Cultural Calendar Feb 16-23


Performances & Events

JM Stringer Gallery Opening February 16 – 18

Thursday 4 – 8pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 6pm

Favorite Places…Favorite Moments

the recent paintings of Edward Noott & Joy Jackson

On view through March 11

Live from Vero Beach! presents The Buckinghams & The Box Tops on February 16, 7pm at The Emerson Center.

The Buckinghams formed in 1965 in Chicago at the height of the British Invasion. They won a “Battle of the Bands” contest sponsored by a Chicago TV Show, “All Time Hits”, and were awarded a 14-week gig on the show.  Within one year, the group signed a contract with USA Records, a Chicago label, and first recorded covers of hit songs like James Brown’s “I’ll Go Crazy”, The Beatles, “I’ll Call Your Name”, The Hollies’ “I’ve Been Wrong Before” until their first national hit “Kind of a Drag” debuted, which sold more than a million copies and went to #1 on the national pop charts. The group soon left USA Records for the much larger Columbia Records, and had back to back hits with “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Don’t You Care” reaching #6 on the national charts. The band soon became a hot property on TV teen and variety shows, appearing on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand. It was during this period that they came out with yet another hit, a remake of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” which got to #5 on the charts, followed by “Susan”, and then “Hey Baby” (They’re Playing Our Song) which reached #11 and #12 respectively.

The Box Tops

The Box Tops, an American rock band and members of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, were formed in Memphis in 1967 and considered a major blue-eyed soul group of the period. Their music combined elements of soul music and light pop. They are best known for hits like “The Letter” which was an international hit reaching the Hot 100’s number-one position for four weeks, selling over four million copies, earning a gold disc, and receiving two Grammy Award nominations.  “Cry Like a Baby” was a million-seller in 1968, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 and has since been covered by several performers. Many of their other Top 40 hits include “Neon Rainbow”, “I Met Her in Church”, and “Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March” which are considered minor classics. The Box Tops were inducted into Memphis Music hall of Fame in 2018. The Box Tops “Now” CD has been recently released featuring founding members Bill Cunningham and Gary Talley singing selected songs pulled from show set lists, to fulfill requests by fans. Once our audiences enjoy The Box Tops, they will remember what they’ve been missing!

Nathalie Stutzmann

Indian River Symphonic Association presents Philadelphia Orchestra

Nathalie Stutzmann, Principal Guest Conductor

On February 16, 7:30pm

Gil Shaham, Violinist performing

P. Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

J. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

J. Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

3rd Friday Art Walk on February 17, 5 – pm

Come to the “new” art walk in Vero Beach. Behind Chilis restaurant, featuring multiple galleries with new art each month.

LoPresti Art Gallery, 927 7th Ave, Vero Beach

The Cultural Council of Indian River County offers Treasures 2023 on February 18, 10am-4pm & February 19, 10am -2pm at The Heritage Center.

Showcasing treasures large and small, antique, vintage and collectibles including original artwork, furniture, oriental rugs, home décor items, Silent Auction gifts and more. Discover an inspired piece that you didn’t know you were missing. All proceeds benefit the cultural arts programs offered by the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

The Sebastian River Art Club presents Art by the River on February 18, 10am – 3pm. Meet the local artists and crafters who exhibit and sell their work created in a variety of mediums: oils, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, photography, sculpture, crafts and more, during this free show in scenic Riverview Park. (Weather Permitting) Come and be inspired! Riverview Park, 600 U.S. Highway 1, Sebastian

The Jimmy Buffet Tribute Concert in February 18, 7pm at Vero Beach Elks Lodge.  Entertainment by Flip Flop Dave.  BYO Snack: Charcuterie Board Contest. Dress in Jimmy Buffet Casual. Proceeds to benefit WWII Tribute at Veterans Memorial Sanctuary Island.

The Music Angels Education Fund presents The Jake n’ Sky Show on February 18, 7pm. Jacob & Skylar Velazquez (Jake n’ Sky) are a 15 & 11 year old brother and sister musical duo (with autism) from South Florida. Their mission together is to show the world that having autism, or any diagnosis, doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of great things. But it does mean you are unique different and cool.

For the benefit of lifting children into the world of Music.  With Artistic Director Michael Naffziger and Students from Indian River Charter High School

Performance at: Indian River Charter High School

6066 College Avenue Vero Beach, FL 32966

“The Queen’s Six” Vocal Ensemble in Residence at Windsor Castle

February 18, 7 – 9pm

Repertoire extends far beyond the reach of the choir stalls of St. George’s Chapel: from austere early chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, lewd madrigals and haunting folk songs to upbeat Jazz and Pop arrangements. 

The Community Church of Vero Beach Sanctuary, 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach 

Sunrise Theatre offers Mania: The ABBA Tribute on February 18, 8pm


Art in the Park on February 19, 10am – 4pm

 Fine Art & Crafts Show presented by

Vero Beach Art Club Members held at the beautiful Humiston Park.

Tony Sands – Rat Pack Tribute

February 19, 4 – 6pm

A toast to the Rat Pack takes you on a musical journey featuring the greatest hits from the legendary Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. This production will treat you to Sinatra classics including “Come Fly with Me, My Way”, and “New York, Dino” with great songs like “Everybody Loves Somebody” and “That’s Amore”! The dynamic Sammy Davis, Jr. “Mr. Bojangles” and “Candy Man.” After watching these performers, you will leave the show feeling as though The Rat Pack is still going strong after all these years. You will think you are back at the Sands Casino in Las Vegas in the 60’s!-New York Post.

Tickets may be purchased online or in-person at the Emerson Center Box Office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 1pm

Riverside Theatre presents Bakersfield Mist

Performances run through February 19, ON THE WAXLAX STAGE

“A new-comedy drama inspired by true events” By Stephen Sachs

Inspired by true events, this new comedy follows Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, who buys a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover.

This play contains adult language.

Riverside Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s ~ A Comedy of Tenors

”A romantic-madcap tale”. February 21 – March 12, ON THE STARK MAIN STAGE. Written by one of America’s most prolific playwrights, A Comedy of Tenors is an uproarious tale of romantic indiscretions and madcap situations. On the eve of the concert of the century, 1930’s Paris is all abuzz as four renowned tenors are set to take the stage in a stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? Apparently, a lot, when you have one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, and three girlfriends. Can producer Henry Saunders keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife from causing operatic chaos? 

VBMA Film Studies ~ Mysteries of the Heart: Stories of Unique and Unexpected Connections

February 21, 1:30 or 7pm

Love doesn’t always have to be the romantic kind, but instead might be a special connection between two beings that runs very deep. Whether friends from childhood days or two people who simply happen to connect in the most random way, the bonds that form are powerful and enriching. A film we’ll be viewing is the startling new sci-fi romantic comedy from Germany, I’m Your Man (2021). It is sure to both amuse and confound you with all the possibilities it presents.

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 0-24 months old on February 22 , 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 2-4 years old on February 22, 10:30 – 11:30am

Sunrise Theatre offers The NY Rockabilly Rockets Presents: “Shake, Rattle, Roll” on February 22, 7pm


Derek Gores Carmen Margarita Collage

Derek Gores returns to Gallery 14 with “Piece of Mind”

On view through February 24.  Gores’ lush collage portraits capture an escapist tranquility, a nostalgic yet contemporary feeling of the good life by the coast.  In his newest body of work for Gallery 14, Gores takes a deeper exploration into his dreamlike surrealism. New subjects include a chess board, a vinyl record and a sweet treat or two, in addition to the floating swimmers, shoes and cocktails for which he is known. For this show, Gores has used many objects and textures inspired by life in Vero Beach. Hundreds of snapshots of local flowers and foliage, shells and waves, vintage postcards, Lilly Pulitzer patterns, and so many more hidden gems can be discovered at each glance. 

His sense of color has really gone next level this time – a nearly neon tropical wave of joy. His title, Piece of Mind, is a playful nod to the artist’s approach. 

Gores is a specialist in being present. He explores, gathers elements and inspirations, and combines them to form a sort of zen narrative. The story is on the canvas for us to piece together. His client list includes Tag Heuer, Loews South Beach, E! Entertainment, and more. He was honored to be the first ever Artist in Residence at the Hotel Bel-Air, where Marilyn Monroe had her last photo shoot.

Also featured are Gallery 14 artist-owners: Edgardo Abello, Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Barbara Landry, Mary Ann Hall, George Pillorgé, Deborah Polackwich, and Dorothy Napp Schindel, and represented artists: Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Mia Lindberg, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, Carol Staub and sales associate-artist Jo Zaza.

Free Writers Critique Group on February 17, 10am. For all levels, Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street in Vero Beach

Writers Window Pane on February 17, 10am, Vero Beach Main Library, 1600 21st Street

Spring Fling Pot Sale on February 18, 10am – 1pm Semi-annual pottery sale with works by members and instructors Indian River Clay, 1239 16th St, Vero Beach

24th Annual Vero Beach Antique Show February 18 & 19, 10am – 4pm Garden Club of Indian River County 2526 17th Avenue, Vero Beach 

Florida Craft Brew and Wingfest on February 18, 11:30 – 4pm Featuring Craft Brews, Wingfest & Live Music

Over 250 Craft Beers to taste Plus draft Trucks, water and soda tent, wine, homebrews, brew pubs, and 4 bands on 2 stages,. Plus 19-20 wing vendors vying for Vero’s Best Wings. A Day of craft beer tasting, Wing eating contests and lots of live music all for the benefit of the 60 plus projects that the club does each and every year. Even have a Root Beer contest for the kids, so bring them.

Dave Scott and Reckless Shots

Four bands will be playing on two stages, on the East Stage at 11:30 is Dave Scott and the Reckless Shots, at 2 is EAST HARBOR, on the West Stage at 11:30 are the Sleepin Dogz and at 2 is the Professor Pennygood Flyin Flea Circus.

All this fun raises money for Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach to give back to the community. Spend the day …You will be impressed. Located at Royal Palm Pointe, Vero Beach

GYO Annual Concert from 2022

Gifford Youth Orchestra ~ Diamonds and Crystals GALA

On February 23, 5:30pm

Astronaut Winston Scott

The evening will feature Keynote Speaker: Captain Winston Scott, former NASA Astronaut.  The GYO celebrates 20 years of providing music lessons and instruments to the children of Gifford, FL by changing hearts one violin at a time. 

Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and fine food will be served.

Special performances by GYO students to entertain.

RSVP to or call 772-213-3007.

AE Backus Museum & Gallery presents “Dashboard Dreams: The Florida Highwaymen and the American Road”

On view through February 26. The next presentation of the 2022-23 season at the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery continues the annual series of special exhibitions celebrating the unique art movement that traces its beginnings to our community. Dashboard Dreams: The Florida Highwaymen and the American Road considers the iconic imagery and inspirational story of the celebrated artists in the context of the American auto industry of the era.

Willie Daniels (1950-2021). Backwater Dreams

The Backus Museum is planning to present its annual favorite Highwaymen Celebration Weekend on February 17-19, featuring free admission during regular hours. Visitors to the Museum can enjoy a range of special offerings outside and inside. The highlight of the weekend takes place on the Museum’s Outdoor Mural Plaza, where people seeking to start or build their personal collections of Highwaymen paintings will be able to browse an impressive selection offered for purchase by professional dealers, specializing in the vintage works of these artists. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the current state of the art market and to explore owning an original work of art for your home or office. Dashboard Dreams will be on display inside, with free gallery talks for the public each day. The special exhibition expands upon the year-round display of Highwaymen paintings on view, a display which includes video excerpts from the award-winning documentary film “The Highwaymen: Legends of the Road.

Vero Native, Susan Hale, to Show Abstracts

“Journeys,” will include paintings that have been described as otherworldly.

Center for Spiritual Care, On view through February 28

Caleigh Pressley Four For Four

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Big, Bold, & Beautiful

On view through March 17 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit at the Intergenerational Center Emerging Artists Showcase  ~ A Juried Exhibit for Student Artists in Grades 9-12.

 On view through March 17.

Water Woman

Sixth Anniversary Art Show ~  Galleries at First Pres

The show will feature the works of local artists Jean Breeding, Cathleen Hahn, and George Kofas. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach

Art at The Emerson presents The Honor Roll Exhibition

On view through March 28.

Tribute to Jasper Johns

A tribute to the past and present IRC school teachers exhibiting their fine arts. On the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach.

Gallery Hours: Monday -Friday 10am – 3pm, No entry fee.

Twins by N. Binghieri

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

Evelyn Haught Yellowstone

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit, IRC Administration Buildings A & B Artist Choice”.

Featuring works by Tony Caruso, Ella Chabot, Janet Grossarth, Evelyn Haught, Barbara Krupp, David LoPresti, Gwen McNenney &  Tara Rovani.

On view through April 5.

Merana Cadorette French Window

Art In Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit IRC Courthouse Solo Exhibit by Merana Cadorette, Acrylic Art: A Retrospective. On view through Apr 19.

Yellow and White Cattleya Set

McKee Botanical Garden to Host World-Renowned Master Glass Sculptor and Artist Jason Gamrath’s Garden of Glass Exhibition

McKee Botanical Garden is hosting Master Glass Artist Jason Gamrath’ s Garden of Glass Exhibition which will run through April 30th.

Laura (Riding) Jackson’s Historic Home Opens for the 2022-2023 Season

Tours: Every Tuesday afternoon 1 – 5pm through May 23, 2023 

& The 2nd Sunday of each month 1 – 5pm through May 21, 2023

A Look Ahead:

Ballet Vero Beach Program 2 ~ “Beyond the Ballets Russes” will take the stage at the VBHS Performing Arts Center on February 24 & 25

Influence. Drama. Art. In an exceptional program, Ballet Vero Beach celebrates the legacy of one of the most revolutionary dance companies of all time, the Ballets Russes. Taking the influence of the great troupe as a jumping off point, this program will feature a world premiere by Adam Schnell, Sylvia Pas de Deux by George Balanchine, and the world premiere of Camilo A. Rodriguez’s thrilling adaptation of the Ballet Russes classic, Firebird.

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents Showtime on February 26, 3pm 1590 27th Ave, Vero Beach

Join your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in celebrating Broadway’s most beloved and celebrated show tunes. Selections from the great musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, Marvin Hamlisch, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Mel Brooks, Frederick Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more include South Pacific, Candide, The Producers, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, Evita Brigadoon, and more!

Navy Seal Museum offers an Extraordinary Evening at Quail Valley River Club welcomes keynote speaker Captain (SEAL) Chris Cassidy, USN (Ret.). After serving in the SEAL Teams, Captain Cassidy served as the Chief Astronaut at NASA before his current role as President & CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum. Hear about his extraordinary life and accomplishments.

Special photo opportunities will be available. February 27, 5pm.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. The Chamber Music Society has its home in Alice Tully Hall – the finest hall in the world for chamber music. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

Brahms and Arensky on Monday, March 20, 2023, 7pm

Performances at The Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street in Vero Beach.  

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