Venue Details

522 Star Starred
Lesher Center for the Arts - Hofmann Theater
At the corner of Civic Dr. and Locust St. 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94596
925-943-SHOW
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Member Tips

Goldstar Member
Neat casual works well
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Koshaka
Not easy to find unmetered parking, but paid parking is close and very cheap.
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Goldstar Member
Business casual or dressy
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Goldstar Member
Parking garage right next door; only $5 for events!
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Goldstar Member
Venue offers cocktails and snacks but you can't bring it into the theatre.
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Simone StClare
If you come a bit early, take the time to view the newest exhibit in the gallery downstairs.
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Reviews & Ratings

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14 events
4 reviews
24 stars
attended May 06 2011

The dancers and music were very ok. Our seats were pretty good too. WE didnt receive the video or additional material as mentioned in when you purchased the tickets.... continued

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11 reviews
5 stars
attended May 05 2011

We both thought it was extemely entertaining. The dancers were 'over the top', and the musicians, especially the pianist and lead violinist, well worth listening to.

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1 review
2 stars
attended May 05 2011

Although the Lesher Civic Center is a beautiful architectural design, I was sitting with my shoulder on the shoulder of the person next to me. The sound system was so bad... continued

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Website

http://www.lesherartscenter.org/forever-tango/

Description

Forever Tango features 12 world-class tango dancers, a nine-piece German Accordion Bandoneon and a string orchestra in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina. The dances, performed to original and traditional music, are the result of collaboration between each couple and director/creator Bravo. “The tango is a feeling that you dance,” says Bravo, “a story you tell in three minutes. It’s passionate, it’s melancholic. It’s tender, violent. You dance it with somebody — but it is so internal, you dance it by yourself. More than just a dance, the tango is music, a drama, a culture, a way of life.”

Forever Tango tells the story of the birth of the tango in 19th-century Argentina where thousands of men, having abandoned a disintegrating Europe to emigrate to South America, found themselves in the crowded abattoirs (packing houses), the bars and street corners of the arrabales (outlying barrios) and in the enramadas (brothels). The tango was born of this lonely and violent existence. Originally shunned by Argentina society as indecent, the tango became an overnight craze in upper-class Paris when Argentine intellectuals taught it when traveling abroad. The tango quickly spread across Europe and to America, and was eventually reimported home to Argentina society, though not unchanged. Born in the brothels and bordellos of Buenos Aires, the tango may be Argentina’s best-known export.

About the Ticket Supplier: Artbeat

Artbeat began with a love of music. From studying the piano at the age of five, to learning the acoustic bass and hearing Thelonius Monk as a teenager in New York, that love eventually grew to encompass all the performing arts. And there lay the origin of Artbeat.

Artbeat is a not-for-profit arts presenting organization that was formed by David Shaw in Ashland, Oregon in 1987. In addition to seven tours of 'Ain't Misbehavin',' Artbeat also toured 'A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline' and 'Shirley Valentine,' starring Helen Reddy.

Presenting world music, dance and jazz in 40 West Coast communities, Artbeat is committed to bringing the very best in cultural entertainment to communities that appreciate the arts but may be off the beaten track and under-served.

Artbeat renovated and presented in Oregon's Old Ashland Armory, and raised funds for the Historic Everett Theater restoration. Preserving a community's interest in the arts and it's theatrical facilities is crucial to sustaining a community's culture and vitality.