Wednesday, October 10, 2018

‘1776’ Broadway Musical coming to the Alhambra in JAX

It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it!  1776”, presented by Fleet Landing, follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

This 1776 will open at Jacksonville’s iconic Alhambra Theatre & Dining (winner of “Best Dinner Theatre” for the 5th straight year) on October 17.  1776” puts a human face on the pages of history as the audiance sees the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures.  These men are determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

Starring in the lead as John Adams is
Kevin Anderson.  
Kevin has starred in over 30 film and television productions and over 30 stage productions worldwide from Steppenwolf (35-year ensemble member) to Broadway, Off-Broadway, Dublin, and London’s West End.  He has been nominated for a Tony Award, (Death of A Salesman), Outer Critics Circle Award (Come Back Little Sheba), Golden Globe, Viewers for Quality Television, TV Critics Association Awards (Nothing Sacred), and has won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards (Death of A Salesman), and Theatre World and Jefferson Awards (Orphans).  Some of his most memorable performances include: Orphans (with Albert Finney), Sleeping with the Enemy (with Julia Roberts) Sunset Boulevard (with Patti Lupone), RFK in Hoffa (with Jack Nicholson), and Biff in Death of a Salesman.  He is perhaps best known for his performance as Father Ray in ABC’s Nothing Sacred.

About the Menu:
Executive Chef Dejuan Roy will be cooking up a culinary experience fitting of Jacksonville’s iconic dinner theater, the longest-running such theater in America.  First Course (choice of one): Sweet potato soup *GF* (Contains Peanuts), or Cesar salad with cornbread croutons *GF* without croutons.  Second Course (choice of one): Slow Roasted New York Strip with au gratin potatoes, zucchini squash, carrot medley *GF; Aunt Mae’s Fried Chicken Alabama BBQ sauce, gravy, buttery white rice, lima beans; New England Broiled Cod with tomato, basil, garlic sauce, vegetable spaghetti, oven-roasted fingerling potatoes *GF*; Vegetable & White Bean Chili over brown rice.  Third Course (choice of one):
Centennial Parfait or Apple Galette with fresh whipped cream.  (Gluten-free & sugar-free desserts available upon request).


A Musical Revelution
: October 17 — November 18, 2018

FALL/WINTER SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m. (Gala Night at 5:30 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 October 19, 2018) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $64.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, a Broadway-style performance 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

‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ comes to JAX

Now seen by over 1/4 million people worldwide, The Simon & Garfunkel Story” is coming to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center on October 25, 2018 for one performance only.  Since its SELL OUT in London's West End, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is now the world's leading theatre show concerning the iconic duo.  The band made their mark on musical history, becoming countercultural icons during the social revolution of the 1960s with the surprise hit The Sound of Silence.  Further cementing their fame, their music can be heard throughout the 1967 movie The Graduate.  The duo would later be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story features the duo alongside a full live band and state of the art video projection and lighting.  Using photos and original film footage, this one of a kind show will feature all the duo’s hits including: 'Mrs. Robinson,' 'Cecilia,' 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' 'Homeward Bound' and many more.  More than a tribute, this theatrical concert is an evening not to be missed. Get your tickets fast!

Reviews: "Fantastic” - Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2.
    “Authentic and Exciting” - The Stage

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

DATE: Thurs. Oct. 25, 2018
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS:start at $44 plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), at their box office, or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts for Groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.

‘Augusta Savage Exhibit’ showing only at the Cummer Museum

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces its upcoming fall and spring exhibition “Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman.”  The exhibition, one of the most significant organized by the Museum in its history, will open in October for a rare double-run through April 2019. Savage is a Green Cove Springs, Florida native who became a noted Harlem Renaissance leader, educator, artist, and catalyst for change.

The exhibition assembled by the Cummer Museum from 21 national public and private lenders presents Savage’s small and medium-size sculptures in bronze and other media alongside works by artists she mentored.  Many of the works that will be on display are rarely seen publicly.  It took more than three years for guest curator and art historian, Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D. to plan and assemble.  The Museum’s Savage Exhibition Planning and Community Advisory Committee includes museum trustees and notable Black leaders and artists: Carol Alexander, Dustin Harewood, Barbara Harrell, Marty Jones, Princess Simpson Rashid, James Richardson, and Adonnica Toler.

In addition to the exhibition, the Museum has created a companion catalogue that chronicles the history of this important Black artist.  Published internationally by London-based firm D Giles Limited, this hardcover book further explores Savage’s impact and legacy.  Contributors include Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D., Kirsten Pai Buick, Ph.D. (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque), Bridget R. Cooks, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine), with a foreword by Dr. Howard Dodson, Jr., Director Emeritus of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  The book is available in October on Amazon and at the Cummer Museum Shop.

When its double-run concludes in April, “Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman” will travel nationally to the New-York Historical Society, the Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University, and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens (Memphis).  This marks the first time a Cummer Museum-organized exhibition of this scale will travel to multiple national venues.

Savage (1892 – 1962), a female sculptor, overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of this country’s most influential artists of the 20th century, playing a pivotal role in the development of some of this country’s most celebrated artists, including: William Artis, Romare Bearden, Gwendolyn Bennett, Robert Blackburn, Gwendolyn Knight, Jacob Lawrence, and Norman Lewis.

While Savage’s artistic skill was widely acclaimed nationally and internationally during her lifetime, this exhibition provides a critical examination of her artistic legacy, positioning Savage as a leading figure whose far-reaching and multifaceted approach to facilitating cultural and social change is especially relevant in terms of today’s interest in activism.

A prodigious and highly-acclaimed artist in her own right, Savage achieved excellence through talent, self-determination, and vision, ultimately creating sculptures and large-scale commissions that elevated positive images of Black culture into mainstream America.  As a leader in the Harlem Renaissance, she worked with other leaders, writers, musicians, and artists to showcase the contributions of Black culture.  She was the first Black woman to open her own gallery, challenging exclusive arts institutions to recognize the talent of Black artists.  As a community organizer and teacher, Savage’s commitment to mentorship and education became a model for other art schools run by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  Savage is best known for “The Harp” her commissioned sculpture for the 1939 World’s Fair, and is recognized in American Black history as an educator and important community leader.

“The Cummer Museum is committed to presenting a broad calendar of temporary exhibitions with the capacity to illuminate diverse areas of art history and artistic production,” said Holly Keris, acting director of the Cummer Museum. “The Museum embraces themes and topics with strong community relevance that challenge our audience’s preconceived opinions. The Augusta Savage exhibition is a proud testament to our commitment to the community.”

The Museum seeks to connect its resources to contemporary issues, increase engagement by providing new perspectives on familiar and unfamiliar concepts, and cement the Cummer Museum as the place in Jacksonville where visitors can connect the arts to their everyday lives.

“Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman” can be viewed and enjoyed with regular Museum admission during the exhibition dates.  As always, it is free for anyone in the community on Florida Blue Free Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday evening and again on Weaver First Saturday Free for All, held the first Saturday of each month.  A full companion program and events calendar will support the exhibit and additional community events, private tours and receptions can be booked in conjunction with the exhibit by visiting this link.

DATES: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 to Sun., Apr. 7, 2019

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

  Hours of Operation & Admission

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Broadway in Orange Park Florida for 2019 and more

Thrasher-Horne Center is proud to announce the next season of Broadway Orange Park sponsored by Garber Automall.  This season includes four national tours filled with laughter, tears, and stories to warm your heart: Something Rotten! (Jan. 6), Legally Blonde (Mar. 5), The Sound of Music (Mar. 16), and Finding Neverland (Mar. 26).

Something Rotten! makes its Northeast Florida debut on Sunday, January 6 at 6 p.m.  Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play.  When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!

Legally Blonde – the Musical takes the stage on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Follow the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.  Proving that you can be “legally blonde” and STILL the smartest person in the room. This contemporary, sassy musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances.  Legally Blonde - The Musical warms the heart by proving that self-discovery can be way too much fun and hilarious to boot.

The hills are alive with The Sound of Music as the national tour stops at Thrasher-Horne Center on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.  The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Also making its Northeast Florida debut is Finding Neverland on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. This musical tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother.  Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers.  With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

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

TICKETS: Subscriptions are available now for the upcoming season of Broadway Orange Park. Starting at only $149, subscribers can pick between three or four shows with the SWAP or DROP program and save up to $72 per subscription! Payment plans are also available.  More information is available at THcenter, or by calling the Box Office at (904) 276-6815 ext. 1.  Discounted tickets for groups of 12 or more are available for reservation.  Individual show tickets will be available starting this fall.

VENUE: The Thrasher-Horne Center is a 1,750-seat performing arts venue and 6,200 square foot conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Join the 2018 ‘Envirofest’ with the Cummer Museum

Join the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, in partnership with the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board, for the 5th annual “Envirofest” on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  This is a free family-friendly event that seeks to cultivate curiosity, respect, and understanding of the Jacksonville community’s shared natural environment, and the plant and animal wildlife in and around the city’s neighborhoods.

This event offers learning opportunities that encourage individuals to better understand sustainable practices and their importance in conserving natural resources.  Guests will enjoy live music from local musicians, interactive booths and projects from environmentally conscious vendors, eco-friendly hands-on art activities, and the opportunity to watch local artists in action as they create artwork.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Envirofest will be jam-packed with fun for kids of all ages!  Attendees can:
  Join Bailey’s Health & Fitness, with your own mat, for yoga from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  Join docents for Garden Tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with information about restoration and support, as well as a 2 p.m. tour of the Permanent Collection
  Peruse the St. Johns River Water Management District table for an interactive educational opportunity
  Wander over to the Wings, Worms, and Wonders table and share in Kelly Johnson’s passion for combining art and nature
  Make an eco-friendly art project with
Jacksonville Science Festival
  Visit the Marine Mammal Wildlife Research table to learn about how the Manatee Critical Care Center at the Jacksonville Zoo cares for injured animals
  Stop by the Office of Blight Initiatives table for more information about joining the Blight Squad in their efforts to keep local neighborhoods clean
  Other vendors include Florida Yards & Neighborhoods, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, Ixia Florida Native Plant Society, and more

This free fun-filled day will surely be a unique educational experience that the entire family can enjoy.  See you this Saturday!

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘Maxwell’ in JAX for ‘50 Intimate Nights Live’ tour

A 50-date North American fall and winter tour kicked off this September and he’s making JAX one of his stops.  Maxwell has announced his “50 Intimate Nights Live” tour, a 50-date trek to many of North America's top theatres, including the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts | Moran Theatre.  Following on the heels of performances at North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam and Afropunk Paris, the multi-GRAMMY-winning soul singer will debut new material during these intimate shows alongside his many critically acclaimed hits.

Last month, Maxwell debuted "We Never Saw It Coming," his reflective new song and his first piece of new music since 2016. The song's music video, 'The Glass House,' is a chilling music short-film starring Maxwell and activist/actress/model Yomi Abiola. The film was written and directed by Jay Z collaborators Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz.

Watch “The Glass House - We Never Saw It Coming”
HERE.  A 20th anniversary reissue of Maxwell's 1998 album 'Embrya' will also be released this fall.  More details to come.

Maxwell 50 Intimate Nights LIVE!

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.
Take a look
to see if he will be coming to a venue near you.

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

TICKETS: are available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at the Times-Union Center, online of charge by phone (800) 745-3000.

‘TV’s Broadway Balances America’ previews upcoming School Of Rock

Broadway Across America’s Telly Award-winning collaboration with “The Balancing Act®,” the award-winning morning show on the Lifetime® Channel continues Season Five of the five-part series Broadway Balances America with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School Of Rock.  This new episode debuted on Monday, October 1 at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT and will re-air on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT.

School Of Rock, p
resented by Broadway Across America and the FSCJ Artist Series, comes to Jacksonville as part of the 2018-19 Broadway in Jacksonville Series.  Performances at the Times-Union Center April 16 – April 20, 2019.  Season and group tickets are currently available through their box office at (904)-632-5000, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online 24/7 by visiting  Single ticket sales will be available spring 2019.

Broadway Balances America gets an all-access look at life as a pint-sized musical prodigy in School Of Rock.  Meet talented rockers Ava Briglia, Layla Capers, and Montgomery Lamb as they welcome host Amber Milt into the band and share what it’s like to balance being in a Broadway show with being a kid.  Learn about the journey these young actors experience from their first audition with Casting Associate Claire Burke to first performance (and beyond) with Head Guardian Jill Valentine, who oversees the children backstage.  Watch this behind-the-scenes exclusive of the energetic young actors who act, sing, dance, and play their own instruments 8 times a week in this high-octane hit that’s coming to ROCK across the country!

2019 “School of Rock” performance schedule in JAX at the Times Union:
Tues., April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Wed., April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Fri., April 19 at 8 p.m.
Sat., April 20 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cummer Museum has exciting events for October 2018

Fall may not be in the air yet, but you’ll find cool activities at the Cummer Museum this month.  Get the family together or your friends and discover an enjoyable day of beauty, education, entertainment and fine refreshments.  Take some time and mark your calendar with the dates below and enjoy October in downtown JAX.

Florida Blue Free Tuesday -
Each Tuesday 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. Each Tuesday evening, the Cummer Café is open for Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union.

Tapas Tuesday - Tap into Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union at the Cummer Café.  Reservations recommended!  Every Tuesday from 5 to 8 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.

Artists & World War I: Behind The Lines -
Thurs., Oct 4 | 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  World War I was the first truly mechanized global war and it changed everything, including art.  This four-part series examines how artists captured the Great War and the post-war world, creating the path for Modern Art that would send shock waves across the cultural landscape.  Hospitals, staging areas, general headquarters, nearby towns, and even prisoner of war camps were all part of the labyrinth of war behind the lines recorded by artists.  Women were there in large numbers for the first time as nurses, VADS, ambulance drivers, and Red Cross personnel.  There was no behind the lines in France and Belgium, as they fought on their own soil. Artists, such as Australian Iso Rae, recorded life behind the lines in France.  Britain’s William Orpen and Sir Stanley Spence painted the rag-tag, bombed-out civilians, the soldiers, and the medical personnel all sharing the surreal space behind the lines.  Join Museum staff to discover Artists & World War I: The Battlefront including time in the galleries.  Space is limited.  For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Cummer Beaches Adventures In The Arts: The Actor, The Stage - Thurs., Oct 4 | 2 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.  Theater director and Julliard Alumni JaMario Stills will present a lecture on playwriting.  JaMario is the Co-Founder of the First Coast Actors Center and the Director of Development at The Performers Academy.  For further information or to register, please email Brittany Nazario at or 904.899.6007.

Cummer Beaches Lecture Series: Rome As A Center For The Arts - Fri., Oct 5 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  Beaches Museum & History Park Chapel.  This presentation will focus on the Eternal City as a source of opportunity and patronage for artists such Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and countless others.  The central role of Rome as an artistic and training hub was sustained by the presence of wealthy merchants, bankers, ecclesiastic figures and, of course, the Church.  Artists from all corners of Europe, and later the United States, from the 15th century forward, flocked to the Italian city.  Works from the Museum’s collection offer many examples, including paintings by Claude Lorrain and Charles-Joseph Natoire. For further information, please email Brittany Nazario at or 904.899.6007.

Weaver First Saturday Free for All - Sat., Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  The first Saturday 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. For further information, please call 904.899.6038.

Envirofest -
Sat., Oct. 6 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  Join the museum as they seek ways to cultivate curiosity, respect, and understanding of the 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, governmental and private, give of their time and offer interactive activities to visitors.  For further information, please call 904.899.6023.

Bank Of America And Merrill Lynch Museums On Us
- Sun., Oct. 7 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 further information, please call 904.899.6038.

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman Pdl Opening -
Wed., Oct. 10 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Free for Ponce de León Donors only | RSVP required.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m.  Please join the museum for a reception with live music from “Mama Blue”, artist demonstration by “Erin Kendrick”, cocktails, small bites, and remarks from Acting Directory Holly Keris and Guest Curator Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D.  This exclusive event is for Ponce de León Society Donors only and their guests. For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.  If you are a Member or Non-Member of the Cummer Museum, please register for the Member and Community Opening Party on Thurs., Oct. 11th.

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman Member Preview - Thurs., Oct. 11 | Noon to 4 p.m. | Free for Members Only | No registration required.  Museum members are invited to view the exhibition before it opens to the public, with docent-led tours at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. and a 20% discount in the Shop and Café. Reservations for the Café are recommended, so please call 904.899.6022 to reserve your table.

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman Member & Community Opening Party - Thurs., Oct. 11 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m.  Join the Museum for a sneak peak of Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman. The evening will include live music from Mama Blue, artist demonstration by Erin Kendrick, small bites, beer, wine, and exciting new merchandise in the Shop. Remarks at 6:15 p.m. Tour at 6:30 p.m. with Guest Curator Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D. For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Art For Two: Social Ceramics! - Sat., Oct. 13 | 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair | Registration required.  Ages 3 through 5 with an adult.  Make art with your little one and enjoy gallery and garden visits on the second Saturday of each month.  In this class students will visit Museum’s collection of Early Meissen Porcelain for inspiration.  Then they will create a ceramic artwork embellished with carved designs using colors to represent their own world. Clay pieces will be fired at the Museum and available for pick-up one week after class.  Class size is limited.  For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Talks & Tea: The Renaissance In Florence - Wed., Oct. 17 | 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  You are invited to the Museum to enjoy an insightful talk on the Renaissance in Florence led by Museum staff over a cup of tea and a sweet treat.  For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Art For Tots: Mythical Beasts! - Thurs., Oct. 18 and Sat, Oct 20 | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | $10 per pair | Registration required.  Ages 24 through 36 months with an adult.  This class will look at ancient Green pottery in the Schultz Gallery and will discuss the designs and mythical creatures depicted.  In the studio children will reimagine their own creatures.  Art for Tots is funded through the generosity of the Chartrand Family Foundation.  Entry is through Art Connections. Class size is limited.  For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Cummer Amelia – An Evening In The Arts: Augusta Savage And The 2018/2019 Calendar - Thurs., Oct. 18 | 5 to 7 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $15 | Registration required.  Osprey Village, Amelia Island.  Acting Director Holly Keris will unveil the 2018/2019 exhibition calendar and discuss current happenings at the Museum.  For further information or to register, please email Brittany Nazario or call 904.899.6007.

Art Adventures: Collage! - Sat., Oct. 20 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Members $10, Non-Members $15 | Registration required.  Ages 6 through 12.  Join the museum on the third Saturday of each month for studio classes.  In this class students will spend time viewing works of still-life from the Museum’s permanent collection and learning about their place in art history.  In the studio, students will cut, tear, and glue paper together to make their own still-life images.  Projects will be completed within one class period.  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. 23 | 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Members Free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  Explore art history through this monthly series of lectures that includes time in the galleries.  Brush up on your art history for personal enjoyment as Museum staff leads you through the history of Western Art.  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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

‘Danny Gokey: The Hope Encounter” comes to JAX

Grammy® nominee, Dove Award winner, and Capitol recording artist, Danny Gokey is gearing up for his first-ever headline tour with this fall’s The Hope Encounter.  Also featuring Grammy® nominee Tauren Wells and breakout artist Riley Clemmons, the tour will hit 29 markets across the country, including Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on October 6, 2018.  Produced by general market powerhouse Outback Concerts, the tour will play mostly theaters and performing arts centers.

“It’s been a dream of mine since American Idol to headline my own major tour,” says Gokey. “That platform opened my eyes to the power of mixing hope with entertainment. Hearing a message of hope at just the right time can truly make an impact in someone’s life. Getting this opportunity is a dream come true! I love touring, being with fans, and seeing first-hand how the music can encourage people in a time in our society where hope (mixed with a little fun) is so desperately needed.”

Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season 8 of American Idol.  His first album, My Best Days, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.  Since then, the Wisconsin native has celebrated a series of #1 album debuts, including his first award-winning holiday album, Christmas Is Here, as well as singles including the recently Gold-certified “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and “Hope In Front of Me.” Gokey’s latest album, Rise, reached #1 on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart and garnered his first Grammy nomination.  Its title track, marked his third, multi-week, multi-chart #1 single.

Tauren Wells, a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, debuted Hills and Valleys — his first full-length solo project — in July 2017, just prior to hitting arenas on the Lionel Richie/Mariah Carey 22-city “All the Hits Tour.”  The album’s title track was one of the most streamed Christian songs of 2017, according to Spotify, and currently registers over 50 million total streams.  The official music video and lyric video have combined views exceeding 25 million.  His single, "Undefeated," also served as the soundtrack for the internet-famous Dude Perfect’s “World Records Edition” episode on YouTube which, along with another Dude Perfect video featuring the No. 1 single "Love Is Action," has garnered more than 100 million views combined.  Wells made history earlier this year by landing singles in both the #1 (“All My Hope (ft. Tauren Wells)” by Crowder) and #2 (“When We Pray”) spots simultaneously on national radio charts.

Riley Clemmons is an 18-year-old, Nashville-based singer/songwriter signed to Capitol Christian Music Group.  Her debut single, “Broken Prayers,” skyrocketed at radio upon its release in early 2018 and the music video earned over a million views on YouTube in less than two months.  The single has now crossed over ten million global streams.  Most recently, Riley was featured on the song and music video for Social Club Misfit’s radio single “Misfit Anthem” and mainstream DJ, Tritonal’s “Out My Mind.”  Her upcoming full-length debut album released August 3, 2018.

  “Danny Gokey: Hope Encounter
with Tauren Wells and Riley Clemmons
Saturday October 6, 2018
TIME: 7 p.m.

TICKETS: are available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at the Times-Union Center, online at, or charge by phone (800) 745-3000.

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

Other “The Hope Encounter” Tour Locations: *Dates subject to change without notice.

Upcoming ‘Florida Theatre’ events for October 2018

Here we go with the scoop for Fall from the Florida Theatre located in lovely downtown Jacksonville, Florida.  Don’t miss this month’s special prformances.

06 - 4U A Symphonic Celebration of Prince
10 - Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour

- Benise “Fuego!’- Spirit of Spain
12 - Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games Tour
13 - Mary Chapin Carpenter
14 - Steep Canyon Rangers

20 - TEDX Jacksonville (Independent event)

26 - Max Weinberg’s Jukebox
27 - Rocky Horror Picture Show
28 - KidzBop Live!

Oct. 6 - 8 p.m.
4U A Symphonic Celebration of Prince with the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra.  Created by Questlove (The Roots), 4U – A Symphonic Celebration of Prince is the first and only estate-approved celebration of the iconic musician and features his chart-topping hits “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” “When Doves Cry,” and countless others.

Oct. 10 - 8 p.m.
Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour.
  British comedian Eddie Izzard earned two Emmy Awards for his concert special Dress To Kill.  He has captivated audiences with stream of consciousness comedy- making lines like "Cake or Death?" and "Death Star Canteen" famous. He returns to reveal the man behind the stand-up in a tour that will be funny and emotional.

Oct. 11 - 8 p.m.
Benise “Feugo!” Spirit of Spain
.  Backed by a stage full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers, Emmy-Award winning Spanish guitarist Benise will debut all-new music, dance and costumes to his interpretations of classics like: "Granada,” Malaguena,” “Moonlight Sonata,” “Asturias,” and “Adagio."  His newest TV special Feugo- Spirit of Spain can currently be seen on WJCT (Channel 8) check your local listing for air times.

Oct. 12 - 8 p.m.
Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games Tour.
  Created and produced by Riverdance creator Michael Flatley, Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games Tour uses ground-breaking technology, including dancing robots, to perform alongside 34 of the world’s greatest Irish dancers.

Oct. 13 - 8 p.m.
Mary Chapin Carpenter: Sometimes Just The Sky Tour.
  With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” Mary Chapin Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Oct. 14 - 8 p.m.
Steep Canyon Rangers.
  Grammy-winning Bluegrass quintet, Steep Canyon Rangers has toured the world backing comedian and banjoist Steve Martin.  Their debut album Nobody Knows You, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and features fan favorite songs “Rescue Me,” “Easy To Love,” and “As I Go.”

Oct. 20 - 9:30 a.m. TEDX Jacksonville TEDxJacksonville 2018 comes to The Florida Theatre for Exchange: Conversations for the Curious.  Join 12 live speakers, along with live music performances, dance, and more for the TEDxJacksonville conference. Your event ticket also includes a light breakfast, lunch either catered or at one of Jacksonville’s best downtown restaurants and the “Afterglow” party on Forsyth Street with beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Oct. 26 - 8 p.m.
Florida Theatre on the Road
at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  Max Weinberg’s Jukebox.  Using a video menu with more than 200 songs, like the Beatles "Come Together," and The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash, Bruce Springsteen’s long-time drummer, Max Weinberg, and his 4-piece band let audience members call out the rock and roll classics they perform.  Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Oct. 27 - 8 p.m.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
hosted by Karissa Wade with live music by The Party Cartel from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.  With all-new digital picture and sound, the ultimate Halloween movie returns!  Starring Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is considered among the most popular cult movies of all time. Wear your costumes, bring your props (no meat, please), and come early for the live music.

Oct. 28 4 p.m. KidzBop Live!  The KIDZ BOP Kids will perform some of today’s biggest hit songs like "Meet Me In The Middle," "Thunder," Sorry Not Sorry," and more.

Tickets On Sale Now (see individual links above)!

“Florida Theatre October 2018 events”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre
      128 E. Forsyth St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355-2787