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Posters and Political Propagandizing

by Madeleine Peck Walking into the Partisan the Sea poster show, Ann Peebles’s “Straight From the Heart,” (as sampled by the Rza) was spinning on the turntables. It set the tone for the show: hopeful, defiant, and honest. The posters, which were ostensibly designed to focus on one of the two candidates (though one can suppose if there had been a third-party candidate represented, the organizers would’ve gleefully mounted it), where overwhelmingly in support of Barak Obama. When Joey Marchy, one of the show’s organizers is asked about it, he admits that although he didn’t expect a lot of posters …

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Beverly Hill Chihuahua

by PepeB+ Rated PG91 min When my human dad, Rick Grant told me about Beverly Hills Chihuahua, a film starring Chihuahuas, I jumped up and down and threw a fit. Yes, I wanted to go. Rick, who kept saying no, finally relented and smuggled me into the theatre inside his wife Elaine’s large pocketbook. I was so excited when I saw so many of my breathren on the big screen-all shapes and sizes-but I couldn’t make a sound. We Chihuahuas love to bark, so it was hard not to express myself. Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore) is a pampered white …

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the black kids in the 904

by KATHERINE STEVENS From local bars to European venues – they’re back where it all began. Jacksonville’s recent claim to fame, the Black Kids, are no strangers to the Duval scene, having all grown up here and been a part of the inner-workings we so like to call “local indie rock.” And on Friday, September 19th they hit the stage and rocked out at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach. A torrential downpour didn’t stop friends and fans from packing in to see the Black Kids’ post-international popularity. Having been around since 2006, the band has played locally more than once …

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october movies

CURRENTLY SHOWING EAGLE EYE This is a race-against-time thriller where two strangers, Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Monaghan), are thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations – using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. As the situation escalates, these two ordinary people become the country’s most wanted fugitives, who must work together to discover what is really happening – and more importantly, why. Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario …

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hola, adios… see you on the road

by KATHERINE STEVENS Who doesn’t like a good road trip? God knows I do. I recently moved back to Jacksonville from Barcelona, Spain. And as luck would have it, I participated in many-a road trip while living there. Friends by your side, a map on your lap, the wind in your hair…it doesn’t get much better than that. Well, except for the hundreds of dollars (or euros) going into the gas tank. So what if you didn’t have to spend a dime? Ta-da! WJCT is making it a little easier on us… Jacksonville’s favorite public television station is bringing a …

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notes from the bachelor pad

by TROY SPURLIN “The sky is falling!, The sky is falling!,” warned Henny Penny. Dudes, I think that damn chicken may be right! Face it, our economy is in the gutter and my bank account ain’t fairing much better. Add to that, I am turning forty in five months, trying to keep my head above water during my first year in business, and my car’s engine just died to the tune of five thousand dollars. I am not a happy guy. So with that said and my article due, here I sit at the Mac wondering how in the hell …

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new tv superlatives

by KELLIE ABRAHAMSON Success in the TV business is, like high school, one giant popularity contest: the series with the best ratings always wins. In honor of this sad but true fact, we decided it would be fitting to award this fall’s new shows with superlatives. Which new network shows will be social butterflies and which are doomed outcasts? Read on to see our predictions. Best New Comedy [by default]: Worst Week (Mondays on CBS) My money for the true winner of this award is Aussie import Kath & Kim but because NBC has yet to share its upcoming pilots …

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netscapades

by BRENTON CROZIER October is largely associated with Halloween, the ushering in of autumn, Columbus Day if your city or town is not overtly politically correct, and in these parts, the Florida vs. Georgia game. All great things, granted, but allow me to expand your October horizons. For example, the 2nd is the International Day of Non-Violence, the 5th is International World Teachers’ Day and the second Monday of the month is Thanksgiving in Canada. Okay, wow, those days are way too boring for me too. I was surprised and far more interested to learn that October 16th is World …

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shedding the tux

by JON BOSWORTH In 1984, when he was just 24 years old, Philip Pan finished his master’s degree and went straight to work in what he called a “neighborly town” with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Music Director at the time, Roger Nierenberg, was trying to fill the concertmaster vacancy left by David Davidson, who had left to go to Nashville. Nierenberg, conductor Fabio Machete and Pan were all classmates together at Julliard. From academia Pan went straight to work, not taking the usual graduate’s path of meandering through all the sparkling things that piqued his interest before landing the steady …

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dish update + events

by ERIN THURSBY       Getting a meal isn’t always easy, especially in these tough times. Right now Second Harvest Food Bank of North Florida is experiencing a severe shortage in donations and demand is at an all-time high. Five hundred fifteen agencies depend on this food. You can donate food Second Harvest at Winn-Dixie, Vystar Credit Union and select Curves locations.       On a happier note, all throughout the month of October, St. Augustine’s Wildflower Cafe (4320 A1A South, 904-471-2691) will be celebrating. The Oktoberfest menu will include time-honored German dishes; Sauerbraten, Jaeger-style Pork Loin with Nuremberg hunter sauce and …

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a new upscale sports bar

by ERIN THURSBY When I first heard about Shula’s 347 opening, I immediately got nostalgic. I grew up near the first Shula’s, opened inside the Miami Lakes Inn. My father owned an autograph shop on Main Street called History in the Writing just a scant block away from the upscale sports bar, where he met his cronies and watched football games on the big screen. Since the first Shula’s opened in ’89, they’ve opened about 30 across the country. It’s named and owned by Don Shula, who’s best known for coaching the Miami Dolphins. He’s one of only 5 coaches …

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ingredient secrets: pomegranate

by ERIN THURSBY You’d think pomegranate had just been discovered from all the hype it’s received in the media. The main reason for this is because it’s been classified as a superfruit. The superfruit title is part marketing hook and part nutritional value. Fruits that can deliver nutrients your body needs, particularly rarer combos of these nutrients in their most complete form, are said to be superfruits. The more exotic (or expensive) a fruit is, the more likely it was be called a superfruit. Strawberries, for example, could be classified this way because of their nutrient value, but they’re far …

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lisa lampanelli

by ERIC STANIFORD       Lisa Lampanelli’s standup is hard-hitting, raw and brutally funny. Her appearances on Celebrity Roast and audience-jabbing standup earned her fast growing fame and an upcoming one-hour HBO special. Her newest tour brings her to the Florida Theatre on October 3. We were lucky enough to talk with Lisa before her arrival. EU: Thanks for taking time for this interview. LL: I guess we’ll see if it’s worth it. EU: So did you find this style of comedy or did it find you? LL: I think it finds you, but you have to listen and look for …

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theme park thrills

by KELLIE ABRAHAMSON halloween horror nights at universal, orlando September 26-November 1 (select nights)      We’ll start our theme park terror tour with the reigning king of scares, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando. This year marks their 18th anniversary and promises to be the most frightening yet. The theme this time around centers on everyone’s favorite slumber party story, Bloody Mary, who will suck you into a world filled with unspeakable terror if you chant her name in front of a mirror. Just after dark the entire park is transformed into that world, with over a half a dozen haunted …

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local halloween happenings

by KELLIE ABRAHAMSON       If you’re planning on staying close to home this Halloween, here are the area’s haunted hotspots: Adventure Landing’s Hall of Terror and Haunted River Ride 1944 Beach Blvd (Jacksonville Beach), 246-4286 October 10-November 1 (select dates), beginning at 7 pm       This Jax favorite has a little something for everyone. Get freaked out in the always spooky Hall of Terror or the brand new Haunted River Ride at Shipwreck Island. Meanwhile, little guys will enjoy the not-so-scary fun of the HalloWEE Zone. Admission: $10/per attraction, $16/combo ticket for both Evergreen Cemetery: Tales of Our City Tours …

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moca brings in art from, well… jacksonville

by DANIEL GONCALVES Getting a meal isn’t always easy, especially in these tough times. Right now Second Harvest Food Bank of North Florida is experiencing a severe shortage in donations and demand is at an all-time high. Five hundred fifteen agencies depend on this food. You can donate food Second Harvest at Winn-Dixie, Vystar Credit Union and select Curves locations. On a happier note, all throughout the month of October, St. Augustine’s Wildflower Cafe (4320 A1A South, 904-471-2691) will be celebrating. The Oktoberfest menu will include time-honored German dishes; Sauerbraten, Jaeger-style Pork Loin with Nuremberg hunter sauce and a Bavarian …

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women of vision: ten years of art beyond sight

by A.M. STEWART Imagine the world you once knew has become invisible. Now you must rely on touch and sound to navigate through life. And all the daily tasks you used to do need to be re-learned. Because once your sight disappears, life takes on a different meaning. Your task now: to adjust in a visually centered world. Now imagine being given the chance to create art, even if you’re visually impaired. The exhibit at the Cummer Museum, “Women of Vision: Ten Years of Art Beyond Sight” is a culmination of just that; art created by women with low vision …

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exercising to a better u on the Wii Fit

by ERIN THURSBY I’m really only overweight if I’m 5’3″. So I told the Wii Fit I was 5’4″. Every inch of height allows you more poundage. I’m actually 5’3″ 1/2 but the Wii Fit has no option for halves. I shouldn’t have erred on the side on self-flattery. It would have motivated me more if my Wii avatar was chubby. If you’re overweight the game adds weight to your Wii avatar. My husband’s Wii avatar is satisfyingly plump. My avatar, just inside the normal range of BMI by a tenth of a point, is absolutely adorable (I even gave …

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a greener u

by JENNIFER McCHAREN Just west of I-295, broccoli and brussels sprout seedlings are getting ready for transplant. Once they have four true leaves they’ll be moved into the field here at Down to Earth Farm. Sixty days later, if everything goes according to plan, they’ll be ready to harvest. Of course, working a brand-new organic farm (not certified), Brian Lapinski and his seedlings are somewhat at the mercy of the four winds, and the occasionally drenching rains they bring. “Two inches is considered a leaching rain,” he says, looking out over a puddled field. “That basically means all the nutrients, …

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by A.M. STEWART happy whore-a-ween! Why give in to the temptation of dressing like a submissive whore on the one day the living and dead mingle? Ladies, my goal is to inspire you to choose a sexy and powerful image to display during your Hollow’s Eve gathering. So I’ve come up with a few ideas that blow the “servant maid” and “innocent school girl” out of the water. By the way – I’m not the only one who’s noticed this tendency to over-saturate this holiday with slutty, high-cut, girly costumes. Comedian Jim Gaffigan says Halloween is his favorite holiday and …

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fighting the good fight

by Katherine Stevens The leaves are changing color, the wind is picking up and the First Coast is getting ready to kick breast cancer to the curb. For over two decades October has come to represent “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” And with a little help from our community, North Florida is becoming more and more aware of this life-changing diagnosis. It’s not something you can plan for. It’s not something you expect can happen to you. But the truth is, an estimated 175,000 woman are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. And according to the American Cancer Society, approximately 40,460 …

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Choke

by Rick GrantA-Rated R89 min Based on Chuck Palhniuk’s novel, and written and directed by Clark Gregg, this offbeat indie did well on the festival circuit. Sam Rockwell stars as Victor Mancini, a historical reenactor and self proclaimed sex addict. Confined to a nursing home, his crazy stepmother Ida (Angelica Huston) is dying of the last stages of Alzheimer’s. Despite being kidnapped and raised by her on the run, he still loves her. Victor’s sex problem involves his insatiable appetite for casual sex, but his addiction to pornography has cut off his ability to become emotionally involved with any of …

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Miracle at St. Anna

by Rick GrantB Rated R 160 min Recently Spike Lee criticized Clint Eastwood for not hiring black actors for his WWII epic Flags of Our Fathers. Lee’s criticism was unwarranted because Eastwood’s film was about the struggles of the six soldiers who fought their way up a volcano under heavy fire to raise the flag on Iwo Jima and there were no black soldiers in that group. After Lee’s released his war epic, Miracle At St. Anna, he was humbled by how difficult it was to shoot. In Lee’s WWII epic, he was way outside his field of expertise and …

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The Jock

by Tom Weppel Random thoughts from a cluttered mind… JAGUARS After four weeks, the Jags are 2-2. The mediocrity of the record reflects the feelings and attitudes of a lot of their fans in the area. Watching the team perform, there’s plenty of wonderment as to what will happen. There are times when the Jaguars can be effective on Offense, running the ball as they did against the Colts, with effectiveness. Then there are times when they don’t seem to be able to do squat. On the other hand, you’ve seen QB David Garrard move the team down the field …

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom & Epcot

by Dick Kerekes I have visited many places in the world, and Africa and Asia were on my list to visit some day. Flying is not longer fun and the cost of trips to either area would really strain my pocketbook. Ah, but Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando to the rescue!! With over 1,000 animals on 500 acres and very authentic recreations of Asia’s and Africa’s architecture and landscaping, at the end of the day I truly felt I had traveled to those countries. My companion and I entered the park exactly at the 9 AM opening and proceeded to …

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The Jock

by Tom Weppel JAGUARS This weekend the Jags will host the 0-2 Houston Texans downtown at No-Name Stadium, the day after Florida St. and Colorado play on the same field. The Jags come into this one at 1-2, thanks to last weeks’ entertaining win over the Colts on the road. We saw the Jags able to finally get a little offense going, primarily on the ground, and my best guess is that is primarily what we’re gonna be in for the rest of the season, unless one day expensive free agent Jerry Porter is able to actually get on the …

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Eagle Eye

by Rick GrantB+Rated PG-13in IMax This wild fast moving action film is the perfect genre to show off IMax to its highest potential.. Wow, the action on the gigantic screen was spectacular when I viewed the movie on AMC Regency’s new digital IMax theater. The crystal clear images combined with the gut wrenching soundtrack was an adrenalin high. Director D.J. Caruso and writer John Glenn created a cautionary tale of a massive cyber attack on America. The attacker, a computer voice, was into everything run by computers-traffic lights, military communications, television, streaming video, car computers, the electrical grid, and construction …

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Ghost Town

by Rick GrantBRated PG-13102 min Ricky Gervais is a funny man who produced the British and American version of The Office. Now he’s trying to break into American films with this comedy. Gervais portrays a obsessive and uptight dentist, Bertram Pincus D.D.S., who comes off as a jerk. He hates his patients especially the ones that talk a lot. So, he stuffs their mouth with cotton. When a routine operation goes bad, Bartram dies for seven minutes and when he wakes up, he has access to the other side where he can see ghosts who are trapped on earth with …

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West Side Story

by Dick Kerekes The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Alhambra Dinner Theatre completed a four performance run of the 2nd joint venture of the season, with the Bernstein/Sondheim classic musical West Side Story. This excellent production was well received by enthusiastic audiences at all performances and I hope this means more of the same next season. The plot is well known to musical theatre fans since this show has been around since the l950s. This was a modern retelling of the Romeo and Juliet then, but unfortunately the story of hostile teen-age gangs still exists and in many more cities …

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Nuns having fun

by Erin Thursby Nunsense is understandably popular. You’ve got to love a show that features a kick-line of nuns in the opening number. That’s just inherently funny. I’d seen it on the season lists before but I’d never seen the show. When I got the chance to review it at the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, I jumped at the opportunity to fill in this gap in my musical theatre education. If you love musical theatre you’ll certainly love Nunsense, which is rife with references to musical theatre from Fiddler on the Roof to Grease. There are also lots of references …

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