Alhambra’s White Christmas

Alhambra White Christmas

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? A Christmas that includes softly falling snow? Not much chance of that in Jacksonville, although we came close in 1989. Does anyone remember? If you’re dreaming of a theatrical White Christmas, then the musical stage version of the 1954 Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye movie is now at the Alhambra and will remain until December 24. However, even experiencing the fluffy stuff vicariously may remain a dream unless you already have reserved seats, as the show has been sold out since Halloween. You can ask to be put a waiting list; perhaps you’ll …

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Alhambra’s Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes

Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes Gala at The Alhambra by

Traditional good old country music is alive and well on the stage of the Alhambra Theatre and Dining in the hands of country music star Jason Petty and his show Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes. Originally scheduled to run through August 19, it has been extended until August 26. In this tribute to Hank Williams, one of the most popular shows to ever come to the Alhambra, Petty recreates Hank’s iconic stage presence. A terrific four-piece backup band includes Mark Baczynski (fiddle), Rory Hoffman (electric guitar), Eric Lewis (steel guitar) and David Martin, who is the bandleader and on …

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Alhambra’s Wizard of Oz

Some early results are in for the 2012 election year. The Alhambra Theatre decided to choose its summer play based on the votes of its fans and patrons, and The Wizard of Oz was the winner of the popular vote. The musical has now opened and will be playing through July 23rd. It’s not a surprise that it won; the novel by L. Frank Baum that inspired the play has had a strong following since it was first published in 1900, 112 years ago. In 1939, an Academy Award nominated film starring Judy Garland was made. The Wizard of Oz film …

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Jacksonville Jazz Fest schedule

Festival Line-Up Thursday, May 24 The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition (The Florida Theatre) Doors open 6 p.m. Events start 7 p.m. Friday, May 25 Festival hours: 5 – 11 p.m. Music starts at 5 p.m. Sonny RollinsSwingin’ Stage presented by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (Monroe Street between Main and Ocean streets) 5 p.m. Karrin Allyson Quartet 7 p.m. Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio 9:15 p.m. Sonny Rollins Breezin’ Stage (The Jacksonville Landing) 5 p.m. Navy Band Southeast TGIF 6:30 p.m. Doc Handy 8:30 p.m. Tropic of Cancer Groovin’ Stage (Hemming Plaza) 5 p.m. Pierre & Co. 7 p.m. …

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Alhambra’s The Buddy Holly Story

Alhambra The Buddy Holly Story Gala by

If you are a fan of 50s rock, Buddy Holly and the Crickets in particular, then the Alhambra’s new show The Buddy Holly Story is for you. If you were not around when Buddy Holly rose to fame and created the sound that changed the music of the 50s, you will be a fan after you experience this energy-packed extravaganza, which runs for two and a half hours. The story of Buddy begins at age 19 when, as the leader of a small county music band, he pursued his desire to perform rock and roll in his very own special style. The …

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Alhambra’s A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline

One of the Alhambra’s all time favorite shows is back in town, starring Gail Bliss in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, on stage from February 8 to February 26. Webster’s dictionary defines “bliss” as supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment.” Indeed Ms. Bliss’s performances over the past twelve years has garnered a legion of loyal fans who return again and again because of the supreme happiness and joy they receive from her total commitment to bringing the songs of Patsy Cline to life once again. When it was announced by the Alhambra that this would be the last presentation …

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Matisyahu at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

On August 24th  played at the  with opening act . It was a reggae-fueled concert for all walks of life. The show was the definition of the term “all ages,” with a range from little kids to cute couples older than my grandparents. The majority of the crowd was laid back, white beach people. I saw a couple of kids rocking their yarmulkes. I imagine that after years of being forced to wear them, this was the one time that they were probably excited to don their kippahs in public. Trevor Hall is a kid from Hilton Head, North Carolina …

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Alhambra’s Willy Wonka

The Alhambra Theatre opened a special summertime treat for children of all ages (from 5 to 95!), the musical stage version of Willy Wonka. The play is based on the children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by British author Roald Dahl, which was made into a very successful film in 1971, followed by a remake in 2005; the story has been a kid favorite for years. The Alhambra has been turned into a land of candy and fantasy, inside and out. As you approach the theatre you see giant lollipops along the way as well as in the lovely garden …

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Go LO Downtown

by erin thursby Following up on our commitment to the Go LO initiative, we’re encouraging folks to buy local, shop local and eat local. This month, our Go LO spotlight is on Downtown. For those willing to explore it, there’s more to Downtown than most people in Jacksonville know. With that in mind, we’re giving you a quick guide to just some of what Downtown has to offer, and the resources to find the rest. Local Activities Three major performance venues Downtown cater to the desires of the city. At the Veteran’s Memorial Arena this year, you’ll find Kenny Chesney, …

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2011

by erin thursby Some of the notable performers include Natalie Cole, Joey Calderazzo, Warren Hill, Marion Meadows, John Pizzarelli and the Gentlemen of the Night featuring Paul Taylor. Events kick off at The Florida Theatre with the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition (ticketed). Most of the fest is free, but there are some ticketed events and you can VIP Packages for preferred seating. Go to for more info on what the festival has to offer. Besides the many performers on the many stages, other events are part of the celebration: Art in the Heart Downtown Art Show & Sale, Wine …

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