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Hispanic Heritage Day

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The Hispanic Heritage Day fiesta is a free family event celebrating Mexican culture and heritage. Come experience crafts, food, and cultural programs. The cultural program is led by Jose Samoza, Director of Folklrico Tlapalli Club.

The Mexican dances to be performed provide a glimpse into the culture of the region. Not only do the dancers express the rhythms of the music, but the vibrantly colored clothes and decorations they wear reflect their cultural traditions. Important themes, such as respect for and communion with nature, as well as religious motifs, are incorporated into the dances and costumes.

In addition to mariachi music, folk dances and songs, there will be displays of traditional art, artifacts, and clothing. A family-friendly event, there will also be book readings and free craft projects for children. Throughout the afternoon, authentic Mexican food will be available for sale. All activities will take place in front of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First Street in downtown Livermore.

 

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 www.billowens.com 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.

Cirquantique

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!

Bay Area Children’s Theatre Musical Camp Added to Summer Enrichment Programs

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Each year, the Bothwell Arts Center and Bankhead Theater are home to summer arts and music programs for students from elementary school to high school and above. These interactive, hands-on classes provide opportunities for discovery and exploration in art, acting, music, writing, TV production, and more. Things will be a bit different in 2018 as a two-week intensive musical theatre camp is brought to the Bothwell Arts Center by Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT). This program is guided by professional instructors and concludes with a student production of “Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, JR” on the Bankhead stage. A new Television Production camp through Giraffe Space has also been added to a summer lineup that includes the following:

  • The return of Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s acting camp
  • Derik Nelson & Family’s music workshop for teens
  • Creative writing
  • Art Camp at the Bothwell

More About the Program

What exactly can your child expect? Well, students will learn vocal technique, basic dance vocabulary, and storytelling skills as they prepare and rehearse for the fully produced student musical production August 9th and 10th. These aren’t the only areas of focus, though. For example, students learn how to support one another on and off the stage. Your son or daughter will also further develop their creative thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as increase self-confidence. Believe it or not, BACT has already reached more than 110,000 children and adults throughout the Bay Area. It’s our hope that the program will have a similarly positive impact on those in Livermore in 2018.

Let’s dive into what’s new for this year’s program. The weeklong production camp at Giraffe Space teaches media skills such as writing and camera techniques, live-cam production and on-air performance and will end in a 30-minute television talk show. The LVPAC is excited to welcome back the trio of Derik, Riana, and Dalten Nelson to put on a music workshop for teens geared toward singing, songwriting, and performance skills. After the educational showcase on Friday, July 13th, the group will perform at the Bankhead Theater with their folk-pop music in a show that highlights their unique sibling harmonies.

Led by artists from Livermore Shakespeare Festival, “Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them” is designed to help students find their inner actor through theater games, improvisation, costume creation and rehearsals, ending in a student performance. The Bothwell, meanwhile, is home to a weeklong camp intended to enrich creative writing skills, as well as the popular summer art sessions which offer students the chance to explore media from watercolor and clay to fabrics and acrylic. Whether students are enrolled in a full or half-day camp, they will undoubtedly enjoy creating different projects each session. An artist’s exhibit showcases completed works at the close of each week.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center – 2018 Summer Enrichment Programs

Event: TV Production Camp
Location: Giraffe Space

Dates: June 11-15, June 18-22

Ages: Grades 6-12

Event: Summer Art Camps

Location: Bothwell Art Center

Dates: June 18-22, June 25-29, July 30-Aug 3

Ages: 4-6 (half day), 7-10, and 8-17

Event: Creative Writing Camp

Location: Bothwell Arts Center

Dates: July 9-13

Ages: Grade 3-12

Event: Music Workshop with Derik Nelson and Family

Location:  Bankhead Theater

Dates:  July 9-13

Ages: Grade 6 – College

Event: Shakespeare “Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them”

Location: Bothwell Arts Center

Dates: July 16-27

Ages: 8-10 and 11-14

Event: Bay Area Children’s Theatre Musical Theater Camp

Location: Bothwell Arts Center/Bankhead Theater

Dates: July 30 – August 10

Ages: Grades 2-8

Education Outreach at Our Center for Performing Arts

Here at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, we want every student in the Tri-Valley area to have the chance to experience the arts. Whether it’s the Bay Area Children’s Theatre or a free family event, it’s our hope that your son or daughter is able to tap into their creativity. For years, we have made it a priority to subsidize $17 student tickets for all LVPAC Presents performances. It’s important to know that portions of these activities are underwritten by generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.

Is your child interested in attending BACT this summer? Click here for information regarding specific fees, registration, and other program information. There are a limited number of scholarships available through the LVPAC Education Fund.

Contact us today.   

Speakers Announced for Livermore Innovation Fair 2018

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The Annual Livermore Innovation Fair will expand the list of speakers in 2018 to include three leading science and technology pioneers, NASA Ames Research scientist Peter Graube, Jack McCauley of Oculus Rift, as well as fifth-generation winemaker Karl Wente. This completely free family-friendly event is set to take place Saturday, April 14th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater. For those who aren’t familiar with the event, the Innovation Fair fosters a unique connection between the five STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) disciplines. Not only that, but the Innovation Fair combines a science fair with a high-tech exhibition, art show, and community celebration. Keep reading to learn more about this one-of-a-kind event.

About the Speakers

This year, three local science and technology leaders will share their insights on creativity and innovation. Peter Graube, a trained engineer with a fascination for machine automation, brings more than three decades of experience at NASA working on wind tunnels, jets, centrifuges, and rockets among his many projects. Karl Wente, vice president of winemaking at the Wente Family Estates, holds degrees in chemical engineering, viticulture, and enology. Wente is an expert when it comes to combining current technologies with the hands-on traditions of his winemaking family. Last, but certainly not least, is Jack McCauley. The co-founder and chief engineer was instrumental in taking the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset from prototype to build but is equally well-known for designing the guitar and drums in the popular video game Guitar Hero.

Why Attend the Event?

There are countless ways art and technology intersect in the world around us. It’s our hope that this event sparks the imagination in your entire family. Those who attend can enjoy everything from scientific displays and visual art to technology experiments and so much more. On top of all that, there will be live music performances on the plaza as well. In 2017, more than a thousand students from Livermore communities took part in the Innovation Fair. They took advantage of the opportunity to explore new innovations in robotics, 3D printing, rocketry, telepresence, remotely operated, vehicles, and more.

Educational Outreach

Kelly Bowers, superintendent of Livermore schools, recently mentioned that the Innovation Fair is enthusiastically embraced and appreciated by the entire district. Said Bowers: “At all grade levels, students are excited by hands-on activities that challenge and inspire them to solve problems or to create new products. The Innovation Fair is a welcome community opportunity for all of our families to explore arts and technology.”

Even though the event is free, the LVPAC staff encourages online registration. All registered attendees will automatically be entered into a drawing to win special prizes. Keep in mind that admission to the theater for the speaker sessions is first-come, first-served and limited to space available. The Second Annual Livermore Innovation Fair “Art in Technology” is made possible through the generosity of major sponsors such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Topcon Positioning Systems, Lam Research, Black Lab, and a number of other companies who have provided invaluable resources and support.

More than Just a Center for Performing Arts

As aforementioned, we want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the arts. It’s why LVPAC presents performances at schools and at the Bankhead Theater while also providing free monthly family events. All year long, LVPAC funds plenty of cultural arts programs, master classes, and the East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars program. Our staff also helps subsidize $17 student tickets for all LVPAC Presents performances. It’s important to know that portions of these activities are underwritten by generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.

We are more than just another local arts center that puts on occasional performances. LVPAC plays an integral role in the community, helping share the performing arts with children. If you’re interested in learning more about these programs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.The Second Annual Innovation Fair is shaping up to be our largest educational outreach effort for 2018! Those who register now will be automatically entered for prize drawings. What are you waiting for? The Innovation Fair is the perfect opportunity to get out with the whole family and do something different that’s completely free.  

Get Your Tickets to the 2018 LVPAC Summer Series

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The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center just announced the Summer Series at the Bankhead, which opens June 21st and runs through the beginning of September. The seven-show series includes the return of favorites such as legendary pop icon Rita Coolidge, the pure a cappella magic of Rockapella touring with The Company Men, the folk harmonies of Derik Nelson & Family, as well as Keiko Matsui’s smooth jazz. A number of artists will make their first visit to the Bankhead Theater, including singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin and the American blues-rock band Indigenous featuring Mato Nanji with Chris Duarte. The Summer Series comes to a close September 1st with the Southern Fried Chicks’ hilarious take on life and love in their Cage Free Comedy Tour!”

Performing Arts Center Tickets

Tickets for all shows in the Bankhead Presents went on sale to the public about two weeks ago. We are proud to announce that, for the first time ever, every show will have a limited quantity of seats priced at just $20 each. Of course, our center for performing arts will continue to offer the discounted tickets available for students and active military personnel.

Live Music and Much More

We use the Summer Series as a way to welcome returning artists who are popular with local audiences. In 2012, the two-time Grammy Award-winner Coolidge filled the Bankhead with her timeless, chart-topping hits such as “Higher and Higher” and “We’re All Alone.” Those in attendance were also treated to Rita’s take on classic jazz tunes and music that pays tribute to her Native American heritage. This summer’s appearance will be a third visit for the powerful full-band vocal sound of Rockapella, on tour this year with The Company Men, whose voices blend in incredible mash-ups of hit songs, both classic and modern.

How would you like to hear the perfectly blended folk and jazz harmonies only a family can deliver? If so, then be sure to make plans to check out Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson for what is expected to be an unbelievable Friday evening at the Bankhead. As they did in 2017, the group will lead a weeklong interactive music workshop tailored to teens that focuses on musicianship, songwriting, and performing techniques prior to their concert.

These performances aren’t the only highlights of the summer, though. Make your next visit to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center a family night as everyone takes in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” For your convenience, there are seven performances from July 21st through August 5th.

Livermore’s Premier Arts Center

For more than a decade, the Bankhead Theater has welcomed a wide range of artists and audiences, bringing them together for exceptional performances. In addition to the shows in the Summer Series, we are planning to present a showcase of local bands on the Bankhead stage in mid-summer. Executive Director Scott Kenison explains that the family-friendly, low-cost concert would partially replace the free ‘Evenings on the Green’ community concerts that were previously offered on the Shea Homes Stage in front of the theater.

Said Kenison: “As an independent non-profit arts center, our goal is to share a love for the arts and enhance the cultural life and economic vitality of Livermore, while remaining fiscally balanced. For shows we present inside the theater, ticket sales typically cover just the cost of putting the artist on stage, not opening the theater on keeping the light on. We’re actively seeking a sponsor the ‘Evenings on the Green’ and exploring other options but, unlike Pleasanton which can offer city-sponsored concerts each Friday evening in the summer, we must work to seek opportunities where we can cover our costs.”

Educational Outreach

Education is a big piece of our performing arts center. It’s no secret that the arts can have a significant impact on our lives, especially young people’s. It’s why we work to keep ticket prices affordable for everyone.

“We are always looking to make live entertainment more accessible,” said Kenison. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy seeing a performance at the Bankhead.”

In addition, LVAC underwrites $20 student tickets year-round through the Education Fund. Both the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center offer free events as well as other performances, visual arts, and cultural events all year long.

We look forward to seeing you and your entire family at the Bankhead this summer. Check out our events calendar today!  

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