Cultural Calendar

Events Courtesy of the Cultural Council of Indian River County



Million Dollar Quartet on the  Stark Stage at Riverside Theatre now through January 21.  Million Dollar Quartet is a re-enactment of  an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash made on December 4, 1956, at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.  For Tickets, visit



A fabulous collection of hand made oriental rugs will be exhibited at the Foyer Gallery of Art at the Emerson Center/Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, 1590 27th Avenue.  These pieces of fine art, from Falasiri Oriental Rugs, will be on display from through February 28.  A “Meet and Greet” night for the exhibition on Thursday, January 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm immediately prior to the Humanities program in the Emerson Center.

The Vero Beach Theatre Guild presents Lend me a Tenor as their first production of the 2018 season. Opening night is January 11th with shows running through January 22nd.  The stage is set for the most important night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Tito Mirelli, the world-famous Italian tenor, is set to perform the starring role in Otello. Henry Saunders, General Manager of the company, is beyond stressed about everything turning out right, and insists that his assistant, Max, a nervous, young fellow and secret tenor extraordinaire, watch over Tito’s every move to ensure smooth sailing.   Max navigates the company through one catastrophe after the next — an angry wife, a presumed death, crazy costumes, secret sex romps, and loads and loads of slamming doors and mistaken identities. Together, Max and Saunders find a way to save the Opera Company’s big night in grand, farcical fashion.  For tickets, visit

Considering that Waldo Sexton is perhaps the most notable patriarch of Vero Beach and his descendants are some of our most interesting and engaging neighbors, a special “public” family round-table is being convened on the stage of The Emerson Center and everyone is invited to attend. This fast-paced, free-wheeling discussion will happen on Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 pm.  Admission is free and is offered on a first-come basis.  This event is presented as part of the venue’s popular Florida Humanities Series in cooperation with the Treasure Coast History Festival.

Join the Friends of the North Indian River County Library as they show the travel film Hungary & Romania on Thursday, January 11th, from 2-3 p.m. at the Library.  Ian Wright starts his journey in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, travels to Eger and the Hortobagy National Park, crossing the Romanian border to Transylvania and on to the capital city of Bucharest, noting the changes taking place in Romania.  Admission is free.


The J.M. Stringer Gallery, 3465 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach, presents “Classic Beauty: In All Its Forms” – an exhibition featuring the recent paintings of Leonard Mizerek, FASMA.  Having been featured in more than 30 shows at galleries, societies, and museums worldwide, he is internationally known for his luminous seascapes. In addition, this exhibition features not only Mizerek’s sought-after land and seascapes, but also his new venture into figurative work (at right).  The exhibition is on view through February 10. Meet the artist and celebrate his new work during a wine and hors d’oeuvres opening reception: Thursday, January 11, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Friday, January 12, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, January 13, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. including an artist demonstration at 1 p.m.



The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce presents Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour  on Friday, January 12  at 8 pm by performing the album in its entirety plus all eight Top Ten hits Lady, Babe, Come Sail Away, Too Much Time on My Hands, Best of Times, Mr. Roboto plus classic rock anthems Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Suite Madame Blue and many more.  Visit for tickets. 

Main Street Vero Beach presents “Coffee with the Mayor” to welcome Vero Beach’s new Mayor, Harry Howle, on Friday, January 12 from 8 am to 9 am at the Heritage Center.  Free.  Reservations not required.

Karla Bonoff
Livingston Taylor

MusicWorks, Inc. announces the inaugural concert in the popular LIVE! From Vero Beach music series. For its 5th year of live professional music, the concerts are geared to classic folk and rock groups that performed from the 60’s on.  Audiences will be treated to two great performers in one concert on Friday evening, January 12 at  7 p.m. at the Emerson Center. One of those performers is Livingston Taylor who previously performed in 2015 and returns along with Karla Bonoff, one of the greatest singer/songwriters of her generation.  For tickets visit or call 800-595-4849.   Tickets for a selection of seats are also available from the Cultural Council. 772-770-4857.

On Friday, January 12, at 7:30 pm,   the Indian River Symphonic Association presents the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London with Pinchas Zukerman, Conductor & Violin Soloist at Community Church of Vero Beach.  They will perform Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture Op. 84; Wolfgang A. Mozart: Violin Concerto #5 in A Major, K 219 (Turkish); Sir Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings in E Minor, Op.20; and Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92.  Call 772-778-1070 for tickets.

The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting “Penny Creek Band playing vintage country, bluegrass & originals, on Friday, January 12 at Riverview Park (US 1 & 512) from 5:30 to 8 pm.  Free.


The Sebastian River Art Club’s Art By The River Fine Art Show will be held on Saturday, January 13 (rain date January 14) 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Riverview Park, corner of CR 512 East and US1. The show features paintings, sculpture, wood and metal art, photography, pottery, prints, jewelry, fiber, art glass and more. For further information please call 772-581-8281, or visit the website at

The Environmental Learning Center is holding its 2018 Fundraising Gala on Saturday, January 13 to celebrate 30 years!  The gala will be held at the Oak Harbor Clubhouse from 5 pm to 9 pm .  Enjoy cocktails, dinner, auction and dancing and more in support of the Environmental Learning Center.  Visit for more information and tickets.

Main Street Vero Beach will hold its Vintage Market downtown on Saturday, January 13 from 9 am to 4 pm.  Shop local for vintage wares from pop-up boutique vendors along 14th Avenue. This event is free to attend.

The Oceanside Business Association presents Collins & Company  at Sunset Saturday Night Concert Series on Saturday, January 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Ocean Drive at Humiston Park.  Free.


The art work of prominent area artists Bob Berran, Suzanne Berran, Sheila Lougheed, and Aksel Sand Pedersen will be featured at the Gallery at First Pres exhibit opening on Sunday, January 14 from 3 to 5 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach.  The artists will be available to discuss their work, and light refreshments will be served in the E. T. Smith Lounge. The exhibit is on view through March.

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