Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summer time at the Florida Theatre in June - exciting!

Did you know that there’s always something fun to do in downtown Jacksonville, Florida?  Take a look at the nostalgia and grab your tickets before they’re all gone.
June 2018
5 - David Blaine

7 - Happy Together Tour 2018
17 - Brit Floyd
23 - Not In My House
24 -
The Pixies
28 - Bring It Live Tour 2018

June 5 - 8 p.m.
David Blaine.  In his new stage tour, magician and endurance artist David Blaine will push his limits as he attempts new feats for the first time. An experiment in and of itself, no two shows will be the same.  In Blaine's nine TV specials, he has been buried alive in New York City for a week, encased inside a six-ton block of ice for three days, survived standing atop a 100ft tall pillar in Bryant Park for 36 hours without a safety net, endured 44 days inside a transparent box in London on nothing but water, and broke the world record for breath holding live on The Oprah Winfrey Show where he held his breath for more than 17 minutes.  There’s no telling what he will do live on our stage!

June 7 - 8 p.m.
Happy Together Tour 2018.  The Happy Together Tour returns to the Florida Theatre! Featuring the biggest hit makers of the 1960s and 1970s, performed by The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night,) Gary Puckett, The Association, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders) and The Cowsills.  This annual Florida Theatre summer concert delivers the best music of the era. Hosted by The Turtles Flo and Eddie, the show features a first-class multi-media production, along fun-filled night of hits that let fans relieve the music they grooved to!

June 17 - 8 p.m.
Brit Floyd. 
Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show returns for a very special 45th Anniversary retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. They will also perform songs from Wish You Were HereAnimalsThe Wall and The Division Bell plus more.

June 23 - 7 p.m.
Not In My House is an
A Z Jones Production and Simmons & Associates presents the stage play, Not In My House, that comes with suspense, twists, and much drama. What we (as people) may do in the streets, we cannot bring into our house.  This production features: Michael Wayne Thomas, Darryl Edwards II, Melissa Case, Jennifer Weeks, Teresa Smith, Lolita Flagg and a host of others, in one of the best plays that you will ever see.

June 24 - 7:30 p.m.
The Pixies.  
Chart topping 80s alternative band The Pixies will their hits “Gigantic,” “Debaser,” “Here Comes Your Man,” and “Where is My Mind,” plus songs from the sixth studio album Head Carrier.

June 28 7:30 p.m.
Bring It Live Tour 2018.  
Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series Bring It! return with their all-new stage show Bring It! LIVE 2018.  Miss D and her Dancing Dolls bring the elite world of hip-hop competition to life, on the stage. With hotter-than-ever, never-before-seen performances on deck for the 2018 tour, there has never been a better time for Bring It! fans.  New episodes of Bring It! can be seen on Lifetime Fridays at 9/8c or anytime on mylifetime.com.

“Florida Theatre June 2018
LOCATION: Florida Theatre

128 E. Forsyth St.

      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355-2787

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens calendar of events: June 2018

Guess what!  There’s always something fun to do in Jacksonville, Florida and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is the place that you can plan a day to entertain all of your family members.  Take a look at June’s itinerary and make plans today.

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 8 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.

Weaver First Saturday Free for All - Sat., June2 | 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., June 3 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.

Azaleas To Zinnias Community Opening Party - Wed, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Free | Registration required.  Join the Museum for a wine and cheese reception at the opening of its newest exhibition, Azaleas to Zinnias.  The Museum has partnered with Jacksonville Artists Guild and the Berdy Dental Group to present a community-focused juried art exhibition featuring art work by members of the Jacksonville Artists Guild.  The exhibition, titled Azaleas to Zinnias, will be presented in support of the Garden Reconstruction Fund from June 6 through December 16, 2018.  A
dessert reception will be held at
The Berdy Dental Group’s office, located at 1511 Stockton Street, following the Museum opening reception.  For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Art For Tots: Who’s Going To Make The Dishes? - Thurs., June 14 | 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 Meissen Pottery collection and will discuss, “What is it made of?  Why is it decorated?  What purpose does it serve?”  In the studio children will create their own piece of tableware.  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
or call 904.355.0630.

Working with Succulents: Adult Workshop - Thurs., June 14 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Members $30, Non-Members $40 | Registration required.  Find out how to plant and care for succulents with local artist Crystal Floyd. Floyd’s body of work rests at the intersection of art and gardening “exploring themes of nature, storytelling, and adaptive reuse.” Participants will create an assemblage of succulents. All supplies, wine, beer, and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. To learn more about Crystal and her amazing work, please visit crystalfloyd.com. For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Art For Tots: Who’s Going To Make The Dishes? - Thurs., June 16 | 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 Meissen Pottery collection and will discuss, “What is it made of?  Why is it decorated?  What purpose does it serve?”  In the studio children will create their own piece of tableware.  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 e
or call 904.355.0630.

Art Adventures: Abstraction! - Sat, June 16 | 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.  Abstract artists use line, shape, and color to express their ideas and feelings through their work.  In this class students will view abstract art in the permanent collection and then return to the studio to make their own abstract creations.  Projects will be completed within one class period.  Class size is limited.  For further information, please
or call 904.355.0630.

Garden Concert: Americana Concert with Brett Bass and Melted Plectrum (formerly Grandpa’s Cough Medicine) - Sat, June 23 | Doors Open at 6 p.m., Concert from 7 to 9 p.m. | Members $20, Non-Members $25, Reserved Table and Seating for 10 $400 | Registration required.  The founder and flat-picking front man of Grandpa's Cough Medicine has moved back to Florida.  Brett Bass is shedding his outlaw skin to bring his powerful guitar and songwriting to the forefront of attention.  After a couple years absorbing music in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, he's bringing a family friendly, hard driving, high energy bluegrass sound back to his home state of Florida for a wider audience than ever before.  For further information, please call 904.899.6023.  Don’t feel like packing a picnic?  Let the Cummer Café handle your food and beverages by placing an order for pick-up at the concert.  To pre-order, call 904.899.6022 or

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

Hours of Operation & Admission

‘The Music of Motown’ a great Father’s Day gift –show and dinner!

The venue may have changed, nonetheless, the quality remains the same and even better.  Strolling into town for Father’s Day, Stage Aurora presents “The Music of Motown” featuring the music of The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Jackson 5, Martha and the Vandellas and many others!  The “Music of Motown” will take place on Sunday, June 17, 2018 promptly at 3 p.m.

With dazzling choreography, authentic costumes, and stunning vocal performances, this high-energy show is the perfect gift for Father’s Day!  Groove to the Motown sound with hits such as: “Papa was Rolling Stone,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “My Girl,” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.”

“The Music of Motown” is conceived and choreographed by Darryl Reuben Hall, CEO and Founder of Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc. ('Theatre that Enlightens'), Jacksonville’s longest running theatrical company producing theatre of the African-American experience.  Some of you may remember Darryl as ‘Four Eyed Moe in “
5 Guys Named Moe” that played recently at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre.

Celebrity “Tay’s Homestyle Cooking,” Executive Chef for the PGA Tour, will cater the dinner for “The Music of Motown”.  Dinner will include: Baked Zesty Rosemary Chicken, Baked Mac N Cheese, Veggie Rice, Italian Green Beans, Dinner Rolls, and Dessert.

The Music of Motown
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Dinner is served at 3 p.m.  Show begins at 4 p.m.

LOCATION: The Rhythm Factory
at Regency Square
       9501 Arlington Expressway #329
       Jacksonville, Florida 32225

TICKETS: $50 for DINNER & SHOW.  To purchase tickets, visit Brothers 2000 at 5238-1 Norwood Ave. (904-768-6004) in Gateway Mall, online at stageaurora.ticketleap.com/the-music-of-motown or call Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7373.  For MENU click HERE! 
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Facebook & Twitter.

Cummer Museum receives $30,000 toward Garden Reconstruction

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is thrilled to announce the receipt of two significant gifts from national garden organizations, The Garden Conservancy and The Garden Club of America. These gifts, totaling $30,000, will help fund the reconstruction of the historic Cummer Gardens, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which were severely damaged during Hurricane Irma.

The Cummer Gardens sustained extensive damage from Hurricane Irma and the subsequent unprecedented levels of storm surge flooding. The lower tier of all three formal garden spaces remained submerged for approximately 24 hours in as much as four feet of water. This resulted in the uprooting of plants, contamination of outdoor sculptures and fountains with corrosive contaminants, detached railings along the river, broken lighting, pervasive salinization of the soil, large amounts of debris, and significant impact to much of the physical infrastructure, including drainage, electric, fencing, and the well that services the landscape. The Museum has engaged
WLA Studios of Athens, Ga., as a consultant to guide the reconstruction of these garden spaces.

The Garden Conservancy, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to saving and sharing outstanding American gardens for the education and inspiration of the public, has hosted an annual Open Day in Jacksonville in partnership with the Museum for five years.  The Open Days program opens the gates to local private gardens, fueling the public’s passion for gardens and gardening through self-guided tours and special programs presented by experts in many fields.  Building on its tradition of helping significant public gardens manage natural and manmade challenges, the Garden Conservancy presented the Museum a $20,000 donation to help fund the garden reconstruction effort.

Since 1999, Late Bloomers Garden Club, a member of The Garden Club of America, has been an important partner in maintaining the Cummer Gardens through financial and volunteer support. Resolving to help ensure recovery of the historic gardens after the unprecedented flooding, the Late Bloomers club submitted a request to The Garden Club of America’s Restoration Initiative, a fund supporting member clubs directly involved in public landscape restoration and conservation projects in communities devastated by natural disaster.  The resulting $10,000 grant will fund new plants and work toward reconstruction of the Italian Garden, with the goal of honoring the historic character of the site while making improvements that will prepare it to withstand future storms.

Your continued financial support will always be appreciated and feel free to donate

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