Friday, March 30, 2007

Good News Bad News

I was reading between the mortgage and hoodia ads on the local paper site and saw that the director of the Film Festical quit. I'm thinking, awe man, thats bad news. All the intrepid reporter (admittingly it was film critic Matt Soergel) could get was that it "got ugly" and things "were handled badly". Dig Matt dig!

Somebody tell me what that means. Sounds like every other day for a non-profit art org to me.

So I kept reading to find out JOHN MF WATERS is coming. YES!

Scroll down for fun stuff to do this weekend as you amp up for the film fest.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

For the love of ART.

Judith Rosenau

I'm sure you are all heading to Art After Dark on Friday. If you never have been then you really need to hit and if you have been then its clear we'll see you there again. I'm entrigued by the Brazillian theme and VIP. How many is a Brazillian?

You can also get a sneak peak of upcoming exibitionist Steve Forster (in the student section), who will install at the Burrito after:

Judith Rosenau

From Tommy Hobin:

Judith Rosenau is a 26-year-old student at the University of Colonge located in Cologne, Germany. Her work has been displayed in both Cologne and nearby Dueren. Judith was chosen by the dean of the University of Cologne to show her work in his chambers for several semesters in 2005. This is her first exhibit in the US.

If you'd like any pre-show info from Tommy I have his info available.

Get off the couch dude.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Mr. Hooper

The Jacksonville Business Journal got all the info right except I only consulted on the opening of Angelo's Italian Restaurant (which is still delicious!)

More "cross promotion" coming up.


Not sure why the video won't work embedded, so go here, would ya?

on your bike! We've got one seperated bike lane, the Riverwalk! There are also great perpendiculars to do this. Why not?

Great interviews at the end of this film., brilliant!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

100 Year Itch!

That's Dr. Plasker.

He is speeking at Gold's Gym DOWNTOWN Wednesday March 28th at 6pm.

Close your eyes and imagine 67 years from now. Sitting on your porch, showing your great great great grandkids your signed copy of The 100 Year Lifestyle. Then telling them to get their own. Whippersnappers.

I'm so going.

Think about it.

from Vinchen

also from Vinchen these, which I thought timely.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I'd like to personally invite you...

From my friend KLB:
Hi there! I wanted to personally invite each of you to the Shipyards Model Grand Opening celebration this weekend. There will be refreshments, a live band, and of course a first look at our beautifully appointed model home.

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 1pm-5pm

950 East Bay Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

I look forward to seeing you!


Karen Barnes

Marketing Coordinator


950 East Bay Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

904.562.SHIP (7447) p | 904.562.1475 f |

So way to go voters, ahem. Nice turnout. The bad news is that my prediction of 150 voters was right (I only missed on a few. Ok a handful). The good news is that no jaguars were arrested yesterday, but THANKFULLY FCN has found some tapes to keep them totally in the spotlight. Why release this now?

I have it on good authority that there will be a jazz in june, sans DVI. Oh look, here is a Jazz in June-ish video from Get Out There!, Jax Parks

Good news roundup at Urban Jacksonville

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


My sister raised $3,295.00 for kids with cancer. Thanks to all who donated!

Photo by Erika Gudmundsen

Take your family to VOTE TODAY

Everyone is doing it.

About this picture which I swiped from some guy named errorik.

1. The person yelling at Mr. President is shouting "Vote for Pedro and Jimmy Midyette"
2. Laura seems like she is either skipping or sheepherding.
3. They are heading to the handicap booth.

I hope he heard the shout.


Monday, March 19, 2007

Gone Daddy Gondola!

I think this is a brilliant idea.

Balanky and Co has vision.

This connects the southbank with the sports complex and the Shipyards. It is way cheaper than I would have thought ($8 to 10 million) and it can move up to 2400 people an hour.

We could use an icon downtown and one that leaves the car in the garage is win win!

Worth 1000 words.

Urban Jacksonville doesn't pull punches in today's post. Which wins my coveted John Courage award. (Pick up your prize at Shanty soon JM!- holler)

I was advised not to endorse this year, but I have to back up this protest vote. I am also really bummed the sheriff and mayor couldn't find a way to make it back to Duval for their only debate. That will earn you a protest vote or two. Which election-wise might not hurt, but hopefully someone with sense will tell the fellas they should have debated. If not for them, for their city. And they missed it Thursday, why the FTU story now? Weird.

Runner up Reginald Davis for sheriff.

The graph on his page is as scary as the shots and sound bites in his commercial.

I hope you guys get out and vote.

Friday, March 16, 2007


Duke is out. College content.

• Former Spartan Mateen Cleaves, in the Bakersfield Californian, on coming back from his ankle injury in the 2000 national championship game against Florida: "I thought it was broken. My doctor told me it was worse than a sprain. I thought I was done. But then I saw I could put a little weight on it. It was sore every step I took. But you think about winning a championship."

tip- Detroit Free Press

No Shows! This changes everything!

I worked late last night and didn't get a chance until today to try to find the debates from last night. Ummm only the Super Visors actually had all the candidates. The Mayor and Sheriff bailed. Stones!

Of course this changes everything. Not really. I'd be PISSED if I was Tom Patton.

City Council

Did I mention yet that this is all nonsense? For some reason you guys are eating it up. I should also mention that just because I pick someone to win it doesn't automatically mean I'm voting for them. Although some of my picks will be because I want them to win. I'm biased as hell and admitting it. I'm not asking you to do anything. Except vote, which you should do anyway. So on with the predictions. For everyone I get wrong, if you (the candidate) win, I'll buy you a shot of my choice.

Also, if you click the Districts you'll go to the resumes at the FTU or if its a totally sizzlin' race the MetroJacksonville page. Some are informative, some are just hilarious. If you find the future of our city funny. I'll admit. I find humor all over this stuff.

District 1:

I do not know Cheryl Grimes, sorry hun. I have met Clay Yarborough. We worked the big board at WJCT auction once. I sold out my boards but never got asked back. Why? He's like the Doogie Houser of local politics (young, not gay). I'm going with Clay.

District 2:

Bill Bishop in a runaway. Full disclosure (not that I need it, your just reading this to escape work remember) Bill is on my Main Branch team.

District 3:

Richard Clark in a landslide. He is handsome.

District 4:

Earl M. Johnson Jr. This will probably go to a run off but I see Earl Johnson downtown more than any other candidate for any seat. He is approachable and knowledgable. Two upsides all of our council members should have. He told me one time he was a JC Watts republican. I am a Michael Bloomberg democrat. Yes I know. Also Owen at Flog had some secret about Redman but fails to deliver on his promised bombshell.

District 5:

This one is HOT! And I'm talking Paris Hilton HOT. Art Shad has done some real pro city things since taking office. I like the bus stop ideas and I think he helped save Annie Lytle. Rumors and innuendo and 13 traffic violations (dude is like a corvair) won't keep him out of council. Remember, republican incumbent, duval. Goller had some good points about the Hendricks improvements and river health, but at the end her signs look like the levee broke and we're all in the 9th ward. I'm not voting in this district. I just think Shad wins. No disclosure here, they ain't related.

District 6:

I got nothing on this one so I'm going with the one candidate with quotes in his name John D. "Jack" Webb. I'm pretty sure the Mandarin crowd doesn't read my blog so I'm probably safe on the shot promise here.

District 7:

Another HOTLY contested race. We've got all you want here. Reckless driving, sex photos, River Regions, Hionedes. I'm going Pedro Cohen in an UPSET. Probably a run off with Gaffney.

District 8:

Denise Lee, yawn. Hasn't she been here before?

District 9:

This district needs help. There are some good engaged candidates in this field. It would be hard to see a 20 year council veteran (Jones) not win, HOWEVER, I agree with almost everything Jimmy Midyette Jr. posts on the met. Midyette in a SHOCKER!

District 10:

Mia Jones. She has had a solid, principled last four years. I can't see a Muhammad winning in Jax, even on the northside. Or what I've been told is now North Jacksonville.

District 11:

Mike Saylor. I have no idea about the other candidates and frankly, this blog is about me. If you win. You get a shot (of my choice), but not if I pick you Mike.

District 12:

Daniel Davis in an Upset.

District 13:

Arthur Graham in a close one.

District 14:

I actually vote in this one and while I'm really intrigued by the beer man and sunshine kid, I just don't see an upset. Broken record about republican incumbent. I should also say that I like a lot of the things Corrigan has done. I'm also glad he was challenged, its better for the community. Issues are out there. People are talking.

At Large Group 1:

Why all the Fussell?

At Large Group 2:

Karl "Jay" Jabour. He wins massively not just on the "quotes" but that the Jay has nothing to do with his first name. Go Karl, its your birthday.

At Large Group 3:

Lad Daniels. I see Lad Daniels at more events than any current councilperson except maybe Graham.

At Large Group 4:

Kevin Hyde. In a landslide

At Large Group 5:

Glorious Johnson. Our next mayor (after Peyton, keep reading).

Thats all folks. Like every blog entry I hope I didn't lose any clients or prospects or customers. Its just some jerks opinion. You must VOTE. Thats the thing. If there is no link to the district or group that means that nobody had the nuts to oppose that council person, which is a problem. Big props to the folks who took on ahem, republican incumbents. I'll get my presidential picks out after the may run offs. Because you like this crap. Wait. Its about me.

Super Visor

I guess we should all be anxious about the new reality show "Punk'd Election". As it doubled the audience of "Fighting Words". I thought it was on like donkey kong. But its more like on like, Zzzzzzz. I mean March came in like a lion but goes out with a yawn. Sure some lady voted twice and Jerry has cams (and damn good ones at that) all up in our electoral grill, but when you combine the superslickprofessionalism of the video (felt queasingly political, I know, gasp) with the convincing explanation it will definitely go down as a backfire. Although backfire may be too tough as I'm not sure we're ready to unseat any republican incumbents in Duval anyway. A third candidate may have helped Jenkins get into a run off which could push more issues out. But there aint and he'll be back.

Oh my Shereeefff

I was impressed by Reginald Davis on WJCT. He's a beat cop, which he contends is what we need. I think a lot of people would agree. But do a lot of people even know he's running? Dale Carson is a published ex FBI agent with different ideas on crime prevention. Neither stands a chance if 15% is all we expect for turnout. Rutherford has his work cut out for him. If the perception of crime in Duval continues to get worse and we keep our crown as murder capital of Florida he probably won't want to run against decent candidates next election. Alas, unless there is some underground get out the vote, this will also be a landslide. Rutherford without a run off.

I can change.

I apologize to those who came today looking for endorsements. It seems like we are going to have about 150 people vote next Tuesday and in all likelyhood it couldn't possibly be the same people that read this blog. They are predicting less than 15% turnout. Cheese and rice. I guess voting twice could swing it this year.

Anyway, in lieu of endorsements, I thought I'd go ahead and predict winners. My circle of advisors have let me know that endorsements are suicidal. I already get enough parking tickets.

If you are looking for coverage on each candidate in each race, the Times Union has decent coverage here.

Anyway, on with the show, this is it:

Mayors Race:

No shocker here. Mayor Peyton will overcome his opponents name recognition and wrestling moves. Despite heavy funding from the syrup lobby I think this one is done. Its a shame that we couldn't get a stronger field that invigorated more discussion. That said, I don't think Jackie Brown is incapable of running things. I just can't imagine it. Landslide. Mayor Peyton should be aware of some protest votes too and should reach out to all Duvalians after this election because we're far from a well oiled machine at present.

Next up, Sheriff!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Vote Early! Vote Often!

Just kidding, Jerry. So very soon I'll be posting my totally biased should not be considered for anything meaningless ELECTION 2007 ENDORSEMENTS. I've got opinions ya'll and since this is my personal blog I'm going to throw them out there. If you have a problem or question or comment please email me. I don't have comments, because I blog for my sellout ideas not yours. Do your own blog.

Also, this election is great for traffic and sensational! Viva class of 2007.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Don't Hate

Take the pledge.

What a great idea. I was going to give up hating for lent but gave up shots instead and joined the gym. Hats off to ngen for making a difference.

Korea! Go-rea!

I got this email from my friend Keith who has spent a lot of time working in Korea. His updates from over there were really cool. Anyway, feeling adventurous?:

Hey, it's Keith. I am e-mailing a couple people about this weird opportunity. Since I was living in Korea, I plan on going back this summer and teaching for a few weeks over the summer. There are summer camps that pay really well, and I'm trying to get hooked into some of them.

I have been talking with different companies, and through some bizarre twist of fate, have hooked up with a really good one (as far as I can tell). They've put an offer on the table to make me a recruiter of sorts.

I thought I'd e-mail a few people and throw some seeds out into the universe, and see what took root. If you know anyone who has a college degree and might be interested in working/traveling in Asia, let me know.

Here's the very least that someone can expect:

$2,200 per month salary
ROUND trip airfare (if they complete the full year. 1 way for 6 months of work)
An apartment free of charge
Insurance (some schools only pay 50%, but when I was there I think I paid $40 per month)
After the completion of a contract, they give you a month's bonus salary (so if you work 12 months, you get paid for 13)
usually no more than 30 hours per week. (My first year there, I wound up working 16 hours a week. It's a rarity, but it does happen)
Overtime is time and a half (rarely did I ever work overtime)

I was able to save between $1,000 and $1,500 every month, and I lived very well.

So if you know anyone who wants to take a year off from the rat race, let me know. I could probably land a couple a job together too. When I went over there I knew nothing, but now I have the ability to help someone get started over there.

Throwing seeds into the wind.......

and then I got this:

I forgot.....

And if anyone is interested in just working one of those summer camps, let me know too. They usually range from 1-3 weeks, and can pay anywhere from $800-$1400 per week.

Choose your own adventure! If interested:
Keith Marks [keithmarks -at-]

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

District Braining

Let me know what you think of this graph by one of the 13 Minute crew, rankwell. 13 Minutes were in the Cathedral District back when you were a little case g.


I was JUST looking up Charles Landry yesterday, when in today's Baily Daily I saw this:

• The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is hosting the 31st annual Arts Awards luncheon, “The Artist as Community Visionary” at noon April 24 on the stage of the Moran Theater at the T-U Center. This year’s keynote speaker is Charles Landry, author and founder of COMEDIA, Europe’s cultural planning consultancy. For more information or to purchase tickets call 358-3600.

I saw CL at the Creative Cities Summit in Tampa a couple years ago. He kicked Richard Florida's ass. Actually Florida was ok, and they were seperate keynotes but Landry was much stronger in my opinion.

Get your tickets NOW. This awards lunch always sells out and they have had some kick ass speakers, but Charles Landry changed my life. If you like reading about my takes on urban growth and culture and development, I would say its about half Landry and half city's I've studied with a strong lean towards Seattle.

Since we sold out the Bennett Peji lecture without any mainstream media coverage (or follow up - slackers) don't think this one won't sell out. It always does. I know the whole thing is filmed so maybe we can get a youtube for those that can't make it. Charles Landry is the real deal. I'm so stoked. Go Bob White.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Ground Floor Retail

I wish.

According to the Fake Steve who read Businessweek, Apple stores make more money per square foot than anyone.

By a longshot. $4,032 per square. Rent's start at about $8.50 per square here. Come on Steve, how about them apples?

Where is my PAPER?

credit metrojacksonville

I was reading Metro Jacksonville this morning about the review for the Mica/Brown Commuter Rail event. I had heard about it all week but couldn't make it myself. I was STUNNED to find out that the Florida Times Union didn't think it was newsworthy. Isn't Mica the ranking minority member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee? Doesn't Corrine deliver?

This is not the first time the FTU forgot to do their work. Or ignored it for whatever reason. But if they keep overtly missing things, who will depend on them to catch anything?

Note to FTU. Please don't come after me, I mean to only improve you.


It dawned on me that it was this time last year that we did Jaxparks Get Out There! I used to work for the city as a consultant putting together events (mostly on the river and downtown). This event was very fun and very diverse. There was another huge event in Mandarin at Walter Jones park, and that was well attended. I met some folks that went to both. Even though I'm not involved, I hope they bring back Get out there! It had a ton of great "get to know your parks" events.

Which brings up Jazz in June. Right now DVI doesn't have it in their plans because they are still searching for marketing leadership. Please, lord, send someone. Soon.

The video above is from Jax Parks Get Out There! but if you hit the Riverwalk during the stretch between Memorial Day 2005 and the Florida Georgia game 2005 you would have seen something very similar. That was the Take Me to the River Campaign. That was also cool with lots and lots of people of all types including hotel guests and residents who came by boat, bike, skate, segway, and even, gasp, cars! Ok, mostly cars, but there is lots of free parking on Saturdays.

Bring back the river jam.


the funeral - turn your speakers up as high as you can go

Band of Horses killed it. When you hear the album its difficult to imagine that they can sound the same live. But man, they did. What a great show. Lots of Duval in the house too. We should have car pooled.

Friday, March 09, 2007



Flyer score 10. Simply Perfect. Go.

Jazz it UP!

Main Library hosts 6 weeks of Jazz Programming!

This looks awesome. Hopefully someone with throw up Jazz in June again too as it was an awesome time last year.

Looking at Jazz-America’s Art” Form schedule

Jacksonville Jazz Festival Poster Exhibit
Wednesday-April 15 • Main Library

• New Orleans Jazz, 7:30 p.m.
Main Library, Conference Level

March 15
• The Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance, noon. Main Library, Conference Level

March 22
• Jazz Vocalists, Musicians & Composers, 2 p.m.
Main Library, Conference Level

March 29
• The Jazz Swing Era, 7:30 p.m.
Main Library, Conference Level

April 4
• Jazz: Jacksonville’s Art Form - LaVilla School of the Arts’ Jazz Dance Ensemble, 11 a.m.
Main Library Auditorium
• Jazz Innovators: From Bebop, to Hard Bop, to Cool and More, 7:30 p.m.
Main Library, Conference Level

April 5
• LaVilla School of the Arts, Jazz Vocals, 11 a.m.
Main Library Auditorium
• Latin Jazz, 7:30 p.m.
Main Library, Conference Level

April 13
• Looking at: Jazz, America’s Art Form Film Series, 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Main Library, Auditorium
• Jazz: Jacksonville’s Art Form Collegiate Jazz Showcase, 12-4 p.m.
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble
FCCJ Jazz Ensemble I
Jacksonville University Jazz Ensemble
UNF Jazz Ensemble II
UNF Jazz Ensemble III
Main Library, Auditorium

April 14
• Looking at: Jazz, America’s Art Form Film Series, 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Main Library, Auditorium
• Jazz: Jacksonville’s Art Form - Jazz Arts Jam, 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. Featured artists will demonstrate visual arts while Eclectic Jazz Pianist Tom Bennett and local jazz musicians play live jazz. Main Library, Multipurpose Room, Conference Level
• Looking at: Jazz, America’s Art Form Film Series for Teens, 2 p.m.
Main Library-Teen Department
• Looking at: Jazz, America’s Art Form Activities for Kids, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Main Library-Children’s Department

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Pour a glass of wine and walk down memory lane with me.

An Invitation to Win

photo credit ironmouth

I got this awesome email. I am bummed that I will miss this due to a big meeting. Maybe we can get him back. By the way, this is not an endorsement, I hope to hear a podcast. I'm glad he came to Duval.

This message was sent to you by the host of the "An Invitation To Win" event for which you signed up to attend. You can edit your signup by going to:

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To: All Event Participants
From: Michael Dillin, Host
Re: Important Memo With 21 Hours To Go


In the past 30 days as all of us have built towards this event -- which is eclipsing any and all in Florida -- I know some people say they don't "have time" to read a lot of memos. But, I hope common sense dictates that we do in the hours before this important event. Even today, I hear of people involved still saying it's at Edward Waters College -- if you're reading this you know it is not. For the curious, I'll give you a little more insight into that decision at the event.

In baseball there's an old saying, "Better lucky than good." I always thought it was even better if both -- but we actually are very lucky we'll be at the San Marco Preservation Hall. After 3 100-hour weeks devoted to this, I was able to go by about 5:30 tonight as the sun was setting, and, WOW, what a beautiful and peaceful venue it is! You are going to love it! The sun sets thru the oak trees to the west, you see part of the downtown skyline to the north, and on the south and east such a peaceful, pleasant residential environment. YOU'LL SEE!

And, the azaleas are blooming as if planted for us. Hence, our luck.

The Jacksonville police officer -- Officer Stoney -- will be on hand to provide help with parking and security. But you'll see that for Jacksonville, this is about as secure as it gets. You'll feel so safe and comfortable. Off Atlantic Boulevard around the hall -- there are 3 streets -- Minerva, Pelote, and Arcadia. There is parking a a lot next door -- dirt -- but right there. Some parking is along the street (check with Officer Stoney). Some is at the driveway at the hall. And much of it is right across the street at doctors' offices (i.e. Dr. Sanchez) -- all of which are closed at 5 pm and commonly used for parking there. There is also Pittsburgh Paints which closes at 5 as well.

I will cut and past a draft agenda below -- but the draft is basically it. And remember, there will be an addendum as you decide (that means if it is on the agenda, the group gets to put it on at the event). The food and beverages are virtually set -- but if you're bringing some -- make sure you do and a little extra certainly won't hurt.

I have had to pay $450 for the hall, police and our web domain names and the tools for their construction. We'll have a donation box to defray those costs -- just do what you can. Right now we have 123 coming (or committed), so really even $5 per person would cover it -- but THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT TO DO SO! Those who are able can, and those who aren't able should be respected even more because they are committing the most important thing -- themselves and their time.








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6 P.M.-9 P.M
March 8, 2007
San Marco Preservation Hall
1652 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207

I -- Welcome (Michael)

A-Ask participants to continue to meet each other for 10 minutes

B-Food, Drinks, Bathroom, Parking, Event Donations, Campaign Contributions

C-Obama Announcement Video

D-Video and Crowds Summation

(6:00 - 6:40 PM)

II-Restate Overall Purposes of First Meeting (Michael)

A-No individual intros, but each group, city and county intro themselves

B-Individual intro themselves as they speak (or their guests)

C-Update on March 25 and March 30 Visits (Will Return To Our Plans Later)

D-Introduce Tally Obama Coordinator Christen Cannon

(6:40 - 6:55 PM)

III - Groups/Committees/Home Parties (Amy)


B-House Parties

C-Obama Movie "Nights"

D - Participant Input

(6:55 - 7:10 PM)

IV - Audio/Video/Stills/PhotographyWebsites (Felicia and Kim)

(7:10 - 7:15 PM)

V - Web Projects (Jacqueline)

A - State Domains and Mission Purposes

B- Web Group Update

C-Web Group Members and Participant Input

(7:15 - 7:30 PM)

VI - Break (Sharon)

(7:30 - 7:45 PM)

VII - Projects (Michael)

A-Voter Registration In Promising Areas

B-Democrat for a Day

C-Obama Fundraisers (3/25 & 3/20) and Rallies (Tally) and (Airport)

D-Group Creations (Survey)

E-Relationship With National/State Campaigns & Area Political Parties


G-Discussion Throughout

(7:45-8:15 PM)

VIII - Campaign Paraphernalia (Felicia & Terry)

A-Obama Store Backup

B-Making Them Available to Group at Next Event and Before

C-Can Help With Expenses and Visibility

D-Can Be Tailored For Varying Groups and Locales


(8:15 - 8:30 PM)

IX - Auction Planning (Joe Block)

(8:30 - 8:35 PM)

X -- General Discussion (All)

(8:35 - 9:00 PM - Continuing As Needed)

ok, we can keep doing this or doing that -- but now it is just up to all of us. you know when, you know where, you know the agenda, you know or will figure out parking, and --- we'll get the keys at 3:15 pm and i want to keep the place open until the meeting , so if anyone wants to come early for any reason -- please do. also if you have guests who may not know that it's now in san marco, get in touch and tell them, or if there are people in your group or your friends, make sure they know, too.

even my memo is now informal.

i feel really good about this. i assure you that you're going to love the place and you're going to have fun. see ya there!

michael dillin

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

ART WALK TONIGHT! ART WALK TURNS 40! LORDY LORDY! Look at all this stuff to DO!

I know the video is old but the jazz it never gets old. Its Tropic of Cancer by the way for those of you playing at home

Come enjoy downtown's worse PARKING PROBLEM EVER! ART WALK BABY!

From DVI:



5-9 p.m. Celebrate the Grand Opening of Opaq Gallery, the newest gallery on the Art Walk, located above TSI at 333 E. Bay Street!

Prudential Network Reality hosts the party at the Central Fire Station. Check out the new ONE 12 Condominiums, local artists’ work, including Amy Donovan, and enjoy live music and hors d’ouevres by Heirlooms.

Bring your hole punched passport to The Metropolitan Lofts to register for the drawing of a $100 Visa gift card.

Turn in your passport to the Twisted Martini door host for a complimentary premium cocktail, bottle or draft beer, glass of house wine or the martini of the day.

8 p.m. Downtown 101 – a one-hour course on Downtown Jacksonville history beginning outside the Main Library.

9 p.m. The official Art Walk After Party at the Twisted Martini. Must be 21 and over with proper ID and attire.

*1. Jacksonville Bank Building – 100 N. Laura – Curated by Steller’s Gallery of Ponte Vedra featuring a juried exhibition by the Jacksonville Coalition of Visual Artists. Music by DJ Catharsis and PC Synergy. Hospitality provided by Lifestyles Realtors.

2. Bryan Building Gallery – Local artists from the Art Center Jacksonville will be showing their work.
*3. MOCA Jax – The Women’s Center of Jacksonville celebrates Women’s History Month with their Art and Soul program. Take the kids to the fifth floor Art Explorium.
4. Karpeles Manuscript Museum - 101 W. 1st Street on the corner of W. Laura and W. 1st Street – Opening reception for “Flux: As verb, As subject” oil paintings by Margaret Schnebly Hodge. Entertainment by Golitah Flores and wine tasting hosted by PRP Wines. Karpeles manuscripts on display “Letters from the Pen” including handwritten documents by Galileo, Gandhi and John Dillinger, just to name a few.
5. Opaq Gallery at TSI – 333 E. Bay Join the grand opening celebration featuring Jacksonville area artists. Open from 5-10pm. Light hors d'oeuvres available at TSI.
6. Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
7. The Atrium Gallery – The photography of Matt Uhrig.
8. The Art Center Gallery – Presenting an opening reception for “Recent Works” by Leigh Murphy.
9. WA Knight Building – Thieves in the Knight, a grassroots gallery experience (subject to change).

10. Hemming Plaza – Sample the eclectic “arts” at the Artist Bazaar. Also visit the Farmer’s Market vendors, drum circle performers, belly dancers and Renaissance performers. Featured artists will include: Susan Taylor, Tiffany Rodriguez, Linda F. Hawkins, Tracey Mims-Jones, Memory Hill Photography, FCCJ Artists Guild, Shirley Anna. Enjoy live music by Mark Wiechman.
11. Florida Theatre – The historic Florida Theatre & Flying Saucer presents Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOO- koo-row), the Jimi Hendrix of the Ukelele - complimentary admission to the show with the correct pronunciation of the artist’s name!!!! Cash bar and good times.
*12. Main Library – Visit the Main Library in March to see the CANstruction designs. CANstruction combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. Competing teams, led by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. At the close of the exhibitions all of the food used in the structures is donated. In the 3rd Floor Gallery view “A Woman’s World,” artworks from the Jacksonville Society of Collage Artists as they depict a woman's world. Also visit “Just Miles From Downtown: Photos of Preservation Project Lands” by City of Jacksonville photographer Wes Lester.

13. Boomtown – 8 p.m. is the Mad Cowford Comedy Improv Troupe and join the YouTube music video contest as part of the Boomsong Sing-a-Long from 8:30 – 10 p.m.
14. Burrito Gallery – New works by Byron King, Dan May, Sean Mahan and Dana Turner. On the patio, enjoy music by DK Rasmon.
15. Jacksonville Landing – Local artists featured in the main corridor.
16. London Bridge Eatery & Pub – New paintings and innovative art work by local artists Jimmy Pines, Pat Lally and Jason Wright. Happy Hour 4-7 pm. Wednesday is ladies night with Happy Hour prices all night long. 16 Beers on tap and traditional British food.
17. Plaza III Steakhouse – Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel – View historical photographs of Jacksonville provided by the Jacksonville Historical Society. Enjoy ½ price appetizers and ½ price drinks for Happy Hour from 5-9pm.
18. Twisted Martini – The official Art Walk After Party featuring music, art and martinis. (Please refer to the front of the passport).

19. Casa Dora Italian CafĂ© – Original artwork by Walden.
20. Chew – Live music by The Carlisle Group.
*21. Koja Sushi – View four new oil paintings of famous Formula-One race cars and GT carrs, by Don Packwood from New Zealand, and enjoy the harmonies of Sweet Adelines. First sake free for those 21 and over.
22. River City Deli – Photographer James Pontal will present his pictures of Downtown Jacksonville and the surrounding area. Wine and small bites will be offered.
23. Zodiac Grill

24. BB&T – Local artists, Pamela Barnett, with her custom jewelry and oil and water color paintings, and Susan Taylor, with her oil, water color and portraits, will present their work. “There’s a New Flavor in Town” Chef Mike Clement combines old-world style dishes with some new traditions, and will provided samples of his culinary art. Wine available.
*25. BellSouth Tower – Joan Gonzales will exhibit her work called “Parchment Craft”. Applying the same techniques used by 14th century artists, she creates delicate and intricate pieces. Entertainment and refreshments in the 2nd floor gallery from 5-8pm.
26. Berkman Plaza II – 500 E. Bay St. on Riverwalk behind The Plaza Condominium – Original works of art curtsey of R. Robert’s Gallery.
27. Central Fire Station – 39 East Adams St. – Sponsored by Prudential Network Realty and ONE 12. Check out the new ONE 12 Condominiums, local artists’ work, including Amy Donovan, and enjoy live music and hors d’ouevres by Heirlooms. Enter the drawing to win an iPod!
28. Gold’s Gym – Paintings by Gold’s Gym member Shea Slemmer. Stop by for food, refreshments and a pick-me-up with a chair massage.
29. Hemming Plaza Jewelers – Enjoy the works of Gordon Megginson.
30. Jacob’s Jewelers – Portrait artists Mae Jean Burch presents her work.
31. LRK Architects – 315 E Bay St. – Fogle Fine Art features in the first floor lobby the works of Lisa Distefano of Baton Rouge and local artist Cynthia Walburn. Also showcasing the upcoming partnership show with Art & Soul entitled Five Over Fifty. Wine and refreshments will be available.
*32. Metropolitan Loft Apartments – 421 W. Church St. – View the works of Sandra Baker-Hinton and Joyce Gabiou. Bring your punched passport to register to win a $100 Visa gift card! Enjoy wine and appetizers.
33. Natasha’s Professional Tailoring & Alterations – Artist Alex Gritsiyan.
34. Needless Things – Hand painted items including glass, ceramics and canvas. Custom orders available. Wine and refreshments.
35. Shugar Shack Chocolatier – Enjoy complimentary wine, and samples of ChocoPop.
36. The Strand - Southbank - Take the river taxi to the Radisson stop to enjoy the works of Michele D. Lee and Heather Blanton. Food and wine available.
37. Tiara Shoes – Jewelry show featuring new Spring designs by local artist Drema Farmer.
*38. TTV Architects – Terese Marie Muller presents her works mainly of “local scenes of people in places” on yupo paper with liquid acrylics.

Additional Cites (sic):

218 West Adams Lofts – Featuring the unveiling of " It's 2:18. Do you know where you lifestyle is?" as well as a giant canvas on which guest will be given brushes and paint and invited to collaborate on an original painting commemorating our introduction into Downtown Jacksonville and into the Art Walk. Refreshments will be served and music will be provided by DJ Blackie Onasis.

Get a hole punch at the 7 starred locations on the map for a prize drawing at The Metropolitan Lofts!

The First Wednesday Art Walk is sponsored by Downtown Vision, Inc., City of Jacksonville, WJCT, Folio Weekly, JMOMA, 102.9 The Point, the Twisted Martini and Clearwire. For more information email or call 904.634.0303, ext. 230.

BONUS TRACK from the Loft tour I think:
tropic of cancer - train

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Back off dude. I gave at the meter.

Seriously this is a tremendous idea.

Below is advice I gave my Mom if approached downtown. Find your own methodology. But in the spirit of ART WALK tomorrow.

Talk directly and firm to your panhandler when saying no.
If it looks scary scream and run, call 911.
If they try to engage you in whatever conversation today is tell them you are calling JSO so they could get the help they need.

JSO non emergency is 630-0500. Plug it in your phone.
Ambassadors. Call the team leader (465-7980) when you see something suspiscous or need non-cop help.

IF only we had some old meters.

Body Politic

I am going to make some political posts on the local elections and upcoming elections. I might even endorse someone. I know! It means nothing! Feels AWESOME!


No I'm not talking about blogging about my own projects for profit or Google Ads which CHURN out the cash. I'm talking the District Branding speaker Bennett Peji upstairs of the Burrito. Get there early (if you were lucky enough to reserve your spot) as seating is first come first serve and J-BAD can't count.

The rest of the art walk, as far as we know, including the exhibit in the downstairs portion of the BG, is open.



Click over to MetroJacksonville for hot new pics of the Strand (fireworks even). Gorgeous baby.

I'm still holding out for the Shipyards, but I'm northbank hard.

LOFT life

You like loft tours with soothing classical guitar?

Yes you do.

HOT MOCA! Sticky Fingers!

1. I am going to come strong with the posts for the next couple of days, stayed tuned in. I have a lot of catching up to do with all ya'll.
2. The above television is not the one they are going to give away at the JMOMA party just an example of a 42 incher. I think you'll win. Must be a member, but you're cool so you probably already a member.
3. I will not win because I will be at BAND OF HORSES which is not cancelled Tammy.

We're Turning Up the Heat on Cool

this Saturday at MOCA

Don’t miss the MOCA Red Hot Member Party!

When: March 10, 2007 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Where: 333 North Laura Street, Downtown

Admission: Free to Members

You’re invited to a FREE Red Hot night of

smoky barbeque, sizzlin’ hot wings and all your favorite sides

(Compliments of Sticky Fingers)!

Cool off with an ice cold beer or a soothing glass of wine

before dancing the night away to today’s hottest hits spun by DJ Harmony.

Refer a friend for MOCA membership and receive 6 chances to win fabulous Red Hot Prizes including a 42'' Plasma Screen TV!

General membership benefits include a free subscription to FORMA Magazine, exclusive invitations and discounts to special events, exhibition previews and the Museum Shop. Plus, free museum admission all year round!

Memberships start at $30.00

Call our Membership Department at 366.6911 x 225 for more information

Hello Moto

If my mom has already sent me this viral internet email stuff its got to be true right? You tell me.

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be
a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

Subject: Emergency
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112.
If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency, dial 112
and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly
this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

Subject: Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone:

If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your
cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock
button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive
your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who

has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).
Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!"

Subject: Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart with this reserve
and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell
next time.

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 #
A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it
somewhere safe. When your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code.
They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless.
You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either.
If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.
And Finally....

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don't have to.
Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a
problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411 without
incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.

This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends. If you feel like it would be helpful.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Going South

Ever been to the St Augustine Art Walk?

From Rob D:

This year is flying by like locusts in a Kansas wheat field! Here it is March already and I'm still sayin' Happy New Year to folks I don't talk to all that much. Anywho, I am pleased as punch to announce our next show with renowned artist Sarah Emerson. Hailing from Miami but spending most of her life on damn near every continent on the planet, Sarah gained her formal education at ACA in Atlanta and received her MFA from Goldsmith's in London, England. She has had numerous solo and group shows in New York and Paris and is gracious enough to exhibit with us here in our humble little city. Sarah has also been featured in the esteemed publication 'New American Paintings' (with an appearance on the cover!) and will be in the upcoming Southeastern edition of the same magazine. Beyond being an amazing artist Sarah is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. And since she will be at the opening you will have your chance to meet her in person and try to prove me wrong.

See you Friday Night!

Your pal,
Rob D

'The End is Near' Art Exhibit
March 2 - 31, 2007
The Gallery At Screen Arts

Emerson's paintings present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature by taking patterns already visible in the natural world, ground cover, leaves, moss, flowers and branches, and painting them in pastel hues and pop-like repetition. These pictures almost look like paint by numbers, but Emerson adds in references to animation and folk art both in her use of decoration and color. A colorful bird sits on a cartoon-like tree, or, in Under the Milky Way, a Bambi-like deer gazes at the full moon amidst a field of flowers. All of Emerson's landscapes are then inhabited by animals. However, it is the dichotomy between sweet and terrifying in Emerson's paintings that is most striking, as cute woodland critters are engulfed by flames, then wolves growl, and crows peck at the ground. Most often Emerson depicts deer, a nod to the influential 1942 Disney classic Bambi in which innocence and terror go hand in hand. Emerson's deer, however, are less innocent than their Disney-fied cousin. In Endless Night a male and female deer confront the viewer as crows menacingly peck at spots of blood in the background. The deer stare straight out at us, almost challenging our trespassing in their forest. In viewing this painting you can feel the protective stare of the stag as he stands in the foreground, protecting both his mate and his forest, a gesture that is both startling and tender. Emerson adds yet another twist to her images by adding to these already stylized paintings Swarovski crystals. Pools of blood are covered in red crystals that shimmer and sparkle from across the room, as if sunlight is glinting off the blood's surface. It is strange to see something so horrible made into a thing of beauty, it draws you in from across the room, only to have you recoil at the thought of what is actually represented. In other instances the rhine- stones highlight the delicate curves and contours of flower petals. Seesawing back and forth between the sweet and the sick, the use of these reflective elements adds yet another level of eerie enchantment to these images. In other paintings, Emerson gets even darker. Still employing her signature pastel tones, Emerson has painted a series of wolves and birds. In the painting Wrest Away, two wolves glare up at the viewer as one more continues feeding upon a deer carcass. You get the sense that you are interrupting something you shouldn?t be. It is one of those moments that humans don?t usually see animals in, unless it is on the safety of the television. But Emerson paints her wolves with such visceral emotion that you can almost feel their bloody slobber as they growl at your intrusion. A similarly bloody mess is present in The Bend, where a motley crew of crows picks at bits of carrion, ripping dead flesh from felled deer. You can almost imagine the scenario where wolf kills deer and in come the birds. Or is it man who has caused this destruction, as in Bambi, and the woodland denizens just leapt at the opportunity? What is most striking in both of these instances is that once the reality of the scenes wears off, Emerson still manages to present to us images possessing amazing elegance and beauty that once again enchant us with the idea of what animals can be and mean to us. Sarah Emerson's work provides insight into the activity of animals but these images, just like Bambi or South Park, are fictions drawn from reality and twisted in the mind of the artist. Emerson makes us think about what animals do when we are not looking and what happens when we intrude into their territory. She also allows us to look deeply and discover, in nature, patterns and artifice that we never knew before. Her work embodies a merging of fact and fiction, reality and stylization and most importantly innocence and despair. In the end, the animals of Emerson?s paintings do indeed enter into our imagination as both promises and messengers of the darker side of sweet.

-from 'The Darker Side of Sweet' by Denise Markonish

Ms. Emerson will be in attendance at the opening.

Sarah Emerson 'The End Is Near' opening will take place Friday March 2nd - 6pm - Midnight. Live DJs will be spinning music for the duration. Refreshments to appease the American palate will be served. The show will run thru March 31, 2007.

The Gallery at Screen Arts is conveniently located at 228 W. King Street, 2 blks west of US Hwy 1 in Beautiful West St. Augustine. Motor vehicle parking is a breeze in our state of the art tarmac parking facility located directly across the street.

Gallery Hours are 9a to 6p Monday thru Friday. Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. After Hours appointments available upon request. Please phone 904-829-2838 or 800-826-4649 for more information.

The Gallery At Screen Arts
228 W. King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Gallery Hours : Monday thru Friday 9a to 6p
Weekends and After Hours by Appointment

Thursday, March 01, 2007

WATR you listening too?

Tired of truckzilla ads blaring though your speakers? Tired of boring ass talk radio from fat priveledged white guys? Sure, we have Electro Lounge and This is Jazz and 1220 is good in a pinch for AM.

But what if we had real independent music shows and talk and news programming made right here in Duval?

WATR is trying to do just that.

All you have to do is Click here and sign the petition. It takes one second. Please show your support.

Check out the WATR site.

My favorite line:

The Podcast will be here before you can say "Parangaracutirimiquaro" but if you say it before it gets here then your just tight.