Thursday, February 27, 2020

What can you do at the ‘Cummer Museum’ this March?

You missed a lot at the Cummer in February.  Why loose out on all the fine arts, education and entertainment that the Museum has to offer?  Grab your calendar and make plans to visit the Cummer Museum of Arts & Garden this month.

Yoga in the Gardens with Casita Yoga Studio
: March 7, 2020 from 11 a.m. to Noon.  Free | No registration required.

Literarture with Art Lecturer Cindy Edelman and Author Stacey Goldring: March 11, 2020 from 12 to 1 p.m.  Searching for Identity: Part three of four that explores the universality of the arts.  $25 Members, $30 Non-Members | Registration required.

Garden Concert with The Chris Thomas Band: March 14, 2020 from 7 to 9 p.m.  $25 Members, $40 Non-Member, $500 Reserved Tables | Registration required.

Family Open Studio: March 15, 2020 from 1 to 3 p.m.  Free drop-in art-making activity for all ages.  Free with admission | No registration required.

Pop-Up Art Building: March 15, 2020 from 1 to 3 p.m.  Free pop-up construction, art, and architecture activities.  What ideas will you build?  Free with admission | No registration required.

Striking Up: Conversation, Performance, and Art with Phase Eight Theater Company: March 20, 6 to 7 p.m. | March 22, 1 to 2 p.m.  In partnership with Phase Eight Theater Company, a one-act meditation on the nature of iconoclasm.  $20 Members, $30 Non-Members | Registration required.

Gallery Talk: March 25, 2020 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with Eugène Louis Charvot.  $5 Members, $10 Non-Members | Registration required.  Painting several small works gives students the opportunity to learn color mixing, composition, painting techniques, and work on a variety of subjects such as landscapes, floral, or still life.  Reference material will be provided, and each student will complete four or more original paintings. Participants can sign up for one or both sessions.  Click here to learn more and review the required supply list.
Session 1: March 14 & 15
Session 2: March 21 & 22
Noon to 4 p.m.
Single Two-Day Session: Members $105, Non-Members $140 | Ages 18+ Discounts available when registering for both sessions | Registration required.  Cultivate your child's creativity in the Cummer’s summer camp.  Young artists will observe and explore artwork in the galleries and gardens, experiment with different art media in the studio, and create and show–off their artwork in an open house each week.

Elementary School Camp
Students grades 1 through 6 | 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Extended hours available.  Members $200, Non-Members $230 (scholarships available).
Week 1: Line, Shape, and Color – June 8 through 12
Week 2: Rhythm, Pattern, and Balance – June 15 through 19
Week 3: Land, Water, and Sky – June 22 through 26
Week 4: Artful Animals – July 6 through 10
Week 5: Sculpt It – July 13 through 17
Week 6: Art Around the World – July 20 through 24

Middle School Camp
Students entering grades 6 through 9 | 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Members $200, Non-Members $230 (scholarships available)
Printmaking and Mixed Media – July 27 through 31
Registration for ALL is required.

Eclectic Ecology: Landscape Perspectives From Ponce De León To Florida Man: December 20, 2019 through December 31, 2020.  Florida conjures visions of a lush tropical paradise, with vast natural resources and endless opportunities for those most daring to try.

Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt: January 31 through April 26, 2020.  Striking Power explores the history of iconoclasm in relation to ancient Egyptian art through forty masterpieces on loan from the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  Striking Power is organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art in collaboration with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Eugène Louis Charvot: February 11, 2020 through September 28, 2020.  The accompanying exhibition will be designed to highlight and celebrate the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ extensive holdings of Eugène Louis Charvot, the largest collection of Charvot works in the world.

Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society: June 30, 2020 through October 18, 2020.  This exhibition will present 67 masterpieces collected by John D. Rockefeller III (1906–1978) and his wife Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909–1992), illuminating the cultures and history of Asia.

Hamilton: How The Musical Remixes History - An Evening With Historian, Dr. Richard Bell: April 1-2, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  $30 Members, $40 Non-Members | Registration required.

VyStar Credit Union Free Tuesdays Free admission from 4 to 9 p.m.
PNC Bank Free Fridays — Free admission from 4 to 9 p.m.
Weaver First Saturday Free for All — Free admission the first Saturday of the month.
Florida Blue Free Third Saturday — Free admission the third Saturday of the month.

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

“Jeff Dunham: Seriously!?” tour comes to JAX in March

For the past twelve years, comedian Jeff Dunham and his somewhat-inappropriate-proteges, Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J. and Achmed the Dead Terrorist, have filled arenas across the U.S. and the world with their multiple, blockbuster tours.  Last year Dunham and his cohorts set out on their brand-new international tour, “Jeff Dunham: Seriously!?”  Dunham and his guys will be hitting cities, crisscrossing North America, including a stop at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida March 5, 2020, as well as Canada, and, not long after that... the world!

In addition to Dunham’s new tour, the world-renowned performer’s new Netflix Originals stand-up special entitled “Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself” premiered last September.  This is Dunham’s second Netflix Originals special, and the eighth in his string of record-breaking stand-up television events.  The impressive event was shot in front of 16,000 fans at the American Airlines Center in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, where Dunham introduced his new character, “Larry”, the personal advisor to the President, who has now earned his spot with the troop on the tour.

Dunham has built an entertainment empire over 30-plus years of non-stop touring and performance innovation.  With 10 million followers on Facebook and 2 million YouTube subscribers, amassing well over a billion views, the comedian/ventriloquist has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world.  His accomplishments have led to record-breaking viewership with his standup specials on Netflix, NBC, and Comedy Central.  His astonishing arena packing power puts him on par with major music acts like Luke Bryan and Metallica.  Take a look HERE and get your laugh on!

Jeff Dunham:

: Thursday, March 5, 2020

TIME: 7 p.m.

Buy tickets from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena box office, online or at  Prices range from $48 – $64.

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

‘Celtic Woman’ visits JAX during 15th Anniversary tour

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum international music group “CELTIC WOMAN” is the most successful all-female group in Irish history with one billion online streams, over four million tickets sold, 12 consecutive Billboard number ones, and 10 million albums sold.  They will be performing at the Times – Union Center on March 5, 2020.  Celebration – The 15th Anniversary Tour.  Celtic Woman Celebration will visit nearly 90 North American cities in 2020, kicking off February 27 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida.

The four fantastic CELTIC WOMAN soloists – Tara McNeill on fiddle and Irish harp who weaves her magic around the spine-tingling voices of Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and Megan Walsh – touch the hearts of a global audience with the centuries-old Irish tradition of telling stories through song: stories of the land, stories of love, and stories of dancing that bring a piece of Ireland to audiences everywhere.

It has been reported that Chloë Agnew is re-joining Celtic Woman as Special Guest Artist for Celebration 15th Anniversary North American Tour!  As you may recall, Chloë was one of the original performers joining the group when she was just 15 years old for their first ever PBS Special, and toured with them around the world for nearly a decade.  She returns to celebrate a very special milestone, sharing the stage with Mairéad, Tara, and Megan as they bring 15 years of song and story-telling to their North American audiences.  According to their website, Éabha McMahon will be taking leave from the group to pursue her own projects.

Joined by a stunning band of two pipers, two drummers, traditional step-dancers, and backing vocalists, CELTIC WOMAN celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage and combines the finest musical talent with epic stage productions to present a unique, inspiring live experience.

The band, favorites on PBS stations, transports audiences to Ireland with the siren call of Orinoco Flow, the playful energy of Teir Abhaile Riu, the power of the uplifting anthem You Raise me Up, the soaring harmonies of Danny Boy, and a bagpiper-led Amazing Grace. This magical evening underscores why CELTIC WOMAN has been described as being “Riverdance for the voice.”

  “Celtic Woman”
15th. Anniversary Tour

DATE: Thursday, March 5, 2020
TIME: 8 p.m.

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

TICKETS: for Celtic Woman start at $54.90 and can be purchased at their box office from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (904) 632-5000, or online 24/7 at Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Cummer Museum throws the BEST Parties

If you missed the Warhol Dinner Party or the Egyptian Dinner Party, you must see, from the videos, that you need to be at the next gala evening (“The Art of Nature: A Glamping Dinner Party”) at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.  These Dinner Parties are a wonderful way to help the Cummer while you enjoy an evening of wining and dining, culture and fine entertainment.

Glamping is where nature meets luxury, and the perfect spot to glamp is the Cummer Gardens.  Connect with the outdoors in style during this fancy, bohemian fete amidst the Cummer Oak and historic gardens.  Wander the Olmsted, Italian and English Gardens and experience a unique culinary feature at every turn, whether in one of our garden tents or charming outdoor lounges. This will be a garden party like no other – a true celebration of glamour entwined with nature!

All Dinner Party guests will enjoy beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, themed music, artful experiences, and dinner.  VIP guests will enjoy a private art tour with selections chosen to complement each event, along with a signature cocktail prior to the start of the evening, from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

VIP | $250 (includes a private tour from 5:30 – 6 p.m.)
General | Members $150, Non-Members $175
Young Professionals (40 and under) | Members $100, Non-Members $125

Don’t be left out of the next party.  REGISTER HERE!

    Dinner Party:
“The Art of Nature: A Glamping”

Thurs. May 14, 2020
TIME: 6 to 9 p.m..

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

‘Diana Ross’ is back in JAX for one night

The last time that this reporter saw Ms. Diana Ross was on February 14, 2015 at the Forrest Theatre and since then she appeared at Daily’s Place in June of 2017; well, the enchanting songstress is coming back to town at The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts – Moran Theater.

Diana Ross is considered one of the most successful recording artists and entertainers of all time.  From her landmark solo career to the early days as the leader of The Supremes, Ross helped shape the sound of popular music, changing the landscape and paving the way for contemporary music.

Ross’ international achievements were acknowledged by the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC (2007), celebrating her lustrous career of excellence in music, film, television and theatre, as well as her cultural influences, humanitarian work and her contributions to American culture.  The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences celebrated her remarkable career with its highest honor, The GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. In 2016, Ross received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the most prestigious civilian award given to a U.S. citizen.

You still have time to purchase your tickets to see and hear this iconic legendary singer in Jacksonville, Florida.

Diana Ross”
Live In Concert

: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

TIME: 8 p.m.

Buy tickets from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena box office, or online at Ticketmaster.  Prices range from $38 – $125.

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