By PAM HARBAUGH
Stay cool by going to the theater or stepping into a museum…or you can stay cool another way by enjoying some jazz. Whatever your style, there still are some things to do, even during these hot muggy days when many of us head to the hills.
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GIDION’S KNOT runs through July 8 at Theater on the Edge in Orlando. If need a drama fix, this is it. I am humbled to be directing the production at Theater on the Edge and thrilled to have worked with two powerful Meisner-trained actors — Kyrstal Glover and Natalie Bulajic. The setting is a fifth grade classroom and the action starts when a mother visits the teacher who suspended her son for something he wrote. A mystery quickly unfolds. The play is muscular enough to hold many themes, including censorship, responsibility, honesty, cowardice, bullying and more. Read the review by clicking here. Although set in a classroom, this play is intended for adults, so leave the children home. Tickets are $18 to $26. Theater on the Edge is at 5542 Hansel Avenue, Orlando, FL. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit TheaterOnTheEdge.org or click on their ad.
HAY FEVER runs through Sunday at Melbourne Civic Theatre. Read a story about it by clicking here. The Noel Coward comedy brings Kathy Minzenberger back to the stage, which is always a treat. Tickets are $31 general and $29 seniors, military and students. Melbourne Civic Theatre is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.]
Fur die Kinder:
ALADDIN, JR. performs this weekend in the King Center Studio Theatre. Curtain is 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Tickets are $8 to $12. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
MADAGASCAR, JR will have its final performance next Friday, July 29, at Riverside Theatre. However, the only tickets available are for the 2 p.m. show. Tickets are $10. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
GOTTA DANCE IV ensemble with choreographer Paulette Bethel will perform to songs like “Thriller,” “Zorba the Greek” and “Whatever Lola Wants” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23 at Surfside Playhouse. Tickets are $15 plus a $1.75 ticketing fee. Also on hand will be a collection of antique Model A automobiles. Surfside is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
Nightlife and Music:
HOWL AT THE MOON this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach featuring dueling pianos by Ken Gustafson and Rhoda Johnson. This fun-packed music-filled evening has shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The shows invite guests to come early and enjoy the free Cruise-in Classic Car show and outdoor Doo-Wop concert held in front of the theater. Picnic dinner and beverages available for purchase. Tickets to the indoor show start at $16. Shows sell out quickly, so purchase in advance. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
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.
A LOOK BACK: FORTY YEARS OF THE FOOSANER COLLECTION exhibit runs through Nov. 3 at the Foosaner Art Museum. Selections come from the Foosaner’s wonderful 5,000-piece collection, which includes works by big name Pop artists Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg and John Chamberlain, celebrated photography of Clive Butcher, fabulous women artists Jennifer Bartlett and Viola Frey and award winning artists with a Brevard connection Larry Leach, Frits van Eeden and George Snyder. Also selected will be pieces from the Foosaner’s ancient American pottery and art deco objects collection. The Foosaner is at 1463 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8916 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
MAGGY ROZYCKI HILTNER: NOT QUITE SEW and APRON STRINGS: TIES TO THE PAST exhibits run through Aug. 11 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Ms. Hiltner has exhibited in important museums around the country, has been featured in publications and is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts’ Artist’s Innovation Award for the state of Montana. The Ruth Funk is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Call 321-674-8313.
PREOCCUPATION is a solo show by 2017 100% Pure Florida winner, Vanessa Bates. This exhibit runs through June 30 at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. On Saturday, June 9, at 2 pm, Vanessa Bates will be speaking about her ironic work. 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.
MIMING/CLOWNING WORKSHOP will join BOOTS ON THE GROUND THEATER and the NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS for a one-day session 1 to 3:30 p.m. June 30 in miming and clowning. It will be led by Dalton Hedrick who studied mime in Italy. The workshop is designed to improve spacial work and physicality in scenes and will be held at the Derek Gores Gallery. Registration is $150 plus fees for general public and $100 plus fees for current NQR students. Space limited. Pre-registration is required and non-refundable. For more information or to register, click here.
KALISPELL, the winner of Surfside Playhouse’s 2018 Full Length Play Competition, will run June 29 to July 1.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH will perform June 29 and 30 at the Cocoa Village Playhouse.