Cultural entertainment and events

St. Johns County Cultural Council, the county’s designated local arts agency, periodically reports upcoming cultural events to local Historic City News reporters for the benefit of our readers.

Inspiration! Art Show
The Cyprian Center for Expressive Arts
130 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., St Augstine
Phone: 904-829-8828
Event Pricing: Free
Art Inspired by African American History and CultureArt Opening Night & Gospel Vespers on Sunday, January 17 • 5:30 pm. Join us in honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with speaker Sen. George McGovernat St. Cyprian’s monthly Vespers service. Music provided by the New Mount Moriah Christian Ministries Gospel Choir. Wine & Cheese Reception and Art Opening following the service.
Sunday, January 16 to Sunday, February 27, 2011
M-F 9am – 3 pm, Sunday 11 am – 12 pm

Writers in Residence Program with Stetson Kennedy
Gamache-Koger Theatre at the Ringhaver Student Center
50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine
Phone: 904-819-6249
Event Pricing: Free and open to the public
A special screening of the Kennedy-featured documentary “Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story” will be shown, after which he will give a short talk and take questions.Kennedy, born in 1916 in Jacksonville, is an award-winning author and human rights activist, known as a pioneering folklorist, a labor activist, and an environmentalist.”Soul of A People” details one of the most influential publishing ventures in our country’s history. It is the story behind a controversial public assistance program, the Federal Writers Project.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The History of Anastasia Island”
Anastasia Island Branch Library
124 Seagrove Main Street, St. Augustine Beach
Phone: 209.3730
Event Pricing: FREE
Did you know that Anastasia Island is one of the earliest places to be featured on maps of the United States? Join Dr. Susan Parker, Director of the St. Augustine Historical Society, for an interesting presentation on the unique history of Anastasia Island, offering depictions of the island from the 1500s to the present.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
2:00 pm

Family Movie: “Nanny McPhee Returns”
Anastasia Island Branch Library
124 Seagrove Main Street, St. Augustine Beach
Phone: 209.3730
Event Pricing: FREE
(PG) Nanny McPhee is back! This time she is here to help a young mother with her children while their father is away at war. Popcorn and drinks will be generously provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Library.
Friday, January 28, 2011
3:30 pm

Little Tykes Movie Event: “Chill Out Scooby Doo”
Anastasia Island Branch Library
124 Seagrove Main Street, St. Augustine Beach
Phone: 209.3730
Event Pricing: FREE
(G) Who doesn’t love Scooby Doo? Bring in your little ones to join Scooby on his latest chilly adventure! Food and drinks or juicy cups will be permitted during the showing, along with any special blankets or stuffed animals your toddler may want to bring.
Friday, January 28, 2011
10:15 pm

Film: Casino Jack and the United States of Money
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
2487 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach Phone: n/a
As the film clearly indicates, Jack Abramoff was a powerfully slick lobbyist who hatched all sorts of schemes, but it takes a… talented documentarian to wedge all these outrageous abuses into one two-hour history lesson. (Or if not history, try current events.)
Friday, January 28, 2011

Uptown Saturday Night
Galleries and shops along San Marco Avenue are open from 5-9p.m. with refreshments and exciting new exhibits.

W.B. Tatter Studio Gallery Opening
W.B. Tatter Gallery
76A San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-823-9263
Event Pricing: Free
It’s UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT and back by popular demand…all the way from North Carolina, former residents/artists, Claudia Dunaway Richards and John Richards. Show will be on display January 29 and 30.
Saturday, January 29, 2011

David Nolan: “Authors Among Us—Our Literary History”
Anastasia Island Branch Library`
124 Seagorve Main Street, St. Augustine Beach
Phone: 209.3730
Event Pricing: FREE
Local Historian and Author David Nolan will provide an interesting presentation on the multitude of authors that have called our community home, including Jack Hunter, George McGovern, Marjorie Rawlings, Zora Neale Hurston, Stetson Kennedy, Eugenia Price, Michael Gannon, Page Edwards, Connie May Fowler, Albert Manucy and Karen Harvey! Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
2:00 p.m.

Betty Griffin House presents “A Night in the Caribbean”
Sawgrass Resort and Spa
Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach
Phone: 904-808-8544
Pricing: $75 per person or $600/per table
This colorful event says “dress in your favorite Hawaiian outfit and enjoy Jamaican/Island foods. Support this valuable cause.Live auction items including trips at affordable prices.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
6-11 p.m.

EMAA presents Trio Solisti
Flagler Auditorium
14 Granada Street, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-797-2800


Event Pricing: $25, students $5
Trio Solisti is comprised of three brilliant instrumentalists-violinist Maria Bachmann,cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Jon Klibonoff.
Saturday, January 29, 2011

City Coffee Company
1280 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine
Phone: 904.501.0043
Event Pricing: free
SPOKEN WORD SERIES KICK OFFAncient City Poets will present their first open mic poetry reading for the new year on Sunday January 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. at City Coffee Company, located at 1280-A North Ponce De Leon Boulevard (near the Village Inn). In the spirit of the new year, the open mic theme will be “resolutions, regeneration, and the rear view mirror”. A sign up sheet with be available 15 minutes before start time for all those who wish to share their poetic words. For more info or to sign-up for the open mic online go to the group’s website: or call 904.501.0043. The event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Meanings of the Civil War: Then and Now
Flagler Room at Flagler College
St. Augustine
Phone: 904-819-6282
Event Pricing: free
Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Associate Professor of History from the University of North Florida is lecturer.
Monday, January 31, 2011
7 p.m.

11 Old Mission Avenue.
11 Old Mission Ave/, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-825-1164


Event Pricing: $25 for adults,senior/military discounts
The story of Gypse Rose Lee, famous strip tease artist.
Friday, February 4 to Sunday, March 06, 2011
Th-Sat: 7:30p.m. Sunday: 2:00p.m.

First Friday Art Walk Music at the Basilica
Cathedral Basilica
35 Treasury Street, St. Augustine
Phone: 904824-2896
Event Pricing: Free
Stop by the Cathedra Basilica for a First Friday Concert with Philip Borter on the violin.
Friday, February 04, 2011

Figure & Portrait Show
St. Augustine Art Association
22 Marine Street, St. Augustine
Phone: (904) 824-2310
Event Pricing:
Juried. Open media. Artwork with a primary subject of the human figure or face, including figure studies, formal portraits, busts or people in groups. Limit two entries per artist. Special Awards: “Ann James Memorial” for Best Pastel Portrait; “Carl Steinsieck Award” for Best Figure Drawing.RECEIVING: Tues Feb 1 & Wed Feb 2, 12-7pmJUDGING: Thurs Feb 3 (Installation; Gallery closed) OPENING: Feb 4, First Friday Art Walk, 5-9pm Awards at 7pmPICKUP: Juried out by Feb 4; juried in Sun Feb 27, 2-5pm
Friday, February 04 to Sunday, February 27, 2011

Photography Exhibition: Incursions: Man-Made America
St. Augustine Art Association
22 Marine Street, St. Augustine
Phone: (904) 824-2310
Event Pricing: Free
Juried. Images that emphasize “altered,” not “natural,” lanscapes, both urban and rural.
First Friday Art Walk, 5-9pm
Friday, February 04 to Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Flagler Room, Flagler College
59 St. George St., St. Augustrine
Phone: 386-313-1792
Event Pricing: $25
Cat on a Hot Tin RoofRabbi Samuel Cywiak,91, who has served the Congregation Sons of Israel in St Augustine since 1992, has announced his retirement. Rabbi Cywiak who was born in Poland, immigrated to the United States 1n 1947. After serving congregations in Kentucky and New Jersey, he relocated to Caracas, Venezuela where he served as the principal rabbi to the Jewish community there. After 32 years in Caracas, he returned to the United States and resumed his rabbinical work with a congregation in St. Augustine.To help celebrate and raise funds for his retirement, Actors with a Cause will present Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by award-winning playwright Lorraine Portman. The play will be presented on February 4, 5 & 6, 2011. Performances on Friday and Saturday evenings are at 7:30pm. Sunday’s performance is at 4:00pm. All performances will be in the beautiful Flagler Room in Ponce De Leon Hall at Flagler College. The hall is in the main college building of this St Augustine landmark. Tickets for the performances, the proceeds of which will enhance Rabbi Samuel Cywiak’s Retirement Fund can be purchased by calling 386-313-1792. Seating is limited; therefore, you are encouraged to call early. All tickets are $25. Credit cards are not accepted.
Friday, February 04 to Sunday, February 06, 2011
2/4 & 5/11 7:30 pm — 2/6/11 4:00 pm

First Friday Art Walk at the Market on Granada Featuring Caribbean Artist Francoise
The Market on Granada Street
, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-823-9704
Event Pricing: free
Award winning artist, Francoise recalls that growing up in Haiti put her in touch with bright colors which this series of oil paintings (Tropical Birds of Florida) never seen will be featured.
Friday, February 04, 2011

Gamble Rogers 2011 Benefit Concert
Flagler College Auditorium
14 Granada Street, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-794-4163
Event Pricing: $20 general, $35 VIP
Featured performers will be Marianne and Janine, The Gatorbone Band, and The Laws. Tickets on sale at Music Matters and at Simple Gestures
or call Paul at 904-794-4163.
Saturday, February 05, 2011

The Search for the Jeff Davis Historic St. Augustine
The Flagler Room at Flagler College
St. Augustine Phone: 904-819-6282
Event Pricing: free
Sam Turner, Director of Archaeology is director of Archaeology of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
7 p.m.

St. Augustine Branch of the National League of American Pen Women Meeting
United States
St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 SR A1A South, St. Augustine Beach
Phone: 461-9564
Event Pricing: Free
The St. Augustine Branch of the National League of American Pen Women will hold its monthly meeting, which is open to writers, artists, musicians and all who pursue their artistic talents. The speaker will be Julia Hughes Jones, author of “The Secret History of Weeds: What Women Need to Know About Their History.”
Thursday, February 10, 2011
5:30 – 7:30

John Dufresne Reading at Flagler College Auditorium
Flagler College Auditorium
14 Granada St., St. Augustine
Phone: (904) 819-6400
Event Pricing: Free
John Dufresne is author of the short story collection, The Way That Water Enters Stone; three chapbooks, Lethe, Cupid, Time and Love; Well Enough Alone; and I Will Eat a Piece of the Roof and You Can Eat the Window; the novels Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, Deep in the Shade of Paradise, and Requiem, Mass.; the story collection Johnny Too Bad, and The Lie That Tells a Truth: a Guide to Writing Fiction.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

PVHS presents, “Into The Woods”
Ponte Vedra High School
460 Davis Park Road, Ponte Vedra Beach
Phone: (904) 547-7350
Event Pricing: $10
Be prepared for a journey down fairytale lane when Ponte Vedra High School students engage you in a musical production including Jack, Red Riding Hood and others…..
Thursday, February 10 to Saturday, February 12, 2011

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