Wine and the arts are featured in a couple of events this month in the Danville area, one a classic film festival and the other a spring art show.
The 24th annual Blackhawk Food, Wine and Film Festival, presented by the Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary, is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 15. It features Livermore wineries offering tastings as well as food tasting from local restaurants, auctions, live music and the main event, "Top Hat," a 1935 musical comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Music and lyrics are by Irving Berlin, including "Cheek to Cheek," the famous dance scene featuring Rogers in a satin gown sewn with $1,500 worth of ostrich feathers. It's now closeted in the Smithsonian Museum and occasionally put out on display.
The entire event takes place at the Blackhawk Museum at 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in Danville. The film will screen in the main ballroom beginning around 5:30, said Max Lippman, Rotary president. The live auction includes several Caribbean resort vacations and a helicopter tour for eight around the Bay. Raffle tickets for a year's worth of wine will also be available.
Wineries include Bent Creek, Bodegas Aguire, Charles R, Eagle Ridge, Nottingham Cellars, Occasio, Thomas Coyne and Tesla Vineyards. Food tastings will be provided by Blackhawk Grille, Bridges, Carrie's Cakery, El Nido, Faz, Gianni Bistro, Giuseppe, Los Panchos, Piatti and Thyme to Eat.
"Every dollar that comes in goes out to the community," said Max. "We don't have any administrative costs."
Proceeds from the film festival are donated to various nonprofit endeavors, including the Wheelchair Foundation, the Contra Costa Food Bank, End Polio Now and the Asante Africa Grant. The Rotary Club website states that two-thirds of the money stays local and one-third is donated to international projects. Donation is a minimum of $50; there is no admission at the door, Max said. To reserve a spot, go to http://www.blackhawkfilmfestival.com/ and be sure to print the confirming invitation to bring to the event, he advised.
ART AND WINE: The 37th Annual Primavera Art Show & Wine Stroll, one of the oldest art shows in the area, kicks off on May 17-18 in the rotunda area of Blackhawk Plaza. Sculptures, watercolors, oil paintings, pastels, photography, pottery, glass, jewelry and textiles will be shown by members of the Alamo/Danville Artists' Society from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Most of the art will be for sale, said Megan Parks-Haller, co-chair of the show.
Artists will donate 10 percent of each sale to the society's Art in the Schools Fund, which provides funding for individual school art programs throughout the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
Wrist bands for wine tasting are $10, with all proceeds going to the school fund. Wine tasting is from 1 to 4 p.m. both days of the show and will be around the perimeter of the rotunda. Participating wineries include Auburn James, Brandt Rossi Family Vineyards, Guthier, Nottingham Cellars and Wente Vineyards.
Meet the artists at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday evening; wine and appetizers will be served.
ADAS is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization. Artists are represented at the Blackhawk Gallery in Blackhawk Plaza. The group meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from September through June at the Alamo Women's Club, 1401 Danville Blvd., in Alamo. Meetings are open to the public.
Tom Hughes will present an oil painting demonstration on May 13. In June, the society is presenting "How to Market Your Art," a two-hour program with Ann Ray, for $20 per person.
For further information, visit http://adas4art.org or call 925-413-3438.
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