Civic Arts' big band concert March 7
Jazz, swing and even a little Tower of Power will rock the Walnut Creek Library when Civic Arts Education's Big Band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 7.
Conductor Max Pricco has programed a wide variety of songs to satisfy lots of musical tastes including several Duke Ellington tunes ("C Jam Blues," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"), Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Paul Desmond and Tower of Power.
"I wanted to do a Tower of Power chart to give people a preview of our concert with Mic Gillette, a trumpet player with Tower of Power among others, that we'll be doing in April," says Max Pricco. "So I've included the group's song 'What is Hip' in our playlist."
The library is at 1644 N. Broadway near downtown Walnut Creek. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. For more information, call 925-943-5846.
'Web Ballet' work from online suggestions
Diablo Ballet of California will become the first professional dance company to create an entirely new dance work from ideas suggested by Internet users.
This "Web Ballet" will be based on choreography suggestions submitted by individuals all around the world before Feb. 14 to Diablo Ballet's Twitter page (@DiabloBallet) to be performed March 1-2 at the Shadelands Arts Center Auditorium in Walnut Creek.
Participants will also be able to help select the music of the piece by voting on the three selections found on Diablo Ballet's YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/diabloballet
The work will be choreographed by Robert Dekkers, a Diablo Ballet dancer, the artistic director of San Francisco's Post:Ballet, and one of Dance Magazine's 2011 25 to Watch.
Submissions closed on Feb. 14, and Dekkers and Lauren Jonas, Diablo Ballet's artistic director, then worked to select seven choreographic suggestions. Dekkers will then have two weeks to utilize all of the winning ideas and create a new dance work.
"Diablo Ballet is proud of making dance accessible, and this concept will allow people to participate in the creative process," Jonas said. We're thrilled to break new ground and to show how the global web community can come together to create the power of dance."
More information on how to participate may be found at http://www.diabloballet.org/performance.html
'Animals, Real and Imagined' starts March 3 at Bedford
"Peaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined," a juried show devoted to investigating our storied and rich relationship with the animal world, will be on exhibit March 3-May 19 at the Bedford Gallery inside the Lesher Center for the Arts.
"Peaceable Kingdom" invites prominent curators to assemble a collection of innovative and appealing works by national artists. This exhibition will explore the presence of animals in the visual arts, and how they appear as metaphors, totems, objects of fear and sources of emotional attachment and affection.
This juried exhibition will encourage artists to meditate on the complex and diverse relationships between humans and animals, addressing such issues as antagonism, admiration, attachment, and even the politically charged issue of animal rights.
Town Hall's 'Farnsworth Invention' through March 2
Town Hall Theatre will present six more performances Aaron Sorkin's "The Farnsworth Investion," the final one being Saturday, March 2.
Joel Roster, Town Hall's director of education, takes on "The Farnsworth Invention" by Sorkin ("The West Wing," "The Social Network") that tells the story of Philo Farnsworth and his race to develop the most influential technological innovation of the 20th century -- television.
Upcoming performances are Feb. 22 and 23 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., and Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2 at 8 p.m.
The theater is at 3535 School St., at the corner of School Street and Moraga Road in Lafayette. For more information call 925.283.1557 or go to http://www.townhalltheatre.com/
'Tokens of Affection'warms hearts through March 9
When it's cold outside, come in and enjoy the warmth of Lafayette Gallery's winter show "Tokens of Affection," on exhibit through March 9 at the gallery, 50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette.
Cards and gifts, ceramics, paintings, prints, glasswork, jewelry and photography, all created by local artists who love what they do, will be on display and for sale. Valentines cards and more have arrived.
A free champagne and chocolates reception will be held Friday, Feb. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the gallery; all are welcome.
'Tribute to Jade Fon' through Feb. 28
The Jade Fon Painters exhibit and "Tribute to Jade Fon" continues through Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Orinda Library Gallery, 124 Orinda Way in Orinda.
Many of the Jade Fon Painters -- a long-established group of local artists named in honor of well-known teacher -- have been painting together for 29 years since studying under Fon, and enjoy painting weekly on location throughout the Bay Area.
The exhibit includes a retrospective tribute acknowledging the influence, teaching and guidance by Jade Fon, and includes some of his paintings, sketches, art materials, quotes and personal mementos.
The Orinda Library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 to 6 and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call 925-254-2184 or go to http://www.orindaartscouncil.org/community_library.php
'Lightness of Seeing' photography show open
The Moraga Art Gallery's new show, "The Unbearable Lightness of Seeing," features the unique combination of Dave E. Dondero's hyper-realistic California landscapes and Erik Wilson's thought-provoking and often ironic urban scenes.
The two have been friends for 30 years, but this is the first time their work has been seen together in a show celebrating the "lightness" of the fleeting visual moments life brings us, whether the telling expression of a stranger or the play of clouds above a solitary oak.
The show, which opened Jan. 16, runs through March 23, and admission is free.
Children's Chorus auditions continue through February
Auditions and placement interviews for spring semester spots in the Contra Costa Children's Chorus continue Wednesday, Feb. 27 starting at 3:45 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane in Lafayette.
These auditions are open to boys and girls ages 7 through 15.
The chorus' newest class, "MetroGnomes," is now accepting children ages 5 and 6, with no interviews necessary. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Contra Costa Children's Chorus has, since 1984, provided vocal training for children's voices, theory instruction, performance skills and local performances. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 925 945-7101. The website is www.childrenschorus.org