By PAM HARBAUGH
It’s a dizzying weekend, with two shows opening, four closing and one making you see double. This year’s Friends of Textiles Lecture Series kicks off on Tuesday. The big deal, of course, is the first ever, grand soiree fundraiser for the Henegar Center which is being held Saturday in the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne, Florida…of all places! Read more about that by clicking here.
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IT’S ONLY A PLAY opens tonight and runs through April 29 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This is exciting news since so many of us did not get the opportunity to see Broadway’s much ballyhooed production of this Terrence McNally comedy giving us a behind the scenes glimpse at BroadWAY. To read more, click here. In the meantime, scoop up those tickets, which run from $29 to $31. MCT is at 817 Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
PROOF opens tonight and runs through April 1 in Titusville Playhouse’s second stage venue. This is a popular drama about a young woman dealing with her late father’s legacy which includes brilliance and, perhaps, madness. Tickets are $20. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.PROOF runs through March 31 at Theater on the Edge in Orlando. It stars Melbourne resident Allan Whitehead. Read Joan Taddie’s review of it by clicking here. Tickets are $22 to $26. Seating is limited. Theater on the Edge is at 5542 Hansel Ave., Orlando, FL. Click here or visit TheaterOnTheEdge.org.
BUYER & CELLAR runs through April 8 at Riverside Theatre’s black box venue. This is a terrific one-man show about and highly recommended for those who like wit and are fascinated by anything about Barbra Streisand and the actual shopping mall for one she has in her basement. To read a review, click here. Tickets are $55 with half off for students 5 – 17 years. Call 772-231-6990 or visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
THE SECRET GARDEN closes Sunday at Cocoa Village Playhouse. This musical is written by Marsha Norman with music by Lucy Simon. It is based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Read a story about it by clicking here. Tickets are $16 to $24. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.PETER AND THE STARCATCHER closes Sunday at the Henegar Center. It tells the backstory of Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinker Bell and is intended for all ages. Read a story about it by clicking here. Tickets are $16 to $26 with a $3 service fee for each ticket. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8298 or visit Henegar.org.
EVITA closes Sunday at Surfside Playhouse. This is the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about Eva Peron. Tickets are $22 to $25. Each ticket has a $1.75 service charge. Surfside is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
GYPSY closes Sunday at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach.Read a review of it by clicking here. Tickets start at $35. Call 772-231-6990 or visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
Nightlife and Music:
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB presents Steve Kirsner with the Ron Teixeira Trio 8:30 p.m. tonight and Hella 8 p.m. Saturday. 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.
THE KING CENTER presents singer/songwriter Dar Williams 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Studio Theatre, tickets start at $50; and the Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the LED Out 8 p.m. tonight, tickets start at $47. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
MASTERWORKS OF PHOTOGRAPHER & FRENCH TWIST open Saturday 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.
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.
FRIENDS OF TEXTILES LECTURE SERIES features British designer AMY CONGDON speaking on “Tissue Engineered Textiles” starting 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Florida Tech’s Digital Scholarship Lab at Evans Library. Earlier that day, at 11 a.m., she’ll lead a “Coded Couture” gallery tour for Florida Tech students, staff and faculty. Next month, the Series presents ANNE SULLIVAN, assistant professor of digital media at UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design, speaking on “Computational Craft: Digital Stories in Physical Spaces” 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Denius Student Center’s second-floor Hartley Room on the Florida Tech campus. Both lectures will be preceded by a reception at 5:15 p.m. For both Friends of Textiles lectures, the Ruth Funk Center will remain open until 5 p.m., one hour later than normal. The cost for the evening lectures is $10 each for the general public and free for Friends of Textiles members and full-time Florida Tech students, faculty and staff with Florida Tech ID. Reservations are not necessary but encouraged. Call 321-674-6129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions going on this weekend at Melbourne Civic Theatre and Titusville Playhouse. Be sure to click here for up to date information about auditions.
UGLY LIES THE BONE opens April 5 at the Henegar Center’s second floor Studio Theatre.
HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME opens April 6 at Titusville Playhouse.
THE 6TH ANNUAL FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL begins April 6 in Eau Gallie Square.