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The 2020 Cultural Council Rolls Out the Arts Awards

The Cultural Council Virtual Arts Awards Will Include Violin Virtuoso Phillip Pan, a Caribbean Vacation and One-of-a-Kind Glass Wave Awards Cultural events are at a standstill but the 44th annual Cultural Council Awards is live-streaming ahead! A virtual fete re-imagined event will be showcased Sept. 2 at 7pm on the Cultural Council, WJCT, and Downtown Vision’s Facebook page and the Jesse Ball DuPont Center website. The theme of this year’s Arts Awards is “Bridges: Connecting Arts, Business, and Community” which highlights the inter-connectivity between the arts, business and community. Organizers shifted programming to a virtual format ahead of the pandemic …

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Relief for the Arts compiled by The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Dear friends and colleagues, As the country and world respond to coronavirus and the COVID-19 situation, our team at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville would like to share the following information. First and foremost, the Cultural Council is invested in the health and well-being of the artists, arts organizations, and communities whom we serve. Please follow all directions and recommendations from your local and state authorities as well as entities such as the CDC and WHO. We also want to make you aware of campaigns to include artists and the nonprofit arts community in any federal relief funds that are made available. Please ask your elected …

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A Magical Cirque Christmas Brings Gravity-Defying and Dazzling Holiday Classics

A Magical Cirque Christmas Brings Gravity-Defying and Dazzling Holiday Classics, Interview with A Magical Cirque Christmas vocalist Therese Curatolo

Interview with A Magical Cirque Christmas vocalist Therese Curatolo There’s nothing magical about traveling during the holidays, especially when the caravan includes two tour buses for cast and crew and two semi-trucks full of lights, rigs and various other pieces of stage equipment. The cast of A Magical Cirque Christmas endures the hectic schedule to share the delightful family show with audiences across the country. “With this show, it’s very gratifying,” says vocalist Therese Curatolo. “It makes it all worthwhile.” Presented by the producers of Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists,” A Magical Cirque Christmas brings together the world’s greatest entertainers for …

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Cirque du Soleil on Ice: New Show Axel Comes to the Arena Nov 7-10

Ice Skating Meets Cirque du Soleil: New Show Axel Comes to the Arena Nov 7-10

With any show, audiences have come to expect its signature style of pageantry and physicality. The new show Axel certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s everything audiences have come to expect, with a twist that creates a new level of visual interest – ice. Cirque du Soleil Axel is staged November 7-10 at the . Axel creates a stunning production with gravity-defying feats and a new element of ice skating combined with live music and multimedia projections that mirror the flavors of a graphic novel. Axel sheds its theatrical roots for a new brand of fantasy driven by the art and the …

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Rebecca Levy to Explore the Body at Jacksonville Dance Theatre’s Annual Concert May 11

Rebecca Levy, Photo by Trib La Prade

Creative Spaces There’s a magic about dance that exists in the moment that it’s seen. It can be recorded or performed again, but it’s not the same as seeing it for the first time. Rebecca Levy is drawn, as other dancers have been before her, to this kinetic magic within the grandeur of the theatre. Nine years ago, Levy was a transplant looking for her place in the dance scene. As a dance professor at FSCJ, she noticed an abundance of talented dancers and solid dance programs, but no way to advance into the professional sphere without moving to a …

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Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show!

Although there will never be another Prince, Purple Reign delivers an authentic experience that captures the magic and the music of the artist formerly and forever known as the Purple One. In the dynamic tribute show Purple Reign, Jason Tenner is more than a Prince impersonator. His performance transports audiences back to 1984 when The Kid broke barriers and firmly established his place in the cultural lexicon. Purple Reign with Tenner and featuring special guest performers such as Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Apollonia and Vanity is presented by the one night only, May 3rd, at the . EU Jacksonville spoke …

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The Little Circus That Could: The Venardos Circus Kicks Off in St. Augustine Dec 19-Jan 27

The Venardos Circus arrives at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre this holiday season to debut a brand-new show and kick off the 2019 season. But Kevin Venardos of never dreamed of running away to join the circus; he envisioned himself performing on Broadway. A New Jersey kid who loved to sing and dance, Venardos studied musical theater at school. “At 22 years old, I was in New York auditioning for everything people would pay me money to do,” he explains, “I happened upon this really incredible adventure just by chance or by fate. I got a job as a ringmaster when …

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Clowning Around! Cirque du Soleil Corteo Comes to Jacksonville

Cirque du Soleil Corteo

Cirque du Soleil is synonymous with bending the laws of possibility, as aerialists, acrobats, and performers occupy the space between reality and fantasy. Corteo takes audiences on a fantastical journey that celebrates the life of Mauro the circus clown. Each act represents stages of his life through childhood, his experiences in a small theatre troupe to the big top and beyond. Artistic Director Mark Shaub spoke with EU Jacksonville about playing with scale, the value of a second act, and the beauty that exists between the spaces. Corteo is staged August 1-5 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. “Corteo is a …

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“CHICAGO” Amazingly Relevant

BY LIZA MITCHELL When history repeats itself, it often casts the shadow of its former self in the light of the newer generation. Chicago is one of those rare productions that maintains an aesthetic that is true to its original period yet accessible to modern audiences. Its ability to transcend time and trends earned the distinction as the longest running musical on Broadway. The FSCJ Artist Broadway Series presents Chicago May 17-20 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts (www.artistseriesjax.org). Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian …

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🎟 WIN TICKETS 🎟 to see A Chorus Line!

From the pen of legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch comes the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning singular sensation, A CHORUS LINE! Casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete, and for 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime and what they’ve worked their whole lives for. A CHORUS LINE brilliantly evokes both the glamour and grind of showbiz, and is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. The iconic score features such classics as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Hope I Get It” and more! With …

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