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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.

 

Jan
20
Sat
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
21
Sun
Hyperion + Chill – Chili Cook Off @ Hyperion Brewing Company
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Sundays are for Hyperion + Chill.

Join us for our weekly Sunday ritual where we unwind and relax together. This event we’ll be hosting a chili cook off starting at Noon; more details below. Instead of an evening movie we’ll be showing the NFL Play Off Game after the cook off in the Helios Beer Garden. Cuz honestly, what’s better than having a beer, some chili and watching football on a cold, January day?

CHILI COOK OFF
Chili Participants Set Up: 11:00am – 11:45am
Tasting Event: 12pm – 2pm
Final Judging and Announced Winner: 2pm

CHILI PARTICIPANTS
Showcase your amazing family recipe (we won’t ask you to reveal the secrets!). No ticket or entry price to participate, just bring us your best!

Top Winner chosen by our Celebrity Judges and Top Winner of our Crowd Favorite (voted on by the general public) will each win a chance to brew a beer with Hyperion Brewing Company through our Helios Brewer’s Experience. ($350 retail value)

Sign up here to participate: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4faaab28a3fc1-chili

CHILI TASTERS
Do you like chili? Are you free on Sunday? Then you count as a Chili Taster.

$10 ticket to taste a plethora of amazing chilis. Ticket includes one token for a beer of your choice. Pick your top three favorite chili’s on-site. Ticket can be purchased on-site, day of the event.

CHILI CELEBRITY JUDGES
Michael McKinney, Executive Chef Restaurant Orsay

Michael Gass, Head of Culinary Arts at Fernandina Beach High School. Former Chef Greyfield Inn, 29 South

Dino Ferri, Owner Hotter Than El Handcrafted Hot Sauces

LIVE MUSIC
Justin Rogers will be jamming from 1pm – 5pm in the beer garden.

“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
24
Wed
Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays.

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Watch: ECHL.TV

Promotion:
Enjoy $2 beer and wine along with food specials

Jan
25
Thu
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
26
Fri
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
27
Sat
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
28
Sun
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
30
Tue
Cirque Zuma Zuma Ultimate African Circus @ Ritz Theatre and Museum
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm

 America’s Got Talent finalist Cirque Zuma Zuma is known as the “ultimate African circus,” this show is filled with non-stop action and African culture, including dance, acrobatics, tumbling, and music. Cirque Zuma Zuma features disciplined performers who are trained in Kenya and Tanzania. Many describe it as an African‐style Cirque du Soleil; such is the standard of the performers and the quality of the show. The performance showcases an array of never before seen talents mixed with some of the best skills associated with African variety arts.

Feb
1
Thu
Tanya Tucker – Florida Theatre @ Florida Theatre
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm

In 1974, Rolling Stone Magazine ran a cover story on Tanya Tucker with the headline that said “You’re Gonna Hear From Me.”  For four decades, her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the Country Music genre.

Tanya’s reign includes 23 Top 40 albums and a string of 56 Top 40 singles, 10 of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Along the way, she has provided some of the biggest country music hits of each decade, including, “Blood Red and Goin’ Down,” “Would you Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone),”  “What’s Your Mama’s Name,” and “Texas (When I Die).”  Tucker is the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, and three CMT awards.

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above get tickets now. Eclub members use your code word to purchase tickets on Thursday, November 9 at 9am. General public tickets on sale Friday, November 10 at 10am.

Feb
2
Fri
Adam Ant: The Anthems Tour @ Florida Theatre
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

Grammy-nominated 80’s pop icon Adam Ant, known for massive hits “Goody Two Shoes,” “Stand and Deliver” and “Wonderful” has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Following sold out UK tours, festivals and appearances – including the 2016 Isle of Wright Festival. Adam is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his landmark Kings Of The Wild Frontier album with a newly-reissued version of the album and a tour of North America.

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy tickets now. Eclub members use your code word on Thursday, March 23 at 9am. General Public tickets on sale Friday, March 24 at 10am.

Requiem for an Angel @ Jacksonville Symphony
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm

 The dramatic and moving Sinfonia da Requiem is an amazing masterpiece from Britten’s early years.  Shortly before, he had hoped to study with Alban Berg, whose beloved Violin Concerto is played by the masterful British violinist Anthony Marwood.  And Elgar’s opulent, deeply moving First Symphony is possibly the greatest symphony ever written by an Englishman.

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 .