'I'll Be Seeing You: a 1940s cabaret'
The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse will present a 1040s cabaret at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa Village.
Former New York City cabaret performer Margaret Cross is bringing this patriotic sensation to Brevard.
The 1940s cabaret will feature songs, such as: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "I'll Walk Alone" and "God Bless America."
Ms. Cross will be the main vocalist, emceed by local actor Don Cross, accompanist Diane Spahr and Melbourne percussionist and singer Sasha Barnhart.
Ms. Cross was born in Ohio, raised in Florida and spent seven years singing and performing in New York City, appearing in theater and musicals.
Tickets cost $16-$24. Call the box office at (321) 917-9565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.cocoabillageplayhouse.com or call (321) 636-5050.
'Molly Mutt Poker Run'
The Central Brevard Humane Society will host its 10th Annual Molly Mutt Poker Run on Sunday, April 7, starting at 10 a.m. at the Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa.
The cost to participate in the run will be $7 per hand or two hands for $10.
Donations of pet supplies are greatly appreciated. All vehicles are welcome.
The run will begin at the Central Brevard Humane Society and will end at The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1050 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
First bike out will be scheduled to leave at 10 a.m., with the last one departing at 11:30 a.m.
Event activities will include a 50/50 drawing, vendor displays, food and a
live entertainment by D.J. Doc Holiday, beginning at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for "best," "worst" and "mystery" hands.
All proceeds from this event will help raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of "unwanted and abandoned" pets that visit the shelter each year, who need a safe and loving "forever" home.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
'River Fest 2013: Keep Brevard Green'
Keep Brevard Beautiful presents "River Fest," a riverside fundraiser, honoring individuals and businesses currently striving to promote sustainability in the community.
The event will be held on Sunday, April 7, at a private, local riverfront residence.
Attendees will enjoy a sunset on the water and groove to the surf-root sounds of local band, The Aquanuts.
In addition to live music and a fish fry, included with event admission, guests will have the opportunity to bid on some unique items in a silent auction.
All proceeds from ticket sales, event sponsorships, and the silent auction will go toward Keep Brevard Beautiful programs.
Regular admission to the event is $35 per ticket, with "Keep Brevard Green" sponsor tickets priced at $75.
There will be a beer and wine cash bar on site.
Additional sponsorships and silent auction donation items are still needed.
Contact Keep Brevard Beautiful for information about donating or becoming a sponsor.
'Rock of Ages'
The party musical "Rock of Ages" features a mix of numerous 1980's tunes, including "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "I Want To Know What Love Is."
In 1987, on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big city rocker, and in Los Angeles' most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 1980s.
The King Center for the Performing Arts presents "Rock of Ages" at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10 with the songs of Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Styx, R.E.O. Speedwagon, Journey and Night Ranger.
The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Call (321) 242-2219 or visit www.kingcenter.com for tickets.
For more information, visit www.rockofagesontour.com.
Kenny Rogers at the King Center
Country music legend Kenny Rogers will play the King Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11.
Kenny Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his 52 years in show business.
His classics include 24 No. 1 hits, some of which are: "The Gambler," "Lady," "Lucille," "She Believes In Me" and "Islands In The Stream."
He has won three Grammy awards, 11 People's Choice awards, 18 American Music awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards, five Country Music Association awards and still tours and records new music.
With his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, Kenny Rogers has continued his amazing run with a new album, "Water and Bridges," a hit single, "I Can't Unlove You" and more.
For tickets, visit www.kingcenter.com or call (321) 242-2219.
For more information, visit www.kennyrogers.com.
Alison Balsom and The Scottish Ensemble
On April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2030 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic, The Melbourne Chamber Music Society will present the British artist, Alison Balsom, generally considered the world's leading trumpeter, with The Scottish Ensemble.
The program will include works by Geminiani, Albinoni, Handel, Vivaldi and Purcell.
Tickets cost $40 for adults, and $15 for students and are available by phone at (321) 213-5100, on the internet at melbournechambermusicsociety.com, by mail at MCMS, P.O. Box 033403, Indialantic, FL, 32903, or at the door.
Final subscription concert of the season
The Space Coast Pops Orchestra will present the "April Soiree" for the final concert of its 27th Annual Season Subscription Series at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Merritt Island First Baptist Church on S.R. 520 and Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
Pop's associate conductor Clair Christy will direct the orchestra in a variety of selected appearances.
A sample includes a color guard of Vietnam veterans, followed by the entrance of the Suzuki Strings.
Some numbers on the program are "Sound of Music," "Malaguena," "Carousel," "Armed Forces Medley," "Jesus Christ Super Star" and "Phantom of the Opera." Three selections will include the Suzuki Strings playing with the orchestra.
The featured performers, lead by Nancy Christy, are the Suzuki Players, who are string students from the Central Florida area. They study with teachers, most of whom play in the orchestra, and range in age from 4-18.
The pre-concert performance at 2 p.m. by the Strings will include fiddle tunes and strolling tunes.
Single concert tickets cost $20 for general admission in advance at ticket outlets and $3 extra at the door.
Call (321) 632-7445 for more information, ticket outlet locations and single concert reserved seat tickets.
Celebrate the Fair of Seville
Enjoy eat, drink and dance at Melbourne Hilton Rialto Place Saturday, April 13, at 6 p.m.
Cost is $100 per couple or $50 per person and includes dinner, refreshments and a Flamenco show.
For more information, call (321) 837-1359.
Field band and chorus
The Indian River Colony Club and Brevard Community College Music Department will present the United States Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
The event is free, and four tickets may be requested.
For tickets, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Indian River Colony Club, 1936 Freedom Drive, Melbourne, FL, 32940.
For more information, call (321) 255.6000 or visit www.armyfieldband.com.
Free band concert part of celebration
A free concert by the Melbourne Municipal Band, accompanied by a variety of exhibits and a raffle, will showcase 500 years of Florida's history and cultural heritage as part of the state's Viva Florida 500 celebration.
The events will be held April 16 and 17 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
Exhibits and pre-show entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Titled Viva La Florida, the MMB event will "celebrate all things Florida, from space to Spanish influences, stormy weather to folk music and native plants to photography.
Jan Hinton, composer of "Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)," the state anthem, will be a special guest at the concert. The band arrangement of "Florida" was written by MMB member Alan Moss, and will be sung by Robin Krasny, a member of the MMB and a native Floridian.
Other musical selections will include "The Southerner," "Overture Jubiloso," "Jupiter," "Stormy Weather," "Trumpets Ole!," "Council Oak," "Rolling Thunder," "Florida Suite," "Heat Lightning March," "The Wonderful World of Disney" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."
Pre-show entertainment will be provided by the Harbor City Harmonizers.
Exhibits in the lobby will include Julian Leek, NASA and Florida landscape photographer Julian Leek, the Florida Native Plant Society, the Florida Historical Society, Florida Highwaymen paintings and displays of pine baskets and Florida wines. These exhibits are still evolving, and there will be many other interesting things for concertgoers to see.
There will be a raffle during both evenings, for items such as baskets of gardening goodies, donated by the Florida Native Plant Society, and a framed watercolor of the original Eau Gallie Yacht Club, donated by local artist Dorothy Rhines.
The state's Viva Florida 500 celebration is ongoing throughout 2013, and includes more than 200 events. The goal is to promote 500 years of Florida's history - its people, places and cultural achievements - and this important milestone in American and Florida history.
Call (321) 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org for more information.
This event is sponsored in part by the state of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
'The King and I'
Everyone is invited to the production of "The King and I." This is a nonprofit community theater raising money for those in need.
Show times are Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Shekinah Productions at St. Mark's at 2030 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic.
Ticket prices range from $8-$20.
For more information or tickets, call (321) 773-0721, Ext. 20, visit www.spctheater.com or email email@example.com.
AirFest set to takeoff
The friendly skies over Brevard County will play host Saturday, April 20, to the seventh annual Valkaria AirFest 2013.
This year's all-day event features multiple air shows with world-class champion displays and rides on everything from vintage World War aircraft to hot air balloons, powered paragliders and airboats, to kiddie rides, live music and up-close and hands-on contact with all sorts of flying machines.
Rides will be available for a fee in an open-cockpit bi-plane, sailplane glider, Vietnam helicopters, a Piper Cub, aerobatic Pitts Special, powered parachute, hot air balloon and the only commercial Cobra attack helicopter.
This great day and evening at the airport will include thrilling displays of aerobatic daredevils and other great family entertainment.
Special events include a live bi-plane wing-walking act, a live musical concert featuring "Luna Pearl" after a twilight airshow, a hot air balloon glow and a twilight rocket launch. There's also an aviation flea market, fifth annual history hangar, book pavilion and P-51 Mustang simulator that you actually sit in and fly.
Gates open at 8 a.m., and close at 9 p.m.
Breakfast will feature pancakes by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1288. Lunch and dinner will be available on site. There will also be food vendors, and live music throughout the day.
Aircraft rides and demonstrations start at 8 a.m., with the first aerobatic show beginning at 1 p.m.
The AirFest is presented by the Valkaria Aviation Association, a nonprofit charitable organization, and is hosted by Brevard County Government.
The cost to attend is $15 per person.
For more information, visit www.valkariaairfest.org.
Proceeds from the AirFest go toward aviation scholarships and other charitable activities.
Music to benefit children
On Saturday, April 20, Immaculate Conception Church in Melbourne Beach will be hosting a music event to benefit the children and the Father Joseph A. Nolan Education Fund.
This year's event is called "Just Tunes!" and will feature Wade Tower, whose musical palette includes Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble.
This year's event will follow in the footsteps of the previous "Taste, Toast and Tunes," with a few new twists.
For starters, this year's event will move indoors to the church hall.
Ticket will cost $25 for general admission, while supplies last, or $30 for reserved seats.
A cash bar, snacks and desserts will be available for purchase. A team of "mixologists" will be on hand to entertain you and make the perfect martini.
The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the church office, at 3780 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, online at www.tastetoasttunes.org or by phone at (888) 71-TICKETS. A special gift goes to the first 200 ticket holders.
Passport to Wines
Aging Matters in Brevard will present the Sixth Annual Passport to Wines Around the World, hosted by Miller & Hurt Financial Group, on Saturday, April 20 at the Space Coast Convention Center Holiday Inn, 301 Tucker Lane, in Cocoa, at 6 p.m.
The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, select wines, entertainment, balloon pops, a live auction and more! This signature fundraiser was launched in 2008 by Miller & Hurt Financial Group to benefit the programs of Aging Matters in Brevard.
Established in 1965, Aging Matters in Brevard is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to promote and maintain independence and maximize quality of life for the citizens of Brevard County, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities.
One of its primary programs, The Brevard Community Kitchen, serves more than 2,000 meals a day to the frailest citizens, including both elders and at-risk children.
Proceeds from this event will help provide care for more than 9,000 seniors, so they can receive the finest in comprehensive and coordinated services, preserving the very culture in a safe and healthy community.
For more information, call (321) 806-3767, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://agingmattersbrevard.org/.
The Ninth Annual Fiesta Brevard
More than 20 of Brevard's finest nonprofit organizations are planning the Fiesta Brevard party.
Join the fun on Friday, April 26 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the International Palms Resort, 1300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.
Festivities include a children's activity area, sponsored by Early Learning Coalition, live non-stop entertainment, Latin dance performances, games, drawings, raffles, salsa contest, Fiesta Hat Parade and contest, lots of food and more.
More than $30,000 in prizes was given away at Fiesta Brevard 2012.
Tickets are available in advance for $10, or $15 at the door.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island, through the website at www.fiestabrevard.com or from participating Brevard nonprofit organizations. Each admission ticket includes four food tickets. Cash bars will be available.
Join the seasoned players of the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble in the fifth presentation of "Celebrating Shakespeare" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 with a matinee curtain time of 3 p.m. at the Porcher House, 434 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa Village.
Tickets cost $15, and include coffee and desserts.
To register, call (321) 676-0697, email email@example.com or visit www.brevardensemble.com.
Shen Yun at the King Center
Shen Yun will be performing at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the essence of traditional Chinese culture in full color on stages around the world.
Area-residents can purchase show tickets at the Shen Yun kiosk inside Melbourne Square Mall. The kiosk is located in the Dick's Sporting Goods concourse through April 30.
Ride with Mongolians across endless steppes. Recall the grandeur of an ancient Tang Dynasty palace. Down in the valley, ladies of the Yi ethnic group dance in rainbow skirts by the river. High up in the heavens, celestial fairies trail silken sleeves through the clouds. Resounding drums awaken the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom.
Shen Yun strives to capture the spirit of traditional Chinese culture and its beliefs. Ancient literary classics extol the compassionate, courageous, and loyal, values embodied by the most memorable characters.
Thrill in the triumph of the great General Yue Fei; cheer on the Monkey King as he tricks a stubborn foe; and witness how these values still endure in contemporary China.
Shen Yun bridges past and present in an uplifting, inspiring, and indelible performance.
Shen Yun will be performing at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, one night only, Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.