'The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940'
This mystery play by John Bishop features murder, a house with sliding panels and secret passageways and a German maid who seems to be four different people.
"Murders" will show at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 30, at the Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
The mystery is solved "in the nick of time," while the audience is treated to a "sidesplitting good time" and the author's irreverent wit.
Cost is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and active military and $13 for students.
Call (321) 783-3127 for reservations.
The box office has a live operator from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. At other times of day, please leave name and callback number on voicemail.
Painting classes offered at Riverwalk Nature Center
Certified instructor Barry Traxler will offer Bob Ross painting classes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Riverwalk Nature Center, located at Riverwalk: A Family Park, 5355 U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge.
The late Bob Ross was host of the public television series "The Joy of Painting," which ran from 1983 to 1995 and still appears in reruns in many broadcast areas.
During each half-hour segment, Mr. Ross would instruct viewers in the art of oil painting using a quick-study oil painting technique that kept colors to a minimum and broke paintings down into simple steps that anyone could follow.
The cost for the class is $50 and includes all materials. The Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique allows students to leave every class with a complete, ready-to-frame painting.
Seating is limited. Contact Riverwalk Nature Center at (321) 433-4490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve space.
'Bring Your Own Art' night
Every Monday night "Bring Your Own Art" night is sponsored by the Strawbridge Art League 7-9 p.m. at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
The event is free for members and $5 for non-members.
One the first and fourth Mondays, "Bring Your Own Art" starts at 5 p.m.
For more information, call (321) 952-3070.
Platinum Coast Chorus
The Platinum Coast Chorus offers vocal training at all rehearsals for women ages 16 and older, while entertaining audiences of all types through Brevard County.
The chorus, a smaller ensemble or chapter quartets are available to perform for various functions, including luncheons, dinner parties, socials, weddings, singing telegrams, fundraisers and other community events.
For performance scheduling, contact Barb Tamaccio at (321) 259-8605.
Weekly rehearsals are Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Wuesthoff Hospice Administration Building, 8060 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera.
For membership information, contact Kathy Ellis at (321) 259-0020 or visit www.platinumcoastchorus.com.
Strawbridge Art League
The Strawbridge Art League meets at 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Volunteers are needed for exhibits, shows and other events.
Workshops are held 7-9 p.m. every Monday evening for "bring your own art night."
For more information, call (321) 952-3070.
Classes have started at Dussich Dance Studio
It's not too late to come in for classes at Dussich Dance Studio.
There is something for every age and every level.
Whether you are 2 or 90, there is a class for you: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, acrobatics, clogging, preschool, combo, parent-child, pre hip hop , social dance, Zumba, adult classes, competition class, partnering classes to learn lifts, boys and men's class and more.
For more information, contact Dussich Dance Studio at (321) 452-2046 or visit www.Dussichdancestudio.com.
Courtyard Studio classes
Discover your creative side using watercolors: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. Cost is $75 and includes all supplies and a light lunch.
To register, call (321) 253-1941 or (321) 652-7115.
Let's paint with Phyllis Marple: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday. Movie and brown bag lunch.
To reserve, call (321) 723-8736.
Watercolor class with Susan Kessler: 1:30-4 p.m. every Tuesday. This is watercolor for beginners and experienced watercolorists.
For a supply list, visit www.susanwatercolorart.com. For information, call (321) 723-8736.
Watercolor with Therese Ferguson: 5:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Intermediate and advanced. Open studio, any medium.
Courtyard Studios is at 1419 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
Call to check space availability at (321) 749-6962.
Classes at Art Gallery of Viera
New classes offered at the Art Gallery of Viera are:
. Create truly artistic quilts by learning free motion quilting Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to noon at the Art Gallery of Viera.
These classes teach the basic skills to make machine quilting successful, artistic and fun.
A sewing machine with a free motion or darning foot is required.
Cost is $20 per class. An optional kit is available for each class, or you can bring your own supplies.
. Quilt your Fabric Design class is Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to noon at the gallery.
Using a large print fabric or panel, you'll learn to follow the motif for very creative quilting.
Cost is $20. (Optional kit includes everything, including thread for $15.)
To register for any or all of the classes, contact Dij Pacarro at email@example.com or call (321) 806-5550.
Class size is limited, so register early. Payment is required at time of registration.
The Art Gallery of Viera is at its new location is at 2261 Town Center Ave., Viera.
For more information, call (321) 504-4343 or visit www.artgalleryofviera.com.
Surfside Players 2012-13 season
Surfside Players of Cocoa Beach has announced its 2012-13 season schedule. It is its 53rd season.
The Mainstage plays will be:
. Nov. 2-18: "La Cage Aux Folles," by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman (musical)
. Jan. 11-27, 2013: "Same Time, Next Year," by Bernard Slade (comedy-drama)
. Feb. 8-24, 2013: "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," featuring the music of Neil Sedaka (musical)
. March 8-24, 2013: Love, Sex and the IRS, by William van Zandt and Jane Millmore (Farce)
The Second Stage plays will be:
. Oct. 19-27: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (film with shadow cast)
. April 10-19, 2013: "'Night, Mother," by Marsha Mason (drama)
The Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call the box office at (321) 783-3127 or visit www.surfsideplayers.com.
Cuba unveiled in two books
Dawn Currie is proud to announce the release of two new books: "In Search of the Real Cuba: A Journey from East to West; From Ignorance to Insight" and "Faces of Cuba."
These books provide a glimpse of life in Cuba, where time stands still, yet takes its toll.
They are the fruits of a physically and mentally challenging two-week trek by the author / photographer that spans the island of Cuba from east to west.
Ms. Currie brought school and clinic supplies to impoverished areas and left enriched with memories to last a lifetime.
"In Search of the Real Cuba" includes more than 300 photos that will stir the mind and stories that touch the soul.
"Faces of Cuba" includes images of the resilient, creative, and generous Cuban people, where they work and live.
These works were made possible, in part, from the patrons who purchased her photographs during the solo exhibition and art sale at the Viera Government Center. The books are available online at blurb.com.
She is preparing for a solo exhibition at the Gallery of Hope in Vero Beach, that opens Oct. 3. Her images can also be viewed and purchased at curried.smugmug.com.
News from Space Coast Doll Artists
Space Coast Doll Artists is an art doll club located in Melbourne, which meets on the fourth Thursday of every month.
The mission statement of Space Coast Doll Artists is "to further the enjoyment and appreciation of art dolls, develop individual creativity, help doll makers grow in excellence as doll artisans and promote doll making as an art."
New members are always welcome, and the first meeting for prospective members is free.
For more information, contact the club at SpaceCoastDollArtists@yahoo.com or call club president Patty Briggs at (321) 956-0924.
What is the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble?
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble's storytellers search all year for stories about Florida's historical past.
The events and people involved with the states long history is exciting, funny and sometimes sad, but always entertaining.
For, not only is the state surrounded by water that is enjoyed by tourists, but it has nurtured and produced some of the worlds great events.
The nonprofit ensemble uses these historical facts to bring a frozen moment in time back, so that you can share the common ground on which we all walk.
This year's production starts in the world of 1513 and continues with events and people who assisted in developing the state:
. Ponce de Leon: 1513,
Fountain of Youth)
. Osceola: 1838, (his
. Dr. John Gorrie: 1842,
be thankful to him for
every glass of cold water
. Henry Flager: at 53,
when most are thinking of
retirement, he began
opening the East Coast
. St. Augustine: not only
the oldest city in America,
but it holds many ghost
. Carl Fisher: his dreams
built Miami Beach with
his faithful elephant
These are just a few of the stories told by master tellers in costumes of the time and live music to enhance the evening performances.
For more information about the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 676-0697.
Eau Gallie Arts District events
The Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne presents:
. Sculpture workshops: every Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Ralph's Art Supply, 1520 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Instructor is Pearl Ollie. Cost is $35 for two hours or $65 for all four hours. Firing is additional.
For more information, call (321) 255-3331.
. Farmers Market: every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard, Melbourne. Fresh produce, plants, flowers, arts, crafts and more outdoors in Eau Gallie Square.
For more information, call (321) 917-0721 or email Richard@brevardfarmersmarkets.com.
'100% Pure' exhibition
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery presents the "100% Pure Florida 2011" juried exhibition.
Artists from all over the state entered this competition, and winners are chosen by a panel from the gallery.
The show is always an eclectic montage, highlighting the various talented artists who live throughout the state. Winners in years past have come from as far away as St. Augustine and Miami.
The exhibition runs through Sunday, Sept. 30.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the premier member gallery in Brevard County, 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 Foosaner Art Museum.
Gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261. Visit the gallery online at www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook.
'Creative Movement Dance' for 3-4 year-olds
Creative Movement Dance is designed with young dancers in mind to utilize creativity and imagination.
Creative movement focuses on increasing the student's flexibility, balance and memorization skills, while introducing them to the art of dance. Basic ballet steps are gradually incorporated into each lesson plan.
Classes are Mondays, 3:30-4:15 p.m., at Dance Arts Centre, 1855 S. Patrick Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, and Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m., at the Dance Arts Centre at the Henegar upstairs dance studio.
For more information, visit www.DanceAC.org, email Sarah@DanceAC.org or call (321) 777-2155.
Dance Arts Centre is a nonprofit dance studio.
New fall pottery, sculpture, hand-building classes
Classes in wheel-thrown pottery, sculpture and hand-building for students of all levels will begin the week of Sept. 16 at the Indian River Potters' Guild.
Also starting are classes in fused glass and mosaics.
The classes run for six weeks and are a great way to explore a new art medium or expand an existing knowledge base.
Indian River Potters' Guild is an art studio located in the historic Eau Gallie Arts District. It is home to eight of Brevard's talented local ceramic artists and offers classes and workshops, which are open to the public.
Classes offered at the Indian River Potters' Guild are:
. Wheel thrown: Saturday, Sept. 22, noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $100.
. Hand building: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m. Cost is $100.
. 'Twice the fun:' Saturday, Sept. 22, noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $180.
All classes run for six weeks.
Visit the website for more information at www.indianriverpottersguild.com.
Indian River Potters' Guild is at 1542 Guava Ave., Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.indianriverpottersguild.com or call (321) 543-3645.
Doll-making comes alive at Art & Antique Studio & Gallery
Space Coast Doll Artists brings to Art and Antique Studio a show of creativity and style in the art of doll making.
This evolving soft sculpture doll club began in 2005, with doll maker, Dolores Cox.
The group changed its focus from primarily a hobby of making cloth dolls, to an art doll group challenging each other to make more dolls inspired by great artists' works.
They have outgrown three locations to accommodate the sewing machines, classroom space and materials to further the doll making.
The club now meets every fourth Thursday of the month (except December) at the West Melbourne Library.
At the monthly meetings, there is usually a short mini-lesson on perspective, color, focus, design, etc.
There is a challenge every three months, and usually one of the members teaches a new project, method or new material. The club brings in nationally-recognized instructors for two-day workshops.
The club has displayed works at local libraries and quilt shows throughout Melbourne.
The club welcomes beginners to advanced members with all pitching in to help and guide one another.
The fee is $20 per year, and members in good standing receive discounted prices on classes.
The Art & Antique Studio & Gallery is at 1419 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 253-5553.
'Long Ago in a Place Called Vietnam'
The King Center for the Performing Arts has a new exhibit in its Harris Corporation Art Gallery.
Award-winning photographer James Lowell will be showcasing his collection of black-and-white photography in the Harris Gallery of the King Center for the Performing Arts.
This exhibit, "Long Ago in a Place Called Vietnam" shows some of the faces of those who went about their daily lives in a war zone in 1965-66.
Second Lt. James Lowell was 22 when he was assigned as leader of an Army photographic team, based out of what was then called the city of Saigon.
When off duty, he and his camera captured the faces of a changing world, the images of those people who were involved in their day-to-day activities in the streets, market places and military installations in and near this rapidly transforming city.
The exhibit will run through Oct. 1 and can be viewed by ticketed patrons attending King Center main stage performances.
The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, call James Lowell at (904) 519-9430.
Opening reception of 'Something Fishy'
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery invites you to join in for the opening of the award-winning artist, Lori Pitten Jenkins solo exhibition "Something Fishy" 5:30-8 p.m. Friday Oct. 5.
Ms. Pitten Jenkins is a Brevard County native and grew up around the water. She recently won the Best of Show in Watercolor at the Melbourne Art Festival.
She is known for her whimsical, bold, bright and detailed watercolor paintings relating to fishing, seafood and boating. She has a very pleasant, unique point of view in her paintings that delight viewers.
Visit with the artists, as you peruse the artwork and enjoy light refreshments.
The reception is free and open to the public.
The exhibit runs Oct. 2-28.
The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 259-8261 or visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com.
Call for art and reception
Art Gallery of Viera has announced its inaugural national juried art show to be held Oct. 12 through Nov. 3.
The competition is open to all artists. Originals only are being accepted, and the work submitted must not have previously been displayed in the gallery.
Interested artists may apply at www.artgalleryofviera.com/brushwithsuccess.htm.
The gallery would like to express gratitude to Waste Pro for sponsoring the judging by Tom Jones (www.TomJonesArtist.com). Thanks also to Country Cookin' Diner and Art Gallery Cards with Ree Nathan for sponsoring "Shapes of Sound," a jazz duo with Matt Heister and Daniel Jordan, who will be performing at the reception.
Many thanks to our prize sponsors: the Gold Award of $500 sponsored by The Viera Company and PNC Bank; the Silver Award of $300 sponsored by Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant; and the $200 Bronze Award sponsored by Viera Reality, Studio 3 Framing and Ridley's Custom Frames & Art.
Merit Awards are sponsored by Pizza Gallery and Grill, Viera Pizza, Mimi's Café, Cracker Barrel and Uno's Chicago Grill restaurant.
This promises to be an incredible display of fine art and a wonderful opportunity to meet many of the artists.
The gallery, located between Coldwater Creek and Yankee Candle, currently features the work of 27 local professional artists and holds classes in its Art Education Center for children and adults.
For more information, visit www.artgalleryofviera.com or call the gallery at (321) 504-4343.