By PAM HARBAUGH
Wake up and smell the latte because you’re not getting any rest this weekend. There’s just way too much to do. There’s the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra opener, a new exhibit at the Foosaner and the opening of a highly anticipated musical at the Henegar…and an all-girl Dracula!
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WITCHES OF EASTWICK opens tonight at the Henegar Center and runs through Oct. 30. Based on the 1987 movie starring Cher and Jack Nicholson, the stage musical concerns three witches living in a New England hamlet and the sexy man they seek to control. The Henegar’s production stars handsome and talented Damon Dennin in his most devilish role yet. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $16 to $26. Call 321-723-8698. The show’s opening had to be postponed a week due to the hurricane…so, for this weekend only, you can buy one ticket and get one free. Go to the Henegar.org or click onto their ad and use the code “hurricane.”
ROCKY HORROR SHOW Live on Stage opens tonight at Titusville Playhouse and runs through Oct. 30. This a live show, not the shadow cast in front of the movie, so don’t expect to throw stuff at the actors, puleeze. There are some midnight performances. Tickets are $22 and $28. TPI is at 301 Julia Lane, Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.ALL GIRL DRACULA opens tonight at Derek Gores Gallery in the Eau Gallie Arts District. It is produced by Michael Thompson’s “The Actors Asylum.” The show runs through Oct. 30. It is adapted from the Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel by Bob Fisher, a Brevard son who now lives in Chicago and is the artistic director for The Chicago Mammals. The cast features Alethea Maldonado as Dracula, Nadine Antaillia as Van Helsing, Jessica Foix as Mina Murray,and Jennifer Frandsen as Dr Seward (click here to see them in character). Tickets are $ 20 and available online by clicking here.
MAURITIUS 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). Read the review by clicking here. 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.
Concerts:AMERICAN LANDSCAPES with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra performs one time only, 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. This promises to be sensational with huge panoramic images projected onto screens over the orchestra. Read more about it here. Tickets are $39-$50. Students, teachers and active military can get half-price tickets in areas two and three. First responders, public works and employees of local utilities companies can receive tickets for $12 in all areas, but need a valid I.D. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call the box office at 321-242-2219 or visit BrevardSymphony.com.
O.A.R. performs 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the King Center. Read more about it by clicking here. Tickets begin at $47.50. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 231-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click onto their ad.
THE COMEDY ZONE at Riverside Theatre presents comedians Jody Kerns and Ken Miller 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.
Film Events:MELBOURNE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL runs through Saturday at Oaks 10 Cinema in Melbourne. This is fun fun fun from beginning to end. This years it features a Sundance acclaimed film made by a young woman born and raised in Melbourne, FL. Read more about the festival by clicking here. Tickets begin at $5.
THE GOLD RUSH with Charlie Chaplin will be screened 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cocoa Village Playhouse. This is part of CVP’s “Classic Silent Film Screening” series and features live music accompaniment by the terrific and talented J. Thomas Black, Jr. Tickets are $13. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
RADIANT MESSENGER: Drawings by China Marks opens tomorrow at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. This sounds very exciting. Read about the exhibit by clicking here. The extraordinary Ms. Marks will be in town for a lecture 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the museum. $10 for that lecture (free to museum members and Florida Tech staff, students and faculty). The exhibit will run through Jan. 7, 2017. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free admission. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org, call 321-674-8916 or click onto their ad.
TRANSFORMERS: RE-CONTEXTUALIZING OUR MATERIAL CULTURE runs through Dec. 17 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.VISIONS OF ITALY Artwork by Phyllis Shipley runs through Oct. 30 at the esteemed Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 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.
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 sculptures 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, 2261 Town Center Ave, Viera, FL. Call 321-504-4343 or visit ArtGalleryOfViera.com.