By PAM HARBAUGH
If you’re heading to this evening’s First Friday event in the Eau Gallie Arts District, be sure to bring along some packaged bottled water to donate to the Eau Gallie Arts District collection to help Houston residents as they continue to suffer from Hurricane Harvey. Donations of packaged bottled water will be accepted through September 13 at the Eau Gallie Band Shell, which is at the corner of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Blvd. The donations will be trucked to Houston Sept. 14. For more information, visit EGAD’s Facebook
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SHREK the Musical runs through Sept. 10 at the Titusville Playhouse. Of course this is the stage version of the 2001 animated movie which is very funny — to both children and adults. Read a Brevard Culture story which tells more about the show and the starring trio by clicking here. Read Georgette Spelvin’s effusive review by clicking here. Tickets are $23 to $29. TPI performs at the Emma Parrish Theater, 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Melbourne Civic Theatre is one funny show and, as you might guess, has maybe four seats left, if that. It runs through Sept. 17. Read a story about it by clicking here. Melbourne Civic Theatre is at 817 Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. It performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays and Saturday, Sept. 2. Several Sunday matinees are already sold out. Tickets are $29 to $31, plus handling. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or just click on their ad.
THE AMISH PROJECT runs through Sept. 10 at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. Written by Jessica Dickey, this one-woman play received rave reviews by The New York Times. Ms. Dickey was inspired to write it following the 2006 murder of five girls who were taken hostage at the Nickel Mines Amish school in Lanaster County, PA. At Mad Cow, it is actress Trenell Mooring who will portray seven characters, including the gunman and two young victims. Several guest speakers have been invited to Talkback sessions following select performances. $40, with discounts available for seniors and students. The Mad Cow Theatre is at 54 West Church Street – Second Floor, Orlando, FL. Call 407-297-8788 ext. 1 or visit MadCowTheatre.com.
TOTALLY AWESOME 80’s NIGHTS with Howl at the Moon musicians, ’80s costume contest, dinner, drinks and dance happens 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. Tickets to this special Howl at the Moon party start at $16 and typically sell out because it’s just so much fun. This weekend’s musicians are Ken Gustafson and Brian Wilk. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
IMPROV with the Not Quite Right Players begins 8 p.m. Saturday at Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Tickets are $15 general and $12 students. The shows encourage audience suggestion and typically sell out. So you are encouraged to purchase tickets online by clicking here. For more information, visit NQRComedy.com.
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB has great entertainment, a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. Steve Kirsner & Friends perform Friday. On Saturday, the Israeli entertainer Hella joins the Ron Teixeira 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.
THE 12TH ANNUAL 100% PURE FLORIDA juried exhibit will have a special receptions tonight at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. This year, nearly 200 pieces were entered. Jurors chose 57 works by 42 artists for the show. Thirty of those artists are from Brevard. The reception will run during this evenings First Friday event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is your opportunity to meet the artists and to attend the award ceremony: the first place winner will receive $500 and a solo exhibition next year. 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 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
WOMAN-MADE: FEMALE ARTISTS FROM THE FOOSANER COLLECTION is on view through Oct. 7 at the Foosaner Art Museum. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the John K. and Julia R. Roach Fund in memory of Judy Roach. And we love thinking about Judy Roach and how much she loved the arts. The exhibition comprises select 20th century women artists such as Isabel Bishop, Louise Nevelson and Miriam Schapiro…as well as some of the area’s best artists (who happen to be women) including Susan Martin, Vera Sattler and the late Ellen Plankey. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerMuseum.org or click on their ad.DOMINIC AGOSTINI PORTRAITS exhibition runs through Sept. 22 at the Renee Foosaner Education Center, 1520 Highland Ave, Melbourne. The works on view reveal the photographer’s keen interest in celebrating the heroic in every day people. Read more about it by clicking here. 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.
MAN OF LA MANCHA opens Sept. 6 and runs through Oct. 8 at Orlando Shakes.
DOGFIGHT opens Sept. 7 at the Henegar. This is a provocative musical and will be performed in the Henegar’s second floor Studio Theater.
39 STEPS opens Sept. 15 at Surfside Players.
THE KING AND I, the sumptuous Lincoln Center revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic directed by Barlett Sher, opens Sept. 12 and runs through Sept. 17 in the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. Tickets start at $34.25. Call 844.513.2014 or visit DrPhillips.org.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAMS SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) runs Sept. 15 to 24 at Thank You Five Theater in Port Orange. It is directed by William Gibbons-Brown, the gifted lighting designer at Titusville Playhouse.
CLOTH AS COMMUNITY: HMONG TEXTILES IN AMERICA opens Sept. 16 at Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts.