Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TV veteran Morgan Fairchild makes her return to the Alhambra

Morgan Fairchild made her debut at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre opposite Arte Johnson in The Seven Year Itch.  As part of its “50 Years of Memories” celebration, Ms. Fairchild returns to the Alhambra, now the Alhambra Theatre & Dining, more than 40 years later as ‘Lexie’ in “Dixie Swim Club”.  If you did or didn’t get a chance to see the cast back in 2013, then you’re in for a real treat with some of the actresses from 2013 along with a couple of new ladies.

About Morgan Fairchild: Originally from Dallas, TX, Morgan Fairchild is one of America’s best-known actresses.  Her breakout performance as Constance Weldon Carlyle in Flamingo Road (Golden Globe Best Actress nomination), was followed by Racine in Paper Dolls, Jordan Roberts in Falcon Crest and she originated the role of Jenna Wade on Dallas.  Morgan broke ground playing Sandra Bernhardt’s lesbian lover on Roseanne, and an appearance on Murphy Brown earned her an Emmy® nomination.  Fairchild also recurred on NBC’s Friends as Chandler Bing’s mother, and most recently in Days of Our Lives playing Angelica Deveraux.

Off-Broadway Morgan played Skye in Geniuses, Lina Lamont Singin’ in the Rain, Chick Boyle in Crimes of the Heart (directed by Garry Marshall) and starred in national tours of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Lorelei Lee) and The Graduate (Mrs. Robinson).  Her recent appearance at the New Theatre was as Lexie in Dixie Swim Club, where she also played Angela Forrester in Murder Among Friends.  In addition, she portrayed Baroness Hardup in the Pinto, A Cinderella Christmas at the Pasadena Playhouse.  Feature films include: The Seduction with Andrew Stephens, Holy Man with Eddie Murphy, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Walk Hard with John C. Riley, Red-Headed Stranger with Willie Nelson and Campus Man with Kim Delaney.

Let’s talk about Dixie Swim Club: Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships.  Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives.  Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.  As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them.  And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives these friends, proving the enduring power of "teamwork," rally 'round their own’ with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.

Dixie’s menu inspired by Executive Chef DeJuan: (Choice of One for each entree)
First Course: Tomato Basil Bisque or Country Ham Salad (spring mix, tomato, balsamic drizzle, baguette *GF* without baguette).

Second Course: Prime Rib (French green beans, herb-whipped mashed potatoes, au jus, creamy horseradish *GF*), or Baked Cornmeal-dusted Flounder (lemon butter, cauliflower rice, tomato, caper relish), or Food Network Award-Winning Canned Ham (panko-crusted ham with moutarde (mustard), fingerling potatoes, mushrooms, sautéed Swiss chard, light mustard crème), or Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas (cool ranch sauce, Spanish rice).

Third Course: Coconut Cream Pie, or Warm Peach Cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream.
*Gluten-Free* and Sugar-Free desserts available upon request

Dixie Swim Club
DATES: August 16 — September 24, 2017

Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:50 p.m., and dinner begins shortly afterwards.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m. and the brunch begins at 11 a.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and the meal is server starting 11:50 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday August 18, 2017) 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.
   **Prices do NOT include gratuity or orders from the bar**

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

‘I'm A Star Foundation’ back to school bash

On August 4, 2017, USA Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles sent a video congratulating the “I'm A Star Foundation” teens for their 3rd biennial Jacksonville HELPS (Homeless Students Empowered through Leadership, Partnership & Service) Celebrity Basketball Game.  Watch the video HERE on I'm A Star Foundation's Facebook page.  I'm A Star teens raised money through the game on July 22, and continue to collect funds toward a goal of $50,000 in their GoFundMe campaign.

The community is invited to drop off items at the I'm A Star Foundation's booth at the Duval County Public Schools Ready-to-Learn Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, August 12 at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The GoFundMe campaign deadline has also been extended until September 10.  I'm A Star Foundation will announce the total amount of money raised through the Celebrity Basketball Game as well as public and private donations on September 11th, as they present a check to the Duval County Public Schools' Homeless Education Department before the school board.

All money raised through Jacksonville HELPS will be donated as unrestricted funds, supporting needs for the 2700 homeless students in our district, including: eye glasses, books, toiletry items, bus passes, doctor's fees, hotel vouchers, rental deposits, college application fees and more. (See full wish list HERE.  DCPS Homeless Education Program Representative Tricia Pough says the following are the top five items in need:
1.       School Uniform Assistance
2.       Bus Passes
3.       Gift Cards
4.       Shoes for older male students sizes 12-14
5.       Extracurricular activity fees (Band, Football, Basketball, field trips, etc.)

Since 2013, the Foundation has raised $57,000 via live telethons, a 5K and two celebrity basketball games— donating all funds to the Duval County Public Schools’ Homeless Education Department and awarding 14 scholarships to homeless students entering college.

‘Finders Keepers’ fall and winter sale is back in JAX for three days

The children are going back to school and they could use some more clothes.  The “Finders Keepers Children's Consignment Sale” is the premier children's consignment sale in the First Coast area. They’ve been serving Jacksonville since 2004, in the large 28,000 sq. ft. auditorium at the centrally located Morocco Shrine Center on St. Johns Bluff Road in Jacksonville, FL.  You don’t want to miss all the items that will be available for your purchase from August 31 to September 2, 2017!  Save up to 70% off retail on high-quality, gently-used children's items at Jacksonville's BEST children's consignment sale!

Come early for a great selection of clothes, shoes, books, bedding, utensils, games, furniture, toys, nick-knacks and much, much more.  It doesn’t matter if you have one child, or several children; there will be something at the sale that you need and priced beyond reasonable.  They accept all major credit cards, and of course – cash is still acceptable and appreciated.  Mark your calendars today.

Suggestion: It’s understandable that you are shopping for your children and trying to save a little money, but if at all possible, find someone to watch the little blessings while you take advantage of the great prices.  Unless your child/children are extraordinarily quiet, patient, and don’t mind being in their strollers for an extended period of time; they won’t enjoy themselves.  You will be happier, the people around you will have a great time, and your child will appreciate all the goodies that you’ll bring home, if you come without your kiddos or come along with a friend.

Finders Keepers Consignment
DATES:          TIMES:
Thurs. Aug. 31, 2017   9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 1       9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 2       9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
     (Half Price Day)

LOCATION:  Morocco Shrine Center Auditorium
       3800 S. St. Johns Bluff Rd.
       Jacksonville, FL 32224
       (904) 642-5200

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cummer Museum hosts Mediterranea American Art Collections

The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection, will be on view August 8, 2017 through February 4, 2017, featuring paintings and works on paper by George Peter Alexander Healy (1813 – 1894), William Merritt Chase (1894 – 1916), Frank Duveneck (1894 – 1919), and Theodore Robinson (1852 – 1896).

This exhibition looks at how American artists of the late 19th and early 20th century captured the diversity and distinctiveness of certain places that make up the Mediterranean region such as Italy, Spain, the Middle East, and North Africa. Artists drew on the richness of the flora, the brilliance of the sea, and the grand architecture to create beautiful landscapes and genre scenes.

Nelda Damiano, Associate Curator at the Museum, says, “When looking at the works [in this exhibition], I think of how artists must have been captivated, if not shocked, by the dramatic Mediterranean light, how that light reflected on the surface of the sea, onto open fields, and buildings, and how they would have tried to convey it.”

The Museum is continuing its series of exhibitions that look at the “artist abroad”. In the vein of Academic Splendor, Heroes & Battlefields, An American in Venice, and Poetry of Landscape, Mediterranea presents American artists who traveled to perfect their training and embrace different cultures.

Events for Mediterranea include:
Talks & Tea: Mediterranea: Wed., Sept. 13th. at 1:30 p.m. | Free with admission.

Free Tuesday Lecture: Mediterranea With Dr. Mark White From The Fred Jones Jr. Museum Of Art: Tues., Sept. 19th. at 7 p.m.

Classical Music Concert: Mediterranea With Stephen, Robinsonm Philip Pan, & Rhonda Cassano: Sun., Sept. 24th. at 1 p.m. | Free with admission.

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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Florida Theatre celebrates Back-to-School in August 2017

It’s time for the kiddies to go back to school, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t partake in some fine entertainment right here in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Florida Theatre has live entertainment & classic movies all in one prestigious location downtown.  Look below, schedule your calendar and get your tickets today while supplies last.

August 2017 Schedule:
Aug. 6  Classic Movie: Jungle Book (1967 Animated) 50th Anniversary
Aug. 9  The Australian Pink Floyd Show - The Best Side of The Moon
Aug. 11º#FOLLOWME Dancers
Aug. 13°Movie Classic: Spaceballs 30th Anniversary
Aug. 17ºInspire Jacksonville presents: Jonny Diaz & Unspoken with Willy Ramos
Aug. 19ºWho’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute
Aug. 20°Classic Movie: In The Heat of the Night 50th Anniversary
Aug. 20ºAndrew Dice Clay
Aug. 25 & Aug. 27ºJo Koy
Aug. 27º Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary.

August 6 - 2pm Regions Summer Movie Classic Series Jungle Book (1967 Animated) 50th Anniversary.  Come early for an animal encounter with the Jacksonville Zoo.  Sponsored by Regions Bank. Media sponsor: The Florida Times- Union. Digital Projector sponsored by AVL.

August 9 - 8pm — The Australian Pink Floyd Show - The Best Side of The Moon.  With note for note perfection, The Australian Pink Floyd Show will perform the Dark Side of the Moon album in its entirety and hits like "Wish You Were Here," "Animals," and "The Wall.”

August 11 - 8pm — #FOLLOWME.  Hip hop YouTube dancers Willdabeast (Usher, The Black Eyed Peas), Nia Sioux (Dance Moms), Kenneth San Jose (Kidz Bop tour) and Janelle Ginestra (Glee, America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance) are stepping off the screen and onto the Florida Theatre stage.

August 13 - 2pm — Regions Bank Summer Movie Classics: Spaceballs 30th Anniversary.  Come dressed as your favorite character from the movie and compete in our custom contest.  Media sponsor The Florida Times- Union.  Digital Projector sponsored by AVL.

August 17 - 7pm — Inspire Jacksonville presents Jonny Diaz & Unspoken with Willy Ramos.  Inspire Jacksonville, an organization helping Jacksonville experience grace, hope, and wholeness in all aspects of life presents this concert featuring music by national Christian recording artists Unspoken (Start a Fire, Higher) and Jonny Diaz (Just Breathe). After the music, Willy Ramos will deliver an inspirational message.

August 19 - 8pm — Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute.  From his early days with the Jackson 5, to his chart -topping hits "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Smooth Criminal," "Human Nature," and "Thriller" this tribute show brings to life Michael Jackson's biggest hits.

August 20 - 2pm — Regions Bank Summer Movie Classics: In The Heat of the Night 50th Anniversary, sponsored by Regions Bank.  Media Sponsor The Florida Times- Union.  Digital Projector Sponsored by AVL.

August 20 - 7:30pm — Andrew Dice Clay.  Comedian Andrew Dice Clay currently stars in the Showtime series Dice.  Dice has starred comedy specials The Diceman Cometh and Indestructible, No Apologies and Dice Rules!

August 24 - 5:30pm — Blues, Brews and BBQ.  This annual event benefits the nonprofit Florida Theatre.  Guest enjoy a sampling of local craft beers and BBQ inside the Theatre will blues band Smokestack performs on stage.  Presented by Publix Supermarket Charities.  BBQ sponsored by KPMG.  Brew sponsored by Brown and Brown Insurance and CK Direct.

August 25 - 8pm & Aug. 27 - 7pm — Jo Koy.  Filling comedy clubs across the nation, appearing weekly as a regular guest on Chelsea Lately and his Comedy Central special Don't Make Him Angry, led to the Daily Variety naming him one of the "10 Comics To Watch."

August 27 - 2pm — Regions Bank Summer Movie Classics: Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary.

“Florida Theatre August 2017 events”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre
      128 E. Forsyth St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: Vary with each show and seat preference.  Order online
or call the box office (904) 355-2787, Monday — Friday from 9 a.m. –5 p.m.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

It’s time for a Cummer Museum and Gardens August visit

August is a time to stroll through the Cummer Museum and Gardens while there is still warm Summer days and cool Summer nights.  Check your calendars, take a look below, grab the family or your friends and let the good times roll.  Now here’s what’s happening at the Cummer.

Florida Blue Free Tuesday – Each Tues. Evening from 4 to 9 p.m. | Free.  No registration required.  Every Tuesday, enjoy free admission to the Cummer Museum and its historic Gardens, thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue. Guests can enjoy free admission to the Galleries and Gardens.  Each Tuesday evening, the Cummer Café is open for Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union.

Tapas Tuesday – Each Tues. Evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. | The Cummer Café.  Reservations recommended.  Tap into Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union at the Cummer Café. Every Tuesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the Cummer Café patio, take in the sunset while listening to local musicians with beer, wine, or artfully inspired tapas for sale at the Café.  Reserve your table by calling (904) 899-6022.

Weaver First Saturday Free For AllSat., Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free.  No registration required.  The first Sat. of each month at the Cummer Museum is FREE FOR ALL, thanks to the generous support of J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver. Guests can enjoy free admission, as well as art-making activities for all ages in the Cummer Gardens, live music, and a Docent-led tour at 2 p.m.

Bank Of America And Merrill Lynch Museums On Us – Sun., Aug. 6 from Noon to 4 p.m. | Free to Cardholders.  No registration required.  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers free admission on the first Sunday of the first full weekend of the month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders through the Museums on Us program. Each cardholder receives one free general admission to the Museum. For more information on the Museum's programming and events, please call (904) 899-6038.

Talks &Tea: Ink, Silk, And Gold – Wed., Aug. 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Members and Non-Members $6.  Registration required.  In conjunction with Ink, Silk, and Gold: Islamic Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston you are invited to the Museum to enjoy an insightful talk over a cup of tea and a sweet treat, led by Dilara Hafiz, Adjunct Professor at Jacksonville University and co-author of The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook.  For further information or to register, please call (904) 899-6038.

Art For Tots: New Class! – Sat., June 17 from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.  Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair.  Registration required.  This class is for children ages 24-36 months and an accompanying adult.  The program is designed to help develop a child’s sensory and motor skills through art, movement, music and storytelling and takes place in the galleries, garden and studios. Art for Tots is funded through the generosity of the Chartrand Family Foundation. Space is limited, so reservations are encouraged. Entry is through Art Connections. For further information, please email or call (904) 355-0630.

Art Adventures: Self-Portrait! – Sat., Aug. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Members $10, Non-Members $15.  Registration required.  Join them on the third Saturday of each month for studio classes.  Artists have been making images of themselves since ancient times.  In this class students will view examples of self-portraiture throughout art history before working in the studios to create a work of their own likeness.  Open to children ages 6 through 12.  Class size is limited.  For further information, please email or call (904) 355-0630.

Concert: Riyaaz Qawwali – Fri., Aug. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Members $30, Non-Members $40.  Registration required.  Qawwali, a musical tradition that dates back to the late 13th century, is a style of Muslim devotional music that today is particularly associated with Sufism.  The members of the Riyaaz Qawwali ensemble represent the unique diversity of South Asia.  Now settled in the United States, these musicians hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.  They represent multiple religious and spiritual backgrounds and have been professionally performing qawwali for the past eight years.  For further information or to register, please call (904) 899-6038.

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