Events

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27feb(feb 27)11:00 am21jul(jul 21)7:00 pmHans Hofmann Exhibit: The Nature of Abstraction70 Artworks - Some Never Exhibited - Experimental Works Beyond What You ExpectLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

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Hans Hofmann (1880 – 1966) lived and breathed as an abstract painter and educator amidst some of the greatest fellow abstract artists of all time in postwar America. He emigrated from his native Germany to America in the 1930s to teach at UC Berkeley. Then he taught at the Art Students League of New York before founding his famously influential schools in New York City and Provincetown. He counted Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia and Robert Delauney, Betty Parsons, Peggy Guggenheim, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock as colleagues and friends.

This exhibit of 70 original works – many never before seen in a gallery – could not be in a more spacious setting. Do not think you will only see more of what you already know of Hoffman; he will surprise you! After closing his schools in 1957 he returned to his studio with the heart of an experimental artist fully operating. You will see his relentless immersion in color, always playing with moving rectilinear forms around an untethered surface, beckoning you to look deep inside.

Hours are Sunday, Wednesday Thursday 11 am – 7 pm; Fri Sat 11 am – 9 pm; closed Mon Tues. Free on the first Thursday of every month. See website for ticket prices. Enjoy coffee, homemade pastries or lunch with wine or beer at Babette’s cafe atop the stunning modern architecture housing BAMPFA.

 

Image: Hans Hofmann, Such is the Way to the Stars (Sic Itur ad Astra), 1962, oil on canvas.

Time

February 27 (Wednesday) 11:00 am - July 21 (Sunday) 7:00 pm

Location

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum - Pacific Film Archive

2120 Oxford Street #2550, Berkeley CA 94720

02may7:30 pm9:15 pmLIVE AT THE ORINDA WITH BROADWAY AND WEST END LEADING MAN BRENT BARRETTLive at the Orinda Season FinaleLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

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We’re thrilled to celebrate our One Year Anniversary Season Finale with Broadway and West End leading Man Brent Barrett, in his Bay Area concert debut!

Brent has entertained millions of fans around the world from the stages of Broadway, the West End in London, concert halls, recording studious and television. Brent is currently touring with The 4 Phantoms (with Franc D’Ambrosio) and The Broadway Tenors (as a founding member and producer). And he is frequently invited back to revisit his role as Billy Flynn in the Tony Award-winning hit CHICAGO, for which he received the LA Drama Critics Award

Brent Barrett received an Olivier Award nomination (the British Tony Awards) for his starring role in the London premiere of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of KISS ME KATE (co-starring the beloved Marin Mazzie). Brent’s acclaimed performance was recorded for broadcast on PBS and is available on DVD. He also starred in the City Center Encores! production of THE PAJAMA GAME and as King Arthur in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of CAMELOT. Mr. Barrett also co-starred with Reba McEntire in the smash Broadway revival of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Some his other Broadway appearances include GRAND HOTEL, DANCE A LITTLE CLOSER, and the revival of WEST SIDE STORY, where made his Broadway debut, starring as Tony

Andrew Lloyd Webber asked Brent to open the new production of PHANTOM – THE LAS VEGAS SPECTACULAR, where he starred in the title role for two years of sold-out houses. Recently, Brent traveled to Germany where he performed the role in German.

In film and on television, Brent was featured in THE PRODUCERS, HERCULES, LONGTIME COMPANION, ALL MY CHILDREN, ANOTHER WORLD, and GUIDING LIGHT.

Brent has received critical acclaim as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls in London, with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, Michigan Opera, and Birmingham Symphony. He can be heard on studio recordings including “Brigadoon”, “Grand Hotel”,  “Dance A Little Closer”, “The Maury Yeston Songbook” and more. Brent has released three of his own solo albums as well – “The Alan Jay Lerner Album, “The Kander and Ebb Album” and “Christmas Mornings.

“With or without a drum roll from the media, audiences know star power when they see it, and they see it in Brent Barrett.” – NY Times

“You can’t help but fall in love with him. I’d love to work with him again.” Reba McEntire

“Brent Barrett shines with a rich baritone voice.” – DC Metro

“Brent Barrett performed to prolonged cheers from the opening night audience. ” – Variety

Time

(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Location

Orinda Theatre

2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda CA 94563

Organizer

Orinda Concert SeriesDerek Zemrak

04may4:00 pmFeaturedLamorinda ShortDocs FREE Filmmakers WorkshopLamorinda Arts Council Event:Lamorinda Arts Council Event

Event Details

Yes!  You can make a movie!

Join the Lamorinda Arts Council for some Filmmaking Basics to help get you prepared for the Fourth Annual Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest!  Guest Speakers include Laura VanZee Taylor, whose first feature length documentary, I Am Maris premiered in 2019 and can currently be watched on Netflix, and Kal Deutsch, whose “mockumentary short,”  IceVan.com was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

The event is free, but please register as a Filmmaker for the festival and let us know you are coming.  https://lamorindaarts.org/for-filmmakers

We are pleased to announce that this year’s festival will be hosted by the California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF) and will take place on August 25th at the historic Orinda Theatre.  Completed films will be due by June 16th.

Lamorinda ShortDocs is a short documentary film competition open to filmmakers of all ages who live or attend school in the Lamorinda Community. Films must be 6 minutes or less and will be judged in 4 categories by age: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult. Finalists in each category will be selected and those films will be screened publicly during the Lamorinda ShortDocs live screening at CAIFF. One winner in each age group will be selected and announced at the screening, where an Audience Favorite Student Film will also be awarded. Finalists are expected to attend the August 25th event.

Filmmakers are encouraged to register for the festival here: https://lamorindaarts.org/for-filmmakers before submitting their completed films to Film Freeway here: https://filmfreeway.com/LamorindaShortDocsFilmFest.

To learn more about Lamorinda ShortDocs visit https://lamorindaarts.org/shortdocs.

Time

(Saturday) 4:00 pm

Location

St. Mary's Hagerty Lounge

Organizer

Lamorinda Arts Council

05may(may 5)11:00 am11(may 11)7:30 pmJoy in Motion's 2019 Spring Stage ShowEverybody Dance Now

Event Details

WHAT: Approx. 45-60 min of Joy in Motion!
PERFORMANCES: We have 6 casts performing a total of 12 shows! Please double check with your JiM family which show you want tickets for.
WHERE: Miramonte High School Theatre – 750 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA 94563
TICKETS: $18 each (no discounts at this time)
WHEN:
Show #1a – Sunday, May 5th, 2019 – 11am – Li’l Funky Freedom in this Show Only
Show #1b – Sunday, May 5th, 2019 – 12:30pm – Li’l Dreamers in this Show Only
Show #2 – Sunday, May 5th, 2019 – 2:30pm & 4pm
Show #3 – Friday, May 10th, 2019 – 6:30pm & 8pm
Show #4a – Saturday, May 11th, 2019 – 11am – Li’l Funky Freedom in this Show Only (SOLD OUT)
Show #4b – Saturday, May 11th, 2019 – 12:30pm – Li’l Dreamers in this Show Only
Show #5 – Saturday, May 11th, 2019 – 2:30pm & 4pm
Show #6 – Saturday, May 11th, 2019 – 6pm & 7:30pm

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

Tickets are reserved seating and we do not have the capability to have you select your own seat. We assign the best seat available in the order received.

**We do not ship tickets! Physical tickets will be available at WILL CALL at Miramonte High School Theatre up to 30 minutes prior to showtimes.***

WHO DOES NOT NEED A TICKET: Ages 4 and under may sit on laps. Please let us know on this form if you plan to have a lap sitter.

Time

5 (Sunday) 11:00 am - 11 (Saturday) 7:30 pm

Location

Miramonte High School Theatre

750 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA 94563

Organizer

Joy in Motion - DanceJustin Cole & Linda Craig 1545 School Street, Moraga, CA 94556

05may2:30 pm4:30 pmMAY ARTIST RECEPTIONPaintings by Bill Carmel & Arno Kober, Ceramics by Kate Chenok, Woodturning by Kim Wolfe and Woodworks by Ellis Sjoberg

Event Details

Meet the artists and discuss their work while enjoying light refreshments at their reception.

Time

(Sunday) 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location

Orinda Library Art Gallery

26 Orinda Way

Organizer

Lamorinda Arts Council

05may(may 5)4:00 pm06(may 6)11:55 pmSaint Mary's College Chamber Musicians ConcertLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

Join us for the final Chamber Musicians concerts of the school year! There are two performances: May 5 at 4:00 PM and May 6 at 8:00 PM

Enjoy a delightful mix of classical chamber music spanning the centuries.

Free Admission | Contributions Welcome

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Time

5 (Sunday) 4:00 pm - 6 (Monday) 11:55 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College of California Chapel

1928 St Mary's Rd, Moraga, CA 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

05may(may 5)8:00 pm10(may 10)10:30 pmCABARETPresented by Saint Mary's College Dept. of Performing ArtsLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

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Berlin, 1931.  A seedy nightclub where the music is hot, the jokes are blue, and every body feels at home.  Based on Christopher Isherwood’s iconic Berlin Stories, Kander & Ebb’s groundbreaking 1966 musical explores the dizzying moment when citizens and expats alike reveled in newfound freedoms, even as the fascists pushed to power.  Few musicals remain as fiercely entertaining or as startlingly urgent.  Guest director Jon Tracy (TheatreFIRST) reinvents CABARET for a new century, inviting us to ask again: What did they see?  When did they know?  Why did they look away?

Showtimes:

  • May 3-4 at 8:00 PM
  • May 5 at 2:00 PM
  • May 9 & 11 at 8:00 PM
  • May 10 at 4:00 PM

Click here to purchase tickets or visit https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/cabaret
Tickets: $10-$18
Tickets may be purchased online up until 24 hours before the show.

This musical contains adult content and situations.

Time

5 (Sunday) 8:00 pm - 10 (Friday) 10:30 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College LeFevre Theatre

1928 St Mary\'s Rd, Moraga, CA 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

09may(may 9)7:30 pm10(may 10)11:50 pmSaint Mary's College Jazz Band ConcertSupport SMC Arts!Lamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

The Saint Mary’s Jazz Band performs its last concerts of the semester on Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 PM and Friday, May 10 at 5:00 PM.

Don’t miss out on these final performances of the year!

Treat yourself to a lively concert of up-tempo numbers, dance tunes, and instrumental jazz soloists under the direction of maestro John Maltester.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. $5 General Admission & $2 Students/Seniors

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Time

9 (Thursday) 7:30 pm - 10 (Friday) 11:50 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College Soda Activity Center

1928 St. Mary\'s Rd, Moraga, 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

12may7:30 pm8:30 pmSenior Recital - Bryce WoodwardPresented by Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

Join us at Bryce Woodward’s senior recital for a riveting night of music including everything from Bach to Eminem, from Moon River to Waving Through A Window. Bryce will be showcasing the incredible versatility offered by an Estill-based vocal education, with the help of his close friends and fellow students. Bring your families for this wonderful Mother’s Day event. Click here for more info.

Free Admission
When: May 12, 2019 at 7:30pm
Where: Claeys Lounge in the Soda Center at Saint Mary’s College of California

Time

(Sunday) 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College Soda Activity Center

1928 St. Mary\'s Rd, Moraga, 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

15may(may 15)8:00 pm17(may 17)11:55 pmOne-Acts: A Festival of PlaysSaint Mary's College Student PerformancesLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

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The One-Acts festival is an annual performance of short plays written, directed, and performed by Saint Mary’s College students. From comedy to tragedy, these works often explore timeless themes such as hope, loss, love, and acceptance.

Join us for a performance you won’t want to miss!
May 15 at 8:00 PM, May 16th at 4:45 PM & May 17 at 6:00 PM

Free Admission | Contributions Welcome

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Time

15 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm - 17 (Friday) 11:55 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College LeFevre Theatre

1928 St Mary\'s Rd, Moraga, CA 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

17may(may 17)8:00 pm18(may 18)11:55 pmSaint Mary's College Choir ConcertsLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

The Saint Mary’s College Choir and Glee Club are proud to present their spring concerts. Join us for a beautiful, musical experience!

May 17 & 18 at 8:00 PM

Free Admission | Contributions Welcome

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Time

17 (Friday) 8:00 pm - 18 (Saturday) 11:55 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College of California Chapel

1928 St Mary's Rd, Moraga, CA 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

18may7:30 pm9:30 pmBeethoven - The HeroicBeethoven Symphony #3, Coriolanus Overture, Triple Concerto

Event Details

Pacific Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Lawrence Kohl, performs Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony #3, Coriolanus Overture and the “Triple” Concerto with Trio Foss as soloists. Performances are Saturday May 18th, 7:30 pm Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church 24 Knox, Lafayette and Sunday May 19th, 3:00 pm Bankhead Theatre, 2400 First Street in Livermore. Tickets may be purchased for “Beethoven – The Heroic” online at www.pacificchamberorchestra.org and additionally for the Livermore performance by calling or visiting the Bankhead box office 925-373-6800 located at 2400 First Street, Livermore or  www.bankheadtheater.org.

The pathways Beethoven creates from the third Symphony onward allow us to re-experience our own Hero’s journey. As a humanist, he believed the Hero redeems humanity through the arts, including music. With Eroica, Beethoven both upset and energized the musical world by the range of emotion this symphony expresses. His special genius unites a wide range of emotions with perfectly constructed music. Inspired by the Roman General Coriolanus, Beethoven created a musical canvas baring the emotions of the Hero’s Journey in his Coriolanus Overture.

Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano features Trio Foss. Trio Foss is a fusion of virtuosity, personalities, backgrounds, and nationalities, drawing the audiences into deeply personal interpretations to the gems of the literature for Violin, Cello and Piano and new works of our time.  “An extraordinary musical combo, and it’s difficult to imagine hearing a better live performance.” SF Classical Voice The members are: Nina Flyer, Pacific Chamber Orchestra’s principal cellist, has toured, recorded and taught throughout Europe, Scandinavia and America. She records frequently for the TV and Motion Picture Industry. Nina is a Grammy nominee, a world-wide proponent of contemporary music and was cello and chamber music professor at the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music, for 20 years.  Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Icelandic violinist Hrabba Atladottir performed regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsche Oper and did a world tour with the Icelandic pop artist Björk.  In New York she performed with the Metropolitan Opera and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Hrabba is currently a lecturer in Violin at UC Berkeley. Pianist Joseph Irrera has concertized across the globe with appearances at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center and has performed throughout Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, France, and Costa Rica. The Irrera Brothers Piano & Violin Duo has also appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America. They have two critically acclaimed recordings. Their third album is currently in production.

The members of the Pacific Chamber Orchestra also appear in such prestigious groups as the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras, touring Broadway shows, and feature films recorded at Skywalker Ranch. They are touring soloists and chamber musicians. For information and videos about PCO, go to www.PacificChamberOrchestra.org

Time

(Saturday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church

Organizer

Pacific Chamber Orchestra

19may2:00 pm4:00 pmFeaturedArt Embraces WordsWriters Paint Images With Words; Artists Paint Images With Color: Together They Enrich Our CommunityLamorinda Arts Council Event:Lamorinda Arts Council Event

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Join us for the Lamorinda Arts Council’s inaugural free “Arts Embraces Words” event in the Arts & Crafts Room at the Lafayette Community Center.

Attending patrons are seated in the middle of the room surrounded by artwork. In this way the art literally “embraces the words” spoken by emerging writers who read excerpts from their work.

Master of Ceremonies and Lafayette resident Lynn Carey, former host of the Times Book Club, will introduce each writer at approximately 10 minute intervals. Our first writer is Michelle Hoffmann, author of Life Worth Living – A Practical & Compassionate Guide to Navigating Widowhood & Sole Parenting.  A reception follows from 3 – 4:00 p.m. where light refreshments will be served so that writers, artists and all who attend can enjoy each other’s company.

If you are interested in reading your work or displaying your artwork go to here to sign up: https://lamorindaarts.org/art-embraces-words

Thanks to our generous sponsors: Lafayette Community Foundation and Orchard Nursery of Lafayette

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Lafayette Community Center

500 St. Mary's Road, Lafayette CA 94549

19may3:00 pm4:30 pmSenior Recital - Nick PerezPresented by Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

Join us for the senior recital of music student Nick Perez. Throughout his time at Saint Mary’s he has enjoyed a very fruitful career as a freelance musician playing at some of the Bay Area’s finest theaters and performance venues including Berkeley Playhouse, Broadway by the Bay, and the Speakeasy SF, where he was one of the original music directors in 2017.
Click here for more info.
Free Admission

Time

(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College of California Chapel

1928 St Mary's Rd, Moraga, CA 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

19may8:00 pmSenior Recital - Lindsay FordPresented by Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

Join Lindsay Ford for her senior voice recital on May 19 for an evening of UNDEFINABLE entertainment!

May 19 | 8:00 PM | SMC Soda Activity Center: Moraga Room

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Time

(Sunday) 8:00 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College Soda Activity Center

1928 St. Mary\'s Rd, Moraga, 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

26may1:00 pm3:00 pmLive Poets Society: MayFeaturing Maw Shein Win and Rebecca FoustLamorinda Arts Council Event:Lamorinda Arts Council Event

Event Details

Live Poets Society: May
Orinda Books, 276 Village Square
Sunday, May 26, 1pm

Featuring Maw Shein Win and Rebecca Foust

Maw Shein Win‘s poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press (2016). A full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Maw is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 – 2018), and her forthcoming second full-length collection of poetry will be published by Omnidawn in Fall 2020. She is currently a Visiting Scholar in the English Department at UC Berkeley.

Rebecca Foust’s books include Paradise Drive (Press 53 Award), reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. Recognitions include the Cavafy Poetry Prize, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Lascaux Flash Fiction Prize, the American Literary Review Fiction Prize, and fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee. Foust is passionate about literature being for everyone, not just the elite, and is happy to be able to promote this goal as Marin County Poet Laureate, an Assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine, and the Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change, https://womensvoicesforchange.org/category/arts-culture/poetry.

Time

(Sunday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location

Orinda Books

276 Village Square

Organizer

Lamorinda Arts Council

28may01junOakland Ballet Company presents "Jangala"Lamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

Oakland Ballet Company’s “Jangala” is a fun, fast-paced, and family-friendly performance that brings tales from Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” to life through an innovative mix of ballet and Indian Bharatanatyam dance.

Featuring an all-Indian musical score and guest performances by Nava Dance Theatre

Performance dates and locations:

Livermore
May 28 at 7:30 pm
The Bankhead Theater

Tickets:
$20-30

Oakland

May 30 at 7:30 pm
May 31 at 7:30 pm
June 1 at 3:00 pm
June 1 at 7:30 pm

Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center Theater at Laney College

Tickets:
Patron of the Arts: $50
Adult: $30
Senior:$25
Children and Students: $20

Purchase Tickets for the Oakland Performances

Time

May 28 (Tuesday) 7:30 pm - June 1 (Saturday) 11:50 pm

Location

Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center at Laney College

900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Organizer

Oakland Ballet

29may5:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedArts Affair 2019A Fundraising Celebration and Performance to support the Lamorinda Arts CouncilLamorinda Arts Council Event:Lamorinda Arts Council Event

Event Details

Wednesday May 29th – 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Orinda Library Foyer, Garden Room, and Auditorium

The Lamorinda Arts Council cordially invites you to attend the second annual Arts Affair

Celebrate with board members past, present, and future at this fundraiser to benefit the arts in our community!  This ticketed celebration features a performance, a raffle, and hors d’oeuvres and refreshments including a specialty cocktail mixed by a 2018 Art of Mixology special guest.

Guests will be entertained by a dazzling array of East Bay artists representing Lamorinda Arts Council programs and Arts Partners. Featured programs include Lamorinda Idol, Lamorinda ShortDocs, and Art Moves Project. Arts Partners featured will include Joy in Motion, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, and more coming soon!

Tickets:
Standard Ticket: $25, includes one entry and one raffle ticket
Patron Ticket: $100, includes one entry, two raffle tickets, and inclusion in our program (when purchased prior to May 24th)
Corporate Sponsorship: $250, includes 2 entries, 2 raffle tickets, and logo placement in written materials prior to print deadlines.  (Contact us for details.)

Purchase Tickets Here!

Time

(Wednesday) 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Orinda Library Art Gallery

26 Orinda Way