By PAM HARBAUGH
Last weekend’s opening of “Hand to God” was totally sold out. And, the debut of “Dilettante Filmhaus” at Derek Gores Gallery was packed. Those who followed all this on BREVARD CULTURE knew to get their tickets early and get to the venues early in order to get good seats. Now, let’s look at this weekend. Take special note of all the exhibits popping up.
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TheaterEXTREMITIES opens tonight at Surfside Players. This play, directed by Bryan Bergeron, is also for adults. It concerns issues of rape and revenge, so expect violence, adult themes and language. The show runs through Sept. 25 at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach (by 5th Street South). Tickets are $25 general and $22 adults and military. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click onto their ad.
HAND TO GOD is nearly sold out for this weekend as well. This warmly irreverent show pits evil against good in the basement of a Lutheran church in a small Texas town. There, a widow runs a puppet ministry to a group of three misfit teens who form her “Christcateers.” But one puppet, Tyrone, takes a decidedly devilish turn. Read Terrence Girard’s excellent review by clicking here. The show runs through Sept. 25. Adults only. $20 and $18. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto their ad.
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS present their improvised “Longform Show” 8 p.m. Saturday at Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. Tickets are $12. Best to buy them in advance; to do so, click here.
HOWL AT THE MOON this weekend at Riverside Theatre. This fun-packed music-filled evening has shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday with entertainers Ken Gustafson and Orin Sands. Tickets start at $16. Shows sell out quickly, so purchase 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.
THE WHO: WHO’S NEXT with Classic Albums Live begins 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. These are really great shows. The best cover band ever, playing note for note. I dare all those WHO lovers to not get to their feet and start singing along. Weather permitting, the evening starts at 6 pm for our Picnic on the Patio and WSBH doing its “Come out and spin to win with the Beach Prize Patrol and 98.5 The Beach” thing. Tickets are $29.75 to $34.75. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click onto their ad.
TRANSFORMERS: RE-CONTEXTUALIZING OUR MATERIAL CULTURE opens Saturday at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. This looks very artsy and exciting. To read more about it, click here. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8313, click here or click onto their ad.
GRACE LEAL has a one-woman show in the Frits Van Eeden Gallery in the Florida Institute of Technology’s Renee Foosaner Education Center. Ms. Leal is a naive of Havana, Cuba and moved to the U.S. as a child. She is fascinated by a wide range of subjects, especially migration, acculturation and the stories cultures carry. This exhibition explores the artists bent toward using found objects to create scultpures and assemblages. In this piece, “Toti No. 1,” the artist refers to a popular Cuban expression, “La culpa de todo la tiene el toti,” which means “The crow holds all the blame.” The Foosaner Education Center is at 1520 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, as well as from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Admission is free. The artist’s reception is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. A Gallery Talk will be held starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Both events are free and open to the public. Call 321-674-8923, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.100% PURE FLORIDA runs through September at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. The $500 first place award went to Gabrielle DiTota for her work “Foliage.” She will also receive a solo show next year. The second place $300 award went to Nancy Hamlin-Vogler for “Linear Elements: Birds.” The third place $200 prize went to Thom Harrell, for “Imminent Danger.” Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
HARAK 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.
TEN WOMEN IN ART exhibit runs through beginning of October at the Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. This is a long standing, highly respected alliance of excellent artists who have exhibited all over the state and the southeast. You will be moved and intrigued. Visit DerekGores.com.