On Dec. 13, 1967, “Come Blow Your Horn,” the first show ever performed at the Alhambra Theatre &Dining, opened. Two days short of 50 years later, on Monday, Dec. 11, the Alhambra will hold a 50th Birthday Bash.

 

The event will begin with a reception in the garden at the Alhambra, 12000 Beach Blvd., at 5:30 p..m. Andy Dimino, a Dean Martin impersonator, will serve as emcee. Rick Marino, a Jacksonville-based Elvis Presley impersonator, will perform. Chef DeJuan Roy will prepare a three course meal, with prime rib as an option and birthday cake for desert . There will be a commemorative celebration and surprise guests. The Chris Thomas Band will perform dance music.

Tickets are $129 per person. They can be purchased at alhambrajax.com or by calling (904) 641-1212.

Cummer plans fundraising dinner parties

The Cummer Museum will be throwing a series of dinner parties in the first three months of 2018 which will serve as fundraisers for the reconstruction of the Cummer’s historic gardens, damaged by Hurricane Irma. All dinner party guests will get beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, music and dinner. VIP guests will receive a private art tour and a signature cocktail

La Dolce Vita: An Italian Dinner Party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. British Invasion: An English Dinner Party will be from 6 to p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. “South” Hampton: A New York Dinner Party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

The cost of a single dinner will be $250 VIP; $150 for members, $175 for non-members; $100 for young professional members; $125 for young professional non-members. The cost for the full series will be $675 VIP; $400 for members; $475 for non-members; $275 for young professional members; $350 for young professional non-members.

To register for the parties go to bit.ly/2AjqeW6. The deadline to register for the La Dolce Vita is Jan. 4.

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at St. Mark’s

The University of North Florida Chamber Singers, under the direction of Cara Tasher, joined by the Lawson Ensemble, will perform Handel’s “Messiah” at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 4129 Oxford Ave. The program is free to the public.

Yoga and toga at MOSH

“Wake Up with Yoga in a Toga,” an hour of yoga followed by a tour of “Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers,” will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Monday at the Museum of Science &History, 1025 Museum Circle. Cost is $20 per person, $15 for MOSH members. Register at www.themosh.org.

Southlight in new space in time for next Art Walk

Southlight Gallery will be showing off its new space on the first and second floors of the Wells Fargo Tower, 1 Independent Drive, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday during Downtown Art Walk. Work by guest sculptor Stephanie Cafcules will be featured on the first floor. Kathy Stark’s paintings and prints created for her book “The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks” will be on exhibit and signed copies of her book will be available on the upper level.

New art exhibit at

Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church

“A Fresh Voice for a New Land,” an exhibit of art work by Sergei Orgunov and Anna Miller, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Transitional Gallery at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, 4001 Hendricks Ave. The exhibit will continue through February.

Symphony set to perform Holiday Pops

There will be six performances of the Jacksonville Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops concert beginning Thursday in the Jacoby Symphony Hall in The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. They will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. The 11 a.m. Friday concert will be a Coffee Concert with an abbreviated program. Tickets, which range from $21 to $89, can be purchased at www.jaxsymphony.org or by calling (904) 354-5547.

A capella group at Church of the Good Shepherd

The a capella group Backtrack Vocals will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., as part of the Riverside Fine Arts Series. Their appearance will be preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a performance of holiday songs by the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. Tickets, which are $25, can be purchased at riversidefinearts.org.

Biblical musical at Players by the Sea

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens at 8 p.m. Friday at Players by the Sea, 106 Sixth St. N., Jacksonville Beach. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23. Tickets are $28, $25 for seniors, students and military, with student tickets half price on Thursday. Go to www.playersbythesea.org or call (904) 249-0289 to purchase tickets.

Christmas comedy at ABET

“The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)” opens at 8 p.m. Friday at Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Saturday, Dec. 23. Tickets, which are $20, $10 for anyone under 18 accompanied by an adult, can be purchased at www.abettheatre.com or by calling (904) 249-7177.

Thrasher-Horne Center plans busy weekend

The Thrasher-Horne Center will host “A Garfield Christmas” Friday with performances at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for the evening performance, which range from $19 to $39, can be purchased at THcenter.org. Tickets for the morning performance must be reserved by calling the box office at (904) 276-6815, ext. 1.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, the Thrasher-Horne Center will also present the “3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-YULE-ar.” Tickets range from $29 to $69.

“In the Spirit,” an exhibit of work by Orange Park artist Jeanne Pellegrino, is in the Thrasher-Horne Galleries through Jan. 15. The Thrasher-Horne Center and galleries are located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park.

Fundraising concert at St. John’s Cathedral

Singer Karim Zabaneh will perform Christmas favorites at 6 p.m. Saturday in Taliaferro Hall in the St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St. The concert is a fundraiser to help support a residency the church’s choir will next summer at the National Cathedral. Tickets are $20. They can be reserved by calling (904) 356-5507.

Civic Orchestra performs Jewish music

The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville will perform its Winter Concert, “A Celebration of Jewish Composers &Themes,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, 3662 Crown Point Road. The orchestra will perform six pieces including George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Westside Story Overture.” Admission is free.

New deck to open at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

When the 2018 season kicks off at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, concert goers will have a new place to enjoy cocktails and conversation. A 925 square foot outdoor deck is being added, paid for with $50,000 raised by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The outdoor deck will be located on the north side of the Concert Hall and will be able to accommodate 125 people. It will feature a full bar and will have access to food trucks.

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