By PAM HARBAUGH
Well don’t just sit there, it’s been raining all day, so get dressed and….Get! Out! There are plenty of things to satisfy any culture vulture out there. Here’s my top hits:
“SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE” opens tonight at the Henegar Center and runs through Jan. 31. This is a musical revue, loaded with songs from the ’50s like “Kansas City,” “Poison Ivy,” “Yakety Yak” and “Stand By Me.” Director Hank Rion always pulls together terrific talent for these shows. And there’s nothing like an opening as the Henegar — you get not only the excitement of an opening, but some complimentary champagne as well. Also on hand will be special appearance from 98.5 The Beach, and live entertainment from Brevard Brass! Tickets are $16 to $26. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto the ad for “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” on the right side of this page.
“HAIRSPRAY” opens tonight at Titusville Playhouse and runs through Feb. 7. This fun musical is based on the John Waters’ movie and concerns a young woman living in Baltimore during the society shifting early ’60s. (P.S. The show stars Steven Heron as Edna Turnblad.) Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Tickets cost $22 to $26, with $2 discounts for students and seniors. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or just click onto the ad for “Hairspray” on the right side of this page.
A CHORUS LINE continues through Jan. 24 at Riverside Theatre, a professional theater in Vero Beach. This is a smashing, vibrant production. Read BrevardCulture’s review by clicking here. Riverside Theatre is \at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. Tickets begin at $35. Call 772-231-6990 or visit RiversideTheatre.com. Or, click onto the ad on the right side of this page.
HENSCHEL QUARTET performs tonight for the Melbourne Chamber Music Society. Click here for more information. The program for Friday’s concert feeds right into their celebrated strength — Haydn, Schulhoff and Beethoven. The performance begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2030 N. A1A, Indialantic. Tickets are $35 general and $10 for students. Call 321-213-5100 or visit MelbourneChamberMusicSociety.com.
CAMINOS TRANSITADOS/PATHS TAKEN: A Retrospective of Francisco Gordillo Arredondo Baba Oñi art exhibition opens Saturday and runs through March 13 at the Foosaner Art Museum. The exhibition comprises about 50 paintings by the artist known simply as “Gordillo.” His work is informed by Santeria, African mythology and mysticism. It was curated by Carla Funk when she visited Cuba last year. On Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. you can also take in a free lecture by a Harvard University professor being presented in conjunction with the exhibition: “Afrocuban Painting,” by Alejandro de la Fuente, Ph.D, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard University.
THE LONGFORM LAB SHOW with the NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS perform 8 p.m. Saturday at Derek Gores Gallery in the Eau Gallie Arts District. This is a debut performance and features six performers in an hour-long play created on the spot. Tickets start at $10. Derek Gores Gallery is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. To get tickets, vist the tickets page at NQRComedy.com
Okay….you can watch TV now.