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A Working Person’s Portion at a Working-Class Price

Grumpy’s Restaurant834 Kingsley Ave.Orange Park, FL 32073 View larger map story by LINDSEY NOLEN Legend has it the original Chef Grumpy was a U.S. Navy cook named Dennis. He dreamed up Grumpy’s Restaurant long ago and reportedly still visits the brick-and-mortar location in Orange Park. The place has come a long way over the years, though. It’s even changed hands multiple times. Now under the ownership and leadership of Daniel DeLeon, Grumpy’s enters an exciting new era that includes growth into a franchise opportunity. Currently located at 834 Kingsley Ave., Grumpy’s Restaurant has been serving Southern-style diner favorites for breakfast …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Bryan Ernst Sept. 11. Davis Turner Sept. 12. Kevin Ski Sept. 13 & 15. Amy Vickery Sept. 14. Justin Spivey Sept. 17 SJ Brewing Co., 463646 S.R. 200, Yulee Shawn Layne Sept. 14 SLIDERS, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Brian Ernst Sept. 12. Hupp Sept. 13. Joe King Sept. 16. King Eddie & Pili Pili Wed. Mark O’Quinn Tue. The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher The Macys Sept. 11. Savannah Leigh Bassett Sept. 13. Davis Turner Sept. 14   THE BEACHES (All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BLUE …

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BLURG with a Bang

BLURG AT SING OUT LOUD’S MENTAL SHOWCASE 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Shanghai Nobby’s, St. Augustine, singoutloudfestival.com, free AGENT ORANGE, FRIENDLY FIRE, DEATHWATCH 97, BLURG, FFN 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, Nighthawks, Riverside, nighthawksjax.com, $20 story by J. SCOTT GAILLARD In Northeast Florida, the young punks are BLURG. They won’t grow up and play by the rules. The rules say ambitious folks shooting for success in the music industry must ditch their instruments for voice lessons and dance classes. They must head to towns like Orlando, Nashville and Hollywood to join a girl or boy band and appear on some …

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What Is It? It’s It!

story by DAN HUDAK It’s been 27 years since the Losers Club defeated Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård) in It (2017). During that time, most of the club members moved away, except Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), who lives above the town library and stays alert for signs that the evil clown has returned. And, lo, at the start of It Chapter Two, his diligence is rewarded. To the phone Mike goes, calling the six other Losers, all of whom long ago swore a blood oath that they would return to Derry, Maine, if Pennywise should re-emerge. Bill (James McAvoy) is a …

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Absorbing Information

story by SHELTON HULL In his 1979 masterpiece, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, author Douglas Adams offered up perhaps the finest words ever written in the English language—about towels. The quotation is so good it’s worth reprinting (almost) in full: “A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth … you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal and, of course, dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.” Adams’ sage advice …

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Canine Nomenclature

story by DAVI In the five years I’ve been a dog, never have I tracked down the story behind my breed. Yet here I am, discovering how Dachshunds earned that title and learning how a handful of other common breeds became so named. While the naming process of some breeds is more obvious than others—just watch a Golden Retriever chase a tennis ball—you may be surprised to learn how some canine monikers came to be. Once you learn the origins of these names, you’ll likely nod your head in agreement.   POODLE Despite the Poodle’s pop-culture reputation as pampered lap …

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Get ‘Em In, Make ‘Em Stay

story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER I must confess, as an artist and resident of the city, I read the headline of Sean T. Smith’s Aug. 14 Backpage Editorial—“Make Jacksonville Great Already”—with a fair amount of skepticism. Here’s why: Again and again, Jacksonville has failed to learn the lessons of larger, more culturally adroit cities. Instead, it has bungled in its attempts to encourage growth. Then I read the piece and, overall, I agree with Mr. Smith. I believe that the core of what he’s saying is that the greater Jacksonville area has everything it needs in terms of talent to …

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Distract & Conquer

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO What do wealth, power and privilegedo when they find themselves on the wrong side of public opinion? They don’t back down, that’s for sure. No, when push comes to shove, the powerful push back. And they begin by muddying the waters to distract and dilute opposition. That’s exactly what Gate Petroleum did last Friday, Sept. 6, when the company’s vice president of Marketing, Communications & Government Affairs issued a news release with the subject line, “PONTE VEDRA CORPORATION PROPOSES THREE-YEAR STAY PERIOD ON DEVELOPMENT OF OUTPOST PROPERTY.” Folio Weekly readers will recall Lindsey Nolen’s Aug. 28 …

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Good Times in the Gulf? Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2019 Record Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2019 Record Prediction The predictions on continue! A much anticipated debut in The Bay by and his new look offense with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers left a lot to be desired.  and the offense couldn’t find its footing, as they only found pay dirt one time.  Tampa faithful are hoping for a quick turn around as they are now chasing for the division. Is the postseason in the future, or will the Bucs’ be partying on the ship come playoff time?  Predictions for the rest of the season are below. If you didn’t catch the predictions for the …

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The Lark, a New Creative Space for Downtown Jacksonville, George Saoud, Meleese, Rob Middleton, Tony Rodriguez Mural

The Lark, a New Creative Space for Downtown Jacksonville

Our great city is home to dozens of iconic buildings Downtown that have their own unique, cultural history to tell. The Bryan Building on Hogan Street at is one such superstructure that is layered with decades of creative owners and establishments that only add to its rich authenticity. With the upcoming grand opening of The Lark, these urban walls are on the verge of starting a bright and brand-new contemporary chapter that will revitalize a cherished pocket of . Above the store fronts of and is a vibrant, pulsing innovative space that is about to become a magnet landmark where …

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Something for Everyone at Empanada Llama in Mandarin, Photo by Jill Cruz

Something for Everyone at Empanada Llama in Mandarin

Besides having an adorable name, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Empanada Llama in . Located in the Carrabba’s strip mall off of San Jose, Empanada Llama occupies a small space with about 5-6 tables and bar seating against the wall. When you first walk in you are hit with how charming the interior is. There walls are adorned with needlepoint art and a funky, geometric paint job by the door. Once you enter, you walk up to the counter to place your order. The menu focuses mainly on empanadas but quite a few different side items are …

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A Beauty of a Start to a 50th Season at Orange Park Community Theatre

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast With a rendition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that had everyone laughing, clapping, ooh-ing and aah-ing, kicks off its 50th Anniversary season. For a small stage, this theatre touts big talent. Director brings to life a show that delights the senses of young and old alike, and I say that because the entire audience, with a fairly full house, was clearly enjoying themselves throughout. The characters are well-cast, the vocals (Jeremy McKinnies) and choreography (Javi Fernandez) are wonderful, and there are audible gasps and claps from the audience with the myriad of reveals from …

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Road to Glory? Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 Record is Predicted

Road to Glory? Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 Record Predictions

If phrases were in the dictionary and you just happened to look up “make or break season”, a photo of Doug Marrone, Dave Caldwell, Tom Coughlin, and a team photo of the would appear as a whole page. This 2019 season that is only a few days away is one that will determine the fates of those in charge, as well as the direction this maligned football team is headed. As a well-established pessimist when it comes to Jaguars football, I’ve decided to take the plunge and have predicted the Jaguars schedule this season. Will this team be good enough under …

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Sing Out Loud Festival in St. Augustine, Lauris Vidal

Sing Out Loud Festival: Free Music in St. Augustine for the Month of September

4th Annual Sing Out Loud Festival The 4th annual kicks off September with a roster of 334 national, regional, and local artists performing in live concerts at various venues. The month-long free festival held on the four weekends from September 6th-29th features eclectic presentations of concerts by country music star Kacey Musgraves, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Jenny Lewis, Kurt Vile, Shovels & Rope, Son Volt and Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Growlers, Hot Water Music, Propagandhi and Subhumans, GZA, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Menzingers, and Dave Hause, Raye Zaragoza, and more. The full schedule is available at …

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Experience the Mythical Magic with Internetainers Rhett & Link

Experience the Mythical Magic with Internetainers Rhett & Link at the Florida Theatre

We all have that one friend that gives us carte blanche to be silly, spontaneous, inappropriate, to gross each other out, and make each other howl with laughter. Pipe in some original music, scripted sequiturs, and point a camera at it, and that’s the genesis of Rhett & Link boiled down to its raw essence. Childhood friends, Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln “Link” Neal III capitalized on that chemistry, developing an inspired and hilarious YouTube channel that allowed them to embrace their shared brand of humor as “Internetainers.” “We coined the moniker “internetainer” very early on in our YouTube career. We …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Amy Vickery Sept. 4. Davis Turner Sept. 5. Shawn Layne Sept. 6. Jimmie Coleman Sept. 7. Kevin Ski Sept. 8 SJ Brewing Co., 463646 S.R. 200, Yulee Shawn Layne Sept. 14 SLIDERS, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Tad Jennings Sept. 5. Joe King Sept. 9. King Eddie & Pili Pili Wed. Mark O’Quinn Tue. STORY & SONG, 1430 Park Ave. The April Verch Band Sept. 7 The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher The Macys Sept. 4 & 11. Colored Sound Sept. 6. X-Hale Sept. 7   THE BEACHES (All venues …

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Back in the Saddle

Duval Day Festival 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, 345-5760, 1904musichall.com, $9.04/$15. 1904 Music Hall19 N. Ocean St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by SHELTON HULL It’s drizzling in the dark in Riverside on a Tuesday in late August, but the members of the band Whole Wheat Bread are damp with perspiration, cashing in on the sweat equity accrued in their nearly 20 years together as a band. It’s been more than a year-and-a-half since they had last played together, but they’re joining forces again for a show at 1904 Music Hall. …

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Slow Making & Time

MUSING WOMEN Through Sept. 19, FSCJ’s South Campus Gallery, 11901 Beach Blvd., fscj.edu/art-galleries, free FSCJ South Campus Gallery11901 Beach Blvd.Jacksonville, FL 32246 View larger map story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER Shedding skin and transforming theself are the themes at the heart of visual artist Dimelza Broche’s works. They’re ideas which she has been working through for a long time but, within the last two years, they’ve taken on greater urgency and personal application. A recent graduate of the University of Georgia’s MFA program, the Jacksonville-based artist combines painting, casting, ceramics and embroidery to evoke lyric moments of reflection … and …

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Minimalism at the Beach

RESTAURANT DORO 106 First St., Neptune Beach, 853-6943, restaurantdoro.com Restaurant Doro106 1st StNeptune Beach, FL 32266 View larger map story by BRENTLEY STEAD Clean lines. Polished tiles. Sparkling glasses. The interior of Restaurant Doro might be intimidating, if it weren’t for its chef and owner, Christopher Polidoro. He brings a comforting sense of warmth and relaxation to the space. His restaurant is a fine-dining destination, but Polidoro says, “Cooking is what I like to do; it’s not pretentious.” Nor is the spirit of the place. The focus here is squarely on the ingredients of the dishes presented to the guests. …

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