For its annual design competition, the Emerging Design Professionals, a subcommittee of the Jacksonville chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has challenged its members to create a design for Springfield’s Phoenix Arts District, which consists of 100,000 square feet of warehouse space on Liberty Street north of Springfield.

 

The contest participants must submit a design board containing a minimum of one master plan and two renderings of specific programmed areas for the proposed Jacksonville School of the Arts, which will be located in the Phoenix Arts District. The project will include artists’ studios, apartments, workshops, events space and a café. Preliminary designs are due Oct. 8.

The owners and founders of the Phoenix Arts District, Christy Frazier and her business partner Kurtis Hort, will serve on the panel of jurors to select the three finalists to be announced on Oct. 7. The winner of the $10,000 cash prize will be announced during the Phoenix Rising Art Festival Oct. 20-22.

COMMUNITY NUTCRACKER NAMES GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS

The Community Nutcracker has named Heather Stevenson Loveland of Heather Loveland Dance Academy and Suzanne Saltmarsh of Saltmarsh Dance of Jacksonville as guest choreographers for the 2017 season. That decision follows the recent retirement founding director Beth Marks.

SYMPHONY SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY

Single tickets for the 2017-18 Jacksonville Symphony season go on sale Monday. Tickets can be purchased by visiting jaxsymphony.org, calling (904) 354-5547 or visiting the box office in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Symphony season will kick off with its first-ever “Fanfare! An Opening Night Celebration” on Saturday, Sept. 16. The concert featuring music director Courtney Lewis and guest violinist Charlie Siem includes John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances,” Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. A season that features 12 Masterworks performances, 12 Pops performances, two family concerts, three Symphony in 60 concerts and an expanded holiday schedule that includes Holiday Pops, Handel’s Messiah and the First Coast Nutcracker will follow.

Ticket prices range from $19-$79 for Masterworks and Pops concerts, $35 for Symphony in 60 and from $10-$26 for Family Concerts. Prices do not include the 15 percent single-ticket purchase fee. Purchasers who make a $75 donation to the Symphony or subscribe can eliminate the single-ticket purchase fee and also receive $5 off the price of their ticket.

The Under 18 Free allows children ages 7 to 17 to attend any Masterworks or Pops series concert when an adult purchases a ticket. The Sound Check Card, for students 25 and younger, allows access to all Masterworks and Coffee performances for a one-time price of $25.

ART EXHIBIT OPENS IN SHOPPES OF AVONDALE

Work by Northeast Florida artists Lana Shuttleworth and Rachel Cross is now on exhibit at Anazao Galleries, 3568 St. Johns Ave. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 12, opened Tuesday during the inaugural Avondale Art Walk. Sponsored by the Shoppes of Avondale and 904 Happy Hour, the new monthly community event will be held from 5-9 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month.

TEA TALK AT CUMMER WEDNESDAY

In conjunction with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ current exhibit “Ink, Silk, and Gold: Islamic Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” Dilara Hafiz will present a talk from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Hafiz, an adjunct professor at Jacksonville University, is the co-author of “The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook.” Admission to the event, which features tea and sweets, is $6 to both members and non-members. Registration should made by calling (904) 899-6038.

LOOK AT FORGOTTEN SILENT FILM STAR

The Jacksonville Historical Society will present “Jacksonville’s Forgotten Star of Stage and Screen” at noon Thursday at Old St. Andrew’s, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Speaker Jeff Gardner will talk about Charles Weston, born in Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood in 1886, and later a resident of LaVilla and Springfield. Weston rose to the top of several entertainment fields, including the circus, live theater and motion pictures. Gardner, a Springfield resident, is writing a book on Weston. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. For information call (904) 665-0064.

LECTURE FOCUSES ON THE SINKING OF S.S. GULFAMERICA

The Mandarin Museum’s Third Thursday lecture this week will be about the S.S. Gulfamerica, a merchant vessel taking furnace oil from Texas to New York, which was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Jacksonville Beach on April 10, 1942. The talk will take place at 7 p.m. at the Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Road. The event, which begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., is free.

TALK ABOUT MANHATTAN BEACH AT BEACHES MUSEUM

Christy Cohill will talk about Manhattan Beach, Florida’s first beach community for African Americans, during a Boardwalk Talk at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Beaches Chapel at the Beaches Museum & History Park, 381 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach. Manhattan Beach, which is now part of Hanna Park, flourished until around 1940, when it was superseded by the larger American Beach in Amelia Island. Boardwalk talks are free to museum members, a suggested $5 for non-members.

COMEDY ABOUT PARENTHOOD AT MOSH

“Science of Parenthood Live!” will bring its Back to School Comedy Tour to the Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, at 7 p.m. Saturday. “Science of Parenthood Live!” features “parenting snarkologist” Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, co-creator of the humor site “Science of Parenthood” and co-author of the book “Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations.” Tickets, which are $20 for members and $25 for non-members, can be reserved at bit.ly/2u1guPE.

ZOMBIE AUDITIONS AVAILABLE

Open auditions are being held to staff what will be The Haunted Brewery during month-long festivities at Anheuser-Busch’s Jacksonville brewery. Auditions will be held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 22 or until all positions are filled. The auditions will be held at Client Focused Media’s offices at 1611 San Marco Blvd. Those interested must register for the preferred audition date and time at bit.ly/2hHvm0y.

The organizers recommend those auditioning come dressed up as zombies. The job will pay $10 an hour. The Haunted Brewery will take place every Friday and Saturday from 5-11 p.m. from Sept. 29 through Oct. 28. Tickets will be available at thehauntedbrewery.com.

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