Getting to Know You: “The King and I” Inspires and Delights at the Times-Union Center November 13-18

Getting to Know You: “The King and I” Inspires and Delights at the Times-Union Center November 13-18

Energetic, engaging, and entertaining from the overture through the reprise, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I opened Tuesday, November 13 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Jacksonville. Offering a riveting and visually enthralling adventure, The King and I triumphantly inspires and delights young and old alike. The show runs from November 13-18, 2018.

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Based on the 1944 semi-biographical novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, The King and I is a familiar story that has appeared on the big screen numerous times over the decades. For many, the 1999 adaptation Anna and the King starring Jodie Foster and Yun-Fat Chow likely served as their first introduction to the tale of Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam. Rodger & Hammerstein’s The King and I will be recognizable to film fans, though it presents the timeless tale in a powerful and unique manner only live theater can accomplish.  

Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Jeremy Daniel, “The King & I” is presented by the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway
Photo by Jeremy Daniel

The year is 1862. Anna Leonowens (played by Angela Baumgardner) is a strong-willed British schoolteacher and a widow who comes to Bangkok at the request of the King of Siam (played by Pedro Ka ‘Awaloa) to educate his many children. She’s part of his bold plan to modernize his nation.

Read interview with Angela Baumgardner here: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King & I’: A Treasured Heirloom Comes to Jacksonville Nov. 13-18

Anna finds herself in a world completely unlike her own in this East vs. West drama, yet she refuses to be intimidated by the king and his representatives. When her contract is violated, she does not relent in demanding rectification. The British schoolteacher quickly comes to adore the Siamese princes and princesses in her care. Yet cultural differences, the King’s ego-centric and macho personality, and the demeaning treatment of Siamese women prevent Anna from getting too comfortable.

Through her consistent kindness and perseverance, Anna and the King begin to respect and understand one another. Despite their differences, an unlikely friendship blooms. When she learns the British plan to take over Siam as a protectorate and that the King is portrayed as barbaric in the West, she’s outraged and helps him entertain the British envoy and prove to the world that the King, despite his flaws, is a leader deserving their respect. Anna witnesses true growth in the King of Siam. Drama and differences ensue, but in the end true progress is made and the future of Siam looks to be brighter and more accepting.

The King of Siam and Anna Leonowens in Rodgers & Hammerstein's King and I. Photo by Jeremy Daniel, “The King & I” is presented by the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical adaptation of The King and I was born when Gertrude Lawrence, who wanted to play the leading role, brought Landon’s novel to their attention in the 1940s. Both Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s wives wanted to see the book brought to life on stage as well. When the gentlemen saw a screening of the 1946 film adaptation, they finally came around to the idea. There was certainly plenty to write about—Eastern vs. Western civilization, female vs. male dynamics, despotism vs. democracy, and so much more. The King and I became the most expensive Rodgers & Hammerstein production to date, debuting on Broadway on March 29, 1951.

This classic Broadway musical has enjoyed a revival recently, transporting a new generation of theatergoers to 1860s Siam. The FSCJ Artist Series musical production masterfully does just that. While at times uncomfortable in an age of political correctness, theatergoers find themselves in a riveting and decidedly foreign world of colonialism and the Orient. The sets, costumes, lighting, and sound captivate the imagination and draw theatergoers into this magical, mystical world so foreign from our own.  Familiar songs like “Getting to Know You, “Shall We Dance,” “Something Wonderful,” and “Whistle a Happy Tune” delight the audience and inspire rousing applause. Producing a well-known Broadway favorite for a modern audience was a monumental task, yet Restaging Director Shelley Butler succeeded beautifully at the Times-Union Center in this breathtaking Broadway musical based on the 2015 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production.   

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I , FSCJ Artist Series, Jennifer Melville

We attended the 17th Annual Family Night on Broadway at the Opening Night of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I and the atmosphere was instantly engaging. Events such as these encourage the entire family to come out and enjoy fine theater close to home. We arrived an hour before show time to participate in a variety of kid-friendly activities. The children learned the difference between horns and antlers at the Jacksonville Zoo table, decorated an elephant with MOSH, crafted floating candles at the Jax4Kids booth, made noisy kazoos at the Jacksonville Science Festival table, and thoroughly enjoyed the Green Screen Photo Shoot sponsored by PRI. If you have kids or grandchildren of any age and want to take them to a Broadway musical, I absolutely recommend attending Family Night for any FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville production. We thoroughly enjoyed the festivities and my young theatergoers remained gainfully occupied in the antsy time before the performance began.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I , FSCJ Artist Series, Jennifer Melville
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I , FSCJ Artist Series, Jennifer Melville

The children were instantly captivated as a ship sailed into Bangkok through the mist at the musical’s opening and they found the princes and princesses of Siam to be the best part of the production. I was worried that themes like colonialism, polygamy, and period-accurate degradation of women would be too heavy for them, but the musical was so tastefully arranged and the unconventional heroine so charmingly portrayed and empowering that we enjoyed the production from beginning to end. The experience sparked later discussions about history, social roles, and other challenging concepts. Fine art inspires and challenges the viewer; that’s part of its power.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I , FSCJ Artist Series, Jennifer Melville

My young teen walked away with a new passion for a story she previously disliked.  My younger theatergoers (ages 10 and 8) enjoyed the dancers very much, though they were quite wiggly and restless by intermission. It’s a long night indeed. The show started at 7:30 PM and wrapped up with a rousing ovation around 10 pm.   Based on content, length, and weeknight performance time, I would recommend this production for ages 10 and up. Of course, there will always be exceptions. My younger kids enjoyed it, but my oldest got more out of the experience and did not spend the second half wiggling in her seat or yawning dramatically. As a musical theater fan, I personally enjoyed every second. The pitch-perfect musical score made my heart sing and I found the stage crafting absolutely breathtaking.

Two vastly different worlds collide in amusing, at-times shocking, and captivating ways in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.  There’s something for everyone. If you’re a long-time fan, you’ll appreciate how beautifully it’s brought to life here in Jacksonville and the music will tempt you to sing along. If you’ve never seen it before, prepare for an experience you’ll never forget. Whether attending as a family, with friends, on a date, or as a solitary Broadway enthusiast, The King and I at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts is a world-class experience simply too beautiful to miss.

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/11/14/the-king-and-i-times-union-center/


Art Republic’s Two Weeks to Change the World


Art Republic, Public Art Installations, Downtown Jacksonville, murals

Art and industry collide as Art Republic 2018, a communal celebration of public art changes the face of downtown Jacksonville again. Art Republic is known for infusing the city with bold outdoor murals that define an area’s character. Exhibitions, which are curated by industry experts, showcase the top artists in their field of expertise to create a sense of place, spark global conversations, and inspire community engagement.

Art Republic, Dourone x David Petroni
Dourone x David Petroni

Muralists for the 2018 collection include 2Alas, Pastel, Chris Clark, Datastorm, Golden, Sipros and NEAN. Murals will be installed at various locations throughout the Downtown Core from November 1st-11th. This year, Art Republic also will include partnerships with the leading international digital and video artists to demonstrate the shared capacity for affecting change.

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Mohamed L’Ghacham

In the spirit of walking down different streets, Jacksonville-based photographers Toni Smailagic and Khalil Osborne created captivating photographs of Eyes Wide Open, the photography exhibition on November 2nd in Springfield. The exhibition serves as a portal into the eyes, perspectives and experiences of the city’s diverse population based on cultures, race, ethnicities, age and religions. The opening event featuring art, music, live performances, light installations, cocktails and food is free to the public.

An immersive digital art exhibition created by one of the industry’s premiere digital artists will open November 10th at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. “Reometry” by REO is a full-sensory show designed to challenge perceptions of the surrounding world in the present. REO bridges the gap between high art and technology using music and digital art, taking you into an experience designed to change the way you see the world. REO has developed graphic design, animations and video projections for such high-profile businesses as Nike, Spotify, Aprite, Adidas and Veuve Clicquot and big-name clientele from Beyonce to Bruno Mars. Having just completed visuals for Travis Scott’s VMA performance and the iconic, On The Run II Tour of Jay Z and Beyoncé, REO is heartily welcomed back to Jacksonville for his first solo digital art show. The opening of “Reometry” is a ticketed event that includes music, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

REOMETRY Digital Art Show by REO TOMORROW! 7PM at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, only a few tickets left, get yours now!https://artrepublicglobal.com/product/reometry/ *this video is a part 1/2 stay tuned to our page to learn about REO’s mission as an artist tomorrow! Video by Eriden Images

Posted by Art Republic on Friday, November 9, 2018

Art can illustrate the importance of passion, leadership, human potential. It also serves as a form of self-maintenance and an escape from the drudgery of daily life. Art Republic invites us to view the world from a broader, inspired perspective. Join in the movement, and get more information at www.artrepublicglobal.com.

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Map the Murals

2018 Artists

PASTEL

JORGE RODRIGUEZ-GERARDA

CHRIS CLARK

GOLDEN

NEAN

DATASTORM

TONI SMAILAGIC

SIPROS

KHALIL OSBORNE

UNIVERSAL GREEN

REO

2ALAS

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http://eujacksonville.com/2018/11/09/art-republic-2/


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King & I’: A Treasured Heirloom Comes to Jacksonville

Like many beloved Broadway musicals, the story of “The King & I” has traveled through decades and across oceans like a treasured heirloom passed down from generation to generation. Based on the true story of Anna Leonowens in 1860’s Bangkok, its carries with it the truths of the cultures reflected in this extraordinary telling.

“The King & I” is presented by the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville November 13th-18th in the Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater (www.artistseriesjax.com). The musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British school teacher whom the modernist King brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Considered one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King & I boasts a score of such classics as ‘Getting To Know You,’ ‘I Whistle a Happy Tune,’ ‘Hello Young Lovers,’ ‘Shall We Dance’ and ‘Something Wonderful.’

Angela Baumgardner was familiar with story long before she auditioned for the role of Anna. As a child, she’d traced her fingers along its intricate details and dreamed of its exotic beauty. She didn’t know how or even why, but she felt that she was destined to one day experience that magic as her own.

“It’s such an iconic role. The beauty of it is that I’ve gotten to see this production, the 2015 Tony Award-winning production from Lincoln Center, so I was already captured by this particular interpretation. For me, any acting piece that I do, I look at what parts of her character resonate with me. Even since 2015, there have been several different Annas, and everyone is different because every person is different. For me, the biggest thing that stands out is her strength. I don’t think there is a weak bone in her body, except maybe for the children, and I can totally relate to that as well.”

“[During] her struggle in Siam and with all that is going on, she is strong in her beliefs and her principles. There are moments that she just wants to leave, but it’s for the sake of the children that she always stays. There was a point in my life, too, when I just had this revelation that everything we do is all about the next generation, and I see that in Anna. She has a sense of destiny and a sense of purpose, even in going to Siam, even in accepting the King’s offer. And what she is able to do there is invest in and impact the next generation, specifically the next King. She’s given this great offering, and I think that’s what captured me even in the rehearsal process with the children and the young prince, soon-to-be king.”

The masterful score by Rodgers & Hammerstein sets the tone of the course and brings the audiences along for the journey which exists in a space all its own. As in most of the productions scored by the brilliant team, there is a political undercurrent that runs alongside stories of forbidden love, differences in class and clashes in culture.

The King of Siam and Anna Leonowens in Rodgers & Hammerstein's King and I. Photo by Jeremy Daniel, “The King & I” is presented by the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway
Photo by Jeremy Daniel

“There’s a challenge that every couple is facing, and there’s always a political thing as well. In “Cinderella,” yes, it’s a class difference, and the prince that will become a king. In “The Sound of Music,” it’s set against the backdrop of a Nazi invasion. In Siam, it’s the clash of cultures and Anna trying to exert herself as an equal, but there is no equal to the king. He is worshiped as a god.  I grew up on Rodgers and Hammerstein. I’m from Oklahoma, so every child performed in Oklahoma. We’re one of the ony states with a musical written about us. I’ve grown up with all these stories and loved all the stories since I was a child. What I loved about the relationships is they are so multi-dimensional. There’s an attraction, but there’s the high stakes of who she is and who he is. In “The King & I,” it’s an intellectual attraction and respect and admiration.”

The chemistry between actors is important in order to deliver an authentic performance and be believable in the portrayal of the characters. The connection between Anna and the King exists in the restraint of propriety and the electricity charged by an underlying sexual tension rippling beneath the surface – in a family friendly way, of course.

Before she’d won the role, before she’d even auditioned, Baumgardner met the future prince outside the backstage door of the iconic Lincoln Center where “The King & I” captivated audiences with its Tony Award-winning run. Pedro Ka’ Awaloa was auditioning for the part of the future King and the two entered together as a pair of young hopefuls with a destiny to fulfill.

Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Jeremy Daniel, “The King & I” is presented by the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway
Photo by Jeremy Daniel

“With any actor you play against, you have to like them. During my audition process, there was only one being that I ever auditioned with, and that was Pedro. Our audition was actually at Lincoln Center, which never happens. You’re always auditioning at some studio or rehearsal space. For both us, I’d never been inside Lincoln Center backstage, so just to be there was incredible. We first met outside the backstage door, and we shared this moment together walking in, and they took us into this rehearsal hall, and said ‘ok, you two are going to read together.’ So already there was this excitement and energy, and it worked right away,” says Baumgardner.

“We had a great first introduction, and were able to build off that during the rehearsal process. And seeing each other grow in the role has just taken it to another level. The audience sees the finished product, but we’re investing hours in every scene and every nuance. It’s been a treat to see how our performances together, and our reactions and chemistry and tensions together, grow every time we go back to the scene. It thrills me to know what the audience is going to get to experience based on the time we’ve put in together.”

Remembering that little girl in Oklahoma, Baumgardner relishes the time on stage with her youngest castmates. She imagines the experience through their young eyes and the memories they will carry on through their lives. It’s the same feeling she gets when she catches the moment the music strikes a chord with a young audience member. She remembers that spark and is grateful for the opportunity to not only share this amazing journey but to ignite the passion for storytelling and music.

“For them to write this musical in the 50’s, and for it to still have such an impact today is incredible. It is a gift to share this with the next generation, just as I learned it when I was a kid. It’s a timeless story and a show that has something for everyone.”

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/11/08/rodgers-hammersteins-the-king-i/


Beyond Downtown Artwalk: Duval Mercantile Pop-Up Shop for the Holidays

Duval Mercantile, Art Walk pop-up, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete

A Jacksonville business owner is making it easier to shop local this holiday season. Emily Moody-Rosete, who operates the downtown Wolf & Cub boutique on Laura Street, is bringing a pop-up storefront to the space formerly occupied by La Cena restaurant. Located at 211 North Laura Street, Duval Mercantile will grace the historic Elks Building.

Duval Mercantile will celebrate its grand opening November 7th during Artwalk and will remain open through the month of December. As the former owner the live music venue Underbelly in the downtown core and Anomaly in the Five Points neighborhood, Emily Moody-Rosete knows how to create a buzz. She’s hoping to energize Downtown with a concept that will bring together artists and makers in a shared space and inspire shoppers to curate an interesting and eclectic list of locally produced goods this holiday season.

Vendors like Congaree and Penn and Jax Brothel will be among those to stock such items as local gourmet foods and sundries, candles, pottery, and vegan bath products. There are no plans to update the interior space with a major build out save for adding a couple coolers to refrigerate necessary items. “Because its a pop-up, we didn’t want to spend a ton of money making it real pretty,” she says. “It’s going to compliment Wolf & Cub but still have its own vibe, too.”

Bee Friends Farms, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays
Bella Lina Bath, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays

While the concept is designed to give local makers a dedicated space to showcase and sell their goods, Moody-Rosete is also hoping to increase Downtown’s accessibility to retailers in an area plagued by more empty storefronts than established businesses.

“Being Downtown now for a few years, I hear on a daily basis from clients coming in and people traveling through, tours actually coming through to visit the city. It’s embarrassing to hardly have any retail Downtown, so people walk in my shop and ask what else is there to do down here, and I give them a little run down. There’s lots of places to eat and drink, but there’s not a lot of retail,” says Emily Moody-Rosete.

Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays

“That’s unfortunate, but the city doesn’t really encourage the nurturing of small business. They’re more into the multi-million dollar projects, which I get too, but, at the end of the day, the small guys are the ones who are creating the culture and the feel for a district.”

“That’s unfortunate, but the city doesn’t really encourage the nurturing of small business. They’re more into the multi-million dollar projects, which I get too, but, at the end of the day, the small guys are the ones who are creating the culture and the feel for a district. That’s what I seek out. When I travel, I go to all the cool little local businesses, and that’s how I get the feel for a city. That’s where Duval Mercantile comes in.”

Macmaddies Candles, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays
1748 Bakehouse, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays

Emily and Varick Rosete based the model for Duval Mercantile on their early experiences with Wolf & Cub, which they initially operated at such venues as Jaxsons Night Market and Artwalk. The couple expanded the business and opened a pop-up shop in Riverside’s Brooklyn Station during the 2015 holiday season. The success of that venture led to a permanent storefront the following year. If Duval Mercantile does well, it could become a regular fixture and establish a business model to encourage more retailers to follow suit.

“We’re just trying to make it work for a few months. If it sticks, then we’ll visit maybe signing a lease there, maybe finding a different spot. Who knows. We’re just taking it day by day for now,” she says, “I’m an optimist so I hope that it is possible. Is it possible in a time frame that I feel is reasonable? Maybe not necessarily. That’s why we just kind of took things into our own hands. We don’t have time to wait around for the city to recognize us. We just have to make it happen. Hopefully it’s that ‘if you build it, they will come’ kind of thing.”

local vendors

– Saturiwa Trading
– Conagree and Penn
– CAMP Craft Cocktail
– Jax Brothel
– Macmaddies CANdles
– Cam.Lee Crafted Co.
– 1748 Bakehouse
– Bee Friends Farm
– The Bread & Board
– Bella Lina Bath
– Pawfection Bakery
– Spoonbill Pottery
– Develins Art

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/11/07/downtown-artwalk-duval-mercantile-shop-holidays/


The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, One Night Only on Oct 26

They were unlikely rock stars, the antithesis of the traditional paradigm, who took the world by storm as 60’s folk heroes. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel spoke to generations as counterculture icons of the social revolution and were one of the best-selling artists of the era.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to Jacksonville for one night only on October 26th at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, the production traces the history of the duo’s the storied career with projection photos, original film footage, and a full band performing such hits as ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ ‘Cecilia,’ ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ and ‘Homeward Bound’ with Taylor Bloom as Paul Simon and Ben Cooley as Art Garfunkel.

A New York native and triple threat, Bloom was excited to audition for the role of Simon because, unlike his typical acting calls, he was able to stretch beyond a scripted play and occasional singing role and demonstrate his skills on guitar. He was a casual fan of Simon & Garfunkel, and because of growing up hearing artists like Cat Stephens and James Taylor, Bloom understood the context of the era.

“Before I got involved with the show, I liked them the way most people do. I knew a handful of their hits like ‘America,’ ‘Cecelia,’ ‘The Boxer’ and things like that. That’s one of the reasons I love this show so much, because, working on it, I discovered this whole other catalog that I grew to love so much,” he says.

Simon Garfunkel, Taylor Bloom
Taylor Bloom

“I performed with this show last year, so this is my second tour. I’m able to focus more when I’m playing to get the sound right, trying to emulate vocally what Paul Simon sounds like when he sings. I can focus more on the beauty of the music and less on the technical aspects and trying to stay in tempo with the band. I’ve performed the songs so many times, and I love them. You’d think I’d get tired of them, but, at home after the tour, I listen to the music just to listen to it.”

Bloom says learning the history of Simon & Garfunkel from the early days, performing as the duo Tom & Jerry, to the architects of the songs that defined a generation helped inform his delivery of the music, but also offered a fresh perspective for writing and performing music.

“I recently read the biography of Paul Simon and his process, not necessarily how he writes the songs but the mentality that goes into songwriting. It made me think a lot about my own songwriting and performing of music. It also got me into listening to Paul Simon’s solo records which are awesome. I just feel so comfortable with the music now, so I feel that I can add something more to it.”

While ‘Sounds of Silence’ is his favorite Simon & Garfunkel song, Bloom admits it’s not always his favorite number to perform in the show. The energy of the audience helps to influence the energy of the band and the performers.

“It’s funny because I feel like it changes. Some nights I’ll really enjoy playing a song like ‘Keep the Customer Satisfied.’ When the band really digs into it, it’s so much fun. On the other hand, sometimes when we play ‘The Boxer,’ you can just see the way it reaches out and touches the audience,” he says.

Simon & Garfunkel

“Everyone brings in so much of themselves. The music means something very specific to them, so, if we play a song, like when Ben sings ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ which he does beautifully, it’s amazing because everyone in the audience heard that song, and it brings back memories of something they’ve gone through in their life. It’s such an incredible opportunity, and we’re so fortunate to be able to enjoy that.”

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is a retrospective of their career together, but it also touches briefly on the pair’s acrimonious split. It would be hard to ignore the sad elephant in the room, but the production is a designed as a celebration and not as a dramatic retrospective of the dissolution of one of the most beloved songwriting teams in popular music.

“You can’t have a show about Simon & Garfunkel without addressing the fact that they had kind of a rocky relationship towards the end, and they eventually decided to part ways. We do definitely address that, but the show is primarily a celebration of the music they made when they were together,” Bloom says. “We try to capture them in stages of partnership. We do it sort of chronologically. As the show goes along, the musicianship gets a little better. Obviously, the songwriting takes on a whole new life, so there’s a real progression that happens throughout the show.”

The afterglow of Paul Simon’s final show of his farewell tour performed in the same space as the famous 1981 reunion Concert in Central Park serves to perfectly bookend the career of a man who devoted so much of his life to sharing his gift. Bloom is grateful for the opportunity to play a part in sharing that legacy.

“It gives a deeper meaning to what we’re doing, because it takes our show from being a celebration of Simon & Garfunkel’s amazing years together to almost the continuation of the legacy of their music because Paul Simon is not going to be playing it anymore,” he says. “Obviously, I will never be Paul Simon, but I just want to continue celebrating what he did. Sharing his music with another generation of listeners is sort of like the passing of the baton. It’s a total gift.”

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/10/24/the-sounds-of-simon-garfunkel-oct-26/


REVIEW: ‘Buyer & Cellar’ at 5 & Dime is One of the Funniest One-Person, One-Act Shows You Will Ever See

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW

The 5 & Dime Theatre Company has opened Buyer & Cellar, one of the funniest one-person one-act shows you will ever have the opportunity to see. The group was founded seven years ago and has consistently staged outstanding productions; this is their second year in their permanent home in Downtown Jacksonville. This outrageously humorous comedy written by Jonathan Tolins opened on October 5th and will remain on stage through October 21, 2018.

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Mr. Tolins was inspired to write the play after encountering “My Passion for Design,” a lavish coffee table book by Barbra Streisand published in 2010. Ms. Streisand, now in her seventies, has captivated audiences throughout the world during her remarkable career as a singer, actress, and movie director. Tolins makes a point of admitting that his depiction of Barbra as presented in his play is complete fiction.

“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage

Alex, the principle character, is portrayed by local actor/director Bradley Akers in a tour de force performance. Alex is a hard-luck Los Angeles actor, who lost his job at Disneyland, and has been hired as the only employee of a make-believe mall in the cellar of Streisand’s home. And yes, Barbra does have a mini-mall with storefronts and shops in her mansion’s cellar, which she uses to display her costumes, dolls, and other collections (google “streisand mall images” for photos).  Alex spends his day tidying up, dusting, and walking around the mall, while waiting for Streisand, the only customer who patronizes the shops.

“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage

But it’s not all waiting around for Bradley Akers in his role as Alex; it’s a one-man show with multiple characters, who include Barbra, her housekeeper, her husband James Brolin, and Alex’s boyfriend Barry.

One of the most humorous incidents concerns a doll named Fifi. While acting as a customer, Barbra successfully bargains with Alex to obtain a better price for the doll, which puzzles Alex, as all the items in the mall belong to her.

Projections on a screen on the back wall were used to show photos of Hollywood and TV greats in glorious or inglorious moments, which garnered much laughter.

“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage

Mr. Akers is marvelous as he tells his story, using varied voices, facial gestures, and spirited body movements to captivate his audience in this demanding production. While this is his first appearance as an actor in five years, he has appeared in many roles on our local stages in the past. As a teenager, he directed Dog Sees God at Players by the Sea, which was chosen as best play of the year. Since then he has been in demand as a director and has an impressive list of work, which includes comedies, dramas, and musicals at Jacksonville Beaches’ Players by the Sea, St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre, and The 5 & Dime. Of note, while Bradley is starring in this show, his wife Sadie is also starring as Sally Bowles in Limelight’s production of Cabaret.

“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage

The set was elegant and striking, with white walls, flooring, and furniture accented with black patterns.

The play was expertly directed by Lee Hamby, one of the founders of The 5 & Dime, who also serves as the theatre’s Production Manager. With Hamby’s direction, superb acting by Akers, and a hilarious script, we had an evening of zany fun. As part of our research for this play, we briefly viewed You Tube selections of the Broadway production, and concluded that Bradley Akers’ performance was Broadway quality.

The production crew included: Lee Hamby (Director & Set Design); Abby Gomez (Production Manager & Stage Manager); Mike Yarick (Projection Design); Katie Cress (Lighting Design); Bob Chapman (Set Construction);  Jennifer Peek and Frank Sanabria (Scenic Painting).

The 5 & Dime Theatre is located at 112 East Adams Street; additional information is available on the company’s Facebook page. For reservations, call (904) 637-5100 or visit www.The5andDime.org.

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/10/08/buyer-cellar-5-dime-theatre-review/


Ranky Tanky gets funky October 12th at the Ritz Theatre and Museum

It’s been a whirlwind year for Ranky Tanky. Named for the Gullah phrase meaning to “get funky,” the rising stars of the low country released its debut album in October 2017 in homage to the Gullah culture of the region. Just two months later, they were topping jazz charts and touring the country.

EU Jacksonville spoke with Clay Ross, guitarist and vocalist of the Charleston-based quintet about the band’s meteoric rise, infusing modern jazz with lowcountry flavors and a shared history with the First Coast.

“It’s definitely been kind of a big breakthrough year for us. We released our album almost a year ago and shortly thereafter we were picked up by Terry Gross on NPR on the show called Fresh Air. One big media hit like that with someone who has such a strong listenership can really lead to a breakthrough,” says Ross. “Our album when straight to the number one position on the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes jazz charts. We’ve been touring ever since and really have been amazed. It’s been pretty powerful, and we’re grateful and taking advantage of the opportunity.”

fri12oct7:30 pmfri10:00 pmFeaturedRanky TankyJazz Influenced Arrangements of Traditional Gullah Music7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Ritz Theatre & Museum

“Gullah” comes from West African language and translates to “a people blessed by God.” It’s with this spirit that Ranky Tanky featuring Ross, vocalist Quiana Parler, bassist Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton on trumpet and drummer Quentin Baxter perform the timeless music of Gullah culture. From playful game songs and high energy shouts to mournful spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of the southeastern Sea Island region are “rank” and fertile grounds.

The South Carolina natives first came together in 1998 to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Known as one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists, Parler joined the group and inspired a revival of the “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

According to Ross, the Gullah culture is ubiquitous to the low country, but, despite the accessible cultural offering, it wasn’t considered as an anchor for band’s sound. Tracing the history of the music curated and documented as part of the Gullah folklore motivated the band to revisit its approach of jazz standards.

“Being from there, I wouldn’t say it was something we’ve taken [for] granted, but it wasn’t anything any of us thought we could expand on. We’re all jazz musicians, and we’re interested in playing modern and contemporary jazz music,” Ross says.

“I think as we toured, we noticed that no one was really doing that, and we felt like there was a need for it, and we were qualified to do it. We wanted to share this music with the world as best we could. It started with fairly modest goals and expectations, and we quickly saw that we couldn’t exceed that. People reacted really positively to this idea and our interpretation of the music. There are so many things to be inspired by.”

Ross says the music of Ranky Tanky is well-received by audiences, and he attributes the positive reaction to the connection to the music and the history. “It has a lot to offer. It’s really joyful music and spiritual music. It speaks to people’s heart and soul and helps them feel good,” he says. “I think the world needs music like that. Whether people want to dig deeper and uncover the cultural story with our music or not, we encourage them to do that. But even at a surface level, this music has a lot to offer. It’s feel-good music.”

Touring is still so new for Ranky Tanky that the band has yet to visit any city twice. “Being our first year, we don’t have a lot to compare it to. This will be our first ever performance in Jacksonville, and that’s been the case with almost everything we’ve done this year. If anyone is showing up anywhere, it’s amazing,” Ross says. “We have great turnouts at our shows. A couple of dates on this tour are either sold out or very close to sold out. We’re really grateful to share this with people and hope that they will turn out for this concert.”

This is the band’s first visit to Jacksonville and he encourages audiences to discover its shared heritage within the music. Says Ross, “Jacksonville has Gullah heritage as well. It’s along what they call the Gullah-Geechee Corridor. I would invite everyone to please come and explore their roots with us. This music is resonating all over the world, and we’re happy to be a part of that lineage of musicians to share this music. I hope audiences will come and have a wonderful time. I think they’re going to walk away with not only a good feeling but a sense of pride, because this music belongs to them.”

Ranky Tanky gets funky October 12th at the Ritz Theatre and Museum (www.ritzjacksonville.com).

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/10/07/ranky-tanky-gets-funky-october-12th-at-the-ritz-theatre-and-museum/


“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage

“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage

By the playwright’s own admission, the plot of his one-man show “Buyer & Cellar” rests on the “preposterous” premise of a young struggling actor who finds a job in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement.

In the 5 & Dime’s staging of Jonathan Tollins’ delightfully campy play, lead Bradley Akers flexes his funny bone as Alex, who imagines himself working in Streisand’s underground mall with elaborate storefront displays of the star’s dolls, costumes and even a functioning candy store. “Buyer & Cellar” opens October 5th at the 5 & Dime (www.the5anddime.org).

“Part of it is true and part of it isn’t. The part about the guy working in the basement mall is not true, but the basement mall does exist,” says director Lee Hamby of Streisand’s underground collections which were the subject of her 2010 book “My Passion for Design.” “His life is based around this book, and throughout the show he is referring to pages in this book. What’s funny is that it says principle photographer Barbra Streisand. Most of the credits in the book belong to her. She is definitely a fan of herself.”

The stage is simply dressed in comparison to the fantastical elements of the show with just a table and chair and a chaise lounge. Video projections will be used to help the audience visualize specific points during the show like Alex’s first job at Disneyland as the Mayor of Toontown and locations throughout Hollywood.

While Akers is a familiar name in the local theatre community, it’s usually associated with his work behind the scenes. His turn as Alex marks his return to the stage following a five-year hiatus from performing. The self-imposed break allowed him to focus solely on directing. “Buyer & Cellar” is a unique vehicle to reintroduce him in a different light.

“I knew that if I was going to get back on stage I needed it to be something that was incredibly challenging that pushed me as far as I could go,” he says. “I was really cautious because I knew what kind of commitment this was as an actor.”

“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage
“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage

With the role of Alex, Akers isn’t inching back into the acting pool. The performance is a comedic cannonball into the deep end as the lead in a one-man show who also plays various characters from his ex-partner to Barbra’s assistant who hired him for this job.

“One of my favorite parts of this play and has always been is that even though it’s just one person performing, I still get to play five different characters within the realm of the play. The piece is so conversational in telling people about my time in Barbra Streisand’s basement, and I become all the people I interacted with during the time,” he says.

“Another reason it was really important for me to do this show is that it re-energizes my respect for the acting process. I ask so much of my actors when I direct, and I know that about myself, but being back on the other side kind of gives me that fresh perspective to be able to respect, understand, and appreciate the process of an actor. I like to get out of my comfort zone.”

Akers says he thought his performing days were behind him, but Hamby was a constant voice looking for the right material to entice him back to the stage. “Buyer & Cellar” just happened to be one of the shows on his list.

“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage

“I told him don’t give this up because not all directors have the talent to be on stage and he certainly does. I knew that I needed someone with the kind of energy that he has. He’s so funny, and not a lot of people get to see that. He’s such a hard worker and such a task master when he’s directing, so to see him do this and have fun is going to be a delight for everybody,” says Hamby.

“When I called him, I never really thought he would accept, but he did, and here we are. I think for our audiences, it’s important for them to see someone new on stage. We have so much talent in this town that it’s always nice to see a fresh face, especially in a role like [this] because you kind of need to immerse yourself in this character, and a lot of people know people so well from being on stage so many times that it’s hard for the audience to see them fully as this character.”

While the role of Alex required a young actor capable of reciting a voluminous amount of dialogue with the charisma to carry the entire show, Akers also needed a crash course in the gay culture of the era.

“It takes somebody that young to memorize all these lines and the sense of humor and kind of style needed for the part. Bradley seemed kind of perfect for it [but] his generation is not the same as my generation with the love of Barbra Streisand. We’ve really talked about the time period with reference to fashion photographers and designers. Donna Karan was always her go-to. I’ve spent a lot of time explaining gay culture at that time when Barbra was really big,” says Hamby.

“I’ve been reading this show forever, and I was scared someone else was going to grab it. It’s hard for us at the 5 & Dime to find a show that is super funny because we tend to like strong stories that make you think and educate, and this show is that perfect mix,” says Hamby.

   

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/10/05/buyer-cellar-5-dime-bradley-akers/


Moon Over the Market: Three Jacksonville Food Trucks Going Places

Food trucks have changed the landscape of culinary culture here in Jacksonville in the past decade or so, and today we have a wide selection of tastes. We’ve chosen three food trucks for you to follow on social media (the best way to know where a truck will be). These three will also be at GastroJax’s annual Fall event, Moon Over the Market, on October 11th at the Jacksonville Farmers Market, and tastes will be included in the ticket price. Tickets are only $40 at this tasting event on 904tix.com.

Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax
Jammas Jax

The new truck Jammas Jax brings Asian street food flavor wherever they might go with dishes such as pad thai, crab rangoons, lo mein, Hawaiian pineapple fried rice and much more. Owner Julio Gonzalez has quite the storied resume–he’s worked at prestigious local restaurants such as Medure, Pom’s, and El Mariachi, a stellar Mexican truck. His favorite dish on the Jammas Jax menu is the green curry with shrimp, a recipe he picked up from Chef Pom Souvannasoth. Says Gonzalez, “I think having passion for what you do is very important…loving what you do cooking with love.”

Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax
Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax
Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax
Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax

This truck is just starting out, and if you’d like to try a sample, Moon Over the Market is a great event to do that. You can find the truck every Monday Downtown at the The Court Urban Food Park on Hogan Street from 11-2pm on the regular, and you can also follow them on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram @jammasjax.



Pie95 has now been part of our food scene for about three years, and if you haven’t tried them, we highly recommend their wood-fired pizza deliciousness! They’ve been at the fall tasting event Moon Over the Market event all three years, and will be a part of it again–with expanded space this year!

Chef Evan Eriksen’s passion for a pie is apparent in every slice. His customers rave about the Neapolitan-inspired pizza, with some even saying that it’s a veritable taste of Italy. Says Chef Eriksen, “Our philosophy behind our pizza is inspired from working from Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in NYC. Simple is best. After working for Chef Ripert you learn to look at the beauty in the product and not overloading your dishes with too many flavors and techniques.”

They are currently researching where they might open a brick-and-mortar place, but in the meantime, Pie95 Pizza posts their weekly schedule on Facebook and Instagram to help the customers find their location. They also can be found every Saturday at the Riverside Art Market from 10-3pm.



Rite on Que’s barbeque is influenced by Alabama and Florida smoking techniques, using a blend of hickory and pecan wood exclusively. They do it the old-fashioned way, using no gas or electricity in the process. Standout items include their MacDaddy Brisket, which is brisket topped with mac and cheese, and their Dutch caramel glazed baby back ribs, called Candied Ribs. You might also want to try their pork belly burnt ends and beef short ribs, which are often on special.

Pit Master Larry Lawson says that their food philosophy is simple because they keep it simple, by cooking with fire, using “quality proteins…made from scratch sides” and providing great service. Lawson says that some guests are so pleased at the quality that during events, customers have been known to “come back twice at the same event to take some home.” They plan to start selling sauces and rubs in the future, and hope to have a brick-and-mortar restaurant sometime in the next three years. You can find Rite On Que by following them on Facebook and Instagram (@riteonque), and you will also find them as one of the tastes at Moon Over the Market on October 11th, 904tix.com

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/10/05/moon-over-the-market-jacksonville-food-trucks/


JTA Plays Prominent Role in Revitalizing Historic LaVilla Community

BY LEIGH ANN RASSLER, Public Relations Manager
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Last month, hundreds attended the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s (JTA) ribbon cutting ceremony for the Intercity Bus Terminal, Phase One, at the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC). Greyhound Lines Inc. leases the 9,961 square foot bus terminal from JTA. The terminal features an indoor waiting area, ticketing offices, a cafeteria, restrooms, nine bus bays, parking, and a customer drop-off area on Stuart Street.

Phase Two, currently under construction, will feature JTA’s administrative headquarters and main bus transfer facility with an enclosed passenger waiting area, ticket vending machines, operator lounge, public restrooms, lost and found area, and customer service. “Many of the world’s great cities have bustling transit stations through which trains, buses, taxis, pedestrians, and cyclists all come together in an urban center,” says JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “New York’s Penn Station, San Francisco’s Central Subway, and Chicago’s Union Station immediately come to mind.”

JTA’s vision is that the JRTC will be their own “Grand Central Station of the South” and will enhance mobility and connectivity throughout Northeast Florida. The JRTC will integrate and connect local, regional, and intercity modes of transportation, including the JTA’s First Coast Flyer™ Bus Rapid Transit system, fixed route buses, the iconic Skyway, and, in the near future, the Ultimate Urban Circulator or U²C, an autonomous transportation network. The regional transportation center will also include shared mobility solutions like taxi, car, bike, and ride share.


This state-of-the-art transportation center will be a gateway to the region and a destination where everyone can experience the rich culture of the historic LaVilla neighborhood in downtown Jacksonville. Visitors will have access to restaurants, events, and attractions that will help the area thrive, spurring economic growth and sustainability. In fact, LaVilla is already experiencing growth with the Lofts at LaVilla and the Lofts at Monroe. When Phase Two of the JRTC is completed in early 2020, it will stimulate additional transit-oriented development, which is key to regional and local growth.

The regional transportation center will utilize sidewalks and well-lit pedestrian paths. Visitors will be able to experience Jacksonville using an efficient multi-modal transportation system. The $57.3 million transportation center incorporates sustainable design features which create a sustainable, low impact, cost-efficient facility reducing impacts throughout the building’s life-cycle. The passenger circulation conditions, wayfinding, environmental signage, security, safety, and convenience will enhance the customer experience.

IBT April 12_2018 Ribbon Cutting event with CEO Nat Ford and others.

For example, lighting inside and outside the Intercity Bus Terminal is energy efficient light-emitting diode or LED, the JTA’s new standard for all capital projects and maintenance. LED lighting reduces electricity costs and the heat load on HVAC equipment, enabling them to operate more effectively. Lighting inside the building features daylight harvesting, a system that automatically dims lighting levels as natural light increases throughout the day. The bus transfer facility will feature a pedestrian friendly and ADA-accessible single continuous platform with 21 covered bus bays, as well as benches and other passenger amenities.

When the entire project is completed in early 2020, the transportation center will feature an elevated pedestrian bridge above Forsyth Street connecting the Intercity Bus Terminal to the JTA Administrative Building. Roadway, sidewalk, and landscaping improvements will also be completed in Phase Two. The center will be further enhanced in the future with connection to intercity rail. Partnerships with Amtrak and other carriers like Brightline will enable this final phase and provide easy connections to cities throughout Florida, the Southeast, and the rest of the United States.

The JRTC site is located on the parcel currently occupied by the Convention Center Skyway Station, bounded by Forsyth Street on the north, Bay Street on the south, I-95 on the west, and Johnson Street to the east. It is immediately north of the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center and immediately south of the Intercity Bus Terminal. Stay up to speed with the progress by visiting jtafla.com.

 

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/09/27/jta-plays-prominent-role-in-revitalizing-historic-lavilla-community/


Dining in the Dark with Orlando Police Department SWAT Team – Recap

Dining in the Dark is a Lighthouse Central Florida original that has grown in scale and popularity since it was first introduced in 2010.  Attendees are treated to a multi-course, gourmet meal prepared by celebrated, local chefs and are served by members of the Orlando Police Department’s SWAT team — who navigate the pitch-black room outfitted in night-vision goggles.  After dinner the lights slowly come up and diners are encouraged to offer telling, empathetic, testimonials about their experience.  Featured menu selections were from Muddy Waters Orlando, B&A Catering, Oudom Thai & Sushi, Soco Thornton Park & Wildtree.

My thoughts:  The event was well-organized and the guest servers from Orlando Police Department SWAT team were all focused and treated us with genuine respect and humility.  I have never experienced service like that before in my entire life.  They have all inspired me to become a better person and I am grateful to have these wonderful men as role models for our community.  I never got the name of my guest server, maybe because he did not want to make it about him, but I trusted him and felt safe with him taking care of our table.  I truly realized how important communication is when your sense of sight is taken away from you.

3 hours later, after the lights were turned back on, I felt humbled and empathetic towards those who live with blindness or any degree of vision impairment everyday.   It was definitely the most humbling experience in my entire life.

I couldn’t tell you what we ate (they all tasted delicious, by the way) but I do know one thing that’s for sure.  I have nothing bad to say about the service and I believe that everyone should experience the Dining in the Dark dinner at least once in their lives if they want to be truly humbled.

For more information, please visit lighthousecfl.org

Table 10!  Photo courtesy of Dining in the Dark

They slowly introduced light to us.

Thank you Reggie Timones for being my last minute plus one!

These leftover desserts were the only dishes that I got to actually see.

All the lights were turned back on so that guests can share testimonies about their Dining in the Dark experience.

Thank you chefs for preparing such delicious creations for a wonderful cause!

Police chief John Mina

(Source: Dining in the Dark)

The MEZZ
100 S Eola Dr #200, Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 704-6268
mezzorlando.com

http://tastychomps.com/2018/09/dining-in-the-dark-with-orlando-police-department-swat-team-recap.html


Tasty Chomps x Magical Dining x DoveCote

Atlantic Salmon with cucumber & fingerling potato salad, cucumber horseradish broth, cucumber slaw.  Seriously, it was the BEST salmon I’ve ever had!

Thank you everyone that came out to the Tasty Chomps x Magical Dining x DoveCote (voted Best Restaurant 2018 by Orlando Magazine) meet-up hosted by Visit Orlando with special guest Aldo Ferrari!  This year through Visit Orlando, $1 of each meal during #MagicalDining (click here for more info) will benefit two charities: Best Buddies & Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.

Thank you Cory O’Born from Visit Orlando for gifting us all with official 2018 Visit Orlando Magical Dining wine glasses afterwords, it was a nice surprise after a great dinner!

Follow Tasty Chomps Food Blog on facebook to find out where we will be meeting up next!  I just realized that I didn’t get the black & grey shirt memo but I was wearing a black uniform at work beforehand so that should at least count for something, right?!

Left to right: Shan Li, Kasie Wade, Cory O’Born, Aldo Ferrari, Patrick Rosario, Marvin Zarra, Frank Galeano, and then there’s me!

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with Florida rock shrimp, basil & olive oil

Ham & Cheese Grits with house-made rogue mayo

Pork Cutlet with potato pancake, caper brown butter, beurre blanc

Chocolate Mousse with marshmallow fluff, bay leaf crumble, marinated strawberries

Dovecote crème brulee

DoveCote Brasserie
Bank of America Center, 390 N Orange Ave #110, Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 930-1700
visitorlando.com/magicaldining/restaurants/DoveCote-Brasserie/46031

http://tastychomps.com/2018/09/tasty-chomps-x-magical-dining-x-dovecote.html


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