ArtWalk is Livermore’s Gallery District for a Day. Over 200 artists display their works on sidewalks and plazas, in parks and galleries, surrounded by boutique shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants in historic downtown Livermore. Art works range from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, pottery to mixed media,handmade bags, ceramic garden art and jewelry, with subject matter from floral to figurative and much more.
Live music will be at all the parks this year. The Bankhead Plaza will have cultural arts groups performing between 12 and 4 pm. Groups such as Cheza Nami and a Native American group will be on stage. Livermorium Park will host the Livermore Cultural Arts Council booth by the arbor. Live music will be drawing you to explore the artists booth in that park. And Lizzie Fountain will be jamming with steel drummer Shawn Thwaite.
This year take a piece of ArtWalk home with you! Beginning in mid-September, there will be 15 eye-catching banners, original works of art hanging on display poles throughout downtown Livermore. Painted by well-known local artists, the banners will feature an array of subjects and themes, expressed in a variety of artistic styles. All banners will be 30 inches wide and 60 inches long and created using high quality acrylics, then sealed with UV protectant clear sealant for maximum durability. These one-of-akind colorful works of art are perfect for indoor or outdoor use and will be enjoyed for years to come. The banners will be auctioned and all proceeds will benefit the Bothwell Arts Center. Bidding through EBay will open as soon as the banners are installed and will close on October 16 after ArtWalk. To see a map of banner locations, and for instructions on how to bid, visit www.bothwell.lvpac.org.
Mixing hard-hitting percussive dance and a live rock band, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” premiered in 2008 and has gone on to rave reviews, numerous awards, and sold-out venues across the country. The dancers of Rhythmic Circus joined forces with the seven-piece band’s big, brass sound and together they integrate an inventive style of rapid-fire tap with a variety of musical genres. Their exhilarating and dynamic show presents a wildly creative view into the indomitable power of the human spirit.
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to host Rhythmic Circus for an evening of a cappella singing, a percussive chair routine, tap number, and so many other lively performances. As you can see on the show’s website, “Heatbox” the human beatbox joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp.
History of the Show
“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” debuted in the summer of 2008 in Minneapolis when the group’s dancers and founders teamed with a number of well-known musicians in the Twin Cities. What resulted was an inventive, unique style of tap with a variety of musical genres to create a wildly engaging show. For years since its debut, the show has garnered rave reviews and packed venues. “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” took home a pair of SAGE Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, a Spirit of the Fringe Award, two Upper Midwest Emmys and was named “Best Dance Performance” by City Pages.
If you’ve never been to your local performing arts center or just want to enjoy an evening of live music and dancing, then “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” is for you! We’re certain that you’ll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat of this genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance.
“An exuberant, toe-tapping, hand-clapping hour of music and dance that adults will enjoy as much as kids.” – Theater Mania
On Tap at Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Come join us for a variety of performances in April! Here’s what we currently have on our events calendar.
Monday, April 3 – The Naked Magicians
Friday, April 7 – The Wonder of Elvis: Tribute
Saturday, April 8 – Transfigurations
Thursday, April 13 – Arlo Guthrie
Saturday, April 15 – Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience
Wednesday, April 19 – Abby Mann’s Judgment at Nuremberg
Friday, April 21 – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Sunday, April 23 – Breathtaking Brahms
Thursday, April 27 – Robert L. Gallucci
Friday, April 28 – Riders in the Sky
Saturday, April 29 – Lucie Arnaz
Sunday, April 30 – The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers
Rhythmic Circus “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” will take place Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Regular tickets range from $30 – $50. Tickets for students or active military are available for $16 (call to confirm.)Purchase now!
For the best theater experience in the area, choose LVPAC. Book your theater and concert tickets today so that you ensure your spot at some of the most highly anticipated musical shows, entertainment shows, and operas of the year.
Intergalactic Nemesis lands with a new and thrilling graphic novel adventure, merging retro radio show with comic book magic to create unforgettable, one-of-a-kind live theater. Three actors voice dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while over 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color comic book images fill the stage. This unique multimedia experience guaranteed to bring out the 12-year-old in everyone will leave behind a space-age aura of wonder that lasts for days.
“Great fun! A happily retro multimedia extravaganza!” —New York Post
Friday, March 17 @8pm
Take a trip down memory lane as Grammy-nominated pianist David Benoit, accompanied by his quartet and Mendenhall Middle School Chorus, brings to life the magical music from the Charlie Brown television specials. Benoit describes this music as “happy jazz” – sophisticated but still filled with fun. His lifelong passion for the work of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi is reflected in his own compositions for later specials and both are featured in this delightful return to a happy holiday tradition.
Joining Benoit will be special guest artist Sara Gazarek whose impeccable jazz vocals seamlessly combine the intimacy of singer/songwriter stylings with the musical and improvisational elements of jazz. With three highly acclaimed CD’s before she was 30, Gazarek has been hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “the next important jazz singer.”
Monday, December 19 @7:30pm
Aquila Theatre applies its signature style to Agatha Christie’s staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile. Set on a paddle steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in the 1940s, this masterful whodunit is filled with colorful and mysterious characters. Class, money and reputation are all at stake in one way or another for the passengers and, before they know it, deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. A classic comes to life under Aquila’s brilliant direction and superb acting.
“Classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging!” — The New Yorkern
Tuesday, November 15 @7:30pm
While Run Boy Run’s bluegrass sound is rooted in the traditional style of the Appalachian South, they are part of a trend to revive innovation in American roots music. Their voices weave a spectacular tapestry around the fiddle’s tight rhythmic front, leading listeners on a musical journey that is dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. The whole exceeds the sum of the parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of Run Boy Run’s unique sound.
“Hot instruments and beautiful, sweet harmony!” — Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion
Friday, November 4 @8pm
Never pre-recorded, always immediate and created fresh, the masterful Michael Mullen makes live looping an art form. Experiencing this solo musician building his Tria Soli “ensemble” group gives the audience a unique and powerful connection with old chamber favorites – You may have heard them a thousand times, but never like this. Then, in Trio of One, the highly talented Michael Mullen brings to life the music of his Celtic roots, creating a full jig-blasting band in front of your eyes. In the end, you’ll understand why his old Tempest mates dubbed him “The Mad Fiddler”.