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CHICAGO This sizzling yet humorous, heartwarming show will wrap up your summer in true delight at the Firehouse. PAGE 16

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.

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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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Free Shakespeare in the Park — Cymbeline


Woman’s Will Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream



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The Outsiders – Plein Air Paintings “Morning Light on Bolinas Lagoon” by Judy Molyneux

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ACOUSTIC: JONATHAN EDWARDS “Sunshine” at the Firehouse July 9, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$28 From the time his hit protest song “Sunshine” quickly made its way to the top five on the national charts and earned him a gold record in 1971, Jonathan Edwards has sung songs of passion, insight, and humor. Now, after four decades, he remains a vital and relevant artist in today’s folk and Americana scenes. Music City News writes, “His throaty tenor, one of the most distinctive voices on record, has always had a natural, unadulterated, undiluted quality.” Join us for his unforgettable solo show at the Firehouse.

YOUTH: CREATURES OF IMPULSE PRESENTS TRI-VALLEY HIGH: THE SERIES July 13, 20*, 27 and August 3, 7:30 p.m. *July 20 performance will be at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 7:30 p.m. Price: Students – $5 Adv/Door; General – $8 Adv/$10 Door It’s summer time, no school, no tests and no such thing as a “school night”! So come out to see all four “episodes” of Creatures of Impulse’s newest show! For four Wednesday evenings, you will follow the same characters, stories and mesmerizing teen angst as they play out the story of teen life in America. You will help create the characters, locations and plot for this interactive and un-scripted adventure. Don’t miss an episode, from the season premiere to the season finale! FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: July - August 2011 7

FAMILY: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Summer Drama Camp Production July 14-15, 7:30 p.m. Price: Students – $5 Adv/Door; General – $10 Adv/Door It’s the best — and worst! — of both worlds when fantasy meets the harsh reality of school in this toe-tapping, pop musical adventure! When Cinderella’s stepsisters find a portal to another world, they get zapped into a very real high school and decide to never return. Please note: this 2-day production will be performed at the Amador Theater.

CABARET: MELISSA MANCHESTER Grammy Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter July 16, 8 p.m. Price: $35-$45 Soon after taking Paul Simon’s songwriting class at NYU, Manchester joined the Manhattan club scene where she was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow. That experience launched a career that has included Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, Top Ten Hits and millions of adoring fans. Seize the opportunity to join this pop music icon at an intimate Firehouse Arts Center midsummer concert where she’ll perform her classic hits including “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Through the Eyes of Love” and many more. 8 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: July - August 2011

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HARRINGTON ART GALLERY: THE OUTSIDERS – PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS July 20 - August 7 Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 12-5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and 1 hour prior to performances and during intermission “Napa Wineryâ€? by Nikki Basch-Davis Plein air artist Nikki Basch-Davis says, “Being a Plein Air painter has its difficulties, the changing light, the sudden wind, the scorching sun. However, the beneďŹ ts far outweigh those obstacles. Besides the total merging with the outdoors the connection with other people is practically inevitable.

“The creative process brings us the gift of bridging over age, gender and race. Little toddlers barely reaching my palette stand wide eyed peering onto my canvas and palette. Older folks share with nostalgia how painting was something they’d like to pursue. Youth slow down their skateboards at my site and stop to examine my painting. They depart with an appreciating remark: ‘Cool.’

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Join our team of volunteers for an inspiring and rewarding experience in the arts. Positions include Theater Usher, Will Call Window, and Gallery Desk. Theater volunteers must be at least 16 years old; gallery volunteers at least 21 years old. All volunteer staff are required to attend an orientation prior to participating. The next orientation is Tuesday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. RSVP is required. For information or to RSVP contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator ĹĄYROXQWHHU#ÄąUHKRXVHDUWVRUJ 12 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: July - August 2011

“I like connecting with people. I like my art being a means to do that.� Certainly Nikki’s sentiments are shared by many other artists of her genre, including those exhibiting with her in this inspiring show at the Harrington Gallery: Ray Jackson, Judy Molyneux, Bill Rushton, Randall Sexton, Jerrold Turner and other accomplished artists. Works by the late Pam Glover, who passed away recently, will also be displayed.

THE OUTSIDERS — PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS GALLERY RECEPTION July 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations appreciated See page 20 for more information

THEATER: FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK — CYMBELINE Saturdays and Sundays from July 23 - August 7, 7:30 p.m. Amador Valley Community Park Price: Free Pack up your picnic supper and blanket and join us for this season’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production, the inventive fairy tale, Cymbeline. The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival cast, guided by award-winning director Kenneth Kelleher, will delight you with all the traits of a true Shakespeare favorite: forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion. Princess Innogen will take you on a colorful and magical journey as she ees the evil queen’s devices in disguise and eventually ďŹ nds her “happily-ever-afterâ€? in a reunion with her family and the man she loves, Posthumus.

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BLUEGRASS: GRASCALS Award-winning Bluegrass Band August 4, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$32 The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene. They’ve recently added the SPBGMA’s 2010 Bluegrass Band of the Year award to a string of others, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2005 and the association’s Entertainer of the Year honors in both 2006 and 2007. Whether being light-hearted and jovial or soul-searching and reflective, The Grascals are at the very top of their game, honoring the past and forging into the future, bringing freshyet-familiar sounds to the bluegrass world and beyond. Don’t miss them!

CABARET: WALLIN & BARRETTA A Tribute to Italian Singers August 13, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$25 It’s one big Italian party when popular singers Wallin & Barretta perform their tribute to Italian-American singers…Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, and many others. Director/Arranger Kelly Park at piano and a four-piece band accompany the singing duo in the spirit and style of a Las Vegas headliner show of the ‘50s. Remember and sing along with sentimental favorites like “Witchcraft,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “That’s Amore,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Mambo Italiano,” “Volare” and many, many more.

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THEATER: WOMAN’S WILL PRESENTS A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM August 14, 4:30 p.m. Centennial Park Price: Admission is free; donations will be accepted Known for its sparkling Shakespearean productions and cross-casting, all-female Woman’s Will promises to delight once again with its open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Centennial Park. Victoria Evans Erville, Artistic Director of Woman’s Will and Director of Midsummer, says, “The setting of this Midsummer’s is the late 1960s. The summer of love was in full swing and the times they were a’changing. Into this sixties melting pot of music, sexual freedom, creative expression, and politics comes the wild and beloved story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Midsummer is about magic, love and family — the family we are born into and the family we create. The production promises music, fun and, naturally, some familyfriendly free love.”


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MUSICAL: CHICAGO Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre 8 p.m. shows: August 20, 21, 25, 27, Sept. 1, 3 9 p.m. shows: August 26, Sept. 2 2 p.m. shows: August 21, 28, Sept. 4 Price: $17-$33 Roxie Hart rocks Chicago in this razzle dazzle musical about the Prohibition era, when criminals were elevated to celebrity status and women, money and murder were always a part of the mix. Directed and choreographed in the true Bob Fosse style by former Broadway actor Lois Grandi, this sizzling yet humorous, heartwarming show will wrap up your summer in true delight at the Firehouse. With a vision to bring a top quality resident professional theatre company to the Tri-Valley, David Judson and Pat Parr established Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre in 2009. The company casts both professional actors and the best community actors available and supports them with a production staff that works closely with student apprentices to help train the next generation of theatre professionals. PCRT charmed Firehouse audiences with a riveting Cabaret last January and will return next season with Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Last Five Years. The original Broadway production of Chicago opened June 3, 1975, at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 936 performances. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show. Chicago’s 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival on Broadway and is its fifth longest-running show. As of April 2011, it has played for more than 5,900 performances. The musical was produced in London’s West End and on several tours and international productions.

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ART THE OUTSIDERS – PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS July 20 - August 7 Harrington Art Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 12-5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and 1 hour prior to performances and during intermission

GALLERY RECEPTION July 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations appreciated

ABOUT THE GROUP The Outsiders is a group of six accomplished Bay Area plein air painters. The name of this group, formed in the late 1990s, reflects both the type of painting they do — in the outdoors or plein air — and also their trend toward less traditional landscapes. The current members who will be participating in the exhibit are: Nikki Basch-Davis, Ray Jackson, Judy Molyneux, Bill Rushton, Randall Sexton, and Jerry Turner. Pam Glover, a beloved founding member, passed away last year, but some of her fine work will be included on loan from a private collection. During the 1970s, Pam painted with Louis Siegriest (18991989), who was one of California’s great painters. As a young man, he joined a painting group known as the “Society of Six,” active in the early part of the last century. The group as a whole rebelled against the somber tones prevalent in earlier California art, preferring the palette of the French Fauvists. Like the Six, the Outsiders often paint together for camaraderie and feedback while they rapidly capture in bright hues rural scenes, funky towns, rusted old cars, and industrial complexes. Then they return to the studio in many cases to put the final touches on their artwork. Their variety in style and technique, and their sometimes unorthodox approach, makes for a uniquely interesting exhibit.

FEATURED ARTISTS Nikki Basch-Davis Nikki began her art studies in Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem and continued in London at the Royal College of Art. During the ’70s she studied with Lundy Siegriest, son of Louis Siegriest from the Society of Six. Says Nikki: “Plein air painting can be intoxication. I am outdoors, alone with a fresh canvas “Bridge View” by Nikki Basch-Davis and a scene and the feeling that something magical is about to happen…” Ray Jackson Ray’s impasto paintings are colorful and energetic. He has exhibited at Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary’s College, the Nancy Dodds Gallery in Carmel, and the Bolinas and Bakersfield Museums. 20 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: July - August 2011

ART Judy Molyneux Judy’s work is intense and abstract with vibrating, complementary colors heavily laid in on the canvas — one feels the necessity to stand back in order to simply absorb it. She lives and works in Bolinas, where, in her words, “It wasn’t until I moved to Bolinas and was struck dumb by the beauty of the light and the movement of the fog that I began to paint the earth again.” Bill Rushton Bill Rushton began his art career creating large environmental sculptures in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the 1980s he shifted his focus toward painting, specifically photo-realism. Then he saw the work of Jerrold Turner, who had also painted with Lundy Siegriest, and he shed the restraints of photo-realism, launching into plein air painting. He painted with friends who eventually formed the Outsiders Group. Today his paintings often include figures and have a strong sense of narrative. Bill was recently invited to jury the Harrington Gallery’s first Open Exhibit, “Fresh Works.” Randall Sexton According to Jean Stearn, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum of Art, Randall is “one of the premier contemporary California landscape painters, (who) also paints still-lifes, figures, and portraits with equal mastery…His work evokes deep feelings, whether it’s the solitude of a deserted street at night or the exultation of a beautiful landscape, each speaks softly to the viewer.” Jerry Turner Jerry Turner is very influential in the arts of the San Francisco Bay Area. He teaches plein air painting privately as well as in workshops in Benicia and Walnut Creek, and Virginia City, Nevada. His work can be viewed at the Richard Kerwin Gallery in Burlingame, Lion’s Head Gallery in Carmel, and Gallery 621 in Benicia.

“In the Orchard” by Bill Rushton

“Sun Bath” by Randall Sexton

“Meter Feeder” by Jerrold Turner FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: July - August 2011 21

MUSEUM EVENTS AT THE FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER LECTURE: MUSEUM ON MAIN ED KINNEY LECTURE SERIES — UNCLE SAM, AMERICAN ICON July 20, 7 p.m. Free Event Ward Belding wants you… to join him as he steps into the shoes of the American icon Uncle Sam. Most widely recognized as a World War I recruiting symbol, Uncle Sam is most commonly seen in his red, white and blues. But where did this icon originate and how does the symbol still resonate with Americans today? Sponsor: Chuck Deckert.

LECTURE: MUSEUM ON MAIN ED KINNEY LECTURE SERIES — VALLEY WINEMAKERS SPEAKEASY August 17, 7 p.m. Free Event Over one hundred years ago a long tradition of acclaimed wine making began sprouting in the AmadorLivermore Valley. Join winemakers from historic wineries including Concannon Vineyard, Elliston Vineyards, and Wente Vineyards as they discuss the past, present, and future of distinguished winemaking in the region. Sponsor: Pat Lane & Sarah Warnick. For more information about these events please visit

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Firehouse Arts Center - July/Aug 2011  

The July/August 2011 edition of the Firehouse Arts Center program

Firehouse Arts Center - July/Aug 2011  

The July/August 2011 edition of the Firehouse Arts Center program