By PAM HARBAUGH
Yeah, it’s sorta like a selfie….but after all these years of covering area arts, would you mind if I just stripped away all pretense and come right out and tell you to go see “I & YOU” at the Henegar. Yes, I directed it so this swims in conflict of interest, but I tell you, this is a powerful, beautiful production of a beautiful play brought to life not by me, but by a wonderful cast and design crew in the artsy confines of the Henegar’s second floor Studio Theatre.
Okay…thank you for letting me do that! And yes, there are plenty of additional goodies to keep your weekend busy with artful pursuits, especially intriguing is SHAPING SOUND at the King Center. Read on! And please click onto the ads of those organizations supporting Brevard Culture.
I & YOU runs through Feb. 18 at the Henegar’s upstairs Studio Theatre. Read the review by clicking here. Tickets are $26 general, $23 seniors and military and $16 students. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click on their ad.
THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA, ABRIDGED opens tonight and runs through Feb. 18 at Titusville Playhouse. This comedy is nearly sold out, so best get tickets now. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
LOMBARDI runs through Feb. 18 on the mainstage at Riverside Theatre. The play centers on one of the greatest sports legends of all time, inspirational Hall of Fame football coach, Vince Lombardi. To read a review, click here. Tickets start at $35. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990 or visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
FUNNY MONEY runs through Feb. 25 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. It’s got some great actors in it so my suggestion is get your tickets now before…oops, so sad. This Ray Cooney farce is completely sold out. Read more about it by clicking here. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL runs through February 11 at Titusville Playhouse’s second stage, but this, too, is sold out. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
42nd STREET has been extended through Feb. 18 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. To read a story about the production, click here. In the meantime, make your plans. This has all the earmarks of being another CVP blockbuster. Tickets run $16 to $24. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
NOT QUITE RIGHT COMEDY TROUPE perform improv 8 p.m. Saturday at Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, FL. This full-length show is completely unscripted, based off audience suggestions. Recommended for ages 13 and up. General Admission Seating is limited. Tickets are $15 plus tax and fees and are non-refundable. Click here.
Nightlife and Music:HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB presents a great lineup this month. Tonight, Feb., none other than BRUCE KATZ, award winning blues pianist who was a member of the Allman Brothers, will perform 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Cover charge is $20. Read more about him and the other greats coming to town by clicking here. In addition to great entertainment, Heidi’s offers a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. This is definitely a favorite sophisticated night spots in Brevard. It’s warm and inviting and has a dance floor and impeccable service. Heidi’s is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.
CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO perform 7:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 9, in the King Center’s Studio Theatre. Tickets start at $36. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
ABBA MANIA performs 8 p.m. tonight on the King Center mainstage. Tickets start at $58.75. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
SHAPING SOUND: AFTER THE CURTAIN by SYTYCD choreographer Travis Wall performs 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. The dance show tells the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. After The Curtain debuted in March of this year to fantastic reviews. TheaterJones in Dallas said, “It is overwhelmingly beautiful,” and The Los Angeles Times described it as “…a sinuous blend of athleticism, artistry and storytelling; sexy, soapy and spectacular.” Its dancers include Travis Wall and Lex Ishimoto, who won SYTYCD (“So You Think You Can Dance”). Tickets begin at $47.75. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
CODED COUTURE runs through April 28 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. The interactive exhibition explores the idea of customized fashion in the digital age. The Funk Admission to the center is free. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center is next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus, 150 W. University Blvd. in Melbourne. For more information, call 321-674-8313 or click here.
TONY ROBBIN: A RETROSPECTIVE runs through March 17 at the Foosaner Art Museum and you better start taking advantage of this place now, because it looks like the place is going to be closed down. For more information on that, click here. The Foosaner is at 1463 Highland Avenue. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click on their ad.
CAPTURED BREVARD runs through February 25 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. If you get there this evening, you can enjoy the First Friday festivities between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Have some light refreshments and meet many of the photographers from The Camera Club of Brevard with work on view in the exhibition. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts district of Melbourne, Florida. All events are free and open to the public. 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
Auditions for “Ugly Lies the Bone” this weekend at the Henegar, so get those headshots and resumes up to date. For information on which theaters are auditioning for what shows, click here.
CertainAGE PLAYERS forms at Surfside Playhouse. It includes acting workshops for adults 63 and older plus performances. $50. Contact Wally Schwartz, Program Director, at 321-426-7238 (H) or 941-961-4343 (Cell) or email email@example.com.
GYPSY opens Feb. 23 and runs through March 18 at Titusville Playhouse. Get tickets now.
MOVIE SINGALONG — HAIRSPRAY will be held Feb. 24 at Cocoa Village playhouse. Includes a “Welcome to the ’60s” costume contest.