Wednesday, November 17, 2021

'The Hip Hop Nutcracker' soars into The Florida Theatre

Everything old is new again. Tchaikovsky’s 129-year-old ballet is reimagined as a holiday dance spectacle in The Hip Hop Nutcracker,   arriving at The Florida Theatre on December 12, 2021 at 7 p.m.

The production features hip hop pioneer Kurtis “The Breaks” Blow, the first rapper to be signed by a major label in 1979. 42 years and a heart transplant later, this hip-hop founding father is still performing as MC of The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Kurtis Blow is the music pioneer who created “Christmas Rappin’” and “The Breaks” and he’s hitting the road this holiday season. Preview the action HERE.

A cast of a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist turn the beloved score on its head. The 31-city tour kicks off in San Diego, California on November 6, 2021 before stops in Oakland, St. Louis, Miami, Atlanta, New York City, and Boston.

“Through the isolation of the pandemic and for me, personally, the gift of receiving a new heart, it is time to hope again,” says Kurtis Walker, known professionally as Kurtis Blow. “And the season of hope is Christmas.” On December 6, 2020, he had a heart transplant that has given him a new life.

Blow has paved the way for generations of hip-hop artists and fans after scoring the first certified gold record rap song in 1980, “The Breaks.” He was also the first rapper to sign to a major label. Blow is also responsible for “Christmas Rappin’, the perennial first rap holiday song.

“It’s incredible for me to meet fans, and their kids, and their kids’ kids who love hip hop music,” says Blow. “It reminds me of how The Nutcracker brings people of all ages together too. I hope everyone makes holiday memories for a lifetime when they come to our show.”

Just like the classic Nutcracker story, 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 a colorful and contemporary New York City. Through the modern, self-expressive gaze of hip-hop culture, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrate the magic of the entire holiday season on the most inclusive holiday of them all - New Year’s Eve, a time for new beginnings.

For more information about The Hip Hop Nutcracker, visit Website. Follow The Hip Hop Nutcracker on Facebook, Instagram (@hiphopnutcracker), and YouTube; #HipHopNutcracker.

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,

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Sun., Dec. 12, 2021

TIME: 7 p.m.

TICKETS: $37.50 – $59.50

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

‘Come From Away’ award-winning musical coming to JAX

The FSCJ Artist Series is thrilled to announce the national tour of “COME FROM AWAY”, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Jacksonville debut at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts for a limited engagement December 7 through 12.

COME FROM AWAY tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.

Come From Away

Tues., Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

TICKETS: can be purchased online 24/7. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to a discount on tickets to most shows.  To receive the best pricing, reserve your group tickets today. Groups may begin placing reservation requests by calling (904) 632-5050 or emailing.

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

‘Lauren Daigle’ in JAX with ‘Behold Christmas Tour’

This December, two-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist Lauren Daigle” will perform a limited run “BEHOLD: A Christmas Tour” in celebration of the holidays. The three intimate shows will take place in theatres in Durham, Chattanooga, and Jacksonville and will feature some of Daigle’s seasonal favorites from her best-selling Christmas album, Behold: A Christmas Collection. These special performances will mark the fifth anniversary of the release of Behold: A Christmas Collection. A limited number of VIP options will be available which include a special pre-show Q&A and upgraded seats.

“Christmas is such a special holiday for me,” Lauren says. “It represents a time for family, joy, hope and unity. It is hard to believe it has been five years since Behold: A Christmas Collection, and I’m excited to play these special shows with you all. I can’t wait to get out there and make some new holiday memories!”

Behold: A Christmas Tour 2021
Dec. 2 – Durham, NC – DPAC
Dec. 3 – Chattanooga, TN – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
Dec. 4 – Jacksonville, FL – Moran Theater at the Times Union Center

Since the release of her GRAMMY Award winning, platinum certified album Look Up Child, Lauren Daigle has reigned on the Billboard Charts. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Top 200 Albums chart making Daigle the first female artist to simultaneously hit the Top 10 on both Billboard’s Pop and Christian Billboard Album Charts. After spending 100 weeks at No. 1, Look Up Child, also holds the record for the greatest number of weeks at the top of any individual album chart.  In addition, the GRAMMY Award winning crossover hit, “You Say,” became the longest-running No. 1 song of any genre on the weekly Billboard Hot charts at an incredible 132 weeks and was recently certified 4x-platinum by the RIAA. Daigle has earned seven Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, ten GMA Dove Music Awards and sold-out concert venues all over the world.

Connect with Lauren: Website; Facebook; Instagram; Twitter & YouTube

   “Lauren Daigle
BEHOLD: A Christmas Tour

DATE: Sat., Dec. 4, 2021
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: from $26 — $376

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

‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’ in JAX real soon

lights up the stage in the awe-inspiring, eye-popping family holiday spectacular at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze has been hailed by the New York Daily News as “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.” It’s a show everyone will enjoy,” raved BroadwayWorld of the sold-out performances that “dazzled…at The Kennedy Center,” Washington Post. The Tennessean proclaimed it “A dazzling Holidaze Spectacle…for both young and old” at the Grand Ole Opry House.

As lights dim and music plays, a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters come to life presenting an elaborate wonderland, invoking the stories behind a child’s eye as they dream on the most magical of nights. Ballerinas, nutcrackers, snowmen, penguins, reindeer, ethereal aerialists, gingerbread people, carolers and colossal ornaments fly, balance, juggle and stretch imaginations.

Audiences nationwide will celebrate this most wonderful time of the year with over twenty of the world’s critically acclaimed and accomplished artists and circus acts all gift-wrapped in over 300 imaginative and one-of-a-kind costume designs. Broadway singers perform original music along with new twists on seasonal favorites such as: “Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

This critically acclaimed extravaganza is sure to dazzle any audience as Broadway World proclaims it, “The Perfect Holiday Gift… a show that everyone will enjoy.” Audiences of all ages will marvel at soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats and extravagant theatrical production numbers the Boston Globe hails as “Entrancing… Las Vegas meets family entertainment.”

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

DATE: Thurs., Dec. 2, 2021
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: range from $30 plus applicable fees and may be purchased online 24/7. Join the eClub to receive presale and on sale notifications for all FSCJ Artist Series events. Get more info at Groups of 10 + receive a discount. Call (904) 642–5050 or email for more group information.

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

‘Andrew Schulz’ in JAX for one night

The Florida Theatre is pleased to announce Comedian “Andrew Schulz: The Infamous Tour to The Florida Theatre on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Taking revenge on the year that was 2020, Andrew Schulz created and stars in Schulz Saves America, now streaming on Netflix. This four-part special tackled last year’s most divisive topics, and Schulz remains one of the most viewed stand-up comedians in the world.

A native New Yorker, Schulz is known for his hilariously unapologetic takes and wild off-the-cuff interactions with the crowd. His stand-up clips on YouTube have amassed over 252 million views and his latest comedy special The Crowd Work Special has been viewed over 4 million times. His other specials 441 and Views From The CIS have been viewed over 18 million times. Schulz’s debut comedy album 551 was #1 on Billboard, Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music.

Andrew was a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience three times last year, with episodes lasting over three hours. His two podcasts – The Brilliant Idiots and Flagrant 2 – receive over 2 million listens per week.

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,

Andrew Schulz:
The Infamous Tour

Sun., Dec. 5, 2021

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $55 – $75

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

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Spend an evening with ‘Neil deGrasse Tyson’

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH), in partnership with the Florida Theatre, is bringing “Neil deGrasse Tyson” to Jacksonville. The award-winning astrophysicist, author and TV host will entertain and enlighten audiences with the science our favorite movies got wrong (or right!).

From Star Wars to Frozen to The Martian, Dr. Tyson will talk through it all. This one-of-a-kind experience will take place Thursday, November 18 at the Florida Theatre.

*Tickets from previously scheduled iterations of this show from April 2020 and February 2021 will be honored at this performance.

SAFETY: The Florida Theatre aims to ensure the health and safety of staff and guests. In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are strongly recommended inside the Theatre.

“Neil deGrasse Tyson”
   In Person

DATE: November 18, 2021
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Begin at $50, and can be purchased HERE.

LOCATION: The Florida Theatre
       128 East Forsyth Street.#300
Jacksonville, FL 32202
       (904) 355 - ARTS (2787)

MOSH participates in Kids Free November

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is participating in Visit Jacksonville’s Kids Free November program again this year. Families are welcome to enjoy the Museum with up to five children admitted for free with each paid adult admission* throughout the month of November.

Guests can explore all that MOSH has to offer, including the Florida Naturalist’s Center, the Creation Station and its latest traveling exhibit, Da Vinci Machines & Robotics.

*Kids Free November cannot be combined with any other offer, with the exception of Military Appreciation Day (11/11), when all active and retired military service members and their families are welcome to enjoy the Museum for free, in partnership with VyStar Credit Union.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure a safe capacity; walk-up admission will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Adult admission is $15.95. Tickets can be pre-purchased HERE.

SAFETY: The Museum of Science and History aims to ensure the health and safety of staff and guests. In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are strongly encouraged inside the Museum for all patrons 2+.

DATES & TIMES: Throughout November 2021; please note, MOSH is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Operating hours are as follows:

Monday, Thurs. and Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

TICKETS: Click HERE! Advance ticket reservations are encouraged.

The Museum of Science and History (MOSH)
1025 Museum Circle
 Jacksonville, FL 32207
 (904) 396-MOSH (6674)