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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 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.

Vicki Lawrence and Mama

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A Two-Woman Show

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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 – she earned a gold record for her 1973 recording of “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” – and shares her comic gifts both as herself and the hilarious, opinionated “Mama.”

Dave Coulier

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One of America’s Funniest People

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Dave Coulier’s broad comic talents brought a hilarious touch to his role as Joey Gladstone on ABC’s hit television show “Full House,” which ran for eight seasons in the early 1990s.  Now 20 years later, he is amazed to find himself reprising the role on the spin-off “Fuller House.” Coulier started his career as a voice-over talent on shows such as “Scooby Doo” and “The Muppet Babies,” and his ability to mimic voices and do spot-on celebrity impersonations continues to drive his stand-up comedy sets. He has hosted “America’s Funniest People,” as well as ABC’s “World’s Funniest Videos,” and acted in a number of televisions shows and movies. Coulier’s clean stand-up comedy has been showcased on “The Tonight Show” and at Radio City Music Hall, and keeps audiences laughing everywhere he goes.

4th Annual Desi Comedy Fest 2017

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The 4th Annual Desi Comedy Fest 2017, the largest South Asian comedy festival in America, presents 40+ comedians of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghani & Sri Lankan descent, & from various minority groups and the LGBTQ community. The comedians are raw, hilarious, and some of the best in the business. The comedians this year come from all over USA, Canada, South Africa and India.

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Event Preview: One Night, Three Women, Too Funny!

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The Bothwell Arts Center is proud to present “One Night, Three Women, Too Funny,” comedy fundraiser event starring local comedians Regina Stoops, Stacey Gustafson, and Margaret Zhao.

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Regina Stoops

How would you like to say that you were born and raised in a town called Normal? But just because of that, don’t think that Regina Stoops lives a boring life. Sure, she raises three boys, has aging parents, and has constant errands to run, but there’s so much more to Regina. Her comedy centers around ordinary life as she redefines what it actually means to be normal. You will quickly find entertainment along the journey of a “Catholic, Democratic, lesbian, stay-at-home soccer mom with an Autistic son” living in the suburbs. Over the years, Regina’s humor connects with a wide range of audiences, from Catholic Diocese fundraisers and teacher’s workshops to corporate retreats and comedy clubs.

Not sold yet on Regina? Take it from Sarah Holland, the president of Visibility Project NYC & Equal Leadership Summit, who says “Regina is one funny woman! Genuinely warm as an entertainer and side-splittingly funny as a comedienne. Her humor is quick-witted and playful, her timing impeccable. She can customize her remarks to any situation or audience, providing a good-natured, rollicking laugh ride through everyday events and human foibles.”

Stacey Gustafson

Kids, parents, marriage, and midlife are all fair game for Stacey Gustafson. The St. Louis native makes a habit of turning everyday frustrations into humor. Stacey uses a tongue-in-cheek brand of humor that resonates with the audience. Aside from making people burst into laughter in person, Stacey is also an Amazon bestselling author. Her book, Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives boasts a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Whether you dive into this book, one of her humor columns, or her blog, you can look forward to stories about parenting and daily events such as laundry, public restrooms, and being middle-aged. Stacy was recently honored as the Erma Bombeck Humor Writer of the Month.

Margaret Zhao

Simply put, Margaret Zhao was born in the wrong place at the wrong time. Margaret’s award-winning memoir Really Enough; A True Story of Tyranny, Courage and Comedy goes into her struggle for survival, freedom, and forbidden love. Margaret was unfairly labeled as Enemy of the State under Chairman Mao and had to use humor and wit to survive oppressive tyranny and handle the challenges of culture shock that come with moving to the U.S. Margaret’s stories of crossing cultures create surprises and uncontrollable laughs, from learning to drive to pronouncing the menu at Taco Bell. Margaret has the unique ability to not just make people laugh, but also inspire them. Through the years, she has entertained and delighted audiences of all ages at the Hollywood Laugh Factory, comedy clubs, schools, churches, and other venues.

About the Bothwell Arts Center

Along with the Bankhead Theater, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center also operates the Bothwell Arts Center. Since its creation, the Bothwell Arts Center has been an arts incubator, offering affordable rental space for artists, musicians, and other groups with a cultural arts focus. Currently, over 40,000 people have benefitted from classes and performances held at the Bothwell. The center sponsors a variety of activities including ArtWalk, Celtic Christmas, Holiday Boutique, New Orleans Bash, and more.

Remember that you can donate directly to the Bothwell Arts Center, which allows us to keep rents low for all of the nonprofit groups and workers that use the center.

The Performance

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is excited to welcome these three women to the Bothwell on Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Keep in mind that seating is limited, so reserve tickets today. Tickets are just $20. If interested, autographed books and a cash bar will be available in the lobby.

With September just around the corner, check our event calendar to see what’s on tap at LVPAC.  

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.

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Upcoming Events

Thu 21

An Irish Christmas

Thu, December 21 @ 7:30 pm
Sat 23

Olate Dogs

Sat, December 23 @ 2:00 pm
Sun 31
Jan 05

Dave Coulier

Fri, January 5, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

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