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2006 Stories by Jake Smith

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  • The Poor House

    published September 21, 2006

    Concerts always end on a depressing note for me. The big finale over, the lights come on, and attendees shuffle to their cars without speaking... More >>

  • Elements

    published September 14, 2006

    I found myself at a bar on lesbian night recently because I'd been whisked away (long story) from a house party packed with womyn planning a... More >>

  • The Original Fat Cat's

    published September 7, 2006

    I first met Don in February, when he was slinging the highest-quality beers from around the world at the Upstairs Lounge of Beach Bar. He left to... More >>

  • Battle Axis

    published August 31, 2006

    Without a doubt, Battle Axis is one of South Florida's hardest-working (and most underpaid) rock bands. It usually plays live twice a week and can... More >>

  • Cheers Food and Spirits

    published August 31, 2006

    Sometimes I just need to hear live music, and I don't care what it is. Going to shows is a ritual, and when I miss a week of seeing bands play, I... More >>

  • Baja Cafe

    published August 24, 2006

    I'm usually a beer drinker. I'll drink Belgian imports in places where I've got to put on one of those fancy shirts with buttons, or I'll chug... More >>

  • Renda Writer

    published August 17, 2006

    Renda Writer's personal motto, according to his website, is "pimp yourself." It's a constant theme throughout the 33 tracks on his second... More >>

  • Beach Bar

    published August 17, 2006

    When I finally hit that glorious age of 21, my friends and I made the trek from West Palm Beach down to Fort Lauderdale for a very specific... More >>

  • King's Head Pub

    published August 10, 2006

    After making a wrong turn out of Dania Jai-Alai recently, I ended up in the parking lot of the King's Head Pub next to a red phone booth that... More >>

  • The Ref

    published August 3, 2006

    When word came my way that CJ's Draft House in Boynton Beach had changed hands, I figured it was time to pay an old haunt a new visit. CJ's new... More >>

  • Blue Anchor Pub

    published July 27, 2006

    South Florida is choked with English and Irish pubs, so it isn't news that another one is turning 10 years old. Only, in this case, Blue Anchor... More >>

  • Gumwrappers

    published July 13, 2006

    Whenever I ask people if they want to see a show at Gumwrappers, they say, "Hey, isn't that a strip club?" Well, sure, back when Reagan was... More >>

  • Mr. G's Rock N' Roll Bar and Grill

    published June 29, 2006

    It all started when Mike Goede was 14 and charged his friends $5 a pop to see local bands play in his parents' garage. Now, 30 years later, Mr. G... More >>

  • Will This Make Any Reel Difference?

    published June 8, 2006

    In South Florida, you can’t get far without running into a mega-chain store. Wal-Mart and Burger King have taken over the foods we eat and... More >>

  • Mo’ Phatter Laughs

    published April 27, 2006

    It’s somewhat clichéd to say that comedian/actress Mo’Nique is large and in charge… but damn if it ain’t true.... More >>

  • Poison To Your Ears

    published April 20, 2006

    Despite having gone through three guitarists, three singers, three bass players, and two drummers since 1998, Florida-grown hardcore band... More >>

  • Running, Good For Your Art

    published April 13, 2006

    So, you want to help the kids? You could donate, volunteer, or even lecture them about the good `ol days. But who has that much free time, cash,... More >>

  • Blues Jewels

    published April 6, 2006

    Be a witness as Texas old school collides with Motor City throwbacks at 9 p.m. at the Bamboo Room (25 South J St, Lake Worth). Kim Wilson,... More >>

  • Run, Florida, Run!

    published February 16, 2006

    Since the 1970s, runners from South Florida have been forced to travel to freezing cold cities to qualify for the ever-popular Boston Marathon.... More >>

  • The Real Comeback Kid

    published February 9, 2006

    Robert Schimmel is from the school of hard knocks. Lots of people claim to have started off there, but his schooling was extreme. Ten years... More >>

  • Hip-hop pub drop

    published February 9, 2006

    The last place you’d expect to find a crew of low-tech beat artists is at the King’s Head Pub (2692 N University Dr., Plantation).... More >>

  • Yellow Snow?

    published February 2, 2006

    In the rough-and-tumble world of the American Basketball League, the Florida Pit Bulls are busy tearing the throats out of the competition.... More >>

  • Flip Your Calendar

    published February 2, 2006

    Pun alert: the Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) is “dragon” your ass in – just in time for Dragonfest,... More >>

  • Rockin' Reverend

    published January 26, 2006

    The Reverend Jeff Mosier and his merry band of bluegrass brethren are taking the stage with an all-new bag of tricks. They’re calling their... More >>

  • Attack of the Prosers

    published January 19, 2006

    Many people think of poets as quiet wallflowers who occasionally drum up the nerve to read their own prose on stage. Wrong! The days of poetry... More >>

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