Monday, September 25, 2017

‘Prince’ comes to JAX for one glorious night

Do you miss him?  Couldn’t get enough of him?  Well, “Prince” tribute artist Marshall Charloff will be coming to town for one night only, at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park, Florida.  The Purple Xperience is a five-piece tribute band hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  They have been touring around the country since their inception in 2011, bringing the memories of Prince and The Revolution to audiences of all generations.  The Purple Xperience embodies the spirit and sounds of Prince, with front-man Marshall Charloff channeling the vocals and movements from the icon himself.  The Purple Xperience brings you the greatest most authentic prince tribute shows in the world leaving no one disappointed.

Charloff is a celebrated producer and recording artist.  He produced, wrote and recorded for the Multi-Platinum and Grammy award winning Commodores.  Produced, wrote and recorded for Hall of Fame Inductee Little Anthony (Little Anthony and the Imperials). His skills paved the way for Marshmallow Fields: a 1990s production team consisting of Marshall, Grammy winner John Fields (The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, and Switchfoot), and Steven “Funkytown” Greenberg and their single charted on the Billboard Top 100 dance charts and is still in rotation amongst DJs around the country. Marshall is also an inductee in the Mid America Music Hall Of Fame as a member of the band Westside.

Marshall Charloff’s band, Purple Xperience, hosts a number of world-class players, including: Tracey Blake on Lead guitar (played with New Power generation, Sons of Almighty featuring members of NPG, Tracey Blake Project, Westside: inducted in the Midwest hall of fame), Ron Long on Bass guitar (played with Christina Aguilera, The Backstreet Boys, 98°, also recorded with John L, Larry Blackman of Cameo, and Spike Lee), Ron Caron on Drums (played with the Rembrandts, Tina and the B sides, The Melismatics). Cory Eischen on Keys (played with New Power Generation, Prince’s protégé group: Mazarati, Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner and Dan Wilson from Semisonic).

The Purple Experience
DATE: Sat. Sept. 30, 2017   TIME: 8 p.m.

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

TICKETS: range from $29 – $63 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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

‘Reba Willie & The Boys’ showing up at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining

The Alhambra After Dark proudly presents "Reba, Willie & The Boys!" - a tribute to Reba McEntire & Willie Nelson; and tickets are selling fast so you better hurry.  If you like great music, can’t get to Las Vegas and want to see your favorite singing stars, you want to come and partake at Alhambra Theatre and Dining in Jacksonville Florida.

Corrie Sachs is the #1 “Reba McEntire” tribute artist / impersonator in Las Vegas, and stars in the award-winning production show “Country Superstars Tribute Show” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Winner of the 2011 “Tribute Act of the Year,” Corrie is widely considered one of the best, and best known, Reba McEntire tribute artists in the country! Having performed in dozens of shows over the years, from “Country Tonight” and “Country Fever” to “American Superstars” and “Legends in Concert,” this incredible performer has REBA down to a tee!

Musicians and fans agree – Willie Nelson is an iconic figure in American music history.  “Roger Hegyi” looks and sounds so much like “The Man” that fans and friends are convinced that he and Willie were twins separated at birth!”  Not just a Willie Nelson “impersonator,” Roger has found a way to reach into the musical soul of Willie Nelson and share it with audiences wherever he performs.  “Watching and listening to Roger performing the music of Willie Nelson gives me chills!”

Chosen as the most authentic and convincing tribute act to Willie Nelson in America, the True Willie Tribute Band is fast becoming the first choice with audiences across America.  Plus, Roger and his band will pay tribute to the legendary music of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash!

For “Reba, Willie & the Boys”- Dinner will be served as Chef DeJuan has prepared:
First Course (Choice of One) Smoked Ham & Corn Chowder, or Salad with mixed field greens, sliced grapes, tomato, scallion, peanut vinaigrette *GF*
Second Course (Choice of One) Creamy Cajun Pasta, or Penne pasta, chicken, sundried tomato, pesto, or BBQ Pulled Pork brown butter and sugar topped sweet potatoes, pole beans *GF*, or Fried Shrimp Dinner, hush puppies, fries, slaw, or Roasted Vegetable Pita spicy chickpea and spinach salad *GF without pita*.
Third Course (Choice of One) Triple Chocolate Cake with whipped cream or Pecan Pie.  Enjoy your vittles!

          Alhambra After Dark
A tribute to Reba McEntire & Willie Nelson

Thurs. Sept.21 – Sun. Oct. 1, 2017
SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Thursday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:50, dinner will be served until 7:20, and show starts at 7:50 p.m.  Saturday Matinee begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. brunch ends at 12:45, and show starts at 1:15 p.m.; Sunday Matinee - Doors open at 11:50 a.m., brunch ends at 1:20, and show starts at 1:50 p.m.
DRESS: “Business Casual” or “Concert Best”

TICKETS: 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.

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

One Spark and Bold Events reschedule after Hurricane Irma

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, One Spark, Inc., One Spark Ventures and Bold Events, LLC have jointly decided to postpone the One Spark 2017 Innovation Festival. This year’s event has been rescheduled to take place in the spring of 2018 on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, at EverBank Field.  A kickoff concert will be hosted by Bold Events at the new Daily’s Place amphitheater on Thursday, April 5.

Many communities across Florida and the Southeast, including Jacksonville, suffered tremendous losses due to the storm, and will face financial, physical and emotional hardships over the coming weeks and months.  One Spark Creators were no exception as challenges with storm preparation, evacuation and response prohibited many from submitting or completing their applications to participate in this year’s event.  One Spark and Bold Events hope that postponing the Innovation Festival until April will give potential Creators the chance to recover and resume their work with the same passion, energy and conviction needed to participate in the event.

From the start, the purpose of One Spark has been to develop both new businesses and a thriving community in Jacksonville where businesses can flourish.  Hurricane Irma was a life-altering event for many individuals and businesses across the city, state and region, the effects of which will be felt for months to come.

“Community and people come first,” said Chad Johnson, Bold Events and Jacksonville Jaguars senior vice president of sales and services.  “By postponing this year’s Innovation Festival, we can better serve the needs of the Jacksonville community.  We look forward to a bigger and better One Spark at EverBank Field in a few short months.”

About One Spark, Inc.: One Spark is a nonprofit committed to fostering environments of creativity and innovation. The company does this by connecting entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world with the community, providing a platform for engagement and making the connections innovators need to move their ideas forward at One Spark branded events and festivals.  The One Spark festival is one of the most efficient ways for individuals and teams to receive market validation, direct feedback and to network with those who may be able to provide personal or professional connections to advance innovative ideas to the next stage of development. One Spark will take place April 5-7 at EverBank Field in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida. For more information visit One Spark.

About Bold Events, LLC: Bold Events serves as a one-stop concierge service for planning events at EverBank Field and Daily’s Place. This includes events at the amphitheater and covered flex field as well as the unique spaces throughout EverBank Field such as the US Assure Club, Fields Auto Group Terrace Suite and FanDuelVille. Meeting planners and concert promoters interested in touring the space, researching date availability or receiving a customized event proposal can reach out to the Bold Events team.

‘The Addams Family’ will be in JAX at the Alhambra

Actor Jake Delaney
Hurricane Irma was here, yet it’s time to be thankful as we enjoy a show and some dinner with family and friends.  The spooky Broadway sensation “The Addams Family” is the perfect show to get you into the Halloween and harvest mood.  The Addams Family musical will open October 4 at the iconic Alhambra Theatre and Dining in Jacksonville, Florida and run through November 12.  This presentation also stars Uncle Fester from the national Broadway Tour and several other Broadway Alumnae.

Said Alhambra Managing Partner, Craig Smith, “This cast is one of the most decorated ensembles we’ve had on our stage.  It is a perfect Halloween tale as we journey through our 50th anniversary season.  This show represents well our theme of “50 Years of Memories.”  He continues, “Chef DeJuan is really taking advantage of the show’s creativity for the menu and I know our guests will be thrilled with its diversity.”

In the 1940’s when cartoonist Charles Addams created his single-panel-gag-cartoons, which depicted a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre, even his crystal ball did not predict the future influence his characters would have.  While he published more than 1300 cartoons for publications including: The New Yorker, TV Guide and Harper’s Bizarre; the evolution of those who became known as The Addams Family landed on TV, movies and on Broadway.

When “The Addams Family” opened on Broadway in 2010 it starred Nathan Lane as Gomez Addams and Bebe Neuwirth as his wife, Morticia.  The Broadway show ran for 21 months, giving more than 700 performances and grossing more than $60 million. The show later opened in London before launching the US and European tours in 2011.

Actor: Shaun Rice as Uncle Fester
Patterned after the Broadway show, the Alhambra version will feature more than 20 original songs.  As stated earlier, the incredible cast features two actors who were on the US national tour: Shaun Rice will be portraying uncle Fester; and Jake Delaney who will play one of the Addams’ ancestors.  Also included in the cast will be Carlos Lopez (playing Gomez) who has appeared in a host of Broadway shows; Stacey Harris (plays Morticia) has played in Broadway’s Bells Are Ringing; and Evan Gray (playing Pugsley Addams), just closed the US national tour of Matilda.

About the Show: Alhambra guests will enjoy the crazy upside-down world of the Addams Family, where to be sad is happy, to feel pain is joy, and death and suffering are what their dreams are made of.  The family still faces the same trials and tribulations of “normal families.”  Comedy ensues when their dark, beloved daughter Wednesday falls in love with Lucas, a normal boy who knows nothing of this strange family.  We join them at dinner, a night which guarantees laughs amidst the altogether kooky hilarity of the Addams family.

About the Menu: As with all shows, Executive Chef DeJuan Roy will create a menu designed with the show (and season) in mind.  In this case fit for the “foodies” Addams family.  The First Course will feature a choice pumpkin bisque with toasted pumpkin seeds, fresh ground nutmeg or autumn greens salad with roasted root vegetables, candied pecans, blue cheese dressing.  The Second Course features a choice of pan-seared chicken breast with rosemary, lemon jus, mac n’ cheese-inspired risotto, butternut squash; braised beef short rib with buttery herb white rice, sautéed Swiss chard; three cheese tortellini with shrimp and basil; or an autumn vegetable frittata with faro and raisin salad with yogurt dressing.  The Dessert Course features a choice of Tombstone Cake (a chocolate cake with Oreo icing) or a Southern Pecan Pie with chocolate & caramel drizzle.

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: “Gala Night” (Friday October 6, 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 or orders from the bar**

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cummer Gardens sustain extensive water damage

The Cummer Gardens were severely impacted by Hurricane Irma and will be closed to the public. While the staff, collection, and building of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens were not substantially affected, the historic Cummer Gardens sustained extensive damage.  The lower tier of all three formal garden spaces, which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, remained submerged for more than 24 hours, resulting in the uprooting of plants, detached railing along the river, broken lighting, pervasive salinization of the soil, large amounts of debris, and significant impact to much of the physical infrastructure, including drainage, electric, fencing, and the well that services the landscape.

Nearly $1 million has been invested in the gardens in recent years, including the restoration of the historic Olmsted Garden in 2013 and the English Garden in 2017, reconstruction of the Italian Garden Folly, relaying of brick pathways, updating of drainage systems, conservation of sculptures and fountains, fortification of the bulkhead, and installation of new bulkhead railing in 2016-2017.  The Garden Folly structure, brick pathways, and English Garden fountain remain intact.

Museum leadership is working with vendors and contractors to further assess the situation, make some immediate repairs, and create a plan and timeline to reconstruct the gardens.  Additionally, staff is working with colleagues at other historic gardens, as resources for best practices and to locate opportunities for funding.  At this time, there is no projected reopen date for the gardens.

The Cummer Gardens contain a variety of historic plant materials, including many historic species of azaleas that were planted in Mrs. Cummer’s time and cannot be readily purchased.  As many of the plant species in the gardens are no longer commercially available, Museum staff has worked over the years to propagate the specimens that remained on the property.  The scarcity of some of the historic plant material makes the reconstruction effort a unique challenge.

“As a museum and an institution listed in the National Register of Historic Places, historical accuracy and integrity are of the utmost importance,” says Holly Keris, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Curator of the Cummer Museum.  “We will be working as quickly as possible to create a plan for the future of these beloved gardens. Although the damage to the gardens is extensive, we are fortunate that the staff is safe and the building and collection were unharmed. It could have been much worse.”
Many people in the community have reached out to offer volunteer assistance after the storm.  However, because of hazards in the lower gardens (including exposed electrical wiring, community), volunteers will not be allowed on the property at this time for a large-scale cleanup.  The historic gardens are being evaluated by their landscaping firm for next steps.  Staff is working to ensure that the Museum’s interior spaces are ready to open to the public on Thursday, September 14, for regular business hours.  There is no projected reopen date for the gardens.  Staff is also working to contact individuals and organizations that may have upcoming rental events in the gardens.

The Museum staff and leadership would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support.  While the gardens are inaccessible to the public, the Museum will be offering half-price admission.  Should visitors choose to pay full price, half of the admission fee will be applied to the Garden Reconstruction Fund as a donation.  “As reconstruction costs are unknown at this time, any contributions are welcome and appreciated to help restore these spaces as quickly as possible,” states Keris.  Members of the community, and lovers of art and nature, may donate directly to the Garden Reconstruction Fund at

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Florida Theatre prepares for September shows

Due to upcoming Hurricane Irma, some events may be cancelled or postponed.  Please check with the Florida Theatre on social media and stay safe.  Thank you for your support during this time of wisdom and coming together as a united city.

September 2017 Schedule:
Sept. 7°°Apocalyptica -  Plays Metallica By Four Cellos
Sept. 14°Marshall Tucker Band
Sept. 23°Peppa Pig
Sept. 24°Brian Regan

September 7 – 8pm
Apocalyptica -  Plays Metallica By Four Cellos.  The instrumental cello-driven rock opus recreates Metallica's hits "Enter Sandman," “Nothing Else Matters,” "Unforgiven," and more.

September 14 - 8pm
Marshall Tucker Band.  Hit singles like "Can't You See," "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," and "Take The Highway," have earned Southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band seven gold and three platinum albums.

September 23 - 1pm and 5pm
Peppa Pig.  Star of the top-rated Nick Jr. series, Peppa Pig returns to the Florida Theatre in her all new family musical.

September 24 - 7:30pm
Brian Regan. Comedian Brian Regan made with his critically-acclaimed live broadcast of Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall – the first live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history. Currently he is taping a Netflix comedy special  with Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.

“Florida Theatre September 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.

Cummer staying safe during Hurricane Irma

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will be closed beginning Friday, September 8 due to Hurricane Irma.  Re-opening will depend on a post-storm evaluation of damage.  For the safety of the art, staff, and our visitors, we will continue to evaluate conditions and open as soon as reasonably possible. All programs and events are cancelled until assessments can be completed after the storm has passed.  They will continue to keep the media updated on further closures of the Museum and operating hours.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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

Clara White Sept. 9th update

“White Harvest Farms” will be closed this Saturday, September 9, 2017 due to the impending storm.  They will reopen next Saturday, September 16th at their regular scheduled hours.  Be Safe.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Cummer Museum calendar of events for September 2017

So you think that Summer is over and there is nothing to do.  Well, think again! The Cummer Museum and of Arts & Gardens has so much in store for you after the Dog Days of Summer are over.  It’s time to prepare for the excitement of Fall.  There’s lots of history this month, so grab your calendars and make some notations so you don’t miss a single activity.

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., Sept. 2 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.

Ink, Silk, and Gold Closing Celebration – Sat., Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free.  No registration required.  Visit Ink, Silk, and Gold one last time before it leaves Jacksonville.  Enjoy live music, art demonstrations, hands-on art-making activities, and performances arranged to celebrate this memorable exhibition. For further information, please call (904) 356-6857.

Bank Of America And Merrill Lynch Museums On Us – Sun., Sept. 3 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: Mediterranea – Wed., Sept. 13 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Members and 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 Mediterranea. For further information or to register, please call (904) 899-6038.

Art for Tots: Play Your Instruments! – Sat., Sept. 16 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: Still Life! Sat., Sept. 16 from10:30 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. Students in this class will observe works from the permanent collections that demonstrate how artists have approached the subject of still life throughout history.  Then they will return to the studio to experiment with a range of dry media to create their own still life.  Open to children ages 6 through 12.  Class size is limited.  For further information, please email or call (904) 355-0630.

Free Tuesday Lecture: Mediterranea – Tues., Sept. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. | Free.  Registration required.  After the civil war, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, American tourism of Europe developed an increased nation-wide interest in southern Europe, the Holy Land, and much of northern Africa.  American artists became fascinated by the aspects of nature and culture they believed to define the Mediterranean.  They responded to its distinctive flora, the legacy of the Greco-Roman past, and the influence of Christianity and Islam.  Join Dr. Mark White, Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, as he explores how American artists understood, interpreted, and portrayed Mediterranean culture.  For further information or to register, please call (904) 899-6038.

Artists & World War I The Battlefront – Thurs., Sept. 21 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10 (includes admission).  Registration required.  World War I was the first truly mechanized global war, and it changed everything, including art.  This talk looks at the relationship artists, who served as war artists during World War I, made between man and machine, as well as the personal story behind John Singer Sargent’s iconic, Gassed. Afterward, there will be time in the galleries with Sargent’s In The Alps.  Join Director of Education Lynn Norris to discover Artists & World War I: The Battlefront.  For further information, please email or call (904) 355-0630.

Classical Concert: Mediterranea – Sun., Sept. 24 from 1:30 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members Free with Museum Admission.  Registration required.  Join the Museum for a classical concert inspired by the works of Mediterranea, performed by Stephen Robinson, Philip Pan, and Rhonda Cassano. For further information or to register, please call (904) 899-6038.

History of Western Art: Antiquities – Tues., Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Members Free, Non-Members $10 (includes admission).  Registration required.  Explore art history through this monthly series of lectures that includes time in the galleries.  If you want to brush up on your art history for personal enjoyment, then join our Museum Educator to discover the history of western art.  Space is limited. For further information, please email or call (904) 355-0630.

Summer Nights Art Class: Ceramics – Tues., Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Members $30, Non-Members $40.  Registration required.  Join the museum for a two-hour ceramics workshop taught by local artist Anna Patterson.  This all-levels program includes supplies, wine, beer, and light nibbles. For further information, please email or call (904) 355-0630.

Cummer Beaches: Kickoff – Thurs., Sept. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Members $15, Non-Members $20.  The Plantation at Ponte Vedra.  Registration required.  Join Cummer Beaches for the annual kick-off event and hear Holly Keris, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Curator of the Cummer Museum, speak about Florida Art in the Museum’s permanent collection.  For further information please visit their website, email, or call (904) 899-6007.

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

Pick your seats for upcoming 2017/18 Times Union shows

Update September 7, 2017: Due to the impending hurricane, the 2017/18 Kick off event has been cancelled. Please contact the FSCJ Artist Series (904) 632-5000 if you have any questions.

The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union, will kick off the 17/18 Broadway in Jacksonville season with its 20th annual Open House at the Times-Union Center.  This event will be a perfect evening for families and art lovers in Jacksonville as the Artist Series announces the entire lineup for the upcoming season.  Doors will open to the public at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

The event will include: a complimentary wine tasting, live music from The Chris Thomas Band and a special sneak peek at the upcoming season with a performance by a member of the CIRQUE DREAMS cast as well as a surprise guest performer!  Local food trucks What’s the Catch and NitrogenCreamery will be onsite serving up delicious eats and treats for purchase.  Attendees will have the opportunity to register to win a trip for two to New York City, including: 2 tickets to Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway, hotel and airfare.  Details will be available at the point of registration.  WJXT’s Bruce Hamilton will host the event as the FSCJ Artist Series Kicks Off the Broadway Season!

The theater will also be open to the public to allow attendees to test drive seats available for subscription for the upcoming season.  The FSCJ Artist Series will have staff on hand to answer any questions about subscribing to the shows of the season.  Attendees will also be able to purchase any available seat for subscription during the event.

The first 100 people to RSVP to today, receive a free gift courtesy of Disney’s The Lion King when they arrive at the event.  (Gift must be picked up at the event!).  Complimentary parking for the first 100 attendees of the Broadway Season Kick Off will be provided by LAZ at the Enterprise Parking Garage.  Attendees can park in the garage and stop by the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office to receive a parking ticket before leaving the Times-Union Center.  Current Broadway season subscribers will be able to pick up their season tickets, exchange their tickets, buy single tickets for family and friends, and “test drive” their seats during the event.

The FSCJ Artist Series’ 17/18 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union, features: Rodgers + Hammersteins THE SOUND OF MUSIC (October 31-November 5); DISNEY’S THE LION KING (January 31-February 11); BEAUTIFUL, The Carole King Musical (April 10-15); and CHICAGO (May 17-20).

About the FSCJ Artist Series:The FSCJ Artist Series is Jacksonville’s major presenter of national and international touring productions. Celebrating its 52nd season in 2017-18, the FSCJ Artist Series enhances the entertainment scene in Northeast Florida with Broadway productions, concerts, ballets, operas, dance productions, school performances, and variety shows.  Serving as a fundraising arm of Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation, Inc., (501-c3), the FSCJ Artist Series supports the performing arts projects of the Series and Foundation.  “Like” the FSCJ Artist Series Facebook page for show announcements, ticket on-sale dates, show photos, video teasers, cast interviews, and more!

Broadway in Jacksonville
  Pick your seat

Date: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017
Time: 4 p.m.

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hilarious - ‘Dixie Swim Club’ at the Alhambra

If you’re not a fan of musicals, like I am, then you’re probably putting off going to see the Dixie Swim Club.  Don’t make the mistake of staying away.  This presentation is a hoot!  The cast is a little different from the show that the Alhambra Theatre and Dining put on back in 2013, and you will be thoroughly entertained.  This five-woman cast is so funny as they portray a story about their relationships from year to year, yet there are some moments that might make you tear up.

When Morgan Fairchild* (Lexie Richards) came out on stage, she was greeted with a round of applause, ooh’s and aah’s.  Whatever she has done with herself through the years, she needs to just keep on doing it.  She looks great and was flawless with her lines as she informs the girls of her love life.   Morgan is a true actress, who portrays a real Southern Belle, and is in Jacksonville, Florida doing many on TV interviews during the day and then appears on the Alhambra stage in the evening; and twice on the weekends.

Morgan with WJXT First Coast Connect host
Vickie Daignault* (Sheree Hollinger) shakes her groove-thing, and is a very spirited, aerobic and vocal character.  Vickie will keep the ladies’ active and entertained with her lists of things to do.  Patti Eyler* (Dinah Grayson) is the one who is an expert martini maker and excels as a professional well-to-do legal advisor, but doesn’t have a love in her live.  Talk about the funniest character in the entire play, Brooks Ann Hayes Meierdierks (Vernadette Simms) is an instigator who will keep you laughing instead of crying over her haphazard family life.  And to round out the group, veteran Alhambra star Lisa Valdini* (Jeri Neal McFeeley) who is an ex-nun who becomes pregnant, leaves the convent and marries the babies’ daddy.  She’s a little naïve, yet she always sees the positive side of things.  The lives of these five women cover many years as they return to a familiar seaside cottage around North Carolina.  You won’t want to miss the ending.
             *Denotes Actors’ Equity Association*

Chef DeJuan has done it once again.  The entire meal is reminiscent of the Southern setting and is scrumptious.  This writer and her husband enjoyed the taste of both appetizers.  The Cornmeal-Dusted Baked Flounder was flaky and flavorful.  Chef’s Dejuan’s Food Network Award-winning canned Ham was very good, but remember that it is made of canned ham and is a little salty.  As always, you never need to add any condiments to Chef’s dishes.  So put the salt shaker down!

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: All 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