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Jacksonville Arts & Culture Events, Spring 2011
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Riverside Avondale Preservation society’s Spring Tour of Homes will be held April 16 - 17, offering visitors a rare opportunity to step inside several of Riverside Avondale’s most beautiful and interesting residences.  Featured tour stops include the first house built in the “new” Riverside subdivision, the oldest home in Avondale and a Henry J. Klutho masterpiece recognized as one of the 100 most historically and architecturally significant buildings in Jacksonville.  This year, the tour includes 11 homes, one business and two schools. The Riverside Trolley will be providing free transportation along the tour route. 


In May, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will celebrate the contributions of St. Augustine collector, Ralph Wark, who in 1965 became one of the first individuals to donate artwork to the museum.  His considerable collection of early Meissen Porcelain, which details the creation of the first European porcelain manufacturer, is regarded as one of the top three collections of its type in the world.  The Cummer will not only present a new exhibition of this collection, but will also display a significant collection of Asian ceramics, the inspiration for the Meissen Manufactory’s early works.  The exhibition, On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce from The Norton Museum of Art is on display from May 20 through Aug. 14 and tells the story of the “Silk Road” that linked Asia to Europe for centuries and played an important role in the development of Meissen porcelain.  Also, opening in June, the Cummer will host a juried exhibition that celebrates the art, architecture, people, parks, river and landscape of the historic Riverside Avondale district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and home of the museum.


The Beaches Museum & History Center announced Maarten van de Guchte, Ph.D., has been appointed as their new Executive Director.  Dr. van de Guchte is a veteran museum professional.  His previous appointments include the directorship of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the Kennert Art Museum of the University of Illinois.


Barry Williams of Brady Bunch fame stars in the Alhambra Theatre & Dining’s performance of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.  Williams will play the lead role as Oscar Madison in the classic comedy.  The show opens May 25 for a four-week engagement.


The Florida Theatre presents two unique shows this spring.  Guy Fieri of Food Network fame brings his interactive cooking show to the Theatre on May 13 and Deadliest Catch: An Evening with the Captains is scheduled for June 26.  Other performances include Chicago on April 29, Bill Maher on May 27 and The Monkees on June 6. 


The Museum of Science & History announces that Savage Ancient Seas, presented by The Suddath Companies, in honor of Dick Suddath, will be featured at MOSH June 11 through Oct. 30.  Millions of years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the North American continent, another group of animals was fighting for existence in a vast, interior seaway that stretched the entire length of the continent.  The Seaway was home to many different animals, most of which are extinct today.  These specimens included fish, sharks, clams, ammonites and dinosaurs, which were thought to have died near the shoreline and floated into the sea.  Savage Ancient Seas will feature the fossils of these marine animals from the collection of paleontologist Mike Triebold.  

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