Friday, November 30, 2007


This says Rocket at the end so its older. There is some biggie tea action in there. You can pause and replay it like I did a thousand times. Springfield is definitely representing. So is my art and the lofts are all over it. Add in the go team! and we're cooking with grease! The year of the rat wasn't so great for the consulting biz but my hollywood pipeline remains unclogged.

Jax looks good. Yay!

Johnny Tightpants Plays Himself

image nyt

I envision more djs in your retail environments. There is a good article in the NYT about the ladies, the ladies. Thanks Kitty.

City Market will have a dj booth. Get some beats with your beats. Jam with your jams. Choice tracks with your lamb racks. Sorry. If you think you can make the shake and bake, ummm, rock, let me know. I'm looking for you Nicky!

Back to the subject at hand. BIG CONGRATS to Patrick and Fonda and Mateo and Jimmy and Lucy and my moms apartment and JOHNNY TIGHTPANTS! And Sarah G! We made SUNDANCE. Ok, we may be a stretch but I bet ya I'm in the movie. They only gave me two lines. Surprise! and Cheers! Three and I could have gotten a SAG card. Doh!

My mom's condo will definitely be in the movie as it was where Jimmy and Lucy lived (in Brooklyn, NYC).

Springfield is heading to Sundance. What.


Dust off the Members Only Jacket, fingerless gloves, and blast down your parachute pants. Tonight. $5.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Go to Steve Forsters Show TODAY 5PM

Don't forget to hit this show today from 5 to 8. It will be great. I'm done rhyming.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Family Friendly Urbanisms

My friend Karen send me this great article about Family Friendly cities. I think our city is fairly family friendly in the core. Say that three times fast. It reminds me of Matt Carlucci's story about the Mercedes Benz folks coming to town to possibly put a new plant here. They wanted to know what kind of arts and culture and downtown we had. He was running for Mayor and he also thought those things were important.

There is plenty to do an see in Actionville, much of it free or cheap. Makes me think of art walk and walk score. 11 East is still kicking a 98 out of 100.

Plus where else can you get a drink with Kevin Spacey and listen to some biggie tea vinyl? I only had dead sound like twice. Sorry.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Black Kids New Site - Download Entire Album!

I figured these guys needed more publicity.

Sure. You can get these jams already and several remixz as well. But if you dj, like I do (at Marks tonight) you can grab it all in a file and JAM. I'll play it tonight. Actually they email you a link. I did a whosis to see if the was owned by a label but its just their mgt co. Anyone hear anything?

I assume since they are playing Club Down Under Thursday they are gonna BLOW UP. Well blow up bigger anyway. I saw Stone Temple Pilots play CDU in like 89. We all know what happened to them.

This will end my black kids post for this week. I promise to keep posting about them until they do a ford commercial like band of horses (gasp) or a target commercial like the go team (gulp). Actually this sounds like a fun project. Name the giant corporation the black kids will sell out for. Submit your answers to theurbancore (atthe)gmail (dot)cahm. The best submissions will get a free copy of the Wizards of Ahhhs EP. Via link. Go with it.

Steve Forster

He has been called one of the most accomplished artists in Jacksonville. By me.

This is a must not miss show.

New Works by Stever Forster. Opens this Thursday 5-8pm at Gallery L in the Modis Building. Steve's work will be up through the Dec and Jan Art Walk as well, but try to make the opening Thursday.

Welcome Bahstan Cahllege

Lots more posting coming. If you haven't gotten your tix yet, get them quick before all the hokies get here. More posts coming. And I am djing tonight at Mark's.

ACC Championship Weekend

November 30 – December 1

Street Closures

Hogan Street from Water Street to the St. Johns River
Close: Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 a.m. thru Monday, December 3 at 2:30 a.m.

Pearl Street from Water Street to the St. Johns River
Close: Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 a.m. thru Monday, December 3 at 2:30 a.m.

Sister Cities from Hogan Street to the cul-de-sac
Close: Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 a.m. thru Monday, December 3 at 2:30 a.m.

Independent Drive for Hogan Street East to Laura Street
Close: Friday, November 30 at 4:00 p.m. thru Monday, December 3 at 2:30 a.m.

Coastline Drive from the Jacksonville Landing to Newnan Street
Close: Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 a.m. thru Monday, December 3 at 11:00 p.m.

Game Day Traffic Patterns

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, traffic will be rerouted to accommodate the influx of people attending the event. Bay Street will become three lanes traveling toward the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium and one lane away (traveling West) from the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

Approximately ½ hour prior to the end of game the traffic patterns will be changed to four lanes away (traveling West) from the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Please note that these times are subject to change depending on the traffic need.

Bagged Meters

The following meters will be bagged on Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 a.m. to accommodate traffic for the ACC Championship game.

Bay Street from Marsh Street to Ocean Street (north and south), all parking meters, disabled signs and freight loading zone signs.
Bay Street from Main Street to Laura Street (south side only), only the parking meters will be bagged.

Forsyth Street from Liberty Street west to first driveway, (south side only) first 8 parking meters will be bagged.
Forsyth Street from Liberty Street east to Adams the police, court and jail parking areas will be marked with No Parking Signs.

Adams Street from Liberty Street east to Forsyth Street, (north and south sides), parking meters will be bagged.
Adams Street from Forsyth Street to Marsh Street (south side), NO Parking Signs along jail fence area.
Adams Street from Lafayette Street to A. Philip Randolph (north side), barricade tape/no parking signs will be placed along the parking garage.

A. Philip Randolph from Bay Street/Gator Bowl Blvd. to Duval Street (east and west sides), all parking meters will be bagged and No Parking signs will be placed.
A. Philip Randolph from Duval Street to Beaver Street (east and west), No Parking Signs will be placed on all light poles.

Lot “N” – first four “thirty minute parking” spaces along fenced in lot area, No Parking Signs will be placed.

Please find attached a flyer for the ACC Championship Weekend.

You can also visit to find more information on the ACC Championship Weekend Events.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the upcoming street closures and bagged meters, you can contact me at the office at 630-1044

Friday, November 23, 2007

snug harbor

Testing some remote posting via phone. Don't expect anything readable until Sunday or Monday. Hope you are having a great relaxing long holiday weekend like I am. Tons of stuff going on next week and the week after. Stay tuned dude.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Have a great Thanksgiving

My good friend Jeff Harrington designed this blog. Impressive you may say. Yes. He is also a brilliant photographer. On your long holiday weekend, please take a minute and check out his photo site, ToePhoto. We are also (with Gracie's help) working together on a new image for Allegretti Consulting. Oh, and raising awareness for the endangered young designers.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for. I do anyway. Thanks.

I've asked around. Marks is open, Pearl, Shanty, TSI, BG on Friday night. Hold it now. Hit it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dear Tera Nova

Can I call you TN? We don't know eachother but I'm reminded of you everyday. Because your flyer has fused into one big clumpy, fuzzy, unremovable mess on my windshield. The weird thing is my poor little leased car is never and I mean rarely, near baymeadows where your super hot club is. So its a waste of I'm sure like .ooo4 cents.

I don't expect you to stop flyering downtown night spots. Its proof we've arrived. In fact, I'd ramp it up with Ellie Mays and all.

All I'm axing is, if you see a silver passat about 4 years old, wore out, with a missing rim, with a fuzzy version of last months flyer, please just skip it. I'm WAY out of your demographic.


Downtown Dog

PS- I'll give you props for the Alias Brothers Show Friday. Crate Bullies rock.
PPS- I'll be spinning tonight at Marks if you want to scout my skillz. Will work for gaz moniez
PPPS- I'm also going to leak my copy of the new Willie Ev if I can get my paws on it. Oh yeah I'll also let play the new Beastie Boys which is SO FAR OUT!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Black Kids 4 Life

photo was not accredited at this article at www.rolling But I met the photographer. He was cool. They did not go with the Park View Inn pics, I guess.

Are they rich yet?

Downtown Survival

For all of you downtowners, I wanted to give a warning, BG will be closed Thanksgiving and Friday lunch. We will be open Friday night with Holiday specials.

It gets quiter than a Sunday downtown. I'll post the goings ons I know about and will be spinning tomorrow at Mark's which is really picking up.

Speaking of quiet Sundays. Yesterday after the 7-3! Jaguars dismantled the phone Chargers there were a LOT of people bumping around downtown looking for food and booze. The burrito has not immediately plans to be open on Sundays (except el gato grande of course) but the grocery will be open 7 days. Just like the London Bridge, which seems like where everyone was heading if not at the Dive Bar, which had a good crowd. More run-on sentences after the break.

Oh yeah and starbucks at 11e will be open turkey day!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Jason Wright Art Show

Jason Wright, laboring.

Dec 5th Art Walk will be really, really special. The burrito reaches the beaches. Down below in the dining area we've got Heather Blanton with a great show with lots to choose from a variety of media. And also brings in the Riversiders, like some sort of magnet. Perhaps you'll feel the pull. We hope you do.

For the first time since the last time we did it, upstairs we have a combo show of mostly Jason Wright, with some Chad Roberts, and David Johns to boot.

The show is sponsored by the burrito, labor, and bogda. And possibly PBR and whomever carries the best pigs feet. We're researching now. Send tips.

If you've never seen Jason's work, this is a must see show. All paintings are priced for the holidays, in fact most are $150. Magnum PI included. His work is collected all around the US and parts of the near east. Click around Jason's myspace pics to see his work, though its much more vivid in real life. Buy one for your special friend.

Jason will also play jams. He djs Mondays at Starlite BTW.

This B&W flyer prints out great. Print it out and post one on your cube at work and finally get that one chick to talk to you.

Brought you by this:

and this:

DON'T FORGET TONIGHT IT's FRIDAY ALL THE WAY TO MIDNIGHT & probably longer (click and listen):

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Tomorrow NIGHT! Its FRIDAY!


photo by Dayman

Shelton has a post about Talleyrand over at flog. 5000 people seems low. I am not sure if I want to see it at capacity which I think is like 10000. First of all it was hard to get enough burritos there as it was. Secondly, I couldn't get close to the side stages for a couple of show. Arrested Development was packed. 5000 more people would worry me some. They also asked me to be a friend yesterday!

I also saw some comments at the park about JSO and the pushy pushy. Its hard to have any sympathy for a shitty cop when we are up to like more murders than jobs created this year. BUMMER. And also bummer about any airwave hiatus. I didn't catch their show because we were striking the burrito set.

Speaking of striking and JSO (the other one): I don't know about you, but I need my symphony, my daily show, and my Lion King on broadway. Ok, maybe I only really jam the daily show but I support the arts. For LIFE. I hear the symphony is willing to take the same deal they had and the new deal is much less. Any info is appreciated.

ps- If you can find me in the Talleyrand picture below (the one with the big crow) I will buy you a burrito and a beer. A MEDIUM burrito and an AMERICAN beer.

pps- The press conference was moved because of a double booking at the library. Glad I didn't rant about its lack of coverage by big media with their own calendars (whew!)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Experience Actionville


List your thing!

I have a recommendation. Since every event gets a Event Detail page, what if you had a section for photos or video from the event, it could just be links to YouTube or Flickr etc.

Super Cool tool dude.

There was a presser yesterday at the Library and I was swamped. I figured it would be in the news today, but all I saw was a story yesterday on the sidewalk campaign. Walkers, the ultimate demographic.

We'll probably read all about it tomorrow.

More Talleyrand Updates

photo Dayman

Flick over to Ricotta Park for the latest. There is a backhanded compliment about my skillz. Its probably because I said before I went on that I would fix it, play it until the old lady complains, and then break it. And thats pretty much what happened. How come every time I dj I leave only scortched earth?

Back to the park, be sure to click through Dayman's photos. Holy shit. I hope he is doing that professionally because photos that great don't need to be held up by a day job. Seriously. That festival was awesome. I played the Polyphonic Spree on 12 last night at Mark's. Running away with the wind in my hair, its like FLYING!

It was great to meet so many people I have not met before, including Mr. Llunch. My only regret is that we didn't talk about Norman Mailer. RIP Norm.

Fingers crossed for Beastie Boys next year.

Viva la Talleyrand.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

400 + vino

I interrupt my liveblogging of the City Council Meeting. Watching it on the web. Very cool to be able to catch it from work. I had to work through the CCTF steering committee meeting too, but Jack Dodge just complained about it being on the river. I'll have to get the minutes. Stay tuned.

Thats not important. Ok it is, but I found this nugget at 5 pTs Buzz emphasis mine:

this saturday (6-9P) is the annual 5 points fall wine festival! save the date! it's always a really great time and the weather should be perfect! tickets are $30 (available at riverside liquor) and includes live music, tasting 400+ (can you do it?) wines, a riedel wine glass for tasting that is yours to keep and a $5 coupon that is good for a purchase in any store in 5 points that night. and just when you thought you couldn't get anything else, riverside liquor provides FREE 1-way transportation anywhere in the city. that gives you the opportunity to really become a professional taster while being safe and smart!!

Go Five Points!

Bay Street Town Center is THRIVING (again)

If you missed my set at Talleyrand have no fear. You can hear me every Tuesday at Mark's Downtown, smack dab in the middle of the Bay Street Town Center. In the historic and beautiful Suddath Building.

You may want to join the Nicky G's love fest, eat a pie and come get a night cap. I'll try not to blow the doors off.

By the way. I hope to debut a really special feature/partner for my Tuesday residency on Dec. 3. Stay tuned dude.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Obama Speech to Jefferson Jackson Dinner, November 10 2007

I don't have time to watch the shitty cable news so I can't claim a favorite or even that I know more about one than another. But I heard some snips of this speech and looked it up. I'll intalicize the part I heard. If you don't like it (unsolicited politics) and want me go back to blabbering, don't worry. This is rare.

Barack Obama's Address to the Jefferson Jackson Dinner 2007
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Des Moines, Iowa
November 10, 2007

Thank you so much. To the great Governor of Iowa and Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. To my dear friend Tom Harkin for the outstanding work that he does. To the congressional delegation of Iowa that is doing outstanding work, and to Nancy Pelosi, Madam Speaker -- thank you all for the wonderful welcome and the wonderful hospitality.

A little less than one year from today, you will go into the voting booth, and you will select the President of the United States of America.

Now, here's the good news -- the name George W. Bush will not be on the ballot. The name of my cousin Dick Cheney will not be on the ballot. (We've been trying to hide that for a long time. Everybody has a black sheep in the family.) The era of Scooter Libby justice, and Brownie incompetence, and Karl Rove politics will finally be over.

But the question you're going to have to ask yourself when you caucus in January and you vote in November is, "What's next for America?"

We are in a defining moment in our history. Our nation is at war. The planet is in peril. The dream that so many generations fought for feels as if it's slowly slipping away. We are working harder for less. We've never paid more for health care or for college. It's harder to save, and it's harder to retire. And most of all, we've lost faith that our leaders can or will do anything about it.

We were promised compassionate conservatism, and all we got was Katrina and wiretaps. We were promised a uniter, and we got a President who could not even lead the half of the country that voted for him. We were promised a more ethical and more efficient government, and instead we have a town called Washington that is more corrupt and more wasteful than it was before. And the only mission that was ever accomplished is to use fear and falsehood to take this country to a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged.

It is because of these failures that America is listening, intently, to what we say here today -- not just Democrats, but Republicans and Independents who've lost trust in their government but want to believe again.

And it is because of these failures that we not only have a moment of great challenge, but also a moment of great opportunity. We have a chance to bring the country together in a new majority -- to finally tackle problems that George Bush made far worse but that had festered long before George Bush ever took office -- problems that we've talked about year after year after year after year.

And that is why the same old Washington textbook campaigns just won't do in this election. That's why not answering questions because we are afraid our answers won't be popular just won't do. That's why telling the American people what we think they want to hear instead of telling the American people what they need to hear just won't do. Triangulating and poll-driven positions because we're worried about what Mitt or Rudy might say about us just won't do. If we are really serious about winning this election, Democrats, we can't live in fear of losing it.

This party -- the party of Jefferson and Jackson, of Roosevelt and Kennedy -- has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we led, not by polls, but by principle; not by calculation, but by conviction; when we summoned the entire nation to a common purpose -- a higher purpose. And I run for the Presidency of the United States of America because that's the party America needs us to be right now.
A party that offers not just a difference in policies, but a difference in leadership.

A party that doesn't just focus on how to win but why we should.

A party that doesn't just offer change as a slogan, but real, meaningful change -- change that America can believe in.

That's why I'm in this race. That's why I am running for the Presidency of the United States of America -- to offer change that we can believe in.

I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists -- and won. They have not funded my campaign; they will not get a job in my White House; and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am President.

I'm in this race to take those tax breaks away from companies that are moving jobs overseas and put them in the pockets of hard working Americans who deserve it. And I won't raise the minimum wage every ten years -- I will raise it to keep pace so that workers don't fall behind.

That is why I am in it. To protect the American worker. To fight for the American worker.

I'm in this race because I want to stop talking about the outrage of 47 million Americans without health care and start actually doing something about it. I expanded health care in Illinois by bringing Democrats and Republicans together. By taking on the insurance industry. And that is how I will make certain that every single American in this country has health care they can count on. And I won't do it twenty years from now. I won't do it ten years from now. I will do it by the end of my first term as President of the United States of America.

I run for President to make sure that every American child has the best education that we have to offer -- from the day they are born to the day they graduate from college. And I won't just talk about how great teachers are -- as President, I will reward them for their greatness -- by raising salaries and giving them more support. That's why I'm in this race.

I am running for President because I am sick and tired of Democrats thinking that the only way to look tough on national security is by talking, and acting, and voting like George Bush Republicans.

When I am this party's nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don't like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is OK for America to torture -- because it is never ok. That's why I am in it.

As President, I will end the war in Iraq. We will have our troops home in sixteen months. I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century -- nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, "You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now."

America, our moment is now.

Our moment is now.

I don't want to spend the next year or the next four years re-fighting the same fights that we had in the 1990s.

I don't want to pit Red America against Blue America; I want to be the President of the United States of America.

And if those Republicans come at me with the same fear-mongering and swift-boating that they usually do, then I will take them head on. Because I believe the American people are tired of fear and tired of distractions and tired of diversions. We can make this election not about fear, but about the future. And that won't just be a Democratic victory; that will be an American victory.

And that is a victory America needs right now.

I am not in this race to fulfill some long-held ambitions or because I believe it's somehow owed to me. I never expected to be here. I always knew this journey was improbable. I've never been on a journey that wasn't.

I am running in this race because of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now." Because I believe that there's such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.

I don't want to wake up four years from now and find out that millions of Americans still lack health care because we couldn't take on the insurance industry.

I don't want to see that the oceans have risen a few more inches. The planet has reached a point of no return because we couldn't find a way to stop buying oil from dictators.

I don't want to see more American lives put at risk because no one had the judgment or the courage to stand up against a misguided war before we sent our troops into fight.

I don't want to see homeless veterans on the streets. I don't want to send another generation of American children to failing schools. I don't want that future for my daughters. I don't want that future for your sons. I do not want that future for America.

I'm in this race for the same reason that I fought for jobs for the jobless and hope for the hopeless on the streets of Chicago; for the same reason I fought for justice and equality as a civil rights lawyer; for the same reason that I fought for Illinois families for over a decade.

Because I will never forget that the only reason that I'm standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky. Stood up when it was hard. Stood up when it wasn't popular. And because that somebody stood up, a few more stood up. And then a few thousand stood up. And then a few million stood up. And standing up, with courage and clear purpose, they somehow managed to change the world.

That's why I'm running, Iowa -- to give our children and grandchildren the same chances somebody gave me.

That's why I'm running, Democrats -- to keep the American Dream alive for those who still hunger for opportunity, who still thirst for equality.

That's why I'm asking you to stand with me; that's why I'm asking you to caucus for me; that's why I am asking you to stop settling for what the cynics say we have to accept. In this election -- in this moment -- let us reach for what we know is possible. A nation healed. A world repaired. An America that believes again. Thank you very much everybody.

More Talleyrand Coverage

Flip over to the 5 Points Buzz for more on the greatest festival not at Crunk Manor.

The Polyphonic Spree was definitely my favorite. The bassist got a chicken burrito. Thats Ed Begley Jr, Kevin Spacey, and the Polyphic Spree this week for those keeping score at home.

Liveblogging the Talleyrand

The Format, live. Taken from the Jagermeister Stage. Jagermeister is the house wine of Talleyrand (and the BG).

First video I could find from the Talleyrand Festival. The Format. Sorry I missed them. Decent sounding for a fast youtube. I didn't think there would be that many people at the Format considering they were up against biggie tea.

Here is the breakdown of my set. I was after Alex Pagan who had sound issues. Actually the issue was resolved as soon as I walked up. Sorry Alex. He was cool with it as he was playing the afterjam at eclipse. Having an hour at Talleyrand was a joy. I got a noise complaint during SONG 1. A new personal record. I played the longest hour of all time. I kept thinking that I was almost done and I would look down at my watch and it would be like 12:17. Couldn't have been more perfect weather. Nicky longlunch and pj pants was next. Those are some cool guys. Nicky has easily the most professionally written blog in the city. I was apologetic about my punctuation and spellen. But we all know you're not here to learn. Well, ok, maybe to learn where the beer specials are. (2 for 1 at shanty until 7!)

I digress. It was great to meet Mr. Llunch because I have a ton of respect for his blog and his contributers. He is also dipping his toe into liveblogging which I think is sweet. If you can't make it to a certain thing and you can get a play by play, this is the way to go. I am considering doing this for the Convention Center Task Force steering committee meeting, but I'm not sure if they have wifi at JCCI. Plus the last CCTF meeting would have read like:

What just happened?

There is nothing to do downtown.

JTA isn't doing the transportation hub.

Oh yes it is.

You can't build next to the Hyatt.

You can build next to the Hyatt in fact you must reinforce the pylons anyway.

There is nothing to do downtown.

I don't think we should have to design LaVilla like it was before.

Thats not what I meant. I just meant recognize what it was.

Didn't we have the same conversation when we built it there the first time.

IMAX is definitely coming. With some hotels. Whether the CC is built there or not.

This vote is only to accept that we voted in the subcommittee.

The Prime Osbourne is paid off in 2009 or 2011.

We don't get to pick, the steering committee does.

I'm totally confused. Thanks for reading.

Sorry for the hodgepodge post here but I have a busy day planned and I'm not sure I'll get back to you for a few hours. I either need more coffee or less. So I better get some. So anyway, Llunch and I rapped about how it seems like there are changes happening in the city and that the blogs, including Joeys, MetroJacksonville, and JaxOloud are really helping give body to the Invisible Majority. I made that term up, but I think its true. There is more of us than there are of them. You know who you are.

Speaking of victory. The Burrito Gallery Cyclones once again hold on to the title of CHAMPS OF DOWNTOWN (BASL over 30). We beat the upsurging Madame T's Streakers in a 3 to 0 early morning match Sunday (yes it was rough). Big ups to the Streakers, who only in their third season, have really put together a fine club. It literally was closer than the score shows as they hit our cross bar at least twice. The game was as friendly as could be and we look forward to next years match. And thank the lord that our trophy doesn't have to sit in an all pink stationary office.

See you in a few.

Friday, November 09, 2007

City Market

This definitely could not happen if we go BRT.

Talleyrand Festival Moved to this one guys living room.

Below this breaking news there are videos. These videos may have cursing, antiwar tones, excessive drinking and or drug use, jaba the hutt, and some have all of the above.

In an unexpected move the promoters of the heavily touted yet totally underground music festival said that it would really pull the room together. Stating that it is clearly not about slow ticket sales (which picked up when one of the guys that bought one lost his already), management insists that Fred's Riverside duplex is just cozy. And Keller Williams was sleeping on the couch anyway. When asked about the move the owner of the duplex had this to say. "I TOLD those guys that I would help ANYWAY that I could, but I can't have effing Sage Francis play on my coffee table. He'll crush it. Its ROoms to Go and I haven't even made a payment on it. Dammit Jason." Read more about here at the Times Onion. Hey! They forgot biggie tea at high noon. Fockers!

Speaking of Sage Francis, maybe we'll put him in the kitchen. Thanks for the burrito shout out dude! Burritos available at the show ya'll.

Also food related. Check this (actual) news out:
With the holidays fast approaching in order to help the hungry and reward you for helping, the organizers of The Talleyrand Music & Arts Festival will give each person who donates a non-perishable food item at the ticket window on Saturday a $10.00 discount off the admission price! All food donations will be given to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Jacksonville. The food bank is particularly in need of the following high protein items:

- Peanut butter (plastic jar)
- Jelly (plastic jar)
- Canned Tuna Fish
- Canned Meats
- Canned Beans
- Dried Beans

Note: For those of you who already have tickets donate one of the above-listed food items at the gate and we will reward you with a beverage coupon!

Ever heard Astronautilis freestyle. Here you go. Basically the crowd gives him subjects and he makes up rhymes. So you don't think that his jams are all about chocolate bunnies.

With the new move the Bravery have opted out of bringing their dominos and destruction machine. We think.

Remember this?

Pepper then the draft? Hmmm. Then Led Zeppelin?

Get to know our neighbors in Gainesville, Against Me!

Well, we know how MC Chris is getting here...

This is your incentive to get there early...

Judging from this video I would say the name is ironic..

I'm up against MC Chris (2 above) and the Format below. I haven't a chance, unless I'm near the portopotties or something.

If the bravery is the goth, arrested development is the hip hop, what in the hell is Pat Green. Oh, the country. Right. Singing about pole dancers. Priceless.

I remember this. Doesn't seem like yesterday though. I bet they will rock out.

The Beggar Weeds are from roughly the same era, however they are local as hell and DAMN GOOD. I've never heard them live and I really CANNOT WAIT!. CLICK HERE AND LISTEN. LOCAL!

Also with no You Tube is Leslie. So great. Don't you love that Charleston accent?

I picked this one because I've seen some good shows at Chop Suey. Seattle. Its American Bang ya'll

Captian Kid was supposed to be out back at art walk. I'm not agains the Captain, but I'm sold on kLob, who actually played.

Fusebox Funk played in our parking lot once. Thats all I got. Jebus there are a lot of bands. LOCAL!

This was a public service message (except for the burrito part, that was totally selfish, but you seem to like the burritos, so I, ahem, rolled with it.. I tried to plug all of the bands in the past week or so, so scroll down dang it. Please support this first year fest so we can do it again next year with the Beastie Boys.

I wanted to either get you excited or show you what you were missing. And if you don't care, this one is for you:

Later on, I'll let you know where Crunk Manor is.

FLOOD - No rain.

This looks solid!

Support your local band.

Some of the best moments of going to big shows are watching the set ups, harried roadies, and soundchekz. Thats the Julius Airwave. Everybody should get AOL.

More to come

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Thanks to kLob who killed it last night in the back yard of the bg. And thanks to all the dancers. That was cool.

Can't wait to see kLob at Talleyrand. I will do a couple new Talleyrand post today and tomorrow. Really hope you can make it. Just the locals would be worth the show.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Emphasis Mine.

Since the contents of tonights art walk will not paste into blogger in a nice format, I've decided to bold the things I would try to hit tonight. Go with it.

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 ReMax Specialists.
Guests: Jacksonville Cultural Council and
the Jacksonville Symphony Guild
Galleries &Museums
2 MOCA Jacksonville • Free admission to new
exhibitions featuring the works of Minoru Ohira,
Duncan Johnson, Martha Whittington, Carol
Prusa and James Greene. Café Nola is now
serving dinner Wednesday, Thursday, and
Friday. Enjoy upscale bistro fare in a relaxed
and upbeat setting.
3 LRK Architects • Fogle Fine Art presents
manipulative paint on a canvas by Elisa
Olderman Johnson. Refreshments served.
Cultural &Education Venues
4 Hemming Plaza • Celebrate Art Walk’s
4th birthday! Strawberry Shortcake the Clown
will paint faces and make balloons from 5:30–
7:30 p.m. We’ll cut the birthday cake at 7 p.m.
Enjoy live music by Johnathan Appleseed and
performances by the Bishop Kenny drum line
and Grupo Bantu Capoeira. Artists: Elisa
Johnson, Andrea Cody, R.J. Hill – Memory Hill
Photography, Gala Dugan, Ellie Hoffman,
Brenda Flanders, Erin Adams, Zinnia Pagan,
Brandon Fortuno, Jennelle Comiskey, Bryon
Nobles, Virginia Andow-Farley, James Yow,
Terri Gillis, Wade & Mindy Henderson, Fabielle
Georges, Laura Beth Briner, Tiffany Newton,
Jessica Verge, Alex Gonzalez, Sheila Moore,
Marlon Rodriguez, Steven Foster, Tina
Townsend, Shannon Middleton, Heather
Bassingthwaighte, Francis Kircy, Darlene Muto,
FCCJ Artist Guild, Sandy Walker, Elise Gates,
Leah Melissa Brown, Bob Moore, Julie
Sammons, Tiffany Rodriguez, Franklin Penn Jr.,
In Focus Photography, Nicole Price, Shane
Jackson, Christy Curatolo, AirTat, Bethany
Vargas, Clark Creamer, Stephanie Shall,
Chris Kidman and Keira Packard.

5 Florida Theatre • Stop by the Florida
Theatre’s box office between 6:30-7:30 p.m.
and fill-out an entry form to win 2 FREE tickets
(a $50 value) to see Classic Albums LIVEPink
Floyd’s The Wall at 8 p.m.! Must be
present to win. Cash bar open.
6 Main Library • Presents “Wings,” an exhibit
from the Jacksonville Aviation Authority
centered around photos of the various
airports and their history.
Music &Nightlife Venues
7 Burrito Gallery • View the work of Jenny
Henley and Renee Parenteau. Enjoy live music
by Captain Kid.
8 The Jacksonville Landing •
Enjoy live music in the courtyard.
9 London Bridge Eatery & Pub • Live music
by Southern Wailers, Buffalo Tears, Pawn
Takes King, and Our Name is Legion. Henna
tattoos done on site from 4–7 p.m. Handmade
bead and crystal jewelry on display. New
watercolor paintings on display inside.
10 Plaza III Steakhouse • Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront • View historical
photographs of Jacksonville provided by
the Jacksonville Historical Society. Enjoy
live music from Brian Harris and half-price
appetizers and half-price drinks for
happy hour from 5–7 p.m.
11 Twisted Martini • The Official Art Walk
After Party. Turn in your flyer at the door for
a complimentary premium cocktail, bottled or
draft beer, glass of house wine, or the featured
martini of the day. Must be 21 or older with
proper ID and attire. View glass bottle trays
designed by Leslie Lionnet.
12 J-Bar • Omni Jacksonville Hotel •
Meet Rita Malie, award winning author
of “Goodbye America,” and enjoy live
music by saxophonist Aaron Bing.
13 Mark’s • View the works of Jennifer Woodall.
Culinary Arts
14 Chew • Enjoy live music by
The Carlisle Group.
15 Koja Sushi • View gothic and
photography by Neal Rue.
Refreshments served.
16 Café 331 • Featuring artists Reba Craig,
Thea Jeffries, Krafty
Max Jewelry and
Mike Stuge. Refreshments served.
17 Starbucks • 11 East • Featuring a
Barista Art Show with works from their
own employees
and a coffee seminar.
Enjoy sounds of DJ Jeremiah.
18 Quiznos • View artistic painting on
terracotta pots by Megan Mathis.
19 Bread & Butter Cafe •
View work of local artists.
20 Nicky G’s Brick Oven Pizza • Stop by
and visit the newest edition to Art Walk. View
photography of family and friends of the
Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department along
with a mural painted by Ross Corrington.
21 Shelby’s Coffee Shop •
View paintings by Tayloe White.
Downtown Businesses
22 Regions Bank • View bowls made for the 23rd
Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, which benefits
the Lutheran Social Services Second Harvest
Food Bank. Watch a local artist demonstrate
how pottery is made. Refreshments served.
23 BellSouth Tower • The Jacksonville Fencing
Club will perform their annual demonstration.
On the 2nd floor, view watercolors and multimedium
works by David Main, a member of the
Jacksonville Watercolor Society, and Florida
Watercolor Society. On the first floor, work will
feature water-colors by Robin Evans and
photography by Robbie Knapik. Enjoy live
music by Melody Jackson and refreshments.
24 Gold’s Gym • Featuring “Fitness Ink”
by Chelleby. Photography of gym members
whose bodies are their canvas. Register to win
a VIP Gift Pack, including a one month Gold’s
membership, personal training and an 8 x 10
photo from Chelleby. See live henna artist Ann
George. Enjoy organic smoothie samples from
Healthy Way Café.
25 122 Ocean: The Library • The Open
Gallery will feature Bruce and Sharla Valeski’s
Jacksonville Contemporary Arts League,
Gray C. Solomon and Art Walk alumni.
On the 2nd floor, Thief in the Knight.
26 Hemming Plaza Jewelers •
View Diana York Ripley. Enjoy live music by
Terrance Peters. Refreshments served.
27 Jacob’s Jewelers • Portrait artist
Mae Jean Burch presents her work.
28 Needless Things • View the "Nautical"
art work of Leneké! Enjoy light appetizers
and cold lemonade.
29 TTV Architects • View the works of Joyce
Gabiou. Refreshments served
30 Knott & Company Jewelers • Displaying the
works of Nicki Smith. Refreshments served.

Mark your calendar for Downtown’s historic church tour
Saturday, December 8, 2007 from 1-5 p.m.
Seven historic churches will be open for the tour. The tour is self-guided and begins at the Main Library. Free parking is available on the street or at the Duval Street
garage with Library validation. For a list of participating churches and more information, please visit or call (904) 451-3344.

The Backlash

If you haven't been here in a while remember to scroll down. Good stuff.

Saw this over at inertia. Crunk Manor indeed! That reminds me, I need to get my goblet bejeweled. This is great. I can see a regional draw where half the van goes to the manor and half goes to talleyrand. I can totally understand economic realties that spawned this. Vote democrat. If I wasn't djing I'd be there too. I have a small amount of talleywacker tickets left that I will sell for $30 (cash only) at the beer tub on the porch behind burrito tonight. When I'm out I'm out. There will probably be a couple places (maybe even the burrito) that will sell them tonight as well but probably for face. If you want to reserve yours via email, holler. theurbancore (at the) gmail dot com.

Also from the "who didn't invite me?" (<---not work safe) desk. This flyer is so money.

See you guys tonight. Come back for more updates. I got the goods.

Process Organic

Process Organic

Natural, green, organic… they're on the tip of everyone's tongue, but what do these buzzwords really mean? Does our present cultural obsession with organic metaphors and symbols reveal a greater syndrome? Is it possible that our idealization of nature is directly proportionate to our increasing distance from it?
Created by Lance and Tina Veitch of Jacksonville-based design lab The Sewing Machine Group, Process Organic is an installation that abstractly explores what it means to represent and experience the natural world in an era of corporate mediation and symbolic hype.
To create the installation, Lance and Tina gathered locally-available organic materials and subjected them and the Opaq Gallery space to an iconic form of processing: the CMYK color system, also known as the "process color" or "four color" model. Rocks and branches now glow with the radioactive palette of contemporary advertising, their organic value overtly contaminated in an implicit critique of the so-called "green" branding efforts that crowd today's market space.
Process Organic toys with the possibility that nature might be closer than we think – beyond the realm of the media catchphrase, but within the bounds of everyday experience. It's just a matter of knowing where to look, even in the most artificial of places.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Night Owls Save Tonight!

I will be djing at Marks this and every Tuesday (some guests some times). Except tonight is special. I am going to sell Talleyrand tickets for $30 cash. Thats a savings of almost $10 which is probably a beer or a burrito. Come up (to the dj booth, I don't bite, unless you make a request) and get yours. I start at 10 and go until I've blasted everyone out. I will be playing Talleybands along with my vinyl so you can sample some of that action whilest there.

Come see me.

Duval is well placed in this thing. More on all the locals and nslocals. See you there!


Its not on the art walk map tomorrow! Don't miss the new show at Opaq (above TSI) (on the map its right next to 3 & 13, LRK & Marks respectively).

From the SMG:

I wanted to let you know lance and I are having a show in the Opaq gallery. . . It's going to be up for this Artwalk and next.? Attached is a little web gif if you wouldn't mind promoting this on the urban core. . . opaq did not make it on this months artwalk flyer so we need a little love. . . and promotion.

This will be the most "out-there" thing at artwalk, unlike anything we have done so far. . . hope you can make it.

Here is a short description of the show :
Process Organic ::? an installation?exploring the relationship between the natural world and simulated nature.

Emphasis mine. FUN!

Follow the day and reach for the SUN!

Regimes may fall and fail, but I do not - Talleyrand

Not having fun? Keep walking. Faster. Don't waste your life complaining about things you can't control. Do something. Tomorrow's Art Walk is the FOUR YEAR Anniversary. The linen anniversary if you will. And I will. But it will probably be too cold for linen. Get out of the house. GO TO ART WALK. And lets say you find yourself not really feeling the art. MOVE ON! There are 30 stops. Let the fresh crisp weather be your fuel to knock out those spaces you have never been. See it all, if you can! There will be a group of VIPs walking around that want to see the vibrancy of downtown on this night. Show em your, ummm, vibrancy! Who knows, you may get your big break. Also, check out Boxsonville at the Haydon Burns. Will post more on that soon. Check back a lot today and tomorrow.

Same thing for Talleyrand! Link goes to the myspce with lots of free jams. If you are at work put on your ear goggles and ROCK OUT! Don't care for the Stills? Hit Sage Francis. Not big on Biggie Tea? (what? MC Chris is dead and ain't ever coming back) Hit MC Chris. Not a Julius fan, I can't help you. Seriously. Enjoy life. Walk around. $40 for this festival is pretty amazing. I will be playing Talleyband (probably going to get my phone tapped for coining that one) tracks at Mark's tonight from 10 on. I will also have tickets for sale. $40 cash. I have free stuff for every ticket you buy, while they last. Dip your toe into Talleyrand with me tonight at Marks. Ok?

I'll be back with more on both tonight, tomorrow night, and saturday. Until then learn some more about the namesake from your friends at wiki:

Early life

Talleyrand was born into an aristocratic family in Paris. By his own account, a leg injury in childhood left him unable to enter the anticipated military career, although it is more likely that he had a birth defect. Deprived of his rights of primogeniture by a family council, which judged his physical condition incompatible with the traditional military careers of the Talleyrand dukes, he was instead directed to an ecclesiastic career. This was considerably assisted and encouraged by his uncle, then Roman Catholic Archbishop of Rheims. It would appear that the family, while prestigious and ancient, was not particularly prosperous, and saw church positions as a way to gain wealth. He attended the Collège d'Harcourt and seminary of Saint-Sulpice[1] until the age of 21. He was ordained a priest in 1779. In 1780, he became a Catholic Church representative to the French Crown, the Agent-General of the Clergy. In this position, he was instrumental in drafting a general inventory of church properties in France as of 1785, along with a defence of "inalienable rights of church", a stance he was to deny later. In 1789, due to the influence of his father and family, the already notably non-believing Talleyrand was appointed Bishop of Autun, a bishopric that was something of a family possession, and consecrated to the episcopacy.

French Revolution

In the Estates-General of 1789, he represented the clergy, the First Estate. During the French Revolution, Talleyrand supported the revolutionary cause. He assisted Mirabeau in the secularization of ecclesiastical properties. He participated in the writing of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and proposed the Civil Constitution of the Clergy that nationalized the Church, and swore in the first four constitutional bishops, even though he had himself resigned as Bishop following his excommunication by Pope Pius VI. Notably, he promoted the public education in full spirit of Enlightenment. He celebrated the mass during the Fête de la Fédération on 14 July 1790.

In 1792, he was sent twice, though not officially, to Britain to avert war. Besides an initial declaration of neutrality during the first campaigns of 1792, his mission ultimately failed. In September 1792, he left Paris for England just at the beginning of September Massacres, yet declined the émigré status. Because of incriminating papers found in the armoire de fer, the National Convention issued a warrant for his arrest in December 1792. His stay in England was not uneventful either; in March 1794, he was forced to leave the country by Pitt's expulsion order. He then arrived in the United States where he stayed until his return to France in 1796. During his stay, he supported himself by working as a bank agent, involved in commodity trading and real-estate speculation. He was the house guest of Senator Aaron Burr of New York. Talleyrand years later refused the same generosity to Burr because Talleyrand had been friends with Alexander Hamilton.

After 9 Thermidor, he mobilized his friends (most notably the abbé Martial Borye Desrenaudes and Germaine de Staël) to lobby in the National Convention and then the newly established Directoire for his return. His name was then suppressed from the émigré list and he returned to France on September 25, 1796. In 1797, he became Foreign Minister. Talleyrand saw a possible political career for Napoleon during the Italian campaigns of 1796 to 1797. He wrote many letters to Napoleon and the two became close allies. Talleyrand was against the destruction of the Republic of Venice, but he complimented Napoleon when peace with Austria was concluded (Venice was given to Austria), probably because he wanted to reinforce his alliance with Napoleon. Together with Napoleon's younger brother, Lucien Bonaparte, he was instrumental in the 1799 coup d'état of 18 Brumaire, and soon after he was made Foreign Minister by Napoleon, although he rarely agreed with Napoleon's foreign policy. The Pope also released him from the ban of excommunication.

French Empire

Talleyrand, by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (detail)In March 1804, he may have been involved in the kidnapping and execution of the Duke of Enghien, which was a cause célèbre in Europe, as a sort of echo of the execution of Louis XVI, and which tended to delegitimize the Napoleonic regime, but whose specifics remain to this day something of a mystery. Napoleon accused him of such involvement, a charge seconded much later by Chateaubriand, but such an act would have been out of character[original research?]: Talleyrand consistently advocated against violence, most notably speaking out against the guillotine, and during the coup of 18 Brumaire he ensured that Barras could leave Paris safely.

Château de ValençayIn May 1804, Napoleon made him Grand Chamberlain and Vice-elector of the Empire. During this year, Talleyrand also bought the Château de Valençay. In 1806, he was made Sovereign Prince of Benevento (or Bénévent). Talleyrand was opposed to the harsh treatment of Prussia in the Peace of Tilsit in 1807. Afterward, the queen of Prussia wept and was consoled by Talleyrand. This gave him a good name among the elites of the European countries outside France. He resigned as minister of foreign affairs in 1807, over his opposition to the Franco-Russian Alliance, and by 1809 he was even further from the Emperor. The break was completed in 1812, with the French attack on Russia. Talleyrand had no responsible position between 1807 and 1812, when Napoleon appointed him as representative of France at the Congress of Erfurt. There, Tsar Alexander wanted his advice in dealing with Napoleon, and they met regularly during the Congress, changing Tsar Alexander's attitude towards Napoleon. Alexander was afraid of Napoleon, because the Russians had been defeated twice, but he admired the modern institutions of France and wanted to reform his country. Talleyrand allegedly convinced him that Napoleon's France was a threat to the other European nation-states and that Russia should resist the will of Emperor Napoleon. Talleyrand became a Russian secret agent from 1812 onwards, but his political career was over until the fall of Napoleon. While serving under Napoleon, Talleyrand began to accept bribes from hostile countries, particularly Austria and Russia[citation needed], to betray Napoleon's secrets. Typically of Talleyrand, it is hard to determine where his principles met his pecuniary interests. Growing weary of Napoleon's endless ambitions, which he felt would ruin France, he became a paid agent of the opposing powers, most notably Austria and the United Kingdom[citation needed]. His agitations against the Spanish campaign, which he considered unwise, produced a rapprochement with Joseph Fouché and convinced Napoleon that Talleyrand was plotting against him. This perception caused the famous dressing down of Talleyrand in front of Napoleon's marshals, during which Napoleon famously claimed that he could "break him like a glass, but it's not worth the trouble" and added with his usual scatologic tone that Talleyrand was "shit in a silk stocking," [2] to which the minister coldly retorted, once Napoleon had left, "Pity that so great a man should have been so badly brought up!"


When Napoleon was succeeded by Louis XVIII in April 1814, Talleyrand was one of the key agents of the restoration of the House of Bourbon, while opposing the new legislation of Louis's rule. Talleyrand was the chief French negotiator at the Congress of Vienna, and, in that same year, he signed the Treaty of Paris. It was due in part to his skills that the terms of the treaty were remarkably lenient towards France. As the Congress opened, the right to make decisions was restricted to four countries: Austria, the United Kingdom, Prussia, and Russia. France and other European countries were invited to attend, but were not allowed to influence the process. Talleyrand promptly became the champion of the small countries and demanded admission into the ranks of the decision-making process. The four powers admitted France and Spain to the decision-making backrooms of the conference after a good deal of diplomatic maneuvering by Talleyrand, who had the support of the Spanish representative, Pedro Gómez Labrador, Marquis of Labrador. Spain was excluded after a while (a result of both the Marquis of Labrador's incompetence as well as the quixotic nature of Spain's agenda), but France (Talleyrand) was allowed to participate until the end. Russia and Prussia sought to enlarge their territory at the Congress. Russia demanded annexation of Poland (already occupied by Russian troops), and this demand was finally satisfied, despite protests by France, Austria and the United Kingdom. Austria was afraid of future conflicts with Russia or Prussia and the United Kingdom was opposed to their expansion as well - and Talleyrand managed to take advantage of these contradictions between the former anti-French coalition. On January 3, 1815, a secret treaty was signed by France's Talleyrand, Austria's Metternich and Britain's Castlereagh. By this tract, officially a secret treaty of defensive alliance[3], the three powers agreed to use force if necessary to “repulse aggression” (of Russia and Prussia) and to protect the “state of security and independence”. This agreement effectively spelled the end of the anti-France coalition.

Talleyrand, having managed to establish a middle position, received some favours from the other countries in exchange for his support: France returned to its 1792 boundaries without reparations, with French control over papal Avignon, Montbéliard (Mompelgard) and Salm, which had been independent at the start of the French Revolution in 1789. It would later be debated which outcome would have been better for France: allowing Prussia to annex all of Saxony (Talleyrand ensured that only part of the kingdom would be annexed) or the Rhine provinces. The first option would have kept Prussia farther away from France, but would have needed much more opposition as well. Some historians have argued that Talleyrand's diplomacy wound up establishing the faultlines of World War I, especially as it allowed Prussia to engulf small German states west of the Rhine. This simultaneously placed Prussian armed forces at the French-German frontier, for the first time; made Prussia the largest German power in terms of territory, population and the industry of the Ruhr and Rhineland; and eventually helped pave the way to German unification under the Prussian throne. However, at the time Talleyrand's diplomacy was regarded as successful, as it removed the threat of France being partitioned by the victors. Talleyrand also managed to strengthen his own position in France (ultraroyalists had disapproved of the presence of a former "revolutionary" and "murderer of the Duc d'Enghien" in the royal cabinet).

Napoleon's return to France in 1815 and his subsequent defeat, the Hundred Days, was a reverse for the diplomatic victories of Talleyrand; the second peace settlement was markedly less lenient and it was fortunate for France that the business of the Congress had been concluded. Talleyrand resigned in September of that year, either over the second treaty or under pressure from opponents in France. For the next fifteen years he restricted himself to the role of "elder statesman," criticising--and intriguing--from the sidelines. However, when King Louis-Philippe came to power in the July Revolution of 1830, Talleyrand agreed to become ambassador to the United Kingdom, a post he held from 1830 to 1834. In this role, he strived to reinforce the legitimacy of Louis-Philippe's regime, and proposed a partition plan for the Netherlands.

Character traits

Catherine (Worlée) Grand, princesse de Talleyrand-Périgord, painted by François Gerard 1805–6Talleyrand had a reputation as a voluptuary and a womanizer. He left no legitimate children, though he is believed to have fathered illegitimate children. Four possible children of his have been identified: Charles Joseph, comte de Flahaut, generally accepted to be an illegitimate son of Talleyrand; the painter Eugène Delacroix, once rumored to be Talleyrand's son, though this is doubted by historians who have examined the issue (for example, Leon Noel); the "Mysterious Charlotte", possibly his daughter by his future wife, Catherine Worlée Grand; and Pauline, ostensibly the daughter of the Duc and Duchess Dino.

Aristrocratic women were a key component of Talleyrand's political tactics, both for their influence and their ability to cross borders unhindered. His presumed lover Germaine de Staël was a major influence on him, and he on her. Though their personal philosophies were most different, (she, a romantic; he, very much a baroque sensibility), she assisted him greatly, most notably by lobbying Barras to permit Talleyrand to return to France from his American exile, and then to have him made foreign minister. He lived with Catherine Worlée, born in India and married there to Charles Grand. She had traveled about before settling in Paris, as a notorious courtesan in the 1780s, for several years before she divorced Grand and married Talleyrand in 1802. Talleyrand, largely indifferent, tried to prevent the marriage, but after repeated postponements, was obliged by Napoleon to carry it out to preserve his political career. Rumors about her stupidity, though unfounded, continue to circulate to this day.

Talleyrand's venality was celebrated; in the tradition of the ancien régime, he expected to be paid for the state duties he performed—whether these can properly be called "bribes" is open to debate. For example, during the German Mediatization (Reichsdeputationshauptschluss), or consolidation of small German states, a number of German rulers and elites paid him to save their possessions or enlarge their territories. Less successfully, he solicited payments from the United States government to open negotiations, precipitating a diplomatic disaster (the "XYZ Affair"). The difference between his diplomatic success in Europe and failure with the United States illustrates his capacities and limitations — his manners, behavior, and tactics made sense in the context of the Old World, but were perceived as antiquated and corrupt by the more idealistic Americans. After Napoleon's defeat, he ceased using his imperial title "Prince of Benevento", referring to himself henceforth as the "Prince de Talleyrand", in the same manner as his estranged wife.[4]

Talleyrand was a great conversationalist, gourmand, and wine connoisseur. From 1801 to 1804, he owned Château Haut-Brion in Bordeaux. He employed the renowned French chef Carême, one of the first celebrity chefs known as the "chef of kings and king of chefs." His Paris residence on the Place de la Concorde, acquired in 1812 and sold to James Mayer de Rothschild in 1838, is now owned by the Embassy of the United States.

Near the end of his life, Talleyrand became interested in Catholicism again while teaching his young granddaughter simple prayers. The Abbé Félix Dupanloup came to Talleyrand in his last hours, and according to his account Talleyrand made confession and received extreme unction. When the abbé tried to anoint Talleyrand's palms, as prescribed by the rite, he turned his hands over to make the priest anoint him on the back of the hands, since he was a bishop. He also signed, in the abbé's presence, a solemn declaration in which he openly disavowed "the great errors which . . . had troubled and afflicted the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church, and in which he himself had had the misfortune to fall." Many, however, have doubted the sincerity of the conversion given Talleyrand's history. He died on May 17, 1838 and was buried at his Château de Valençay.

Today, when speaking of the art of diplomacy, the phrase "he is a Talleyrand" is used to denote a statesman of great resource and skill.

Though Talleyrand was active in the French Revolution, he always carried some nostalgia for the Ancien Régime. Such sentiment is best expressed in his famous quip:

"Celui qui n'a pas vécu au dix-huitième siècle avant la Révolution ne connaît pas la douceur de vivre"[5]
("Those who haven't lived in the eighteenth century before the Revolution will never be able to know the sweetness of life")
"The only thing you cannot do with a bayonet is sit on it."

A humorous quip about perspective:

"Treason is a matter of dates."

Advice to diplomats:

"Surtout pas trop de zèle": "Above all, no excessive enthusiasm"

while describing a possible Napoleonic regency:

"Napoleon would always be listening with his ear to the door"

describing himself:

"Regimes may fall and fail, but I do not"

"I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep."

"tout ce que est exageré est insignifiant" ("all that is exaggerated is insignificant")

Ohhh Talleyrand!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Transportation Hub

I am still sort of reeling from the end of the CCTF. I am going to post my thoughts on it soon. For instance I didn't know at the end of it all the steering committee would make a recommendation to the Mayor's office. I am trying to sort it all out and make sure that I'm not working on false info. Which has happened. Intended or not.

For instance in our Subcommittee meeting on Community ROI it was said that JTA was ages away from any kind of Transmodal Hub. (They also said it was impossible to build on the Hyatt site, a word that was not used in the final CCTF meeting, see more here)That it has been kicked around and planned for 20 plus years. That JTA was waiting to hear about the Convention Center Task Force findings before making any plans public. Not true. I have a copy of a presentation that lays out the fundamentals of the plan. And frankly, I'm excited about it. I am waiting for permission to post it.

Now if it is possible to do this transmodal hub here, more TOD's, and we can talk about light rail instead of buses where feasible, then we have a shot at progress. No?

For more info on TOD's click here. I am excited that Liz Flaisig is back in the newsroom. Probably more than she is.

Friday, November 02, 2007

SATURDAY NIGHT! Make your plan to be in 5 Points! $20 per couple includes FOOD & BOOZE & B-BOYS! PLUS - GREAT CAUSE!

This video was so sweet I had to post again, it was too buried last time. You can catch this crew Saturday at the RADO gala. If you want to head out tonight, Joey has some suggestions. Here, I am going to talk about Saturday's event at the 5 points theatre, with some background on RADO.

Firstly check out RADO's GreenOnGreen Blog. Its new. It has fresh info from a Riverside Avondale Affordable Homes perspective. Topical no?

Read up on what time (7pm), where (5pts Theatre), how much ($20 per couple) and more. The entertainment and auction items will be CHOICE. I know more than a handful of you that like to work the silent auction. Bring it on, shopper.

Please make it out to this once a year event.

Its laden with goodwill. A diverse neighborhood is a strong neighborhood!

So whats up with RADO? Here ya go:

1) The last two years, RADO has revamped the organization and increased production. We are located on the corner of College and Stockton Streets in the “Marybuilt” building (built by Henrietta Dozier!).

2) Seven homes completed last year 2006

3) 12 homes completed in 2007

4) 2 signature developments starting in 2008:

A) The Point- We are partnered with the Murtaugh companies (unique for profit/nonprofit partnership) (12) 1260 sq/ft 3 bed 2.5 bath two story condos; will also include 12 commercial spaces on the bottom floor which are 630 sq/ft

B) Green on Green- (10) single family homes constructed between Green and Myra Streets. This will be a nationally unique development because of three components:

1) Historically accurate bungalows 2) Green practices employed (energy star and water star) 3) Affordable- slated for workforce housing.

5) North Riverside- We are under construction on our third home in North Riverside (Just north of the I-10 expressway between Mcduff and Brooklyn). We have 16 lots in inventory that are slated for new housing in the next two years.

6) Who are our Home Buyers? Our latest homebuyers have been teachers, local small business owners, city of Jacksonville employees, health care workers, a non profit employee, and local wait staff.

7) Who is RADO? RADO is comprised of 5 staff and 10 board members not to mention various subcontractors, partners, and volunteers. Our mission is to encourage revitalization within the Riverside Avondale Community. RADO is dedicated to reinforcing historic preservation, creating and preserving attainable housing for low to moderate income families, increasing public safety, reducing crime and improving the overall liability of the community. We will continuously exhaust ever effort to successfully rebuild our neighborhoods and to bring out goals to reality.

8) When were we started and are we affiliated with RAP? Founded in 1998, Riverside Avondale Development Organization was established by Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc. (RAP) in an effort to keep affordable housing available to the community. Even among successfully restored middle and upper-class neighborhoods there are opportunities to deepen and broaden the community of residents who are stakeholders. But parts of the neighborhood continue to suffer from blight: dilapidated and abandoned property, crumbling infrastructure, a transient population and higher than normal criminal activity. While RADO and RAP both have the end result of a better Riverside in mind, they are completely separate organizations.

9) Where does our funding come from? Currently, our funding comes from Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), the city of Jacksonville, private donors, events like the Harvest Gala, and a small development fee (not to exceed 10%) on each property sold.

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