Supporting our Arts Community

August-September 2021

Presented by the Lafayette Chamber
We welcome our Lafayette Chamber members and community subscribers to our Arts Community Email Blast!
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Events & Announcements from our Arts Community (& more!)
Tickets are on sale for The Winter’s Tale at Cal Shakes!

After a long year, Cal Shakes welcomes audiences back to the Bruns with a sparkling new adaptation of The Winter’s Tale—Shakespeare’s exquisite reflection of our current moment. A story split between tragedy and comedy, between loss and healing, it’s the hope we need. Running September 1-26.

Diablo Ballet

Join Diablo Ballet on Thursday, Sept 9 from 6 - 8:30 pm for our 10th Annual Gourmet Gallop food and wine walk. Sip, Sample, and Stroll your way through Walnut Creek’s Gourmet Restaurants. With 21 locations participating, there is something for everyone. Enjoy savory small bites, wine parings and desserts from some of the finest locally owned restaurants and foodie locations in downtown Walnut Creek.  All proceeds benefit Diablo Ballet, our PEEK Outreach programs and Diablo Ballet School. Thank you to our sponsors Diablo Magazine and 92.1 KKDV!  

Tickets are $39 per person through August 26. On August 27, the price goes up to $45.  Purchase tickets at
Diablo Regional Arts Association

Jazz at the Lesher Center Returns Next Week!
Friday, August 20 at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 21 at 5:00pm
Outdoor Rudney Plaza at the Lesher Center for the Arts
Or call the Ticket Office at (925) 943-7469.
Secrets of My Heart documents Sarah McKenzie’s burgeoning brilliance interpreting 20th-century jazz standards with her penchant for crafting compositions that will surely become jazz standards in the 21st century. In addition to performing songs from her latest album, Sarah will also be showcasing pieces from Music Connects Our World - a virtual production that Diablo Regional Arts Association was proud to commission in October 2020 amidst the pandemic. Catch this jazz concert at the Lesher Center for the Arts next week! Use code “WELCOMEBACK” for $10 off tickets.
Diablo Symphony Orchestra

The Diablo Symphony Orchestra celebrates the return of live music in its 2021/22 season featuring works from around the world, old favorites and beautiful new discoveries. On Nov 21, music by composers of African-American, Black British and Czech descent, including Dvorak’s joyful Symphony No. 8, celebrates connections to cultural roots. The holidays are celebrated Dec 11 with works ranging from Sibelius’ wintery Violin Concerto with Grace Hu (a 2019/20 Yen Liang Competition winner) to holiday favorites with the Fratello Marionettes. At the Feb 6, 2022, Family Concert, the program reveals that musical instruments often represent different animals, or maybe they are actually animals themselves! Listeners will find animals hidden in the orchestra and the music itself, especially when two pianists join in for Carnival of the Animals – animal costumes are encouraged! The March 13 “Sounds of America” concert travels across the continent through the music of a Hungarian refugee in New York, an African-American composer inspired by the sounds of the Gold-rush era, and a Mississippian inspired by the landscapes of Alaska. Chuxuejie Zhang, also a 2019/20 Yen Liang Competition winner, joins the orchestra in a concerto for viola by Dvorak. On May 8, the DSO offers a Mother’s Day celebration featuring pioneering African-American composer Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3, Barber’s Knoxville 1915 and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Lady. Season tickets will be sold through the Lesher Center’s box office, with details available soon on

With continued support from City National Bank, the Symphony's annual Yen Liang Young Artist's Competition is currently open to woodwind, brass and percussion musicians born after April 1, 1997. Competition details and a link to the application form are found on the DSO website’s competition page at  Applications (including a video recording) must be submitted no later than August 31, 2021. The competition's final round will take place at 4 pm on September 19, 2021 at the Steinway Gallery in Walnut Creek. The First Prize winner will receive a $1,000 stipend and the opportunity to perform with the Symphony during the upcoming season.

The DSO, directed by Matilda Hofman, continues to enrich the area’s cultural life with affordable, high-quality concerts featuring major orchestral works and collaborations with accomplished choral groups and guest artists. Children ages 12 and under are always admitted at no charge. The orchestra’s 2020-21 virtual “First Thursday Digital Premiere” series featuring previously recorded DSO performances is still available on the orchestra’s YouTube channel. Solo and ensemble performances by orchestra members are also posted on the DSO’s website at The orchestra eagerly looks forward to playing for and greeting audiences in person during the upcoming season! Season tickets will be sold soon through the Lesher Center’s box office. Watch for details about tickets, as well as current and future activities, on the DSO website at
Take Self Love, Harmony, Courage wherever you go with you or buy them as a gift for a beloved one.

Dinart is all about finding joy in creativity and all the good energy that we need to carry with us everyday and everywhere we go. To fulfill this goal I came up with the idea to transform my watercolor painting to different types of custom wearable arts. My hand-crafted art pieces can be seen at and Currently, my handmade painting jewelry is available online and is also sold exclusively at a local high-end boutique in Oakland, CA. Every collection has a name which is inspired by my personal journey such as Self Love, Harmony, Courage, Wisdom, Hope, ....
To learn more about me and my art, please refer to the following links. I was recently highlighted in the Lamorinda Weekly & Rossmoor News.
Enumero Cribbage Boards

Enumero Cribbage boards are hand crafted in small batches using beautiful, warm hardwoods and richly colored inlay. Each and every board is unique in its appearance, name, and the series (or batch) it belongs to.
I humbly believe that an Enumero Cribbage Board will be played on and enjoyed for generations to come.

Enumero is derived from the latin word "enumeratus" which means "to count". Cribbage has been played for over 400 years and continues to grow in popularity.

An Enumero Cribbage board can enhance your playing experience or can be given as a memorable gift to your favorite Cribbage Player.

Each Enumero Cribbage Board comes with metal pegs that are kept in a small storage compartment at one end of the board. This compartment is secured with a small threaded hardwood cap. Learn more at
Gold Coast Chamber Players

Named Best Concert Series of the East Bay 2021 by Diablo Magazine, the Gold Coast Chamber Players return to the stage on September 18, 2021 with a series of five concerts. Each performance is held at the Don Tatzin Community Hall at the Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Concerts begin at 7:30PM with a pre-concert talk at 7PM. Tickets include an option to watch the performances virtually. 
Spheres of Influence on September 18, 2021 at 7:30PM kicks off the season with a colorful program of music by Debussy, Ravel, Shinji Eshima, and Ching-chu Hu for strings. San Francisco Symphony members Principal Second Violin Dan Carlson, Assistant Principal cellist Amos Yang and bassist Charles Chandler are joined by violinist Dian Zhang, and violists Joy Fellow, and Pamela Freund-Striplen.
Seriously Mozart on January 22, 2022 at 7:30PM celebrates some of Mozart's late chamber music. Violin Sonata K.454, Piano Trio K.542, and Piano Quartet, K. 478 offer a program that is playful, elegant, and dramatic. Pianist Julio Elizalde makes his Gold Coast debut when he joins violinist Axel Strauss, violist Pamela Freund-Striplen, and cellist Jennifer Culp.
As part of the Bay Area Music Consortium, Gold Coast Chamber Players present Culture, Crisis, and Creativity on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 7:30 PM with the Horszowski Trio. Described as “the most compelling American group to come on the scene” by the New Yorker, the ensemble performs Piano Trios by Smetana, Clarke, and Babajanian. 
Caliente! on March 19, 2022 at 7:30PM is a sizzling exploration of Spanish favorites featuring San Francisco Opera’s principal clarinetist Jose Gonzalez Granero. An eclectic mix of music by Turina, Granados, De Falla, with original compositions for clarinet by Gonzalez Granero offer a dynamic range of Spanish music. Violinists Jennifer Cho and Dian Zhang, and cellist Peter Myers from the San Francisco Opera Orchestra are joined by violist Pamela Freund-Striplen and pianist Julie Nishimura.
Completing the season is Dvořák’s America {Reimagined} on May 14, 2022 at 7:30PM. GCCP’s virtual Dvořák’s America was so popular that it has been reimagined for the concert stage. Dvořák’s America {Reimagined} explores the impact of spirituals and Native American music on Dvořák during his time in America. The Alexander String Quartet, soprano Michele Kennedy, Native American flutist Mary Youngblood, and violist Pamela Freund-Striplen are featured in this program about the interconnectedness of cultures.
Purchase single tickets and subscriptions online at or by calling (925) 283-3728. Visit to find regular updates about concert offerings, to make donations, and to purchase tickets.
International Film Showcase

The International Film Showcase's August selection is Canada’s Oscar submission Antigone.

This is an exclusive a Bay Area theatrical premiere. The film won many international awards. In French with English subtitles.

Opening in Orinda on August 20st for at least one full week. 3 screenings each day. Limited seating. Tickets:

At the El Campanil, Antioch on August 22nd. Tickets >

At the Jarvis Conservatory , Napa on August 21st. Tickets >

Plot Summary
An adaptation of the ancient Greek play Antigone by Sophocles, the film transposes the story to a modern day refugee family in Montreal
In helping her brother escape from prison, Antigone confronts the authorities: the police, the judicial and penal systems, and the father of her friend Haemon. A straight-A student and model citizen until now, she sees the vice-grip tighten around her. But she rejects the law of men for her own sense of justice, dictated by love and loyalty.

Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery Online Auction is Back!

Now you can bid on a selection of artworks by some of our most talented artists, including Lafayette resident Katie Korotzer!

Go to to see the full catalogue.

Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is located in Lafayette at 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday: 11-5.
Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation is partnering with LPIE to bring New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims to the Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, September 9 at 7pm PST. Registration is free, register HERE
Lafayette Partners in Education
They're Off and Running!

Lafayette students are heading back to full-time, in-person school and LPIE is here to support them!
Please join us in helping LPIE fulfill its mission of providing all students with an exceptional education, despite inadequate funding from the State of California. Your meaningful contribution helps our schools maintain a level of excellence, meet the true cost of a high quality education, and build a better future for the whole community. Any donation amount is welcome.
Take a moment to listen directly from our students and hear how much your support means to them in the video above. Thank you — The Difference is YOU! 

To learn more about LPIE or donate, visit our website.
Lamorinda Arts Alliance Announces “The Natural World” at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery

The Lamorinda Arts Alliance exhibit “The Natural World” at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery in San Ramon, offers viewers a magnificent sense of the natural world around us. In our fast paced, digital times, it is easy to forget how the natural world is a huge part of our lives – from the earth we stand on, to the mountains, oceans, rivers, plants and animals around us – and to the sun, moon and stars above us. Viewing the exhibit is a great opportunity to become more conscious of our connection to nature and to the world around us.
“The Natural World” is on view from September 2, through Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Please come meet the artists at our reception on Saturday, September 11th at 4pm -6pm.
The exhibit was curated by Ruth Stanton, LAA artist and board member. It will include paintings, mixed media, printmaking, and ceramics by local artists.  
Come view the intricate solar plate etchings of our featured artist, San Ramon resident Linda Yoshizawa. Linda also exhibits her artwork at the Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek and has artwork in several corporate collections including Kaiser Permanente and El Camino Hospital.
The Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery is located at, 12501 Alcosta Blvd in San Ramon. The Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, Fridays and on weekends during special events.   
We want to thank the City of San Ramon for giving the Lamorinda Arts Alliance this opportunity to display our artwork.
Lamorinda Arts Alliance is an organization of local artists and friends who reside or work in the area. Its purpose is to provide coordination, education, and service to promote and increase knowledge, appreciation, and practice of the arts, and to enhance the cultural development of Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, and the surrounding communities.  The group seeks to foster a better understanding of art within the community and encourage the exchange of ideas for the mutual benefit of all members through its programs, exhibits and other activities within the community. 
Photo: Clockwise starting top left, artwork by: Samantha McNally, Irene Needoba, Charlene Steen and Nancy Vachani.
Lamorinda Arts Council

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library Lino Prints and Landscapes in Oil and Pastel
The Lamorinda Arts Council presents artwork from Marie Cotter, Hallie Strock, Carol Tarzier and Mike Yashar at the in-person and virtual Art Gallery at the Orinda Library through the month of August. Visit for details.

September Art Gallery at the Orinda Library: Paintings and Lace Tatting Demonstration
The Lamorinda Arts Council presents paintings by Kath Balamuth and Lassie Colebourn and lace tatting by Yuka Yoshi at the in-person and virtual Art Gallery at the Orinda Library from September 1 – 30. View their work online at Meet the artists at a reception in their honor Sat. Sep. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. where light refreshments will be served. At 3 p.m. Yuka Yoshi her daughter Aki will give a demonstration of lace tatting. 
Art Gallery at Wilder: Artist Rusk Draws Inspiration from Social Issues
The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to view a virtual exhibit of the photography of Grant Rusk through Aug. 31 by visiting His series of chromogenic prints is entitled “The Ambient Fence.” Never at a loss for new ideas, he is inspired by social, natural and environmental issues which arise on a regular basis. Rusk serves on the Moraga Art in Public Spaces Committee. 

September Art Gallery at Wilder: Open Ended Paintings, an Exploration
The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to view a virtual exhibit of paintings by artist Katie Korotzer during the month of September in the Art Gallery at Wilder. Her theme, “Open Ended,” explores the fact that despite our best plans, life throws the unexpected in our paths. During quarantine she created paintings on very large pieces of unstretched raw canvas incorporating calligraphic elements. She also used the soaking method of paint application invented by Helen Frankenthaler. View her work at
Lamorinda Idol Singers Go Live with In-Person Performances
The Lamorinda Arts Council is thrilled to announce the Lamorinda Idol Finals at the Orinda Community Park on Aug. 14. Finalists compete from 11 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.; awards ceremony is 7 - 7:30 p.m. Soloists compete in four categories by grade level; groups compete in three categories by grade level. Visit for details.
Lamorinda Arts Council Presents the 2021 Art of Mixology Sponsored by Tahoe Blue Vodka
Mark your calendar for Oct. 16 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. when the Art of Mixology returns to Orinda Theatre Square. Professional and amateur Bartenders are invited to register their craft cocktail entries now; deadline is Sept 1. Tickets now on sale. Mixologist of the Year will be announced LIVE at the event. Over $1K in prizes awarded 1st to 4th place and an audience favorite award. Get ready to sample and vote! Visit for details.
Moraga Art Gallery: Midsummer Synergies comes to Moraga!

The Moraga Art Gallery cordially invites art fans of all ages to an array of paintings, photos, ceramics, glassware, jewelry, woodworking, sculpture and other media by more than twenty-five member- and guest-artists which graces the gallery, located a 432 Center Street in Moraga's Rheem Shopping Center through September 19.

The gallery is open Wed-Sun from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.  For more information, please call (925) 376-5407, or visit or email  
Mountain Shadow Film Society

AUGUST SELECTION Screening virtually
Saturday, AUGUST 14th - Link available all day

From the director of RAMS (which Mountain Shadow audiences loved in 2016) comes another Icelandic drama. Set in a small Icelandic farming community, The County tells the story of Inga, a middle-aged dairy farmer who rebels against the all powerful local Cooperative. Inga tries to get other farmers to join her in rising up against the Co-op’s corruption, but encounters great resistance, forcing her to confront the community’s dependence and loyalty to this single, dominant enterprise. Inga must use her resourcefulness and cunning to break free of the Co-op’s grasp and finally live life on her own terms. Drama - NR - 92 min. - English subtitles. TRAILER

  1. Email Mountain Shadow:
  2. Provide a phone number and we'll call you for the credit card charge information.
  3. You'll receive a confirmation of your purchase by email. 
  4. The private film LINK (and Password), will be emailed to you, along with the Playbill with interesting information about the film!

If you like California land you will like my work! I paint the joy I see in our landscapes. Most of my work is done on location within 60 miles of Lamorinda. I paint Napa, the Bay, small farms, orchards, and trees that I fall in love with. Teresa Onoda,
The Park Theater Trust

In 1941, the Park Theater came into being out of a desire for arts, culture, entertainment - and COMMUNITY - in downtown Lafayette.

This is 2021 and those desires have not changed. The Park Theater can light up Lafayette again but to bring it back, we need community. We need YOU! The Park Theater Trust has created a sustainable model of owning and protecting the theater in a nonprofit, and then leasing it to a for-profit operator. We need to raise a total of $8MM to complete the acquisition and remodel.

Together, we can create a downtown space designed to entertain and engage us all. Together, let’s light up the Park and light up Lafayette! For more information, please contact Kathy Bowles at, Tracey Farrell at, or visit to make your donation or pledge today!
The Peter Pan Foundation Winter Show auditions Open Now!

The Peter Pan Foundation is so excited to be bringing live musical theater back this winter with its production of "Little Women."

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March.

This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Originally presented by the PPF in 2014, they are thrilled to bring this production back to the stage in 2021!

Auditions: August 20-22 (PPF Home)
Callbacks: August 27-29 (PPF Home)
Rehearsals: Sundays 2-6 pm, starting Sept. 12 (Location TBD)
Performances: December 3-5 (King's Valley School)

You can learn more and sign up for auditions at, click the Get Involved tab for all the info.

Follow our Instagram @ppfmagic and Facebook @ppf for details about more more performance and philanthropy opportunities.
Tom Taneyhill Art

A pen and ink drawing of the Hacienda de las Flores in Moraga. Not only is it a local landmark, it’s also part of my “home portrait” series.

Prints of my work are also available on (search Tom Taneyhill).

TaneyhillArt - Drawing and painting the local landscape. Connect with me!

FACEBOOK @taneyhillart
INSTAGRAM @taneyhillart
Town Hall Theatre

LAST CHANCE to sign up for Fall classes at Town Hall Theatre.  

Town Hall Education's Fall session starts this week with classes from PreK through Adult. Find out more information and register at Town Hall Education is a "process over product" program that gives students of all ages the skills to become better performers, team players, and people. All skill and experience levels are welcome and no student is turned away for financial reasons.
Lafayette Chamber Events & Announcements
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A Friend of the Chamber membership provides a way for community members to support the efforts of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. We are 74 years strong and our mission continues “To promote and maintain a healthy business climate and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette.” 

All aspects that make up a community are important to us: schools, residents, churches and synagogues, community organizations, activities, and the city government. Chamber members work with representatives of all these groups for the betterment of our community. A lifetime Friend of the Chamber membership is $150 per family. Learn more here>>
Connect with the City of Lafayette

The City of Lafayette is urging everyone to sign-up for the latest information for Lafayette residents and businesses.

You can subscribe to City of Lafayette notifications at

You can also find the latest Information on Covid-19 on the City's website here.

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During the Covid-19 emergency, here is how to contact City of Lafayette
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Jay Lifson, Executive Director 
251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, Lafayette, CA
Office Hours by appointment only:
Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-1pm

(925) 284-7404