DUI. Starting at one of four stops in each area,

you will be transported via bus to a different

pub, bar or restaurant every hour until arriving

at your last destination, located at or near your

starting hotel/bar, in time for your champagne

toast to ring in the new year. The cost is only

$39.95 if purchased NOW and $49.95 shortly,

pending availability. They highly recommend

you get a room, and to make it even easier

by arranging for reduced rates at various area

hotels. Go to http://www.rivercityclub.com/

for more information or call (904) 505-4746.

music from Greek Wave. Leg of lamb, whole roasted

snapper, baklava and a chocolate fountain are the

main attractions. The cost is $100 per person.

There’s going to be a great party at the Beaches

Woman’s Club at 2nd Avenue North and Penman

Road for New Year’s Eve. It will be catered by JJ’s

Bistro of Ponte Vedra and for an evening with Rod

Stewart Tribute Artist Kenny Holliday. There will be

a complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight. The

proceeds of the evening will go to benefit Make A

Wish foundation to finish off their Children Of Light

campaign. Please come out and celebrate this great

cause. Tickets are $65.00/each. If you wish to

purchase a ticket; please call Donna LeTellier at 537-

1629 to reserve.

New Year’s Eve,

Theater style

Take in New Year’s at the “Pelican Club” for a

trip down memory lane to the nightclub era, the 20’s

thru the 40’s. The show starts at 8:30pm - 1:00 am

at Players By The Sea Tickets are $50.00 in advance

Limited VIP seating available ON THE STAGE! Table

for 2 including a bottle of Champagne is $150.00 Martini Bar, Beer, Wine, after show hor doerves and sodas

included.

Not everyone lives to see the new year when Murder Mystery Players, Inc. serve up hearty laughs with a

special New Year’s Eve at Dave & Buster’s. This fun-filled, interactive, murder mystery includes dinner as well

as the performance. The evening begins at 8:00pm. Audience members have a chance to win prizes and decide

who did what to whom. New Year’s Eve will never be the same as guests enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, a chefcrafted

four-course meal, complimentary power card, champagne toast, midnight celebration, and a hilarious

mystery performance. The package price is $130.00 per couple + tax and gratuity. To make reservations for

this hilarious evening of murder mystery and audience participation, call Dave & Buster’s at (904) 296-1525.

Reservations are required, as seating is limited. www.mysteryplayers.com.

Get to the Comedy Zone for a night of laughs, food, drinks and dancing. A lavish buffet in GiGi’s with prime

rib and crab legs, favors, a champagne toast and comics Ronnie Bullard, Tim Statum and Al Ernst are part of

the evening. Tickets are $69.97 per person plus tax. You can also separately arrange to stay at the Ramada Inn.

(904) 268-8080

At Atlantic Theatres, this year’s theme is going to be everything 007 and feature several rooms with various

activities and screenings. Music will be provided by DJ Casey, of the Maxim national tour, local celebrity DJ

Kevin Durgin and DJ Infader. Jon’Ra will headline a special live musical performance later in the evening.

Food, valet parking, and a complimentary champagne toast will be included. Tickets:$50 for General / $90

each for VIP. Atlantic Theatres, 751 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach - 8 pm Info: 249.PLAY (7529) or info@

atlantictheatres.com.

other Bashes and Entertainment

BEACH BLAST OFF 2007 IN ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH

There won’t be another place you’ll rather be than St. Augustine Beach to kick off another great year! Enjoy

a blast of flavor, icy sculptures and fireworks when several St. Augustine favorite restaurants serve up chili

recipes for tasting and judging at the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-off from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. While tasting these

fiery delights, enjoy the icy art of professional ice sculptor, Mike Riesmeyer. After things cool off from the

chili – the Fireworks begin at 7:30 p.m. This display will stun visitors and help usher in the New Year! Sunday,

Dec. 31, 2006, St. Johns County Fishing Pier and Pavilion


Info: (904) 829-5681 or www.stjohnscountychamber.com

RIPLEY’S ROCK’N NEW YEARS TRAIN

Join the Red Trains and rock into the New Year on Ripley’s Rock’n New Years Train. Enjoy music from decades

past while you and your family ride through town enjoying the night sights! Start the New Year off right

with good will and good cheer! Tuesday, Dec. 26 – Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Museum or City Gates Train Station, 6 pm to 9 pm, Admission: $6 adults, $3 children. Info: (904) 824-1606

or www.redtrains.com.

30TH ANNUAL, NEW YEAR’S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL! Don’t miss these 3 days inside Georgia’s Jekyll

Island Convention Center. If you love Bluegrass, December 28 th Audie Blaylock & Redline, The Steep Canyon

Rangers, The Primitive Quartet, The Larry Stephenson Band and Nothin’ Fancy. Friday, December 30th Williams

& Clark Expedition, The Gary Waldrep Band, The Village Singers, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top

X-Press, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Pine Mountain Railroad. Saturday, December 30 th The Carolina Road

Bank, The Bluegrass Brothers, The Cherryholmes Family, The Josh Crowe Band, The Lewis Family, Jesse

McReynolds & The VA Boys, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys! Go to www.aandabluegrass.com for

tickets and details. (707) 864-7203.

NOON YEAR’S EVE AT THE

ZOO WITH RADIO DISNEY.

New Year’s Day For the Kids

THE GOT MILK? HALF PINT JUDGES CONTEST

At 3PM on December 31 st in Downtown Jacksonville. Five winners from a contest conducted by the Florida

Dairy Farmers and the Gator Bowl Association will be selected to judge the 2006 Winn-Dixie Hometown

Gator Bowl Parade. The contest is open to all Jacksonville-area children between the ages of 6 and

12. Kids entering the contest are asked to complete the sentence: “When I’ve got milk? I’ve got a smile

because...” The winners of the contest are declared Got Milk? Half Pint Judges. They are responsible for

selecting one favorite float from the 2006 Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade, from a kid’s point of

view, to receive the Got Milk? Half Pint Award. The little judges will receive “Got Milk?” items and prizes

and will ride in the 2006 Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade to be held on Sunday, December 31,

2006. Contact: Pat Corda (904) 798-1700

THE ANNUAL NOON YEARS EVE BALLOON DROP

At Adventure Landing from 10:00AM-2:00PM on New Year’s Eve Day kids will like the The Annual Noon

Years Eve Balloon Drop with over 500 prize filled balloons for 3 different age groups: 4 & Under, 5 – 8 &

9 – 12. Unlimited Go-Karts, Laser Tag & Mini Golf from 10:00AM-2:00PM for only $10.00. Special must

be purchased to participate in balloon drop (4 & under FREE). Visit www.adventurelanding.com or call

(904) 246-4386 for more information!.

NOON YEAR’S EVE AT THE JACKSONVILLE ZOO WITH RADIO DISNEY

3...2...1... Happy Noon Year’s Eve!! Help ring in the New Year at the Jacksonville Zoo with Radio Disney’s

Noon Year’s Eve celebration! They’ll pass out the party hats and noisemakers and count down the

minutes until 2007 with music and entertainment and do an apple juice toast at 12 noon. Enjoy Columbia

Recording artists, The Beau Sisters. And have fun with Radio Disney AM 600’s own “Spikey T” and

welcome special guest host, “Ernie D” - national Radio Disney afternoon show personality. December 31

from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

JACKSONVILLE ZOO’S WINTER BREAK HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

December 26, 2006 - January 6, 2007

Join the crew at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as they celebrate the New Year with music from

around the world. Kids will enjoy the giant inflatable slides and bouncy house, face painting, and animal

encounters as well as different entertainment planned for each day. Call 757-4463 or check the website

www.jaxzoo.org for a schedule of each day’s activities and hours of operation.

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a year in music

punk is not dead, it’s just inconsistent By Jon Bosworth

At the beginning of 2006, everything looked bleak, musically. Bush’s war in Iraq was spurring all of

these protest albums that were musically half-hearted. Instead of the traditional Green Day, we had the

American Idiot Green Day which resorted to name-calling and flat attempts at depth. Instead of the funky

fresh Beastie Boys, we had three old DJs slapping together a poorly concocted rap album, To the Five

Burroughs full of political protest songs. These 2005 releases set the musical tone for 2006. We wanted

to be the 60s. Iraq was becoming our Vietnam.

The final blow that determined that fact to be that case was the release of At War with the Mystics

by The Flaming Lips. I was getting geared up for the first Flaming Lips live appearance in Florida in

almost fifteen years down at a festival in the Everglades this spring when I finally purchased their new

record. It was self-righteous and loaded with social and political messages. I don’t mind my favorite

artists sharing their beliefs with me as an avid listener and fan, it brings me closer to them in a sense.

But when the music isn’t up to par with the artist’s usual creativity and spends a great deal of time

preaching to me, I grow disappointed. Normally I would listen to a new Flaming Lips album over and

over, but the more I listened to At War with the Mystics, the more annoyed I grew. I finally gave the

record away and decided not to buy tickets to the Florida show for fear that it would tarnish my memory

of their last show.

I quickly decided that my search for good music was going to take me away from my traditional

mainstays. So the hunt began. My friend Bob Maynard told me about an experimental, instrumental rock

band that had John Stanier, the drummer for Helmet, Ian Williams, the guitarist for Don Cabelleros, and

Tyondai Braxton, an experimental electronic musician and the son of jazz legend Anthony Braxton. I went

to Inertia Records, the new record store in Five Points, and they had never heard of BATTLES. I looked

around online and could only find their ambiguous website. I had no way of hearing them. So I did the

unthinkable. I downloaded everything of theirs that I could find. That was still not very much music. So I

went to Moon Colony Razorblade.

Moon Colony Razorblade opened a great record store downtown loaded with indie rock gems.

This store affected much of my music experience in 2006. Many of my favorite albums of 2006 were

purchased there. Because the store opened and closed this same year, Moon Colony is one of those

experiences that is exclusive to 2006.

records I Purchased at Moon Colony razorblade in 2006:

Johnny Cash – American V; A Hundred Highways

Flaming Lips – At War with the Mystics

Kind of Like Spitting – Bridges Worth Burning

BATTLES – EP/CB EP

Death From Above 1979 – You’re a Woman I’m a Machine

Emperor X – Central Hug/Friendarmy/Fractal Dunes

Built to Spill – You in Reverse

I had a lot of hope for the local music scene in 2006. In addition to Brass Castle being my handsdown

favorite band of 2006, the Cadets were getting back together and working on a new album, and

Shangrala had begun recording their first full-length. I also saw some great bands get together and split

up. From Crash the Satellites kicking out Heath Valdez, one of Jacksonville’s best musicians, to Chinese

Horses, this amazing and promising new instrumental band that never seemed to play when I would

show up to their show, many lineups changed, but at least those bands stuck it out and are still making

the music we love. The real disappointment is the bands that couldn’t even last a single year, in spite of

their showmanship live.

Bands that Formed & split in 2006; May they rest in Pieces:

the yusge – This two-piece was just a drummer and a bassist, but they rocked. Not only did they have

an uncanny ability to keep you interested with a perpetually changing series of hooks and bass lines, but

they were high energy and mastered that clinging to the silence that makes a band sound tight even if

they aren’t.

AnIMAl FIght – The toast of the Conmoto Trench Festival, this highly anticipated band featured the

recently wounded Jason Jewell, who had been in a near-death car accident less than three weeks before

this performance, but still managed to rock solid, along with some of the Jacksonville punk scene’s

staple performers such as Dylan Louvier, Mike Arnold, and Josh Dunn on keyboard and vocals.

Jet FIghter – This half serious half-kitsch band played anthemic songs that paid tribute to the eighties

and made you laugh out loud. Like many bands in the River City, they fought over girls, control of the

band, and egos. They finally split up sometime after the summer, although Alex Moore will sometimes

still play as Jet Fighter.

new BerlIn – This promising mix of Terry Case (once member of Trouble Is and Crash the Satellites),

Cash Carter (of Cadets fame), and Amy Moore played minor-chord songs of postmodern complexity.

Their music had a machine-like drone and Terry’s vocals gave it a texture that, while similar to Joe

Parker from Hand of the Host, had a unique quality that likened it to something more contemporary.

Unfortunately all of them had busy lives outside of the band that affected their ability to be inside of the

band.

great Bands I Discovered in 2006:

BATTLES

Death from Above 1979

My Toy Heart

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january

∙ Campaign to save the haydon Burns library downtown. Peterbrooke Chocolatier showed interest in taking

over the old library and turning it into their main factory as well as a Willy Wonka sort of an entertainment

destination. Enough people were skeptical about the entertaining value of chocolate to put the kibosh on the

idea, but enough people were also determined not to let this architectural treasure be torn down. The compromise

came in the form of a multiple-tenant concept which will include adding residential space on top of

the library and converting the current space to accommodate a grocery store, a restaurant, a night club, and

perhaps even more.

∙ Sam Alito became a Supreme Court Justice.

february

∙ A JCCI study determined that Jacksonville’s murder

rate was far greater than expected, more than double

last year’s.

∙ U2 and Kanye West sweep the Grammys.

march

looking

back at

∙ The one billionth song was sold on iTunes.

∙ 2006 Winter Olympics took place in Torino.

∙ Dick Cheney shot his friend in the face while hunting.

∙ Immigration march took place in Los Angeles.

∙ Mark’s, a bar on Bay Street downtown, opened.

∙ Jon Stewart hosted the 78th Annual Academy Awards.

april

∙ Moon Colony razorblade opened. This promising new indie rock record store opened its doors downtown

and hosted great in-store shows. Founded by local rockers Cash Carter of the Cadets and Max Wood of Applied

Communication, they already had all the cool a record store needs to succeed. They brought in national

acts to perform in the store and featured the best selection of pop-culture and counter-culture music, literature,

and clothes for indie rockers. We all hoped it would live long and prosper.

∙ Pope John Paul II died and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was named Pope Benedict XVI.

may

Jacksonville Film Festival. Lonely Hearts, the feature film staring John Travolta and James Gandolfini,

which was filmed in Jacksonville, opened at the Jacksonville Film Festival. Other movies with local associations

that debuted at the Jacksonville Film Festival include Cocaine Angel and Jumping off Bridges.

∙ Bush’s approval ratings hit an all-time low.

june

∙ Club Paris opened in the Jacksonville landing. On the heels of enormous Superbowl buzz, the opening

gala was all tiara’s and boas as clubbers hoped to catch a glimpse of the actual Paris Hilton. She, however,

was actually in Paris that weekend and did not make an appearance. A celebrity that did, however, was Mayor

John Peyton. It was the first time in 2006 that many locals saw the mayor anywhere.

∙ National “Go Skate Day” takes over downtown Jacksonville.

∙ Aaron Spelling died.

july

∙ Previous Crush owners take over nosh at 9th & Main. 9th & Main’s owner, Craig Van Horn, once again

changes up his whole concept. First it was Henrietta’s, featuring a delightful southern and Caribbean fusion

cuisine. Craig shut that down and turned it into Nosh. Utilizing the great live room they had, they created a live

music venue with a great sound system, a nice stage, and outstanding acoustics. But then there was some

mix up that caused the whole place to get shut down. Finally Erika and Jeff, who had opened Crush in Riverside,

took over the restaurant operations and have since resurrected the constantly in flux establishment.


2006

∙ Italy Beats France in the World Cup

august

∙ Justin Barber’s murder trial. In 2002, Justin Barber and his young wife were celebrating their anniversary

when she was murdered and he was shot by an “unknown assailant.” The trial was broadcast on Court TV

and he was found guilty of the murder by a St. Augustine jury. Dateline NBC went on to showcase the trial

and Barber’s story on their national broadcast.

∙ Mark Foley sex scandal hit the national press.

september

∙ Cecil Field debates. After the crushing blow of losing the Cecil Field Air Station, Jacksonville recouped

from the damages and developers lept into action. FCCJ took over the facility for educational; purposes and

neighborhoods started springing up around Chaffee Road and the surrounding areas. As these communities

developed and more and more private citizens invested in their own property, Navy activist groups petitioned

that the land be made available to the military again, although the military had shown no interest in taking

advantage of it even if it was made available. Voters finally closed the issue by electing not to turn the land

back over to the Navy.

∙ The Dive bar downtown opened.

∙ Randall Terry Ran for state senate.

∙ Fred Khalilian, owner of Jacksonville’s Club Paris, was arrested at the Beaches for refusing to pay his tab at

The Ritz in Jacksonville Beach. The matter was resolved and the charges were dropped the following week.

october

∙ Conmoto trench Festival. Jason Jewell of Bojack was in a terrible car wreck, but still managed to play the

Trench Festival, bandages and all. More than 80 bands performed at 5 venues downtown, including Tuffy,

Shangrala, Crash the Satellites, Julius Airwave, and Environmental Youth Crunch.

∙ herschell gordon lewis hosted the first of the tAlKIes series at the san Marco theatre. He performed

the theme song to his classic gore film Two Thousand Maniacs with local musician Chris Estes on banjo, then

provided live commentary on the film.

Jacksonville’s Shrug Records released its first 7 inch by Shana David.

Jacksonville’s hip-hop documentary Grind 2 Shine debuted at the Florida Theatre.

Jacksonville business owner sends video of a homeless man defecating in the streets of downtown Jacksonville

to city councilmen. Local bloggers went wild.

∙ Google purchased You Tube $1.65 Billion.

∙ US Population reached 300 Million.

november

∙ Moon Colony razorblade Closed its doors, proving downtown still not ready for retail.

Nease High School got in trouble with the FHSAA for making improper deals with athletes.

∙ Democrats swept the midterm elections.

∙ Donald Rumsfeld Resigned.

∙ Robert Altman Died.

∙ Borat hit the big screen.

december

∙ Flagler City was the location of Dateline’s “to Catch a Predator” series. In this series reporter Chris

Hansen baits sexual predators through Internet chat rooms and then captures them on tape in a private home

where they come to engage in illicit acts with an underage girl and are subsequently arrested by local police.

An area police sheriff was one of the predators caught during this investigation. The episode is scheduled to

air in 2007.

Ultra Dolphins

Solid Pony

Holopaw

Kickball

Chinese Horses

Black Kids

So all in all it has been a year, and from iPod to Myspace, the way people find their music is

constantly changing, but the quality of music is not decreasing, it’s just that we do not have to rely

on the major labels to provide it. My favorite playlist right now consists entirely of local music I have

downloaded from Myspace. From the lo-fi hits of Tuffy to the always engaging new tracks from The

Cadets and even some new recordings by Shangrala, there is plenty of new music available, it just takes

a little more work in this new era. But your reward for that increased workload is music that suits your

tastes more adequately. So you don’t have to say you like Coldplay just because everyone else does.

You can find something that is your little secret and your friends will be amazed when they visit your

Myspace and discover some band that really rocks, even if they never made the Billboard charts.

a year in food

food highlights of 2006 By erIn thursBy

Most of the major food news this year had to do with heath scares and controversial new laws.

Here’s the scoop on 2006’s food news and a rundown on some of the local eatery openings and closings.

national/statewide

In April of 2006, Chicago’s City Council voted to ban the sale of foie gras, effective August 2006.

In response, several Chicago chefs have filed suit and deliberately violated the law by continuing to sell

foie gras. Some chefs are serving foie gras without charge, which is not against the letter of the law.

Even for establishments that are violating the law, the City is issuing warning letters but no citations.

This month, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley referred to the ban as “the silliest law” the Council has ever

passed.

Florida passed a new pet and food law in July, allowing dog owners to legally have their dogs in

an outdoor eatery. Locally, ole Mexican restaurant near Regency Square partnered with Miss Daisy’s

Delights, a gourmet pet bakery for Mutts & Margaritas on Monday nights.

September’s Spinach E. Coli scare had grocers pulling bagged spinach from the shelves. It was

harder to find fresh spinach for a while; though organic markets like Native Sun Natural Food Market

carried fresh bunches rather than bagged.

On December 5 th New York City passed a law that will ban trans fats in all restaurants. By 2008

nothing with trans fats can be used as an ingredient and by July of 2007, no trans fat oil can be used

in cooking. Since the rest of the country often follows New York’s lead and because many chains are

based in New York, this will have a massive effect on the national food industry.

notable local restaurant openings and Closings this year

JAnuAry Pubwise shannon’s Irish Pub held its grand opening in time for last year’s New Year’s and

several other restaurants from the new Bartram Oaks Walk (Bistro 101, Blue Fin), made their mark in

the Mandarin area in 2006. A new sports bar, Jerry’s sports grille provides a decent nosh for sports

fans; it opened in January on Atlantic Boulevard near Hodges. Plaza III the steakhouse opened at the

Hyatt. The result of a partnership between Bob Green and Matthew Medure, the tapas bar Fuseboxx was

hot as soon it hit the Southside scene.

FeBruAry Magellan’s oceanfront restaurant was converted into the more casual Breakwater Bar

& grille. lighthouse grille was closed to make room for waterside condos. Many lamented.

MArCh takeya Japanese Steakhouse, Fusion and Sushi in Orange Park opened. nosh replaced

henrietta’s in Springfield.

APrIl layla’s of san Marco, a Middle Eastern themed hooka bar and eatery opened.

MAy The owner and founder of european street, Lewis N. Zarka, who established four European

Street Cafe restaurants in Jacksonville died in a car accident.

June Aurathai opened in Murray Hill. Justin Sellas, son of the owners of taste of thai, decided to

open his own place with his own stamp on things. He named the restaurant to honor his mother Aurathai

Sellas.

July the tasting room opened in St. Augustine, owned by Christine & Michael McMillan and Michael

Lugo of Opus 39.

sePteMBer whale Bone grille changed hands, becoming ragland, with the same owners as Fuel.

oCtoBer lily Bistro, across from St. Luke’s Hospital on Belfort closed. Chew, a righteously upscale

sandwich bistro, opened downtown.

noveMBer A team from the First Coast technical Institute’s school of Culinary Arts became state

champion. The competition tested basic cooking skills and methods. Also, Angelo’s, Arlington’s favorite

Italian restaurant re-opened (SEE PAGE 15 for the full article).

DeCeMBer Mojo Kitchen in Jacksonville Beach was opened this month by Todd Lineberry, who also

owns the fab Mojo Bar-B-Que. the Chop house, serving upscale meat dinners, opened next to Tinseltown,

in a location that seems to be ill-fated. It once housed legendz, and less recently gallery Bistro.

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live music

shows calendar

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28

Open Mic w/Colleen Murphy Trade Winds Lounge,

St. Augustine (829-8646)

The Committee Cortesse’s, St. Augustine (825-6775)

Gutterboy Cecil’s, Jax (744-5132)

Switchback Roadhouse, Orange Park (264-0611)

Nathan Holley Bukkets, Jax Beach (246-7701)

The AB’s, Swordz, Rob Roy Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)

Big Engine Coyote’s, Orange Park (269-6837)

Lisa & the Mad Hatters Reni’s, Jax (880-1111)

Dot Wilder Jazz Quartet Layla’s, Jax

Narcotic Nation Kountry Tavern, Jax (766-9138)

Kings of Hell Sun Dog Steak & Seafood, Neptune

Beach (241-8221)

Undertones Mercury Moon, Orange Park (215-8999)

Spare Change Café Bolero, Jax (641-3442)

Mariachi Guadalajara Jimadores, Jax (739-5828)

Porcelain Black French Quarter, Jax (732-9550)

Boogie Freaks Square One, Jax (306-9004)

Wes Cobb Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)

The Wailers Freebird Live, Jax Beach (246-2473)

Cornerstone The Mill Top, St. Augustine (829-2329)

One Eighty Coyote’s, Orange Park (269-6837)

Vudublu Ragtime Tavern, Atlantic Beach (241-7877)

Cashous Clay, Duval Boyz, Swordz TSI, Jax (635-3024)

Ron Rodriguez Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)

Chuck Nash My Place, Jax (737-5299)

Al Maniscalco The Brick, Jax (387-0606)

John Winters Creekside Dinery, St. Augustine (829-6113)

Little Green Men West Inn Cantina, Jax (389-1131)

De Lions of Jah Twisted Sisters, Jax Beach (241-6453)

Thirteenth Stone, Nightmare in Daylight Elixir,

Orange Park (215-4400)

Freeze Frame Fionn Maccool’s, Jax Beach (242-9499)

Chapter XI, The Band Aids Thee Imperial, Jax (475-0488)

Mr. Natural Whitey’s Fish Camp, Orange Park (269-4198)

Neil Freestone A1A Aleworks, St. Augustine (829-2977)

THURSDAY-SAT., DEC. 28-30

Those Guys The Oasis, St. Augustine (471-3424)

Blistur Rivers Edge, Fernandina (491-3849)

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What: Bluegrass Festival

When: Thursday, December 28 th - 30 th

Where: Jekyll Island

december 28-january 3, 2006 | entertaining u newspaper

bluegrass greats - old & new

cherryholmes family band - interview

by Erin thursby scopes1925@msn.com

Get down to the sweet sound of the banjo and

wicked fiddle solos! Make the trek for the 31 st annual

Bluegrass Festival at Georgia’s Jekyll Island to enjoy

three days of some of the best bluegrass artists in

the country. It’s just about an hour and twenty-five

minutes by car to go from Jacksonville to Jekyll

Island to listen to old-timers and relative newcomers

to bluegrass.

Bands like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have

been giving the world bluegrass harmonies since

the 1970s, but many of the groups playing at the

fest have only been part of the circuit since the late

90s. Family-based bluegrass groups are a staple of

the genre, and more than a few of these groups will

be at the fest. The Gillis Brothers, The Lewis Family,

The Issacs and Cherry Holmes are just a few of the

familial groups.

I interviewed CherryHolmes’ patriarch, Jere,

for EU just two days before Christmas. The group is

made up of Jere, wife Sandy and their four children

Cia, B.J., Skip and Molly. Jere wanted to use bluegrass

music as a way to heal his family and bring

them together. “In 1999, our oldest daughter passed

away…she was about 21 and in the aftermath we

attended a bluegrass festival out in California…and

enjoyed ourselves so much that I decided that what

we needed to do for family

togetherness was to start playing

music together.” The family

didn’t start with the intention of

professionally playing music,

but they began getting requests

to play at events and festivals.

Soon they were a real band,

making a decent amount of

money on the side, but Jere

was still working so they were

“somewhat limited as to how

far we could go…so in 2002

Sandy and I sat down and

talked about it…either we were

going to do it or we were going

to have to back off, finish raising

the kids, but, we decided to

give it a shot.”

When the family first formed the band, the kids

ranged in age from about age 6 to 15. Since the

family was already homeschooling, the transition to

the road wasn’t very difficult as far as school was

concerned. “There’s a lot of hours driving around on

the bus, perfect time to do schoolwork…We started

homeschooling about 15 years ago…that just really

worked out for us…Skip, our youngest son is just

about ready to finish up, he’s a senior…after this

year there will only be one [Molly] that will be in

school.”

They started touring in a 1960’s VW bus but

they’ve traded it in. “It never left us on the side of the

road…but it was a bit smaller and I was putting so

many miles on it that I was concerned that it would

start breaking…Last year I drove in excess of 80

thousand miles…[1960] was actually the last year

they made that model and once you start breaking

things you’re for looking parts that are at least that

old or older.”

In 2000 Jere asked his oldest daughter Cia to

switch from guitar to banjo. “You just can’t have

bluegrass without a banjo, so I asked her to switch.

She taught our son guitar and he switched to guitar.”

CherryHolmes has gained popularity since

they played their first paying gig. They won the 2005

IMBA Entertainer of the year and have appeared at

the Grand Ole Opry about 23 times this year.

The Bluegrass Festival begins on Thursday at

noon and ends at 11PM on Saturday. Call (706) 864-

7203 for tickets and info. You can choose a three

day pass, or just go for a single day of bluegrass

fun. Get special hotel rates for bluegrass fans at the

Jekyll Oceanfront Resort from $50-85. Ask for special

bluegrass rate 1-800-736-1046.

New Year’s Bluegrass Festival Schedule

Thursday, December 28 th

The Gillis Brothers @ noon

The Lost and Found @12:50PM

The Larry Stephenson Band@1:40PM

Jesse McReynolds & the VA Boys@2:30PM

Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers@3:20PM

The Country Gentlemen@4:10PM

Supper Break@5:00PM

The Gillis Brothers@6PM

The Lost and Found@6:45

The Larry Stephenson Band@7:30 PM

Jesse Reynolds & the VA Boys@8:15PM

The Country Gentlemen@10:00PM

Friday, December 29 th

The James King Band@noon

David Peterson &1946@12:50PM

The Gary Waldrep Band@1:40PM

The Issacs@2:30 PM

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver@3:20 PM

The Grascals@4:20 PM

Supper Break@5:10PM

The James King Band@6:00PM

David Peterson & 1946@6:45PM

The Gary Waldrep Band@7:30 PM

The Issacs@8:15PM

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver@9:00 PM

The Grascals@10:00 PM

Saturday, December 30 th

The Carolina Road Band@noon

David Parmley & Continential Divide12:50PM

Lou Reid & Carolina@1:40PM

The Lewis Family@2:30PM

CherryHolmes@3:20PM

Supper Break@4:10PM

The Carolina Road Band@5:15PM

David Parmley & Continental Divide@6:05PM

Lou Reid & Carolina@6:55PM

Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys@7:45PM

The Lewis Family@9:15PM

CherryHolmes@10:05PM


matt collins

acoustic wizardry with a strong voice at

Pauly’s Pizza

by rick grant rickgrant01@comcast.net

It was a strange scene at Pauly’s Pizza when

I arrived to cover Matt Collins. Lynyrd Skynyrd was

performing a concert on the flat screen TV (muted)

above the stage while singer/songwriter Matt Collins

was performing his catchy original music. For me, it

was a bizarre juxtaposition, sending my consciousness

into a then-and-now time-warp. As Bob Dylan

said after his 1960s Newport Folk festival debacle, in

which he and The Band went electric, causing a near

riot by folk purists, “It’s all music.”

Indeed, Matt Collins is forging his own path as

a singer/songwriter. He is a 27 year old veteran of

playing in rock bands during his U of F college years.

During that time, Matt discovered he could write

melodic songs that went over well with audiences.

While still in Gainesville, Matt joined the band The

Treatment and played with them for twelve years.

They recorded three albums the third of which was

White Bread on Cinemark Records.

In 2005, the group released an EP titled Wake

Up. Then a funny thing happened when the group

amicably decided to go their separate ways, The

Treatment’s song Echo Radio was featured on the

CBS hit show, The Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer

Love Hewett. The song was featured in episode 2 of

Season 2.

Clearly, the 10 second placement of this song

in a scene with a boy listening to his iPod was not a

big time launching event, but it did get the lads thinking

about reforming the group. But as of now, nothing

has come of that idea. “We have done just about

everything an independent local band could ever

hope to do. We are very proud of the song making a

major television show,” Matt said at the Pauly’s gig.

Meanwhile, Matt is playing over 200 solo

acoustic shows a year from Jacksonville, Florida

(where he resides) to Charlotte, North Carolina. “I’m

so lucky to be able to do what I love for a living. My

only goal is to give 100% of myself to

each night to whomever will listen, and

hope that they will enjoy themselves as

much as I enjoy performing,”

Matt has been working on his first

solo CD, Matt Collins Short & Sweet and

it is finally finished. What started out as

an idea for a somewhat bare-bones live

CD back in January of this year, has been

through many changes and several studios

in a couple of different states.

“My recordings were mixed by Jon

Kaplan in New York City. I plan to stage

a CD release party in Jax, January 27, at

Jack Rabbits. I will be sharing the stage

with Alt-country band from Raleigh, N.C.

called Chatham County Line,” Matt said.

Matt’s set at Pauly’s Pizza, where he

gigs every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 pm,

showcased his powerful voice and original

orchestration using looping devices to

setup rhythms, over which he improvises

on his amplified acoustic guitar. Matt presents

a full sound featuring his intelligently conceived

originals and some cleverly rearranged covers. Amid

the enticing aroma of Pauly’s New York styled pizza,

sending me into a serious pizza jones, Matt delivered

his material with magnetic appeal.

Of all the solo singer/songwriters I’ve covered

lately, Matt is one of the most talented both as a

songwriter and a performer. He said that he has

worked with Chuck Nash and Ron Perry on a side

project and has made many friends in the local musical

community.

For people starved for high quality original

music, Matt Collins is a righteous choice to see live.

He plays every Friday at Pauly’s. It’s a serious pizza

restaurant that serves beer and other Italian New

York styled deli dishes. It’s a great place to eat pizza

and dig Matt Collins’ acoustic alchemy and original

material.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29

Dana Salmela Cross Creek Restaurant, Jax

Aachers New Arrival French Quarter, Jax (732-9550)

Bakersville Conspiracy Club Fusion, St. Augustine (829-8333)

Freeze Frame Monkey’s Uncle, Jax Beach (246-1070)

Nate Holley Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)

Mystery Band, Turning Point Band The Landing, Jax

Deblois Twisted Sisters, Jax Beach (241-6453)

The Company Cortesse’s, St. Augustine (825-6775)

H.A.S.H., Rehab Reunion Show Thee Imperial, Jax (475-0488)

Band of Destiny, Leon “Timbo” Seymore Boomtown, Jax (632-0099)

Brad Payne All-Stars Sports Bar, St. Augustine (827-9842)

Johnny Flood Aromas, Jax (928-0515)

Infocus Duo River City Brewing Company, Jax (398-2299)

BayStreet Tom & Betty’s, Jax (387-3311)

Stu Weaver Outlet Mall, St. Augustine

Lorenzo & the All Stars West Inn Cantina, Jax (389-1131)

Souler System Chicago’s Pizza, St. Augustine

Dang!, Dash Rip Rock Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)

Box Rockers Scarlett’s, St. Augustine (824-6535)

The Last Guardian Murray Hill Theatre, Jax (388-7807)

The Shylights Yesterdays, Jax (387-0502)

Yankee Slickers Coyote’s, Orange Park (269-6837)

Jager Dave On the Rocks, Jax (685-5268)

Harloe, Battle Fuel, Jax (425-3835)

Matt Collins Pauly’s Pizza, Jax (727-9101)

Soulo Ragtime Tavern, Atlantic Beach (241-7877)

Ace Winn Duo Copeland’s, Jax

Jerry Melfi, LoriAnn The Conch House, St. Augustine (829-8646)

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 29-30

Lisa & the Mad Hatters Monkey’s Uncle, Mandarin (2601349)

Magnolia Possums Creekside Dinery, St. Augustine (829-6113)

Spade McQuade Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)

Mr. Natural Whitey’s Fish Camp, Orange Park (269-4198)

Havoc Latitudes, Jax Beach (247-6606)

Roger That Lynch’s Irish Pub, Jax Beach (249-5181)

Something Distant Fionn MacCool’s, Jax Beach (242-9499)

Big Al & the Kaholics The Dive Bar, Jax (359-9090)

Sugar Bear Roadhouse, Orange Park (264-0611)

Cornerstone Mill Top Tavern, St. Augustine (829-2329)

Sax of Soul Bourbon Street, Jax (641-8777)

Chuck Nash Band Sun Dog Steak & Seafood,

Neptune Beach (241-8221)

Pili Pili Caribbee Key, Neptune Beach (270-8940)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 29-31

Kickin Lassie Mercury Moon, Orange Park (215-8999)

Gutterboy Casey’s, Yulee

Tytus Hale Cap’n Odie’s, Mayport (241-8848)

JJ Grey With Mofro Freebird Live, Jax Beach (246-2473)

The Committee A1A Aleworks, St. Augustine (829-2977)

2 Tymin’ Cliff’s, Jax (645-5162)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30

Kenhe The Tree Steakhouse, Atlantic Beach (241-5600)

Strings of Fire Jimadores, Jax (739-5828)

Box Rockers The Conch House, St. Augustine (829-8646)

Instant Groove Jazz Frisky Mermaid, Fernandina (261-3300)

Box 543 Culhane’s Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (249-9595)

Payton Page Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)

Jager Dave Ragusa Pub, Jax (443-7055)

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AB’s CD Release, Heavenly Noise Martini’s, Jax (388-6269)

Little Green Men Coyote’s, Orange Park (269-6837)

Arden Brewsters Pit, Jax (223-9850)

Acoustic X Mas-Burn Season Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)

Chain of Fools, Go Ask Alice The Landing, Jax

Carnal, Cystic Dysentry Thee Imperial, Jax (475-0488)

One Less Reason, Down Theory French Quarter, Jax (732-9550)

Vagabond’s Dream Box Seats, Orange Park

Sly Poonce & Nimble Jim Brewsters, Jax (223-9850)

Easton, Woodale Fuel, Jax (425-3835)

Mike Shakelford The Homestead, Jax Beach (249-9660)

Stu Weaver Harry’s, Jax Beach (247-8855)

Naked Lunch Shannon’s Irish Pub, Green Cove Springs

Bird Plus Magic Ouroboros, Jax

De Lions of Jah Twisted Sisters, Jax Beach (241-6453)

Our Finest Hour, My Epic Murray Hill Theatre, Jax (388-7807)

Fed Up Landshark Café, Atlantic Beach (246-6024)

Kid Kryptonite Jax Billiards, Jax

Christopher Adkins The Brick, Jax (387-0606)

David Guidi Stogies, St. Augustine

Nathan Holley Bukkets, Jax Beach (246-7701)

Open Mic w/Larry Broussard St. Johns Pizza Grill,

Jax (287-9900)

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 30-31

Cupid’s Alley 747 Lounge, Jax (741-4331)

Skytrain New Neighborhood Tavern, Jax (721-5087)

Southbound Cliff’s at the Beach, Atlantic Beach (249-2777)

Camp Jam 07-The Burnin Smyrnans & More Lacoochee, FL

Ron Perry Ragtime Tavern, Atlantic Beach (241-7877)

Spektra Cortesse’s, St. Augustine (825-6775)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31

Those Guys Sunset Grill, St. Augustine (471-5555)

Dan Shepherd Harpoon Louie’s, Jax (389-5631)

Jan Crawford & Friends Cortesse’s, St. Augustine

(825-6775)

‘3’ Sun Dog Steak & Seafood, Neptune Beach (241-8221)

David Milam Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)

Matanzas Trade Winds Lounge, St. Augustine (829-8646)

Halcyon AJ’s, Jax (805-9060)

Boxrockers Conch House, St. Augustine (829-8646)

Rick Marino Max’s, Jax Beach (247-6766)

Efface Mango’s, Jax

El Toro Loco Mark’s Downtown, Jax (355-5099)

Dueling Pianos Dick’s Wings/Tinseltown, Jax

Retro Kats Culhane’s Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (249-9595)

The Nomads Jerry’s, Jax (220-6766)

Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean Waves Band Mongo’s, Jax

Kenny Holliday Beaches Woman’s Club, Jax Beach

Good Jouney Spare Time, Jax Beach

JW Gilmore Papagallo’s, St. Augustine

Dang! Eclipse, Jax (387-3582)

Ghost Rider Monkey’s Uncle, Mandarin (260-1349)

Gary Campbell Mill Top Tavern, St. Augustine (829-2329)

Blistur, Str8 Up The Landing, Jax

Boogie Freaks Whitey’s Fish Camp, Orange Park (269-4198)

Big Al & the Kaholics Cheers, Mandarin (262-4337)

Coda, Dummo, Cain Was Able Brewsters, Jax (223-9850)

Don’t Tell Anne Fionn MacCool’s, Jax Beach (242-9499)

Vudublu Seven Bridges, Jax (997-1999)

Johnny Flood Giovanni’s, Jax Beach (249-7787)

Longineu Parsons Simons Wine Bar, Jax (396-8088)

My trip to the Pub Ragusa last Saturday night

to cover Jager Dave turned out to be Jager Dave

fronting Crossfire Hurricane, rather than Jager Dave

Massey’s solo act. Nonetheless, CH was rocking

this hip pub off Bowden Road near I-95. This

little mini-mall has become a bastion of eats and

entertainment. Still, to me, Crossfire Hurricane is a

new band on my radar. Of course, I’m always on the

lookout for new bands or solo artists. Jacksonville is

teeming with new transplanted talent that came here

because Jax has a reputation as an underground

music Mecca–a sort of Austin in the basement.

This original/cover band has been gigging for

2 years. It gives Yager Dave a chance to present

his intelligently conceived original songs with a full

band. Joining Dave on lead vocals and guitar are

CH’s founder, Justin Smith, on lead guitar, Bennie

Clifton on bass, and Craig St. George on drums.

Together this ensemble plays a diverse selection of

classic rock covers with Dave’s original songs mixed

into the repertoire.

Jager Dave has been playing music in the

region for seven years. Dave used to be with

Don’t Tell Anne but left to do his own thing. He

joined Crossfire Hurricane as a side project. More

importantly, he wanted to hear his originals played

by a full band. Dave’s influences include Jason Mraz,

Howie Day, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Matchbox 20,

Dave Matthews, and Irish Folk Tunes.

Dave writes a variety of music from rock to

reggae to ballads to rock burners, which sound

great with CH. Dave with CH draw songs from every

era of rock and play covers not usually heard from

other bands. Dave is playing it smart, continuing

his solo gigs at Your Place and My Place as well as

booking gigs with CH. Flexibility leads to job security

for today’s professional musician. You have to have

many irons in the fire to survive.

For last Saturday’s performance, CH was using

a substitute drummer, but sounded reasonably tight.

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crossfire hurricane

at pub ragusa

by rick grant rickgrant01@comcast.net

After a few songs in the first

set, CH found the groove. Justin

Smith is an advanced guitarist

who played a righteous verison

of Hendrix’s Voodoo Child. The

challenge of playing Hendrix

is not playing a note for note

imitation of his solos but playing

original solos in the Hendrix

style. Justin nailed his Voodoo

Child solo with inventive single

note runs and chordal structures

that came out as a savvy

facsimile of Hendrix but not a

direct copy.

Interestingly, considering

Hendrix died in 1970 at only

26 years old, he left a lasting

legacy. Now, every aspiring

guitarist learns the Hendrix style

as a prerequisite to graduating

as a advanced guitarist. And,

shockingly, it’s all technique.

Hendrix used one effects pedala

Crybaby wah-wah pedal,

with his Marshalls wired in

parallel turned to max–10. He

controlled his volume on his

guitar. Naturally his pickups were

loaded hot, so he could control

the feedback. There is a rare

recording of Hendrix playing an acoustic guitar, and

it proves that his technique defined his sound, not

electronics.

So it’s a litmus test of a band’s rock prowess

to pull off Hendrix with originality, style, and

grace. DH passed the test and then proceeded to

demonstrate its versatility by playing an eclectic

repertoire of material from Allman Brothers to

modern bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers (one of

my favorite groups) and songs from modern country

artists.

And so, whether Jager Dave is either playing

solo or with Crossfire Hurricane, he is working

steadily and making a large contribution to the high

quality standards of music in the greater Jacksonville

region. Take if from me, there is a hot music scene

brewing just beneath the surface here in Jax that

rivals Austin, Texas. Jager Dave and CH are in that

league.


follow the herd

see Donna the buffalo live

by Erin thursby scopes1925@msn.com

What: Donna the Buffalo

WheN: January 4 th @ 8:30 PM

Where: Café 11

CoSt: $18

The socially and politically charged eclectic

grassroots blend of Donna the Buffalo catches the

ear and takes the listener through Cajun stylings,

reggae-rock, folk, zydeco and country with a distinctive

sound that is hard to characterize but easy to

listen to.

Donna the Buffalo was unnamed when they

first started jamming together, and it wasn’t until

they were on stage for the first time that they gained

their name, and it was a surprise even to them. One

of the band’s founders, Jeb Puryear, told EU the

story: “We had a gig so we needed a name and then

a friend of ours was sort of toying with different

ideas around the buffalo theme and so his original

idea was ‘Dawn of the Buffalo’ [and they] mispronounced

it as Donna the Buffalo…For some reason

that struck more of chord with us…I think ‘Dawn

of the Buffalo’ sounded a little pretentious to us,

especially for a band that had never even played a

gig.” That was over 17 years ago. Since then, Donna

the Buffalo has sold more than a hundred thousand

albums, organized a major Grassroots festival and

have played consistently.

The band experienced a shake-up in 2005

when founding member Tim Miller left the band because

his marriage to Tara Nevins dissolved, but Jeb

says that they’ve “been very lucky replacing people.”

The last of Miller’s stamp on the group came in 2005

when the group released Life’s a Ride. Miller played

guitar and backup vocals for the album.

Founding members Jeb Puryear and Tara Nev-

hank williams III

album review

artist: Hank Williams III

title: Straight to Hell

release Date: 03.28.2006

Label: Bruc Records

Hank Williams III is my favorite Hank Williams

of them all. That’s not quite fair, my favorite

thing about Wall Street in Five Points is that they

have Hank Sr. on the juke box, but Hank III is

representing the natural evolution of country music.

Presenting an avid hatred for country pop, Hank

III’s new album has traditional country songs with

traditional instrumentation, to create a sound that is

authentically country, but he has an attitude that is

far from traditional in Nashville.

ins met playing old time fiddle music.

“There’s this great subculture in

fiddle playing…” says Puryear, “and

Tara was the first person I knew that

wrote songs.” The two have been

writing songs for Donna the Buffalo

since it formed. Puryear says

that “I basically write[s] the songs

I sing and [Tara] writes the songs

she sings. We kind of don’t practice

near enough like we ought to but we

never really have. Somebody directs

the song and we usually just kind

of throw it out there…we’ll go over it on the bus so

we’ll know what it sounds like or if we sound check

we’ll run over it in sound check.” At most live performances,

the band is busily trying something new.

“It’s just kind of exciting for the band. Things don’t

stay new very long because of the Internet…We

have fans that record our concerts and post them

online, so it’s hard to surprise people.”

In 1990, the group got the idea to start a

Grassroots Festival. Because they found out at the

time that a friend had died of AIDS, they decided to

make it a benefit. “Now it’s been 15 years. I think

that the most outstanding thing it does…we develop

a great bond with all these interesting people

and people from other countries…In general, it’s a

very exciting event that makes people feel great…it

makes human beings feel very relevant…If people

aren’t interested in creating something for the right

reason usually…it transfers; like the 90’s Woodstock.”

Jeb and Tara are fond of writing songs with

socially progressive themes. Says Jeb: “Lately, I’ve

In the South you see rebel rousers with their

confederate flags and Dixie Outfitters shirts rolling

all over town in giant pickup trucks splattered with

mud. These young hillbillies are full of venom and

anger, and proud of their heritage. This attitude is

not represented in the standard ballads of popular

country. So Hank Williams III has stepped up to that

line with his new double album Straight to Hell.

While he is open about his affinity for traditional

country music in songs like ‘Country Heroes’ and

‘My Drinking Problem,’ he is also incorporating a

new identity, much like his grandfather did, by being

the bad boy of country music. Covered with tattoos

and singing incessantly about his drug and alcohol

abuse, Hank is unashamed of the fact that he is not

fulfilling the role Nashville might expect of one of

country music’s legendary offspring.

Putting the ‘Dick in Dixie’ is only one of the

achievements Straight to Hell accomplishes. The

second CD on this two-disc album is titled simply

‘Louisiana Stripes’ and only features two tracks.

The first track is a beautiful, grass-roots country

song about a man in prison in Louisiana for killing

his wife. Following that song is country’s most

avant-garde noise art experimentation to date. With

this second disc, not only does Hank III show that

a country artists can actually have a larger artistic

vision, but also that he is capable of far better songs

than the highlighted image-making songs of the first

disc.

been thinking sure… [society’s] pretty bad, but

we’re not that bad, and we can do better. This thing

with the war and the Bush administration, it feels like

its finally showing its true colors…and unfortunately,

in a way you feel good, because everybody in my

community was saying that was going to be a disaster,

you’re gonna cause more problems than you’re

gonna solve…Certain songs will go through these

really fresh times, songs you’ve been playing for a

long time, they’ll come back and be like new again.

It’s kinda like you have this relationship with all the

songs…We do a song called ‘Conscious Evolution’

that’s been very good lately, it’s a reoccurring theme

of hopeful progression for human mentality.”

Be part of the “herd” that follows Donna the

Buffalo, and listen to their old-time rockin’ sound at

Café 11 Thursday, January 4 th . Whatever you believe

about the state of the world, Jeb says there’s one

thing that the members of Donna the Buffalo will

always believe in: “There’s something that happens

when music comes alive and that’s pretty much our

religion.”

Disc one definitely establishes an attitude

Hank wishes to convey about the state of country

and its unseen angry youth, while disc two seems

to utilize noise art to filter some listeners out from

discovering the stripped down musical gems that

he has laced throughout it. Disc two’s second track

is more than forty minutes long and starts with a

creepy, slowed-down demon-like voice singing to

the tune of a broken and almost inaudible guitar.

This creepy whales-mating sound goes on for

the first two and a half minutes. Three minutes of

train sounds follow. Six minutes into the second

track, Hank sings another stripped down song that

sounds amazingly like his grandfather. This song is

one of the best on the album, but it isn’t tracked out

so to find it you really have to want it.

Although Hank Jr, Hank III’s Daddy, could

easily be called one of the fathers of the hokey new

breed of country music over-running Nashville,

Hank III says “pop country really sucks.” He’s

right. Country music isn’t bad, it just needs to be

geared more to the bad boys that really live it.

Hank is honest and the music is classic

fiddle, guitar, and trap kit country that you might

hear on any porch in Tennessee. This country is

far more real than Nashville country and deserves

a listen from anyone that is bored with the same

old pop country. Crave something new that sounds

old? Hank III is sending you Straight to Hell.

- BY JoN BoSWorth

Token Blonde Roadhouse, Orange Park (264-0611)

Alex Affronti Sun Cruz, Mayport

Greek Wave Casa Marina, Jax Beach

Wild Card Coyote’s, Orange Park (269-6837)

Chillakaya All Stars, St. Augustine

3rd Bass w/Von Barlow The Casbah, Jax (981-9966)

Wes Cobb Band Twisted Sisters, Jax Beach (241-6453)

De Lions of Jah Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)

El Toro Loco Square One, Jax (306-9004)

Heavyweight Auggie Dogg’s, St. Augustine

John Thomas Group Shelby’s, Atlantic Beach (249-5182)

MONDAY, JANUARY 1

Boxrockers Cortesse’s, St. Augustine (825-6775)

Charlie Walker Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)

Roargan, Laserstar Ourobos, Jax

Sam Pacetti The Mill Top, St. Augustine (829-2329)

Yancy Clegg My Place, Jax (737-5299)

All Gigs River City Brewing Company, Jax (398-2299)

Johnny Flood My Place, Jax (737-5299)

Nolan Neal Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)

Goliath The Casbah, Jax

Stu Weaver Harry’s, St. Augustine (824-7765)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 2

Second String Sun Dog Steak & Seafood, Neptune

Beach (241-8221)

Matanzas Trade Winds Lounge, St. Augustine (829-8646)

Cross Examination, Social Disease Thee Imperial,

Jax (475-0488)

Wasteland DC, Grabbag Ourobos, Jax

Christina Wagner & Friends Mark’s Downtown, Jax (355-5099)

Silver Lake Drive Cortesse’s, St. Augustine (825-6775)

Will Pearsall The Mill Top, St. Augustine (829-2329)

Happy To Be Here Jack Rabbits, Jax (398-7496)

Bill Rice Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)

Jimmy Solari My Place, Jax (737-5299)

Ron Perry Fionn MaCool’s, Jax Beach (242-9499)

Colton McKenna Scarlett’s, St. Augustine (824-6535)

Seth Ramsdill Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)

El Toro Loco Square One, Jax (306-9004)

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2-3

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3

The Hackers Cortesses, St. Augustine (825-6775)

The Cover Band Spare Time Grille, Jax Beach (246-8099)

Glass Camels Ocean Club, Jax Beach (242-8884)

Tropic of Cancer/Art Walk Downtown, Jax

Dave Massey My Place, Jax (737-5299)

Wes Cobb Band Square One, Jax (306-9004)

Crystal Stafford, Aerial Tribe Starlite Café, Jax (356-4444)

Conrad Oberg London Bridge, Jax (359-0001)

Rob Roy, Swordz Fuel, Jax (425-FUEL)

Stu Weaver The Mill Top, St. Augustine (829-2329)

Clyde Mannael Mellow Mushroom, Jax (997-1955)

Rebecca Zapen The Casbah, Jax

Seth Ramsdill Ragtime Tavern, Atlantic Beach (241-7877)

Vagabond’s Dream River City Brewing Company,

Jax (398-2299)

The Mike Miller Band St. Nick’s Lounge, Jax (396-3396)

El Toro Loco Aromas, Ponte Vedra (280-2525)

Chuck Nash Sun Dog Steak & Seafood, Neptune Beach

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Livid Fionn MacCool’s, Jax Beach (242-9499)

Pili Pili Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach (246-4293)

Dave Massey My Place Bar & Grill, Jax (737-5299)

upcoming shows

Donna the Buffalo Jan. 4, Café Eleven, 469-9311

rev. Billy Wirtz, Gunga Din Jan. 13, Cafe Eleven, 469-9311

rod Stewart Jan. 13, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arean, 630-3900

eric Johnson Jan. 13, Freebird Live, 246-2473

Styx Jan. 14, 2007, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

Galactic Jan. 14, Freebird Live, 246-2473

enter the haggis Jan. 16, Cafe Eleven, 469-9311

Golden Dragon Chinese acrobats Jan. 17, Wilson Center, 646-2222

ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Jan. 17- 23,

Veterans Memorial Arena, 630-3900

ricky Nelson remembered by Matthew and Gunnar Nelson

Jan. 19, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

Cowboy Mouth Jan. 19, Freebird Live, 246-BIRD

Pato Baton Jan. 20, Freebird Live, 246-BIRD

Blue october Jan. 21, Plush, 743-1845

Joshua Bell Jan. 22, Times Union Center , 354-5547

al Stewart Jan. 24, Café Eleven, 469-9311

Indigo Girls Jan. 23, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

John Mayer Jan. 25, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 630-3900

the Queers Jan 25, Jack Rabbits, 398-7496

Bill Gaither and Friends Jan. 26, Veterans Memorial Arena, 630-3900

Corey Smith Jan 26, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

Cigar Store Indians Jan. 26, Jack Rabbits, 398-7496

Dr. Dog Feb. .27, Café Eleven, 469-9311

Murder By Death Jan. 28, Freebird Live, 246-2473

the Lemonheads Jan 30, Jack Rabbits, 398-7496

Jamie Foxx, a Night of Comedy & Music Times Union

Center , Jan. 31, 633-6110

Los Lonely Boys Feb. 1, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

Yo La tengo Feb. 2, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

hammell on trial Feb. 2, Café Eleven, 469-9311

Less than Jake Feb 2 & 3, Jack Rabbits, 398-7496

Willie Nelson Feb. 6, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

Billy Joel Feb. 7, Veterans Memorial Arena, 353-3309.

Yonder Mountain String Band Feb. 7, Freebird Live, 246-BIRD

red Jumpsuit apparatus Feb. 9, Plush, 743-1845

Joe Bonamassa Feb. 9, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

the MatCheS Feb 12, Jack Rabbits, 398-7496

Dark Star orchestra Feb. 14, Freebird Live, 246-BIRD

taylor hicks Feb. 21, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

Kris Kristofferson and rosanne Cash Feb. 25, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

Catie Curtis Feb. 25, Cafe Eleven, 469-9311

Dr. Dog Feb. 27, Cafe Eleven, 469-9311

Michael Franks March 1, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

Kathleen Madigan March 6, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

Larry the Cable Guy March 8, Jacksonville Veterans

Memorial Arena, 630-3900

Moe Marach 8, Freebird Live, 246-2473

the New orleans Jazz orchestra March 9, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

John Gorka, Sam Pacett March 9, Cafe Eleven, 469-9311

the Beach Boys March 10, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

explosions in the Sky March 12, The Alcazar, 469-9311

Pepper March 12, Freebird Live, 246-BIRD

the temptations and the Four tops March 18, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

tom rush March 22, Cafe Eleven, 469-9311

anoushka Shankar March 23, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

Leo Kottke March 29, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

tom Jones April 9, Florida Theatre, 355-2787

ellis Paul April 20, Café Eleven, 469-9311

relient K May 12, Freebird Live, 246-2473

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myspace

the new christmas card?

by Erin thursby scopes1925@msn.com

“I don’t understand why these people send

me cards, I mean they never call, and I haven’t

talked with them in years.”

I heard this from a middle aged man decrying

the cost of postage, mystified because people he

barely knew or hadn’t spoken to in years saw fit

to send him a yearly Christmas card.

I instantly understood why mere acquaintances

send Christmas cards, because I’m on myspace.

In the world of myspace, people maintain a

myspace page for many of the same reasons

that people used to send Christmas cards. Most

of the “friends” on a given myspace page are

made up of people who haven’t seen the poster

since high school, just like most of the people

who exchanged cards when it was more in

vogue.

The main reason people send out those cards

to near-strangers, is that you can keep in touch

with people without the effort of actual day-today

friendship. You can measure your life against

theirs, based on a Christmas card stock, a family

Christmas letter and family picture. Likewise,

on myspace, people can measure themselves

against others based on friend count, the picture

galleries and how pimped out the page is.

Christmas card fanatics, who send out hordes

of cards, know that people feel the need to respond

in kind. That means card fanatics will have

plenty of cards to display around their house, proving

to visitors that they have lots of “friends.” In the

same way, a myspace extremist can have two thousand

“friends” that they display every time someone

comes to visit.

Sending out Christmas cards is also a way

of displaying yourself in a way you can control. In

day-to-day life, people can’t control how they are

perceived, but on a card things are different. You can

pose a family worthy of Jerry Springer in matching

button-downs on a windswept beach. On your

myspace page, you can also project whatever image

you would like, choosing a background color or

picture as a way to present yourself to the world. If

you’ve gotten fat, just put up a picture of your cat or

a picture of yourself ten pounds lighter. Most of your

“friends” will never know.

Everyone talks about how computers have

caused us to retreat from the world, substituting

superficial interaction for real human interaction. In

the past we were forced to use things like the mail

system to maintain this superficial interaction, doing

things like actually licking stamps and addressing

envelopes to keep in touch. These days we’ve just

amped it up, because humans tend to develop systems

that make whatever it is they already do more

effortless. So it isn’t that we only just discovered

superficial interaction: we just do it faster and better

than we used to.


learning about life

hands-on children’s museum

by kellie abraHamSoN KAbrahamson1@aol.com

I had passed by the castle-shaped Hands-On

Children’s Museum on Beach Boulevard countless

times over the past few years but had never taken

the time to check it out. With two kids looking for

something fun to do over winter break, I decided

now would be the perfect time to take the plunge and

check it out.

The goal of the Hands-On Children’s Museum

is to educate children about the world around them

by letting them touch, observe and imagine. Here,

kids can see what working at a grocery store or a

bank is like. They can try on a firefighter’s helmet

and boots or put on costumes and perform a play for

their peers. They can even do an all-kids newscast

and see themselves as they deliver the news on a TV

monitor. With all the toys, dress up clothes, games

and puppets, the little guys never realize that they are

actually learning about what real life, “grown up” life,

is like. Well, the fun parts of it anyway!

My two children are 2 and 4 and are used to

visiting museums thanks to my job here at EU. Still,

I don’t think they expected anything like this, and

frankly, neither did I. After paying our admission

and reading over the rules (no running, no hitting,

parental guidance required, etc.), my little ones immediately

gravitated over to the S.S. Spinghetti Boat,

where a bright yellow slide beckoned them. After

a couple of slides they were on to something else,

this time a large McDonald’s climbing slide and ball

pit. Next stop was the Winn Dixie Lil’ Grocery store

where both kids piled their carts full of (empty)

peanut butter jars, (empty) juice bottles and (empty)

boxes of diaper rash cream. Then they piled their

groceries up on the real working conveyor belts and

took turns ringing up their selections on real working

cash registers. While my son Zeke played with

dinosaur toys, my daughter Isabelle dressed up in

pretty gowns and tap shoes and put on a play on

the “You’re the Star Stage.” We visited nearly every

exhibit in our two hours at the museum and could

have easily spent another two hours visiting them all

over again. My son loved playing with the train tables

(he’s on a Thomas the Tank Engine kick lately) and

my daughter really enjoyed pretending to work at the

“Kids Mini Bank” and the “Kids Post Office”. When

it was time to head home both protested and were

reluctant to put their shoes on and leave this kids

paradise.

The Hands-On Children’s Museum has been

around since October of 2000. The non-profit corporation

is funded by admissions and donations from

individuals, small businesses and corporations. The

facility is currently holding a fundraiser to expand

the museum to two stories to include a “Dinosaur

Dig” exhibit, an auditorium, a coffee shop and much

more. They are currently holding a raffle with some

really terrific prizes to raise funds and are accepting

donations. Admission is just $3.50 for ages 1-3 and

$5.50 for everyone 4 and up (children under 1 year

are free) and memberships for families are available

starting at $48.50 a year. The facility is also

available for birthday parties at just $5.50 per child

ages 1-12, $3.50 for adults which covers entrance

to the museum, rental of the party area and color

invitations. Either bring your own food or have the

museum provide pizza for an additional charge.

I have to admit, I was just as enamored with

the Hands-On Children’s Museum as my kids were.

The attentive staff keeps each exhibit nice and tidy

so that the multitudes of educational toys are neatly

contained in their specific areas. They encourage

parents to play with their kids, not just turn them

loose on the place. By sitting down and playing

make believe with my little guys I ended up having

a lot of fun and I think they probably learned a little

something along the way. All in all, I think the Hands-

On Children’s Museum is a terrific way to spend an

afternoon or two or twelve! Be sure to check out this

local landmark as soon as possible.

culture & arts

DECEMBER

28 Fun With Fish Craft GTM Reserve, Ponte Vedra

28-29 Holiday Camps MOSH, Jax

28-31 Camp Bike 06 Jane Macon Middle School, GA

28-31 Visit With Santa Claus Adventure Landing, Jax Beach & Jax

28-31 Grossology Exhibition MOSH, Jax

28-JAN. 1 Plaza Ice Palace Downtown Community Plaza, Gainesville

28-JAN. 1 Exhibit: Small Packages Block 27 Gallery, Jax

28-JAN. 7 Bloom: Paintings and Constructions by Luis Cruz

Azaceta MOCA Jacksonville, Jax

28-JAN. 7 Holiday Planetarium Programs MOSH, Jax

28-JAN. 7 “Greetings! Limelight Theatre, St. Augustine

28-JAN. 14 “Christmas Presence” Shades of Grace Artists

Presbyterian Church, Ponte Vedra

28-JAN. 29 FAB Fest: Future Artists of the Beaches Cummer Museum, Jax

28-MAR. 18 Temples and Tombs: Treasures of Egyptian Art

Cummer Museum, jax

29 Critter Concert-Music Celebration of Various Animals GTM

Reserve, Ponte Vedra

29 Gator Bowl Hall of Fame Luncheon Hyatt Regency, Jax

29-FEB. 4 “Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes” The Alhambra

Dinner Theatre, Jax

31 “Murder on the Happy Trail” Dave & Buster’s, Jax

31 New Year’s Eve Celebration/Parade Downtown, Jax

31 Beach Blast Off 2007-Fireworks & Chili Cook Off The Pier,

St. Augustine Beach

31 New year’s at the Pelican Club-Theatre, Food, Drink Players

by the Sea, Jax Beach

31 New year’s Eve Party-James Bond 2007 Atlantic Theatres,

Atlantic Beach

31 Noon Year’s Eve w/Radio Disney Jax Zoo, Jax

31 Swingin’ the New Year 2007 World Golf Village, St. Augustine

31 Urban Eden-Street Performers, Music, Dancing 9 th & Main, Jax

31 Balloon Drop Party Cultural Center, Ponte Vedra

31 5K Run & Gator Bowl Pep Rallies The Landing, Jax

31-FEB. 17 “The Makeover Murders” Professor Plum’s

Playhouse, Jax

JANUARY

1-MAR. 30 “Bright Young Things” Art Show Jane Gray Gallery, Jax

2-6 Comedian Reno Collier Comedy Zone, Mandarin

3-5 Holiday Camps MOSH, Jax

3-28 “Menopause the Musical” FCCJ Artist Series Performing

Arts Center, Jax

4-6 JSO “Beethovan’s Emperor” Performing Arts Center, Jax

5 Saturday Night Reunion Tour-Joe Piscopo, Victoria Jackson,

Father Guido Sarducci Flagler Auditorim, Palm Coast

5 2 ½ Days in Genesis Featuring Suzzette Solano The Art Center, Jax

5-27 “Rumors” Orange Park Community Theatre, Orange Park

6 Jane Austin Society Meeting European Street, Jax

6 Sanctuary Tour/Nightime Feeding Catty Shack Wildlife Ranch, Jax

6 Story Time-Meet The Author “Ocean Commotion” Barnes &

Noble/San Jose, Jax

6-7 Auditions: “First Baptist of Ivy Grove” 2pm Orange Park

Community Theatre, Orange Park

8 UNF String Competition Winner in Recital UNF, Jax

8 Local Chapter Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society Pablo

Creek Library, Jax

10 Seminar: How to Impress a Client in Any Capacity WJCT

TV Studios, Jax

10-13 Comedian Tim Wilson Comedy Zone, Mandarin

10-FEB. 4 “King Lear” Shakespeare Festival UCF, Orlando

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11 FCCJ Artist Series-One Thousand and One Nights Performing

Arts Center, Jax

11 “Drive & Yield Project” Art Opening/Reception JU Brest Museum, Jax

12 An Evening of Musical Song & Dance Thrasher Horne

Center, Orange Park

12 JSO “How Suite It Is!” Performing Arts Center, Jax

12 Ethel Merman’s Broadway Flagler Auditorium, Palm Coast

12 “Leading Ladies” Theatre Jacksonville, Jacksonville

12 FCCJ Artist Series-“Turandot” Performing Arts Center, Jax

12-13 Big Yard Sale Catty Shack Wildlife Ranch, Jax

12-27 “The Rainmaker” ABET, Atlantic Beach

12-27 “Leading Ladies” Theatre Jacksonville, Jax

12-MAR. 11 Celebrating Black Hisotry Exhibit MOSH, Jax

13 Auditions: Fat Pig 2pm ABET, Atlantic Beach

13 Auditions: Jacksonville Symphony Chorus 3:30pm JU Fine

Arts Building, Jax

13 JSO with Seven Nations Performing Arts Center, Jax

13 Science of the Circus MOSH, Jax

13-28 “Rob Becker’s Defending the Caveman FCCJ Artist Series

Performing Arts Center, Jax

13-FEB. 24 Classes For Children-Drawing & Painting MOCA, Jax

14 Absolute Auction Catty Shack Wildlife Ranch, Jax

15 Auditions: Fat Pig 7pm ABET, Atlantic Beach

15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day MOSH, Jax

15 Class: Traditional Oil Paintings with Sydney McKenna Cultural

Center, Ponte Vedra

16 “Music of Our Time” UNF, Jax

17 Ritz Chamber Players Performing Arts Center, Jax

17 FCCJ Artist Series-Golden Dragon Acrobats of China FCCJ

Wilson Center, Jax

18 Pulp Fiction Theatre Boomtown, Jax

18 “The Motown Experience” JSO Performing Arts Center, Jax

18 Open Gallery Grand Opening San Marco, Jax

18 “Caring For Your Edible Landscape” Urban Garden Field, Jax

18-20 “See How They Run” DASOTA, Jax

19 “Einstein Alive!” Theatreworks FCCJ Wilson Center, Jax

19 Arbor Day Program Duval County Extension, Jax

19-20 JSO “The Motwon Experience” Performing Arts Center, Jax

19-20 Comedian James Gregory Comedy Zone, Mandarin

20 Lecture Series: Lives of Objects-Artists and Patrons in Ancient

Egypt Main Library, Jax

21 JSO Family Series Performing Arts Center, Jax

22 Beaches Fine Arts Series-Joshua Bell Performing Arts Center, Jax

22 Brahms String Quartet & Clarinet Quintet UNF, Jax

23 Clarinet Virtuoso Guy Yehuda Library, Ponte Vedra Beach

23-28 “Sweet Charity” FCCJ Artist Series Performing Arts Center, Jax

25 “Rip Van Winkle” Theatreworks Florida Theatre, Jax

25 “I Can’t Stop Loving You-The Music of Ray Charles” UNF

Fine Arts Center, Jax

25 JSO “Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony” Performing Arts Center, Jax

26-27 Comedian James Gregory Comedy Zone, Mandarin

26-28 13 th Annual Official Electric Football Super Bowl &

Convention Embassy Suites, Jax

26-APR. 8 Other Worlds: The Landscape in Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art, Jax

26-APR. 8 Second Skins: Sculptural Soundsuits & Tondos by

Nick Cave MOCA, Jax

27-28 Auditions: Shakespeare in Orange Park 2pm Orange Park

Community Theatre, Orange Park

27 Book Signing-Dr. Hal Baumgarten “D-Day Survivor” Barnes

& Noble, Mandarin

30 FCCJ Artist Series-Rigoletto, Teatro Lirico D’Europa

Performing Arts Center, Jax

30 “Music of Our Time” UNF, Jax

There’s more art in Jacksonville than most

people realize, and sometimes in odd places. A colleague

with a penchant for hot sauce pointed me in

the direction of an art gallery placed inside Pepper

Rama, a store that specializes in hot sauces of every

kind. They showcase 8 to 12 artists a year in one

person shows. No giclees or reproductions are allowed.

All the work in the gallery must be originals,

though the mediums vary from 3-D sculpture to

paintings.

The artist currently on exhibition is Mark War-

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hot art, hot sauce

a strange place for art

by eriN tHurSby scopes1925@msn.com

ren, who is presenting a diverse assortment of art

called “Influences.” Two walls feature his work.

On one there’s his “Praise the Lord and Pass the

Snakes,” “A Devil of a Week” and an odd but ultra

cool cartouche that forms an arch over the two

works. The cartouche is a double banner of blue

carved from wood. In the center of both banners

are winged eyeballs. It was wacky and interesting

enough that I began plotting where I could put it on a

wall.

I caught up with Warren via phone to interview

him for EU and asked him about his very different

pieces. Says Warren, “I jump from medium to medium

so I don’t burn out on any one thing.” Besides

creating strange and wonderful works of art, he

works at the Cummer Gallery, where he has worked

off and on for over 20 years. He’s been creating

some kind of art for a long time. “I wasted a lot of

paper in high school,” he jokes “and I’ve been hand

carving wood since I was 5-6 years old.” His wife,

Diane Warren, owns and operates Pepper Rama

and Mark is one of a few artists whose works have

graced the walls of the hot sauce haven.

The piece “Praise the Lord and Pass the

Snakes” is apt to get the most attention. At first

glance, this tent revival scene, featuring those faithful

parishioners that handle poisonous snakes as proof

of their belief, seems to be in the style of claymation.

On closer inspection, you can see that they are

carved from wood. Warren says that he “was moved

by seeing a special on PBS…I gotta hand it to

somebody with enough faith to pick up a snake and

be ok with that.” Each member of the revival, from

the pastor to the parishioners has their own distinct

personality.

On the other wall are two series works:

Warren’s “Bass School” and miniature Mondrians in

stark black, yellow and red. The Bass, like the parishioners

on the opposite wall, all have a distinctive

personality, especially the “punk” bass in the back

of the school, with its spiked fins, fishhook piercing

and anarchy tattoo. The fish scales on the bass are

made from Bass beer bottle tops. The impetus for

the piece was a request and a fondness for the beer.

“That was really a request on Diane’s part. We were

drinking Bass beer so I made bass…I decided to do

a punk fish…the size of the piece depended on the

chunk of wood…pins were bought and the melted

glass beads I bought for the eyes.”

The Mondrians have become a holiday tradition

for Warren. “I work at a museum and we do the

typical Christmas exchange every season…one year

I got the Registrar, whose job it is to uncrate and

check to artwork that comes in, so I made her miniatures.

Each comes with its own box with padding

and labels, tiny titles and artist statements in really

small font…it’s kind of like accessories for Barbie

the museum curator or Registrar.”

You can find the Pepper Rama Gallery in the

Pepper Rama store in the Riverside Village Shopping

Center at 4555 Shirley Ave. Their new hours are

Tuesday-Friday from noon-8PM and Saturday s from

10AM-6PM. Mark Warren’s exhibition will be there

through December 30 th .

The Pepper Rama Gallery’s

Statement of Purpose:

The Pepper Rama Gallery of Visionary Art is an

exhibition space for visionary and contemporary

art…The Gallery provides an opportunity

for those artists that choose a different path,

whose personal artistic vision can not be

contained by ordinary means. By placing the

Visionary Art Gallery inside Pepper Rama Gourmet

& Hot Shoppe, we have a means to bring

the community and artist together by creating

an environment that fosters positive discourse

and places cultural value on the artistic expression

and imagination in us all.


talk to me

jags vs. pats

by BRENTON CROZIER bcrozier@gmail.com

Amy Alvarez, Zachary Lewison

and James Davis

It was important for me to be a good ambassador

and make the small rabble of New England

fans feel right at home during their visit to Alltel this

weekend. I greeted the cantankerous Patriot faithful

with a Southern scorched, “Patriots suck wicked

bad!”

We’re a friendly lot here in the River City and

wanted to make the extra effort to ensure the comfort

of the Yankee transplants that braved the rain

and rowdy Jaguar’s fans with a familiar vernacular;

the infamous “wicked.” It is imperative to fully comprehend

this bit of refined Northern verbiage to the

fullest extent. In circles North of Newark, the word

wicked is a multi-used adjective grouped together

with an infinite bank of terms to form a universal

idiom to convey one of two points: that something is

good, great, cool, awesome, splendid, fantastic, hip,

or exciting, or to add emphasis that something really,

really sucks.

I bumped into Jaguar fans Amy Alvarez, Zachary

Lewison, and James Davis. We discussed last

minute Christmas shopping, a Jaguars playoff birth

waiting under the tree from jolly St. Nick, the gloomy,

yet ripe-for-football weather conditions, and the

visceral dislike (hatred is just too nasty this time of

year, even for Brady and the boys) we shared for

New England’s beloved

Patriots or “Pats” as a

native New Englander

would say because

they just don’t have

time for the “riot” part.

I’ve heard the same

goes for “thank you,”

“you’re welcome,” and

“hello, how are you.”

We were hoping

that between

the humidity, lack of

Dunkin Donuts, deficit

of discourtesy, and

minuscule amount of

Foxborough Faithful,

that the Jaguars would

be able to pick apart

the esteemed Super

Bowl regulars.

I quizzed my new

friends about their

knowledge of the language abuse going on in New

England. When asked whatever in the world “wicked

pissa” could mean, Zachary quickly answered

that “It means fierce.” You see my New Englander

friends, we are a cultured and educated bunch here

in Jacksonville; we’ve learned of your ways and

customs. I then asked the group to use “wicked” in

a sentence. Zachary volunteered, “We don’t think

that Tom Brady is wicked awesome.” They were

getting the hang of it, and James Davis took it up

a notch with “Maurice Jones-Drew is wicked awesome.”

There could not be a more appropriate use

of wicked, my friend. Stick that feather in your cap,

snowbirds, and call it whatever kind of pasta you

want.

Sadly, this was the Jaguar’s last home stand of

the 2006 season. Even more heartbreaking was the

appalling call at the end of the game that has nearly

erased Jacksonville’s hope of a playoff appearance.

It was a good run; you could even say it was a

wicked good season. There is still a glimmer of hope

for the Jaguars, a tiny, dull glimmer. Nevertheless,

we will be rooting them on while they are playing

their way through a tough Kansas City team. Thanks

for the football fellowship, slurred analysis, smiling

faces, and insightful quotes.

Random thoughts from a cluttered mind...

THE

JOCK

JAGUARS

My, oh, my. The Jaguars season, which in

some ways has progressed like a bad reality TV

program, has come down to its final straw. The boys

head out to Kansas City to play the Chiefs, all with

very faint hopes of possibly squeaking into the playoffs.

Should the Jags beat the Chiefs, they would

need the Jets to lose at home to the Raiders, they

would need the Bengals to lose at home to the Steelers,

and they would need the Titans, of all teams, to

lose at home to the Patriots.

As you can imagine, the chances of all these

stars aligning is quite slim. Unfortunately, the Jaguars

put themselves in this position with losses the

past two weeks, as we all know. They had so many

chances to really move forward heading into the

playoffs. But they have made mistakes in key situations,

and, combined with the loss of many starters

due to injury, especially on Defense, this team has

simply come up a tad bit short. It’s been a completely

frustrating season for all involved, from the

players to the coaches to the ownership and fans.

The Chiefs are a tough group, led by the bullrushing

of Larry Johnson on offense. Herm Edwards

has done a decent job in his first year as the K.C.

coach, and it will be a tough task on the part of Jack

Del Rio to get his squad fired up to beat these guys.

And we will all watch and wonder what could

have been.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

This should be a wild and crazy weekend in the

National Football League, for all intents and purposes.

Most of it will center on who will qualify for the

two wild card slots in each Conference. In the NFC,

there seems to be a tremendous amount of

mediocrity. Teams that you wouldn’t think

deserve consideration for a playoff slot are

still alive.

There are five teams in the NFC with 7-8

records. They are: the Giants, Packers, Falcons,

Panthers, and Rams. One of them will

receive the sixth and final wild card spot in

the playoffs, no matter what. Coincidentally,

all five teams play their games on the road.

Tom Coughlin has certainly had some

massive problems with his Giants in the

second half of the season, having lost six of

his last seven games. However, New York

has the best shot at that final wild card slot,

if his boys can come through and beat the

Redskins in Washington. If they don’t, then

the Packers are next, but they have to play

the Bears in Chicago.

You also have the Falcons in Philly, the

Panthers in New Orleans, and the Rams in Minnesota.

So, as you can see, its gonna get real nasty in

the NFC this weekend. Its entirely possible a team

with a 7-9 record could make the playoffs for the

first time in history.

We shall see.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

As we all know, with the New Year celebration,

we also have a plethora of Bowl games, which to

me have become a joke. Nonetheless, a lot of us are

entirely interested in seeing these matchups to view

who will do what in certain situations.

Here in town, the West Virginia Moutaineers

will face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Tech was

in town a few weeks ago for the ACC Championship,

so I don’t expect to see as many fans from the

Atlanta area as we might expect to see from West

Virginia.

The Gator Bowl has a definite history for this

city, without question, having been around for quite a

few years. But I think local interest in this game has

dwindled to some extent, as other games nationally

have gotten more prominent, while the teams that

have come here in recent years haven’t been as

glamorous.

Certainly, there is still a product and a game

that receives interest, especially from the teams that

will show up. But I think something needs to happen,

on the part of the Gator Bowl Committee and

the NCAA, to change certain aspects of this game to

make it more prominent, for it to receive better coverage

and attention.

Tom Weppel talks trash on Thursdays from 7-8

p.m. on WIOJ-AM 1010, and on SportsAvengers.

com 24/7.

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nascar news & notes

by RICHARD TEAGUE TINyNASCARS@yahoo.com

“Wanted – NASCAR Series Sponsor” Yes sir,

the want ads are out and NASCAR & ESPN are looking

for a sponsor that will put tons of money in the

old Busch Series of NASCAR. Seems that the people

at Anheuser-Busch feel they are, “starting to dilute

ourselves” according to vice president of global

media and sports marketing Tony Ponturo. The A-B

Boys think that with all the money they put in the

Busch Series, and the big bucks in Cup, people

won’t know the “la difference” between Bud and

Busch. Now how can they think that when everybody

knows that Bud is in a red can and Busch is in a blue

one? Are they afraid that fans will buy one beer more

that the other or is there another reason?

They have been diluting the company for years

now, or at least I think so. Heck, I remember when I

had my fake ID and you could only get either a Bud

or a Busch in either can or a bottle and then only in

maybe 3 different sizes. Then someone invented a

fancy beer named Michelob and it was all downhill

after that. Now you can go into almost any store and

buy one of seven different kinds of Bud, a measly

four different Busch, and seven kinds of Michelob.

Now just who is diluting what? It doesn’t stop there.

Also available are the NINETEEN other brands that

fall under the Anheuser-Busch banner along with a

few imported by them. Now just who is doing what

when Tony says, “In this day and age of competition,

the last thing you want is to dilute your own effort.”

NASCAR stated that, “We think the Busch

Series is a property that has been undermarketed

and undervalued from a broadcast standpoint.” The

guess is that Busch pays 10 million bucks a year for

the rights to the series and now that ESPN has sole

broadcast rights for all the races it should be worth

three or more times that. One financial guy said that

the series should be worth around $100 million what

with the way the Cup drivers have been using the

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series as a “playground” the past season. Do you

think that NASCAR told A-B that they better P-U the

big money if they wanted the series, or did ESPN tell

them it was a good idea to raise the rent? Whatever

the case may be, there will be no more NASCAR

Busch Series racing after 2007 and that sure sounds

strange. Oh well, we got over Winston leaving did

we? Yeah Right!

In what some call a first, the two are looking for

a series sponsor that will ante up to have their name

next to Nextel (no pun meant here) hoping NASCAR

has 26 more years. Now who could do that? Well

the rumors are already in play with the likes of Wal-

Mart and several others. Now that wouldn’t sound

too bad: “The Wally Series” on Saturday. The races

could even be run on Saturday mornings between

the kid’s shows. How about an oil company? Say

Exxon or BP, or maybe a food store chain like Winn-

Dixie or Publix? Put the WD Brand back on a plate.

Perhaps Sears might want to move up to the number

two series and let another company takeover the

trucks. We don’t have to worry our small minds one

bit, because the series will still be there in 2008,

cause there is way too much money involved.

Now Wait One Minute!! I have got the perfect

sponsor. Since Nextel took over Cup and has

restricted what company can and cannot sponsor

a Cup car, how about Cingular / AT&T? NASCAR

talks about the value of the Busch Series, Bubbas.

If it was called “The Bell Series” there would be all

kinds of in-fighting between the two series sponsors

and NASCAR would be the winner, what with all

the money those two would be spending. I can see

it now, NASCAR could raise the rate and whoever

could spend the most would have their series finish

up the weekend. With the Cup guys already running

both races, just what would it matter what day of the

week the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series raced?

Why NASCAR could just have a two day event

with say an 800 or 1000 mile race on a weekend

and change the types of cars each day. There could

even be more cars in the field, say 70 or 80, starting

on Saturday and surely it would reduce in size by

Sunday, with all the wrecks there would be. Even the

fans would like it more because of more crashes and

the real rookies getting put out one day and not racing

the next. NASCAR would surely sell more tickets

that way because more fans would come both days,

and that’s what NASCAR wants anyway isn’t it? I

even think that the TV companies would love it. It

would certainly be a brand new way to promote the

sport of racing, and with the money ABC & ESPN

have spent to have the broadcast rights, any way to

make more money is great.

I guess what I’m saying here is that if you believe

that Busch is pulling out because it’s a dilution

of their products, well then I’ve got some fantastic

South Florida land you can buy cheap and I’ll show it

too ya at low tide. NASCAR is raising the cost of the

series and that’s the reason Busch is leaving. Who

can blame them? It seems that things like history,

the building of a sport, meaningful ties with one another,

and partnerships have gone out the door and

the almighty dollar has taken over for NASCAR. And

don’t you know just who NASCAR is? Well if you

don’t, then I’m not going to tell ya. Oh, and by the

way, I got one more name to add to the list of new

sponsors, how about “The NASCAR Goodwrench

Series”?

Moving right along, I hope that all of y’all

had a nice Christmas and got some neat stuff and

had plenty to eat. I also hope that you celebrated

with your family and friends this past weekend

and you did something nice for someone. I got a

few NASCAR gifts and my Mate in Australia, Pete,

and his wife Deb sent us some real neat stuff from

over there. We had our second annual Christmas

breakfast this year since my wife, Ann, found out

how much easier it is than a big dinner. I really don’t

understand her thinking about that because she really

seems to work just as hard at a breakfast as

she does for a dinner, but I’ll tell ya this, the family,

including myself, really does like it better this way.

It lets you have plenty to eat in the morning and

then time to go to a movie, or visit others and come

back for an afternoon or early evening pig out with

easy-to-fix stuff. You just might want to try it sometime

and see what you think. We start around 10:30

AM, so you could call it a brunch, and then in the

afternoon just a small deal with a Honey Baked Ham,

tater salad, baked beans, chips and dip, more candy,

and a cheesecake, I call that meal “linner.”

Well, after all the stuff this weekend and now,

dad burn it, I get to get ready to do it again with the

food and family and friends. There is one bad thing,

and that is that there’s no NASCAR to watch. Guess

I’ll break out the ol’ “Days of Thunder” tape and

watch that. I have decided that this New Year I will

not make any resolutions at all, only because I am

tired of breaking them by the next weekend. I hope

that if there ain’t any to break, perhaps I can do better.

O K, I’m done, and if you need to contact me it

can be done at tinynascars@yahoo.com. Just one

more thing, the word “contact” reminds me of the

word “contract” and things are not going well with

my negotiations. So you may be reading one of my

last few articles right now, and I want you to know

that it’s not me, I’m really trying to jump through

their hoops, but there’s just so much I writer can do.

Again this week I’ll refrain from my usual ending and

say, HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


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