Thursday, December 5, 2019

Cummer gives free membership to elementary students

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens today announced that it has partnered with Duval County Public Schools to provide free Family-level memberships to 5,800 fifth-grade students enrolled in the district’s Title 1 elementary schools, following the successful completion of the Family 2 Family Membership Match — the Museum’s signature access initiative for 2019.

From April through September, the Museum adopted a buy-one-give-one model for all new or renewing Family memberships. Funds to support the initiative were secured through a combination of memberships, private donations and generous support from Florida Blue.

Vouchers for the free memberships will be distributed by principals and teachers at the following district schools by Friday, Dec. 6: Abess Park Elementary; Andrew A. Robinson Elementary; Annie R. Morgan Elementary; Arlington Elementary; Arlington Heights Elementary; Bayview Elementary; Beauclerc Elementary; Biltmore Elementary; Biscayne Elementary; Brentwood Elementary; Brookview Elementary; Carter G. Woodson Elementary; Cedar Hills Elementary; Central Riverside Elementary; Chimney Lakes Elementary; Crown Point Elementary; Crystal Springs Elementary; Dinsmore Elementary; Don Brewer Elementary; Englewood Elementary; Enterprise Learning Academy; Fort Caroline Elementary; Garden City Elementary; George W. Carver Elementary; Greenfield Elementary; Gregory Drive Elementary; Henry F. Kite Elementary; Highlands Elementary; Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary; Holiday Hill Elementary; Hyde Park Elementary; Jacksonville Heights Elementary; John E. Ford K-8 School; Kings Trail Elementary; Lake Lucina Elementary; Lone Star Elementary; Long Branch Elementary; Love Grove Elementary; Mamie Agnes Jones Elementary; Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary; Mayport Elementary; Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center; Normandy Village Elementary; North Shore Elementary; Oak Hill Academy; Oceanway Elementary; Ortega Elementary; Parkwood Heights Elementary; Pickett Elementary; Pine Estates Elementary; Pinedale Elementary; R.L. Brown Gifted and Talented Academy; R.V. Daniels Elementary; Ramona Elementary; Reynolds Lane Elementary; Rufus E. Payne Elementary; Ruth N. Upson Elementary; Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary; S.A. Hull Elementary; Sadie T. Tillis Elementary; Sallye B. Mathis Elementary; San Jose Elementary; Southside Estates Elementary; Spring Park Elementary; St. Clair Evans Academy; Stonewall Jackson Elementary; Susie E. Tolbert Elementary; Thomas Jefferson Elementary; Timucuan Elementary; West Riverside Elementary; Westview K-8 School; Whitehouse Elementary; Windy Hill Elementary & Woodland Acres Elementary.

“Access initiatives like Family 2 Family are critical to our mission of engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education,” said Adam Levine, George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Cummer Museum.  “I am deeply grateful to the donors and community partners who played a role in funding Family 2 Family. As a result of their generosity, thousands of families will have the opportunity to create new, meaningful connections with art, nature and, most importantly, each other.”

Members of the Museum enjoy numerous benefits, including exclusive exhibition openings; special invitations to programs and events; a quarterly digital newsletter; discounted admission to concerts, lectures, garden programs, art camps and classes; a 10% discount at the Cummer Shop and Cummer Café; free admission to more than 150 Southeast Reciprocal Museums; reciprocal membership to over 1,000 institutions through the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) program; and reciprocal membership to nearly 300 gardens through the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Program.

“Whether it’s taking a walk, through Renaissance history or beholding an ancient Egyptian sculpture, these are experiences that all children should have as they blossom into well-rounded and cultured individuals,” said Dr. Diana Greene, superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. “I am proud to serve alongside the Cummer Museum and other community partners as we work through the invaluable Family 2 Family program to make sure these experiences are accessible to all of our children.”

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857
   
Hours of Operation & Admission

Monday, December 2, 2019

‘A Christmas Carol’ soon opens at Players By The Sea

Community theatre at the beaches brings a holiday classic to life on stage.  A Christmas Carol starts this Friday, December 6th at Players by the Sea Theatre.  After months of rehearsal, the cast & crew (about 40 talented artists) are ready to share their magical work with the JAX community.

A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens and adapted by Romulus Linney tell the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey from an embittered, ungenerous creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who, one Christmas Eve, show him what life means.  This richly textured play brings the full spirit of the book, as well as those of Christmases Past, Present and Yet To Come, to life on the stage.

Kenggy Bravo, who plays Mrs. Fezziwig in the show said, “I think people should buy tickets to see A Christmas Carol because it’s going to appeal to everyone. It’s such a warm show to watch during the holidays, and what better way to get into the spirit than to remember what Christmas truly means?”

Watch in awe as a diverse group of Jacksonville talent from different backgrounds and of young and old ages, come together to make holiday magic on stage at Players by the Sea.

A Christmas Carol

DATES:     TIMES
Fri. Dec. 6, 2019  8 p.m.
Sat., Dec.7      8 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 12   8 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 13    8 p.m.
Sat. Dec 14     2 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 14    8 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 15    2 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 19   8 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 20    8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 21    8 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 22    2 p.m.

TICKETS: General Admission tickets are $28.  Student/Senior/Military may purchase theirs for $25.  Don’t forget, Thurs. nights are Student Nights!  Bring a valid student ID to the theatre and get a half-price ticket for $14.  There are a limited number of tickets left for opening weekend, so get yours now!

LOCATION: Players By The Sea Theatre
      106 6th Street North
      Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
      (904) 249-0289

ABOUT PLAYERS BY THE SEA— For over fifty-three years, Players by the Sea has brought quality creative and classic theatre to the Jacksonville community.  Players mission is to enrich the community through excellence in theatre.  The nonprofit community theatre welcomes all creative artists to participate in making the magic of theatre come to life, whether on stage, through advocacy or assisting backstage.


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Visit the Cummer Museum and Gardens - It’s a perfect place

School will be out very soon and the Cummer Museum and Gardens will be the place to take your little ones, visiting family, coworkers and friends during this holiday season.  Make a day of it at the museum along with a delicious lunch and holiday drinks on the premises.

Upcoming Events for December 2019:
Dec. 1 |
Museum Store Sunday Noon to 4 p.m. | 25% discount for all.  Join them on the Sunday after Thanksgiving for storewide discounts and Meet the Makers artisan events.

Dec. 3 |
International Day of Persons with Disabilities Open Studio | 5 to 7 p.m. Free | No registration required.  The Museum will be celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a drop-in open studio event and exhibition of works by Women of Vision.

Dec. 5 & 6 |
Champagne & Shopping, The Cummer Shops | 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | 20% discount for all.  Enjoy complimentary champagne, appetizers, and a special trunk show.

Dec. 6, 10, & 13 |
Illuminating Nature | 5 to 9 p.m. Free | No registration required.  After the sun goes down, come experience an installation of glowing fabric sculptures throughout the Historic Gardens, and enjoy live music, art activities, and food and beverages (available for purchase).  Sponsored by Stein Mart.

Dec. 7 |
Weaver First Saturday Free For All | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free | No registration required.

Dec. 15 |
Family Open Studio: Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures From The Driehaus Collection | 1 to 3 p.m. | Free with admission | No registration required.

Pop-Up Art Building | 1 to 3 p.m. | Free with admission | No registration required.

Dec. 18 | Gallery Talks: Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures From The Driehaus Collection 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | $5 Members | $10 Nonmembers | Registration required.

2020 Dinner Party Series - Early Bird Ends November 30!
The Art of Pop: A Warhol Dinner Party l January 16, 2020
The Art of Power: An Egyptian Dinner Party l February 21, 2020
The Art of Nature: A Glamping Dinner Party l May 14, 2020

Special Hours: Free Admission, 4 to 9 p.m., on Tuesdays presented by Florida Blue;
Fridays presented by PNC Bank.

With indoor and outdoor venue space, as well as an on-site caterer, the Cummer Museum is an ideal location for weddings, corporate events, and other celebratory gatherings.  Give them a call for your next party or office event!

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

   
829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857
   
Hours of Operation & Admission

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Black Friday deal from the Alhambra

Yes, it’s true!  You saw it on TV, the day before Thanksgiving, from managing owner Craig Smith. Celebrate at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining with a special holiday deal - Black Friday Gift Certificate Sale.  Want to treat someone special to an evening of authentic live theater and a great dinner?  An Alhambra Gift Certificate is the perfect surprise!  Let them decide which show they want to see and on which date.  Gift Certificate for Two: $75 each.  Order by phone, online or just stop by the theatre to get this special deal.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       
12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212


Midtown Tables Job Fair to start your holidays off right

Medure Brothers Culinary Concepts newest restaurant concept & Midtown Table.  Midtown Table will be hiring approximately 60 hospitality industry professionals to join its team, including: servers, hosts, bartenders and kitchen staff. The Midtown Table and Medure Brothers Culinary Concepts management teams will be holding two open house hiring events for prospective employees who would like to be part of their exciting new concept.

November 25-26, 2019 was the first of their two 2-day event with human resources and managers on hand to make job offers on the spot to qualified applicants.  The hiring events are schedule for November 25-26 and December 2-3, both from 10 AM to 2 PM at Midtown Table, 5016 Gate Parkway.  To apply in advance, applicants are encouraged to visit the Medure Brothers Culinary Concepts website.

Located in Jacksonville's Tinseltown/Town Center area, Midtown Table will be a family-friendly restaurant featuring what the Medure brothers call, "Italian inspired cuisine. Said Matthew Medure, "Midtown Table will bring to this part of town a unique, chef-inspired experience and we're excited to share all that we've put into this restaurant with our guests.

While a firm opening date has not been established, the hiring process will be expedited to be ready for late December or early January. Said David Medure, "Our service model is always to provide a memorable guest experience and we do that by hiring the best people. It's a competitive hiring market and we are prepared for that.


About Medure Brothers Culinary Concepts: Medure Brothers is a Jacksonville-based restaurant group founded by professional chefs and siblings, Matthew and David Medure. Matthew's Restaurant, Restaurant Medure, M-Shack and Rue Saint-Marc and Midtown Table, make up the Medure Brothers collection of award-winning restaurant concepts, each offering an authentic dining experience inspired by years of collaboration and a passion for innovative high-quality cuisine and genuine hospitality.

About MediaShare Consulting Group, Inc.
: Created in 2009, MediaShare is a boutique marketing strategy consultancy in Jacksonville, FL.  MediaShare is often referred to by its clients as a "fractionally-owned marketing department" who works with only four or five clients at a time to guide them through and manage their marketing goals.  Current clients include: Alhambra Theatre & Dining, Legacy Trust Family Wealth Offices, PIVOT CPA's, Medure Brothers Culinary Concepts, Rosenblum's and Beaches Orthodontics.  Past clients and project clients include: Fisher Tousey Leas & Ball, Cure Putters, Jacksonville Women's Golf, Virtual Systems, River & Post and Nippers Restaurant. MediaShare also works within the golf, sports and entertainment industries, managing events and sponsorship activation.  (904 838-4962) | MediaShareConsulting Group.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

‘The Isley Brothers’ SHOUT tour coming soon

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Isley Brothers has added more tour dates to their already packed "You Make Me Wanna Shout - 60th Anniversary" tour including a stop in Jacksonville, Florida December 22nd at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.  The tour, which was originally announced earlier this spring, will see the band celebrating the 60th anniversary of their hit song "Shout."  Released on September 21, 1959, "Shout" became the brothers' first gold single and went on to become a frequently covered classic.  Fans will not only be able to hear the song live, but they will hear a number of the brothers' biggest hits on all tour dates including: "It's Your Thing," "That Lady," "Twist and Shout," and more.

The "You Make Me Wanna Shout - 60th Anniversary" tour kicked off on July 6 in Tuolomne, CA and will take the brothers across the country hitting Biloxi, Wilmington, Reno, San Francisco, and more.  Ten additional dates have been added to the schedule which means they were busy this summer and will stay on the road through the fall.  New dates include stops in Atlanta, Atlantic City, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles where they played the famed Greek Theatre on August 24th.

All tour dates are listed HERE.  The Isley Brothers are offering various VIP ticket packages including front row, meet & greet, and limited-edition merchandise.  All general public tickets and VIP packages are on sale while quantities last.  In JAX tickets will be available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Offices located at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, or online at ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to www.theisleybrothersofficial.com .

"This tour is dedicated to all of our fans around the world!  I love you all and could not have done this without your constant love and support for our music and the Isley Family!  Thank you" - Ron Isley

  “The Isley Brothers”
"You Make Me Wanna Shout -
   60th Anniversary"


DATE: Sun. Dec. 22, 2019
TIME: 8 p.m.

TICKETS: start at $42

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
       Moran Theater
       
300 West Water St.
       Jacksonville, FL 32202

‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ on stage soon

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Jacksonville return at the Times-Union Center for one performance only!  Unlike the eight performances in 2018, you only have one chance to see this wonderful show right before Christmas.

“Carole King might be a native New Yorker, but her story of struggle and triumph is as universal as they come – and her music is loved the world over,” producer Paul Blake said.  “I am thrilled that Beautiful continues to delight and entertain audiences around the globe, in England, Japan and Australia and that we are entering our fifth amazing year of touring the U.S. We are so grateful that over five million audience members have been entertained by our celebration of Carole's story and her timeless music.”

On October 27, 2019, the Broadway production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will end its smash-hit, record-breaking run after nearly six years.  By the time the production takes its final bow, it will have played 60 preview and 2,418 regular performances, surpassing the original production of Annie and the landmark 1998 revival of Cabaret to become the 27th longest-running musical (and the second longest running “bio-musical”) in Broadway history.  On Broadway, the show has been seen by almost 2,200,000 audience members (including, quite famously, King herself) and is the longest-running and highest-grossing show in the history of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah.  She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll.  But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.  Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.  Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.  Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including: “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song.

Sony Pictures has announced that the film adaptation of Beautiful will be produced by Tom HanksGary Goetzman, and Paul Blake.  If you would like to see if the show is coming to a theatre near you - check HERE.

  “Beautiful
The Carole King Musical


DATE: Sat. Dec. 21, 2019
TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts

      
Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS:start at $45 plus applicable fees, and may be purchased at their box office by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, or online 24/7 at fscjartistseries.org.  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.
 

The classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns to JAX


This should be a tried-and-true traditional entertainment event for the holidays.  The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s national tour returns to Jacksonville with its delightful stage production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol”.  This fully staged musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale has become a Yuletide tradition.  The story was adapted for the stage by Charles Jones.  The Caravan has been touring this adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979.  It is one of the most widely viewed productions of the Dickens tale in the nation, annually performing for more than 100,000 people in more than 60 cities across the country.

A Christmas Carol features a spirited ensemble of 23 performers who bring Dickens’ fable of redemption to life on a magical set created by noted designer James Othuse.  A full array of timeless carols such as: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away In a Manager” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” are interwoven within the classic story of a tight-fisted, middle-class merchant Ebenezer Scrooge and all the beloved characters from Dickens' 1843 novel.

The heartwarming tale depicts Scrooge, whose values are focused exclusively on profit and his conflicts with the struggling Cratchit family, whose tragic problems typified the working class during the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England.  The touching climax is based on Dickens' belief that the ills of a greedy world can be healed by brotherhood and unselfishness.

The colorful scenery and elaborate costumes faithfully recreate the Victorian period.  Exceptional voices, lively dancing and dazzling special effects like the mysterious spinning bed combine to create a spectacular holiday treat for the entire family.

A Christmas Carol


DATE
:
Fri. December 20, 2019
TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts

       Moran Theater
       
300 West Water St
.
       
Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: Vary in price and range from $20 for adults and $10 for children.  Everyone, including infants and toddlers, must have a theater ticket.  They may be purchased at the box office from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (904) 632-5000, or online 24/7.  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.
 

‘Lindsey Stirling’ will soon be coming to JAX

Critically acclaimed and multi-award winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling announced today her upcoming “Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour 2019 in support of her highly successful holiday albums Warmer in the Winter and Warmer in the Winter: Deluxe Edition.  The multi-city trek will include a number of major cities across Canada and the US including: Ontario, Phoenix, Charlotte, Newark, Greenville, Orlando, Milwaukee, San Jose, and a stop in Jacksonville, FL at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts- Moran Theater.

This blogger has had the pleasure of seeing & hearing Lindsey perform in JAX with Celtic Woman and she is marvelous.  It will be Lindsey’s third Christmas tour to date, and she will bring back her successful holiday show featuring elaborate festive themes as well Stirling’s signature brand of dance routines and on-stage visuals.  This year’s set list will feature an array of holiday classics including: “I Wonder as I Wander,” “Santa Baby,” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” as well as some of Stirling’s original tracks including: “Christmas C’mon” and “Warmer in the Winter.”

About Lindsey Stirling: Lindsey Stirling remains fearless enough to always dream big. In the near decade since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the electronic violinist, dancer, and artist has quietly and humbly become one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars.  With the release of her highly anticipated new single "Underground" out June 21st, and an album to follow this fall, the music impresario is once again set to deliver her groundbreaking vision of cinematic violin-driven electronic music.   Her literary debut The Only Pirate at the Party—co-written with her sister Brook S. Passey—became a New York Times Bestseller.

Lindsey’s third-studio album Brave Enough, debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, went on to score the #1 spot on Billboard’s year-end Top Dance/Electronic Album list and earned Stirling a 2017 Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Album.  In 2017, Lindsey was the runner-up on Season 25 of ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars” with her partner Mark Ballas.  That same year, she released her first ever holiday album titled Warmer in the Winter, featuring classic holiday and original songs.  The album went on to become the #1 new Christmas release of 2017, ahead of pop music heavyweights Gwen Stefani and Sia, and was the best-selling new holiday album of that year with over 40 million spins on Pandora.

A revamped version, Warmer in the Winter: Deluxe Edition, released in 2018, and held a firm top 10 spot on the Holiday Albums chart for an impressive 8-weeks straight.  In the summer of 2018, Stirling rocked fans on her highly praised co-heading North American tour with rock heavyweights, Evanescence.  Becoming one of Live Nation’s 10 best-selling amphitheater tours of last summer, both acts delivered high energy sets accompanied by a full orchestra.  Stirling is the model of a modern independent recording artist, with a symbiotic relationship with her fans.  A motivational speaker in her spare time, Stirling uses her own story to show teenagers that you have to have confidence in the very thing that makes you unique – then wait for the world to catch up.

Lindsey Stirling
Warmer in the Winter
Christmas Tour


DATE: Wed. Dec. 18, 2019
TIME: 8 p.m.

TICKETS:range from $36 - $319, plus applicable fees.


LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts
      
Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
 

WWE Live Holiday Tour stops in JAX

Don’t miss your favorite “WWE RAW Superstars” at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena!

Get in on the action and see Universal Champion Seth Rollins;
RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and
United States Champion AJ Styles.

Plus: Sasha Banks
Braun Strowman
Drew McIntyre
The O.C. – Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson!
And many more!

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WWE Live Holiday Tour

DATE: Sat. December 7, 2019
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $95, $75, $65, $55, $35, $25 AND $15*
Tickets on sale now and are available at ticketmaster.com and the venue box office.  Superstar experience and walk the aisle packages are also available!


LOCATION: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
     
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 630-3900