Get! Out!

GET OUT! April 20 to 22


Sit up and take note: It’s KINKY BOOTS, y’all, coming to the King Center. Read below for more info. Please click onto the ads of those organizations supporting Brevard Culture.


KINKY BOOTS performs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the King Center. This is an uproarious, outrageous show that’ll get even the most macho of men out there wanting to don some jugular stomping boots. This totally fun show is a tour of the Tony Award winning Broadway production and has direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. Its book is by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper wrote the terrific music. If you want to read my review of a 2016 tour, click here. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit

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 or click on their ad.

DISNEY’S HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME runs through April 29 at Titusville Playhouse. Tickets are $23 to $29. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit or click on their ad. And here’s a video of what looks to be a really good production.

MAMMA MIA! runs through April 29 at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. You do not want to miss this professional production. Read the review by clicking here.

Nightlife and Music:

HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB presents Steve Kirsner and Friends 5 – 8 p.m. today followed by the Ron Teixeira Trio. Hella performs Saturday night with the Ron Teixeira Trio. 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 or click on their ad.

Heidi's Jazz Club, photo by P Pruett

Heidi’s Jazz Club, photo by P Pruett

THE KING CENTER presents YANNI in “25th Anniversary of Yanni Live at the Acropolis,” 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets start at $52.50 and go up to $336 for a premium merchandise package.
The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit


THE 6TH ANNUAL FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL ends Saturday with the screening of two films: 2 p.m. “Fatima” (2015, Philippe Faucon, director) and 4 p.m. “L’Avenir” (“Things to Come, 2016, Mia Hansen-Love, director. Admission to each film is $5, with tickets available at the door. Both films will be shown in the Foosaner Art Museum’s Harris Community Auditorium. The Foosaner is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. For more information on the film festival and related events, call 321-674-8916 or click here.


MASTERWORKS OF PHOTOGRAPHER & FRENCH TWIST runs through May 19 at the Foosaner Art Museum, 1463 Highland Avenue. Call 321-674-8916 or visit

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.

A VIEW FROM THE LOFT runs through April 29 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. The exhibit comprises works by the Art Students’ Guild of Brevard. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 321-259-8261 or visit

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

News in Passing

BRIAN DOWDALL an acclaimed visionary artist who lived in Cocoa Beach for a really long time, passed away recently. He was one of the first artists I interviewed when I worked at Florida Today. He was fun and giggly and had a huge human heart. A special celebration of his life is planned for May 4 at the Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Causeway, Cocoa Beach. Brian was such a treasure. A fascinating, kind man who was always first to admit error and the last to claim victory. You can see a lot of his work at Heidi’s Jazz Club.

Brian Dowdall standing in front of one of his murals

Here’s a notice that was sent recently from the Studios of Cocoa Beach: “The acclaimed visionary artist Brian Dowdall passed away recently in Baltimore. Dowdall lived in Cocoa Beach for 33 years from 1978 to 2011. His many friends and admirers in Florida will gather at the Studios of Cocoa Beach on Friday May 4, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm to celebrate his creative life and wish him a fond farewell. Food, drink and art will surround his friends. For the month of May Brian’s work will be featured in the window of the Studios at 165 Minuteman Causeway in Downtown Cocoa Beach A self taught outsider artist Brian used cardboard to create objects and as his canvas. His paintings depict spirit animals, angels, mermaids and goddesses. Each animal was set in a luminous field of color” from the sun , moon, fire, earth, trees and water” Brian amassed over 2000 books on poetry, mythology, art and Irish literature. His home contained 5000 works of art, both his own and that of other visionary artists , works that he obtained by trading his art. He moved to Baltimore to work with the American Visionary Art Museum. The city of Baltimore provided a house for him to live in and in exchange he provide art works including mural throughout the city. Nationally recognized he will be fondly remembered by everyone lucky enough to meet him. Those who didn’t have the privilege will want to view the profile done by the PBS News Hour in 2017. For more information on the memorial contact Mike at

Plan Ahead:

THE GAME’S AFOOT opens April 27 at Surfside Playhouse.

SPAMALOT opens April 27 at Cocoa Village Playhouse.

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY opens May 4 at the Henegar Center.

LEGENDS OF JAZZ — GREAT AMERICAN BIG BANDS concert will be held May 14 at the Henegar Center.