WALNUT CREEK

Local lecture on William S. Paley exhibit in S.F.

Marsha Holm, a docent for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, gives an illustrated art lecture in Walnut Creek about a special exhibition that opens this fall at the de Young Museums in San Francisco.

Holm will speak about "The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste of Modernism" at a presentation Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room, 1644 N. Broadway.

Major works from the Paley Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York will be featured in an exhibition opening this fall at the de Young in San Francisco.

To attend the Walnut Creek lecture, register at http://www.wclibrary.org/event/william-paley/

Symphony's conductor makes debut Oct. 14

Matilda Hofman will make her debut on Oct. 14 as the Diablo Symphony's new music director-conductor in a concert featuring her predecessor, trumpet virtuoso Joyce Johnson Hamilton, who retired last year after 31 years on the podium.

Hofman, 33, a lecturer in the UC Davis music department, was selected in June from among four other finalists to lead the Diablo Symphony, the oldest orchestra of professionally trained musicians in Contra Costa County.

Hofman is the sixth individual -- and second woman -- to lead the symphony since it was established in the fall of 1962.

The concert, at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, will open the symphony's five-concert 50th anniversary season. It begins at 2 p.m. Tickets, from $10 to $25, are on sale at the Lesher box office; call 925-943-7469 or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.

Pianist Taboloff to perform at Sherman Clay

World class concert pianist Gregory Taboloff will perform works by such legendary composers as Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and others masters at a piano concert, "Great Music from Great Ballets," Friday Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Sherman Clay store, 1605 Bonanza St. in downtown Walnut Creek.

Lauren Jonas, Diablo Ballet's artistic director, will introduce and talk about each ballet.

Enjoy a glass of complimentary wine while enjoying some great classical music.

Admission is free, and it's a program for all ages. For more information, call Diablo Ballet at 925-943-1775 or visit www.DiabloBallet.org.

pleasant hill

Performing Arts Academy designed for YouTube generation

Diablo Theatre Company's Performing Arts Academy is offering two video-enhanced youth performance training courses this fall. The first session was Sept. 17.

In our YouTube viral-video age, many kids aren't camera shy, and for aspiring performers videotechnology can enhance their training in numerous ways, giving them instant visual feedback on a monologue or confirmation that they really hit the high notes.

The videos also will make the weekly theater and dance classes more interactive, with the videos posted daily on Facebook and YouTube so parents can be entertained by what their kids have accomplished in class.

All academy classes are held at Diablo Theatre Company's Firehouse studios, 1948 Oak Park Blvd. in Pleasant Hill. Visit www.diablotheatre.com for registration details and class information.

Orinda

'Chat' about Americans in 1930s Paris

Americans in Paris during the exhilarating days of the 1920s and 1930s is the topic of Orinda Library's next Fireside Chat, Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 26 Orinda Way.

George Hammond from Humanities West returns to discuss the American expatriates who pushed the boundaries of artistic expression and the city that inspired them. Hammond has been a popular speaker, offering a 50-minute preview of Humanities West's two-day interdisciplinary programs on a variety of subjects

For more information about this free program, call 925-254-2184 or visit the library's website at ccclib.org

Documentary 'These Amazing Shadows'

A free screening of the documentary "These Amazing Shadows," a 2011 Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival, will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Orinda Library.

Every year since 1989 a panel of experts has selected 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" films to be acknowledged as works of art by the Library of Congress. "These Amazing Shadows" describes how the 25 films are chosen, discusses efforts to preserve and restore the listed movies, and celebrates cinema as an art form. The incredible variety of great films, highlighted with dozens of clips, makes "These Amazing Shadows" a treat for all movie lovers. A question-and-answer session with directors Kurt Norton and Paul Mariano will follow the screening.

This program will take place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way. For more information, visit the library website at ccclib.org or call 925-254-2184.

Next International Showcase film, 'Noodle'

The October selection for the International Film Showcase is "Noodle" from Israel, to open at the Orinda Theatre Oct. 19.

At 37, Miri is a twice-widowed flight attendant whose well-regulated existence is suddenly turned upside down by an abandoned Chinese boy whose migrant-worker mother has been summarily deported from Israel. The film is a touching comic-drama in which two human beings -- as different from each other as Tel Aviv is from Beijing -- accompany each other on a remarkable journey, one that takes them both back to a meaningful life.

The Orinda run, as well as showings in Antioch and Cupertino, are this film's Bay Area commercial premieres. For show times go to www.lfef.org or www.lamorindatheatres.com

Lafayette

Local couple to show at SF center

Dean and Juliet MacCannel, husband and wife artists and Lafayette residents, are part of "Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012," the Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center, where the centuries-old tradition of building altars to welcome and celebrate deceased loved ones fuses with present-day artists' sentiments on the state of life and politics.

Elaborate, traditional altars and multidimensional art installations will be on display Oct. 13-Nov. 10.

The MacCannels are creating an installation that includes a large frame in the form of a giant page from a comic book, telenovela or photo-roman. The cells of the frame contain a series of images of the Romney family, with thought and dialogue bubbles, as they dream, muse about and discuss the future and the future they envision for themselves and for us. The scenarios illustrate how different the future looks to the Romney's versus the rest of us.

The exhibit will be at the SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco. Free admission during gallery hours Tuesday-Friday noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.