Saturday, January 6, 2018

Four female crooners take on the Alhambra Theater and Dining

The audience was taken back in time to a senior prom of years ago.  Besides the familiar tunes of the late 50’s and early 60’s, the crowd also participated with voting for the prom queen Class of 1958 in The Marvelous Wonderettes.  Three of the four ladies (Erica Lustig* playing Missy Miller, Juliana Davis* as Cindy Lou Huffington, Kayla Tomas* in the character of Betty Jean Reynolds), have previously appeared in other productions at the Alhambra.  Lindsay Nantz* newbie to the quartet portrayed Suzy Simpson and harmonized so well with the other women.
The storyline is cute and may takes you back-in-time to your high school prom or reunion.  The music will have you singing along to those hits of the past.  Some familiar tunes are: “Mr. Sandman,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick On Your Collar,” “Good Night Sweetheart, Good Night,” “Sincerely,” “Mr. Sandman,” “You Don’t Own Me, “ “With This Ring,” “It’s My Part” “Son Of a Preacher Man,” “Leader Of The Pack,” “Maybe,” “Needle In A Haystack,’ “Rescue Me,” “Respect,” and many more.
*Denotes Actors Equity Association*

The Marvelous Wonderettes
DATES: January 3 — February 4, 2018

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

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

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, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents ‘A Dinner Party Series’

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is excited to present “Inspired Palates: A Dinner Party Series.”  This exciting series of dinners will raise funds to aid in the reconstruction of the historic Cummer Gardens, which were significantly impacted by Hurricane Irma.  So clutch your pearls, fill your glasses, and join the Cummer Museum for this avant-garde series of dinners that will inspire your palate and spark your creative energies.

Mr. and Mrs. Cummer were known to be legendary hosts
, and this is your chance to join the Museum in celebration of the culture and history of the places that inspired the beautiful gardens. The series includes three dinners, one for each historic garden space. All Dinner Party guests
will enjoy beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, themed music, artful moments, and a gourmet dining experience.

Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will also enjoy a private art tour with selections chosen to complement each event, along with a signature cocktail prior to the start of the evening, from 5:30 to 6 p.m.  For further information or to register for one or all of the dinners, please call 904.899.6038 or visit HERE.

Join the Museum for a single dinner: VIP - $250. General - Members $150, Non-Members $175. Young Professional (40 and under) - Members $100, Non-Members $125.
Or for the full series: VIP - $675. General - Members $400, Non-Members $475. Young Professional (40 and under) - Members $275, Non-Members $350.

La Dolce Vita: An Italian Dinner Party — Thurs., Jan 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Registration required by Jan 5.  Experience the wonders of an Italian soggiorno without ever leaving the city limits of Jacksonville. The evening will offer guests an array of Italian-style experiences, including live music, wine, and antipasti, culminating in a seated, family-style meal that will reinforce why Italians are known for the gioie della tavola, or “the joys of the table.” This Italian experience will support the reconstruction of the Italian Garden.

British Invasion: An English Dinner Party — Thurs., Feb 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Registration required by Feb 8.  Calling all anglophiles! Do you fancy a pint? Round up some mates, dress in your British best, and join us at the Museum for a pub crawl style evening with a classy spin. Guests will enjoy live music, activities, beer pairings, and favorite pub cuisine! This jolly good evening will support the reconstruction of the English Garden.

“South” Hampton: A New York Dinner Party — Thurs., Mar 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Registration required by Mar 8.  Travel back in time to the Gatsby era in New York’s Southampton community, where socialites were aplenty and parties were swanky. Guests are invited to don their best wingtips, t-straps, and other festive attire as we celebrate the era of innovation with a top secret prohibition cocktail, live swing music, and a seated dinner. This exciting evening will support the reconstruction of the Olmsted Garden, designed in the early 1930s by the fabled Olmsted Brothers Firm, which had ties to New York’s Central Park.

As a fundraising event for the Museum, a portion of every ticket is a tax-deductible donation to the Museum.  Sponsorship options are available.  Please contact the Advancement Office at (904) 899-6028 for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to JAX

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia is coming to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center with Sleeping Beauty.  This full-scale production is choreographed by famous choreographer, Marius Petipa.  Brought to glorious life by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia and based on the Brothers Grimm's version, this romantic tale tells the story of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years. Presenting 55 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars, this celebration of true love, considered one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest jewels, is brought onto the stage for only one performance.

Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, presents the most passionate love story Ballet.  Music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Choreography by Marius Petipa.

“Effortless precision.” – Palm Beach Daily News “Full of enchantment!” – The New York Times.

Sleeping Beauty

DATE: January 12, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts

      Moran Theater
300 West Water St
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS:  start at $18 for children (12 and under) and $33.75 for adults, plus applicable fees.  They may also be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

‘A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder’ plays at the THC in OP

The Tony® Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”, will play Thrasher-Horne Center, in its First National Tour.  Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary.  All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

The most celebrated musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season, Gentleman’s Guide received ten 2014 Tony® Award nominations, eventually winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design.  In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, and received a 2015 Grammy® Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” features a book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak.  Direction is by Darko Tresnjak, with choreography by Peggy Hickey.  Gentleman's Guide opened at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre to overwhelming critical acclaim in November 2013 where The New York Times raved Gentleman’s Guide will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form.”  The Hollywood Reporter enthused Gentleman’s Guide “Restores our faith in musical comedy!” and Time Magazine said “Just as I was about to give up on musicals, along comes A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder!”

Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
DATE: Jan. 5, 2018  TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thrasher-Horne Ctr.

      St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive

      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: range from $43– $83 with all fees included, and may be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.  The Thrasher-Horne Center encourages all guests to research a show's content before purchasing.  It is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus.

‘Clara’s at the Cathedral is getting a facelift

To serve the public better, Clara White Mission is making things better for their  lunchtime guests, yet due to Kitchen Renovations, Clara’s at the Cathedral will be closed on Friday, January 5, 2018.  Reserve your seat for the best meal in town when the cafe reopens.

“Clara’s at the Cathedral” is an outgrowth of Clara White’s Culinary Arts Program, providing students with extensive hands-on training in production, presentation and front of the house restaurant service.  Operated through a collaboration with St. John’s Cathedral Church, since March, 2007.  The Café offers a relaxed dining experience within the Cathedral’s historic Taliaferro Hall, located in downtown Jacksonville Florida, at the corner of Duval and Market Streets.

To make a reservation for parties of 6 or more, click here.  All proceeds directly benefit the Clara White Culinary Training Program.  Tell a neighbor!  Tell a friend!  Tell your Mama and go for fine dining at Clara’s.

DATES: **Friday’s Only**
TIMES: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
COST: 3 Course buffet meal only $10
    Take Out $10

LOCATION: Clara’s at the Cathedral
St. John’s Cathedral
      256 E.Church St.
      Jacksonville, Florida 32202
      Office: (904) 354-4162