By PAM HARBAUGH
You’ll be busy little bees if you want to do it all this weekend. The Brevard Symphony Orchestra will play the entire score to Charlie Chaplin’s silent film “City Lights”; the Henegar will be the place for jazz tonight and big band on Saturday. How coincidental that John Cleese comes to the King Center the same day Surfside will be finishing up its first weekend of “Spamalot.” Wrap it all up with a First Friday in the Eau Gallie Arts District and…no…you won’t be able to do it all.
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SPAMALOT opens Friday and runs through Nov. 19 at Surfside Playhouse. Read about the designers working behind the scenes on this raucous musical by clicking here. Tickets are $25 general and $22 seniors, military and students. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th St. South), Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321- 783-3127 visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
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 a review by clicking here. 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.
JAZZ LEGENDS WITH CHRIS CORTEZ begins 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Henegar Center. Cortez is a guitarist, vocalist, and band leader who opened the Blue Bamboo Center for the arts in Winter Park. Performance will be a mix of the musical evolution of jazz guitar. Tickets are $15 to $20 plus $3 handling fee. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click on their ad.
CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S ‘CITY LIGHTS’ IN CONCERT WITH THE BREVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will be performed with film and orchestra 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. Led by Maestro Christopher Confessore, the BSO will perform the soundtrack to Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 romantic comedy City Lights. The silent film will be shown in its entirety on a screen above the orchestra. Free popcorn while it lasts! Tickets begin at $39. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or BrevardSymphony.com.
SWINGTIME big band music of the 40s and 50s will star vocalists Sally Hart and Len Fallen together with the Melbourne Municipal Band under the baton of conductor Art Martin. The concert is a benefit for the Henegar. Tickets cost $20 plus $3 handling fee. It begins 8 p.m. Saturday at the Henegar, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click on their ad.
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.
COMEDY ZONE features stand up comics J. Bliss and John Charles 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.
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS perform improv 8 p.m. Saturday at the Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. Tickets are $15/$12 and usually sell out. Purchase ahead of time by clicking here. For more info, visit NQRComedy.com.
Special Events:JOHN CLEESE will be live on stage 7 p.m. Sunday at the King Center after a screening of the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Tickets start at $56. To read about VIP tickets and meet and greet with Mr. Cleese, click here. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click on the 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.
FIFTH AVENUE ART GALLERY opens its 35th Annual Holiday Craft Show Friday. It runs through Jan. 6, 2018. You can meet some of the artisans at tonight’s First Friday Opening Reception 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you won’t be able to attend the First Friday Opening Reception, the gallery invites you to come earlier that day, between 11 am and 3 pm, for cookies and a sneak peek at the goodies. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
Auditions and Calls for Art:
HENEGAR CENTER will hold auditions for SISTER ACT, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at the same times: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4; 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Nov. 5 and 6. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698 or click here.
SURFSIDE PLAYERS will hold auditions for ON GOLDEN POND 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Nov. 5 and 6, at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach. Call 321-783-3127 or click here.
MELBOURNE CIVIC THEATRE will hold auditions for FUNNY MONEY 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935 or click here.
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ORPHANS opens Nov. 10 and runs through Nov. 26 at Theater on the Edge in Orlando. It stars two Brevardians, Zack Roundy and Allan Whitehead.
THE MECCORE STRING QUARTET kicks off the new season Nov. 10 for the Melbourne Chamber Music Society.
THE MUSIC MAN opens Nov. 10 and runs through Dec. 3 at Titusville Playhouse.
COCOA BEACH – FLORIDA SURF FILM FESTIVAL takes place Nov. 16 at Surfside Playhouse.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL opens Nov. 17 and runs through Dec. 3 at Cocoa Village Playhouse.
FRIENDS OF TEXTILES LECTURE SERIES will present Florida Tech faculty member Wanfa Zhang speaking about Commercialization of Hmong Art Nov. 14.
POSTPONED: ZZ Top concert at the King Center originally scheduled for Nov. 9