By PAM HARBAUGH
Some cultural presents at your feet. Go for it and GET! OUT!
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THE SANTALAND DIARIES starring Patrick Ryan Sullivan opens this weekend and runs through Dec. 16 in the TPI Second Stage at Titusville Playhouse. Read a story about it by clicking here. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. The 2nd Stage venue is across the street at 407 South Washington Ave., Titusville. Tickets are $20. Service fees may apply. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
WILLY WONKA runs through Dec. 16 at the Henegar. This of course is the Roald Dahl classic about the little boy who wins a golden ticket to visit a famed chocolate factory. Complete with Oompa Loompas and music. Tickets are $19 to $29. Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org.
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 $30. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL runs through Sunday at Cocoa Village Playhouse. 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.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE NEW MUSICAL runs through Dec. 16 at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia St., Titusville. Tickets are $21 to $29. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
BOOM runs through Sunday 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. Read Brevard Culture’s review by clicking here. 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.
Nightlife, Music and More:
BREVARD COMMUNITY CHORUS in Christmas of Light concert Saturday, Dec. 8 at the King Center. It features 100-plus voices of the Brevard Community Chorus and select players from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra performing holiday favorites and the the Florida premiere of Dan Forrest’s new choral selection, “Lux.” Concert begins 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors and military and $5 students. plus a variety of holiday favorites. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
HEIDI’S JAZZ LOUNGE presents Hella with the Ron Teixeira Trio on Saturday. Jam session Sunday. 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 performs 8 p.m. $15. 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.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY exhibit The Members Show at Studios of Cocoa Beach. The annual show runs through January 21, 2019. Member artists are displaying the best of their current work. Phyllis Shipley won the Award of Excellence, judged by sponsor Dan Striby of Sterling Photography in Melbourne. Don Martin won the 1st Merit Award and Nicky Ravine won the 2nd. During the show’s opening reception visitors voted for the People’s Choice Award. Best of Show went to Don Martin, with Linda Z receiving the 1st Merit Award and Tony Sasso won the 2nd Merit Award. 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.
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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