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Dec. 18-24 Happenings Calendar

EVENTS FOOD & CLOTHING GIVEAWAYThe D.I.P. Foundation offers food and clothing 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at 4545 Moncrief Road, Northside; while supplies last; 881-1067, dipfoundation.org. THIRD ON THIRD LECTURE SERIESThe Amelia Island Museum of History presents Peter Mullen, who discusses “How I Became a Confederate Soldier,” the life story of R.M. Heater, 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the museum’s Baker Hall, 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378 ext. 102, free for members, $5 for nonmembers, ameliamuseum.org. SANTA CLAUS & POLAR EXPRESS STEAM LOCOMOTIVE The Beaches Museum & History Center presents this holiday event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 21 and …

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Stephen Baker’s Mission to Save First Coast Tiger Bay from Irrelevance

Billee Bussard There was a time, back in the 1970s and ’80s, when the First Coast Tiger Bay Club (then called the Bull Snort Forum, after a fictitious Georgia town conceived by a Florida Times-Union political columnist) was nothing if not a local powerhouse. Its monthly luncheons — occasions for local hoi polloi to listen to debates and speeches by presidential candidates, U.S. senators and other big-shot politicos — saw crowds of 300, and the group’s membership rolls hovered around 150, movers and shakers all. Speakers’ responses to members’ prodding questions often became fodder for the next morning’s headlines. But …

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PISCES: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 2014, you’ll have enough mojo to escape a frustration that’s drained you and pained you for a long time. You can end its hold on you for good. The months ahead also provide the chance to activate and cultivate a labor of love to last as long as you live. This project may not bloom overnight, but it will reveal its staying power dramatically. You’ll be able to draw on the staunch faith you need to devote yourself to it until its full blessings ripen. o

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AQUARIUS: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Artists who are content merely to hone their gifts eventually come to little,” says Belgian writer Simon Leys. “The ones who truly leave their mark have the strength and the courage to explore and exploit their shortcomings.” Borrow those words and use them in 2014. Even if you’re not an artist, you’ll be able to achieve an interesting kind of success if you’re willing to use raw materials and untapped potential of your so-called flaws and weaknesses. Whatever is unripe is the key to your creativity.

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CAPRICORN: Dec. 11-17

Rob Brezsny CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Derrick Brown has a poem, “Pussycat Interstellar Naked Hotrod Mofo Ladybug Lustblaster!” At least once in 2014, get up the nerve to call someone you love by that name. Even if you can’t quite bring yourself to utter those actual words, it’ll be healing to get to the point where you feel wild enough to say them. In the months ahead, you’ll be wise to shed inhibitions that have interfered with you getting all of the free-flowing intimacy you’d love to have.

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THE GAME'S AFOOT or HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre opened a new comedy farce that is Christmas themed with the title “The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays.” It will be on the Matuza Mainstage at 11 Old Mission Avenue until January 5, 2014, with a special New Year’s Eve party showing. Call 904-825-1164 for information and reservations or visit limelight-theatre.org. With this play, the winner of the 2012 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Play, Limelight is presenting a present for all you fans of playwright Ken Ludwig. Not sure if you are a fan? Well, if …

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JJ Grey – Holidays, New Tracks, Grandma & the Surf

by LIZA MITCHELL JJ Grey is always happy to be off the road and home with his family during the holidays, but he has a little something extra to look forward to this year. Grey and Mofro will ring in the New Year with the Allman Brothers at the Florida Theatre. Mofro originally planned to host a solo show, but Grey jumped at the chance to split the bill with true southern rock royalty, the Allman Brothers. “We had our show held for New Year’s Eve. The Allman Brothers camp challenged the hold and wanted us to confirm or not …

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Local Gifts

1. Claire Sommers Buck Jewelry Claire hand-smiths metal into unexpected organic shapes, resulting in a variety of styles. Her primitively hip pendants dangle, bright and tooth-like. A ring might use the curve of a leaf, or a tribal motif you might find on a shield in South America, where she traveled. At Violet Boutique in 5 Points. You can also see her work on www.clairesommersbuck.com (photos by jeanne ciasullo) – ERIN 2. Original Fuzz Guitar straps, bags, and cables for musicians. Co-Founders Lee McAlilly and Zach Lever launched the company in 2012 with the idea that guitar players would welcome …

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THE BIG TICKET

by photos: Ryan Smolka On Sunday December 8 Metro Park came alive as THE BIG TICKET returned to Jacksonville bringing thousands of music fans to the riverfront park to enjoy a day of raging rock. It’s undoubtedly the biggest music event in the area this month. For alternative rock fans, though, Stone Temple Pilots, Thirty Seconds to Mars, A Day to Remember and Jimmy Eat World performed to a energized crowd.

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THE AMEN CORNER

by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Stage Aurora gives Jacksonville audiences a rare opportunity to see an early work by the great American writer James Baldwin. “The Amen Corner” will be on stage at 5188 Norwood Ave inside Gateway Town Center, until December 13. For tickets call (904) 756-7372 or visit ticketleap.com. Baldwin wrote only one other play, “Blues for Mr. Charlie,” and we cannot recall either being done locally. Of course, his many novels are available at the library and can be ordered at any bookstore. Baldwin is on several lists of the 100 Greatest African Americans. Baldwin also …

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