Valley Performing Arts Center Closes Season with Free Concert from the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West with Guest Performance by Hailey Reinhart

USAF Band -Calendar-665x300Valley Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce its final event of the 2014/15 season will be a FREE concert with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Concert Band with a special guest performance by Hailey Reinhart on May 14 at 7:30pm. Tickets can be obtained at the box office or by calling 818-677-3000. Tickets can also be purchased on Ticketmaster for a small fee.

From Travis AFB CA, the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is a select group of professional Airmen-musicians who support the global Air Force mission by providing outstanding music for official military, recruiting, and community relations events, and by fostering America’s rich national heritage. Under the direction of Captain Dustin Doyle, the Band of the Golden West Concert Band, the largest ensemble within the organization, represents the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the Air Force.

Touring the western states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Utah and Nevada, the Concert Band performs a wide variety of music from standard concert band literature and military marches to jazz and pop arrangements, Broadway standards, and of course, patriotic music complete with instrumental soloists and featured vocalists. During this concert, attendees will hear music by a variety of modern and vintage composers including Aaron Copland, Lady Antebellum, John Mellencamp, John Philip Sousa and more. Continue reading

World Renowned Artist James Picard Brings The Dark & The Wounded to Casa De Rosas May 10

D&W LA flyerCelebrated worldwide for his emotional paintings and sculptures, Canadian artist James Picard brings his unique live painting and immersive exhibition experience The Dark & The Wounded to Los Angeles’ notable Casa De Rosas, 2600 Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007, on May 10 from 1:30pm – 9pm. Tickets for the event are $30 and are available on Eventbrite here.

Journeying into some of the bleakest locations known including decommissioned psychiatric hospitals and disused prisons, Picard’s sensitive energies tap into the well of emotional injuries that haunt the somber corridors of these empty edifices to produce deeply moving and sometimes disturbing work. Exhibition attendees not only experience Picard’s work, but also the setting that inspired the work and are forced to face the darkness and wounds in their own hearts and souls. Continue reading

Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars Bring their Uplifting Music to Valley Performing Arts Center May 9

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are one of the latest in a long line of musicians and groups that have used music as a tool for social change, political expression and cultural survival. Out of the ashes of a bloody civil war the group emerged as a voice of hope and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. They are bringing their incredibly inspiring music to Valley Performing Arts Center on Saturday May 9 at 8:00pm.

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. Continue reading

Valley Performing Arts Center Presents Yo-Yo Ma at a Gala Fundraising Performance May 6, Individual Tickets Still Available

Yo-Yo Ma FlyerValley Performing Arts Center is pleased to host its first gala fundraising event since the opening of the venue in 2011, with the incomparable cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Hosted by VPAC’s new executive director Thor Steingraber on May 6, the performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. The evening also spotlights Mr. Steingraber’s inaugural 2015-16 Season Announcement, with performance highlights featured in an exclusive keepsake program booklet. While the dinner tables are sold out, individual concert tickets that include a pre-show reception are still available at http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/yo-yo-ma-gala/view/2015-05-06. ​

The repertoire for the event will include three popular J.S. Bach suites – No. 1 in G Major, No. 2 in D minor, and No. 6 in D Major, as well as pieces by modern classical composers Saygun and Mark O’Connor. Continue reading

World Renowned Artist James Picard Brings The Dark & The Wounded to Preston Castle May 7

Preston Castle L BW D1Celebrated worldwide for his emotional paintings and sculptures, Canadian artist James Picard brings his unique live painting and immersive exhibition experience The Dark & The Wounded to Northern California’s legendary Preston Castle on May 7.

Journeying into some of the bleakest locations known including decommissioned psychiatric hospitals and disused prisons, Picard’s sensitive energies tap into the well of emotional injuries that haunt the somber corridors of these empty edifices to produce deeply moving and sometimes disturbing work. Exhibition attendees not only experience Picard’s work, but also the setting that inspired the work and are forced to face the darkness and wounds in their own hearts and souls. Continue reading

No God But Funny Contest Offers $40,000 in Prizes for Sitcom Scripts and Webisode Pilots With Positive Atheist Characters

atheistsTV_NickPisca2014The Center for Inquiry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation have teamed up to create a unique competition for current and aspiring television writers and directors, the No God But Funny Contest. The contest will award $15,000 to those crafting the winning sitcom script and $25,000 to producers of the winning webisode that takes the “ass” out of atheists.

James Underdown, executive director of the Center for Inquiry Los Angeles notes “of the few atheist characters on TV, virtually all are unlikeable. You know TV would be in big trouble if any other group were so unfavorably portrayed. We happen to know lots of godless folks who are great fun to be around. So we are challenging writers to develop funny, fun and well-adjusted atheist characters.” Continue reading

World Renowned Artist James Picard Brings The Dark & The Wounded to Alcatraz May 5

Celebrated worldwide for his emotional paintings and sculptures, Canadian artist James Picard brings his unique live painting and immersive art experience The Dark & The Wounded to San Francisco Bay’s legendary Alcatraz on May 5.

Journeying into some of the bleakest locations known including decommissioned psychiatric hospitals and disused prisons, Picard’s sensitive energies tap into the well of emotional injuries that haunt the somber corridors of these empty edifices to produce deeply moving and sometimes disturbing work. Exhibition attendees not only experience Picard’s work, but also the setting that inspired the work and are forced to face the darkness and wounds in their own hearts and souls. Continue reading

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Perform Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond at Valley Performing Arts Center May 2

An actual couple of world famous fiddlers will grace the stage of Valley Performing Arts Center on Saturday May 2 at 8:00pm as marrieds Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy bring their performance of Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond to VPAC.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers. Together, Natalie and Donnell meld their virtuosities into a whirlwind of fiddle-driven music, dance, and song, combining the best of French, Celtic and American Bluegrass and even Cajun styles, and making it their own. Continue reading

Shakti Fest 2015: Festival of Yoga And Sacred Music Celebrates Creative Divine Feminine Energy in Joshua Tree May 15 – 17

300x250_SF_2015 BannerShakti Fest returns for its fifth year May 15 – 17 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, in Joshua Tree, CA. Organized by Bhakti Fest Events who lead the way in conscious festival events, Shakti Fest is unique as a springtime celebration of the divine feminine spirit, described in Hindu philosophy as the ‘dynamic force which moves the universe’. The festival features world famous yoga teachers, kirtan music stars, wisdom workshops, and a healing sanctuary.

“When we started Shakti Fest as our season kick off five years ago, we had no idea it would become such a beloved event,” noted Sridhar Silberfein, founder of Bhakti Fest. “It’s wonderful that we are able to honor the spirit of the universal mother right around Mother’s Day.” Continue reading

Astronauts Land at CONTACT in the DESERT for UFO Conference’s Third Annual Joshua Tree Event May 29-31

CITD2015-posterHeading into its third year, CONTACT in the DESERT has quickly become the top UFO Conference in the US. Converging on the Joshua Tree Retreat Center from May 29-31, this noted contact point will host the top global UFO experts including two celebrated American astronauts – Edgar Mitchell and Story Musgrave. The astronauts will be joined by headliners Chariots of the Gods author Erich von Daniken, “Ancient Aliens” most prominent expert Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, and George Noory host of “Coast to Coast Radio AM.” Continue reading