By PAM HARBAUGH
Uhhh…Cinco de Mayo on a Sabado? Holy watered down margarita…the parking’s gonna be tough. But soldier through it. There are some stimulating artsy offerings out there.
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THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY opens tonight and runs through May 20 at the Henegar Center. The music in this show is simply fantastic. Read a story about it by clicking here. Tickets are $26 general, $23 seniors and military and $16 students. There is a $3 service fee per ticket. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click on their ad.
SOUTHERN SIRENS opens tonight and runs through May 13 at Titusville Playhouse’s Second Stage. It revolves around a group of ladies who meet yearly for a beach getaway. The show is sold out, but for those who have tickets, remember that curtain is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
SPAMALOT runs through May 13 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Read a story about it by clicking here. CVP is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Tickets are $24 general, $22 seniors, active military and students and $16 for children. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
THE GAME’S AFOOT runs through Sunday at Surfside Playhouse. Read a story about it by clicking here. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach. Tickets are $25 general, $22 seniors, military and students. A $1.75 ticket fee is applicable to each ticket. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
Nightlife and Music:
MASS IN TIME OF WAR by Joseph Haydn will be performed 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the King Center by the Brevard Community Chorus and select members of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. The program is led by conductor Dr. Robert E. Lamb and features professional soloists Julia Foster Rottmayer (soprano), Eliza Dopira (mezzo-soprano), Jeremy Hunt (tenor) and Sean Christopher Stork (bass.) Tickets are $24 general, $19 senior/military and $7 students. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
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. Read more by clicking here. Heidi’s is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.
COMEDY ZONE comes back to Riverside Theatre this weekend. It features stand up comics Frank Del Pizzo and Bob Lauver 7:30 and 9:30 tonight and Saturday. Patrons to the Comedy Zone can also enjoy free music before the shows. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Get there early and buy a burger and a beer if you like. Tickets are $12 and $18. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
Festivals and Special Events:
A CELEBRATION OF BRIAN DOWDALL an acclaimed visionary artist who lived in Cocoa Beach, is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Causeway, Cocoa Beach. The gallery will offer food, drink and art to help friends and admirers celebrate the late artist’s life. His many friends and admirers in Florida will gather at the Studios of Cocoa Beach from 5 to 8 p.m. today to celebrate his creative life and wish him a fond farewell. Food, drink and art will surround his friends. Learn more about this remarkable artist by viewing the profile done by the PBS News Hour in 2017. For more information on the memorial contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST FRIDAY takes place this evening throughout the Eau Gallie Arts District. You can stroll the area, pop into galleries and meet artists, listen to music and more. Of particular interest are a couple of concerts this evening. “SPACE JAMS,” presented by the Boot’s on the Ground Theater from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Derek Gores Gallery. This event features original music and soundscapes by Stewart Coleman of Alchemy Twins. Donations will be collected to help the Foosaner Art Museum raise $3,000 in scholarship funds for summer classes. BEEBS AND HER ARTSHOW BENEFITING THE VERDI ECO SCHOOL begins 8 p.m. tonight at the Standard Collective in EGAD. In addition to an art show (which is open for free from 3 to 7 p.m. today), it features live music by Beebs and Her Money makers, Niko Is, Kristen Warren and Brandon Wilson. Admission is $35 and the show is close to being sold out.
VERDI EcoSCHOOL will hold a Kentucky Derby Fundraiser 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4 in the Community Garden in the Eau Gallie Arts District. It will feature live betting, silent auctions and mint juleps. Artists from around the country have created unique horse game pieces for the fundraiser. The Verdi EcoSchool is a non-profit urban farm school for hands-on learning. Admission is $10. Call John Verdi at (321) 298-2501.
MASTERWORKS OF PHOTOGRAPHY & FRENCH TWIST runs through May 19 at the Foosaner Art Museum, 1463 Highland Avenue. Call 321-674-8916 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK opens tonight and runs through the May at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. A reception will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening during First Friday. The show invited gallery member artists to “find a small area of a past work of art and create a new piece using, according to the artist, the most exciting, most interesting, or most neglected section of their art.” 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 FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
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.
RENEW,, RE-DO, REPEAT exhibit opens May 8 at the Strawbridge Art League and Gallery.
LEGENDS OF JAZZ — GREAT AMERICAN BIG BANDS concert will be held May 14 at the Henegar Center.
MAMMA MIA! SINGALONG to the movie will be held May 17 at Cocoa Village Playhouse.
HAY FEVER opens May 18 at Melbourne Civic Theatre.