Riverside Theatre continues Vegas Nights and adds a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Reply

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Due to the continuing success of the Comedy Zone and Howl at the Moon evenings at Riverside Theatre, Vegas Nights returns for the entire month of July 2017.

In addition to the professional stand-up comedians and dueling pianists performing on the Waxlax Stage, patrons are invited to our exciting Las Vegas-style casino night parties with live entertainment inside and outside the theatre. Play a game of chance at the blackjack and craps tables, or get a lucky hand at Caribbean poker. Play with our ‘casino money’ and then cash in your winnings for raffle tickets to win some great prizes. All proceeds benefit children’s theatre scholarships and at Riverside Theatre.

“We experienced great success with Vegas Nights last summer,” says Jon Moses, Managing Director of Riverside Theatre. “People really enjoyed the different activities offered. We hope people return and enjoy as we continue to make each weekend a fun experience.” More…

Space Coast Symphony Winds and Chorus perform patriotic favorites at The Emerson Center Reply

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Indian River County residents are encouraged to don red, white and blue and wave the flag during the Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra’s free patriotic concert, America the Beautiful. The concert will be performed at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 24 at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, 32960.

Presented in conjunction with the Space Coast Symphony Chorus, America the Beautiful will showcase our national heritage as conductor and artistic director Aaron T. Collins directs the wind orchestra with music by John Williams, Richard Rodgers, Lee Greenwood, and marches from “The March King,” John Philip Sousa. The concert will open with an extended version of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The women of the Space Coast Symphony Chorus will perform several works with the ensemble, including “God Bless the USA” and “Hymn to the Fallen” from the film, Saving Private Ryan. Among the many rousing patriotic numbers will be a salute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces; veterans will be asked to stand when their service song is played. Audience members are asked to wear red, white and blue in a show of patriotic solidarity.

Artistic Director and Conductor, Aaron T. Collins, considers it an honor to salute the USA and our veterans. “We owe everything to the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform,” said Collins. “These concerts are a powerful way to come together as a community and celebrate our great nation. To top it off, we are thrilled to be back at The Emerson Center for this awesome concert.”

McKee Botanical Garden announces waterlily photo contest winners Reply

“Into the Looking Glass,” by Dawn Currie of Indian Harbor Beach, won both 1st place in Black and White and won the “People’s Choice” award

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McKee Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Annual Waterlily Photo Contest held in conjunction with the 13th Annual Waterlily Celebration on June 17.

On Friday, June 16, three accomplished photographers judged 128 spectacular photos submitted by local residents and beyond.  The judges selected a first, second and third place winner, as well as an honorable mention in the following adult categories (Color, Black and White, and Manipulated).  A Youth category for photographers 17 and under was also judged and a first, second and third place winner was selected.

On Saturday, during the 13th Annual Waterlily Celebration, the public was given the opportunity to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” award. 

The list of winners included:

People’s Choice Winner –  “Into the Looking Glass” by Dawn Currie More…

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Vero Classical Ballet is holding “Princess Ballet Camp” for ages 4 to 8 from 9:30 am to Noon on weekdays beginning Monday, July 10 and ending Friday, July 21 at Leisure Square, 3705 16 Street in Vero Beach.   Princess Ballet Camp is a fun, enriching, and educational summer activity that focuses on a ballet and story of the day. Join Mrs. Amy, Mrs. Margaret, Mrs. Marilyn and guest teacher Mrs. Yvonne Miller for a week (or two!) of delight and excitement. Daily activities will include: Ballet Class, Arts and Crafts, Music Class, Snack, Story of a Famous Ballet and  Dress-up Time/Tea Party.  Participants will also put on a live performance at 11:30 am for parents on Friday, the last day of camp.  There will also be surprise visits from a Princess and Ballerina Guest!  For details, visit http://www.veroclassicalballet.com/princess-camp/.forms. More…

Riverside Theatre announces KIDSPOT Reply

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Riverside Theatre announces KIDSPOT, a special area designated for kids 12 and under, at select performances at the Theatre’s outdoor Loop.  KIDSPOT access is complimentary to children with tickets to a performance of Willy Wonka or iRascals.

Designed to enhance a child’s enjoyment at the theatre, KIDSPOT will engage children with activities, arts and crafts, games with prizes, character meet and greets, and complimentary refreshments.

KIDSPOT will be open one hour prior to evening performances and one hour after matinee performances. For evening shows, children will receive a dinner item and beverage prior to the show.  For matinees, they will receive a complimentary snack and beverage after the show.  Allergy sensitive options are available upon request.  Parents and older kids can purchase food, snacks, and drinks separately.

Willy Wonka and iRascals show dates and times are listed below. KIDSPOT performances are designated with a (KS).

The Shows

Willy Wonka JR. and Willy Wonka KIDS

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka JR. and Willy Wonka KIDS follow the enigmatic candy manufacturer as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

The hour-long version of Willy Wonka JR. starring children aged 12 to 18 takes place:

June 16 @ 1:30pm & 7:30pm (KS);                                       June 17 @ 1:30pm (KS) & 5:30pm (KS)

A shorter version, Willy Wonka KIDS, starring children aged 7 to 12 takes place:

June 23 @ 1:30pm & 7:30pm (KS)                                         June 24 @ 1:30pm (KS) & 5:30pm (KS)

 iRascals JR. and iRascals KIDS More…

Single Tickets now on sale for Riverside Theatre 2017-2018 Season Reply

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Single tickets for Riverside Theatre’s exciting 2017-2018 Season of shows are now on sale. Building on the success and support the theatre has received over the last few years, Riverside is proud to present another ambitious season of music, comedy, and drama.

The season begins in October with a wonderful musical showcasing the songs of Hank Williams with Hank Williams: Lost Highway. January brings the Broadway hit musical, Million Dollar Quartet, followed by the play about football legend Vince Lombardi in Lombardi. The next production on the Stark Stage is one of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, Gypsy, and the season concludes with the Broadway smash hit, Mamma Mia. Two distinctive theatre pieces play on the Waxlax Stage: The Mystery of Edwin Drood in January and the Off-Broadway smash, Buyer & Cellar in March.

Individual tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at http://www.riversidetheatre.com. Continue reading…

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VERO BEACH MUSEUM OF ART OFFERS SUMMER FUN FOR ALL AGES

The Vero Beach Museum of Art offers Art & Film on Tuesdays at 5:30 this month beginning June 13 and continuing on June 20 and 27. “The World of Wes Anderson” features The Life of Aquatic with Steve Zissou (June 13); Fantastic Mr. Fox (June 20) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (June 20) Free with museum admission: Adults $6; Seniors $5; Free with Museum membership. There is still time to register for Adult Art Classes beginning today. Family programs include Art Babies, Kidz Art Shops, Artful Storytime and Toddler Tours. Summer Art Camp for ages 4-16 continues through July 28th, and enjoy the Deborah Butterfield, Horses exhibit. For offerings, visit VeroBeachMuseum.org.

PUBLIC ART EXHIBITS

Indian River County Courthouse: Gina DeMario

Indian River County Administration Bldg A: CCIRC member artists

Indian River County Main Library: Vero Beach Art Club

Image: by Chris Gunkel at County Admin

THURSDAY, JUNE 8

VERO BEACH WINE + FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS THURSDAY

The Second Annual Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival (VBWFF) begins on Thursday, June 8 and continues on Sunday, June 11 at various screening locations in Vero Beach. VBWFF focuses on providing a truly unique festival, allowing guests to fully experience films with tailored wine and drink pairings, special guests and immersive viewing. Visit the website, http://www.vbwff.com for current offerings and to purchase passes ranging from a one-day pass to screenings, wine tastings and panel discussions is $40; four-day passes are $95 to $100. Passes with extras range from $185 to $2,500.

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McKee Botanical Garden is proud to be a Blue Star Museum and one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. McKee Botanical Garden will offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 29, through Labor Day, September 4. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and to learn more about their community.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 2 & 3

AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE

— Comedy Zone-Summer Nights: Shows at 7:30 and 9:30 pm with comedians Philly Plowden and Juanita Lolita.

–Live in the Loop: Free Outdoor Concerts beginning at 6 pm with Wiley Nash (rockin’ blues) on Friday and Voodoo (groovy rock) on Saturday. Visit RiversideTheatre.com for more information. More…

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OPPORTUNITIES

Visit cultural-council.org for Calls to Artists, Auditions, Scholarships and more opportunities throughout the state or sign up for our Monday Morning Newsletter at cultural-council.org.

Singers! Community Church invites you to participate in the July 2 Independence Day Celebration. Rehearsal on June 28, 7 pm.

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. Deadline for submission is June 13.
Image: 2016 Honorable Mention – “Beautiful Reflection” by Lee Benson More…

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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…

Riverside Theatre schedules busy June celandar Reply

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.

June

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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WE NEED YOUR VOTE!

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.

MILT THOMAS

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.

AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE

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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Hibiscus Festival this weekend in downtown Vero Beach Reply

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.

 

‘Saturday Night Fever’ will cap Riverside season Reply

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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AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE THIS WEEK

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…

Florida Humanities Series lecturer looks a early European colonization in Florida Reply

Michael Francis

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

By Cheri Cruden

By Carol Staub

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!