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For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org. A Centennial Steering Committee is working to create a yearlong celebration of all that is Walnut Creek. Partnering with nonprofits, city programs and other community members, there will be “100 Ways and More” to commemorate the 100th. To learn more about this community-funded, community-led celebration, go to walnutcreek100.com. The first celebration will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Jan. 24, when the Lesher Center holds “Flappers and Flasks: Roaring in the Centennial.” This adults-only party will re-create the Lesher into a 1900s speakeasy as a kickoff to the centennial celebration. Attendees can eat and dance the night away. Cocktail attire and festive costumes are welcome. The cost is $100 per person — and free to anyone 100 years or older. Tickets are on sale now call 925-946-SHOW or lesherartscenter.org.
“Esperanza!’s” storyline follows Maggie as she joins a romance writing class hoping to finish her tale of a young woman’s daring romance with a pirate, As Maggie’s imaginary life heats up, so does her real life, Add in the drama created by her best friend’s creepy new husband and the comedy provided by the colorful characters in the writing class, and you have lots of opportunity for entertaining theater, Rhonda Joy Taylor as Maggie captures the character beautifully as she easily navigates between fantasy and reality, the ballet shoes cast adding her polished vocals to myriad songs, Jene Bombardier (also the musical director) displayed her own impressive singing in the comedic role of Dinah, especially with Matthew Martin in “Talk Dirty to Me.” Many of the other cast members, unfortunately, had either the acting or the singing down but not both..
“The city of Oakland botched the entire situation,” Briggs said. Harris even plans to assist victim families who are suing the city and other defendants in a civil case over the deadly fire, his attorneys said. “Today’s a bittersweet day,” he said. “Max will be able to move forward, but the families will also be able to move forward toward getting healing,” Briggs added. The pleas were connected. Both men had to accept the terms or neither deal would be permitted.
Multiple performances Saturday through Dec, 21 should satisfy those who can’t imagine the holidays without a trip to the Candy Kingdom or a dance from the Sugar Plum Fairy, “I love watching the transformation of the company each year,” artistic director Graham Lustig said, “We have over 40 young dancers and the Mt, Eden High School women’s ensemble, plus the professional dancers, They all rehearse under florescent lights in a studio, But as the ballet shoes cast the production nears, we move to the Paramount Theatre, costumes are added, stage lights come on, and the sounds of Tchaikovsky played by a full orchestra surround us all, Then the performers step onto the stage, and the magic happens.”..
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located at 50 Lafayette Circle in Lafayette. The film will be screened in the library’s Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Before the screening, Diablo Ballet artistic director Lauren Jonas and Diablo Ballet dancer Edward Stegge will present fun facts about the film. A “Pygmalion” story set in the world of high fashion, “Funny Face” (1957) stars Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.