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FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER PRESENTS

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2011

PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO AND CARLOS REYES Guitar master Peppino D’Agostino (left) and jazz harpist Carlos Reyes will come together for a memorable evening filled with artistic fire and ear-pleasing surprises. PAGE 10

Join us as we celebrate our

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WELCOME TO THE FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER The Firehouse Arts Center One-Year Anniversary

Come celebrate with us! Join us for the Open House on Saturday, September 17 from 10-4 p.m. as we celebrate the first year of serving the community with the best of the arts, music and theater in the Tri-Valley. There will be art projects for the whole family, music performances by local artists, improv workshops in the classrooms, and local artists along with a reception in the art gallery. And don’t forget...cupcakes for everyone!

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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. Firehouse Arts Center gift certificates are now available for purchase online, by phone or at the box office.

TICKETS ONLINE www.firehousearts.org

TICKETS BY PHONE (925) 931-4848

TICKETS AT THE BOX OFFICE 4444 Railroad Avenue Pleasanton

BOX OFFICE HOURS Wed-Fri 12-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2 hours prior to performances

HARRINGTON GALLERY HOURS Wed-Fri 12-5 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 hour prior to performances

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: September - October 2011


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EVENT LISTINGS BY GENRE ACOUSTIC GUITAR Peppino D’Agostino & Carlos Reyes

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CABARET Michael Kaeshammer Suzanna Smith Lisa Vroman

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The Tubes

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THEATER The Pleasanton Senior Players presents Hallelujah Girls

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National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit Pleasanton Art League 2nd Annual Members’ Exhibit

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BLUES Blues Blowout

Thoroughly Modern Millie

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ROCK: THE TUBES San Francisco Sound of the ’70s and Beyond September 9-10, 8 p.m. Price: $35-$45 They’re coming back! Don’t miss The Tubes’ return visit to the Firehouse where they’ll once again regale you with classic tunes from yesterday, as well as fresh selections from their recent CD, “Mondo Birthmark”. Since The Tubes’ 1975 debut album that included the hit “White Punks on Dope”, the group has built a fiercely loyal international fan base that appreciates the wild satires of media, consumerism and politics as well as the creativity, art skills and theatrics that highlight their performances. One critic opined that with their media savvy and theatrical skills, The Tubes were “born to create rock video, but arrived several years too early.” Don’t miss them!

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CLASSICAL: EUGENE BRANCOVEANU Operatic Excitement for a Sunday September 11, 3 p.m. Price: $12-$24 Thrilling opera Eugene Brancoveanu Peter Grunberg singer Eugene Brancoveanu, last year’s glorious Don Giovanni at both Livermore Valley Opera and Berkeley Opera, appears in recital at the Firehouse in collaboration with pianist-conductor Peter Grunberg. Mr. Brancoveanu’s immense gifts as an actor and storyteller combine with a virile and buoyant baritone for a highly committed performance characterized by lavish vocalism. Masterful accompanist Peter Grunberg is Musical Consultant to Michael Tilson Thomas at the San Francisco Symphony and formerly the Head of Music Staff at San Francisco Opera. Together they perform works by Schubert, Sviridov, Duparc, Ravel and others.

HARRINGTON ART GALLERY: PLEASANTON ART LEAGUE 2ND ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBIT September 15 – October 15 Gallery hours: Wed-Fri 12-5 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 1 hour prior to performances and during intermission Donations appreciated The Firehouse Arts Center’s Harrington Gallery celebrates the region’s rich and varied talent. Works at this annual members’ exhibit will represent a wide variety of media including watercolor, oil, pastel, photography and more. Two- and three-dimensional pieces will also be included in the exhibit. All works will have been completed within the past two years and will not have been displayed locally or entered in a previous PAL exhibit. Be among the first to experience them! San Jose artist Claire Schroeven-Verbiest, exhibit judge, will select $100 merit award and ribbon winners. Claire Verbiest is considered 8 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: September - October 2011


one of the finest watercolor and pastel artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, and the Pastel Society of America, Ms. Verbiest teaches watercolor and pastel painting classes and conducts painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She frequently serves as a juror for local art shows.

“Under the Rainbows” by Sue Evans

“The Flower Market” by Karen Fleschler

The Pleasanton Art League is a group of local artists and patrons who support the visual arts and are dedicated to making the visual arts an integral part of the fabric of life in the Tri-Valley area. Founded in 1969, PAL strives to encourage the development of its members’ creative talent. Members include artists of all skill levels, beginners, hobbyists and professional artists. PAL members benefit from discussions, workshops by nationally recognized artists and venues for exhibiting and selling their artwork.

PLEASANTON ART LEAGUE 2ND ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBIT GALLERY RECEPTION AND AWARDS September 17, 1-3 p.m.

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ACOUSTIC GUITAR: PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO & CARLOS REYES September 16, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$25 Acclaimed as a scholar, technician, master guitarist and poet, Peppino D’Agostino has collected a plethora Peppino D’Agostino Carlos Reyes of Acoustic Guitar Magazine awards in recent years. In 2008 alone, his Players’ Choice Awards included Best Acoustic Album of All Time for “Every Step of The Way,” Guitarist of the Year – Fingerstyle Guitar and Acoustic Guitar of the Year. Imagine D’Agostino’s extraordinary talent combined with the charismatic personality of talented Bay Area harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes! Reyes, having mastered the violin and complicated Paraguayan harp as a child, debuted with the Oakland Symphony at 14. He flourished, launching a professional performing and recording career. Soon, Reyes was thrilling thousands of loyal followers with the jazz-rock group, Merlin, as they played throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Don’t miss an evening filled with artistic fire and ear-pleasing surprises. It will be an unforgettable musical experience at the Firehouse! CO

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CABARET: LISA VROMAN Broadway and S.F. Star of “Phantom of the Opera” September 18, 2 p.m. Price: $12-$27 With a repertoire that ranges from Stravinsky to Weill to Broadway, Lisa Vroman is a sought-after guest soloist with theatre, opera companies and orchestras from coast to coast. You’ll remember her from Theatre Critics’ Award-winning role as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera during its record-breaking run in San Francisco. Far from limited to Broadway musical theatre roles, Miss Vroman has entertained with Dick Van Dyke at The Hollywood Bowl, guest starred with Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis in his New York City debut, and appeared in concert with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, composer Stephen Schwartz, organist David Higgs, and the Empire Brass Quintet. The opening of this season’s Cabaret Series is your rare opportunity to experience her yourself. Enjoy!

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CABARET: MICHAEL KAESHAMMER Fiery Piano and Personality Plus September 24, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$25 Prepare to be delighted, Michael Kaeshammer is coming to town! Kaeshammer, who switched from classical to boogie-woogie and stride piano at age 13, is known for performances that are energetic and joyful and draw the audience into the experience. Along with playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;incendiaryâ&#x20AC;? piano, he is a gifted songwriter and singer whose seven albums feature popular numbers such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;On a Saturday Night,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comes Loveâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinnamon Sun.â&#x20AC;? The most recent, â&#x20AC;&#x153;KAESHAMMER,â&#x20AC;? released this year, will be the focus of his Firehouse appearance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Technically brilliant and a spectacleâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? says Calgary blogger, Tim Tamashiro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like taking a Ferrari for a drive through winding mountain highways and then going for a gourmet meal. It excites all of your senses.â&#x20AC;?

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LATIN: FIESTA OF THE AMERICAS 100,000 Children Rehabilitated September 25, 2-6 p.m. Price: $60 Benefiting the children supported by COANIQUEM Burned Children Foundation. Enjoy entertainment including Latin American musicians Rafael Manriquez and Ingrid Rubia, The Bolivian Youth Group Dancers and Dublin’s Ryan Flynn playing Flamenco guitar. Tickets include tapas, wine, coffee and dessert! Also enjoy the live auction and drawing. For more information contact Carolyn Schuetz, Director COANIQUEM Burned Children Foundation. Phone: (510) 769-9661 or e-mail: csandlb@ comcast.net

THEATER: THE PLEASANTON SENIOR PLAYERS PRESENT HALLELUJAH GIRLS September 30, 7 p.m. and October 1, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Price: $9 Advance/$10 Door Sugar Lee decides that it’s never too late to start the business she’s always wanted, a day spa. When she buys an old abandoned church, her friends get inspired to make some drastic changes in their lives. As if trying to change loneliness, a dead-end job, a stale marriage, disappointing children, and a jealous arch rival was not enough, throw in an ex-boyfriend, small town politics, and a Civil Warera mystery, and you end up with a hilarious and joyful comedy that will keep you laughing from beginning to end! 14 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: September - October 2011


BLUES: BLUES BLOWOUT Mark Hummel and The Blues Survivors October 2, 7:30 p.m. Price: $12-$28 Harmonica-led blues bands draw their inspiration from the Chicago school of blues, but by adding elements of jump blues and rock ‘n’ roll into the mix have come up with an exciting new style of West Coast blues. In Oakland, northern capital of California blues, harmonica player and vocalist Mark Hummel has been a major force in shaping this new musical genre as leader of The Blues Survivors. Mark Hummel is a road warrior, a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound, a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. Since 1991, he has produced the Blues Harmonica BlowoutTM series. These much-heralded shows continue to draw sellout crowds wherever they appear and their list of band members is a Who’s Who of Blues harp history: James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Magic Dick, Jerry Portnoy, Rick Estrin, Lee Oskar, Curtis Salgado, Billy Boy Arnold, Johnny Dyer, Watermelon Slim, and James Harman. Be part of this incredible musical experience. Come to the Firehouse on October Unique Treasures! 2nd and get your blues on! Colorful handmade lacquer jewelry boxes.

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MUSICAL: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Presented by PaciďŹ c Coast Repertory Theatre 8 p.m. shows October 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 2 p.m. shows October 9, 16, 23 Price: $17-$33 Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to New York City in search of a new life for herself. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a New York full of intrigue and jazz â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Filled with frisky ďŹ&#x201A;appers, tap-dancing, dashing leading men, and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. Directed by Dyan McBride and choreographed by Renee Deweese.

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HARRINGTON ART GALLERY: NATIONAL WATERCOLOR SOCIETY TRAVELING EXHIBIT October 26 – December 11 Donations appreciated The National Watercolor Society show represents the best of water media painting. This traveling exhibit features a selection from the organization’s 2010 90th annual exhibit which, in the NWS tradition, is traveling to numerous venues nationwide during the year following the exhibit. Two artists featured in the current traveling exhibit are Kathleen Maling and George James. Kathleen Maling, NWS, AWS, FWS, is a watercolor artist living in Saint Augustine, Florida. Her artwork has appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, and Florida Wildlife Magazine. “Heads or Tails” by Kathleen Maling Kathleen enjoys painting the fauna and flora of Florida, and exhibits in several shows throughout the year. By abandoning traditional methods, George James has discovered a new, creative watercolor process through combining synthetic paper with the traditional “A Fiction for Music” by George James watercolor media. He has received international acclaim as well as numerous awards for his work and teaches workshops in the United States and Canada.

NATIONAL WATERCOLOR SOCIETY EXHIBIT GALLERY RECEPTION October 29, 3-5 p.m. FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: September - October 2011 17


YOUTH: CREATURES OF IMPULSE PRESENTS NIGHTMARE A Terrifyingly Fun Night of Improv October 27 – 29, 7:30 p.m. Price: Students – $5 Adv/$8 Door; General – $10 Adv/$15 Door Join the teen improv troupe, Creatures of Impulse, for another season of chills, thrills, teenage screams, and unpredictable long-form improv in a show guaranteed to give you a Halloween experience like never before. The audience helps create the characters and story for three nights of theatrical excitement! No show is exactly the same, so come and see all three shows.

CABARET: SUZANNA SMITH A Tribute to the Great Ladies of Jazz October 30, 2pm Price: $12-$25 We continue our popular Cabaret Series with Suzanna Smith and The Suzanna Smith Trio performing the songs of the great ladies of jazz like Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Sarah Vaughn. Known for her golden tone, innate sense of swing, and irresistible charm, Suzanna brings classic jazz standards to life and, not surprisingly, has emerged as one of the brightest new voices on the Bay Area jazz and cabaret scene. She has been featured on In The Moment on KCSM, the region’s main jazz radio station, and is currently in pre-production for her first major recording. She can be seen and heard headlining monthly in San Francisco at Savanna Jazz and a variety of other top-notch clubs and entertainment venues. Suzanna continues to win over Bay Area audiences, bringing warmth and grace to each performance and leaving a room full of new fans. Come to the Firehouse and become one yourself! 18 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: September - October 2011


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LIBRARY EVENTS AT THE FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER LECTURE: THESE AMAZING SHADOWS A Story about The National Film Registry and the Power of the Movies September 15, 7 p.m. Price: Free

What do the films Casablanca, Blazing Saddles and West Side Story have in common? Besides being popular, they have also been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and listed on The National Film Registry. These Amazing Shadows tells the history and importance of the “A World of Fine Gems” Registry, a roll call of American ORIGINAL OWNER est. 1977 cinema treasures that reflects Pleasanton has trusted us for 33 years... the diversity of both film, and We invite you to stop in to see why! indeed the American experience itself. The current list of 550 films includes selections from every 2009 genre – documentaries, home movies, Hollywood classics, Trust. Honesty. Integrity. Confidence. Expertise. avant-garde, newsreels, and silent films. These Amazing Shadows reveals how American movies tell us so much about BRILLIANCE YOU DESERVE® ourselves…”not just what we did, (925) 416-1111 but what we thought, what we 3003-B Hopyard Rd felt, what we aspired to, and the In The Hopyard lies we told ourselves.” Village Shopping Center

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MUSEUM EVENTS AT THE FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER

LECTURE: MUSEUM ON MAIN ED KINNEY LECTURE SERIES — CALIFORNIA WOMAN SUFFRAGE September 21, 7 p.m. Price: $10 General, $5 Members and Seniors, $3 Students and Teachers with ID Dr. Jessica Weiss, Associate Professor of History at CSU East Bay, provides insights to the history of women’s rights in California and the suffragist movement of the early 1900s.

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EDGAR ALLAN POE: MAN OF MYSTERY October 19, 7 p.m. Price: $10 General, $5 Members and Seniors, $3 Students and Teachers with ID Edgar Allan Poe rises from the scene of his mysterious death to tell his life story. Poe is portrayed by actor Duffy Hudson. For more information about these events please visit www.museumonmain.org 22 FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER: September - October 2011


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