Friday, November 8, 2019

Cummer Museum has Notable Lectures for November

Tues., Nov. 12 - Vincent Van Gogh In Arles: An Evening With Bernadette Murphy; 6:15 to 8 p.m.; Members $30, Non-Members $40 | Registration is required.  Murphy’s book, Van Gogh's Ear, has been translated into more than ten languages and made into a BBC PBS Arte co-production, The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear+ Limited Space Available.

Thurs., Nov. 14 - A New Light On Tiffany: A Lecture With Holly Keris; 2 to 3:30 p.m.  Free to Cummer Amelia members and Friends of the Library | Registration is required.  Cummer Amelia, in partnership with the Fernandina Beach Branch Library, will host an in-depth discussion of Tiffany’s technical brilliance, presented by Holly Keris, Chief Curator of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

Tues., Nov. 19 - Innovation By Design: Tiffany Studios And The Rise Of An American Aesthetic: An Evening With Diane Wright; 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Free | Registration is required.  Join Diane Wright, Toledo Museum of Art’s Curator of Glass, for a presentation on the origins and creative output of Louis C. Tiffany (American, 1848–1933) and his workshop, Tiffany Studios.  + Limited Space Available

Wed., Nov. 20 - Literarture: Naturally Inspired - An Afternoon With Stacey Goldring And Cindy Edelman; Noon to 1 p.m.; Members $25, Non-Members $30 | Registration is required.  Join art lecturer Cindy Edelman and author Stacey Goldring for part one of a four-part conversation that explores the universality of the arts and its positive effects on our country’s proud legacy of civil discourse. + First in a series

Free Admission, 4 to 9 p.m.  Tuesdays presented by Florida Blue; Fridays presented by PNC Bank.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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

Enjoy young talent at PBTS

Experience young talent from right here in the beach’s community.  You saw them steal the stage during Shrek the Musical. Now you'll watch them perform solos, duets and group numbers they chose and directed themselves!

Ponte Vedra High School's theater department will be showcasing their dramatic talents in the Studio Theatre at Players by the Sea.

“Sharks By the Sea”

DATES: November 12 & 13, 2019
TIME: 7 p.m.

Adults - $20
Students - $15 (must present valid student I.D.'s at the Box Office on the night of the show)
Purchase online or call the Box Office at (904) 249-0289.

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

Enjoy a soulful celebration at the Ritz

Hot on the heels of our Ritz 20th Anniversary Aretha Tribute, is the Ritz Theatre and Museum’s Holiday tribute to the “Power of Soul Music”. They’ve picked their favorite soul songs for a night filled with rhythm and blues.  The first half of the evening will have you strolling down memory lane to the songs of the Delfonics, Stylistics, and Teena Marie.  The second half will get you into the holiday spirit with your favorite soulful Christmas songs by Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Whitney Houston, and more.

Frank Cleveland Quintet will be back, along with a host of talented Jacksonville singers. Rance Adams will be our host, so you can be sure to leave the Ritz with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Tickets are $20, and are on sale now!  It’s going to sell out fast do your Christmas shopping early.  Get your tickets for this great production at the Ritz Theatre and Museum!  Produced by Deb McDuffie for MSMCD MUSIC.

DATE: Saturday December 7, 2019
TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION:The Ritz Theater
      829 N Davis St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

      (904) 807-2010 or (904) 612-8933

Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘An Evening with Michael Bublè’ is coming in 2020

Singer Michael Bublé will perform at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) to kick off his 2020 Tour.  Tickets go on sale Monday, November 18, 2019; 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster and they make a great holiday gift.

Michael’s 2020 U.S. Tour will include stops at TD Garden in Boston on March 25 and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 9.  This past February Bublé returned to the U.S. after a lengthy absence for a sold out 37 show tour where he performed for over 500,000 fans.  His 2019 world tour included 82 shows in front of over 1.2 million people.  He has already completed five sold out world tours, won four Grammy Awards, and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career.

Michael released a new version of the single “White Christmas” on November 1st.  HERE’S the link to the animated video.  Michael's “Christmas” album streamed over one billion times around the world last year. It's the most listened to Christmas album in the world.  For a our location near you, CLICK HERE!

Michael Bublè

: Tues., March 17, 2020

TIME: Pending

LOCATION: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
     300 A Philip Randolph Blvd.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 630-3900

About ASM Global - Jacksonville manages seven sports, entertainment, and convention venues on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. Our beautiful venues include:
TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida-Georgia, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and Monster Jam.
Daily’s Place, a 5,500-seat amphitheater with concert programming year-round and an indoor practice facility for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, showplace of such entertainment greats as Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett and home to the Arena Bowl Champions Jacksonville Sharks, the ABA Jacksonville Giants and the Jacksonville IceMen.
 The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Florida vs FSU Baseball.
 The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, stage to Broadway and music elite like Wicked, James Taylor and Diana Ross; and home of the FSCJ Artist Series and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
 The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, a historic renovated train station providing a unique venue for meetings, social events and conventions.
 The Ritz Theatre and Museum, located in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of LaVilla, celebrating the artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora with museum exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, dance and dramatic arts.

Committed to the Jacksonville community, the guests that enjoy our venues and the clients that utilize them, ASM Global-Jacksonville provides the ultimate event experience in Northeast Florida.

ASM Global was formed in October 2019 from the merger of AEG Facilities, the global innovator in live entertainment venues, and SMG, the gold standard in event management.  ASM Global is a venue management powerhouse that spans five continents, 14 countries and more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibit centers, and performing arts venues.  As the world’s most trusted venue manager, ASM Global provides venue strategy and management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services.  Among the venues in our portfolio are landmark facilities such as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, the Los Angeles Convention Center, Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Conference Centre in Shenzhen, China.  ASM Global also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies.

‘A Bronx Tale’ will grace the Times Union stage for 1 night

Photos: Joan Marcus
NETworks Presentations is pleased to announce that the North American Tour of “A Bronx Tale”, Broadway’s new hit musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater will play the Times-Union Center on November 13 for one performance only!

A Bronx Tale premiered at the Tony Award–winning Paper Mill Playhouse to critical and popular acclaim in Spring 2016.  A Bronx Tale opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on December 1, 2016, following previews from November 3.  The show ended its Broadway run on August 5, 2018, having played 700 performances and as the second longest running show in the history of the Longacre Theatre.

About the show: Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.  Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.

A Bronx Tale
evolved from that one-man Off-Broadway play, A Bronx Tale, written and performed by Chazz Palminteri in 1989.  During the original Off Broadway and subsequent Los Angeles engagements, Robert De Niro came to see the show, and brought the story and star Palminteri to the screen in 1993, making his film directorial debut in the process.  Following the success of the film, Palminteri performed the one-man show A Bronx Tale on Broadway in the 2007-2008 Season.

A Bronx Tale, based on the original direction by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, will feature tour direction by Stephen Edlund with choreography by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo. The creative team also includes: Beowulf Boritt, Scenic Design; William Ivey Long, Costume Design; Howell Binkley, Lighting Design; Gareth Owen, Sound Design; Paul Huntley, Hair & Wig Design; Anne Ford-Coates, Makeup Design; Stewart/Whitley, Casting; and Robert Westley, Fight Coordinator. Music Supervision and Arrangements are by Ron Melrose and Orchestrations are by Doug Besterman.

A Bronx Tale

DATE: Wed. Nov. 13, 2019 TIME: 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS: start at $40.75, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased at their box office, by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, or online 24/7 at  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

World Champion U.S. Women’s National Team finish 2019 in JAX

The final two matches of the 2019 schedule for the U.S. Women’s National Team have been confirmed and they will bring the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions to Columbus, Ohio to face Sweden on Nov. 7 at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 & TUDN) and Jacksonville, Fla. to face Costa Rica on Nov. 10 at TIAA Bank Field (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 & TUDN).

Heading into its final two Victory Tour matches on Oct. 3 and 6 against Korea Republic in Charlotte, N.C. and Chicago, respectively, the USA has a record of 15-1-2 in 2019, losing only to France in the first match of the year.  The U.S. Women are currently on a 14-game winning streak, which of course includes the triumphant seven-game run at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and will finish 2019 having played 22 total matches.

Tickets for WNT-Costa Rica in Jacksonville Nov. 10, 2019 may be purchased HERE.

The meeting with Sweden, which is ranked sixth in the world after its third-place finish at the World Cup this summer, comes less than five months after the teams met in the final Group F match at the Women’s World Cup in Reims, France, a 2-0 victory for the Americans on goals from Lindsey Horan and a Sweden own goal that was created by Tobin Heath.  Sweden has begun its qualifying for the 2021 UEFA Women’s Euro, to be staged in England, downing Latvia 4-1 in the first game of Group F for both countries.

The USA has faced Costa Rica 14 times, all victories, with nine of those games coming in Concacaf qualifying competitions. The USA has faced Costa Rica in all four of the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying tournaments that have been held, meaning the countries are likely opponents in the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament that will be staged early next year.

The U.S. Women also have a long history in Jacksonville, dating back to 1996, but this will be just the fourth match played at what is now TIAA Bank Stadium. The USA last visited Jacksonville in April 2018 for a 4-0 victory against Mexico.

The match in Jacksonville will conclude the 35th year of international competition for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

LOCATION: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
    300 A Philip Randolph Blvd.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 630-3900

‘Journey’ sets 2020 N. American tour with the ‘Pretenders’

Photo: Erik Kabik
Journey’s - Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (co-founding member and bassist), longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) & Steve Smith (drummer), and Arnel Pineda (lead singer) – have set an extensive North American tour in 2020 with the Pretenders that will feature all new production and hits from start to finish.  The extensive 60+ date tour, produced by Live Nation, begins Friday, May 15, through Saturday, September 12, and tickets go on sale Fri., Nov. 8, at 10 a.m.  All times are local.  A full listing of tour dates can be found on the Journey website below.

Fans can expect to hear iconic Journey classics such as: “Lights,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Open Arms,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history,  as well as Pretenders’ hits such as “I’ll Stand By You,” “Back On The Chain Gang,” “Brass In Pocket,” “Don’t Get Me Wrong,” “2000 Miles,” “My City Was Gone,” “Middle of the Road,” and many more.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets for select shows before the general public beginning Mon., Nov, 4, at 10 a.m. through Thurs., Nov. 7, at 10 p.m.  Citi and other local presales will start on November 5, at 10 a.m.  A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance and more.  Check HERE for LaneOne details.

“Pretenders” cross the bridge between punk, new wave and pop music like no other band, with genre-defining songs like: “I'll Stand By You,” “Back On The Chain Gang” and “Don't Get Me Wrong.”  The band has sold over 25 million albums and founder & leader Chrissie Hynde is one of contemporary music's greatest songwriters.  Chrissie’s 2015 memoir Reckless: My Life As a Pretender, was hailed by the New York Times upon its release as "honest and distinctive… a love letter to rock and roll."  After delivering 2016’s unflinchingly head-strong Alone album (produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach), the Pretenders continue to tour worldwide.

“Journey” is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. Since the group’s formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums and has sold nearly 100 million albums globally.  Their Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders.  The band continues to tour and record into the 21st. century, performing concerts for millions of fans worldwide, and received the prestigious Billboard "Legends of Live" touring award.  2018’s massive co-headlining tour with Def Leppard was the band’s most successful tour to date, landing them in the Top 10 year-end touring chart with more than 1 million tickets sold.  In 2017, Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In March 2019, Journey released a live DVD/CD set from their concert at the Budokan in Tokyo, featuring the first-ever performances of the band’s “Escape” and “Frontiers” albums in their entireties.  Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”


DATE: Mon., Aug. 24, 2020

TIME: 7 P.M.

LOCATION: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
     300 A Philip Randolph Blvd.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 630-3900

Experience the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel once again

The internationally-acclaimed hit theater show “The Simon & Garfunkel Story” returns by popular demand to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center on November 8 for one performance only during the North American tour.

The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.  It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60s to their dramatic split in 1970.  It culminates with the famous “The Concert in Central Park” reunion in 1981 with more than half a million fans in attendance.

Using huge projection photos and original film footage, the show also features a full live band performing all of their hits, including: ‘Mrs. Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more.

With more than 100 million album sales since 1965, Simon & Garfunkel’s perfect harmonies and songs that poignantly captured the times made them one of the most successful folk-rock duos of all time.  Over the years, they won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.  In 1977, their Bridge Over Troubled Water album was nominated at the 1977 Brit Awards for Best International Album.  In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year saw their “The Sound of Silence” awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

Simon  & Garfunkel Story

DATE: Fri. Nov. 8, 2019 TIME: 8 p.m.

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

TICKETS: $44, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased at their box office, by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, or online 24/7 at  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.

Have your holiday party by the beach at PBTS

Players by the Sea is the perfect place to spread the cheer! The theatre has private space available for hosting your holiday parties or any event this season.  Local businesses can combine a live performance of A Christmas Carol with a pre-show or post-show private party in the Studio Theatre and classroom.

Their ‘Studio Theatre’ is an intimate, 80-seat performance space that transforms beautifully to the perfect party spot!  An open stage area works as a dance floor, a space for setting up tables, presentations, or whatever a creative mind can come up with.  The built-in theatre seating gives added space for your guests to relax.  Connected to the Studio Theatre is our classroom, which is available for an add-on.  The classroom is perfect for setting up a bar, serving food (no restrictions on caterer choice), or using as a staging area.

The corporate party package includes: tickets to A Christmas Carol for $22 per ticket and every seat will be reserved.  The Studio Theatre rental is $500 and the classroom add-on is $250. Please note that event insurance is required for a holiday party at PBTS.

A Christmas Carol opens on the PBTS Main Stage Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th with shows at 8 p.m. both nights. From then until December 22nd, shows will run each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening at 8 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. (See the linked article above)

The classic play is written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Romulus Linney.  The show is an adaptation of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from an embittered, ungenerous creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who, one Christmas Eve, show him what life means.  This richly textured play brings the full spirit of the book, as well as those of Christmases Past, Present and Yet To Come, to life on the stage.

Reserve your space while it is still available.  For more information, contact Suzanne Hudson-Smith at (904) 249-0289 or email.

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

ABOUT PLAYERS BY THE SEA— For over fifty-three years, Players by the Sea has brought quality creative and classic theatre to the Jacksonville community.  Players mission is to enrich the community through excellence in theatre.  The nonprofit community theatre welcomes all creative artists to participate in making the magic of theatre come to life, whether on stage, through advocacy or assisting backstage.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Cummer Museum is ready for Fall 2019

(Update: November 7, 2019)

There’s a crispness in the air and there’s plenty of interesting things going on this month.  Take a look below and plan a visit for an adventure inside the museum, and take in the grandeur of the lush gardens outside.

Fri., Nov. 8 - Glass-Blowing Demonstrations With Burnt Glassworks 2 to 9 p.m.  Free with admission | no registration required.
     Free Friday Concert: Navy Band Southeast
7 to 8 p.m.  Free | no registration required.

Sat., Nov. 9 - Glass-Blowing Demonstrations With Burnt Glassworks 11 4 p.m.  Free with admission | no registration required.

Mon., Nov. 11 - Veterans Day 2019 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free admission in honor of Veterans Day, presented by Vystar Credit Union.  The Museum, which is typically closed to the public on Mondays, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy full access to the Museum’s permanent collection, gardens and signature exhibition, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection.  The Cummer Café will be open during the same hours.

Thurs., Nov. 14 - A New Light On Tiffany 2 to 3:30 p.m.  Free | Cummer Amelia members and Friends of the Library.  Registration is required | Seating is limited; and first come, first served.  Hosted at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library.

Fri., Nov. 15 - Glass-Blowing Workshops with Burnt Glassworks Ages 8+, 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Members $35, Non-Members $45 | registration required.

Sat., Nov. 16 - Glass-Blowing Workshops with Burnt Glassworks Ages 8+, 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Members $35, Non-Members $45 | registration required.

Sun., Nov. 17 - Family Open Studio: 'Edmund Greacen and World War I' 1 to 3 p.m.  Free with admission | no registration required.
       Pop-Up Art Building 1 to 3 p.m.  Free with admission | no registration required.

Wed., Nov. 20 - Literarture: Naturally Inspired - An afternoon with Stacey Goldring and Cindy Edelman Noon to 1 p.m.  Members $25, Non-Members $30 | registration required.

Fri., Nov. 22 - Glass-Blowing Workshops With Burnt Glassworks Ages 8+, 2:30. to 8:30 p.m.  Members $35, Non-Members $45 | registration required.
      Piano Concert: Color And Sound 7 to 9 p.m.  Members $30, Non-Members $40 | registration required.

Sat., Nov. 23 - Glass-Blowing Workshops With Burnt Glassworks Ages 8+, 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Members $35, Non-Members $45 | registration required.

Free Admission - 4 to 9 p.m.  Tuesdays presented by Florida Blue & Fridays presented by PNC Bank.

Upcoming Events: 2020 Dinner Party Series - Early Bird Opens Soon!
    The Art of Pop: A Warhol Dinner Party l January 16
    The Art of Power: An Egyptian Dinner Party l March 12
    The Art of Nature: A Glamping Dinner Party l May 1

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