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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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: 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. […]

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 […]