By PAM HARBAUGH
Life too much with you? Tired of the dreary same old, same old — try something artsy this weekend.
VENUS IN FUR, a sexy, mind-bending mystery by David Ives, opens Friday and runs through Feb. 28 at the Henegar Center’s second floor studio theater. For sure, you’ve seen a lot about this already on the Henegar’s Facebook feed. This is quite unlike most theater you see in this area. It has two characters, portrayed brilliantly by Shanise Jordan and Zack Roundy, and is directed by yours truly. Curtain is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. ADULTS ONLY, there is sexual content, adult language…no one under 17 allowed. Tickets are $16 to $26. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org or click onto the ad on the right side of this page.
MOTHERS AND SONS, a play in part about society’s change in attitude regarding homosexuality and marriage equality. In it, a woman visits her late son’s partner who is now married to another man. Written by Terrence McNally, the drama ranges from funny to powerful. The show runs through Feb. 21 in Titusville Playhouse’s 2nd Stage venue, a 42-seat black box theater just down the block from TPI’s mainstage theater at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Tickets to 2nd Stage shows are $15 general admission, no discounts. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto the ad on the right side of this page.
THE UNDERPANTS, a funny romp through a 100-year old comic German melodrama adapted by Steve Martin, runs through Feb. 28 at Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $25 general and $23 seniors, military and students. There is a $3 service fee for tickets paid by credit card. Student stand-by tickets are $12.50 and available five minutes prior to curtain (if there are any tickets left, that is). Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or simply click onto the ad on the right side of this page. Read the review by clicking here.
CATS runs through Feb. 21 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. To read the review of CVP’s production of this iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, click here. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS is enjoying a wonderful professional production at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. To read a review of this show, click here. It runs through Feb. 18. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-5860, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto the ad on the right side of this page.
VISUAL ARTNATIVE FLORIDA, an exhibition of work by 12 area artists, opens tonight at the Art Gallery of Viera. The opening reception begins 5:30 this evening and runs until 8 p.m. Also, the gallery’s artist of the month is Sue Franklin. Here’s an image of one of her beautiful paintings. The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Avenue, Suite 111, Viera. Call 321-504-4343 or visit ArtGalleryofViera.com.
REIMAGINED: INNOVATIONS IN FIBER ART by Alex Trimino and Carrie Sieh runs through May 7 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. This is a vivid, fun, engaging exhibit filled with color and, as the title suggests — imagination. More on this in Brevard Culture next week. In the meantime, you may want to head over to the campus of Florida Tech, scout around for the Botanical Garden entrance where adjacent you will find the entrance to the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. This is a real treat. Free admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Florida Tech is at 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Call 321-674-8313 or click here.
CAMINOS TRANSITADOS / PATHS TAKEN: A RETROSPECTIVE OF FRANCISCO “GORDILLO” Arredondo Baba Oñi runs through March 13 at the Foosaner Art Museum, 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. The exhibit comprises work by a leading Cuban contemporary artist is free during the museum’s gallery renovation. Call 321-674-8916 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.