Vero Beach has it all this week, from names right out of the headlines, to ballet and authors and music that will make your heart swell … in a good way.
Riverside Theatre runs the gamut with both theater and a name people either consider famous or infamous, depending on where you sit. First, though, don’t miss the wonderful production of “Lost in Yonkers,” which runs through Sunday, Feb. 23. This is a funny and poignant look at two young teenage boys sent to live with their stern grandmother, wonderfully acted and beautifully realized on Riverside’s main stage. Tickets start at $35. Riverside’s Distinguished Lecturer Series, meanwhile, presents none other than attorney Alan Dershowitz, whose most recent notable client was the president of the United States. He speaks at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Tickets are $100 and sold out; no more waiting list. But go on and call to see if a ticket gets turned in at the last minute. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Dr. Call 772-231-6990 or visit RiversideTheatre.com.
If you miss out on the Dershowitz lecture, you can still hear some interesting talks. The Florida Humanity Series will present author Michael Touglas in “The Untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis.” Touglas is author of “Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America’s Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission.” He also co-wrote “The Finest Hours,” which was adapted into a Disney movie. The lecture begins 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach. Admission is free. Call 772-778-5249 or visit TheEmersonCenter.com.
Quite the change of pace is “Fashion Meets Art” when the Vero Beach Museum of Art presents fashion consultant/columnist Hal Rubenstein. Coming so close to the Oscars, this is bound to be a fun talk. Rubenstein has done it all in fashion. He works with the biggest name houses, and makes frequent guest appearances on television talk shows like “The View” and “Today.” He appears on EXTRA’s red carpet coverage. He has written books and was the men’s style editor for the New York Times. Don your latest Chanel and head over. It begins 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. Tickets are $150 and include a cocktail reception after the presentation. Vero Beach Museum of Art is at 3001 Riverside Park Dr. Call 772-231-0707 or visit VBMuseum.org.
What grander way to raise money for Music abounds this coming week as well. It starts Saturday when the Vero Beach Opera presents its “Best of Broadway and Opera” concert. You’ll hear opera favorites, of course, but also some wonderful selections from Broadway hits “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables.” It features opera stars who have performed for top houses like the Kennedy Center, the Santa Fe Opera, Charleston Opera, the Juilliard and the Bolshoi. Tickets run $15 to $50. The concert begins 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Vero Beach Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th St.. Call 772-569-6993 or visit VeroBeachOpera.org.
The Treasure Coast Chorale presents “That’s Amore” on Sunday afternoon. You’ll hear some of American culture’s most cherished love songs, such as “Love Me Tender,” “What the World Needs Now,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and so much more. The performance is free, but a donation will be requested. The concert begins 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the First Baptist Church of Vero Beach, 2206 16th Ave. Call 772-231-3498 or visit TreasureCoastChorale.org.
A bit further away, but worth the drive … and, tickets are available … the Melbourne Chamber Music Society presents the esteemed Schumann String Quartet, which has a three-year residency at Lincoln Center in New York City. They will perform the music of Haydn, Debussy and Mendelssohn. The concert begins 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2030 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic. Tickets are $35 and $10 for students. Call 321-773-0721 or visit MelbourneChamberMusicSociety.org.
The Vero Beach High School Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra will perform “A Journey to the New World,” with music by Dvorak and more. The concert begins 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the school’s performing arts center, 1707 16th St. Tickets are $10 and $12. Call 772-564-5537 or visit IndianRiverSchools.Tix.com.
Finish the week by kicking up the volume at the Emerson Center when Classic Albums Live performs “Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicle, Vol. 1” 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. You’ll hear iconic tunes like “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” Tickets start at $30. Call 772-777-9321 or visit TheEmersonCenter.com.