Thursday, December 19, 2013


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!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013



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:

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   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

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

Watch a special book video trailer via Vimeo -

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.