Thursday, August 16, 2018

Get the right seat at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts JAX

Great shows are coming to the Times Union Center, in JAX Florida, for your family’s entertainment. Get your tickets for the shows listed below and choose your seats at this upcoming event!  The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, will kick off the 2018-19 Broadway in Jacksonville season with its 20th Annual Open House at the Times-Union Center at 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.  Doors will open to the public at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

The Artist Series Kick Off event will be a perfect evening for families and theater lovers in Jacksonville.  Local food trucks will be onsite serving up delicious eats and treats.  Door prizes, a complimentary wine tasting, a cash bar, and live music from The Chris Thomas Band will round out the evening.  In addition, attendees will get an extra special sneak peek at the upcoming season with a special performance from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I.

The theater will also be open to the public to allow attendees to test drive seats available for subscription for the upcoming season.  The FSCJ Artist Series will have staff on hand to answer any questions about subscribing or the shows in the season.  Attendees will also be able to purchase any available seat for subscription during the event.

Current Broadway season subscribers will be able to pick up their season tickets, exchange their tickets, buy single tickets for family and friends, and “test drive” their seats during the event.

Complimentary parking for the first 100 attendees of the Broadway Season Kick Off will be provided by LAZ at the Enterprise Parking Garage. Attendees can park in the garage and stop by the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office to receive a parking ticket before leaving the Times-Union Center.

The FSCJ Artist Series’ 2018-19 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING & I (November 13-18), LES MISERABLES (January 22-27), WAITRESS (March 12-17) and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK (April 16-20).

4-Show season subscriptions are on sale now starting at just $159.  Subscription prices vary depending on the show time, day of the week, and seating location.  By subscribing to the 2018-19 Season, subscribers will have the opportunity to renew their seats for the 2019-20 season next year, featuring HAMILTON. New subscribers can order a subscription at, by calling (904) 632-5000 or toll-free at 1-888-860-BWAY (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Season subscriber benefits include: savings off day-of-show pricing on individual tickets, premium seat locations, priority access to tickets for friends and family before the general public, discounted exchanges, access to other FSCJ Artist Series events, and lost ticket replacement.  VIP Seating is available to contributors to the FSCJ Artist Series at five levels: Angel, Producer, Benefactor, Patron, and Donor. Call (904) 632-5000 to learn more about the VIP Theater Club.

Performances for Broadway shows in the subscription package are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Please note, there is no Sunday evening performance for WAITRESS, and there are no Sunday performances for SCHOOL OF ROCK. All times are subject to change.  An American Sign Language interpreted performance for the deaf is available for the Sunday evening performance of each presentation.

Tickets to individual shows in the FSCJ Artist Series’ 2018-19 Broadway in Jacksonville season, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, will go on sale this fall and winter, but season subscribers have access to tickets for any show in the series now before they go on sale to the public.  Attendees will also be able to purchase tickets to other FSCJ Artist Series events, including Broadway Specials, Concert and Variety, Dance, Opera, and Family shows at the Kick Off event.

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

Cummer Museum welcomes Carlos Rolon’s Lost in Paradise

Artist: Carlos Rolon
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens welcomes Lost in Paradise, an exhibition by artist Carlos Rolon and curated by Guest Curator Aaron Levi Garvey, to the Museum from November 3, 2018 to October 20, 2019.  The exhibition features sculptures that weave together nature and humankind found in both Florida and Puerto Rico.

The parallel histories of Florida and Puerto Rico have been hand in hand since the first landings of the same Spanish explorer:  Juan Ponce de León. De León, on a quest for gold in Puerto Rico and searching for the Fountain of Youth in Florida, had no idea that in a few hundred years his landings would have a direct impact on life as we know it.  The Jones Act of 1920, a Merchant Marine Act, entangled Florida and Puerto Rico further, allowing for nearly 90 percent of all goods that move to and from Puerto Rico to be passed through Jacksonville’s port.  More recently, the Jones Act has come back into headlines during relief efforts after hurricanes Irma and Maria made landfall in Florida and Puerto Rico within a week of each other.

Rolón’s Lost in Paradise exhibition examines regrowth post industrialization and catastrophic events.  In the early 20th century and after the Great Depression, both Florida and Puerto Rico saw a rapid spike in industrialization, migrations, and tourism.  While there was a rise in these industries, the natural landscape took the brunt of the abuse.  The expansions of attractions and high-rise complexes deteriorated the beaches, drained wetlands, and cleared wooded areas, making both the island of Puerto Rico and the Florida peninsula more susceptible to flooding and coastline erosion.

In September 2017 two catastrophic hurricanes (Irma and Maria) made landfall in Florida and Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of devastation in their wakes, and linked Jacksonville and Puerto Rico together again in their relief efforts beyond the Jones Act. In Jacksonville, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens sits on the St. Johns River.  The Museum was not spared from hurricane Irma’s storm surge, and the Cummer Gardens were left heavily damaged.  Within the same week, Puerto Rico was hit head-on by hurricane Maria, leaving the entire island without power, supplies, or infrastructure.

Rolón’s new works draw inspirations from the architecture and natural landscapes that both Florida and Puerto Rico share.  In Lost in Paradise, Rolón seeks to bring attention to nature’s unbridled ability to change its own landscape, but also humankind’s ability to overcome catastrophe and rebuild stronger than ever. Rolon’s “losa isleño” (island tile) pieces break from the traditional repetitive decorative design, departing from the typical rug or carpet style layouts to create new sculptural paintings that reference homes in Puerto Rico. Looking to his mirrored mosaic floral works, the artist has created indestructible plant life in an effort to memorialize and create monuments to the native plants of Florida and Puerto Rico.

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

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‘SYTYCD’ is scheduled for JAX in November

“So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018” will come to Jacksonville at the historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.  If you like the TV shows “World of Dance” and SYTYCD on Fox, then you need to get your tickets for the live presentation of the popular show.

“So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018” features the Top 10 contestants from Season 15 which include the following: Jensen Arnold, Hannahlei Cabanilla, Genessy Castillo, Evan DeBenedetto, Jay Jay Dixonbey, Magdalena Fialek, Darius Hickman, Chelsea Hough, Cole Mills, and Slavik Pustovoytov with more cast announcements to come.  Meet the Top Ten HERE.  Fans can witness the hottest show-stopping routines from Season 15 as well as original pieces choreographed specifically for “So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018”.

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018 is directed by visionary director Raj Kapoor with dance routines overseen by Emmy® award winning star choreographer Mandy Moore. 
So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018 is produced by Faculty Productions in association with Industrial Media.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

are on sale now for Florida Theatre Friends, e-club members can buy early with their code word on Thursday, August 16 at 10 a.m.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 17 at 10 a.m., and can be purchased by calling the box office at 904.355.2787(ARTS), or at, the official site for Florida Theatre event tickets.  Take a look HERE, at the calendar, for a show location near you.

LOCATION:Florida Theatre
      128 E. Forsyth St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355-2787 (ARTS)