Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The “Art Heist” cometh to Jacksonville, FL


If you liked the board game “Clue” or were intrigued by the movie “Knives Out”, then you will like the up-close experience of - “ART HEIST”. Can you spot a liar? Become a Detective on a Walking Hunt for a Criminal Mastermind in the All-New Interactive Show Based on the true story of America’s largest art theft! “ART HEIST”. Tickets and dates are still available for this ‘who-done- it’ interactive drama.

Put your NCIS, CSI and Law & Order skills to use and walk off the quarantine poundage to solve a ripped-from-the-walls, real-life master robbery of thirteen works of art, valued at half a billion dollars. Based on a true story of the world’s biggest art caper, “Art Heist” is a true crime walking show where socially distanced groups of 30 -35 will move through five Jacksonville walkable locations to gather clues. The amateur gumshoes interact with a wild group of wily career criminals, slimy con men, rumpled art recovery specialists, a possible inside man, a gentle psychopath, and the larger-than-life but definitely real self-proclaimed Greatest Art Thief of All Time.

The show premiered last September at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. The story is based on the biggest art heist in history and took place on March 18, 1990, when two thieves disguised as police officers entered Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the middle of the night, telling guards they were investigating a disturbance. Valued at a half a billion dollars, 13 works of art, including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet were stolen. The $500 million pieces as well as the robbers remain at large today.

Actors, through conversation, will reveal clues to the detective audience but then again, a red herring or two might present itself. Sharp sleuths will guess who the liars are and ultimately solve the enigma. No two performances will ever be the same as the actors improvise with every interaction.

"In these times, we're looking to create new opportunities, not only for audiences to enjoy theatre experiences, but also for the actors and crew members out there who have found themselves out of work. It's been a very tough time for our industry and Right Angle is reimagining and repurposing live entertainment to fit today's reality,” said Justin Sudds who along with Alison Spiriti is producing.

Art Heist was conceived as a form of theatre that can work while respecting all COVID-19 safety protocols. Produced by Right Angle Entertainment, this unique show was created by Justin Sudds and written/directed by TJ Dawe and Ming Hudson. The world premiere cast in Vancouver included: Jayson MacDonald, Sara Bynoe, Michael Unger, Arthi Chandra, Nevada Banks, Drew Carlson, Mily Mumford, Rodney Decroo and Stefano Guilanetti. Design Coordination by Erika Conway.

TJ Dawe is a writer, director and performer of new theatre. He co-created internationally The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, One Woman Sex and the City, and PostSecret: The Show, which have toured internationally. He co-wrote the play Toothpaste and Cigars, which was adapted into the feature film What If, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. He helped Richard Dreyfuss create a multimedia career retrospective stage show titled Richard Dreyfuss: A Diminishing Resource. He teaches a course on solo performance at Langara College. You can find his monologue Medicine on YouTube. Ming Hudson is a physical theatre practitioner, freelance performer, devised theatre creator and teacher. She’s worked with a variety of theatre companies including Bard on the Beach, the Arts Club, Boca Del Lupo, Theatre Replacement, Atomic Vaudeville and The Firehall Arts Centre. She’s an instructor at the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

“COVID-19 has changed the game for everyone in the arts,” said Director TJ Dawe. “Many of the elements we took for granted are gone, or at least on hold for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, there’s nothing like a career as a freelancing artist working in new theatre to cultivate adaptability and openness to innovation. With that mentality, every project is a unique challenge already.”

Guided walking tour groups of 30 -35 will begin at various start times starting outside at the Times-Union Center. Restrooms will be available inside the Times-Union Center prior to the start of each tour. Tours are approximately 90 minutes long.

Art Heist
DATES: Week 1: April 13 – 18
    Week 2: April 21 – 25
    Week 3: April 28 – May 2

TIMES:
Vary in the p.m.

TICKETS: Start at $45.50 can be purchased online 24/7 HERE.

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


Friday, April 2, 2021

Remembering Passover today


It is Good Friday 2021, during a pandemic, and I have another chance to reminisce of the events that Jesus endured over 2000 years ago. Why was it called “Good”? I guess, to fulfill the outcome of Jesus’ suffering & dying (as prophesied in the Old Testament); but the good news is that He rose again and is alive in us today.

After spending 12 years in Catholic School, I realize that I learned of Christ then, but now, I really know Him. Rituals are also different than they were years ago. There is not as much kneeling, but one still gets their exercise from standing and sitting repeatedly.

The service at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church was an hour and twenty minutes of time well spent in worship. There was also a dramatization from actors giving an account of each station as seen from the eyes of those that might have been a witness during Christs’ time. The programs that were offered, assisted those who were following along.

There are several denominations that display the Stations of the Cross and they are: Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and Roman Catholic. Since we are coming through COVID-19, most churches are still having everyone wear a mask & keep socially distant.

Stations of the Cross, also called Way of the Cross, is a series of 14 pictures or carvings portraying events in the Passion of Christ, from his condemnation by Pontius Pilate to his entombment.
The series of stations is as follows: (1) Jesus is condemned to death, (2) He is made to bear his cross, (3) He falls the first time, (4) He meets his mother, (5) Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross, (6) Veronica wipes Jesus’ face, (7) He falls the second time, (8) the women of Jerusalem weep over Jesus, (9) He falls the third time, (10) He is stripped of his garments, (11) He is nailed to the cross, (12) He dies on the cross, (13) He is taken down from the cross, and (14) He is placed in the sepulcher.
The images are usually mounted on the inside walls of a church or chapel.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens is ready for April


Spring is finally in the air and it’s time to go to the Cummer for a safe cultural experience. This month the museum will present exciting inhouse activities and some educational informative online events. Get your tickets and get in on the action.

Events & Programs:
Yoga in the Cummer Gardens:
Thursday, April 8 @10 a.m. Enjoy a gentle, mindful yoga hour.
Members $10 | Non-Members $15. Registration required.

LiterARTure: Holocaust Remembrance, Stolen Yet Found: Wednesday, April 21 @
7 p.m. | Virtual Lecture - LiterARTure is both a virtual book and art club. Cindy Edelman, art lecturer, and Stacey Goldring, author, offer prescriptive solace and refuge within the pages of books and painted artworks. Free | Registration required.

Mobile Photography Studio in the Gardens: Saturday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Inspired by Zanele Muholi’s mobile studio concept, participants can use Museum-provided polaroid cameras to create their own self-portrait. Free | Registration required.

Culture & Conversation: with Kimberly Jenkins: Thursday, April 29 @7 p.m. | Virtual Lecture. Lecturer, researcher and fashion consultant who specializes in the sociocultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear. Free | Registration required.

Friday Night Picnics: Friday nights in April from 5 to 9 p.m. Prices vary | Registration required.

Education:
Acrylic Painting: with Allison Watson -
April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12 Six week class | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Members $270 | Non-Members $360. Registration required.

Basic Drawing: with William McMahan: April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13. Six-week class | 1 to 4 p.m. Members $270 | Non-Members $360. Registration required.

Slow Art Wednesdays: Wednesday, April 14 & Wednesday, April 28. Take a fun and mindful break. Second and Fourth Wednesdays. Topics vary | Virtual Lectures from 12 to 1 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Make & Take Tuesday: Tuesday, April 13. Clay: Explore the fluidity of creating with clay.  Tuesday, April 20. Print: Sketch an original idea and create a printing plate. In the studio | Ages 12 and up from 5 to 7 p.m. Members $45 | Non-Members $60. Registration required.

Family Experience: Interactive Virtual Tour: Friday, April 16 @6 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Studio on the Go: Drop-in Art Making Activity: Sunday, April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Free with admission.

Teachers' Virtual Lounge: Connect with Educators: Tuesday, April 27 @5 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Summer Art Camp: Calling all young artists! Check online for details.

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

JAX theatres abiding by CDC/COVID-19 guidelines

This information was received from the Florida Theatre, and this writer is not responsible for any venues that may have been omitted.

The cultural organizations of Jacksonville, joined by the unions representing stagehands and musicians in Northeast Florida, announce that they will maintain their COVID-19 protocols for the time being.

We thank Mayor Curry and the City of Jacksonville for their leadership on public health and relief funding, which made a limited return to business possible for the cultural community.

We recognize that we have a duty of care to those who enter our institutions, and participate in our programs. Continuing our COVID-19 protocols is necessary at this time to protect the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, artists, and audience members.

The COVID-19 protocols of each organization may vary, but they contain common elements such as temperature checks, requiring masks, and social distancing measures. The public is encouraged to contact each individual institution for specific measures that are in place at that organization.

Each organization will continue assessing its protocols based on local data and the CDC guidelines, and we all look forward to the day when we can enjoy the arts and entertainment again without restrictions.

American Federation of Musicians Local 444, Beaches Fine Arts, Beaches Museum, Cathedral Arts Project, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Don’t Miss a Beat, Florida Ballet, Florida Theatre, Friday Musicale, FSCJ Artist Series – Broadway in Jacksonville, Hope at Hand, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 115, Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, Jacksonville Dance Theatre, Jacksonville Historical Society, Jacksonville Symphony, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and History, Players by the Sea, Riverside Arts Market, Springfield Preservation and Revitalization, The Art Center Cooperative, Theatre Jacksonville & WJCT Public Media.

To read more about The Florida Theatre’s COVID-19 health and safety measures, visit HERE. 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.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

‘The Eagles’ are flying into JAX for one performance only!

The Florida Theatre is pleased to announce “The Eagles – Their Greatest Hits performed by Classic Albums Live” and will be in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live, on stage - note for note, cut for cut. Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations. Relying only on the music, using what Martin refers to as 'the world's best musicians,' Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in Performing Arts Centers across North America.

Martin shares some behind-the-scenes insight into Classic Albums Live’s performance of Eagles – Greatest Hits: “The Eagles sold more albums than anyone else. Think of that. Picture what 50 million albums stacked up looks like. Wow. I bought this album on 8-track. Then later on vinyl. Then I owned it on cassette. Then, dammit, I bought the CD. I stopped there and dragged the songs from my CD to my iTunes. The voices on this album are complex. The harmonies and lush detail take attention to detail and a trained ear. We’ve got it. Hearing “Take it to the Limit” performed live is a moving experience. “Best of My Love” makes you look differently at your partner – more appreciatively. And “One of These Nights” grooves. The Eagles are America’s greatest band. We’ve grown up alongside their music. We’re going to pay this album the respect it deserves and perform it note for note – cut for cut.”

This will be a socially-distanced event with health and safety protocols in place. Patrons can visit floridatheatre.com/home/breaking-news for the most up to date information on The Florida Theatre’s safety protocols and general updates, Additionally, ticket purchasers will be notified by email of specific safety requirements prior to the event.

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.

The Eagles

Their Greatest Hits Performed by Classic Albums Live
DATE: Sat., Apr. 17, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $35 – $45

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

‘Disney On Ice’ is coming back to JAX


Courage leads the way for Disney’s most adventurous heroes when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to Jacksonville April 1-4, 2021 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, continuing a multi-city tour.  Dream Big features favorite Disney friends such as Mickey, Minnie, Miguel, Moana, Elsa, Belle, Genie, and more highlighting all the magic and adventure of Disney’s tales through world-class figure skating. Audiences will be transported to exciting worlds where heroes of every kind seek to fulfill their dreams at a live experience that families will never forget!

While delivering the same magical experiences guests expect from Disney On Ice, Feld Entertainment is introducing Guest Wellness Enhancements to help keep families safe at its live events. Feld Entertainment is working closely with venue partners to establish and follow COVID-19 health and safety standards in accordance with all federal, state and local guidelines.  Additionally, Pod Seating has been created for family and friends to safely enjoy Disney On Ice while social distancing from other groups that are also in attendance. Seating capacity at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena for Disney On Ice will be reduced with the Pod Seating structure in place.  As an additional precaution, face coverings are required for guests ages 2 and older except when eating or drinking in their seats, unless otherwise exempted by law.  Full details on Feld Entertainment Guest Wellness Enhancements can be found here.

Guests looking to purchase Disney On Ice souvenirs will find the process easier than ever thanks to a new contactless shopping experience with touch-free payment and digital purchasing options.  Guests can pre-order items prior to arriving at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena or from the comfort of their seats.  Once ordered, guests can pick up their purchases at a convenient, contactless pickup station during the show.  Additional information can be found here.

Additional “Disney On Ice presents Dream Big” Show Details: Join the fearless Moana and the greatest demigod that ever lived, Maui, on an action-packed voyage to restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti. Explore the Land of the Dead as Miguel from Disney Pixar’s Coco brings the festivities of Día de los Muertos to the ice. Get tangled up in Rapunzel’s hair-raising quest to see the floating lights. Travel to the kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. And discover the strength, bravery and kindness that inspired generation after generation with Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Cinderella.

For more info about Disney On Ice, follow Disney On Ice social media channels: FacebookTwitter & Instagram.  Subscribe to the Disney On Ice YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce 

 “Disney On Ice
presents “Dream Big”

DATES:      TIMES:.
Thurs. Apr. 1, 2021  7 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 2     7 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 3 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sun. Apr.     3 p.m.

TICKETS: Vary from $20  *Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

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

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Musical ‘Smoke on the Mountain’ comes to the Alhambra Theatre

What the Alhambra audience and just about everyone needs right now is a reason to sing and laugh. So is the idea behind opening “Smoke on the Mountain”, and its long catalogue of gospel-feeling music sung by the cast as the fictional Sanders Family, an offbeat troupe of traveling singers.

“Smoke on the Mountain” tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling troupe making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. The young and enthusiastic Pastor Oglethorpe of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring this tiny congregation into “the modern world.” Between songs, each family member “witnesses,” providing the story of the show.

Though they appear perfect in the eyes of the congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true, hilariously imperfect selves. By the end of the evening, the Sanders Family endears themselves to the audience by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.

The Alhambra will continue its 2021 season with limited seating due to its policy of strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocols. “Our role in this community is to provide entertainment and a respite for our family of guests,” said Smith. “We will always put their experience first, and this is what they told us they wanted.” With Season Partners having renewed at an even faster pace than for 2020 and hosting a sold-out season opener with Singin’ in the Rain, Smith feels reassured in the decisions he and his team made. “We’re delighted to make the seating work, and even more delighted that our guests are responding with such love and support.”

Chef DeJuan Roy’s MENU for Smoke on the Mountain features:
First Course: (Choice of One) Kale Salad with shredded carrots, chopped tomato, orange, Asiago cheese, candied pecan, *GF* OR Tomato Bisque with pesto crouton.

Second Course: (Choice of One) Pan Seared Trout with lemon beurre blanc, roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes, brown rice casserole *GF* option of Oven-Baked.  OR Fried Center-cut Pork Chop with mushroom gravy, roasted fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts. OR Hearty Beff & Vegetable Pot Pie slow-cooked beef tenderloin tips, gravy, carrots, celery, potatoes and onions with a flaky pie crust. OR Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie vegetable gravy, red and green bell peppers, squash, onions, carrots, celery, zucchini and potatoes with a flaky pie crust.

Third Course: (Choice of One) Lemon Pound Cake with mixed berry compote OR Cherry Cobbler.

Smoke on the Mountain

DATES: March 25 April 25, 2021

SHOW TIMES: discussed with ticket sales

DRESS: “Business Casual”, or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $45 $68 per person.  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, nor orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.

       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

WJCT Kids Writers Contest extended


WJCT Public Media this week announced the submission deadline for the 2021 WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest has been extended. The organization will accept entries through April 15, 2021.

Starting its 27th year, the annual contest invites students in grade K-3 to submit their original writing and illustrations. The 2020 contest collected over 200 stories from Florida, Georgia, and other parts of the country as far away as California and Alaska.

The annual contest is an initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning and is open to any child in grades K-3 who writes and illustrates their own story.

All writers and illustrators, who enter and meet the requirements of the contest, will have their work published online at wjct.org and receive a certificate. First-, second- and third-place awards will be presented for stories from each grade level; winners will also receive a WJCT PBS Kids prize pack, the opportunity to create a video reading of their story and an invitation to share their story live at Be My Neighbor Day on Saturday, May 9. Winning stories will be eligible for the People’s Choice grand prize, a $100 savings bond.

“WJCT Public Media is proud to provide a platform for our youngest neighbors to share their unique stories through the WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest,” said David McGowan, President and CEO of WJCT. “Through this contest, we hope to inspire students and their communities to experience the joy of creativity.”

For more information, including official rules and tools to help students create their stories, visit wjct.org/writerscontest.

About WJCT:  WJCT is the community-owned and operated public media organization serving Jacksonville and the First Coast since 1958, using television, radio, digital media, and live events to help community members learn, share, and grow. For more information on WJCT’s in-depth programming content, log on to WJCT Online at wjct.org. Like WJCT on Facebook (facebook.com/wjctjax) and follow WJCT on Twitter (@WJCTJax) and Instagram (@WJCTJax).

About PBS KIDS: PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video app is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as YouTube, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, March 8, 2021

‘LaBoheme’ soon to be at the Times Union Center


Teatro Lirico D'Europa brings its highly acclaimed, full-scale, traditional, Italian production of Puccini's timeless “LA BOHÈME” to Jacksonville for one night only with an international cast of soloists, full orchestra and chorus. English super titles are projected above the stage.

The opera La Bohème centers around the tragic love story of Mimí and Rodolfo. The story is set in 1830 Paris and shows the lifestyle of four struggling bohemians – a poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher. Shivering in a garret and owing rent, their lives change forever the night Colline the Philosopher and Schaunard the Musician earn enough money for all of the friends to buy a meal at a nearby restaurant. Rodolfo the Poet stays behind to finish his writing but is interrupted by Lucia, known as Mimi, a seamstress from the next apartment over. They are instantly attracted to each other, and decide to catch up with the others."

Teatro Lirico D'Europa had a stunning success with a production of Puccini's LA BOHEME that would have satisfied the most ardent opera fan. Here was a production in a classic style with solid acting and depth of sound, both of which stirred the musical soul of an audience so intensely satisfied. Artistic director Giorgio Lalov has the gift of "assemblage d'art". - The Chicago Star - D. K. Luksetich

La Bohème – The Opera
DATE: Friday March 26, 2021
TIME:
8 p.m.

TICKETS: Start at $33.75can be purchased online 24/7 HERE

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


Electric Light Orchestra comes to JAX this month


Electric Light Orchestra Experience 50th Anniversary tour features the brilliant arrangements and flawless musicianship and vocals of the 12 elite professional musicians, whose credits include an exhaustive list of the biggest names in the music industry, are the hallmarks of this new, first-class 50th Anniversary tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra.

Electric Light Orchestra's fusion of Beatlesque-pop with classical arrangements rocketed the group to massive commercial success, generating numerous instantly-recognizable chart-topping hits and album sales in excess of 50,000,000.

For information about the Safety Protocols at the Times-Union Center, please click this link.

Electric Light Orchestra Experience
DATE: Thurs. Mach 18, 2021
TIME:
7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Start at $32.50 &can be purchased online 24/7 HERE

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