WALNUT CREEK

Center Stage's 'Into the Woods' through Saturday

Center Stage Theater of Diablo Valley will present 10 showings of "Into the Woods" by James Lapine at the Lesher Center for the Arts April 12-20.

"Into the Woods," directed by Dona Foreman, is an epic Brothers Grimm fairy tale in which the story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child. When the couple learns they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, but the consequences of their actions haunt them with disastrous results.

"Into the Woods" features youth actors from all over Contra Costa County, and Musical Director Kerry Leyden brings these storybook characters together for a timeless yet relevant modern classic.

Productions will be held on Fridays, April 12 and 19, at 7:15 p.m.; on Saturdays April 13 and 20, at 2:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; on Sunday April 14 at 2:15 p.m.; and on Thursday April 18 at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $14.

For more information or to purchase tickets, 925-943-7469 or visit www.lesherARTScenter. org.

Fine Arts and Crafts Festival April 27-28

More than 150 professional artists will display their works in downtown Walnut Creek during the 35th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. Available for purchase, original paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and other fine works will be featured over two days along sidewalks in downtown Walnut Creek.


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Among the featured local artists at this year's show are Paula Riley of Walnut Creek, oil paintings on canvas; Kurt McCracken of Clayton, who produces ceramic pieces; and Dean Shapiro of San Ramon, who produces hand-carved water fountains and Ikebana flower vases from slate.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, contact the Walnut Creek Downtown Association at 925-933-6778 or Pacific Fine Arts at 209-267-4394 or ww.pacificfinearts.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PacificFineArts and on Twitter: @PacificFineArts.

'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.

Lafayette

'Inside/Outside' open at Lafayette Gallery; reception April 21

The Lafayette Gallery's exhibit, "Inside/Outside," an all-new selection of paintings, photography, prints, cards, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, available in a wide range of prices and all designed to enhance your home with the invocation of the warm, sunny outdoors, is now on display at the gallery, 50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette.

A free reception for the artists will be held Sunday, April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., with wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music.

The reception will also serve to mark the recent reopening of the gallery's sculpture garden. View outdoor sculptures in a residential-garden-like setting; every sculpture is unique, all are made by local artists, and available at reasonable prices.

For more information, go to www.lafayettegallery.net or call 925-284-2788.

12 Lafayette Gallery artists have 'Road Show'

A dozen Lafayette Gallery artists will have their work on display at BMW Concord in an exhibit called "Road Show," which will kick off May 2 with a free reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the dealership, 1867 Market St. in Concord.

The paintings, photographs, jewelry, collages and ceramic wall hangings were all created by gallery artists.

the reception will include hors d'oeuvres, adult beverages and live music. Also, the art on display will be for sale.

While others show at Chamber

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.

Orinda

Teen author Cynthia Brian coming to Orinda Library April 30

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