Friday, February 26, 2021

Bee Gees bring stellar performance during pandemic

Everyone in the building wore masks, seats were socially distanced, temperatures were taken, and handbags checked; this started an evening of celebrating the music of the Bee Gees despite the awareness of COVID-19.

Attendees had a great time hearing this amazing “Staying Alive – One Night of the Bee Gees” tribute band and bopping to the familiar hits of the original disco era of the late 1970s group. Some couples even felt free to socially distance themselves from others as they took to the floor for a little dancing.

Despite a small mishap at the Times Union Center fort the Performing Arts, the show continued to go on. The show was fabulous and well worth the cost and a night out on the town.

Upcoming Shows: March 18, 2021 “Electric Light Orchestra Experience 25th Anniversary”
        March 26, 2021 “LaBohème –                                   The Opera”
        April 29, 2021 “Riverdance 25th Anniversary”

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
      
Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 632-5000 or
      888-860-BWAY (2929)

Cathedral Arts Project flourishes in JAX public schools

The Cathedral Arts Project (CAP), as part of the Any Given Child Jacksonville program (AGC Jacksonville), has announced the launch of the Landscape of Education in the Arts in Duval (LEAD) artlook® map. This launch is part of a collective national effort to affect systemic change for arts education through partnerships with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Ingenuity, the Chicago-based arts advocacy organization that created the artlook® platform.

The LEAD artlook® map provides a real-time snapshot of arts resources and services on a school-by-school basis in Duval County, using data from schools, funding resources and cultural service providers, such as local museums and arts organizations. This cutting-edge tool allows community stakeholders to identify funding and partnership opportunities that will lead to greater support and resources for arts education in Duval County schools.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the U.S. Department of Education and the PNC Foundation, AGC Jacksonville is working to assess the state of the arts and advocate for increased equity and access to high quality arts education for all students enrolled in Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) — goals that took on even more significance as a result of the pandemic.

AGC Jacksonville initiated a collaboration between Ingenuity, the Kennedy Center and the NEA to launch the artlook® Project, a three-year initiative to gather comprehensive data to improve equitable access to arts education. Jacksonville is one of eight cities nationally, and the only city in Florida, to participate in the artlook® Project. Other communities selected for the initiative include Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; and Southwestern PA.

LEAD began in 2019 with surveys to all Duval County Public Schools to collect information about arts programming and resources. A separate survey was created for local arts and culture organizations to gather information about their arts education offerings. The map will be updated annually; data from the 2020-2021 school year will be active on the map by fall 2021.

LEAD is the first artlook® map to launch outside of Ingenuity’s original Chicago map and provides a template for other school districts seeking to use data to strengthen teaching, learning, whole-child education and strategies to address equity gaps. Locally, Assessment Technologies Group and the University of North Florida are providing data analysis support to translate the map into an advocacy plan.

In recent years, DCPS has expanded its arts education opportunities for students. Recent advancements include the creation of a new arts magnet middle school, Fort Caroline Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts; new digital arts, digital photography and cinematic film programs in multiple secondary schools; expanded performing arts programs, including show choir, theatre, band and choral programs; the addition of more than 80 fine arts teaching positions since 2013; and active representation for arts education in all pandemic planning efforts to keep programs and positions intact and available as safely as possible.

The LEAD artlook® map can be viewed at jacksonville.artlookmap.com.

 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Tennessee Williams’ play comes to the Alhambra

Since taking over the helm of the storied Alhambra Theatre & Dining, Managing Partner Craig Smith has wanted to produce a Tennessee Williams play, and on February 24, 2021 he will get his wish as the Alhambra opens his most famous one, “The Glass Menagerie”. The Alhambra has built its reputation on exceptionally casted and produced musicals and musical comedies, and has rarely mounted what theater fans call a “straight drama.” Audiences can expect the same astounding talent and set quality it is used to (and food), but with a slightly different theatrical experience overall.

Referred to typically as a “memory play, The Glass Menagerie premiered in 1944 and is credited for catapulting Williams from obscurity. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura.

In the script for The Glass Menagerie, Williams sets the show’s tone through the main character, Tom Wingfield, “The play is memory. Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental, it is not realistic. In memory everything seems to happen to music. That explains the fiddle in the wings. I am the narrator of the play, and also a character in it. The other characters are my mother Amanda, my sister Laura and a gentleman caller who appears in the final scenes.  The scene is memory and is therefore non-realistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart.”

The Alhambra will continue its 2021 season with limited seating due to its policy of strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocols. “Our role in this community is to provide entertainment and a respite for our family of guests,” said Smith. He continued, “We will always put their experience first, and this is what they told us they wanted.” With Season Partners having renewed at an even faster pace than for 2020 and hosting a sold-out season opener with Singin’ in the Rain, Smith feels reassured in the decisions he and his team made. “We’re delighted to make the seating work, and even more delighted that our guests are responding with such love and support.”

The Glass Menagerie

DATES: February 24 — March 21, 2021

SHOW TIMES: discussed with ticket sales

DRESS: “Business Casual”, or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices start at just $48 per person.  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 on line, or by calling (904) 641-1212.
     **Prices do NOT include gratuity, professional photos, nor orders from the bar**

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

Friday, February 19, 2021

WJCT public media to rebrand WJCT-TV as Jax PBS

WJCT Public Media announced today that WJCT-TV will be rebranded as Jax PBS, effective February 24, 2021.

As WJCT continues to move toward production and distribution of its services across a wide range of digital technologies, its brands are also evolving to reflect this new media landscape. The programs that currently air on WJCT-TV are now available on platforms beyond the broadcast television channel, and it’s new name reflects this new multi-platform environment.

The Jax PBS brand aligns with growing demand for content across multiple platforms and expanded services available through WJCT Public Media, including live streaming content at wjct.org, the WJCT app, on-demand streaming through Jax PBS Passport, and distribution through both traditional TV providers such as Comcast and AT&T and new “virtual” multi-video program distributors (vMVPDs) such as YouTube TV.  Jax PBS will continue to be available as a broadcast channel found in channel position 7.1.

“WJCT-TV has been your trusted source for the very best in education, entertainment and news programming for more than 60 years. But as the way we all watch evolves so will our name. WJCT-TV will become JAX PBS beginning February 24, 2021. New name, same mission: educate, involve, inspire,” explained David McGowan, President and CEO of WJCT Public Media.

The identity will be implemented through a refreshed logo and new identity graphics. Other channels broadcast and distributed by WJCT Public Media will also reflect the new brand, including Jax PBS More!, Jax PBS Kids, Jax PBS WORLD and Jax PBS Create.

This rebranding is the first change to the station’s public name in its history. WJCT debuted in September 1958 as an educational television broadcaster, and became a member station of The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 1969.

The PBS brand is synonymous with trust and value. For the 18th consecutive year, PBS has been named America’s most-trusted institution ahead of commercial cable and broadcast television, newspapers, and digital platforms. Americans view PBS as a destination for journalistic integrity, exceptional content, and incredible storytelling appealing to a diverse range of people in the community. Families turn to PBS Kids as a trusted and safe source over other children’s media providers for high-quality, educational programming and resources that inspire and prepare children for success in school. The trust that Americans place in the PBS brand, along with its widespread recognition, led WJCT Public Media's to work with PBS to develop the local Jax PBS brand as WJCT updated the identity of its television services.

“In the more than 60 years since WJCT-TV went on the air, many things have changed — including the ways and places we all watch 'TV'” said McGowan. “Rebranding this service as Jax PBS reflects those changes, while also making us easier to find and identify in a crowded media landscape.  WJCT is much more than a traditional over-the-air broadcast channel, and we are proud to adopt Jax PBS as a name that better reflects our multi-platform future.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated call letters for Jax PBS (WJCT) will remain the same. The programming lineup will not change as part of the rebranding initiative. For more information, visit jaxpbs.org.

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 wjct.org. Like WJCT on Facebook (facebook.com/wjctjax) and follow WJCT on Twitter (@WJCTJax) and Instagram (@WJCTJax).

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

New Board of Trustees for the Cummer Museum

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Board of Trustees announces the appointment of four new members: Atiya Abdelmalik, Yared Alula, Howard Dodson, Jr. and Nathanial P. Ford, Sr. The new trustees will each serve a three-year term that began on January 1, 2021.

Atiya Abdelmalik, Ph.D. (Dr. A.) has served in diverse roles in the fields of health care and community engagement. A sought-after keynote speaker, Dr. A. is the author of A Life Worth Saving: A Nurse's Journey from Sickness to Healing. She has led teams in health promotion, community programs and employee volunteerism. Dr. A. has led high level community initiatives and served on committees and the board of directors for the American Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation, Ward Home, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, YWCA and United Way. She holds a nursing degree from Eastern University, a graduate degree in nursing administration from Waynesburg University and a Ph.D. in community engagement from Point Park University.

Yared Alula currently serves as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of the PGA TOUR, where he provides legal and strategic counsel across a wide variety of the PGA TOUR’s business units, and as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for USA GOLF. Alula’s past experience included senior roles at the NBA Players Association, where he served as a key member of the NBPA negotiating committee that resolved the 2011 NBA lockout, and as an M&A attorney at Latham & Watkins. A proud native of Atlanta, Ga., Alula has also lived in Boston, New York and London. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Howard Dodson, Jr. recently served as the Director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Howard University Libraries, and was formerly the long-time director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, a post he occupied for over a quarter of a century (1984-2010). Dodson is credited with extending the reach and reputation of the Schomburg Center through major exhibitions and acquisitions. Dodson has been active throughout his life in a number of projects, including service in the Peace Corps and later as a national Peace Corps staff member. He has produced a number of exhibitions and festivals celebrating Black history and African American life. Dodson is also the author of several books and articles, and the recipient of numerous awards, including being named to the President's Commission on the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Malcolm X Museum Award. He serves on the boards of directors of the Apollo Theater Foundation and the UNESCO Slave Route Project, among many others.

Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His distinguished career spans more than four decades, including tenures as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Ford is the Chair of the Goodwill Industries of Northeast Florida Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Transportation Research Board. He was named “Ultimate CEO” by the Jacksonville Business Journal, inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame, honored with the 2019 “Thought Leader” Award by The Eno Center for Transportation and selected as APTA’s 2020 Outstanding Public Transportation General Manager of the Year. Ford holds an Executive MBA from the Davis School of Business at Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in organizational leadership from Mercer University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Consortium Program at Emory University, and has completed executive training at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida (2015) and Leadership Jacksonville (2014).

‘The Marquee Project’ presented to JAX from the Florida Theatre


The nonprofit Florida Theatre is pleased to announce The Marquee Project, an effort to use the signboards of the historic Florida Theatre’s marquee to bring attention to Jacksonville’s historical figures, the diverse people who made a lasting contribution to the rich history of our city, state and nation.

The marquee of the historic Florida Theatre is seen by over 5,000 people a day. Each week, a slide featuring a different historical person will be put in rotation with the slides that advertise upcoming events at the venue. Under the heading, “We Celebrate Jacksonville,” that person’s name, photo, birth and death years, and a brief description of their contributions to society will be featured.

The goals of the project are: to bring attention to historical persons who had a significant connection to Jacksonville as a native or a resident; to honor persons who lived in the past, although persons currently living who meet the other criteria will not necessarily be excluded; to emphasize the diversity of our community; to bring attention to lesser known persons who may not have achieved “marquee name” status in their lifetimes; and to honor persons whose values and actions resulted in achievements that had a significant impact on other people’s lives, as well as the life of our city, state and nation.

Steve Smith and PC Bryant are Members of the Florida Theatre’s Board of Directors, and Co-Chairs of the Board's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. In a joint statement, they said, "Since opening as a nonprofit performing arts venue in 1983, the Florida Theatre has been a wonderful showcase for a diverse array of performers of all races, ethnicities, and artistic genres. As a committee, however, we are focused on making use of the organization's other assets to call more attention to the rich history of Jacksonville, and its richly diverse citizens. Up to 2,000 people might see a Florida Theatre show, but over 5,000 people a day see the Florida Theatre's marquee. Thus the idea for The Marquee Project was born."

Florida Theatre President Numa Saisselin says that a new person will be featured every week, and nominations are welcome from the public, although such nominations will be rigorously screened against the criteria established for inclusion. “We get calls all the time asking if we could wish someone a happy birthday, or commemorate a special occasion. This is not that. This is an effort to bring attention to historical Jacksonville natives and residents who made a contribution to our society, and might have been overlooked.” Nominations and suggestions can be forwarded to admin@floridatheatre.com, and past marquees are featured on the Theatre’s website.

‘Bee Gees Tribute Band’ comes to JAX

Stayin' Alive One Night of the Bee Gees, creates a realistic sense of hearing and experiencing the brothers’ Gibb live in concert, with the vocal match of Tony Mattina, Todd Sharman, and George Manz. Stayin’ Alive comes to the Times-Union Center on February 25, 2021. 

Stayin' Alive features a vocal trio, backed by studio musicians who wholly capture the sound mystique of The Bee Gees. Stayin' Alive offers to their audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list. Singing blockbusters such as: Night Fever, Jive Talkin, How Deep Is Your Love, You Should Be Dancin, Nights On Broadway, and Stayin Alive. In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as: I Started A Joke, Massachusetts, Fanny Be Tender, Words, and To Love Somebody, among other great hits.

Stayin’ Alive is the largest and most definitive production of its kind, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery. Stayin' Alive has played intimate settings as a six-piece band and huge venues with a 62-piece orchestra. Stayin' Alive is the quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, capturing the excitement of live performance and the lender subtleties of the human voice!

For information about the Safety Protocols at the Times-Union Center, please click HERE


   “Stayin Alive,
One Night of the Bee Gees

DATE: Thurs. Feb. 25, 2021
TIME:
7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: START AT $32.50 and can be purchased online 24/7 HERE

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

Friday, February 5, 2021

Koz, McKnight and Sheléa in your living room

Dave Koz & Brian McKnight
For one enchanted evening GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz and R&B superstar vocalist Brian McKnight announce “A Romantic Night In,” a livestream concert that will take place on Valentine’s Day Eve – Saturday, February 13, 2021 – beginning at 5 PM PST/8 PM EST via Looped. They will be joined by special guest Sheléa.

Dave Koz says, “Brian, Sheléa and I are so excited to provide the romantic soundtrack to your Valentine’s weekend celebration at home. Pour a glass of wine, dip some strawberries in chocolate…and leave it to us to provide the musical magic!”

Please note, this is a virtual event and will NOT take place at the Theatre.

Brian McKnight &
  Dave Koz”
DATE:
Sat. Feb. 13, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
VIRTUAL TICKETS:
$35

‘Ameris Bank’ marks 21 years of support for nonprofit Florida Theatre


Ameris Bank
, a corporate partner of the Florida Theatre since 2000, has announced its renewed support of the historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre. “We very much value our sponsorship and our relationship with the Florida Theatre,” said Scott Hall, Ameris Bank’s Commercial Banking Market Executive. “It’s been a wonderful way for us to give back to the community, and to promote and preserve the wonderful quality of life that we have here in Jacksonville.”

"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 Ameris Bank, 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 website.

About Ameris Bank: Ameris Bancorp is a bank holding company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and the parent of Ameris Bank, a Georgia state-chartered bank. Ameris Bank had 164 branches in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.

Singer ‘Easton Corbin’ coming to the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre welcomes chart-topping country music singer Easton Corbin on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8 p.m. “Turn up a little Conway Twitty,” Easton Corbin croons in his distinctive Southern drawl on latest single “Turn Up.” Within the track, Corbin blends traditional instrumentation with modern day production alongside vivid country storytelling for a sound that is uniquely his.

Corbin exudes country. His distinctive baritone has been gracing airwaves for the past decade as his chart-topping debut single “A Little More Country Than That” established Corbin as a mainstay on the country charts. Billboard’s 2010 Top New Country Artist would go on to garner another No. 1 hit with the feel-good “Roll With It,” and several other chart topping singles like “A Girl Like You,” “Baby Be My Love Song,” “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” “All Over The Road,” “I Can’t Love You Back” and more.

Florida-native Corbin continues to distinguish himself from other male vocalists as a tried-and-true country traditionalist who weaves timeless story songs together while tipping his hat to the classic country artists who have come before him. “That’s what I love and that’s what I do,” he says of his passion for traditional country music. “For me, it's about keeping one foot in the traditional and one foot in the modern and marrying those two. I’m a country singer: That's one of the things that I take pride in. I try to hone that craft and try to represent that.”

While 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of “A Little More Country Than That” achieving No. 1 status, Corbin shows no sign of slowing down with the release of his infectious new single “Turn Up” and more new music on the way. He promises a “wide array” of songs that include fiddle and pedal steel. As he embarks on a new chapter as an independent artist, Corbin says “A Little More Country Than That” still reflects who he is as an artist and where he sees his career going.

“That's really how I grew up,” he says of his career-defining song. “‘A Little More Country Than That’ radiates with me and my band as well because that really is who I am. That's where I came from, that's what I am. It’s just as important now as it was then, because that's the one that started it all for me. That’s definitely a staple of an Easton Corbin show. I think it also defines my audience and who they are.”

This will be a socially-distanced event with health and safety protocols in place. Patrons can visit floridatheatre.com/home/breaking-news for the most up to date information on The Florida Theatre’s safety protocols and general updates. Additionally, ticket purchasers will be notified by email of specific safety requirements prior to the event.

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 website.

Easton Corbin
DATE:
Thurs., Feb. 11, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $49.50 – $59.50

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

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Florida Theatre posts 2020 annual report

The Florida Theatre has released its annual report for the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2020. The report is a digital publication that was emailed to the theatre’s supporters on February 3, 2021, and is available to the general public on the theatre’s web site, floridatheatre.com.

The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc. is the nonprofit corporation that has managed and programmed the historic Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville since 1987 in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building.

Says Florida Theatre President Numa Saisselin, “As a nonprofit corporation, we exist to serve the public, not a private investor or owner, and we believe in transparency. Even though private contributions are just 13% of our operating income, and government support is less than 5%, we still want our donors and supporters to know exactly how we are doing, so they have confidence in our ability to deliver the community service they expect.”

Among the highlights of this year’s 20-page report:

·         51% of ticket buyers reside in Duval County, and 49% of ticket buyers came from outside Duval County, choosing the Florida Theatre and downtown Jacksonville as the place to spend their entertainment dollars.

·         The Theatre’s activity resulted in an economic impact of $8.5 million, supporting the full time equivalent of 261 jobs, $6.4 million of household income, $450,000 of state government tax and fee income, and $371,000 of local government tax and fee income.

·         Even though the theatre was closed for more than half the year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, its artist selections were still strong enough to earn it recognition as one of the most attended theatre venues in the country by two industry publications, Pollstar (Top 10 up to 2,000 seats) and VenuesNow (Top 5 up to 2,000 seats).

·         Even though not having a show after March 12 caused the organization to lose over 95% of its income, the organization still managed to be financially viable in part because 100% of its Corporate Partners renewed their annual memberships, and the number of individual people making a membership contribution fell by just 5%.

Says Saisselin, “That is a strong statement about the importance of the Florida Theatre in our communal lives.”

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 website.

About Florida Theatre: From ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country and blues the nonprofit Florida Theatre offers 175 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 175,000 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.

Julian Marley brings ‘The Wailers' to JAX

The Florida Theatre is pleased to welcome reggae legends The Wailers featuring Julian Marley at the Florida Theatre on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Not many bands can claim genuine legend status. The Wailers, however, can comfortably claim their place in essential music history as the band that backed the incomparable Bob Marley. Culture defining; rebel hearts with brave souls embodying the spirit of 1970’s era-defining reggae.

In this show, the offspring of legends Bob Marley and Aston Barrett, these two princely inheritors of reggae - power duo Julian Marley and Aston Barrett Jr. - join forces to return reggae to its acoustic roots.  The sound is a culmination of a life-long friendship and musical collaboration between the two.

Aston Barrett Jr. started working with the renowned Julian at the age of 14 while still in the eighth grade. Seeing an emerging talent, Julian quickly took him under his wing, inviting him to his house and exposing him to the many seminal guitar books, and to the family’s rich collection of early-reggae 1960’s recordings of his father.

Julian Marley, son of the iconic Bob Marley and twice Grammy-nominated musician and producer is a true and authentic representation of Rasta.  A world-renowned artist and devoted Rastafarian, Julian conveys his message of legalization, freedom, and love through his humanitarian efforts, music and JuJu Royal brand.

An idea born out of a phone call from friend and fellow musician Jaime Hinckson, this rare collaboration of three of reggae’s most prominent artists is a richly layered tapestry of both the genre’s early rhythmic wisdom and the newer cadences of a younger generation taking reggae’s divine message out to the world.

This will be a socially-distanced event with health and safety protocols in place. Patrons can visit floridatheatre.com/home/breaking-news for the most up to date information on The Florida Theatre’s safety protocols and general updates. Additionally, ticket purchasers will be notified by email of specific safety requirements prior to the event.

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 website, floridatheatre.com.

  “The Wailers
featuring Julian Marley

DATE:
Sat. Feb.20, 2021
TIME:8 p.m.
TICKETS:
 $39.50 - $49.50

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


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

‘Rodney Carrington’ is coming to JAX as promised

The Florida Theatre is pleased to announce that comedian, actor and writer “Rodney Carrington” will perform on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Rodney is a multi-talented comedian, actor, singer and writer playing sold-out shows around the world as one of the top 10 highest-grossing touring comedians for the past two decades.

A platinum-recording artist, Rodney's recorded eight major record label comedy albums, followed by three albums on his own record label, Laughter's Good Records. His last album Here Comes the Truth (released 2017) climbed to number 3 on the comedy charts, accruing tens of millions of streams on Spotify and even spawned a Netflix special.

Rodney broke through with his major label comedy CD debut Hangin' With Rodney in 1998. The next few years saw nine more Top 10 comedy albums: LiveMorning WoodNutsackGreatest HitsKing of the MountainsEl Nino LocoC'mon Laugh You BastardsLaughter's Good and The Hits, all of which continue to receive radio airplay and regularly place on the national comedy charts. Hangin' With Rodney and Morning Wood earned RIAA gold record certification, and his Greatest Hits (a double CD) album reached platinum status. Rodney also released Make it Christmas which features his original song “Camouflage and Christmas Lights," a tribute to our military.

Rodney also added "author" to his list of accomplishments with the release of his book Rodney Carrington, Coming Clean published by Hatchette Books.

Over the years, he's starred in his own TV sitcom, Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC, co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film, Beer for My Horses, which won the Tex Ritter Award from the ACM, and starred in his own Netflix special Here Comes The Truth. Rodney's also appeared on countless other TV shows, including the ACA (American Country Awards), hosting the American Country New Year's Eve Live show on FOX, and won "Supporting Character of the Year” from the CMT Music Video Awards for his appearance on the Trace Adkins' music video “I Got My Game On."

Rodney is fresh off the release of his latest album, Get Em Out, which hit #1 on iTunes, and is gearing up for a year of touring in 2020.

Rodney’s live show is recommended for mature audiences only.

This will be a socially-distanced event with health and safety protocols in place. Patrons can visit floridatheatre.com/home/breaking-news for the most up to date information on The Florida Theatre’s safety protocols and general updates. Additionally, ticket purchasers will be notified by email of specific safety requirements prior to the event.

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 website, floridatheatre.com.

Rodney Carrington
DATE:
Sat. Feb. 6, 2021
TIME: 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
TICKETS:  $49.50 - $59.50

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

WJCT hosts virtual conversation “The Black Church”

WJCT Public Media today announced it will host a community conversation and launch an interactive initiative in connection with “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” the upcoming PBS documentary series by Dr. Henry Louis Gates. The community conversation, titled “Sights, Sounds, and Spirit of the Black Church,” will be held virtually on February 15 at 7 p.m., and is funded by a grant from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.

Lynn Sherman, Director of Social Responsibility and Community Engagement at Baptist Health, will host the community conversation, which will feature panelists Jeff Boddie, Associate Director of Worship, Downtown, at Shiloh Church, Bishop Charles Bernard Eichelberger Sr., Pastor & Founder at Cathedral of Deliverance, and Ben Frazier, President & Founder of Northside Coalition of Jacksonville. Registration for this free virtual event is open at wjct.org/events/blackchurch.

“Northeast Florida’s diversity is its strength, and WJCT Public Media is proud to host this conversation centered around the connections between faith and community, and between our community’s history and its future,” said David McGowan, President of WJCT Public Media. “We encourage our neighbors to join us in exploring and celebrating the cultural and historical importance of local Black churches and their musical traditions to our region, as part of WJCT Public Media’s celebration of Black History Month.”

Additionally, WJCT Public Media invites members of churches across Northeast Florida to record and share a video that is five minutes or less in length that explains what the black church means to them. The stories will be archived in the Florida Collection at the Jacksonville Public Library through February 28. Videos may be submitted at wjct.org/blackchurch.

“The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song” is a four-hour documentary series tracing the 400-year history of the Black church in America, produced by McGee Media, Inkwell Media and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Get Lifted. The series features interviews with John Legend, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Hudson, Bishop Michael Curry, Cornel West, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Rev. Al Sharpton, Yolanda Adams, Rev. William Barber II, BeBe Winans, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie and more. It premieres at 9 p.m. on February 16 and 17 on WJCT-TV, and PBS stations nationwide, as well as streaming on the PBS app, PBS Passport and PBS.org.

“‘The Black Church’ is a landmark documentary that beautifully illustrates the preeminent role church, faith and spirituality have played in shaping the Black American experience,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “Through these grants, we are helping public media stations -- public radio as well as public television -- leverage the documentary series to bring together new partners and explore how the role of the Black church has evolved in their communities and impacted our nation.”

“Our series is a riveting and systematic exploration of the myriad ways in which African Americans have worshipped God in their own images, and continue to do so today, from the plantation and prayer houses, to camp meetings and store-front structures, to mosques and mega-churches," said Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. "This is the story and song our ancestors bequeathed to us, and it comes at a time in our country when the very things they struggled and died for — faith and freedom, justice and equality, democracy and grace — all are on the line. No social institution in the Black community is more central and important than the Black church.”

Major corporate support for “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song” is provided by Johnson & Johnson. Major support is also provided by the Lilly Endowment Inc., Ford Foundation, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Public radio station engagement grants are funded by CPB and administered by the VuHaus Group, a public media music organization of stations. 

“The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song” is presented as part of WJCT Public Media’s celebration of Black History Month. For a full list of programming, visit wjct.org/blackhistory.


Mackey’s Munchies open in Orange Park

Want some good Louisiana cooking? You need to come to Mackey’s Munchies and celebrate Mardi Gras with some good food. When you come to Mackey’s Munchies there is a reading area where children can exchange books to increase their knowledge and vocabulary. This being Black History Month, is an opportunity to fill your minds, bellies and souls. Need a ‘King Cake’ order one today.

Their vision statement reads: “Come in as customer – leave as a friend!” We use recipes and ingredients to enhance people's lives. Great food is one of the few things that bring many people together. It's a universal language for Love. We do our best to serve Love every time we serve our customers, so they become our friends—and even friends with each other. Our business is unique because “there is no place like home.” We are home when you need a place to go. We cook our food the way we like to eat it and we will share it with the ones we love! We are a conversation between friends!” LOVE – The MACKEY'S

Come celebrate either dine-in or take-out during Fat Tuesday, February 16, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. & order “A Taste of Gumbo” on the same day from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

LOCATION: Mackey’s Munchies Restaurant
      (closed on Mondays)
      868 Blanding Blvd.
 
      (near Ollie’s dept. store)
      Orange Park, FL 32065
      (904) 458-4246

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Invitation from the Cummer Museum for Feb. 2021

When was the last time that you safely went out? Have you been to the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens lately? It’s a safe and fun place to be even during a pandemic. Make plans to give them a call and visit safely this weekend or next week.

The Museum, in partnership with The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, is curating a retrospective exhibition to celebrate the “30th Anniversary of the Art Ventures Fund”. Thirty artists have been selected to include one work — one for each year of Art Ventures grantmaking. Art Ventures is an endowed fund at The Community Foundation, launched in 1990 through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts that was matched by generous local donors. The fund makes grants annually to individual artists and small arts organizations so recipients can explore or refine the next level of their craft, with more than $1.4 million invested since its inception.

February Events & Programs:

Artistic Expressions: Drawing and painting, ages 6-12, Multi-week, virtual class Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Members $100 & Non-Members $120. Registration required.

Art Immersion: Photography, ages 9-12 Multi-week, virtual class Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Members $100 & Non-Members $120. Registration required.

Illustration Intensive: Drawing, ages 13-17 Multi-week, virtual class Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Members $150 7 Non-Members $180. Registration required.

Slow Art Wednesdays: Take a fun and mindful break Wednesday, Feb. 10 & Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Family Experience: Interactive Virtual Tour Friday, Feb. 19 from 6 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Studio on the Go: Drop-in Art Making Sunday, Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Free with admission.

Teachers' Virtual Lounge: Connect with Educators
Tuesday, Feb. 23
5 p.m.
Free | Registration required.

Events & Programs:
Art Ventures Programming:
In partnership with The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, the Museum is hosting special programming with Art Ventures grant recipients on select Free Friday nights. Visitors will enjoy poetry readings, spoken word, musical performances, and more. 
Friday, Feb. 5; Arvid Smith, sets at 6 and 7 p.m. 
Barbara Colaciello, three acts, 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19 Ebony Payne English, readings at 7 and 8 p.m.
Rick Colado, 6 to 8 p.m. Free | Museum admission registration required.

Black History Month Programming: Come take a moment as the Cummer celebrates Black History Month and the significant contributions and creativity of their Black community. Whether you join the museum in-person or from the comfort of home, they have opportunities throughout the month for you to enjoy, including live music, art talks, art-making, and more. Check their website in February for details.

LiterARTure Virtual Series: The upcoming LiterARTure Series is both a book and art club, and explores coping with the pandemic. Cindy Edelman and Stacey Goldring offer prescriptive solace and refuge within the pages of books and painted artworks. Visit the Museum Shop to purchase your books in advance of the lectures. Attend one lecture or all four! Free | Registration required | 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 | Running for Cover: Running for cover, finding context for our shambolic times, understanding nightmares and monsters, and providing a new perspective. Book:  Frankenstein, Mary Percy Shelley, Artwork: The Nightmare, Henry Fuseli.

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


Friday, January 29, 2021

Women’s Golf Championship coming later in 2021

First Professional Women's Tournament in Jacksonville Market since 1976 will Support and Celebrate Women in Golf. ORCA Golf Bags Women’s Match Play Championship has just announced PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf) – an innovative golf company dedicated to developing high-performance equipment and apparel – as presenting sponsor for its inaugural tournament. The unique, two-week tournament series for women professional players will take place at World Golf Village in October 2021. As part of its sponsorship, PXG will be featured in the official tournament logo.

The ORCA Golf Bags Women’s Match Play Championship presented by PXG will feature 64 women professionals pursuing their dream of playing on the LPGA Tour, battling over two weeks in two separate, but connected, tournaments. The first week will feature a 54-hole Stroke-Play tournament on the King & Bear course, which will also seed the second week’s event, a 64-woman Match-Play championship at Slammer & Squire. There will be no cut in the Stroke-Play event and all players will advance to Match-Play.

Since the company’s inception, PXG has taken a strong stance in its support of women in golf. The company lists a dozen exceptionally talented women on the LPGA Tour on its official pro roster and provides equipment to many other top-ranking female professionals.

PXG’s clubs are built to spec for each individual golfer and the company will be providing onsite Swing Sessions for interested attendees to get a club in hand experience. There will also be opportunities to test PXG’s extensive line of putters on the World Golf Village 18-hole putting course.

In addition to the golf competition – and of equal importance – the tournament will celebrate women’s initiatives by providing programming such as leadership forums, executive networking, and education. The programming will be developed and provided by Generation W, a national nonprofit based in Jacksonville Beach (FL) founded and run by Donna Orender, whose mission embraces the guiding tenets of education, inspiration, and connection and the power of women’s leadership.

“The Generation W programming is a critical aspect of this event,” said Erica Bennett. “There are myriad career opportunities outside the ropes for women in the golf business and in the manufacturing business, and we want to promote that aspect of our industry as well.

Each tournament will have its own prize purse, a guarantee of $50,000 shared between the two events. The winner of the Match-Play event will be The ORCA Champion, and in addition to cash prize money will also receive a $2,500 Gift Card from PXG, as well as a commemorative golf bag designed by Erica Bennett of ORCA Golf Bags. The tournament series will feature a pro-am event, junior clinics, and local community-based activities and fundraising opportunities.

Produced as a collaboration among MediaShare Consulting Group, On the Green Consulting and the WAPT, The ORCA Golf Bags Women’s Match Play Championship presented by PXG represents two of the 14 official events on the Women’s All Pro Tour (WAPT) in 2021. The WAPT was established in 2019 in partnership with the LPGA’s Symetra Tour. The WAPT is the Official Qualifying Tour for the LPGA’s Symetra Tour, providing more opportunities for women to play professional golf and to advance their careers to the next level. “We are very excited to bring the WAPT to the Jacksonville area and, in particular, the World Golf Village”, says Gary DeSerrano, WAPT president. “We are certain the next stars of women’s professional golf will look forward to this new and exciting event.”

Information on elevated hospitality opportunities, Pro-Am spots, tickets, key sponsorships, and volunteering is available on the tournament website, and by calling MediaShare Consulting Group at (904) 838–4962. You may reach the office by email.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Monster Jam® returns safely to JAX amid COVID-19


This. Is. Monster Jam®! The most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today returns after a pandemic pause, roaring into Jacksonville for a high-octane weekend at TIAA Bank Field on March 6-7. Monster Jam®, one of the first family events to open its doors to fans since the global pandemic began in 2020, features the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement. Tickets start at $20 and Monster Jam Preferred Customers can purchase advance tickets starting, January 27th, to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on February 2nd. Fans can still sign up for free to become a Monster Jam Preferred Customer and get exclusive access to the pre-sale offer code. Enhanced Health and Safety Measures Implemented for Fan Wellness.

Monster Jam is enthusiastic that fans are eager to attend a live event with family and friends and feel confident about their safety and well-being, as shown in multiple surveys. In order to meet and exceed those expectations, Monster Jam has implemented enhanced health measures to help ensure the highest standards of wellness when it comes to today’s live experience. Seating capacity will be reduced at TIAA Bank Field to a Pod Seating structure, which will allow family and friends to safely enjoy all the action while social distancing from other groups in attendance. More information about TIAA Bank Field’s safety policy can be found hereAs an additional precaution for fans, face coverings are required for those age 2 and older, unless otherwise exempted by law. More information about Monster Jam’s Ultimate Lineup for Fan Wellness can be found here.

Monster Jam has reimagined the live event guest experience and created contactless shopping for fans to order merchandise in advance or onsite from the comfort of their seat. Once ordered, guests can pick up their items at a convenient, contactless pickup station during the live event.  Additional information can be found here.

The Monster Jam Pit Party makes its return to Jacksonville on Saturday, March 6 with limited capacity and enhanced safety measures implemented. At the Monster Jam Pit Party, you can see the massive trucks up close, watch live pre-race interviews and participate in Q&A’s with the drivers, get pre-signed autograph cards, take pictures, and enjoy other family-friendly fun. Face covering, social distancing, entry screening and other rules apply.  Capacity and activities are limited based on event, venue and local authorities’ guidelines, which are subject to change at any time.

Jacksonville fans will witness a fierce battle for the event championship with each skilled Monster Jam athlete tearing up the dirt with gravity-defying feats in 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks going head-to-head for points in Freestyle, the Skills Challenge and Racing competitions.  Plus, fans can become part of the action by voting for the winner in the Skills Challenge and Freestyle competitions via real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones.

The all-star truck lineup marks the first time in regular competition that the three Anderson siblings will battle against each other in the same Monster Jam event: the legendary Grave Digger® will be driven by Krysten; fan-favorite Adam trades his black and green wrecking machine for Megalodon®, the truck that redefined the phrase “jumping the shark” and set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ title for the most monster trucks jumped by a monster truck; and in a limited-time, special appearance, Ryan gets behind the wheel of Bakugan Dragonoid™.

12-time Monster Jam World Finals® champion Tom Meents will be competing in Max-D™ Fire, while Todd LeDuc aims to crush the competition in Monster Energy®.  Reigning Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle champion Linsey Read will compete in Scooby Doo.  Rounding out this world-class roster are GUINNESS WORLD RECORD title holders Bryce Kenny in Great Clips Mohawk Warrior® and Bari Musawwir in Zombie™, both featured in the August Discovery Channel TV special Monster Jam: Breaking World Records. Cory Rummell vies for the championship in Rage, while Jim Koehler returns in Avenger and Jamey Garner competes in Over Board, respectively. Black Pearl, driven by Cole Venard, claims the last spot in the epic 12-truck lineup.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles-per-hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motorsports action seen around the world.

WHEN:
Sat, March 6, 2021 7 p.m. Pit Party 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Sun., March 7, 2021 1 p.m.


WHERE: 1 TIAA Bank Field Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32202

TRUCK LINEUP: Megalodon® driven by Adam Anderson; Grave Digger® driven by Krysten Anderson; Monster Energy® driven by Todd LeDuc; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior® driven by Bryce Kenny; Max-D™ driven by Tom Meents; Bakugan Dragonoid driven by Ryan Anderson; Zombie™ driven by Bari Musawwir; Scooby-Doo driven by Linsey Read; Avenger driven by Jim Koehler; Rage driven by Cory Rummell; Over Bored driven by Jamey Garner and Black Pearl driven by Cole Venard.  **Truck and driver line-up subject to change

TICKETSEvent Tickets start at $20 each*
Pit Party Passes start at $15 each*
Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com
 *
Ticket prices subject to change – venue/ticketing fees may apply.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Rock Duo ‘Air Supply’ comes to the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is thrilled to announce that world-renowned rock duo "Air Supply" will perform at the Florida Theatre on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Patrons attending this event will become a part of Air Supply and Florida Theatre history, as the show will be filmed and eventually broadcast worldwide this February for the band’s Valentine’s Day livestream.

Air Supply is the Australian soft rock duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. The duo formed in 1975 after meeting during the first day of rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing.

American music industry executive Clive Davis heard their first record, Life Support, and immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records in 1980. "Lost in Love" became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. The second single was "All Out of Love," and that went up the charts even quicker.

Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles' run of consecutive top five singles. The albums Lost in LoveThe One That You LoveNow & Forever, and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies. “Lost in Love” was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies.

The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply. "Lost in Love," "All Out of Love," "The One That You Love,” "Sweet Dreams," and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio.

In 2013, the duo was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association’s Hall of Fame. Air Supply celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2015 and continue to delight audiences all over the world.

This will be a socially-distanced event with health and safety protocols in place. Patrons can visit floridatheatre.com/home/breaking-news for the most up to date information on The Florida Theatre’s safety protocols and general updates. Additionally, ticket purchasers will be notified by email of specific safety requirements prior to the event.

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 website.

Air Supply
DATE: Sat., Jan. 30, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $69.50 – $89.50

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

Neighboring and learning during COVID-19


This morning I asked my neighbor, who is a Fire/Rescue person, if it would be alright to record their Granddaughters releasing some energy between their homeschool classes. It was interesting that he had recently put up a trampoline to give the girls a little recess, and I had an opportunity to catch up on him, his family and his work.

I’ve known my neighbor to work long hours and he’s a devout Christian who serves as a firefighter. I learned that he and his wife contacted COVID last year (yes, all this pandemic started last year), but they did not need to be hospitalized. This disease is affecting numerous people, yet it is NOT to be feared, but respected (wearing masks, keeping as much distance as they can, and keeping hands as sanitary as possible). It’s up to every individual to do their part for the betterment of all.

Upon asking about his work, he let me know that fire stations have been doing double & triple duty transporting pandemic patients to the hospital (some who really needed to be ventilated and others who were not in need, but wanted to be checked out). There are numerous patients who need to be seen due to heart conditions, accidents, or other emergencies, but they refused to go to the hospital because of unknown COVID fear. People cannot be forced to go to the hospital and all that can be done is pray for them and get refusal to be treated forms signed.

During these times of uncertainty, keep in touch with others, stay safe and trust in God. This too shall pass. #TBR

Saturday, January 23, 2021

‘Reza’ performs in JAX amid 2021 pandemic


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, people came out to the Times Union Center in Jacksonville, Florida to safely experience: “Reza - Edge of Illusion”. Reza is recognized as one of today’s most highly sought-after entertainers in the touring illusion industry. The children and adults in the audience were mesmerized by his quick wit, interactivity with the audience, and his ability to make a helicopter appear on stage. This reporter can attest that he made the impossible (Ms. “V” knows the logistics behind the stage and was very impressed) appear right before your eyes. You may want to check to see if REZA is coming to a venue near you.


Now for the update of the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts - they have taken every precaution to maintain your safety as their valued guest:

Upon coming into the building, you will be checked as at any airport except you don’t need to remove your shoes. Your face will be scanned, temperature taken, and your ticket will be scanned by a gracious host/hostess before you are escorted to your seat. There are two empty seats separating your party and also staggered spacing between rows. You can purchase beverages in the lower lobby, yet you need to drink them before you go back into the theatre stage area. Masks are worn during your entire visit with NO exceptions. Social distancing is followed by everyone. This reporter did NOT have to wait in line to use the restroom and there is plenty hand soap and paper towels. There is NO hanging around in the lobby after the show and everyone leaves expeditiously out the front or back doors.

Take a look at the slide show and video and get your tickets for one or more amazing upcoming shows.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
      
Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 632-5000

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Comedian Brian Regan rescheduled for the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is pleased to announce the return of comedian Brian Regan on Friday, Jan. 23, 2021 at 8 p.m. {Tickets to the original show date (December 11, 2020) will be honored}. This will be a half-capacity event with public health measures in place.

Critics, fans and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling Brian, “The funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly calling him, “Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.”  Having built his 30-plus year career on the strength of his material alone, Brian’s non-stop theater tour continuously fills the most beautiful venues across North America, visiting close to 100 cities each year.

Brian stars in his own Netflix series, Stand Up And Away! With Brian Regan, which premiered on Christmas Eve 2018.  Brian and Jerry Seinfeld Executive Produce the four-episode original half-hour series that combines sketch comedy and stand-up.

Brian premiered his seventh hour of comedy, the Netflix special, Brian Regan: Nunchucks And Flamethrowers, on November 21, 2017, which is also available as a vinyl album.  This is the first special in a two-special deal with Netflix, joining Brian with Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and others in multi-special deals with the leader in worldwide streaming.  Brian’s second Netflix special is planned for release in 2020.

Brian can be seen in the role of “Mugsy” in the Peter Farrelly TV series, Loudermilk, on The Audience Network. Farelly personally cast Regan in the series, which premiered on October 17, 2017 to rave reviews with Brian earning accolades for his portrayal of a recovering addict who is estranged from his family.

A regular on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Brian is the rare guest who the show invites on for two segments: a performance segment and a segment on the couch to chat with Jimmy.  Previously, Brian was a regular guest on The Late Show with David Letterman, making 28 appearances on the CBS show.

Brian made a scene-stealing cameo in Chris Rock’s film, Top Five, and he is a guest on two episodes of Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which is now streaming on Netflix.


The following protocols are currently in place for Florida Theatre performances (protocols will be continually updated for the safety of our audience):

Please wear your face mask inside the Theatre and while you’re seated. Please bring your own, but if you forget, face masks will available at the door.
If you’re consuming a beverage, sip your drink, and put your mask back on in between sips.
Temperatures will be scanned at the door. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher will not be admitted. (Refunds will be available for those not admitted.
The Theatre will be sanitized before your arrival and during the performance.
Hand sanitizer stations are readily available. If you are in need of an attendant with cleaning supplies, please ask a staff member.
Please cooperate with all social distancing measures in place.
If you suspect you are ill or reside with someone who is ill with flu-like symptoms, please do not attend. You can exchange your tickets for a future show, or receive a full refund. See Refund Request information below.
Your e-tickets can be scanned from your phone. If you have printed tickets, please hold them for scanning. Staff will not be handling physical tickets.

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 website.

“Comedian Brian Regan”
DATE: Fri., Jan. 23, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
TICKETS:
$43.50 $59.50

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