Friday, May 4, 2018

The Alhambra debuts ‘The Fox on the Fairway’ stage play

In a golf town that just can’t seem to get enough of the action, the Alhambra Theatre & Dining opens a comedy new to its iconic stage, Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway.”  Opening week coincides with the “Players Championship”, the PGA TOUR’s premier event just minutes down the road in Ponte Vedra Beach (FL), adding to the area’s thirst for all things golf.

About “A Fox on the Fairway”:
Bingham, president of the Quail Valley Country Club, is in a difficult position when he discovers the golfer he chose to represent his club in the city championship has switched sides, having been recruited by his counterpart and opponent.  The huge bet Bingham had foolishly wagered is now likely to be lost. He recruits the skillful Justin and then discovers his newly-hired hand is in love with Louise, the waitress at the club, causing his ringer much distraction. When Justin learns that Louise has lost the engagement ring he gave her he comes unglued. The game resumes the next day, but Justin loses the lead, and, upset, takes an unfortunate swing, breaking his arm. To further complicate the matter for Bingham, his wife catches him much too close to Pamela, the Club vice-president. Comedy ensues as Bingham tries to find a replacement for Justin to win the game, win the wager, and get his life in order.

A comic romp written by the Tony Award-winning author of “Lend Me a Tenor,” “A Fox on the Fairway” gives golfers and non-golfers an interesting slice of country club life. The menu features a number of country club favorites, including Executive Chef Dejuan Roy’s fabled prime rib.

A Little bit about the Menu:
First Course
(Choice of One): Club House Salad with spring mix, tomato, carrot, red onion, cucumber, derby dressing *GF*; OR Creamy Broccoli & Cheddar Soup.

Second Course (Choice of One): Chicken Divan white rice, broccoli; OR Sweet Tea-Poached Salmon, herb and lemon mayo, quinoa and couscous salad, grilled asparagus *GF*; OR Chef DeJuan’s Famous Roasted Prime Rib, mashed potatoes, garlic green beans *GF*; OR Corn, White Bean & Tomato Pie with summer vegetable salad.

Third Course (Choice of One): Coconut Cake; OR Lemon Cream Pie.
   *Menu subject to change.
Gluten-free & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

A Fox On The Fairway
DATES: May 9 — June 10, 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 May 11, 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

Florida Theatre May events in downtown JAX

If you're looking for something else to do in JAX - look no further.  Here are a few exciting events that will be at the Florida Theatre this month.

May 2018
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
6-  Kris Kristofferson
9-  An Evening of Luther Vandross starring Ruben Studdard
12- Jacksonville Dance Theatre 6th Annual
24- JAX Jazz Piano Competition

May 4 - 8 p.m.
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall.  Together, nine-time Grammy-winning trumpet player Herb Alpert and his wife, Grammy-winning vocalist, Lani Hall, will perform classic songs, and many of Alpert’s Tijuana Brass hit singles including: “Rise,” “A Taste of Honey,” and “What Now My Love.”
May 6 - 8 p.m. Kris Kristofferson. Singer, songwriter and actor, Kris Kristofferson, topped the Country music charts with his hits: "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," and "For the Good Times."

May 9 - 8 p.m.
Always & Forever, An Evening of Luther Vandross starring Ruben Studdard. American Idol star Ruben Studdard has been hailed as the next Luther Vandross.  In this new tribute show, Studdard will perform all of Luther Vandross' biggest hits including: "Endless Love," "A House Is Not A Home," "Dance With My Father," "If Only For One Night," "Power of Love," and his Grammy-nominated version of "Superstar." ½ tickets for Ruben Studdard tickets when you use the code word IDOL at checkout or when you call the box office.  Limited meet and greet packages available.

May 12 - 8 p.m.
Moving Jacksonville - Jacksonville Dance Theatre 6th Annual.  
Jacksonville’s own critically acclaimed professional modern dance company presents its 6th annual dance concert at the historic Florida Theatre. Highlighting the range of athletic, entertaining, and eclectic works the company is known for, this year’s show, Moving Jacksonville, includes repertory pieces by JDT Artistic Director Rebecca R. Levy, and Jacksonville’s own, choreographer James Boyd III, plus two world premieres by JDT Creative Director Tiffany S. Santiero and choreographer Jay Jackson.

May 24 - 7 p.m. — JAX Jazz Piano Competition.
 For over thirty years, the Jacksonville Piano Competition has been a Jazz Fest tradition. Presented by Keyboard Connection, it continues to be one of the most exciting musical spectacles to be seen anywhere!  The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition is open to any age acoustic jazz pianist who does not currently have, or has not previously had a contract with a record label.

“Florida Theatre April 2018 events”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre

128 E. Forsyth St.

      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355-2787

Thursday, May 3, 2018

‘Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts’ FREE events

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from7 - 9 p.m., in the Plaza de la Constitucion with FREE concerts by Tampa's premier Latin Band Caribeño Tropical and authentic style Mariachi band Mariachi Garibaldi.

Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts
brings these bands to downtown St. Augustine from 7 to 9 p.m. May 5 in the Gazebo of the Plaza, between King Street and Cathedral Place. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs for seating.

Caribeño Tropical is the premier Latin Band from Tampa. They play all genres of Latin music, such as Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Bolero, Danzón, Latin Jazz and more.  The all-star line-up of professional musicians includes two singers who can swing with the best and also deliver romantic ballads. This energetic group will put everyone in dance mode!

Also, on the bill is Mariachi Garibaldi, an authentic style Mariachi band from Tampa who play original songs and also covers of famous Mexican artists such Juan Gabriel, Vicente Fernandez, Jose Jose, Antonio Aguilar and many others. Their unique sound represents the street style of the old Garibaldi.

Join them in Saint Augustine from May 4-13 for St. Augustine's most outstanding talent showcase during Romanza Festivale of Music & The Arts - featuring 80 events and exhibits by dozens of St. Augustine's talented nonprofit organizations.

Many events are FREE! Getting around town to enjoy the events during the 10-day Romanza Festivale in St. Augustine should be a breeze, with different times and various locations. Go to see the entire list of events HERE!

Bonnie Raitt cancels tour dates with James Taylor

Due to an unexpected medical situation that requires immediate attention, Bonnie Raitt will no longer be able to join James Taylor & His All-Star Band for the first portion of their previously announced summer tour.  Following her annual physical, it was determined she needs to schedule some surgery soon. The prognosis is good and a full recovery is expected.

Bonnie Raitt says “I’m deeply sorry to have to disappoint my fans, James and colleagues with these cancellations. I was so looking forward to our tour, but I’m very grateful that the doctors feel this can be taken care of with surgery. I’m feeling strong and am in great hands with my wonderful team. I fully expect to return for the second leg of the US tour in June followed by our European tour in July. Thank you all for your concern and understanding that the best gift you could give me is respecting my wish for privacy and giving me space to heal. Can’t wait to see you all back on the road again soon!”

James Taylor says “This summer was to be Bonnie’s and my second summer touring together. We wanted to do it again because it was such good fun the first time, we didn’t want it to end. We are so looking forward to having her rejoin the tour in mid-June. Of course, there is no question as to the priority of your health, Bonnie. You will be constantly in our hearts and minds until we see you in June.”

The first leg of the tour, which is scheduled to kick off at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL on May 8th, will now be an “Evening with James Taylor & His All-Star Band”, featuring two sets with a brief intermission.

Sheryl Crow is scheduled to join James Taylor & His All Star band as a Special Guest in Phoenix, AZ at The Talking Stick Resort Arena on May 29 and for two nights at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on May 31 and June 1.

Bonnie Raitt is scheduled to join back up with the tour starting in St. Paul, MN on June 22.

James will also return to Tanglewood for two nights on July 3 & 4 marking his 27
th time performing his annual Fourth of July concert in Lenox, MA.  James Taylor & His All-Star band are also set to join the Eagles this summer at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on July 26 and in Philadelphia, PA at Citizens Bank Park on July 28.

For those ticket buyers who would like to request a refund to a show affected by this announcement, please do so at your original point of purchase.

St Augustine is blooming with concerts this May

Celebrate the arts with FREE concerts May 4-13 in venues throughout downtown St. Augustine during Romanza's Festivale of Music and the Arts.  Join them in Saint Augustine from May 4-13, 2018, for a celebration of art and music in America's Most Romantic City - featuring 80 events and exhibits by dozens of St. Augustine's talented nonprofit organizations.

Many events are free and admission is required for others.  Getting around town to enjoy the events during the 10-day Romanza Festivale in St. Augustine should be a breeze, with different times and various locations.  Go 
HERE to see the entire list of events and the full schedule.

Free Concerts: Chamber Music Series (7 concerts); A Little Night Music (8 concerts); Young Performers Music Series  (2 concerts); Special free event at Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium: Return 2 Zero and The Satin Dolls singing
"tunes with an attitude in hot harmony."

Concert Schedule: (see the full list above) First Coast Opera - May 4 @ 5 - 6:30 pm at the St. Augustine Art Association; Romanza Festivale Opening Night - The Wobbly Toms - May 4 @ 7 - 9 p.m. in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitucion; The Romanza Chamber Music Series: Three Organists in Concert - May 5 @ 12 p.m. - 1:00 pm at Memorial Presbyterian Church; Weeki-Wachee High School Chorus - May 5 @ 3 - 4 p.m. in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitucion; Cinco de Mayo with Caribeño Tropical and Mariachi Garibaldi -May 5 @ 7 - 9 p.m. in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitucion; Hot Hot Harmony! - May 6 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm in Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College, Music at Grace: The Bartram Trail High School Choir - May 6 @ 5 - 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.

Romanza Chamber Music Series: Guy and the Yehudas, a Klezmer Band - May 7 @ 12 - 1 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church; A Little Night Music: Chillula - May 7 @ 7 - 8:30 pm at The Colonial Quarter; Chamber Music Series: Ali and Gosia - May 8 @ 12 - 1 p.m. .at Ancient City Baptist Church; Young Performers Recital - May 8 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm at Memorial Presbyterian Church; A Little Night Music: Ghost Tropic - May 8 @ 7 - 8:30 pm at The Colonial Quarter; Romanza Chamber Music Series: Kathy VandeBerg and Friends - May 9 @ 12 - 1 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church; Young Performers Recital - May 9 @ 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Presbyterian Church; A Little Night Music: Sam Pacetti - May 9 @ 7 - 8:30 pm at The Colonial Quarter

The Romanza Chamber Music Series: The Lawson Ensemble and Oboe - May 10 @ 12 - 1 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church; A Little Night Music: Matanzas Tap - May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm at The Colonial Quarter; A Little Night Music: Bret Blackshear - May 10 @ 7 - 8:30 pm at The Colonial Quarter; Jazz at Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center - May 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Lincolnville Museum Cultural Center; Chamber Music Series: St. Johns County Center for the Arts Mixed Chamber Chorus - May 11 @ 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church; Romanza Young Performers Music Series: The St. Augustine Youth Chorus - May 11 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 p.m.; A Little Night Music: Mama Blue - May 11 @ 7 - 9 p.m.  in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitucion; Romanza Chamber Music Series: The North Florida Women's Chorale - May 12 @ 12 - 1 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church.  And, The St. Augustine Community Chorus Concert: Not One Sparrow is Forgotten - May 13 @ 3 p.m. - 4:30 pm at Ancient City Baptist Church.