By PAM HARBAUGH
Plenty poppin’ this weekend. A lot of theater and music, that’s for sure. Head to “Evita” and then “The Crucible” and you will discover how art continues to imitate life.
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EVITA runs through Jan. 27 at Riverside Theatre. This is a sensational show. Read the review by clicking here. This is a professional production with shows throughout the week, including many matinees. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Wednesdays, select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets begin at $35. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
THE CRUCIBLE opens today and runs through Jan. 27 at Surfside Players. I saw a dress rehearsal and was very impressed by the performances. Great scenes with Terrence Girard, Steven Wolf and Rhett Pennell. Anthony Mowad at his best as well. Artistic work by Bryan Bergeron. Look for a review in Brevard Culture next week. $25 general and $22 for seniors, military and students. A $1.75 service fee may be added to each ticket. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens tonight and runs through Feb. 3 at Titusville Playhouse. This is a fun show, through and through. It stars Steven Heron as drag queen Albin and Daniel McDonald as his lover, Georges. I saw a rehearsal of this show and the performances are wonderful. And Luke Atkison, the genius, dresses the stage with his scenic, lighting and choreography design…and he performs in the show as well. And with Titusville Playhouse receiving awards aplenty from Broadway World’s Regional Awards, the place is bound to be filled with great energy. Tickets $21 to $29. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE:
MELBOURNE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY presents the Pacifica String Quartet tonight. To read a story about this, click here. The performance begins 7:30 p.m. tonight, Jan. 11, at the St. Marks United Methodist Church, 2030 N. A1A, Indialantic, FL. Tickets are $35 general and $10 students. Season tickets cost $120 and are available until Feb. 22, 2019. Call 321-213-5100 or visit MelbourneChambeMusicSociety.org or click on their ad.
3 REDNECK TENORS perform 8 p.m. tonight at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets start at $27. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
HEIDI’S JAZZ LOUNGE presents Rev. Billy C. Wirtz tonight along with Steve Kirsner and Friends. Saturday it’s the vocalist Hella. And of course, all that with the incomparable Ron Teixeira Trio. Jam session Sunday. Heidi’s will open 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. 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 HAPPENINGS this weekend include “Board Game Night” 7 to 10 p.m. tonight, Jan. 11. That’s free but you need to register by clicking here. There could be some guerilla improv and/or karaoke. All ages welcomed. On Saturday, Jan. 12, NQR presents “My Weird Uncle” improv show 8 to 9 p.m. Tickets for that are $10. You can buy them by clicking here. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. NQR Theater is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne.
PILOBOLUS performs “Shadowland: The New Adventures” 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the King Center. This unique group uses mixed media to tell a love story and a magical bird. It has touches of sci-fi, film noir and rom-com. Tickets starts at $39.50. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
OPENINGS TO THE WORLD members’ exhibit runs through Jan. 26 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
FOOSANER ART MUSEUM presents DEREK GORES: LOCAL EDITION, a retrospective of work by Brevard’s popular, award winning and internationally acclaimed artist Derek Gores. It runs through March 23 at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum, 1463 Highland Avenue Melbourne, FL. Call 321-674-8916 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
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.
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.
ANYTHING GOES opens Jan. 25 at Cocoa Village Playhouse.
PROPAGANDA KIMONOS exhibit opens Jan. 25 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts.