Cultural Calendar March 17-23


Performances & Events

Riverside Theatre

Comedy Zone ~ March 19 & 20

Riverside’s showcase of professional comedians touring the comedy circuit takes the Waxlax Stage. Headliner Chad Zumock captivates audiences with his high-energy humor, brutal honesty about his life, and quick slacker wit.Opening act Juanita Lolita is a clean comedian that sees the humor in everything. Because of her Hispanic-hillbilly heritage, you will find her comedy of everyday life very funny.

Live in the Loop

March 19 ~ Ryz-N-Soulz is a group of fun, energetic and entertaining performers playing top of the chart covers from Classic Rock, Blues, Alternative & Old to New Country. You’ll hear hits from Bob Seger, Marshall Tucker, Bad Company, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Luke Combs, Johnny Cash and more.

March 20 ~ Collins and Company a popular local band that covers authentic music from Rock, Pop, Country, Motown & Reggae! Performing hits from America, Billy Joel, Bob Marley, Bob Seger,The Cars, CCR, CSN, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, The Drifters, The Eagles, Elton John, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Phil Collins, The Beatles, The Who, Tom Petty, U2, Vince Gill and Many More!

Indian River County Firefighters’ Fair at the Indian River County Fairgrounds,  Through March 21. Featuring rides, food, contest & live entertainment. More information at:

Seriously Mixed Media Gallery presents Sara Pinkerton ~ Guest Artist On view thorough March 17Anita Prentice ~ Guest Artist On View through April 7. Gallery hours are 11am – 3pm, Tuesday – Saturday. Seriously Mixed Media Gallery, 207 Orange Ave, Ft Pierce

VBMA Art Talk ~ Reflect, Refract, Absorb March 17 , 12pm

Bask in the mesmerizing glow of artworks by light artist Chul Hyun Ahn in a presentation of highlights from the current exhibition. Join VBMA education staff and docents from the comfort of your home for an in-depth focus on select artworks from special exhibitions and the permanent collection.  Zoom presentations will include 45-60 minutes of careful looking and discussion.

LIVE! From Vero Beach ….Presents Classic Albums Live Performs ~ The Beatles’ Abbey Road on March 18 at 7 pm,  The Emerson Center. Located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Avenue & 27th Street in Vero Beach. Doors open at 6 pm for immediate seating, concert begins at 7 pm. Ticket information:

VBMA Concerts in the Park ~ Fred Goodnight March 18, 5 -7pm, Rain or Shine, In the VBMA Sculpture Park

Goodnight studied music theory at Akron University, the US Navy School of Music and, as an enlisted marine, at the Field Music School. After military service, Goodnight attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and worked as an illustrator when he graduated. For years and for up to as many as six nights a week, he also had a night job playing the drums. He was a member of several bands, traveling up and down the East Coast and through the Mid-Atlantic States. Early in life he was influenced by the likes of James Moody (with whom he later shared the stage) and he has learned from percussionists Tony Williams, Philly Joe Jones and Jimmy Cobb who all played with Miles Davis at some point in their careers. Through these influences, he started leading drumming circles, added a Brazilian flavor to some of his performances and integrated unique approaches to his drumming style.

VBMA ~ Cork, Canvas & Company March 18, 6 – 8:30pm. Join VBMA instructors for a glass of wine and art making fun!

Music from the Heart ~ Fundraiser Concert March 18, 7:00pm  at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach. Local harpist Gretchen Cover joins Dr. David Borst, Mary Gibbons, and Ed Sheridan (all bassoonists), along with violinist Tina Cosnahan and Dr. Jacob Craig on piano, for this collaborative performance.

The Music of John Williams ~ Space Coast Symphony Orchestra concert pays homage to film composer on March 21, 3pm at Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach.  The music from your favorite films is brought to life in an epic performance featuring classics from Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.

Vero Beach Theatre Guild 63rd season A Shot in the Dark Performance runs through March 21. For more information visit:

Vero Beach Art Club Annex & Gallery ~ Homecoming Celebration On view through March 22.  The Show will feature original works of art by Club members. Exhibit gallery hours11am – 3pm.

Exuberance by Susan Martin

Gallery 14 Presents ~ ZOOM IN: Acrylic Realism by Susan Martin On view through March 26.  Gallery 14 presents Susan Martin’s astoundingly crisp edged textured and contrasted realistic compositions. Also, on display works by artist-owners Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Beth-Anne Fairchild, Mary Ann Hall, Barbara Landry, George Pillorge, Deborah Morrell Polackwich and Dorothy Napp Schindel.  In addition, Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Mia Lindberg, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson and Carol Staub and Jo Zaza. Visit: Gallery hours are: Tues-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

His boat, My boat, Our Island by Xaque Gruber

Xaque Gruber “Where David Went: Reflections by a Son” New Watercolors on Exhibit at The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24th St., Vero Beach. On View through March 29

By Patricia Willis

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at IRC Intergenerational Recreation Center.  On Exhibit;  Creative Reset Looking Back ~ Looking ForwardOn View through March 30

Artists Guild Gallery ~ Celebrating 30 years of sharing art with Vero Beach, this fine-art gallery features the work of artist-owners; Merana Cadorette, Sue Dinenno, Annette Gekle, Barbara Glover, Sherry Haaland, Judy Mercer, Dawn Mill, Patricia Padoll, Judy Rixom, Fran San Miguel, and Rita Ziegler.  Artists Guild Gallery, 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach.  Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am-3pm.

A.E.Backus Museum & Gallery presents“60 for 60” Special Presentation TOP: Anniversary Invitational Exhibition On view through April 25.  The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, in celebration of the Museum’s 60th Season, will present an invitational exhibition of the 10 past winners of the top awards from The Best of the Best fine art juried show and Through the Eye of the Camera juried photography show. The invited artists will share a body of six works each in a wide variety of media.

Sean Kenney

SEAN KENNEY’S NATURE CONNECTS®Made with LEGO® BRICKS at McKee Botanical Garden On exhibit through April 25. An award-winning and record-breaking exhibition that uses beautiful works of art made from simple toy blocks to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems, and mankind’s relationship with nature.  Come explore the beauty and wonder of Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks, open Tuesday – Saturday (10am – 5pm), Sunday (Noon – 5pm). The last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm. Tickets are available to purchase at McKee Botanical Garden and at

VBMA Exhibition ~ Chul Hyun Ahn: New Light On view through April 30. This exciting exhibition of the Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn creates mind-bending sculptures that conjure illusions of infinite space. Drawing from Op Art and light-and-space traditions, as well as theories of the subconscious, the Baltimore artist explores the immersive, illusory possibilities of reflection. For more information visit:

VBMA Exhibition ~ Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the NY Historical Society.  On view through May 2.  A stunning array of over forty paintings from the New-York Historical Society’s Collection by Hudson River School artists will be on view for the first time at the Vero Beach Museum of Art from January 23rd through May 2nd. Painted between 1818 and 1886, the works illustrate America’s scenic splendor, as seen through the eyes of some of the country’s most important painters. 

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at Indian River County Administration Complex

After Money by Richard Gillmor

CCIRC Member Exhibit On View through May 26

Online Events

Laura Riding Jackson Foundation presents 2021 Adult Writing Workshops

Registration is open for the upcoming Adult Writers Workshops. Workshops via Zoom, so everyone can attend from the comfort of home, wherever that might be. March 20, Visual Storytelling and Ekphrastic Poetry with Photographer Brenda Petrella.  To register:


The Navy SEAL Museum’s Heroes and Legends Lecture Series present their next heroic living legend, Captain Rick Woolard, retired Navy SEAL. March 17, at  6:00 PM. Captain Woolard joins the Museum to share heartfelt stories of trials, teamwork, and take-away lessons from his time in the Teams. To register:


Indian River Habitat for Humanity ~ Tunes, Taste & Tweets on March 21, 1 – 4pm. Home is vital for every living being, including the tiniest of friends, like birds! We want to showcase the beauty of home by auctioning off decorated birdhouses! Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket and relax on the green at Indian River Habitat’s campus. Featuring: Live music by The Bobby Owen Band, Vero’s famous Maryland Fried Chicken (boxed lunch), An online and in-person birdhouse auction, Birdhouse “People’s Choice Award” and more…. For information visit:–tweets/

2021 Spring Break Cheer Camp on March 22 – 26

Looking for an activity for your child during Spring Break? The City of Vero Beach Recreation has the perfect program for youth ages 7 and older! Spring Break Cheer Camp is a fun filled week of learning cheers, chants, jumps, stunts, dances, tumbling, making great friends, and so much more! Participants will prepare a routine for a virtual exhibition at the end of the week. Anyone ages 7 and older are welcome. Bring a bag lunch, and a swimsuit and towel every day. Cheer Camp spaces are limited so register at Leisure Square today!  Cheer Camp hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with activities from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Call to Artists

CCIRC  ~  Art in Public Places Program. Spring is in the air, even in Florida, and that’s our inspirational theme for the upcoming Art In Public Places exhibit at the Intergenerational Recreation Center. You are invited to submit up to five (5) pieces of artwork for consideration. Please email your images to including Title, Size, Medium and Price, by the deadline stated below.  

Location: Intergenerational Recreation Center, 15909 9th Street SW, Vero Beach Theme: New beginnings, renewal, rebirth, growth  Exhibit Title: The Promise of Spring Application Deadline: Monday, March 22, 2021 Notification of Selection Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Delivery Date and Time: Tuesday, March 30, between 11-12noon Exhibit Start Date: March 30, 2021 Exhibit End Date: June 29, 2021

Download exhibit specifications and the Hold Harmless agreement from our website:

Keeping the Arts Alive ~  Made in the USA. Local art show runs April 8 – 11, at the Indian River Shores Community Center.  Application due by April 1. For information email:

Visit Indian River County,, and the Cultural Council of IRC are working together to showcase local artists and their work. In April, Visit Indian River County will launch an Artist Spotlight Series of blog posts with the theme,  Indian River County: Through The Artist’s Eye

Each month the blog page will spotlight one artist with a bio, a brief Q&A and images of their work that are inspired by living on the Treasure Coast. This will be promoted across the social media platforms of both Visit IRC and the Cultural Council, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

The deadline for submissions for consideration is Friday, April 2. Please email with up to five (5) examples of locally inspired artwork and your contact information. Please call 772-770-4857 with any questions.

A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery ~ Through the  Eye of the Camera. Amateur and professional artists in traditional and digital photography are encouraged to enter this favorite competitive opportunity that champions photography as an art form. Juried exhibition is to close this special anniversary season. Entries accepted by advance appointment March 31 – April 30. For Prospectus details visit

Gallery 14 will feature an exhibit of small works by artists near and far. All work in the show will measure 12×12 in total. The creative options are endless and the art will inspire you. The show will be curated and judged. Applications are due May 1. Visit:

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