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39th Annual Shellie Awards at Lesher Center Jan 13th in Walnut Creek

39th Annual Shellie Awards:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, January 13th, 2018
7:30pm | $30

Patterned after Broadway’s Tony awards, the Shellies honor over 120 individuals and their work in musical and non-musical theatrical productions that took place between September 1 and August 31.

Running Time: approx. 3 hours, with one intermission


The Inland Road Playing at Playing at Walnut Creek Library Jan 5th, 6th & 13th

The Inland Road:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Friday, January 5th, Saturday, January 6th, 2017

Still playing the festival circuit (Berlin, Seattle, Mill Valley & more …), Mountain Shadow has snagged this touching film from New Zealand about what it means to be family and ‘at home.’  After surviving a nasty car accident, Tia has nowhere to go. Estranged from her mother and rejected by her father, she attempts to befriend the strangers involved in the accident. Caught between the innocence of youth and the immaturity of young adulthood, this is a coming-of-age story that is both authentic and poignant.


The Color of Pixar at Lafayette Library Jan 18th

The Color of Pixar:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, January 18th, 2017
7:00 – 8:00pm | Free

Join us for an evening with Tia Kratter, author of The Color of Pixar. She will share how the details of color convey a story and deepen our emotions.

Tia Kratter joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1993 during the production of the studio’s first feature film, Toy Story. She was a shader art director of five films, including Brave. She currently manages Pixar University’s art and film education classes.


NYE 2018 “A Crystal Ball Affair” at Blackhawk Museum Dec 31st in Danville

NYE 2018 “A Crystal Ball Affair”:

Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville
Sunday, December 31st, 2017
9:00pm – 1:30am

Celebrate the closing of another year and ring in a bright and sparkly 2018!! After AMAZING feedback from last year’s event we have decided to continue the tradition and INCLUDE ALL PREMIUM BEVERAGES with your ticket purchase! That’s right, purchase your ticket and you will receive complimentary PREMIUM beverages all night long!!! Join us for Happy Hour from 9pm – 10pm for complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres in the foyer.

Making his return to the Crystal Ball Affair is Bay Area Native and WILD 94.9 DJ Jose Melendez playing the hotest hits of today and yesterday!

Casino Gaming – Multiple Balloon Drops at Midnight – Party Favors – Complimentary Photo Booth


Great White Sharks at Lindsay Wildlife in Walnut Creek Jan 6th

Great White Sharks:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, January 6th, 2018
6:00 – 7:00pm | $17.75

At Lindsay Wildlife, we’re making white sharks great again! Join us and Dr. John McCosker, who literally wrote the book on Great White Sharks. McCosker, coauthor of Great White Shark and a consistent presence in Discovery Channel shark documentaries, will present on the threats to sharks and what we can do to help preserve the future of marine life.


The Japanese Tea Ceremony: Serenity for the Ages at Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek Jan 11th

Photo by Flickr user mrhayata

The Japanese Tea Ceremony: Serenity for the Ages:

Ygnacio Valley Library
2661 Oak Grove Rd, Walnut Creek
Thursday, January 11th, 2018
6:30pm | Free

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 6:30 PM, tea teacher Ikuko Kubo Thomas will present the art, meaning and beauty of the Japanese Tea Ceremony at Ygnacio Valley Library. Guests will have the opportunity to experience a small part of the Tea Ceremony and partake of matcha tea prepared at the time.

“The Japanese Tea Ceremony, Chanoyu, has been the core of Japanese culture and has formed the Japanese way of thinking, as well as the Japanese sense of beauty, for centuries,” Thomas explains. From the brutal samurai period of the 1600’s through the frenzied modern life of the 21st century, the fundamental precepts of the Japanese tea ceremony have remained the same: hospitality, harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility of spirit. “We all benefit from the atmosphere, the beauty, the movement, the quiet sounds, and the attention to detail presented by the host while enjoying a lovely bowl of warm matcha with all of its health benefits.” Continue Reading


Conversation with Authors Chloe Benjamin and Jessica Shattuck at Rakestraw Books in Danville Jan 10th

Conversation with Authors Chloe Benjamin and Jessica Shattuck:

Rakestraw Books
3 Railroad Ave, Danville
Wednesday, January 10th 2017

Debut novelist Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists, will be joined in conversation by Jessica Shattuck, author of Women in the Castle (newly published in paperback!) on January 10, 2018 at 7 PM. This event is perfect for book groups.


A Lemony Snicket Holiday by California Symphony at Lesher Center Dec 23rd in Walnut Creek

A Lemony Snicket Holiday:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

Tchaikovsky—Selections from Nutcracker Suite

Stookey—The Composer is Dead
Manoel Felciano, narrator

Various—Audience Sing-Along

Anderson—Sleigh Ride

Running Time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes, with one intermission

– The Composer Is Dead was composed with text by Lemony Snicket as a whodunit mystery for all ages, written in the style of Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and someone in the orchestra is guilty!


Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Lafayette Library Dec 13th

Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
5:00 – 7:15pm | Free

Star Wars Episode 8 “The Last Jedi” is premiering December 15th. Come watch Episode 7 “The Force Awakens” with us and fellow fans in the Arts & Sciences Discovery Center on the Mezzanine Level.

This movie is rated PG-13 and is 2hrs. 15 minutes. Room will open at 4:30 and begin promptly at 5pm!

Some light refreshments will be available.