Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Funny relationship stage show comes to JAX Wilson Center

For the first time Jacksonville will enjoy the hit comedy, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” featuring the author and Broadway star of the show, Steve Solomon.  This comedic hit comes to the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on October 14-15 for only three performances.  The show has become one of the longest running one-man comedies in history, recently celebrating its four-thousandth performance and including new material.

In “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! Steve brings to the stage dozens of wild characters we can all relate to, using dialects, accents and even sound effects.  The audience follows along on this wonderfully funny journey about growing up, mixed marriages, ex-wives, dogs, cats, dieting, and dozens of other side-splitting situations.

“My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” is described as “One-part lasagna, one-part kreplach, and two parts Prozac,” but you don’t have to be Jewish or Italian to love this show.  All you need is to know what it feels like to leave a family dinner with heartburn and a headache!

About the Author: Steve Solomon was a self-professed “class clown” who grew up to become a physics teacher and an assistant superintendent of schools.  Steve used humor, dialects, and sound effects to inspire his students and tick off his fellow administrators.  Eventually, however, Solomon felt the irresistible urge to follow his heart and write comedy.  He returned to his roots to write the autobiographical one-man show: “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!”  The show played for two sold-out years in New York City and has toured internationally in more than 100 cities.  It spun off three sequels, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m STILL in Therapy!” and “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays.”  His four shows have had audiences in three countries guffawing since 2003.  Almost one million people have seen his shows.  He’s quite proud of his newest hit show:Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt…the therapy continues!”  All four of his shows are currently touring.

My Mother’s Italian...
Oct. 14, 2017  2 & 8 p.m.
Oct. 15      2 p.m.

LOCATION: Wilson Center for the Arts:
      Florida State College at JAX So. Campus
      11901 Beach Blvd.
      Jacksonville, FL 32099

TICKETS: for My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! Start at $43.50 and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday, at (904) 632-5000, and online 24/7 at www.artistseriesjax.org.  Parking is always free at the Wilson Center.  Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 632-5050.

‘Bijoux Parisiens Art’ on display at the Cummer Museum

Update: Garden Concert - The Garden Concert has been moved to Riverside Arts Market, under the Fuller Warren bridge.
The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris, will be on view October 13, 2017 through January 7, 2018, featuring more than 100 works of jewelry and drawings, fashion prints, paintings, and photographs.  Exhibition produced by the Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum, Paris Musées.

Bijoux Parisiens explores the intriguing intersection of French history, art, and fashion. Bringing together dazzling works from the great jewelry houses of Boucheron, Cartier, Chaumet, Lalique, and Van Cleef & Arpels that call Paris home, this exhibition tells the story of French jewelry from the 17th to the 20th century.

Holly Keris, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Curator at the Museum, says, “The Cummer Museum is thrilled to share Bijoux Parisiens with the community. Jewelry – from design to execution – is a creative art form with a unique history.  The exhibition traces this rich history through fine works of art, including design drawings, and stellar pieces of jewelry, from before the time of Louis XIV (r. 1643–1715) through World War II. It is going to be a showstopper!”

Bijoux Parisiens illustrates the historic events and influences that shaped French art and helped establish the great Parisian maisons that remain household names to this day. Bijoux Parisiens opens to members and the community on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Events for Bijoux Parisiens include:
Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from The Petit Palais, Paris Ponce De León Society Private Opening.
Wed, Oct. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Free for PDL donors only | RSVP requested.

Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from The Petit Palais, Paris Member Preview.  Thurs, Oct. 12 from noon to 4 p.m.  Free.  No registration required.

Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from The Petit Palais, Paris Member & Community Opening Party.  Thurs., Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Members Free, Non-Members $10.  Registration required.

Garden Concert: French Horn Collective.  Fri., Nov. 3.  Doors open at 6 p.m., Concert from 7 to 9 p.m.  Members $20, Non-Members $25 and Tables $400.  Registration required.

“Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, And How Desire Shapes The World” – An Evening With Aja Raden.  Thurs., Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Members $30, Non-Members $40.  Registration required.

Classical Concert: Bijoux Parisiens With the Les Amin Woodwind Quintet.  Sun., Nov. 19, 1:30 p.m.  Free with admission.  Registration required.

Jewelry Making Workshop.  Thurs., Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Members $30, Non-Members $40.  Registration required.

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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

‘The Addams Family’ in town before Halloween

This tune will be in your head for a while after you attend this hilarious rendition of the hit TV series The Addams Family (“They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether ooky, The Addams Family.  Their house is a museum, when people come to see 'em, they really are a scream, The Addams Family.  Snap, Snap”), at the Alhambra Theater and Dining.  This is another HIT for Producer/Director, Tod Booth*, who has put his little additional twists on this presentation.

Kudos go out to Executive Chef, DeJuan Roy for his marvelously wicked dishes, some of which you can see in the photos; Choreographer, James Kinney*, makes his characters ‘come to life’ especially in the “Just Around the Corner” number; Costume Designer, Camala Pitts & Dorinda Quiles help Morticia (Stacey Harris*) with the conversion of her dress and also assists the Ancestors with their deadly makeup and garbs; Set Designers, David Dionne & Ian Black for their convertible indoor/outdoor swivel sets and minute Uncle Fester; and from Musical Director, Cathy Murphy Giddens, who manages to make the harmony of the Ancestors and lead actors, sound like a professional choir.

The stage is full of talented actors who sing, dance and run their lines as any pro from the Broadway musical.  Wednesday (Kayla Tomas) shows her musical talents in the song “Pulled”.  She almost doesn’t even need a mike.  A very authentic Lurch (Austin Palmer) is a man of few words except on “Not Today”; WOW!  The Ensemble gives the audience a great ‘treat’ with the song “One Normal Night” as the funny Uncle Fester (Shaun Rice*) mentions the JAX ‘Jumbo Shrimp’ that brings the crowd to laughter and applause.  “Thing” and “Cousin It” has a couple of small parts in the show, even if they weren’t recognized in the program.

The Ancestors: Shain Stroff*, Jake Delaney*, Alex Canty, Victoria Miller, Olivia Chernyshev, Samantha Gardner, Jamil Abdur-Rahman and Emma Hunter are the persons who steal “The Addams Family” show at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining.  Grab some tickets for you and your ‘Gurlfriend’, ‘Mummy’ or ‘Vampa’ while seats are still available.
*denotes Actors’ Equity Association*

Pictured: Pumpkin Bisque, Autumn Greens, Pan-Seared Chicken Breast, Braised Beef Short Ribs and Three Cheese Tortellini with Shrimp.  You will be Grooling and Drooling for any of these delicious meals.

The Addams Family
NOTE: This show contains strobe lights.
DATES: October 4 — November 12, 2017

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins around 6 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m. and the brunch begins at 11 a.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and the meal is server starting 12 p.m.

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

TICKETS: Prices range from $35 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
 **Price does NOT include GRATUITY or orders from the bar**

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