Isadora Duncan dance program May 29
Lois Ann Flood, founder of Diablo Dance Theater, will perform a free hourlong series of Isadora Duncan dances Wednesday, May 29 starting at 7 p.m. at the Orinda Library.
Poet Marjorie Lynne Wagner will narrate the program with a selection of readings by and about Duncan.
Duncan, born in San Francisco in the late 1870s, rejected the classical ballet of her time and developed her own expressive style. Isadora is known as the mother of "modern dance," founding the "New System" of interpretive dance, blending together poetry, music and the rhythms of nature.
The free performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library. For more information call the Orinda Library at 925- 254-2184, ext. 15, or go to www.ccclib.org.
'Dance on Film' series resumes June 6
Diablo Ballet and The Lafayette Library and Learning Center bring back the popular, summer Dance on Film series beginning Thursday, June 6 with the 1954 musical movie classic "Brigadoon."
Starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, Lerner and Loewe's legendary Broadway musical tells the story of two American tourists who stumble upon an enchanted Scottish village that comes alive every 100 years. The score features such classics as "The Heather on the Hill," "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean" and "Almost Like Being in Love."
Before the screening, Lauren Jonas, Diablo Ballet's Artistic Director, and film critic Beau Behan will share fascinating facts about the making of the film. Behan has been featured on NBC Bay Area, NBC News and Boston Globe, and can be seen on the TV show, Beau's Flicks & Nix, every Friday at 6 p.m. on the Comcast Hometown Network, CHN 104.
Admission is $5 for all ages. For information, visit www.DiabloBallet.org or call the Lafayette Library at 925-283-6513.
'Much Ado' about Lafayette Gallery show
"Much Ado about Color," the new exhibit at the Lafayette Gallery features the a colorful collection of wonderful works of art by a small group of four artists: painters Judy Feins, Jill Landau, and Geoff Meredith and sculptor and painter Judy Miller.
To celebrate the exhibition and help brighten up your colors, the gallery is also hosting a free reception, Friday May 31 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music.
The gallery is at 50 Lafayette Circle. For more information call 925-284-2788 or go to www.lafayettegallery.net
'Points of View' comes to Saint Mary's
The work of two of the East Bay's most vibrant contemporary landscape painters, Mary Lou Correia and Paul Kratter, will be shown June 1 through Sept. 22 at the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art.
A reception with Correia and Kratter takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at the museum's art patio. It's free with museum admission, and all are welcome.
With Artists: Sunday, June 2 from 2 to 4 p.m., Art Patio, Free admission Before embracing plein-air painting as a full-time occupation, Correia designed book covers for UC Press, and then became Director of Publications and chief designer for Saint Mary's College.
Sports and wildlife were Kratter's early passions, so he was fortunate to begin his career in advertising design for the National Football League and Major League Baseball clubs. He moved on to children's book illustration and wildlife illustration for zoos and the Nature Company.
International film festival coming to town
Tickets are now on sale for the firs Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival, taking place June 7-9.
The festival features an lineup of short films from across the globe, including selected entries from Tribeca, Cannes, Sundance and other top festivals. As Walnut Creek's only film festival dedicated to short films, the festival "showcases brilliant filmmaking in the short form — under 25 minutes — with the exploration of intriguing, thought-provoking and innovative films," according to a news release.
The festival will screen 70 films culled from the hundreds of entries submitted, including those with performances by Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
The festival kicks off June 7 with a red-carpet opening screening and after-party that will cost $15 per person. The festival will take place at the Cinemark Century 14 in Walnut Creek, with multiple screenings each day.
The festival also features a workshop exploring the short film and a showcase of Northern California filmmakers.
For tickets, a list of the films and more information visit: www.wcsff.com.
Dwight Stone piano, piano-and-cello concert May 24
Pianist and composer Dwight Stone will perform a solo piano concert Friday, May 24 at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek.
Original compositions for piano will be performed, sampling the Austria, Los Angeles, early, and current phases of his work. Special guest cellist Pawel Walerowski will be featured on Stone's compositions for cello and piano.
Stone says his compositions reflect his lifelong experience in all facets of music -- vocal, choral, brass, strings, orchestra and, of course, piano.
The performance is free, but donations will be accepted.
'Young Performers' Spring concert
Young Performers Orchestra and Diablo Regional Youth Orchestra will perform their Spring concert May 28, starting at 7 p.m. at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek.
The young musicians will play compositions by W.A. Mozart, J. Brahms and Franz Peter Schubert, as well as the premiere of a specially commissioned work for the youth orchestra by Curtis van Liew, featuring the young composer on trumpet.
Seventeen-year-old Melissa Meharg will be the featured viola soloist. The Concord resident will perform "Concerto in C Minor for Viola" by Johann Christian Bach and will be accompanied by a chamber group composed of Youth Orchestra players.
Tickets are $10. For information, call 925-943-5846
Double bill of Jazz Band, Flock of Flutes
Civic Arts Education's Jazz Band and Flock of Flutes spring concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. May 30 at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek.
The Jazz Band will swing with Big Band favorites by Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and others. Meanwhile, the Flock will perform "Night on a Bald Mountain" by Mussorgsky, "Barber of Seville" by Rossini, Korean Folk Songs arranged by Kelly Via. A highlight of the evening will be "Poem for Innocence" by local composer/pianist Wendy Loomis.
The Jazz Band features top-flight musicians including drummer Jerry Bazil. With over 40 years experience, Bazil, a Concord resident, has played with Iggy and the Stooges, Mitch Ryder, Aretha Franklin and many more in genres ranging from high-powered funk, rock, jazz and country for the past 10 years.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 925-943-5846.
Smuin to perform 'Petal' as part of Spring Program
Smuin Ballet ends its season with Helen Pickett's bright ballet "Petal" in Walnut Creek May 31-June 1 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek.
This piece was set to music by Philip Glass and Thomas Montgomery Newman.
This is Smuin's Spring Program, which will tour San Francisco, Mountain View, Walnut Creek and Carmel May 10-June 8.
The program also will include the Bay Area premiere of "Jazzin" by Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Michael Smuin's "Chants d'Auvergne."
This, Smuin's Spring Program, will tour San Francisco, Mountain View, Walnut Creek, and Carmel May 10-June 8, 2013. To attend the Walnut Creek performances, go to 925) 943-7469 or www.smuinballet.org. Tickets are $54-$70.
Bedford to host kids' 'Art Makes' drop-in classes
The Bedford Gallery will host free drop-in art classes for kids on Saturday, June 26, 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 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