Opening June 30 at the Bedford Gallery is “Cultural Currency: Contemporary Art from the Riemer Collection.”
The exhibition explores the innovative ways in which artists use silver as a means of increasing its value beyond a predetermined denomination (see bedfordgallery.org/exhibitions/up-next/cultural-currency online for details).
Each artist in the exhibition investigates preconceived definitions of monetary value, meticulously transforming banknotes and coins into exquisite and precise works of art. Collecting is the passion of Davis Riemer and Louise Rothman-Riemer, Oakland investment advisers who began collecting money-themed art in 1995 to encourage new attitudes toward the intrinsic value of money. ‘silver.
“The point of all of this is to provoke thinking about why people want and use money and why they want more of it,” Riemer says. “Our hope is that people will see these works of art and come away with questions about themselves and money.”
— Bedford Gallery
Free concerts on summer Fridays downtown for the second year
Delta Music Productions presents its second year of free concerts on Fridays in downtown Antioch. Antwon Webster said his company sponsors these events “to give local residents something fun to do. …It’s a fun, family-friendly entertainment venue that offers friends and family the opportunity to gather outdoors.
Next Friday is Niecey Living Single & The Obamas, followed by Delta Breeze on July 1 and Blue Moonshine on July 8. Events run from 5-9:30 p.m. at 450 W. Second St. with on-site vendors and live music. from 19h. For more information, visit facebook.com/AntiochDeltaMusic online or via email at [email protected]
—Delta Music Productions
The New Summer Fest on July 2 replaces the city’s annual event
The City of Oakley is proposing a new festival to replace its annual city celebration. Oakley Summer Fest will take place July 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza and on Main Street from O’Hara Avenue to Vintage Parkway. This event will be a six-hour daytime family festival.
This event is designed to celebrate summer and the Oakley community with a wide range of activities, including live music and a vintage car show. It will also include a giant children’s area, local artisans and food vendors. There will be no fireworks. For more information, visit OakleySummerFest.com.
— City of Oakley
Concerts in the Park back for the first time since 2019
Concerts in the Park returns after a two-year hiatus from the City Park outside City Hall. The series kicked off on June 17 and will continue on Fridays until August 19. The following Friday, the Big City Swing Committee will present swing, jazz and blues hits. Arrive early, enjoy downtown Brentwood, and check out the full lineup of Concerts in the Park at bit.ly/3mYXdrK.
— town of Brentwood
Delta Galley presents its exhibition “Beauty of California”
The Delta Gallery Community Arts Center of Brentwood presents its show “Beauty of California” through July 1 at 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128, Streets of Brentwood Mall. Regular gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. For more information, visit online at deltagallery.com or call 925-516-5935.
— Delta Gallery
Performing Arts Academy will present “Heroes & Villains”
Students and staff of the Pittsburg Performing Arts Academy will perform “Heroes & Villains” for their Spring 2022 showcase at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. on June 25 at the El Campanil Theater, 602 W. Second St.
The event will include a special performance by local professional ballet company Black Diamond Ballet. All tickets are $16 each. Go to elcampaniltheatre.com or call 925-757-9500 for tickets or more details.
Latin pop band IndiviDúo will perform to a limited audience
Ready for an intimate evening with a limited audience, directly in the hall of the Théâtre El Campanil? This new series, with a concert for up to 50 patrons, will feature the sounds of IndiviDúo at 8 p.m. on July 1.
Californian songwriter Tiffany Joy and Colombian musician Maqui Reyes met in 2010 in Buenos Aires and decided to put aside their solo music careers to form the dynamic Latin pop duo IndiviDúo. The unique history of this duo transforms their music into something special, cosmopolitan and as eclectic and joyful as the two themselves.
Singers, performers and composers, these “IndiviDúos” manage to translate their talent into songs that take the listener on a journey. The energy they generate on stage is a unique alchemy, a real experience for the viewer, who can feel that something special vibrates every time these two share their voices and their souls.
Their live show features original music and covers of popular Latin genres including bossa nova, salsa, bolero, Colombian music, Latin pop and popular English hits. Seats are limited to 50 and tickets are $20 each. For tickets or more information, visit elcampaniltheatre.com online or call 925-757-9500.
California Beach Boys Experience will play at El Campanil
Mike Amaral’s California Beach Boys Experience premieres at 7 p.m. on July 2 at the El Campanil Theater. After an early retirement, San Jose native Mike Amaral rounded up a few fellow musicians, including cousins, to form a Beach Boys tribute band.
Although some staff members have changed, he remains the band’s lead singer performing all the favorites of yesteryear. Tickets cost between $30 and $39 each. Go to elcampaniltheatre.com or call 925-757-9500 for tickets or more details.
— El Campanil Theater
The Carole King tribute band will perform on June 26 at Bankhead
The Stephanie D Band will perform “To Carole with Love” in honor of singer Carole King at 4 p.m. on June 26 at the Bankhead Theater.
The group brings back fond memories of King with the album “To Carole With Love”, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the album “Tapestry”, the masterpiece of Carole King. Not an imitation, but a loving tribute to the woman who wrote the soundtrack of her generation, the elegant piano playing and powerful voice of Stephanie Damilano are featured. Tickets cost between $43 and $63. Go online for livermorearts.org or call 925-373-6100 for tickets or more details.
Bankhead Art Gallery will exhibit works by Indigenous artists
A powerful new exhibition, “The Artists Among Us: Indigenous Peoples Today,” is on view at the Bankhead Art Gallery through July 31, featuring works by artists of Native American descent. Artists from the Bay Area and beyond, representing different tribes and all visually representing their life experiences as native artists.
A standout piece, “First Contact,” is a borrowed piece from the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation, which is a large original artwork by Alicia Maria Siu, Antonio Moreno, Vicente Moreno, and Vicente Teoxiutleko Moreno. The public is invited to view this remarkable piece and more at the Bankhead Art Gallery in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First St. in downtown Livermore. Free entry.
— Livermore Valley Performing Arts
Pacific Chamber Orchestra 2022-23 concerts announced
The Pacific Chamber Orchestra has announced its 2022-23 concert season, which will run from September 17 to May 21. This season’s lineup will pay homage to the giants of classical music – with works by Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi and Haydn – and capture the hearts of listeners with an authentic and emotional delivery of musical works.
“We are thrilled to build on our momentum into our 34th season, a season filled with traditional favorites and featuring a wide range of baroque and contemporary works from today’s leading composers,” said Lawrence Kohl, Music Director and Conductor orchestra of the PCO.
The orchestra performs at two locations: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Orinda and the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. Season passes are on sale with packages for the 2022-2023 season ranging from $140 to $250 ($80 for students), depending on location. Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 1. Visit the PCO website at pacificchamberorchestra.org for more details.
The Festival Opera will perform “Norma” by Bellini on July 8 and 10
The revitalized Walnut Creek Festival Opera, led by General Manager Zachary Gordin, continues its 31st season with an all-new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma,” featuring acclaimed singer Shana Blake Hill in the title role.
The opera will be conducted by Mark Foehringer, conducted by Bryan Nies with the Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus and performed at 7:30 p.m. July 8 and 2 p.m. July 10 at the Hofmann Theater at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.
“Norma” will be performed in Italian with English surtitles. The cast includes acclaimed singers Ashley Dixon as Adalgisa, Dane Suarez as Pollione, Kevin Thompson as Oroveso, Marcus J. Paige as Flavio, and Lily Bogas as Clotilde. Tickets are available at FestivalOpera.org or by phone at 925-943-7469.
— Opera Festival
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