Accordion club meets monthly
The Brevard Chapter of the Central Florida Accordion Club presents a social musical program the last Sunday of every month.
Accordion music (sometimes other instruments) is performed in various styles, and with various skill levels.
The public is invited and admission is free.
The December program will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 at the Elks Lodge No. 1532, 315 Florida Ave, Cocoa.
The not-for-profit club is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, and is dedicated to promoting the visibility and value of the accordion as a multi-cultural musical instrument in Central Florida.
For more information, visit www.cfaccordionclub.com or call (321) 799-2267.
Artist wins award
Witha Lacuesta, a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Eau Gallie, recently received a merit award for her watercolor painting "The Robbers" in the ninth annual Flora & Fauna at the Refuge Wildlife Show at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The cara caras in her painting were observed at the Rich Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera.
For more information, email email@example.com, visit www.lacuesta-art.com or call (321) 259-3635.
Blowout sale at studio
The Highland Art & Studio will be having a blowout sale 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at 1414 Highland Ave., Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.highlandarsstudio.com, email highlandartand firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 243-9855.
'Shadow'' art featured at the museum
The "Shadows" exhibit will run at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, from Jan. 4-27.
This month is a member's show, revolving around the theme of shadows in any capacity.
It is an opportunity for members to be creative and explore different mediums and new ideas.
Also this month, members will be having a vintage art sale. The studios are cleaned out and prices on vintage art pieces are deeply discounted.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier was established in 1975. It is artist owned and operated. The gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Brevard Museum of Art.
The gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261. Visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook for more information.
Card, gift classes offered
Bring a friend and learn quick, fun and easy techniques in a relaxed setting to create quality cards and/or gifts at the Art Gallery of Viera.
Learn to create greeting cards, gifts or gift bags with new projects each week.
Beautiful, quality materials, including cardstock, decorative papers, stamps, inks, embossing products, die cuts and accessories are included in the $12 price of the class.
Upcoming classes will be on Mondays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Viera.
Advance reservations are needed and may be placed by contacting Ree at (321) 773-0095, (321) 961-2350, (321) 504-4343 or at email@example.com.
1960s production comes to Brevard
Auditions for "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," a musical based on the hit songs of 1960s pop rock artist Neil Sedaka, have been postponed until 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 6 and 7.
There has been a director change in Surfside Players spring musical.
Needed are three women and three men of all ages, plus live musicians (drum, bass, keyboard, guitar) to play soft rock and occasionally sing backup.
Rehearsals will be fast-paced, and performance dates are Feb. 8-24, 2013.
This production will be directed by Nicholas Henn, with Mario Davis as musical director and Danielle Horak as choreographer.
Mr. Henn recently directed Surfside's successful "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in October, as well as "Wizard of Oz" and "Meet Me in St. Louis" at Quincy Music Theatre and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at First United Methodist Church in Titusville.
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" is a sweetly comic story about blossoming romances at a Catskills resort in 1960, with characters including recently jilted bride-to-be "Marge" and her friend "Lois," self-obsessed singer "Del Delmonaco," geekish cabana boy and aspiring songwriter "Gabe," Borscht Belt comic "Harvey" and resort owner "Esther."
This touching romantic musical was built around 18 songs from the repertoire of 1960s pop singer Neil Sedaka, including "Where the Boys Are," "Calendar Girl," "Sweet Sixteen," "Love Will Keep Us Together" and his signature hit "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do."
The music is by Neil Sedaka, with the book by Ben H. Winters and Erik Jackson and lyrics by Howard Greenfield and Philip Cody.
Surfside Players is located at 300 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 783-3127, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.surfsideplayers.com or Facebook group "Surfside Players."
Fiber artists featured in exhibit
Bold graphic designs, realistic pictorials and monochromatic abstracts are just some of the pieces that will be showcased during the upcoming "A New Look at Fiber Art" exhibit in Melbourne.
Featuring the work of the Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists, the exhibit will be on display at the Harris Gallery of the Maxwell C. King Center lobby from Jan. 7 through Feb. 4.
As a painter uses paint, the members of the Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists use fabric. They cut and place it to create dynamic compositions.
Along the way, these artists may also scrunch it, tear it, burn it, weave it, foil it, paint it, stitch it or glue it. But they don't limit their materials to just fabric.
Paper, window screening, plant material, beads and plastics also find their way into their works of art. They frequently employ quilt-making techniques as they combine these elements.
Although membership in the Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists includes several fiber art professionals, this group is not focused on credentials or acclaim. Instead, their goal, as one member states, "is to simply play with fabrics and learn from one another."
This spirit of play fosters creativity, which is clearly evident in the resulting artwork.
The Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists are: Barbara Bilbo, Jill Brown, Peggy Horsfield, Elizabeth King, Andrea Luliak, Ellen Lindner, Bev O'Connell, Dij Pacarro and Ruth Anne Parker.
The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, contact Dij Pacarro at (321) 806-5550 or email email@example.com.
Local actress becomes writer, producer and director
A local actress becomes a writer, producer and director with the premier of her original play, "Last Call," at the Henegar Center for the Arts in Downtown Melbourne.
Jessica Taylor, member of the improv troupe Not Quite Right and long-time Brevard County thespian, wrote the play with many of her friends and fellow actors in mind.
"Last Call" is set in a hotel bar, with a bartender (Hank) having to deal with his eccentric customers and their problems, while trying to shake his own past.
Using her improv background, Ms. Taylor wanted to make the show somewhat interactive, replacing the normal upstairs seating with cocktail tables, creating the feeling that the audience members are also bar patrons. The audience will actually be able to order drinks from Hank's bar.
"Although the storyline revolves around Hank, the play has an ensemble cast made up of some of Brevard's most talented actors.
The cast includes Not Quite Right members Joe Boasci, Jon Emmerich, Adam Lucker and Michelle McElvaine, as well as Donna Furfaro, Taylor Kopman, Rob Landers, Michelle Lee, Diana Taylor, Doug Taylor, Tori Smith and Ms. Taylor herself.
Tickets cost $15 and are on sale now through the Henegar Center box office at or online at www.henegar.org.
The show runs Feb. 8-10 and 15-17 at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
The Henegar Center is at 625 E, New Haven Ave., No. 119, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 723-8698.