Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Cummer Museum is ready to entertain you

Here are a few ideas to bring your family and friends to this month. Give them a call and make your reservation today. Make plans to have a Merry Christmas this year. 

Illuminating Nature | December 11, 15, 18 | 5 to 9 p.m. + Admission to the Museum and Gardens is FREE on Tuesday and Friday nights and includes this event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Register Here. Play witness to the transformative power of light and color in the Cummer Gardens during this unique opportunity to view a familiar landscape in a whole new light!

After the sun goes down, come experience an installation of glowing fabric sculptures throughout the Cummer Gardens. Make an evening with them by dining in the Café (reservations are suggested), enjoying live music, and cozying up with a beverage from the garden bar.

Winter Art Camp (Virtual!) December 28, 29, 30 - During this online winter camp, young artists will explore the Museum to experience different perspectives and mediums across cultures, times, and locations and create their own unique artworks.
Ages 6 to 8 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Ages 9 to 12 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Register Here. Members | $25 per class; Non-Members | $30 per class. + Registration fee includes art kit to complete art-making activities during each class and a complimentary family admission pass.

Shop the Season Shop Online: Just in time for the Holidays! Gifts from the Cummer Shop support our mission, and we know you will find unique finds they will adore. Free ground shipping on orders over $50. Offer expires Dec. 17. Use your member discount code, Member10, at checkout and save 10% off all purchases.

Meal Delivery

Let Chef's Garden cook for you! The Cummer Café is adapting to be more socially responsible in finding ways to best serve you, their valued community. Chef’s Garden, the Café’s catering team, is taking even more precautions to ensure they are working to the highest levels of health and safety standards. Chef’s Garden’s Meal Delivery Program offers socially responsible dining options with ready to eat meals for your family dinners. Available for same-day delivery when purchased before 12 p.m.

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

‘The Hip Hop Nutcracker’ virtually brings theatre back to JAX

FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville presents: “Celebrated Holiday Dance Spectacle” available to stream for Jacksonville audiences and features special appearance by Hip Hop Pioneer - MC Kurtis Blow.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, is available to stream for Jacksonville audiences this holiday season. The live capture, filmed as a part of a partnership with PBS, will allow recurring and new patrons to experience this beloved holiday tradition at home, as theaters across the country remain closed.

Hip Hop Nutcracker - School Edition Performance Dates: December 3 - 17, 2020
Ticket Link: FSCJ Artist Series School Performances.

Hip Hop Nutcracker - Public Livestream Performance Dates:
December 18, 2020, at 8 p.m.; December 19, 2020, at 8 p.m.; December 20, 2020, at 3 p.m.
Ticket Link: FSCJ Artist Public-Livestream Performances.

Directed and choreographed by Olivier-nominated Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. The show is produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) with Executive Producer, Eva Price, and co-commissioned by the United Palace of Cultural Arts.

Preview the action HERE in this video.

"We're thrilled to be able to bring our show to new audiences as well as to those who have made The Hip Hop Nutcracker a holiday tradition," said NJPAC Producer David Rodriguez. "This year, not only will audiences experience the magic of The Hip Hop Nutcracker, but do so in their own homes.”

“While I’m saddened we can’t take The Hip Hop Nutcracker on the road this year, I’m thrilled we’re able to find a way to bring this show to audiences around the country for the seventh consecutive season,” says Executive Producer and Tony Award winner Eva Price. “This will be a holiday season unlike any other. I’m so glad we’ll have this comforting, inspiring and inclusive tradition to provide much-need and well-earned joy.”

Just like the original, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

Hip Hop Nutcracker - School Edition Tickets for The Hip Hop Nutcracker - School edition start at $6 per individual.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker virtual program includes: A full-length performance video, an educational guide that provides literacy and history lessons as well as activities for your students & a pre-recorded Q&A with creator Jennifer Weber.

Ticket Link: Hip Hop Nutcracker - Public Livestream General Admission tickets for THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER start at $20.

VIP Access Package available for purchase starting at $50: Includes Livestream performance plus Live Talkback following the performance, Video On Demand access, & autographed show poster.

Ticket Link: FSCJ Artist Series Tickets Hip - Hop Nutcracker, Public Livestream.

ASM Global and Jaxevents launch new app

ASM Global Jacksonville has just launched an updated version of the JaxEvents app presented by VyStar Credit Union! The new app will be the ultimate resource for all event information, promotions, deals, giveaways and updates at the ASM Global-managed City of Jacksonville owned sports and entertainment venues.

The new mobile app’s features include the ability to buy and store event tickets through Ticketmaster, pre-purchased event parking through ParkWhiz and mobile ordering of food and beverages at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, all directly through the JaxEvents app!  Premium partners of VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena can also purchase tickets and manage their accounts through the JaxEvents app.

VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, TIAA Bank Field, The Ritz Theatre and Museum, The Prime Osborn Convention Center, 121 Financial Ballpark and Daily’s Place are making updates to ensure the guest experience at the City of Jacksonville venues is safe, fast, convenient and more enjoyable than ever. “The new JaxEvents app has been designed to better serve guests as we welcome them back to live events,” said ASM Global General Manager, Bill McConnell.  “We believe the transition to mobile ticketing and contactless transactions will be an additional level of convenience and comfort for guests as they return to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena,” McConnell added.

All users who download the app by Thursday, December 10 will receive a promotion code for 20% off their mobile concessions orders at the upcoming Icemen games at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena through December.

The JaxEvents app is available now for both Apple and Android phones. Download today at the App Store or Google Play. For more information, follow them on social media at: Facebook: @jaxevents; Instagram: @vystarvetarena & Twitter: @jaxevents.

ABOUT ASM GLOBAL: ASM Global-Jacksonville manages seven sports, entertainment, and convention venues on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. Our beautiful venues include:
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, the Jacksonville IceMen and nominated for the 2020 ‘Arena of the Year’ at the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
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.
121 Financial Ballpark, 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 their 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.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood sweater drive delivers

WJCT, in partnership with Suddath®, VyStar Credit Union and the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships, delivered boxes of gently used sweaters, jackets and blankets to three area nonprofits. Deliveries were made to the following locations: Clara White Mission, 613 West Ashley Street, 32202; Sulzbacher Center, 611 East Adams Street, 32202 & City Rescue Mission, 426 McDuff Avenue, 32254.

These items were donated by members of the community during the 18th annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive, which ran through November 30, 2020; during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Since its local launch in 2002, the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive has collected more than a quarter million articles of clothing and cold-weather necessities for First Coast residents. In recognition of Be My Neighbor Day, WJCT also distributed backpacks filled with school supplies, books, personal hygiene products, a blanket, and Daniel Tiger socks and mask to children in need in our community. The 2020 version of Be My Neighbor Day was made possible by support from PNC Grow Up Great. Daniel Tiger was also on hand Monday to wave to all his friends.

Representatives from WJCT, Suddath®, VyStar Credit Union and the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships were on-hand along with Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman, President and CEO of the Clara White Mission; Cindy Funkhouser, President and CEO of Sulzbacher & Penny Kievet, President and CEO of City Rescue Mission.

With the temperatures in JAX dropping, these three agencies have blessed those who are in need of a little assistance while they look for a way to improve their situations.