By PAM HARBAUGH
The gift-giving season commences on Black Friday. As always, tickets and memberships to performances and museums make very special gifts. Get a sampling of what’s out there by attending some of the events offered up this holiday season. And, don’t forget tickets to New Year’s Eve events — Heidi’s Jazz Club has a terrific celebration which always sells out.
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CHRISTMAS WITH DINO opens this evening and runs through Dec. 24 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. The theater company always has a special holiday show, frequently calling upon the talents of Alfie Silva. A wonderful singer and all around great performer, this season, Alfie brings his Dean Martin homage back to life. The show is filled with a bevy of beauties, wonderful songs and sophisticated humor. Tickets start are $30 plus handling. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
ORPHANS runs through Dec. 3 at Theater on the Edge in Orlando. It stars Brevard actors Zack Roundy and Allan Whitehead and Orlando actor Adam Minossora. It is directed by Marco DiGeorge and the show has been getting some great, positive responses. Read Joan Taddie’s review by clicking here. Tickets start at $22. Click here.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL runs through Dec. 3 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Popular area actor Rick Roach reprises his role of Ebeneezer Scrooge who finds redemption courtesy of three spirits and Tiny Tim. Read a Brevard Culture story about the musical production by clicking here. Tickets are $16 to $24. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
Nightlife & Concerts:
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB offers great entertainment, a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. Heidi’s is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.
DAVE KOZ 20TH ANNVERSARY CHRISTMAS TOUR runs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the King Center. Tickets start at $48. Get a VIP experience for $186 (included in that package is an up-close question and answer session with Dave Koz). The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
ANTI-GRAVITY PROJECT mural painting throughout the Eau Gallie Arts District begins today. The project brings in artists from around the world to paint murals throughout the Eau Gallie Arts District, which is in the area of the Foosaner Art Museum…i.e. along Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. The opening ceremonies start 6:30 p.m. at the Intracoastal Brewing Company and end with Closing Ceremonies on Saturday, December 2, at Fusion Anti-Block Party. For more information, click here.
CLOTH AS COMMUNITY: HMONG TEXTILES IN AMERICA runs through Dec. 16 at Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. 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 Frits Van Eeden gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 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, 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 35th Annual Holiday Craft Show 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. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
Auditions and Calls for Art:
Cocoa Village Playhouse will hold auditions for 42nd STREET 7 p.m. Monday, November 27 and Tuesday Nov. 28. The show is scheduled to run Jan. 26 to Feb. 11, 2018. CVP is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
Riverside Theatre is holding auditions for young newsboys to appear in its professional production of GYPSY 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4. Needed are three young male actors under 12 years of age. Tap dancing experience is a plus, but the young actors must be able to sing and dance/move. Just show up for the audition, head to the Orchid Lobby and sign in. Parents are welcome to stay in the lobby area. Bring a headshot and resume and wear clothes you can move/dance in. Prepare a short section of a song from musical theater. An accompanist will be provided. All auditions will be recorded. The show is scheduled to run March 6 to 26. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach, FL. For more information, email Kyle Atkins, Associate Produce, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming auditions in December include those for: I AND YOU 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Henegar Center; PROOF 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Titusville Playhouse, GYPSY 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 & 11 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Titusville Playhouse;
LONDON HANDEL PLAYERS will perform Dec. 1 for the Melbourne Chamber Music Society.
ANNIE opens Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 17 at the Henegar Center.
THE LION KING EXPERIENCE — KIDS Dec 1 and 2 at Surfside Playhouse.
IMPROV SHOWCASE COMEDY Dec. 2 at Surfside Playhouse.
SANTALAND DIARIES opens Dec. 7 at Henegar Center. (Adults only)
A TUNA CHRISTMAS runs Dec. 8 to 17 at Titusville Playhouse.
A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL Dec. 8 to 16 with Riverside Theatre Students.
THE NUTCRACKER with the Space Coast Ballet take place 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the King Center.
MICHAEL CARBONARO LIVE! 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the King Center.
BREVARD COMMUNITY CHORUS 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the King Center.
A GARFIELD CHRISTMAS 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at the King Center.
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY SHOWCASE Dec. 11 & 12 at Cocoa Village Playhouse.
THE HOLIDAYS RE-GIFTED with Michael Law Dec. 19 at the Cocoa Village Playhouse.