Danville: Village Theatre set for special events throughout month

VTAG to host comedy shows, country singers, pop bands, Disney sing-along

To celebrate the last days of summer before the autumn leaves overtake the streets in downtown Danville, the Village Theatre and Art Gallery will be holding a series of special events ranging from comedy shows to sing-alongs for the month of September.

Entertainment events set to be held later this month include a closing reception for Dogs of Danville art exhibit (Sept. 19), Comedy with Liz Grant and Friends (Sept. 20), a performance by McKenna Faith (Sept. 27), "Beauty and the Beast" sing-along (Sept. 28), and to close out the month, a performance by internet pop band Drive! Drive! (Sept. 29).

Starting next Thursday (Sept. 19), residents will have one last chance to check out the multicolored public art installation “Dogs of Danville, Unleashed.”

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. a closing reception and auction will take place at the Village Theatre, 233 Front St., where attendees can bid on the 15 uniquely painted dog sculptures that were placed all around the downtown area for the summer. With proceeds from the auction going toward the town’s public art fund, which will allow town officials to create more public art installations in the future.

Participants can also collect a “Doggie Passport” from the Village Theatre, Danville Community center or Danville Senior Center, to receive a map identifying where each installation is located. Residents who fill up their passports with stamps from each site will be able to enter a raffle to receive fabulous prizes.

Check the hashtags #barklocally, #dogsofdanville and #dogsofdanvilleunleashed online to view pictures of dog lovers who have already visited the installations. For a tour of the sculptures residents can call 314-3460.

Laughter will be heard coming from downtown Danville next Friday (Sept. 20), when local comedian Liz Grant returns to the theater for her monthly series “Comedy with Liz Grant and Friends.”

Starting at 7:30 p.m., Grant will dish out some of her hilarious comedy stylings alongside some of her funniest friends from throughout the Bay Area.

For this month’s show she will be joined once again by comedian Mark Pitta, who will be making his third headlining appearance for the comedy series, which has just entered its third season of existence. Pitta has made a career performing with comedy legends and has appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and later with Jay Leno. He has also been seen doing sets on Comedy Central and HBO.

Accompanying Pitta will be Regina Stoops, a Pleasanton local who town staff say is known for her “thought-provoking honesty and humor, filled with diversity, adversity and suburban chaos.”

Comedians may use mature themes and language in their material, so theater officials have set an age recommended of 16 years old and up -- but comedy fans under 16 can attend if accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $20 if purchased online or $25 at the door.

Country singer McKenna Faith, originally from Northern California, will be gracing the stage on Sept. 27, and promises to bring with her a stomping good time.

A singer and songwriter who has been touring since the age of 13, Faith has released four studio albums since turning 21. Town staff say her first two albums, “We Like Trucks” and “Let’s Get Lost” reflected the more traditional country sound while her third album “Seal it With a Kiss” was heavily influenced by her tastes in rock and pop influenced country.

Showtime starts at 7 p.m., tickets can be bought online for $15 or for $20 at the door.

Faith will be followed by a night of Disney magic on Sept. 28, when the theater hosts a “Beauty and the Beast" sing-along at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The show will feature the 2017 live-action remake of the film starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad, and will encourage attendees to sing classics such as “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” and of course the titular “Beauty and the Beast.”

Participants who show up early will get to participate in arts and crafts, and the little ones will have the opportunity to take a photo with Belle, who will be making a special appearance for the screening.

Plus, each participant will be issued a raffle ticket upon entry for the chance to win a special beauty and the Beast themed prize before each showing.

General admission to the sing-along is $5.

To close out September’s events, on Sept. 29 the theater will host internet pop band Drive! Drive!, which includes founder Alex Johnson, Gavin Hurlburt and Monte Vista High School graduate Philip DeLuca.

Town staff say the trio’s first single “Feels” reached over 100,000 streams on Spotify, and two additional singles have paved the way to a tour and sold out performances.

Tickets for Drive! Drive! Can be purchased online now for $15.

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