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No Plans? No Problem! Things To Do This Weekend On The First Coast

Ed Schipul

Musicals, benefit events and a family friendly comic are what's in store this weekend on the First Coast.Friday, March 21 - Sunday, March 23 — Inspired by actual events, the 2010 Tony Award-winning Memphis will have six performances throughout the weekend in the Times-Union Center's Moran Theater in Jacksonville.

The musical takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock 'n' roll and an electrifying black singer. More info and tickets at

Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 — A benefit event for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen Technicolor complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can join in and sing along.

Two screenings, Friday night at St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park and Saturday at the Episcopal School auditorium, are both scheduled to begin at at 7 p.m. Info at

Saturday, March 22 — Side by Side by Sondheim is a special event to benefit Theatre Jacksonville.

This dazzling array of some of Sondheim's best known songs features numbers from landmark shows that revolutionized musical theatre with their masterful craft and astounding creativity: Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and many more. There are two shows only Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. at Theatre Jacksonville. More info at

Sunday, March 23 — Stand-up comedian Brian Regan, known for his "clean" act, will be at the Florida Theatre. With a sarcastic and self-deprecating style, he creates comedy gold from everyday situations (whilst channeling greats like Steve Martin and Johnny Carson). This is a show you can repeat to your boss and even your kids. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Florida Theatre. More info at

You can see more events at The Specktator's Facebook page.

Remember to tune in to First Coast Connect Thursdays at around 9:50 a.m. to hear 'Around Town' with Jacksonville Magazine's Kerry Speckman for a preview of upcoming weekend events.

WJCT News Intern Cole Gordon is a communications major at the University of North Florida.