Imported Folio

If You Build It, They Will Come

story by SCOTT GRANT Imagine it’s a Saturday in January. There is a nip in the air in the morning, but in the afternoon, it warms up to a pleasant 72 degrees. You run some errands and then rush to your favorite sports bar to watch the game. The Jaguars are playing for the AFC Championship at home. Like most of the people around you, you wish you had been able to get tickets. The room is electric. Expectations are high. Maybe this is the year we finally win another Super Bowl! The telecast begins and the camera pans across …

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Life’s a Beach

story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON It’s smack-dab in the middle of summer. The skies are blue, the air’s hot and sticky, and the chance of rain is almost nonexistent (at least until 3 or 4 p.m. … every day). In other words, perfect beach weather! We here on Amelia Island are so spoiled by 13 miles of beautiful beachfront, many of us fail to truly appreciate and embrace the magnificent panoramas surrounding us. Sometimes we forget the rest of the world is kinda dull and drab compared to our island. Way back when I first moved to glorious Amelia Island, …

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Beer Money, Inc.

story by SHELTON HULL One of the best weekends I had in 2018was a road trip that began with a drive to Atlanta, SweetWater Brewing Company’s HQ. Folio Weekly publisher/wheelman Sam Taylor thought it might be worth looking into, and the boss was right—as usual. The craft beer producer was due to debut its hazy, hempy IPA, the 420 Strain G13, and the day (July 13) coincided with a Lake Street Dive concert at Little Five Points’ Variety Playhouse. Now, a few beers before a show always hit the spot, especially when said beers are fresh from the tap after …

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Goody Four Shoes

story by DAVI Earlier this summer, my mom and I fetched an inner tube and spent a lazy afternoon floating down a cool river. Others brought their dogs, too, whether they were ace swimmers or not. Those that weren’t big on swimming stayed in their tubes, outfitted in life jackets and dog shoes. Wait … what? Yes, dog shoes. It got me thinking: Are dog shoes really necessary? Most dogs walk around barefoot their whole lives without sustaining a major foot injury. It’s not like they’re scaling mountains or trotting on hot cement on the regular. A typical daily routine …

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Life, Death & Punk Music

Mike Llerena & The Nerve, Friendly Fire, BLURG 8 p.m. Friday, July 26, Nighthawks, Riverside, nighthawksjax.com, $8 Nighthawks2952 Roosevelt Blvd.Jacksonville, FL 32205 View larger map story by J. SCOTT GAILLARD After years of toiling in the regional vineyard, Friendly Fire is ready to set the world ablaze. The Jacksonville band’s sound combines blistering tempo, soaring lyrics and distorted guitars tearing through relentless power chords. It’s aggressive enough for die-hard punk fans but appealing enough for terrestrial radio—second-wave punk à la Bad Religion and Pennywise but with a definitive East Coast petulance. Josh Sanders is the beating heart of Friendly Fire. …

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Celebrate Life

Water. Life. Art. Opening reception 6 p.m. Friday, July 26 (runs through Nov. 11), Beaches Museum, Jax Beach, beachesmuseum.org, $5 donation Beaches Museum381 Beach Blvd.Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 View larger map story by COURTNEY STRINGFELLOW Wedged between two brick buildings on Forsyth Street is a one-story office space occupied by a law firm and other businesses. I’m buzzed in and directed to a waiting area. Then Annelies Dykgraaf appears. Her creative accomplishments are such that, even in this mundane setting, it’s difficult to see her as anything but an artist. I’m here to talk about her new solo exhibit, Water. …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner July 25. Kevin Ski July 26. Paul Ivey July 27. Michele Anders July 30 SLIDERS, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Tad Jennings July 25. Lauren Marie Band July 26. Shotgun & Luke July 28. King Eddie & Pili Pili every Wed. Mark O’Quinn every Tue. The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher The Macys July 24. John Waters July 26. Reggie “Katfish” Lee July 28. Kyle Freeman July 30   THE BEACHES (All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BLUE JAY Listening Room, 412 N. Second St. Trella, …

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Freewill Astrology

story by ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): After analyzing unusual animal behavior, magnetic fluctuations, outbreaks of Twitter mayhem and the moon’s position, a psychic has foretold that a moderate earthquake will rumble through the St. Louis area in the next few weeks ahead. I don’t agree; I have my own prediction. Using data about how cosmic forces are conspiring to amuse your rapture chakra, I predict a major lovequake for many Aries between now and Aug. 20. Start preparing. Think about adventures and breakthroughs to boost exciting union. Get in a frame of mind to seek collaborative catharses to …

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Leading the Blind

PIECES LEFT, MEKA NISM, LEGIONS BLIND 9 p.m. Saturday, July 27, The Roadhouse, Orange Park, roadhouseop.com, $3 The Roadhouse231 Blanding Blvd.Orange Park, FL 32073 View larger map story by SCOTTIE BROWN Orange Park is about to be invaded by some of Jacksonville’s finest up-and-coming talent when The Roadhouse hosts a triple bill headlined by Pieces Left and featuring the recently formed River City rock quartet, Legions Blind. “We are excited to play there with our friends in Pieces Left,” guitarist and vocalist George Whitaker Jr. told Folio Weekly. “We love that venue and have played there a few times. We’re …

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Citizens Versus City Council

story by TERRY D. BORK Last week, I attended the Finance and Rules Committee meetings of the Jacksonville City Council to hear discussion of Duval County Public Schools’ request for a sales tax referendum—and to contribute my two cents during the public comments period. It was not a pleasant experience. During the two meetings, the City Council didn’t ask a lot of questions, though certain councilmembers say they have many. The fireworks came when councilmembers Rory Diamond and Matt Carlucci spoke. Diamond announced his opposition to the referendum because he supports charter schools. He stated that the only place he …

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