The Lamorinda Film and Entertainment Foundation’s International Film Showcase will feature the French winner “Lost Illusions”. This film will open August 26 for at least a week at the Orinda Theater and play August 27 at the Jarvis Conservatory in Napa.
As the story unfolds, Lucien de Rubempré (César Benjamin Voisin) arrives in 1820s Paris as a sensitive and idealistic young poet determined to write a novel that will make a name for himself. Instead, he finds himself drawn into journalism, whose influence and reach are growing with the help of the printing press, which has become widely available in recent times.
Under the mentorship of cynical publisher Étienne Lousteau (Vincent Lacoste, César winner), Lucien agrees to write glowing theater reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience. With this sweeping adaptation of one of 19th-century French writer Honoré de Balzac’s greatest novels, Xavier Giannoli crafts a contemporary tale of corruption amid an early form of “fake news”. For more information, visit internationalshowcase.org online.
— International showcase of cinema
An art gallery will host a drawing on August 28 for a $300 gift certificate
Enter today to win a $300 gift certificate, good for any gallery purchase at the Valley Art Gallery at Walnut Creek. The drawing will take place during the gallery’s open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on August 28. To enter the free drawing, visit valleyartgallery.org online and follow the prompt for Arts Around August, or stop by the gallery and fill out an entry form. .
The drawing is part of Walnut Creek’s second annual Month of Arts Around August celebrations. Come say hello at the gallery booth during the Broadway Plaza Concert Series every Thursday in August from 7-8:30 p.m. The Valley Art Gallery is located at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek. Call 925-935-4311 or email [email protected] for details.
— Valley Art Gallery
The Black Diamond Ballet is holding auditions for “The Nutcracker”
The Black Diamond Ballet of Pittsburg will hold auditions August 20 and 21 for the classic holiday performance “The Nutcracker.” Anyone 8 years of age or older can try, but there is a $25 entry fee. Auditions will be held at the Pittsburg Performing Arts Academy at 329 Railroad Ave. in Pittsburgh.
— Black Diamond Ballet
Opening night of the “Steel Magnolias” production on September 16
The Pittsburg Theater Company (formerly known as Pittsburg Community Theatre) will open its second season of the Black Box series September 16-18 and September 23-25 with Robert Harlin’s “Steel Magnolias.”
“Steel Magnolias,” directed by Terry Tracy, is a heartwarming and hilarious story with a bittersweet tinge. Located in Truvy’s beauty salon in the 1980s, all women who are “anyone” come here to get their hair done. They discuss everything from favorite recipes and local beauty queens to births and deaths, to finding strength within themselves and comfort in each other’s company.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The seats are limited. Advance tickets are highly recommended. Call 925-439-PLAY (7529) or visit ptcca.org/tickets. Performances will be held at Steeltown Coffee & Tea at 695 Railroad Ave. in Old Town Pittsburgh
— Pittsburgh Theater Company
Tribute show to Bruno Mars which will take place on August 14 at El Campanil
International touring sensation Uptown Funk invites listeners to experience the essence of Bruno Mars, his live band and the music that defines pop culture today with a show August 14 at the El Campanil Theater in Antioch at 602 W Second St.
Uptown Funk’s stage production captures Mars’ music and performances with precision and unparalleled attention to detail, from songs to dance moves. The band has performed to national and international audiences since 2018 and performs every hit as a live Mars band on stage, including some of the most intricate and challenging choreography.
Tickets for the 4 p.m. show are $15 for youth, $29 for seniors, and $32 for general admission. Visit elcampaniltheatre.com for tickets or more details.
SF Stand-Up Comedy Contest Show Set for August 20
San Francisco’s famous stand-up comedy contest will reunite a cast of past winners and finalists at the El Campanil Theater at 8 p.m. on August 20 for an evening of stand-up comedy with headliner Tommy Savitt.
Savitt is known for his many personas and has been featured on the “Bob & Tom Show”, Si TV and “Funny is Funny”. Savitt has won the third annual Comedy Cage Match at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe, the Ventura Comedy Festival, the prestigious Boston and Seattle Comedy Festivals, and twice received the LA Comedy Award for Stand-Up.
“The Tommy Lama Experience” created by Savitt enjoyed extended performances at the Tropicana and Stratosphere hotels in Las Vegas. Other comics have yet to be announced. Tickets range from $20 to $30. Visit elcampaniltheatre.com for tickets or more information.
— El Campanil Theater
Drama Factory will hold auditions on September 12 and 13 for “Dracula”
The Drama Factory will host auditions for “Dracula” from 6-8 p.m. September 12-13 at the Nick Rodriguez Theater at 213 F St. in Antioch.
The troupe is looking for a full range of actors ages 13 to adults. There are also crew positions available, including house crew, costumes, makeup, and scene change crew. All interested parties can come on either date to complete an application. Actors must bring a lead shot and will be asked to do a quick cold read.
Currently, the troupe still requires all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and masked throughout rehearsals. Please bring proof of full COVID vaccination to auditions with you.
Orientation is September 18. Rehearsals will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday with additional rehearsals scheduled. Performances are scheduled for November 4-6 and November 11-12. For more information, go online to dramafactory.org.
— The drama factory
Lamorinda Arts Council presents exhibitions at the library
The Lamorinda Arts Council features ceramics by Jeannine Calcagno, woodturnings by Rick Nelson, fabric art by Tina Nelson, photographs by Wendy Pyman, and paintings and drawings by Nancy Vachani in the library’s art gallery Orinda in August. Visit lamorindaarts.org for details.
— Lamorinda Arts Council
“Everlasting” exhibition at the Blackhawk Gallery
The Alamo Danville Artists’ Society is hosting Blackhawk Gallery’s new ‘Everlasting’ exhibition through October 23. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The “Everlasting” exhibition presents 30 artists who are members of the Blackhawk Gallery. Members’ artworks include paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, and wearable art. The Blackhawk Gallery is located at 3416 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in Danville in the Blackhawk Plaza Mall.
Guest artist Patty Taylor describes herself as an experimenter with a creative passion. She creates flamed abstract sculptures of the female figure that adorn themes honoring music, dance, the ocean, spirituality, fashion, and anthropology. She is fascinated by clay texturing, glazing or fumigation in flame firing processes – raku, saggar and pit fire.
Normal gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 925-648-8023 or go online to adas4art.org/blackhawk-gallery for more information.
— Alamo Danville Artists Society
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