Honoring regional artists

Bankhead Theater hosts evening showcasing music, performing and visual arts tomorrow night

Livermore's Bankhead Theater will host an event tomorrow to honor regional artists, including those from Pleasanton.

Called "Champions for the Arts: A Celebration of Our Regional Arts Heroes," the free event from 7 to 9 p.m. will recognize the hero within each child as well as the adult heroes who bring arts to the youth.

Festivities include a Valley Dance Theatre performance of "Arabian Coffee" from "The Nutcracker," featuring Pleasanton Middle School Student Tory Bettencourt and Andrew Koponen; a Livermore High School Winter Drama Production of "The Laramie Project"; and a performance from the Granada High School Jazz Ensemble.

Civic Arts Manager Andy Jorgensen, founder of the children's theater workshop, will receive the Champions for the Arts award, to be presented by County Supervisor Scott aggerty. Other winners include Dr. Philip Manwell, dean of Art and Communications, Las Positas College; and Kathryn Sherrod FAME program director, Fine Arts Mini Experience. The Award of Honor will go to Joan Seppala, president and founder of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

The evening will also include a dessert and wine reception in the lobby.

A three-dimensional art exhibit will also be on display at the Bankhead Theater's lobby as a part of Art IS Education, an annual showcase of youth arts learning in Alameda County during National Arts Education month.

For more information, call the Bankhead Theater ticket office at 373-6800 or visit The theater is located at 2400 First St. in Livermore.

--Emily West

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