Thursday, June 13, 2019

Enjoy Summer Fridays at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has announced the launch of “Summer Fridays”, presented by PNC Bank. Every Friday from June 21 through September 6, 2019, the Museum will offer free admission to its permanent collection and gardens during new extended hours, 4 to 9 p.m., providing a new way for the community to kick off the weekend.

Each Friday, in the 12-week program, will feature free entertainment, such as live music, art activities, lawn games, lounge areas and more.  Additional programming will be available for purchase, such as admission to featured exhibitions, arts and cultural experiences, and food and beverages (including beer, wine and cocktails) throughout the Museum campus.

Summer Fridays will debut on June 21 with Summer Solstice: Célébration du Solstice, inspired by the exhibition French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950, which opens June 14.  Themes will change weekly to highlight art and entertainment from specific countries or regions.

“Ninah Cummer’s vision was to establish a museum for the benefit of all people of Jacksonville. Extending our hours with free admission and offering new, unique programming is one way we are fulfilling that vision,” said Adam Levine, the Cummer Museum’s George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director & Chief Executive Officer. “With the generous support of PNC Bank, we look forward to making Summer Fridays a fun, engaging and accessible experience for the community.”

“Supporting the arts is a strong focus at PNC,” said PNC regional president for the Southeast Port Cities market Brian Bucher.
“The Cummer Museum provides terrific programming for our community, making it a valuable asset. We hope everyone comes out to enjoy Summer Fridays.”

About the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens: For almost 60 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education. A permanent collection of more than 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers nearly 140,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.

About PNC Bank: National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘Little Black Dress’ will be in JAX for three nights

FSCJ Artist Series, the official website for Broadway in Jacksonville, presents the musical Little Black Dress.  It’s the fearlessly funny ladies’ night out musical that will make its Jacksonville premier at the Times-Union Center from June 25-27, 2019.  Enjoy a wild and unforgettable evening, filled with hilarious show-stopping musical numbers, “Magic Mike” influenced dancing, and loads of improvised audience mayhem!

“Little Black Dress” follows the story of Dee and her best friend Mandy.  The music is energetic and dynamic, running the gamut from hilarious songs about childbirth to heartfelt songs about love and friendship.  This is the show that every woman can relate to!

After being on tour for close to three years together with the wildly successful Spank! The Fifty Shades of Grey Parody, writers Danielle Trzcinski and Amanda Barker saw an audience they never knew existed.  Thousands of women who wanted to go to the theatre not just to see a show, but to have an experience where they could laugh, party, and let loose... oh, and also see some stripping from a very sexy man.  So, they grabbed a couple of their super talented friends, award winning director Christopher Bond and Broadway vocal arranger and composer Natalie Tenenbaum, and together wrote the story of Dee and her best friend Mandy.  Together we witness the girls’ major life events in their little black dresses - first job interview, first date, first awkward sexual experience - which happens more than once - first funeral, and more!  Using hilarious improv, catchy songs, and a heartfelt story, “Little Black Dress” has made audiences across the globe laugh, cry, and party!

After readings at the Dramatists Guild and the highly prestigious BMI workshop in New York City, they finally brought “Little Black Dress” to the Candy Box Theatre at the Second City in Toronto and were blown away by the audience’s overwhelming response.  People LOVED IT!  Danielle Trzcinski (SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody!), Amanda Barker (Sirius XM’s Canada Laughs), Natalie Tenenbaum (Tony Nominated Mean Girls Broadway) and Christopher Bond (DISENCHANTED, Evil Dead The Musical!) bring you the perfect show for every bachelorette party, birthday, or date night. Even the fellas can’t help but enjoy “Little Black Dress”!

Reviews: “Loved Every Minute!” - Siriusxm.  “Little Black Dress" promises to be delightfully hilarious!” - Broadway World.  “Writing is sharp and performance is brilliantly executed.” - The Torontoist.  “I loved it and I wasn't even drunk!” - Nicole.

Adult themes, strong language, and suggestive innuendos. Not recommended for children.
Little Black Dress

Tues., June 25, 2019 TIMES: 7:30 p.m.
    Wed., June 25        7:30 p.m.
    Thurs., June 26       7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS: are $55 and are on sale now.  They may be purchased at the FSCJ Artist Series 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.  Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.