Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BIG Event at Equestrian Center this Weekend!

This weekend, for the first time ever, we welcome American Quarter Horse Exhibitors for the American Quarter Horse Association Region 10 Championship Show! We are proud to announce registration for this event is sold-out as we have reached maximum capacity of 422 stalled horses. Bob Lines, Florida Manager of the Region 10 Experience of the American Quarter Horse Association says the event is already a huge success, “We are expecting more than a thousand participants. This event is bigger than we ever predicted and we look forward to returning to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. In fact, we’re already in discussions with SMG about booking our event next year.”

The American Quarter Horse is an American breed working horse. These horses perform at cattle events, Western Pleasure, jump and barrels.

Spectator admission is FREE and open to the public. Attendees can expect exciting competitions and unique shopping. More than $135,000 in total prizes will be awarded to competitors.  


Event Dates and Times:

Friday, May 11 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, May 12 – 8:00am – 8:00pm

Sunday, May 13 – 8:00am – 6:00pm

Spectators are encouraged to arrive in the morning or early afternoon as it is the peak time for activity. For more information please visit www.region10experience.com or contact the Jacksonville Equestrian Center at 904-573-4895.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is managed by SMG and is located at 13611 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32221. Regarded as one of the premier equestrian facilities on the east coast, the Equestrian Center offers the Jacksonville community a variety of entertainment opportunities. For more information on upcoming events, please visit www.jaxevents.com or call 904-573-4895.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012



Bold Hype gallery presents the summer group exhibition, Suggestivism NYC. This exhibit, curated by Nathan Spoor, features 40 of the new contemporary art scene's most talented and intriguing artists. The concept of Suggestivism, says Spoor, does not center around claiming a title for giving any movement a name, but for introducing a common creative thread amongst several disparate and unique voices within the modern art world.

Spoor first engaged the concept and usage of the term, "Suggestivism", during his graduate school days to conceptualize his vibrant and engaging style of work. Once the internet gained popularity and more thorough searches could be made of scanned books, Spoor made the discovery that art historian Sadakichi Hartmann has actually used the term 'suggestivism' in his critical texts to certify the modern ideal of "an art that is possibly more than it seems, or possibly an art that is not what it seems (as stated in by Jane Calhoun Weaver in the introduction to Hartmann's influential Critical Modernist: Collected Art Writings) . In these writings Hartmann stated that he saw the works of some influential artists and writers from the late 1800's and early 1900's such as Edgar Allen Poe or Georges Seurat as being suggestivist. As California State University Fullerton's acting director Mike McGee says in the forward to the book, Suggestivism: "Indeed, there are a number of similarities between Hartmann's suggestivists and the artists Spoor claims under his contemporary suggestivist umbrella. one of the most notable parallels is the relationship of these two groups of artists to the prevailing aesthetic tides of their respective times."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Celebrate French Week with LES MISERABLES May 1-6

When:      Tuesday, May 1st – Sunday, May 6th, evenings and matinees         

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

What:       Come celebrate French Week downtown with the hit Broadway musical, Les Misérables!  Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit.  Cameron Mackintosh’s New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables premieres at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center from May 1st - 6th for eight performances only!  The all new production of Les Misérables features glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. 

To purchase tickets, visit www.artistseriesjax.org or call (904) 632-3373.  Ticket prices start at $27.00.  For more information on the production, engagement dates, and locations, please visit www.LesMis.com.  For a video sneak peek of the New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, please visit www.LesMis.com/watch.

The Jacksonville performance schedule for Les Misérables is as follows:

Tuesday, May 1st at 7:30PM
Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:30PM
Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30PM
Friday, May 4th at 8:00PM
Saturday, May 5th at 2:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday, May 6th at 1:30PM and 7:00PM

“I’m delighted that 25 years after Les Miz originally opened in London, the audience for this marvelous show is bigger and younger than ever before,” said producer Cameron Mackintosh.  “Over the years, I have seen many successful but visually different productions, so it has been exciting to draw inspiration from the brilliant drawings and paintings of Victor Hugo himself, integrated with spectacular projections.  The new Les Miz is a magnificent mix of dazzling images and epic staging, driving one of the greatest musical stories ever told.”

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit.  The magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House” and many more.

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.  The original Les Misérables orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and additional orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.  The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. 

Tickets for the New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables begin at $27.00 and are available at The Artist Series Box Office at (904) 632-3373 or online at www.artistseriesjax.org.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 632-3228 or by emailing groupsales@fscj.edu

For a full listing of French Week activities, visit http://www.visitjacksonville.com/french-week.

To order by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover call
The Artist Series Box Office at (904) 632-3373 (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