By PAM HARBAUGH
Nothing says “gala” like a chandelier. And there are plenty in the Henegar right now for tonight’s long anticipated HENEGAR BUILDING 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA. This is going to be quite the soiree. For more info, visit Henegar.org. Also, two absolutely fantastic, must-see shows end their runs Sunday — “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at Cocoa Village Playhouse and “My Fair Lady” at Riverside Theatre.
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GHOST WRITER runs through April 14 in the second stage at Riverside Theatre. Look for a review soon in Brevard Culture. Tickets are $55 general and $27.50 for students. Riverside is at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
THE COUNTRY HOUSE runs through April 28 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. It concerns those extravagant inhabitants of “The Theatah.” Read more about it by clicking here. 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 performs 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Henegar. 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.” The production comes from Titusville Playhouse. I sat in on part of a dress rehearsal and it looks fantastic. Theater people and lovers of anything Sondheim will adore this show. Tickets are $19 to $29. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org.
MY FAIR LADY runs through Sunday 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.
FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY recreates favorite moments from the popular TV show. One performance only. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the King Center Studio Theatre. Mature content. Tickets start at $65. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit
NQR COMEDY performs improv this weekend. Its production of “Art” has been postponed. NQR Theatre is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. Visit NQRComedy.com.
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.
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.
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.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE opens April 5 at Titusville Playhouse
RED opens April 19 in the Studio Theatre of the Henegar Center.