Lafayette

'Cinderella: It's a Dog's Life!' performs Saturday

East Bay Children's Theatre, with a cast of dogs, a magical cat and a bevy of Broadway-flavored tunes, will perform "Cinderella: It's A Dog's Life!" at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette.

EBCT's program includes an arts education component created by the many retired educators in EBCT who recognize the value of arts education as an essential aid to develop children's literacy and critical thinking skills.

Each year, a Teaching Guide is devised to correlate the play to suggested lesson activities for use in the classroom or after school programs.

New this year, an arts education pilot program was launched at Brookfield School, at which a Fun and Games booklet about the play using word games, puzzles and drawing activities was presented to the children during an after school program.

Directed by Sue Ellen Nelsen, the cast features Kara Penrose as Cinderella and Bruce Alvin as Prince Charming, with many EBCT members in the supporting cast and crew.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, with $10 admission for groups of six or more. For more information about the show and tickets, go to ebctonline.org

Gallery members' work on display at chamber


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Four members of the Lafayette Gallery currently have their art works on display a the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in downtown Lafayette.

The artists are Susan Erickson (acrylics and mixed-media collages), Warren Rice (photographs), Debby Koonce (oil paintings) and Marsha Ramp (oil paintings).

The artwork is on display in the conference room at he the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lafayette Circle, and is open to the public for viewing. This is just down Lafayette Circle from the Lafayette Gallery (50 Lafayette Circle).

For information, call the chamber at 925-284-7404. This is an ongoing exhibit, and the artwork is updated on a regular basis.

Moraga

Moraga Art Gallery hosts SMC paintings

The Moraga Art Gallery's new show, "Divine Inspiration," highlights paintings by resident artist Barbara Hudler Cella, and beadwork by guest artist Mona Bourell. "Divine Inspiration" features Barbara's paintings of Saint Mary's College in Moraga and Mona's stone and glass crochet beadwork. The show runs through June 1.

The show also includes works by the gallery's 14 resident artists and several guest artists. New guest artist, ceramist Daniel Oliver, is exhibiting his elaborate, colorful ceramic boxes. The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center St., Moraga.

For more information, visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.

'Lie of the Mind' performs April 24-28

The Performing Arts Department at Saint Mary's College has slated "A Lie of the Mind" by Sam Shepard as its spring production, with performances to take place April 24-28 in the college's LeFevre Theatre in Moraga.

Performances are set for April 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. April 28 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15, $12 for seniors and non-SMC students, and $8 and Saint Mary's faculty and staff; and $8 for Saint Mary's College faculty, staff and students.

For further information and reservations, call the Saint Mary's College Theatre Box Office at 925-631-4670. Tickets are also available online at www.brownpapertickets.com

Orinda

Teen author Brian coming to Orinda Library

Author, radio personality and coach, Cynthia Brian will be at the Orinda Library from 7 to 8 p.m. April 30.

Brian is the author of "Be the Star You Are! For TEENS" and "The Business of Show Business. She's also the producer of the popular teen radio show, Express Yourself! Teen Radio, and is coach and editor of Teen Scene in the Lamorinda Weekly. If you are curious about getting published or becoming a radio or TV personality this event will provide some answers.

This Friends of the Orinda Library sponsored event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Orinda Library at 925-254-2184, ext 15.

Lamorinda

Audition sign-ups for 'Lamorinda Idol' in April

Lamorinda Idol (formerly known as "Orinda Idol") is taking sign-ups throughout April for May 16-18 audition dates.

Now in its eighth year, This singing competition is now open to young performers who either attend school or reside in Orinda, Moraga or Lafayette. The objective of Lamorinda Idol is to provide an avenue for young people to pursue their love for singing, to bring joy to the community and to have fun.

The finals are scheduled for Sept. 8, but there are various workshops, performances and othert activities from June through December. For more information, go to http://www.orindaartscouncil.org/lamorinda_idol_overview.php

Contra Costa

See Shakespeare's 'Richard III' at DVC

Diablo Valley College Drama will stage its production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," directed by Beth McBrien, through 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.

WALNUT CREEK

'Trio of Duos' to play at food bank benefit

A May 4 benefit concert for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano will feature the Americana/roots music of Concord resident Dix Bruce, longtime Contra Costa County resident Jim Nunally, the two of them as a duo, and the duos of Dix Bruce and Julie Cline, and Judy Forrest and Jim Nunally.

All performers will deliver a mixture of songs with close harmony singing in the country, bluegrass and folk styles.

The musicians will play from 7:30 to 9:30 at the Walnut Avenue United Methodist Church, 260 Walnut Ave., Walnut Creek. Suggested donation is $15 donation, and $12 for seniors and students. For more information, email judy@judyforrest.com

Bedford to host kids' 'Art Makes' drop-in classes

The Bedford Gallery will host free drop-in art classes for kids on Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. and again on Saturday, June 26, also from 2 to 4 p.m.

For each show the Bedford hosts, docents offer a free "Art Make" project for children of all ages. To help introduce young people to the creative world of art, projects will highlight the theme of the current Bedford exhibition and offer children an opportunity to engage with art in a hands-on, educational and creative way.

In April, Bedford docents will craft an art project around our annual juried exhibition, "Peaceable Kingdom: Animals Real and Imagined." In June, the docents will turn their attention to "Larger than Life," a show that will explore the role of scale and size in contemporary art. Art projects will be offered free with the price of admission.

For more information, go to www.bedfordgallery.org

Images of Mount Diablo coming to Lindsay

Mount Diablo's ever-changing face, from shrouded in fog to snow-capped to glowing at sunset, will be captured in an exhibit of original photography and artwork April 25-Sept. 2 at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek.

"Mount Diablo: Visions & Vistas" will feature the mountain itself and its wildlife and plants, in panoramic and close-up photos and paintings by local photographers and artists.

Entry to the exhibit is free with admission to the museum. Lindsay Wildlife Museum is located at 1931 First Ave. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 65+, $5 for children 2 -17, and free for members and children under 2.

All visitors are welcome to attend the exhibit's free, opening reception on Friday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; entry that evening will be to the exhibit only (the rest of the museum will be closed). Some works from the show will be available for purchase throughout the run of the exhibit.

'Anticipation' gallery now on view

Valley Art Gallery's semiannual exhibit of new, juried paintings for sale and for rent, called "Anticipation," is now on display at the downtown Walnut Creek gallery.

"Anticipation" celebrates the coming of spring. Acclaimed artist Vilma Patterson-Antoine is featured in this exhibit of work by more than 100 artists. She is a Bay Area native and has garnered many awards over a lifetime of painting, is represented in many private collections and has been featured in museum shows as well as represented by a number of galleries. Her artistic gifts aren't limited to painting. She's also a gifted classical pianist and organist and has performed throughout the Bay Area over many years solo concerts as well as in ensembles.

Valley Art Gallery has been in operation for almost 65 years. The nonprofit organization is staffed by volunteers and is dedicated to the promotion of the arts and of the work of fine Bay Area artists and craftspeople.

The gallery, at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 925-935-4311