Gallery artists 'Re-imagined'
The new exhibit "Moraga Art Gallery, Re-imagined" will feature the work of the entire gallery artist group of 12, in celebration of this group that has survived a challenging relocation, coming out stronger, and more creative and successful than ever.
The show will open on Wednesday, Aug. 22 and run through Sunday, Oct. 21. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery, 522 Center St., between TJ Maxx and Dollar Tree in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center. the public is invited.
Gallery member artists include Donna Argenbright, Lucy Beck, Norma Bristol, Barbara Cella, David Dondero, Lorinda Hartwell, Elayne Isaacs, Linda Metcalf, Marianne Mortenson, Josie Osolin, Angelica Samame and Leslie Swartz.
For more information, visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.
'Nature of Collecting' through Sept. 16
"The Nature of Collecting: The Early 20th Century Fine Art Collection of Roger Epperson" will be displayed from July 8 through Sept. 16 in the Hearst and Brother Cornelius/Walker Foundation Galleries on the Saint Mary's College campus in Moraga.
Epperson was an East Bay Regional Parks ranger with a passion for California's environment and a deep love of art. Over a nearly 30-year period, Epperson
Epperson died in a kayak accident in Hawaii in 2008. A slope on Mount Diablo has recently been dedicated as "Roger Epperson Ridge."
The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Film showcase returns with 'Late Bloomers'
The International Film Showcase returns to the Orinda Theatre Aug. 24-30 with the U.S. premiere of the Oscar-nominated Swiss comedy "Late Bloomers," in which four older ladies from a small village in Switzerland's Emmental region turn a corner store into a chic lingerie shop, which throws the whole community into disarray.
Library to host Pocket Trio's jazz
The Orinda Library ends its Summer Music Series on Wednesday, Aug. 22 starting at 6:30 p.m. with the sounds of the Pocket Trio, whose jazz repertoire includes works from Charlie Parker, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans.
With a classic piano trio sound and decades of professional experience between them, the Pocket Trio has a musical rapport that exudes joy and sophistication.
This free performance, and others in the Summer Music Series, are made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Orinda Library.
The Orinda Library is at 26 Orinda Way. For more information, visit the library website at ccclib.org or call 925-254-2184.
Lafayette Gallery's 'Anticipation' now open
The new exhibition at the Lafayette Gallery, "Anticipation," will feature pieces created to evoke the anticipation of pleasurable things to come ... vacations, weddings, births, the changing of the seasons and the accompanying changes in light and color.
These works, in various media, will be for sale.
In addition, the Lafayette Sculpture Garden is open through the fall. The green and shady Sculpture Garden, with it's meandering pathways, is unique in the Bay Area, filled with works that vary from the whimsical to the earthy to the elegant, all in a gorgeous outdoor setting.
The Lafayette Gallery was founded over a decade ago; all 23 members are selected by jury. Open hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Mountaintop's "R.U.R." performs this weekend
Mountaintop Company Productions, a student-run theater company founded by three San Ramon Valley High School alumni, will put on its production of "Rossum's Universal Robots (R.U.R.)," a 1920s classic play written by Karel Capek, Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
The production -- produced by, directed by and featuring approximately 40 local college and high school students -- begins at 8 p.m. each of the two nights.
Max Filippoff, Bradley Chin and Kenny Allen started their venture at the beginning of the summer with the vision of producing "theater for social change." In an e-mail, Allen said the plan was originally to perform the show at Danville's Village Theatre, but later decided to work for the show to perform at the Lesher Center.
The company has worked since early June to raise money to help pay for producing the show, and will donate proceeds from the Friday and Saturday performances to the local nonprofit organization Educating Parents and Involving Community, which works help local at-risk young people.
"R.U.R." depicts a world where genetically engineered robots work alongside humans, and explores the necessity and value of consciousness and what it truly means to be human.
Tickets are $14.75 for adults at $10 for ages 17 and younger. For more information, go to http://mcptheatre.com/the-play/
Youth Theatre Company has September auditions
Civic Arts Education's Youth Theatre Company will hold auditions for its various planned Junior Theatre and Teen Theatre productions Sept. 13 and 15 at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek.
No audition is required for Mini Kids or Kids Theatre programs.
This year, Junior Theatre will perform "Pirates of Penzance" and "Little Mermaid." The group will also travel to Atlanta in January to compete in the Broadway Jr. Festival.
Teen Theatre will present "Once Upon a Mattress" and "Beauty and the Beast." Audition reservations can be made after Aug. 13 by calling 925-943-5846. Please prepare a song and monologue and be ready to have some fun! For more information on the program, go to www.youththeatrecompany.org.
Book illustrations now at Shadelands
Carole Dwinnel, who created the illustrations for the children's book "Handsome Bill, Adventures in the Desert," is currently showing her work at the Shadelands Art Center, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek.
"Handsome Bill," bringing information about the animals, plants, dangers and beauties of the desert, was authored by Edith Nettleton, a longtime docent at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. It is suitable for ages 5 to adult.
The book sells for $14.95, and a portion of the proceeds go to support Civic Arts Education programs.
For information, call 925-943-5846.
Center REP's 'Lucky Stiff' runs through Oct. 7
Center REPertory Company's 2012-2013 season opens at the end of August with its production of "Lucky Stiff," which runs through Oct. 7 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek.
"Lucky Stiff" is a farce set in Monte Carlo that features a "Weekend at Bernie's" component. The words and music for this romantic murder mystery come from the Tony Award-winning team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ("Ragtime"), behind Ragtime.
For more information, go to http://www.lesherartscenter.org or call 925-943-7469.
Diablo Women's Chorale launches fall season
Diablo Women's Chorale welcomes new members for fall rehearsals of its 70th holiday program "Stars," with rehearsals Monday evenings beginning Sept. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 399 Wiget Lane.
The chorale invites interested singers to arrange an informal audition with Director Mary Sorenson (925-256-8960) and rehearsals on Sept. 3 and 10.
"Stars" will be performed at St. Matthew the afternoon of Dec. 8. The program will include holiday and seasonal songs from the classical, pop, spiritual, jazz and Broadway traditions, some accompanied by a jazz ensemble.
Diablo Women's Chorale has been entertaining local audiences since 1943. Sight singing lessons are provided, as well as practice recording and CDs and more experienced singers have opportunities for solos and small group ensembles. This season, mothers and school age daughters will sing songs arranged especially for them.
Art, nature 'Captured' in upcoming exhibit
From Impressionist plein air painting to medieval bestiaries, artists have been committed to exploring the unfamiliar and unknown creatures and environments that share our world.
In the Bedford Gallery's upcoming show "Captured," running Sept. 6 through Nov. 18, the contributing artists will demonstrate the complex dialogue between the arts, scientific exploration and organic, found materials is being expressed in a contemporary context.
Looking to traditions as diverse as taxidermy, specimen boxes, and the cabinet of curiosities, this exhibition will address the changing nature of humans' relationships with the natural world.
The gallery, in the Lesher Center for the Arts, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on dates of evening performances at the Lesher.