Friday, October 19, 2018

‘The King And I’ will be in JAX all the way from Siam

Wonderful music and costumes on one stage.  NETworks Presentations LLC announces that the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, based on the 2015 Tony Award ®–winning Lincoln Center Theater Production, will come to Jacksonville at the Times-Union Center for eight performances, November 13-18, 2018 as part of the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville 2018-19 Season.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as: “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”  Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

In the words of Bartlett Sher, director of the 2015 Broadway production and the first national tour, “Great classics come back to us when we need them the most.  In order to live up to the scale of its ambition, we have to go both backward and forward in time.  It’s like having one foot in the past as deeply as we can, one foot in the present, and our eyes looking out as far ahead as we can to see how it resonates.”

Tony Award®–winning director Bartlett Sher was reunited with the award-winning creative team from the Lincoln Center Theater Productions of South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza.  The creative team for this new production includes direction by Shelly Butler, based on Bartlett Sher’s original direction, featuring sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (seven-time Tony Award® winner, including The King and I), lights by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, musical supervision by Theodore Sperling and casting by Jason Styres, CSA.  Tony Award® winner Christopher Gattelli’s choreography, based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins, will be recreated for this tour.  The production features the musical’s original 1951 orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennet with dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.

“I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime.”The Wall Street Journal; “Five stars. Grand and glorious.”Time Out New York; “Absolutely stunning.”

 “The King & I
by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Tues., Nov. 13, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 14     7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 15    7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 16      8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 17    2 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 17     8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 18    1:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 18    7 p.m.

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

TICKETS:start at $42 plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), 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.  Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

‘Toto’ coming to JAX for 40th Anniversary Tour

“TOTO” is pleased to announce 21 new North American shows in support of their 40th Anniversary. The 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour” will come to the historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 8pm.

It’s without question, that
TOTO are currently in the middle of a major resurgence around the world.  The band’s brand-new greatest hits package titled 40 Trips Around The Sun (Legacy Recordings - Sony) debuted in the Top 40 in eight different countries.  Their European tour earlier this year saw them performing to packed houses every night including sold out stops at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam and Royal Albert Hall in London.  Most recently, Weezer’s covers of the classic TOTO hits “Rosanna” and “Africa” have attracted a ton of media attention along with over five million plays of the tracks.

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.  Toto has over 400 million streams on Spotify alone along while views on YouTube far exceed over a half billion.

With more than 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world.  They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.  Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational worldwide fan base.

The 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour” is the band’s most extensive run in years.  Look HERE for a venue near you.

40 Trips Around the Sun tour
Saturday, November 3, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.

are on sale now for Florida Theatre Friends, e-club members can buy with their code word.  Everyone is invited to purchase their tickets by calling the box office at 904.355.2787(ARTS), or at, the official site for Florida Theatre event tickets.

LOCATION:Florida Theatre
      128 E. Forsyth St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355-2787 (ARTS)

Premium ‘Tailgating for Georgia-Florida’ Games

Georgia and Florida Fans traveling to TIAA Bank Field now have access to premium, reserved pre-game tailgating packages through Tailgate Guys.  Tailgate Guys is expanding its presence in the state of Florida as the official tailgate provider for the historic Georgia-Florida football rivalry at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville on October 27, 2018.  This partnership will provide Tailgate Guys’ renowned, hassle-free premium tailgating service to Georgia Bulldog and Florida Gator fans traveling to Jacksonville for the 2018 game and beyond.  These offerings will bolster the game day experience for fans and reinforce one of the best pre-game environments in college athletics!

For the first time in Jacksonville, Tailgate Guys’ premium tailgating service will be located in theoutfield of the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.  Their tailgating packages are suitable for various group sizes and needs ranging from corporate hospitality events to small groups of family and friends.  Georgia and Florida fans will now have access to various gameday packages in Tailgate Guys’ reserved community which include amenities such as tents, DISH Media packages, coolers of ice, tables, chairs and more.  All packages also have access to bellhop services, onsite concierge, exclusive catering by the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and a unique tailgating atmosphere before, during and after the game.  Only steps away from the TIAA Bank Field, the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville is the ideal location for this inaugural Georgia-Florida Tailgate experience.

“We love serving Gators and Jags fans already, so it’s only natural that we would open up our premium experience and services to Georgia-Florida in Jacksonville,” said Parker Duffey, CEO of Tailgate Guys.  “We also look forward to introducing Georgia fans to our premium services, and it’s exciting for us to be part of one of the best rivalries in all of sports!”

“On behalf of the City of Jacksonville and SMG, we look forward to another exciting year of Georgia-Florida Football,” said Bill McConnell, General Manager of SMG Jacksonville.  “In an on-going tradition to create unforgettable events for fans, we are thrilled to partner with Tailgate Guys to offer a one-of-a-kind tailgating experience – which fans won’t want to miss.”

Georgia-Florida tailgate packages can be reserved now by calling (904) 710-1544,
email or online.

About Tailgate Guys: Founded in 2009, Tailgate Guys is known for offering superior tailgating service to guests across the nation by working with athletic entities across the country. Tailgate Guys has set the standard for the tailgate service industry and continues to expand their offerings and their geographic footprint. With the ability to host over one million tailgate guests a year, Tailgate Guys is committed to providing outstanding attention to detail to all partners and guests.

2018 - 2019 happenings ‘Around Town with Ms. V’

So that you will be able to purchase those Christmas Stocking Stuffer tickets, Ms. “V” will post some future events NOW!  Please check back often to see what in coming to Jacksonville, Florida; Orange Park, Florida and the surrounding areas.  All venues and shows coming to town may not be listed, but some of the ones that she receives information on - will be posted on her Blog.  Because of time restraints and travel, some events will not have a Review.  Come to JAX for fine arts and great entertainment.  Around Town with Ms. “V”

A storm is coming to ‘Players by the Sea’ for Oct/Nov

This Halloween season will include a psychological thriller at Players by the Sea.  Pontypool” is set to open on the Jacksonville Beach community theatre’s Studio Stage from October 26 and runs until November 3rd., for eight impactful shows.

A massive storm sends reports of people developing strange speech patterns and committing horrendous acts of violence in small-town Pontypool. Radio D.J. Grant Mazzy and the small staff at CLSY, trapped inside the radio station, desperately try to warn listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission.

Director Stephanie Natale Frus says that Pontypool …is about the human condition — putting people in extreme circumstances and seeing how they are going to react.  I like to look at it as a snowball play — it’s the time of thing where once that actions start, it just rolls and rolls until ‘bam!’ it just stops.”  She continues to explain that Pontypool explores communication.  “The show specifically looks at communication through public broadcasting, public radio, media — which is really appropriate for our society right now.  The question is ‘why are we communicating this way so heavily?”

Pontypool looks at the psychological concept of flight vs. fright.  This play is an adaptation of Pontypool Changes Everything, a book and film by Tony Burgess.  His stage play is now being edited for this production to include local Jacksonville factors by Kelby Siddons.  The production in the Studio Theatre aims to be a truly immersive event — the production team is partnering up with folks from Sally Corporation to create an experience that draws from dark ride concepts.


Fri., Oct. 26, 2018  8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 27      8 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 29    8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 30    8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 31    8 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 1    8 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 2     8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 3     8 p.m.

TICKETS: Regular tickets are $28, with a discounted price of $25 for Senior/Student/Military.  Showtimes are 8 p.m. from Thursday - Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.  The Thursday night performance is a Student Night, wherein students can receive half price tickets with a valid student I.D.  Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged.  Tickets are available
on line, or by calling the Box Office at (904) 249-0289.

LOCATION: Players By The Sea Theatre
      106 6th Street North
      Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
      (904) 249-0289

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

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