WALNUT CREEK

Tickets now on sale for Chevron Family Theatre Festival

The seventh annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival, designed as a way to introduce the young generation to live theater and the possibilities of performance, will take place Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek.

Presented by Chevron and produced by the Diablo Regional Arts Association and the Lesher Center for the Arts, the festival returns with both brand new performers and popular favorites.

The festival offers families a low-cost day of nonstop theater, dance and musical performances along with visual arts activities both inside and outside the Lesher Center for the Arts.

Among the acts appearing at the Chevron festival for the first time are headliners Aga-Boom, a troupe of clowns making their Walnut Creek debut in the Hofmann Theatre; and magician Alex Ramon, who performed in Walnut Creek in December but is making his first Family Theatre Festival appearance this year.


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Returning to this year's festival are Sesame Street star puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, a Pleasant Hill native with years of local theater experience; the Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble, who will perform their interactive musical version of "Robin Hood;" and the Emmy award-nominated Pushcart Players, who will perform "Stone Soup and Other Stories," a charming blend of folk tales from around the world. Shortly after the 10 a.m. festival kickoff, kids can join in the Prince and Princess Parade as it winds around the outside of the Lesher Center. Other free offerings include performances by the Na Mamo No'eau Polynesian dancers and the San Jose Taiko Drummers; jungle/safari themed puppets, including lions, giraffes and gorillas, to be given away at the Chevron booth outside the center; sock puppet-making, inside the Bedford Gallery; appearances by costumed characters including Cinderella, Snow White and their handsome princes; Mother Goose telling stories; and face painting and costume dress-up.

The ticketed shows are $5 each, and are on sale now; buy by calling the Lesher Center Ticket Office at 925-943-SHOW (7469) or visiting http://www.LesherARTSCenter.org/.

Parking is available at the North Locust Street Garage next to the Lesher Center (entrance is accessible only from California Boulevard) for all-day parking; a flat rate of $3 will cover parking for the entire day.

In addition to Chevron, this year's sponsors include the City of Walnut Creek, KGO Radio, the Contra Costa Times and Diablo Magazine.

'Summer Concert Series' for 2013 includes more genres

Broadway Plaza's 2013 Summer Concert Series begins July 11, with the pop and soul of longtime Bay Area players Pride & Joy.

Always a jazz series, the 2013 Summer Concer Series has been revamped to include different genres of music, including R&B, oldies and pop, but will still feature jazz on one night.

After July 11, the series continues on the next three Thursdays -- July 18 with the jazz, R&B, blues and funk of Nick Colionne; the Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings performs July 25, and the series concludes with Tainted Love, which performs rock and pop from the 80s.

The Pride & Joy concert will take place in Broadway Plaza Street at Broadway Plaza Shopping Center in downtown Walnut Creek; the other performers will play in the Stanford's restaurant parking lot, located next to Broadway Plaza's five-level parking structure.

All shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. And, as always, all are free.

MORAGA

'Summer Garden Party' to benefit Loaves and Fishes

The annual Summer Garden Party to benefit Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County, which provides more than 700 meals a day, takes place Sunday, June 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive in Moraga.

Generations in Jazz musicians John Aczon (sax), Allan Smith and Jim Keefe (guitars) and Cayford Burrell on bass, will perform, as will violist Pamela Freund Striplen and harpist Wendy Tamis.

There also will be silent auctions for prizes including a luxury trip to Hawaii, sports memorabilia and the work of local artists, and beer and wine tastings.

Tickets are $60 per person; they are available online at www.loavesfishescc.org, or by calling 925-687-6760.

'Feast' of works by Osolin, Isaacs, others

"Beauty and the Feast," featuring paintings by Josie Osolin and ceramics by Elayne Isaacs, is now on exhibit at the Moraga Art Gallery, and is set to run through Aug. 10.

Osolin's abstract paintings incorporate broad brush strokes and myriad high-energy color and textures to create a brilliant moment in time. While individual works are distinct and unique, each reflects a common style incorporating the use of vibrant colors and abstract designs.

Isaacs has been working with clay since the 1970s and her passion for the craft continues to this day. She now creates, almost exclusively, functional ware in subtle shades of blue, green and white with a loosely brushed floral motif.

The show also includes works by the gallery's 14 resident artists and several guest artists. Ceramist Daniel Oliver will show his small elaborate ceramic boxes and other works.

The gallery is at 522 Center St., in the Rheem Shopping Center. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; for information, go to moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com

Lafayette

'Celebrate Summer' exhibition now open

The new exhibition "Celebrate Summer" exhibition at the Lafayette Gallery reflects the joy, warmth and relaxation that summer brings.

Starting this week, the gallery is full of an all-new selection of paintings, photography, prints, cards, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, available in a wide range of prices, and all designed to enhance your home with the evocation of the warm, sunny outdoors. These are handcrafted works by local artists that are bright, warm and relaxing, perfect for you wall or garden!

Also, the Lafayette Sculpture Garden is now open for the summer. The Sculpture Garden is unique in the Bay Area, filled with works that vary from the whimsical to the earthy to the elegant, all in an outdoor setting.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Orinda

Multimedia 'Summer Show' at library

The East Bay Women Artists' "Summer Show," with original paintings, photography and baskets, will be on exhibit at the Orinda Library through June 29. East Bay Women Artists comprises award-winning artists from Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, and the group has been active for about 20 years.

This exhibit is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible to all. The library is at Orinda Way; hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6; and Sunday from 1 to 5.

'Points of View' comes to Saint Mary's

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

A reception with Correia and Kratter takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at the museum's art patio. It's free with museum admission, and all are welcome.

With Artists: Sunday, June 2 from 2 to 4 p.m., Art Patio, Free admission Before embracing plein-air painting as a full-time occupation, Correia designed book covers for UC Press, and then became Director of Publications and chief designer for Saint Mary's College.

Sports and wildlife were Kratter's early passions, so he was fortunate to begin his career in advertising design for the National Football League and Major League Baseball clubs. He moved on to children's book illustration and wildlife illustration for zoos and the Nature Company.