Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Broadway comes back to the JAX Times Union Center

The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, is proud to announce the 55TH Anniversary Season for Broadway in Jacksonville filled with award-winning blockbusters and family favorites including: Fiddler On The Roof, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, CATS and Anastasia. The eagerly anticipated premiere of HAMILTON is a season special. All performances will be at the Times-Union Center.

“We’re greatly optimistic about the return of Broadway to Jacksonville.” said Milt Russos, Executive Director of the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville. “We are thankful to our patrons for their patience, flexibility and love of Broadway which has been an incredible support and inspiration during this extended intermission.  We look forward to welcoming theatergoers back to the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in 2021 for what is expected to be an unforgettable season and the long-awaited return of Broadway.”

Season Special:
HAMILTON September 29 –Oct. 17, 2021. It is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony ®, Grammy ®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

Five-Show Broadway Subscription:
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

Fiddler On The Roof – November 2 – 7, 2021. Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. Be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.

Come From Away December 7– 12, 2021, a Best Musical winner all across North America! COME FROM AWAY takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”

Dear Evan Hansen January 25 - 30, 2022, the winner of six 2017 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album. A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

CATS February 22-27, 2022, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—"Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

Anastasia March 29 – April 3, 2022, transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

TICKETS: To order subscriptions by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover, call the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office at: (904) 632-5000 (toll-free outside of Jacksonville (888) 860-2929). Subscriptions are also available to purchase online by visiting the FSCJ Artist Series website. Group discounts for 10+ are also available. Please contact (904) 632-5050 or email for more information.

Season tickets to the FSCJ Artist Series’ 55TH Anniversary Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, are on sale now, with five-show subscription package prices starting at just $220. Season ticket prices vary depending on the show time, day of the week and seating location.

Subscribers can order their season tickets to reserve their seats for all five shows before single tickets are available to the public. Subscriptions may be ordered online at, or over the phone by calling (904) 632-5000 or (888) 860-BWAY, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Subscriber benefits include: guaranteed package pricing, access to the best seats in the house, priority access to purchase additional tickets for friends and family, seat locations, exchange privileges, free lost ticket replacement, and access to other FSCJ Artist Series events, many at a discount. Subscriber ticket exchanges and ticket replacement may be restricted. Subscribers are limited to purchasing four additional subscription seats, subject to availability. Subscribers will be allowed to purchase up to eight (8) tickets for HAMILTON (if available).

VIP Seating is available to contributors to the FSCJ Artist Series at seven levels: Advocate, Champion, Angel, Producer, Benefactor, Patron and Donor. Donor contributions start for as little as $200. Call (904) 632-5000 or visit to learn more about the additional benefits available through the VIP Theater Club.

DATES & TIMES: Performances for the FSCJ Artist Series’ 55th Anniversary Broadway in Jacksonville Season are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the exception of Hamilton.

The health and well-being of the audience and staff is the theatre’s top priority. The FSCJ Artist Series, alongside their colleagues at the Times-Union Center, have a list of Safety and Security Protocols. Details at may be found HERE.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Museum of Science & History hosts Jazz Brunch

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is celebrating the long history of jazz in Jacksonville with a jazz brunch on the rooftop on May 2, 2021. The event includes a concert by two local jazz musicians, brunch catered by Riverfront Catering, bottomless mimosas as well as nonalcoholic drinks, and private tours of the Hixon Native Plant Courtyard and the Collections.

Treat yourself, your mom, or your sweetheart this spring to a morning of jazz, delicious food and all the wonder of MOSH with this one-of-a-kind event. For more information, or to book your tickets, visit HERE.

May 2, 2021
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tickets are $75 each or $100 for a pair; gratuity not included.
Tickets must be purchased by April 30, 2021.

MOSH is following all CDC recommendations to ensure the health and safety of staff and guests. Masks will be required for this event with the exception of eating and drinking.

 The MOSH Rooftop
The Museum of Science and History (MOSH)

1025 Museum Circle
 Jacksonville, FL 32207
 (904) 396-MOSH (6674)

Thursday, April 22, 2021

ORCA golf bags women’s match play championship

ORCA Golf Bags Women’s Match Play Championship has just announced PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf) – an innovative golf company dedicated to developing high-performance equipment and apparel – as presenting sponsor for its inaugural tournament. The unique, two-week tournament series for women professional players will take place at World Golf Village in October 2021. As part of its sponsorship, PXG will be featured in the official tournament logo, also being debuted.

The ORCA Golf Bags Women’s Match Play Championship presented by PXG will feature 64 women professionals pursuing their dream of playing on the LPGA Tour, battling over two weeks in two separate, but connected, tournaments. The first week will feature a 54-hole Stroke-Play tournament 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.

Since the company’s inception, PXG has taken a strong stance in its support of women in golf. The company lists a dozen exceptionally talented women on the LPGA Tour on its official pro roster and provides equipment to many other top-ranking female professionals.

PXG’s clubs are built to spec for each individual golfer and the company will host a live-fire fitting area for tournament players and consumers who wish to be fitted for PXG equipment. There will also be opportunities to test PXG’s extensive line of putters on the World Golf Village 18-hole putting course.

In addition to the golf competition – and of equal importance – the tournament will celebrate women’s initiatives by providing programming such as leadership forums, executive networking, and education. The programming will be developed and provided by Generation W, a national nonprofit based in Jacksonville Beach (FL) founded and run by Donna Orender, whose mission embraces the guiding tenets of education, inspiration, and connection and the power of women’s leadership.

“The Generation W programming is a critical aspect of this event,” said Erica Bennett. “There are myriad career opportunities outside the ropes for women in the golf business and in the manufacturing business, and we want to promote that aspect of our industry as well.”

Each tournament will have its own prize purse, a guarantee of $50,000 shared between the two events. The winner of the Match Play event will be The ORCA Champion, and in addition to cash prize money will also receive a $2,500 Gift Card from PXG, as well as a commemorative golf bag designed by Erica Bennett of ORCA Golf Bags. The tournament series will feature a pro-am event, junior clinics, and local community-based activities and fundraising opportunities.

The ORCA Golf Bags Women’s Match Play Championship presented by PXG represents two of the 14 official events on the Women’s All Pro Tour (WAPT) in 2021. The WAPT was established in 2019 in partnership with the LPGA’s Symetra Tour. The WAPT is the Official Qualifying Tour for the LPGA’s Symetra Tour, providing more opportunities for women to play professional golf and to advance their careers to the next level. “We are very excited to bring the WAPT to the Jacksonville area and, in particular, the World Golf Village”, says Gary DeSerrano, WAPT president. “We are certain the next stars of women’s professional golf will look forward to this new and exciting event.”

Information on elevated hospitality opportunities, Pro-Am spots, tickets, key sponsorships, and volunteering is available on the tournament website at and by calling MediaShare Consulting Group at (904) 838-4962. You may reach the office by email.

Frictionless COVID-19 screening at VyStar Vet Memorial event

UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and CLEAR announced a partnership to utilize CLEAR’s Health Pass to more safely welcome fans back at UFC® 261. USMAN vs. MASVIDAL 2 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

The event represents the first, sold out, major sporting event with full capacity at an indoor arena in the United States since last year. Tickets for UFC® 261: USMAN vs. MASVIDAL 2 sold out within hours of being made available last month. A capacity crowd of more than 15,000 fans is expected. Get tickets to View on TV or online HERE.

Health Pass is a free, mobile experience by CLEAR that securely connects a user’s verified identity to multiple layers of COVID-19-related health information to help reduce public health risk.

Ticket holders will be able to use Health Pass to connect their identity with a securely linked, confidential COVID-related health questionnaire.  All ticket holders are required to complete this questionnaire in advance, creating a seamless and expedited entry into VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena for those who are issued a green notification on their Health Pass app.

Ticket holders who receive a red notification will not be permitted entry and will be advised to seek medical guidance, as well as information on how to obtain a refund. Ticket holders who opt not to use the electronic version of CLEAR will be directed to a kiosk outside of VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena to complete a hard copy of the health questionnaire. To ensure an expedited entry into the event, ticket holders are encouraged to download Health Pass in advance and complete the questionnaire before arriving at the arena.

UFC® 261: USMAN vs. MASVIDAL 2 will be held in accordance with all health and safety protocols of the City of Jacksonville. UFC encourages fans to wear face masks at the event. Through a partnership with O2 Industries, a leading manufacturer of reusable respirators, UFC will provide face masks to all ticket holders upon entry.

More than 60 organizations across the country use Health Pass to create safer environments, including teams across all major sports leagues, the state of Hawaii, and many more. Health Pass builds upon CLEAR’s history of creating frictionless experiences in sports, including innovative pilots for touchless ticketing, biometric payments and age validation.

How It Works: Using Health Pass
Download and Enroll at Home: 
Fans download the free CLEAR app directly from CLEAR (or from the App store for iOS devices or Google Play store for Android devices) and open the Health Pass feature, select their event, and then verify their identity by uploading an identifying document and snapping a quick selfie.

●     Confidential Health Questionnaire: Verified ticket holders will then be presented with a brief series of health-related questions designed to reveal if they may have recently been exposed to COVID-19.

●     Touchless Access: Depending on their COVID-related health information, fans are issued a red or green notification on their Health Pass app.

●     Privacy First: With CLEAR, you are always in control of your information. The venue only receives confirmation a fan has satisfied the requirements for access with the equivalent of a red light or green light signal — and never has access to an individual’s private health details.

About UFC®: UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 625 million fans and 142 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to approximately 900M TV households across more than 175 territories. UFC’s athlete roster featured the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 70 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR. UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit and follow UFC at, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok: @UFC.

About CLEAR: CLEAR is a leader in identity and access with more than 5 million members and 100+ partners across the United States. CLEAR links identity with different information sets, including: credit cards, tickets to the game, reservations, frequent flyer numbers, flight manifests, health care identification, driver’s licenses and passports. CLEAR’s data security framework meets the highest standards for performance and for protecting sensitive information — FISMA High- and SAFETY Act-certified by the Department of Homeland Security. CLEAR’s users are always in control of their data and CLEAR does not sell user information. To learn more, visit

Spring ‘Drug Take-Back-Day’ 2021

Despite dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still very necessary to properly dispose of unused medications. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the locations and times below. The aim of the event is to encourage the public to remove any access to drugs that may potentially be abused by friends, family and others; or would be harmful to pets and children.

Some drugs, such as inhalers, damage the protective ozone layer. Flushing certain medications down the commode, raises concern about trace levels of drug residues that may be found in surface water, such as rivers and lakes, and in some community drinking water supplies. The same concern arises if we were to dispose of drugs down our kitchen, bathroom or utility sinks. It’s a fact that people excrete low levels of medication through their urine when they use the restroom, yet flushing is still no way to get rid of unwanted meds.

Preparing medications for disposal: Before throwing out a medicine container, scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.

Do not give your medicine to friends. Doctors prescribe medicines based on a person's specific symptoms and medical history. A medicine that works for you could be dangerous for someone else.

The safest way to get rid of unwanted meds is by going to a drop-off point, but, if you are really unable to go to a drop-off site, take a look at the related video above for another alternative for disposal.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
DATE: Saturday April 24, 2021
TIMES: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

LOCATIONS:  JAX Naval Base and others
If you live in Jacksonville or anywhere else in the USA, click HERE with your location and click “search again” to find a drop site near you.

Get rid of those old drugs in the medicine cabinet. Don't flush them, or give them away.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Safe Summer Camp at the MOSH

It’s time to celebrate with something exciting for the children to do! The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) announces plans to host in-person Discovery Camps this Summer. Beginning June 7, weekly camps will be held at the Museum for students aged Kindergarten through eighth grade. Campers will be broken out by age and will participate in various activities during each session.

SAFETY: MOSH is following all CDC recommendations to ensure the health and safety of staff, students and guests. Masks will be required for all during camp.

DATES: Monday through Friday June 7 - August 6, 2021
from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COST: Camp registration is now open and is $200 for Members and $250 for non-Members, with an option for extended care available for an additional $20. Extended Care is available, allowing registered campers to be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 5 p.m. Extended Care can be added at the time of registration for an additional $20 per day. Registration assistance is available –– contact the Museum for details.

Registration is now open; Visit for more information and to register.

The Museum of Science and History (MOSH)
1025 Museum Circle
 Jacksonville, FL 32207
 (904) 396-MOSH (6674)

‘Deana Carter’ brings acoustic performance to JAX

Singer, songwriter and producer Deana Carter will give a live acoustic performance at Terry Theater at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 15.

The 90s country music artist will be featured in an intimate acoustic setting where her powerful voice and guitar are the subject of the spotlight. This will be an up-close and personal event punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about her life and musical influences, while performing some of her biggest hits, including “Strawberry Wine,” “We Danced Anyway,” and “Did I Shave My Legs for This?”.

Her superstar success continues to be evident as the chart topper “You & Tequila,” co- written with Matraca Berg and recorded by Kenny Chesney, was nominated as CMA’s “Song of the Year”, as well as two Grammy nods, notably the coveted “Song of the Year” and also received a nomination as ACM’s “Song of the Year”.

Sparta, Ga. native Faren Rachels will be the opening support act. In November of 2017 Rachels released the self-titled EP, “Faren Rachels” & joined Luke Combs on his fall tour. During this time, Rolling Stone named her one of 2018’s new country “artists to watch”.

This will be a safe, socially distanced event with very limited capacity brought to you by Georgia-based concert promotion company Six String Southern Productions.

About Deana Carter: Drenched in sun-kissed natural beauty both inside and out, Deana Carter didn’t take a seemingly easy route to stardom, but instead chose to defy the conventional expectations of the typical Nashville artist blueprint and make her own mark. And she did, undeniably taking the industry and fans by storm with her wildly successful multi- platinum international debut “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” more than a decade ago. Anchored by the dreamy super hit “Strawberry Wine,” Carter showcased her own blend of country and retro-rock sprinkled with the folksy singer/songwriter qualities that have garnered Deana Carter well-deserved respect and wild acclaim.

Deana Carter
 Sat. May 15, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.

TICKETS: $42.50 may be purchased online 24/7 at

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

Free Summer theater coming to the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre’s Theatreworks program has revealed the 2021 lineup for Free Summer Theatre sponsored by CITI. All four Free Summer Theatre events will take place at the Florida Theatre with show times of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are required. Seats can be reserved now at

The Florida Theatre’s Theatreworks program provides the best national and international professional touring children’s theatre to the school age children and summer campers of the First Coast region. Founded in 1979, Theatreworks was an independent organization until it merged with the Florida Theatre in 2019.

The 2021 Free Summer Theatre lineup is:
Wednesday, June 16 - Princess Thimbelina: Princess Thimbelina is Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story of a tiny fairy child looking for happiness. The 45-minute musical is vividly presented on stage with giant puppets and inflatable garden. A flower witch enchants the fairy child. A frog scares her. A big blue sparrow hawk befriends her. And a mumbling mole and spinning spider are helped by Thimbelina as she waits for Spring and a chance to bloom. Princess Thimbelina and her menagerie of giant garden animal puppets hope to meet you and share a smile!

Wednesday, July 14 - Doug Berky’s Gems: The World’s Wisdom Stories: Doug Berky believes that stories should be seen as well as heard. He uses improvisation, mime, masks, voice, and puppetry, to let the story to let express itself. The result is a visual feast filled with fanciful characters, drama, comedy, and many twists and turns. The stories are “Gems” of wisdom passed down to us from many peoples around the world. Tales include "The Lion and the Mouse," "The Crocodile and the Monkey," and "The Drip Nose Boy."

Thursday, July 15 - Doug Berky’s No Show: “No Show” is a comic tapestry woven from physical comedy, mime, music, mask theatre, clowning, improvisation, and circus arts. Doug draws from these vast traditions to delight audiences internationally and across the US. “No Show” begins with the premise that a performance has been scheduled, the stage is set with props and costumes, the audience has gathered and is seated and waiting, but the actors are a no show. What might happen when someone from the audience approaches the stage and discovers all that awaits. Masterful mayhem? Perhaps. Imagine one’s first attempt at riding a unicycle, the discovery of theatrical masks, juggling clubs, and a sousaphone. Can one really keep rhythm juggling shakers while playing classical music on harmonica? Experiencing “No Show” may just satisfy your curiosity.

Tuesday, July 20 - The Time Machine: H.G. Wells’s 1895 Science Fiction novel travels to the stage in this “steampunk” rock musical. A Victorian-era time traveler ventures far into the future encountering the ethereal Eloi and the dangerous subterranean Morlocks. He must return to his own time with a lesson in embracing diversity essential to saving the human species.

Theatreworks: Free Summer Theatre is Sponsored by CITI, Kirbo Charitable Trust and W.W. & the Eloise D. Gay Foundation.

All of this year’s Free Summer Theatre events will take place at the Florida Theatre with a limited seating capacity. Please visit each individual event’s page for a list of safety protocols. The Florida Theatre’s most up-to-date safety protocols and COVID-related updates can be found at

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,

                                 Theatreworks: Free Summer Theatre Sponsored by CITI
SHOW DATE:                      Summer 2021 (event dates listed above)
SHOW TIMES:                    11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
TICKET PRICE:                    Free with Reservation

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

Daily’s Place and TIAA Bank Field give updates

As COVID-19 puts concerts on pause, TIAA Bank Field and Daily’s Place are carefully evaluating each event on a case-by-case basis alongside our partner Live Nation and each individual touring artist with consideration given to the fan experience, safety, security and sanitary measures.

Daily’s looks forward to sharing unrivaled live entertainment experiences with you again soon. Until then, they will continue to update ticket holders and fans of any changes made to their concert line-up. Guests are advised to hold on to their tickets for the time being. Please see below for the current status of events and for further information on what to do in the event of a postponement, rescheduling or cancellation check HERE.

RESCHEDULED SHOWS: new dates are listed below 2021
07/21 The Doobie Brothers (from 6/12/20)
07/27 Alicia Keys (from 7/28/20)
08/08 Matchbox Twenty (from 8/26/20)
08/10 Blackberry Smoke (from 8/22/20)
08/17 Rod Stewart (from 8/25/20)
08/25 Goo Goo Dolls (from 8/26/20)
11/12 Kane Brown (from 3/19/21)
11/13 Kane Brown (from 3/20/21)
new dates 2022
06/24 Tedeschi Trucks Band (from 6/26/20 & 6/26/21)

CANCELED SHOWS: no new dates
05/02 NF
05/06 AJR
05/19 The Lumineers
05/20 The Lumineers
06/08 The 1975
06/30 Melanie Martinez
09/04 Foreigner
09/06 The Black Keys
09/10 5 Seconds of Summer
10/22 Cole Swindell (from 4/17/20)
05/14/21 Maren Morris (from 7/25/20)        
For the most up-to-date notice of event status, fans can visit

LOCATION: Dailey’s Place
      1 Dailey’s Place
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Don’t miss ‘They/Them/Their’ (Zanele Muholi) at The Cummer Museum

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is proud to present “Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness”, an internationally touring exhibition organized by Autograph, London and curated by Renée Mussai. These magnificent self-portraits were taken throughout the US, and all over the world, as you will note next to each photograph.

The exhibit was brought to Jacksonville, FL due to a redirection caused by the COIVD pandemic. There has not been a more controversial display of blackness since the Augusta Savage showings from Oct. 12, 2018 to Sun., Apr. 7, 2019.
The Museum will be the final venue for this exhibition in the United States.

In more than 72 self-portraits and wallpapers, celebrated visual activist Zanele Muholi (South African, b. 1972) uses “their” body as a canvas to confront the deeply personal politics of race and representation in the visual archive. “Their” ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama, which translates to ‘Hail The Dark Lioness’ from isiZulu, one of the official languages of South Africa, playfully employs the conventions of classical painting, fashion photography and the familiar tropes of ethnographic imagery to rearticulate contemporary identity politics. Each black and white self-portrait asks critical questions about social (in)justice, human rights and contested representations of the Black body.

Muholi states, “I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged other. My reality is that I do not mimic being Black; it is my skin, and the experience of being Black is deeply entrenched in me. Just like our ancestors, we live as Black people 365 days a year, and we should speak without fear.”

Throughout the series, the dark complexion of Muholi’s skin (intensified through enhanced contrast applied in post-production) becomes the focal point of a profound, multilayered interrogation of beauty, pride, desire, self-care, well-being and the many interlinked phobias and isms navigated daily such as homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, racism and sexism, to name but a few.

“Zanele Muholi’s visually arresting self-portraits compel viewers to consider timely topics such as contrast, dignity, solidarity, difference, history and activism in meaningful ways,” said Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., the Museum’s George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer. “Each one invites deep looking and, ultimately, encourages viewers to ask themselves critical questions about empathy, courage and the power of each and every voice.”

The exhibition features photographs taken between 2012 - 2019 in cities across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. Muholi's socially-engaged, radical brand of self-portraiture transforms found objects and quotidian materials into dramatic and historically loaded props, merging the political with the personal, aesthetics with history — often commenting on specific events in South Africa’s past, as well as urgent global concerns pertinent to our present times: scouring pads and latex gloves address themes of domestic servitude while alluding to sexual politics, cultural violence and the often-suffocating prisms of gendered identities. Rubber tires, cable ties or electrical cords invoke forms of social brutality and exploitation; sheets of plastic and polythene draw attention to environmental issues and global waste, while accessories like cowrie shells and beaded fly whisks highlight Western fascinations with clichéd, exoticized representations of African cultures and people.

Gazing defiantly at the camera, Muholi challenges viewers’ perceptions while firmly asserting their cultural and sexual identity on their own terms. When you gaze upon each photo, see what is in plain sight and what might be buried in your own observations. This writer saw a surprising resemblance of Zanele Muholi to songstress Nina Simone.

About Zanele Muholi: Zanele Muholi is a visual activist and photographer based in Johannesburg. Muholi’s self- proclaimed mission is “to re-write a Black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in South Africa and beyond.”

They (Muholi’s preferred pronoun) co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002 (, and in 2009 founded Inkanyiso (, a forum for queer and visual (activist) media. They continue to train and co-facilitate photography workshops for young women in South African townships, and engage in a variety of community supported programs.

“Zanele Muholi”: Somnyama Ngonyama,
    Hail The Dark Lioness

DATES: April 15 – June 20, 2021

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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