WALNUT CREEK

'Shrek, The Musical' coming to Lesher Center

The Diablo Theatre Company's "Shrek The Musical," based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to life on stage Sept. 6-28 at the Lesher Center for the Arts' Hofmann Theatre in Walnut Creek.

Join unlikely hero Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey on a quest to rescue the beautiful and slightly fiery Princess Fiona. Add a short villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and more than a dozen other fairy tale misfits in an all singing, all dancing irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance.

Kikau Alvaro is the director and choreographer; Brandon Adams is musical and vocal director.

For more information, go to http://diablotheatre.org/blog/shrek-the-musical

'Banned Books' photo contest seeks entries

This year's "One City One Book" selection is Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's frequently challenged classic. As part of this year's events, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation invites Walnut Creek teenagers to explore banned books and submit a photo celebrating their favorite banned book.

This photo contest is free, and prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners. The deadline for entry is Sept. 4.

Students can email their photos along with signed entry forms to: SRTeens13@gmail.com. Please put "TEEN PHOTO CONTEST" in the subject line of the email. Signed forms may also be dropped off at the Walnut Creek Library or at the Ygnacio Valley Library.

To read the contest rules and guidelines, and to download the entry form, visit www.wclibrary.org/contest. Selected entries may be displayed on the Walnut Creek Library Foundation's website (wclibrary.org), Facebook or Instagram (@wclibraryfound, #wcbannedbooks) sites, and/or in the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley Libraries.

For more information about the contest and the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, please visit www.WCLibrary.org, or call 925-935-5395.

Library hosts landscape painting 'Realm'

The landscape paintings of Michael Yashar are featured in a new exhibit at the Walnut Creek Library, "In Nature's Realm," through Oct. 19.

Yashar, an architect by trade, says his art -- which he has created throughout his adult life -- has been what "guides me toward the safe shores of sanity and peace."

The exhibit is presented by the Bedford Gallery. The library is at 1744 N. Broadway.

Bedford's upcoming exhibit hits 'Home'

"Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art," the Bedford Gallery's next scheduled exhibit, is now open at the gallery inside the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek.

The Bedford will feature the work of a group of contemporary artists exploring the role that home, habitat and environment play in our modern lives. From traditional notions of the hearth, to mobile, alternative, and eco-conscious abodes, Home will address the way our interpretation of habitat has shifted over the past century. The exhibition will include architectural interiors and exteriors, as well as surreal and conceptual habitats--depictions of constructed spaces that we call home.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m. when evening performances scheduled at the Lesher Center.

Lafayette

Town Hall's 'Rainmaker' previews Sept. 12-13

Town Hall Theatre's 2013-2014 Main Stage seasons begins with previews Sept. 12 and 13 of N. Richard Nash's "The Rainmaker," and with main production opening Sept. 14 and continuing through Oct. 5.

This Depression-era story is about Lizzie Curry, the dying farm on which she lives, how a huckster promises to bring rain for $100 and the many events that unfold from there.

The Town Hall production is directed by Derrick Silva, Town Hall's new artistic director.

For information about tickets for "The Rainmaker" or about a subscription to Town Hall's 2013-2014 series, ca, the box office at 925-283-1557 or go to http://www.thtc.org/

Lafayette Gallery is 'Making Waves'

The Lafayette Gallery is hosting an exhibition titled "Making Waves," centered around boats and sailing, in part as a nod to the America's Cup competition on San Francisco Bay.

This exhibition also links to the "Impressionists on the Water" exhibition currently at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

The Lafayette exhibit includes oil, acrylic, watercolor, monotypes and mixed media, plus photographs, jewelry, ceramics and prints for every style of décor and budget.

The gallery, at 50 Lafayette Circle, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MORAGA

It's 'Indian summer' at Moraga Art Gallery

"Indian summer," highlighting ceramics by resident artist Donna Arganbright, and jewelry by guest artist Terri Durkovic, opened Aug. 14 at the Moraga Art Gallery, and will run through Oct. 26.

Arganbright has focused on functional porcelain pottery -- vases, plates, mugs, sugar/cream sets, platters, baskets and pitchers -- most of her artistic career.

Durkovic creates her jewelry using semiprecious stones, pearls, shells, wood, and precious metals. Recently, she has included reclaimed leather into her designs and has enjoyed adding that "green" element to her collection.

The gallery is located at 522 Center St., in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.moragaartgallery.com, or call 925-376-5407.

'Points of View' now at Saint Mary's College

The works of two of the East Bay's contemporary landscape painters, Mary Lou Correia and Paul Kratter, will be shown through Sept. 22, at the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art.

Before embracing en plein-air painting full time occupation, Correia designed book covers for UC Press then became Director of Publications and chief designer for Saint Mary's College.

Correia's paintings include small human figures as if to remind viewers to be stewards and tread lightly in the environment.

Sports and wildlife were Kratter's early passions, and he began his career in advertising design for the National Football League and several major league baseball clubs.

He moved on to children's book and wildlife illustration, but his love of the outdoors attracted him to plein-air painting.