Riverside Theatre presents Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” opening January 31 with shows through February 19. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet on the balconies of their adjacent rooms. As they relive the past, their original spark reignites and they impulsively runaway together to give their relationship another shot, much to the shock of the newlyweds they leave behind. Tickets start at $35. Visit www.riversidetheatre.com or call 772-231-6990.
Vero Beach Opera’s Opera Studies Program begins on February 2 at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. This year’s theme is “Russia: Land of the Tsars.” Dates are: February 2 – Boris Godunov, February 16 – Ivan Susanin, February 23- Khovanshchina, March 2 – Mazeppa, and March 9 – War and Peace. The programs are presented from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Tuition is $50/$70. To register call 772-231-0707 ext. 116 or visit www.vboperastudies.com.
Kindermusik, music and movement classes for children with Ocean Strings Studio, are being offered every week on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to noon from January 31 through April 27 at Leisure Square, 3705 16th Street in Vero Beach. For more information, visit http://www.oceanstrings.net/kindermusik.
Arts & Culture in St. Lucie County
Art Mundo, A Center for Creative Expression in Fort Pierce is offering a wide variety of art classes for all ages. Visit ArtMundo.org for dates & descriptions and to register.
AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE THIS WEEK
An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf is on stage through February 5 with tickets priced at $45.
Private Lives – January 31 through February 19. Tickets start at $35. Visit RiversideTheatre.com.
THURSDAY, February 2
The Vero Beach Art Club’s meeting on Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 pm at the Vero Beach Museum of Art features a demonstration by Susan Juranich who will give a demonstration on picture framing. Free.
Join Joseph Gramm at 2 p.m., on Thursday, February 2nd at the North Indian River County Library for another in the series “Classic Films With a Twist,” which will include a full-length showing of a feature film followed by lively discussion, refreshments and a film trivia challenge. Free.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY February 3, 4 & 5
“Sugar and Cream” is a critically acclaimed, hilarious, one man tour-de force about a Greek serial dieter. Harry Sideropoulos performs in the show’s American debut with three performances, Friday, February 3rd through Sunday, February 5th at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by calling 562-8300 or online at verobeachtheatreguild.com.
The Gustavus Choir, Conducted by Gregory J. Aune will perform on Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm at Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23 Street. Visit www.ccovb.org for more information.
FRIDAY, February 3
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY STROLL
The First Friday Gallery Stroll will be held on Friday, February 3 from 5 to 8 pm along and around 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach. Here is a preview: Project Space 1785, 1785 Old Dixie Highway, presents a new group exhibit entitled “Bias and Desire”; The Other Half Gallery exhibits new works by its gallery artists; The Artists Guild Gallery presents wildlife sculptures by Mike Nelson; Gallery 14 features art by Muci Clemens and the father/daughter team of Darlene Davis and Eduardo Patera; Main Street Vero Beach will exhibit paintings of horses by Margaret Culver; Lisa Steffens will do a painting demonstration at Art on the Alley in the Theatre Plaza and Flametree Clay Gallery is hosting artists from the Peacock Clay Collaborative of Fort Pierce.
The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24 Street is holding an opening reception on Friday, February 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to present “Jumping Off The Walls” by Gustav Miller (at left) on view through February.
The Vero Heritage Center will show Starry Night movie on the Green, Angry BIrds at 6 pm during the Gallery Stroll. Artists will be exhibiting as well at the Heritage Center. Free.
Al Scortino of the Ashley Gang and other members of the Florida Music Food Initiative will perform at the Library Coffee House on Friday, February 3rd, 7-9 p.m. at the North Indian River County Library. Admission is free, but everyone is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Lord’s Table Soup Kitchen.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEB 3 & 4
The Garden Club of Indian River County presents Gardenfest! at Riverside Park February 4th and 5th. Eighty-five vendors will offer an incredible selection of quality items for your garden. Enjoy food for sale, raffle prizes and activities for the younger gardener. Hours are Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm. Free
SATURDAY, February 4
The Emerson Center presents CSpeak with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics on Saturday, February 4 at 4:00 & 6:30 pm with the topic “Wealth & The Economy: What I Don’t Know Should Worry Me.” For tickets, visit TheEmersonCenter.org.
Save the Chimps in Fort Pierce is holding a VIP event on Saturday, February 4 from 10 am to 3 pm. Begin with a behind-the-scenes tour of the 150-acre sanctuary, which is usually closed to the public. Cocktails, music, a delicious lunch, and spectacular views of the chimpanzees roaming their island homes will provide a memorable experience. The cost is $350 per person – includes lunch and presentation. Visit SaveTheChimps.org.
Project Space 1785, 1785 Old Dixie Highway in Vero Beach presents “Introduction to Screenwriting Workshop with Xaque Gruber on Saturday, February 4 from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Participants will learn the basics of screenwriting and over the course of the workshop, will complete their own 10 Page short film script. For tickets ($25) visit: http://www.projectspace1785.bigcartel.com/. Space is limited to 10 students.
The Village Marketplace, offering pastry, local produce, artwork, vintage items and more will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 10 am to 4 pm at Rosewood Artisan Boutiques, 1440 19th Place in Downtown Vero Beach.
The Treasure Coast Jazz Society presents Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band on Saturday, February 4 at 12:30 pm at the Heritage Center in Vero Beach. In addition to the concert, reservations may be made for a buffet luncheon. Call 772-234-4600 for tickets.
Vero Beach Opera presents the theatrical world of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) on Saturday, February 4 at 7 pm at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center. Accompanied by the VBO Chamber Orchestra, songs from La Boheme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, among others, will be performed. All seats are reserved and tickets are $30, $40, and $50. Student tickets are half price. Tickets may be purchased through the box office at 772-564-5537 as well as online at www.VeroBeachOpera.org.
The Indian River County Historical Society presents the 2nd Annual Working Waterfront Mullet Fry on Saturday, February 4 from Noon to 2 pm at Fisherman’s Landing, 1540 Indian River Drive in Sebastian. $10 per plate.
MONDAY, February 6
The American Association of University Women’s Book Review Breakfast will be held at the Richardson Center on the IRSC Campus in Vero Beach on Monday, February 6 at 9:30 am. Claudia Jimenez, Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, and a former Indian River County School Board member, will review The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? The event is free and open to the public.