Ghostlight Theatre will open ‘Frozen Jr.’
Ghostlight Theatre presents the musical “Frozen Jr.” at 2 and 6:30 p.m. July 27 at the Theater at Edna Hill, 140 Birch St. Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, “Frozen Jr.” brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, “Frozen Jr.” the show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.
Directed by Helen Dixon and Student Director Isaiah Mateas, the Performing Arts Youth Academy’s show is being produced through a two-week summer program for children and teens ages 7– 5.
“I’m amazed at what we’ve been able to accomplish within the span of a two-week summer program,” Dixon said. “We have an outstanding cast. Ghostlight Board Members are in charge of technical direction, vocal direction, choreography and costume design, all supported by a teen creative team.”
Tickets are $12 for adults and teens and $8 for children 12 and under. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ghostlightte.org/tickets.html.
Delta Gallery hosts ‘Uncorked II’ show
Delta Gallery Community Art Center in Brentwood continues “Uncorked II,” a multimedia show, through Aug. 24. Painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramic, glass and jewelry artists present creative interpretations of wine, grapes, vineyards and more in this colorful, eclectic show.
Also on display will be a fresh new collection of work by local artist members of the Art Guild of the Delta Collective, running through Sept. 28. The exhibit showcases original fine art in a wide variety of media and styles. Work by several new artists, along with continuing exhibitors, will be featured. For details, visit deltagallery.com. 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 26 at City Park, 710 Second St. Garratt Wilkin & the Parrotheads, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, performs.
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 Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23. For more information, call 925-516-5444.
Brentwood Chorus open to new members
The Brentwood Community Chorus is open to new members. Under the direction of Susan Stuart, the group meets on Tuesdays, Aug. 13 through Dec, 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brentwood Community United Methodist Church (809 Second Street, Brentwood). The chorus is open to anyone wanting to join this dynamic ensemble, regardless of age or experience. The ability to read music is desirable, but
The registration fee is $50 plus the cost of music (approximately $20). Three performances are scheduled – Dec. 15, 21 and 22. This season’s repertoire consists of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name,” “Sing Noel” and a medley of carols. To register or for more information, contact Brentwood Community Chorus at [email protected] or
Exhibit marks 50th anniversary of walk on the moon
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is honoring 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.
Noelle Arms of Poison Apple honored
Concord’s Noelle Arms of Poison Apple Productions was one of eight outstanding educators from schools and performing arts centers around the U.S. to work one-on-one with Broadway greats at the 10th Annual Freddie G. Fellowship, which just wrapped in New York.
The event was underwritten by Freddie (“G”) Gershon, co-chairman of the global theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI), his wife Myrna and MTI. The four days of classes and activities honored instructors and teachers who are working to make a difference for their students and communities through the process of staging musical theatre productions in their schools and educational theater groups. In addition to the all-expense paid visit to New York, each of the teachers’ schools received $5,000 from Freddie and Myrna. The teachers are empowered to identify and select how their respective school’s theater program can best utilize the funds.
The teachers attended private master classes led by Tony Honor® winning director and choreographer Jeff Calhoun, Tony Award® winning lighting designer Ken Billington, Tony Award winning choreographer, performer and director Christopher Gattelli, Tony Award winning writer and actor Bob Martin, Tony Award winning composer Matthew Sklar, Broadway sound designer Matt Kraus, educational consultant Cindy Ripley and educator, playwright, and director Timothy Allen McDonald.
“The four days fully engaged the winning teachers in the Broadway musical theater world and provided one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for them to take back to their schools, students and communities,” Gershon said. “These teachers perform inspiring work with limited financial resources. We wanted to give them the opportunity to live the Broadway experience and interact with qualified professionals to reward them for all they do to introduce the next generations to live theater and simultaneously enhance their knowledge, skills and experience.”
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 [email protected] 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. 19-20 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).
Oscar-nominated film from Estonia showing
“The Little Comrade,” an award-winning film from the Estonia, is playing at select local theaters as part of the International Film Showcase.
The film opens Aug. 9 at the Orinda Theater for at least one full week. It will also be at the El Campanil Theater in Antioch on Aug. 10-11. . In Antioch, shows are set for 2 p.m. Tickets: adults $9; seniors and students, $8. General seating. No convenience fees.
The film centers In the midst of Stalinist tyranny, 6-year-old Leelo’s mother is sent to a prison camp. Haunted by her mother’s last words telling her to be a good kid, Leelo vows to be on her best behavior in the confusing grown-up world in the hope that it will bring her mother back. 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.
Arts Council celebrates young artists
On Aug. 4, the Lamorinda Arts Council will celebrate two high school visual arts competition winners who qualified to compete in the California Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month Competition in March.
Larkin Stephanos, freshman at Campolindo High School in Moraga, won in 2019 overall for all three competitions: the Lamorinda Arts Council’s High School Visual Art Competition, CAEA’s Northern California Level and CAEA’s State Level competitions. Her winning entry is titled “Book Jacket.”
Shae Silva, senior at Campolindo High School in Moraga, won second place in the Lamorinda Arts Council’s High School Visual Arts Competition and is the winner of the prestigious CAEA Northern California 2019 Ruth Jansen Prize, which is awarded to a senior in the visual arts competition. Her winning entry is titled “Zebra on Cardboard.”
The group will also celebrate Jill Langston, who is the art teacher for both students at Campolindo High School in Moraga. An inspired and dedicated art educator, she brings out the best in her students as exemplified by Stephanos and Silva’s winning artworks. The monthly artist reception is at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way. For more information regarding Lamorinda Art Council or to donate towards programs such as the High School Visual Arts Competition go to www.lamorindaarts.org or send an email to [email protected]
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. Valley Art Gallery is at 1660 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek. Call 925-935-4311.
Do you have an area arts or entertainment item to submit? Reach Judith Prieve at [email protected].
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