Cultural Calendar June 2-8

ARTS AND CULTURAL Events ~ CCIRC

Performances & Events

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on June 3 & 4 , 7 & 9 pm shows.

Headliner Esther Ku has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, MTV’s “Girl Code”, MTV2’s “Wild’n Out with Nick Cannon”, The Howard Stern Show “The Hottest Funniest Chick Contest”, along with many movie cameos. Feature act Vinnie Coppola‘s comedy is mostly observational but from a cynical, uniquely skewed, and charmingly naive perspective. P-Mac will be your emcee!

Live in the Loop at Riverside Theatre On June 3 at 5:30 pm,Doo Wop Guys are an Oldies Rock n’ Roll Party Band playing all the fun hits from the 50s and 60s.

June 4 at 5:30 pm, King’s Highway is a South Florida based Rock and Party band. They bring a fun party atmosphere playing a wide variety of music and cover classics of the 60s to today’s biggest rock and dance hits.

First Friday Gallery Stroll on June 3, 5 – 8 pm

Galleries along and around 14th Avenue, from 21 Street to 18 Street in downtown Vero Beach are open from 5 to 8 pm featuring new artists each month. Free event.

Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce offers Book Signing and Poetry Reading

June 3, 5 – 8 pm. Book Signing of local authors and poetry readings from Manuel Adrian Lopez and Michael Howard. Special speaker, Mike Godown from Indian River Literacy Program.

Gallery 14presents Summer Squared II: An Invitational of Great Proportions

On view June 2 – Sept 2

There will be four First Friday Receptions: June 3, July 1, August 5 and September 2. All receptions will be from 5-8pm

Mars by Dorothy Napp Schindel

This intriguing show comprised of 12×12 innovative canvases laid out on the Gallery’s walls, in a creative installation, will fascinate you with the variety of art and the cleverness of the entries. A juried show, the work was chosen from numerous entries and judged by highly regarded and knowledgeable arts professional Mark Wygonik. These multi-varied pieces in many different mediums- on wood and canvas, make terrific gifts for friends and family. You may also find the perfect small piece of art to gift to yourself.

Located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown Historic Arts District of Vero Beach

Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Exhibit “Red, White & Blue”

On view June 2 – August 4. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 – 3 pm

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace,1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

String Quartet Plays Schubert, Vaughan Williams

Free chamber concert features players from Space Coast Symphony Orchestra on June 5, 3:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Blvd.

Musicians from the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will present two classic works for string quartet. Death and the Maiden is titled after the important Schubert chamber work of the same name, which will be performed by Joni Roos and Konstantin Dmitrov on violin, Michael de Jesus on viola and Paul Fleury on cello.  Considered one of the pillars in Western chamber music, scholars debate whether each movement of Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor is about a different episode in the mythic process of death and resurrection.

In keeping with their mission of affordability, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents several completely free concerts for the community each season. Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins explains why this is important.

“We started the orchestra 14 seasons ago with the idea that everyone should be able to attend a concert, regardless of their financial situation,” said Collins. “At our free concerts, we ask that people make a donation if they are able to do so. This helps compensate the very talented musicians for the time spent rehearsing and performing for the public.”    

Concertgoers aged 18 and under or with a college ID are admitted free to every SCSO concert. For more information about the recently announced Space Coast Symphony 2022-23 season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

Vero Beach Theater Guild presents THE CHICAGO GYPSIES

By V Glasgow Koste. A heart-warming tale about the migratory life of a show business kid during the Great Depression. Winner of the AATE Distinguished Play Award and the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award! Carolina Lee, nick-named Charley, is the youngest actress in the company that suddenly finds itself stranded, where she becomes a drop-in at the local school and recess is more like a Roman coliseum. Connecting rich, fully realized characters from three generations, audiences warm to Charley’s temperamental actress-mother; her loving, song-and-dance-man of a father; and Charley’s illegitimate adopted grandmothers. While set in the Depression, these Chicago gypsies stubbornly see their way through the worst of times to the best of times in a regenerative reunion that makes these odd yet ordinary people shine with the miracle of loving, quiet survival.

Performances Sundays June 5, 12, 19 & 26

The Vero Beach Museum of Art announced it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program began on Armed Forces Day, May 21 and will end on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022. This summer, Blue Star Families can enjoy Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee exhibition on view June 5 thru September 18, explore students and Veteran artworks in the Patten Community Gallery as well as enjoy the Art Zone an interactive children’s space. “The arts play an important role to our overall well-being and now more than ever we are committed to ensuring access for all, and hope our active military and their families will take full advantage of all the Museum has to offer.” Commented Sophie Bentham-Wood, VBMA Director of Marketing and Communications.

CULTIVATING CINEMA, CELEBRATING VERO BEACH

The Fifth Vero Beach Film Festival will bring back the food, fine wine, and filmmakers we all love! Here are some of the wonderful original stories and docs with new voices and perspectives. The Vero Beach Film Festival will also offer parties, events and workshops.The film festival will be held June 9-12 at venues all over the city. Tickets are on sale at www.vbfilmfest.org.

The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery presents the popular juried photography competition Through the Eye of the Camera. This year’s exhibition features 87 of the year’s best photographs drawn from professional and amateur photographers. Through the Eye of the Camerawill be on view through June 24, at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.  This year there were 61 artists who submitted 180 entries in one of four categories: (1) Animal subjects; (2) Flora & Landscape subjects; (3) People/Portrait subjects; or (4) Open, for subjects that are not included in the three major categories. The jury panel conferred 24 awards for the Best of Show, Best Black & White Photograph, Best Film / Traditional RAW Photograph, and 1st-2nd-3rd Places and Awards of Merit in the category awards.  During the exhibition visitors are invited to share their own vote for their favorite work on display. The results will be counted for the annual “People’s Choice Award” given at the close of the exhibition. 

aResist by Mark San Souci

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Courthouse presents a Solo Exhibit by Mark San Souci  – An Artist’s Wanderings

On View through June 29.

Salvador Lorenzo The Juggler

SPRING ART SHOW  ~ The Galleries at First Pres

Featuring the works of local artists Richard Gillmor, Salvador Lorenzo González, and Theresa Prokop. On View through June 30. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Gallery Veritas presents Neshama~ New paintings by Barry Shapiro

On view though June. Neshama is Hebrew for “The Spirit” and the title for an exhibit of new paintings by Vero Beach artist Barry Shapiro. This exhibit is part of a two-year exploration by Shapiro into the ability of art to create an introspective and meditative state for the viewer. These paintings are lively with color and motion, several have 3 dimensional elements and gold leaf. Created during the isolation of the pandemic, they are a reflection of the artists state of mind during the past few years and his hope for a spiritual awakening.  Gallery Veritas is located at 1422 20th Street, just west of the corner of 14th Avenue. It is the latest edition to downtown Vero’s Art District.

Flying in Formation by Judy Rixom

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

On the Path by Valerie Cecire

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Administrative Buildings A & B

I Love Indian River County ~ Hometown Love Letter

On View through July 6

Art at the Emerson offers The Nature’s Palette: Animals in the Wild Exhibit

On view through July 28 Artists capture the exciting colors of animals in the world. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am – 3 pm with no entry fee.

Palm Trio 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 Fun Under the Sun ~ Member Exhibit

On view through August 3

McKee Botanical Garden will offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, September 5. McKee Botanical Garden is a Blue Star Museum participant and one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums across America.

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