Imported Folio

Going Deep

Written by mikewindy I first met Rick Saunders while teaching a sculpture class at Flagler College. He wasn’t a student or lowly adjunct, like me, but a full-time employee, a security guard. I had attended six different colleges before I got my degree and have worked for three others since, but I never met any other security guards like Rick. It wasn’t just his pierced ears, stylish haircut or cool tattoos that made him stand out, but rather the conversations we had whenever we’d run into each other on campus. I soon found out that music was his hobby, and …

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Humid Hell-Raisers

Written by Nick McGregor Is there anything sexier than a self-assured woman kicking out some raw, fun-loving rock ’n’ roll jams? Multiply that by three and you’ve got Orlando band Wet Nurse, made up of Vanessa Brewster (drums) and twins Nina (guitar/vocals) and Susana Chaplin (bass/vocals). Active since 2010, Wet Nurse has built a rollicking reputation for themselves across Florida by spreading their infectiously melodic message one sweaty, hyperkinetic show at a time. And lucky us, these three pop-punk prophets visit St. Augustine on Aug. 18 to celebrate the release of their debut full-length, “Daily Whatever.” Folio Weekly caught up …

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Choosing a Better Library

Denise M. Reagan How important are libraries these days? Maybe you think they’re dinosaurs left behind by new technology and changing lifestyles. Before you answer — when’s the last time you visited a library? If it’s been a while, maybe your perspective is a little dated. Another thing to consider before you answer: How much do you need libraries? If you have a computer and high-speed Internet at home and the means to buy books and periodicals, libraries may not play as big a role in your life, although many people with these amenities still choose the convenience and camaraderie …

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Sunshine for Some

Written by Susan Cooper Eastman State Attorney Angela Corey has made public a mountain of evidence in the case against George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin. As the special prosecutor assigned to the case, Corey has released hundreds of pages of documents, 911 recordings, crime scene photographs, surveillance video and other evidence. In Florida, such evidence becomes public under Florida’s public records laws when it is given to the defense through the rules of discovery. For the media clamoring for information and competing to get the story out first, Corey set up Egnyte, an online site that provides instant access …

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Still Skankin’ On

Written by Nick McGregor Ska has always had fanatical haters. In the ’60s and ’70s, the hard-rock cognoscenti dismissed ska as a frilly Jamaican creation. In the ’80s, the metal militia sneered at ska’s seeming softness. In the ’90s, punk rock’s power structure aimed much of its self-destructive venom at ska — “Ska Sucks,” a cult 1994 hit from Canadian radicals Propagandhi, pretty much says it all. And today, the Internet is full of anti-ska venom. But somehow, ska keeps skankin’ on. In fact, nearly every pioneer of the genre — The Skatalites, Fishbone, The Toasters, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The …

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Parking Space Wars

Written by Ron Word Exclusive shops, unique restaurants and funky bars have made the Riverside/Avondale area a destination for much of Northeast Florida, especially for those who want to dine, drink, party with friends and listen to music. But those living literally a stone’s throw from the action have to deal with the lack of designated parking for the hundreds of people who crowd into the bars and restaurants until closing time, parking in the nearby neighborhoods. Public urination, drunken outbursts, racing engines, honking horns, litter and blocked driveways have caused some residents to become exasperated as they see plans …

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Bite by Bite by Cuisine

  Bite by Bite by Cuisine From Your Brain to Your Belly   Can’t think of what to eat? Scarf this up!   Featuring: Why All the Sushi? Name that Restaurant Quiz Vegetatarians and Meat-Eaters, Unite! Download the pdf version of bite by bite by cuisine here Published August 7, 2012 BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 12620 Bartram Park Blvd., Mandarin, 652-2989 2420 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 794-9424 4907 Beach Blvd., San Marco, 398-4248 10065 Skinner Lake Dr., Tinseltown, 998-1997 9820 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 268-2666 3303 San Pablo Rd. S., Intracoastal, 223-1391 8011 Merrill Rd., Ste. 23, Arlington, 743-3727 5229 …

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Don’t Fence Me In

Written by Kara Pound RUNNING FENCE 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St., Downtow Admission to film is 366-6911 mocajacksonville. In September 1976, kooky artistic duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude completed a large-scale collaborative project called “Running Fence.” It consisted of a 24-mile-long, 18-foot-tall fence with 2,050 panels of while nylon fabric hung from steel cables. The “fence” extended through Sonoma and Marin counties in Northern California, disappearing into the Pacific Ocean. “Artists in the ’70s — working with earthworks and process-based pieces — were many times working beyond the confines of the …

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Get Out and Vote

Denise M. Reagan Early voting just started, so you can head to a polling site to vote in any number of important local and statewide races. Several county commission, Florida Legislature, school board seats and many more elected positions are up for grabs. But those aren’t the only critical races that require you to fulfill your democratic duty. Folio Weekly launched its annual Best of Jax ballot today (see pages 44 and 45 or go to folioweekly.com). Sure, a school board member can shape your child’s education and a county commissioner may be able to raise or lower your taxes, …

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A Big Fight Developing

Written by Susan Cooper Eastman During the golden days of the Great Housing Boom, St. Johns County was a sweet spot in Northeast Florida. It offered good schools, a life seemingly cosseted from crime and other urban problems, as well as a short commute to Jacksonville jobs. For housing developers, the county presented thousands of acres of undeveloped real estate in picturesque settings and a dependably development-friendly County Commission. Indeed, commissioners approved 147 new development projects out of 149 presented to them in 2003. As Folio Weekly reported in our 2004 story, “Choking on It,” real estate developers and companies …

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