Thursday, May 29, 2008

Killer Parties

The Hold Steady - Killer Parties
Found at

awesome photos from Bike Jax (THANKS!)

Roll over to Colony to Learn about the mixer where you can, ahem, wine about Hilz (6pm Tastings, Southbank). If you are red, you should infiltrate and sabotage them from the insides. Like Warren Christopher in Recount. Best movie ever filmed in Jax by a long shot.

No Refunds

this just in from friendly people I've never met in the nation's second oldest city. you had me at cheap beer

Dearest Droogs,

We're back with our June show and we're not fooling around. It's Mitch O'Connell from Chicago! And as a special treat to you, our loyal art patrons, Mitch will be in attendance at the opening! Since I am sometimes lacking in my writing skills I will let Mr. O'Connell tell you a little about himself:

Mitch O'Connell is a beloved hanger-on of the "Lowbrow" art movement. �His work has featured in magazines from Newsweek to Playboy, on CD's from The Supersuckers to Less Than Jake and exhibited from New York to Berlin. His tattoo designs are also a fixture on the walls of tattoo shops around the word. He's treasured for his sense of humor, especially when it comes to pricing his paintings.�His "talk of the town" gallery openings are always a "hoot". Mitch is known for arriving in full costume and only speaking in "Klingon" for the entire evening. Likes include: keeping it real, letting it all hang out, doing his own thing and getting down. Dislikes include: gallery owners who favor artists whose work is "good" and "sells". My God, doesn't "good grooming" count for anything anymore in this crazy, topsy-turvy world?! To learn more about the man, the myth, the legend, visit��today!

''No Refunds - The Art of Mitch O'Connell"�Art Exhibit�opening will take place Friday June 6, 2008 - 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 July 31, 2008

To quote our commander in chef, Awesome. Show me someone who says our area is culturally bereft and I'll show you a self obsessed douchebag.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Reasons to stay up and read this blog

Firstly DJ Chaka has jumped in for Brian V. Don't hesitate to come on down as Catharsis will be spinning the new Verve 4 Remix.

Must be present to win.

Every day is earth day.

I am so going to try on this suit made from plastic bottles. If it works in our tropical climes the price is definitely right. While it may be fashionable to go green I think this gift will keep on giving.

Reusable publix bags, check. Turned in the suburban (recycled), check. 30 bottle suit, searching...

Its important to live this way and not just make a buck this way as colony eloquently points out.


If you haven't clicked on UJ in a while to pick up your fresh mixtape, there is a new one out right now. As well as past tapes if you have been really sleepy.

I thought it would be cool to do a set of music directly or indirectly from Urban Jacksonville's mix tapes. I've found these, um, tapes invaluable when on the lifestyle machines overlooking the marble trio ($0 ENROLLMENT RIGHT NOW!). So tonight that's what I am playing until Brain V gets to Mark's.

Friday, May 23, 2008


Well Folks, this weekend approaches! And with it, I figured I'd send you all a reminder about the festival, plus let you know what's gonna be going down as well as why, where and who the Springfield Community Garden is there for. We decided to throw this shindig a couple months back, planning it as the 'Grand Opening' of a new public space. A space intended as a demonstration of how our broken, deteriorating land, with the right amount of effort, can still be utilized and enjoyed by our community. Since then we've been working hard, toilin' away in an attempt to get all the build-out done before summer's heat sets in. And we're nearly there! To date we've set up ten garden plots, with six more nearly finished and five more to be started; we've rebuilt a 20 ft portion of the retaining wall that fell down at the end of '07; about one ton of steel and truckloads of 2x4 have been salvaged for the construction of a storage shed and rainwater capture site.
The master plan is very simple. This 1/3 acre spot, that for years has sat useless on Main St., will now be providing many local urban residents the opportunity and education to grow food, exchange seeds, meet fellow community members. All in the comfort of their own neighborhood. Already we've been able to witness new friendships and alliances form through working together on this project which is, in my mind, the most valuable demonstration of the growth of a community; as Jax continues to change, ever-forming itself into a larger and more vibrant city, it's vital, as a response to this change, for us to have a wider knowledge of each other; Hopefully, the Springfield Community Garden will give us a better understanding of what our needs are as urban residents.

So, Here's some info about the Community Community Community Festival:

When: Sunday May 25, noon till 2am. 14 hours.
Where: The Pearl and the parking lot (so bike or carpool if possible)
What: A benefit show to raise money for The Springfield Community Food Garden located on north end of The Pearl's property, to collect cans and non perishable food item for Ultimate Picnic, a organization that feeds anyone that wants to eat. So come hungry for free food. There will be a bazaar/ tents/ booths set up in the parking lot for games, awareness, and workshops. There will also be tours of the community garden. Twelve bands will be playing inside The Pearl. The Pearl staff will be working serving with various drink specials.
Who: The people throwing the event are Jaxscene, Springfield Community Garden and Ultimate Picnic, with special thanks to The Pearl. The bands are Manatella, Tuffy, Wudun, Fruit Machine, Buffalo Tears, Heavy Flow, Tough Junkie, Lazerstar, Airport Factory, Helios Eye, Sharing Needles With Jesus, and America Del Sur.
Donate: Feeling charitable if you want to donate more to The Springfield Community Garden they need old or unneeded garden tools like rakes or shovels, trash cans, extra wood for building, nails, hammers, seeds and garden plants. Please don't buy anything new, the garden believes in being organic and reusing old unwanted items. I know Ultimate Picnic needs old plates, utensils, and cups. Your unwanted can goods and nonperishable food items. Once again nothing new.

Community, Community, Community, set list (second draft might change)
4:00pm wudun
4:50pm tuffy
5:40pm sharing needles with jesus
6:30pm helios eye
7:20pm airport factory
8:10pm manatella
9:00pm america del sur
9:50pm fruit machine
10:40pm buffalo tears
11:30pm heavy flow
12:20am tough junkie
1:10am lazerstar

Cost:$5 is the entry to get inside The Pearl to see the bands, all proceeds go to the community garden. You can also pay with can goods or non perishable food items. $1 off for every item. Bringing food items is encouraged. Bring extra if you feel charitable. The outside event is free.
I hope all of you can make it and I look forward to seeing you there!

what a line up!


Bike Jax suggest pedal power (big shocker). I'm thinking this is going to be a lot of fun. I hope there are a lot of pictures and videos. We need more documentation of all of this great stuff going on.

They finally found the telescope from NYC to London!

If you are in NYC this weekend be sure to check out this monumental find.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

UMmmm yeah.

Cick and print picture of fair lady.

Sooo. I know it doesn't count to just say go over to Urban Jacksonville and read about what to do this weekend. Yes its cheating but there are so many good blogs now. My personal favorite for daily content is probably JaxCal. Solid.

So here is a few random thoughtses:

1. Hillary should stay in because everywhere she goes she is making sure people know where their polling places are, when to leave work, what to do with the kids, and they are definitely registered and ready. Go Hilz. Thanks for playing.
2. I threw a jam on the river every saturday from Memorial Day to Halloween on no budget.
But it had bikes and produce and bboys. It wasn't bad. It didn't cost much. It was on the water. A public part of the mighty mighty St. Johns called the riverwalk. Sometimes it was tropical stormy, sometimes dead and hot, sometimes green monstery, and sometimes scary packed (FL/GA especialy). I think if you are going to throw a jam it should be cheap, inclusive, and try to directly benefit stakeholders and retailers (especially if they pay for it). Total cost? Less than $2k per. I got WJCT and Folio to double the ad buy as sponsors but had to go through a complicated process to not have to spend my $20k on every single media. Including sworn tesitimony. Because, you know, the city really watches these things.

3. I am really enjoying my job. Sorry if I haven't called you or emailed you. Text is better. But tell me who you are. Big job update when things slow down. Everything else is still on. If you need an update about the grocery (its coming I swear) check this site often. It will open before the publix in san marco. Or the courthouse. Or the shipyards. But maybe not 3rd and Main.

Go with it.

4. Don't forget June 4th Art Walk. Its the biggest in the South.

Also, don't forget August 16th you must be in Springfield.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Howdy Neighbor!

Local Springfieldian did Denzel's face! She is also a gifted photog.

She also lives in a swank school conversion loft. Some still left! Some under $135,001! Arrrfhhhhhh!

I digress. More from Springfield after the break. I gotta go spin at blend.

Also, be there to watch Hillary finally quit! I know its not going to happen but if it does, shots on me.


Has it been 24 years already? What is that like a teflon anniversary.

You can't deny the new Springfield. Its pretty amazing. When the neighborhood was coming up and really starting to shine and get a lot of attention you couldn't dream of a community this diverse, this fun, and this progressive. Now its all you can do to just keep up with all of it.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Inside the Circle was a very good documentary. I bet it goes on to do very well. The Florida Theatre and the Film Festival made lemonade out of the weather lemons by having the bboy competition inside the lobby with a live drum line. Basic on the ones and twos, free sparks, and great local representation within the circle. Go Duval.

The best part of the doc was that it was real. The good bad and the ugly of poor kids doing something out of love really shined beautifully. You had an interest in each of the subjects and wanted to feel for them, even when they were acting out or acting stupid. Unfortunately the same could not be said for Lucy or Jimmy the night before. I need to talk to my agent.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Back in Time...

...for some of the Jacksonville Film Festival.

I'm in the feature tonight. I hope I don't embarrass myself. I'm Johnny Tightpants, and I'll be here all week. I am also looking forward to getting inside the Circle. Ok, maybe watching the Circle from a safe distance. Covered well over at Urban Jacksonville. Check Check Check Check it out. Or something. More later.

I saw a lot of people at JAX international last night that must be part of the cinerati. Has anyone seen the new sinks at JIA? Impressive.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Hiatus is BACK ON!

We're going to take a few days off. Please submit as usual but expect delays in broadcast. We'll be back up to full speed with new features by next weekend. Have a great week!

Friday, May 09, 2008

You know what I'd like to know?

Who won this election? Who won it?!

I got my invite to the premiere at the legendary Florida Theatre next week. Too bad I won't be in town. Jacksonville represent! Even if representing means not representing twenty something thousands. I'm sure that would NEVER happen again. Right?

Also - HUGE PROPS (pun intended) to whomever put Katherine Harris in a Shakespeare at the Met night shirt. Theatre Jacksonville, creating parking problems since 1919!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Hope for America (by way of Detroit) (really)

Watch this video and smile:

More on the story including a follow up here.


He finally left the Hold Steady!


The Law Office of
Jeffrey T. Totty, Esq.

(licensed in Florida, Georgia and New York)

332 East Adams Street, Suite 404
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Office: (904) 553-5708
Facsimile: (904) 356-8616
Email: tottylaw(at)

Areas of Practice:
Commercial, Contracts, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Product and Premises Liability

I hope that this new endeavour in no way interferes with my continued attention to and commentary on local, national, political, social and above all ridiculous events. Hell, I may actually find myself with more time on my hands than I could have ever wanted (shudder the thought).
But if I start missing a few days of posting here and there, take that as a good sign that I'm keeping busy enough to continue feeding my family.

Jeff writes Colony Jax

Also big day today for fellow Springfieldians, the Smile Rays. Album drops at TSI tonight! See if you see any Springfield in their new video:

"A Toast" The Smile Rays

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

SALE! Art for tots!

Find more videos like this on JaxCAL SPACE


If you have been eyeballing paintings by Mr. Wright or Mr. Moore this season at the BG consider that the BG is taking an additional 10% off (from commission not artist) each piece with a new or gently used baby item. Present at time of sale(s). Mr. Moore has already slashed his prices (some so much we had to call him to make sure). These guys both have brand new offsprings and could use all the items and CASH they can get. But the paintings pay you every day after you take em home.

By lunch Thursday you'll be looking at Overstreet Ducasse's new works.

Mark's Tonight, Art Walk Tomorrow, Smile Rays New Album Thursday

What hasn't been said about Mark's on a Tuesday this year? Besides Obama wins it all? Come on already. Come on and watch the results that is. I think its $1 pbr and $3 jager and $2 pints domestica and what have you. At least one flat screen on election coverage.

Or you can sit on the comfy sofas and watch tourists (yes we have them, conventioneers really) request Flo-Rida. Thankfully I only spin records. I usually toss on some Frank Black and the Catholics, loud, and thats that.

Then the real talent takes over, Brian V and Cathartic. Except tonight its just Cathartic. I think he may have a guest or two tonight. I am out next week so its your last gritty analog maestro for a while.

So even better is Wednesday. Its the Players Ball Art Walk at the Landing (everyones 19th hole) during Art Walk. There is also a great car show at Hemming Plaza. These will be must sees along with the rest of The Art Walk.

from DVI:

May Art Walk Celebrates the The PLAYERS and the 50's Era.

When: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 | 5pm-9pm (Rain or Shine)
Cost: Free


The Jacksonville Landing - Kick off THE PLAYERS Downtown Experience as we celebrate THE PLAYERS Championship and honor local PGA TOUR Player Mark McCumber and the 20th anniversary of his triumph at the 1988 PLAYERS. The program includes Mayor John Peyton giving a Proclamation of THE PLAYERS Championship Week to honor the 20th anniversary of Mark McCumber's win and highlight videos of past PLAYERS. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing Courtyard with live music provided by Kort McCumber & McCumberland Gap at 6 p.m.

Lucky's Classic Cuts and Café 331 team up to rock Art Walk 50s style with hot rods, motorcycles and rockabilly music in Hemming Plaza. Meet Lucky's Ladies, Mike the Barber and the Roller Derby Girls. Swing by Café 331 and view models dressed in 50s attire, check out vintage 50s records from Royal Treatment Records and view artwork from local artists.

The Museum of Science & History - Southbank - Featuring "The MOSH Juke Joint Jam, Where Music & History Meet." Calling all blues musicians to bring their electric or acoustic instrument to jam. MOSH will provide the back line.

AT&T Tower - Featuring the watercolor and oil paintings of award-winning realism artist Ted Head. Register to win one of his watercolors at the 2nd floor refreshment table. View jewelry inspired by the natural magnificence of semi-precious stones and gems designed by Holly and Katrina Middleton. Stop by and sample the delicious fruit of Edible Arrangements. Music by Melody Jackson. Refreshments served.

The Official Art Walk After Party at The Twisted Martini. 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.

I can see the Mayor's office, Ted Head, jammers, gearheads, and roller derby girls all at an afterparty. But I think it would be this one.


Enjoy fresh beats and limes, I mean beats and rhymes, with the Smile Rays at TSI (also)

Live from Indiana

So when you enter the polling place you have to ask for a Republican or Democratic ticket for voting purposes. You can only have one or the other (see Rush Limbaugh's Project Chaos gimmick he's trying to pull or the quote below from "Jim Adams" to get the gist of Limbaugh's gimmick). I guess all the Republicans are asking for Democratic tickets.

This from the

"I'm a hardcore Republican," she said, "but it's about who I wanted in second place in case McCain doesn't make it. ... I don't like the way this country's been run in the last 20 years. I'm sick of the dynasty (of two families) that's been running things."

Ward-Bopp voted for the Democrat she liked, but Jim Adams, 36, voted for Hillary Clinton to keep the race going beyond Indiana. He's a McCain backer and enjoys watching the Democrats fight.

"In the end, I think McCain is going to win," Adams said, and then referred to controversial statements by Bill Clinton and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor. "Bill can't keep his mouth shut, and the reverend can't keep his mouth shut."

Reporting from Indianapolis

Monday, May 05, 2008

Film Gala Coming Quick!

Burrito Not Open on Cinco de Mayo! Ay Caramba!

The Burrito will not be open tonight for festivities. Here is your quiz on why:

For what reason is the Burrito Gallery not open on Cinco de Mayo?

A. It celebrates a victory over France and that wouldn't be right (nod to Clement). Plus independence day for Mexico is the 16th of September. This is more of a Corona and Tecate celebration. Ok and Cuervo etc..
B. The staff and ownership of Burrito Gallery like to celebrate drinking holidaze in our own way at our favorite cantinas, pubs, etc.
C. Key people are at Radiohead.
D. While we're serving "Mexican Revival", we're really more Guata-merican.
E. All of the above

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Class War is On!

Former President Bill Clinton was in West Virginia on his wife's behalf. In Clarksburg, he called her a scrapper and contrasted her appeal among working-class voters with the elitists he said support Obama.

"The great divide in this country is not by race or even income, it's by those who think they are better than everyone else and think they should play by a different set of rules," he said. "In West Virginia and Arkansas, we know that when we see it."

Observing from Springfield

Welcome new Americans!

Today in about an hour and a half a whole new crop of Americans will be sworn in at World of Nations in Metropolitan Park.

But its not easy becoming a legal resident. Play Ice the Game and see what you might be up against.

And once you are legal, don't forget to vote.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Check. Check. Check. Check it out.

Bonjour Jacksonville! How about some mood music to get the blood flowing? Es good no?

I hope you guys have been check. Check Check. Checking out for all thats going on in our resort-like lavish northflorida urban lifestyle. You can't say there is nothing to do. You really can't. ExperienceJax is super easy and it pretty much has way more than anyone could ever do. But try anyway! And by lavish I'm not talking about spending big bucks. I mean sure you can do that. But who's got money? And who's got gas? Today's post is for the low budget weekender.

Lets start with the family types:

World of Nations is all weekend long! Need to remind yourself that we live in an ethnically diverse global community? Want your kids to know more about our planet than what they get from Noggin?

The International Party is tonight and its free! The rest of the World of Nations (Sat and Sun) Tickets for one person one day are $5. Its difficult to see all the countries and enjoy them in one day so I give you a splurge option: the two day pass: $7!

Tonight, the big deal is the movie about Clement's (arrives July 4!) current city, Paris! Ok its about stew and rats and chefs and Paris. RATATOUILLE! Check it out! Movies are hot hot hot this season. DVI had great crowds for its series at Treaty Oak. Leave early as this will probably be packed too!

spot this bike!

No kids, no problem types:

Get on your BIKE! Its Festival Bikemus (or something) on Main Street. More info at Urban Jacksonville.

Bring your lock and shop. While at the festival check out the bikes, the bike workshop, the handmade bag factory, and the royalist record store of all record stores. General Manager, Tough Junkie.

Suggested splurge: Buy TJ's new disc. Limited edition, first run. $10. Its the gift that keeps on giving.

AND DON'T FORGET ITS FIRST FRIDAY! Its a rare FIRST FRIDAY when its before ART WALK (next week!). Whether you are heading to the 5pts blast or Dan and Renee's in the Springy, have a great night and a fun weekend!