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!

At the Bankhead!

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A limited number of $20 seats are available for all shows*




Fri Sep 21 at 8pm  San Francisco Comedy Competition

Fri Oct 12 at 8pm  L.A. Theatre Works “Steel Magnolias”

Sun Oct 14 at 3pm  The New Chinese Acrobats

Thu – Sun  Oct 18-21 “Red” by John Logan

Thu Oct 25 at 7:30pm  Tom Papa

Fri Oct 26 at 8:00pm  Mustangs of the West

Sat Oct 27 at 7pm  Mariachi Herencia de Mexico

Sun Oct 28 at 3pm  It’s Magic!

Fri Nov 2 at 8pm  Jim Messina

Wed Nov 7 at 7:30pm  Nobuntu

Sun Nov 11 at 2pm and 6pm  Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

Fri Nov 16 at 8pm Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers (Member Presale only until Sep 26)

Thu Dec 20 at 7:30pm  Doo Wop Project Christmas

Fri Dec 21 at 8pm  Irish Christmas in America

Sun Dec 23 at 5pm Reduced Shakespeare Company “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)”

Mon Dec 31 at 8pm  New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Bankhead

Fri Jan 18 at 8pm Melissa Manchester

Mon Jan 21 at 7:30pm Branford Marsalis

Thu Jan 31 at 7:30pm Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Fri Feb 8 at 8pm  Russian National Ballet “Don Quixote”

Sun Feb 10 at 7:30pm  Robert Cray (Member Presale only until Sep 26)

Tue Feb 12 at 7:30pm  A Bowie Celebration

Thu Feb 14 at 7:30pm The Music of ABBA (Arrival from Sweden)

Fri Feb 15 at 8pm Second City “It’s Not You, It’s Me”

Sun Feb 17 at 3pm  The Choir of Man (Member Presale only until Sep 26)

Fri Feb 22 at 8:00pm  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Sun Feb 24 at 3pm  The Clairvoyants

Wed Feb 27 at 7:30pm  Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions of Cape Breton and Beyond

Thu Feb 28 at 7:30pm  International Guitar Night 

Fri Mar 15 at 8pm Masters of Soul

Mon Mar 18 at 7:30pm  Don Felder

Thu Mar 21 at 7:30pm  Cirque Eloize “Saloon”

Fri Mar 22 at 8pm  Bumper Jacksons

Thu Mar 28 at 7:30pm  Will Ackerman: The Gathering 4 Guitars

Mon Apr 8 at 7:30pm  Mayumana “Currents”

Fri Apr 12 at 8pm  Late Nite Catechism “Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?”

Sun Apr 14 at 3pm Lonesome Traveler: The Concert with Peter Yarrow

Fri May 3 at 8pm  The Drifters

Sun May 4 at 5pm  The Capitol Steps

Sun May 12 at 3pm  San Francisco String Trio: The Sgt. Pepper Project

Tue May 14 at 7:30pm  Keb’ Mo’  (Member Presale only)

*Bankhead Presents shows only, excludes Gala, Resident Company and Rental shows




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.  

Country Music Legend Lee Greenwood Added to Bankhead Presents Series

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The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center recently announced the addition of six shows and a community concert to the Bankhead Presents summer lineup, doubling the number of performances offered at the theater between June and August. Let’s take a look at the performers, including country music legend Lee Greenwood.

Lee Greenwood

Grammy Award winner Lee Greenwood will deliver a patriotic finish to Independence Day week with his iconic “God Bless the U.S.A.” Originally released and successful in 1984, Greenwood’s hit became popular again during the Gulf War and after the September 11, 2001 attacks. At one point, “God Bless the U.S.A.” reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. It remains the only song in any genre to reach the top fop five on singles charts three different times. Of course, Greenwood has seen plenty of success outside “God Bless the U.S.A.” He has charted seven No. 1 hits in his illustrious career: “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going, Going, Gone,” “Dixie Road,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose),” “Don’t Underestimate My Love For You,” “Hearts Aren’t Made to Break (They’re Made to Love),” and “Mornin’ Ride.” Greenwood’s 1983 single “I.O.U.” also ranked as a top five hit on the adult contemporary charts.

Lee Greenwood will be performing Friday, July 6th at 8 p.m. The LVPAC member pre-sale is currently in progress. Note that tickets go on sale to the public May 3rd.

The New Christy Minstrels

Authentic American music continues through the summer with the addition of the New Christy Minstrels’ folk music returning in late July. Founded by Randy Sparks in 1961, the group recorded over 20 albums and had several hits such as “Green, Green,” “Saturday Night,” and “This Land is Your Land.” The group’s debut album, Presenting the New Christy Minstrels, won a Grammy Award and sat on the Billboard charts for two years.

The New Christy Minstrels will be performing Friday, July 27th at 8 p.m.

Asleep at the Wheel

This American country music group has been there and done that, earning nine Grammy awards, releasing more than 25 albums, and filling venues of all sizes. Asleep at the Wheel’s toe-tapping music and rich harmonies are certain to captivate the Bankhead audience for the fifth time. Those attending should expect a night of fun alongside the legendary kings of western swing.

Asleep at the Wheel will be performing Monday, August 20th at 7:30 p.m.


Montreal-based artistic collective Cirquantique will be making their first appearance at the Bankhead in June. Audience members will be treated to their dazzling cabaret burlesque show “Bang! Bang!” The talented cast evokes the Prohibition era through music, animation, scenery, and costume design. Take a step back in time to the Roaring Twenties and immerse yourself in a world of sensational physical and visual art. Prepare yourself for a combination of cabaret, burlesque, circus, aerial and trapeze dance, all while entering a world where speakeasies, bootlegging, and the black market play major roles in society.

Cirquantique will be performing Tuesday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m.

Better Than Ezra

Popular 1980s alternative rock band Better Than Ezra will also be making their first appearance at our performing arts center in Livermore. The group is best known for their 1993 platinum album Deluxe and the 1995 single “Good,” which reached No. 1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts. Coming out of New Orleans in the early 1990s, the group’s music reached new heights when Taylor Swift covered their track “Breathless” and their song “Juicy” was licensed to Desperate Housewives.

In August, the Bankhead will host a community concert featuring local rock band LunaFish. Together with guest artists and friends, LunaFish will fill the stage in “Psychedelic Summer” with hit music from the sixties and seventies.

The additional new shows double the already announced Summer series which includes Rita Coolidge, Shawn Colvin, Rockapella touring with The Company Men, blues-rock band Indigenous, smooth jazz master Keiko Matsui, as well as Derik Nelson & Family. The series closes with a night of laughter featuring the Southern Fried Chicks on their “Cage-Free Comedy Tour.”

From live music to comedy, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has you covered. Get your tickets today before they’re gone.  

Event Preview: Family Fun Series at the Bankhead

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Get your popcorn ready! The Bankhead Theater recently introduced this summer’s Family Fun Film series, featuring three beloved films of the 1980s. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will show “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” on the theater’s large screen. Keep reading as we drum up some nostalgia and provide further details regarding the showings.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

The series opens in June with one of director Steven Spielberg’s most groundbreaking films. As a refresher, a spaceship leaves earth and unknowingly abandons one small and gentle alien. When a young boy named Elliot befriends and brings the alien back to his suburban house, he and his siblings decide to hide the alien from everyone. The ultimate goal is to get E.T. back home. However, this task is much easier said than done, especially when E.T. gets sick. Released in June of 1982, E.T. was an immediate blockbuster. In fact, it surpassed Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film of all time, only to be overtaken by Jurassic Park 11 years later. It’s no question why E.T. is considered one of the greatest films ever made. A timeless story of friendship, it ranks as the greatest science fiction film ever made in a Rotten Tomatoes survey.

We are thrilled to show “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Wednesday, June 20th at 7 p.m. at the Bankhead. Tickets are just $5.

The Princess Bride (1987)

Yet another iconic film of the 1980s, this one tells the classic tale of a young man who sets off to rescue his one true love. The two encounter quite the cast of characters in the enchanted land of Florin, including the evil Prince Humperdinck, Dread Pirate Roberts, giant wrestler Fezzik, as well as the vengeful Inigo Montoya. Each is responsible for helping or hindering the efforts along the way. As opposed to the aforementioned film, The Princess Bride garnered modest box office success. Through the years, though, the film became a cult classic. The film ranks No. 50 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies,” No. 46 on Channel 4’s “50 Greatest Comedy Film” list. If you enjoy movies with romance, adventure, and comedy, then this is an absolute must-see.

The showing of “The Princess Bride” takes place Wednesday, July 25th at 7 p.m. at the Bankhead.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

A misdirected baseball brings four kids into an attic workshop where their dad’s latest invention accidentally shrinks them to just a quarter-inch tall. Ironically, Wayne believes the electromagnetic shrink-ray to be a failed experiment and throws it in the trash with the kids in it. As a result, the kids must make their way back to the house. They encounter bees, ants, scorpions, and a lawnmower before their dad finds them and brings them back to size. “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” took the movie industry by storm, grossing in excess of $222 million worldwide. Not only that, but it became the highest-grossing live action Disney film ever, a record it held for five years.

The showing of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” takes place Wednesday, August 15th at the Bankhead Theater.

For your convenience, LVPAC will have concessions available in the lobby for each film. Our performing arts center strives to offer family-oriented entertainment for the whole family. Please note that all three movies in this series are rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. Parents should make their own decision regarding appropriate content for their children.  

This series builds on the success of the Classic Film Musicals Series which was launched earlier this year at the Bankhead Theater. If you didn’t attend, it included favorites from the Golden Age of film musicals, complete with newsreels and cartoons of the era. Only the award-winning classic “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds (May 2nd) and “Shall We Dance” with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (June 6th) remain this season, but the Classic Film Musicals Series is scheduled to resume in September.

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is your one-stop shop for movies, live music, and incredible performances all summer long. Check out our events calendar today!

Event Preview: Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II

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Get ready for one of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” to come to life on the Bankhead Theater stage when Classic Albums Live arrives later this month. A Canadian-based group familiar to rock music aficionados, Classic Albums Live brings together world-class musicians to perform some of the most famous albums. The group will perform Led Zeppelin’s iconic second album in its entirety, including iconic hits such as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “Moby Dick,” and “Bring It On Home.”

About Led Zeppelin

It wasn’t much longer after their first album that Led Zeppelin got to work on No. 2. The quartet of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones pulled the album together over six months in 1969 while on tour throughout North America and London. Not surprisingly, “Led Zeppelin II” was one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the time. It’s safe to say that the result lived up to expectations and more. In fact, Led Zeppelin II” topped U.S. charts by the end of the year, bumping the Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” Rolling Stone called the work “one of the greatest, heaviest, and raunchiest albums ever, steeped in both Delta and Chicago blues, Sixties psychedelia and gentle-to-bone-crushing dynamics.” In November of 1999, “Led Zeppelin II” was certified 12x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales passing 12 million copies.

What’s interesting about this album is that each song was separately recorded, mixed, and produced at various studious in the UK and North America. The album was basically written on tour during periods of few hours in between concerts. As you might have guessed, the result was a sound featuring spontaneity and urgency through necessity.

An Inside Look at Classic Albums Live

Craig Martin, the group’s producer, said that he founded Classic Albums Live in 2003 after hearing too many poor tribute bands. Ultimately, he wanted to provide the audience with a more musically authentic experience. Martin started with a small venue in Phoenix and gradually grew in popularity from there. Soon, Classic Albums Live was filling some of the most prestigious venues across North America. Of course, it took more than just the effort of Martin to take the group to uncharted territory. It’s why he makes it a point to select exceptional musicians who focus on playing the world’s most well-known and familiar rock albums with absolute detail and precision. Martin compares the group to a symphony orchestra performing the works of great composers. It won’t take long for diehard Led Zeppelin fans to realize that every note of the album, including vocals and sound effects, is faithfully recreated. This is what Classic Albums Live refers to as a “rock immersion experience.” As Martin says, this is music the band members grew up with. The group knows the songs inside and out and, in the preparation process, spends hours listening to each note carefully, finding ways to perform it live without any recorded elements. Classic Albums Live brings in as many musicians and instrumentalists as are needed to accurately recreate each album.

The Performance

Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II is set to take place Saturday, April 21st at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at just $40 with $17 tickets available for students or active military personnel.

The Bankhead Theater

For more than a decade, the Bankhead Theater has been bringing artists and audiences together to share the rich experience of live performance. Here at LVPAC, it’s apparent that exposure to the arts has the potential to transform lives. For example, seeing, hearing, and taking part in a performance can be exhilarating for young people as they grow and develop, fueling a new level of creativity.

Let’s talk about the Bankhead briefly. This 507-seat facility makes the perfect environment for live music, theater, dance, and other performances. Artists at all levels agree that performing in such an intimate venue provides a number of benefits. In fact, the Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer praised the Bankhead for its incredible acoustics. Not surprisingly, artists looking to make a transformation of their own have chosen to make it a stop on their tour.

We hope to see you for what should be a fun evening with Classic Albums Live. Check out our events calendar today!

Upcoming Events

Fri 21
Fri 21

The Last Romance

Fri, September 21 @ 8:00 pm
Organizer: Encore Players
Sat 22

The Art of Drama

Sat, September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 22

The Last Romance

Sat, September 22 @ 2:00 pm
Organizer: Encore Players
Sat 22

The Last Romance

Sat, September 22 @ 8:00 pm
Organizer: Encore Players

Call 925.373.6800 or email for tickets and information