Monday, May 20, 2019

“Mildred Thompson’s” art on display at the Cummer

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is excited to announce the acquisition of “Magnetic Fields,” a new work of art by abstract artist Mildred Thompson (1936-2003), born in Jacksonville, Florida.  The acquisition was made possible through the generous support the Rushton William Hays Revocable Trust and the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest.

“Magnetic Fields” (1991), part of a series by the same name, shows a rich yellow ground with arcs and lines drawn in kinetic expression with vibrant reds, oranges and blues in thick impasto.  The upper portion of the painting shows concentric arcs of red around an implied midpoint, with darts of blue and orange shooting off in many directions, suggesting centripetal and centrifugal forces.  Inspired by the scientific principles governing magnetism, “Magnetic Fields” connects the scientific with the metaphysical.  Thompson’s interests were broad and included the study of quantum physics, cosmology, and theosophy.  The piece emanates a pulsing, frenetic energy that is unique to her painting style, a visual language she developed to interpret phenomena one experiences, but cannot see.

Mildred Thompson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1936.  She graduated from Howard University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Art degree.  While at Howard, she studied under James Porter, a pioneering African-American art historian.  She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1956, earned a Max Beckmann Scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum School from 1957 to 1958, attended the Art Academy of Hamburg from 1958 to 1961, participated in a residency at Castle Roccassinibaldi, Italy in 1959, and in 1961 and 1962 was selected for the prestigious MacDowell Colony residency in New Hampshire.  Though the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum each purchased works from Thompson in the early 1960s, she spent the majority of the 1960s and ‘70s in Germany, in response to racial and gender discrimination in the United States. During this time abroad, she taught, traveled, and exhibited her art across Europe, creating a vast body of work in printmaking, painting, and sculpture.

In the early 1970s, Thompson, influenced by the abstract paintings of the early modernists such as Wassily Kandinsky, consciously turned away from the creation of representational imagery to fully focus her craft on the abstract. She was among the second generation of Abstract Expressionists, and one of the few women of color in that group. In lieu of falling into the societal trap of ever-changing art trends and politically-driven content, Thompson artistically interpreted varied scientific and musical theories that are not visible to the naked eye.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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

The 19th annual Camp Broadway registration underway

Camp Broadway®, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, returns to Jacksonville for its 19th year from Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the FSCJ Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus.  Bring Broadway to your kids direct from New York!

Camp Broadway®
introduces young people to the world of life on-stage and behind the scenes.  Campers work with Broadway directors, choreographers, and musical directors to receive training in acting, scene study, improvisation, music theory, solo and ensemble singing, movement, and dance.  This five-day performing arts program offers each camper the opportunity to expand his or her creative talents, build self-esteem, learn the art of collaboration, and gain a fuller respect and understanding of musical theatre.

Camp Broadway® has been proclaimed the “Camp of Dreams” for starry-eyed kids who are just beginning to dream of being on Broadway.  It is a self-contained summer workshop that travels around the country bringing Broadway to kids.  The 40 hours of camp include singing, dancing and master classes for kids ages 10 to 17.  No singing, dancing or acting experience necessary - just a willingness to have fun and a curiosity about what happens on stage and behind the curtain.

Applications will be accepted digitally for Camp Broadway® this year, and tuition is $575 per camper and includes daily lunch, snacks and two t-shirts.  Spaces are limited and Camp Broadway® fills up quickly, so be sure to register your camper soon!  Register
HERE.  Contact Amanda Scott with any questions or for additional details at (904) 357-8934 or email.

With authentic Broadway instructors teaching dance routines and musical numbers at the same break-neck speed as a real Broadway show, Camp Broadway® is a fun-filled week of activities designed to teach kids about the serious business of live theater.  One activity is our annual Salute to Singin' and Dancin' Kids™ (a special luncheon where campers meet and hear about the various theater jobs from real theater professionals).

About Camp Broadway®: The National Tour is offered once a year in Jacksonville.  Founded in 1995, Camp Broadway® is Broadway's Original Summer Program for theatre-loving kids.  Since then, Camp Broadway LLC has worked at the intersection of entertainment and education to become the industry leader in theatre arts youth programming, special events and educational publishing.  The company serves the Broadway industry by being an authorized channel for families, schools and social organizations who believe in the essential value of the arts as a means of life-long learning.  Proclaimed “The Camp of Dreams” by Live Magazine, Camp Broadway has hosted nearly 20,000 children from all 50 states and dozens of countries at its annual summer programs leading with its flagship programming New York City, as well as cities such as Atlanta, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Providence, Tempe, and elsewhere in America.  Camp Broadway has also been featured regularly on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® telecast; performed with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; and appeared in Broadway on Broadway®, an annual free concert in Times Square.

The FSCJ Artist Series has been recognized by the State of Florida as a Major Cultural Institution and receives funding from the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

‘Hozier’ announces additional North American states dates this Spring

Hozier has announced that a second leg of North American tour dates has been added to the Wasteland, Baby! Tour. Following previously announced shows throughout March and April, Hozier will return to the US in May for a run of 15 additional dates produced by Live Nation, which kicks off in Jacksonville, FL at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and include stops in: Boston, Richmond, Seattle, Albuquerque, and more.   See full schedule HERE.

Every ticket purchased online will include a CD copy of Hozier’s forthcoming album Wasteland, Baby!.  Fans will also have the option to upgrade their CD to a standard LP copy of the album for an additional charge.  Visit
Hozier for more information.

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Hozier has released his highly anticipated sophomore album Wasteland, Baby! on March 1.  The 14-track album is available
now and includes current single “Movement” and “Almost (Sweet Music).”

Wasteland, Baby! Tracklisting: Nina Cried Power (featuring Mavis Staples), Almost (Sweet Music), Movement, No Plan, Nobody, 6.    To Noise Making (Sing), As It Was, Shrike, Talk, Dinner & Diatribes, Would That I, Sunlight & Wasteland, Baby!


DATE: Tues., May 21, 2019
TIME: 8 p.m.

TICKETS: start at $42 plus applicable fees.  Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online, at and the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

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

Jonas Brothers make history by adding 23 more shows

Jonas Brothers sell over 500,000 tickets nearly selling out all 44 tour dates on first official day of  Sale.  Due to overwhelming demand Jonas Brothers are adding 20 additional north american concert dates and 3 dates in Mexico.  After blowing out the first round of shows on their Happiness Begins Tour, the Jonas Brothers have announced they are extending their tour through the end of 2019 with an additional 23 shows, including a November 17th stop at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL.  Produced by Live Nation, the “Happiness Begins Tour, presented by American Airlines and Mastercard” is now officially the biggest Jonas Brothers tour ever, totaling 67 shows across Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

The highly anticipated outing kicks off August 7th in Miami, FL with new dates seeing the group play through November and December in Mexico as well as added dates in the U.S. including: New Orleans, Brookyln, Austin and more, before wrapping December 14th at The Forum in Los Angeles.  This marks the first headline tour for the Jonas Brothers in almost a decade.  The GRAMMY® nominated, multiplatinum powerhouse trio will be joined by special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw on select dates.  Please see full itinerary

“Jonas Brothers”
Happiness Begins Tour

November 17, 2019
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS GO ON SALE: {When you get tickets from the venue that is promoting & sponsoring the attraction, you can be assured that your tickets are legitimate and will be honored}  Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, May 18th at 10 a.m. local time at or at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.  Tickets for all previously announced dates are on sale now.

LOCATION: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900

Miranda Lambert is coming to JAX this Fall

Miranda Lambert has found the perfect way to nurture two of her passions – music and mutts – through a partnership with Jacksonville Humane Society at the “Fill the Little Red Wagon” activation, located at the entrance of the arena before the show.  Miranda Lambert:
Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars, will be appearing with very special guests Maren Morris, Pistol Annies & Ashley Mcbryde. 
This show is brought to you by:

“Miranda Lambert”
Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars

November 21, 2019
TIME: 7 p.m.

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10 a.m.  Ticketmaster Outlets |Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.  {When you get tickets from the venue that is promoting & sponsoring the attraction, you can be assured that your tickets are legitimate and will be honored}

LOCATION: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Cummer Museum launches ‘Family 2 Family’ membership match promo

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens today announced the launch of the Family 2 Family Membership Match promotion.  For every $100 donated to the Museum as part of a membership purchase or upgrade through September 30, the Museum will give a Museum membership to the family of a current fourth-grade Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) student.

The promotion builds upon the Museum’s long-standing partnership with DCPS.  During the 2018-2019 school year, thousands of DCPS students visited the Museum or participated in art education experiences through outreach programs, including more than 800 fourth-grade students who were provided a free tour of the Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman exhibition.

The Museum’s goal for the Family 2 Family promotion is to secure 5,500 memberships to provide all current fourth-grade students with a free Family-level membership.  Adam Levine, the Cummer Museum’s George W. and Kathleen I.  Gibbs Director & Chief Executive Officer, sees the promotion as a way to ensure these students can come back to the Museum with their families without restriction, whether to experience a special exhibition or enjoy playing in the reconstructed gardens.

“Visiting art museums at a young age is an important and valuable educational experience, but the impact of art museums on learning and development increases substantially when people come back,” said Levine.
 “When you remove barriers to entry, people visit museums.  Family 2 Family is about this community coming together to provide access to the highest quality arts, gardens and programming.  I can think of no fuller embodiment of Ninah Cummer’s vision to create ‘a center of beauty and culture for all of Jacksonville.’”

The Museum will work with DCPS to distribute vouchers for free Museum memberships to students and their families during the 2019-2020 school year.  “We are so thankful to community partners like the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens that play such a vital role in enriching the educational and cultural experiences of our students,” said Dr. Diana Greene, superintendent of Duval County Public Schools.
 “Through the Cummer’s Family 2 Family promotion, learning in art, history, and social studies will be brought to life for our students and their families as they enjoy even greater access to the museum.”

Family-level memberships cost $100 and include free admission for a year for two adults and children or grandchildren under the age of 18.  Additional benefits include exclusive exhibition openings; special invitations to programs and events; a quarterly digital newsletter; discount admission for concerts, lectures, garden programs, art camps and classes; a 10% discount at the Cummer Shop and Cummer CafĂ©; free admission to more than 150 Southeast Reciprocal Museums; reciprocal membership to over 1,000 institutions through the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) program; and reciprocal membership to nearly 300 gardens through the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Program.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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

‘Ain’t Misbehain’ has singing, dancing and swinging

If you want to hear some good ole Honkey Tonk, Speak Easy, Cabaret, Swing music; then you better get over to the Alhambra Theatre & Dining to experience toe-tapping sounds of an era gone by.  This wonderful show will remind you of the Roaring 20’s, Jive Talkin' and other LIVE music that is better than any Big Band yesterday or today.

Ain't Misbehavin’, is now playing at the Alhambra and is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 1930s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance, an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness, and ethnic pride, and takes its title from the 1929
Thomas "Fats" Waller song, "Ain't Misbehavin'".

Dynamic scenery, costumes and dancing compliment the magnificent voices that pump out song-after-song with no resting until the intermission before the second act.  The Live Band comprised of: Anthony Felton (Conductor/Piano man), Sean Tills (Bass), Greg Hersey (Drums); Carson Smisek (Trumpet); Alex Hernandez (Reeds) and Diego A. Herrada (Trombone), continually accompanied the five actors/singers/dancers/stage perfectionists.

The Five Actors, who played separate personalities, entertained effortlessly during the entire performance.  Tarra Conner Jones* (Nell/Tarra), Cherry Hamlin* (Amelia/Cherry), Amitria Fanae* (Charlene/Amitria), Christopher G. Patterson* (Andre/Christopher) and E. Mani Cadet* (Ken/Mani).  * Denotes Actors’ Equity Association.

The meal that Chef DeJuan Roy and his staff prepared, is scrumdiddlyumptious.  The Spinach Salad, and Atlas Mountain Soup is very tasty.  This writer had the pleasure of enjoying the Fried Flounder while our tablemates said that the Pork Ribeye Steak is very, very tender.  Our dessert choice was the Sweet Potato Cheesecake.  All was yummy and, as always, the portions are quite adequate.

Don’t be Misbehavin’ and miss out on this seat-dancing, finger-poppin’ show.

Ain’t Misbehavin’

May 8 — June 9, 2019

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 8 p.m.  Doors open 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 2 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:30 p.m.

DRESS: All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $66.  Ticket prices include: a plated three-course meal that changes for each show, and is served directly to your table; a Broadway-style performance and complimentary parking.  Tickets may be purchases on line, or by calling (904) 641-1212.
    **Prices do NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

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

2019 Children’s Summer Camp at the Cummer Museum

Does your child love to paint, sculpt, draw, print, and more?  Cultivate their creative abilities in Summer Camp at the Cummer Museum, starting Monday, June 10 and running through July 26.

Young artists entering grades 1 through 6 will observe and explore artwork in the Museum’s galleries and gardens, experiment with different art media in the studio, and create and showcase their artwork in a special exhibition each week.  Each camp is taught by professional Museum Educators trained in the fields of art history, fine arts, education, and science who will build the skills for students to look at, connect with, and create art in more personal ways.  The Education team creates fun and engaging art projects and experiences inspired by the Museum’s permanent collection, gardens, and special exhibitions that will spark your child’s creativity and imagination.

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

For further information, please contact Amber Sesnick directly at (904) 899-6034 or email.

‘One Night in Memphis’ music is coming to OP/JAX

“One Night in Memphis,” the official and number one tribute to Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash will be appearing LIVE at the Thrasher-Horne Center.

“One Night in Memphis” features over 90 minutes of pure rockabilly, country, gospel and rock and roll in a very authentic and energetic presentation featuring nationally known talent.  The show recreates that magical night of December 4th, 1956 when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash found themselves jamming at Sam Phillip’s Sun Studios in Memphis, TN.  Little did they know that their jam session was being recorded and preserved for all time, representing all the performers in their prime and the very best music of that time.

“One Night in Memphis” is created and directed by John Mueller from the highly acclaimed show “Winter Dance Party” and has met with the same accolades and audience standing ovations.  The San Francisco Examiner raves, “An Amazing Show!”

One Night in Memphis

DATE: Sun., May 19, 2019
TIME: 3 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.

      St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive

      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: Prices range from $19 to $59.  They may be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.  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.

‘Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical’ in JAX soon

“Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical” is making its Jacksonville premier, coming to the Times-Union Center’s Terry Theater for only 4 performances.  Featuring your favorite throwback hits by artists like Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, this intoxicating new musical is “the ultimate night out” (Entertainment Weekly).

Based on the French novel, Les Liasions Dangereuses, and the classic cult film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Geller, Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil.  Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster’s daughter, Annette Hargrove.  As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl—and anyone who gets in their way—they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love.

ABKCO Records has release Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical Original Cast Album on CD and digital platforms on March 8.  Coinciding almost perfectly with the 20th anniversary of the Roger Kumble film from which it is based, the new Off-Broadway musical uses hit songs from the 1990s as its central motif.  Cast members pay tribute to the decade with stellar performances of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In a Bottle,” the Cardigans’ “Lovefool” and the lead single “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” originally by Deep Blue Something now available through streaming services and as an ‘Instant Grat’ with pre-order

“Cruel Intentions:
The 90’s Musical”

Thurs., May 16, 2019  7:30 p.m.
Fri. May. 17     8 p.m.
Sat. May 18     4 & 8 p.m.

TICKETS: start at $39 plus applicable fees.  Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at the FSCJ Artist Series box office from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (904) 632-5000, or online 24/7.

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

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Kinky Boots is coming back to the Times Union Center - don’t miss it!

In April of 2017 “Kinky Boots” came to town for eight delightful engagements.  This year the show will be back in JAX, but for one performance only!  You’ve heard the magnificent review from the many shows that graced the Times Union stage before, so it would behoove you to get your tickets before its too late to see it for the first time or relive this sensational musical once again.

Kinky Boots
, produced by TROIKA Entertainment, is the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy®Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Kinky Boots Best Score).  The winner of six 2013 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots features a Tony® Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell.

Kinky Boots
tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea.  Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola, and together they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair of friends and boots.

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.  Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son.  With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

Kinky Boots has won every major Best Musical Award and is represented around the world with the Tony Award-winning Broadway company now in its fifth year, an Olivier Award-winning production in London, an Australian production that opened in October 2016, and an upcoming production in Germany.  Other previous productions include a past US National Tour that played more than 80 cities, an Award-winning extended run in Toronto, two productions in Korea, and a Japanese language production.  The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Kinky Boots is available on Sony Masterworks Broadway.

The National Tour of Kinky Boots is produced by TROIKA Entertainment.  The creative team includes Tony® Award nominee David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Tony® Award-winner Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Tony® Award-winner John Shivers (Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Brian Strumwasser (Make-up Design), Joy Dewing Casting and Wojcik/Seay Casting (Casting), DB Bonds (Associate Director), and Rusty Mowery (Associate Choreographer).  KINKY BOOTS features Musical Supervision by Roberto Sinha, and Arrangements and Orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Oremus.

The Broadway production of Kinky Boots is produced by Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, CJ E&M, Jayne Baron Sherman, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergere, Allan S. Gordon & Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy and Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein and Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Michael DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom and Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp and Jujamcyn Theaters.

Kinky Boots
DATE: Wed. May 15, 2019
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts

Moran Theater
300 West Water St
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

SHOW TICKETS: start at $39, and may be purchased online or at their box office from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (904) 632-5000, or online 24/7 at  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 632-5050.