By PAM HARBAUGH
This weekend has quite the variety in performances. From a jazz and stand up to youth theater and a book reading. You can also stay cool by visiting area museums and galleries. And, also listed at the bottom of this page are a couple of unusual events coming up to add to your to-do calendar, so be sure to check those out.
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Something Unusual This Way ComesHEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB joins its sister business, the Heidelberg Restaurant, to celebrate their 30th anniversary. They invite their many loyal patrons to a party complete with complimentary Bavarian pork roast, Hungarian “napkin” dumplings, sauerkraut, red cabbage and potato and tomato salads. Music will be provided by the sensational Ron Teixeira Trio. The party is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Heidi’s Jazz Club, 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com. HARRY POTTER READ begins noon Sunday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in West Melbourne. More than a dozen area theater peeps (including yours truly) will take turns reading a special script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, the latest in the J.K. Rowling series. The special event is free. Barnes & Noble Booksellers is at 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne, FL. Call 321-726-9505 or click here.
GREASE THE MUSICAL runs 7 p.m. today and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Henegar Center. The production is the culmination of the Henegar’s 2016 Summer High School Theatre Workshop. Tickets are $18 general and $15 children under 18 years. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto their ad.
BRING IT ON, THE MUSICAL opens Tuesday and runs through Aug. 7 at Titusville Playhouse. This PG13 musical is a culmination of TPI’s Rising Starts summer program. BTW, music and lyrics were co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. $15 to $17. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
AVENUE Q runs through Sunday at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. Although this show has puppets, it is ADULTS ONLY. Tickets start at $32. Mad Cow Theatre is at 54 West Church Street – Second Floor, Orlando. Call 407-297-8788 or visit MadCowTheatre.com.
Nightclub ActionSTAND UP COMEDY at the Comedy Zone in Vero Beach features Mutzie (known for his improv style) and Jamie Ward (second place winner in the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas). Patrons to the Comedy Zone can also enjoy free music before the shows and casino games in the lobby. The shows start 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Get there early and buy a burger and a beer if you like. Tickets begin at $16. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
OLD & IMPROVED 2 continues its run at Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. The show invites artists to put new spins on old stuff. Visit DerekGores.com.
RADICAL ELEMENTS and A VIEW WITHIN: The Collaboration of Two Fiber Artists runs through Aug. 27 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. “Radical Elements” comes from the Studio Art Quilt Associates and is sponsored in the memory of Judy Roach. “A View Within” is a collaborative project by Paula Chung and Karen Rips, two artists fascinated by the human body. The Ruth Funk Center, is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8313 or click here.RAY TURNER: POPULATION exhibition is also sponsored in the memory of Judy Roach. It runs through Aug. 6 at the Foosaner Art Museum. Read more about it by clicking here. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click onto their ad.
EXPOSURE photographic exhibit runs through Aug. 8 at the Art Gallery of Viera, 2261 Towne Center Avenue, Suite 111. Call 321-504-4343 or visit ArtGalleryOfViera.com.
MONOTYPES IN RED exhibit runs through July at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, a Christopher Durang comedy, opens the season next Friday for Melbourne Civic Theatre. The show runs through Sept. 11. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click onto their ad.
LAST CALL an original comedy by Jessica Taylor, runs Aug. 5 to 14 at Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. The show ran three years ago at the Henegar and has been restaged for this more intimate venue. It features players of the Not Quite Right improv group. However, this is scripted. $20. Click here.THE 5 BROWNS AND ART PIANO CASE STEINWAYS take center stage 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Yes, this is a bit of a drive. Yes, it’s a month away. But I wanted to make sure you knew about this unusual concert. The art case pianos come from the collection of Tallahassee entrepreneur and museum owner DeVoe Moore. The 5 Browns are five siblings who perform together and individually and have succeeded in crossing over into mainstream pop culture. Tickets are FREE, but must be reserved. They become available Wednesday, Aug. 3 by visiting tickets.fsu.edu or by calling 850-644-6500. To read a separate post about these pianos and see the photos, click here.