Monday, March 8, 2021

‘LaBoheme’ soon to be at the Times Union Center

Teatro Lirico D'Europa brings its highly acclaimed, full-scale, traditional, Italian production of Puccini's timeless “LA BOHÈME” to Jacksonville for one night only with an international cast of soloists, full orchestra and chorus. English super titles are projected above the stage.

The opera La Bohème centers around the tragic love story of Mimí and Rodolfo. The story is set in 1830 Paris and shows the lifestyle of four struggling bohemians – a poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher. Shivering in a garret and owing rent, their lives change forever the night Colline the Philosopher and Schaunard the Musician earn enough money for all of the friends to buy a meal at a nearby restaurant. Rodolfo the Poet stays behind to finish his writing but is interrupted by Lucia, known as Mimi, a seamstress from the next apartment over. They are instantly attracted to each other, and decide to catch up with the others."

Teatro Lirico D'Europa had a stunning success with a production of Puccini's LA BOHEME that would have satisfied the most ardent opera fan. Here was a production in a classic style with solid acting and depth of sound, both of which stirred the musical soul of an audience so intensely satisfied. Artistic director Giorgio Lalov has the gift of "assemblage d'art". - The Chicago Star - D. K. Luksetich

La Bohème – The Opera
DATE: Friday March 26, 2021
8 p.m.

TICKETS: Start at $33.75can be purchased online 24/7 HERE

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

Electric Light Orchestra comes to JAX this month

Electric Light Orchestra Experience 50th Anniversary tour features the brilliant arrangements and flawless musicianship and vocals of the 12 elite professional musicians, whose credits include an exhaustive list of the biggest names in the music industry, are the hallmarks of this new, first-class 50th Anniversary tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra.

Electric Light Orchestra's fusion of Beatlesque-pop with classical arrangements rocketed the group to massive commercial success, generating numerous instantly-recognizable chart-topping hits and album sales in excess of 50,000,000.

For information about the Safety Protocols at the Times-Union Center, please click this link.

Electric Light Orchestra Experience
DATE: Thurs. Mach 18, 2021
7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Start at $32.50 &can be purchased online 24/7 HERE

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

WJCT News 89.9 achieves a new record

WJCT Public Media announced today that its flagship FM station, WJCT News 89.9, achieved a record share of the radio listening audience in the Jacksonville DMA, as measured by Neilsen between January 7 and February 3, 2021.

WJCT News 89.9 is now the top station in the market for adults ages 25-54 in both mornings and afternoons. The station’s overall share advanced to 6.2%, a station record that moves it into a tie for fourth place in the market overall.  Steady performance improvements were recorded in every day part, with mornings performing especially well (8% audience share) — representing third place in the Jacksonville market for the January ratings block.

WJCT News 89.9 has introduced new programming to its mid-day and evening lineup, and additional local newscasts throughout the day every Monday through Friday. WJCT Public Media debuted the station’s new name, WJCT News 89.9, last summer; the station was formerly known as WJCT-FM.

The record-setting audience share numbers are accompanied by multi-year highs in total audience, as broadcast radio listening continues its recovery toward pre-pandemic levels. WJCT News 89.9 has also seen an acceleration of its growth in streaming audience through smart speakers, the WJCT app, and on the web this period, with January’s streaming audience growing by more than 30% year-over-year.

“We are delighted to welcome so many new listeners to WJCT News 89.9 over these last several months,” said David McGowan, CEO of WJCT Public Media. “It’s gratifying to see great programming attracting a larger, more diverse audience, and we’re building on that growth every day.”

For a full list of WJCT News 89.9 programming, visit

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The Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens is open

The weather is getting nice and it’s time to enjoy some culture in a safe atmosphere right here in Jacksonville, Florida. Contact the Cummer for your admission tickets. It’s an investment well spent.

Events & Programs for March 2021:

Virtual Job Fair:
The Cummer Museum provides career opportunities to enrich and develop your love of the arts, while contributing to our mission of engaging and inspiring our community. Meet them on March 18th, 2021 between 4 and 6 p.m. Click HERE for more information.

Behind the Leaves: Garden Tour
Saturday, March 20 @10 a.m. Enjoy an enlightening stroll in the gardens with a Museum Docent. Members $10, Non-Members $15 | Registration required. Sponsored by Joan and Jim Van Vleck.

LiterARTure: Comfortably Mysterious Tuesday, March 23 @7 p.m. LiterARTure is both a virtual book and art club. Cindy Edelman, art lecturer, and Stacey Goldring, author, offer prescriptive solace and refuge within the pages of books and painted artworks. Free | Registration required.

Checkmate at the Cummer: A Chess Tournament Saturday, March 27 @12 p.m.
The Museum has partnered with Chess for Charity in hosting a rated chess tournament in the Cummer Gardens. Check online for details. Registration required.

Friday Night Picnics – Friday nights in March from5 to 9 p.m. Prices vary | Registration required.

Slow Art Wednesday –
Take a fun and mindful break on Wednesday, March 10 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Family Experience: Interactive Virtual Tour - Friday, March 19 @6 p.m. Free | Registration required.

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

Slow Art Wednesday: Take a fun and mindful break - Wednesday, March 24 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Teachers' Virtual Lounge: Connect with Educators - Tuesday, March 30 @5 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Virtual School Tours: Check online for details. Sponsored by Community First Credit Union.

Get Ready for Spring:
Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness.

April 15 through June 6, 2021

"It's what comes from within that is beautiful."
Zanele Muholi –
An internationally touring exhibition organized by Autograph, London and curated by Renée Mussai. The Cummer Museum is the final venue for this internationally touring exhibition featuring art by one of the most acclaimed and celebrated photographers working today. In more than 80 self-portraits, celebrated South African visual activist Zanele Muholi uses their body as a canvas to confront the deeply personal politics of race and representation in the visual archive. Each black and white self-portrait asks critical questions about social (in)justice, human rights, and contested representations of the Black body. Exhibition-related programming will be announced soon. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida. The Cummer was established in 1958, when art collector, garden enthusiast, and civic leader Ninah Cummer bequeathed her art collection and riverfront home to create a museum. Today, the core collection of 60 pieces from Mrs. Cummer's estate has grown to include more than 5,000 works of art. The historic gardens, set against the backdrop of the St. Johns River, serve as a centerpiece of beauty for all to enjoy.

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