Friday, November 10, 2017

‘DISNEY’S The Lion King’ performs at St. John’s Town Center!

Celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season at the 12th annual St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, November 11 from 2-8 p.m.  Holiday shoppers, families and visitors are invited to attend the action-packed day of free, family-fun and musical performances.

The annual holiday celebration, sponsored by Toyota, OneBlood, PRI Productions, and Disney’s The Lion King kicks off at 2 p.m.  Throughout the day, guests will enjoy festivities including: oversized games, an interactive hot chocolate station, jugglers, caricature artists, letters to Santa, ornament decorating, a festive photo booth and a silent DJ experience.  That’s not all!  The holiday fun will continue with great giveaways, costume characters, holiday entertainment and more.

Main stage entertainment begins at 2 p.m. with dynamic holiday performances, including a Broadway star from Disney’s The Lion King on The Main Stage at 4 p.m., located in the Town Green in front of Maggiano’s Little Italy on Midtown Parkway.

Disney’s The Lion King returns to Jacksonville January 31-February 11 for 16 performances. For tickets and more information, visit  Stay tuned for complete article on “Around Town With Ms. “V”.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’ comes to JAX for the holidays

What a great reward for the kiddies getting good grades before Christmas.  The 10th Anniversary National Tour of Cirque Dreams Holidaze” will light up Jacksonville in 2017 at the Times-Union Center with two unforgettable performances, and is presented by the FSCJ Artist Series.  This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a Broadway Musical, New Cirque Adventure and Family Show, all wrapped up in one!

Broadway Director Neil Goldberg has reimagined the anniversary stage spectacle of Cirque Dreams Holidaze the New York Daily News proclaimed “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.” Its “The perfect holiday gift and show everyone will enjoy” raved BroadwayWorld of the sold-out performances that “Dazzled…at The Kennedy Center” hailed the Washington Post.

Audiences around the country will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at this multi-million-dollar live stage production with never before seen performances, over 300 costumes, 20 of the world’s best acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites.  Experience elaborate costumed characters, snowmen, penguins, candles, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, Santa and ornaments…flying, balancing and stretching imaginations in this groundbreaking holiday celebration.  Exciting theatrical production numbers, illusions and gravity-defying feats will leave you on the edge of your seats as this “Las Vegas…meets family entertainment…meets musical theatre” Cirque Dreams Holidaze production declares the Boston Globe.

Creator/Director Goldberg states, “Our 10th anniversary season of Cirque Dreams Holidaze is not just an entertainment spectacle and uplifting holiday celebration filled with gifts of amazement but is our largest and most elaborate production to date with something for everyone in the family to share and enjoy.”

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
DATES:         TIMES:
Sat., Nov. 18      
8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 19      1:30 p.m.

SHOW TICKETS: affordably priced starting at $38.50, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show along with the VyStar Credit Union), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 632-5050 or emailing

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

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens receive more awards in 2017

Despite the devastation from Hurricane Irma, the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens is honored to announce that it has received two awards in the 2017 Museums Publications Design Competition of the American Alliance of Museums.  The Museum received Second Prize in the Annual Report category, as well as an Honorable Mention in the Book category for “The Chef’s Canvas."

 Museum’s annual report is a collection of stories and descriptions of events, exhibitions, and programs hosted by the Museum over the past year.  It highlights the accomplishments and the impact of the Museum on the community, from exhibitions such as LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience to education programs like Cummer in the Classroom. The Museum utilizes the report as an opportunity for transparency and to spotlight the outcomes of the work it does for its constituents.  The annual report was designed by Wingard Creative and printed by Agility Press, Inc. Photography for the report was done by local photographers Ingrid Damiani and Dennis Ho.

The Chef’s Canvas is a beautifully-designed coffee table cookbook celebrating the Museum’s diverse collection of art and the abundant talent of local chefs.  Each dish was inspired by a work of art each chef selected from the Museum’s collection.  The artwork chosen spans a wide range of artistic styles, and the paired food dishes are just as beautifully diverse.  Each recipe includes a statement from the chef about the inspiration for their dish, the work of art chosen, and a beautiful image of the finished dish.  The book is a way of connecting the art and culinary worlds of Northeast Florida in a unique and compelling way.  “The Chef’s Canvas” project was managed by Cari Sanchez-Potter and Emily Moody, designed by Varick Rosete, photographed by Agnes Lopez, and printed by The Hartley Press.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

   829 Riverside Avenue

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

Monday, November 6, 2017

‘Christmas Made in the South’ returns to JAX this 2017 season

You may see some familiar vendors from previous years, who are returning to Christmas Made in the South,” for their 29th. season.  Make plans to come the weekend after Thanksgiving.  There is so much to see, feel and taste when you attend this prestigious show.  Many new & familiar tradesmen, with creative one-of-a-kind gifts & treasures, spend 3 days in Jacksonville Florida supplying individuals with gifts.  More merchants are taking advantage of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday by accepting either paper or plastic.  If you desired to use plastic, ATM’s are available on site, or most businesses are equipped with credit card devices.

“Christmas Made in the South” allows you to purchase handcrafted items that come with special stories and descriptions.  There are many unique booths to explore and hidden treasures which you won’t see at big department stores.  You’ll be able to find gifts for men, women, children, unique clothes, hand bags, glass ornaments, jewelry, breathtaking art, gourmet food, diverse entertainment, photography, loads of Christmas decorations and much more.  Most of the products are also “Made in the USA”.

The show is focused on keeping the world of fine artisans and craftspeople alive.  Exhibitors will be there all three days demonstrating and selling their works of art.  You may even desire to get one-little-something for yourself.  CMITS comes around once-a-year so that you will enjoy yourself after eating all that Thanksgiving Day turkey and fixing’s.  Check HERE to see if the Carolina Show will be coming to a city near you.

Christmas Made In The South 2017
Dates:         Times:
Fri., Nov. 24, 2017  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 25     10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 26     11 a.m. –5 p.m

Location:  Prime Osborn Convention Center
     1000 Water St

                  Jacksonville, FL 32204
                  (904) 630-4000

Adults: $7.00 – Children 12 & under are FREE.  Printable $1.00 Off Coupons are available HERE.  (One Admission Good for All 3 Days with hand stamp!)  2017 Show Sponsors: PUBLIX, First Coast News, and the Florida Times Union.

‘Momma’s Boy’ appearing in JAX for one night only!

Priest Tyaire announces the release of his eighth stage play Momma’s Boy,” starring Robin Givens, Johnny Gill, Nephew Tommy from the Steve Harvey Morning Show, 227’s Jackee Harry, singing sensation Shirley Murdock, eight-time Stellar award winner Anthony Brown, former En Vogue member Dawn Robinson, and Lil G from R & B Group Silk.  WOW, what a lineup.  This highly anticipated production is sure to take audiences on an emotional roller coaster, leaving them laughing, crying, and on the edge of their seats.  Tickets are on sale NOW for the Friday, November 10, 2017 performance.

“Momma’s Boy” is a story that is based on real life events and is guaranteed to take audiences on a riveting, yet eye-opening experience addressing stereotypes that plague African American families and communities.  “I want to reach everyone with this life-changing play, because unfortunately no city, community, or family is exempt,” said Priest Tyaire.  While the play reflects an important, socially relevant issue, it is delivered in an inspirational and entertaining way that captivates all audiences.

About the Show: Set in the inner city, Aaron and Autumn join forces as police officers in a town plagued by violence.  Autumn is then forced to move into Aaron’s home with her sons.  Autumn has spoiled and catered to her sons every need which has earned them the title of being momma’s boys.  This is where Aaron’s plight begins to turn these boys to men. In an awkward turn of events, Autumn decides to confront Aaron about his own relationship with his mother. Aaron’s mother, who has resided with him for the past 10 years, feels that no woman can take care of her son like she can.  She has run away potential prospects in the past and intends to do same with Autumn.

The big question that remains is how can Aaron turn Autumn’s boys into men when he is a “Momma’s Boy” himself? Through some quick thinking and a lot of prayer, Aaron manages to not only alter the lives of Autumn’s boys, but realizes that his own relationship with his mother requires some much-needed adjustments.

About the Playwright: Priest Tyaire is an experienced playwright who has produced life-changing stage plays through his inspirational productions of: The Tears of a Teenage Mother, Torn Between Two Fathers, and The Wrong Shade of Black – to name a few.  In fact, his first national touring show, Mrs. Independent, was so successful, that it received rave reviews in leading media outlets, such as The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun Times, on Fox TV, and in Eclipse Magazine.

°Momma’s Boy
presented by Priest Tyaire
DATE: Friday, November 10, 2017
TIME: 8 p.m.

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

SHOW TICKETS: range from $65 – $95, and may be purchased online through Ticketmaster.  Tickets are on sale now and will be available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Offices located at Veterans Memorial Arena and the Times-Union Center or charge by phone at (800)-745-3000.