By PAM HARBAUGH
Wake up! There are still last minute gifts to get. Here’s a couple of idea: SHOW TICKETS!!! Stuff some tickets into those Christmas stockings. There are also some lovely little items at area galleries, especially the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. And by the way, the cultural community about to take a quick nap, so best prepare now for the next big thing: New Year’s Eve. If you feel a little stuck for Christmas Eve, skip the MCT Christmas show unless you have tickets because it’s sold out…instead, head Heidi’s Jazz Lounge in Cocoa Beach for music, libations and great food.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL touring production comes to the King Center mainstage 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets begin at $28.50 with discounts for children.
The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
MCT’S CHRISTMAS SHOW STARRING ALFIE SILVA runs through Dec. 24 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This is Mr. Silva’s variety show filled with his impersonations of celebrities such as Dino, Elvis and Johnny Cash. Read a story about it by clicking here. Performances are selling briskly. Tickets are almost GONE. There are some for tonight’s show, but that’s it. $30. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS are taking a breather before its big NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH. That show will feature NQR Teams: My Weird Uncle, Happy Little Accidents, and That’s What She Said. Food provided by Coasters Pub & Biergarten. Dance to the music of DJE and celebrate with a champagne toast at midnight. Reserved seating tickets are $60 (plus sales tax and fees). Cash bar with beer, wine and soda. Seating is limited. For more info, click here.
Nightlife, Music and More:
HEIDI’S JAZZ LOUNGE presents Steve Kirsner and Friends on Friday and Hella on Saturday. And of course, with the incomparable Ron Teixeira Trio. Jam session Sunday. Heidi’s will open 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. 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.
ALADDIN FILMS SERIES presents “Miracle on 34th Street” classic film at the Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Read about the series by clicking here. Call 321-636-5050 or click on their ad.
THE 36TH ANNUAL DESIGNERS’ HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW runs through Jan. 5 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
FOOSANER ART MUSEUM is taking a holiday break. It re-opens Jan. 2 where the DEREK GORES: LOCAL EDITION will continue to excite visitors.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY exhibit The Members Show at Studios of Cocoa Beach. The annual show runs through January 21, 2019. The Studios of Cocoa Beach at 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach. Hours are Monday and Tuesday 10:30am-3:30 pm, Wednesday through Saturday 10:30am to 8pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Call 321-613-3480 or visit studiosofcocoabeach.org.
NANCY DILLEN RETROSPECTIVE runs through March 15, 2019 in Leu Gardens in Orlando. Read a short story about the exhibition by clicking here.
Every Brevard community theater has auditions in January. For a complete list, click here.
BALLET VERO BEACH presents its subtropical take on “The Nutcracker” Dec. 30 & 31 and Jan. 4 & 5 at the VBHS Performing Arts Center.
JAY LENO performs at the King Center Jan. 4.
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 opens Jan. 4 at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.
EVITA opens Jan. 8 at Riverside Theatre.
MELBOURNE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY presents the Pacifica String Quartet Jan. 11.
THE CRUCIBLE opens Jan. 11 at Surfside Players.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens Jan. 11 at Titusville Playhouse.
BONNIE & CLYDE opens Jan. 18 at the Henegar.
SYLVIA opens Jan. 18 at Melbourne Civic Theatre.
BREVARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs Tchaikovsky & Friends Jan. 19 at the King Center.