Friday, August 24, 2018

‘The Color Purple’ will debut at Players By The Sea

A musical of love, forgiveness & redemption will be at Players by the Sea in beautiful Jacksonville Beach, FL.  Players by the Sea will open its 53rd continual season of programming with the inspirational and uplifting musical The Color Purple, based on the 1982 Novel of the same name by Alice Walker.  The Color Purple will be onstage from September 21 - October 14 on the PBTS mainstage for 13 performances.

The Color Purple is the epic tale of 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is fourteen-year-old Celie. When Celie is forced by her abusive father to marry a cruel farmer, called “Mister,” she is separated from all that she loves. Ultimately, Celie conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength, coming into her own. Featuring a vibrant score, The Color Purple, celebrates the healing power of love and the importance of a zest for life.

The Color Purple is directed by Jereme Raickett, with music direction by Meachum Clarke and choreography by Sherrod Brown.  The cast is comprised of more than 20 diverse local volunteer actors, singers and dancers.

About Players By The Sea: For over 50 years, Players by the Sea Theatre has enriched the community through excellence in live and innovative theatre. Players by the Sea presents productions that are engaging, thought--provoking, emotionally stimulating and entertaining through the extraordinary support and dedication from community volunteers - actors, directors, designers, backstage crews, carpenters, visual artists, etc.  PBTS is an artistic home for anyone who wants to engage with the community through interactive and incredible storytelling.

There is plenty of free parking in front of and surrounding the theatre. When patrons enter the theatre, they are welcome to enjoy beer, wine, soda or a specialty cocktail, in addition to snacks.  The theatre seats 150 patrons comfortably - there are only 6 rows of seating so there is no bad seat in the house! Be sure to get to the theatre around 7:30 for an 8:00 show or 1:30 for a 2:00 show to secure parking and to grab the best available seat, since seating is on a first come first served basis.  After the performance, patrons are welcome to meet and greet with the cast members from the show.

The Color Purple

Fri., Sept. 21, 2018  8 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 22     8 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 28     8 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 29     8 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30    2 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 4    8 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 5     8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 6     8 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 7     2 p.m.
Thurs., Oct.11    8 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 12     8 p.m.
Sat., Oct 13     8 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 14     2 p.m.

TICKETS: Regular tickets are $28, with a discounted price of $25 for Senior/Student/Military.  The theatre offers half price tickets to students on Thursday nights.  Showtimes are 8 p.m. from Thursday - Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged.  Tickets are available on the website, or by calling the Box Office at (904) 249-0289.

LOCATION: Players By The Sea Theatre
      106 6th Street North
      Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
      (904) 249-0289

Thursday, August 23, 2018

‘Cummer Museum’ calendar of events for September 2018

Now that the children have gone back to school, it’s time to go to the Cummer Museum of Art & Garden as you have a little time for yourself.  It’s getting cooler and you can appreciate the reconstruction of the Gardens and also the outside activity.  Take a little time to appreciate the arts with the family or take a day for yourself!

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.  Reservations recommended!  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., Sept. 1st.  from 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., Sept. 2nd. 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.

Artists & World War I: The Battlefront -
Thurs., Sept. 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  World War I was the first truly mechanized global war, and it changed everything, including art. This four-part series examines how artists captured the Great War and the post-war world, creating the path for Modern Art that would send shock waves across the cultural landscape.  Artists on the frontlines recorded the war in detail. England’s Artists’ Rifles were in the trenches where rifles came first and sketches were hidden. Artist Percy Wyndham Lewis and the Vorticists examined the dwarfing of man by machine for a generation who grew up with horse-drawn carriages and then faced tanks. Artists such as Sydney Carline saw the war from an airplane. Artists help fill the journalistic need for witnesses, and the war channeled their art in new directions. Space is limited. For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Cummer Beaches Lecture Series – Florence: The Cradle Of The Renaissance - Fri, Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Free | Registration recommended.  Beaches Museum & History Park Chapel.  This lecture will explore one of the most spectacular flowerings of creativity in the history of art against the background of such titans as Donatello, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Renaissance works from the Museum’s collection such as Madonna of Humility with Angels by Agnolo Gaddi, Portrait of Bartolomeo Compagni, by Pier Francesco Foschi, and The Holy Family by Giorgio Vasari will be examined in the broader context of Florentine art. For further information, please
contact Brittany Nazario at or 904.899.6007.

Art For Two: Getting Grouped!  Sat, Sept 8 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Members $15, Non-Members $20 | Registration required.  Ages 3 through 5 with an adult.  Make art with your little one and enjoy gallery and garden visits on the second Saturday of each month. In this class, students will view works in the permanent collection that feature groups of people and objects and discuss multiples work within each artwork. They will then create their own artwork that includes a fun grouping. Open to children ages 3 through 5 and their favorite adult. Class size is limited. For further information, please
email or call 904.355.0630.

Talks & Tea - Urban Spaces, Open Skies: 20th-Century American Landscape - Wed, Sept. 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $6 | Registration required.  You are invited to the Museum to enjoy an insightful talk on Urban Spaces, Open Skies: 20th-Century American Landscape over a cup of tea and a sweet treat, led by Museum staff. For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Art For Tots: Cityscapes! - Thurs., Sept. 13th. & / or Sat., Sept. 15th. from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.(either dates) | $10 per pair | Registration required.  Ages 24 to 36 months with accompanying adult.  This class is for children 24 to 36 months and an accompanying adult.  This class will view cityscapes and discuss what shapes make up the city skyline. In the studio children will create a 3-D city as well as a piece of art that they can build themselves. 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: Urban Spaces, Open Skies! - Sat, Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Members $10, Non-Members $15 | Registration required.  Ages 6 through 12.  Join the museum on the third Saturday of each month for studio classes.  In this class students will view Urban Spaces, Open Skies: 20th-Century American Landscape, looking at how artists interpreted the changing landscape of burgeoning cities and the stillness of the countryside.  Then they will return to the studio to create their own cityscapes in response.  Open to children ages 6 through 12. Class size is limited.  For further information, please
email or call 904.355.0630.

History Of Western Art: Antiquities - Tues., Sept. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Members Free, Non-Members $10 | 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 Museum staff leads you through the history of Western Art. Space is limited. For further information, please
email or call 904.355.0630.

Art Fundamentals: Acrylic Painting - Wed, Sept. 19 through Oct 24 from 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.

A Tour with Ninah - Thurs, Sept. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Members $15, Non-Members $20 | Registration required.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m.  Experience the Cummer Museum through the eyes of Ninah Cummer.  Multi-faceted artist/educator Barbara Colaciello brings Ninah to life as she shares how Ninah curated her collection and her vision for the future.  There will be seated stops in specific galleries where you can gaze at the art purchased by Ninah and learn more about what inspired her to purchase particular works of art. After the tour, enjoy cheese, beer, and wine in the Uible Loggia.  For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Classical Concert: Urban Spaces, Open Skies - Sun., Sept. 23 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.| Members Free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  Join the Museum for a classical concert inspired by the works of Urban Spaces, Open Skies: 20th-Century American Landscape.  For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Cummer Beaches: Kickoff - Thurs., Sep 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Members $35, Non-Members $45 | Registration required.  Sawgrass Country Club, Golf Clubhouse.  Acting Director Holly Keris will unveil the 2019-20 exhibition calendar and discuss current happenings at the Museum. For further information or to register, please
contact Brittany Nazario or phone 904.899.6007.

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

Dr. Jordan Peterson’s ‘12 Rules For Life’ Tour

Renowned professor, clinical psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is bringing his live lecture to the historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre on Sunday, September 16 at 7:30 pm as part of the second leg of his 12 Rules for Life 2018 Tour.

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist, cultural critic, former Harvard Professor, and currently a professor at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are the psychology of religion and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance. Dr. Peterson has published over one hundred scientific papers, as well as authored Maps Of Meaning: The Architecture Of Belief, and the bestselling 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos (January 2018).

This one-of-a-kind evening with Dr. Peterson features his revolutionary lectures on overcoming life’s biggest obstacles, how to improve oneself, the psychology of religion, mythology and much more.  Following the lecture, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a Q &A.

Dr. Peterson’s YouTube Channel has more than 800, 000 followers, with videos averaging 1 million views, and features his university and public lectures, responses to polarizing political crises of today and interviews with experts.

At Harvard, he was nominated for the prestigious Levinson Teaching Prize, and has been regarded as one of three UofT’s truly life changing professors.  His classroom lectures on mythology and psychology were so well received that they were turned into a popular 13-part series on TVO.

Dr. Peterson and his colleagues have produced online programs aimed at helping people understand their personalities and improve their lives. He has appeared on news sources such as: BBC, Channel 4, as well as several popular podcasts and shows, including the Joe Rogan Experience, Under the Skin with Russell Brand, The Rubin Report, and many more.

Dr. Jordan Peterson
12 Rules For Life Tour

Sun., September 16, 2018
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

are on sale now for Florida Theatre Friends, e-club members can buy with their code word.  Everyone is invited to purchase their tickets by calling the box office at (904) 355-2787(ARTS), or at, the official site for Florida Theatre event tickets.  A limited number of VIP meet-and-greet tickets are also available.

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

k.d. lang comes to JAX with her Ingénue Redux Tour

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of her GRAMMY®-award winning, critically acclaimed album Ingénue, k.d. lang has announced the fall leg of her North American Ingénue Redux Tour, which will bring a live performance of the platinum-selling record to venues across the United States. 

As part of this tour, lang will perform songs from Ingénue – including the GRAMMY® -award winning hit “Constant Craving” – along with hits from her 2004 album Hymns of the 49th Parallel.  This tour follows the release of a re-packaged, re-mastered anniversary edition of Ingénue, released last year.  The two-disc set includes eight previously unreleased live performances from lang’s 1993 MTV Unplugged episode, recorded in New York City’s famed Ed Sullivan Theater. Watch her performance of “Constant Craving” HERE.

After first appearing on stage as the cowgirl with the golden voice, she went on to become the crooner who sang “Constant Craving” and also achieved much success interpreting other artists’ songs. Some of her most memorable recordings are the (now-iconic) rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Neil Young’s “Helpless,” and her collaboration with Tony Bennett on their 2002 Wonderful World duets album and successful co-headlining concert tour.  He says of lang, “She’s the best singer of her generation.”

Branching out into uncharted territory isn’t foreign to lang.  In 2014, she guest starred in the hit TV show Portlandia, and in 2015, the Alberta Ballet staged an original performance piece called Balletlujah!, based on the life and music of lang.

More recently, lang collaborated with indie icon Neko Case and respected folk singer/songwriter Laura Veirs to write and record the album case/lang/veirs, which was released in June 2016.  lang has won four GRAMMY® awards, eight Juno Awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD. In 1996, she received Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada and in 2013, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards. She has appeared alongside such musical luminaries as Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Loretta Lynn, and Tony Bennett.

‘k.d. lang’ in JAX for her Ingénue Redux Tour
Monday Sept. 10, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.

TICKETS: are on sale for Florida Theatre Friends.  e-club members can buy with their code word.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 904.355.2787(ARTS), or at, the official site for Florida Theatre event

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

‘Brian McKnight’ will be in JAX for one night only

As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has gained international and domestic recognition, earning himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 16 albums to date over the past twenty years, selling over 30 million albums worldwide, and receiving 16 Grammy nominations. In addition to being a singer, songwriter, and producer, McKnight is an artist who needs no category for his music style and is a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.

“The Brian McKnight 4 is the culmination of 25 years of writing, playing, producing, and performing, that truly defines my career in this business. From my solo story telling shows, my trio shows, and my full production shows, I’ve taken the best of all of them and created an in your face, musical exhibition of my work to date with myself on keys, Isaiah Sharkey on guitar, Chris Loftlin on bass, and Gregory Daniel on drums/percussions. We’ll take you from the very beginning to now and everything in between for a night of music you won’t soon forget!!” – Brian

Over the past 35 years, Grammy nominated R&B singer
Brian McKnight has topped Billboard charts with his hits: “Back At One,” “Anytime,” “One Last Cry,” and the duet “Love Is,” with Vanessa Williams.  He has sold more than 30 million albums and topped R&B album charts with Gemini, Back At One and Superhero.  In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.

Check the venues to see where Brian will be appearing near you. Official Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight
Friday, August 31, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.

are on sale now for Florida Theatre Friends, e-club members can buy with their code word.  Everyone is invited to purchase their tickets by calling the box office at 904.355.2787(ARTS), or at, the official site for Florida Theatre event tickets.

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

Charlie Daniels Band and: Lynyrd Skynyrd highlight Labor Day Concert

Update Aug. 26, 2018: Guitarist Ed King, who co-wrote "Sweet Home Alabama", dead at 68 years young.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Bold Events, and SMG Jacksonville are proud to announce the latest additions to the star-studded stadium show set for Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.  The Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band and Blackberry Smoke will kick off the music festival ahead of co-headliners Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jason Aldean and Kid Rock.  In addition to performances, the all-day, all-night event will also feature food trucks, interactive games and more.

From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.  He began his career playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys.  After moving to Nashville in 1967, he began making a name for himself as a songwriter, session musician and producer.  His unique voice as an artist emerged as Daniels recorded his self-titled solo album in 1970 for Capitol Records.  Two years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band, and the group scored its first hit with their single "Uneasy Rider." Since then the band has populated radio with hits including "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and their signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979, as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.

Since their start in 1972, the Marshall Tucker Band has won over fans with their definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country and gospel.  Along the way, the band has recorded 22 studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many compilations.  With hit singles like "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take The Highway," The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label.  During the 90's, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard's country chart and one on Billboard's gospel chart.  Today, the band records on its own RAMBLIN’ RECORDS Label (distributed by Sony/RED) and continues to release new and previously unreleased material.  More than 40 years after forming, The Marshall Tucker Band is still led by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray and continues to tour, performing more than 130 live dates each year.

Since emerging from Atlanta in the early 2000s, Blackberry Smoke—vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner, drummer Brit Turner and keyboardist Brandon Still—have become known for a singular sound indebted to classic rock, blues, country and folk.  They’ve produced two chart-topping country albums, including: 2015’s “Holding All The Roses” and “Like An Arrow” the following year.  “Find A Light,” Blackberry Smoke’s sixth studio album was released in April 2018.

The stadium show will be a special homecoming for Lynyrd Skynyrd as the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers legacy began over 40 years ago in Northeast Florida.  Their two-year Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, produced by Live Nation, kicked off on May 4 in West Palm Beach, Fla. at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre.  The TIAA Bank Field concert is being organized by Jaguars and Bold events in conjunction with the City of Jacksonville and stadium manager SMG.

Last of the Street Survivors
DATE: Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018
Start as low as $36 (Parking fees are NOT included)

TIAA Bank Field
1 TIAA Bank Field Dr., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900