Lafayette

'Every Christmas Story' at Town Hall

"Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)," a 90-minute romp through every major holiday tale known to man, will run Dec. 5-21 at the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette.

Written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez and directed by Michael Storm, 'Every Christmas Story' will touch on "A Christmas Carol," "It's a Wonderful Life" and every other Christmas tale in between. Liam Callister, Justin DuPuis and Dennis Markam will try to cover every Christmas tradition in one of the funniest and fastest-paced shows Town Hall has ever offered.

For ticket prices and performance days and times, go to www.townhalltheatre.com or call Town Hall's box office Tuesdays through Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 2 to 4 p.m., at 925-283-1557.

Afghanistan student art at Lafayette Library

Drawings by students at schools in Afghanistan built and supported by the Lafayette-based Trust in Education group will be on display in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center gallery through Jan. 13.

The drawings, gathered by Trust in Education Founder Budd MacKenzie of Lafayette, depict the students' longing for peace and their belief in education as the key.

The pieces in this exhibit are part of an art exchange between American students and Afghan students.

The library gallery is open every Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and during public events in the Community Hall.

Klein Gallery opens, begins first exhibition

Klein Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming art exhibition in its new gallery space in Lafayette.

The exhibition includes paintings, photography and sculpture pieces. The exhibition will run through Dec. 8.

Klein Gallery opened in October at 50 Lafayette Circle, the former Lafayette Gallery space.

Klein Gallery's mission is to show a variety of works by local Bay Area artists. The plan is for a new exhibition every six weeks. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Klein Gallery shares a building with The Art Room, a studio that has been offering classes to children and adults for 15 years, and also operated by Klein.

MORAGA

Moraga Art Gallery to feature 'Capturing Light'

The Moraga Art Gallery's upcoming show "Capturing Light: Lens and Glass" will highlight 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 recent work is focused on the creation of items that look ancient -- masks used in traditional ceremonies, tiny vessels unearthed from the sea, and treasures gathered by explorers from centuries ago.

The show will run through Jan. 4.

Walnut Creek

Friday meeting about new film society

The Mountain Shadow Film Society, a newly formed nonprofit dedicated to bringing first-run foreign and independent films to central Contra Costa, plans to show films once a month in the Oak View Room of the downtown Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.

A one-hour informational meeting, where a preliminary proposal for the society's plans going forward will be shared will be presented for questions, input and feedback, is being held Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the downtown library. A few outtakes of sample films will be previewed, and a list of volunteer opportunities will be provided.

Organizer John Bennison says each program will include a first-run feature film, along with a brief introduction and optional follow-up discussion. Some programs will also include a short film, he said.

Much of the impetus for forming the society, Bennison said, is the recent demolition of the old Dome theater in Pleasant Hill, which has been the Interstate 680 corridor's primary venue for first-run foreign and independent movies.

There would be an annual $120 membership fee. It is projected a minimum of 100 founding members will be required to underwrite sufficient funding for the 2014 season, and memberships will be limited to 150.

Additional information can be found at http://mountainshadow.org, or by calling Bennison at 925-787-6965.

Joseph and Colberg's 'Mt. Diablo' book signing

Photographer Stephen Joseph and author Linda Rimac Colberg will sign first-edition copies of their fine art photography book "Mount Diablo, The Extraordinary Life and Landscapes of a California Treasure" from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Swan's Fine Books, 1381 Locust St. in downtown Walnut Creek.

Now in its second printing, "Mount Diablo" captures the natural beauty and allure of Contra Costa's ecological treasure through the panoramic art of Stephen Joseph, one of Northern California's preeminent landscape photographers. Published by the nonprofit Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, the book has proved to be a hugely popular tribute to Mount Diablo.

Jim Scott to perform to benefit homeless

Jim Scott, noted Unitarian Universalist composer, guitarist and singer, will be the honored guest performer at a Nov. 24 benefit concert for Trinity Center, the homeless respite center in Walnut Creek.

The Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist choir and the MDUUC House Band, directed by Mark Tuning, will perform several of Scott's well known pieces.

Scott was co-composer of the "Missa Gaia/Earth Mass" with the Paul Winter Consort. He has gone on to use his guitar mastery and clear voice to encourage all to get involved with the ideals of peace and ecology in his well crafted jazz and world music influenced songs. Scott has recorded a number of CDs of original music and published a growing line choral works.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist sanctuary at 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek. Tickets are $15 (suggested donation) at the door, no reservations necessary. Children are welcome; no charge for children under 12.

Proceeds will be donated to Trinity Center, a homeless respite center in Walnut Creek offering a safety net of basic human services, including breakfast and hot lunch, showers, laundry, clothing, and mail and telephone access. Fore more information, see www.trinitycenterwc.org

'New Neon' hits Bedford Gallery Dec. 5

The Bedford Gallery's exhibit "New Neon: Light, Paint & Photography" opens Dec. 5 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.

The formal grand opening reception will be Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery.

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

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