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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.


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.


“Artistas Naturalistas” Art Exhibit Reception

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An afternoon reception will honor the “Artistas Naturalistas: Art of the Natural World”
Exhibit at the Bankhead Gallery which opened on November 1, 2017 and will run through
January 8, 2018. Sixty pieces of art bring the outside in, as dozens of local artists show the
natural world from an artist’s perspective. From cows and bird and other wildlife, to city
scenes and landscapes, the works cover a range of media and sizes. The reception
provides an opportunity to meet the artists and will include light refreshments and the
music of the Matt Finders Trio from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Above Colored Pencil image: “Watchful Phoebe” by Joanne Spurr


Art & Wine Intertwined

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Art & Wine Intertwined“Art & Wine Intertwined” is held several times each year in the Visitor’s Center and Gallery at the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore. The fall 2017 event on October 21 will feature a special musical performance by singer-songwriter James Bacon. A former staff songwriter for 20th Century Fox, United Artists and CBS, Bacon now performs as Another Ideaman, and will treat audiences to an entertaining afternoon concert of songs, stories, and his wry observations on life. The casual wine tasting will include local offerings from Wood Family Vineyards, Cuda Ridge Winery, and Cedar Mountain Winery. “Art & Wine Intertwined” is free and open to the public. Tastings are $2 each or three for $5 and light appetizers will be served. The event runs from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with the music program beginning at 1:30 p.m.

James Bacon as Another Ideaman

“Livermore Paint Out: Historical Livermore and its Vineyards” is currently on exhibit in the Gallery through October 31. More than 40 works by local artists showcase some of the landmarks and landscapes that make the City of Livermore distinctive.

Hosted by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, “Art & Wine Intertwined” events welcome the community to the Bankhead Theater and support LVPAC’s goal to build awareness and share the visual and performing arts.



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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.



Art & Wine Intertwined

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Art & Wine Intertwined“Art and Wine Intertwined” will be held at the Visitor’s Center and Gallery at the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore on Saturday afternoon, August 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The casual wine tasting will include local offerings from Steven Kent Winery, Bent Creek Winery, Garre Vineyard and Winery, and Retzlaff Vineyards. The event is free and open to the public with tastings $2 each or three for $5. Light appetizers will be served.

Andrew Mathers and the Wombo Combo will provide music during the event.

The event coincides with the close of the “Stylin’ Is Wild” exhibit which has been on display in the Gallery at the Bankhead since late June.

Hosted several times each year by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, “Art and Wine Intertwined” events welcome the community to the Bankhead Theater and support LVPAC’s goal to build awareness and share the visual and performing arts.


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.


Upcoming Events

Sun 17

The Nutcracker

Sun, December 17 @ 2:00 pm
Organizer: Valley Dance Theatre
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

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