WALNUT CREEK

'Broadway Revealed' soon to reveal itself at the Bedford

"Broadway Revealed: Behind the Theater Curtain" is scheduled to run Dec. 6-Feb. 17 at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

It promises to bring the breadth, ambition, and showmanship of New York's iconic theater district to the gallery with a behind-the-scenes look at world-class theater production via artist Stephen Joseph's photographs of some of Broadway's most critically acclaimed productions.

The performance images will be bolstered by photos of theatrical props, costumes, and other artifacts.

The exhibit is designed to showcase the complex support network of design, lighting, directing, and staging that come together to create the magic world of the theater.

The artists of "Captured" have been committed to exploring the unfamiliar and unknown creatures and environments that share our world. That exhibit demonstrates the complex dialogue between the arts, scientific exploration and organic, found materials is being expressed in a contemporary context.

The gallery, in the Lesher Center for the Arts, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on dates of evening performances at the Lesher.

Center Stage of Diablo Valley presents 'North Pole Revue'

The Pleasant Hill-based teen theater group Center Stage of Diablo Valley will present nine performances of the "North Pole Revue," an original holiday musical, from Dec. 7-16, 2012 at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.

Actors for "North Pole Revue," a holiday performance written and directed by Doña Foreman, come from all over Contra Contra Costa County. The classic holiday show takes place at the North Pole, and features elves Jack and Dolly as they prepare for the holiday season. It also includes dancing reindeer and trees, and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. It is appropriate for all ages.

Performances take place Friday evenings, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, at 7:15 p.m.; Saturday afternoons and evenings on Dec. 8 and 15 at 2:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; and Sunday afternoons on Dec. 9 and Dec.16 at 2:15 p.m. There will also be a showing at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Tickets are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Lesher Center for the Arts at 925-943-7469 or purchase them on the web at www.lesherARTScenter.org

Walnut Creek author releases Western novel nationwide

Robert C. Nuzum of Walnut Creek recently released his first novel, "Old Spanish Trail Treasure," a tale of revenge centered on the killings of a man's father and business partners, with Death Valley and the Mojave Desert as backdrops.

Nuzum has a strong love for the desert and Death Valley, the setting of "Old Spanish Trail Treasure." He has authored or co-authored 20 technical publications on various aspects of natural resource management, including two nonfiction books on fishing and reservoir ecology, before undertaking this, his first novel.

"Old Spanish Trail Treasure" is his first novel.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Civic Arts Youth Theatre to present 'Sleeping Beauty'

Walnut Creek Civic Arts Theatre will present "Sleeping Beauty" Dec. 6, 7 and 10 at 7 p.m. each evening at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek.

This classic fairy tale told Disney-style features a large chorus, from King Stefan and Queen Stefanie's Loyal Subjects to Maleficent's slimy goons, giving members of Kids Theatre plenty of fun characters to portray.

Songs from the beloved film, including "Once Upon a Dream," accompany fun new songs like "Maleficent!" and "A Little Magic Now" to bring a fresh telling of the story to a new generation of kids and families.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. For tickets or information, caIl 925-943-5846.

Winter concert to feature Jazz Band, Flock of Flutes

Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education combines its very own Flock of Flutes choir with its jazz band for a Dec. 9 holiday concert at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane.

Musicians in the jazz band range in age from teenagers to players in their 70s. Some of the music planned includes Bernie Miller's "Bernie's Tune;" Duke Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone;" Charlie Parker's "My Little Suede Shoes;" Cole Porter's "Night and Day;" Paul Desmond's "Take Five;" and Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love for You." There also will be some seasonal tunes mixed in, such as "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.

Tickets are $10, and can be bought at the door or in advance. For more information, call 925-943-5846.

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'It's a Wonderful Life' performs at Town Hall

The stage production of "It's a Wonderful Life," adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers from the holiday classic film by Frank Capra, will be performed by the Town Hall Theatre Nov. 29-Dec. 16.

Lisa Anne Porter ("Proof," "Picasso at the Lapin Agile") returns to direct the stage adaptation of this beloved Christmastime classic .

Tickets range from $12 to $29. For showtimes and other information, call 925-283-1557 or go to http://www.townhalltheatre.com/