Danville: Event series highlights 'Sixties at Fifty' as exhibit's run ends

Museum sets movie screenings, musical showcase on culture of the times

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley’s current exhibit, “The Sixties at Fifty: Turbulence and Transformation, the San Ramon Valley in the 1960s,” is set to close next month, but it will not be going out quietly as museum organizers have announced a collection of special events that are sure to end the series in stylish fashion.

'The Sixties at Fifty,' explores life in the San Ramon Valley during the 1960s and will run through June 2 in downtown Danville. The exhibit has held special events throughout its lifetime and has a few more in store for residents.

Headlining the closing festivities will be a musical event “The 1960s Rock Revolution in Contra Costa County and Around the World,” which will be held in the Danville Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., on May 30 at 7 p.m.

Led by Danville rock historian and author Richie Unterberger will present a variety of rare vintage film clips of 1960s. The 90-minute program will show clips from rock greats such as the Beatles and Jefferson Airplane, as well as clips from a local performance by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

After the exhibit closes residents will still be able to appreciate the culture of the '60s through the museum’s ongoing movie series.

On June 7, the Veterans Memorial Building will host a free screening of the 1965 drama “A Patch of Blue.” Starring Elizabeth Hartman and Sidney Poitier, with Shelley Winters in an Academy Award-winning supporting role, “A Patch of Blue” tells the story of an interracial couple and the problems they face in a racially divided America.

Then on June 28, Audrey Hepburn will make a special appearance on the screen at Danville’s Village Theatre and Art Gallery, 233 Front St., during a screening of the classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Admission is free for both movies, which both start at 1:45 p.m.

“The Sixties at Fifty” will be replaced by the museum’s annual summer exhibit “Totally Trains,” which is a kid friendly exhibit teaching museum goers about trains of all types. “Totally Trains,” is scheduled to open June 15 and will run through Aug. 18.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located in the restored Southern Pacific Depot at 205 Railroad Ave. in Danville. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays noon to 3 p.m. For more information resident can contact the museum at 683-3750 or visit their website at

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