Holidays

Run Santa Run: Gift Your Time and Talent

‘Tis better to give than to receive, and there’s no shortage of ways to give back this holiday season. Many charitable organizations, civic groups, and individuals throughout the city open their doors and their hearts to those in need of a helping hand, a warm meal, a new coat, or toy donations to bring Christmas cheer to the less fortunate. This year, the currently has 66 children in the shelter and the goal is for each child to receive three presents on Christmas morning. To help reach the goal, sign up at www.sulzbachercenter.org to participate in the annual holiday toy …

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Duck Dynasty Meets Carnegie Hall: 3 Redneck Tenors

Event: 3 Redneck Tenors’ Christmas Spec-Tac-Yule-Ar Venue: Thrasher-Horne Center for the Performing Arts Date/Time: December 10, 3pm Tickets: www.thcenter.org What began as a performance to benefit a children’s theatre has now evolved into a successful collaboration of comedy and music. Modeled after the operatic trio the Three Tenors, 3 Redneck Tenors is the perfect marriage of humor, audience participation, and the brilliant vocal stylings of founder Matt Lord with Blake Davidson and Jonathan Fruge. All three members have extensive experience in opera, choral and solo performance, and they are funny to boot. “It was never supposed to be anything beyond …

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A Holiday Spectacular! CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND

What better way to usher in the magic of the season than with a big, brilliant display of Christmas cheer, high-kicking its way across the stage and into your heart? Christmas Wonderland is a holiday spectacular featuring all the trimmings of a Broadway production choreographed to a sentimental score of Christmas classics. The show is presented by the FSCJ Art Series for one night only, Dec. 19, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts (www.artistseriesjax.com). Under the direction of David King, the critically acclaimed producer of the international hit show Spirit of the Dance, Christmas Wonderland features the same …

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Creative Spaces: E.J. McIntyre, Gingerbread Builder

BY HURLEY WINKLER ******************* WHAT: Gingerbread Extravaganza WHEN: now through December 23 WHERE: Old St. Andrews Church (317 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202) TICKETS: suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children at the door MORE INFORMATION: jaxhistory.org/gingerbread-extravaganza ******************* Although she’s an award-winning gingerbread builder, E.J. McIntyre is not exceptionally competitive. The retired computer programmer enjoys admiring her fellow Gingerbread Extravaganza competitors’ edible creations much more than the competition itself. “I love seeing everyone’s creativity,” she says. “There are a lot of really talented people there.” McIntyre set the bar incredibly high for herself when she …

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Coney Island Christmas: What it Means to be an American During the Holidays

LIMELIGHT THEATRE IN ST. AUGUSTINE Nostalgia and tradition take center stage in the classic holiday production, Coney Island Christmas. Based on the short story by Grace Paley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Donald Margulies tells the timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays. Coney Island Christmas is staged through December 23rd on the Matuza Main Stage at the . A Jewish author and activist, Paley taps into the true spirit of Christmas, with two hilarious kid pageants layered into a heartwarming story of acceptance. “There is a whole undercurrent throughout the entire show,” says …

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CHRISTMAS CAROLE at the Alhambra: An Annual Holiday Favorite

ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING DUAL CRITICS REVIEW REVIEW Once upon a time in 1935, the Alhambra Dinner Theatre first presented “,” with music and lyrics by Bruce Allen Scudder and book by Janie Nowell. This original musical is based on the beloved classic story by Charles Dickens. The Alhambra’s family-friendly production is currently on stage at for the twenty-fifth time, and will remain until December 24, 2017. A holiday visit to the Alhambra is a tradition for many local theatre goers, and most of the current run is sold old. If you want to see it, call the Alhambra’s box …

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Celebrate the Holidays in #DTJax at The Spirit of Giving Art Walk!

#DTJax Art Walk, Spirit of Giving

MAYOR CURRY TO HOST A TREE LIGHTING IN HEMMING PARK AT 6:45pm Headquarters at Hemming Park. Enjoy live performances by Duly Noted, Players by the Sea, Scott Jones School of Dance and Groove Coalition beginning at 5 p.m. on the main stage. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and join as he lights the tree near the fountain at 6:45 p.m. Throughout the night, shop local for holiday gifts, enjoy food trucks and a beer tent, and bring the little ones for rides on the “Polar Express” train. Plus, embrace the Spirit of Giving this month and bring a new, unused …

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Cirque Dream Holidaze: Array of Gravity-Defying Feats

Cirque Dream Holidaze, FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville, Florida

PRESENTED BY FSCJ ARTIST SERIES If you could filter all of the magic of the holiday season through a kaleidoscope, it wouldn’t equal the dazzling display of Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Imagine if penguins could fly, if toy soldiers marched in unison on wires strung at dizzying heights, if angels soared above a landscape of oversized holiday gifts? Cirque Dreams Holidaze is everything you imagined and more. The 10th annual Cirque Dreams Holidaze is presented by the Nov. 18-19 at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). This season of the traveling wonderland is bigger and better than ever, according to Jill Winters. As the Creative …

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“SILENT VICTORY” A PROVIDENCE SCHOOL VETERANS DAY MUSICAL TRIBUTE

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The , located in Jacksonville, Florida paid tribute to military veterans on November 9, 2017 with “,” an original musical in two acts. The production, which was free and open to the public, was staged to honor those who currently serve or have served our country through military service. The tribute included gifts given to veterans from the school and sponsors of the event. The play was one of the most unusual we have reviewed. It was written just for this occasion by musical theatre students under the direction of , Director of Choral & Dramatic …

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STAY HEALTHY: Are Sugar and Flour the Enemy?

Tis the season of sugar and flour in abundance!  Let the emotional eaters and food addicts beware! The shelves of our local grocers and retailers are overflowing with cheaply priced candies, caramelized popcorns, and frosted pastries. The sugar and flour fest begins in October with the fall festivals, Halloween parties and trick or treating. Then, continues on with Thanksgiving, Religious Holiday dinners and ends with . But, does it really end? No, we have birthdays and the rest of the observed holidays for the remainder of the year. There is always a good reason to have sugar and flour but …

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