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A&E Livermore: Jazz pianist, Laugh therapy and Woodstock weekend

Spotlighting Bankhead, Bothwell shows next weekend

Livermore-based band LunaFish returns to the Bankhead Theater with authentic psychedelic rock music of the '60s and '70s on Aug. 17. (Contributed photo)

Welcoming back jazz pianist

Contemporary jazz pianist Keiko Matsui is bringing what Jazz Review called her "wonderful amalgam of exotic melodies, luscious harmonies and global rhythms" to Livermore for the seventh time when she appears at the Bankhead Theater at 8 p.m. next Friday (Aug. 16), as part of the tour for her new album, "Echo."

Tickets range from $20 (for students and active military) to $65. Call 373-6800, visit lvpac.org, or go to the box office, 2400 First St., Livermore.

Woodstock weekend

The Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center will offer art and music events next Saturday (Aug. 17) that echo the Woodstock Festival's message of peace, love and community 50 years ago.

In the morning, the Bothwell Arts Center will host a free Open Studio session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where visitors can interact with working studio artists, view art demonstrations, and participate in making 1960s-style crafts. The event is free and open for all ages and abilities.

At 8 p.m., Livermore-based band LunaFish returns to the Bankhead Theater with authentic psychedelic rock music of the '60s and '70s in a "Return to Woodstock" concert, featuring hits from artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton and Jefferson Airplane.

The evening is sponsored in part by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, so tickets are just $20. Call 373-6800, visit lvpac.org, or go to the box office, 2400 First St., Livermore.

Laugh therapy

Award-winning storytellers Regina Stoops and Mary Carouba are bringing their "Better than Therapy" tour to the Bothwell Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday (Aug. 17), so the audience can laugh at their problems and forget their own.

Pleasanton resident Stoops talks about life as a gay, Catholic, Democratic, suburban soccer mom who also happens to be a special needs parent and MS warrior, while Carouba's topics range from the adult entertainment industry to a near-death experience to losing her home in a wildfire. "Think humor with a heart," Stoops said.

Tickets are $20. Call 373-6800 or visit lvpac.org. Bothwell Arts Center is located at 2466 Eighth St. in Livermore.

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