MORAGA

Moraga Art Gallery features 'Capturing Light' through Jan. 4

The Moraga Art Gallery's "Capturing Light: Lens and Glass" highlights photography by resident artist Wenda Pyman, and cast sand glasswork and framework by guest artist Janice Peacock.

Pyman is a landscape, nature and travel photographer. She is basically self taught but honed her skills by taking workshops from some of the greats, starting with Ansel Adams in 1978. Peacock started working with hot glass in 1992. Much of her work is focused on the creation of items that look ancient -- masks used in traditional ceremonies, vessels unearthed from the sea, and treasures gathered by explorers from centuries ago.

The show will run through Jan. 4.

Lafayette

Afghanistan student art at Lafayette Library

Drawings by students at schools in Afghanistan built and supported by the Lafayette-based Trust in Education group will be on display in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center gallery through Jan. 13.

The drawings, gathered by Trust in Education Founder Budd MacKenzie of Lafayette, depict the students' longing for peace and their belief in education as the key.

The pieces are part of an art exchange between American students and Afghan students.

The library gallery is open every Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and during public events in the Community Hall.

'Heart of Art' at Lafayette Art Gallery

"The Heart of Art" currently on view at the Lafayette Art Gallery features warm and emotional works by both the current and new gallery members -- paintings, prints, photography, ceramics and jewelry designed to make perfect gifts.

In its new space in The Forge building at 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd., the Lafayette Art Gallery has added a new focus on ceramic art; the gallery now be features an award-winning group of sculptors and ceramic artists including a number of well-known artists from San Francisco and other venues.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walnut Creek

Mic Gillette's 'MGB' CD release party Dec. 19

MGB, the band led by Tower of Power alumnus Mic Gillette, will have a CD release party and show Dec. 19 at Red House Studios in Walnut Creek.

The CD is the band's first, "Moon Doggy." The band plays urban soul, funk, jazz and rock, including a few TOP songs featuring trombonist Gillette, as well as several originals.

Tickets are $10; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Red Hiouse is at 1667 Botelho Dr, in Walnut Creek. For more info, go to micgilllette.com or micgilletteband.weebly.com. 'North Pole Revue' at through Sunday

"North Pole Revue," a long-running holiday classic,

will be presented through Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive,

Remaining performances take place Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2:15 p.m.

Center Stage Theater of Diablo Valley features young actors from all over Contra Costa County, and these holiday performances are appropriate for all ages.

For more information or to purchase tickets (at $14.50), contact the Lesher Center for the Arts at 925-943-7469 or buy them online at www.lesherARTScenter.org.

Jazz Band/Flute Choir holiday concert

The Civic Arts Jazz Band and Flute Choir will perform a holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Civic Arts Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek.

Swing into the holiday season with the 1953 classic "Santa Baby" or thrill to the strains of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." The Jazz Band will perform everything from gospel funk to hard bop swing to romantic ballads. Under the leadership of Max Pricco, the group will also play "April in Paris" using the arrangement by the "Tonight Show's" famed Doc Severinsen, as well as featuring the alto saxophone on the bluesy "Since I Fell For You" by Buddie Johnson.

The Flock of Flutes, helmed by Monica Williams, will "play everything from classical to jazz and have even had new works written especially for the flock," she said. That will include Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" as well as Deborah Anderson's "States of Mind" for six-part flute choir and Keith Amos' "Sudeley Castle."

Tickets are $10. For more information, call 925-943-5846.

Center Stage's 'North Pole Review'

Center Stage Theater of Diablo Valley will present the "North Pole Revue,: holiday classic, through Dec. 15 at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

Center Stage Theater of Diablo Valley features young actors from all over Contra Costa County.

These holiday performances are appropriate for young and old alike, with songs by Barrett Lindsay Steiner and a script by Doña Foreman.

Performances will be held Friday Dec. 13 at 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; and Sunday Dec.15 at 2:15 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets ($14.50), contact the Lesher Center for the Arts at (925) 943-7469 or purchase them on the web at www.lesherARTScenter.org.

Holiday collection at Valley Art Gallery

The 48th Annual Holiday Collection at the Valley Art Gallery features one-of-a kind gifts that support for local artists and the local community.

On hand through Dec. 31 are special holiday gift items plus a huge variety of works from more than 100 other Bay Area artists on the gallery's 30 rolling walls. Visitors can enjoy moving the walls and viewing the works at their own pace, or with the assistance of gallery volunteers; this extensive collection in different artistic styles, mediums and prices offers something for every art lover's taste and budget.

Also, art pieces can be rented for three-month periods, and the first year's rental fees (minus tax) can be applied to eventual purchase.

The gallery, at 1661 Botelho Dr., is open this month Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays and Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, go to www.valleryartgallery.net or call 925-935-4311.

'World of Webber' a cabaret tribute

"The World of Webber," celebrating the songs and musicals of Broadway and Musical Theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be staged by Esses Productions at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.

To be performed in intimate "cabaret" concert style by singers Tielle Baker, Kelly Brandeburg and Kyle Martin, with piano accompaniment. the revue features Webber classics from musicals like "The Phantom of the Opera," "Cats," "Evita" "Jesus Christ Superstar" and several others.

Tickets are $25-$30 (group tickets of 10 or more are $20 each). To buy tickets or for more information, call 925-943-SHOW (7469).

Docents step out with their own art

Nine docents of Walnut Creek's Bedford Gallery are showing their various photographs, paintings and mixed-media pieces at the Walnut Creek library, 1644 N. Broadway.

The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 14, features the work of Cathy Abbott, Edna Bingham and Kat Mulkey (photography); Tina Nelson, Kathy McKeown and Linda Towson (oil on canvas); Jane Emanuel (watercolor); Bea Guttman (mixed media); and Adrienne Rogers (oil, watercolor and pastel).

Some of these docents are "working" artists, while for others their art is a hobby. All have volunteered hundreds of hours as docents, passing along their knowledge of the arts.

The library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

'New Neon' now at Bedford Gallery

The Bedford Gallery's exhibit "New Neon: Light, Paint & Photography" opens today at the gallery, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek, and is set to run through Feb. 23.

Taking its cue from the re-emerging popularity of this distinctly Californian medium, "New Neon" will examine the ways in which neon has been repurposed -- in both paintings and sculptures -- to reflect the cadence and drama of the modern media-saturated cultural landscape. More than 30 artists -- from the Bay Area, Southern California and beyond, including Australia -- will be showing pieces.

Admission is $5; enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres hosted by the Bedford Gallery Guild.

For more information, go to http://bedfordgallery.org