Cultural Calendar February 1-4

ONGOING

The Last Romance: Love can make anyone feel young again, even an elderly widower. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk. Instantly smitten by an elegant, mature woman, Carol, he turns on the charm hoping for a second chance at love. Defying Carol’s reticence, Ralph embarks on a journey to regain the happiness that seemed all but lost. The Last Romance is a heart-warming comedy about finding love at any age.  February 5 – 24.

Next to Normal: Through February 10. Visit RiversideTheatre.com

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
By Ambrus Diossy.

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY STROLL

By Anastasia Firenze

The First Friday Gallery Stroll along and around 14th Avenue in Vero Beach will be held on February 1 from 5 to 8 pm.  Here’s a preview: The Artists Guild Gallery’s guest artists are Anastasia Firenze & Ambrus Diossy.  Flametree Clay Gallery is holding its popular, semi-annual Sexpots exhibition. Main Street Vero Beach’s guest artist is Liz Mayo with oil paintings of Italy – The Bel Pasea.

 

JILL KERWICK AT THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL CARE

Leaving Home by Jill Kerwick.

The  Center for Spiritual Care presents multi-media artist Jill Kerwick who will show new work through February 22.  The exhibition will open with an artist’s reception Friday, February 1, at 5 pm.   Entitled “Leaving Home and Other Stories,” the show will feature carefully staged, digitally enhanced multi-media collages. Viewing  hours are by appointment and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm.

SATURDAY,  FEBRUARY 2
Matthew White, 2017 Vocal Competition winner.

Arias, duets, and quartets will fill the air as Vero Beach Opera presents a Bel Canto Concert on Saturday, February 2 at 7 pm at the Vero Beach high School Performing Arts Center.  The concert will feature operas written by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti.  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 Sunrise Theatre presents iLuminate on Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 pm. Showcasing high-energy dance styles including hip-hop, Latin and break-dancing, this fusion of movement and cutting-edge effects will dazzle kids and adults alike. iLuminate has been featured on “Dancing With the Stars,” “Ellen,” “The American Music Awards” and more. Best for ages 4 and up.  Visit SunriseTheatre.com for tickets.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 & 3

GARDENFEST! THIS WEEKEND

The Garden Club of Indian River County presents its 18th Annual Gardenfest! on Saturday & Sunday, February 2 & 3 at Riverside Park.  Shop for beautiful plants and trees, garden accessories and more.  Ask the Experts will have free lectures and  Q & A sessions.  Relax under the Oaks and enjoy delicious food from the food court.  Admission is free.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
11-year old phenom, Jacob Velazquez.

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents Jacob Plays Beethoven,  at 3 pm on Sunday, February 3 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Avenue in Vero Beach. The 11-year old Velazquez will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, while high school junior Monet Jowers of Orlando will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the orchestra. Local favorite 16-year old Isaac Moorman will play Elgar’s Cello Concerto.  $25 advance tickets for adults are available on line at SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at Marine Bank & Trust, beachside and mainland branches. Tickets at the door are $30, free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID.  Furloughed federal employees and active duty Coast Guard will also be admitted free to SCSO concerts for the duration of the government shutdown.

MONDAY,  FEBRUARY 4

The American Association of University Women is hosting the February Book Review Breakfast on Monday, February 4 at 9:30 am at the Richardson Center on the IRSC Campus in Vero Beach.  Enjoy a continental breakfast followed by Book Review, Presentation of Education by Tara Westover.  The guest speaker is Phillip (Phil) Long, retired Miami Herald Treasure Coast Bureau Chief.  Admission is free, however, donations of new or gently used pre-K books for the young reader’s project will be gratefully accepted.

UPCOMING

The A.E. Backus Museum, in partnership with Main Street Fort Pierce presents the 2019 Florida Humanities Series at the Sunrise Theatre Black Box with Florida Soul, by John Capouya on Tuesday, February 5 at 2 pm.  From Ray Charles in the mid-1940s to KC and the Sunshine Band in the late ‘70s, Florida has a rich soul music heritage that’s been overlooked. Drawing from his book, Florida Soul, John Capouya will play classic R&B, show vintage and contemporary photos of soul greats, and share his research into this important musical history. Visit the Museum’s website at BackusMuseum.com to register online. Free.

A new film series will be presented by Alan Teger and Diane Thelen on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm at the Center For Spiritual Care beginning on Wednesday, February 6.  The series, entitled “From Movies to Mindfulness,” will focus on motion pictures that deal with consciousness and the inner journey.  Thelen will introduce each film and Teger will moderate a group discussion afterward.  For the film schedule and series tickets ($50), visit CenterForSpiritualCare.org or call 772-567-1233.

MusicWorks, Inc. and Paris Productions presents Live From Vero Beach:  Classic Albums Live Performing Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours on Friday, February 8 at 7 pm at the Emerson Center.  For tickets, visit MusicWorksConcerts.com or call the Cultural Council at 772-770-4857.

The Environmental Learning Center offers two-hour manatee spotting pontoon boat excursions with a nature guide and captain to help you search for manatees nibbling on sea grasses, swimming and playing.  Upcoming pontoon boat excursions will be on February 6, February 20, March 6, March 20, April 3 and April 24.  Space is limited and advance reservations are required.  Prices are: Adults $50/Adult ELC Members $45 – Child $20/Child Member $18. Book online atdiscoverelc.org/pontoon-tours.html or call (772) 589-5050 ext. 101.

Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach is hosting a VIP event prior to the Florida Craft Brew and Wingfest to be held on February 16 at Royal Palm Pointe.   VIP Cheers and Beers for a Healthy Lagoon will be held from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Walking Tree Brewery in Vero Beach on Friday, February 8.  Homebrewers and local restaurants collaborate with tastings as well as plenty of good food and live music.  For tickets ($75): https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/flcbwf-vip

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