Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Back to life at the Times Union “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story”

On the back of incredibly successful tours in 2015 in 2016, “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story – the show that inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals including: Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet, and We Will Rock You – is coming to JAX for one performance only!

Seen by over 22 million music fans since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, Buddy speaks an international language and continues to have audiences from 8 to 80 rockin’ in the aisles across the globe.  Loved by critics and audiences alike, Buddy tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22.  In 18 short months the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.
Boasting a phenomenally multi-talented cast, together they present two terrific hours of music with over 20 of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics: That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On.  With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba completing a stellar musical line-up, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of feel good family entertainment

Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, says of the show, “When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world week-in week-out over 25 years later. I believe this is testament to a great show – the first of its kind – and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents; a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world.”

Writer/Producer Alan Janes says, “Audiences dance in the aisles every night to our enactment of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period but whose music will be remembered forever”.

The Buddy Holly Story

DATE: Sat., Dec. 2  TIME: 8 p.m.

SHOW TICKETS: start at $32.50, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show along with the VyStar Credit Union), 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 or emailing groupsales@fscj.edu.  For more information, visit FSCJ Artist Series

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts

Moran Theater
300 West Water St
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

‘Femmes of Rock’ star at the Thrasher-Horne Center in December

Imagine if Hendrix played violin…The Thrasher-Horne main stage is set to be rocked on December 1st by the raw power of one of the biggest and most accomplished electric violin acts in the nation with the Bella Electric Strings presenting their latest show “Femmes of Rock.”  Led by rock violinist and arranger Nina DiGregorio, these violinists have thrilled audiences worldwide with their blistering solos, unique arrangements, beauty, and charm.

“Femmes of Rock” is just one of several shows presented by Bella Electric Strings, a group of approximately 30 talented musicians based in several US cities who tour as electronic string quartets in a variety of different productions.  Similar to theater’s Blue Man Group and Irish dancers Lord of the Dance, Bella has multiple themed shows crisscrossing the country, and their roster includes the best of the best in the world of electric violin.  These girls have performed with some of the biggest names in the business, including: Beyoncé, Rod Stewart, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Michael McDonald, Andrea Bocelli, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pitbull, America’s Got Talent, and many, many more.  Currently based in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orlando, the group will soon make its way to New York City, with plans to expand internationally to Europe and Asia within the next few years.

Featuring the music of AC/DC, ELO, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Metallica, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and more, the Femmes of Rock show takes Bella Strings to a whole new level. All-new arrangements, original material, a live rock band, video, lights, choreography, comedy, and more can be expected in this high-energy show that leaves audiences awed. The only one of its kind, there are no other similar string acts operating at this level of production. Be prepared for something that you have not yet seen the likes of. The girls keep a busy touring schedule and are one of the most sought-after “hard rock” violin acts in the world.

Femmes of Rock

DATE: Fri. Dec. 1, 2017   TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thrasher-Horne Ctr.

      St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive

      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: range from $33 – $73 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.  VIP tickets are available for this show.  The Thrasher-Horne Center 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 at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

Florida Theatre December 2017 holiday events

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the Florida Theatre wants you and your family to be thoroughly entertained.  Theatre tickets make a great ‘stocking-stuffer’ gifts.  Why not take a look at the festivities below and grab some tickets for you and that special someone.

December 2017 Schedule:
2 Kansas: Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour
3 A Hip Hop Nutcracker with special guest emcee Kurtis Blow
26th Annual Community Nutcracker
8 Game Grumps at the Times Union Moran Theatre 8pm
9 26th Annual Community Nutcracker
13 John Prine
15 Luke Combs
16 ELF presented by First A.C.T.
20 Ten Tenors Home For the Holidays
21 Gabriel Iglesias: Fluffymania World Tour
22 A Charlie Brown Christmas Live
27 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
29 Michael Carbonaro Live!

December 2 - 8pm
Kansas: Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour.  The classic rockers will perform their hits: “Carry On Wayward Son,” “The Wall,” “Miracles Out Of Nowhere,” and “What’s On My Mind,” from their breakthrough album Leftoverture.

December 3 - 7pm
A Hip Hop Nutcracker with special guest emcee Kurtis Blow.  Rapper Kurtis Blow ("The Breaks," "Basketball," "If I Ruled the World") emcees this contemporary production of Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic, which features hip-hop dancers, a live DJ and urban setting.

December 8 - 8pm & Dec. 9 - 1pm & 7:30pm
26th Annual Community Nutcracker.
  Every performance exudes imagination and creativity. Dancers gracefully twirl and twist in Clara’s winter wonderland, pulling the audience into the jubilant scenes.  Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount on tickets purchased in P-2, 3, or 4 (discount not available for P-1).

December 8 - 8pm
Game Grumps (Times Union Moran Theatre). 
Join Arin and Danny for a live episode of Game Grumps! The two will be playing games, making jokes and having a blast in front of a live audience; ending the night with a question and answer session!  Purchase of a P1 ticket includes a pre-show Q&A with the Game Grumps and a signed poster.

December 13 - 8pm John Prine.  
His classic songs, "Angel from Montgomery," "Sam Stone," "Paradise," and "Hello in There" have kept this Grammy award- winning singer and songwriter touring for more than 40 years.  Amanda Shires will open.

December 15 - 8pm
Luke Combs: Don’t Tempt With A Good Time Tour. 
Rising country music superstar Luke Combs debut album, This One’s For You, is the largest selling country album or 2017 and features his radio hits “Hurricane” and “When It Rains it Pours.”

December 16 - 2pm ELF presented by First A.C.T.
  Admission for this holiday screening is free with a food donation benefitting Feeding Northeast Florida.  Hosted by Florida Theatre’s Young Professional group First A.C.T.

December 20 -
The Ten Tenors.  The TEN Tenors perform traditional and contemporary versions of holiday favorites like “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing, Grace,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navidad” and more.

December 21 - 8pm
Gabriel Iglesias: Fluffymania World Tour 20 Years of Comedy. 
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is the star of Fuse TV's Fluffy Breaks Even! - a non-scripted series with his eccentric tour mates and fellow comedians Martin Moreno and Rick Gutierrez.

December 22 - 7pm A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! 
Based on the classic television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!, brings to life Charles M. Schulz’s much-beloved characters- Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and Linus- as they uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

December 27 - 3pm
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.
  The 25th Anniversary Tour features over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets, Nesting Dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life.

December 29 -  8pm
Michael Carbonaro Live!  From his hit television series “The Carbonaro Effect” on truTV, magician Michael Carbonaro performs LIVE on stage, packed with audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and his signature blend of bizarre antics and mind-blowing magic.

“Florida Theatre December 2017 events”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre
128 E. Forsyth St.

      Jacksonville, FL 32202

: 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.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

‘Christmas Carole’ tickets still available from the Alhambra

“Christmas Carole” returns to the Alhambra Theater & Dining for its 24th holiday season.  To provide more opportunity for you to enjoy the Alhambra's Christmas experience, they have added Wednesday matinees each week through the run of this year’s Christmas Carole shows.  If you’ve never had the opportunity to sit down to a fabulous dinner and a top-rate show, then you still have an opportunity to get in on the action this year.  To make your reservations for these new Wednesday matinees, or any other performance, please call the box office or click HERE.  Also, for the first time, the role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be played by producer/director Tod Booth.  You don’t want to miss this year’s performance.

About the show: On Christmas Eve, crotchety miser Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his dead partner Jacob Marley.  Scrooge is told that what they do in life will determine what happens to them in the afterlife.  Marley tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three ghosts and to take heed of what happens.  The first spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Past, shows Scrooge that he was once a happy young man, carefree and in love but money became his greatest desire.  The Ghost of Christmas Present shows him how others, including his nephew Fred and his clerk Bob Cratchit,  The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, shows Scrooge the fate that awaits him.  Scrooge learns from his visits and becomes a good man who knows how to celebrate Christmas.

Of course
Executive Chef, DeJuan Roy
, will prepare a holiday feast that includes: First Course: Winter Kale salad with raisins, dried cherries, toasted pecans, champagne vinaigrette *GF*.  Or Potato and Leek Soup fried potato garnish, truffle oil.
Second Course: The Holiday Feast: Hand-Carved Turkey, honey-baked ham with sweet potatoes soufflé cornbread dressing, green beans, turkey gravy, apple raisin glaze *GF* without stuffing.  Or Beef Bourguignon buttermilk mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus.  Parmesan Crusted Salmon angel hair pasta, pesto, sautéed spinach *GF*. 
Stuffed Acorn Squash winter vegetables, kale salad *GF*.
Third Course
: Crème Brulle French toast with whipped cream. Or Peppermint Cake.  Fresh fruit cup, Raspberry Sorbet, or chocolate mousse may also be available (*Denoted Gluten Free Items*).  Menus subject to change!

Christmas Carole
DATES: November 22 — December 24, 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. *NB: Wednesday Matinees (this show only) begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m.*

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday November 24, 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.
    **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

Donna Summer and Barry White pack-out the Alhambra

Talk about Dancing in the Streets, if you want to get-down with some great romantic tunes and some terrific disco-mixes, you better hurry to the final Alhambra After Dark “The Donna Summer & Barry White Experience” shows.  This performance in JAX is highlighted by the talented lookalike and soundalike persona of Barry White, by tribute artist Jourdan Carrol (Lovingly called, “Big Daddy Boo Bear”), and the gorgeous onstage personality of Donna Summer mimicked by tribute star Rainere Martin.

Jourdan charmed the ladies with his suave baritone voice and his handsome demeanor of the famous singer Barry White.  The man gave away two dozen roses to unsuspecting recipients as he strolled throughout the theatre serenading ladies, giving them a rose and shaking their hands.  What a treat!  You may recall the songs that he sang before intermission: “Love’s Theme; You're The First, The Last, My Everything; Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up, Your Sweetness Is My Weakness, Playing Your Game, Baby, Oh What a Night for Dancing, Sho You Right, What Am I Gonna Do with You, Let the Music Play, I'm Qualified to Satisfy You, Practice What You Preach & ending his set with Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.”  The man can sing!

After intermission the participants wanted more and they got the desires of their hearts through the rhythmic singing and gyrations of the beautiful Rainere Martin (Donna Summer) appearing in a lovely form-fitting sequin gown and stiletto heels.  This lady got up close and personal as she meandered through the Alhambra performing familiar tunes as: “On the Radio, Bad Girls, Hot Stuff, Dim All the Lights, MacArthur Park, I Love You, Heaven Knows, She Works Hard for the Money, Could It Be Magic & Last Dance”.  Both she and Jourdan ended the evening with their rendition of “Heaven Knows”.  Oh, what a night of talent!

Each performer made themselves available at the end of the night for pictures with their guests.  If you want to be whisked-back to the seventies, you still have a little time to get tickets and be prepared for the time of your life.  Also check out what’s in store from Executive Chef DeJuan Roy HERE.  OBTW, the Braised Beef Short Ribs have great taste and fall apart with the touch of a fork.  As always, look forward to the house-made rolls and flavorful desserts.

Alhambra After Dark
"The Barry White &
Donna Summer Experience"

Wed. Nov. 15 – Sun. Nov. 19, 2017
SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Wednesday through Saturday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:50 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:20 p.m.  Saturday Matinee begins at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m. and the brunch ends at 12:45 a.m.  Sunday Matinee begins at 1:50 p.m. Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and dinner will be served until 1:20 p.m.
Regular pricing for tickets is $64.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Price does not include gratuity or orders from the bar.
DRESS: “Business Casual” or “Concert Best”

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thrasher-Horne Center has Holiday Shows for the entire family

Having a difficult time getting ready for Christmas?  Want some Stocking Stuffer ideas for your Christmas list?  The Thrasher-Horne Center is featuring two shows set to put Northeast Florida in the holiday spirit.  A Garfield Christmas takes the stage first on Friday, December 8th with a school time matinee at 10:30 a.m. and a family performance at 7 p.m.  To keep the spirit flowing, on Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m., 3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-YULE-ar guarantees silly laughs and favorite Christmas tunes.

In A Garfield Christmas, everyone’s favorite feline is a few gifts short of true Christmas spirit. But with the help of Jon, Odie, the Audience, and his new holiday friends, Garfield gets an enlightening lesson.  This lively holiday musical features timeless Christmas favorites such as “Jingle Bells", “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, “Deck the Halls", plus four original songs.  Sing along as Garfield’s new friends including: Nutcracker, Rag Doll, Teddy Bear, and even Angel from the top of the Christmas tree all work together to bring light to Garfield’s Christmas. A Garfield Christmas comes alive with a talented cast and crew gathered from across the country.
The 3 Redneck Tenors are packing their festive mullets and dashing through the snow just in time for some down-home Christmas cheer! These real-life Broadway and Opera stars are ready to rock Northeast Florida with a deep-fried feast of musical delights. Beginning in the trailer park and ending on a Broadway stage, the audience will be treated to familiar Christmas classics including “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Blue Christmas,” “O! Holy Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Silent Night.”  Plus Christmas spoofs like: “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – and a few other great surprises, too!

A Garfield Christmas” &
3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-YULE-ar”
DATES: Fri. Dec.8, 2017 & Sun. Dec. 10

LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
      St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive
      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: for A Garfield Christmas range in price from $19 to $39 for the 7 PM show and are available online at THcenter.org. Family 4-Packs of tickets are also available.  Tickets for the school time matinee must be reserved through the Box Office at (904) 276-6815 ext. 1.

TICKETS: for the 3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-YULE-ar range in price from $29 to $69 and are available now through the Thrasher-Horne Center Box Office, by phone at (904) 276-6815 or online at THcenter.org.

The Thrasher-Horne Center 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 at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

Buildings in Jacksonville Florida turned into works of art

Want to take the family on a no-charge art exhibit tour of downtown Jacksonville, Florida?  Well here’s your chance.  The ArtRepublic exhibitions are curated by industry experts, showcasing the top artists in a variety of mediums.  Muralists design an outdoor museum that allows the public to experience what living with art can do to nourish their soul daily.
The ArtRepublic experts curate a Techism Exhibition featuring the leading digital and video artists from around the world, showcasing how technology paired with art can become a tool for wellbeing.

featured artists around JAX include: Faith47, Hush, Okuda, Bik Ismo, 2Alas, Dourone, Martin Ron, Bisco Smith, Oiterone, Ricky Lee Gordon, Francisco Bosoletti, Shaun Thurston, Cent, Nico, Halsi, David Petroni, Mario Mankey and Astro.

For locations of these artists around the city of Jacksonville, FL, click
HERE for directions.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Participate in Museum Store Sunday

Every year consumers kick off their holiday shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, starting with Black Friday and continuing through Cyber Monday.  Now there’s one more great shopping day sandwiched in between, Museum Store Sunday.  The Museum Store Association (MSA) is launching this exciting international annual event and shopping campaign, taking place on Sunday, November 26, 2017.  More than 600 museums – from three continents, ten countries, and all 50 states – are slated to participate in Museum Store Sunday with special events and promotions.  Join the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for special gift-purchasing incentives for visitors and a chance to meet local artists and makers in the Shop.

The mission of Museum Store Sunday is of global reach. In partnership with the United Kingdom’s Association for Cultural Enterprises and the Museum Shops Association of Australia and New Zealand, MSA’s Museum Store Sunday aims to be the global annual day to Be a Patron, by shopping conscientiously and supporting museum stores and their missions worldwide. Holiday shoppers will not only be able to find quality gifts filled with inspiration and educational value but, through their purchases, will support museums and cultural institutions, enabling ongoing and future appreciation and knowledge. Proceeds from purchases at museum stores support the missions and programming of museums.
The Cummer Museum of Art and Garden Shop will be offering a 15% discount for the general public and a 25% discount for Cummer Museum Members on all Shop purchases. In addition, Shop purchases over $50 will receive a free Museum Store Sunday gift and all Shop purchases over $100 will be entered into a drawing for one of two Cummer Museum Family Memberships ($100 value each). Artisan trunk shows will feature local glass artist Andy Peters and Donna McNett of DONA Scarves debuting the Florida Souvenir Scarf designed exclusively for Museum Store Sunday.

In addition to the Cummer Museum, the
Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and Museum of Cultural Art (MOCA) Jacksonville will also be participating in Museum Store Sunday. For a complete list of participating museums and institutions and for further information, visit Museum Store Sunday.