By PAM HARBAUGH
“All that glisters is not gold.” At least, so said the Bard in “The Merchant of Venice.” But there’s no April Fools about it, the cultural community is thriving and inviting. Robot Love happens this weekend. Classical music concerts tonight and Saturday. Theater galore. Art exhibits. Be sure to make time.
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RUMORS runs through April 30 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This much anticipated revival…wait, can we call it a revival? MCT has never done this show although most of the cast, including its director, have. So, yeah, for the sake of “essence,” let’s call it a revival. It’s a very funny farce by Neil Simon and the performances in the past have been hysterical. And, it’s almost sold out already…before opening even. MCT has added some Thursday evening shows. Get on the phone now and order your tickets, which start at $29. It runs through April 30 at MCT, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice opens tonight and runs through April 23 at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia St. Titusville. Tickets are $20 to $28. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS perform improv 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. $12 to $15. Click here.
THE CHRISTIANS runs through April 9 at Riverside Theatre. Read more about it by clicking here. Also, keep an eye out for a review. Tickets start are $45 with discounts for students. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA opens tonight and runs through April 30 at Orlando Shakes. The production stars Michael Dorn, a.k.a. Worf from STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Read about it by clicking here. It performs at various times at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL. Tickets begin at $25. Many performances are already sold out. Call (407) 447-1700 ext. 1 or visit OrlandoShakes.org.THREE SISTERS runs through April 16 at Mad Cow Theatre. The Chekhov play looks at Masha, Irina and Olga who live in provincial Russia and long to go to Moscow. As Mad Cow’s website states: “In one of the greatest masterworks of dramatic literature, Anton Chekhov paints a lyrical portrait of missed opportunities, delicate delusions, and the persistence of life despite disappointments.” Tickets are $16 to $40. Mad Cow Theatre is on the second floor at 54 West Church Street, Orlando, FL. Call 407-297-8788 ext. 1 or visit MadCowTheatre.com.
THE MELBOURNE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY presents Paul Huang, violin & Jessica Osborne, Piano at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, March 31). As borrowed from the MCMS website: “Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang is already recognized for his intensely expressive music making, distinctive sound, and effortless virtuosity. Following his Kennedy Center debut, The Washington Post proclaimed: ‘Huang is definitely an artist with the goods for a significant career’…..Hailed by the Washington Post as a pianist ‘with a refreshing mellowness and poetic touch’ after her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Xylina Osborne is one of the most intensely expressive, passionate artists of her generation. She has performed widely in the United States and Europe, including performances in such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Concert Hall.” Tickets are $35 general and $10 students. Concerts are held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2030 N. A1A, Indialantic, FL. Call 321-213-5100, visit MelbourneChamberMusicSociety.org or click on their ad.
THE BREVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs its final subscription concert of the season. It stars Elmar Oliveira. Read more about it by clicking here. The concert begins 8 p.m. April 1 at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets begin at $39 for adults with special ticket prices for teachers, students, active military and the Orchestra’s social media followers. Children in grades 4-12 who opt-in to the BSO’s free concert club can purchase two tickets to this performance for only $6 each. Call 321-242-2218 or visit www.brevardsymphony.com or KingCenter.com.
ROBOT LOVE 2017 opens today and closes midnight tomorrow. The music, art, dance, and more happening starts with an opening party 6 p.m. to midnight today; continues with a “Family Experience” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door); closes with another party 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. The opening and closing night parties are each $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Read more by clicking here. It’s all happening at Adventure HQ, 5270 North U.S. Highway 1, Palm Shores, Florida. Find a map at AdventureHQfl.com.
ART 31: BORROWED LIGHT runs through April 16 at the Art and History Museums in Maitland. Read more about it by clicking here. Regular museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission regular is $3 general, $2 for seniors (55+) and students, free for A&H Members and children age 3 and under. The Art & History Museums Maitland is at 231 W Packwood Ave, Maitland. For more information, visit www.art31.org, contact 407.539.2181 or click on their ad.
TRADITIONAL ART OF THE BEDOUIN runs through April 29 at Florida Tech’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Read about it by clicking here. 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.
THE RED THAT COLORED THE WORLD is on view through April 15 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.
HEIDI’S JAZZ LOUNGE will present a couple of unusual concerts: TOMAS LOPEZ brings a classical touch for a matinee concert April 15; the cast from the Henegar’s LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL will present an evening of Billie Holiday music April 25.