By PAM HARBAUGH
Hit the road, y’all. Shows are nearing the end of their runs, while others are getting ready to step onto the boards. A lot of good music and nightlife happenings this weekend. Don’t worry. You have Monday to rest.
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LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL runs through Sunday in the Henegar Center’s second floor Studio Theater. It stars a remarkable Kristen Warren and features the superb jazz artist Jarred Armstrong on piano. To read a review, click here. At this point, the show is all sold out, but you can still try to get tickets. Who knows…someone may have to cancel. Tickets are $20 general, $18 for military and seniors and $15 for students. Be advised, this show has language galore and adult subject matter. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call the Henegar at 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto their ad.
CALENDAR GIRLS continues its sold-out run at Melbourne Civic Theatre. Read Kraz’ review by clicking here. MCT keeps trying to make its patrons happy by adding more shows (most recently Thursday Feb 23 @ 8pm), so keep an eye out on their Facebook page. “Calendar Girls” runs through Feb. 26. Tickets are $31 general $29 seniors. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click onto their ad.ON THE TOWN has been held over until Saturday at the Cocoa Village Playhouse. Set in 1940s New York City, the musical revolves around three sailors on a 24-hour leave. It’s based on the 1949 film starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelley. Music is by Leonard Bernstein with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. They based the musical on Jerome Robbins’ ballet “Fancy Free.” The show runs through Feb. 12. Tickets are $27 general, $25 students and seniors and $19 for children 12 years and younger. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS perform their Longform Show, which is completely improvised on the spot. It begins 8 p.m. Saturday at the Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, FL. Tickets are $15. Click here.
PRIVATE LIVES runs through Sunday at Riverside Theatre. The witty Noel Coward play is the soul of sophistication. Read the review by clicking here. Tickets are $35 to $80. Riveride Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE runs through Sunday at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. Talkbacks take place after each Thursday and Sunday performance. Talkbacks are free to audience members, and the public may attend at no extra cost. Written by Steve Martin, this quirky play concerns the heady comic notion that “Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar…” Tickets begin at $26. Discounts available. Mad Cow Theatre is one the second floor at 54 West Church Street, Orlando, FL. Call 407-297-8788 ext. 1 or visit MadCowTheatre.com.THE GREAT GATSBY opens tonight at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and runs through March 26. Playwright Simon Levy has adapted the play from the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. As the press release states: When Nick Carraway is befriended by his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby, he is drawn into a glitzy world of lavish parties and secret speakeasies. But as Gatsby’s elusive past is uncovered and his intentions revealed, Nick finds himself a pawn in a love triangle so scandalous, it threatens to destroy all those around him. This American classic is a poignant examination of prohibition America—exploring the notions of love, morality, identity, and the corruption of the American Dream.” Orlando Shakes performs at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL. Tickets begin at $25. Performances held throughout the week. Call (407) 447-1700 or visit OrlandoShakes.org.
Concerts & Nightlife:
SIMONE KOPMAJER returns to Heidi’s Jazz Club for two shows Friday and Saturday night. This Austrian jazz vocalist is known for her cool tones and for “mixing it up.” Her stylings include a wide range with music from Prince and Motown to Gershwins and Rodgers & Hart (and with a little Nashville thrown in as well). She will be accompanied by the incomparable Ron Teixeria Trio and Terry Myers on reeds. The show begins 8:30 p.m. and run until midnight Feb. 17 and 18 at Heidi’s Jazz Club, 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Tickets are $25 at the door plus a two drink minimum. For reservations, call 321-783-6806 or 321-783-4559, or visit HeidisJazzClub.com.HOWL AT THE MOON returns this weekend to Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. This unique show features dualing pianos by Ken Gustafson and Brian Wilk. This fun-packed music-filled evening has shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The shows invite guests to come enjoy a picnic style dinner (beginning 6:15 p.m.) while listening to some great music, free. 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.
POPS! HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra begins 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. Led by Maestro Christopher Confessore, this annual BSO pops concert includes music from popular films such as “The Magnificent Seven,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and more. Tickets begin at $20 for subscribers and $25 for individuals. BSO Kids Concert Club Members can get tickets for only $5 or $6. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com or BrevardSymphony.com.
MAY THE ROAD RISE UP TO MEET YOU with Margaret Cross begins 2 p.m. Sunday at Cocoa Village Playhouse. The show is an encore of Ms. Cross performing music of Ireland which tells the story of “immigrants who shaped the American dream.” Joining her on stage are her talented parents, Don and Leann Cross, plus special guests and live musicians. Tickets are $24. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
THE SPINNERS perform 7 p.m. Sunday at the King Center. This iconic 1970s soul group is now down to original members Henry Fambrough, but it’s music delivers all the loved tunes such as “I’ll Be Around,” “Then Came You,” “Mighty Love,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” and “Could It Be.” Tickets start at $58. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
STEVEN SEINBERG exhibition of abstract paintings is on view in the Frits van Eeden Gallery at Florida Tech’s Renee Foosaner Education Center, 1520 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Mr. Seinberg, who lives in Indian Harbour Beach, was born in Brooklyn, NY and has shown around the country. His work is in the permanent collections of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom’s and the North Hampton Country Club in Tokyo, Japan. An artist’s reception is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3. The Frits van Eeden gallery is open from 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. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8923 or click here.
THE RED THAT COLORED THE WORLD is on view now at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. Read about it by clicking here. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free admission. Visit FoosanerMuseum.org, call 321-674-8916 or click on their ad.CHILD’S PLAY: A Journey into Imagination runs through Feb. 26 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. On view will be recent work of Michigan artist Lisa Mistiuk. There will be a First Friday Opening Reception at the gallery 5:30 to 8:30 this evening (Feb. 3). A percentage of earnings from the show will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
TRADITIONAL ART OF THE BEDOUIN opens Saturday at Florida Tech’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Read about it by clicking here. The Ruth Funk Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Center is located next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne, Florida, 150 W. University Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or call 321-674-8313.
Plan Ahead:PARTY FOR THE PLAYHOUSE will benefit Surfside Playhouse. The event runs 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25 at Cocoa Beach Country Club. Included are a buffet dinner, dancing, silent auction and live entertainment. Tickets are only $30 per person or $25 per person in parties of two or more. For reservations, call 321-783-3127.
UNCOMMON THREADS at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is getting ready for its symposium March 2 and 3. The subject is OUT OF THE BOX: The Rise of Sneaker Culture and features Elizabeth Semelhack, the senior curator at the Bata Shoe Museum. Keep an eye out for more information in BREVARD CULTURE. But in the meantime, circle your calendar. To make reservations for symposium events, call 321-674-8313 or click here.