By PAM HARBAUGH
Roll up your sleeves and get into it — the annual CULTURAL ARTS SHOWCASE — Sunday at the King Center. Read below more more information. Other than that big kahuna…a show opens, two close and one continues…all of them pleasing audiences like crazy. Don’t miss out. Make it to some of the exciting offerings served up by the area’s cultural community. And don’t forget that Cultural Arts Showcase this Sunday at the King Center.
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HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY runs through Nov. 12 at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. This professional production is terrific, with fine musicianship and a winning portrayal of the singer by Ben Hope. Read more about it later in Brevard Culture. Tickets start at $35. It performs at various times. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY runs through Nov. 12 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. The production has some of Brevard’s favorite actors and is written by Ken Ludwig, so expect comedy and witty goings-on. Read about it by clicking here. Tickets are $29 and $31. Better get them now because tickets are going fast. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
SWEENEY TODD is a most winning show running through Sunday at the Henegar Center. This is a handsome production, filled with gorgeous voices and sumptuous visuals. Read a story about it by clicking here. Tickets are $26 general, $23 military and seniors and $16 students. Handling fees are $3 per ticket. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click on their ad.
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW runs through Sunday at Titusville Playhouse. This is the stage version, which means no shadow cast and no movie projected behind players. But you can still buy prop bags and get into the mood of this nutty musical. Read more about it by clicking here. Tickets are $25 and $29. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville, FL. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
CULTURAL ARTS SHOWCASE happens noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the King Center in Melbourne. This is a big event which features entertainment by arts and cultural organizations throughout the day. It is designed to give you a taste of what’s coming up and what is offered throughout the season. There will be art displays, cultural demonstrations, family activities and live performances across three stages. In the mainstage, the Free Family Concert by the BREVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA runs 2 to 3 p.m. The BREVARD SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA performs 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Studio Theatre has a wealth of performances, including children from the Henegar Center’s upcoming production of “Annie” and a cutting from “The Dining Room” by the Eastern Florida State College theater department, plus dance and music galore…and much more. Free admission to everything. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. To get more information about the schedule, click here.
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB offers 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.
HOWL AT THE MOON this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach featuring dueling pianos by Ken Gustafson and Brian Wilke. 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 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.
CLOTH AS COMMUNITY: HMONG TEXTILES IN AMERICA runs through Dec. 16 at Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Although rich in history, Hmong flower cloth did not become widely known until after the Vietnam War when refugees from the war-torn country arrived in the United States. The exhibit features 28 textiles—flower cloths and embroidered story cloths—by those in the Hmong community. It also features Peter Kastan’s photographs of contemporary Hmong women and children in traditional dress. Look for a story about the exhibit later in Brevard Culture. The Ruth Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Call 321-674-8313, visit their website or Click on their ad.
THE MAGICAL WORKS OF NANCY DILLEN exhibition is on view through Jan. 26, 2018 in the Frits van Eeden Gallery at the Renee Foosaner Education Center. The exhibition explores the real and imaginary — two worlds which inspire the art professor emeritus. Ms. Dillen will offer a free gallery talk on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. She will also offer a one-day painting workshop at the Renee Foosaner Education Center on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Frits Van Eeden gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, as well as from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Admission is free. The Renee Foosaner Education Center is located at 1520 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Call 321-674-8923 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
THE HISTORY OF SPACE PHOTOGRAPHY and GUARDIANS OF THE COSMOS: PAINTINGS BY RAIMUNDO MARTIN run through Jan. 6, 2018 at the Foosaner Art Museum. The museum experience will include 150 photos and a collection of cosmological paintings. Keep your eye out for an upcoming story in Brevard Culture. In the meantime, visit the museum, which is at 1463 Highland Avenue. It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click on their ad.
STUDIOS OF COCOA BEACH presents October featured artist and animal rights activist John Cielukowski. The artist is an accomplished painter, with a Fine Arts degree from Montclair University plus advanced study at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Student League of NYC. His colorful, sometimes playful, works often feature vintage amusement park rides, old Florida advertising art, and industrial images…like that seen here. The Studios of Cocoa Beach are at 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach. Regular hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 321-613-3480 visit StudiosOfCocoaBeach.org.
FIFTH AVENUE ART GALLERY opens “Dreams & Wishes,” a one-woman show with work by Renee Decator. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
Auditions and Calls for Art:
CALL FOR ART has been made by the Studios of Cocoa Beach Holiday Gift Shoppe. Apply online at studiosofcocoabeach.org. The gallery is at 165 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach. Call 321-613-3480.
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT opens Nov. 3 at Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach.
CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S ‘CITY LIGHTS’ IN CONCERT WITH BSO will be performed with film and orchestra Nov. 4 at the King Center.
POSTPONED: ZZ Top concert at the King Center originally scheduled for Nov. 9