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Event Preview: Rita Coolidge

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In celebration of her recently released album “Safe in the Arms of Time,” legendary singer Rita Coolidge brings her tour to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center next month. Coolidge, one of the most versatile singers of the rock generation, soared to popularity with a string of chart-topping hits such as “We’re All Alone,” “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” and “One Fine Day.” The clear, pure voice of the two-time Grammy Award-winner has graced every musical genre from rock, pop, and country, to jazz and folk.

About Rita Coolidge

Born near Nashville, Coolidge first sang in the church where her father was a minister. Though she always wanted to be a teacher, Coolidge chose to explore the music world after earning an art degree from Florida State University. It wasn’t long before Coolidge quickly landed a job as a backup vocalist and moved to Los Angeles, where she sang with the likes of Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker, and others before earning her own recording contract.

Together with country singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, Coolidge turned in a string of hit songs and the Best Country Duo Grammy Awards for “From the Bottle to the Bottom” and “Lover Please.” Coolidge broke out as a solo artist with 1977’s “Anytime, Anywhere,” and climbed the charts, filling the radio with popular hits such as “All Time High.” Those who have followed Coolidge throughout her career know that, recently, she has been involved in projects that call attention to the Native American Cherokee culture.

Her illustrious 50-year career has seen the release of more than two dozen albums, including the most recent “Safe in the Arms of Time.” The album brings her full circle, making a return to her songwriting roots, and coincides with her relocation from Southern California back to Florida. As she did in her acclaimed 2015 memoir, Delta Lady, Coolidge drew inspiration for new material from her personal journey.

It is this album that features creative collaborations with the songwriting talents of Graham Nash, Chris Stapleton, and Stan Lynch.

The performance

Singer/songwriter Chelsea Williams will open for Coolidge at the Bankhead Theater. Williams quickly earned a following the old-fashioned way, playing guitar and singing her country-folk songs along the Santa Monica Promenade. While singing on the Promenade and at local gigs, Williams managed to move an unprecedented 100,000 copies of her indie records and, in 2017, released her first major-label album called “Boomerang.”

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is excited to welcome Rita Coolidge and Chelsea Williams to the Bankhead Theater for what’s expected to be a memorable evening. The performance takes place Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $60. LVPAC also offers $20 tickets for students and active military personnel. Please note that all patrons, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theater.

Join us for the “Safe in the Arms of Time” Tour at the Bankhead! We hope to see you there.

Multicultural Exhibit Now Open at the Bankhead

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The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the opening of “Seen/Hear: A Multicultural Exhibit Celebrating Heritage” at the Bankhead Theater Gallery. This one-of-a-kind gallery will showcase works of art representing Native American, Hispanic, and African cultures. The exhibit, which opened June 27, will remain on display for two months and feature the works of seven artists: John Balloue, Harry Fonseca, Daniel Camacho, Francisco Franco, Fortune Sitole, Wawi Amasha, and Nana-Dictta Graves.

About the artists

Balloue, a Bay Area native, said that he finds in his art a way to understand, honor, and keep alive his Cherokee heritage. Not only that, but Balloue has the freedom to add vibrant color and his own contemporary style.

Fonseca’s early pieces reflected the creation myth of the Nisenan Maidu people. His subsequent works have highlighted other iconic images of Native American culture, influenced by basketry designs and dance regalia.

An art teacher at the elementary and middle school levels in Oakland, Camacho promotes awareness of Mexican and Latino culture through his artwork, as well as his active involvement with community groups. After witnessing the 9/11 attacks in New York, Franco found healing in artwork that builds on the Day of the Dead traditions of his heritage.

Sitole, a self-taught artist, uses a variety of materials to recreate and preserve visions of everyday life in the townships of South Africa. Amasha folds her culture into every aspect of her colorful, but wearable art, helping her serve as a cultural ambassador for Kenya and all of Africa. Last but certainly not least is Dictta Graves, who brings glorious images of everyday items into visionary micro-mosaic works of fine art, inspired by her African heritage.

The exhibit

“Seen/Hear” will be on display in the Bankhead Theater Gallery through August 27. Note that a reception for the artists will be held Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 3 p.m, providing an opportunity to admire the works and meet some of the artists. Those in attendance will be treated to music and dance demonstrations by Cheza Nami and Livermore’s American Indian Center, as well as light appetizers.

The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. The Gallery, located in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First Street, is open Monday through Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

Here at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, we make it a point to honor the rich cultural heritage in the local community. Throughout the year, the Bankhead holds free family-oriented events where you can share traditions of music, dance, art, crafts, and food. Scheduled for the coming year is Native American Day (Sep. 21), Taste of Africa (Oct. 6), Filipino Barrio Fiesta (Oct. 7), Diwali Festival of Lights (Nov. 2), and Lunar New Year (Feb. 10).

Our staff is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this exhibit. We hope to see you and the rest of your family at the “Seen/Hear” exhibit!

Event Preview: Lee Greenwood

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Start making plans to celebrate Independence Day at the Bankhead Theater. Grammy Award-winner Lee Greenwood will deliver a patriotic finish to the week, filling the venue with familiar country music such as his iconic song “God Bless the U.S.A.” Keep reading to learn more about Greenwood, as well as ticket information.

About Lee Greenwood

Let’s go back to Greenwood’s hit “God Bless the U.S.A.” for a moment. Not only was it named the 1985 Country Music Association Song of the Year, but “God Bless the U.S.A.” remains the only song in any genre to reach the top five on the country singles chart three times. Of course, Greenwood’s most famous song had quite an impact in the wake of 9/11.

According to Greenwood, his goal was to write something that could unite Americans from coast to coast and instill pride in the United States.

“The song represents my family, my community, and those men and women who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love and enjoy,” Greenwood said.

Without question, “God Bless the U.S.A.” continues to touch a chord in the heart of all who hear it.

Music has always been a part of Greenwood’s life. A native Californian, he started playing piano at age 7 and, by the end of high school, he could play most of the instruments in the orchestra. Interestingly, Greenwood passed on college sports and music scholarships and even opted out of his graduation ceremony to play at a casino in Reno, Nevada.

It was only a matter of time before Greenwood made the jump straight to Nashville.

Longtime fans of Greenwood are familiar with popular crossover tunes such as “Touch & Go Crazy,” “I.O.U.,” as well as his duet with Barbara Mandrell, “To Me.” Greenwood was named Male Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association in 1983 and earned a Grammy Award for “I.O.U.” His CD “American Patriot,” recorded and released in 1992, went Platinum in just three months.

Most recently, Greenwood released a book, “Does God Still Bless the USA?” He is also a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Council, a presidential appointment.

The performance

Lee Greenwood will be taking the stage at the Bankhead Theater Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20 to $100.

Please note that everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theater. If you need student, military, or ADA tickets, please contact the LVPAC box office. It’s worth reminding audience members that ADA seats or spaces are designated for wheelchairs only.

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is an independent 501 (c)3 non-profit offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. The Bankhead Theater, together with the Bothwell Arts Center, is home to eight resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

Event Preview: Shawn Colvin

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Best known for her Grammy Award-winning single “Sunny Came Home,” singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin will bring her unique storytelling style of folk-pop to the Bankhead Theater on Thursday, June 21st. For decades, Colvin has been known for her keen observations and ability to infuse even the toughest of tales with tenderness, empathy, and a sense of humor.

About Shawn Colvin

“Steady On,” Colvin’s debut album, won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording and “A Few Small Repairs” followed a few years later, giving her a Top 10 hit and Grammys for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Since then, she has released 11 albums, collaborating with a number of artists. On top of that, Colvin has written a critically acclaimed memoir and was honored with the Americana Music Association’s Americana Trailblazer Award in 2016.

She continues to maintain a busy touring schedule, enchanting fans and winning new listeners with her deeply personal stories in song.

Colvin first started playing guitar at the age of 10 in Carbondale, Illinois. By the late 1970s, Colvin was singing in a western swing band in Austin, Texas. Soon after, she moved to New York to become a member of the Buddy Miller Band.

It was during this time that Colvin met producer, guitarist, and co-writer John Leventhal. Interestingly, it was Leventhal who inspired Colvin to find her own voice as a songwriter. Before you know it, Colvin signed with Columbia Records and released her first album.

In 1996, she released “A Few Small Repairs,” which would prove to be her breakthrough. The murder-ballad “Sunny Came Home” gave Colvin a top 10 hit, a platinum-selling album and two of Grammy’s biggest honors: Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Colvin was recently recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Americana Honors & Awards Show. Bonnie Raitt had the honor of presenting Colvin with this prestigious award. Said Raitt, “She’s simply one of the best singers I’ve ever heard – and a truly gifted and deep songwriter and guitarist.”

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of “A Few Small Repairs,” Columbia Recordings will be releasing a newly expanded edition of the album Friday, September 15th. This expanded edition will include seven rare live performances from the Sony Music archives, plus enhanced artwork including newly written liner notes by Colvin and producer John Leventhal and recently discovered archival photos. The tour will feature Colvin performing the album in its entirety alongside a variety of hits, personal favorites, and surprises from her repertoire.

The performance

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is excited to welcome Shawn Colvin to the Bankhead Theater on Thursday, June 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to purchase a VIP package for access to an intimate pre-show acoustic performance with Q&A, plus a photo opportunity with Colvin. The VIP package includes early access to the venue, a premium seat in the first three rows, acoustic performance, meet and greet, as well as a gift bag.

Event Preview: Community4Education

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We invite you to join us in a music-filled, family-friendly event Saturday, June 16th at 4 p.m. to support the educational outreach efforts of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and Livermore Valley Education Foundation. A free afternoon community concert on the Bankhead Theater Plaza will showcase local music groups including the Rhythmic Innovation Community Drum Circle, student jazz band Element 116, and Crowned in Chains. Keep reading for more information about this event.

In the evening, the music moves inside. Students from the Music Pathways program will perform in the lobby before the benefit concert begins at 8 p.m. with lively folk and bluegrass band Crawdad Republic and the soulful sounds of Meredith, Meshach & Friends. Both groups have donated their time in support of the event.

Please note that the afternoon community concert on the plaza is free. Be sure to come hungry, as food will be available for purchase!

Additional details

Tickets to the evening performance are just $20. Raffle prize drawings throughout the event and auction items inside the Bankhead will add to the fun and fundraising.

The Community4Education event is sponsored in part by a generous grant from Wente Foundation for Arts Education. Sponsors include The Independent and Altamont Beer Works. All proceeds from the event benefit LVPAC and LVEF programming.

More Than a Performing Arts Center

We hope you take some time this summer to check out a performance or two at the Bankhead Theater. At LVPAC, our mission is to offer a wide range of arts opportunities to engage our diverse Livermore community.

For more than a decade, artists have put on memorable performances at the Bankhead. Performances aren’t limited to just one or two genres, either. Over the years, audiences have been treated to music of all kinds, including class rock, smooth jazz, and world music.

There’s no question that exposure to the arts can be life-changing. For example, let’s say you take your son or daughter to a performance for the first time. Seeing, hearing, and taking part in a performance can ignite their imagination and fuel creativity for the rest of their life.

That’s why we invest so heavily in our educational outreach program. Ultimately, we want to make sure that every student in the Tri-Valley area is provided with a chance to experience the arts each year.

How do we make this possible? Well, it all starts with a combination of LVPAC Presents performances at schools and at the Bankhead. On top of that, we put on free monthly family events, as well as workshops and master classes with visiting artists.

We want you to know that portions of these activities are underwritten through generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.

LVPAC has several ways to contribute if you are interested. We make it easy to donate by phone or mail. It’s also a good idea to check out our Support for Education Programs (PDF).

Whether you’re interested in attending the Community4Education event or would like more information regarding our education outreach program in general, contact the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center today.

Event Preview: Better Than Ezra

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You probably remember them for their chart-topping 1995 hit “Good.” The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to bring the fresh, accessible alternative rock sound of Better Than Ezra to the Bankhead Theater. Keep reading to learn more about one of the most notable groups of the ‘90s.

About Better Than Ezra

Guitarist Kevin Griffin and bassist Tom Drummond first met while attending Louisiana State University. Along with guitarist Joel Rundell and drummer Cary Bonnecaze, the band paid their dues on the road to get their music heard, taking whatever gigs came along. Their accessible songs and musical style quickly pulled a faithful audience, but as Drummond told The Telegraph, the memories of those challenging early years still resonate.

Better Than Ezra faced quite the obstacle when they lost Rundell to suicide. However, the remaining trio chased the dream for years before their debut album Deluxe got them a record deal. In 1994, they were declared the hot band of the SXSW music festival.

Nearly 25 years later, it’s still apparent the group is having fun together. Take it from Pennsylvania’s The Morning Call newspaper, which praised Better Than Ezra as “Definitely as good as you remember.”

Their music

Let’s get back to the aforementioned “Good” by Better Than Ezra. This joyous anthem about pulling the plug on a relationship topped the charts in just seven weeks. It was soon followed by “In the Blood” and “Rosealia” taking the group’s debut album to platinum.

For those not all that familiar with Better Than Ezra, their music connects with a broad audience and has been heard all across the radio dial and featured on countless television shows. Diehard fans certainly remember when Taylor Swift covered their track “Breathless” when their song “Juicy” was licensed to Desperate Housewives.

Most recently, Better than Ezra came out with their eighth studio album. All Together Now is a collection of crisp, electro-pop inspired songs with the Top 40 single “Crazy Lucky.” Simply put, Better Than Ezra continues to strike an incredible balance between nostalgia and fresh.

The alt-rock group is known for more than just their music. The band formed the Better Than Ezra Foundation as a way to give back to their native New Orleans with charity venues to benefit everything from coastal restoration to after-school programs for underprivileged kids.

A summer of music at the Bankhead Theater

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is gearing up for a busy summer! Make it a point to get to the Bankhead Theater for performances by Lee Greenwood, Rockapella and The Company Men, Indigenous with Chris Duarte, and Keiko Matsui.

The Bankhead Theater will also present “Psychedelic Summer” on August 3rd. This community concert will feature local rock and roll band LunaFish and Friends for just $20 per ticket. Stay tuned for additional details.

The performance

Our performing arts center welcomes Better Than Ezra to the Bankhead Theater June 13th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at just $40 with student and active military tickets available for $17.

Event Preview: Cirquantique

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Following their U.S. debut at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Montreal-based artistic collective Cirquantique will bring the all-encompassing theatrical experience “BANG! BANG!” to Livermore for one performance only. Keep reading to learn more.

An overview of Cirquantique

Cirquantique produces immersive cultural events featuring artists from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines who share their talent and expertise in the worlds of the circus, burlesque, theatre, dance, electronic, and live music, as well as stage and costume design. With Cirquantique, you can expect a show that presents a unique and complex atmosphere through narratives that carry both contemporary and historical social themes.

An exhilarating combination of cabaret, burlesque, circus, aerial and trapeze dance, “BANG! BANG!” evokes the Prohibition era through music, animation, scenery, and costume design. Those in attendance are transported to a roaring Twenties world of sensational physical and visual art. Prepare yourself for a spellbinding evening of transgression and rebellion against false temperance in a parallel universe where speakeasies proliferate, bootlegging is rampant, and the black market rules.

We should also mention that Cirquantique has worked with peers and groups such as Cirque du Soleil, sharing ideas while building unique shows that dazzle and delight the eye.

The performance

This dazzlingly daring cabaret takes place Tuesday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater. Tickets cost anywhere from $20 to $30. Please note this performance is Rated R, meaning no one under age 17 will be admitted.

We invite all audience members to dress up in accordance with the show’s themes. Something else to look forward to with Cirquantique is that artists interact with the crowd during the pre-show, intermission, and afterward. Doing so creates a festive ambiance both on stage and in the theater.   

The Premier Performing Arts Center

If you’ve never been to the Bankhead Theater, then it’s time to start planning your visit. For more than a decade, the Bankhead has welcomed a wide range of artists and audiences. We understand what it means for Livermore residents to share the rich experience of live performance.

Whether you’re interested in a burlesque, concert, or something completely different, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has something for everyone. There’s no question that exposure to the performing arts can be life-changing. Even just one performance has the potential to ignite a child’s imagination and fuel creativity for the rest of their life.

Perhaps you’re wondering about the cost to attend most events. Here’s the thing: our arts center strives to make our performances affordable for everyone. That’s why we are proud to offer student and military tickets for $17.

It’s worth mentioning the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for residents throughout the Tri-Valley area. Along with the Bothwell Arts Center, the Bankhead Theater is home to eight resident companies and more than 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.

See what makes LVPAC the heart of a vibrant cultural arts community.  

Bankhead Presents 2018-19 Season Announced

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In just a few short months, the 2018-19 Bankhead Presents season officially begins. We will kick things off with the Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala with Grammy Hall of Fame legend BJ Thomas. Among the nearly 40 events that are scheduled through May 2019 are acclaimed artists such as jazz great Branford Marsalis, rock guitarist Don Felder, and singer/songwriters Jim Messina and Melissa Manchester, all of whom will make their first appearance in Livermore.

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to welcome back audience favorite including comedian Tom Papa, fiddle virtuoso Natalie MacMaster, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with their infectious feel-good swing sound. We will have music for everyone’s tastes as well as comedy, theater, and dance performances. Please note that tickets for all shows go on sale to the public beginning June 13th.

Excitingly different performances

Ready for some new and unique performances at the Bankhead Theater? Here are a few that hopefully pique your interest:

  • The Clairvoyants – This group of mind-blowing, mind-reading talents stunned the audience on “America’s Got Talent” in 2016.
  • Cirque Éloize “Saloon” – This is a musical acrobatic adventure of the wild, wild West.
  • Mayumana – You and your family will love the visually spectacular combination of dance moves, compelling rhythms, and lighting effects that tell the story of “Current.”
  • Mariachi Herencia de Mexico – Want to see the first youth mariachi band ever nominated for a Latin Grammy? Mariachi Herencia de Mexico will appear at the Bankhead in October on their first national tour.

More About Our Performing Arts Center

Executive Director Scott Kenison recently emphasized our commitment to making entertainment accessible to all audiences. Starting this summer and extending through the upcoming season, a new $20 seating level has been introduced for every single Bankhead Presents show. We hope the chance to enjoy great artists at an affordable price will allow everyone in the community to be impacted in a positive way.

Our performing arts center has established itself as a popular venue for comedy and a number of events that will keep audiences laughing. This season, a comic approach to nearly every holiday is offered from The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s “The Ultimate Christmas Show” and Second City’s Valentine-themed “It’s Not You, It’s Me” to Late Nite Catechism’s “Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?” Comedy and drama will merge in a single performance of L.A. Theatre Works’ powerful production of “Steel Magnolias” in October.

Keep in mind that LVPAC isn’t limited to the Bankhead Presents series. The Resident Companies of the Bankhead, such as Del Valle Fine Arts, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, and Valley Dance Theatre, offer nearly 50 performances and events of their own during the season.

LVPAC members are eligible for priority ticket purchase now and receive a discount on Bankhead Presents shows year-round as well as other benefits. An introductory membership offer for just $99 runs through the end of May 2018 and a new 35MM membership level has recently been established for those under the age of 35 at a cost of just $55.

We look forward to seeing you for the Bankhead Presents series!

What to Know About Third Party Ticket Resellers

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Searching for event tickets has never been easier. That said, finding authentic tickets is more of a challenge. As you can see for yourself on Billboard, Google announced at the beginning of the year that “any business in the secondary ticketing market looking to advertise through its massive Google Adwords service must first get certified.” So how exactly does a business go about getting such approval? For one thing, they must disclose at the top of an app or website they that they are, in fact, a secondary seller. By no means are they able to claim that they are the primary ticket provider. One more thing here: the company’s name or URL must not imply that it’s “official,” let alone include the name of a band or venue. Here are some tips to consider when buying event tickets:

  1. Buy tickets from trusted sources – Want to avoid getting scammed? Then make it a point to purchase tickets at the theater box office. Can’t find time to make it there before the show? Then go directly to their website. At the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the most secure place to buy tickets is our website. Another reason to go directly through LVPAC is that you don’t have to worry about additional fees and you can be 100 percent certain you will have a seat for the show.
  2. Avoid buying from unofficial sites – Let’s say that you go online to buy tickets for an event several weeks after they went on sale to the general public. As soon as you click to browse what’s available, you get a message that the event is sold out. Now what? Well, your first thought may be to try third-party resellers. Just remember, though, that ticket fraud is becoming more prevalent every day. There’s certainly a risk when you choose to buy from shady resale sites.
  3. Steer clear of scalpers – You know the guys near venues who hold up signs that say “I need tickets?” They’re scalpers. For those who don’t know, scalpers buy extra tickets at what’s usually a discounted price. They then try to sell those tickets at a price that’s higher than face value. Of course, there’s no surefire way to know what you’re getting from scalpers. Many people are duped into buying tickets that are fake or stolen.
  4. Be smart buying tickets to “sold-out” shows – If you absolutely have to do resale, shop Ticketmaster for Ticketmaster Verified Tickets. What’s nice about these is they come with the guarantee that the seat you buy is the seat you get.
  5. Use caution around hugely popular productions – If you’ve ever been to our performing arts center, you know that seats fill up quickly. We’ve seen recently that tickets for Bankhead shows are turning up on resale sites at ridiculously inflated prices. Be aware that if a third-party reseller fails to deliver or provides an invalid ticket, there’s nothing we can do to help. If you’re interested in checking out one of our more popular productions, be sure to inspect the site.

The next time you look to buy concert tickets or tickets for any of our musical shows, please make it easy on yourself and go through our box office. Don’t hesitate to come to us with questions.    

Renowned Photographer Bill Owens’ Exhibit to be Mounted at Bankhead

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The work of local photographer Bill Owens will be featured in a new exhibit in the Gallery at the Bankhead in early May. Owens, a former staff photographer for The Independent newspaper in the late 1960s, gained worldwide attention with his book Suburbia in 1972 and its reflection of the changes emerging in American daily life. Today, his photography resides in the permanent collection of prestigious museums and galleries worldwide. “Suburbia Re-Visited” will be on display from May 2nd through June 25th.

About Bill Owens

Owens was first introduced to photography while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. During his time as a staff photographer, he was fascinated with the people and lifestyles he encountered while on assignment. Soon, Owens explored the subject further through self-assigned personal shoots during the weekends. Published in 1972, Suburbia was met with immediate success and has sold over 50,000 copies in three editions. The piece has been recognized as one of the 101 most important photography books of the 20th century for its keen observation of middle-class America. What makes Suburbia unique is that it depicts the rapid migration of inner-city apartment dwellers to affordable, newly produced homes on the outskirts of the city. For Owens, this wasn’t just a demographic shift in society but rather a psychological one.

It’s important to know that, at the time, social critics mocked the suburbs for their apparent conformity and spiritual emptiness. However, Owens respected their determination to build better futures. Owens went so far as to spend time with these people, getting to know them and discovering their devotion to the American dream. The photos he made were portraits that reflected that dream.

Over the years, Owens’ works have made their way into private collections and museums across the U.S. and throughout Europe. For example, some of Owens’ pieces can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in both New York and San Francisco. Soon after, Owens issued two sequels, Our Kind of People in 1975 and Working (I Do it for the Money) in 1977, earning praise as a “keen and sympathetic observer of the daily rituals of life amid tract homes” from the Los Angeles Times. Note that Owens’ books will be available for sale at the “Suburbia Re-Visited” reception May 18th. Be sure to check out for more information on the work of Owens.

Bill Owens Book Signing

An opening reception for “Suburbia Re-Visited” and book signing with Owens will be held Friday, May 18th from 7 to 9 p.m. The lobby will be decorated in retro 1960s suburban style for the reception and guests are encouraged to attend dressed for the theme. Owens’ photographs will fill the gallery while adjacent spaces will feature works by local photographers that express a modern-day interpretation of his suburban perspective. The entire team here at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center would like to thank the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council for sponsoring the reception. Please note that both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

This is the second major photography exhibit at the Bankhead Gallery, following last year’s “The Golden Decade,” which featured post-WWII era photography of the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), one of the first fine art photography departments in the U.S. Part of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the Gallery is located in the lobby of the Bankhead at 2400 First Street. It will be open for this exhibit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. except on performance days. Admission is free.

Here at LVPAC, we put on more than just live music and theatre performances. If you consider yourself an art enthusiast, then we encourage you to make plans to see “Suburbia Re-Visited” for yourself.

Our performing arts center is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. Along with the Bothwell Arts Center, the Bankhead is home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.

See what’s on the events calendar at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.  

Upcoming Events

Thu 18

“Red” by John Logan

Thu, October 18 @ 7:30 pm
Fri 19

“Red” by John Logan

Fri, October 19 @ 8:00 pm
Sat 20

Art & Wine Intertwined

Sat, October 20 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sat 20

“Red” by John Logan

Sat, October 20 @ 8:00 pm

Call 925.373.6800 or email for tickets and information