By PAM HARBAUGH
The cultural community is gearing up for full seasons from north to south. A new improv style pops up Saturday at NQR Theatre. Heidi’s Jazz Lounge gone fishin (but they’ll return). New show opens at Surfside.
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NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS presents Improv Noir Night 8 p.m. Saturday at the NQR Theatre, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. Tickets are $20. Click here to buy tickets.
BLITHE SPIRIT opens tonight and runs through Sept. 23 at Surfside Playhouse. The Noel Coward comedy is directed by Bryan Bergeron and concerns a famous novelist turning to a psychic after being haunted by his late first wife. It performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25 general, $22 military, students and seniors. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
IN THE HEIGHTS runs through Oct. 7 at Orlando Shakes. This uplifting musical was a break-out musical for Lin Manuel Miranda. It performs generally at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets begin at $20 for matinees and $34 evening performances. Orlando Shakes is at 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL. Call 407-447-1700 or visit OrlandoShakes.org.
Nightlife, Music and More:
THE KING CENTER presents Joanne Shaw Taylor and J.D. Simo 7:30 p.m. this evening in the Studio Theatre, tickets start at $27; and Classic Albums Live recreating “LED ZEPPELIN: Houses of the Holy” 8 p.m. Saturday, tickets start at $29.75. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
HOWL AT THE MOON this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach featuring dualing pianos by Ken Gustafson and Katie Pinder Brown. 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 enjoy a picnic style dinner while listening to some great music, free. Tickets 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.
WANDERING SPIRIT: AFRICAN WAX PRINTS runs through Dec. 15 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.
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.
TEACHER’S PET runs through the month at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. The exhibit features several of Brevard County’s private art instructors’ work displayed with a few of their students’ works in Teacher’s Pet. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
The Henegar and Surfside Players are holding auditions this weekend. That’s for three shows! For more complete info on upcoming auditions, click here.
HEIDI’S JAZZ LOUNGE is on vacation until Sept. 26 when it returns with Steve Kirsner (Wednesday and Friday), Sybil Gage (Thursday), Hella (Saturday) and the Ron Teixeira Trio (Friday and Saturday).
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.