By PAM HARBAUGH
I’ve got some bad news and some good news. First, the bad news — this is the final weekend of VENUS
OTHER THEATER FINISHING RUNS THIS WEEKEND
Were you lucky enough to get tickets to KINKY BOOTS at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts? Probably too late now. But do read more about this terrific production by clicking here. And next time pay attention when Brevard Culture tells you to do something… (smiley face, winky eye).
A hysterical and finely crafted professional production of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE runs through Sunday at Riverside Theatre, 250 Riverside Park, Vero Beach, FL. Read the review by clicking here. Tickets are $45. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto the ad on the right side of this page.
This next item is just for wise theater patrons who have already bought tickets, because the show is sold out: Melbourne Civic Theatre’s production of THE UNDERPANTS finishes its run Sunday at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Read the review by clicking here. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or simply click onto the ad on the right side of this page.
THEATER OPENING THIS WEEKEND
It’ll be raining rain tonight when SINGING IN THE RAIN opens at the Titusville Playhouse. Read more about it later, but for now, this has all the hallmarks of yet another big winner for TPI. In the meantime, I’ll tell you that it stars Patrick Ryan Sullivan. Tickets are $20 to $26. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto the “Hairspray” ad on the right side of this page (…don’t ask…).
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB is at the top of the list for great night spots in Central Florida…and it’s in your own backyard, Cocoa Beach. You can listen to music, dance and even order a meal from Heidi’s fabulous Heidelberg Restaurant. This weekend, the club presents vocalist Veronica Swift who will be accompanied by her father, well known pianist Hod O’Brien, and her mother, vocalist Stephanie Nakasian, Al Dodds on bass, Stan soloko on drums and Jeff Rupert, saxophone professor at UCF. Admission is $30 and a two drink minimum. Show begins 8 p.m. tonight and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Heidi’s Jazz Club is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com.
If you have already bought your $250 ticket, then remember — tonight’s the night for SYMPHONY FOR THE PALATE 2016. This annual event raises money for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and is one of the classiest fundraisers in Brevard County. It features a five-course gourmet dinner with wine pairing and so much more. It begins 6 p.m. tonight at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. If you didn’t sign up for it this year, then start sticking a few dollars each week into a piggy bank and do it next year. It’s really grand and just so much fun. Click here for more information.
Big news on the art front, the FOOSANER ART MUSEUM beginning next week will offer free admission. Wait…before you make plans on visiting, know that the museum has also reduced its operating hours and will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays. Read more about that by clicking here.The FIFTH AVENUE ART GALLERY finishes its abstract art exhibition, “Shared Pathways: Steven and Katherine Aimone.” The couple have studios in Asheville, NC and on Monhegan Island, ME. The artists have work in major collections and have shown internationally. Included is work recently completed by the couple when they went to Cortona, Italy for a painting sabbatical. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.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. 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. The Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 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.