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The Second City

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“Look Both Ways Before Talking”

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These are trying times. Comedy helps. Instead of avoiding Grandpa and defriending your high school class, let Second City defuse difficult social situations. A brand new sketch comedy and improv revue dives into all those touchy subjects you’ve been thinking about – but are afraid to say out loud or online!A Chicago landmark for decades, The Second City’s legendary comic style has struck gold across the country, launching the careers of such comedic all stars as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and Bill Murray.

The Capitol Steps

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Putting the “Mock” in Democracy

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Now returning for their tenth visit to the Bankhead, The Capitol Steps have elevated political satire to an art form.  Before The Daily Show, Full Frontal, and The Colbert Report, this Washington, DC-based comedy troupe gave audience laugh cramps with their bipartisan lampooning.  The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize their employers, and haven’t let up since.  If you’ve been keeping with the news, you know there’s no shortage of material.  The troupe is coming back to Livermore with a new show of musical and political comedy.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat, a snowflake or a deplorable:  neither side is safe from the group that puts the “MOCK” in Democracy!

The 2017-2018 Season at the Bankhead Theater

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Top: Indigo Girls, Rita Rudner, OK GO, Manhattan Transfer.
Bottom: R. Carlos Nakai, Lisa Loeb, Catapult, Moscow Festival Ballet, Tom Rush
Watch a preview video here or see a list of the entire season here!


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The 2017-2018 season at the Bankhead Theater has just been announced! Located at the heart of downtown Livermore, the Bankhead will welcome a range of artists from all musical genres, as well as comedy, dance, theater, and other performing arts. The season officially begins on Saturday evening, September 9, 2017 at the Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala featuring Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo the Indigo Girls. Other notable highlights among the three dozen events scheduled through June 2018 are viral-video pop hit makers OK GO, the smooth harmony vocals of the Manhattan Transfer, and comedian Vicki Lawrence, known for her character “Mama” from The Carol Burnett Show.

Folk balladeer Tom Rush makes a welcome return, as does Marc Cohn touring with The Blind Boys of Alabama. Among artists making their first appearance at the Bankhead will be Los Lonely Boys, Lisa Loeb, and the Irish group Danù in a special St. Patrick’s Day concert.

According to Executive Director Scott Kenison, the programming team focused on balance. “We’re always happy to welcome big name artists and returning favorites, shows we know will meet a receptive audience, but it’s also important to bring artists such as African Guitar Summit and R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman to Livermore,” he said. “It’s particularly exciting to be able to bring to the Bankhead entertainers such as OK GO or Catapult that people may have only seen on television or online. These shows, as well as the return of Olate Dogs, DLux Puppets and others, appeal to all ages. With our student ticket price of just $17, we encourage families to come out and enjoy a show together,” he added.

This season is particularly rich with comedic talent. In addition to Vicki Lawrence and Mama,  Rita Rudner and Dave Coulier will keep audiences laughing with their solo stand-up routines. The San Francisco Comedy Competition, Second City and Capitol Steps all return to the Bankhead and the Reduced Shakespeare Co. will present “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play,” a hilarious mash-up of characters, famous lines, and unexpected plot twists.

The Bankhead stage is not just for professionals. Next May, local celebrities will spend a week practicing with a professional ballroom dance partner before demonstrating their newfound skills in pursuit of the Mirrorball Trophy in “Dancing with the Tri-Valley Stars.” The evening includes a professional dance showcase by national champions, The Utah Ballroom Dance Company.

In addition to LVPAC Presents shows, the Bankhead Resident Companies, including Del Valle Fine Arts, Livermore-Amador Symphony, Livermore Valley Opera, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Rae Dorough Speakers Series, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, and Valley Dance Theatre, offer nearly 50 performances and events of their own during the season.

The 2017-2018 Season at the Bankhead follows the previously announced Summer Series which begins in July with the already sold out evening with Paula Poundstone on July 7th. Six other shows including The Lettermen, Robert Cray, New Christy Minstrels, Derik Nelson and Family, JD Souther and Keiko Matsui run through August.

Be sure to check out the entire 2017-2018 Season!  You can watch a video preview, see the whole list, or flip through the brochure.

The more the merrier!  With such a great line-up,
you’ll want to join us at the Bankhead often.
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Event Preview – Vicki Lawrence and Mama

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One of the most beloved television personalities of her generation, Vicki Lawrence is best known for her endearing character “Mama” from the legendary “Carol Burnett Show” and the top-rated, long-running spin-off “Mama’s Family.” On stage, the multi-talented entertainer easily demonstrates her versatility, as we will detail below. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is thrilled to welcome “A Two-Woman Show” to the Bankhead Theater in late-January.

About Vicki Lawrence


Born in Inglewood, California, Lawrence had originally planned on being a dental hygienist. But things changed in high school when she auditioned for and got into the musical group “The Young Americans.” Lawrence gained much experience from touring, performing at the Oscars, coming into contact with the likes of Johnny Mathis and Louis Armstrong, as well as performing on the Andy Williams Show. Soon after completing high school, Lawrence entered the Miss Fireball of Inglewood contest for the local firefighter’s ball. Interestingly, a newspaper reporter wrote a story about the contest and stated that Lawrence resembled a young Carol Burnett. Lawrence’s mother urged her to write a letter to Burnett, which she did. As it turns out, Lawrence won the contest with Burnett in attendance to crown her. Ironically, Burnett was looking for an actress at the time to play her younger sister Chrissy in the “Carol and Sis” sketches. Both Burnett and Harvey Korman would take Lawrence under their wings, which Lawrence refers to today as the “Harvard school of comedy.”

Lawrence and Burnett were the only cast members to stay on the show from 1967 to 1978. Her portrayal of the Mama character on The Carol Burnett Show’s “The Family” sketches was so popular that NBC created the sitcom Mama’s Family to elaborate on the character. The series ran from 1983 to 1985 and then again from 1986 to 1990.

Lawrence has made appearances on other programs such as Laverne & Shirley, Major Dad, Roseanne, Hannah Montana, and Yes, Dear. In 1985, Lawrence starred in the comedy pilot Anything for Love, which co-starred Lauren Tewes and Rebecca Arthur. Not only that, but Lawrence has appeared with Burnett, Korman, and Tim Conway in the Burnett show retrospectives that were broadcast in 1993, 2001, and 2004.  


In terms of music, Lawrence is most known for her number-one hit, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” a song first written by her first husband Bobby Russell. The song sold over two million copies after being released in November 1972 and was awarded a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America the following April. Lawrence received her gold record by surprise from Burnett during the last episode of the sixth season of The Carol Burnett Show. Lawrence’s “He Did With Me” reached as high as number 75 in the U.S. and number one in Australia. She followed it up the next two years with “Ships in the Night (1974) and “The Other Woman” (1975). In 1979, Lawrence released a disco album called Newborn Woman in 1979.

The Performance

On Friday, January 26th, you have the chance to see Vicki Lawrence & Mama at the Bankhead Theater. Ticket prices range from $50 to $100. Keep in mind that the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center offers student and active military prices for all performances. If you’re interested in booking these tickets, please call or visit the box office. We are happy to help.

The Bankhead Theater

There’s no other venue in the area quite like the Bankhead. For more than a decade, it’s welcomed a wide range of artists and audiences. Whether it’s live music, comedy, or theatre, the Bankhead provides a truly intimate experience for everyone. Our team at LVPAC understands that exposure to the arts has the potential to transform lives. It’s why our center for performing arts is dedicated to making the arts affordable and accessible.

The LVPAC Presents series includes more than 40 incredible performances throughout the year. Whether you’re interested in authentic western swing, classic rock, smooth jazz, world music, dance, acrobatics, or comedy, our performing arts center definitely has an event for you in 2018! Now is the perfect time to start taking in the arts.

Check out our events calendar for more upcoming performances.

Upcoming Events

Sat 24

Austin Huntington

Sat, March 24 @ 8:00 pm
Organizer: Del Valle Fine Arts
Sun 25


Sun, March 25 @ 3:00 pm
Thu 29

Dr. Ben Santer

Thu, March 29 @ 7:30 pm
Apr 01

Susara Gee Dehena

Sun, April 1 @ 4:00 pm

Call 925.373.6800 or email websales@livermoreperformingarts.org for tickets and information