by PAM HARBAUGH
Ready for some fun? See shows, listen to jazz, yuck it up with some stand up comics. It’s all waiting for you.
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THE GLASS MENAGERIE runs through June 25 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. That means only a few performances left to expand your cultural horizons and take it in. Read about MCT mounting the production by clicking here. Melbourne Civic Theatre is at 817 Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. The show performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $29 and $31. Handling charges may apply. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
SUPERIOR DONUTS runs through July 2 at Theater on the Edge in Orlando. The play features three Brevard actors — NELIA LAKE, ZACK ROUNDY and ALLAN WHITEHEAD. To read more about it, click here. In addition to conventional Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows, there are some 7 p.m. Wednesday industry performances as well. For those who have never been there, Theater on the Edge is a 30-seat theater with a penchant for hyper-realism. It is at 5542 Hansel Ave., Orlando. $19 to $24. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit TheaterOnTheEdge.org or click on their ad.
ANIMAL CRACKERS runs through July 2 at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. What makes this especially appealing for Brevard audiences is that our very own Margaret Cross is in the cast. This Marx Brothers “wacky romp” turns a dignified weekend party into lunacy filled with visual gags, puns and more Marx Bros. mayhem. Mad Cow Theatre is at 54 W. Church Street (second floor) in downtown Orlando. Tickets start at $33. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays, with additional performances Saturday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m. and Mondays, June 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Visit MadCowTheatre.com.
Für die Kinder:
OZ THE MUSICAL will feature some of the areas best performing arts instructors, actor Natalie McKnight Palmer of the Better Than Broadway Studio and dancer Marty Mercado of the Muscle Memory Dance Company. Written by Todrick D. Hall, “Oz the Musical” takes a contemporary twist to the iconic Dorothy and Wizard of Oz tale. It is the result of the women’s 2017 Broadway Theatre Intensive and will be performed by 13 Brevard teens and features members from the Cocoa chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 18 the Rockledge Municipal Building, 11 Orange Ave., Rockledge, FL. Tickets are $10. Seating limited. All funds raised will go to dance therapy programs throughout Brevard County. To purchase tickets, click here.SUMMER THEATER CAMPS are in full swing at area theaters. Read about them and get info by clicking here.
Nightlife & Concerts:
JAWS at the Henegar. He may have only had a problematic animatronic Great White shark instead of CGI, but Steven Spielberg’s 1975 “Jaws” still brought the terror to the beaches. Now, the Henegar Center wants to remind you what a stunner this movie is when it celebrates the 42nd anniversary of this iconic flick 7:30 p.m. today. The screening of “Jaws” will be accompanied by film memorabilia from the personal collection of the Henegar’s artist director Hank Rion. Tickets start at $7.50. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org or click on their ad.
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB is a cool thing to do in the hot summer. The lively spot is busy this weekend with some great entertainment, a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. Steve Kirsner & Friends perform 5 to 8 p.m. Friday followed by the Ron Teixeira Trio. Saturday, the Israeli entertainer Hella joins the trio from 8 p.m. to midnight. And Sunday is the always fun Jam Session from 7 to 11 p.m. Heidi’s is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.COMEDY ZONE features comedians Mike Rivera and Bill “Bull Ohse” performing stand-up 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Waxlax Stage at Riverside Theatre. Rivera began stand-up when he was a student at San Jose State University in California. He honed his skilled in San Francisco’s legendary stand-up arena and won Showtime’s regional “Funniest Person in America” award. A civics teacher by day, he was named “America’s Most Hilarious Teacher” in 2013. Ohse tours nationally with his comedy act and belongs to Comics Reaching Out, which helps those in need. Shows begin at 7:30 and 9:30 tonight and Saturday. Patrons to the Comedy Zone can also enjoy free music by classic rock band Smoking Jackets 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.
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE Perform RUSH 2112 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. Tickets begin at $29.75. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
GALLERY TALK by Carla Funk, director of University Museums, begins 1 p.m. Saturday in the “Flora & Fiber” exhibit at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Ms. Funk brings great passion and energy to her gallery talks. They are always intellectually and artfully stimulating. This is a don’t miss event for art lovers in the area. Admission is free. The Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Call 321-674-8313 or click here.
FLORA & FIBER runs through Aug. 26 at the Ruth Funk Center for the Arts. The exhibit, culled from the Textile Center’s permanent collection, is designed to show how plants inspire hand-weaving and dyeing and how they also inspire both the design and adornment in textile art especially in Asia and later in Europe and America. Regular hours are 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, 150 W. University Blvd. in Melbourne. Admission is free. More information click here or click on their ad.
FABRICATIONS, an exhibition of art by Gabriele DiTota, runs through June at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. DiTota is the winner of the gallery’s annual 100% Pure Florida juried exhibition. She will be there 5 to 8:30 p.m. this evening for a meet and greet and to talk about her unique organic fabric art. DiTota was born in Germany where he mother was a seamstress, so fabrics had an early influence on her. Her art quilts have been exhibited throughout America, England, Ireland and Australia and have been represented in publications as well. As the press releases states: “Matching seams and meticulous piecing were her first efforts in textile art fabrication, but they quickly gave way to a more organic, raw edge approach to quilting. Surface design techniques including monoprinting, mark making, dyeing, discharging and screen-printing help Gabriele create the unique fabrics she uses in her art works.” The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Regular 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 just click on their ad.
PAN AMERICAN MODERNISM runs through July 29 at the Foosaner Art Museum. Organized by the University of Miami’s wonderful Lowe Museum, the exhibition comprises work by artists from 13 countries in North, South and Central American plus those living in the Caribbean between 1919 and 1979. 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. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click on their ad.
Call for Art:
12th ANNUAL 100% PURE FLORIDA Juried Show at The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL. Call for art is open to all Florida artists. Entries must be postmarked by July 8. The show runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 30, 2017. Entry form available online at FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
NUNSENSE the SECOND COMING runs June 23 to July 2 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Click here.
FENCES DOWN, NO ONE TAKING TICKETS, a new play by Nancy Andrews, will be produced at Surfside Players June 30 to July 2. It is the winner of Surfside’s 17th Annual Full Length Play Competition.
SURFSIDE FILM SOCIETY gathers 7 p.m. July 8. The theater presents THE CASE OF GHOSTLY HALL, a murder mystery event, July 15.