Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bill Engvall returns once again to Orange Park

Bill Engvall is coming back to the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park with “Here’s Your Sign.” Don’t miss the funny man as he returns with a whole new show.  Bill Engvall: Here’s Your Sign will perform on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8 p.m.  Those who purchased tickets for the original show date in October will have their choice seats for the new year’s show.

Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country.  Most recently, Bill was a contestant on season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals.  Earlier this year, Bill lent his voice to the animated comedy series Bounty Hunters, which aired on CMT. He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show.  Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue-Collar Comedy concert films, which sold over nine million units and received a Grammy nomination.  He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show Blue Collar TV and in several solo specials for Comedy Central.  In 2012 he reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Them Idiots Whirled Tour, which aired as a special on CMT.

Bill’s first album, Here’s Your Sign, is certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. His second album, Dorkfish, also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Comedy Chart, as did his subsequent comedy albums. Bill has written several books, including his 2007 autobiography Bill Engvall –Just A Guy.

A native of Galveston, Texas, Bill moved to Dallas and worked as a disc jockey with plans of becoming a teacher.  While in a nightclub one evening, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy and found that making people laugh was truly his forte.  Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles and went on to star in the Showtime special, A Pair of Joker’s, hosted A&E’s Evening at the Improv and appeared on The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman.  In 1992, Bill won the American Comedy Award for “Best Male Stand-up Comedian.”  He appeared in several episodes of Designing Women and co-starred in Delta and The Jeff Foxworthy Show.  Bill resides in Southern California with his family.  More information is available at

Bill Engvall Show
Thrasher Horne Center Events
The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive
      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: May be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Prices range from $49 to $129.  Meet and Greet tickets for $129! Select a light blue seat in the Orchestra Pit.  (If there are no light blue seats, all Meet and Greet tickets have been sold. Details will be emailed to ticket holders closer to the show.)

The Thrasher-Horne Center is a not-for profit performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  The Thrasher-Horne Center is located on the Orange Park campus.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Four female crooners take on the Alhambra Theater and Dining

The audience was taken back in time to a senior prom of years ago.  Besides the familiar tunes of the late 50’s and early 60’s, the crowd also participated with voting for the prom queen Class of 1958 in The Marvelous Wonderettes.  Three of the four ladies (Erica Lustig* playing Missy Miller, Juliana Davis* as Cindy Lou Huffington, Kayla Tomas* in the character of Betty Jean Reynolds), have previously appeared in other productions at the Alhambra.  Lindsay Nantz* newbie to the quartet portrayed Suzy Simpson and harmonized so well with the other women.
The storyline is cute and may takes you back-in-time to your high school prom or reunion.  The music will have you singing along to those hits of the past.  Some familiar tunes are: “Mr. Sandman,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick On Your Collar,” “Good Night Sweetheart, Good Night,” “Sincerely,” “Mr. Sandman,” “You Don’t Own Me, “ “With This Ring,” “It’s My Part” “Son Of a Preacher Man,” “Leader Of The Pack,” “Maybe,” “Needle In A Haystack,’ “Rescue Me,” “Respect,” and many more.
*Denotes Actors Equity Association*

The Marvelous Wonderettes
DATES: January 3 — February 4, 2018

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7:30 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch served until 12:50 p.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:30 p.m.

DRESS: “Business Casual”, “Sunday Best” or Stay Warm.

TICKETS: Prices range from $35 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
    **Price does NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents ‘A Dinner Party Series’

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is excited to present “Inspired Palates: A Dinner Party Series.”  This exciting series of dinners will raise funds to aid in the reconstruction of the historic Cummer Gardens, which were significantly impacted by Hurricane Irma.  So clutch your pearls, fill your glasses, and join the Cummer Museum for this avant-garde series of dinners that will inspire your palate and spark your creative energies.

Mr. and Mrs. Cummer were known to be legendary hosts
, and this is your chance to join the Museum in celebration of the culture and history of the places that inspired the beautiful gardens. The series includes three dinners, one for each historic garden space. All Dinner Party guests
will enjoy beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, themed music, artful moments, and a gourmet dining experience.

Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will also enjoy a private art tour with selections chosen to complement each event, along with a signature cocktail prior to the start of the evening, from 5:30 to 6 p.m.  For further information or to register for one or all of the dinners, please call 904.899.6038 or visit HERE.

Join the Museum for a single dinner: VIP - $250. General - Members $150, Non-Members $175. Young Professional (40 and under) - Members $100, Non-Members $125.
Or for the full series: VIP - $675. General - Members $400, Non-Members $475. Young Professional (40 and under) - Members $275, Non-Members $350.

La Dolce Vita: An Italian Dinner Party — Thurs., Jan 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Registration required by Jan 5.  Experience the wonders of an Italian soggiorno without ever leaving the city limits of Jacksonville. The evening will offer guests an array of Italian-style experiences, including live music, wine, and antipasti, culminating in a seated, family-style meal that will reinforce why Italians are known for the gioie della tavola, or “the joys of the table.” This Italian experience will support the reconstruction of the Italian Garden.

British Invasion: An English Dinner Party — Thurs., Feb 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Registration required by Feb 8.  Calling all anglophiles! Do you fancy a pint? Round up some mates, dress in your British best, and join us at the Museum for a pub crawl style evening with a classy spin. Guests will enjoy live music, activities, beer pairings, and favorite pub cuisine! This jolly good evening will support the reconstruction of the English Garden.

“South” Hampton: A New York Dinner Party — Thurs., Mar 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Registration required by Mar 8.  Travel back in time to the Gatsby era in New York’s Southampton community, where socialites were aplenty and parties were swanky. Guests are invited to don their best wingtips, t-straps, and other festive attire as we celebrate the era of innovation with a top secret prohibition cocktail, live swing music, and a seated dinner. This exciting evening will support the reconstruction of the Olmsted Garden, designed in the early 1930s by the fabled Olmsted Brothers Firm, which had ties to New York’s Central Park.

As a fundraising event for the Museum, a portion of every ticket is a tax-deductible donation to the Museum.  Sponsorship options are available.  Please contact the Advancement Office at (904) 899-6028 for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to JAX

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia is coming to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center with Sleeping Beauty.  This full-scale production is choreographed by famous choreographer, Marius Petipa.  Brought to glorious life by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia and based on the Brothers Grimm's version, this romantic tale tells the story of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years. Presenting 55 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars, this celebration of true love, considered one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest jewels, is brought onto the stage for only one performance.

Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, presents the most passionate love story Ballet.  Music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Choreography by Marius Petipa.

“Effortless precision.” – Palm Beach Daily News “Full of enchantment!” – The New York Times.

Sleeping Beauty

DATE: January 12, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts

      Moran Theater
300 West Water St
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS:  start at $18 for children (12 and under) and $33.75 for adults, plus applicable fees.  They may also be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

‘A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder’ plays at the THC in OP

The Tony® Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”, will play Thrasher-Horne Center, in its First National Tour.  Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary.  All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

The most celebrated musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season, Gentleman’s Guide received ten 2014 Tony® Award nominations, eventually winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design.  In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, and received a 2015 Grammy® Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” features a book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak.  Direction is by Darko Tresnjak, with choreography by Peggy Hickey.  Gentleman's Guide opened at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre to overwhelming critical acclaim in November 2013 where The New York Times raved Gentleman’s Guide will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form.”  The Hollywood Reporter enthused Gentleman’s Guide “Restores our faith in musical comedy!” and Time Magazine said “Just as I was about to give up on musicals, along comes A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder!”

Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
DATE: Jan. 5, 2018  TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thrasher-Horne Ctr.

      St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive

      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: range from $43– $83 with all fees included, and may be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.  The Thrasher-Horne Center encourages all guests to research a show's content before purchasing.  It is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus.

‘Clara’s at the Cathedral is getting a facelift

To serve the public better, Clara White Mission is making things better for their  lunchtime guests, yet due to Kitchen Renovations, Clara’s at the Cathedral will be closed on Friday, January 5, 2018.  Reserve your seat for the best meal in town when the cafe reopens.

“Clara’s at the Cathedral” is an outgrowth of Clara White’s Culinary Arts Program, providing students with extensive hands-on training in production, presentation and front of the house restaurant service.  Operated through a collaboration with St. John’s Cathedral Church, since March, 2007.  The Café offers a relaxed dining experience within the Cathedral’s historic Taliaferro Hall, located in downtown Jacksonville Florida, at the corner of Duval and Market Streets.

To make a reservation for parties of 6 or more, click here.  All proceeds directly benefit the Clara White Culinary Training Program.  Tell a neighbor!  Tell a friend!  Tell your Mama and go for fine dining at Clara’s.

DATES: **Friday’s Only**
TIMES: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
COST: 3 Course buffet meal only $10
    Take Out $10

LOCATION: Clara’s at the Cathedral
St. John’s Cathedral
      256 E.Church St.
      Jacksonville, Florida 32202
      Office: (904) 354-4162

Friday, December 29, 2017

‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ kick off the 2018 Alhambra Theater and Dining season

The 2018 Alhambra Theatre & Dining season spectacular launches with “The Marvelous Wonderettes”.  This smashing off-Broadway hit takes place at the Springfield High School Prom in 1958 where the audience is introduced to the The Wonderettes, a four-girl tour-de-force with hopes, dreams and voices as big as their crinoline skirts.  The show follows their lives and loves from their prom night until they reunite on stage for their 10-year reunion.  Audiences in other cities have been found singing and dancing in the aisles as The Wonderettes sing classic hits from the 1950’s and 1960’s including: “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid” and “Lipstick on your Collar.”

The Alhambra is coming off of a record-setting 50th anniversary campaign, which brought more than 130,000 guests through the Alhambra’s festive doors in 2017; more than 30% of whom were first-time visitors.  Said Managing Partner, Craig Smith, “2017 was a whirlwind, and it certainly propelled the Alhambra into a new dimension with momentum coming into 2018 like we have never had.”  He continued,
“Shows like The Addams Family certainly brought in a new generation of guests, and we are excited about that, but we also had a lot of folks who hadn’t been to the Alhambra in a while who wanted to see what the buzz was about. It was a great season and 2018 is already selling strong.  We’re excited to make 50 more years of memories.”

Alhambra tickets include a three-course meal (that changes for each show), a Broadway-style performance and complimentary parking.  Added Smith, “People have really started to understand what a great value the Alhambra is.  This is a real culinary experience, amazing theatrical productions and parking for around $50.  No where else in our area can someone find a great night out for such a price.”  Season Partnerships are also currently available for as little as $267 per ticket, per season, allowing guests to save even more money, lock in their seats for an entire season and receive early notification of special events such as concerts and new shows.

Get ready for a feast prepared by Executive Chef DeJuan Roy:
First Course (Choice of One):
Arugula Salad with goat cheese, toasted almonds, strawberry vinaigrette*GF* OR, Minestrone Soup.
Second Course (Choice of One): Chicken Cacciatore with herb fettuccine, OR Seared Sirloin with garlic shrimp, boiled parsley potato, broccoli au gratin *GF*, OR Shake-and-Bake Center Cut Pork Chop with buttermilk mashed potatoes, lima beans, OR Lentil and Vegetable Lasagna *GF*.
Third Course (Choice of One): Apple Strudel with caramel drizzle, OR Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with raspberry, OR
Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free desserts available upon request. *menus subject to change*

The Marvelous Wonderettes
DATES: January 3 — February 4, 2018

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7:30 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch served until 12:50 p.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:30 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday January 5, 2018) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $35 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
    **Price does NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

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

Friday, December 15, 2017

'Blue-Grey All-American Bowl' comes to JAX for the New Year

Seeking a gift for those football enthusiasts?  Don’t leave that sports fan from your Christmas list.  Something BIG is happening right here in Jacksonville, Florida.  For the third time in as many years, Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field will once again host the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 13, 2018. The action will be broadcast live via ESPN3 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

In its sixth year on the national level, this year’s Blue-Grey All-American Bowl will feature the country’s top recruits from the Class of 2018. The annual Blue-Grey All-American Bowl positions a team of high school standouts from traditional northern states against a team of exceptional athletes from traditional southern states. Blue-Grey Football was established in 1989 to help prep prospects from across the country receive national exposure and increase their chances to secure college scholarships.

In advance of the post-season game for elite level prep prospects, and in conjunction with SMG Jacksonville, Blue-Grey Football held its Jersey Presentation Tour on December 11, 2017 at EverBank Field.  NFL veteran and former Jaguars’ quarterback, Quinn Gray, was in attendance for the ceremony to recognize several local products, as well as multiple Florida natives.  This year’s participants are as follows:

Blue-Grey Jersey Presentation Tour Participants (confirmed, though subject to change)
LB Ryan Smenda (Fleming Island, FL) Wake Forest commit
LB Eriq Gilyard (Trinity Christian, FL) Central Florida commit
RB Charles Strong (Union County, FL) Florida State commit
RB Willie McKnight (Gainesville, FL) ACC target
QB Wyatt Rector (Leesburg, FL) ACC target
QB Riley Smith (Bartrum Trail) ACC target

Tickets are $20, inclusive of fees and will be available at the EverBank Field Box Office at the East Club Gate on gameday.  Parking for this event will be in Lots C & D, which will open at 10:30 am.  The parking fee is $5 per car (cash only).

Monday, December 11, 2017

Historical honor to be given to Clara White Mission founder

As a tribute to the life and legacy of Clara White Mission founder Dr. Eartha M.M. White; a historical walk from Forsyth to Ashley Street will be held in her honor.  Dr. White achieved much within her 97 years and those accomplishments will be detailed during the unveiling ceremony on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.  The walk will begin at the corner of Forsyth and Broad Street to corner of Ashley and Broad Street, ending at 613 West Ashley Street.

With the support of Mayor Lenny Curry and the Jacksonville City Council special legislation was passed to bestow this honor upon Dr. Eartha White in November of this year. The unveiling will occur upon conclusion of the walk.  Mark your calendars and make plans to celebrate a milestone.

Dr. Eartha Mary Magdalene White, born on November 8, 1876; displayed a lifelong commitment to helping others and serving humanity.  Known for her philanthropic and mission work, this Jacksonville native, tirelessly and passionately cared for the homeless community through her charitable work of providing meals, housing, hospital, nursing home and boy’s homes to those in need.

For 97 years, Dr. Eartha dedicated her life to the community as its first African American social workers, school teacher, first female realtor, a soprano with the first African American opera company in the United States, and first African America Census Taker in the state of Florida.  She developed the first African American Nursing Home in the state and was an extraordinary woman who championed economic development, education, organized the Clara White Mission, Inc. for more than half a century.  Clara White fed the poor and disadvantaged in two national depressions, in which the organization and services still exist today.

Dr. White was recognized nationally for her charitable work, before and after her death.  In 1970, at the age of ninety-four, she received national recognition as a recipient of the 1970 Lane Bryant Award for Volunteer Service and in 1971, she was appointed by President Richard Nixon to the President's National Center for Voluntary Action. She deserves the heroic recognition for her work locally, state-wide and nationally.

The Clara White Mission continues to assist Jacksonville's homeless and economically disadvantaged people to gain new perspectives on their lives. Their daily meals, youth services, job training (Culinary Arts, Janitorial and Electrical), employment placement, housing and more are the first steps to a new beginning for each participant.

Friday, December 8, 2017

‘Disney’s The Lion King’ will be returning to JAX

Can you imagine the look of surprise and glee as your loved-ones find tickets in their Christmas Stockings to Disney theatrical productions of The Lion King?”  The FSCJ Artist Series announce that The North American touring productions of the show has been seen by more than 19 million theatergoers.  Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly makes its return at the Times-Union Center for sixteen performances.  Not since 2007 has the production graces the Jacksonville stage.  The last time that the show appeared in Florida was in 2016 in Tampa.

ABOUT THE LION KING: In its 20th year, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is the only show in history to generate six productions worldwide running 15 or more years.  Performed in eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway, London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo and Sapporo, Madrid, Mexico City, Scheveningen, Holland, and on tour across North America, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.  Having played over 100 cities in 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical.  The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.

Disney’s The Lion King
Wed., Jan. 31, 2018  7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 1    1 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 1
    7:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 2      8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 3      2 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 3      8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 4      1 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 4      6:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 6     7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 7
    7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 8    7:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 9      8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 10     2 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 10       8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 11     1 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 11     6:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Range from $53 $169 plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 632-5050.  Everyone, including infants and toddlers, must have a theater ticket for admission.  Premium Ticket Package includes: the best seats in the theater (rows A-H only $140-$169), commemorative souvenir program and exclusive show merchandise item.  Premium Ticket Packages are available forShows are sponsored by VyStar Credit Union.  Ticket buyers are reminded that The FSCJ Artist Series and Ticketmaster are the only official retail ticket outlets for all performances.  Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that the FSCJ Artist Series is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and are unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance.

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts

Moran Theater
300 West Water St
      Jacksonville, FL 32202