By PAM HARBAUGH
Soak up that culture now, we’ll be heading into summer mode before you know it. Shows closing this weekend, more opening next week. So best catch up with a couple of great shows still running at Riverside and Melbourne Civic Theatre.
And please click onto the ads of those organizations supporting Brevard Culture.
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.
IT’S ONLY A PLAY 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 runs through Sunday 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 Saturday 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.
THE SECRET GARDEN closes Saturday 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.
Nightlife and Music:
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB presents the Ron Teixeira Trio this weekend. 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.
SLEEPWALKERS runs through Sunday at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. The group exhibit explores visions of nighttime. 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
MASTERWORKS OF PHOTOGRAPHER & FRENCH TWIST runs through May 19 at the Foosaner Art Museum, 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 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. It will be preceded by a reception at 5:15 p.m. and the Ruth Funk Center will remain open until 5 p.m., one hour later than normal. $10 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 and Calls for Submissions:
18th ANNUAL FULL LENGTH PLAY COMPETITION at Surfside Playhouse is accepting scripts from Brevard County playwrights through May 7. Unproduced original works only. The winning play will have performances June 29 and July 1 (with auditions May 20 and 21). Visit SurfsidePlayers.com.
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.
MAMMA MIA! opens April 10 at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach.
THE DANISH STRING QUARTET will perform for the Melbourne Chamber Music Society patrons April 13.
CLARINETIST BHARAT CHANDRA performs with the BSO April 14.
THE GAME’S AFOOT opens April 27 at Surfside Playhouse.
SPAMALOT opens April 27 at Cocoa Village Playhouse.