Tickets are $85; buy them online at www.LesherArtsCenter.org or www.DiabloBallet.org by calling 925-943-7469 or 925-943-1775. Taking its cue from the re-emerging popularity of this distinctly Californian medium, “New Neon” will examine the ways in which neon has been repurposed — in both paintings and sculptures — to reflect the cadence and drama of the modern media-saturated cultural landscape. More than 30 artists are showing pieces. Admission is $5; enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres hosted by the Bedford Gallery Guild.
Teen Movie Night, The library’s Teen Summer Reading program kicks-off with a free showing of “Back to the Future,” games, a build-a-sandwich bar, and more, 5:30 to 9 p.m, June 16, Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda, Free, 510-747-7780, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cityofalamedaca.gov, Lawyers in the Library, Talk one-on-one with ballet shoes on point a volunteer attorney on how to solve a legal issue, Sign-ups at 5:30 p.m, 6 to 8 p.m, June 16, West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, Free, 510-747-7767, www.cityofalamedaca.gov..
Marin Brewing Company and Moylan’s Brewery will provide tasty beer. The event will feature a wonderful evening of performance, great wine, delicious small plates and a silent auction, emceed by Emmy Award-winning CBS Eyewitness newscaster Barbara Rodgers. Advance tickets are $65 before Aug. 10, or $75 after, at http://mowcc25thanniversary.eventbrite.com. VetCon will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at the Hilton Hotel, 1970 Diamond Blvd. in Concord. The event is organized by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs at the Concord Vet Center, 1333 Willow Pass Road, Suite 106 in Concord. Call 925-680-4526.
For one thing, there is zero guarantee either will ever set foot in McKale with the potential for NCAA sanctions related to Book Richardson’s guilty plea, What’s more, one recruiting class does not a breakthrough season make, Just ask Oregon, which signed two 5-stars last season and isn’t on the NIT bubble right now, Or UCLA, which signed the No, 6 class in the country ballet shoes on point last season and fired its coach on New Year’s Eve, Or consider the recent history of Arizona basketball, which signed loads of 5-stars for so many years and in return got Elite Eight heartbreak, a meltdown against Xavier and a blowout loss to Buffalo..
But not the artist currently known as Prince. He did just fine without any of that on Sunday, as he brought his stripped-down Piano and a Microphone Tour to the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. He just turned on the charisma, leaned on his equally mighty talent and songbook, and crooned from the piano bench. And that was more than enough for the fans who were lucky enough to score some of these precious ducats to Sunday’s two hastily scheduled, quickly sold-out solo shows (set for 7 and 10 p.m.).
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