Cultural Calendar Mar 30-Apr 6


Performances & Events

Lenten Organ and Poetry Series

March 30 at 11am.  A weekly concerts of the spoken word, highlighted by organ improvisation featuring nationally-recognized poets and Andrew R. Galuska. Community Church of Vero Beach Sanctuary, 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach 

VBMA presents Cinema on Wheels – The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975) on March 30, 2pm, This unique stop-motion animated film from 1975 is a rare classic, and one film lovers won’t easily find elsewhere. It was made in Norway, in the Norwegian language! (Don’t worry – there are English subtitles!) Much more than a film, it’s a real work of art itself, due to the creative process involved in bringing stop-motion to the movie screen. To this day, it continues to the be most famous film in Norway, something its citizens are quite proud of. Come see why!

Riverside Theatre’s BackStage Access Returns Class 1: 42nd Street

This course will look at one of Broadway’s most successful musicals. While many Broadway shows were converted into successful films, 42nd Street began as a popular 1933 film and tapped its way into Broadway’s heart. The class will also touch upon the creative goals of Riverside’s production including the use the unique American dance form to enhance a story.  Course Dates: Meets Thursdays, 10am – 12pm (March 30, April 6 & April 13)

The Best of Classic Rock – Get ready to rock… again! On March 30, 7pm. Expanding on last season’s program, your Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra will combine their considerable talents with specialty vocalists to take on some more of the greatest rock and pop classics in recent history. The special concert, in collaboration with Live! From Vero Beach and produced by MusicWorks, will feature the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra performing music from top bands and artists, including Queen, U2, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, James Brown, The Eagles, ELO, Pink Floyd, and more.

Ticket information:

Writers Window Pane on March 31,10am at Vero Beach Main Library, 1600 21st Street

Music Angels presents “A Musical Evening at the Majestic Theater” 

On March 31, 7pm.  The evening will begin with a short film presented by Living our Mission entitled 10 Scientifically-Proven Benefits of Music Education for Children. A concert will take place following the film, featuring Kapprianah Anderson, a Music Angels vocal and key board scholarship recipient; and Canta Libre, a lively and energetic quintet of flute, harp and strings, direct from New York City.

Sunrise Theatre offers:

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. The Aretha Franklin Story, March 31, 8pm.

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Indian River Clay presents 2023 Spring Fling Pottery Show & Sale on April 1, 10am – 3pm. New location: Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach

The Environmental Learning Center is hosting its signature LagoonFest on  April 1, 10am – 3pm. LagoonFest environmental partner non-profits and organizations will offer interactive and fun environmental and nature learning activities. There is no admission fee for LagoonFest this year, access to the campus is free all day.

  • Experience the Touch Tank in the Discovery Station.
  • Storytelling by local children’s authors; Margaret Livermore, Diane Morgan and Camy De Mario
  • Environmentally friendly crafts for all ages.
  • Pond dip netting is available for everyone who wants to get their feet wet
  • Explore life in the Indian River Lagoon 
  • Joe-Rassic Park Wildlife Refuge will be onsite at Mardi’s Hut with a reptile demonstration. 
  • Treasure Coast Percussion will offer two Drum Circles in Centerfield
  • Dr. Katie Nall Has a Qigong demonstration. 
  • Riverside Children’s Theatre is performing highlights from their production of Suessical
  • Swingsation’s Studio and Entertainment will provide music
  • Food and beverages available all day long 
Karen Tripson

McKee Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that renowned author Karen Tripson will be at McKee Botanical Garden to give a presentation and review of The Food Explorer: True Adventures of the Globe Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What Americans Eat written by Daniel Stone.

April 1, 2 – 3 pm

The Emerson Center presents The Edwards Twins: 2 Brothers-100 Stars on April 1, 7pm.  Anthony & Eddie Edwards use state of the art make-up to look and sound like the superstars of today and yesterday. All your favorite legendary Superstars come alive in An Evening with The Stars. Sonny & Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Frankie Valli, Tom Jones, and many more hosted by THE EDWARDS TWINS FROM LAS VEGAS.

First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach offers Vero Beach International Music Festival continues April 1, 7:30pm

Art in the Park on April 2, 10am – 4pm

Art in the Park is a Fine Art & Crafts Show presented by Vero Beach Art Club Members held at the beautiful Humiston Park.

Atlantic Classical Orchestra at the Vero Beach Museum of Art: Winds in the Afternoon Air on April 2, 3pm

The fifteenth season of the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s celebrated partnership. Woodwinds take center stage in our final offering this season to explore the colorful music of François Devienne, Charles Koechlin, and Kaspar Krummer. Exquisite music by French and German composers is on the menu, which is guaranteed to enthrall and entertain all in attendance

VBMA International Lecture Series on April 3, 4:30pm

Amber Butchart, Dress Historian and Curator

Planes, Sails and Automobiles: Travel, Style and Society in the Interwar Era

The 1920s and 30s were pivotal decades in the making of the modern world. Through this illustrated talk, dress historian and curator Amber Butchart looks at the changing fashions of the Art Deco era, and considers the links between the new modern lifestyles, travel and technology, and how these developments were impacting styles that were worn across the world, from fashion cities such as Paris to resorts like Palm Beach. From ocean liners to automobiles and aircraft, this was an era when technological advances were allowing people to travel further, faster than ever before. These new modes of transport called for new wardrobes, which in turn became signifiers of a daringly fast, fashionable pace of life. Amber will discuss some of the notable figures that helped to define the fashions of these decades from the rise of Hollywood to the sporting stars who set new records, as well as wider shifts that influenced the style of the era, from women’s political representation to flourishing avant-garde art movements.

Amber Butchart is a curator, writer and broadcaster who specializes in the cultural and political history of textiles and dress. ?She is the author of five books on the history and culture of clothing, and has written for The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, ArtReview and BBC Culture. She is a regular contributor to Frieze, writing on the politics of dress and design.

Amber researches and presents documentaries for TV and radio, including A Stitch in Time, a six-part series for BBC Four that fused biography, art and the history of fashion to explore the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. It was described as “snappy and engaging” by The Guardian, “hugely enjoyable” by The Telegraph and “mesmerizing” by the Radio Times. She is the history consultant and regular on-screen historian for BBC One’s Great British Sewing Bee.

She is a former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London and teaches cultural and historical studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level at London College of Fashion. She is a regular public lecturer, speaking at institutions from the Tate to the V&A, and from Dubai to Melbourne, Dallas, Florence and Hangzhou.

VBMA Museum Babies & Toddlers

April 4, 9:30am, takes place in the museum’s galleries and include an art activity.

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 0-24 months old on April 5, 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 2-4 years old on April 5, 10:30 – 11:30am 

Reed Dixon Purple Gallinule

Gallery 14 presents the work of acrylic nature and bird artist Reed Dixon

Southern Light: Focus On Nature by Reed Dixon

On view April 4 – 28

Opening reception Friday April 7, 5-8pm . All are invited. 

Reed currently lives and works in Boynton Beach, FL. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he studied graphic design and fine arts at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He was originally a Hallmark Card designer and illustrator. Later on, after spending years in the ad business (while always painting) Reed opened Dixon Graphics, a graphic design and fine arts studio. His work has been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators Show in New York City and for the past fifty years he has been widely shown and can be found in several corporate and private collections.

VBMA Film Studies Finding Your Voice: Celebrating the Healing Power of Music on April 4 , 1:30 or 7pm

We so often talk about the curative power of music; and the films included in this series may just make you burst out in song! Music in cinema sets a tone and implants subtle expectations in us, about how we will get emotionally engaged with a film. Whether it’s the words of a song that we relate to, or a memory that it triggers, music is always crucial to a successful film, even ones that aren’t billed as “musicals.” Come enjoy an entertaining true story from the UK called Fisherman’s Friends (2019), the tale of a traditional folk-singing group from Port Isaac, Cornwall.  Their love of the sea is transferred into the wonderful sea shanties they sing.

Ella Chabot Children’s Moon

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.

Riverside Theatre presents Oleanna

”The Original Power Play Of He Said. She Said”

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, Oleanna explores the escalating power struggle between a haughty professor and the failing student whose charges of sexual harassment threaten his career.  This play contains adult language. On the Waxlax Stage, Performances through April 9

Merana Cadorette pond at dawn

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.

JM Stringer Gallery of Fine Art presents Dancing in the Light the recent paintings of Andre Lucero & Richard Oversmith

On view through April 29

FINE PRINT: Rediscovering the Backus Portfolio on Paper and Canvas

On view through April 30.  A very prominent limited-edition print portfolio titled “Florida and the West Indies – Sketches by A.E. Backus.” What makes this exhibition so special is that the original sketches have been paired with paintings from public and private collections that connect with the portfolio images.  The story of the prized limited-edition print portfolio “Florida and the West Indies – Sketches by A.E. Backus” is revisited in FINE PRINT for the 50th anniversary of its publication. These exceptional images were drawn from and inspired by the artist’s travels over nearly twenty years and gathered in 1972 as a high-quality portfolio. This assembly reveals Backus’ deep connection to the places and people he encountered. 16 of the original drawings are part of the Museum’s permanent collection, and are presented together for the first time since the limited-edition folio was published.   These singular drawings from the Backus Portfolio are displayed in conversation with colorful, rarely seen oil paintings that showcase the artist’s inspiration and creative process. The 40 works in the exhibition are grouped into the geographical subject categories of the original portfolio, with contextual information provided for each. Those categories include Florida; the Everglades; the Bahamas; Hispaniola 

(Haiti and the Dominican Republic); and Jamaica. The collection of drawings and paintings breathe new life into the classic 18 prints known and cherished for generations. 

Aloe Plant

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

McKee Botanical Garden hosts Master Glass Artist Jason Gamrath’ s Garden of Glass Exhibition. On view through April 30th.

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace

Different Perspectives

On view through May 5, 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

ELC 2nd Annual Spring Fling Art Show

On view through May 31

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

Misty by R. Ziegler

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

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

Yvonne Steere A View of Stairs To A Magic Place

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit Intergenerational Recreation Center, Windows On The World. Featuring works by Ella Chabot, Evelyn Haught, Gail Jaffe, Pat Forelle, Gwen McNenney, Yvonne Steere. On view through June 14.

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A Look Ahead:

Ballet Vero Beach presents Program 3, “Choreographer’s Notebook: Samuel Kurkjian” Live Performances: April 14th, 2023 at 7:30pm. April 15th, 2023 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, VBHS Performing Arts Center. Ballet Vero Beach’s 10th Anniversary Season draws to a close with a celebration of the greatest influence on Artistic Director/CEO Adam Schnell’s life in dance, the late choreographer Samuel Kurkjian. Kurkjian’s thrilling Debussy Suite and sparkling Chopin Variations return to the stage, while the company adds a third Kurkjian ballet to the permanent repertoire, the charming German Dances. Program 3 will be a fitting cap to our 10th anniversary celebration of influences on our organization..

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    Such a diverse and exciting range of arts and cultural events! There truly is something for everyone.
    Ely Shemer

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