By PAM HARBAUGH
We can all use a little more fiber in our cultural diet. Consider these two intriguing events surrounding the FLORA AND FIBER exhibit at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Read below about a talk given by Carla Funk on Saturday and a special “Botanical Aromatic Journey” coming up next month.
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THE CASE OF GHOSTLY HALL, a murder mystery event, takes place at Surfside Playhouse 7 p.m. Saturday. But this is just a reminder for those who have bought tickets because Surfside’s audience participation second Summer Dessert Theatre murder mystery event is SOLD OUT. To stay on top of Surfside’s offerings, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click onto their ad.
THE LION KING runs through Saturday at the Henegar Center. This is a production of the Henegar’s summer youth musical theater program. It will be performed 7 p.m. today and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 and $10. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto their ad.
BRIGADOON will reappear through the misty veils of musical theater history courtesy of the King Center/Cocoa Village Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Project. $18 general and $12 seniors, students and children 12 and younger. Performances are 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday on mainstage at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS presents its Long Short Story 8 p.m. Saturday at the Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. To read a story about NQR, click here. Tickets are $12 plus a $1.65 ticketing fee. Visit NQRComedy.com.
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. On 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 stand up comics Frankie Paul and Mike Herlihy Friday and Saturday evenings at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. Shows begin at 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.
Exhibits: 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 exhibition runs through Aug. 26 and is 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. Call 321-674-8313 or click here or click onto their ad. THE STRIPES RUN THROUGH US, a one-woman show with works by Daytona Beach artist Babz Lupoli, runs through July at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. The works in the exhibition are richly textured and enlivened with a vivid palette create. The exhibition will have a special reception this evening during the Eau Gallie Arts District First Friday event. 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.
DOMINIC AGOSTINI PORTRAITS exhibition runs through Sept. 22 at the Renee Foosaner Education Center, 1520 Highland Ave, Melbourne. There will be a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight during the Eau Gallie Arts District First Friday event. The works on view reveal the photographer’s keen interest in celebrating the heroic in every day people. Look for a story next week in Brevard Culture. The exhibit is installed in the Frits Van Eeden Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission free. Call 321-674-8923 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
COLORS OF THE SPIRIT runs through Saturday at The Studios of Cocoa Beach. The exhibition comprises watercolor paintings by eight guest artists: Jeanette Drake, Therese Ferguson, Darlene Hunt, Witha LaCuesta, Linda D Neal, J. Susan Cole Stone, Lolly Walton and Pam E Webb. The Studios of Cocoa Beach is at 165 Minuteman Causeway, Cocoa Beach. Call 321-613-3480 or visit StudiosOfCocoaBeach.org.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER performed by Titusville Playhouse’s Rising Stars program runs July 20 – 23.
DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID JR. performs July 28 and 29 at Surfside Playhouse.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN will be performed July 27 to 29 by the Henegar’s youth musical theater program.
ROBERT MARX, the famous underwater archeologist, will discuss two of history’s most important sea battles in a free public lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at Florida Institute of Technology’s Gleason Performing Arts Center.
THE FEARLESS IMPROV BRIGADE performs July 29 at Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach.
A BOTANICAL AROMATIC JOURNEY with Doreen DeSerres-DuJardin takes place 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. $20 and $15 for FOT members. Pre-registration required by July 28: email firstname.lastname@example.org or cal (321)674-6129.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM opens Aug. 11 and runs through Sept. 17 at Melbourne Civic Theatre.
JAZZ LEGENDS will feature area jazz artists including those from “Lady Day” Aug. 19 at the Henegar Center.