Cultural Calendar



weekend-cultural-connection-doy-demsick-mitchell-steinMichael Cooney’s riotous farce, Cash on Delivery, is coming to the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, 2020 San Juan Avenue, January 12th through January 22nd. Eric Swan lost his job two years ago and was afraid to tell his wife, Linda. Instead, he has been duping the British Welfare Authority ever since by claiming every type of benefit for the innumerable people he claims live at his address. His schemes include fictitious children and bogus disabilities. When welfare investigators show up, events spill out of control in hilarious fashion. Cash on Delivery runs through Sunday, January 22, with four matinees and six evening performances. Tickets are $24 and $26 and may be purchased by calling 562-8300 or online at


weekend-chicagoChicago – on stage through January 22. Get an entertaining, story-filled tour backstage on Friday, January 13 at 11 am or 2 pm. See the set designs and props up close. Learn more about how the shows are created and brought to life on stage. The tours last roughly one hour, the cost is $5 per person / Free for Members ($100 or more donors).



weekend-empty-plateAn Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf performs January 17 – February 5 at Riverside Theatre. At the world’s greatest restaurant, the Café du Grand Boeuf in Paris, is open for only one patron, owner and American millionaire Victor, the staff is always ready to prepare the most sumptuous of meals. On a hot July night in 1961, Victor arrives from Madrid disheveled and depressed with one simple wish: to die of starvation. The devoted staff, who depend on Victor’s patronage for their livelihood, desperately try all means to change his mind. When all else fails, Victor is convinced to have his favorite dishes prepared, but the food is to be kept in the kitchen and only empty platters served. Comedy ensues throughout the delectable seven course meal as a feast of words and declarations fill the restaurant. For tickets ( $45) call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or visit



By photographer Jeffrey Becton
By photographer Jeffrey Becton

The Vero Beach Museum of Art presents an exhibition of digital montages by Photographer Jeffery Becton on view through May 7. Eleven remarkable digital montages are featured in the exhibition titled “The View Out His Window (and in his mind’s eye)”. In Becton’s work, panoramic views of horizons where ocean meets shore are visible in the view out a window yet continue onto the walls inside dwellings. Becton photographs, paints, layers, fuses and alters digital imagery from myriad sources, and then seamlessly constructs pictures.

Artist Lisa Steffens is offering classes in her new studio, Art on the Alley, located at 2044 14th Avenue # 13 in the Pueblo Arcade. Drawing & Watercolor Painting for adults will be held on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 pm & Saturdays from 1 to 3 pm. Children’s (6 to 10 years) drawing and painting classes will be held on Saturdays from 10 am to Noon. A monotype/printmaking workshop will be held on Thursday, January 26 from 5 to 8 pm. For costs and reservations, call Lisa at 914-844-9284.


Main Street Vero Beach is holding its Networking Breakfast on January 19th from 8 to 9 am at Gallery of Hope, 2036 14th Avenue, Suite 101 in Vero Beach. This event is free for MSVB Members and $5 for guests. RSVP to

Join Certified Laughter Leader, Nancy Johnson at “Laugh For The Health Of It” to be held at the North Indian River County Library, 1001 Sebastian Blvd (CR 512), on Thursday, January 19 at 10:30 am. Start your day on a positive note & a belly-full of laughter!


The 29th annual Art By The Sea juried art show and sale, presented by the Vero Beach Art Club, will be held at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, Friday, January 20 from 5-8 pm, Saturday the 21st from 10-5 pm and Sunday the 22 from 10 am – 4 pm. Ribbons and cash awards will be presented on January 20th at a reception for artists and guests prior to the opening at 5 pm. Free.


Ballet Vero Beach will perform “Composers & Choreographers” at the VBHS Performing Arts Center on Friday January 20 at 8:00 pm and Saturday January 21 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The performance will feature three world premieres featuring artistic director Adam Schnell’s interpretation of local composer Paul Gay’s In Which Cio-Cio San Goes With Pinkerton, dancer Chloe Watson’s new work Ophelia (utilizing a commissioned score performed live by composer Sean McVerry), and Schnell’s layered and playful Anything You Can Do set to Antonio Vivaldi’s energetic triple violin concerto. For tickets ($10-$75) visit, or by call 772-905-2651.

The Vero Heritage Center announces the January Starry Night movie on the Green, Zootopia, to be shown outside on the grass Friday January 20 at 6 pm. Bring the kids, a lawn chair and blanket and enjoy family fun night. Free.


weekend-432The Treasure Coast Jazz Society presents the Ed Metz Trio on Saturday, January 21 at the Vero Beach Heritage Center beginning at 12:30 pm. This is the fifth straight appearance by the Ed Metz Trio featuring Italian pianist Rossano Sportiello, Aussie bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott, and drummer Ed Metz. admission is $45 for Members, $50 for Non-Members. A buffet lunch and cash bar will be available for purchase. For tickets and/or reservations for lunch, call 772-234-4600.

weekend-gymnasticsregThe City of Vero Beach Recreation Department will hold Gymnastics registration on Saturday, January 21st beginning at 8 am at Leisure Square Fitness Center, 3705 16th Street. There are gymnastics and aerial classes available for beginners through advanced students, toddlers through teens. Weekday and Saturday classes are available to fit every schedule. Registration will remain open until classes are full. Participants enrolled in this Gymnastics Session will perform at the Firefighters Fair March 11th or March 13th. For more information, call 772-770-3775 or visit the recreation page at

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County is holding its 5th Annual Bark in the Park festival at Riverside Park on Saturday, January 21 from 10 am to 4 pm. This is a kid friendly and dog friendly free event. At 10 am there will be a dog parade around the park followed by shows throughout the day performed by the world-famous Disc-Connected K9’s Frisbee Dogs and K-9 demonstrations by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. Also featured is a dog lure course, an agility course, a kid’s zone, food and beverages as well as vendors with a wide variety of dog supplies as well as pet-themed shirts, gifts, jewelry. Bark in the Park attendees can meet many of The Humane Society’s dogs available for adoption. For more information call Jennifer Downes at (772) 388-3826.


The Theatre-Go-Round Dinner Theatre presents “Let the Good Times Roll” on Sunday, January 22 at the Quilted Giraffe, 500 S. US 1 In Vero Beach. This show features rockin’ golden oldies from the 1950s. Doors open for the 3 course gourmet dinner at 4:30 pm with the show at 6. All-inclusive dinner theatre packages are $55 per person. Call the box office at 772-252-9341.


Children’s Home Society of Florida will host its 16th Annual “Have a Heart…Play Bridge for the Children” bridge tournament and luncheon on Monday, January 23 at the Vero Beach Country Club. The morning’s games will include duplicate, party bridge as well as a men’s Swiss tournament. Master points will be awarded to duplicate and men’s tournament winners and prizes will be given for all games. There will also be chance drawings and a silent auction, and a delicious lunch. For more information, please visit Tickets are $80 per person ($55 of the ticket is tax-deductible).


weekend-web_alstewart-hi-es-color2Live! From Vero Beach and Music Works, Inc. present Al Stewart with Dave Nachmanoff on Friday, January 27 at the Emerson Center. Fans will remember the summer of 1979, when Stewart’s multi-million-selling “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages” were staples of FM radio, and he was touring with saxes, synths, singers, and all the accoutrements pop stardom brings. With the release of Uncorked, Al and Nachmanoff take a trip through Stewart’s musical back pages, both in terms of the musical catalogue (they did have nearly 20 albums’ worth of songs to pick from), and in terms of performance style. For tickets, visit or call (772) 778-5249.

Riverside Theatre’s Distinguished Lecturer Series is geared up for an informative and entertaining 2017 lecture season: January 23 – Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise; February 6- Bob Woodward, Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist/Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post; February 20- James Balog, Founder and Director, Earth Vision Institute and Extreme Ice Survey; and March 13- Sir Salman Rushdie. Lecture times are 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.. Cost for the season is $350 for the Stark Mainstage and $200 for the Waxlax simulcast. For more information visit or call (772) 231-6990.

weekend-vbma-workshop-marianne-mitchellweekend-vbma-artist-douglas-davidThe Vero Beach Museum of Art’s art school is offering two workshops for artists: Douglas David is conducting a 3-day workshop, February 3 – 5, that will help students get comfortable with the process of painting on larger canvases. Workshop registration deadline is January 20. The cost is $400 for the general public and $375 for Museum members. Marianne Mitchells’ 3-day workshop, Oil Pastels into Abstraction, February 10 – 12, is best for intermediate level realist painters who want to incorporate more abstract expression in their work, and for abstract painters who seek guidance in developing their expression. Workshop cost is $375 for the general public and $350 for Museum members. Sign up by calling Ellyn Giordano, at (772) 231-0707, ext. 116 or visit the Museum’s website


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