WALNUT CREEK

Songwriter showcase at Devil Mountain Coffeehouse

Five songwriters are set to perform March 15 at Walnut Creek's Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church for the Devil Mountain Coffee House.

Claudia Russell's eclectic folk music contains traces of all her musical loves -- blues, western swing, rock and count, drawing from original compositions, obscure gems, folk and pop classics and contributions from her many talented friends.

Steve Coyle, fingerstyle guitar star, cofounded The Waybacks, in 1999 and fronted that band through 2007. He has since gone solo.

Rachel Garlin is a singer-songwriter whose character-filled songs tell the stories she has collected in her life as a teacher and traveling troubadour. Her four records feature songs noted for vivid, lyrical imagery.

Teresa Tudury has a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match. She pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor.

Steve Meckfessel's chord progressions, haunting melodies and unadorned lyrics have been described as "jazz inflected urban folk."

The show begins at 8 p.m. at Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for kids 6 to 15, and are available at http://dmchsongwriters.brownpapertickets.com


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Concurrent art sales in Walnut Creek

More than 50 artists will exhibit a wide variety of artwork at two locations at Walnut Creek's spring art sale March 22-24.

The Civic Arts Education's Artists' Market will feature a wide range of painters, sculptures, photographers, glass artists, ceramists and more. This sale runs at the Shadelands Art Center, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Friday 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunda from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A reception with refreshments and entertainment will be part of the Friday event.

The Clay Arts Guild's Warehouse Sale will include bargains on dinnerware, raku, sculpture, vases, wall hangings and garden ceramics. The sale, which runs in conjunction with CAE's Artists' Market, takes place at the clay studio in Civic Park on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and March 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on both sales, call 925-943-5846 or go to www.arts-ed.org or www.clayartsguild.org.

'Animals, Real and Imagined' starts March 3 at Bedford

"Peaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined," a juried show devoted to investigating our storied and rich relationship with the animal world, will be on exhibit March 3-May 19 at the Bedford Gallery inside the Lesher Center for the Arts.

"Peaceable Kingdom" invites prominent curators to assemble a collection of innovative and appealing works by national artists. This exhibition will explore the presence of animals in the visual arts, and how they appear as metaphors, totems, objects of fear and sources of emotional attachment and affection.

Contra Costa

DVC to present Shakespeare's 'Richard III'

Diablo Valley College Drama will stage its production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," directed by Beth McBrien, March 15-April 7 at 321 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill.

In "Richard III," Shakespeare paints a portrait of obsession, seduction and betrayal.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call DVC's box office at 925-687-4445; for more information, go to www.dvcdrama.net.

Lafayette

Big Band/Generations Tribute Show March 8

Generations In Jazz along with many of your friends from our community. In a the spirit of "We all play together," the Generations in Jazz Foundation has brought together for one night the Big Band of Rossmoor, Juice, Bob Athayde & Friend, Dominant 7 and Chef's Touch Catering for a fun night of food and music. The Tribute Dinner and Show will take place at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building (aka the Lafayette Events Center), 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 8 and dancing at 9 p.m.

This event celebrates all those who volunteer in Lafayette and "play together."

For more details, call the Chamber at 925-284-7404 or visit www.lafayettechamber.org.

Lafayette author to sign his book about prison reformers

Ted W. Fuller will sign his new book "Prison Reform Catalysts" Friday March 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Sequoia Room of the Lafayette's Community Center, 500 St. Marys Road.

The room is on the south, or Moraga, side of the main building.

The book contains profiles of 21 men and 16 women who helped bring about improvements in mainly U.S. penitentiaries, jails, and juvenile detention facilities.

Members of the Lafayette Senior Center's Creative Writing Workshop are sponsoring the event. Guests are invited to stay for part or all of the regular workshop that takes place in the same room from 3 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Town Hall's 'Farnsworth Invention' through March 2

Town Hall Theatre will present six more performances Aaron Sorkin's "The Farnsworth Investion," the final one being Saturday, March 2.

Joel Roster, Town Hall's director of education, takes on "The Farnsworth Invention" by Sorkin ("The West Wing," "The Social Network") that tells the story of Philo Farnsworth and his race to develop the most influential technological innovation of the 20th century -- television.

Upcoming performances are Feb. 22 and 23 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., and Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2 at 8 p.m.

The theater is at 3535 School St., at the corner of School Street and Moraga Road in Lafayette. For more information call 925.283.1557 or go to http://www.townhalltheatre.com/

'Tokens of Affection'warms hearts through March 9

When it's cold outside, come in and enjoy the warmth of Lafayette Gallery's winter show "Tokens of Affection," on exhibit through March 9 at the gallery, 50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette.

Cards and gifts, ceramics, paintings, prints, glasswork, jewelry and photography, all created by local artists who love what they do, will be on display and for sale. Valentines cards and more have arrived.

A free champagne and chocolates reception will be held Friday, Feb. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the gallery; all are welcome.

Moraga

'Lightness of Seeing' photography show open

The Moraga Art Gallery's new show, "The Unbearable Lightness of Seeing," features the unique combination of Dave E. Dondero's hyper-realistic California landscapes and Erik Wilson's thought-provoking and often ironic urban scenes.

The two have been friends for 30 years, but this is the first time their work has been seen together in a show celebrating the "lightness" of the fleeting visual moments life brings us, whether the telling expression of a stranger or the play of clouds above a solitary oak.

The show, which opened Jan. 16, runs through March 23, and admission is free.

Contra Costa

DVC to present Shakespeare's 'Richard III'

Diablo Valley College Drama will stage its production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," directed by Beth McBrien, March 15-April 7 at 321 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill.

In "Richard III," Shakespeare paints a portrait of obsession, seduction and betrayal, and offers up one of the most diabolical and outrageous villains in all of literature.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call DVC's box office at 925-687-4445; for more information, go to www.dvcdrama.net.

Children's Chorus auditions continue through February

Auditions and placement interviews for spring semester spots in the Contra Costa Children's Chorus continue Wednesday, Feb. 27 starting at 3:45 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane in Lafayette.

These auditions are open to boys and girls ages 7 through 15.

The chorus' newest class, "MetroGnomes," is now accepting children ages 5 and 6, with no interviews necessary. For more information, e-mail frontdesk@childrenschorus.org

The Contra Costa Children's Chorus has, since 1984, provided vocal training for children's voices, theory instruction, performance skills and local performances. For more information, e-mail frontdesk@childrenschorus.org or call 925 945-7101. The website is www.childrenschorus.org