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November 2016

A curious thought

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“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.”

Agatha Christie

Last night we hosted Aquila Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile. As I left the theater, I heard many opinions about the show. Some good, some not so good and some bad. As with many productions, there are hits and misses. There were some aspects of the play that I really enjoyed and others that I felt confused by. There were moments that were crystal clear and others that seemed muddled. I have to say, that one of the things I love about going to see live theater is engaging with people afterwards about what worked, what didn’t, what made them think, what made them laugh and sometimes, if it is really great, what moved them.

“All art is political in the sense that it serves someone’s politics” — August Wilson

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We have been living in a politically charged environment for what seems like years, but has really only been months. As the dust settles, one hopes that we emerge stronger and perhaps slightly wiser. Through it all, we can seek peace and beauty in art. Come to the Bankhead to enjoy soothing music, listen to a lecture or rock to an old favorite. Head to the Bothwell to take part in a pencil sketch class or hear an intimate concert. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find a place at Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

We have two challenges I hope you will join us in meeting. First, we are raising the bar for our end-of-year fundraising campaign. A very generous donor has pledged a matching gift of $150,000, so every dollar we raise in November and December will be matched one-to-one up to $150,000. The second challenge is to reach 1,000 members in 2016. With over 925 now, we hope if you are not already a member, you will join and help us reach that goal.

As in politics, we in the arts are sustained by the participation of our citizens. I am grateful and humbled by your support throughout the year; we could not do this without you. Thank you!

Scott Kenison, Executive Director

Upcoming Events

Fri 18

Melissa Manchester

Fri, January 18 @ 8:00 pm
Sat 19

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Sat, January 19 @ 8:00 pm
Organizer: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
Sat 19

Django Shredders

Sat, January 19 @ 8:00 pm
Mon 21

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Mon, January 21 @ 7:30 pm

Call 925.373.6800 or email for tickets and information