By PAM HARBAUGH
Some lovely presents offered up by our cultural communities in both Brevard and Vero Beach. New shows opening tonight. Others closing on Sunday. And a truly sweet delights in Vero Beach.
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THE COUNTRY HOUSE opens tonight and runs through April 28 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. It concerns those extravagant inhabitants of “The Theatah.” Read more about it soon in Brevard Culture. Tickets are $29 to $31. Service fees may apply. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM opens tonight and runs through Sunday at Titusville Playhouse. The presentation uses exclusive interview footage along with music to get “an inside look at the personal life and artistic process of famed composer, Stephen Sondheim.” Tickets are $25 to $29. It runs 8 p.m. tonight, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville, FL. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
MY FAIR LADY runs through March 31 at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. This is a MUST SEE. To read a Brevard Culture review of it, click here. Tickets are $35 to $90. This show is quickly selling out ahead of time. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER runs through Sunday at the Cocoa Village Playhouse. This also is a must see. Read this Brevard Culture story by clicking here. And, read a review by clicking here. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, FL. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
TARZAN runs through Sunday at the Henegar Center. Read about the show by clicking here. A review will run soon in Brevard Culture. In the meantime, know that this is a very entertaining show with some fresh touches, terrific music and great cast. Tickets are $19 to $29. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org.
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE:
HEIDI’S JAZZ LOUNGE presents Steve Kirsner and Friends tonight and Saturday with the Ron Teixeira Trio Saturday night and then Hela with the Teixeira Trio on Saturday. Jam session Sunday. Heidi’s is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.
THE MORGENSTERN PIANO TRIO will be presented by the Melbourne Chamber Music Society 7:30 p.m. tonight at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 2030 N. A1A, Indialantic, FL. The program will include Germaine Tailleferre’s Piano Trio, Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor and Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E Flat Major, Opus 100. Tickets are $35 general and $10 students. Call 321-213-5100, visit MelbourneChamberMusicSociety.org or click on their ad.
THE KING CENTER will present “World of Musicals” 4 p.m. sunday. Tickets start at $33. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit
NQR COMEDY performs improv at NQR Theatre is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. Visit NQRComedy.com.
TEDXCocoaBeach will bring experts to speak on finance, the Indian River Lagoon, social media and more 1 p.m. Saturday at Surfside Playhouse. Tickets are $50 plus handling fee of $4.67. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach. Call 321-783-3127 or visit SurfsidePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
VICTORIAN RADICALS: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement exhibition runs through May 5 at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. It comprises approximately 145 works by pioneering artists including Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Elizabeth Siddall. The VBMA is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free to members, children 17 years and younger and to the active military. General admission is $12, seniors $11 and students $5. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is at 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-0707, visit VBMuseum.org or click on their ad.
DOUBLE VISION with works by photographer Mark Mittleman and painter Bill McCoy runs through the month at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. The exhibit explores how two artists see the same thing. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
LISA SHEPPERD is the artists of the month at the Studios of Cocoa Beach. Sheppard has been making pots since high school classes in Miami. For several decades, she worked locally with a gas-soda kiln at Horse Creek Pottery, but is now altering her decoration techniques for electric firings. She continues to take every opportunity to study with talented potters near and far, including Mackenzie Smith, Jinsong Kim, Josh DeWeese, Lorna Meaden and Linda Arbuckle. Lisa says, “My work begins on the wheel, but I often alter the form with handbuilt additions. I create distinctive decorations by painting with clay slips, as well as carving into the surface. I want to make functional art that people can use every day; all my pottery is food safe, and may be put in the dishwasher and microwave.” One of Lisa’s “ Berry Bowls ” will be the prize in the Studios’ monthly giveaway. To enter this free drawing, visit the Studios any day in March. The Studios of Cocoa Beach is at 165 Minuteman Causeway, Cocoa Beach, FL. Hours are Monday and Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about exhibits, artists and workshop schedules, call the Studios at 321-613-3480 or visit StudiosOfCocoaBeach.org.
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. 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.The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Avenue Melbourne, FL. Call 321-674-8916 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
ACTORS: For information on the wealth of auditions happening around the area this month and next, click here.
WFIT 89.5 FM GARAGE BAND CONTEST is seeking entries. Winner will be announced 12:10 p.m. March 29 and will win a recording session at the radio station’s performance studio. The band will also be asked to perform at the 2019 Sonic Waves Music Festival on Saturday, April 13, at the Intracoastal Brewing Company in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. To be eligible, bands must be from Brevard County and be unsigned. To enter, bands must film a new video of them performing an original song in a garage. The video, no longer than 5 minutes, should then be uploaded to YouTube. The link should be included on the contest entry form. The band must submit an entry form, available at www.wfit.org, by Friday, March 22. The band will also be asked to perform at the 2019 Sonic Waves Music Festival on Saturday, April 13, at the Intracoastal Brewing Company in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Find more information and entry forms at wfit.org.
GHOST WRITER opens March 26 at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach.
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM opens March 30 at the Henegar Center.
ART opens March 29 at Not Quite Right Theatre.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE opens April 5 at Titusville Playhouse
RED opens April 19 in the Studio Theatre of the Henegar Center.