By PAM HARBAUGH
Hope you’re resting up during these dog days, because the arts and culture community is getter busier and busier.
Here’s what will keep you happy this weekend; and look below for some “coming up” events that should excite. Be sure to click
DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST runs through Sept. 11 at Titusville Playhouse. The musical is a popular one and loved by all. It’s so popular, in fact, that TPI had to add another performance — 7 p.m. Sept. 4 (that’s a Sunday). Tickets are $20 to $28. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is onstage through Sept. 11 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. But not this Saturday because the Not Quite Right Players will be taking over the set for improv comedy fundraising (see below for more). This Christopher Durang comedy is very well written and the MCT production is very good with excellent performances. To read the review, click here. Tickets are $26 to $28. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click onto their ad.
ComedyNOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS perform at MCT 8 p.m. Saturday. It’s sold out. But FYI, read more by clicking here.
THE COMEDY ZONE at Riverside Theatre presents Shaun Jones and Ryan Van Genderen 7:30 and 9:30 tonight and Saturday. Patrons to the Comedy Zone can also enjoy free music before the shows and casino games in the lobby. Riverside Theatre is at 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.
ExhibitsHARAK RUBIO: Symbols and Guardians runs through Oct. 15 at Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum and runs through Oct. 15. It comprises 32 large scale abstract paintings and 14 sculptures. Mr. Rubio, a Puerto Rican native and Melbourne resident who has won numerous awards and honors. His work is seen widely throughout Latin America. He has worked in advertising and video serving as designer, art director, prop master and more at numerous big name companies such as Universal Pictures, Miramax Films, Trivisión Spain, Animal Planet, USA Network, ABC and CBS networks, Quentin Tarantino Productions and MTV. The Foosaner is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-674-8916 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
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 Saturday 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, click here or click onto their ad.
MENU VENUE exhibit runs through Saturday at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or click here.
UpcomingHAND TO GOD opens Sept. 9 at the Henegar Center. I’ve been witness to a number of rehearsals and it’s wicked funny. Quite a cast. Quite a dark comedy. Adults only. For a smart little teaser video, click here.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT opens Sept. 23 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Rick Roach will reprise his role as the Elvis-esque Pharoah and Jason Crase will be back as Joseph.
EXTREMITIES opens Sept. 16 at Surfside Playhouse.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME runs Nov. 1 – 6 at Dr. Phillips in Orlando. Tickets went on sale this morning. For more info, click here.
FOR COMPLETE LISTINGS of the upcoming theatrical season, click here.DEREK GORES will be conducting some “high saturation” art workshops Oct. 22, 24 and 25. You can really dig into some fine technique. Here they are: Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., drawing and painting and intuition using water, charcoal and maybe paint. All levels. $145; 2 – Day Collage Workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25, all levels, all subject matter, plus some art history, $250. To register, email email@example.com.