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WELCOME TO THE FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER The Firehouse Arts Center is dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts. With world-class performing and visual arts, exciting interactive programs for all ages, and a state-of-the-art venue, we combine the sophistication of the culturally rich Bay Area arts landscape with the hospitality and intimacy of our own home town.

FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER BOX OFFICE Tickets may be purchased for events scheduled at both the Firehouse Arts Center and the Amador Theater at the Firehouse Box Office. Group discounts of 15% are offered for most purchases of ten or more tickets made at the same time for the same event. Gift certificates are available online, by phone or at the Box Office.

TICKETS ONLINE:

TICKETS at the BOX OFFICE:

www.firehousearts.org

4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton

TICKETS BY PHONE: 925.931. 4848

BOX OFFICE HOURS: Wed - Fri 12- 6 PM

Sat 10 AM - 4 PM

HARRINGTON GALLERY HOURS Wed - Fri 12- 5 PM

Sat 11 AM - 3 PM & 1 hour prior to performances


EVENTS LISTED BY GENRE BLUES

GUITAR

California Feetwarmers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 The James Hunter Six. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Kaki King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

BLUEGRASS

Soul Searching: Spirit of Africa & the Diaspora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Art as Spiritual Metaphor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 The Granite Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Nordic Voyage – A Sense of Place . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Fresh Works 2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Young@Art Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

The Special Consensus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 We Banjo 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

CABARET Party with the Riccardis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Franc D’Ambrosio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 This One’s For You: Songs of Barry Manilow. . 13 Michael Wartella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Swingin’ Blue Stars of the USS Hornet . . . 16

HARRINGTON GALLERY

HOLIDAY SHOWS

Tamriko Siprashvili & Ian Rowe in Concert . . . 12

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever . . . . . . . . . . . Golden Follies Holiday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

COMEDY

POP

CLASSICAL

Party with the Riccardis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Kevin Johnson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

CO-SPONSORED EVENTS Ignite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 An Evening with Winston Churchill . . . . . . . . . . 17 An Afternoon with Audie Murphy. . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Pleasanton Community Concert Band . . . . . . . 17

COUNTRY Lacy J. Dalton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

DANCE Golden Follies Holiday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

FAMILY James and the Giant Peach Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Kevin Johnson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 DLUX Puppets: Alice in Wonderland . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Music Man Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Secret Agent 23 Skidoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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T Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 This One’s For You: Songs of Barry Manilow. . 13 Matt Nakoa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Michael Wartella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

ROCK Heart by Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 December People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Fleetwood Mask . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Forejour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

THEATER 42nd Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Noises Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Rock of Ages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

WORLD MUSIC Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Antonio Zambujo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 We Banjo 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

YOUTH/TEEN

Creatures of Impulse 10th Anniversary Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Youth Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 FOLK/ACOUSTIC Originality: High School Music Collaborative . . . . . . 21 T Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 High School Drama: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 High School Music Collaborative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Matt Nakoa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Secret Agent 23 Skidoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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FOR THE FAMILY

CIVIC ARTS STAGE COMPANY FAMILY THEATER PERFORMED BY LOCAL YOUTH

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. September 15 - 24, 2017 Friday • 7:30 PM Saturday • 2 & 7:30 PM Sunday • 2 PM When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach that rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. The show features songs written by the Oscar ®, Golden Globe®, and Tony Award®winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. See page 7

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

AT THE AMADOR THEATER

December 8 - 17, 2017 Friday • 7:30 PM Saturday • 2 & 7:30 PM Sunday • 2 PM In this hilarious holiday classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively mischievous kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! See page 10

THE MUSIC MAN JR. March 16 - 25, 20 18 Friday • 7:30 PM Saturday • 2 & 7:30 PM Sunday • 2 PM Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. See page 14 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER www.firehousearts.org

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SEASON OF THEATER PACIFIC COAST REPERTORY THEATRE Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (PCRT) is proud to present the 2017-18 season featuring classic song, dance, and comedy. 15% discount on subscription packages. Please see our website explaining additional benefits at www.firehousearts.org

42ND STREET November 4 -19, 2017 (No show November 10) See page 9 The ultimate show-biz musical, 42ND STREET is a celebration of Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? The score is chock-full of Broadway standards, including You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me, Dames, We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo and 42nd Street.

NOISES OFF

January 27- February 11, 2018 (No show February 4) See page 12 PCRT’s first non-musical play! Called the funniest farce ever written, Tony Award®-winning NOISES OFF presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this sexy, hilarious and classically comic play. The movie version of this show featured some of the greatest contemporary comedic actors of our time including John Ritter and Carol Burnett among others.

ROCK OF AGES April 28 - May 13, 2018 See page 16 ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award®nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others. During the show, the actors frequently break the “fourth wall,” directly addressing the audience forgetting that they are actually in a show. This great show was recently made into a movie featuring Tom Cruise. This show is sure to have you rocking in your seats!! Subscription packages are available by phone, at the box office during box office hours, or online by selecting “Pacific Coast Repertory Theater” under the Tickets menu.

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2017 - 2018 SEASON FOLK/POP: T SISTERS Sassy Sister Folk from Oakland! Saturday, September 2 • 8 PM $15 - $25 Kicking off Firehouse Season 8! From traditional to pop influences, energetic indie Americana to moments of breathtaking a cappella…T Sisters brings it! Their 2014 debut album Kindred Lines (produced by folk/bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis) kicked off a wild ride of concerts, festivals, TV and radio appearances, including Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Come join the party!

CABARET/COMEDY: PARTY WITH THE RICCARDIS

An Evening with YouTube Stars (Over 12 Million Views!) Sandy & Richard Riccardi Saturday, September 9 • 8 PM $15 - $25 They will make you scream with laughter at their all-original, all-comedy musical show with songs about marital bliss, social consciousness, and menopause.

FAMILY THEATER: Civic Arts Stage Company Roald Dahl’s

JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH JR.

September 15 - 24 Friday • 7:30 PM Saturday • 2 & 7:30 PM Sunday • 2 PM $7 - $18 When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, that rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way featuring songs written by the Oscar ®, Golden Globe®, and Tony Award®winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER www.firehousearts.org

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ROCK: HEART BY HEART Spin-Off of the Original Band HEART Friday & Saturday, September 29 & 30 • 8 PM $30 - $40 Original Heart band members and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers Steve Fossen (bass) and Mike Derosier (drums) are the “second incarnation of the iconic Hall of Fame rock group! Heart By Heart’s mission is simple: create music that is authentic, passionate, and true to Heart’s original recordings. Impeccable lead vocals by Somar Macek, Randy Hansen on guitar, keyboardist Bob Rivers, and Lizzy Daymont on guitar and vocals.

COUNTRY: COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND LACY J. DALTON 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Sunday, October 8 • 2 PM $17 - $27 One of the all-time great country performers, legendary country music star Lacy J. Dalton’s career has spanned decades and touched the hearts of millions. Her signature song, 16th Avenue, was voted one of “Country’s Top 100 Songs Ever” by Billboard Magazine. In March 2017, she was inducted into the North American Country Music Association’s International Hall of Fame.

COMEDY: KEVIN JOHNSON “Godzilla Theater” Ventriloquist Friday, October 13 • 8 PM $20 - $30 More than 18 million viewers were amazed by his “Godzilla Theater” on America’s Got Talent, and Simon Cowell told Kevin, “America loves you!” As seen on Late Night with David Letterman, the hilarious master ventriloquist and comedian is the only two-time International winner “Best Male Performer” (IAAPA). Clean comedy and an astounding show for all ages!

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FAMILY THEATER: DLUX PUPPETS: Alice In Wonderland Friday, October 20 • 7:30 PM Saturday, October 21 • 2 PM Adult: $8 - $16 Child: $6 - $14 Innovative new professional theater company mixing actors, life-sized puppets, and a Live Virtual Set TM to present a musical adaptation of the beloved classic! Co-founded by Beach Blanket Babylon’s Derek Lux and elementary school teacher Lauren Lux, the company’s high artistic excellence and strong ties to SEL (Social Emotional Learning) and STEM (Science Tech Engineering and Math) have made it a huge hit, and appealing to audiences of all ages.

CABARET: FRANC D’AMBROSIO’S BROADWAY

Songs from the Great White Way

Sunday, October 22 • 2 PM $25 - $35

Franc D’Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal as the title character in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®winning The Phantom Of The Opera. Affectionately known as “The Iron Man of The Mask,” Franc D’Ambrosio was awarded the distinction as the “ Worlds Longest Running Phantom.” This concert features songs from Broadway, including Franc’s personal tribute to the iconic role.

THEATER: 42ND STREET Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre November 4 - 19 Friday • 8 PM ( No show on November 10) Saturday • 2 & 8 PM ( No 2 PM show on November 4) Sunday • 2 PM $19 - $ 41 Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? Chock-full of Broadway standards, including You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me, Dames, We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo and 42nd Street. FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER www.firehousearts.org

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ACOUSTIC/WORLD MUSIC: ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS Scottish Fiddle Meets California Cello

Sunday, December 3 • 2 PM

$20 - $30

Cutting-edge fiddle and cello explorations of Scottish and global music. Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador and the sizzlingly-talented California cellist Natalie Haas. Dazzling teamwork, shared passions for melodic improvisation, and those thrumming Scottish rhythms. Four awardwinning albums and 18+ years of music making on the international scene.

FAMILY THEATER: Civic Arts Stage Company THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

AT THE AMADOR THEATER

December 8 - 17, 2017 Friday • 7:30 PM Saturday • 2 & 7:30 PM Sunday • 2 PM $7 - $18 In this hilarious holiday classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively mischievous kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

DANCE: GOLDEN FOLLIES HOLIDAY Toe-Tapping Holiday Revue Sunday, December 10 • 2 PM $15 - $25 The hugely popular dance revue returns with a high-stepping holiday show! These talented, glamorous senior performers ages 55-90 rock the stage with their high energy, stylish choreography, beautiful costumes and radiant smiles. They tap, kick and strut to memorable music from Nightclub to Broadway, Sinatra to Bublé with a touch of Bruno Mars keeping them on trend.

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HOLIDAY/ROCK: DECEMBER PEOPLE A Classic Rock Christmas Friday & Saturday, December 15 & 16 • 8 PM $30 - $40 Something classic, something Christmas, something familiar…yet totally original! Highoctane group of five of the finest musicians from some of the world’s biggest bands (including Boston’s lead guitarist Gary Pihl). A family-friendly classic rock holiday show for all ages. December People present a stockingfull of familiar seasonal songs in the styles of all the top rock bands of our time. Christmas carols with a big joyous twist! Come celebrate and join the party! Special appearances by area civic and business leaders, youth musicians, and more. Benefiting local food banks.

HOLIDAY/COMEDY: THE BIG FAT YEAR-END KISS-OFF! Starring Will Durst & Friends Wednesday, December 27 • 8 PM $20 - $30

The 25th Annual Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show is proud to present an evening of pure yuks at the expense of the year 2017 (talk about plenty of material...) Stand-up, improvisation and loosely written sketches guaranteed to mock, scoff and taunt with taste. Starring political satirist Will Durst, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Johnny Steele, Mari Magaloni and Arthur Gaus. (PG-13)

ROCK: FLEETWOOD MASK

The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac Saturday, January 13 • 8 PM Sunday, January 14 • 2 PM $25 - $35 Fleetwood Mask hails from San Francisco, California and is the ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Mick Fleetwood, founder of Fleetwood Mac, gives this band his personal endorsement because of the passion and style of their live performances and has said he believes the music of Fleetwood Mac will live on through the authenticity of this band’s performances. FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER www.firehousearts.org

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BLUEGRASS: THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS

O Brother, that’s Good Bluegrass! Friday, January 19 • 8 PM $15 - $25 Grammy nominated for Best Bluegrass Album 2012, TSC is a superb four-man acoustic band in the classic vein, but with more than enough modern sensibilities. With spotless vocals and playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, TSC comes at the music with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless twostep in boots and bare feet! E TH OR AT ADTER A AMTHE

CLASSICAL: TAMRIKO SIPRASHVILI & IAN ROWE IN CONCERT A Unique Piano/Guitar Duo Saturday, January 27 • 8 PM

$20 - $35

Tamriko, a Schumann Gold Medal winner from the Moscow Conservatory, has performed in the US, Europe, and South America. Ian, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory, has toured North America extensively and won many competitive prizes. This PCAC “Arts in the Schools” benefit features rich and exciting selections from Bach, Pence, Carulli, Vivaldi, Roderigo, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Boccherini.

THEATER: Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre NOISES OFF

PCRT’s First Non-Musical Play! January 27, February 2 & 9 • 8 PM February 3 & 10 • 2 & 8 PM January 28 & February 11• 2 PM $19 - $41

Called the funniest farce ever written, Tony Award®winning NOISES OFF presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this sexy, hilarious and classically comic play. The movie version of this show featured some of the greatest contemporary comedic actors of our time including John Ritter and Carol Burnett.

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NEW ORLEANS/BLUES: CALIFORNIA FEETWARMERS

“Enough Spark to Raise the Dead!” Friday, February 16 • 8 PM $15 - $25 If you missed Mardi Gras, you won’t want to miss the California Feetwarmers. These masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing are renowned for an earthy depth of character that sets them apart from others who have followed that throwback path to New Orleans, circa 1920. Their boisterous on-stage antics are solidly underpinned by playing that is as close to the source as it can be.

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Flamboyant Mix of Irish, Bluegrass, and Old-Time Music Saturday, February 17 • 8 PM & Sunday, February 18 • 2 PM $25 - $35 Banjo. Fiddle. Mandolin. Guitar. Percussion and Vocals. Brothers Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today, all holding multiple All-Ireland titles. When this award-winning quartet from Galway, Ireland takes flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joiede-vivre, feet tap and pulses race.

POP/CABARET: THIS ONE’S FOR YOU:

The Songs of Barry Manilow $17 - $27

Sunday, February 25 • 2PM

Music and theatre stars Tielle Baker and Kyle Martin head the cast of this cabaret salute to the songs of Barry Manilow, including such enduring hits as I Write The Songs, Copacabana, Mandy, Somewhere In The Night, It’s a Miracle, Can’t Smile Without You and many more memorable classics that cross the generations. This venerable cabaret duo return to the Firehouse after their sold-out performances in “The World of Webber” and “Joel.” FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER www.firehousearts.org

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ROCK: FOREJOUR

Tribute to the 80s Mega Bands Foreigner and Journey Friday, March 2 • 8 PM Saturday, March 3 • 8 PM $25 - $35 Forejour pays tribute to the music of 80s mega bands Foreigner and Journey, recreating the soundtrack of a generation with stunning accuracy. Forejour’s set list includes the 20th century’s most downloaded song, Don’t Stop Believing as well as power ballads such as Foreigner’s I Want To Know What Love Is and Journey’s Faithfully.

FAMILY THEATER: Civic Arts Stage Company THE MUSIC MAN JR. March 16 - 25 Friday • 7:30 PM Saturday • 2 & 7:30 PM Sunday • 2 PM $7 - $18 Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef.

GUITAR: KAKI KING

“A genre unto herself” – Rolling Stone Saturday, March 31• 8 PM $17 - $27 Composer and guitarist, and a true music iconoclast. Golden Globe nominated for her soundtrack contributions on Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, with numerous other film and TV music projects to her credit. The Brooklyn-based musical changeling has released six distinctive albums to critical acclaim, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters and Timbaland, and played to an increasingly fervent following of music lovers on innumerable world tours.

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WORLD MUSIC: ANTONIO SAMBUJO Portugal’s Superstar! Saturday, April 7 • 8 PM $30 - $40

The biggest star in Portugal’s contemporary music scene, period. He has carved out his own musical path between Fado and traditional music of the Alentejo, with Brazilian influences thrown in. Recording and performing live worldwide since 2004, Zambujo is winner of the Amalia Rodrigues Foundation Prize for Best Male Fado Singer. “Antonio Zambujo can captivate an audience, and make you forget anyone else is in the room.”

FOLK/POP: MATT NAKOA Up & Coming Singer-Songwriter Friday, April 13 • 8 PM $10 - $25 With multiple albums and songwriting awards (prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival), Matt tours internationally, recently performing at The White House and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush. His “heartfelt original” songs attract capacity crowds at NYC top piano bars.

YOUTH/TEEN: SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO

Grammy ®-Winning Artist for Best Children’s Album Saturday, April 14 • 2 PM $5 - $15 Secret Agent 23 Skidoo kicks off the 2018 Youth Music Festival. More Fraggles than Wiggles, more Soul Train than Thomas the Train, 23 Skidoo is equal parts Dr. Suess and Dr. Dre! The core of 23 Skidoo’s music is the celebration of creativity, exploration, adventure and diversity.

POP/CABARET: MICHAEL WARTELLA Broadway Star, Cabaret Singer Saturday, April 21 • 8 PM $10 - $25 Currently a working actor who performs with his band at venues like Studio 54, Michael’s youthful look and triple-threat talent have led him into some choice roles in contemporary theatre. Some of his credits include: Mike TV in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Boq in Wicked (both on Broadway and in the National Tour.) FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER www.firehousearts.org

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THEATER: Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre ROCK OF AGES April 28 - May 13 Friday • 8 PM Saturday • 2 & 8 PM Sunday • 2 PM No 2 PM Show Saturday, April 28

$19 - $41 ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the time of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award®-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others. During the show, the actors frequently break the “fourth wall,” directly addressing the audience forgetting that they are actually in a show. This great show was recently made into a movie featuring Tom Cruise and is sure to have you rocking in your seats!!

BLUES: THE JAMES HUNTER SIX Blues, Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Sunday, May 20 • 7 PM

$30 - $40

Grammy®-nominee and blues chart-topper, James Hunter is the soul powerhouse with a rabid fan-following for both his recordings and live gigs on both sides of the Atlantic. The Englishman and his band deliver original blues, soul, and rock ’n’ roll sets with vocals and guitar chops both gritty and beautiful. “Stinging, curlicued guitar solos, flanked by bullish saxophones, jangling piano, jabbing organ and kicking drums.”

CABARET: SWINGIN’ BLUE STARS OF THE USS HORNET

Annual Memorial Day Weekend Tribute to Veterans Sunday, May 27 • 2 PM $17 - $27

Everyone’s favorite Memorial Day Weekend show returns with The Swingin’ Blue Stars and their salute to veterans of all ages with songs from the 40s and 50s. In classic Andrew Sisters style, these gals entertain with a fabulous variety show featuring live music and a lot of swing. Let them take you back to a simpler time when the music told stories and the rhythms got you up on your feet!.

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CO-SPONSORED EVENTS MUSEUM ON MAIN ED KINNEY LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS

An Evening with

WINSTON CHURCHILL

Tuesday, September 19 • 7 PM

At the AMADOR THEATER

Before becoming the cigar-toting British Prime Minister who became famous during WWII, Winston Churchill thought he could provide a victory in WWI. In 1915, the little-known Battle of Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire became one of the worst defeats in modern military history. The riveting tale of WWI Winston Churchill will be portrayed by professor and Chautauqua scholar Kevin Radaker.

An Afternoon with

AUDIE MURPHY

Tuesday, November 14 • 2 PM

America’s most decorated WWII combat soldier and Hollywood star Audie Murphy is coming to Pleasanton! Awardwinning actor Duffy Hudson will portray the war hero in his one-man show about Murphy’s life. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 925.462.2766

PLEASANTON COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND FALL CONCERT

WINTER CONCERT

October 15 2 PM Free Event!

November 26 • 2 PM Free Event!

Music for Children of All Ages

Seasonal Oddities – Lesser Known Carols & Songs

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Harrington Gallery Exhibition Schedule

Photo by Mike Sedlak

SOUL SEARCHING: The Spirit of Africa & the Diaspora Expressed by Bay Area Artists September 15 - October 14, 2017 Reception: Thursday, September 14 • 7 - 9 PM A celebration of the positive culture and customs of the people of Africa and the diaspora. Alice Beasley, Nicole Dixon, Irma Grant, and others.

Harvest by Susan Heller

ART AS SPIRITUAL METAPHOR November 1 - December 16, 2017 Reception: Thursday, November 2 • 7- 9 PM Six Bay Area artists who address the spiritual in art, using mythology, Biblical narrative, mandalas, and calligraphy in their diverse expressions. Living In the Light by Pauletta Chanco

THE GRANITE GROUP Plein Air Paintings of the High Sierras January 12 - February 17, 2018 Reception: Thursday, January 11 • 7- 9 PM

Rise Up by Paul Kratter

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An accomplished group of plein air artists pack in to the high Sierras each year to paint for a week In the wilderness. This exhibit will feature plein air and in-studio works by premier artists such as Bill Cone, Paul Kratter, and Kim Lordier.

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NORDIC VOYAGE – A SENSE OF PLACE March 2 - April 7, 2018 Reception: Thursday, March 1 • 7- 9 PM This exhibition will include artworks by members of Nordic 5 Arts, an organization comprised of professional artists primarily of Nordic/Scandinavian descent. The group’s mission is to promote ties with contemporary Nordic design, arts, and culture, contributing to the great diversity of the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nora by Debra Jewell

FRESH WORKS 8th Annual Juried Exhibition April 28 -June 2, 2018 Reception: Saturday, April 28 • 1- 3 PM Back again for its 8th iteration, the ever-changing, evergrowing Fresh Works Juried Exhibition always promises to offer a delightful variety of works by emerging and accomplished regional artists. Prospectus will be available January 9; deadline for entries March 2. Mother and Son by Robert Huberman – 2017 AWARD WINNER

Young @Art Young@Art is an exciting and educational afternoon program for kids ages 5-11. They learn about each new exhibit in the Harrington Gallery and then create a related art project upstairs in the art studio. Visit our website to learn more: http://www.fireshousarts.org/gallery/gallery-programs/

SPIRIT OF AFRICA September 28, 2017 • 4:30 PM Participants learn about African culture viewing works by Bay Area artists, then create African masks and colorful landscapes in the studio.

MY SPECIAL HOLIDAY November 16, 2017 • 4:30 PM Many artists think about meditation or religion as they create their works, and after the participants view the art in the gallery, they will create a picture of their favorite holiday or family gathering.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS February 8, 2018 • 4:30 PM Harrington Gallery will feature works by a group of artists who go camping in the high Sierras to paint landscapes. After discussing some of the techniques they use, kids will create landscapes in the studio or outside – weather permitting! FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER www.firehousearts.org

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TEEN/YOUTH SERIES

Creatures of Impulse 10TH ANNIVERSARY

SEASON

GHOST STORIES A Live Improvised Horror Show! Tuesday, October 24 • 7:30 PM $2 Preview Thursday & Friday, October 26 & 27 • 7:30 PM Saturday, October 28 • 2 & 7:30 PM General: $10 Students: $5 Gather around the “campfire” as your suggestions inspire Creatures of Impulse to create custom-made ghost stories live on stage. Come and see your very own “dark and stormy night” come to life!

HOLIDAY SHORTS: A Long Winter’s Tale An Interactive Holiday Improv Show! Tuesday, November 28 • 7:30 PM $2 Preview Thursday & Friday, November 30 & December 1 • 7:30 PM General: $10 Students: $5 Your suggestions will inspire holiday themed games, scenes, and improv fun in the first act. The audience will then vote for which short scene Creatures of Impulse will make into an entire improvised “play” in the second act!

Improv FACE-OFF The Show Where the Audience Wins the Prizes! February 21 thru 24 Wednesday • 7:30 PM $2 Preview Thursday & Friday • 7:30 PM Saturday • 2 & 7:30 PM General: $10 Students: $5 Watch as local Bay Area improv teams “compete” against Creatures of Impulse in this pro wrestling themed run of shows. Five performances, five different bouts, five reasons to see all five shows with an interactive format that gives the audience a chance to win prizes!

TOTALLY TUBULAR An Improvised 80s Teen Musical! Produced by special arrangement with Improvised 80’s Teen Movie

May 15 thru 19 Tuesday • 7:30 PM $2 Preview Thursday & Friday • 7:30 PM Saturday • 2 & 7:30 PM General: $10 Students: $5 Slide on your legwarmers, buckle up your parachute pants, and get your sheet of cardboard ready! Creatures of Impulse will use your suggestions to moonwalk back in time to the most tubular decade ever. The stories, characters, songs, and music are all completely made up on the spot.

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YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVALS

Youth Music Festival 2018 CELEBRATING MUSIC FOR YOUTH AND BY YOUTH

Master Class with Singer-Songwriter

MATT NAKOA Friday, April 13 • 4 PM Performance with MATT NAKOA Friday, April 13 • 8 PM

Award-winning songwriter and recording artist performs his original music with special guest, the High School Music Collaborative. Performance with

SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO Saturday, April 14 • 2 PM More Fraggles than Wiggles, more Soul Train than Thomas the Train, 23 Skidoo is equal parts Dr. Suess and Dr. Dre! The core of 23 Skidoo’s music is the celebration of creativity, exploration, adventure and diversity. Performance with The High School Music Collaborative*

“ORIGINALITY” Saturday, April 14 • 7:30 PM General: $10

Students: $5

Celebrate the spirit of originality as the Firehouse House Arts Center’s High School Music Collaborative brings you a concert of music written and performed by them. Music doesn’t get more youthful, original, and local than this. Best for audiences ages 12 and up. Master Class with Broadway Star

MICHAEL WARTELLA Friday, April 20 • 4 & 7 PM Performance with The High School Music Collaborative*

“HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA” Saturday, April 21 • 2 PM General: $10

Students: $5

A concert for all musical theater lovers! The High School Music Collaborative brings you songs from their favorite Broadway musicals and puts their own spin on them. Performance with MICHAEL WARTELLA Saturday, April 21 • 8 PM

In addition to his recent performances on Broadway in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and Wicked, Michael still makes time to perform with his band at venues like Studio 54 in NYC. more information on the High School Music Collaborative and registering *For for masterclasses, visit Firehousearts.org/programs/teen-programs FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER www.firehousearts.org

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JOIN THE FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER COMMUNITY BECOME A VOLUNTEER! Join a staff that is passionate about providing our visitors, participants and artists an exceptional experience from the very first moment of contact. For more information and to fill out an application, visit :

www.firehousearts.org/volunteer All volunteers must participate in a Volunteer Orientation. Please check our website for the next available date.

BECOME A PARTICIPANT! Auditions for Youth Theater, Improv and Youth Music Collective Explore the variety of Programs offered:

www.firehousearts.org/programs

BECOME A BENEFACTOR! Make a donation to support our facility and programs.

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