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The Specktator is thrilled to have European Street Cafe as title sponsor of the online calendar!

As one of my favorite places to eat, drink and socialize in the the city, “E. Street” (as the cool kids call it) makes the perfect partner to help promote the best events happening in the city.

NOTE: This is a “curated calendar,” meaning I have personally reviewed each event and consider it to be of interest to the general public and/or something particularly compelling. It is important to know that businesses cannot buy a calendar entry. That said, if you have an event you would like considered for the calendar, send the pertinent information to whatsup@thespecktator.com.

And by the way, be sure to change the view from “month” to “stream” below. Unless you like being really annoyed.

 

Feb
3
Sat
Mary Wilson of The Supremes @ Ritz Theatre and Museum
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm

 It was a vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teen that inspired Mary Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, to found one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history – The Supremes. Since then, Wilson has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry.

Feb
6
Tue
Civic Cinema – Do the Right Thing @ Florida Theatre
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm

Civic Cinema, a project of the Florida Theatre, presents classic issue-oriented Hollywood films exploring topics of interest to our community, followed by a panel discussion of local experts.

Directed by Spike Lee and starring Danny Aiello, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and John Savage this pioneering movie takes place on hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the state of race relations in Jacksonville.

Feb
7
Wed
Diana Krall @ Florida Theatre
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall is the only artist to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Album chart. She is touring in support of her latest release Turn Up The Quiet.

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy tickets now. Eclub members use your code word to buy tickets on Thursday, September 21 at 9am. General public tickets on Friday, September 22 at 10am .

Feb
9
Fri
Nature Reconstructed – Art Opening for Lana Shuttleworth @ The Beaches History Museum and Park
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 Please join me for the opening reception for my new show!

The Beaches Museum & History Park is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit “Nature Reconstructed” by artist Lana Shuttleworth. Her highly original art uses common plastic castoff materials, particularly traffic safety cones, to create lavish landscapes and sculptural figures that challenge the viewer’s comprehension. The Los Angeles Times said that in her work “you find yourself looking at these everyday plastic objects in a whole new way.”

Lana has exhibited throughout the West coast and the East coast, with reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, ArtScene, Florida Times-Union and nationwide Associated Press articles. Her artwork was also featured on the quiz show, Jeopardy. She was recently the cover artist for the prestigious art and literary journal, Cincinnati Review, which featured an eight-page spread of her work. The Beaches Museum is proud to showcase the thought-provoking work of this astonishing and talented artist.”

The exhibit will be on display February 9 – June 3. For more information please call 904-241-5657 or visit www.beachesmuseum.org.

Feb
10
Sat
Family Movie Night – Moana @ Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 Affordable family fun does not have to wait for baseball season at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will show a screening of Moana on Saturday, Feb. 10, on the high-definition video board at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Admission is just $1 per person at the gate.

Gates open at 6 p.m., with free kids activities including face painting, balloon twisting and pictures with Moana until 8 p.m. Admission is $1 per person at the home plate gate, while concession stands, Kids Zone inflatables and the Jumbo Shrimp souvenir store will be open. The movie screening will begin at 7 p.m.

Movie night attendees are welcome to bring blankets for seating on the field. However, no chairs will be allowed on the field.

Little River Band with special guest @ Florida Theatre
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm

Between them, classic rock hit makers Little River Band and Pablo Cruise have received three platinum records, eight gold records and have charted more than a dozen top-ten singles.

Little River Band returns to Florida Theatre to perform their chart-topping hits “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” “Take It Easy On Me,” “Help Is on Its Way,” and more!

Special Guest Pablo Cruise is known for such hits as “Whatcha Gonna Do?,” “Love Will Find a Way,” “A Place In The Sun,” “Cool Love,” “I Want You Tonight” and “I Go To Rio.”

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy now. Eclub members use your code word on Thrusday, August 17 at 9am. General Public tickets on sale Friday, August 18 at 10am.

The Langston Hughes Project @ Ritz Theatre and Museum
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm

 The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite. Ask Your Mama is Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom, home and abroad, at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.

Feb
11
Sun
Blues Traveler – 30th Anniversary Tour @ Florida Theatre
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm

Formed in 1987 by singer/harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassist Bobby Sheehan, and drummer Brendan Hill, Blues Traveler began as part of a revival of the extended jamming style of ’60s and ’70s groups like the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin. Bassist Tad Kinchla and keyboardist Ben Wilson joined the band after the unfortunate death of the original bassist Bobby Sheehan in 1999.

The group’s first chart hit, “Run-Around,” became one of the biggest singles in 1995. The group’s other hits include “But Anyway,” “Crash and Burn,” “Hook,” and “Carolina Blues.”

The band’s music style covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul and Southern rock and are best known among fans for their improvisational live shows.

A television favorite, they have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, VH1’s Behind the Music and they hold the record for most appearances of any artist on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Los Colognes will open

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy tickets now. Eclub members use your code word on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9am. General Public on sale Friday, Oct. 13 at 10am.

Feb
13
Tue
The Hot Sardines @ Florida Theatre
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm

Eight-member jazz ensemble, The Hot Sardines play 1920s and 30s music influenced by swing and blues.  Their songs “Gramercy Sunset,” “Sweet Pea,”  and “Some of These Days” highlight the band’s brassy horn arrangements, piano melodies and sultry vocals.

Their self-titled album debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Their latest release, French Fries and Champagne, features lyrics in both French and English, and a remake of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love.”

Inspired by jazz greats Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, The Hot Sardines were formed in 2007 after lead singer/washboard player Miz Elizabeth met pianist Evan Palazzo. They grew into a full-fledged group after adding trumpeter Jason Prover, percussionist Alex Raderman, clarinetist/saxophonist Nick Myers, bassist/sousaphonist Evan Crane and tap dancer Edwin Francisco to line up.

The Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival and have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom.

 

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy now. Eclub members use your code word on Thursday, June 1 at 9am.  General public one sale Friday, June 2 at 10am.

Feb
15
Thu
Aida Musical @ Swisher Theater
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm

 Warring nations come together and forbidden love faces its ultimate challenge in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical that comes to JU’s Swisher Theater Feb. 15-25.

The tale of a bond between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends borders and has become known since its 2000 Broadway debut for its soaring ballads, rousing rock and choral numbers, and exuberant dancing. True devotion transcends cultural differences in this story of loyalty and betrayal in a love triangle involving Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love.

“Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing for a large cast. It even involves some time travel from the present back to 1100 BC,” said Director and acclaimed soprano Kimberly Beasley, Associate Professor of Voice in the College of Fine Arts’ Music Division.

Beasley has double-cast the show, with one cast of mostly seniors and the other made up of “very talented juniors.” All levels of students are cast in secondary roles and in the ensemble. Meanwhile, the orchestra pit features 13 musicians led by Music Director Ben Beck, a staff accompanist at JU, and choreography is by Victoria Miller ‘17.

“This is a dance- and music-heavy show, so it has lots of show-stopping numbers,” Beasley said. “The music is a balance of upbeat rock numbers as well as some beautiful, lyrical pieces. Our singers belt and sing legit in this show.”

The production has been entered for a review by the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving thousands of students from more than 700 colleges and universities whose aim is to boost the quality of college theater in the United States.

Aida has music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. It won four Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The Original Broadway Cast Recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The song “Written in the Stars.” recorded by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, reached No. 2 on the Billboard U.S. adult contemporary music charts,

“The story is captivating, and we have spent most of January delving into the dramatic elements. The students do extensive dramaturgy to prepare their roles,” Beasley said.

Feb
17
Sat
Aida Musical @ Swisher Theater
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm

 Warring nations come together and forbidden love faces its ultimate challenge in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical that comes to JU’s Swisher Theater Feb. 15-25.

The tale of a bond between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends borders and has become known since its 2000 Broadway debut for its soaring ballads, rousing rock and choral numbers, and exuberant dancing. True devotion transcends cultural differences in this story of loyalty and betrayal in a love triangle involving Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love.

“Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing for a large cast. It even involves some time travel from the present back to 1100 BC,” said Director and acclaimed soprano Kimberly Beasley, Associate Professor of Voice in the College of Fine Arts’ Music Division.

Beasley has double-cast the show, with one cast of mostly seniors and the other made up of “very talented juniors.” All levels of students are cast in secondary roles and in the ensemble. Meanwhile, the orchestra pit features 13 musicians led by Music Director Ben Beck, a staff accompanist at JU, and choreography is by Victoria Miller ‘17.

“This is a dance- and music-heavy show, so it has lots of show-stopping numbers,” Beasley said. “The music is a balance of upbeat rock numbers as well as some beautiful, lyrical pieces. Our singers belt and sing legit in this show.”

The production has been entered for a review by the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving thousands of students from more than 700 colleges and universities whose aim is to boost the quality of college theater in the United States.

Aida has music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. It won four Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The Original Broadway Cast Recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The song “Written in the Stars.” recorded by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, reached No. 2 on the Billboard U.S. adult contemporary music charts,

“The story is captivating, and we have spent most of January delving into the dramatic elements. The students do extensive dramaturgy to prepare their roles,” Beasley said.

Feb
23
Fri
Aida Musical @ Swisher Theater
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

 Warring nations come together and forbidden love faces its ultimate challenge in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical that comes to JU’s Swisher Theater Feb. 15-25.

The tale of a bond between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends borders and has become known since its 2000 Broadway debut for its soaring ballads, rousing rock and choral numbers, and exuberant dancing. True devotion transcends cultural differences in this story of loyalty and betrayal in a love triangle involving Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love.

“Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing for a large cast. It even involves some time travel from the present back to 1100 BC,” said Director and acclaimed soprano Kimberly Beasley, Associate Professor of Voice in the College of Fine Arts’ Music Division.

Beasley has double-cast the show, with one cast of mostly seniors and the other made up of “very talented juniors.” All levels of students are cast in secondary roles and in the ensemble. Meanwhile, the orchestra pit features 13 musicians led by Music Director Ben Beck, a staff accompanist at JU, and choreography is by Victoria Miller ‘17.

“This is a dance- and music-heavy show, so it has lots of show-stopping numbers,” Beasley said. “The music is a balance of upbeat rock numbers as well as some beautiful, lyrical pieces. Our singers belt and sing legit in this show.”

The production has been entered for a review by the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving thousands of students from more than 700 colleges and universities whose aim is to boost the quality of college theater in the United States.

Aida has music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. It won four Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The Original Broadway Cast Recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The song “Written in the Stars.” recorded by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, reached No. 2 on the Billboard U.S. adult contemporary music charts,

“The story is captivating, and we have spent most of January delving into the dramatic elements. The students do extensive dramaturgy to prepare their roles,” Beasley said.

Feb
24
Sat
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Extravaganza 2018 @ Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm

Art Exhibition, 6:30 p.m. / Performance 7:30 p.m.

In celebration of the arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) proudly presents EXTRAVAGANZA in beautiful downtown Jacksonville for one night only! Please join us for our annual production at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts Moran Theatre on February 24, 2018.

For 30 years DA’s annual Extravaganza has successfully promoted the best of what Douglas Anderson students have to offer, highlighting a wide range of styles and moods of music, writing, film, dance, and theatre, as well as a stunning display of visual art. Those of you who have attended previous Extravaganzas know how special and professional this evening is, and this year promises to be better than ever! Over 580 students will participate in the production, which will include several collaborative works as well as some surprises. Our Shining Star series will feature a prominent Douglas Anderson alumnus.

 

What To Expect

The evening will begin at 6:30pm in the main lobby with an Art Exhibition of student work from our Visual Arts department. Original student-produced short films from our Cinematic Arts department will run continuously on large screens. Guests will move into the theatre at 7:20pm for an energetic performance, including collaborations between departments, a musical review, and individual spotlights on student performers.

Monster Jam @ Everbank Field
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

 MONSTER JAM ON TOUR:

Climb your trucks and start your engines, Monster Jam is coming to a city near you. As one of the country’s premier live motorsport events, Monster Jam features the biggest, baddest monster trucks in the business going at it in bone-crushing races and freestyles. Despite the menacing names of the trucks, the scene at Monster Jam is decidedly friendly — each event features a “Pit Party” where fans get the chance to score autographs and memorabilia from drivers known for their humble generosity. With a record 32 trucks competing in 2014 — including fan favorites like Avenger and Double Trouble — the circuit is sure to feature more mayhem and destruction than ever before.

Mar
3
Sat
Catholic Charities Black & White Ball @ West US Assure Club at EverBank Field
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 Jacksonville, FL – Catholic Charities’ Annual Black & White Ball will be held March 3rd at US Assure Club in EverBank Field. The event serves as one of the primary fundraisers for Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office of the Diocese of St. Augustine, with proceeds assisting the agency in reaching out to the community with emergency assistance.

The event will feature gourmet food, dancing and fun for guests. The Faze Band will be providing music for guests to enjoy throughout the evening.

Kendra Scott Jewelry will be offering a Jewelry Pull to support the event. A full list of participating sponsors can be found on the Catholic Charities website, www.ccbjaxevents.org.

Catholic Charities Jacksonville provides five major programs, including Emergency Assistance. They are the largest provider of emergency financial assistance in our community.

The goal of the Emergency Assistance program is to prevent homelessness by helping families who are facing eviction or the loss of utilities due to a recent financial crisis. Short-term assistance with rent, mortgage payments, utilities, and food is provided. All proceeds raised by the Black & White Ball will support those efforts.

Last year, the Emergency Assistance program served 13,459 individuals, and distributed 135,951 pounds of food to those in need in the community.

Tickets to this event are $200 for guests. Sponsorships are still available and run from $1,000 to $20,000. Please call Nicola Barnack at (904) 899-5505 or visit www.ccbjax.org for more information.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online athttps://904tix.com/events/blackandwhiteball