COMING UP: ‘Finest Hours’ talk will be time well spent

Good heavens! There are just not enough days in the week to do even half of what’s coming up.

Although this is not an actual movie screening, it should be fascinating. It’s a talk by Michael Tougias, author of “The Finest Hours,” which was turned into a Disney film in 2016 starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. Tougias will speak about how the disaster movie was made. And by the way, of particular interest is the fact that the hero in the story was Bernie Webber who lives in Melbourne. The talk begins 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the North Indian River Library, 1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian. Also, the Friends of the Library will present the 1970 movie “Lovers and Other Strangers,” 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the North Indian River Library. The screening includes refreshments and a short movie trivia contest with prizes. Free. The library is at 1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian. Call 772-589-1355 or visit

The Vero Beach Theatre Guild has something unusual and of a literary nature: a staged reading of Arthur Miller’s acclaimed drama “A View from the Bridge.” First, a disclaimer, yours truly directed this. An artful hybrid between a production and a play reading, a “staged reading” has actors holding scripts and moving about in character to tell the story. “A View from the Bridge” is part of the Theatre Guild’s Apron Series “A Season with Arthur Miller.” The staged reading has three performances, 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 31, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1 and 2. Tickets are $15 general and $5 students 18 years and younger. The Vero Beach Theatre Guild is at 2020 San Juan Ave., Vero Beach. Call 772-562-8300 or visit

Would-be actors sitting on the sidelines, pay attention: The Vero Beach Theatre Guild will also offer “Musical Auditioning 101” taught by theater professional Michael Naffziger. Beginners are welcomed. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. $50. Deadline to register is Feb. 5. Call 772-562-8300 or visit

The wonderful singer Joan Osborne comes to the Emerson Center next week. Osborne became widely known for her recording “One of Us,” that asks, “What if God were one of us … just a stranger on a bus.” The concert is presented by LIVE! From Vero Beach. It begins 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach. Tickets are $30 to $95. Call 800-595-4849 or visit

Four Shillings Short will perform their Celtic/folk/world music at “Around the World in 30 Instruments” concert 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the North Indian River County Library. This is a free family concert. The library is at 1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian, Fla. Call 772-589-1355 or visit

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