pleased with Boulder county Joe Pelle’s backing the NRA’s stance on guns and opposition to Colorado’s new gun laws. “I am really disappointed in him said one police official. ” The NRA are a dangerous group and the prisons are loaded with their kind” …I can’t imagine how Joe is backing them.”
Another hi level Sheriff told me ” You have to know that people who are not all there are attracted to the NRA and extreme gun politics” ” The NRA has been taken over by the radical element ” the Sheriff said. A third Police official and a college instructor in law enforcement told me ” The NRA has changed and so has it’s membership. It used to be that there were a few extremists but since Charlton Heston made that ‘from my cold dead hands comment’ the whole organisation has shifted.
My run in with NRA members last month has led to open police cases by Boulder PD, Sante Fe PD and Gainsville Ga pd as well as ATF and FBI investigations on some pretty crazy NRA members who use social media and the internet to attack people. Sufficed to say that law enforcement nationwide are keeping close tabs on these people. They are currently known as ” conservative christian constitutionalist, tea party, patriots, Republicans”. They used to be know as Militia in the 90s.
The IRS investigates Tea Party and Patriots I am glad they scrutinized this group before handing out non profit status. These people are domestic terrorists. They keep the ATF, FBI, Secret service , and US Marshals plenty busy protecting our president from them.
Startup Boulder Week 2013 fueled by alcohol How the city and Downtown Boulder ever got involved in promoting this drunken convention is beyond me. There is so much drinking going on at this years Start up Boulder , it needs to studied by the city and police. Just yesterday there were over 30 companies in Downtown Boulder handing out free booze all day to anyone who walked in the front door. It was called the Start Up crawl . On the Pearls street mall, Downtown Boulder has a booze tent set up for the entire week. Many of the events are held in bars . There are drinking parties every night. There are drinking breakfasts. What the fuck is going on.? This is supposed to be about Boulder being a business startup community and it has turned into a week long drunk. All that is missing is a Golf tournament.
from the Drinking Capital of America, where there are more alcoholics with engineering degrees than anywhere on earth, where we breed alcoholics, where the city does not give a rats ass, where the health effects are dire
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit – An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso’s main themes: bullfighting. The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center,10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under – Free; Kids 7 – 12 – $5; Family of 4 – $20; Military in Uniform – Free; Flagler College Student with ID – Free. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. www.picassoartandarena.com 904-825-1000
Romanza Week – Celebration of art and music in the Nation’s oldest city features more than 50 productions and presentations by more than 30 organizations to celebrateSt. Augustine’s “anniversary years.” Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, fashion show, dramatic productions and much more at various locations throughout St. Augustine. Many events are free. www.RomanzaFL.org
What Flows From Spain Exhibit – In recognition of Florida’s quincentennial, the St. Augustine Art Association features a special exhibit of the works of Cuban-American artist Elio Beltran. The exhibit, titled What Flows From Spain, includes several large-scale narrative paintings emphasizing Florida’s ties to Spain. The St. Augustine Art Association is located at 22 Marine Street. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
The American Glass Guild Presents American Glass Now: 2013 – The St. Augustine Art Association will host the second juried American Glass Guild exhibition featuring works by acclaimed stained glass artists. Admission is free. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday – Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m. www.staaa.org 904-824-2310
St. Augustine Art Association Canvas, Clay, Collage & Cutting Edge – The St. Augustine Art Association combines four exciting themes into one juried exhibit. Cutting Edge is defined as work that pushes the boundaries of ideas and/or materials. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday – Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. www.staaa.org 904-824-2310
“Deeper-New Works Art Exhibit to Benefit Rikki” – Space:Eight Gallery exhibit opens with all new works by Chip Southworth produced for benefit of Rikke Southworth to aid in her ongoing battle with breast cancer. The exhibit is at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., St. Augustine. The show will run through May 24 with all proceeds from art sales presented to Rikki. www.spaceeight.com 904-829-2838
Monday and Tuesday: May 13 & 14
The Secret – The Spanish Inquisition in Old St. Augustine – Could Jews, fleeing for their lives from Spain, have arrived with Pedro Menendez in 1565 when he founded the City of St. Augustine? This stunning new play by Lee Weaver features this possibility, along with the drama of an ocean crossing, Indian and pirate attacks, religious intolerance and an unforgettable love story. This one-person show covers 50 years in St. Augustine as one family struggles with both survival in the New World and the betrayal, secrecy and bigotry of the Spanish Inquisition. Performances times at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine are 7:30 p.m. General admission is $20, $15 for students and groups. www.OldFloridaMuseum.com 904-824-8874
Monday – Friday: May 13 – 17
Chosen Pathways Art Exhibit – The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, hosts an exhibit of works by Sherrie Pettigrew and John Tilton. Admission is free. Gallery Monday – Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Tuesday: May 14
Benny Goodman Tribute – Dave Bennett Quartet performs a tribute to Benny Goodman at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Advance tickets are $50 for reserved VIP seating and $30 for general admission seating. There is a $5 discount for tickets purchased before the day of the event. A meet the artists “Afterglow” is offered for VIP ticket holders. www.RomanzaFestivale.com
Lives & Wives of Henry Flagler – The Romanza Festivale and Raintree Restaurant present a special dinner theatre production of “The Lives and Wives of Henry Flagler.” This exciting show relives the romance and achievements of Henry Flagler “the Founder of Florida Tourism.” Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. (suggested arrival time 5:30 p.m.) and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39.95 per person all inclusive (adult beverages served separately) and may be purchased in advance from 2 p.m. daily at The Raintree, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 www.romanzafestivale.com
Wednesday – Sunday: May 15 – 19
StarTrek Into Darkness: An IMAX 3D Experience – Sneak Peek of Star Trek Into the Darkness starts at 8 p.m. at World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre, One World Golf Place, St. Augustine on Wednesday. The film will be shown till June 13 at the IMAX Theatre.
Wednesday: May 15
Music by the Sea Concert Series 2013 – A free seaside concert featuring Leisure Man playing classic rock & roll from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. LaStrada Italian Restaurant will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
100 Years of Mark Twain – The Romanza Festivale and Raintree Restaurant present a special dinner theatre production of “100 Years of Mark Twain” starring Robert Gill. Gill captures America’s favorite humorist and his wit and wisdom. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. (suggested arrival time 5:30 p.m.) and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39.95 per person all inclusive (adult beverages served separately) and may be purchased in advance from 2 p.m. daily at The Raintree, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.
Pig Roast at the Fountain of Youth – The St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation will host a pig roast at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave at 6 p.m. The menu is roast pig, rice and beans, salad, dessert, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Advance tickets are $22; day of the event $25. A cash bar with wine and beer will be available. www.staugmaritimeheritage.org
Thursday: May 16
The Evolution of Dolphin Care and Training – The future of caring for and training of bottlenose dolphins, and how today’s Marineland is advancing scientific learning about dolphins in human care will be presented at 6 p.m. at the Whitney Auditorium, 9505 Oceanshore Blvd. Admission is free. Guest speakers are William Hurley, VP and Chief Zoological Officer; Michael Hunt, Director of Animal Training, Georgia Aquarium; and Kevin Roberts, Curator of Marine Mammals, Marineland Dolphin Adventure. 904-471-1111 www.marineland.net
Twin Sister Concert at The Standard – The Standard will host Twin Sister and their buzzy hypnotic pop cut with Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac thump, and a shot of Lynchian weirdness for good measure. Tickets are $10 – $12. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. The Standard is located at 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. www.thestandardfl.com
First Coast Opera Performs A Gilbert & Sullivan Evening – Features Gilbert & Sullivan favorite songs in a cabaret setting at The Riverview Club, 790 Christina Dr., St. Augustine Shores. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets $25, $30 at door. Students with ID $10. 904-417-5555; www.FirstCoastOpera.com
FrIday & Saturday: May 17 & 18
Sea Your History Weekend: The Art of Boatbuilding in the Oldest Port – The Art of Boatbuilding is the theme of a special weekend presentation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Friday from 3-6 p.m. visitors can help Lighthouse archaeologists unlock the secrets of long-lost shipwrecks. Saturday at 9 a.m., visitors can meet and work with boat builders as they build a wooden boat from centuries gone by. At 11 a.m., a Smithsonian presentation gives visitors an opportunity to meet some of the people who make the Smithsonian the world’s leader in research and exploration. Weekend value pack which includes all 3 events and 2 days at the Lighthouse is $25. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighhouse.org
Riding into History Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance – Riding Into History, one of America’s premier motorcycle events, returns to World Golf Village in St. Augustine. On Friday at 10 a.m. there will be a Grand Marshal Historic Ride led by National Champion Racer and Motorcycle Hall of Famer, Kevin Scwantz. On Saturday the gates to the Concours d’Elegance open at 10 a.m. Admission is $10. The event will feature hundreds of classic American motorcycles along the Village’s Walk of Champions. Vendors, exhibitors and entertainment will be included. All proceeds will benefit Wounded Warrior Project. World Golf Village is located at I-95 Exit 323 in St. Augustine. www.ridingintohistory.org
Friday – Sunday: May 17 – 19
Wine and Golf Fest – The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, located at I-95, exit 323 in St. Augustine, will host a full weekend of great food, outstanding wine and challenging golf. On Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. an elegant 5-course wine dinner ($75 per person) is featured. Saturday features morning golf on the Slammer & Squire Course and a 1 – 4 p.m. Wine & Food Tasting showcases more than 100 wines. A Sip and Play package including golf and the Wine & Food Tasting is available for $119. Tickets to just the wine event are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. There will be a special $39.95 per person Champagne Brunch on Sunday from 8 – 10 a.m. A portion of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. 904-342-6251 www.wgvwgf.eventbrite.com
Florida’s Historic Trust 35th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference – In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of La Florida and the 125th anniversary of the opening of Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon, Florida’s Trust for Historic Preservation will hold its 35th Annual Preservation Conference in St. Augustine. www.FloridaTrust.org
Friday: May 17
Meet and Greet with Spider-Man and Iron Man – Adventure Landing hosts a free meet and greet with photo opportunities with 2 super heroes. Spider-Man will be at 2780 State Road 16, St. Augustine from 5 – 6:15 p.m. and Iron-Man from 6:45 – 8 p.m. 904-827-9400 www.adventurelanding.com
Hotel Ponce de Leon Anniversary Lecture – Leslee Keys presents a lecture titled “The Modern Wonder of the Ancient City: The Myth and the Marvel of the Hotel Ponce de Leon.” The presentation is part of the commemorative events celebrating The 125th Anniversary of the opening of Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel and takes place at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room of the former Hotel Ponce De Leon, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $5 per person. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. The lecture will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception. 904-819-6282 www.ponce125.com
The Original Wailers, SouLo Lyon & Beat Ivibes and De Lions of Jah Concert – The Standard hosts a reggae spectacular featuring The Original Wailers, De Lions of Jah, SouLo Lyon & Beat Vibes. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15-20. The Standard is located at 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. www.thestandardfl.com
Alan Jackson Concert – Country music legend and two-time Grammy Award winner Alan Jackson returns to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A, for a special performance at 8 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets range from $60.50 to $86. 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.com
Saturday: May 18
Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour – The Tolomato Cemetery is the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida, with burials from the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). Visitor access is limited to the 3rd Saturday of each month when docents provide guided tours. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The cemetery will be open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is located at 16 Cordova St. in St. Augustine. firstname.lastname@example.org www.tolomatocemetery.com
Murder Mystery Authors Book Signing at Lighthouse – Ponte Vedra Beach artist and writer Sharon Goldman and her sister, author Marilyn Baron, of Palm Coast, have collaborated again on a new comedic mystery called “Murder at the Outlet Mall.” The St. Augustine Lighthouse hosts their book signing from 1 – 4 p.m. The event is free to the public, plus attendees can register to win fabulous prizes (including Coach, Le Creuset products, Lighthouse prints and more) 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Beach Fitness Workshop – Anastasia State Park hosts a fitness workshop from 8 – 9:30 a.m. The series of workshops includes one session each of Tai Chi, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, Personal Trainer, and an Alternative Health/Naturalist Nutritionist to close out the series. Six weeks, six individual classes, all for sixty dollars or $15 per class. Registration fees will be used for playground restorations and upgrades in the park. The park is located at 1340A A1A South in St, Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
Classic Patric – The Pioneer Barn hosts Patric Robinson as he croons his way through some of the finest standards and show tunes ever written. The show starts at 7 p.m. and will include such favorites as Java Jive, That Lucky Old Sun, Night and Day, Summer Place and many more. The Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez is located at 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine Tickets are $15 for general admission. www.OldFloridaMuseum.com
Castillo By Candlelight – Night tours by candlelight will be from 6 -9 p.m. at the Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Drive. Revisit the events of the Second Seminole War from the eyes of a United States Army Sergeant. Admission is $8 per adult ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 – 15; and free for children 4 and younger. www.nps.gov/casa
904-829-6506, ext. 233.
Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at The Standard – The Standard will host Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. Zoso was formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. Tickets are $18 – $20 and the doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. The Standard is located at 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. www.thestandardfl.com
Sunday: May 19
Taste of the Beach – Annual ‘taste-fest’ with the crowd and judges selecting the coveted “Best of the Beach” restaurant at the end of the evening. Admission is free and taste tickets sell for $1 each. The Taste of St. Augustine Beach takes place from noon – 6 p.m. at St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
7th Annual Sea Turtle Festival – Keepers of the Coast host the 7th Annual Sea Turtle Festival from noon – 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina located at 111 Avenida Menendez. The family-oriented festival will feature live music, conservation and wildlife education tables, arts and craft vendors, a silent auction, food and beverages and “Keeper’s Cove,” an interactive children’s program that includes an obstacle course mimicking the conservation challenges sea turtle face. There is a suggested donation of $2 per person and all proceeds fund annual local beach clean-up efforts and summer education programs. www.keepersofthecoast.org 904-687-7694
The Take Over – Hosted by NFL All-Pro Fullback Leonard Weaver, The Take Over features performances by Canton Jones, Erica Cumbo and Mouthpiece MP3. The Take Over is an outreach created to inspire and motivate youth through music, drama and the arts. The fun will start at 7 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.) at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1030 A1A South. General admission tickets are $15. www.staugamphitheatre.com
St. Augustine Community Chorus presents Two Titans of Classicism – Under the direction of Dr. Theodore K. Matthews, the St. Augustine Community Chorus will perform Haydn’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Requiem. The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $5 for Students. www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org
Local Resident Specials
NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).
For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1-800-653-2489
To submit events to be included on the VCB Events calendar and website, please submit details to FHCeventlist@gmail.com.
From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes “Pain and Gain,” a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.
“Lives Up to Its Name”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
The Big Wedding is like a French farce, only without the madcap pacing, which is halfway understandable, because it is adapted from a 2006 French comedy, Mon Frere Se Marie, which means “My Brother Is Getting Married.”
Those French sure have a way with words.
Anyway, speaking of the pacing, this adaptation starts off slow, but then really takes off, which might be explained by the fact that it was scheduled to be released in 2012, but came out in 2013.
The impressive cast includes Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams, although Williams sticks out like a sore priest, which is what he plays.
Here is the plot: Don and Ellie were married for 20 years, but they have been divorced for the last 10 years. Their adopted son, Alejandro, who was born in Colombia, is getting married, and his birth mother is coming to the wedding.
However, the mother is very religious and conservative, and so Alejandro asks Don and Ellie to pretend that they are still married.
No problem, right? In fact, their own daughter tells them, “So, just pretend to be married for the weekend. What’s the big deal?”
Well, as the title says, it is going to be a big wedding on Don’s estate, Don’s girlfriend Bebe is living there with him, his own birth son Jared is 29 and still a virgin, and the groom’s mother is also bringing her pretty daughter to the wedding, who falls for Jared and keeps trying to seduce him.
Wow, this has all the makings of a French farce, doesn’t it? The French part we get, the farce coming up.
Now just add equal parts of Don’s being a successful sculptor of what could be called shockingly erotic subjects, as well as having a very healthy libido; the bride’s parents both having a previous history with Don and Ellie; Don’s daughter is estranged from him because of a previous indiscretion; and she has her own personal problems in her own relationship which result in two big surprises that are going to affect her.
As somebody always says, you couldn’t make this stuff up, but of course they did.
The Big Wedding lives up to its name with a big cast, a wedding, and even more, much more.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
With an all-star cast led by Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, THE BIG WEDDING is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco. To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future – and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.