By PAM HARBAUGH
Lift your soul with art and culture. It’s all around. Be sure to look below at a big art sale at the soon to be former Derek Gores Gallery. And if you want to help sponsor Brevard Culture by buying an ad — $25 a month — please email BrevardCulture@gmail.com.
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NEWSIES runs through September 9 at Titusville Playhouse. Based on the 1992 movie, this Disney musical is set in New York and concerns a group of “paper Mister?” rag tag newsboys dreaming of betters lives and fighting for what is right. Tickets are $21 to $29. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS runs through Sept. 9 at Melbourne Civic Theatre and already is getting close to selling out. This is a hysterical musical and is based on the 1988 movie with Steve Martin and Michael Caine. Set on the French Riviera, the story concerns two con men who swindle heiresses. While the Broadway show had big names connected to it (John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz and Joanna Gleason), Brevard’s show has its own big names — Terrence Girard, Dana Blanchard, Holly McFarland Karnes, Rob Kenna, Tracey Thompson and Mary Carson Meyer. Don’t wait to get those tickets, which cost $29 to $31. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
Nightlife, Music and More:
COMEDY ZONE features stand up comics Frankie Paul and Viet Huynh Friday and Saturday evenings at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. Shows begin at 7:30 and 9:30 tonight and Saturday. Patrons to the Comedy Zone can also enjoy free music before the shows and casino games in the lobby. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Get there early and buy a burger and a beer if you like. Tickets begin at $16. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
SPOKEN ART will feature artist Jeff Tressler, author/poet Beau Patrick and a surprise guest 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minutemen Causeway.
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.
WAYNE’S WORLD movie will screen 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cocoa Village Playhouse. This is the classic Mike Myers/Dana Carvey comedy spin off of a Saturday Night Live popular series of sketches. Tickets are $6 to $8. CVP is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
BJ THOMAS in concert begins 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. This popular singer has been turning out the hits since his 1967 “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry.” Tickets start at $59. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
TREASURE TROVE runs through the month at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. The gallery has turned into a boutique with fine functional art of hand-crafted treasures created by artisans. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
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.
For more complete info on upcoming auditions, click here. But here are some quick looks:
THE WIZ will audition 6 p.m. Aug. 26 and 7 p.m. Aug. 28, with callbacks scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Henegar. It runs Oct. 12 – 28. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698.
DEREK GORES may be turning his gallery over to the Not Quite Right Players (they’ve got huge plans for the space) but that doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere far. In fact, he plans to open a new space in a few months. We’ll keep you informed. In the meantime, Mr. Gores is holding a 2 Days Only Moving Sale. On sale are, as he says “Art, sketches, artist proofs, furniture, artifacts, sunglasses left behind, lost Picassos found in the back room, who knows.” Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Boulevard, Suite 101, Melbourne, FL.
RICHIE COLE and the Cocoa Beach Alto Madness Orchestra will appear in big band fashion Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach.
Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum will launch new weekly morning and afternoon family programming starting Aug. 29.
WANDERING SPIRIT: AFRICAN WAX PRINTS opens Sept. 1 at Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. It is a tribute to the century-old handmade designs and patterns on textiles that originated in Indonesia and were copied and industrialized by Europeans and exported to West Africa.
IN THE HEIGHTS runs Sept. 5 to Oct. 7 at Orlando Shakes.
JERRY SEINFELD Sept. 13 at the King Center.
BLITHE SPIRIT runs Sept. 14 to 23 at Surfside Playhouse.
HAIR runs Sept. 21 to Oct. 14 at Titusville Playhouse.
THE LITTLE MERMAID runs Sept. 21 to Oct. 7 at Cocoa Village Playhouse.
6th ANNUAL CULTURAL ARTS SHOWCASE, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the King Center.