There's a mind-boggling amount of things to do on Florida's Space Coast and we've come up with out top picks for those that yearn for culture when visiting a destination. Our picks for the month of February include a Founder's Day Fish Fry, Harry Connick Jr., An American Songbook and Grevy's Zebras.
*Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art
Through April 25- The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Now on exhibit at the The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. The exhibition explores the innovative shape bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century. Curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and organized by International Arts and Artists, Modern Twist features a stunning selection of works from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. With rare wall-hung installations and pieces never before seen in the United States, this exhibition both engages and educates audiences about a vibrant cultural art form. more info
*Frida Kahlo: Life As Art Lecture by Gregorio Luke
February 5 - Foosaner Art Museum
This will be an evening of Mexican-inspired tapas, handcrafted cocktails, and a kaleidoscopic lecture exploring the iconic Frida Kahlo! Using slides of her paintings, documentary photographs and rare film footage, guest lecturer Gregorio Luke will reveal a multi-faceted Frida, one whose persona was deeply rooted in Mexican culture and popular art traditions. Luke, an expert on Mexican and Latin American art and culture, is the former Director of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA; former Consul of Cultural Affairs of Mexico in Los Angeles and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C. more info
*Founder's Fish Fry: Eau Gallie Arts District
February 7- Eau Gallie Arts District
Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street will celebrate its founding with a community fish fry. There will be live music in the bandstand by Country Classics, a history tent with exhibits and presentations, artists and street vendors, children's activities and a marine flea market. Proceeds will benefit charities supported by Rotary and EGAD's work to promote the arts, historic preservation and economic revitalization of the old Eau Gallie Downtown area. more info
*The Great American Songbook
February 7 - The Scott Center
The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra join to celebrate the Great American Songbook with selections by George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra. Superstar entertainer, Jeff Shadley will join the symphony and will lead the evening in a journey through a century of America's greatest music.
*West Side Story
Through February 22 - Cocoa Village Playhouse
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950's New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. From the first notes to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. more info
Dress Rehearsals for West Side Story at Cocoa Village Playhouse Photo credit: Megan Abbott
*Pioneer DayFebruary 7 - Sams House at Pine Island
Take a step back into time at this family-friendly event celebrating the history of Merritt Island's first residents. This will appeal to every one in the family. Highlights will include interactive exhibits, reenactment demonstrations, tours of Sams House and St. Luke's Episcopal Church. most of which are free.
*Harry Connick Jr., Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Mraz, and Jackson BrowneFebruary 8, 12, 16, 18 - Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
The Maxwell C. King Center has a February concert schedule filled with powerhouse artists from Grammy-winning performer Harry Connick Jr. to Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne. For Tickets
*Amit Peled, Cello & Noreen Polera, Piano
February 13- Melbourne Chamber Music Society
Melbourne Chamber Music Society will host two of classical musics most talented, well-regarded and diverse stars: Cellist Amit Peled and Pianist Noreen Polera. The evening's program will include music by Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Faure, and Saint Saens. Mr. Peled will also be presenting on the historical Goffriller cello of Pablo Casals.
*Arrival of Gervy's ZebrasFebruary 14 - Brevard Zoo
Brevard Zoo has finally earned its stripes! Two endangered Grvy's zebras will move into Brevard Zoo's Expedition Africa loop as a striped showcase species on February 14.The zebras arrived in Viera from White Oak, a wildlife conservation center in Yulee, then meet Brevard Zoo's trio of resident rhinos. more info
*"Lethal Beauty: Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor by Dr. Andreas Marks
Helmet in dragonfly shape, 17th century
Iron, lacquer, wood, leather, gilt, pigments, silk, papier-mache
Dr. Andreas Marks has curated and co-curated 14 exhibitions on various aspects of Japanese art including paintings, prints, ceramics, weaponry, as well as works of bamboo most notably the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Art's (RFCTA) current exhibition Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art (January 31 April 25, 2015). In conjunction with RFCTA's exhibit, "Lethal Beauty"is one of several events coinciding with Modern Twist, and will focus on the design of suits of armor and will especially address helmet forms and often found elements like demonic Chinese lions. more info
*Taste of GreeceFebruary 20-22
Even in its 43rd year, Saint Katherine's annual Taste of Greece continues to draw record crowds to their small church in Melbourne Florida.This fun-filled family event features Greek food, dance lessons, Hellenic bands, tours of the church and plenty of fun!
*A Splash of WatercolorFebruary 20-21-AZAN Shrine Temple
Brevard Watercolor Society will host their annual Splash of Watercolor festival the third weekend in February. In its twentieth year, the festival features the largest display of watercolor paintings on the Space Coast. There will be live painting demonstrations, a paint-a-round, and even a silent auction.
*Grant Seafood FestivalFebruary 28 - March 1 - Grant Community Center
Since 1967, Grant Seafood Festival has drawn record crowds to the southern most tip of Brevard County. Founded to promote environmental awareness and Indian River seafood and conservation efforts, the festival not only serves up mouth-watering seafood but also features over 100 crafters and artisans from across the country exhibiting their handmade crafts.Admission and parking are free.
For a full schedule of cultural events on the Space Coast visit: http://www.visitspacecoast.com/events/