Wednesday, April 9, 2014

FSCJ Artist Series Presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY May 2

THE FSCJ ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS
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FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014 at 8PM
TIMES-UNION CENTER’S MORAN THEATER

 JACKSONVILLE, FL – The 2013/2014 National Tour of the new musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its Jacksonville premiere on Friday, May 2nd at 8PM at the Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater! 

 THE ADDAMS FAMILY, which began performances in March 2010 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and ran through December 2011, immediately became one of Broadway’s biggest hits. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the production as “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!” and John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.”

Here’s a video sneak peek of the show: http://bit.ly/AddamsFamVideo 

Tickets for THE ADDAMS FAMILY in Jacksonville start at $32.00 and are available at the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office between 10AM-5PM, Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online 24/7 at www.artistseriesjax.org.  Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.edu. 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography by Sergio Trujillo.  Production design (sets and costumes) by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch with set adaptations by James Kronzer. The production features lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Craig Cassidy and puppetry by Basil Twist. 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story and it's every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. 

Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.

In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams’ drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures. 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY tour for North America is produced by Phoenix Entertainment, Stephen B. Kane and Michael McFadden, by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. 

For more information, visit www.tafontour.com. 

To order by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover, call the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office at: (904) 442-BWAY (2929) (toll-free outside of Jacksonville 1-888-860-BWAY) Tickets are also available online with Instant Seat Selection by visiting the FSCJ Artist Series Website at:  www.artistseriesjax.org

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014-2015 BROADWAY SEASON LINE-UP - THE BOOK OF MORMON TO ANCHOR THE SEASON

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase is thrilled to announce the 2014-2015 Broadway in Jacksonville Season! From the creators of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards, THE BOOK OF MORMON will play a limited one-week engagement from February 3-8, 2015. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century” and Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time." Season subscribers receive priority ticket opportunities to shows so a season subscription is the best way to guarantee seats to THE BOOK OF MORMON.

In addition to THE BOOK OF MORMON as the season anchor, the FSCJ Artist Series’ 2014-2015 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Chase features family favorite ANNIE and the Jacksonville debuts of DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE and I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE at the Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater!

ANNIE, October 21-26, 2014
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”  

DIRTY DANCING, December 9-14, 2014
DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do you Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!” Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!
THE BOOK OF MORMON, February 3-8, 2015
Winner of nine Tony Awards ® including Best Musical, THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music, and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Contains explicit language.

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, March 17-22, 2015   
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! It’s 1952 and you are a member of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes. A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process of this brand new thing called “television,” the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s style harmony, and the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time! It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!” The truth is in the title – whether young or old, everybody really does LOVE LUCY!

Season tickets to the FSCJ Artist Series’ 2014-2015 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Chase are on sale now with four-show package prices starting at just $129!  Season ticket prices vary depending on the show time, day of the week, and seating location.  A renewal brochure packet is being mailed to current FSCJ Artist Series subscribers this week, allowing them to confirm or request an upgrade to their seats. 

Current subscribers can renew by calling (904) 442-2929 or 1-888-860-BWAY, Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.  New this year, to complete renewals online, visit www.artistseriesjax.org. Current subscribers may also mail their invoices to the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office, 501 W. State Street, #109, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Margaret Cho Collaborates with World-Renowned Surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA to Create Portrait of Comedian with Her Own Blood



New York City’s resident blood-wielding surrealist, VINCENT CASTIGLIA, is honored to announce that he will be creating a personally commissioned portrait of world-famous comedian Margaret Cho, exclusively in her own blood. Last week, Cho arrived at his studio to donate her blood for the project, which was ciphered with the help of a phlebotomist.

“Margaret had interviewed me for a hardcover art anthology called, ‘TOME 2’, then again for her talk show, Monsters of Talk,” said VINCENT CASTIGLIA in an interview with Examiner.com. “Initially we had talked about doing it in her menstrual blood--- she asked if it was possible and I let her know that I could incorporate menstrual blood into the painting but there would be no way that there would be enough of it to paint a full-scale painting. I told her that if she wanted it entirely in her blood, then it would have to be collected intravenously.”


VINCENT CASTIGLIA is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”  
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer


In the privacy of his studio, VINCENT CASTIGLIA practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense. Vincent’s figures, their musculature and skin, are painted with what could be thought of as “liquid flesh”. Its tendency to quicken the subjects is likely inapproachable by any other medium---as it is actual tissue with which it is being rendered. In this way the subject’s realism is not merely an optical illusion due to its level of detail, but rather is an actual transference of flesh and blood to each work.

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media's Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon's 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer. Vincent also painted the DVD cover for Fangoria Presents film, Corpsing.

His work has been featured on The National Geographic Channel (NatGeo), FOX News, CNBC, BBC, New York 1 News, Spike TV, The Discovery Channel, and The Science Channel. Castiglia was also recently a guest on the Jay Thomas Show on Sirius XM Radio. His work has been explored by countless art and culture publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, Art Business News, International Business Times, Bizarre Magazine, as well as Lexikon Der Phantastischen K√ľnstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”. He was also recently awarded "Tattoo Artist of the Year" in ThisisHorror.uk's "This Is Horror Awards 2012".

His work hangs in many distinguished collections internationally, among them, the collection of Rock legend Gregg Allman.  Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally, including CoproGallery, (Santa Monica, California), Last Rites Gallery (New York) The Museum of Sex (New York), The Museum Of Porn In Art, (Switzerland), The HR Giger Museum Gallery, (Switzerland), , The Mall Gallery (London, England) Canvas Los Angeles (Los Angeles California), Fuse Gallery (New York), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Ft. Myers, Florida), Art @ Large Gallery (New York) Gallery Lombardi (Austin Texas), L’imagerie Gallery (Hollywood, California), Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, (Mexico), C-Pop Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), Shooting Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Seed Gallery (Newark, New Jersey), The 7th Annual Dirty Show (Detroit, Michigan),  as well as The Congregation Gallery (Hollywood, California).

For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA, please visit www.vincentcastigliaart.com.

Friday, January 17, 2014

NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS


NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10th at 7:30PM
WILSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS – FSCJ SOUTH CAMPUS


JACKSONVILLE, FL – New Shanghai Circus plays at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus (11901 Beach Blvd.) on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:30PM for one performance only!

Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability in this spell-binding show.  Fearless performers with boundless energy bring you more than two thousand years of Chinese circus traditions.  If it’s humanly possible – and even if it’s not – Shanghai’s acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists do it with spectacular flair.  Direct from China, this troupe has been wowing audiences for 16 years.

Here’s a video sneak peek of the show: http://bit.ly/ShanghaiCircusVideo

Tickets for New Shanghai Circus are $34.50 ($15.25 for children 12 and under) and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10AM-5PM, Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online 24/7 at www.artistseriesjax.org.  Parking is always free at the Wilson Center.  Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.edu.

To order by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover call
The Artist Series Box Office at
(904) 442-BWAY (2929)
(toll-free outside of Jacksonville 1-888-860-BWAY)
Tickets are also available online with Instant Seat Selection by visiting the
The Artist Series’ website: www.artistseriesjax.org

Thursday, December 19, 2013

BLUE MAN GROUP COMES TO JAX


January 21 - 26, 2014
Times Union Center - Moran Theater
Blue Man Group will thrill Jacksonville with its high-octane theatrical experience. Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music, and technology. If you’ve never seen Blue Man Group, it’s a must-see. If you’re already a fan, don’t miss it!







Get tickets at: https://www.artistseriesjax.org

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL – THE ORIGINAL PARODY Next Monday December 9


 


When:     Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:30PM



Where:   Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater, 300 Water St., Jacksonville, FL 32202


The hilarious parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL – THE ORIGINAL PARODY is a laugh out loud night of fun!  The show opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is led on a hilarious roller coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller. 

The show is full of dance numbers, 11 original songs, and a live band backing the performance.  Original songs include “They Get Nasty,” “I Don’t Make Love,” and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me.”

Here’s a video sneak peek: http://bit.ly/50ShadesJaxVideo

50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL had sold out audiences in Chicago and New York and a hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a 4-star review. 

Tickets for 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL in Jacksonville start at $27.00 and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10AM-5PM, Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online at www.artistseriesjax.org.   Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.eduLike the book series, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL is surely not for those under the age of 18 but does not cross boundaries that would make general audiences squirm.

50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL is not associated with, endorsed or authorized by E.L. James or Vintage Books.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Renowned Cleveland, OH-Based Artist DEREK HESS Releases his First Limited Edition Book, "HE AINT NO VARGAS"

Renowned Cleveland, OH-Based Artist DEREK HESS Releases his First Limited Edition Book, “HE AINT NO VARGAS

Signed and Numbered Limited Edition of 500 Hardbound Copies

Forward by Playboy Executive Editor Jason Buhrmester
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He Ain't No Vargas is a limited edition book containing an extensive collection of grease pencil nudes by Derek Hess that utilizePlayboy magazine covers as canvases. The pieces were created using 1960s and 1970s era Playboys-- the very same issues Hess first discovered as a fourth grader. The nostalgia brought back by the taboo material of Hess' childhood made the project even more fun for the artist. Drawing loose and fast, Hess was able to capture the vibrant feeling of the figure.

The book has drawings spanning from the beginning of his experimentation with Playboys back in 2010 all the way into his most recent works done in August, 2013. Vargas refers to the artist Alberto Vargas, who was responsible for the pin-up nudes in Playboy for decades, and the book title is a tongue-in-cheek shot at Hess and his ability to draw. Hugh Hefner gave his personal blessing, perhaps giving the book the highest praise one can receive from Playboy magazine.

Purchase your copy of He Ain't No Vargas here http://www.indiemerch.com/strhesspress

Watch a special book video trailer via Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/72745488


Derek Hess’s work has been recognized in both the music and art world for over 20 years. Hess began creating promo flyers for shows in Cleveland, OH. These flyers soon gained the attention of a multitude of bands as well as the GRAMMY Museum, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre in Paris which he is part of their permanent collections. In addition to countless cd covers and gallery shows all over the world, he has been featured on TLC, MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, Newsweek and Juxtapoz to name a few.