Want to have some fun? The Diablo Women’s Choir is looking for members. The spring season has started and auditions will be by appointment. The non-profit group, which has members from all over the world, encourages any woman with a love of music and a lively company to audition.
Simple, short auditions are required to register. To schedule an audition, contact Nancy Hickman at email@example.com or 925-899-5050. Be prepared to sing a short song of your choice. Experience with choir and the ability to read music is a plus, but not a requirement. For more information, visit DiabloWomensChorale.org/join-us online.
— Diablo Women’s Chorale
Gallery exhibition brings art together with the written word
A new exhibition that puts the written word alongside art, “Double Take: Art and Literature Side by Side,” is on view at the Bankhead Theater Gallery until March 27. Featuring artwork by East Bay artists and poetry by Tri-Valley poets and writers, some artworks have a phrase or poem embedded in these artworks, and a few of these pieces are even close collaborations between artist and poet, reflecting both a personal as an artistic relationship.
This blending of word and art will provide viewers with an experience that delights and inspires multiple senses. The public is invited to experience this insightful exhibition at the gallery in downtown Livermore. For more information, visit online levermorearts.org/visual-arts-2.
The great Beijing Acrobats show is coming to the Bankhead
Livermore Arts Bankhead presents The Peking Acrobats at 8pm on February 4. For 34 years, The Peking Acrobats have redefined the image of Chinese acrobatics, pushing the limits of human ability, defying gravity with astonishing twist, flexibility and control.
With daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs or along tall poles, they demonstrate their technical prowess with such arts as trick cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, flips and gymnastics. Tickets range from $20 to $78 each. Special rates of $20 for student/child tickets are available. Visit livermoreperformingarts.com or call the box office at 925-373-6800.
— Livermore Center for the Performing Arts
Garner’s Johnny Cash Tribute Show Scheduled For Saturday
El Campanil Theater will present “James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash” Saturday at 8 p.m. at the theater at 602 W. Second St. For the past 15 years, Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash’s greatest hits. From special concert broadcasts on PBS stations to shows in the prisons of Folsom and San Quentin, this show is a premier tribute to the “Man in Black.”
The show is a trip down memory lane in honor of Cash’s life and music and the boom-chika-boom sound of his old backing band, the Tennessee Three. The group covers such hits as “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, “I Walk the Line”, “A Boy Named Sue” and more.
Tickets are $15 for students, $29 for seniors, $32 for general admission. To purchase tickets, visit elcampaniltheater.com or call 925-757-9500. Proof of vaccination is required to attend any event at El Campanil Theater. Everyone aged 12 or older is required to show proof of full vaccination with accompanying proof of identity upon entry. Negative COVID tests are not accepted. Everyone of all ages must be masked at all times.
— El Campanil Theater
Harpsichordist Omura will perform in concert series on Saturday
St. Paul’s Concert Series presents harpsichordist Arthur Omura in a solo performance live from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek at 7 p.m. Saturday.
This live performance will be broadcast online, but people are invited to attend in person as permitted at the time of the performance. To register for tickets, receive the live link, and check personal attendance status, visit stpaulswc.org/concert-series online.
Omura is a Bay Area-based historical keyboard instrument specialist who studied with Charles Rus in San Francisco and Dr. Lucinda Carver at the University of Southern California. He has performed at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music festivals and has performed extensively in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Call 925-297-0134 for more information.
— St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Theater company to present Tony-winning ‘Fences’ soon
The Pittsburg Community Theater will present August Wilson’s “Fences” on February 5-13, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Tone of 1987.
Performances will take place on the Betty Brown Stage at The Little Theater in the Creative Arts Building, 280 School St. in Pittsburg. Directed by LaTonya Watts, the story is about how someone who is broken inside can manifest and cause rifts in relationships with family and friends.
Main character Troy Maxson (Kirk Waller) is literally and figuratively confronted with fences that blocked his progress in life. The story focuses on how his life was deeply affected by the systemic and social racism of the time. Over the course of the play, he is forced to face his own past and his disappointment with the way his life has turned out, as well as his goals for the present and the future and his own thinly veiled resentment towards his own son, whose hopes on progress is seen as something of a threat. Wilson’s play is considered a classic of the American stage, with themes that still resonate today.
Along with Waller, the piece features performances by Gwendolyn Sampson-Brown (Rose Maxson), Dodie Katague (Bono), Elijah Waller (Cory), Jason Anthony (Gabriel), Alijah Carter (Lyons), and Makayla Rhine (Raynell). Tickets are available online at pctca.org/tickets or by phone at 925-439-PLAY (7429). The cost is $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. Masks and proof of COVID vaccination are required for entry.
— Pittsburg Community Theater
Village Theater Art Gallery presents ‘Threads of Change’
The Town of Danville’s Village Theater Art Gallery presents a new exhibit, “Threads of Change,” featuring unique art quilts from members of the local quilting group, Creative Fiber Artists. The group exhibited their work at the gallery in 2017 and have been busy creating more art quilts for this latest exhibition.
The art quilts are about more than just textiles and sewing, the artists use a variety of techniques and materials resulting in beautiful and original works of art. The quilts feature screen printing, dye painting, mono printing and more to create layers and depth. These imaginative works are intricate, fun and depict beautiful landscapes, still lifes and animal images.
The COVID-19 safety guidelines are in effect and all visitors must wear masks in the gallery. For the latest guidelines, visit Danville’s webpage at danville.ca.gov/vtart. The Village Theater Art Gallery is open to visitors Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5pm, Saturdays from 11am to 3pm and all other days by appointment only. Admission is free. For more information, contact Visual Arts Coordinator Marija Nelson Bleier at 925-314-3460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Village Theater Art Gallery
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