By PAM HARBAUGH
Culture vultures have their own special way of noting the return of autumn — big musicals stirring to life on multiple stages in the area. Another sign is the reopening of Heidi’s Jazz Club after the owners take their yearly vacation to Austria where they pick up even more delectable recipes for the Heidelberg Restaurant.
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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT opens tonight at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse. Stars Jason Crase as Joseph and Rick Roach as the Elvis-inspired Pharoah return to CVP for this revival. The show runs through Oct. 9. Tickets are $19 to $30. The Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS opens tonight at Titusville Playhouse. It stars Steven Heron as hapless Seymour, the nurturer of blood-thirsty plants, and Leyla Corbett as Audrey. The show runs through Oct. 16. Tickets are $22 to $28. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
HAND TO GOD closes Sunday at the Henegar Center after its super successful, sold out run. A talk-back led by yours truly after tonight’s performance. To read the review, click here. Tickets are $20 and $18. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto their ad.
EXTREMITIES closes Sunday at Surfside Playhouse where the drama has received critical acclaim. Read the review by clicking here. Surfside is at 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach. Tickets are $25 general and $22 adults and military. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click onto their ad.
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB re-opens tonight with performances by The Ron Teixeira Trio and rising star Veronica Swift. Ms. Swift was a second place finalist in the 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition. She’s performed at big name places including the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City and has appeared with big names including Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin and many more. She will be accompanied on saxophone by Jeff Rupert, a professor at UCF. Show begins 8:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. $20 cover charge. Again, you can also dine there with haute cuisine from the Heidelberg Restaurant. Heidi’s is at 7 North Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559, or, for tickets, call 321-783-6806. Visit HeidisJazzClub.com.
JEFF KASHIWA & STEVE COLE perform jazz 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Studio Theatre at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets are $46.50. Call 321-242-2219, or visit KingCenter.com.THE ANN WILSON THING begins 7 p.m. Sunday in the mainstage at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets starts at $58.50. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click onto their ad.
COMEDY ZONE at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach features stand-up comics Peter Fogel and Rahn Hortman at 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.SPACE COAST PRIDE PAGEANT begins 7 p.m. tonight at the Radisson Hotel Oceanfront, 3101 N Highway A1A, Melbourne, FL. $10. Get tickets here. For information about the rest of the events associated with Pride Week, which culminates with a massive parade tomorrow, click here.
GRACE LEAL will exhibit works 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. 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 or click onto their ad.
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. 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. 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 or click onto their ad.
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.