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CAPRICORN: Jan. 8-14

Rob Brezsny CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Interested in a motto to help set the tone in 2014? Here’s a suggestion from a Margaret Atwood poem. Try saying this and see if it works: “Last year I abstained / this year I devour / without guilt / which is also an art.” If you make this your own, don’t forget that devouring without guilt is an art – a skill requiring craft and sensitivity. You can’t afford to get blindly instinctual and greedy in 2014; don’t compulsively overcompensate for 2013’s deprivations. Be cagey and discerning to satisfy your voracious hunger.

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SCORPIO: Jan. 8-14

Rob Brezsny SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I hope you find a new teacher or two in 2014, maybe even a mentor. Not a guru who tells you what to do. Not an exploitative “expert” who claims to know what’s right or a charismatic narcissist who collects adoration. What I wish for you is that you connect with wise, humble sources of inspiration, with life-long learners who listen well and stimulate you to ask good questions, with curious guides who open your eyes to resources you don’t know you need. In the months ahead, you’re primed to launch a quest to …

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LIBRA: Jan. 8-14

Rob Brezsny LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The citizens of Iceland love literature, but many aren’t content to simply read. One out of every 
10 Icelanders writes and publishes a book sometime in his or her life. I know it’s unrealistic, but I’d love to see at least one in 10 of all my Libra readers do the same in 2014. You’re ready to make a big statement – to express yourself in a more complete and dramatic way. If you’re not ready to write a book, try something else like it.

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WILD WEST EXPRESS IN ST. MARYS, GA.

by BARBARA RYAN There’s a showdown coming to St. Marys, Georgia, on Feburary 1 and 8 as the good boys defend their payload of gold from the bad guys awaiting in ambush. It all happens on the Wild West Express, the third in a series of St. Marys Express excursions that have been bringing an influx of tourism to St. Marys. Before passengers even board the train at Theatre by the Trax, they will be into high adventure: exploring an authentic Indian village and trading post and watching demonstrations of Native American dancing, music, and craftsmanship. Blacksmithing, whipcracking, cooking, and …

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ALT-COUNTRY

FRED EAGLESMITH TRAVELING STEAM SHOW 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, $20, originalcafe11.com. When Canadian singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith was a teenager, he hopped on a freight train, left his home in rural Ontario and started writing songs and performing music. More than 30 years and 20 albums later, Eaglesmith has never looked back. A favorite on the alt-country/Americana scene, Eaglesmith has such a loyal following, his fans call themselves “Fredheads,” a tip of the cowboy hat to Deadheads, and his wanderlust has been a constant; many of the 57-year-old’s songs feature trains, …

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Jan. 8-14 Arts Calendar

PERFORMANCE PUMP BOYS & DINETTES The country-fried musical, set on North Carolina’s Rte. 57, is staged Jan. 8-Feb. 2 (doors 6 p.m. Tue.-Sun., 11 a.m. Sat., noon Sun.) at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside; dinner and a show $38-$59, reservations required, 641-1212, alhambrajax.com. BEEHIVE The high-energy tribute to 1960s women rock stars is presented Jan. 10-Feb. 8 (8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.) at Players by the Sea’s main stage, 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach, $16-$28, 249-0289, playersbythesea.org. IN HERE Jacksonville Dance Theatre presents individual performances from its company of eight contemporary dancers, 8 p.m. Jan. …

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Jan. 8-14 Live Music Calendar

CONCERTS THIS WEEK THERA ROYA, FURNACE HEAD 8 p.m. Jan. 8 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. MALCOLM HOLCOMBE 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Mudville Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 352-7008. SPEEDY ORTIZ, GRASS IS GREEN, MEMPHIBIANS, THE WILLOWWACKS 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE, BREAD AND CIRCUS, CHRISTIAN LEE HUDSON 9 p.m. Jan. 9 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $15, 353-6067. THE MICHAEL ALLMAN BAND, THE REPUBLIK 9 p.m. Jan. 10 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $15, 353-6067. …

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A Personal Introduction to UNITY PLAZA Our city's modern-day Central Park under construction in Riverside

by JEN JONES Thanks to the generosity of Will, Shelley and Rachel Henley – friends to all and the family behind EU – I am now privileged to share a monthly article providing you the intimate details and inside scoop behind the development of our city’s modern-day Central Park, Unity Plaza, coming to life in Jacksonville at 220 Riverside Avenue in the fall of this year. In each issue this year, I will provide an update regarding all aspects of the project; its business plan, event calendar, programming, restaurant development, amphitheater design, greenspace additions, staffing, board membership opportunities, and soft …

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Grow Your Own – January 2014

by ALINE CLEMENT Most gardeners like all kinds of plants, and many try to place “one of each” variety in their garden, if there’s enough room. Never mind that this approach goes against the concept of proper landscape planning. Sometimes it even supports introducing invasives, those plants that can become big nuisances over time. The worst thing about invasives is that while you might be willing to put up with their aggressiveness in your own yard, they can spread to natural habitats, crowding out both the native plants and the animals that depend on them for food and shelter. When …

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A Personal Introduction to UNITY PLAZA Our city's modern-day Central Park under construction in Riverside

by JEN JONES Thanks to the generosity of Will, Shelley and Rachel Henley – friends to all and the family behind EU – I am now privileged to share a monthly article providing you the intimate details and inside scoop behind the development of our city’s modern-day Central Park, Unity Plaza, coming to life in Jacksonville at 220 Riverside Avenue in the fall of this year. In each issue this year, I will provide an update regarding all aspects of the project; its business plan, event calendar, programming, restaurant development, amphitheater design, greenspace additions, staffing, board membership opportunities, and soft …

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