Cultural Calendar March 20-27



My Fair Lady:  Through March 31.  Enjoy witty dialogue and jubilant songs including  “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Visit

Ghost Writer:  March 26 – April 14.  Novelist Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence, but his secretary Myra continues to take dictation. Attacked by skeptics, the press and Woolsey’s jealous widow, Myra sets out to prove she is more than an artful forger. Is she trying to steal Wooley’s legacy now that she cannot have his love, or might she truly possess a gift the world cannot understand?  Visit for tickets.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: through March 31.  This Tony-awarded musical romp through ancient Rome, features desperate lovers, scheming toga-clad neighbors, and glamorous courtesans, thirteen singers/dancers/comedians/actors in all, on stage.  Performances are Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 pm. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are$30. Visit or call 772-582-8300 from 10 am to 2 pm weekdays.


The Cultural Council of Indian River County is now soliciting nominations for the 23rd annual Laurel Awards to be presented May 8 at Riverside Theater.  Since 1996, the Laurel Awards have recognized individuals in the community who have strived to demonstrate support of the arts in a variety of means. Laurel Awards are given in a wide array of categories that have included cultural leadership roles in business, education, philanthropy and volunteerism.

This year’s categories are: Richard A. Stark Award for Cultural Leadership; Alma Lee Loy Award for Volunteer Leadership; Willie C. Reagan Award for Educational Leadership; and John J. Schumann, Jr. Award for Business Leadership.   All members of the Cultural Council are encouraged to nominate a person or business deserving of a Laurel Award.  Nominations must be made by a member or on behalf of a member of the Cultural council.  Nomination forms are now available on the Cultural Council website, and in the Cultural Council office. Deadline for submitting nominations to the Cultural Council is March 29.  Contact Barbara Hoffman at 772-770-4857 with any questions.


The Vero Beach Museum of Art has a lecture this week to accompany the current exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite art. Muses and Makers: The Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gangis a lecture that will be held today (March 20) at 4:30 pm ($25 Members, $35 guests).  Visit for tickets


The Vero Beach Museum of Art is hosting its Concerts in the Park featuring Jazz guitarist, Ryan Waszmer on Thursday, March 21 from 5 to 7 pm.  Bring your lawn chairs. Rain or Shine. Refreshments available for purchase. Members $10/Non-members $12.

The Lenten Poetry and Organ Series at Community Church of Vero Beach will feature organist Andrew Galuska and poet Sean Sexton on Thursday, March 21 at 11:00 am.  The series, featuring different poets each week continues through Lent.

Laugh & Learn with certified Laughter Leader, Nancy Johnson, to get your day off to a happy start at the North Indian River County Library on Thursday, March 21 at 10:30 am.

The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24 Street in Vero Beach is hosing a book launch party on Thursday,  March 21 at 7 pm.  Our Muslim Neighbors — Achieving the American Dream:  An Immigrant’s Memoir by Victor Begg will be presented by the author.  Victor Begg appeared in a 1994 cover story in U.S. News & World Report about how much all Americans share in their deepest spiritual desires. In that story, seven years before 9/11, he told the magazine’s millions of readers: “It’s very easy to be a Muslim in the United States.” He had no reason to question that assertion. We need to reclaim that earlier optimism and that focus on our shared values.  Read reviews and listen to a radio interview about the book:  Free.

The Friends of the North Indian River County Library will show a travel film, America’s Untold Story, (A History of St. Augustine Part 3) on Thursday, March 21st , at 2 pm.  St. Augustine, the first permanent European settlement in the United States, was founded in 1565 by a melting pot of Spanish, Africans, Italians, Germans, Irish and converted Jews who integrated almost immediately with the indigenous tribes. “America’s Untold Story uncovers the story of America’s past that never made it into textbooks.  Free.


The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce presents SoulJam in concert at Riverview Park on Friday, March 22 from 5:30 to 8 pm. Bring your lawn chair and blanket – admission is free and food and drink will be available for purchase.


The Sebastian River Art Club’s Art By The River will be held in Riverview Park on Saturday, March 23 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Meet the artists, enjoy their work and purchase some for your home or business. A wide variety of media and techniques will be on display.

Doc Grober

The Treasure Coast Jazz Society presents A Tribute to Doc Grober by Jim Snyder and the Mudcats at the Heritage Center on Saturday, March 23 at 12:30 pm.  This concert is in the memory of Doc Grober who recently passed away.  For tickets and to reserve a buffet lunch, visit

The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation is hosting a workshop at its Writing Center on 14th Avenue titled How to Connect Readers to Your Story, and Keep Them Riveted with Heather Whitaker. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Visit to register.


The Vero Beach Art Club’s Art in the Park will be held on Sunday, March 24 from 10 am to 4 pm at Humiston Park on Ocean Drive.  Visit members’ booths featuring a myriad of styles and mediums.

Aileen Ribeiro

On Monday, March 25 at 4:30 pm, International Fashion Historian, Aileen Ribeiro will discuss, via simulcast,  Life with the Pre-Raphealites: Art Dress and Beauty as part of the 2019 International Lecture Series at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.  For tickets ($70 members/$80 guests), visit


The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents The Yale Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 26 at the Emerson Center. The concert will feature original arrangements–jazz standards, ballads, show tunes, pop and rock music, and humorous numbers. Visit for tickets.


McKee Botanical Garden presents author Karen Tripson for a special lecture and book signing event on Wednesday, March 27 at 2:00 pm.  Tripson’s lecture will spotlight her new novel The Cooking Class in San Sebastian, a story about love late in life, aging, the challenges of staging a Basque art exhibit and Basque cuisine. She will discuss the inspiration behind her novel, and attendees will get to taste samples of the food featured in the book, pintxos, and a small wine sampling. Register in advance by calling 772-794-0601. Cost to attend the event is $20 for McKee members and $25 for non-members.



Attend an informational meeting to learn about becoming a docent at the Museum on Thursday, March 28 at 11 am in the Leonhardt auditorium.   RSVP to Sara Klein at

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