By PAM HARBAUGH
Springtime hits the cultural scene. Perfect weather for you to call a friend and GET OUT!
Read about weekend events by our vital arts community and be sure to click on their ads, which helps Brevard Culture abide: COCOA VILLAGE PLAYHOUSE, HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY, MELBOURNE CIVIC THEATRE, RIVERSIDE THEATRE and SURFSIDE PLAYHOUSE. If your organization or supportive business wants to advertise, email BrevardCulture@gmail.com.
MAN OF LA MANCHA opens tonight and runs through March 17 at Titusville Playhouse. I saw the dress rehearsal of this powerful and aesthetically excellent production about dreaming the impossible dream. Read more about it in an upcoming story in Brevard Culture. Tickets are $21 to $29. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
THE LAST ROMANCE runs through Sunday at Riverside Theatre. To read a review, click here.
SYLVIA runs through Sunday at Melbourne Civic Theatre. This show has a sweet little conceit to it which we’re not going to spoil for you. Just know that it is director Peg Girard at her best and actor Mark Blackledge at his best as well. Keep calling, maybe you’ll find someone who had to cancel. To read a review of it, click here. Tickets are $29 to $31. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, FL. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
GLORIA runs through March 10 at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. Look for a review of it soon in Brevard Culture. In the meantime, know that this unusual, hard hitting dark comedy about our contemporary world was written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the MacArthur genius grant winner who gave us the mind blowing play “An Octoroon.” Oh, the Mad Cow show stars one of our faves, Zack Roundy. Tickets are $42 general and $32 students and military. Mad Cow is at 54 West Church St., second floor, Orlando. Call 407.297.8788 or visit MadCowTheatre.com.
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE:
THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC WIND QUINTET performs 7:30 p.m. tonight. The performance is part of the Melbourne Chamber Music Society season. It takes place at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2030 N. A1A, Indialantic, FL. Tickets are $35 general and $10 students. Call (321) 213-5100 or visit MelbourneChamberMusicSociety.org or click on their ad.
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. 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.
NQR COMEDY performs improv at NQR Theatre is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. Visit NQRComedy.com.
THE KING CENTER presents a Brevard Music Group production, THE HAVANA CUBA ALL-STARS 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets start at $31. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit
PROPAGANDA KIMONOS runs to May 4 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts which is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free admission. Also, the center, along with Florida Tech, will present the textiles symposium Uncommon Threads: Designing Women on Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1. The symposium will feature Petra Slinkard, the Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Call 321-674-8313 or visit their website by clicking here.
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.
NANCY DILLEN RETROSPECTIVE runs through March 15, 2019 in Leu Gardens in Orlando. Read a short story about the exhibition by clicking here.
100% PURE FLORIDA annual juried exhibition runs through the month at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
For information on the wealth of auditions happening around the area this month and next, click here.
BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS opens March 1 at Surfside Playhouse.
TARZAN opens March 8 at the Henegar Center.
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER opens March 8 at Cocoa Village Playhouse.
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM opens March 30 at the Henegar Center.