By PAM HARBAUGH
The cultural scene is pretty much back to normal after last week’s unwanted windbag of a visitor. Let’s bring you up to speed: First of all, the Art & Algorithms Festival scheduled through this weekend in Titusville has been POSTPONED. It takes a lot of work to get all the players in this event on board, and when they have to make last minute arrangements to stay away from a hurricane, then schedules go paflooey. Organizers are working for new dates and will keep you informed. The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival has also been postponed and is now scheduled for Oct. 20 to 22. And, the King Center had to make some changes in its schedule for the same reason (read below for detailed info). However, there are still plenty of shows, concerts and exhibits to keep your cultural needs satisfied. And be sure to GO SEE MAURITIUS.
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TheaterMAURITIUS runs through Nov. 6 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. As directed by Peg Girard and performed by her top notch cast, is a smart production of a wily play filled with intrigue and angst. It concerns a woman wanting to sell a stamp she believes to be priceless, her greedy sister and a cunning philatelist. In addition to intelligence, there’s plenty of adult language in this show (which is really very funny). The show runs through Nov. 6. at MCT, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $26 to $28. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click onto their ad.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT runs through Sunday at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Stars Jason Crase as Joseph and Rick Roach as the Elvis-inspired Pharoah return to CVP for this revival. To read the review, click here. 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 runs through Sunday at Titusville Playhouse. It stars Steven Heron as hapless Seymour, the nurturer of blood-thirsty plants, and Leyla Corbett as Audrey. Read the review by clicking here. Tickets are $22 to $28. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
FEARLESS IMPROV BRIGADE presents “Wait Till You See This,” a Halloween-inspired of improv, at Surfside Playhouse. The show begins 8 p.m. tonight. Surfside is at 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach (near 5th Street South). $10. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click onto their ad.
HOWL AT THE MOON runs this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. It features Ken Gustafson and Neal Kern on dueling pianos. This fun-packed music-filled evening has shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. The shows invite guests to come enjoy a picnic style dinner while listening to some great music, free. Tonight’s band is Beatle Guys, a tribute band playing music by The Beatles. Saturday’s band is Voodoo, playing “groovy rock music.” 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.
LED ZEPPELIN: PHYSICAL GRAFFITI with Classic Albums Live will perform 7 p.m. Sunday at the King Center. The show had been rescheduled from an earlier date. The King Center invites patrons to come earlier for its Picnic on the Patio beginning at 6 p.m., weather permitting. WSBH 98.5 Beach Prize Patrol will be at the picnic. Tickets to the concert begin at $29.75. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click onto their ad.
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS presents a Longform Show beginning 8 p.m. Saturday at Derek Gores Gallery. This is an improvised play. $12. Derek Gores Gallery is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. These always sell out. For tickets, click here.
ExhibitsFRIENDS OF TEXTILES will present artist Garry Noland to speak Tuesday, Oct. 18. about his work in TRANSFORMERS: Recontextualizing Our Material Culture. The exhibit is on view now at Florida Tech’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Read more about the exhibit by clicking here. Mr. Noland’s abstract collages are made with unusual materials such as PVC pips, bubblewrap and duct tape. Mr. Noland will lead a tour of his work beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the museum. The tour is preceded by a 5:15 reception. The cost is $10 general public and free for Friends of Textiles Members and full time Florida Tech students, faculty and staff. Earlier that day, at 11 a.m., he will lead a free interactive tour for Florida Tech students. Here’s a brief quote from the press release: Noland, who had been based in the Midwest before recently moving to Los Angeles, earned a degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has been been a studio artist since 1980. He has received fellowship awards from the NEA/Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Charlotte Street Foundation. Recent exhibits have been at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri, and at University of Northern Iowa. ‘My studio practice is multi-disciplinary. The one constant is an openness to rough patches, glitches or mistakes,/ Noland said. These particular works are made of found and reclaimed materials from alleys, side streets and urban dumps…The resulting combination sets up the inevitable dialogue between new/old, purposeful/accidental, and play/toil.’ ” The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. 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. VISIONS OF ITALY Artwork by Phyllis Shipley will have its artist’s reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. The exhibit runs through Oct. 30. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 321-259-8261, visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com or click onto their ad.
HARAK RUBIO: Symbols and Guardians runs through Saturday 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.
GRACE LEAL is exhibiting 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. 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.
BRUSH WITH SUCCESS runs through Nov. 6 at the Art Gallery of Viera will have its opening reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday. An award presentation begins 7 p.m. Saturday. Guests can participate in a drawing to win art by Laura Kucharyson, and Diana Necklace. that has been donated by J. Grace. Art by Susan Carden-Flicker will be on display. The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave, Viera, FL. Call 321-504-4343 or visit ArtGalleryOfViera.com.