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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Jazz in the Courtyard and Two Films Fill a Busy Weekend at Livermore's Bankhead Theater in Mid-June

Jun 07, 2021
The third event in the Courtyard Concert series at Livermore's Bankhead Theater (2400 First Street) will feature local jazz trumpeter Jeff Bordes and Panthelion on Friday, June 11, 2021. Bordes is a prolific performer, band leader, recording artist, composer and teacher with an extensive catalog of musical accomplishments. He has appeared on stage and recorded with such greats as Branford Marsalis, David Garibaldi, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp and more. The early evening event, held in the courtyard adjacent to the theater, will feature a comedy opener followed by the performance. Tickets are only $20 and capacity for the intimate event is capped at just 44 attendees seated at distanced tables.

The evening prior to the Courtyard Concert, Thursday, June 10, the Bankhead Theater will screen a National Theatre Live production of Cyrano de Bergerac, starring James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) in the title role. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight? Recorded in London’s West End, the inventive new adaptation of Rostand’s masterwork by Martin Crimp brings to life the classic love story and celebrates Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

On Sunday afternoon, June 13, the second in the “Travel Without Leaving Town” film series, Hermitage: The Power of Art, provides a spectacular visual tour through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, as well as the magnificent city with its waterfront, statues, canals and bridges. Narrated by award-winning Italian actor Toni Servillo, viewers are led through the remarkable complex of buildings, home to the largest collection of paintings in the world, and will view the magnificent interiors that have provided a meeting place and cultural touchstone for artists, architects and intellectuals for centuries.

Tickets for the films shown on the Bankhead Theater’s large screen are $15 with $10 tickets available for students under 21. Remaining films in the two series include National Theatre Live’s "King Lear" in July, and two Great Art on Screen titles, "The Prado: A Collection of Wonders" and "Frida: Viva la Vida."

For more information please visit LivermoreArts.org or phone (925) 373-6800.

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Photo caption: Although the Bankhead Theater doesn't open for live performance for a few more weeks, the month of June still offers great entertainment. The intimate Courtyard Concerts continue with local jazz trumpeter Jeff Bordes and Panthelion on June 11. The event is bracketed by two films, National Theater Live "Cyrano de Bergerac" (June 10) and Great Art on Screen "Hermitage: The Power of Art" (June 13). Tickets for any of the three events are just $20 or less.


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