By PAM HARBAUGH
Oh, procrastinators, you’re in a pickle this weekend. Three shows are closing, one is opening and a couple others are in the midst of their runs. So better get organized, the cultural community is in high gear.
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CROWNS opens tonight and runs through Nov. 18 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.
HURRICANE HELGA proved to be one of the most fun evenings I’ve had in the theater. Certainly unique — the show is held in the second floor of a bar and grill in a state park. The newly formed amateur South Beach Players has an original show written by one of their members (a first time playwright with a gift for one-liners). And it’s nearly impossible to get tickets, sooo…they have added a 4 p.m. show this Sunday, Nov. 11. Read more about “Hurricane Helga” by clicking here. “Hurricane Helga” runs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 13 and 14 at BG Surfside Grill & Adventures in Sebastian Inlet State Park, 9700 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL. Tickets are $10 which includes admission to the park. A portion of the proceeds will go to charities supporting victims of Hurricane Michael. Call Barbara Van Dam at 321-727-1404.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN opens tonight and runs through Nov. 18 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.
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.
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE runs through Sunday at Riverside Theatre. For a story about one of its stars, click here. Read the review by clicking here. Tickets start at $35. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990 visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH runs through Sunday at Titusville Playhouse. This is the underground cultural phenom which came out for a peek four years ago when Neil Patrick Harris took on the title role for a celebrated Broadway fling. A musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, it is a rock ‘n role story about gender-bending Hedwig. Tickets are $25 and $29. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
VERONICA’S ROOM runs through Sunday 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.
Nightlife, Music and More:
CALIDORE STRING QUARTET performs 7:30 p.m. today (Nov. 9) for the Melbourne Chamber Music Society. Read the story here. This are wonderful concerts. Consider yourself “urged” to attend. General admission is $35 and students are $10. Concert is held in the sanctuary at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 2030 N. A1A, Indialantic, FL. Call 321-213-5100, visit MelbourneChamberMusicSociety.org or click on their ad.
NOT QUITE RIGHT improv troupe presents house teams “Happy Little Accidents” and “My Weird Uncle” competing for bragging rights in a full-length show completely unscripted, based off audience suggestions. Reserved seating. $15 (+ sales tax and fees) online. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show at 8:00 p.m. Refreshments available. Visit NQRComedy.com.
KING CENTER is busy with all week. OTTMAR LIEBERT 7:30 p.m. today in the Studio Theatre, with tickets starting at $79.50; RON WHITE 8 p.m. tonight in mainstage, with tickets starting at $57; ACE FREHLEY 8 p.m. Saturday with tickets starting at $59; DIAVOLO 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with tickets starting at $44; and STEPHEN STILL & JUDY COLLINS 8 p.m. Thursday, with tickets at $59.50. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
HEIDI’S JAZZ LOUNGE 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.
HOWL AT THE MOON this weekend at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach featuring pianists Amy Keith and Ken Gustafson and percussionist Zachary Kuiper. 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.
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 strong>FRIENDS OF TEXTILES LECTURE SERIES presents “A Brief History of Kanga Cloth, East Africa’s Printed Textile” by Dr. MacKenzie Moon Ryan, Rollins College 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.
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ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ABYSS: SHIPWRECK TREASURES FROM THE DEEP with famed underwater archeologist Robert Marx will be held Nov. 15 at Florida Tech in the college’s Gleason Auditorium. For more information, call 321-674-6152.
BREVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs Beethoven’s Fifth at Nov. 17 concert.
DEREK GORES: LOCAL EDITION opens Nov. 17 in the Foosaner Art Museum.
ARTWORKS festival runs Nov. 17 and 18 in the Eau Gallie Arts District.
WILLY WONKA opens Nov. 30 at the Henegar Center.