Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cummer Museum has exciting events for October 2018

Fall may not be in the air yet, but you’ll find cool activities at the Cummer Museum this month.  Get the family together or your friends and discover an enjoyable day of beauty, education, entertainment and fine refreshments.  Take some time and mark your calendar with the dates below and enjoy October in downtown JAX.

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.

Artists & World War I: Behind The Lines -
Thurs., Oct 4 | 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.  Hospitals, staging areas, general headquarters, nearby towns, and even prisoner of war camps were all part of the labyrinth of war behind the lines recorded by artists.  Women were there in large numbers for the first time as nurses, VADS, ambulance drivers, and Red Cross personnel.  There was no behind the lines in France and Belgium, as they fought on their own soil. Artists, such as Australian Iso Rae, recorded life behind the lines in France.  Britain’s William Orpen and Sir Stanley Spence painted the rag-tag, bombed-out civilians, the soldiers, and the medical personnel all sharing the surreal space behind the lines.  Join Museum staff to discover Artists & World War I: The Battlefront including time in the galleries.  Space is limited.  For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Cummer Beaches Adventures In The Arts: The Actor, The Stage - Thurs., Oct 4 | 2 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.  Theater director and Julliard Alumni JaMario Stills will present a lecture on playwriting.  JaMario is the Co-Founder of the First Coast Actors Center and the Director of Development at The Performers Academy.  For further information or to register, please email Brittany Nazario at or 904.899.6007.

Cummer Beaches Lecture Series: Rome As A Center For The Arts - Fri., Oct 5 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  Beaches Museum & History Park Chapel.  This presentation will focus on the Eternal City as a source of opportunity and patronage for artists such Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and countless others.  The central role of Rome as an artistic and training hub was sustained by the presence of wealthy merchants, bankers, ecclesiastic figures and, of course, the Church.  Artists from all corners of Europe, and later the United States, from the 15th century forward, flocked to the Italian city.  Works from the Museum’s collection offer many examples, including paintings by Claude Lorrain and Charles-Joseph Natoire. For further information, please email Brittany Nazario at or 904.899.6007.

Weaver First Saturday Free for All - Sat., Oct. 6 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.

Envirofest -
Sat., Oct. 6 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  Join the museum as they seek ways to cultivate curiosity, respect, and understanding of the shared natural environment, and the plant and animal wildlife in and around the neighborhoods of Jacksonville.  Along with yoga, plein-air artists, live music, and eco-friendly art projects, representatives from various environmental agencies, governmental and private, give of their time and offer interactive activities to visitors.  For further information, please call 904.899.6023.

Bank Of America And Merrill Lynch Museums On Us
- Sun., Oct. 7 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.

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman Pdl Opening -
Wed., Oct. 10 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Free for Ponce de León Donors only | RSVP required.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m.  Please join the museum for a reception with live music from “Mama Blue”, artist demonstration by “Erin Kendrick”, cocktails, small bites, and remarks from Acting Directory Holly Keris and Guest Curator Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D.  This exclusive event is for Ponce de León Society Donors only and their guests. For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.  If you are a Member or Non-Member of the Cummer Museum, please register for the Member and Community Opening Party on Thurs., Oct. 11th.

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman Member Preview - Thurs., Oct. 11 | Noon to 4 p.m. | Free for Members Only | No registration required.  Museum members are invited to view the exhibition before it opens to the public, with docent-led tours at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. and a 20% discount in the Shop and Café. Reservations for the Café are recommended, so please call 904.899.6022 to reserve your table.

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman Member & Community Opening Party - Thurs., Oct. 11 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m.  Join the Museum for a sneak peak of Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman. The evening will include live music from Mama Blue, artist demonstration by Erin Kendrick, small bites, beer, wine, and exciting new merchandise in the Shop. Remarks at 6:15 p.m. Tour at 6:30 p.m. with Guest Curator Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D. For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Art For Two: Social Ceramics! - Sat., Oct. 13 | 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair | 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 visit Museum’s collection of Early Meissen Porcelain for inspiration.  Then they will create a ceramic artwork embellished with carved designs using colors to represent their own world. Clay pieces will be fired at the Museum and available for pick-up one week after class.  Class size is limited.  For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Talks & Tea: The Renaissance In Florence - Wed., Oct. 17 | 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  You are invited to the Museum to enjoy an insightful talk on the Renaissance in Florence led by Museum staff over a cup of tea and a sweet treat.  For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Art For Tots: Mythical Beasts! - Thurs., Oct. 18 and Sat, Oct 20 | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | $10 per pair | Registration required.  Ages 24 through 36 months with an adult.  This class will look at ancient Green pottery in the Schultz Gallery and will discuss the designs and mythical creatures depicted.  In the studio children will reimagine their own creatures.  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.

Cummer Amelia – An Evening In The Arts: Augusta Savage And The 2018/2019 Calendar - Thurs., Oct. 18 | 5 to 7 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $15 | Registration required.  Osprey Village, Amelia Island.  Acting Director Holly Keris will unveil the 2018/2019 exhibition calendar and discuss current happenings at the Museum.  For further information or to register, please email Brittany Nazario or call 904.899.6007.

Art Adventures: Collage! - Sat., Oct. 20 | 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 spend time viewing works of still-life from the Museum’s permanent collection and learning about their place in art history.  In the studio, students will cut, tear, and glue paper together to make their own still-life images.  Projects will be completed within one class period.  Class size is limited.  For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

History Of Western Art: Early Christian To High Renaissance Art - Tues, Oct. 23 | 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.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
(904) 356-6857

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

‘Danny Gokey: The Hope Encounter” comes to JAX

Grammy® nominee, Dove Award winner, and Capitol recording artist, Danny Gokey is gearing up for his first-ever headline tour with this fall’s The Hope Encounter.  Also featuring Grammy® nominee Tauren Wells and breakout artist Riley Clemmons, the tour will hit 29 markets across the country, including Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on October 6, 2018.  Produced by general market powerhouse Outback Concerts, the tour will play mostly theaters and performing arts centers.

“It’s been a dream of mine since American Idol to headline my own major tour,” says Gokey. “That platform opened my eyes to the power of mixing hope with entertainment. Hearing a message of hope at just the right time can truly make an impact in someone’s life. Getting this opportunity is a dream come true! I love touring, being with fans, and seeing first-hand how the music can encourage people in a time in our society where hope (mixed with a little fun) is so desperately needed.”

Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season 8 of American Idol.  His first album, My Best Days, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.  Since then, the Wisconsin native has celebrated a series of #1 album debuts, including his first award-winning holiday album, Christmas Is Here, as well as singles including the recently Gold-certified “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and “Hope In Front of Me.” Gokey’s latest album, Rise, reached #1 on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart and garnered his first Grammy nomination.  Its title track, marked his third, multi-week, multi-chart #1 single.

Tauren Wells, a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, debuted Hills and Valleys — his first full-length solo project — in July 2017, just prior to hitting arenas on the Lionel Richie/Mariah Carey 22-city “All the Hits Tour.”  The album’s title track was one of the most streamed Christian songs of 2017, according to Spotify, and currently registers over 50 million total streams.  The official music video and lyric video have combined views exceeding 25 million.  His single, "Undefeated," also served as the soundtrack for the internet-famous Dude Perfect’s “World Records Edition” episode on YouTube which, along with another Dude Perfect video featuring the No. 1 single "Love Is Action," has garnered more than 100 million views combined.  Wells made history earlier this year by landing singles in both the #1 (“All My Hope (ft. Tauren Wells)” by Crowder) and #2 (“When We Pray”) spots simultaneously on national radio charts.

Riley Clemmons is an 18-year-old, Nashville-based singer/songwriter signed to Capitol Christian Music Group.  Her debut single, “Broken Prayers,” skyrocketed at radio upon its release in early 2018 and the music video earned over a million views on YouTube in less than two months.  The single has now crossed over ten million global streams.  Most recently, Riley was featured on the song and music video for Social Club Misfit’s radio single “Misfit Anthem” and mainstream DJ, Tritonal’s “Out My Mind.”  Her upcoming full-length debut album released August 3, 2018.

  “Danny Gokey: Hope Encounter
with Tauren Wells and Riley Clemmons
Saturday October 6, 2018
TIME: 7 p.m.

TICKETS: are available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at the Times-Union Center, online at, or charge by phone (800) 745-3000.

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

Other “The Hope Encounter” Tour Locations: *Dates subject to change without notice.

Upcoming ‘Florida Theatre’ events for October 2018

Here we go with the scoop for Fall from the Florida Theatre located in lovely downtown Jacksonville, Florida.  Don’t miss this month’s special performances.

06 - 4U A Symphonic Celebration of Prince
10 - Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour

- Benise “Fuego!’- Spirit of Spain
12 - Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games Tour
13 - Mary Chapin Carpenter
14 - Steep Canyon Rangers

20 - TEDX Jacksonville (Independent event)

26 - Max Weinberg’s Jukebox
27 - Rocky Horror Picture Show
28 - KidzBop Live!

Oct. 6 - 8 p.m.
4U A Symphonic Celebration of Prince with the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra.  Created by Questlove (The Roots), 4U – A Symphonic Celebration of Prince is the first and only estate-approved celebration of the iconic musician and features his chart-topping hits “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” “When Doves Cry,” and countless others.

Oct. 10 - 8 p.m.
Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour.
  British comedian Eddie Izzard earned two Emmy Awards for his concert special Dress To Kill.  He has captivated audiences with stream of consciousness comedy- making lines like "Cake or Death?" and "Death Star Canteen" famous. He returns to reveal the man behind the stand-up in a tour that will be funny and emotional.

Oct. 11 - 8 p.m.
Benise “Feugo!” Spirit of Spain
.  Backed by a stage full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers, Emmy-Award winning Spanish guitarist Benise will debut all-new music, dance and costumes to his interpretations of classics like: "Granada,” Malaguena,” “Moonlight Sonata,” “Asturias,” and “Adagio."  His newest TV special Feugo- Spirit of Spain can currently be seen on WJCT (Channel 8) check your local listing for air times.

Oct. 12 - 8 p.m.
Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games Tour.
  Created and produced by Riverdance creator Michael Flatley, Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games Tour uses ground-breaking technology, including dancing robots, to perform alongside 34 of the world’s greatest Irish dancers.

Oct. 13 - 8 p.m.
Mary Chapin Carpenter: Sometimes Just The Sky Tour.
  With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” Mary Chapin Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Oct. 14 - 8 p.m.
Steep Canyon Rangers.
  Grammy-winning Bluegrass quintet, Steep Canyon Rangers has toured the world backing comedian and banjoist Steve Martin.  Their debut album Nobody Knows You, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and features fan favorite songs “Rescue Me,” “Easy To Love,” and “As I Go.”

Oct. 20 - 9:30 a.m. TEDX Jacksonville TEDxJacksonville 2018 comes to The Florida Theatre for Exchange: Conversations for the Curious.  Join 12 live speakers, along with live music performances, dance, and more for the TEDxJacksonville conference. Your event ticket also includes a light breakfast, lunch either catered or at one of Jacksonville’s best downtown restaurants and the “Afterglow” party on Forsyth Street with beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Oct. 26 - 8 p.m.
Florida Theatre on the Road
at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  Max Weinberg’s Jukebox.  Using a video menu with more than 200 songs, like the Beatles "Come Together," and The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash, Bruce Springsteen’s long-time drummer, Max Weinberg, and his 4-piece band let audience members call out the rock and roll classics they perform.  Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Oct. 27 - 8 p.m.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
hosted by Karissa Wade with live music by The Party Cartel from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.  With all-new digital picture and sound, the ultimate Halloween movie returns!  Starring Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is considered among the most popular cult movies of all time. Wear your costumes, bring your props (no meat, please), and come early for the live music.

Oct. 28 4 p.m. KidzBop Live!  The KIDZ BOP Kids will perform some of today’s biggest hit songs like "Meet Me In The Middle," "Thunder," Sorry Not Sorry," and more.

Tickets On Sale Now (see individual links above)!

“Florida Theatre October 2018 events”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre
      128 E. Forsyth St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355-2787

Date change for “Howie Mandel” at Thrasher-Horne Center

Due to a filming conflict, Howie Mandel Live with special guest Preacher Lawson originally scheduled for this Saturday, September 29 has been moved to a new date, Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 7 P.M. at the Thrasher-Horne Center.

Current ticket holders will be contacted soon by the Thrasher-Horne Box Office and issued updated tickets.  For any immediate concerns, patrons should contact the box office at (904) 276-6815.

Star of “America’s Got Talent” and “Deal or No Deal,” Howie Mandel is an indelible force in the entertainment business. Howie Mandel is an actor, comedian and producer – with an impressive career of more than 30 years in the biz. Currently a judge on NBC’s hit TV series “America’s Got Talent,” Mandel also is known for his work on “Deal or No Deal,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Bobby’s World,” “Little Monsters,” “Walk Like A Man,” and “Gremlins.”

Best known from this past season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, Orlando, Florida’s own Preacher Lawson was a Top 5 Finalist on the show’s highest-rated season to date. Preacher Lawson is one of the most likeable, animated characters you’ll ever see perform and has been bringing his brand of goofy, high-energy comedy to the stage since he was seventeen.

 ‟Howie Mandel
guest Preacher Lawson

NEW DATE: Sunday, January 27, 2019
NEW TIME: 7 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
      St. Johns River State College
      283 College Drive
      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: range from $49 - $149 with all fees included.  Meet and Greet tickets are only $149.  Select an Orange seat in the Orchestra Pit.  They and may be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.  The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.