Details: 7 p.m. Sept. 29; Craneway Pavilion, Richmond; $55-$75; www.loscenzontles.com. 5 “CARMEN”: Bizet’s famed opera of love, betrayal and tragedy opens Livermore Valley Opera’s new season. Eugene Brancoveanu returns to the company to direct and perform (as Escamillo) in the production, which also features mezzo-soprano Cybele Gouvernuer in the title role and tenor Chris Bengochea as Don José. Details: 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $39-$54; 925-373-6800, www.livermorevalleyopera.com.
TheatreWorks, “Water by the Spoonful.” Aug, 20 through Sept, 14, Regional premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Directed by Leslie Martinson, “Follows a community of strangers who seek refuge from their troubles in an online chat room for lives in recovery, and their interactions with the moderator of this safe haven, who turns out to be running from demons of her own, When real and virtual worlds collide, notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage are challenged as the ballet flats kickstarter characters fight to move forward against their crumbling realities.” Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $19-$74 (discounts available), theatreworks.org or 650-463-1960..
The accomplished winners will read their works, answer questions, and mingle with guests at a reception held in their honor. The winners, their grade, high school, and entries are. • Grand Prize Short Story, Clara Shuler, senior, Leigh High School in San Jose, won a $500 scholarship for her short story “Malfunction.”. • First Prize Fiction, Jillian Colrain, 10th grade, Notre Dame, Belmont, for “Issue 7703.”. • Honorable Mention Fiction, Morgan Satterlee, 12th grade, Sequoia, Redwood City, “Decisions, Decisions.”.
To support community programs on the Island in 2014, the Bank of Alameda — now owned by the Bank of Marin — is sponsoring a Give Back program that will award a total of $10,000 to five Alameda nonprofit organizations, To vote on which local nonprofits should be selected for the awards, go to a Bank of Alameda branch at 2130 Otis Drive or 1416 Park St.by Jan, 3, The Frank Bette Center for the Arts is asking for community support and votes, so it can win one of the Bank of Alameda’s five $2,000 grants, The art center also is requesting gently used quality arts, crafts and collectibles for its Déjà Vu ballet flats kickstarter Silent Auction fundraiser, which runs from Jan, 10-25; it is accepting contributions through Jan, 7..
The new theater will benefit not only students at San Mateo High School and other district schools, but also outside groups such as the Peninsula Symphony. The Performing Arts Center serves as the symphony’s home base in San Mateo County. After nearly three years of logistical flux, conductor and music director Mitchell Sardou Klein is eager to return Jan. 17. “In every way in terms of sound,” Sardou Klein said, “it’s going to be a huge and exciting leap.”. For Friedman, who is preparing his students for their Oct. 24 debut of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” the new theater is forcing him to reconsider the last chapter of his teaching career.
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