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Annual Family Concert – SOLD OUT!

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For the third year in a row, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will host a free family-oriented concert featuring three Resident Companies of the Bankhead Theater just prior to the start of Livermore’s Annual Holiday Parade. On December 2nd beginning at 3:00 p.m., the Livermore Amador Symphony will offer a selection of holiday favorites and seasonal music. In addition, Valley Dance Theatre will perform selections from their production of The Nutcracker, and following the performance an Instrument Petting Zoo will offer a priceless opportunity to interact with the musicians and their instruments. The concert is free, but tickets are required for admission.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Tickets were distributed on a first-come-first-served basis beginning November 1, 2017. PLEASE NOTE: Tickets do not guarantee entry.  Ticket holders must be in their seats by 2:45PM on the day of the performance. At that time any remaining seats will be opened to stand-by patrons.

SOLD OUT

STEAM Fest
at Marylin Elementary School

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Produced by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

REGISTER NOW VIA MEET UP!

For the second year, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is teaming with the Livermore Valley Unified School District to offer STEAM Fest, for students in grades K-10 linking Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics curriculum in fun and engaging ways. The event includes a variety of workshops covering topics from robotics to the science of drawing. Held this year at Marylin Avenue Elementary School, STEAM Fest is open to the community. Cost is $15 per student per session.

Six hands-on sessions featuring state-of-the-art technology will be offered with such intriguing titles as “Defeat the Zombie with Java” and “Star Wars: The Program Awakens,” which uses the Tickle App on Apple iPhones. Other workshops cover the science of drawing, circuit art, NAO Robots, and Python.

“Art, the ‘A’ in STEAM, is a vital element in providing a holistic curriculum for students in the 21st century and beyond,” said Kiran Guleria, Education Program Manager for LVPAC. “STEAM programs are changing the landscape of the classroom for today’s students. It has always been part of LVPAC’s mission to share the arts with students in our community and to help connect the element of artistic creativity to the rest of their learning experience. STEAM Fest is one of the many ways we do that throughout the year.”

The two-hour STEAM Fest workshops will be led by teachers from Devoxx4Kids whose founder, Arun Gupta, is especially enthusiastic about partnering with LVPAC for this event. Gupta echoes Guleria’s comments, “These workshops expose students to the choices available in the field of technology and can spark an interest, inspiring them to pursue a career in this field. It is our passion at Devoxx4Kids to keep the Bay Area competitive by getting the next generation ready to be producers than just consumers of technology.”

Produced by LVPAC with support from LVUSD, the event has also received a generous grant from the Hindu Community and Cultural Center, Shiva Hindu Temple, as well as a sponsorship from Trivalleycoderdojo to provide use of laptop computers and other technology for use during workshops.

Workshop Descriptions

Circuit Art Recommended for students in grades K – 3
This session is about having fun with play dough while learning about electricity and circuits. Students will create items using play dough, batteries, LEDs, and more. Simpler creations will be controlled by the open source micro-controller, Arduino.

Star Wars: The Programmer Awakens Recommended for students in grades 3 – 5
Students will be using block-based programming on the mobile app Tickle to program a droid that looks like BB-8 from Star Wars. Using control structures, variables, and operators, students will program the BB-8 droid to explore, run from storm troopers, and infiltrate a base. Students are engaged with programming while having fun.

Science of Drawing ArtRecommended for students in grades 3 – 8
Student will gain knowledge, skills, and understanding to enhance the artistic process through drawing. They will learn the proportions and features of the head, how to render features, and have fun learning how to draw them.

Defeat the Zombies with Java – Recommended for students in grades 4 – 8
Evil zombies have taken over the planet. Participants are one of the last survivors and need to retake the planet. Working with the other zombie exterminators in the lab, students will fight off the zombies using a Raspberry Pi, touchscreen, Java, and some Oracle Clouds.

Introduction to Python Programming for Kids – Recommended for students in grades 5 – 9
Python is a highly readable computer programming language and experts believe maybe good way to educate kids about programming as first language. Students will write simple and fun programs using Python 3.6.3+ and PyCharm, and run programs with input/output statements, and logical conditional statements. Participants are students who want to explore the world of programming and learn to write fun, simple programs.

Taking Control of a NAO Robot – Recommended for students in grades 6 – 10
NAO is a 58-cm tall, fully programmable, humanoid robot. More than 10,000 copies are already in use worldwide, in laboratories, universities and high schools. In this session, we’ll introduce students to the robot and them to create an application from scratch using our native software Choregraphe, interface and drag-and-drop system.

For more information or to register for STEAM Fest, visit lvpac.org or contact Kiran Guleria at kguleria@lvpac.org or at 925-583-2312.  Cost is $15 per session, a limited number of scholarships are available to qualifying students.

Cost $15 per session

Register Now for STEAM Fest Via Meet Up HERE

        

ArtWalk

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ArtWalk is Livermore’s Gallery District for a Day. Over 200 artists display their works on sidewalks and plazas, in parks and galleries, surrounded by boutique shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants in historic downtown Livermore. Art works range from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, pottery to mixed media,handmade bags, ceramic garden art and jewelry, with subject matter from floral to figurative and much more.

Live music will be at all the parks this year. The Bankhead Plaza will have cultural arts groups performing between 12 and 4 pm.  Groups such as Cheza Nami and a Native American group will be on stage. Livermorium Park will host the Livermore Cultural Arts Council booth by the arbor. Live music will be drawing you to explore the artists booth in that park. And Lizzie Fountain will be jamming with steel drummer Shawn Thwaite.

This year take a piece of ArtWalk home with you! Beginning in mid-September, there will be 15 eye-catching banners, original works of art hanging on display poles throughout downtown Livermore. Painted by well-known local artists, the banners will feature an array of subjects and themes, expressed in a variety of artistic styles. All banners will be 30 inches wide and 60 inches long and created using high quality acrylics, then sealed with UV protectant clear sealant for maximum durability. These one-of-akind colorful works of art are perfect for indoor or outdoor use and will be enjoyed for years to come. The banners will be auctioned and all proceeds will benefit the Bothwell Arts Center. Bidding through EBay will open as soon as the banners are installed and will close on October 16 after ArtWalk. To see a map of banner locations, and for instructions on how to bid, visit www.bothwell.lvpac.org.

Make a Bid on Your Favorite Banner

Celebrate Native American Culture

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In 1968, the fourth Friday in September was designated Native American Day in California by Governor Ronald Reagan. This year it will be celebrated at the Bankhead with two events.

September 21

Widely acknowledged to be the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute, R. Carlos Nakai will offer a single performance at the Bankhead Theater on Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Nakai’s music showcases the wood flute’s lovely, sophisticated sound and shows its versatility across the spectrum of musical genres. Combined with the vibrant tones of William Eaton’s ambient, lyraharp guitar, and the subtle pulse of Will Clipman’s world beat percussion, Nakai offers music that has been described as “a vast panorama of moods, from plaintive laments to soaring joy.” Tickets are just $30 with $17 tickets for students and active military personnel.

Earlier in the day, Nakai will also offer an educational outreach workshop for students in fourth grade and up from the Livermore Valley Unified School District sharing his passion for the instruments, music and traditions of the Native American culture.

September 22

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center with support from the Western States Arts Federation will host its second annual Native American Day on the plaza outside the Bankhead theater from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The family friendly event for all ages, offered in collaboration with Livermore’s American Indian Center led by director Mary Puthoff, will include demonstrations of tipi building, dancing and singing, as well as artifacts, crafts and food.

READ about Mary Puthoff and Livermore’s American Indian Center in the East Bay Times.
HEAR R. Carlos Nakai’s hauntingly beautiful wood flute music.
 BUY TICKETS to see R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman on September 21st at 7:30 pm.

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICAN DAY!

 

A SHARED LOVE FOR MUSIC

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MUSIC WORKSHOP with DERIK NELSON & FAMILY

For one magical week in early August, nearly a dozen students had a priceless opportunity to expand their musical skills with talented siblings Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson. Held at the Bankhead Theater, the students, who ranged in age from middle school on up, worked closely with the Nelsons sharing ideas, developing their singing, songwriting and performance techniques, and just having fun making music together.  With remarkable musical talents and friendly, approachable personalities, the Nelsons challenged the students to push for new skills, while building their confidence along the way.

At the end of the week, the students showcased their talents on the Bankhead Stage in a performance described by one parent as “awe inspiring.” In just a few days the group had clearly become a team, their musical abilities and creativity fostered inside the fun and supportive environment. Since then, the students have stayed connected, taking part in a GroupMe just two weeks later, and plan to stay in touch with each other as they pursue their musical dreams.

For many artists, performing on stage is often just one aspect of their love for music and the arts. The Nelsons clearly find equal joy in nurturing the musical talents of others. The enthusiasm and energy they brought to the camp mattered every bit as much as their own exceptional musical abilities. While their polished performance as Derik Nelson & Family on August 4th gave Bankhead audiences a memorable evening of jazz and folk-infused sound combined with stunning video displays, it was the personal connections Derik, Riana and Dalten made with these thriving young musicians that truly planted the seeds for a love of music in the future.

     

ABOUT THE NELSONS

The Nelson siblings have garnered over 3.5 million views on YouTube, toured over 60 locations across the West Coast U.S.A., reached over 15,000 students of all ages with educational music workshops and fundraising assemblies, were invited to perform the National Anthem at a Seattle Seahawks home game, and are proud to tour nationwide with their own headlining concert as a family.

The music workshop offered at the Bankhead aligns with the Nelson’s personal priorities as musicians and entertainers. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, all three attended public schools and, as Riana says, are passionate about giving back so others can have the same opportunities they had to experience choir, band and theater classes. They have raised money for school music programs up and down the West Coast.

Derik, known for his recurring role as the guitarist on the television show “Glee,” began performing at the age of seven and over the next decade appeared in over 60 productions. By the time he was 14 he had learned to play saxophone, guitar and piano and was already composing songs. Derik has said, “I feel most like myself when I’m at the piano or with a guitar in my lap, singing about how I feel to people who feel the same way. Music is one of the deepest expressions of emotion, and writing and performing original music is as personal and honest as you can get.” By the time he graduated from the University of Southern California in 2010, Derik had produced five original albums and helped shape curriculum for USC’s Popular Music program. www.deriknelson.com

Riana graduated from University of Michigan in Musical Theater, where she co-directed the co-ed a cappella group “Amazin’ Blue,” and has appeared on television, film and stage as well as led children’s music programs. www.riananelson.com Dalten has appeared in musical theater productions since the age of four. His skills in lighting design and video production, from concept to editing, contributes to the trio’s mesmerizing and visually immersive concerts.www.daltennelson.com

The music workshop was underwritten in part by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s Education Fund.
To contribute to the fund or for more information, contact the development staff at 925-583-2305 or email

 

Back to School Celebration

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Music, Activities for Children and More!

The magical sound of steel drums will revitalize students and their parents in a free back-to-school event at the Bankhead Theater on August 11th. Held on the last Friday before the 2017-2018 school year begins for students in the Tri-Valley, the final celebration of the summer will feature a performance on the steel drums by Shawn Thwaites inside the Bankhead lobby.

A Trinidadian-American musician and educator from Washington D.C., Thwaites is an innovator in the music of the steel drum creating a distinct sound that intertwines jazz, hip-hop, funk, calypso, reggae and more. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., as well as numerous other prestigious venues and is the founder of the Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet.

In addition to Thwaites’ performance, there will be other activities for children and stations with information about local educational programs. Free ice cream treats will be served. The back-to-school event is sponsored by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

“Summer of Lovermore” Community Arts Celebration

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The weekly “Evenings on the Green,” held outside the Bankhead Theater, will take on a “Summer of Lovermore” theme on August 8, 2017 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the plaza, artisans will display their work and a free community “Paint In” will be facilitated by artist Jasmine Partida. Everyone is welcome to participate in the “Paint In” group mural to be painted on site or take part in the creation of giant chalk paintings of “love-in” flowers and other fun activities. “Summer of Lovermore” logo t-shirts provided by Goza Gear will be on sale during the event for $25. A portion of the t-shirt proceeds will go to support the Bothwell Arts Center.

The free concert on the Shea Homes Stage in the plaza will begin at 6:45 p.m. with the return of Lunafish, a popular San Francisco-based band who deliver a lively mix of psychedelic rock and roll from the 1960s, 1970s and beyond.

 

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