'A Grand Night For Singing'
The Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne's downtown theatre district is announcing a change in its current season of shows.
"A Grand Night For Singing," the Tony Award-nominated musical revue by Rodgers and Hammerstein, will run March 8-24.
The musical replaces "Sunset Boulevard," which the Henegar looks forward to producing in the future.
Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon, conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie.
"A Grand Night For Singing" opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's founding fathers probably never imagined "Shall We Dance?" as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question. "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" But that's precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this revue, with innovative musical arrangements, including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair," a swingin' "Honeybun," worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy "Kansas City," which leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.
Featuring beloved songs from "The King and I," "South Pacific," "State Fair" and more, the play provides new life for these signature songs, echoing the timelessness of Rodgers and Hammerstein's work. Don't miss this magical, musical revue at The Henegar Center for the Arts.
A Grand Night For Singing begins on March 8 and runs through March 24 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., in Melbourne's Downtown Theatre District.
Tickets cost $23 for adults, $21 for seniors and $16 for students, plus handling fees. Reserved tickets may be purchased at the Henegar Center Box Office Monday through Friday.
Patrons who have reserved seats for "Sunset Boulevard" may use their tickets for "A Grand Night For Singing." No exchange is needed.
Local artist receives status
A member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Lori Pitten-Jenkins, has been awarded the prestigious American Watercolor Society Signature status in the American Watercolor Society. Ms. Jenkins' winning artwork, "Prawns on Prongs," will be part of the 146th Annual International exhibition in New York this year.
Each year, the society holds a juried exhibition of watercolor artists throughout the world.
To become a signature member, an artist must be accepted into two shows, then apply for signature status and be accepted into a third show. This allows the artist to use the initials AWS following his or her signature. Each artist may only submit one piece of art each year. In 2008, Jenkins' piece, entitled "Crustacean Frustration," was accepted for exhibition; and in 2012 "A Decided Fate" was accepted.
Ms. Jenkins lives and creates in Melbourne, where she specializes in fine art watercolor painting.
Being a Florida native is reflective in her subjects, highlighting the unique treasures that Florida has to offer.
She has been an artist all of her life and received her formal training in studio art from Florida State University.
Ms. Jenkins is the president of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and Southern Watercolor Society.
Her most recent awards include the 2012 Melbourne Art Show First place Watercolor, 2012 Mount Dora Art Festival Award of Excellence, the 2012 Space Coast Art Show Second place Watercolor, the 2012 Santa Fe 2D Award of Excellence, the Halifax Art Festival Award of Distinction, the 2012 Artworks Max Spector Memorial Award and first place at the Sebastian River Art Festival on Jan. 19 and 20.
To see more of Ms. Jenkins' work, visit the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at 1470 Highland Ave., in Melbourne or go to her website at www.loripittenjenkins.com.
Panhellenic fundraising event
The Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic's annual scholarship fundraising event will be Sunday, March 10 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Lansing Island Home of Teresa McNeight, 253 Lansing Island Drive, Satellite Beach.
"The Art of the Scarf" is a special event that offers people the unique opportunity to support this 52-year-old organization.
The Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic's outreach is to award scholarships to Brevard County collegiate women attending Florida colleges.
To date, $300,000 in funds have been given to talented women; who, for the most part, return to Brevard to be highly-contributing members of the community.
River Rendezvous "The Art of the Scarf" will take place at a beautiful, riverside estate on Lansing Island. Guests will be served champagne, hors d'oeuvres, dessert and coffee. Dillard's will provide a fashion show, and local vendors are contributing fabulous offerings for the silent auction.
Tickets cost $60 per person.
Inquiries for sponsorships or tickets may be addressed to (321) 255-2899, (321) 799-0154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zumba, Zumba, Zumba
Brevard County Parks and Recreation offers Zumba classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ted Whitlock Community Center, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., in Palm Bay.
Zumba fitness is the Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music by Grammy Award-winning producers and contagious dance steps to form a "fitness-party" that is downright addictive.
Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world's largest, and most successful, dance-fitness program, with more than 14 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages participating in weekly Zumba classes in more than 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.
The cost is $5 per class, and multiple class discounts are available. The first class is free for anyone who wants to give it a try.
Zumba is taught by certified instructor Candace Pytel.
For more information, call (732) 573-5620.
Art quilt exhibit
Seams Unique Fiber Artists, a surface design group located in Melbourne, has announced its annual "Small Art Quilt Exhibit." It is available for viewing at Boutique 4 Quilters on S.R. 192 in Melbourne.
The installation features works from the group's members, the results of "challenges" that were assigned throughout the year, including "Photo To Abstract," "Black, White and One Color" and "Inner-Self-Portraits."
The exhibit is open to the public now throughout the month of March, during regular business hours.
Admission is free.
For more information, contact Marlyn Foell at (321) 537-3502.
Gallery member receives award
A member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Earl Evans, received his second consecutive "Photograph of the Year Award" during the Indian River Photo Club's annual year-end banquet and competition.
This is the first time that a member has collected the club's highest individual award two years in a row.
The 2012 award was for his old barn image, "Last Light," while 2011 was for the "Great Blue Heron piece, Irritated."
The Indian River Photo Club of Vero Beach, one of the state's larger and more established photography groups, also holds monthly contests and sponsors the annual photo competition for the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Mr. Evans has won numerous awards in these competitions.
In addition to being a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, he is vice-president of the Camera Club of Brevard and a member of the Beech Mountain, N.C. Art Guild.
To see more of Mr. Evans' work, visit the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at 1470 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.
Call for playwriting contest entries
Surfside Players has announced its 13th Annual Playwriting Contest.
This contest is open to anyone who resides in Brevard County currently or within the past two years.
Submit an original, unpublished script by Sunday, March 31 to: Surfside Playhouse - Playwriting Contest, 200 N. First St. Cocoa Beach, Fl., 32931, or send it in PDF format to email@example.com (subject line: Playwriting Contest Entry).
The winning play will see its world premiere on Surfside's stage June 7-9.
A complete copy of the rules and guidelines are available at www.surfsideplayers.com - About our Theatre - Playwriting Contest.
Surfside Playhouse is located in Cocoa Beach.
'A Solo Exhibit of Landscapes from America and Abroad'
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery member artist Jini James is exhibiting in a solo show for the month of April.
The artist has created new works in oil from her "endless list" of visual inspirations from the Chesapeake Bay, the American Southwest, Central America, Paris and Iceland.
Her first painting trip was to Honduras, loaded down with a heavy French easel and at least 30 tubes of oils, plus canvases.
In her artistic endeavors and travels, Ms. James has received numerous awards and signature memberships in the art world.
Her training began in her teens, when she studied privately with a well-known New York illustrator and progressed to study at Moore College of Art and The Pennsylvania Academy.
As a teacher, Ms. James gives workshops, which are designed to guide students through the intricacies of drawing and painting, using "Betty Edwards techniques in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain."
Ms. James will also discuss her work at the gallery's Second Saturday Art Talk on April 13 at 2 p.m.
Thoughts about painting on site, as well as creating a good composition, will be discussed, along with a painting demonstration. Arrive early, as seating is limited.
Meet Jini James and talk to the gallery's member artists, as you enjoy viewing the artwork. Complimentary light refreshments will be served during the opening reception, which is open to the public.
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, was established in 1975. The gallery is located at 1470 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Art Museum.
The gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261. Visit its website at http://www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook.