Diablo's tribute to Sinatra runs Sept. 7-29
Diablo Theatre Company opens its season with "My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra," running Sept. 7-29 at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Directed and choreographed by Derrick Silva, the nostalgic musical review celebrates the mystique of Ol' Blue Eyes and the music he made famous as two couples take the audience from the 1940s swing era to the bright lights of Las Vegas and beyond. The cast includes Michael Cassidy, Chloe Condon, Jessica Fisher and Carlos Lopez. For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenteer.org
"By the Kids, For the Kids" Sept. 30
The fourth annual "By the Kids, For the Kids" musical extravaganza will be performed at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Shadelands Art Center, 111 N. Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek.
The musical will be performed by Walnut Creek Civic Arts Youth Theatre Company members. Proceeds from the event will benefit the scholarship fund at Friends of Civic Arts Education and the Monument Crisis Center, which provides emergency food, nutrition education, and crisis services.
Youth producers Kyle Peterson and Gabe Blake say some of the songs in the production are "Life's a Happy Song" from "The Muppets," "Mama Will Provide" from "Once On This Island" and "Consider Yourself" from "Oliver."
'Friday morning' classical concert Sept. 28
A concert of classical music for piano and flute will be performed by members of the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek.
The concert is scheduled to open with Suite No. 4 for piano by Bruce Nalezny, followed by Sonata for Flute and Piano by Steven Moellering. The concert concludes with Cinq Hommages and Dodecahedron, composed for piano by David Garner.
Admission to the performance is free. For more information, go to www.ccpas.org
Youth Theatre Company has September tryouts
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 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 evening, Sept. 10 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).
"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.
Lamorinda landscape artists exhibition
The Contra Costa County Arts & Culture Commission's Art Passages Gallery at 651 Pine St. in Martinez is through Sept. 28 exhibiting landscape paintings and photographs by Lamorinda landscape artists.
The artists include Billie-Jean Bertoli, David Dondero, Judith Feins, Beryl Glen-Reiland, John Hopper, Geoffrey Meredith, Teresa Onoda, Mary Spain, Keiko Strong, Leslie Swartz and David Wagner. All the art is for sale.
Juliana Athayde to join Gold Coast Chamber Players
The Gold Coast Chamber Players is expanding its coming season from three concerts to five, the first one featuring Juliana Athayde, concertmaster of Rochester Philharmonic in New York state, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Orinda library, and the next evening, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lafayette library.
Juliana is the daughter of Bob Athayde, longtime music teacher at Stanley Middle School, and Julia Athayde, an accomplished violinist.
Each performance will feature quintets by Schubert and Glazunov for two violins, viola and two celli.
The Sept. 21 performance will be Gold Coast's first at the Orinda Library, and the players' Lafayette concert opens its Lafayette library series the next night.
To order tickets or for more information, go to http://gcplayers.tix.com.
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 runs through Sunday, Oct. 21. An opening reception will take place this 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 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 amassed a collection of more than 300 beautiful, museum-quality works of art, collected piece by piece from antique stores, galleries, garage sales and, later, online sources.
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.
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.