Thursday, June 17, 2021

FREE Juneteenth celebration at the Cummer Museum

Courtesy: Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg
 & Yancey Richardson, NY

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and Florida Blue will offer free admission for all guests on Juneteenth (Saturday, June 19, 2021) as part of the ongoing “Florida Blue Free Third Saturday” program.

Admission will include access to the Museum’s current featured exhibition, ZaneleMuholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, as well as the beautiful riverfront gardens and permanent galleries. Complimentary art kits will also be available for guests to create their own works, while supplies last.

Guests are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance. For the health and safety of the community, staff and visitors, masks are encouraged and all guests are asked to observe guidelines designed for their safety.

DATE: Sat., June 19th (Juneteenth)

TIME: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue

   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857

   Hours of Operation & Admission

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Meet 'Robert Poller'

Poller is the Atlanta Hawks In-Arena Barber Who's a Philly Native and Huge 76ers Fan. Yes, you read that right, the Atlanta Hawks have in-arena barbers that cut in a full-scale barber shop located inside the stadium. Created in partnership with artist Killer Mike and the Hawks, the "Swag Shop" is where fans can get a fresh cut, trim their beard or get a clean shave all while hearing their barber rave about the Sixers.  Robert Poller, who was born and raised in North Philly (26th & Diamond), is now an Atlanta transplant and has been flourishing in the barber scene.

After leaving the Air Force in 99' Poller headed south to the A and his talents were quickly noticed. “It’s an interesting journey that got me to working in the Hawks arena. In 2004 I was working in College Park on the south side of Atlanta at a shop called Celebrities Only Phase II. I was introduced to Big Boi from OutKast’s younger brother Marcus and his cousin Ricky by our mutual friend Borna who worked in the record store a few doors down from the shop. I had been cutting their hair for a few weeks when Marcus said his older brother Twan wanted me to come to his house and cut his hair. When I got to his home I thought to myself “Ok this cat obviously has some money!” It wasn’t til I got in the house and seen the Grammy’s & read them I realized who I was about to cut. I guess I did a pretty good job cause he began to refer his people to me. That’s how I met Killer Mike and we got cool and been friends since. Fast forward years of hard work to Killer and the Hawks building a barber shop in the arena. He had told me when he opened it he would like me to come work there.”

So how has life been working in enemy territory especially during a heated playoff matchup? “I’m Philadelphia sports til death. My people know it so whenever the Eagles or the 76ers come through I’m always ready for the trash talk! I must say it’s different here. It’s sophisticated trash talk that usually ends up in a drink and a “see y’all next game!” We know how we get down in Philadelphia though! The trash talk might go left at any moment. I just want my Sixers to knock off these next two games and go take care of Nets!”

How long have you been cutting? How did you get into it? “Since 1999 after I got out of the Air Force. I was going to apply for a resource management position at Grady Memorial Hospital, it was what my job was in the military. The hospital said I would have to start first in the morgue. Why? I have no idea but needless to say that was the end of my career in the medical field. The shop where I would get my hair cut when I would visit ATL was hiring so that was the beginning of my barbering career. I was an apprentice under Master Barber Ireal Guy.”

What made you move to ATL? “I came to ATL the year before I got out of the military for the wedding of one of the guys I was stationed with. He was from here. I was so impressed how well Black people were living here and how many positions of power they held that I decided that I was going to step out on faith & when I got out Atlanta would be my new home.”

How did you get hooked up with the Hawks? “It’s an interesting journey that got me to working in the Hawks arena. In 2004 I was working in College Park on the south side of Atlanta at a shop called Celebrities Only Phase II. I was introduced to Big Boi from OutKast’s younger brother Marcus and his cousin Ricky by our mutual friend Borna who worked in the record store a few doors down from the shop. I had been cutting their hair for a few weeks when Marcus said his older brother Twan wanted me to come to his house and cut his hair. When I got to his home I thought to myself “Ok this cat obviously has some money!” It wasn’t til I got in the house and seen the Grammy’s & read them I realized who I was about to cut. I guess I did a pretty good job cause he began to refer his people to me. That’s how I met Killer Mike and we got cool and been friends since. Fast forward years of hard work to Killer and the Hawks building a barber shop in the arena. He had told me when he opened it he would like me to come work there”.

Where do you normally cut? “I still split time working at Infamous Kutz barber shop owned by my guy Frank (Nitti) Johnson and Killer Mike's other shop The Swag Shop on Edgewood ave. I’m only at the arena when there are games.”

Do you have celebrity clients? “Big & Killer are my celebrity clients I cut weekly but I’ve been blessed to cut actor Reno Wilson and a few other people but were talking maybe once or twice not enough times to say I’m their barber. Gods been blessing so it could be anyone tomorrow.”

How is it working in an arena vs your shop? (how many barbers are working at any given time)? “I love all three shops I’m in because each one is different and the crew and customers are all different because of the areas. The arena though is its own beast because I’m dealing with many different races from different place who want different styles and it lets me showcase my talent on a grander scale. We have a staff of 4 barbers and the arena.”

Do your customers give you a hard time rooting for the Sixers? “Of course! That’s what they’re supposed to do! I love it cause I’m Philadelphia sports til death. My people know it so whenever the Eagles or the 76ers come through I’m always ready for the trash talk! I must say it’s different here. It’s sophisticated trash talk that usually ends up in a drink and a “see y’all next game!” We know how we get down in Philadelphia though! The trash talk might go left at any moment. I just want my Sixers to knock off these next two games and go take care of Nets!”

Do you see the Sixers going all the way? Your predictions? “You’re not a fan if you DON’T see your teamuuuyygoing all the way! We have the pieces! We have the coaching but most of all we have the heart!!! Predicting Sixers & Suns in the finals! Sixers in 7! The Eagles bought one home a few years ago now it’s the Sixers time for some hardware!!!”

How is it cheering for the home team at ATL's arena? Do you find other Sixers fans you cheer with? “It’s all fun! I can hear the other fans in the building & that’s enough for me cause I’d do it dolo if there wasn’t anyone else! IDGAF Me Against the World!!!”

  Best Regards,
  Hector Nuñez, Founder – President Wooderice.com

Updates on some JAX Broadway shows


FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville 55th Anniversary Season has rescheduled their Performance Dates.

The FSCJ Artist Series has exciting news! Broadway is coming back to the Times-Union Center and it was worth the wait. They have been able to reschedule four of the five Broadway season package shows originally announced for the current season.

“Fiddler on the Roof”, “Come From Away”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Cats”, and a season special “Hamilton”, are rescheduled to new dates and are joined by the long-awaited show “Anastasia”. They hope to reschedule “Mean Girls” for a future season.

FSCJ Artist Series thanks you for your patience and they’re excited to welcome you back this September for this incredible season of shows.

“I am pleased to announce it is our 55th season of presenting outstanding Broadway entertainment on the First Coast,” said Dr. Milt Russos, executive director of the FSCJ Artist Series, Broadway in Jacksonville. We have an incredible season scheduled that begins in September with the eagerly anticipated Hamilton. We can’t thank our subscribers enough, for their continued patience and support. The 55th season promises to be a memorable one.”

Programming Changes:
Hamilton - September 1-12, 2021 (Season Special)
Fiddler on the Roof - November 2-7, 2021
Come From Away - December 7-12, 2021
Dear Evan Hansen - January 25-30, 2022
Cats - February 22-27, 2022
Anastasia - March 29 - April 3, 2022

Ticket Link: fscjartistseries.org.

For information about the Safety Protocols at the Times-Union Center, please click this link: FSCJ Artistseries/Safety-And-Security-Protocols.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
      
Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 632-5000


‘The Price is Right Live’ comes back to the Times Union

The show was last in JAX back in March of 2017. The Times-Union Center will play host once again toThe Price is Right Live™ stage show.

The Price Is Right Live™ is a sellout interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" and play classic games made famous by the iconic network television show, The Price is Right™. Contestants can win cash, sought-after appliances, epic vacations and, of course, a brand-new car by playing favorites like Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, The Big Wheel™ and the fantastic Showcase!

Showing to sold-out audiences for more than a decade and counting, The Price Is Right Live™ has given away over 12 million dollars in cash and prizes to lucky audience members all across North America.

The Price is Right™ remains network television’s #1 daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history. As a beloved piece of American pop culture, Price and its games are cherished by generations of viewers. This live travelling stage show version offers fans the chance to make dreams come true and relive feelings of nostalgia, while experiencing the same thrilling excitement of winning big, up close, locally and in-person.

For more information, follow The Price Is Right Live™ on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

*The safety of our guests, cast and crew remains paramount. In addition to any state, local and venue-specific protocols, The Price Is Right Live™ will have its own COVID-19 protocols in place.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to US & Canada legal residents, 18+ (Residents of PR & Quebec ineligible to participate as contestants). For complete rules & regulations, including eligibility requirements & free method of entry, visit or call the box office. Sponsored by Good Games Live, Inc. Void where prohibited. Price is Right: ®/© FremantleMedia Netherlands. 2021.  All Rights Reserved.

The Price Is Right LIVE!
DATE: Nov. 23, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.

TICKETS: can be purchased online 24/7. Price is Right special VIP packages; Spin the Big Wheel and Super Fan Packages are SOLD OUT

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
      
Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 632-5000

‘ASM’ expands partnerships


ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences, today announced an extension of their agreement with Ticketmaster to continue serving industry-leading digital ticketing technologies to many of ASM’s premiere North American stadiums, arenas, convention centers and performing arts facilities.

ASM’s venues produce a vast array of events with partners ranging from professional sports to family entertainment and premier concerts with the world’s top promoters including AEG and Live Nation. ASM Global is also expanding its relationship with Ticketmaster by enabling the company to conduct ticket sales for Live Nation-promoted shows at other ASM Global venues throughout North America.

The partnership will give the more than 8 million fans that come to ASM’s venues each year easy access to the most sought-after live experiences in the U.S. and Canada. Ticketmaster is focused on creating solutions that help venues and event operators make the event-going experience easier for fans. With digital tickets, fans receive the benefits of state-of-the-art venue access with contactless entry, mobile box office support, instant transfer when sending a ticket to a friend or selling it to another fan, as well as anti-counterfeiting features, which eliminate ticket fraud by using an encrypted barcode that refreshes automatically every few seconds. Ticketmaster’s foundation of digital ticketing enables the rollout of regular upgrades and innovations.

ASM Global President and CEO Ron Bension said, “With amazing content in all of our venues as a powerful foundation, we continue to discover imaginative new methods that leverage breakthrough technologies to create unparalleled consumer journeys including innovative food and beverage and premium VIP treatment for fans. Aligning with industry leaders like Ticketmaster is a critical component in providing millions of people with the most seamless and secure live experiences.”

“ASM is our largest partner in North America, and we are proud to grow our great work together,” said Michael Rapino, president and CEO, Live Nation Entertainment. “We are committed to supporting ASM’s efforts to provide fans with best-in-class ticketing and fan-engagement now and into the future."

Ticketmaster’s Live Analytics dashboard will enable ASM to build stronger relationships with its fans. The analytics platform will provide ASM with insights and tools for better fan engagement across events of all kinds.

“We are committed to helping ASM deliver world-class events where the ticketing process elevates the entire fan experience,” said Mark Yovich, president, Ticketmaster. “Like Ticketmaster, ASM cares deeply about the customer journey and the value of building strong relationships with fans from the moment they purchase a ticket to well after the event ends.”

About Ticketmaster: Ticketmaster is the world’s largest ticket marketplace and the global market leader in live event ticketing products and services. Through official partnerships with thousands of venues, artists, sports teams, festivals, performing arts centers and theaters, Ticketmaster typically processes more than half a billion tickets per year across more than 30 different countries. Ticketmaster’s headquarters are based in Hollywood, California, and is a part of Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV).

About ASM Global: ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues fuel live entertainment worldwide.


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Women’s pro golf coming to JAX

Making a statement about its commitment to women’s golf, PXG is stepping up as the title tournament series for women professional players will take place at World Golf Village October 25-November 5, 2021. Due to the popularity of this event it is being posted early on "Around Town With Ms. "V" so that patrons may plan ahead to attend. COVID protocol may change by the time that this venue is scheduled to take place.

The PXG Women’s Match Play Championship will feature 64 female professionals who are pursuing their dream of playing on the LPGA Tour. The golfers will battle it out over two weeks in two separate, but connected tournaments. The first week will feature a 54-hole stroke-play format on the King & Bear course, which will also seed the second week’s event, a 64-woman match play championship at Slammer & Squire. There will be no cut in the stroke-play event and all players will advance to the match play tournament. Each tournament will have its own prize purse and the winner of the match play event will also earn the title PXG Women’s Match Play Champion. In addition to the cash prize, the champion will receive the opportunity for a tour-caliber full bag fitting and equipment from PXG.

As a Founding Partner and Official Automotive Partner, Murgado Automotive Group will host several events at its dealership, including a VIP/ Media Night and volunteer training. They will host a Player Party during the tournament and adorn the course with several of its vehicle models. They will also be offering vehicles for hole in one prizes on several golf holes, including the Challenge Hole at the World Golf Hall of Fame as a fundraiser for INK!.

The PXG Women’s Match Championship is also a fundraiser for Investing in Kids (INK!)The INK! Charity Pro-am presented by Davidson Realty, Inc. is slated for October 25 on the King & Bear course and will feature teams of one professional player paired with three amateurs. Sherry and Jim Davidson, owners of the local development and real estate brokerage bearing their name were the original land developers of World Golf Village and have a special tie to the community and to INK!, for which Mrs. Davidson serves on its Board of Directors. The night before the Charity Pro-am will be a Meet the Players Pairings Party with a silent and live auction. The PXG Women’s Match Play Championship will also feature junior clinics and other community involvement activities for the players, who will be in the area for some 10-12 days.

‘Tom Segura’ set for JAX appearance

Due to the popularity of the artist, this show is being posted early on “Around Town With Ms. “V” so that patrons may purchase tickets and guarantee their seats. COVID protocol may change by the time that this event is scheduled to take place. The Florida Theatre is pleased to announce the return of actor, comedian and writer “Tom Segura” with two shows.

Tom Segura is one of the biggest names in the comedy business. He recently performed to sold-out audiences on his 100+ city TAKE IT DOWN TOUR. He is best known for his Netflix specials, Ball Hog (2020), Disgraceful (2018), Mostly Stories (2016), and Completely Normal (2014). Paste Magazine described him as, “...having a natural and capable storytelling ability, one that lifts his narratives out of average anecdote fare and plants them firmly in hilarious ground.” Your Mom’s House Studios is home to his hit podcasts Your Mom’s House which he co-hosts with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky, 2 Bears 1 Cave which he co-hosts with Bert Kreischer, and many more. Additionally, YMH Studios was one of the first networks to create wildly successful Livestream Podcast Events as an outcome of the pandemic.

Segura can be seen in the STX FILM COUNTDOWN opposite Elizabeth Lail, INSTANT FAMILY opposite Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, OPENING ACT, and FLINCH. Segura’s television credits include The Late Show with Stephen ColbertConanWorkaholics, Happy EndingsThe Late Late Show, Comedy Central Presents: Tom Segura, Mash Up, How To Be A Grown Up.

Segura has an increasing social media following (@seguratom on IG, @tomsegura on Twitter). When he isn’t performing on stage or recording a podcast, he’s watching College Football or waiting for College Football to come back.

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre’s official website, floridatheatre.com.

COVID-19 Protocols as of May 15, 2021: Temperature checks will be discontinued. Masks will be strongly recommended, but not required. Intermissions will return when appropriate to the show. Their bars will return to normal operations (closing after intermission or about three-quarters of the way through a show).

“Tom Segura”

DATE: Thurs., Sept. 30, 2021
TIMES: 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
TICKETS: $49 – $79

LOCATION:The Florida Theatre
      128 East Forsyth Street.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      
(904) 355-2787

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Stand-up comedian “Bob Saget” in JAX for one night only


Beloved stand-up comedian, producer, director and actor “Bob Saget” is best-known for his role as Danny Tanner on the long-running sitcom Full House, and the Netflix-released Full House spinoff series Fuller House. Bob was also the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997, made critically-acclaimed cameos in the HBO series Entourage and was the narrative voice on How I Met Your Mother. Bob Saget will be in Jacksonville, at the Florida Theatre on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Yes, Bob Saget has starred in many successful television shows, including two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced, but he’s also been an out of his mind, Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian for over thirty years. From his HBO special That Ain’t Right to his scene-stealing cameos in Entourage and The Aristocrats, it’s always effective as Saget embraces his dark side.

From directing MGM’s cult favorite feature film Dirty Work, to directing and producing the highly acclaimed ABC television movie, For Hope, to starring in the critically acclaimed, Paul Weitz off-Broadway play, Privilege, to starring on Broadway in the Tony Award winning The Drowsy Chaperone, Bob Saget shows no signs of stopping. Ever.

Warning: This show contains mature content. 18+ only.

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre’s official website, floridatheatre.com.

As of May 15, 2021 COVID-19 Protocols are as follows:
Temperature checks will be discontinued.
Masks will be strongly recommended, but not required.
Intermissions will return when appropriate to the show.
Their bars will return to normal operations (closing after intermission or about three-quarters of the way through a show).

“Bob Saget”
DATE: Sunday, July 18, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $35 – $45

LOCATION:The Florida Theatre
      128 East Forsyth Street.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      
(904) 355-2787

'Corey Smith' returns to The Florida Theatre


Singer-songwriter “Corey Smith” will perform a solo acoustic show at the Florida Theatre on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 8 p.m. Corey Smith, the fan-made man, has sold over 1 million concert tickets, 1.5 million digital singles and over 220,000 albums. Corey’s Spotify channel has amassed over 5.76 million listeners with more than 73 million streams and is currently averaging over 1.13 million streams each month.

Smith has amassed an unfailingly devout fan base, not only in his native Southeast region, but all around the nation, simply by telling it the way it is. He has released 10 albums—including 2011’s Top 20 release The Broken Record.  Corey has written every word on every album and has produced 9 out of 10 of the records. In Summer 2015, Corey teamed up with producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) for his album, While the Gettin’ Is Good, released on Sugar Hill Records.

Smith’s concerts, which were documented on his last live record, Live in Chattanooga, regularly sell out, with audiences singing along to such fan favorites as the coming-of-age anthem “Twenty-One,” the nostalgic time warp “If I Could Do It Again” and the group hug “I Love Everyone”.  Corey has a consistent touring history, usually hitting around 120 dates per year, but recently has taken a pause form touring to undergo a risky eye surgery.

During his time at home, Corey has begun releasing solo acoustic tracks every week, directly to his devoted fan base via his YouTube series Songsmith Weekly and all music streaming platforms. These tracks, such as “Cellophane”, “Where I Wish I Was” and “Going Blind” have re-energized his fan base.  Corey is planning in compiling these releases in a more traditional album format later this year and is looking forward to hitting the road soon in support of all this new music.

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre’s official website, floridatheatre.com.

COVID-19 Protocols as of May 15, 2021:
Temperature checks will be discontinued.
Masks will be strongly recommended, but not required.
Intermissions will return when appropriate to the show.
Our bars will return to normal operations (closing after intermission or about three-quarters of the way through a show).

“Corey Smith –
Solo Acoustic”

DATE: Saturday, July 17, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $39.50 – $49.50

LOCATION:The Florida Theatre
      128 East Forsyth Street.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      
(904) 355-2787

An evening with ‘Jay Leno’ in JAX - Jan. 2022

Enjoy a night of laughs with a familiar face. Spend an “Evening with Jay Leno” when he comes to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center on January 14, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale June 11, 2021 @10 a.m. at fscjartistseries.org

Due to the popularity of the artist, this show is being posted early on “Around Town With Ms. “V” so that patrons may purchase their tickets early and guarantee their seats. COVID protocol may change by the time that this event is scheduled to take place.

Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

Jay Leno’s late-night television ratings domination included two decades as the host of the #1-rated “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” –after the first two years Jay Leno never lost a single ratings year in which he served as host.

This fall Jay Leno brings back the classic game show YOU BET YOUR LIFE. This comedy show wrapped in a game show will feature two strangers paired up to play for prize money by answering trivia questions correctly.

Leno also currently produces and is host of the CNBC primetime series JAY LENO’S GARAGE now in its sixth season. The show has garnered several Emmy Awards and nominations for Outstanding Special Class–Short-Format Nonfiction Programs.

Along with his CNBC show, Jay is currently on air with various other television series, including “Last Man Standing.”  When he’s not on TV, Leno performs more than 100 stand-up shows annually across the country and internationally; participates in numerous charity and corporate events, does voice-overs for animated series, pens children’s books, and writes a monthly column in various automotive magazines.  And in his “spare” time (as if he has any), he enjoys working on his collection of classic cars and motorcycles.

Leno is the recipient of many honors, including Emmy, People’s Choice, and TV Guide awards, Harris Poll selection as most popular star on television, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University, The Mark Twain Prize, recipient of the Patriot Award given by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and being the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.

 

Tickets will go on sale for AN EVENING WITH JAY LENO on June 11, 2021 at 10 a.m. at fscjartistseries.org or by phone at (904) 632-5000. Join the E-Club to receive presale and on sale notifications for all FSCJ Artist Series events. Get more info at fscjartistseries.org/e-club. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount. Call 904-642-5050 for more group information.

“An Evening With Jay Leno”
DATE:
 Friday Jan. 14, 2022
TIME: 8 p.m.

TICKETS: can be purchased online 24/7 HERE

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
      
Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 632-5000