Cultural Council March 16-23


Performances & Events

Ukraine Humanitarian Dr. Robert Gamble speaks at First Presbyterian March 16, 5 – 8 pm. Wednesday Night Fellowship with special guest speaker Dr. Robert Gamble. Dinner is served at 5 pm. Dr. Gamble will speak at 6 pm.

Dr. Robert Gamble is a presbyterian minister who has recently returned from Ukraine to speak at First Presbyterian. Since 2006, he has been the Executive Director of This Child Here, a nonprofit organization that seeks to find families for homeless children. The organization’s goal, as stated on their website: “For every child, a home; every child a family. Every child needs to love and be loved by parents. Every day in a building without a functioning mother or father is another day of childhood development delayed and denied.” Dr. Gamble will offer exceptional insight into the situation in Ukraine and the needs of homeless children and youth. 

Loudon Wainwright III Brings his Humor and Songwriting Talents to LIVE! From Vero Beach March 17, The Emerson Center, Vero Beach @7 pm

Loudon Wainwright III

An American songwriter, folk singer, humorist and actor, Wainwright III has been charming audiences since the early 70s with his honest, anecdotal songs that are instilled with his signature wit and cheeky humor, that have made him a cult figure. To date, Wainwright has released 24 studio albums, 4 live albums and 6 compilations, as well as appearing in at least 18 television programs and feature films. He was recognized as a 2010 GRAMMY Winner (Best Traditional Folk Album) for “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project”; received two previous GRAMMY nominations: “I’m Alright,” 1985 and “More Love Songs,” 1986. His most recent album is “I’d Rather Lead a Band.” His songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Mose Allison, Big Star, Freakwater, Norma Waterson, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, as well as his son Rufus Wainwright. This is a fantastic show. Audiences will find it unexpectedly beautiful, moving and funny. 

McKee Botanical Garden is hosting its 3rd Annual Garden & Antique Show and Sale on March 18 – March 20. This event will feature a wide array of exceptional and distinct antique furniture, paintings, outdoor garden benches and fountains, garden accessories, statuary, oriental rugs, estate jewelry, and more.

The show hours are Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 20, from 11 am to 4 pm. Last admission ticket is sold one hour before closing.  Enjoy two exhibitions for the price of one. The Garden & Antique Show and Sale is being held in conjunction with McKee’s Dinosaurs Around the World Exhibition which features 10 animatronic dinosaurs.

ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo March 18, 1 – 8 pm, March 19 , 10 am – 8 pm & March 20, 10 am – 5 pm Riverview Park, US1 and Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian

ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo is an annual 3-day celebration of America’s most loved seafood, held in the historic city of Sebastian, Florida! The weekend long festival, brought to you by the Rotary Club of Sebastian will raise funds to support youth sports and organizations throughout North Indian River County. Family friendly fun-packed festival to enjoy delicious shrimp. Succulent shrimp will be prepared in a variety of mouth-watering recipes by the ShrimpFest restaurant, and the best food trucks in the area. Yummy non-seafood and kid-friendly food options will be available throughout the festival.

The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery presents Tuned to the Spirit: Photographs from the Sacred Steel Community On view through May 8; Opening Reception March 18, 6 – 8 pm The Museum is honored to be debuting the traveling exhibition that will highlight more than twenty years of “Sacred Steel” photography, which has a notable Fort Pierce connection.

In the late 1930s, two related African American Holiness-Pentecostal churches began incorporating a novel, modern instrument into worship services – the electric steel guitar. The expressive and energetic music rendered on the instrument soon became essential to the spirited worship services. Today, with more than fifty congregations throughout the state, Florida is a stronghold for the House of God and Church of the Living God, where musicians have passed down the unique musical tradition known as “sacred steel” for generations. Two of these churches (House of God No. 1 and House of God No. 2) are located in the City of Fort Pierce.

Robert L. Stone (b. 1944).

In three decades of work, photographer and folklorist Robert L. Stone has documented this music and church culture through images (photography, video) and audio recording. Tuned to the Spirit presents a selection of more than thirty soulful images, augmented by music performances accessed in the exhibition through QR Codes on visitors’ mobile devices. Stone’s 2003 documentary film “Sacred Steel: The Steel Guitar Tradition of the House of God Churches” will also be available to see historic footage of these important musicians.

Space Coast Symphony Rocks! March 19, The Emerson Center, Vero Beach @ 7 pm

The Space Coast Symphony’s Jazz Orchestra and Live! From Vero Beach are collaborating to present a unique musical event of special Classic Rock arrangements along with two specialty singers and a grouping of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, strings and a rhythm section.

Hear some of rock and roll’s greatest hits, songs that became well-known because of the brass, woodwind, strings and rhythm orchestrations that surrounded the classic rock, R&B, and Motown sounds and lyrics we know so well…. and will include handpicked songs from favorite bands that range from ELO to The Moody Blues…from Chicago to Abba…Linda Ronstadt to Van Morrison and many others! This is a natural collaboration, a sensational hybrid between Frank Wosar’s Jazz Orchestra, Aaron Collins’ Symphony Orchestra and LIVE! From Vero’s Beach’s signature classic folk and rock repertoire. Audiences will enjoy some of the most seasoned and talented working musicians and vocalists around who have performed all over the world with Grammy award-winning bands. This original presentation is one that both symphony and rock audiences will not want to miss!

Art Walk at the 900 Building on March 18, 5 – 8 pm

LoPresti Art Gallery along with two or more galleries are hosting the event. All the art galleries are in the same building so you can easily go from one gallery to another. Enter to win an original art piece. Enjoy art from multiple galleries off of US 1 between 8th and 12th street. (turn down 10th Street to get to 7th Ave). LoPresti Art Gallery, 927 7th Ave, Vero Beach 

March Music Madness on March 19, 12 – 9 pm Live Music Featuring: Charter High School Jazz & Rock Musicians Christopher Fenn Low Ground Johnny and the Blaze Craft & Gift Vendors, Food & Beverages and Live Animals La Porte Farms, 7700 129th Street, Sebastian

Above & Beyond: JFK and the Florida U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis on March 22, 2 – 3:30 pm.

The little-known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure the photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on Cuba, sparking an international crisis that brought U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of war. One pilot was fatally shot down by the Soviets, in an incident that was covered up and later revealed by U-2 pilot Jerry McIlmoyle of Venice, Florida.

Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 29 books. Among his bestsellers are The Finest Hours (Disney Motion Pictures’ version opened in 45 countries in January 2016), Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip’s War, and There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe.

Admission to this program, sponsored by the Friends of the North Indian River County Library, is free and open to the public. Face coverings and social distancing are encouraged. North Indian River County Library, 1001 Sebastian Blvd, Sebastian 

Vero Beach Opera’s Rising Stars Opera Festival Rising Stars Opera Festival Vocal Competition: Semi-Finals: March 23, 2 pm Finals: March 24, 2 pm Rising Stars Concert: March 25, 7 pm VBHS – Performing Arts Center, 1701 16th Street, Vero Beach 

Lenten Organ and Poetry Series Thursdays: Through April 7, 11 am – Noon Andrew R. Galuska and nationally recognized poets collaborate in a concert setting to present a Lenten Organ and Poetry Series. The Community Church of Vero Beach Sanctuary, 1826 32nd Ave, Vero Beach

Vero Beach Art Club Annex presents Florida Wild On view through April 8

Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 3 pm, Located at 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach.

Janet Kipp Tribus Shows New Work at The Center for Spiritual Care

Girl With a Curl by Tribus

The joy-filled paintings of Janet Kipp Tribus will be on view through March 28 at the Center for Spiritual Care in Vero Beach. Her exhibition, entitled “Black, White and Red All Over,” will be open by appointment daily between 10 and 4. Viewings can be arranged by calling 772-567-1233.  Located at 1550 24th St., at the corner of 16th Avenue and 24th Street

Theater and Drink by Melissa and Horatio

Gallery 14 presents Stoked: Cool Vibes by Melissa Mastrangelo and Horacio Lertor. On view through March 25, Gallery Reception March 4.

Melissa and Horacio, fan favorites at Gallery 14, will be returning once again with their funky, colorful, Florida themed work. Location: 1911 14th Ave, Vero Beach.

Ben and Lisa rehearsing Buyer and Cellar

Buyer & Cellar at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild

Performances run Sundays through March 27, 7:30 pm

The Studio Theater at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild makes its debut this New Year! Opening an all-new contemporary style space is the one-man tour de force comedy, Buyer & Cellar.


Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Courthouse. Spoken In Thread  ~ Yvonne Steere and Sheila McAvoy

On view extended through March 30.  Artists and sisters, Sheila McAvoy and Yvonne Steere present evocative images created from fiber materials and needlecraft.

5th Anniversary Art Show The Galleries at First Pres

Cracker House

On view through March 31. The show will feature the works of local artists Cy Rochon, Pat Traver & Anne Whitney. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Indian River Park by Dawn Mill

Artists Guild Gallery is a fine-art gallery featuring original art by local artist-owners. Diverse styles and mediums are represented, and the art is changed, and rotated on a monthly basis. Classes are offered in oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, and drawing.  Located: 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 3pm, Saturdays 11 – 3

Barbara Krupp Fine Art Artist Studio/ Gallery

 4315 US Highway 1, Vero Beach

Until Tomorrow by Evelyn Haught

Wednesday & Thursday 10 – 4 pm, By appointment 440-574-4662

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Administrative Complex, Building A & B, First & Second Floors. Water, Water, Everywhere ~  Member Exhibit.  On view through April 6.


McKee Botanical Garden presents Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors, through May 1.  In this specially constructed outdoor version of the popular Dinosaurs Around the World exhibition, visitors will be whisked back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth that’s very different from the one we inhabit today.  Travel back to the time before the continents as we know them existed, when arid deserts covered Brazil and polar darkness was the norm in Australia! With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, cutting-edge research, in an outdoor environment surrounded by nature, you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles brought back to life!  Open daily to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm. The last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm and the Children’s Garden closes at 4:30 pm. Tickets are available to purchase at McKee Botanical Garden and

Another Day in Paradise ~ Art at The Emerson Gallery.

Artists display their vision of paradise. On view through May 3. Located at  590 27th Ave., Vero Beach. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm.

Sunlit Nature by Gwen McNenney

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center.  Mix it Up   ~ An Exhibit of Mixed Media, Member Exhibit.

On View through May 4

Vero Beach Museum of Art presents Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed

Les Amoureux au Trois Bouquets by Marc Chagall

The Museum’s third curated collection exhibition, representing more than 50 local collectors and over 100 artworks. On view through May 15.  The exhibition is filled with treasures from local collections that are enjoyed in private residences, and now revealed in the public setting of an art museum. The show offers a rare glimpse into artworks seen for the first time at the VBMA, where we can discover major artworks collected in Vero Beach homes. It is a public view into the private world of collecting.  A catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase in the Museum Store.

A Peek Ahead:

Live! from Vero Beach presents Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits

On March 24,7 pm at The Emerson Center, Vero Beach.  Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone entertained Vero Beach before the Pandemic, and the producers of  LIVE! From Vero Beach selected them to return post Pandemic to pick up everyone’s spirits with a show unmatched by any other performers anywhere close to Vero Beach. Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.  at The Emerson Center.  Peter Noone, at the age of fifteen, achieved international fame as the lead singer of the legendary sixties pop band Herman’s Hermits. His classic hits included: “I’m Into Something Good” “Mrs. Brown, you’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”, “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”, “Silhouettes”, “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”, “Just A Little Bit Better”, “Wonderful World”, “There’s A Kind of Hush”, “A Must To Avoid”, “Listen People”, “The End of the World” and “Dandy”. Ultimately, Herman’s Hermits sold over sixty million recordings. In all, fourteen singles and seven albums went gold.  Noone has a great voice, is funny, energetic, a great story teller and an all-around great entertainer. There’s no doubt that they were twice named Cashbox’s “Entertainer of the Year”….he is in fact, a performer extraordinaire.

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