Friday, June 12, 2020

Cummer Museum to host a Black Lives Matter Zoom discussion

Culture and conversation will be happening at the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens, in response to current events through the arts.  Throughout history, artists have used their art forms to amplify conversations surrounding the injustices that have shaped the country and world.

As part of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens' focused efforts to continue to collaborate on initiatives with community partners, we hope you will join us on Tuesday, June 16, 7 to 8 p.m., for a FREE panel discussion on how the arts communicate a message to respond to current events.

The panel will be moderated by Wanda Willis, the Museum's Director of Community Development, and will feature an esteemed group of arts and culture leaders in our community.  Virtual guests are invited to register HERE to receive a Zoom link to connect with the panel discussion.  Space is limited; so, register today!

DATE: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
TIME: 7 to 8 p.m.
MODERATOR: Wanda Willis, Director of Community Development for the Cummer Museum
PANELISTS: Shawana Brooks and Roosevelt Watson, Founders of 6 Feet Away Gallery.  Mal Jones, Hip Hop Artist and Creator of The Lyricist Live.  Erin Kendrick, Artist and Art Instructor at JAMS (Jacksonville Arts & Music School).  Adonnica Toler, Ritz Theatre & Museum Administrator.  Joy Young, Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

Florida Theatre continues partnership with Main Street America

Main Street America Group, a Corporate Partner of the Florida Theatre since 2005, has announced its renewed support of the Theatre.

“Main Street America is proud to be a long-time supporter of the Florida Theatre as part of our commitment to support the communities where our employees live and work.  The Theatre’s mission strongly resonates with our employees, who are regular patrons of the Theatre’s great programming.  We are honored to associate ourselves with an organization such as the Florida Theatre, which has such a strong community presence,” said Dave Medvidofsky, Senior Vice President of Human Resources.

"The historic Florida Theatre is pleased to play its part in providing Northeast Florida with the music, dance and theatre programs that are part of what gives Jacksonville the unique character that we have all come to appreciate, and expect, as residents of a great city,” said Florida Theatre President, Numa Saisselin.  “The theatre earns 85% of its annual budget from its business activities, and support from the business community, like our returning Corporate Partner Main Street America, helps to close that small budget gap every year and keep the Florida Theatre and its programs something special for our community.”

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre's official web site.

About Main Street America Group: Founded in 1923, The Main Street America Group provides insurance to individuals, families and small businesses in 37 states, as well as provides fidelity and surety bonds in 47 states and the District of Columbia.  A.M. Best rates Main Street America with an "A" (Excellent) Financial Strength Rating, with a Stable Outlook, as well as an “a+” Issuer Credit Rating.  Main Street America writes business through eight carriers: NGM Insurance Company, Old Dominion Insurance Company, Main Street America Assurance Company, MSA Insurance Company, Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company, Main Street America Protection Insurance Company, Spring Valley Mutual Insurance Company and Austin Mutual Insurance Company.  Learn more about how we take care of our customers better than anyone else.

About Florida Theatre: From ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country and blues the nonprofit Florida Theatre offers 200 cultural and entertainment events annually for every taste and age.  More than just an entertainment center, Florida Theatre is also home to graduations, awards ceremonies, lectures, business meetings and charity events that support the community's schools, churches, hospitals and civic groups.  As an anchor to downtown development along the beautiful St. Johns River, Florida Theatre draws 250,000 people to Jacksonville's center each year.  The magnificently restored Florida Theatre is recognized as one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Florida Theatre holds special memories for four generations. From the Vaudeville acts and silent films of its earliest days to today's blend of performances of all kinds, the Florida Theatre has served as Jacksonville's premier entertainment center since 1927.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

'Whose Live Anyway?' heads to JAX next year

The Florida Theatre proudly welcomes the critically-acclaimed improv show “Whose Live Anyway?” on Friday, February 26, 2021.  The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour: Whose Live Anyway?

“Whose Live Anyway?” is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions.  Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes.  Audience participation is key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage!  Whose Live Anyway? showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as some exciting new ones, featuring musical direction by Bob Derkach.

All ages are welcome, but please note that some “PG-13” language will be used during the performance.

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union.  For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Florida Theatre’s official website.

Whose Live Anyway
DATE: Fri., Feb. 26, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $35 – $55

LOCATION:The Florida Theatre
      128 East Forsyth Street.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355-2787

‘Jake Shimabukuro’ and ‘Orleans’ at the WJCT Soundstage this Fall

Jacksonville, Florida is making plans to bring you some upcoming entertainment to you.  WJCT, in partnership with the Florida Theatre, announces that “Jake Shimabukuro” will perform at the WJCT Soundstage on October 2, 2020 and “Orleans” will perform on Wed., Nov. 11, 2020.  Tickets are available for purchase at

Shimabukuro, an award-winning ukulele player whose works have topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, gained worldwide fame when a 2006 YouTube video of him playing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” became one of the first-ever viral videos. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including: Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel and Marty Friedman.  His most recent album, “The Greatest Day” (2018), features new original instrumental compositions and covers of beloved songs by The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, Jimi Hendrix and Leonard Cohen.

Orleans, an American soft rock band, gained stardom during the 1970s topping charts with their iconic hit singles, “Dance With Me” and “Still the One.” The band’s name evolved from the music it was playing when it formed, which was inspired by Louisiana artists such as Allen Toussaint and the Neville Brothers.

The WJCT Soundstage presents live performances in a unique and intimate setting, from local and international touring musicians, as part of WJCT’s Jacksonville Music Experience.

“Jake’s enchanting musical style resonates with fans of various genres, and patrons will be amazed at Orleans’ performance of their chart-topping hits and unique pop/rock sound,” said David McGowan, President and CEO of WJCT.  “We look forward to welcoming Jake Shimabukuro and Orleans to the WJCT Soundstage, and thank our friends at the Florida Theatre for joining us in bringing these world-class musical artists to Jacksonville.”

“Our partnership with WJCT allows us to offer Northeast Florida music fans a unique concert experience that complements the theatre atmosphere. Together, our organizations share a commitment to presenting the highest quality events in a safe and engaging environment,” said Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre.

Ticket sales may be restricted to ensure social distancing regulations are followed. For more information about the WJCT Soundstage, visit

About WJCT: WJCT is the community-owned and operated public media organization serving Jacksonville and the First Coast since 1958, using television, radio, digital media, and live events to help community members learn, share, and grow. For more information on WJCT’s in-depth programming content, log on to WJCT Online at Like WJCT on Facebook ( and follow WJCT on Twitter (@WJCTJax) and Instagram (@WJCTJax).

WJCT Soundstage
100 Festival Park Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Come or go with an Alhambra meal

Experience the magic of the “Cinderella” menu in the comfort of your own home!  Take a look at the takeout menu options for Fri., June 12 – Sun., June 14.

Takeout Hours: Fri.: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Sat. – Sun: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Family-Style Meal: Fri., June 12 – Sun., June 14 (4 servings).  Grilled Pork Chops - center cut pork chops, barbecue glaze, corn pudding, zucchini & squash medley, with dessert of Mini Dip & Roll - cake skewers with caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, whipped cream.  $55

EntrĂ©e Options for Fri., June 12 – Sun., June 14 (1 serving/each) Slow Roasted Tri-Tip Sirloin with natural jus, pan-roasted rosemary potatoes, roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes, with dessert of Mini Dip & Roll - cake skewers with caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, whipped cream *GF* without dessert.  OR Glazed Salmon - glazed with garlic, honey & soy sauce, brown rice gratin, almonds, roasted wax beans, with dessert of Mini Dip & Roll - cake skewers with caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, whipped cream *GF* without dessert.  OR Grilled Pork Chops - center cut pork chops, barbecue glaze, corn pudding, zucchini & squash medley, with dessert of Mini Dip & Roll - cake skewers with caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, whipped cream.  OR Summer Barbecue Bowl - barbecue jackfruit, roasted corn, zucchini & squash, barbecue baked beans, topped with Brussels sprout slaw and fried corn chips, with dessert of Mini Dip & Roll - cake skewers with caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, whipped cream *GF* without dessert.  $20 each.

Click curbside-to-go dining-program or call the box office at 904.641.1212 to place your order and let us take care of dinner!

Price includes tax.  Gratuity not included – but much appreciated.  Orders may be placed until 11 a.m. on day of pick-up.  Quantities are limited.  Available while supplies last.


DATES: June 11 through July 20, 2020

SHOW TIMES: Please note, to accommodate the many young families attending this show, doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for evening shows and dinner will start at 6 p.m.

TICKETS: Prices range from $40 – $68.  Children 12 and under are $38 + tax.  Ticket prices include: a plated three-course meal that changes for each show, and is served directly to your table; a Broadway-style performance and complimentary parking.  Tickets may be purchases by calling (904) 641-1212.
     **Prices do NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212