Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Funny relationship stage show comes to JAX Wilson Center

For the first time Jacksonville will enjoy the hit comedy, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” featuring the author and Broadway star of the show, Steve Solomon.  This comedic hit comes to the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on October 14-15 for only three performances.  The show has become one of the longest running one-man comedies in history, recently celebrating its four-thousandth performance and including new material.

In “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! Steve brings to the stage dozens of wild characters we can all relate to, using dialects, accents and even sound effects.  The audience follows along on this wonderfully funny journey about growing up, mixed marriages, ex-wives, dogs, cats, dieting, and dozens of other side-splitting situations.

“My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” is described as “One-part lasagna, one-part kreplach, and two parts Prozac,” but you don’t have to be Jewish or Italian to love this show.  All you need is to know what it feels like to leave a family dinner with heartburn and a headache!

About the Author: Steve Solomon was a self-professed “class clown” who grew up to become a physics teacher and an assistant superintendent of schools.  Steve used humor, dialects, and sound effects to inspire his students and tick off his fellow administrators.  Eventually, however, Solomon felt the irresistible urge to follow his heart and write comedy.  He returned to his roots to write the autobiographical one-man show: “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!”  The show played for two sold-out years in New York City and has toured internationally in more than 100 cities.  It spun off three sequels, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m STILL in Therapy!” and “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays.”  His four shows have had audiences in three countries guffawing since 2003.  Almost one million people have seen his shows.  He’s quite proud of his newest hit show:Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt…the therapy continues!”  All four of his shows are currently touring.

My Mother’s Italian...
Oct. 14, 2017  2 & 8 p.m.
Oct. 15      2 p.m.

LOCATION: Wilson Center for the Arts:
      Florida State College at JAX So. Campus
      11901 Beach Blvd.
      Jacksonville, FL 32099

TICKETS: for My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! Start at $43.50 and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday, at (904) 632-5000, and online 24/7 at www.artistseriesjax.org.  Parking is always free at the Wilson Center.  Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 632-5050.

‘Bijoux Parisiens Art’ on display at the Cummer Museum

Update: Garden Concert - The Garden Concert has been moved to Riverside Arts Market, under the Fuller Warren bridge.
The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris, will be on view October 13, 2017 through January 7, 2018, featuring more than 100 works of jewelry and drawings, fashion prints, paintings, and photographs.  Exhibition produced by the Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum, Paris Musées.

Bijoux Parisiens explores the intriguing intersection of French history, art, and fashion. Bringing together dazzling works from the great jewelry houses of Boucheron, Cartier, Chaumet, Lalique, and Van Cleef & Arpels that call Paris home, this exhibition tells the story of French jewelry from the 17th to the 20th century.

Holly Keris, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Curator at the Museum, says, “The Cummer Museum is thrilled to share Bijoux Parisiens with the community. Jewelry – from design to execution – is a creative art form with a unique history.  The exhibition traces this rich history through fine works of art, including design drawings, and stellar pieces of jewelry, from before the time of Louis XIV (r. 1643–1715) through World War II. It is going to be a showstopper!”

Bijoux Parisiens illustrates the historic events and influences that shaped French art and helped establish the great Parisian maisons that remain household names to this day. Bijoux Parisiens opens to members and the community on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Events for Bijoux Parisiens include:
Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from The Petit Palais, Paris Ponce De León Society Private Opening.
Wed, Oct. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Free for PDL donors only | RSVP requested.

Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from The Petit Palais, Paris Member Preview.  Thurs, Oct. 12 from noon to 4 p.m.  Free.  No registration required.

Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from The Petit Palais, Paris Member & Community Opening Party.  Thurs., Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Members Free, Non-Members $10.  Registration required.

Garden Concert: French Horn Collective.  Fri., Nov. 3.  Doors open at 6 p.m., Concert from 7 to 9 p.m.  Members $20, Non-Members $25 and Tables $400.  Registration required.

“Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, And How Desire Shapes The World” – An Evening With Aja Raden.  Thurs., Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Members $30, Non-Members $40.  Registration required.

Classical Concert: Bijoux Parisiens With the Les Amin Woodwind Quintet.  Sun., Nov. 19, 1:30 p.m.  Free with admission.  Registration required.

Jewelry Making Workshop.  Thurs., Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Members $30, Non-Members $40.  Registration required.

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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

‘The Addams Family’ in town before Halloween

This tune will be in your head for a while after you attend this hilarious rendition of the hit TV series The Addams Family (“They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether ooky, The Addams Family.  Their house is a museum, when people come to see 'em, they really are a scream, The Addams Family.  Snap, Snap”), at the Alhambra Theater and Dining.  This is another HIT for Producer/Director, Tod Booth*, who has put his little additional twists on this presentation.

Kudos go out to Executive Chef, DeJuan Roy for his marvelously wicked dishes, some of which you can see in the photos; Choreographer, James Kinney*, makes his characters ‘come to life’ especially in the “Just Around the Corner” number; Costume Designer, Camala Pitts & Dorinda Quiles help Morticia (Stacey Harris*) with the conversion of her dress and also assists the Ancestors with their deadly makeup and garbs; Set Designers, David Dionne & Ian Black for their convertible indoor/outdoor swivel sets and minute Uncle Fester; and from Musical Director, Cathy Murphy Giddens, who manages to make the harmony of the Ancestors and lead actors, sound like a professional choir.

The stage is full of talented actors who sing, dance and run their lines as any pro from the Broadway musical.  Wednesday (Kayla Tomas) shows her musical talents in the song “Pulled”.  She almost doesn’t even need a mike.  A very authentic Lurch (Austin Palmer) is a man of few words except on “Not Today”; WOW!  The Ensemble gives the audience a great ‘treat’ with the song “One Normal Night” as the funny Uncle Fester (Shaun Rice*) mentions the JAX ‘Jumbo Shrimp’ that brings the crowd to laughter and applause.  “Thing” and “Cousin It” has a couple of small parts in the show, even if they weren’t recognized in the program.

The Ancestors: Shain Stroff*, Jake Delaney*, Alex Canty, Victoria Miller, Olivia Chernyshev, Samantha Gardner, Jamil Abdur-Rahman and Emma Hunter are the persons who steal “The Addams Family” show at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining.  Grab some tickets for you and your ‘Gurlfriend’, ‘Mummy’ or ‘Vampa’ while seats are still available.
*denotes Actors’ Equity Association*

Pictured: Pumpkin Bisque, Autumn Greens, Pan-Seared Chicken Breast, Braised Beef Short Ribs and Three Cheese Tortellini with Shrimp.  You will be Grooling and Drooling for any of these delicious meals.

The Addams Family
NOTE: This show contains strobe lights.
DATES: October 4 — November 12, 2017

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins around 6 p.m.  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 12 p.m.

DRESS: Any 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 or orders from the bar**

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

'I’m A Star' youths collects $35,000 in summer fundraiser

Teens in the I’m A Star Foundation presented a check for $35,000 to Duval County Public Schools today, benefitting the 2700 homeless students in their school system.  This marks a milestone for the Teens as the non-profit organization approach the $100,000 mark with a total of $96,500 raised in their Jacksonville HELPS (Homeless Students Empowered through Leadership, Partnership & Service) effort since 2013.  All funds have been donated to the Duval County Public Schools’ Homeless Education Department.  A portion of that amount was awarded through 14 scholarships to homeless students entering college.

The teens spoke before the recent school board meeting, thanking the community before delivering the funds.  “The community stepped up in a big way,” remarked 16-year-old Jacksonville HELPS Co-Chair Joshua Brown.

The teen servant leaders kicked off the 2017 fundraiser in July, collecting funds through a Celebrity Basketball game, GoFundMe campaign and private donations. I’m A Star Foundation donated all money to the district as unrestricted funds, which will provide resources for students in the DCPS “Families in Transition” program.  The $35,000 will cover needs such as eye glasses, books, toiletry items, bus passes, doctor's fees, hotel vouchers, rental deposits, college application fees and more.

This year’s Celebrity Basketball game caught the attention of USA Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles, who sent a video congratulating 'I'm A Star' teens. View segments of the game and Simone’s well wishes HERE.

‘Southern Women’s Show’ 2017 is coming to JAX

The Southern Women’s Show turns 30 this year and will be in Jacksonville, Florida from Thursday October 19 to Sunday October 22, 2017.  You can enjoy over 400 vendor booths throughout the Prime Osborn Center.  There will be clothing, accessories, home decor, wine, gifts, make-up, gourmet products, crafts, live music, fashion shows, loads of freebies and “delicious foods”.

If you’ve previously attended the Southern Women’s Show, or this is your first time, you will be excited to know that special days have been designated again this year.  “Girls Night Out” will be Friday October 20th. and admission is only $5 after 5 p.m.  “Mother/Daughter Day” will be held all day on Saturday Oct. 21st.  “Teachers Day” will be on Sun. Oct. 22nd.  Teachers who visit the Show Office (Room 104) on Sunday will receive a FREE ticket to the show!  *Must show your school ID to collect your complimentary ticket.

Laurie Hernandez, a Silver and Gold medal winner in Rio, will be

appearing at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 on the Fashion Stage.  You also won’t want to miss the “Cooking Segment Shows” that run each of the four days.  There are also a few fine Department Stores that have created a mini venue for your shopping convenience.  You can purchase a reusable Women's Show tote to hold all your newfound goodies from the show! Pricing is 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Dreams Come True, a locally based nonprofit dedicated to granting dreams for children with life-threatening illnesses.

If you’ve missed it before – don’t miss it again.  Get your friends, family and coworker’s together as you make a day-of-it at the 2017 Southern Women’s Show in Jacksonville, Florida.

Southern Women’s Show

Dates:         Times:
Thurs. Oct. 19, 2017  10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 20     10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 21     10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 22     11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Prime Osborn Center
     1000 Water St.
     Jacksonville, Florida 32204

TICKETS: Advanced Adults $10
     Admission at the door: $12
     $2 off Coupon
     Youth 6 – 12 yrs. $6
              Group $8 each of 10 or more (Advance Only!)
     Children under 6 FREE with paying adult
Advance Discount Tickets Available at Walgreens
     ($2 off discount coupon)
     Parking $5 per car.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

‘Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ reminds you of Oct. events

The Gardens will continue to recover as the Cummer Museum of the Arts continue to educate and entertain the people of Jacksonville, Florida and their visitors.  We are JAX strong!

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.

Cummer Amelia: An Evening In The Arts – Thur., Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Members Free, Non-Members $15.  Registration required.  Fernandina Beach Library.  Join Cummer Amelia for an Evening in the Arts at the Fernandina Beach Library.  Local artist Kathy Miller will present her paintings from recent travels which feature food from around the country and highlight dishes from each football stadium in the Southeastern Conference.  Guests are invited to enjoy live music, an art-making opportunity, small bites, and beverages.  For further information please visit cummermuseum.org/amelia, or contact Wendy Mayle, or call (904) 899-6007.

Cummer Beaches Lecture Series: Renaissance And Baroque Women Artists. Thur., Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Free.  No registration required.  Beaches Museum & History Park Chapel.  Cummer Beaches and the Beaches Museum & History Park partner for a lecture series on “Women Artists from the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism” by Cummer Museum Director of Education Lynn Norris. Explore the women artists who were prominent in their own time, forgotten by history, and rediscovered when the first feminist art historians began asking, “Why are there no great women artists?”  For further information, please visit here, or contact Wendy Mayle, or call (904) 899-6007.

Weaver First Saturday Free for AllSat., Oct. 7 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.

ENVIROFEST – Sat., Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free.  No registration required.  Join us as we seek ways to cultivate curiosity, respect, and understanding of our shared natural environment, and the plant and animal wildlife in and around the neighborhoods of Jacksonville. Along with yoga, plein-air artists, live music, and eco-friendly art projects, representatives from various environmental agencies will be onsite with interactive information and activities. For further information, please call (904) 899-6038.

Bank Of America And Merrill Lynch Museums On Us – Sun., Oct. 8 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.

Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry From The Petit Palais, Paris Pdl Opening
– Wed., Oct. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Free | RSVP requested.  Please join them for a reception with live music, cocktails, small bites, and remarks. This exclusive event is for Ponce de León Society Donors only and their guests.  For further information or to register, please call (904) 899-6025.

Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry From The Petit Palias, Paris Member Preview — Thurs., Oct. 12 from Noon to 4 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  Museum Members are invited to view the exhibition before it opens to the public, with docent-led tours each hour, and a 20% discount in the Shop and Café. For further information, please call (904) 899-6038.

Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry From The Petit Palais, Paris Member & Community Opening — Thur., Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  Join the Museum for the opening celebration of Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris.  The evening will host The Bleu Cats Gypsy Jazz group, tastes of French-inspired treats, exciting new merchandise in the Shop, beer, wine, and remarks from Associate Curator Nelda Damiano at 6:30 p.m.  You are encouraged to dress for an evening of fun in your best French, gypsy, or ‘20s attire.  For further information or to register, please call (904) 899-6038.

Talks & Tea A Collector’s Eye: Celebrating Joseph Jeffers Dodge — Wed., Oct. 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $6 | Registration required.  You are invited to the Museum to enjoy an insightful talk over a cup of tea and a sweet treat, led by Associate Curator Nelda Damiano on Joseph Jeffers Dodge.  For further information or to register, please call (904) 899-6038.

Art for Tots: Play Your Instruments! – Sat., Oct. 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. | Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair.  Registration required.  This class is for children ages 24 to 36 months and an accompanying adult.  Children will view The Concert by Theodoor Rombouts and discuss what they think is happening in the painting.  Families will identify instruments and play them as the class hears them in various music pieces.  In the studio, families will explore recycled materials to construct musical instruments.  The creations will be used in a grand finale! 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: Sculpture!
Sat., Oct. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Members $10, Non-Members $15 | Registration required.  Ages 6 through 12.  Join us on the third Saturday of each month for studio classes.  In this class, students will explore works of sculpture from the Museum’s permanent collection before returning to the studio to construct three-dimensional works of their own.  Projects will be completed within one class period.  Open to children ages 6 through 12.  Class size is limited. For further information, please email or call (904) 355 0630.

History Of Western Art: Early Christian To High Renaissance Art — Tues., Oct. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to noon | Members Free, Non-Members $10.  Brush up on your art history for personal enjoyment as Director of Education Lynn Norris leads you through the history of Western Art, including time in the galleries.  Space is limited.  For further information, please email or call (904) 355-0630.

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