15 Jul 19
East Bay Times
Ghostlight Theatre showing[cq comment=”opens”]’Honk’ at Theater at Edna Hill
Ghostlight Theatre has opened[cq comment=”will open”] the musical “Honk!” [cq comment=”on July 12 “]at the Theater at Edna Hill, 140 Birch St. Since it first hatched in 1993, “Honk!” has winged its way around the world with more than 8,000 productions and in many different languages. This “poultry tale of folk down on the farm” is the winner of multiple awards, including the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical.
The heartwarming tale of celebrating the acceptance of what’s different offers a universal story with meaning for all of us. It features a bouncing score, creative choreography, whimsical sets and clever costumes. Book and Lyrics are by Anthony Drewe, while the music is by George Stiles. Chris Finetti directs.
Note that the July 20 matinee performance is a sensory-friendly performance. It’s perfect for families with people on the spectrum and other special needs. It’s also perfect for families with children under 7. Remaining performances are July 19 and 20 at 7 p.m.; July 20 at 1 p.m.; and July [cq comment=”14, “]21 at 2 p.m. Tickets: adults $24; seniors (60+) $22; students $18; children (ages 11 and under) $12. There is a $5 discount on July 20.
Also coming up on July 27 is a student-directed play, “Frozen Jr.,” at 2 and 6:30 p.m. at the Edna Hill theater. Isaiah Mateas directs. For more information, go to http://www.ghostlightte.org/
Delta Gallery hosting summer art classes
Delta Gallery Community Art Center in Brentwood has kicked off[cq comment=”kicks off”] its summer season with a fresh new lineup of art classes for children, teens and adults at the Delta Gallery, where students are surrounded by the inspiration of colorful, multi-media art exhibits and the instructors are all professional artists.
Classes for kids include Summer Art Camps with instructor Jo Olney, and Kids’ Oil Painting Workshops with Carol Ligon. Nancy Roberts will teach her popular themed classes: Acrylic Painting for Young Artists, Fantasy Art and Paint Play. Workshops for adults and teens include “Dreaming in Color: Acrylic Painting” with instructor Keta Greig; “Embarking on Soft Pastel Painting and Exploring Watercolor Painting,” both with Karen Nelson Kelly; “How to Draw…?” a colored pencil workshop with Peggy Magovern; “Jewelry Stringing” with Nancy Hoover; “Oil Expressions” with Carol Ligon; “Open Studio” with Jo Olney; and “Pocket Sketch on the Go” with Paulette Lagana.
For class details and registration, visit deltagallery.com/classes-and-workshops. Delta Gallery Community Art Center is in the Streets of Brentwood shopping center, 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128, Brentwood. Call 925-516-5935.
Starry Nights concerts happening on Fridays
The Starry Nights in Brentwood summer concert series continues on July [cq comment=”12″]19 at City Park, 710 Second St. The show is from 7 to 9 p.m. All patrons are asked to follow park rules before, during and after concerts. Ample parking is available in the parking garage. Bring your blanket, chairs and a picnic dinner and enjoy this free event. Other concerts are set for July [cq comment=”19 and “]26, and Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23. For more information, call 925-516-5444.
Exhibit marks 50th anniversary of walk on the moon
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing with “Man on the Moon,” an interactive art and photography exhibit, as well as several special events.
At the center of the exhibit will be dramatic, large-format historical images from NASA that powerfully convey the significance of the Apollo 11 Mission when American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon’s surface.
Additional art pieces, interactive activities and special events add to the scope of the celebration, which has been designed to reflect the event’s historical significance and highlight the tremendous science and technology challenges required for space travel. The “Man on the Moon” exhibit is the result of the inspiration, research and planning of Livermore resident, photographer and illustrator Ken Ball in collaboration with curator Anne Giancola of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. For more information, call 925-373-6800 or go to https://lvpac.org/
Tickets on sale for Bankhead’s new season
Presale tickets are now available for The Bankhead Presents’ 2019-2020 season, which includes live performances of every genre, classic films and a new speaker series. If you’re a member, just log in and pick your favorites. Not a member? You can join today and get the opportunity for member resale tickets.
Highlights among the nearly four dozen events scheduled through May 2020 are country hitmakers Lonestar and Phil Vassar, Texican rock group Los Lonely Boys, folk legend Arlo Guthrie, comedian Rita Rudner, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, singer/songwriter Joan Osborne, Broadway star Lea Salonga, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! on stage, and the mesmerizing dance group MOMIX.
Kicking off the season will be the Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala, featuring song and dance star Matthew Morrison, best known as Mr. Schuester from the television hit “Glee.” He will be accompanied by the Livermore-Amador Symphony. Events are held at the Livermore Performing Arts Center. For a copy of the season brochure, go to flipsnack.com/LVPAC/season-2019-2020-brochure.html.
Wordweavers to host storyteller Michael Lockett
Michael Lockett, a professional storyteller from Illinois, will be the featured guest at Delta Wordweavers’ next event July 28 at the Antioch Public Library, 501 W. 18th St.
The adult story swap group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m., and the day’s theme will be “Patriotic Stories.” After refreshments, attendees will do their own swapping. Stories, poems and ballads under seven minutes without offensive language will be accepted.
Lockett has been a performing artist at conferences, festivals, schools and churches in 30 states and 15 countries. With his special interest in American history, he will bring some fascinating stories of our country’s past. Newcomer tellers and listeners are welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-437-1360.
Auditions set for Drama Factory plays
It’s been a while, but Drama Factory is gearing up to stage its next theater productions. Mark your calendars as auditions are set for Aug. 19 and 20 for the next plays.
Sign up for the mailing list and all the necessary information will be e-mailed to you, or check the website (https://www.dramafactory.org) follow the troupe on INSTAGRAM (@Drama_Factory), or on Facebook (Drama Factory).
Pearson, Bachmann to perform at St. Ignatius church
Don Pearson and Nancy Bachmann will perform a concert on the keyboard at 7:30 pm. July 19 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Pearson, director of music, organist, artist-in-residence, and Bachmann, an outstanding accompanist and composer, are the featured performers. Music will be performed on organ, portative harpsichord and piano. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 925-778-0768. St. Ignatius is at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd.
Oscar-nominated film from Macedonia showing
“Secret Ingredient,” an award-winning film from the Republic of Macedonia, is playing at select[cq comment=”will open at some”] local theaters [cq comment=”this week “]as part of the International Film Showcase. The film opened[cq comment=”opens”] July 12 at the Rheem Theater [cq comment=”opening “]for at least one full week. It will also be at the El Campanil Theater in Antioch on July [cq comment=”14 and “]20. In Antioch, shows are set for 2 p.m. Tickets: adults $9; seniors and students, $8. General seating. No convenience fees.
The film centers around the story of an underpaid train mechanic who gives his father a cake made of stolen marijuana to relieve his cancer pain, but he is cornered by the criminals who are searching for their drugs and the nosy neighbors who want a recipe for the “healing” cake. For more information, check out www.internationalshowcase.org
Entertainment Hall of Fame inductees announced
A local historian, a jazz legend and a popular vocal trio highlight the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class which will be inducted on Oct. 5 in a ceremony at the Pittsburg Youth Development Center (1001 Stoneman Ave.).
Author Neno Aiello, jazz pianist Andrew Hill and Vocal-Ease (Julie Enea, Betsy Kohler and Carol Zbacnik) will be part of the class of 15 inductees as PEAHOF continues to recognize and commemorate the achievements and impact of local artists.
Also selected as part of the sixth PEAHOF induction class are LaMar Anderson, Benjamin Arroyo, Terry Blinks, John Christensen, Chester Farrow, the late Sharonmarie Fisher, Terry Jones, Richard Lay, RalphRuiz, John J. Siino III. Tickets for the ceremony, which begins at 4 p.m., are $45, including dinner catered by the New Mecca Cafe, and entertainment are available at the PEAHOF website, www.pittsburgentertainmentandarts.org.
Mark Mackay concert on Aug. 9 at Lesher
Singer Mark Mackay will perform at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek at 8 p.m. Aug. 9.
An uninhibited guitarist with songwriting seeped in storytelling authenticity, Mackay finds himself at the crossroads of country and rock ‘n’ roll illustrated in his all-consuming performance. He earned his spot on Music Connection Magazine’s list of Top 100 National Live Acts, with performances at The Ryman Auditorium and at various music festivals. He has shared the stage with many of the greats, including country acts such as Old Dominion and Travis Tritt, and rock legends Richie Sambora and Ted Nugent. All seats are $42 each. Go to https://lesherartscenter.showare.com
New exhibit ‘Two for the Show’ at Valley Art Gallery
Valley Art Gallery presents “Two for the Show,” abstract paintings by Phil Simon and ceramics by Gerry Wallace through Aug. 10. As part of its 70th anniversary year, Valley Art Gallery will show the work of these two well-known local artists, both of whom have ties to the gallery’s long history.
Wallace’s work is treasured by many art lovers. She was first affiliated with Valley Art more than 30 years ago. Since then her ceramic shows at the Orinda Books store and with the Association of Clay and Glass Artists have been extremely popular. She has also been represented in many other galleries over the years (in Davis, Pasadena, and Ohio). Having just celebrated her 85th birthday Gerry still works in her studio almost every day. Some of her early work, as well as her current “painterly” style, will be on display and for sale.
Simon works in oil on museum board, and his abstract paintings show a masterful use of color. Represented in many collections and exhibitions, Simon says, “In my daily practice of painting I try to create works that challenge and provoke the viewer’s perceptions, as well as my own, about some aspect of this world we live in … .” His mother, Mildred Simon, was a well-known local artist and one of the original founders of Valley Art Gallery at its inception in 1949. [cq comment=”A reception is set for July 13, from 5 to 7 PM. “]Valley Art Gallery is at 1660 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek. Call 925-935-4311.
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