Bikeweek special events
Space Coast Harley-Davidson presents music with Red Tide on Friday, March 15, Vintage on Saturday, March 16 and Katty Shack on Sunday, March 17 at 1440 Executive Circle N.E., Palm Bay.
There will be vendors every day, with a free bike wash with every service.
Take Exit 176 off I-95, Palm Bay Road east to Hollywood south to Executive Circle.
For more information, visit www.spacecoastharley.com or call (321) 259-1311.
Chamber to present 'Casino Night'
The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for the Fourth Annual Mardi Gras Casino Night on Friday, March 15.
The event will be held at Island Lincoln Mercury Jaguar Land Rover, 1850 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Join in for an evening of playing some of your favorite games: craps, roulette, poker and more. You will receive $100 in chips, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar by Norman's Raw Bar & Grill, entertainment, silent auction and the chance to win grand prizes.
The funds raised during this event will benefit the chamber, going directly back into the valuable programs and services the chamber provides to partners and the community.
For more information or to provide items, email email@example.com, www.cocoabeachchamber.com or call (321) 459-2220.
24-Hour Art Challenge
"What a Difference a Day Makes: 24-Hour Art Challenge" is a bi-annual fundraiser of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.
The primary focus of the project is about making art and the positive effect it has on the artist, including those with disabilities.
Brandt Ronat & Company has videotaped a portion of each participant's workday and has produced a documentary about the project that will be screened prior to the special reception on Friday, March 15.
The reception will be from 6:30-9 p.m. at the gallery at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
Cost is $25 per person for the film premiere and gala event. For the film premiere, gala event, one artwork from the exhibit, plus one guest costs $250.
For more information, visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 259-8261.
'The Luck of the Irish' movies at the library
The Cocoa Beach Public Library, in its "Luck of the Irish" free Friday movies, will present will present the following in March:
March 15: "The Quiet Man"
March 22: "Waking Ned Devine"
March 29: "In America"
These are free matinees at 3 p.m., celebrating the Emerald Isle.
The library is at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
'A Grand Night For Singing'
The Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne's downtown theatre district has announced its spring musical, "A Grand Night For Singing," the Tony Award-nominated musical revue by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The show will run through Sunday, March 24.
"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.
"A Grand Night For Singing" is directed by Maureen Fallon, and the talented vocal cast includes Sean Alton, Jessie Armstrong, Walter Clapp, Margaret Cross, Don Cross, Joseph Held, Rob Landers, Michelle Lee, Shari Milian and Tee Rockwell.
Sue Diebel is conducting the eight-piece orchestra that will be performing onstage in the garden party setting.
Don't miss this magical, musical revue at the Henegar Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, with 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.
'Love, sex and the I.R.S.'
Surfside Players ushers in the tax season with the farce "Love, Sex and the I.R.S." by William Van Zandt and Jane Millmore, directed by Troy Jones.
Tax season is upon us, and if you're looking for ways to score a refund, here's an example of what not to do.
"Jon Trachtman" and "Leslie Arthur," out-of-work musicians rooming together in New York, are listing each other as married on tax returns to save money.
The day of reckoning comes when the I.R.S. informs the "couple" they're going to be investigated by a "Mr. Spinner."
Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancee Kate. Complicating matters further, Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon's back, Jon's mother drops in unexpectedly to meet her son's fiancee, and Leslie's ex-girlfriend shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won't see her anymore.
The show will run through Sunday, March 24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and active military personnel, $13 for students. (Caution: Contains occasional profanity.)
The play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. (www.samuelfrench.com)
The box office at (321) 783-3127 has a live operator Tuesdays through Fridays from 2-4 p.m., and one hour before performances.
Plus, you may purchase tickets for any show in the rest of the season at www.surfsideplayers.com.
The Surfside Playhouse is on Ramp Road, in Cocoa Beach.
'Writer's Night' presents songwriters
Island Music presents "Writer's Night" Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Featured songwriters include: Sheryl Paige, Austin Church, Jah D, Lathan Hudson, Ashley Breaux, Angelia Bell and more.
Tickets are on sale now. General admission costs $20 (inclusive of ticketing fees). All proceeds go to benefit the Space Coast Cancer Foundation.
Some of the best songwriters of Florida's Space Coast and beyond will be in concert to showcase their tunes and talents in the intimate setting of the Studio Theatre.
Seating is limited.
Single tickets may be purchased by visiting kingcenter.com or by calling the King Center Ticket Office at (321) 242-2219.
Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, noon - 6 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
Ticket/hotel packages are available by calling (321) 433-5824.
Art of Sand at the zoo
Toyota of Melbourne and Lexus of Melbourne will present Art of Sand 2013 to benefit the arts in Brevard now through Memorial Day, at the Brevard Zoo, 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
This year's exhibit will feature more than 13 sand sculptures that trace the history of wildlife and human beings in Florida from prehistoric times through the present.
The zoo is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children (on top of regular zoo admission).
For more information, visit www.artofsand.org.
Spring Praise Fest
The seventh annual non-denominational contemporary Christian music festival will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa Village.
There will be praise bands, kid's activities, a water park and a flash mob.
Serviceable shoes will be collected for Brevard's homeless.
Cost is free.
For more information, visit www.springpraisefest.com or call (321) 960-1033.
'Whiskers, Wags & Wine'
The Central Brevard Humane Society and Hayes Meats & Gourmet Foods, 285 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island, will present "Whiskers, Wags & Wine" from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
The event will feature wine tasting, barbecue, beer, music by London Ink, a book signing of "Old Dog New Chefs" by Stuart Borton of the Yellow Dog Café, chair massages, raffle and door prizes and more.
Admission is free for everyone, including the "furry" friends.
All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier and have proof of current shots, along with a county tag.
The society will be at the event with shelter dogs available for adoption, merchandise and fun educational information about responsible pet ownership.
Proceeds from this event will help to raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of unwanted and abandoned pets that visit the Humane Society each year.
For more information, contact Connie with Hayes Meats at (321) 453-3550 or visit www.crittersavers.com
Zandonai's 'Francesca da Rimini'
The Metropolitan Opera 2013 - Live In HD - presents Zandonai's compelling opera, "Francesca da Rimini," at noon Saturday, March 16 at Carmike Cinemas Avenue 16 at 2241 Town Center Ave., Viera.
Inspired by an episode from "Dante's Inferno," soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts.
General admission is $24, $22 for seniors (55 and older), $20 for students and $16 for children 3-11.
For more information, call (321) 775-1210.
Elementary school's inaugural 5K Sunset Run/Walk
Partnered with the Melbourne Beach Rotary Club, Gemini Elementary School presents its first 5K run/walk at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at 2100 Oak St., Melbourne Beach.
All proceeds will benefit Gemini's technology fund.
All ages are welcome! Age group categories will be from 5 to 55-plus.
To register, visit www.geminiPTO.org/sunset5K.
Race T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 250 participants, and all runners will receive great discount coupons in their race packets, as well as free post-race refreshments.
Race management and timing will be provided by Running Zone (www.runningzone.com).
Fees are $25 for individuals and $15 for children 12 and younger; race day registration increases by $5. Online registration will close on Wednesday, March 13, at 11 p.m.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this inaugural run. Contact Rachelle Butler at GeminiJetstars5K@gmail.com or call (321) 243-2010.
'Music on a Sunday Afternoon'
A Space Coast Symphony Orchestra group will present Irish-themed music in honor of St. Patrick's Day at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org or call (321) 868-1104.
'Lord of the Dance'
The King Center for the Performing Arts presents "Lord of the Dance" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
The "Lord of the Dance" is a blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance.
The story is based upon mythical Irish folklore, as Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, challenges the ethereal lord of light, the Lord of the Dance.
Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite and a love story fueled by the dramatic leaps and turns of dancers' bodies begins to build against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm.
The action is played out over 21 scenes on a grand scale of precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting.
Tickets start at $46.
For more information, visit www.lordofthedance.com.
For tickets, visit www.kingcenter.com or call the box office at (321) 242-2219.
Band to present 'Sousa' and more
The Community Band of Brevard will honor one of America's most loved composers and bandmasters with "A John Philip Sousa Style Concert" on Sunday, March 17 at Merritt Island High School Auditorium, 100 Mustang Way (off North Courtenay Parkway).
The 3 p.m. concert will be performed "Sousa-style," with popular and contemporary works interspersed with rousing marches made popular by John Philip Sousa.
Band vocalist Jean Black, as well as trombone soloist Ron Youmans, will be featured.
Led by conductor Marion Scott, the musical event is free with no ticket required and no reserve seating.
In 1999, the John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the prestigious Sudler Silver Scroll Award to the Community Band of Brevard for "demonstrating particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years."
For more information, contact Community Band of Brevard at (321) 725-9191, visit www.CommunityBandofBrevard.org or like their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/CommunityBandBrevard.
'Strauss, Wagner and Dvorak'
The Central Florida Winds will present "Strauss, Wagner and Dvorak" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at the Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Cost is free.
For more information, visit www.cfwinds.org or call (321) 223-6688.
International folk music concert to be presented
Join the Brevard Chorale and Vocal Chamber Ensemble for "An International Folk Music Concert" on Tuesday, March 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Brevard Community Campus-Cocoa Campus, Simpkins Fine Arts auditorium, 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa.
There will be new and familiar folk music from around the world, including songs from Israel, Zambia, Argentina, Cuba, Ireland (Celtic), Wales, Germany (Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzes") and the United States.
Directed by James Boyles, the chorale will be accompanied on piano by Jean Black and Linda Cox.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Brevard Chorale is an affiliate of Brevard Community College, and Robert Lamb is chairman of the Department of Fine Arts.
If you would like to learn more about the chorale or how to join, visit brevardchorale.org.
Flamenco and world beat guitarist to perform
Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra from Barcelona will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
For tickets or more information, call (321) 723-8698.
'Satisfaction' tribute band to perform
The Brevard Music Group has announced that tickets are now on sale for the performance of "Satisfaction, the International Tribute to the Rolling Stones."
The event will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
From slow blues to hard-hitting rock songs, Satisfaction sums up the Rolling Stone experience, while portraying the original band's movement and style with some humor.
Cost is $26 and $22 for orchestra seating and $20 for balcony. Add fees.
Tickets are available at Brevard Music Group at (321) 783-9004 and www.brevardmusicgroup.com.
'Tchaikovsky in the Morning'
The Space Coast Symphony will present "Tchaikovsky in the Morning," a coffee concert, featuring "Symphony No. 6 Pathetique."
Coffee and donuts will be at 9:30 a.m., with the concert at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 22 at the Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral.
Cost is $15 for general admission, with children 18 and younger admitted free.
For more information, visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org or call (855) 252-7276.
Warbird airshow tickets on sale
The Valiant Air Command will present the 36th annual TICO Warbird Airshow Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 22, 23 and 24. Advance tickets are now on sale now at www.TicketDerby.com or at the museum's website at www.vacwarbirds.org for electronic ticket or to see ticket sales locations in the area.
The theme this year honors the B-17 Flying Fortress with special appearance of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
There will be aircraft on static display, such as the F-14, ME-208, F-80, F-86 A-6, F-8, A-4, F-9 Panther, Wildcat, MiG-15 and MiG-21, C-123 and many others. Also, flying will be many B-25s, along with vintage warbirds such as the P-51, Corsair, T-6, T-28, T-34, L-39, aerobatic teams and military demonstrations.
In addition to advance tickets, there are a limited number of tickets for other venue options.
There will be a "Beer Garden" on the crowd line, close to all the action; with food, drink and airshow pilots on hand to sign autographs.
There will be limited seating each day, so purchase this special option early! You can visit www.vacwarbirds.org or www.TicketDerby.com to get your advanced tickets and purchase a Beer Garden tickets from your home or office.
Gates open at 8:30 a.m., and the airshow starts around 1 p.m., but there is plenty to do in the morning. There will be a flight line full of warbirids on exhibit, with veteran pilots or aircraft historians standing by to tell you all about them, WWII re-enactors, antique automobiles, vintage armor, games, music, lots of vendors, exhibitors and more.
For more information call (321) 268-1941, or visit www.vacwarbirds.org.
Melbourne's Runaway Country
Runaway County will again cover Wickham Park in Melbourne, bringing country and classic music to the crowds March 22-24.
Concert headliners include Dierks Bentley, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Lady Antebellum.
General admission, single-day tickets cost $69, which provides access to all musical performances for that day.
General admission, three-day weekend passes cost $119.
Special seating tickets are also available.
For tickets, the full concert lineup and more information, visit www.runawaycountry.com.
Re-run 5K is retro
The Junior League of South Brevard has announced the fourth annual Re-Run 5K at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23 in the Eau Gallie Arts District.
The retro-themed re-run will again feature blast-from-the-past 1980s and 1990s flair and fun for all ages and abilities.
There will be team competitions, prizes and giveaways for participants, as well as a free kids' fun run.
Wear your old race tee shirts (re-run get it?) or dress in classic '80s or '90s style for more prizes and fun!
With Running Zone managing the race and the post-race awards party on the Squid Lips beach and deck overlooking the Indian River, this promises to be a unique and fun race for Brevard runners.
Participants will begin and end the race just outside of Squid Lips and run or walk the Eau Gallie Causeway.
Interested runners may download the registration form from www.JLSB.net, and mail into the Junior League, 1501 Avocado Ave., Suite 2, Melbourne, FL, 32935, register online at http://www.jlsb.net/support-jlsb/re-run-5k-2013/ or visit the Running Zone store on Wickham Road in Melbourne.
Individuals may also register race morning between 6-7 a.m.
The first 300 registrants get an official race T-shirt!
If you are interested in sponsoring the event or donating goods or services, email email@example.com.
All proceeds from the Re-Run 5K support JLSB community projects.
This year, JLSB is creating a new project to bring food to elementary school children, who would otherwise not have access to food on the weekends. JLSB is partnering with a school in south Brevard County to provide weekend food packs to children, who do not have adequate access to nutrition in their homes.
For more information about the Junior League of South Brevard, visit www.jlsb.net or call (321) 610-8950.
Afternoon in the park
Tickets are now available for the North Brevard Museum's 20th Annual Afternoon in the Park 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Fox Lake Park, in Titusville.
Admission is free to the bake sale, live music, craft demonstrations, live and silent auctions and the cookbook sale.
Lunch plates of barbecued chicken or pork (w/sides) will be served from noon to 2 p.m. for $10. Lunch tickets are available at the museum (corner of Main Street and Washington Avenue), the Chamber of Commerce, Dusty Rose Antique Mall or at the park.
For more information, call (321) 269-3658.
Real Food Real Kitchens will present a cook-off event from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at 1800 W. Hibiscus Blvd., Suite 108, Melbourne.
Cast your vote for the winner of the cook-off, your own episode of Real Food Real Kitchens and a complete kitchen upgrade.
Tickets cost $30, which includes food sampling, one free beverage and one ticket to Premiere Theaters Oaks 10.
Tickets are available a www.brownpapertickets.com. Search for Real Food Real Kitchens at the site.
A portion of the ticket sales will benefit The Children's Hunger Project.
For more information, visit www.thecourtyardattheoaks.com.
Musical group HairPeace under the moon and the stars
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold the Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park Concert Series 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
The concert will showcase recording artists HairPeace.
HairPeace is Chrystine and Ray, who believe that peace is possible, and the songs they write together are a direct reflection of their ever-evolving love of music and each other.
HairPeace has their own brand of original folk/rock music that will keep your foot tapping and a smile on your face.
The concert will be at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet, overlooking the water.
The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park will host the Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park Concert Series.
The concert is free with regular park entry fees.
For more information about HairPeace, visit www.hairpeace.net.
For concert information, call (321) 984-4852 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is at 9700 S. Highway A1A,
Rouse and Tchaikovsky
The Space Coast Symphony will present the Rouse concerto for flute and Tchaikovsky's No. 6 Pathetique at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Scott Center Auditorium at Holy Trinity, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne.
Cost is $20 for general admission, with 18 and younger free.
For more information, call (855) 252.7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.
Annual Zonta Chocolate Festival
New this year at the Zonta Club of Melbourne's annual Chocolate Festival will be electronic voting for "Brevard's Best Chocolate Fix of 2013," courtesy of the county's Supervisor of Elections Office.
The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
The winner will be announced near the end of the event from 12 competitors: Baked on the Beach, Banana Blossom Cakes, Caffe Chocolat, Grimaldi Candy and Gifts, Keiser Culinary School, Love Bug's Bakery, Mathers' Cake Shop, Matt's Casbah, Salvation Army/ Pridmore Center, Sam's Club, TooJay's and Yellow Dog Café.
Tickets are $20 for general admission or $30 to include wine and chocolate martinis. Regular admission includes samples from the competitors and a chocolate buffet, plus nonalcoholic beverages.
Raffle tickets will be sold for dozens of baskets.
Proceeds will benefit local scholarships and community service projects, and the local and international fight against human trafficking and violence against women.
For more information, visit zontaspacecoast.org
Sponsors include 98.5 FM The Beach radio and Custom Creations.
Lisa Lampanelli: comedy's lovable 'Queen of Mean'
Ms. Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen.
Known for saying things that most people are afraid to think, Ms. Lampanelli's raunchy, gut-busting performances are wildly popular at theaters across the United States and Canada.
Lisa recently appeared in her latest one-hour special "Tough Love," which premiered on Comedy Central and she also joined 17 other celebrities on the newest season of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice."
This equal opportunity offender is a regular on late night television, and a frequent guest and guest host on Sirius satellite radio shows.
She will bring her "mature audiences" show to the King Center for the Performing Arts Friday, March 29, at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $45.75.
Maxwell's will be open at 6 p.m. Sorry, there will be no picnic on the patio.
The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For tickets or more information, call (321) 242-2219 or visit www.kingcenter.com.
Zumba, Zumba, Zumba party
Promise in Brevard will present a giant Zumba party 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 30 at Rodes Park Community Center, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne.
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Register in advance at www.promiseinbrevard.com.
There will be raffles, prizes and the return of the Florida Tech Football Team.
Prizes will be awarded to the top five individuals raising the highest amount through pledge contributions for Promise.
The prizes will be:
First prize: $250, courtesy of TD Bank
Second prize: A weekend getaway at Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront
Third prize: $100 Imperial Salon & Spa gift certificate
Fourth prize: $75 Matt's Casbah gift certificate
Fifth prize: $50 Beef O'Brady's-Midtown gift certificate
Cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
All of the proceeds will benefit Promise.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.