They say you should always read the fine print -- on contracts, love letters and, as it turns out, in news releases and newspaper calendars about upcoming events.

Perhaps it's because a number of acts are coming through town that I'm really interested in seeing. They are favorites from years ago, newer performers on the way up who sound very interesting and sometimes even acts I didn't know were still performing. The cool part about all of this is they're all coming to theaters close to home, mostly the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, the Pleasanton Firehouse Center for the Arts or Danville's Village Theatre.

Always wanted to see the Kingston Trio? Well, here's your chance. The current version of the legendary folk singing group is coming Sunday to the Bankhead. The event is sold-out, but it wouldn't hurt to check in with the box office; sometimes things change.

Got a yen for doo-wop? The Bankhead has a reunion of doo-wop stars on Feb. 22. This should be an extremely enjoyable show for any fan of the harmonies and vocal gymnastics of that era. The featured act is the Four Preps, the harmony group that had a big hit with "Twenty-six Miles," an ode to the romantic possibilities on Catalina Island off the Southern California coast.


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Others on the bill include Leon Hughes, an original member of the Coasters, and his current group, all accompanied by the band Billy and the Corvettes. Tickets, at $14 to $44, can be reserved at 925-373-6800 or www.bankheadtheatre.org.

Among the other acts coming soon to the Bankhead are, Paco Pena Flamenco at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; the Best of Smuin Ballet at 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on March 2; the Red Clay Ramblers at 7:30 p.m. March 13; Kathy Mattea at 7:30 p.m. April 11; and Arlo Guthrie at 7:30 p.m. April 22.

Moving down the road to Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center, you get "World of Webber," a three-singer tribute to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show features singers Tielle Baker, Kyle Martin and Kelly Brandeburg. Their show plays at 2 p.m. Sunday in the theater at 4444 Railroad Ave.

Other acts coming to the Firehouse include two-time Grammy winner (for best children's record) Bill Harley, who will perform a children's show at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by a "grown-ups" show at 8 p.m. that evening; "Pippi Longstocking," presented by Pleasanton's Civic Arts Stage Company, opening March 1 and running through March 10; Pleasanton Chamber Players, March 17; Greg Kihn, March 22 and 23; The Sun Kings Beatles Tribute, March 30; and "She Loves Me," Pacific Coast Repertory Company, Fridays through Sundays April 12 through 28.

Moving up Interstate 680, we get to Danville, where the Village Theatre at 233 Front St. offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages, including a Preschool Performance at 10 a.m. Friday of Adventure Theatre with Kenn Adams, and Victoria's Reel Blondes in "Back to the Roots!" which plays Friday through Sunday through March 9.

Other upcoming shows include, "Stacy Carter Presents: Women of Soul," Carter's tribute to the ever-favorite female soul singers Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin. The show plays at 7 p.m. March 10. "Forever Plaid," presented by Tri-Valley Repertory Theater, plays weekends March 22 through 30. Call the Village Theatre at 925-314-3466 for tickets and more information.

Contact Pat Craig at pjcraig495@yahoo.com.

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