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SUMMER ART CLASSES AT THE MUSEUM

Summer is the perfect time for beginning and intermediate students to take an evening art class in the Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Museum Art School. The summer term begins the week of June 5. Register in-person at the Museum during business hours or visit the Museum’s website http://www.verobeachmuseum.org to register. Summer class offerings include Photography 101 (beginners); Yoga at the Museum (all levels); You Can Draw (beginners/intermediate); Drawing in Everyday Life (beginners/intermediate); The Joy of Watercolor (beginners); Oil and Acrylic Abstract Painting (beginners/intermediate); Studio Painting (intermediate/advanced); Acrylic Painting-The Basics and More (beginners/intermediate); Terracotta Masks-Beyond the Clay (beginners); and Summer Clay Studio (all levels). For further information about classes or registration, please call Ellyn Giordano, Museum Art School Registrar at (772) 231-0707, ext. 116. More…

McKee Botanical Garden accepting submissions Waterlily Photo Contest Reply

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“The Garden” by Krystial Comins

McKee Botanical Garden is currently accepting photo submissions for the 13th Annual Waterlily Photo Contest in conjunction with the Annual Waterlily Celebration to be held on Saturday, June 17 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
The Garden is currently accepting submissions for its annual photo contest through Tuesday, June 13. Photos must be of waterlilies and lotus photographed at McKee Botanical Garden in 2016 or 2017 with a film or digital camera. Participants may submit one photo in each of three style categories: Color, Black and White, and Manipulated. A Youth category is also available for aspiring photographers ages 17 and under. A complete list of rules with the entry form can be found at http://www.mckeegarden.org. Photos will be judged by a panel of judges on Friday, June 16. More…

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Riverside Theatre Education’s  Spring Dance Recital – May 11-12

A celebration of the performing arts for kids, this annual event features performances, children’s entertainers, hands-on activities, and fun for the whole family! May 11 & 12 @ 7:30pm, Tickets: $10. Performances take place on the Anne Morton Theatre @ Riverside Theatre’s Education Building.

The Comedy Zone – May 19-20 @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm – Riverside’s showcase of professional comedians touring the comedy circuit on the Waxlax Stage and local musicians on the Live in the Loop stage. Comedians are: Mark Klein and Cam Bertrand. Tickets for comedian showcase: $18, $16. FREE music @ Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Comedy performances take place on the Waxlax Stage @ Riverside Theatre

Howl at The Moon Experience – May 26-27 @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm – More than a dueling pianos show, Howl at the Moon is a high-energy music show. Come sing, dance, and howl as the most talented musicians perform your favorite rock, pop, and dance hits from the 80’s, 90’s, and today! Local musicians will continue to perform on our outdoor stage between Howl performances. Howl Tickets: $22, $20, $18, $16. FREE music @ Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Performances take place on the Waxlax Stage @ Riverside Theatre.

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The Comedy Zone Experience – Summer Nights – June 2-3, @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm – Experience Backyard Fun with Comedy Zone Summer Nights. Enjoy summertime games like corn hole, ladder ball, and others played on Riverside’s backyard. On select nights, special Summer Wine and Craft Beer tastings will also be available for a nominal fee. Comedy Zone showcases professional comedians touring the comedy circuit. Scheduled comedians are: Philly Plowden and Juanita Lolita. Tickets for comedian showcase: $18, $16. FREE music @ Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Comedy performances take place on the Waxlax Stage @ Riverside Theatre More…

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The Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village has applied for a grant with A Community Thrives, brought to you by USA Today Network to facilitate development of the infrastructure of the Village. Visit: http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60252360 to see the video grant application.

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is currently exhibiting significant examples of Deborah Butterfield’s (at left) distinctive sculpture based on the equine form in the exhibition Deborah Butterfield: Horses continuing through Sunday, June 4. View 16 unique sculptures in the exhibition Larry Kagan: Object/Shadow, (at right) on view through Sunday, May 21. Digital montages by photographer Jeffery Becton, The View Out His Window (and in his mind’s eye) continues through May 7.

 

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Saturday Night Fever through April 30. Tickets start at $35.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27

The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24 Street in Vero Beach, is hosting “A Conversation with Mari Perron”, on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This is a wine and cheese reception for her only appearance on the Treasure Coast. Please RSVP 772-567-1233.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce presents An Evening with America on Friday, April 28 at 8 pm. Hear hits such as I Need You, Ventura Highway, Don’t Cross The River, Tin Man, Lonely People, Three Roses, and Sister Golden Hair. For tickets ( $59/$49) visit SunriseTheatre.com.

 

 

 

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Art in Public Places announces a new exhibition, “Saudade,” mixed media by Gina DeMario (at right) now on view at the Indian River County Courthouse, 2000 16th Avenue in Vero Beach.  On view through August 24th.  Visit 9 am to 5 pm Weekdays.

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Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms and disco were all the rage.  April 11 – 30.  Tickets start at $35.

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE CULTURAL ARTS VILLAGE GRANT

The Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village has applied for a grant with A Community Thrives, brought to you by USA Today Network to facilitate development of the infrastructure of the Village.  The application is in the form of a video now on the USA Today website along with many other applicants.  At Noon on Wednesday, April 12, voting for your favorite video opens and will continue through May 12th.  A person may vote once a day for the one month period.  The ten entries in each category with the highest number of votes will move forward to a panel of judges for review.  We need your help!   Please take a minute and vote for the Vero Beach  Cultural Arts Village.    Visit:  http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60252360 to see the video grant application.  Vote today for a better tomorrow! More…

Catch the Fever at Riverside Reply

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Tony Jacob Tischler) and Stephanie Alexandra Matteo) compete for first place in the 2001 Odyssey dance contest from Saturday Night Fever.

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The so-called Disco Era of the 1970s hardly qualifies as an era having only lasted about five years, but the soundtrack of those years – Saturday Night Fever – is timeless. You probably have one of the 40 million copies of that vinyl album somewhere in your storage unit. I don’t want to know if you still have the bell-bottoms and platform shoes, but if you do, you will want to drag them out because Riverside Theatre has a torrid case of Saturday Night Fever and you’ll want to catch it. On second thought, put those bell-bottoms back into storage. But don’t miss the show at Riverside!

Based on a 1975 New York Magazine article, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night,”  the 1977 movie was a major hit and the 1999 musical theater adaptation of Saturday Night Fever ran on Broadway for 500 performances  long after the disco fad had faded. However, then as now, the music and story are timeless.

The main character, Tony Manero, was played in the film by John Travolta and handled superbly onstage by Jacob Tischler in this Riverside production. Tony works in a hardware store and lives for the weekends when he can strut his stuff on the 2001 Odyssey Disco dance floor. He gets no emotional support or encouragement from his parents, who idolize his priest brother.  His loser friends idolize him, including a wannabe girlfriend and dance partner, Annette (Nicole Colón). When Tony sets his sights on first place in a dance contest, a $1,000 grand prize and maybe a life, he spurns Annette in favor of a new girl, the relatively classier Stephanie Mangano (Alexandra Matteo).

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Cultural Council celebrates 20 years of The Laurel Awards Reply

Some members of the committee gather at Riverside Theatre for a planning meeting. Left to right- Beverly Paris, Mark Wygonik and Alicia Quinn (all seated). Standing are Barbara Hoffman and Oscar Sales. Photo by Marty Paris

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Since 1996, The Cultural Council of Indian River County has been recognizing individuals in the community who have strived to demonstrate support of the arts in a variety of means. To that end, an annual event has been held inviting those who have been nominated and later selected to receive this honor, in a wide array of categories that have included cultural leadership roles in business, education, philanthropy and volunteerism, as well as an award that recognized a local artist of their field who earned the respect of the community and their peers for their dedication to their art. More…

Acclaimed pianist Sergey Belyavskiy to return to The Emerson Center April 21 Reply

The phenomenal Russian pianist Sergey Belyavskiy, who astounded local audiences in Spring 2016 with an incredible performance before a full house at The Emerson Center, is coming back on April 21 for an encore performance.

“He plays with such tremendous passion and precision, he quickly captures everyone’s hearts,” states Amy Gallo, executive director of The Emerson Center. “His finale last year, Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody In Blue,’ started a thunderous, standing ovation that lasted for several minutes. We all remember it so well. At that moment, we knew that Sergey would be invited back.” More…

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The Signature Art Gallery of Vero Beach, 4344 US Highway 1, is having a clearance sale  featuring works by over 30 artists, local to internationally renowned, including paintings, photography, sculpture and prints.

The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, 500 N. Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce is exhibiting “The Best of the Best” juried show with over 100 works on display through May 19th.  Artists exhibiting in this show are from as far away as Miami, Orlando and Okalawaha, Florida.  See the new wing housing the Museum’s A.E. Backus collection.  Visit BackusMuseum.com.

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Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms and disco were all the rage.  April 11 – 30.  Tickets start at $35.

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This weekend, downtown Vero Beach is the site of the 14th Annual Hibiscus Festival.  Musical entertainment, a children’s art show, a shopping cart parade, food, children’s activities, and the work of more than 50 artists make downtown the place to be. The festival opens at 10:00 each morning, wrapping up at 5:00. The weather forecast calls for clear skies both days.

 

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Featuring the songs of the Bee Gees

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The Riverside Theatre will present Saturday Night Fever April 11-30.

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, ends the 2016-2017 Season with the exciting musical, Saturday Night Fever. Performing on the Stark Stage from April 11 – 30, 2017, Saturday Night Fever is sponsored by Linda & Mel Teetz and Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers Group. Saturday Night Fever is produced in association with the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms and disco were all the rage. Tony Manero, a talented street-wise kid from Brooklyn, yearns of escaping his dead-end job and becoming ‘disco king’ at the local club. He meets a young lady who can help him achieve his dance dreams, but will she accept his advances and help him change his world? Packed with legendary hits from The Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever sizzles a with compelling story and explosive dance.

The film made John Travolta an icon, and revived disco music to new heights around the world. The story is based on an article written by Nik Cohn for New York Magazine, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night.” More…

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The Christians  through April 9.  Visit RiversideTheatre.com for more information & tickets.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6

The Palm House Gallery, 3227A Ocean Drive (upstairs) in Vero Beach, is holding an opening reception on Thursday, April 6 from 5 to 8 pm for its Oil and Water Art Show featuring  artists: Wendy Douglas, Dede Gilbert, Rick Kelly, Kathy Kemp, Madeline Long, Suzy Mellott, Lee Moore, Jack Staley, Emily Tremml and Janet Kipp Tribus.  10% of all sales will be contributed to Quail Valley Charities.

 

HairPeace will perform at the North Indian River County Library Coffee House on Friday, April 7th, from 7 to 9 p.m. This local favorite band returns with Ray and Chrystine entertaining with their original folk/rock sound.  Free.

Main Street Vero Beach presents The 14th Annual Hibiscus Festival this weekend on 14th Avenue downtown.  Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm with the Miss Hibiscus Pageant at the Heritage Center.

The Atlantic Classical Orchestra will perform Masterworks IV – Heart & Soul on Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 pm at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts on Saint Edwards Campus.  For details & tickets, call the ACO office at 772.460.0850. More…

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Mame: Through March 26

The Christians: March 21 – April 9 – Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was a modest storefront. Now it houses thousands, with a coffee shop in the lobby and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. But on the day they celebrate the end of their indebtedness, Pastor Paul is about to share some news his congregation isn’t used to hearing. It is a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs. How could one’s convictions change overnight? From one of America’s new, exciting playwrights, comes this mesmerizing play about faith and redemption and its power to unite or divide.  For tickets, visit RiversideTheatre.com

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The Pajama Game through March 26

A new trolley service connects the art galleries and eateries on 14th Avenue, to the Majestic Plaza, Royal Palm Pointe, past Riverside Park and to the shops and restaurants on Ocean Drive.  A full day’s hop on-hop off pass is available for $10.  The trolly runs Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:15 am to 9:15 pm. Visit TreasureCoastTrolley.com.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH  22

The Vero Beach Museum of Art presents a new Lifelong Learning Series with  Michael Verde.  “Voices of Myth-A Modern Reawakening” will be held March 22 – 24 and “Lives That Have Shaped the World-Muhammed, Confucius and Plato” will be held March 29 – 31.  Visit VeroBeachMuseum.org for details. More…

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Would you believe… Europeans settled ‘La Florida’ long before Jamestown?

Sorry, Jamestown, but Dr. Michael Francis is coming to set the record straight.

Almost a century before the English settled at Jamestown, Virginia, Europeans colonized Florida where their offspring have remained. This often-ignored, misunderstood period in American history is the subject of Dr. Michael Francis’ 7:00 p.m. lecture on March 9 at The Emerson Center in Vero Beach. The event is part of the venue’s popular Florida Humanities Series and admission is free.

Dr. Francis is a master storyteller who delivers a captivating, often humorous perspective that brings his presentation to life. Francis is a Professor of History at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. More…

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Riverside Theatre presents Mame, from March 7 through 29.  Mame Dennis is a larger-than-life personality living the high life in the Roaring Twenties in New York City.  Patrick, her orphaned 10-year-old nephew, comes to live with her and she introduces him to an eccentric lifestyle and madcap cast of characters.  When the stock market crashes and Mame loses her fortune, she tries, with comically disastrous results, to find a job for the first time in her life, but perseveres with humor and style.  For tickets, visit RiversideTheatre.com.

The Vero Beach Theatre Guild presents the musical comedy, “The Pajama Game,” from Thursday, March 9 through Sunday, March 26.  Set in 1950’s Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factory, this comedic, fast paced story focuses on the stormy and romantic relationship between feisty union rep, Babe Williams, and the new factory superintendent, Sid Sorokin.  “The Pajama Game” opens Thursday, March 9, and runs through Sunday, March 26, with six matinees and nine evening performances.  Tickets are $28 and $30, students under 18 half price, and can be purchased by calling 562-8300 or online at verobeachtheatreguild.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 9

The film In Marjorie’s Wake: A River in Time will be shown on Thursday, March 9, from 2-3 p.m. at the North Indian River County Library tracing the 1933 journey of author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Dessie Smith on the St. Johns River as described in Cross Creek. Free. More…

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weekend-vbma-art-school-painting-dawn-mill-1The Vero Beach Museum of Art his holding registration for its Spring art classes with sessions beginning the week of March 20.  Professional instructors are on-hand to address the needs of both beginners, intermediate and advanced students, with opportunities to explore watercolor, oils, acrylics, drawing, photography, art history, beading, ceramics, and more.  For a full list of available classes, visit VeroBeachMuseum.org online.

Create at Studio MA, 835 17th Street in Vero Beach is offering Spring Break Classes for children from 9 am to Noon for the weeks of March 6 through 10 and March 20 through 24.  The cost is $35 each day.  Call 772-538-1989.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

weekend-new_the_weight_wsMusic Works, Inc. presents Live! From Vero Beach with The Weight, former members of The Band performing their hits such as “Up On Cripple Creek”, “Rag Mama Rag”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and so many others on  Thursday, March 2 at 7 pm at the Emerson Center.  For tickets to these concerts, call the Cultural Council of Indian River County at 772-770-4857 or visit MusicWorksConcerts.com.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23

The  Senior Resource Association’s “Songs of the Heartland” performed by the Silver Tones will feature fun Gospel, Country and Folk music on Thursday, February 23 from 7 to 9 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd. in Vero Beach.  Free.

The Indian River Charter High School will perform Wizard of Oz – The Musical on February  23, 24, 25 & 26 at 7 pm.  For tickets & more information, visit www.irchs.org.

The travel film, Ruta 40 – Patagonia, will be shown  on Thursday, February 23 from 2-3 p.m. at the North Indian River County Library.  Join Zay Harding as he climbs Volcan Lanin, paraglides at El Bolson, rides a narrow gauge steam train at El Maiten and continues to the Cabo Virgenes lighthouse at the southern tip of Argentina.  Free.  More…

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Mixed media by Carol Staub and acrylic paintings by Cheri Cruden

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By Cheri Cruden

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By Carol Staub

Gallery 14 is happy to present an exhibit featuring Cheri Cruden and Carol Staub, two artists with long standing ties to the Gallery. Carol who is represented by Gallery 14 year round is being given a special expanded showing of her work. An international star in the field of mixed media, Carol has won an astonishing number of awards for her work, including most recently, the Holbein Award in the California Watercolor Association’s 47th Annual National Exhibition and First Place in Acrylic, at Art by the Sea in Vero Beach. A former owner-artist at Gallery 14, Cheri’s acrylics and mixed media work include abstract as well as representational images done in a bold, large, distinctive style. Commissioned by Scoozi in the Arts District, her striking vegetable paintings create dramatic ambiance in the main dining room, where they adorn the walls. More…

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Private Lives – thru February 19.

Seussical – February 17, 18, 24 & 25.

 weekend-img_4078The Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee. is conducting tours of the Ice Age archaeological dig, one of the most famous sites in North America, located at 1680 27th. St., (northeast corner of the County Administrative Complex. The tours are available at 1 pm every day except Tuesday and Wednesday, February-April.  Call 772-226-9278 for information.


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‘The Rocketman Show’ this evening at the Emerson Center Reply

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“Remember when rock was young?” You will when you see the #1 Elton John Tribute Show appearing on The Emerson Center stage on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 PM!

The Rocket Man Show is the USA’s #1 70’s and 80’s Elton John Tribute show! It is an EXACT re-enactment of an early Elton John concert featuring elegant and colorful replica costumes – many of which were worn by Elton John himself! Rus Anderson as Elton, plus his talented musicians and back-up singers will make this a night you don’t want to miss!

Audiences are guaranteed to laugh, cry, sing and dance while enjoying a fun-filled evening.

Come join us for this memorable evening and hear all of Elton’s classic hits including: “Bennie and The Jets”, “Goodbye Yellowbrick Road”, “Crocodile Rock”, and “Tiny Dancer” – just to name a few!

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Private Lives  at Riverside Theatre thru February 19. Visit RiversideTheatre.com.

THURSDAY, February 9

weekend-02-17-art-grmChrist Church Vero Beach, in the 9.23 Community Center (behind Outback), is holding a reception for pastel and oil painter,  Julie Grm on Thurssday, February 9, at 6:30 pm.  Free.

weekend-vero-concert-poster-2-9-17The Hanneke Cassel Trio, with Mike Block (cello, vocals) and Christopher Lewis (guitar)  will perform at First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30.  Donations will be accepted for the Mike Block String Camp, as concert admission is free.

weekend-winston_scottThe Treasure Coast Navy League Speaker Series continues with Winston E. Scott, Capt, USN (Ret.), Former NASA Astronaut, SVP of Florida Institute of Technology, author and musician will discuss “Reflections from Earth Orbit” on Thursday, February 9 beginning at 5:30 pm at Pointe West Country Club in Vero Beach.  Tickets include dinner for $27 per person.  Reserve by e-mail to agfornl@yahoo.com and pay at the door.

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McKee Botanical Garden’s 8th Annual Motor Car Exhibition this Saturday Reply

The grounds of the McKee Botanical Gardens will again this year be the site of what has become one of Florida's premier auto shows

The grounds of the McKee Botanical Gardens will again this year be the site of what has become one of Florida’s premier auto shows

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McKee Botanical Garden will host its Eighth Annual Motor Car Exhibition “Rods and Customs” on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  This event is for one day only.  Don’t miss one of the most popular and highly anticipated events in Vero Beach! Forty spectacular pre-selected Mod Rods, Street Rods, Hot Rods and Retro Rods will be on display throughout the Garden.

This year, the show coincides with our Nature Connects®: Art With LEGO® Bricks Exhibition so visitors will be able to experience both exhibitions in a single day.  Just as the owners of these uniquely distinctive cars have transformed ordinary automobiles into breathtaking “sculptures” with thousands of intricate components, the sculptures of Nature Connects include over 300,000 LEGO brick pieces and hundreds of hours of work. 

Over 3,400 car enthusiasts came to last year’s show from throughout the Treasure Coast and beyond to view these stunning, artistic reinterpretations of automotive body shapes and designs.

Regular admission fees apply:  $12 Adults, $11 Seniors, $8 Children ages 3 – 12, and free for McKee members and children under 3. Advance tickets are available at Garden Admissions during regular business hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday noon – 5:00 pm, and closed Monday.

Please follow the signs to overflow parking at the corner of 17th Street and Indian River Boulevard.

The event is sponsored by Einstein Bros. Bagels, Velde Ford and Treasure and Space Coast Radio (The Breeze 93.7 FM, 94.7 Hot County, and 97.1 Ocean FM).

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Riverside Theatre presents Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” opening January 31 with shows through  February 19.  Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet on the balconies of their adjacent rooms. As they relive the past, their original spark reignites and they impulsively runaway together to give their relationship another shot, much to the shock of the newlyweds they leave behind. Tickets start at $35. Visit www.riversidetheatre.com or call 772-231-6990. 

Vero Beach Opera’s Opera Studies Program begins on February 2 at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. This year’s theme is “Russia: Land of the Tsars.” Dates are: February 2 – Boris Godunov, February 16 – Ivan Susanin, February 23- Khovanshchina, March 2 – Mazeppa, and March 9 – War and Peace. The programs are presented from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Tuition is $50/$70. To register call 772-231-0707 ext. 116 or visit www.vboperastudies.com.

Kindermusik, music and movement classes for children with Ocean Strings Studio, are being offered every week on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to noon from January 31 through April 27 at Leisure Square, 3705 16th Street in Vero Beach.  For more information, visit http://www.oceanstrings.net/kindermusik. More…

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weekend-web_koi-to-the-world_20x20_hires_cmykweekend-web_tranquil-morning_36x36_12000_hires_cmykThe J.M. Stringer Gallery, 3465 Ocean Drive, is pleased to present Natural Wonders, featuring the recent paintings of Joseph Sundwall and Luke Steadman.  Sundwall  (at right) paints in a style called “alla prima” or “direct painting,” in which each area of the painting is accomplished in a single sitting. Steadman (image at left), a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists and a Vero Beach local, has a quiet, contemplative style that is enveloped in atmosphere and mood.   Visit the website, jmstringergallery.com to preview the artists’ work and read their full biographies. Exhibition on view through February 11th.  Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am – 6 pm.

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CASH ON DELIVERY AT THEATRE GUILD

weekend-cultural-connection-doy-demsick-mitchell-steinMichael Cooney’s riotous farce, Cash on Delivery, is coming to the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, 2020 San Juan Avenue, January 12th through January 22nd. Eric Swan lost his job two years ago and was afraid to tell his wife, Linda. Instead, he has been duping the British Welfare Authority ever since by claiming every type of benefit for the innumerable people he claims live at his address. His schemes include fictitious children and bogus disabilities. When welfare investigators show up, events spill out of control in hilarious fashion. Cash on Delivery runs through Sunday, January 22, with four matinees and six evening performances. Tickets are $24 and $26 and may be purchased by calling 562-8300 or online at verobeachtheatreguild.com.

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weekend-chicagoChicago – on stage through January 22. Get an entertaining, story-filled tour backstage on Friday, January 13 at 11 am or 2 pm. See the set designs and props up close. Learn more about how the shows are created and brought to life on stage. The tours last roughly one hour, the cost is $5 per person / Free for Members ($100 or more donors). RiversideTheatre.com.

 

 

weekend-empty-plateAn Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf performs January 17 – February 5 at Riverside Theatre. At the world’s greatest restaurant, the Café du Grand Boeuf in Paris, is open for only one patron, owner and American millionaire Victor, the staff is always ready to prepare the most sumptuous of meals. On a hot July night in 1961, Victor arrives from Madrid disheveled and depressed with one simple wish: to die of starvation. The devoted staff, who depend on Victor’s patronage for their livelihood, desperately try all means to change his mind. When all else fails, Victor is convinced to have his favorite dishes prepared, but the food is to be kept in the kitchen and only empty platters served. Comedy ensues throughout the delectable seven course meal as a feast of words and declarations fill the restaurant. For tickets ( $45) call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or visit http://www.riversidetheatre.com. More…

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I love to cook and among my favorite dishes is a Moroccan Tagine, a kind of stew that includes something for every one of my taste buds – savory (umami), sweet, sour, salty and bitter.  The Riverside Theatre play, An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf is such a dish, and like any well-prepared meal, it leaves you comfortably satisfied.

Yes, it is a play about food – or more specifically, it’s absence. Let me explain. It takes place at the Paris restaurant, Café du Grand Boeuf (Restaurant of the Big Ox) in 1961. The staff provides comic relief as they prepare for the restaurant’s owner and only customer to arrive. The headwaiter, Claude (Brian Myers Cooper), is a candidate for Ritalin if there ever was one as he flits around the stage in near panic mode trying to shake his staff into a modicum of professionalism. His reclamation project is Antoine (Daniel Burns), a recently hired, stuttering dishwasher, who Claude  wants to transform into a waiter before the owner arrives. Mimi (Maria Couch), is the restaurant’s hostess and Claude’s unhappy wife, who dreams of living the life of Jackie Kennedy as she complains about Claude’s anniversary present, a tube of lipstick.

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Murder, mayhem and great music in Riverside Theatre’s Chicago Reply

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chicago-riverside-7There are those people who love musicals and those who despise them. People love musicals because they use song and dance to advance a story; people who don’t like musicals consider breaking out in song and dance an impediment to a story.

So listen up if you are in the former group – Chicago, currently playing to packed houses at Riverside Theatre is a must-see event! If you see any musical, even if you have seen every version of this one, you know why Chicago is probably the most successful show in modern musical history. Well, not probably. Chicago IS the longest running American musical in Broadway history (20 years and still running), winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy. It spawned a movie version that won six Academy Awards in 2003 including Best Picture (first musical to win in 35 years), and another movie, All That Jazz, about original Chicago choreographer Bob Fosse, that won the Palme d’Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.

As far as the latter group is concerned, those who might otherwise shun musicals, it’s safe to say that all this success had to pull in plenty of people like you, so why not give it a shot? Truly, you need to see this production! More…

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lynnwaddellWhat do “mud boggers, furries, ufologists, and nudists” all have in common?

They are among the weird, wacky, and wonderful cultural curiosities who have found refuge in Florida and are making an indelible mark on the reputation of the Sunshine State.

On January 12 at 7 PM, author and journalist Lynn Waddell will appear in a free lecture at The Emerson Center’s Florida Humanities Series to explore Fringe Florida: The Unusual Subcultures of the Sunshine State. Her presentation, drawn from her 2013 book published by the University of Florida Press, begins at 7:00 p.m.

Waddell contends that many Florida tourists are bypassing the attractions of Miami Beach, Orlando, and Tampa.  Instead, they are spending their time in less familiar locations, seeking to witness odd behaviors and lifestyles that challenge traditional cultural norms.  To make her point, Waddell will go behind the sensational headlines to take our audience inside some of the state’s most eclectic and daring worlds.  She will reveal the colorful people and lifestyles that make Florida truly unique, while discussing how these edgy subcultures came to

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CASH ON DELIVERY AT THEATRE GUILD

weekend-cultural-connection-doy-demsick-mitchell-steinMichael Cooney’s riotous farce, Cash on Delivery, is coming to the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, 2020 San Juan Avenue, January 12th through January 22nd. Eric Swan lost his job two years ago and was afraid to tell his wife, Linda.  Instead, he has been duping the British Welfare Authority ever since by claiming every type of benefit for the innumerable people he claims live at his address.  His schemes include fictitious children and bogus disabilities.  When welfare investigators show up, events spill out of control in hilarious fashion.  Cash on Delivery opens Thursday, January 12, and runs through Sunday, January 22, with four matinees and six evening performances.  Tickets are $24 and $26 and may be purchased by calling 562-8300 or online at verobeachtheatreguild.com More…