Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, adapted for the stage, runs Dec. 18-24 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside; dinner and a show is $43-$49 (includes parking), reservations required, 641-1212, alhambrajax.com.
HANDLE WITH CARE
The romantic comedy about the love story of a young Israeli woman and a young American man is staged 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 8 p.m. Dec. 20-21 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, $20-$25, 396-4425, theatrejax.com.
AB SCROOGE: A SOUTHERN FRIED CAROL
The performance, written and directed by Ian Mairs and based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” is staged 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-21 at Wilson Center for the Arts, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside, $12.50-$22.50, 646-2222.
THE GAME’S AFOOT
In this comedic mystery, subtitled "Holmes for the Holidays,” a Broadway star invites fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle; when a guest is stabbed to death, festivities turn dangerous. Staged Dec. 19-Jan. 5 (7:30 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.) at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, $10-$25, 825-1164, limelight-theatre.org.
GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS
The traditional Chinese acrobats fuse elements of dance, martial arts and sports with acrobatics, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $28.50-$78.50, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Artist Series presents the beloved holiday tradition, 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $26.50-$46.50; ages 12 and younger $12.75-$22.75, 442-2929, artistseriesjax.org.
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s first musical – a series of songs connected by a theme, the moment of decision – 8 p.m. Dec. 20-21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, $20, 249-7177, abettheatre.com.
A family-friendly production of “The Grinch” is performed 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 21, and 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at Celebration Arena, 9555 Skinner Parkway, Southside, free, 737-1121, celebration.org/grinch.
THE SANTALAND DIARIES
Northeast Florida playwright Ian Mairs stars in the one-man comedy based on the experiences of writer David Sedaris, 8 p.m. Dec. 20-21 in Riverside House, 2623 Herschel St., Riverside, $20, swampradiojax.com.
The production, about two WWII vets with a song and dance routine who follow two sisters to a Christmas show in Vermont, is staged 8 p.m. Dec. 20-22 at Orange Park Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave., $20, 276-2599, opct.org.
The St. Augustine Ballet performs the holiday favorite at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine, 824-1746, saintaugustineballet.com.
THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES
The reindeer dish on the real Santa, Dec. 22 at Raintree Restaurant Dinner Theatre, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, $39.95, 824-7211, raintreerestaurant.com.
Local poets and wordsmiths sound off 7 p.m. Jan. 2 and every first Thur. at The Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555, ritzjacksonville.com.
CALLS & WORKSHOPS
NORTHEAST FLORIDA SCHOLASTIC ARTS AWARDS
Students in grades 7-12 in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia counties may submit digital images of their works through Dec. 18; awards are held 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at Jacksonville University Auditorium, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington. Gold Key winning pieces are shown at a reception Feb. 1 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, and through Feb. 28 at Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown; artandwriting.org.
A CELEBRATION OF CULTURES
The Art Center accepts art in all media “celebrating our differences as well as common interests” that help unite and educate, through Jan. 1 at Premier Gallery. The exhibit opens with a reception 5-7 p.m. Jan. 2 at the gallery, Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 355-1757, tacjacksonville.org/premier.html.
TEEN ART CONTEST
Kids ages 12-18 may submit a maximum of up to three entries for the Public Library’s Teen Art Contest — including photography, mixed media and sculpture — through Jan. 15 at any library. The grand prize winner is announced at a reception Feb. 5 during First Wednesday Art Walk. 630-0673, jaxpubliclibrary.org/teens/teen-art-contest2014.pdf.
FREE KIDS’ DANCE CLASS
Classes for ages 7-11 are held 4:30-5:15 p.m. every Wed. at Dance Trance, 214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, free, 246-4600, dancetrancefitness.com/dtkidz.
BEGINNERS’ DANCE CLASSES
These classes are held 7:30-8:30 p.m. every Mon. and Wed. at Dance Trance, 1515 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 390-0939, dancetrancefitness.com.
SALSA/HUSTLE AT STUDIO JEAR GROUP FITNESS
Classes are held 8-9 p.m. every Tue. Five one-hour dance sessions, $50 (all five sessions), 551-0459, firstname.lastname@example.org, zumbajear.com.
Belly Dance with Margarita 4 p.m. every Thur. and 10:30 a.m. every Sat. at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 721-3399.
ART THERAPY CLASSES
Classes are held 6-9 p.m. every Tue. at Diversions, 210 N. Laura St., Downtown, $30 includes supplies, 586-2088, email email@example.com.
JAZZ, DANCE AND TECHNIQUE
The classes continue every Tue. at Dance Trance, 1515 San Marco Blvd., 390-0939, dancetrancefitness.com.
Several classes for all ages and skill levels every Mon.-Fri. at The Dance Shack, 3837 Southside Blvd., Southside, 527-8694, thedanceshack.com.
DRAMATIC ARTS AT THE BEACHES
Theatrical performance classes and workshops, all ages and skill levels, are held Mon.-Fri. at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach, fees vary, 249-0289.
Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Spring Park, fees vary, 322-7672, theperformersacademy.com.
MIXED MEDIA ART CLASSES
Art classes are held weekly at Studio 121, 121 W. Forsyth St., Downtown, $20 per class or $100 for six weeks, 568-2146, teresemuller.com.
MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES
Six-week art classes are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Murray Hill; $80 for adults, $50 for kids, 677-2787, artsjax.org.
BRAIDED LIGHT DANCE PROJECT
Weekly art classes are held at Barbara Thompson’s School of Dance, 8595 Beach Blvd., Ste. 310, Southside; intermediate ballet classes are held 6-7:30 p.m. every Mon. and modern/improv classes are offered 1-2:30 p.m. every Wed., $10, 997-0002, barbarathompsondance.com.
CLASSICAL & JAZZ
HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra plays holiday favorites 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine, $35, 797-2800, emmaconcerts.com.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and guest artists perform the oratorio 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $25-$72, 354-5547, jaxsymphony.org.
JAZZLAND ALL STARS BIG BAND ENSEMBLE
Carole Freeman’s Christmas Birthday Salute concert is held 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $10, 240-1009, jazzlandcafe.com.
JAZZ IN PONTE VEDRA
The Gary Starling Group, featuring Carol Sheehan, Billy Thornton and Peter Miles, performs 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Thur. at Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra, 280-5515.
JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE
Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured 9:30 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Riverside, 388-9551.
JAZZ IN MANDARIN
Boril Ivanov Trio plays 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 262-0006.
JAX BEACH JAZZ
Live jazz is presented 6-9 p.m. every Fri. at Landshark Café, 1728 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 246-6024.
JAZZ IN NEPTUNE BEACH
Live jazz is featured 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Sat. at Lillie’s Coffee Bar, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922.
JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE
The House Cats play 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. every Sat. at Stogies Club & Listening Room, 36 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 826-4008.
JAZZ IN ARLINGTON
Jazzland Café features live music 8 p.m. every Sat. and 6-9 p.m. every Tue. at 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 240-1009, jazzlandcafe.com.
JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE
Live jazz is featured nightly at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 825-0502.
ART WALKS, FESTIVALS & MARKETS
NORTH BEACHES ART WALK
Galleries of Atlantic and Neptune beaches are open late, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 19 and every third Thur., at various venues from Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center. 249-2222, nbaw.org.
DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET
Arts and crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 20 and every Fri. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, 353-1188.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market are featured in the final Riverside Arts Market of the year 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 21 at 715 Riverside Ave., 554-6865, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.
UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
The self-guided tour features galleries, antique stores and shops open 5-9 p.m. Dec. 28 and every last Sat. in St. Augustine’s San Marco District, 824-3152.
NORTHSIDE LOVE ARTS & VENDORS MARKET
The market, “Lifting Our Various Enterprises,” includes entertainment, kids’ activities, arts, a fruit and vegetable market, food trucks and Zumba lessons, 2 p.m. Dec. 29 and every last Sun. at Lonnie Miller Park, 5054 Soutel Drive, Northside, 755-5281, northsidelove.com.
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
The tour of Art Galleries of St. Augustine is held Jan. 3 and every first Fri., with more than 15 galleries participating, 829-0065.
COMMUNITY FIRST SATURDAY
The event, held the first Sat. each month, features Art in the Park, free art classes in Hogan Street Gazebo, arts and family activities, food trucks on Pearl Street, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 4 on Northbank Riverwalk in Downtown Jacksonville, free, communityfirstsaturdays.com.
SECOND SATURDAY ARTRAGEOUS ART WALK
The galleries of downtown Fernandina Beach are open for self-guided tours, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and every second Sat., 277-0717, ameliaisland.com.
JAX BEACH ART WALK
More than 30 local artists display their works, 5-9 p.m. Jan. 14 and every second Tue., along First Street between Beach Boulevard and Fifth Avenue North, Jax Beach. For a list of artists and businesses, go to betterjaxbeach.com/jax-beach-art-walk.html.
FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK
An art walk, featuring 30-40 galleries, museums and businesses and spanning 15 blocks, is held 5-9 p.m. Feb. 5 and every first Wed. in Downtown Jacksonville. The Jan. 1 art walk was canceled. For an events map, go to downtownjacksonville.org/marketing; iloveartwalk.com.
AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY
233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378, ameliamuseum.org. The children’s exhibit, “Discovery Ship,” allows kids to pilot the ship, hoist flags and learn about the history of Fernandina’s harbor.
CAMP BLANDING MUSEUM
5629 S.R. 16 W., Camp Blanding, Starke, 682-3196, campblanding-museum.org. Artwork, weapons, uniforms and other artifacts from the activities of Camp Blanding during World War II are displayed along with outdoor displays of vehicles from WWII, Vietnam and Desert Storm.
CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS
829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-6857, cummer.org. “The Art of Empathy,” an exhibit showcasing a permanent collection masterwork, “Mother of Sorrows,” one of five known works by the Master of the Stötteritz Altar, is displayed through Feb. 16. The artistic and devotional contexts of painting are explored through 21 works, 19 of which are borrowed from collections in the United States and Germany. “Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection” continues through Jan. 5. Florida State University Professor William Walmsley displays his work through July 8. “The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti” is on display through September.
JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER
2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Downtown, 355-1101, jacksonvillemaritimeheritagecenter.org. The permanent collection includes steamboats, nautical-themed art, books, documents and artifacts.
KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM
101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992, rain.org/~karpeles/jaxfrm.html. “Works of Yard and the Art of Lawn” continues through Dec. 31. “Russia,” a history of Russia from Peter the Great to the first conquest of space, is on display through Dec. 28. The permanent collection includes other rare manuscripts.
75 King St., St. Augustine, 824-2874, lightnermuseum.org. The permanent collection features relics from America’s Gilded Age, exhibited on three floors.
MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin, 268-0784, mandarinmuseum.net. Exhibits regarding Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Civil War vessel Maple Leaf are on display, as well as works by Mandarin artists.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE
333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 366-6911, mocajacksonville.com. Ingrid Calame’s exhibit “Tarred Over Cracks” continues through March 9 as part of Project Atrium in Haskell Atrium Gallery. The first exhibit to encompass the entirety of Michael Goldberg’s work, “Abstraction Over Time,” reappraises his contribution to postwar painting and presents a case study of the transformations of abstraction in American art, through Jan. 5. “Mythos: From Concept to Creation” — sculptural works by Enzo Torcoletti, reflecting a symbolic diversity of the human form — are displayed through Jan. 19 in the UNF Gallery MOCA.
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY
1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org. “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors,” developed by The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, examines risk related to an asteroid hitting Earth and what scientists can learn from the objects; through Dec. 31. “Uncovering the Past: Archaeological Discoveries of North Florida” is on display through August.
RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM
829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555, ritzjacksonville.com. The exhibit “Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner, Connecting Communities Through Language” continues through December. Modeled after Harlem’s “Amateur Night at the Apollo,” host searches are held 7:30-10:30 p.m. every first Fri., $5.50.
ABSOLUTE AMERICANA ART GALLERY
77 Bridge St., St. Augustine, 824-5545, absoluteamericana.com. Romero Britto’s sculptures and limited-edition prints are featured.
AMIRO ART & FOUND GALLERY
9C Aviles St., St. Augustine, 824-8460, amiroartandfound.com. Works by Ginny Bullard, Estella Fransbergen, Deane Kellogg, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson Master and Marcia Myrick Siany are featured.
THE ART CENTER PREMIER GALLERY
Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 150, Downtown, 355-1757, tacjacksonville.org/premier.html. “Our Feminine Side,” a multimedia exhibit of works representing the female form, women’s issues, politics and the stages of womanhood, is on display through December. The exhibit is a joint presentation with the Women’s Center of Jacksonville.
3562 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 384-8797, avondaleartworks.com. “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!” — an exhibit of the author’s hat collection alongside a series of estate-authorized works from Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings and sculpture — is on display through Jan. 5.
CORK ARTS DISTRICT
2689 Rosselle St., Riverside, 707-0030, corkartsdistrict.tumblr.com. Thony Aiuppy’s “The Darkness Beyond Tomorrow,” an exhibit on the subject matter of portraiture and the figure, opens with a reception 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 27 in CoRK’s North Gallery. The exhibit may be viewed by appointment through Jan. 2.
CORSE GALLERY & ATELIER
4144 Herschel St., Riverside, 388-8205, corsegalleryatelier.com. Permanent works on display feature those by Kevin Beilfuss, Eileen Corse, Miro Sinovcic, Maggie Siner, Alice Williams and Luana Luconi Winner.
THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH
50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614, ccpvb.org. Handmade art by more than 30 artists is displayed through Dec. 28.
4600 Middleton Park Center W., Egret Hall, Intracoastal West, 360-3923. “Winter Joy,” an exhibit of sketches and paintings by Cypress Village resident artists, is displayed through Jan. 9.
FIRST STREET GALLERY
216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928, firststreetgalleryart.com. Pastel painter Richard Lundgren’s “Coastal North Florida” is on display through Jan. 3.
FLORIDA MINING GALLERY
5300 Shad Road, Southside, 425-2845, floridamininggallery.com. David De Boer’s “Significant Work,” an exhibit co-curated by Nullspace and Staci Bu Shea, features installations, video and stills. The exhibit is on display through January.
725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach, 345-9320, gallery725.com. “Wonderland,” an exhibit of multimedia work by artists Tonsenia Yonn, Linda Olsen, Matthew Winghart, Flew, Ken Daga, Kelly Meagher and Shayna Raymond, is displayed through Jan. 20.
THE GALLERY AT HOUSE OF STEREO
8780 Perimeter Park Ct., Ste. 100, Southside, 642-6677, houseofstereo.com. Painting, art glass, photography, woodcrafts, pottery and sculpture are featured.
GEORGIA NICK GALLERY
11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 806-3348, georgianickgallery.com. The artist-owned studio displays Nick’s sea and landscape photography, along with local works by oil painters, a mosaic artist, potter, photographer and author.
HASKELL GALLERY & DISPLAY CASES
Jacksonville International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Road, Northside, 741-3546. Works by Diane Fraser and Mary Atwood (Haskell Gallery), Jim Smith (Connector Bridge Art display case before security) and Chris Moore (Concourse A and C display cases past security) are on display through December.
floridamininggallery.com/exhibitions/the-highway-gallery. Nine artists — Nathaniel Artkart Price, Ken Daga, Ashley C. Waldvogel, Brianna Angelakis, Christina Foard, Linda Olsen, Sara Pedigo, Zach Fitchner and Russell Maycumber — are featured on digital billboards throughout the city in collaboration with Clear Channel of Jacksonville through July.
701 Market St., Ste. 107A, St. Augustine, 819-1584, palenciafineartsacademy.com. “Passport: Cambodia,” an exhibit of Gina Torkos’ oil paintings created from her experiences traveling in Cambodia, runs through Dec. 20.
1037 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-3161, reddiarts.com. Works by local artists are featured, with a focus on “emerging artists for emerging collectors.” Collections change monthly.
ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION
22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310, staaa.org. Woodworker Leonard Ruel’s miniature village of historic St. Augustine buildings is on display through Dec. 29. The 39 replicas include the Cathedral Basilica, Villa Zorayda, Government House and the Pena Peck House.
SEVENTH STREET GALLERY
14 S. Seventh St., Fernandina Beach, 432-8330, seventhstgallery.com. “Fusion: A Celebration of Light, Color and Texture,” featuring works by Amelia Island photographer Ann Kemp and fused-glass artist Denise Murphy, continues through Dec. 22.
201 N. Hogan St., Ste. 100, Downtown, 553-6361, southlightgallery.com. The UNF Faculty Show, featuring works by 25 local artists, including Jack Allen, Enzo Torcoletti and Allison Watson as well as guest artists Hillary Hogue and Dorian Eng, runs through December.
228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838, spaceeight.com. “Playbook,” an exhibit of works fueled by desires, hunger and thirst by Georgia artist George Long and Brooklyn’s Mario Schambon, continues through January.
Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, jcajax.org. “Point of View,” a juried exhibit of contemporary fiber art presented by the Fiber Artists Network, runs through Jan. 8. Nofa Dixon, University of North Florida associate professor of drawing, painting and design, selects the winners.