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FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER PRESENTS

MAY - JUNE 2011


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 hometown.

Come discover everything the Firehouse Arts Center has to offer, and get inspired!

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WELCOME TO THE FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER BOX OFFICE Tickets may be purchased for events scheduled at both the Firehouse Arts Center and the Amador Theater. Group discounts of 15% are offered for most ticket purchases of ten or more made at the same time to the same event.

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FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER CONNECTS JOIN THE FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER COMMUNITY BECOME A VOLUNTEER Join a staff that is passionate about giving our visitors, participants, artists, and partners an exceptional experience from the very first point of contact. For more information and to fill out an application, visit firehousearts.org/volunteer.

GIVE ONLINE Visit firehousearts.org/donate to give online via our secure server.

GIVE BY MAIL You can also make a gift to the Firehouse Arts Center by check, money order or credit card by sending your gift to: Firehouse Arts Center City of Pleasanton P.O. Box 520 Pleasanton, CA 94566 The Firehouse Arts Center programs are produced and distributed by The Pleasanton Weekly. For advertising opportunities, call (925) 600-0840. 4 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: May - June 2011


EVENT LISTINGS BY GENRE CABARET

REGGAE

Femme Fatale

14

Motown Madness: A Spectacular Motown and Classic Soul Musical

16

Swingin’ Blue Stars of the USS Hornet

12

CLASSICAL 17

For the Love of Harp

8

Stephen Prutsman

HARRINGTON ART GALLERY Call for Art — Fresh Works (Juried Exhibit)

7, 20

A Difference of Perception Exhibit and Reception

16

10

ROCK California Guitar Trio

15

Mamapalooza

10

The Doors Legacy Band

16

THEATER Femme Fatale Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

14 7, 18

YOUTH Jamfest — Teen Concert in the Park

10

LATIN Ruckatan Latin Tribe

10

LECTURE Museum on Main Ed Kinney Lecture Series — Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly

22

Museum on Main Ed Kinney Lecture Series — Ohlone Perspective

22

POETRY Pleasanton Teen Poets Laureate 14, 21 Graduation Poetry Blitz

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Pleasanton Teen Poets Laureate 14, 21 Graduation Poetry Blitz Tri-Valley High: The Musical

JAZZ Mamapalooza

Ruckatan Latin Tribe

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THEATER: REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM Adapted from novel by Kate Wiggin and directed by Paula Wujek May 6-15, 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Price: $6-$18 The Firehouse Arts Center will host the Civic Arts Stage Company production of Kate Wiggin’s classic story. “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” is of local historical interest as the original Mary Pickford silent movie, which also featured a young Milton Berle, was filmed in Pleasanton and Niles, California, in 1917. In the play, Rebecca, a very creative, sometimes unruly young girl, alternately charms and horrifies the residents of Riverboro, Maine, where she comes to stay with her kind Aunt Jane and strict Aunt Miranda. Eventually, Miranda learns to open her heart and Rebecca learns to love her aunt despite their different natures. Over the course of the bittersweet tale, the themes of the importance of a good education, valuing differences between people, and the power of family love prevail. See page 18 for more information.

HARRINGTON ART GALLERY: CALL FOR ART — FRESH WORKS (JURIED EXHIBIT) May 14-26 Gallery Reception and Awards: May 14, 4-6 p.m. Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 12-5, Sat 11-3, and 1 hour prior to performances and during intermission In collaboration with Pleasanton Art League, the Harrington Gallery is offering a juried exhibit for all Bay Area artists. The theme, Fresh Works, suggests the newness and regeneration of springtime, the excitement of new beginnings as a springboard for creating something new, different and suggestive of growth in the natural, physical, spiritual and artistic sense. See page 20 for more information. FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: May - June 2011 7


YOUTH: TRI-VALLEY HIGH: THE MUSICAL Join Creatures of Impulse for the Tri-Valley’s first ever improvised teen musical May 19-21, 7:30 p.m. Price: Students — $8 Advance/Door; General — $10 Advance, $15 Door What’s better than a Broadway musical? A musical where the actors make up all the songs, stories and characters on the spot based on your suggestions! See what happens when Broadway, the average teen soap opera and improv collide on stage at the Firehouse Arts Center. This is improv that will blow your mind!

CLASSICAL: STEPHEN PRUTSMAN Classical Pianist May 22, 3 p.m. Price: $12-$24 San Francisco pianist-composer Stephen Prutsman takes the audience on a fantastical musical voyage with his unique program BACH AND FORTH. He literally travels back and forth between selected preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book II) and classical works from Rameau to Schoenberg in the first half, and jazz, Indian ragas, gospel, Latin American and African songs in the second half. To each piece, he applies the wizard’s touch, celebrating the common ground within the wonderful diversity of human expression in the past and present world. A tour de force not to be missed!

YOUTH: JAMFEST — TEEN CONCERT IN THE PARK AT LIONS WAYSIDE PARK May 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Free Event It’s your turn to hear your music played by local teen bands! For one night only, Lions Wayside Park will welcome local teen bands to the stage.

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LATIN/REGGAE: RUCKATAN LATIN TRIBE Ruckatan CD Release Party and Concert May 27, 8:30 p.m. Price: $15-$20 Ruckatan is a group of musicians that came together from diverse backgrounds and found a common strength. That strength was a deep love for Latin music and a need to reflect musically on what was happening in the world. The group has created a sound that mixes Latin and Reggae, with other influences. Ruckatan Latin Tribe is composed of seven players who have all contributed to the local Latin Rock scene in the Bay Area and internationally. Members hail from three different continents and infuse their culture into Ruckatan. The band includes Carlos Elizalde on vocals, Jose Angel Amador on vocals and keys, Blaine Hoopes on keys and various woodwinds, Derek Rolando on congas and timbales, Ernesto “Matute” Lopez on drums and percussions, Ray Uribes on bass, and Ed “Loveletter” Elizalde on guitar. The music is very dance oriented with many Latin and Caribbean flavors. It’s a celebration of life and music.

ROCK/JAZZ: MAMAPALOOZA Mamapalooza Comes to Pleasanton to Celebrate Mothers in the Arts! May 28, 7:30 p.m. Price: $10-$18 The Mamapalooza Festival is a celebration of mothers who are artists! During the month of May, Mamapalooza concerts are held across the nation that offer inspirational and energetic performances, inviting each community to recognize, take part and embrace the creativity in mothers and women. The Mamapalooza show here in Pleasanton will include a variety of rock, swing, jazz, songwriting, poetry and film making. 10 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: May - June 2011


Following is the line-up of regional artists performing at this festival: Debra Knox and the Go Dogs is a successful 6-piece rock and swing band that has opened for Joe Satriani, Herbie Hancock, the Go-Go’s and The Temptations. The Kelly Fasman Trio will perform, with Kelly on drums, award-winning jazz guitarist Terence Brewer on guitar, and Las Positas College Jazz Department Head Cindy Browne Rosefield on bass. Skye the Soul Poet brings her soulful Spoken Word to music from her CD “Skye the Soul Poet.” Co-owner of Neon Sky Films in Berkeley, Jennifer Juelich will talk about her role as writer, director and the art of managing her own company. She will also discuss the details of creating independent films in the Bay Area. Kim Krenik, singer, songwriter and worship leader at Calvary Chapel in Tracy, will perform her ever-popular original music at the festival. Joy Rose will join the festival as emcee. Joy is the president and founder of Mamapalooza, Inc., a company of women promoting mothers for social, cultural and economic benefit. She has been honored with the Susan B. Anthony Award from NOW-NYC for her grassroots activism and dedication to advancing equality and improving the lives of women. Bring the entire family to be a part of the Mamapalooza creative wave!

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CABARET: SWINGIN’ BLUE STARS OF THE USS HORNET May 29, 3 p.m. Price: $15-$25 Swingin’ Blue Stars of the USS Hornet (originally called The Singing Blue Star Moms) is comprised of five talented East Bay vocalists who perform the swing style music made popular in the 1940s by groups such as the Andrews Sisters. No matter your age, the “people-pleasing” music that mixes saucy with romantic WWII tunes will delight you and lift your spirits. And if you learned to jitterbug, you probably learned with Blue Star favorites like “In the Mood” and “The Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.” Join us for a “swingin’” Memorial Day celebration!

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YOUTH: PLEASANTON TEEN POETS LAUREATE GRADUATION POETRY BLITZ AT CENTURY HOUSE June 3, 6:30-9 p.m. Price: Students — Free; Adults — $5 at door Celebrate the end of the school year at the Graduation Poetry Blitz led by the Pleasanton Teen Poets Laureate! The teens — Noelle Malindzak, Mitch Grimes and Vivian Tsai — will kick off the evening with a reading of their poems. During intermission, “The Unholy Grail” band led by Mitch Grimes and “The Front Porch” led by Karl Wente will play while free refreshments are served. At the Open Mic, teen and youth poets from the Tri-Valley and beyond are welcome to read one of their original poems, two pages or less, to an audience of family and friends. Free soft drinks and snacks. No alcoholic beverages will be served or allowed at the event. See page 21 for more information.

THEATRICAL CABARET: FEMME FATALE Laura Ellis, Sultry and Smooth June 4, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$30 Laura Ellis brings Femme Fatale, a multimedia stage show combining song, dance and vintage Film Noir clips, to the Firehouse Theater. Using her smooth, sensual voice and stage presence to play the temptress, Ellis personifies the dangerously seductive woman seen in the Hollywood crime dramas of yesteryear. Remember the dark, menacing mood, two-bit gangsters, detectives who can’t pay the rent, and women who spell trouble? Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer produced Ellis’ first solo album, “Here Lies Love,” featuring mesmerizing tangolike music. He calls Femme Fatale “a wonderfully entertaining theatrical experience truly worth seeing.” Come see for yourself! 14 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: May - June 2011


GUITAR ROCK: CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO Most Amazing Guitar Playing Ever! June 5, 7:30 p.m. Price: $12-$24 Celebrating their 20th anniversary as a performing guitar group, the California Guitar Trio is composed of Bert Lams from Brussels, Belgium; Paul Richards of Salt Lake City; and Hideyo Moriya of Japan. They met in England while studying with Robert Fripp and joined Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists for a European tour, becoming part of a guitar orchestra. Unique for guitarists, the three share a common interest in classical re-working of jazz, blues and surf tunes as well as their own original compositions. “Different venues make our lives interesting,� says Lams. We know their concert will add a new level of interest to the Firehouse.

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ROCK: THE DOORS LEGACY BAND June 9, 8 p.m. Price: $16-$24 Blending vintage instruments, costumes, presence and swagger with an authentic sound and uncanny accuracy in content, performance and energy, The Doors Legacy Band guides audiences on a spiritually hypnotic journey of music, theater and poetry, recreating the late-sixties sound and feel of Jim Morrison’s Doors in a vintage rock concert experience.

CABARET: MOTOWN MADNESS: A SPECTACULAR MOTOWN AND CLASSIC SOUL MUSICAL Top Shelf Back by Popular Demand June 11, 8 p.m. Price: $15-$25 When the talented vocalists of J’LaChic Productions perform the music of Motown, audiences embark on a powerpacked journey of songs made popular by Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Diana Ross and more. The talented male trio, Top Shelf, joined by female vocalists and dancers, brings together soul-stirring vocals, a pulsating beat, vibrant costumes and clever choreography. Their whimsical antics and 16 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: May - June 2011


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REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM HISTORICAL CONNECTION TO PLEASANTON The Firehouse Arts Center will host the Civic Arts Stage Company production of Kate Wiggin’s classic story. “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” is of local historical interest as the original Mary Pickford silent movie, which also featured a young Milton Berle, was filmed in Pleasanton and Niles, California, in 1917. Mary Pickford was one of the most famous Hollywood actresses of her time, and although originally a stage actress, she made a total of 52 films in her career. Pleasanton and Niles were known as the “Hollywood of the north” because so many silent films were made here. Many of the locations seen in the movie are still on our streets today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kate Douglas Wiggin was born in 1856 in Philadelphia and had a sister named Nora. When she was young, her father died, and her family moved to Maine, where “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” takes place. Her mother remarried and Kate had a baby brother named Philip. In those days, girls rarely had formal education (meaning they did not go to school); most were just taught at home in between household chores. Kate had more schooling than most girls her age, even though it was sporadic. She did graduate, however, and became a kindergarten teacher. She loved children and loved to write. A very interesting fact is that Kate started the very first kindergarten in San Francisco! It was in 1878, and it served very poor children. Kate and her sister also started a training school for kindergarten teachers. When Kate got married in 1881, she had to stop working because that was the custom. She remained devoted to children and raised money for children’s charities by writing. It wasn’t until after her first husband died, and she was married again and living in New York City, that she wrote “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” an instant success. She went back to Maine often because she had a summer home there, and she opened a library around the corner from her house. She died of pneumonia in 1923 while traveling in England. Her ashes were scattered in the Saco River in Maine. 18 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: May - June 2011


THEATER ABOUT THE BOOK The book was written by Kate Douglas Wiggin and published in 1903. Although our play is much shorter than the book, which is 327 pages, it contains many, although not all of the events. The book goes into much more detail and sees Rebecca through her high school years and even to her first job and romance. Of course we always recommend that you read the book from which our plays are based, but until you get the chance (maybe this summer?) here is a fun fact: Mr. Ladd bought both Rebecca and her best friend, Emma Jane, a banquet lamp as a present and as a thank you for helping the Simpson family raise money by selling soap.

ABOUT THE PLAY “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” was first produced as an American play on Broadway, in New York City, in 1909. Wiggin co-wrote the play with Charlotte Thompson. Before opening on Broadway, it toured Boston and New England where it was warmly received.

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ART CALL FOR ART — FRESH WORKS (JURIED EXHIBIT) May 14-26 Gallery Reception and Awards: Saturday, May 14, 4-6 p.m. This is a juried exhibit at the Firehouse Art Center’s Harrington Gallery in collaboration with Pleasanton Art League. It was open to Bay Area artists and has been juried by William Rushton. The theme, Fresh Works, suggests the newness and regeneration of springtime, the excitement of new beginnings as a springboard for creating something new, different and suggestive of growth in the natural, physical, spiritual and artistic sense. For more information about this event visit www.firehousearts.org/harrington-gallery/gallery-upcomingexhibits.

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POETRY THE PLEASANTON TEEN POETS LAUREATE PRESENT THE GRADUATION POETRY BLITZ! Friday, June 3, 6:30-9 p.m. Century House 2401 Santa Rita Road Pleasanton Admission is free for students with ID; Adults, $5. Celebrate the end of the school year at the Graduation Poetry Blitz led by the Pleasanton Teen Poets Laureate! The teens — Noelle Malindzak, Mitch Grimes and Vivian Tsai — will kick off the evening with a reading of their poems. During intermission, “The Unholy Grail” band led by Mitch Grimes and “The Front Porch” led by Karl Wente will play while free refreshments are served. At the Open Mic, teen and youth poets from the Tri-Valley and beyond are welcome to read one of their original poems, two pages or less, to an audience of family and friends. Free soft drinks and snacks. No alcoholic beverages will be served or allowed at the event. Karl Wente pursues a broad range of interests to sustain a balanced lifestyle in addition to being a winemaker at Wente Vineyards. That’s why he plays guitar in his band, “The Front Porch,” skis with friends, practices yoga, and gets involved with local community causes. “These creative pursuits may not seem to have anything to do with my work, but they all help me stay inspired and grow in all that I do,” he says. For Information, contact Michelle Russo, City of Pleasanton, at mrusso@ci.pleasanton.ca.us, (925) 931-4847; or Deborah Grossman, City of Pleasanton Poet Laureate, at Pleasantonpoetry@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/PleasantonPoetry. FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: May - June 2011 21


MUSEUM EVENTS AT THE FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER LECTURE: MUSEUM ON MAIN ED KINNEY LECTURE SERIES — OHLONE PERSPECTIVE May 18, 7 p.m. Price: $10 General Admission; $5 Members and Seniors; $3 Students and Teachers with ID Beverly Ortiz, Naturalist for East Bay Regional Park District and renowned Ohlone specialist, speaks about the historical and modern practices of the local Native American tribe.

LECTURE: MUSEUM ON MAIN ED KINNEY LECTURE SERIES — BEAR IN MIND: THE STORY OF THE CALIFORNIA GRIZZLY June 15, 7 p.m. Price: $10 General Admission; $5 Members and Seniors; $3 Students and Teachers with ID Once arguably the most powerful animal in the California landscape, the grizzly is now a disembodied symbol of the West. Susan Snyder, author of “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” discusses her research. For more information about these events please visit www.museumonmain.org

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