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"HOW JOHNNIE MAE GOT HER GROOVE ON!"

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Pensacola Community Arts and Recreation Association (PCARA) Productions will present the nations hottest gospel stage play, "How Johnnie Mae Got Her Groove On!" on Valentines Day weekend, February 12th thru 15th at the Pensacola Little Theatre. 

"How Johnnie Mae Got Her Groove On!" is soul-stirring! Its uplifting!  It's explosive and extremely hilarious!  This unique drama is destined to capture your heart and widen your eyes to the heartbreak and triumph of a soul-searching woman, while having a hilarious comical twist. This play is simply about faith in the Lord. This is a must see production! The best Valentines Day gift ever are tickets to see the nation's hottest gospel stage play, "How Johnnie Mae Got Her Groove On!  Purchase your tickets today!"

Tickets are is $22.00 general admission. PCARA Production is offering a sweetheart special, $5.00 off the price of your ticket for a very limited time only. Discount group rates are available for groups of 10 people or more. Tickets can be purchased at Lifeway Christian Bookstore Store on Airport Blvd., Pensacola Little Theatre Box Office, or online at www.pcaraonline.com. For more information and group discounts, call Brother Leroy Williams at 850-293-5345.


RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET'S CINDERELLA

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The Russian National Ballet comes to the Saenger Theatre with their performance of Cinderella, a full-length ballet in three acts replete with beautiful costumes, grand scenery, elegant dancers and the famous glass slipper. The music is by Sergeo Prokofiev and choreography by Rostislav Zahharov. 

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.

The company, then titled the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by and incorporated graduates from the great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the companies of Riga, Kiev and even Warsaw.  Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception.

Tickets are on sale for the Russian National Ballet's performance of Cinderella on Wednesday, February 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets for this outstanding ballet are $50 and $40 plus applicable service charge. Discounts are available for military members at the Saenger Theatre Box office and group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.


SOUNDS OF NEW ORLEANS: SALUTE TO LOUIS ARMSTRONG

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Make this Valentine's Day a memorable one! Join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Peter Rubardt, on Saturday, February 14th, at 8pm in the Pensacola Saenger Theatre, as they put on a celebration with Sounds of New Orleans: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong. Joined by the remarkable trumpeter Byron Stripling, romance and jazz will fill the hall and makes for an enchanting evening you cant miss!

Often compared to Louis Armstrong by leading music critics, Stripling promises a night of exciting jazz that will keep toes tapping and fingers snapping. With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and virtuosic trumpet sounds, Byron dazzles audiences wherever he goes.

Musical hits from The Big Easy and beyond include, What A Wonderful World, Saint James Infirmary, Royal Garden Blues, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, Hello Dolly, and Basin Street Blues. With his signature version of "When The Saints Go Marchin' In" to close the show, Byron celebrates the spirit of New Orleans and always leaves 'em dancing in the aisles!

Since his debut at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, Byron Stripling has toured the country soloing with numerous music groups including the Boston Pops, the Vancouver Symphony and the American Jazz Philharmonic. A Count Basie Band alumnus, Stripling has recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton, along with The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and The GPR All-Star Big Band.

Tickets are on sale now and start at only $22. Call the PSO office at (850) 435-2533 or order online at www.pensacolasymphony.com.


"LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO"

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Last Night of Ballyhoo takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are today.

The PLT Mainstage Production of Last Night of Ballyhoo comes to the Valerie J. Russenberger Theatre with performances running January 30, 31 and February 1 & 3-5. Billy Buff returns to PLT to direct this Tony Award winning comedy by Alfred Uhry. Special thanks to our Mainstage Series Sponsor, The Retirement Planners. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee is at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 - $30. For tickets and information, call the PLT Box Office at 850-432-2042. Tickets are also available online at pensacolalittletheatre.com or at the PLT Box Office at 400 S. Jefferson St.
 
Pensacola Little Theatre is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization providing a complete theatrical experience to children and adults through performances, volunteer opportunities, outreach programs and classes. PLT is located inside the Pensacola Cultural Center at 400 South Jefferson St., Downtown Pensacola.


BLUE MONDAY FEATURING THE DIZZYJUKE BAND

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Monday, February 9
Jazz Society of Pensacola - Blue Monday
V Paul's Italian Ristorante
29 Palafox Place, Pensacola - (850) 466-5855
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. - Music starts at 6:30 p.m.

The DizzyJuke Band woos the crowds, and there's never an empty dance floor. Jivin' grooves along with traditional blues to hip-shaking boogie-woogie swing, keep audiences coming back for more as The DizzyJuke Band commands the stage with the vocal and musical talents of JB Lawson, Rick McNulty and Big Daddy Fox. Bass player Randy Bridges and savvy country blues-rocker JB Lawson met in Fort Walton Beach FL, where they were both very impressed after hearing each other perform and finding that they had a common love for blues such as R&B and roots rock n roll out of the '50s and 60's.

The public is invited and welcome to attend. This event has been drawing a large, enthusiastic crowd of jazz and blues lovers. The restaurant offers a special menu of fine Italian cuisine as well as a full bar.

Admission: $10 for JSOP members and guests, $15 for non-members, $5 for students with ID and FREE admission for military in uniform. Become a member of the Jazz Society of Pensacola at this event and admission is FREE. Parking is available on Palafox Place. In addition, parking lots on Ramona and Baylen Streets are open to the public after 5pm. These parking lots are located behind the Brent Building.

Seating is first come, first serve. The Jazz Society presents jazz events throughout the year with regular first Monday - Jazz Jam, second Monday - Blue Monday, and third Monday - Jazz Gumbo events.  


UNITED STATES NAVY BAND'S TOUR

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America's Navy is coming home to Pensacola, one of 32 cities in six states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2015 spring tour. The concert will take place February 23 at 7:30pm. Tickets are FREE and are available at the Saenger Theatre Box Office and the Pensacola State College Lyceum Office. Tickets must be picked up in advance. Any unclaimed seats will be made available to non-ticket holders shortly before the concert begins.

The U.S. Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of Americas Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral works and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for 90 years.

One of the U.S. Navy Bands primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the bands primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy's premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.

All Navy Band performances are FREE and open to the public. For more information about this concert and press materials about the United States Navy Band, please check out the bands website at www.navyband.navy.mil.

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