Friday, February 22, 2019

‘Girls Night’ is for women, and women only!

Unlike “Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus”, Girls Night: The Musical is not for the faint at heart.  It reminds you a little bit like “Menopause The Musical”, but with a lot of adult content and sexual innuendos.  The music is wonderful and there were a lot of women, in the audience, who were singing and dancing along to some of the familiar tunes.

There is a storyline that is told by a lovely winged angel.  Josephine Cooper (Sharon), Bethany Nicole Taylor (Anita), Katie Campbell (Kate), Shelby Garrett (Carol) and Sarah McShane (Lisa) not only sing, but dance and gyrate around the stage to make for a flirty show.  The harmony that came from these five talented ladies is very entertaining.

If you would like a cocktail to enjoy during the show, you may want to get to the theatre a little early.  This is NOT a family show (there was a dad, mom and two children who left after the first song).  I was with a friend, yet would have felt a little uncomfortable with my daughter or my mother.  It’s a Night out with the Girls of your own age.

Girls Night: The Musical
Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019TIMES: 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 22         8 p.m.
    Sat., Feb. 23         4 p.m.

: Times Union Center Performing Arts
       Terry Theater
300 West Water St
Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: are $55.  They may be purchased at the box office from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (904) 632-5000, or online 24/7.  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Broadway's ‘Legally Blonde’ at the Thrasher-Horne Center

America’s favorite blonde, Elle Woods, is ready to prove who’s in charge (again) as Legally Blonde - The Musical comes to Thrasher-Horne Center Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 7:30 pm in its National Tour.  The ultimate Broadway tribute to girl power, Legally Blonde will take you from the UCLA sorority house to the Harvard halls of justice with the timely coming of age story of Broadway’s brightest heroine.

Based on the beloved movie, Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be BOTH legally blonde AND the smartest person in the room.

Elle Woods appears to have it ALL.  Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting more serious about his life and attend Harvard Law.  Determined to get him back, Elle uses her ingenuity and charm to get into Harvard too. School begins with endless struggles, but with the help of her new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential, and her true assets, as she sets out to prove herself to the world and make everyone a believer.  This contemporary, sassy musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances.  Legally Blonde warms the heart by proving that self-discovery never goes out of style!

The 2019 National Tour of Legally Blonde is produced by Daniel Sher of Big League Productions, Inc.  The musical is directed by Jeff Moss, with choreography by Bob Richard.  Set design is by Randel Wright, lighting by Kirk Bookman, costumes by Derek Lockwood, video design by Jon Infante, and casting by Alison Franck.  For more information, visit
their website.

Led by President and Executive Producer Dan Sher,
Big League is celebrating its 29th season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world. For more information visit.

Legally Blonde
DATE: Tues., Mar.5, 2019
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS: range from $49 - $79 with all fees included.  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. This show is presented as part of Thrasher-Horne Center’s 2018-2019 Broadway Orange Park season sponsored by Garber Automall.  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.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2019 Monster Jam® is soon coming to JAX

(Updated Feb. 26, 2019)

“Monster Jam®”
, the most family-friendly, action-packed motor sport in the world with four-wheel Racing, two-wheel skills and freestyle competitions returns to TIAA BANK FIELD on March 2, 2019.  This is the unexpected, unscripted, and unforgettable event that will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills and freestyle competitions at TIAA BANK FIELD on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world.  Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones.

Fans also have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers by purchasing a Pit Party pass that allows them early access to the event for photo opportunities and autographs. 
Featuring: (trucks and drivers are subject to change).

Thurs., Feb. 28 - Monster Trucks on Display around JAX
For fans, it's a chance to see and take pictures with the show's biggest stars, the enormous trucks, and meet the race teams, before these beasts roar into TIAA Bank Field for the show. Best part, it's all free to the public at these times and locations:

Thurs., Feb. 28: 2 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Circle K
11869 Pulaski Rd, JAX, FL 32218

700 Durbin Pavilion Dr., St. Johns, FL 32259

2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Metro by T-Mobile
9770 Atlantic Blvd, JA, FL 32218

3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses
13221 City Station Dr., Ste. 153, JAX, FL 32218

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Pit Party Early Access starting at 1:30 p.m.
Pit Party from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Show begins at 7 p.m.

      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: Event Tickets start at $15
     Pit Party Early Access starts at $35 per person
     General Pit Party Passes start at $20 per person
    *Pit party access is only granted with valid pit party pass AND Event Ticket

Tickets & Pit Passes will be available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person in advance at the Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office or on Show Day at TIAA BANK FIELD Box Office.  **ticket prices subject to change – venue/ticketing fees may apply.

For more information on a Monster Jam near you, please log onto or follow them via their social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

‘Cummer Museum’ has an upcoming Spring celebration and plant sale

One day it may feel like Winter and another day it will feel like Spring, nevertheless, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is pleased to announce its annual Spring Celebration and Plant Sale, Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event provides a day of fun opportunities for visitors of all ages to celebrate the coming season while engaging with the Museum.

The event will include live music with Ryan Campbell and MJ Baker, artist demonstrations with Robert Leedy and Roosevelt Watson, and many free activities, including:

Plant Sale – The plant sale will take place on the Museum’s front lawn and will host a variety of vendors from throughout the community, including Berry Good Farms, Kathy’s Creative Gardens, Rockaway Garden Center, Liberty Landscape, and more.

Art-Making Project: Color Copy – Create a color transfer project inspired by the colors of spring and the artwork in our galleries. This engaging art activity will captivate the entire family.

Children’s Yoga in the Gardens – Join Bailey’s Health and Fitness for a free yoga class for children in the gardens.  This is a class the whole family can enjoy!

Garden Tour – Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens and learn about their history, recent damage, and the work being done to restore the gardens to their historic beauty.

Permanent Collection Tour – Enjoy a guided tour of the permanent collection galleries and experience history through the eyes of artists.

There will also be a selection of enhanced experiences available for a small fee, including:

Sip & Stroll Garden Tour
– Enjoy a cocktail as you are led on a tour of the Cummer Gardens.  Learn about the history of the gardens and our efforts toward reconstruction.  The tour will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. and costs $5 per person, adults only.  Please register HERE, or over the phone at (904) 899-6038.

Gin & Yin Yoga in the Gardens – Join Bailey’s Health and Fitness for a relaxing yoga class with a twist! Enjoy a gin cocktail as you unwind in our beautiful Upper Olmsted Garden. This class will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and costs $10 per person, adults only. Please register
HERE, or over the phone at (904) 899-6038.

Proceeds from the Spring Celebration and Plant Sale will support the Museum’s ongoing mission to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education.  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens would not be the vibrant community resource it is without the generous philanthropic support of their community.

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

Monday, February 18, 2019

Havana Cuba All-Stars ASERE! comes to Orange Park, FL

The ‘Havana Cuba All-Stars ASERE!’ is a joyous spectacle of music and dance from Cuba showcasing a rich culture with different rhythms and melodies from "Son Cubano" to cha cha-cha and rumba.  This high energy group is coming to Thrasher-Horne Center NEXT Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m., for one night only!

The Havana Cuba All-Stars are some of Cuba’s greatest musicians and will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats.  The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.

In their upcoming “Asere”—or “Friendship”—tour, the All-Stars will be backed by three of Cuba’s finest dancing couples.  With the greatest dancers and musicians of Cuba working in tandem, the American encore of the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions.

"Throughout the performance, toes were tapping, hands were clapping and hardly an audience member could find the discipline to sit still as delightful, fun and infectious rhythms took effect." —Times Enterprise

Havana Cuba All-Stars

DATE: Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS: range from $19 - $69 with all fees included.  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.