By PAM HARBAUGH
The area is hitting its sweet spot with cultural activities. There’s the ArtWorks Festival in the Eau Gallie Arts District. The Brevard Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven on Saturday. Shows open. Shows close. Big museum retrospective of a very popular area artist Derek Gores.
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A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL opens tonight and runs through Dec. 2 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Look for a review soon in Brevard Culture. Production assistant Jason Crase said “Patrons will be enchanted by the charming cast of both adults and children and by the beautiful, homey set design by Joseph Lark Riley.” The photos sure suggest that. CVP is at 300 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa. Tickets are $18 to $26. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN runs through Sunday at Surfside Playhouse. This laugh-a-minute musical is based on the Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder movie. To read a story about it, click here. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach. Tickets are $25 general and $22 military, students and seniors. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
CROWNS runs through Sunday in the second floor Studio Theatre at the Henegar Center. If the dress rehearsal is any indication, tickets will be very hard to come by for this spirited production. Read a story about it by clicking here. Also, a review is coming soon. Henegar Center is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $29 general, $26 senior/military and $19 for students. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org.
BOOM runs through Dec. 9 at Theater on the Edge in Orlando. This contemporary dark comedy concerns a sexy romp in a subterranean research lab which might be a source of survival when the threat of global annihilation pops up. A review will run soon in Brevard Culture. Tickets are $20 to $32. Discounted tickets on Wednesday evening industrial shows which also include talk backs Nov. 14 and 28. Theatre on the Edge is at 5542 Hansel Avenue, Orlando, FL. To read more about it, get directions and tickets, visit TheaterOnTheEdge.org.
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BREVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 Saturday at the King Center with Christopher Confessore conducting. Also on the program are Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “March from Concerto Grosso” and Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with guest artist Sirena Huang on violin. The Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra will also be on stage. The concert begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets are $26 to $50. Call 321-242-2219 or visit the KingCenter.com.
KING CENTER presents the MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19. Tickets start at $45.50. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
ArtWORKS 2018 annual festival runs this weekend in the Eau Gallie Arts District. It runs
HEIDI’S JAZZ LOUNGE presents Rev. Billy C. Wirtz tonight and a jam session Saturday. It will be closed Sunday and Monday of Thanksgiving week. 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.
NOT QUITE RIGHT improv troupe presents High School Improv Jam tonight. $5. Visit NQRComedy.com.
Exhibits:DEREK GORES: LOCAL EDITION a retrospective of work by Brevard’s popular, award winning and internationally acclaimed artist Derek Gores, opens Saturday and runs through March 23 at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. Look for a story soon in Brevard Culture. But in the meantime, this is gonna be the big boy on the cultural block this season.
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 Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL. Call 321-674-6129 or visit textiles.fit.edu.
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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE NEW MUSICAL opens Nov. 23 at Titusville Playhouse.
WILLY WONKA opens Nov. 30 at the Henegar Center.
MCT’S CHRISTMAS SHOW STARRING ALFIE SILVA opens Nov. 30 at Melbourne Civic Theatre.
THE SANTALAND DIARIES starring Patrick Ryan Sullivan opens Dec. 7 in the TPI Second Stage at Titusville Playhouse.