By PAM HARBAUGH
The new season in the arts gets its official ribbon-cutting, if you will, when Melbourne Civic Theatre opens its new show. And there’s the final performances of a musical at Titusville Playhouse. You’ve also got the opening of Jessica Taylor’s comedy presented in the heart of the Eau Gallie Arts District, where you can start with the fun of the monthly First Friday open houses.
So, yeah…guess it’s time to start your engines. As always, please click onto the ads of those organizations supporting Brevard Culture. It’s a good way to show them you appreciate their support of this culturally informative website.
TheaterVANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE opens 8 p.m. tonight at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This is a Christopher Durang comedy, so expect some over the top fun. The show runs through Sept. 11. 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.
LAST CALL opens tonight and runs through Aug. 14 at Derek Gores Gallery. 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. Derek Gores Gallery is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne Click here.
BRING IT ON, THE MUSICAL 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.
HOWL AT THE MOON experience happens 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Riverside Theatre. This weekend’s show features Ken Gustafson and vocalist and piano entertainer, Daniel Deal. Arrive an hour early and you can enjoy a free outdoor concert and purchase some great burgers and drinks from the full bar. Tickets start at $16. Shows sell out quickly, so all in advance. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER is the theme to tonight’s FIRST FRIDAY in the Eau Gallie Arts District. NOTE: The above video is from last year, so the dates and some activities are different. Nevertheless, there will be fun! The evening runs 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. TONIGHT, Aug. 5, along Highland Avenue in Melbourne. Galleries will be open. While the Foosaner Art Museum finishes its run of the “Population” exhibit tomorrow, tonight it will present a free jazz concert starring Kenny Clarke in the Harris Community Auditorium. Across the street, the Renee Foosaner Education Center will present the Summer Camp Student Exhibition until 7 p.m. People will bring their pooches, who will will official doggy ribbons for various howl-raising activities. Vendors galore. It’s a great way to ease into the new cultural season. For more information, click here.
ExhibitsMENU VENUE exhibit opens tonight and runs through Aug. 27 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. It features original covered cookbooks. Tonight’s reception runs 5:30 to 8:30 and features two drawings for kitchen related gift baskets. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or click here.
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 Saturday at the Foosaner Art Museum, 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.