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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

“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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]