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.

Exhibit at Crisp-Ellert Art Museum: Christine Nguyen
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
48 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-826-8530
Event Pricing: Free
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum presents “Powers of the Cosmic Dusty Seas, works by Los Angeles-based artist Christine Nguyen. The artist works in a variety of media, and the exhibition will include smaller photo-based works as well as a large, photographic wall mural and an installation of sculptural objects, both created specifically for this exhibition.
Friday, January 14, 2011 to Friday, February 25, 2011 10a.m. to 4p.m.

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 VespersSunday, January 17 • 5:30 pmJoin 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 ChoirWine & 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

Wood Carving with C.W. Hooper
River House
179 Marine Street, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-209-3655
Event Pricing: $60 for series of 6 classes. Includes materials
River House is offering an amazing chance to learn the unique art of wood carving. Local sculptor C.W. Hooper will be teaching a class at River House. With his guidance you will create your very own relief wood carving. If you would like to work on a project of your own design, C.W. will help you…just let us know in advance. The class will run for 6 weeks starting on Friday February 4th 12:30-2:30 PM. The cost for the series is $60 and includes instruction and supplies. Space is limited so call early to make your reservation.River House would like to make art accessible to seniors regardless of income limitations. With the support of the St. Johns County Cultural Council serving St. Johns County, and the State of the Arts License Plate Program, we are proud to offer scholarships for two students to this class. Contact Mary Lou for an application at 209.3643 or
Friday, February 04, 2011 to Friday, March 04, 2011
12:30-2:30 PM

Figure & Portrait Show
St. Augustine Art Association
22 Marine Street, St. Augustine
Phone: (904) 824-2310
Event Pricing: Free
Juried. Open media. Artwork with a primary subject of the human figure or face, including figure studies, formal portraits, busts or people in groups. Special awards: “Ann James Memorial” for Best Pastel Portrait; “Carl Steinsieck Award” for Best Figure Drawing.
February 04, 2011 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:
Juried. Images that emphasize “altered,” not “natural,” lanscapes, both urban and rural. All photographic processes. Opening Friday Art Walk, 5-9pm
Friday, February 04 to Sunday, February 27, 2011

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 04, 2011 to Sunday, March 06, 2011
Th-Sat: 7:30p.m. Sunday: 2:00p.m.

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

Florida Living History, Inc. Fort Mose
Fort Mose Historic Park
free shuttle at Old Jail 167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine Phone: 877-352-4478
Event Pricing: free
Travel back in time and experience the journey to Fort Mose, re-telling the saga of travelers fleeing to freedom in Spanish Florida on America’s underground railroad.
Thursday, February 10 to Friday, February 11, 2011

St. Augustine Branch of the National League of American Pen Women
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

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

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.

Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series
Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
9505 Ocean Shore Boulevard, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-461-4000
Event Pricing: Free and open to the public.
Frederick R. Davis, Ph.D. is an associate professor at FLU where he is active in promoting the history and philosophy of science. Davis will talk about his reasearch for his first book, The man Who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology. The book will be available for sale and there will be a book signing after the lecture.
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Peacemaking Criminology Speaker
Flagler College’s Student Center Gamache Theater
50 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine
Phone: (386) 931-9691
Event Pricing: Free
Peacemaking CriminologySt. Augustine, FL– Dr. John Fuller, from the University of West Georgia , will discuss “Peacemaking Criminology” on Thursday, February 10, at 5 PM in the Flagler College’s Student Center Gamache Theater, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. This event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Kangas, (386) 931-9691, If you are in need of ADA accommodations, please contact Debbie Larew, (904) 819-6460, or This event is sponsored by Flagler College’s Human Rights Advocate Club and the Social Sciences Club.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday Flick at the U.U., ” In the Loop”
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Rt. 3 A1A and Florida Avenue, St. Augustine Beach
In the Loop is a sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft that starts with a verbal slip-up by the British Minister of International Development. The statement ignites a minor firestorm in and around 10 Downing Street. In the Loop was directed by Armando Iannucci and written by a crack team of British wits.
Friday, February 11, 2011

Art Talk with Mary Bower — Pine Needle Basketmaking
River House
179 Marine St., St. Augustine
Phone: 904-209-3655
Event Pricing: Complimentary
Art Talk with Mary Bower. Captivating presentations and demonstrations of art by Master Artists are held the 2nd Friday of the month 10:30am -11:30am at River House. February 11th will feature Mary Bower demonstrating pine needle basketmaking. The event is complimentary. Reservations are not required.
Friday, February 11, 2011
10:30-11:30 AM

Florida Living History, Inc. Fort Mose
Fort Mose State Historic Park
shuttle at Old Jail 167 San Marcoo Ave., St. Augustine Phone: 94-823-2232
Event Pricing: free
Travel back in time and experience the journey to Fort Mose, re-telling the saga of travelers fleeing to freedom in Spanish Florida on America’s underground railroad.
Saturday, February 12, 2011

EMMA presents Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Flagler Auditorium
14 Granada Street, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-797-2800


Event Pricing: $30
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works with players who customarily work together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Hot N’Spicy Food & Music Festival
Florida Agricultural Museum
7900 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast Phone: 386-446-7630
Event Pricing: $5 per person
Join us for scorching hot Florida Blues and spicy foods. Craft beers and other beverages available.12:30a.m. Linda Cole, niece of Nat King Cole 2:00p.m. Bill Wharton, the Sauce Boss
Saturday, February 12, 2011
11a.m. – 5p.m.

In The Name of Love: Valentine’s Day Drum Circle
Resonance Center
496 Osceola Avenue, Jacksonville Beach
Phone: 904 334-5290
In the Name of Love, a special Valentine’s Day Circle of Drums takes place at the Resonance Center. The gathering will use soundmakers and light drumming to create a space of healing energy and hearfelt intention for all we love. Some drums and percussion available although participants are encouraged to bring their own soundmaker. Info:
Sunday, February 13, 2011
6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Christopher Houlihan, Organist
St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church
1150 North Fifth Street, Jacksonville Beach
Phone: 904-270-1771
Event Pricing: Free
“Clearly, Christopher Houlihan is a major talent whose star is destined to brightly shine over the horizon the the years ahead…the American Organist, N.Y. 2009
Sunday, February 13, 2011
4:00 PM

Great Big Sea
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
1050 AIA N., Ponte Vedra
Phone: 904-209-0346
Event Pricing: $29.50 advanced seating or door $35.00
Great Big Sea is a Canadian based Juno-nominated band that fuses Newfoundland traditional music with modern pop.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
7:00 P.M.

Guns N’ Roses
St. Augustine Gun Club
Gun Club Rd, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-824-0746
Event Pricing: $75/couple $40/single
Communities In Schools/St. Johns County is hosting the First Annual Guns ‘N Roses Valentines Day Oyster Roast at the St. Augustine Gun Club! Proceeds will benefit programs and services supported by CIS. CIS is non-profit organization with a mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life!
Monday, February 14, 2011
6pm to 10pm

Transcendental Mediation Lecture
St. Augusinte TM
835C Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine
Phone: 904-826-3838
Event Pricing: Free
Free introductory lecture on Transcendental Meditation on Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 16 & Saturday, February 19, 2011
Feb. 16 at 7p.m. & Feb. 19 at 11a.m.

Community Conversation with Larry Rauch, genealogist
St. Johns County Library Southeast Branch
6670 U.S. 1 South, St. Augustine
Phone: 827-6925
Event Pricing: Free
FOLSE Community Conversation will present Larry Rauch speaking on the topic of genealogy. Larry and his wife have lived in St. Augustine since 1993. He has been a member of the St.Augustine Genealogy Society since 2001. He and his wife travel to various libraries to do research. They visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for a week of research twice a year. Come and learn something about the fascinating topic of genealogy. Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
2:00 PM

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