Long before electric guitars, amplifiers and other instruments of the electronic age, there were acoustic guitars and even singing a cappella. Tonight, from 7 to 10 p.m., local teens will perform "unplugged" at the Village Theater in Danville.

The talent show, part of the Acoustic After Dark Series, is sponsored by the Danville Community Center, and admission is free. All performances need to fit the acoustic genre. The show is coordinated by Hans Hormann, program coordinator for Teen Services. He can be reached at 925-314-3481.

This MTV unplugged style musical showcase is part of the commemoration of the Village Theatre's 100th anniversary. Events embodying uses of the theater from years past are scheduled every other month, culminating in a gala "Grand Engagement" Nov. 16 to celebrate the centennial.

Other events include Bubble Burst Art with Debbie Wardrope at 11 a.m. June 14 and Double Feature: Films Through the Years on Aug. 10 with "Duck Soup" (1933) and "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) and Aug. 31 with "American Graffiti (1973) and "Forrest Gump" (1994). In addition, a Double Feature Fright Fest is slated for Oct. 5 with the films "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) and "Psycho" (1960). Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children.

The Town of Danville is seeking stories about the Village Theatre through the years that can be included in the centennial celebration. Email vt100years@danville.ca.gov or mail or drop off stories at 233 Front St., Danville, CA 94526.


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The Village Theatre Art Gallery is seeking people interested in serving on the Curatorial Committee. Committee members identify, review and select exhibits for the gallery and meet quarterly to provide guidance and direction. If you have a professional background in visual/cultural art, arts education, municipal cultural arts programs and/or gallery, museum or curatorial experience, you are especially encouraged to apply. Details are available at www.danville.ca.gov. Applications are due 5 p.m. May 10. For more information, contact Jane Laris at 925-314-3465 or jlaris@danville.ca.gov.

Good stuff: Delta Nu Psi is collecting "gourmet junk food" and toiletries to send to service personnel in the Middle East. They will be on hand at Lunardi's Market, 345 Railroad Ave., Danville, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Items sought include toothbrushes, razors, hard candy, coffee creamers, cashews, almonds and pistachios, energy bars, hot cereal packets, hot chocolate packets and more. And they also appreciate donations toward postage, since it costs about $1 a pound to mail the packages. For details and to see photos of some of the recipients of the care packages, visit www.deltanupsi.org.

CHOCOLATE WALK: Downtown Danville's Spring Wine & Chocolate Stroll takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. May 9. For $25, individuals receive a commemorative wine glass and can participate in numerous chocolate and wine tastings at selected merchants in, where else, downtown Danville. Live music will also be featured.

Participating vendors include Auburn James, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked Vine Winery, Cuda Ridge Wines, Danville Chocolates, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Elliston Vineyards, Fenestra Winery, Glennhawk Vineyards, McGrail Vineyards, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Rodrigue Molyneaux, Stony Ridge Winery, Wente Vineyards, White Crane Winery and Wood Family Vineyards. Buy tickets at www.discoverdanvilleca.com.

Contact Georgia Lambert at around- danville@yahoo.com.