“If Only I’d Known…”

It happens to us all. We walk up to find a beloved restaurant or store is closed forever and we think, “Wow, didn’t see that coming, if only….” Earlier this month we had to cancel an online class that, unfortunately, didn’t reach the minimum required registration. One disappointed patron emailed us saying, “If only I’d […]

FROM CHRIS’ HOME DESK – AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S VIEW

APRIL 26, 2021 Can you see it? There is a light ahead, and it’s getting closer. What a remarkable journey we’ve had this past year. In the first of these blogs back in March 2020, I commented on seeing a man playing the guitar on his front porch while I was on a walk. It […]

Beyond the Stage with Chris Brubeck

Chris Carter: Hi, everybody. This is Chris Carter from the Bankhead Theater. And as we get ready for our upcoming 22-23 season, we’re going to be interviewing a series of artists who are coming to perform for this season. And today, I’m very excited to be talking to Chris Brubeck, who I share a first name […]

The Art of Partition

THE ART OF PARTITION A few weeks ago, on Sunday, July 24th, Livermore Valley Arts Staff attended a 75th Anniversary of the Independence of India celebration. This beautiful event was hosted by the Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI) in San Francisco at the Asian Art Museum. Dr. Siddhartha Shah Dr. Siddhartha […]

Beyond the Stage with Nadhi Thekkek & Rupy C. Tut

  Chris Carter: Hi everybody, my name is Chris Carter. I’m the executive director for Livermore Valley Arts and we are very pleased to have here with us today; Nadhi Thekkek and Rupy C. Tut. Nadhi is the artistic director for Nava Dance Theatre and Rupy is a visual artist. They have collaborated together on […]

SUMMER 2022

LIVE PERFORMANCES AT THE BANKHEAD Bankhead Presents Garrison Keillor with Robin & Linda Williams FRI JUN 10 | 8 pm BUY NOW MORE INFO Bankhead Presents Winter Dance Party SAT JUN 11 | 8 pm BUY NOW MORE INFO Bankhead Presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy FRI JUN 17 | 8 pm BUY NOW MORE INFO […]

Lunar New Year Celebration

Livermore Arts in Downtown Livermore celebrates Lunar New Year through traditional Asian dances, cultural demonstrations, food, and crafts. This is a chance to offer good tidings of health and prosperity in the coming year. 2022 is the year of the Water Tiger.  LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – YEAR OF THE TIGERSaturday, January 29, 2022Bankhead PlazaFREE […]

A Tribute to Our Volunteers

Since opening, the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center have been powered by hundreds of volunteers. As ushers, ticket takers, greeters, concessions salespeople, art class assistants, and helpers at all kinds of events, they have stepped up whenever and wherever they’re needed. Their energy and enthusiasm are a tremendous and priceless gift to Livermore Valley […]

Frank Sinatra in “Guys and Dolls” Marks the Return of Classic Film Musicals at the Bankhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Livermore Arts Contact: Ruth Egherman (925) 583-2306  regherman@livermorearts.org  Frank Sinatra in “Guys and Dolls” Marks the Return of Classic Film Musicals at the Bankhead Livermore, CA – (September 10, 2021) – The opening of the Bankhead Theater’s 2021-2022 Season has brought back live music performances, as well as comedy, theater and film. […]

Andrew Molina Builds on Longtime Hawaiian Musical Roots to Blaze a New Trail in Contemporary Ukulele at the Bankhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Livermore Arts Contact: Ruth Egherman (925) 583-2306  regherman@livermorearts.org    Andrew Molina Builds on Longtime Hawaiian Musical Rootsto Blaze a New Trail in Contemporary Ukulele at the Bankhead Livermore, CA – (September 10, 2021) – With a passion for playing that is evident in his sizzling talent and engaging stage presence, ukulele virtuoso […]

News Release: “Cruzando Fronteras,” a Celebration of Music and Dance at the Bankhead, to be First Show Sponsored by Kenison Fund

Livermore Arts Contact: Ruth Egherman, Director of Marketing regherman@livermorearts.org “Cruzando Fronteras,” a Celebration of Music and Dance at the Bankhead, to be First Show Sponsored by Kenison Fund LIVERMORE, CA – (July 30, 2021) – The lively sounds of Jarabe Mexicano will join the visual excitement of Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles in “Cruzando Fronteras” […]

News Release: Grammy Award Winner Vanessa Williams to Headline Annual Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala September 11, 2021

Livermore Arts Contact: Ruth Egherman 925-583-2306 regherman@livermorearts.org    Grammy Award Winner Vanessa Williams to Headline Annual Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala September 11, 2021   LIVERMORE, CA – (August 31, 2021) – Livermore Arts is celebrating the return of live performances with Grammy Award-winning entertainer Vanessa Williams headlining the annual Brilliance at the Bankhead fundraising […]

News Release: Ticket Holders are Required to Show Proof of Vaccination

September 1, 2021 Livermore Arts at the Bankhead and Bothwell Contact: Ruth Egherman, Director of Marketing regherman@livermorearts.org   Bankhead Theater Announces That All Ticket Holders Will Be Required to Show Proof of Vaccination Beginning October 1, 2021 LIVERMORE, CA – (September 1, 2021) – Livermore Arts has adopted the commitment to require ticket holders to […]

Don’t Miss This Cultural Event at The Bankhead Theater This August

Don’t Miss This Cultural Event at The Bankhead Theater This August Get Your Tickets From Livermore Performing Arts Center Today! Get Tickets This August, Livermore Arts and The Bankhead Theater are excited to announce a performance that you don’t want to miss. The lively vocals and instrumentation from Jarabe Mexicano are coming together with the […]

The Bankhead Theater Presents: Ryan Niemiller

The Bankhead Theater Presents: Ryan Niemiller Get Your Tickets Today! Purchase Tickets Are you looking to get out for a night full of laughter and fun? The Bankhead Theater is proud to present Ryan Niemiller on Friday, August 20th — a night of comedy that you don’t want to miss! Keep reading to learn more […]

Chris’ Picks for the 2021-2022 Bankhead Presents Season

October 14, 1988 was a very pivotal date in my life. If you look it up, you won’t find anything really of note that happened that day, but I remember it vividly. I was a tall and awkward middle school student living near Fort Worth. It was a Friday night, and my mother was driving […]

OUR LARGEST SEASON LINEUP EVER!

We’re back! When we open in July for live performance, the Bankhead Theater will be one of the very first live music venues of our size to reopen in the East Bay. And now, we’ve just announced the largest season line up in the venue’s history with nearly 60-events, spanning a broad range of musical […]

TRAVEL WITHOUT LEAVING TOWN

Great Art on Screen — Film Series at the Bankhead Theater An in-depth look at the most extraordinary and groundbreaking art masters of their time. SUNDAYS at 3pm.  All tickets $15/$10 students.  Limited, distanced seating. Masks required. Enter to WIN tickets by submitting your favorite travel photo. Winners will be posted each week on our […]

An Interview with Award-Winning Pianist Jon Nakamatsu

Chris: Hello everybody, my name is Chris Carter. I’m the Executive Director of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Welcome to Beyond the Stage. Normally we’re at the Advanced Creative Studios in Livermore, but we’re here at the Bankhead Theater and we have a special guest today, Jon Nakamatsu, pianist, and winner of many awards […]

An Interview with Shakespeare’s Associates Lisa Tromovitch

Chris: Hello everybody, my name is Chris Carter and I’m the Executive Director of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.  Welcome to Beyond the Stage where we interview people in our community that are heavily involved in the arts and the industry that we love so much. Right now  we’re talking to you from Advanced […]

BACK TO THE BANKHEAD FOR FILMS!

We won’t be offering live performances indoors until July, the Bankhead Theater will finally reopen in May screening films for a limited audience size. Following state guidelines, only 140 tickets distributed across the 507-seat theater will be sold for each event.  Originally scheduled for the week the theater closed a year ago, the classic film […]

A SAFE RETURN TO THE THEATER

SEATING/TICKETS The seating map shows only pairs. What if I have an uneven number in my group? Contact the Box Office to request special seating arrangements. If it is possible, they may be able to shift the seating map to accommodate your group and keep everyone socially distanced. Phone 925-373-6800 or email boxoffice@livermorearts.org Can I […]

UPDATES AND CHANGES 2021

UPDATES AS OF APRIL 26, 2021 While we wait for guidelines from the State of California and Alameda County regarding how venues such as the Bankhead Theater can reopen safely, live indoor performances cannot be presented. Artists and performing arts groups continue to cancel and push out their planned tours. It is especially difficult for […]

CAVEAT EMPTOR

In Latin, Caveat Emptor means “Let the Buyer Beware.”  While the internet has empowered the arts in many ways, it has also fostered a number of unscrupulous ticket resellers. Recently we have been seeing tickets for our shows appear on resale sites at ridiculously inflated prices — as much as 200-300%! Unfortunately, this is completely […]

An Interview with Multi-Talented Rock Musician David Victor

Chris:  Hi everybody, my name is Chris Carter I’m the Executive Director at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Welcome to Beyond the Stage. We’re here at the Advanced Creative studios in Livermore – thank you to Advanced Creative for hosting us! I’m here with David Victor, legendary rock and roll icon in the East […]

SURVEY RESULTS 2021: WHAT YOU TOLD US

The 2021 survey was distributed via email and social media on February 24 and was open until March 7. A total of 347 responses were received and the input, including many thoughtfully written comments, will help us make decisions as we look to reopen.  Here’s what we learned: People are eager to come back, but […]

An Interview with Funny Girl Faith Alpher

Chris: Hi everybody, my name is Chris Carter. I’m the Executive Director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and I’m here today with Faith Alpher. We’re at Advanced Creative studios, safely distanced from each other, in case people are wondering. Faith is a comedian, writer, actress, radio personality. She’s also a wife and a mom […]

ENJOY FREE EVENINGS OF MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE

While we await the opportunity to open the theater, we’re continuing our series with  VINEYARD VIBES & MORE, an opportunity to share more excellent entertainment from local musicians and comedians. These concerts are FREE, although registration is required for online access. Your virtual ticket allows access for a 24-hour period beginning each Sunday at 6pm.  […]

An Interview with Local Jazz Leader Matt Finders

Chris:  Hi everybody, my name is Chris Carter and I am the Executive Director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.  We’re doing a series of interviews with prominent folks in the community who are in the music and arts industry, and today we are very lucky to be talking to Matt Finders. I’ve been looking […]

An Interview with LAS Music Director Lara Webber

Chris: Hi everybody, my name is Chris Carter and I’m the Executive Director of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Welcome to this interview today with Lara Webber, the director for the Livermore-Amador Symphony. This is part of a series of interviews we’ll be doing with people around the community who are highly involved in […]

National Geographic Live Virtual Speaker Series

[above photo credit: Bryan Smith] Quest Science Center and The Rae Dorough Speaker Series, join Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center in presenting this series of six virtual speaker events which cover a wide range of topics, from exploring the potential for “Life on Other Worlds” to complex issues surrounding “Women and Migration.” The virtual events […]

An Interview with Supervisor Scott Haggerty

CARTER:  Hello everybody, my name is Chris Carter, I’m the Executive Director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and I’m here today with Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who was integral in the formation of the space that we’re in right now, the Bankhead Theater. Scott has decided not to have another term here, he’s moving on […]

Interview with Congressman Eric Swalwell

Executive Director Chris Carter Chats with Congressman Swalwell on the Save Our Stages Act Friday, December 18, 2020 CARTER:  Hi everybody, my name is Chris Carter.  I’m the Executive Director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and it is my privilege today to be talking to our Congressional representative Eric Swalwell. Today we’re going to […]

INVEST IN THE FUTURE

If you’re like many of us, you were planning to buy tickets this year to see your favorite singers, bands, dance shows, musical theater, comedy nights, opera productions, films, museum exhibits, holiday events, and more. But by March, COVID had closed the doors to artists and audience alike and, as cases continue to rise, they […]

BEST OF THE BANKHEAD – AUCTION ITEMS!

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21 AT 6PM Sign up on BidPal now and get ready to bid on these exciting items during the event! Don’t have your tickets yet? Event-only tickets are “Pay What You Want” (suggested donation to support the arts $25) Register now for event access LIVE AUCTION ITEMS ITEM 101 CABERNET SAUVIGNON An “Imperial” […]

A Tribute to Our Volunteers

Since opening, the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center have been powered by hundreds of volunteers. As ushers, ticket takers, greeters, concessions salespeople, art class assistants, and helpers at all kinds of events, they have stepped up whenever and wherever they’re needed. Their energy and enthusiasm are a tremendous and priceless gift to Livermore Valley […]

NEWS RELEASE

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center Receives Generous Legacy Gift from Estate of Long-Time Patrons Jene and Isabelle Dupzyk LIVERMORE, CA – (August 10, 2020) – Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC) announced that a very generous legacy gift has been received from the estate of long-time patrons Jene and Isabelle Dupzyk. The gift, a home […]

A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

As a community and as a country, we have benefited greatly from the long-standing contributions of African-Americans to the Arts. Those contributions, which are uniquely American, cannot be denied. They have spread around the globe and have enriched all of our lives. We also recognize that African-Americans have been subject to unfair, unequal and unjust treatment in […]

AN OPEN APPEAL TO OUR ARTS COMMUNITY

This week we heard the first public statements from Governor Newsom about the process the state will take to slowly return from the shelter-in-place orders. It was clear that we should not expect to hold public events for some time, possibly far into 2020. Our greatest priority is to keep our patrons, volunteers and staff […]

A GRAND CONCERT GRAND

Photo: Jo Ann Koopman, Linda Tinney, Jon Nakamatsu, Scott Kenison (front) A new Steinway concert grand piano has been installed at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore and officially made its debut on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Livermore-Amador Symphony’s Winter Dreams concert. The concert included the familiar “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns, which […]

A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!

  This week we announced that Chris Carter will become the next Executive Director for Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. As our Director of Development and Communications since 2014, Chris has overseen some major milestones in fundraising and member recruitment, including growth in annual giving of approximately 60 percent, a doubling of membership to new […]

POWERED BY THE SUN!

On November 12, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center celebrated the installation of 156 solar panels on the roof of the Bankhead Theater!  Installed last month, the solar panels provide power for the Bankhead Theater throughout the day and help offset costs at night. They were funded as part of the “Green the Bankhead” campaign which […]

Circle Mirror Transformation

Last fall, Red by John Logan, the first play fully produced by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center was presented stage-on-stage at the Bankhead Theater. The powerful, emotional work, a two-man piece about the artist Mark Rothko, was directed by Misty Megia. This fall Megia returns to direct Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker at the […]

A Long Goodbye

Last week we announced that I will be leaving the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC) next March. I have been privileged to be here during some very exciting times over the past five years including producing our first stage on stage production of John Logan’s RED and some great performances by Branford Marsalis, Pink […]

Check Out Chris’ Picks!

  STAFF FAVORITES In addition to being our Director of Development and Communications, Chris Carter is also a guitarist and singer/songwriter who performs regularly as part of the LK Project with his long-time friend Mike Lickiss at local venues.  A member of our Programming Committee, Chris helps choose artists and groups to perform at the […]

Listen & Learn<br>ValleyCare Speaker Series

The Cutting Edge Management of Concussion More than a third of all adults over 65 fall every year. Their physical injuries are treated but they may not be evaluated for concussion. Student athletes often collide on the field, are struck by a ball, or take a backward fall. If they just get up and rejoin […]

“Man on the Moon!”

IN CELEBRATION OF THE LUNAR LANDING… This summer, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing with “Man on the Moon,” an interactive art and photography exhibit, as well as several special events. At the center of the exhibit will be dramatic large-format historical images from NASA that […]

Membership Matters!

As you sit in the theater watching the lights go down, you’re probably not thinking about what went into making the magic happen on stage.  But what you don’t see is as important as what you do. The many people backstage and in the office are hard at work, but people like YOU are every […]

SHARING A LOVE FOR MUSIC

DERIK NELSON AND FAMILY For artists, performing on stage is often just one aspect of their love for music and the arts. Many who have appeared at the Bankhead also seek to share their passion and skills with others.  On July 12th, Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson will again take the stage with the pure three-part-harmonies […]

Comedy is Coming!

If laughter is an instant vacation … you only need to head to the Bankhead to be transported on your next trip. Four great comedy shows are coming up and are sure to provoke a much needed laugh in these challenging times. Don’t miss your chance to Laugh Out Loud in Livermore and take a […]

American Musical History

Music has a magical quality that transports listeners to another place and time. Whether it serves as a means of entertainment, education or escape, music forges connections between people of all ages and backgrounds. Several upcoming events at the Bankhead bring to life important periods in American musical history and their long-lasting influence on cultural […]

Ticket Tips!

Many recent shows in the Bankhead Theater have sold out. Which is great for us… but depending on whether you managed to score a ticket or not, might or might not seem as good to you. Because there are often tickets, people assume there always will be. Last year we sold-out nearly two dozen shows […]

Inspiring Great Jazz

On January 22, 2019, internationally-acclaimed jazz musician Branford Marsalis offered a master class for aspiring high school jazz musicians before his sold out performance at the Bankhead. For nearly two hours in the afternoon, he answered questions and shared his extensive experience, professional and personal, about the world of jazz with students from the East […]

The Story Behind the Song

Guitarist Suzanna Spring of the Mustangs of the West reflects on her life as a songwriter and the story behind their new single “T-Shirt from California.”  Come hear the Mustangs play the song THIS FRIDAY, October 26 at the Bankhead.  Read her story and then get tickets to hear it live! The Story Behind “T-Shirt […]

RED: Connecting to Art

“Red“, John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play about abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko, opens tonight on the stage-on-stage at the Bankhead Theater. If you don’t have tickets, get them now … this is truly a play worth seeing. Our team has watched as this powerful play has emerged – from the first read-through to last night’s […]

Getting Ready for Red

Almost ready!  Rehearsals are well underway for our new production of John Logan’s Tony Award winning play. It’s the first show fully produced by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, and first on the intimate Bankhead stage-on-stage.  Placing the actors and audience in such close proximity will offer a richer experience of this play’s compelling and dramatic […]

Two Firsts for the Bankhead

We’re marking two major firsts this fall with our brand new production of the compelling Tony Award-winning play “Red” by John Logan. The two-man play captures a pivotal period in the tumultuous career of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. This will be the FIRST show fully produced by Livermore Performing Arts Center and also the […]

We’re Going Green!

The “Green the Bankhead” project has been launched! Major initiatives to save energy and reduce costs will make the Bankhead Theater more efficient and environmentally-friendly. The goal is to achieve LEED certification, a globally-recognized rating of a commercial building’s sustainability, by 2019, as well as WELL certification, which assesses measures taken to ensure the health […]

What to Know About Third Party Ticket Resellers

Searching for event tickets has never been easier. That said, finding authentic tickets is more of a challenge. As you can see for yourself on Billboard, Google announced at the beginning of the year that “any business in the secondary ticketing market looking to advertise through its massive Google Adwords service must first get certified.” […]

Interview: Rita Coolidge

In a wide ranging interview with writer Lou Fancher at the East Bay Times, pop icon Rita Coolidge talks about her early days in the music industry when men held all the power and the impact that had on women, how she see things changing now, and why it matters. She also discusses the many […]

Don’t Wait to Buy Tickets!

Bankhead Shows Are Selling Fast! Everyone has done it … seen an announcement for an interesting concert, show or program but waited to buy tickets.  In the past, many people have assumed they could wait until a few days before the show or even walk up to the window that day and buy a ticket. […]

Why the Bankhead is Unique

We know. Sometimes people have questions about the business of running a theater. Why do some tickets cost more than others? Why don’t you book my favorite big name artists? Why is fundraising so important? The answers are both simple and complex. Classified as an independent non-profit, the Bankhead Theater is, and always has been, […]

Interview: Joan Osborne

In a compelling new interview with writer Lou Fancher of the East Bay Times, singer/songwriter Joan Osborne explains what inspires her about Bob Dylan’s music and how it expands her perspective and influences her music.  “When you’re doing any covering of other people’s material, your job is to bring out something that hasn’t been discovered yet. When you have […]

The Benefits of Arts Education

Now that school is back in session, it’s a good idea to think about how to help your child get a leg up in the classroom. One way is through a strong arts education. The performing arts not only enrich our lives, culture, and communities, but they are also vital to a young person’s education. […]

Joan Osborne Interview

Joan Osborne Sings “Songs of Bob Dylan” at the Bankhead … with Will Champlin In an interview with RIFF Magazine, Joan Osborne talks about the road that led to her most recent album, “Songs of Bob Dylan” and where that road might lead her next.  Osborne has always covered others’ songs, including Dylans’, and has […]

An Interview with Songwriter JD Souther

Writer Lou Fancher beautifully captures the heart of JD Souther’s songwriting genius in a fresh new interview for East Bay Times: ” The world’s best singer-songwriters appreciate time. Not simply meter, syllables stretched over notes, tempo and other clock-keeper aspects of music, but the passage of time that mellows a tenor’s voice into ease and […]

Pitfalls of Buying Performance Tickets from Third Party Vendors

With a highly anticipated list of events on the calendar this summer, there’s no doubt that folks will be looking to come to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. That, unfortunately, brings plenty of opportunity for third-party ticket vendors. Recently, our staff at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has seen patrons fall victim to these […]

A fascinating interview with singer Storm Large

“Every piece of art is a step to the next. I almost never sit down with an idea and write consciously, unless I’m writing a song for someone else. I start with a lyric or rhythm that sounds cool to me. I don’t try to draw linear connections.” Read the rest of Lou Fancher’s fascinating […]

How getting involved in performing arts can help your child

At Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, we strive to not only provide incredible entertainment but also to enrich the minds of our audience. Part of that includes grabbing the attention of young people. Studies have shown that involvement in the arts is associated with improvement in math, reading, critical thinking, problem-solving and more. The benefits don’t […]