ST LUCIE COUNTY
The A.E. Bean Backus Museum & Gallery celebrates the group of Florida’s African American artists who made history in a special exhibition, “Blazing the Trail: Vintage Paintings from the Original Highwaymen.” The exhibition features important works from private collections by Alfred Hair, Harold Newton, Livingston Roberts, Roy McLendon, and Willie Daniels, and is curated by Roger Lightle. On view through March 8.
AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE
The Mystery of Edwin Drood through February 4.
Lombardi – One of the greatest sports legends of all time, Hall of Fame football coach, Vince Lombardi, is the basis for this exhilarating new play. One of the most inspirational personalities of our time, Lombardi’s ambition and passions are on display as well as his ability to influence people to achieve what they never thought possible. January 30 through February 18. Visit RiversideTheatre.com.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Join Joseph Gramm at 2 p.m., on Thursday, February 1 at the North Indian River County Library for “Classic Films with a Twist,” which includes a full-length showing of a feature film followed by discussion and a trivia contest with prizes and refreshments. Free.
A one-actor performance of “The Voice of Mary McLeod Bethune” will be presented on The Emerson Center’s stage by noted actor/author Ersula Knox-Odom. This free event starts at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 1. Bethune was the American educator, stateswoman, and civil rights activist best known for starting Bethune-Cookman University, a private school for African American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. She became known as “The First Lady of The Struggle” because of her commitment to gain better lives for African Americans. Author and reporter Ersula Knox-Odom’s dramatic re-creations continue to inspire and instruct audiences everywhere.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Haiti Partners is having a fund-raising luncheon on Friday, February 2 at noon at Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa. Hear stories of thanks and gratitude for the work supporters have made possible. $25/ticket. Purchase online at https://haitipartners.org or call 772-539-8521.
On Friday, February 2 the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation will have a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to inaugurate a new Writing Center at 1914 14th Avenue in Vero Beach from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
New art works by Shotsi Cain LaJoie will be featured during February at the Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24th Street in Vero Beach. The exhibition, which opens with a 5 pm artist’s reception Friday, February 2, will run through Monday, February 26. LaJoie’s show, titled “Ideas, Images, Explorations,” will feature both her acrylics and her photographs.
The Indian River Symphonic Association presents the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s annual pops concert entitled Broadway Our Way on Friday, February 2 at the Community Church at 7:30 pm. This concert will feature favorites from some of Broadway’s blockbuster hit shows including Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Gypsy, Hamilton, Jesus Christ Superstar, and West Side Story. There will be a Special Anniversary Celebration & Reception at intermission with refreshments for the entire audience to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Indian River Symphonic Association. Visit the website at www.irsymphonic.org, or call 772-778-1070 for tickets.
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 2 from 7 to 9 pm at the North Indian River County Library. Admission is free, but everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to a local food bank. Coffee and cookies will be served.
The First Friday Gallery Stroll in downtown Vero Beach will be held on February 2 from 5 to 8 pm. Raw Space on Dixie Highway (open until 9 pm) exhibits a retrospective of Enrique Maza. The Other Half Gallery and Tiger Lily are exhibiting new works by gallery artists. Gallery 14 presents Derek Gores/Collage Couture. The Artists Guild Gallery features paintings by Gracia Dayton. Main Street Vero Beach’s guest artist is Curtis Swanson exhibiting watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media. Flametree Clay Art Gallery features clay work by Marie Crisel, “In my Garden”.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3
In celebration of Black History Month, a video from the PBS series “Unnatural Causes” about health problems will be shown in Fellowship Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Saturday morning, February 3 at 10:00 am. The hour long documentary will be followed by a Q&A led by Julianne Price, Statewide PACE-EH Coordinator with Florida Dept. of Health in Indian River County. Fair trade coffee and teas will be available. The program is free; no reservation is needed.
Artist and mental health counselor, Gail Lois Jaffe presents “Paint Your Prayers, Draw your Dreams, Meditate and Create Workshop” on Saturday, February 3 from 10 am to noon. The workshop will be held at Terry Mndfulness Center, 333 17th Street, Suite 2T in Vero Beach. The cost is $75 (materials included). To register, call Gail at 772-559-6094 or email GailLois@hotmail.com.
The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department’s 15th Annual Mother Daughter Tea Party will be held on Saturday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m. at the Vero Beach Community Center. This year’s theme is ‘Art Party’ with lots of art, prizes, tea, food and fun! Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters of all ages are invited. The cost is $25 per Mother/Daughter team and $10 each additional person. Register at Leisure Square (3705 16th Street, Vero Beach). Advance tickets only.
H.A.L.O No Kill Rescue is having an adoption event and handmade crafts show “Artisans at the Mall” on Saturday, February 3 from 11 am to 3 pm.
Vero Beach Opera presents “An Evening with Verdi” on Saturday, February 3 at 7 pm at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center. The performance features Met artists Susan Neves, David Pershall and others. Tickets are $30, $40 & $50. Purchase tickets online: http://www.verobeachopera.org/buy-online.html
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 & 4
Artists, Elise Geary, Margaret Goembel, Andrea Lazar and Gail Fairweather have moved their studio/gallery to Ocean Drive. Now the Ocean Drive Gallery, the public is invited to a reception on Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4 from 1 to 5 PM. Ocean Drive Gallery is located at 3349 Ocean Drive, Suite 8 (Second Floor) in Vero Beach. Enter on Beachland Blvd. behind “Coop” to ride the elevator to meet the artists.
Gardenfest! – Nature’s Finest Marketplace returns to Riverside Park this weekend, February 3 and 4 sponsored by the Garden Club of Indian River County. Over 85 vendors will bring an amazing collection of plants and garden accessories. Find plants for sale including palms, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, Florida natives, herbs, succulents, bamboo, fruit trees, bonsai, roses and geraniums as well as planters, pottery, fountains, furniture, lighting, statuary and other garden accessories. “Ask the Experts,” returns each day with free lectures, demonstrations and Q & A sessions lead by local horticulture authorities. Enjoy food for sale, activities for the younger gardener and wonderful raffle prizes.
SUNDAY, FEBUARY 4
The Vero Beach Art Club presents “Art in the Park” featuring works by club members on Sunday, February 4 at Humiston Park on Ocean Drive from 10 am to 4 pm. See a wide variety of styles & mediums.
Theatre-Go-Round Dinner Theatre announces an extension of the popular “Forever in Blue Jeans” Neil Diamond show at the Quilted Giraffe. These performances will be held every Sunday in February and on March 4, 11 & 18. Dinner and show tickets are $65 – Call the Box Office at 772-252-9341.
The First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach presents Four Hand Piano featuring Sergey Belyavskiy and Jacob Craig on Sunday, February 4 at 4 pm. There will be a free will offering during the concert.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Distinguished Lecturer Series at Riverside Theatre
On February 5th The Right Honourable David Cameron, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-2016), will be the guest lecturer of the Distinguished Lecturer Series at Riverside Theatre. During this extraordinary and turbulent time in world affairs, the former world leader will discuss the future of globalization; Brexit; the rise of populist politicians and parties; and where we go from here. For more info visit www.RiversideLecturerSeries.com. Call the Riverside box office at (772) 231-6990 for lecture times and ticket availability.
If you loved the tunes by The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Carole King, James Taylor, the Mamas & the Papas, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Jim Morrison, and other greats of the days gone by…then you’re sure to love Live From Laurel Canyon presented by MusicWorks, Inc. on stage at The Emerson Center on Thursday, February 8 at 7 pm. For tickets, visit MusicWorksConcerts.com or call the Cultural Council at 772-770-4857.
Image: Laurel Canyon