Walnut Creek

'What Four' barbershop concert Jan. 12

What Four?, a men's barbershop quartet from Rossmoor, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek.

The group will perform golden oldies of men's a cappella four-part harmonies, and they often intersperse their songs with brief (and corny) witticisms. The group consists of lead singer Roger Hadlich; tenor Brian Woolf; baritone Larry Chizmar; and Don Nelson singing bass. Many of the singers in the group

have for many years been associated with Rossmoor's Ashmolean Singers (Hadlich is an original co-founder of that group).

Roswitha Kress paintings on exhibit

A one-woman exhibition of landscape paintings by Walnut Creek artist Roswitha Kress will run through Jan. 30 at the Boundary Oak Golf Course clubhouse, at 3800 Valley Vista Road in Walnut Creek.

The show is sponsored by the city of Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education program. The clubhouse is open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Center REP to perform 'Clybourne Park'

"Clybourne Park," the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Bruce Norris, will be presented by Walnut Creek's Central REP Theatre from Jan. 31 through March 14 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek.


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Jokes fly and hidden agendas unfold as two vastly different generations of characters tiptoe the delicate dance of social politics. Two seminal events, 50 years apart, are at the center of the conflict in the same North Chicago house.

This production -- which contains adult language -- will be directed by Michael Butler. For more information, go to bnhttp://www.centerrep.org/season1314/clybournepark.php

'New Neon' now at Bedford Gallery

The Bedford Gallery's exhibit "New Neon: Light, Paint & Photography" opens today at the gallery, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek, and is set to run through Feb. 23.

Taking its cue from the re-emerging popularity of this distinctly Californian medium, "New Neon" will examine the ways in which neon has been repurposed -- in both paintings and sculptures -- to reflect the cadence and drama of the modern media-saturated cultural landscape. More than 30 artists -- from the Bay Area, Southern California and beyond, including Australia -- will be showing pieces.

Admission is $5; enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres hosted by the Bedford Gallery Guild.

For more information, go to http://bedfordgallery.org

Lafayette

New gallery exhibit all about 'Love'

"Love at First Sight," the new show at the Lafayette Art Gallery. will open Jan. 7.

The exhibit's more than 100 pieces celebrate our love of the visual and tactile world, and the multitude of ways we express that love through art, in various media -- paintings, prints, photography, ceramics and handmade jewelry, which will be for sale.

A champagne-and-chocolate reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.; all are welcome.

Hours at the gallery, at 3420 Mt Diablo Blvd. (at Brown Avenue), are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 925-284-2788 or go to www.lafayetteartgallery.com

MORAGA

New Saint Mary's exhibitions open Feb. 2

New exhibitions open Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art. they include:

  • "From Swords to Plowshares: Metal Trench Art from World War One" -- During the "Great War," soldiers crafted art from artillery shells, bullets, aircraft parts, shrapnel and other salvaged military detritus. Works in the exhibition are brass, made between battles in France and Belgium. The works tell tales of bravery, grief, loneliness, boredom, fear, faith, hope, despair and patriotism.

  • "Songs of the Patriot: How Music Helped Win World War One" -- Through original chromolithographic cover illustrations of popular songs, sheet music and lyrics, this exhibition gives viewers a sense of life on the home front by exploring how music publishers, songwriters, cover artists, and singers generated support for troops overseas. "Music will help win the war," declared Leo Feist, major publisher of popular music in the 1910s and 1920s, "because a nation that sings can never be beaten."

  • "Illuminating Divine Word Anew: Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible" -- The entire new Heritage Edition of the St. John's Bible, the first handwritten illuminated Bible manuscript commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in more than 500 years, is on display in the Saint Mary's Museum this spring. Individual books and pages will be rotated and turned weekly throughout the exhibition.

  • Power Point Lecture: "The War Within the War: 1914-1918," by Adam Hochschild, whose newest book newest book "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918" is a narrative of World War 1, retold as a struggle between generals, cabinet ministers and ordinary soldiers who were fighting in the trenches, versus war resisters who refused to serve.

    This lecture is at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 in the campus' LeFevre Theater -- free.

    Moraga Art Gallery features 'Capturing Light' through Jan. 4

    The Moraga Art Gallery's "Capturing Light: Lens and Glass" highlights photography by resident artist Wenda Pyman, and cast sand glasswork and framework by guest artist Janice Peacock.

    Pyman is a landscape, nature and travel photographer. She is basically self taught but honed her skills by taking workshops from some of the greats, starting with Ansel Adams in 1978. Peacock started working with hot glass in 1992. Much of her work is focused on the creation of items that look ancient -- masks used in traditional ceremonies, vessels unearthed from the sea, and treasures gathered by explorers from centuries ago.

    The show will run through Jan. 4.

    ORINDA

    Various media featured at library gallery

    Three artists affiliated with the Orinda Arts Council will show their works during January at the Orinda library.

    They are Robert Wahrhaftig, whose portraits will be on display; Vivien Hart, showing glass works; and Anthony Brigancook, exhibiting his sculptures.

    Also at the library starting Jan. 2 will be a display of travel photos.

    Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.