Best Bets: Jim Gaffigan, multicultural festival, theater auditions and more

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Happening at the King Center

The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. For tickets and additional information, visit or call 321-242-2219.

  • Jim Gaffigan: Comedian Jim Gaffigan brings his “Dark Pale Tour” to the King Center on Sunday, Jan. 29. Gaffigan is a six-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life. Tickets start at $39.75.

  • Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black: Country superstar Clint Black and his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, bring their “Mostly Hits & the Mrs” tour to the King Center on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

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Multicultural Festival

Arts and activities from around the globe will be showcased at the Multicultural Festival at Fred Poppe park on Jan. 28.
Arts and activities from around the globe will be showcased at the Multicultural Festival at Fred Poppe park on Jan. 28.

The event, presented by the City of Palm Bay, Florida Blue and Thrifty Specialty Produce, will be at Fred Poppe Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Road NW, Palm Bay, on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will showcase culture, dance, music, food and hands-on activities from countries around the world. Enjoy live entertainment featuring Spinning Canvas Dance Troupe, the Sifu Och Wing Chun Dancing Lions, New Generations Steel Orchestra, Mocko Jumbie Stilt Walkers and more. There will also be food and craft vendors, face painting, glitter tattoos and inflatables. Admission is free. Visit

Brahms and Rachmaninoff

Pianist Lindsay Garritson will play with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at Satellite High on Jan. 28.
Pianist Lindsay Garritson will play with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at Satellite High on Jan. 28.

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will give a concert featuring works by Brahms and Rachmaninoff at Satellite High School, 300 Scorpion Court, on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Pianist Dr. Lindsay Garritson will take on Rachmaninov's beloved “Piano Concerto No. 2,” followed by Brahms’ Fourth Symphony. A second concert will be at Vero Beach High School, 1707 16th Street, on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Concertgoers ages 18 and younger or with a college ID are admitted free. Call 855-252-7276 or visit

Conductor's Choice concerts

Melbourne Community Orchestra conductor Mark Nelson will showcase his favorite compositions During concerts Feb. 1 and 2 at the Melbourne Auditorium.
Melbourne Community Orchestra conductor Mark Nelson will showcase his favorite compositions During concerts Feb. 1 and 2 at the Melbourne Auditorium.

Melbourne Community Orchestra conductor Mark Nelson will showcase his favorite compositions in a pair of concerts at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd., on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. The program will include Bernstein's Overture to "Candide," along with the thrilling "Hebrides" Overture by Felix Mendelssohn. Principal flautist, Noël Barefield will be featured in a performance of the "Flute Concerto" by Chaminade. The evenings are rounded out with Dvořák's tribute to America: his well-loved "Symphony No. 9," popularly know as the New World Symphony. Admission is free. Call 321-285-6724 or visit

Voices of Lee in concert

The 14-member a cappella ensemble from Lee University in Cleveland, TN will give a concert at the Great Outdoors Community Church, 144 Plantation Drive, Titusville, on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 8:30 and 10 a.m. The Voices of Lee have appeared on “Good Morning America,” performed for Christmas at the White House, at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and the Shanghai International Music Festival in China. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call 321-385-9731 or visit

Brevard Renaissance Fair continues

The event is at Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne, weekends through Feb. 5. “Heroes of the Realm” is the theme for Jan. 28-29. During this weekend, those with a Service ID and their immediate family members are admitted for $15. Single day tickets are $22 online or $26 at the gate. Multi-day flex passes start at $42 online or $46 at the gate. "Royal Family" season ticket packages are available for $134 or $137 at the gate. Pets on leashes may be admitted for $10 a day or $32 for a season pass. Call 321-458-3515 or visit

'Music Man' in Cocoa Village

You have trouble, right here in Cocoa Village, when the Historic Cocao Village Playhouse opens Meredith Willson’s classic ‘”Music Man.”

The show opens Jan. 27 and runs through Feb. 12 It follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he attempts to con the fine folks of River City, Iowa, with a boys’ band he vows to organize, even though he doesn’t know a trombone from a violin.

The six-time Tony winner never gets old. It has been entertaining entire generations since 1957.

For tickets and information, visit or call 321-636-5050.

Chivalry, costumes and fun:The 2023 Renaissance Fair takes over Wickham Park

Still playing

  • ‘Evita’: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about the former first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron, is on stage at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne through Feb. 5. The Tony-winning musical follows Eva from poor illegitimate child to the most powerful woman in Latin America. Tickets start at $34. Call 321-723-8698 or visit

  • ‘Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville’: This musical comedy featuring the most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics is on stage at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia Street, through Feb. 12. The show features classic songs including 'Cheeseburger in Paradise,' 'Margaritaville' and more. Tickets start at $27. Call 321-268-1125 or visit

  • ‘Lettice and Lovage’: The comedy is on stage at Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, Through Feb. 19. It is about a flamboyant tour guide who loves to embellish the history behind an English country house, who butts heads with a fact-conscious official at the house. Tickets are $30. Call 321-723-6935 or visit

  • ‘The Miracle Worker’: The drama is on stage at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, through Jan. 29. The play tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller, exploring the volatile relationship between a lonely teacher and her headstrong charge. Tickets are $25-$28. Call 321-783-3127 or visit

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Get in on the act

  • Auditions for performers ages 16 and older for the play "Steel Magnolias” will be at Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30-31 at 7 p.m. The performance dates are March 10-19, 2023. Call 321-636-5050 or visit

  • Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia Street, will hold auditions for its spring season shows “Into the Woods” and “Sunday in the Park with George” on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30-31, starting at 6:30 p.m. Prepare a 32-bar cut of a song of your choice, or choose an audition side at An accompanist will be provided, or there is an AUX hook-up for an accompaniment track. Production dates are April 7-30 for “Into the Woods” and May 12 through June 4 for “Sunday in the Park with George.” Visit

Crafting with copper

The Space Coast Weavers and Fiber Artists will meet on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. at the Merritt Island Public Library, 1950 N. Courtenay Parkway. Textile artist Judith Schwab will present a program on “Copper as Textile.” She will demonstrate how thin copper sheets can be used as a textile by cutting, embossing, weaving and more. Attendees will then have an opportunity to play with copper and make ornaments or note cards. Students should bring scissors, an old ballpoint pen and a thick magazine or pad of paper to use as a work surface. There is a $5 fee for materials provided. Call 321-266-1610.

Astronaut memorial ceremony

The annual memorial ceremony for the 17 crew members of Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia who perished in America’s space program will be at Sand Point Park, 101 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. Shuttle astronaut, spacewalker and artist Nicole Passonno Stott will be the keynote speaker. The public is invited to attend this reverent and patriotic ceremony that honors the lives and sacrifice made by these pioneers of NASA’s manned space program. The event will be broadcast on the social media platforms on Facebook Live and YouTube of the American Space Museum. Call 321-264-0434 or visit

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Pre-Mardi Gras pub crawl

The pub crawl in downtown Cocoa Beach starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. It starts at Salty Sisters, 20 N. Brevard Ave., then moves on to Johnathan’s Pub at 8 p.m., Area 142 at 9 p.m. and the final stop is Coconuts on the Beach at 10 p.m. Participants are asked to bring items to benefit homeless veterans, including underwear, socks, clothing, toothpaste, sunscreen or other donations. There will be a 50/50 drawing to benefit National Veterans Homeless Support. Tickets are $12 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Tickets include four drinks. Participants must be 21 or older to use the drink tickets. Visit or call 321- 543-1346.

Wine dinner at Le French Restaurant

Le French Restaurant in Indian Harbour Beach will host a wine dinner starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Philippe Magrez, son of French wine magnate Bernard Magrez and co-owner of the family company Bernard Magrez Grand Vignobles, will be the guest of honor for the evening. Bernard Magrez predominantly owns Bordeaux wine estates, including Château La Tour Carnet, Château Pape Clément, Château Fombrauge and Clos Haut-Peyraguey but also a large number of wine producing properties in other French wine regions and other countries.

The four-course dinner will feature dishes such as Pork Terrine with mushroom, served with Bernard Magrez Bourdeaux Red 2018 and Boeuf Bourguignon served with Château Fombrauge Grand Cru, Saint Emilion 2018.

Cost of the dinner is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Call 321-622 8977 or email Le French Restaurant is at 1924 State Road A1A, Indian Harbour Beach. Visit for more information.

Do you have a community event? Email at least two weeks in advance for consideration for the Best Bets roundup. Maria Sonnenberg contributed to this report.

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