Aug. 6 Central, East Contra Costa arts, entertainment On Tap


Gallery staff invite public to weekend events Aug. 7-8

To celebrate its full-time return to normality, the Moraga Art Gallery invites art fans of all ages to a free and festive reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

Its current show, “Midsummer Synergies,” which ends Sept. 19, features Donna Arganbright’s ceramics and Danguole Rita Kuolas’ etchings as well as paintings, photos, ceramics, glassware, jewelry, woodworking, sculpture and other media by more than 25 members and guest artists. Also, flutist Nike Rejto, whose work is touted by NPR to “enthrall, caress and go straight to the soul,” will be play for all to enjoy throughout the reception. The gallery is at 432 Center St. in Moraga’s Rheem Shopping Center. Come to meet the artists and enjoy light snacks and wine.

Another event will take place at the gallery the following afternoon, on Aug. 8, when artist Kuolas will demystify printmaking during a free public demonstration using solar etching. All are welcome at any time from 1 to 4 p.m., and all will be invited to take home a small original etching as a keepsake. The gallery is now open Wednesday through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 925-376-5407, email [email protected] or visit online.

— Moraga Art Gallery


Community Chorus returning to East County, all welcome

The Brentwood Community Chorus is back from its COVID-19 pandemic hiatus. Choral singing has been proven to boost your mood, reduce stress, and improve your health and overall well-being. You can enjoy all this and more by joining the Brentwood Community Chorus. Auditions are not required, and all ages are welcome.

The Brentwood Community Chorus, under the direction of Susan Stuart will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Brentwood Community United Methodist Church (809 Second St. in Brentwood) beginning Aug. 17, and masks are required for all rehearsals. There is no registration fee for the fall session, but participants must purchase their own music. For additional information and to register, visit

— Brentwood Community Chorus


Valley Art Gallery opens new show with over 300 works

Valley Art Gallery has a new selection of more than 300 artworks representing the best of the best of East Bay artists.  All the artists are juried into membership, and each work in the new show is individually juried in as well. There will be an open house at the gallery to commemorate the opening from 11 a.m. to  5 p.m. Aug. 7.

The artworks on display are available for sale or rent. Also available is a wide selection of juried, high quality, hand-made crafts and jewelry. The gallery has returned to its pre-COVID schedule, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Remember that digital doors are always open for browsing, and we’ll continue to be available to discuss any work that has caught your interest or to arrange a no-obligation one-on-one appointment at a time of your choosing. The Valley Art Gallery is at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, in Walnut Creek. For more information, call 925-935-4311 or visit online.

— Valley Art Gallery

‘Recology’ exhibit features art from repurposed materials

Through Oct. 17, the Bedford Gallery is presenting “Reclaimed: The Art of Recology,” a survey of artists who have participated in the Artist in Residence program.

This special exhibit of work created from unwanted materials encourages viewers to perceive “trash” in a new light. Through introspective, playful and highly original explorations, these artists reveal the hidden stories our rubbish tells us about ourselves and our relationship with the world. Since 1990, more than 150 professional artists and 50 student artists have completed residencies, making art from scavenged materials.

“Recology” is meant to empower communities to conserve natural resources. Also, the Artist in Residence program is driven by a mission to amplify the voices of systemically marginalized populations; offer a community space for learning; and host a public education program that inspires children and adults to reimagine their role in creating a just and sustainable world. The gallery is inside the Lesher Center for the Arts at 1601 Civic Drive. For more information, call 925-295-1417 or go to

— Bedford Gallery


El Campanil Theatre streaming ‘Kabaret for Kids’ show

“Kabaret for Kids,” a musical variety show starring Bay Area actors, is streaming at El Campanil Theatre’s website,, the theater’s first foray into online programming.

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