Cultural Calendar April 3-10



Ghost-Writer:  Through 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.

Art at the Airport with Cultural Council Executive Director Barbara Hoffman and VB Airport Manager, Eric Menger.

The Cultural Council of Indian River County has expanded its Art in Public Places program with a new, rotating, ongoing exhibit at the Vero Beach Regional Airport with the theme The Perfect Destination.  Over 20 works of art by local artists are now on view.  Image: Cultural Council’s Executive Director, Barbara Hoffman and Airport Director Eric Menger,  by Merana Cadorette’s painting, “Teaching the Joy of Flight”.


The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce presents Murphy’s Celtic Legacy Wednesday, April 3 at 7 pm.  The cast gives an invigorating performance of traditional Irish Dance, featuring dancers and musicians from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Woman.  For tickets, visit


The Indian River Symphonic Association’s Festival of Orchestras  continues with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra featuring legendary pianist Fabio Bidini performing Brahms at Community Church of Vero Beach on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 pm.  For tickets, visit or call 772-778-1070.

By George Pillorgé.


The First Friday Gallery Stroll along and around 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach will be held on April 5 from 5 to 8 pm.  Here’s a preview:  Gallery 14’s new exhibit is Figures, Flowers and Foliage: Pastels by George Pillorgé (at left) through April 26.  The Artists Guild Gallery’s guest artist is Joseph Daniel.  Main Street Vero Beach hosts Guy LeFebvre. Flametree Clay Art Gallery’s show is Tablescapes-The ARTful table.

Three Graces by Deborah Gooch,

The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24 Street in Vero Beach presents Life Illustrated, a collection of paintings by Deborah Gooch (at right).  Inspired by old Kodak photographs from her past, Deborah will exhibit paintings representing the emotions that the photographs evoke.  Meet the artist at a reception on Friday, April 5 from 5 to 7 pm.

Pineapple in Moonlight by Jaffe.

Artists Gail Lois Jaffe, Sharon Morgan and Lisa Terry are exhibiting a collection of works, titled From the Tropics with Love for one night only, on Friday, April 5 from 5 to 8 pm.  The exhibit will be held at the Terry Mindfulness and Long Wellness Center, 3150 Cardinal Drive, Second Floor, in Vero Beach.  Jaffe and Morgan will be exhibiting paintings and Terry will exhibit spiritual prayer bead necklaces.

The Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce features an exhibit of 56 paintings by Levi Black Bear, a self-taught Oglala Sioux artist showing the history of the American Indian from early times to present day, 1961 The reception is on Friday, April 5 from 5 to 8 pm.


The Sebastian River Art Club presents Art by the River in Riverview Park on Saturday, April 6 from 10 am to 4 pm.  See a wide variety of styles & mediums by the Club’s talented artists.

The 9th Annual Young Artists Piano Concert hosted by Vero Beach Opera will be held Saturday, April 6th at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church, 3755 Hwy A1A, Vero Beach. The concert will feature Vero Beach Opera’s five piano scholarship students who are under the instruction of Dr. Marcos Flores. A reception with refreshments will follow the concert. Admission is free. For more information call 569-6993.

Jeff Rupert

The Treasure Coast Jazz Society presents tenor saxophonist, Jeff Rupert, in concert on Saturday, April 6 at 2:30 pm at the Heritage Center.  Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur, Benny Carter and Maynard Ferguson. Rupert currently is the leader of The Jazz Professor, a sextet which had top JazzWeek charting hit albums 2012-2015.  For tickets,  call 772-234-4600 or visit

Fairy & Pirate Festival at McKee Botanical Garden.

McKee Botanical Garden presents the 9th Annual Fairy & Pirate Festival on Saturday, April 6 from 10 am – 1 pm.  The garden will be  transformed into a mythical and magical wonderland for fairies and pirates.  Activities include a treasure hunt, face painting, crafts and games, fairy manicures, dancing at the Maypole, and building a fairy house. Costumes are encouraged but not required.  $12 Adults, $11 Seniors, $8 Children (3-12). McKee members and children under 3 admitted for free.

Join H.A.L.O. on Saturday, April 6th for its Easter edition of  Artisans at the Mall showcasing a wide array of unique and beautiful hand-crafted items! This special event runs from 11 to 4 at the Indian River Mall.  There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children and make sure to  visit the Adoption Center to  ask about their adoption specials.

Crushin’ It at the Winery is a Vero Beach Centennial event at the Summer Crush Winery, 4200 Johnston Rd. in Fort Pierce on Saturday, April 6 from 6:30 m to 9:30 pm.  This is a fundraising event to benefit Little Birthday Angels and includes dinner, live jazz music, a photo booth, live and silent auctions.  For tickets ($75) visit


The Vero Beach Choral Society will perform All Things Celtic on Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 pm at Community Church of Vero Beach. The concert is an eclectic mix of Celtic folksongs, contemporary compositions and Choral Art music by Celtic composers. For tickets, $20 Adults, $5 Students, visit or purchase at the door.

The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation’s 9th Annual Poetry and Barbecue will be held on Sunday, April 7 from 3:00 to 700 pm at the Heritage Center.  The event features three poets and friends from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada:  Andy Hedges, Joel Nelson, and Randy Reiman. Enjoy a delicious barbeque and bid on silent auction items.  For tickets, $25,  visit

The Phoenix Jazz Orchestra is a smokin’ hot 18-piece Big Band– in town for a tribute concert to Jazz legend, Stan Kenton.  Hosted by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the music and career of the famed band leader with A Jazz Tribute to Stan Kenton at 3:00 PM on Sunday, April 7 at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street.  Selections will include “Eager Beaver,” “Over the Rainbow,” “All About Ronnie,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Opus in Pastels,” “Zoot,” “The Thrill is Gone,” “Body and Soul,” “La Suerte de los Tontos,” and many more. Guest conductor John Mason will lead the world-class Phoenix Jazz Orchestra for this Central Florida tribute. The Orlando-based Phoenix Jazz Orchestra takes its name from the mythical bird and not from the capital of Arizona. $25 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at or at the orchestra’s official ticket outlet, Marine Bank & Trust, beachside and mainland branches.  Tickets at the door are $30.  A Jazz Tribute to Stan Kenton is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID.


The Indian River Genealogical Society meeting will be held at the Indian River County Main Library on Tuesday, April 9 at 10 am.  The speaker is Thomas MacEntee who will speak on Building a Research Toolbox.  Free..

On Tuesday, April 9, the American Association of University Women is hosting Equal Pay Day Red Luncheon at the Vero Beach Country Club from 11 am to 1 pm with a presentation on the history of women in this country and how women are still seeking equal pay for equal or comparative work. Make lunch reservation ($22) payment at

Max Weinberg

MusicWorks, Inc. and Paris Productions present Live From Vero Beach: Max Weinberg’s Jukebox on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 pm at the Emerson Center.   Max Weinberg is an American drummer and television personality, most widely known as the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and as the band leader for Conan O’Brien. Performing songs from the glory days of rock and roll the audience gets to choose from a video menu of over 200 songs-everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits. In addition, twenty (20) VIP meet and greet tickets will be sold to meet with Max Weinberg. Have your photo taken and one piece of memorabilia autographed by this rock legend.  For concert tickets, visit or call the Cultural Council at 772-770-4857.


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