By PAM HARBAUGH
NQR Players turning into all-comedy, all the time destination. Could this become a cool place for stand-up? Get your Halloween spirit on with some big costume shows at Titusville Playhouse and the Henegar. PlayRead tomorrow at Melbourne Civic Theatre.
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THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW opens tonight and runs through Oct. 28 at Titusville Playhouse. This is the musical stage show upon which the 1975 movie was based. Buy prop bags at the theater and get involved! Tickets start at $25. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville, FL. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
STUPID F*@#ING BIRD is the next in the PlayRead series at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This is a witty, clever play. Here is MCT’s blurb about it: “An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all.” Tickets are $10. The reading begins 2 p.m. Saturday at MCT, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, viist MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
VERONICA’S ROOM runs through Nov. 11 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. Get your Halloween on with this is a very creepy, scary show. Director Peg Girard has done it before and my guess is it will have a perfect scare factor. To read a story about it, click here. Tickets are $29 and $31. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, FL. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
THE WIZ runs through Oct. 28 at the Henegar. It features Felander Stevenson as the scarecrow, Henegar.org.Tickets are $19 to $29. Parking is difficult right now because of construction, so valet parking is available for $10. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave. Call 321-723-8698 or visit
PHANTASMAGORIA IX “HOMECOMING” starts a mini tour tonight to Eustis then to Sanford, Ocala and Deland. For tickets and to get exact times, visit Phantasmagoriaorlando.com. This is the steampunk storytelling creation of John DiDonna, a strong force in the Orlando theater scene. It includes choreography of Mila Makarova, fight direction by Bill Warriner, music and soundscapes by Lee Caulfield and Tod Kimbro and has creative input from many more well known Central Florida theatrical artists. Tickets start at $25 general and $15 students, seniors and military.
THE LITTLE MERMAID has its final performance 2 p.m. Saturday at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Read Brevard Culture’s review of the show by clicking here. Tickets range from $18 to $26. CVP is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
Nightlife, Music and More:
NOT QUITE RIGHT improv troupe is busy all weekend in the NQR Theatre in the Eau Gallie Arts District. First up is the Open High School Improv Jam 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. $5. Saturday, from 8 to 10 p.m. the group performs improv with the theme of “The Attic,” which means bring an item from the past and let the players have their way with it. $15. NQR Theatre is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., #101, Melbourne, FL. Click here. And for your added internet players, here is Glen “Kraz” Krazny doing his comedy thing send up of the Red Tide. Click here for that video.
HEIDI’S JAZZ LOUNGE presents the Ron Teixeira Trio tonight and Saturday. Hella and Bruce Katz Band step on stage Saturday. 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 entertainment this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach featuring stand up comics Janet Ward (the self-titled “Tennessee Tramp”) and Jamie Ward, who says about himself “the toughest part of being a Chinese comic is, he’s Korean.” Shows are 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Enjoy a picnic style dinner while listening to some great music, free. Tickets begin at $12. 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.
KING CENTER presents legendary names in rock ‘n roll this month: David Allan Coe performs 8 p.m. Oct. 24, tickets are $51; Dweezil Zappa (son of Frank) performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, tickets are $52.50; TOTO performs “40 Trips Around the Sun” 8 p.m. Oct. 24, tickets are $48.50; and Lindsey Buckingham performs 7 p.m. Oct. 28, tickets start at 76.75. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne, FL. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
NANCY DILLEN RETROSPECTIVE runs through March 15, 2019 in Leu Gardens in Orlando. Read a short story about the exhibition by clicking here.
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. The museum will also hold an African Drumming and Dance Workshop 7 p.m. Oct. 19. $15 for the general public and $10 for Friends of Textiles members and Florida Tech students, faculty and staff with Florida Tech ID. Class size limited. To reserve your spot, click here. Next month, the Friends of Textiles Lecture Series will present a history of “kanga” cloth on Nov. 6. The Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL. Call 321-674-6129 or visit textiles.fit.edu.
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.
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SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE opens Oct. 23 at Riverside Theatre.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN opens Nov. 2 at Surfside Playhouse.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH opens Nov. 2 at Titusville Playhouse.
CROWNS opens Nov. 9 at the Henegar Center.
ARTWORKS festival runs Nov. 17 and 18 in the Eau Gallie Arts District.
WILLY WONKA opens Nov. 30 at the Henegar Center.