Jacksonville Friday Night

5 Points, Jacksonville

5 Points, Jacksonville

Here’s some stuff to do that I found going on tonight from the Times-Union writer Laura Capitano. Also my favorite bitch Lisa Lampanelli is performing tonight!:

‘Fights’ club

Looking for a bit of the ol’ ultra-violence? Get thee to the International Kickboxing Federation’s Friday Night Fights at Club Plush. The monthly event is ready to rumble, and it’s a thrilling break from the typical weekend options in that feet-meet-face sort of way.

The closer to the ring you can get, the better: the contact sounds, the blood, the spit and reading the fighters’ tattoos are musts for the overall experience. Ten bucks gets you in, but a VIP reservation is the way to go, if you have the dough. Both levels of VIP reservations ($100-$150) get you admission, a table for four and a round of drinks. Fights go from 10-ish to 1-ish and feature local fighters from World Martial Arts, Smiley’s Combat Athletix and Karate Arts. Call (904) 521-8455 for VIP reservations

Another ‘First’

As a regular at First Fridays in Five Points, I’ve watched the block party grow to be quite a buzzing event over the past months. From 6 to 9 p.m., patrons can enjoy extended retail hours with stores offering refreshments and special sales. The acoustic/jazz/blues sounds of the Park Street Band and DJ Dadam, are slated to fill the evening air. Riverside Liquors hosts a complimentary wine tasting (get there early if you want a table!), which offers four to five varieties, plus whatever extras the staff feels like serving up.

Wish upon a ska

Sixteen years and still representin’ their hometown, Gainesville’s own ska-punk quintet Less Than Jake sounds their brass at Freebird Live tonight, in support of their latest release GNV FLA. Even their Web site background is photos of Gainesville institutions such as the Silver Q Billiards Hall and the Main Street and University intersection.

The band is mighty grown up now, with a label all their own, Sleep It Off Records. Tickets: $20.

Women talkin’ dirty

In case you missed comedian Margaret Cho swearing at you from the Florida Theatre stage last Friday, Lisa Lampanelli is there at 8 p.m. today to continue the run of vulgar chicks. Lampanelli has a lot of Don Rickles in her (her official Web site is insultcomic.com and pictures her smoking a cigar in the tub), so any audience member is fair game to be part of her rant. Tickets: $32.75.

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