Thursday, March 29, 2018

‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ in JAX for one week

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical”, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Jacksonville premiere at the Times-Union Center for one week only!

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.  Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including: “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song.

“Carole King might be a native New Yorker, but her story of struggle and triumph is as universal as they come – and her music is loved the world over,” producer Paul Blake said.  “I am thrilled that Beautiful continues to delight and entertain audiences around the globe, in England, Japan and Australia and that we are entering our third amazing year on the road in the U.S.  We are so grateful that close to four million audience members have fallen in love with Carole's story and her indelible music.”

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” (Ghostlight Records) won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and is available on CD, digitally, and on vinyl.  Beautiful launched its first US National Tour in September 2015, and is also currently playing internationally, with productions in Japan, Australia and touring the UK.  An Award-winning production recently concluded its run in London’s West End after opening on February 25, 2015.

The creative team of Beautiful also includes: Derek McLane (Set Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Sidwell (Orchestrations and Music Arrangements), Jason Howland (Music Supervision) and John Miller (Music Coordination).

“Beautiful - The Carole King Musical” is recommended for ages 10 years and older.  There is no foul language but there is talk about the use of drugs.  For more information and a video sneak peek, please visit

The Carole King Musical

Tues., Apr. 10, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 11     7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 12    7:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 13      8 p.m.
Sat., April 14    2 p.m.
Sat., April 14     8 p.m.
Sun., April 15    1:30 p.m.
Sun., April 15    7 p.m.

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

TICKETS:start at $37 plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

There will be a Beautiful Brunch presented by the FSCJ Artist Series in partnership with The Candy Apple Café and Cocktails, on Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Brunch from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and the Matinee begins at 1:30 p.m.  Check HERE for more information.

Kevin Hart will be in JAX soon

has announced that he is expanding his widely successful and massively hysterical ‘The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour,’ adding over 100 new dates across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia.  Produced by Live Nation, the new dates kicked off March 23 in Baltimore, MD and hit all new cities including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, Paris, London, Sydney, Auckland, Singapore, and more. The tour makes its stop in Jacksonville, Florida for one night only!

Hart’s last multi-city domestic and international WHAT NOW comedy tour sold out large venues all over the world, including being the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium, selling over 50,000 tickets in one show at Lincoln Financial Field.  Internationally, he sold out over a dozen arenas in the European market, selling over 150,000 tickets, and sold out arenas across Australia, selling 100,000 tickets. Hart’s hit comedy tour grossed over $100 million worldwide.

2017 was a banner year for Hart, his memoir I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons debuted at Number One on the New York Times Bestseller list and remained on the list for ten consecutive weeks.  The book also topped records on the Audible platform, selling over 100,000 copies in the first five weeks. Earlier in the year Hart voiced a title character in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.  To close 2017, Kevin appeared in the Sony reboot of the classic film Jumanji alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black.  Jumanji has been Kevin’s highest grossing box office release to date, the movie has made over $800 million worldwide.

Hart’s newest business venture is his digital platform the LOL NETWORK (Laugh Out Loud), the comedy brand and multi-platform network founded by Hart in partnership global content leader Lionsgate. Hart’s next feature film is Night School for Universal, a film in which he co-wrote, produces and stars in - all under the Hartbeat production banner.  The comedy follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship.

Kevin Hart
Irresponsible Tour

Sat. April 7, 2018
TIME: 7 p.m.

TICKETS prices vary.  All seats are reserved, and tickets are available online, by calling (800) 745-3000, or by visiting the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.  For group rates and information, call 866-248-8740.  No Phones, Photos or Videos will be permitted at this event.

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

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens has showers of events for April 2018

It’s Springtime in Florida, and even if the temperatures are fluctuating from cool to cooler and back to warm, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is bursting with creativity, growth, reconstruction, entertainment, beauty, shopping, history and much more.  They are awaiting your visit, so come celebrate new life in the gardens and in the museum.

Florida Blue Free Tuesday - Each Tuesday Evening from 4 to 9 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  Every Tuesday, enjoy free admission to the Cummer Museum and its historic Gardens, thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue. Guests can enjoy free admission to the Galleries. Each Tuesday evening, the Cummer Café is open for Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union.

Tapas Tuesday -
Tap into Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union at the Cummer Café. Every Tuesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the Cummer Café patio, take in the sunset while listening to local musicians with beer, wine, or artfully inspired tapas for sale at the Café. Reserve your table by calling 904.899.6022.  Reservations are recommended.

History Of Western Art: Modern Art - Tue, Apr 3 | 10:30 a.m. to noon | Members Free, Non-Members $10 (includes admission) | Registration required.  Explore art history through this monthly series of lectures that includes time in the galleries. Brush up on your art history for personal enjoyment as Director of Education Lynn Norris leads you through the history of Western Art. Space is limited. For further information, please
email or call 904.355.0630.

Cummer Amelia Garden Walk 2018: Porches, Pots, And Patios - Fri, Apr 6 | 1 to 4 p.m.  Members $20, Non-Members $30.  Omni Amelia Island Plantation.  Registration recommended.  Join Cummer Amelia for the 4th Annual Garden Walk at the Amelia Island Plantation.  This event supports school tours for Nassau County third- and fourth-grade students to visit the Cummer Museum, which both enriches their curriculum and broadens their worldview. The event includes a walking tour of four beautiful home gardens, each with its own unique charm. Art demonstrations, live music, and refreshments will be provided along the tour route. A Garden Market will be located by the Amelia Island Plantation Shops. Transportation will be available. For further information please contact Wendy Mayle at 904.899.6007 or

Weaver First Saturday Free For All - Sat, Apr 7 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  The first Saturday of each month at the Cummer Museum is FREE FOR ALL, thanks to the generous support of J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver. Guests can enjoy free admission, as well as art-making activities for all ages in the Cummer Gardens, live music, and a Docent-led tour at 2 p.m. For further information, please call 904.899.6038.

Bank Of America And Merrill Lynch Museums On Us - Sun, Apr 8 from Noon to 4 p.m. | Free to cardholders | No registration required.  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers free admission on the first Sunday of the first full weekend of the month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders through the Museums On Us program. Each cardholder receives one free general admission to the Museum. For further information, please call 904.899.6038.

Art Of Cooking Series: Homegrown - Thu, Apr 12 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Members $30, Non-Members $40 | Registration required.  Ever wondered how to take freshly harvested garden fare from nature to your dinner table? Saturiwa Trading Company and Chef Jamey Evoniuk with the Cummer Café, the Chef’s Garden Catering & Events, and the Candy Apple Café & Cocktails, team up to share recipes, small bites, and preparation techniques that showcase the freshness of locally sourced produce. This will be paired with a cocktail and explanation into the methods of its production by Jacksonville-based Manifest Distillery founder, David Cohen. For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program - Sat, Apr 14 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Members and Non-Members $30 | Registration required.  Join the Museum as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. Make the Cummer Gardens the first stop on your tour of a number of private gardens in the Riverside neighborhood. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand in each garden throughout the day to answer your questions. The Cummer Gardens will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all private gardens will be open from noon to 4 p.m. For further information, please call 904.899.6023.

History Of Western Gardens: The American Garden - Tue, Apr 17 | 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10 (includes admission) | Registration required.  Explore garden history through this four-part lecture series. Join Director of Education Lynn Norris for a trip through some of the world’s great gardens as we trace the connections between art and gardens. Space is limited. For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Art Fundamentals: Acrylic Painting - Wed, Apr 18 through May 30 (except May 2) | 1 to 4:30 p.m. | Members $180, Non-Members $210 | Registration required.  Instructor Allison Watson introduces painting to beginning students and strengthens the skills of intermediate painters. Learn composition for landscape and still life, color theory, and techniques in acrylic. Participants may sign up for multiple sessions. Supplies are not included. Ages 18 and up. For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Art For Tots: Spring In The Garden - Thu, Apr 19 | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | $10 per pair | Registration required.  Ages 24 through 36 months with an adult.  This class will explore the gardens and look at the different shapes and colors in the natural world. In the studio children will use flowers to create a painting with unique textures. Art for Tots is funded through the generosity of the Chartrand Family Foundation. Entry is through Art Connections. Class size is limited. For further information, please email  or call 904.355.0630.

Smart Phone Photography: Adult Workshop - Thu, Apr 19 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Members $30, Non-Members $40 | Registration required.  Need tips on how to take a better selfie or capture that incredible sunset? Local Photographer Jessica VanTassel of Stout Studios will lead a hands-on workshop where participants learn the secrets to taking great photos with their smart phones. Participants are asked to bring their smart phones. Beyond that, all supplies, wine, beer, and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Art For Tots: Spring In The Garden - Thu, Apr 21 | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | $10 per pair | Registration required. Ages 24 through 36 months with an adult.  This class will explore the gardens and look at the different shapes and colors in the natural world. In the studio children will use flowers to create a painting with unique textures. Art for Tots is funded through the generosity of the Chartrand Family Foundation. Entry is through Art Connections. Class size is limited. For further information, please
email or call 904.355.0630.

Art Adventures: Thomas Hart Benton - Sat, Apr 21 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Members $10, Non-Members $15 | Registration required. Ages 6 through 12.  Join them on the third Saturday of each month for studio classes. In this class students will view important paintings and drawings by Thomas Hart Benton that capture the heroic moments of respite aboard submarines and around shipyards during World War II. Then students will return to the studio to create their own maritime paintings. Projects will be completed within one class period. Class size is limited. For further information, please
email or call 904.355.0630.

Cummer Amelia An Afternoon Of Art: 20th-Century Women Artists - Mon, Apr 23 | 2 to 4 p.m. | Free | Registration required.  Fernandina Beach Branch Library.  Cummer Amelia partners with the Fernandina Beach Branch Library for a lecture series with a presentation on “Women Artists from the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism” by Cummer Museum Director of Education Lynn Norris. The last lecture in this series addresses the 20th century, when art education became available to women. For major artists from Georgia O’ Keeffe to Helen Frankenthaler, a new question emerged: “to be an artist or a woman artist?” Seating is limited. For further information please visit or contact Wendy Mayle at or 904.899.6007.

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

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U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will face Mexico in JAX

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will face Mexico on Thursday, April 5, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (7 p.m. ET; FS1) in the first of two April friendlies between the teams.  The second-leg of the games will take place on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (12:30 CT; FOX).  The matches will be previews of a possible meeting in CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying that will be held this coming fall.

Five things to know about Mexico’s team: The match will mark just the third visit to Jacksonville for the U.S. Women's National Team, which first played there when the stadium was named Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in a 2-1 loss to Norway in 1996. Most recently at EverBank Field, the WNT earned a 4-1 victory against Scotland in February of 2013. The SMG Jacksonville-managed venue is the home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, which are owned by Shahid Khan, who also owns Fulham Football Club in London. “We’re thrilled to welcome the U.S. Women’s National Team in their return to Jacksonville,” said Jaguars President Mark Lamping.  “EverBank Field and Daily’s Place are built for world-class athletes, and the First Coast community has a strong history of embracing international soccer.  The match presents another great opportunity to welcome fans to downtown Jacksonville and continue its growth as a premier destination for live sports and entertainment.”  SMG Jacksonville’s General Manager Bill McConnell added, “SMG Jacksonville is proud to support the U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico game on April 5th. It promises to be an exciting match-up between two elite teams of the highest caliber and SMG Jacksonville, on behalf of the City of Jacksonville, stands ready to ensure an outstanding experience for all who attend.”

TICKETS for the game in Jacksonville are available now through, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or by visiting the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.  Groups of 20 or more can order at
Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available for both games against Mexico exclusively through

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the 
U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs.  Click here or contact for more information.

: EverBank Field
1 EverBank Field Dr.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

Monday, March 26, 2018

Alhambra Theatre and Dining presents ‘5 Guys Names Moe’

It’s a little after Spring Break and time for you to enjoy some quality entertainment.  Saxophonist Louis Jordan created a new slant on jazz in the 1940’s that paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.  Nominated for a 1992 Best Musical Tony® Award and winner of the 1991 Laurence Oliver Award for Best Entertainment, “Five Guys Named Moe brings Jordan’s music to life through the eyes of main character Nomax, at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining.

Nomax, whose girlfriend has left him and is without money, finds “Big Moe,” “Four-Eyed Moe,” “Eat Moe,” “No Moe,” and “Little Moe” emerging from his radio to comfort him.  The result is two hours of lively, funky music that the LA Times called, “one of the more entertaining experiences available to humanity.”

About “Five Guys Named Moe”: An exuberant tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer and alto saxophonist,
Louis Jordan, “Five Guys Named Moe” is an international sensation.  Initially produced in London's West End by the legendary Cameron Mackintosh, this exhilarating, all-embracing theatrical experience moved to Broadway in 1992 and was nominated for two Tony Awards.Chef

“Five Guys Named Moe” is mostly about Nomax – he's broke, his lovely Lorraine left him and he's listening to the radio at 5 o’clock in the morning.  Out of the radio, five guys named Moe appear.  Set to Jordan's iconic rhythm and blues/jazz score, the Moes encourage Nomax to turn his life around and tell Lorraine that he loves her.  The recognizable and enticing score appeals to a variety of audiences, and the uproarious audience participation will have spectators leaping out of their seats to join the celebration.  It’s not too late to get your tickets!

About the Meal:
First Course
(Choice of One): Field Greens Salad/pickled tomatoes, toasted croutons, house-made tarragon dressing; OR Field Pea Soup with smoke turkey, & kale *GF*

Second Course (Choice of One): Turkey Meatloaf/sweet onion gravy, mashed potatoes, cauliflower au gratin; OR Smoked Boston Butt, roasted new potatoes, garlic green beans, Carolina BBQ sauce *GF*; OR Southern Fried Catfish, baked cheese grits, Brussels sprout slaw; OR Curry Sweet Potato & Farro Stew with coconut jasmine rice.

Third Course (Choice of One): Blueberry Pie; OR Mini Pistachio Bundt Cake.
*Menu subject to change.  Gluten-free & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

5 Guys Named Moe

DATES: April 4 — May 8, 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: “Gala Night” (Friday April 6, 2018) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $64.  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 server’s gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

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