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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 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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event listings by genre acoustic

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Al Stewart Patsy Cline Tribute with Joni Morris Golden Bough


cabaret Judy, Judy, Judy Johnny Cash Tribute with James Garner

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Cajun Free Library Music Matinee — Tom Rigney and Flambeau


Firehouse Improv Festival and Workshops


Jazz Tuck and Patti Kenny Barron Poncho Sanchez

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lecture Museum on Main Ed Kinney Lecture Series — An Evening with Julia Morgan Museum on Main Ed Kinney Lecture Series — Strike it Rich: The California Gold



Classical Pleasanton Chamber Players Amati Ensemble

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country Patsy Cline Tribute with Joni Morris Johnny Cash Tribute with James Garner



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Poetry, Prose & Arts Festival A Special Poetry Evening with Connie Post and Katherine Hastings

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pop Al Stewart John Waite

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rock The Tubes

Harrington art gallery Marks of Nature Gallery Exhibit and Reception Horizontal/Vertical Gallery Exhibit and Reception

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film Free Film Series sponsored by the Pleasanton Library — Dirt! The Movie Free Film Series sponsored by the Pleasanton Library — Facing Ali


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world music Golden Bough Ramana Vieira

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ROCK: The Tubes San Francisco Sound of the ’70s and Beyond March 4, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $30-$40 The Tubes’ 1975 debut album included the hit single, “White Punks on Dope”, a tribute to their rich, white fans in San Francisco. During the band’s first 15 years, its live performances were characterized by wild satires of media, consumerism and politics. The group developed a faithful cult following and continues to draw audiences throughout the United States and abroad. The group’s most recent album, “Mondo Birthmark”, was released in 2009, and contains previously unreleased rare photos and interviews of the group. Join us for a nostalgia trip to remember!

Jazz: Tuck and Patti Soulful Jazz March 5, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$35 Making a return visit to the Pleasanton performance scene are Tuck and Patti, an American husband and wife jazz duo who make musical magic. Guitarist Tuck Andress met singer Patti Cathcart at an audition in 1980 and the rest “is history”. Both experienced musicians and performers, they went on to forge a distinctive jazz style and especially devoted following, starting with their breakthrough album, “Tears of Joy”. You will delight in Tuck’s masterful guitar work while Patti’s smooth sounds will wrap around your heart. As an extra bonus, watch for the duo’s new live CD to be released this spring!

classical: Pleasanton Chamber Players From Folk Tunes to Master Works March 6, 2011, 3 p.m. Price: $12-$24 Join us for a Sunday afternoon musical feast organized by acclaimed harpist Dominique Piana. The folk tunes, remarkably, are an Firehouse Arts Center: March - April 2011 7

assortment of Beethoven songs of the British Isles, scored for voice and piano trio. They are complemented by a Schumann Violin Sonata, Meyerbeer’s Hirtenlied, Reger’s wondrous late Clarinet Quintet and Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, topped off by one of Brahms’ lively Hungarian (read “Gypsy”) Dances. Longtime Pleasanton Chamber Players members Joseph Bonfiglio, Darcy van Valkenburgh, Cecilia Huang, Gay Hagen Dunn and Priscilla Carter Granger are joined by new recruits, Micah and Danielle Naler, Sarah Sloan and Greg Allen Friedman.

harrington art gallery: Marks of Nature Gallery Exhibit March 9 - April 2, 2011 Gallery Hours: W-F 12-5, Sat 11-3, and 1 hour prior to performance and during intermission A look into artistic interpretations of the pleasant, abstract qualities of images in nature. Includes works by Rebecca Alex, JoAnn Biagini, Sheila Metcalf Tobin and Ellen Sachtschale.

Marks of Nature Gallery Reception March 10, 2011, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations appreciated

acoustic/pop: Al Stewart Folk-Rock Legend March 11, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$37 From the London rock scene of the mid-’60s through to the present-day, Al Stewart defies classification. A singer, songwriter and folk musician with more than 20 albums to his credit, he is perhaps best known for his Platinum albums, “The Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages”. He is a troubadour who has graced cafes, coffeehouses, performance centers all over the United States and Europe, a consummate musician who combines his folk-rock-pop style with storytelling lyrics of historical events and figures. He is performing with talented acoustic guitarist, Dave Nachmanoff, who is also featured on the 2009 album “Uncorked”, described as vintage Stewart. 8 Firehouse Arts Center: March - April 2011

acoustic/country: Patsy Cline Tribute with Joni Morris Celebration of Patsy Cline March 12, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$25 While Joni Morris writes and records her own music, including the hit song “It’s Hold Me Time�, she draws inspiration from much-beloved country music legends whose names are instantly recognized. In her song portrait of Patsy Cline, who was the first woman elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Morris brings her own rich voice and mesmerizing stage presence to the Firehouse. Backed by the After Midnight Band, Morris will connect with her audience in a unique way as she combines warmth and polished artistry in favorites like “Crazy� and “I Fall to Pieces�.

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acoustic/world music: Golden Bough Firehouse Kids Afternoon Show In the Spirit of St. Patrick’s Day! March 19, 2011, 2 p.m. Price: $6-$18

Lighting a Celtic Fire March 19, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$24 Spearheading the popularity of the Celtic music of Ireland and Scotland is the international touring and recording group, Golden Bough. Since 1980, the trio’s co-founders, Margie Butler and Paul Espinoza, have recorded and performed the music of the Celtic lands, together with their own compositions. Violinist Kathy Sierra’s exquisite fiddling complements their singing and playing styles. Using an array of acoustic instruments, the three blend their voices in three-part harmony and never fail to delight audiences with their exceptional interpretations of the music of the Celtic nations. We’re delighted to welcome back Golden Bough to Pleasanton.

cabaret: Judy, Judy, Judy A Musical Tribute to Judy Garland March 20, 2011, 2 p.m. Price: $15-$25 The Firehouse’s popular Cabaret Series welcomes spring with a hit musical tribute to the legendary Judy Garland. Three vocalists come together in a captivating show: musical theater and opera star Tielle Baker, international pops symphony artist Pamela Brooks, and Emmy Award-featured singer and actress ML Parr. Reminisce as they perform the classic songs that Garland made unforgettable — “That’s Entertainment”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Come Rain or Come Shine”, “The Man That Got Away” and, of course, “Over the Rainbow”.

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POeTRy: POeTRy, PROse & aRTs fesTival 10th Annual Pleasanton Poetry, Prose & Arts Festival March 26-27, 2011, 8:30 a.m. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council, in collaboration with the City of Pleasanton, will host an exciting two-day celebration of poetry, prose and visual arts. its super-charged lineup of workshops, events and talented artists is sure to spark creative passion at the Firehouse. returning keynote speaker Al young is a California Poet Laureate emeritus, who has published extensively and taught writing and literature at several wellrespected universities. the Festival offers arts experiences for everyone: 20 poetry and prose workshops for all age groups, and poetry and prose contests for registrants with prizes totaling $1200. two independent art workshops have been added to the Festival this year. For more details on this unique cultural event, visit note registration dates for activities.


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poetry: A Special Poetry Evening with Connie Post and Katherine Hastings This Poetry Evening will be at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton. March 29, 2011 6:30-7:00 p.m. Social hour & free refreshments; 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. reading Price: Free Connie Post and Katherine Hastings are both popular Bay Area Poets who run well-established poetry reading series and also have chapbooks, Trip Wires and Updraft respectively, recently published by Finishing Line Press. Please join us to hear a “Poets Braided Reading” where they will take turns and integrate poems from both of these chapbooks and more! Connie is Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore and leader of the Valona Second Sunday Poetry Series in Crockett; Katherine is founder of the WordTemple Poetry Series in Sebastopol.

pop: John Waite Ain’t Waitin’ for Nobody April 1, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $32-$45 Rock singer, musician and song writer John Waite says there’s no greater kick than playing to a live audience. His much-beloved hit, “I Ain’t Missing You at All”, is a favorite with audiences on his European and U.S. tours, along with favorites, “Isn’t it Time” and “When I see you Smile”. Starting as lead vocalist for English rock groups, The Babys and later Bad English, he is now a solo artist with a just-released album “Rough & Tumble”, a collaborative effort with Matchbox Twenty’s lead guitarist and songwriter Kyle Cook.

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world music: Ramana Vieira April 2, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$24 Considered “The new voice of Portuguese world music,” by Mundo Portuguese Magazine, Ramana Vieira pulls traditional Portuguese fado music into the 21st century with her powerful vocals and unique styling. Juxtaposing unconventional instrumental layers over fado’s haunting melodies and melancholy stories of heartache and disappointment, Ramana updates old-world ballads while maintaining the integrity of this timehonored tradition. Ramana has appeared by invitation to headline a music festival in Macau, China, sing in a video montage for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and perform at a special 50th Grammy Awards benefit. Joined by Laura Boytz on cello, Jeffrey Luiz on classical guitar, Stephen La Porta on percussion, and Alberto Ramirez on electric bass, Ramana sings both traditional and original songs, many of them from her CD, Lagrimas De Rainha “Tears of a Queen”.

Jazz: Kenny Barron Jazz Piano Master April 7, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $30-$40 Mention a notable name in jazz and chances are good Barron has played with them, learned from them, and taught them. This jazz pianist, composer and arranger began playing professionally as a teenager, influenced by Dizzy Gillespie’s band and Latin and Caribbean rhythms. While a touring musician, he earned his BA in Music and for many years served as Professor of Music at Rutgers University, mentoring talented young artists. Performing as a soloist and part of a group, Barron has made more than 40 recordings, winning nine Grammy Awards and induction into the American Jazz Hall of Fame. 14 Firehouse Arts Center: March - April 2011

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opera: Livermore Valley Opera Firehouse Kids Afternoon Show April 16, 2011, 2 p.m. Price: $9-$18 This will be a great introduction to the Company and this beloved art form.

Night Out — A Mini-Opera In a Diner Admission includes Reception prior to the performance. April 16, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $17-$32 Mimi and Miles are primed for their big night out in this mini-opera in a diner on Main Street. Night Out is a frothy comedy written by Sara Nealy with music direction by Alexander Katsman. Night Out is sure to delight audiences with some of the world’s best-loved arias as the diners encounter the stylish Rupert and Remy during their date. Now in its 19th season, Livermore Valley Opera continues to be an opera company to be taken seriously. At the Firehouse, the company takes a short break from fully staged traditional opera to create a fun-loving music melodrama starring nationally-recognized principal singers … and a waitress with an attitude.

Jazz: Poncho Sanchez April 22, 2011, 8 p.m. Prices: $30-$45 If music were about pictures, Poncho Sanchez’ music would be a kaleidoscopic of hot colors and bright lights from both sides of the border. Latin jazz with fragments of swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a “fiery swirl”, with dazzling results. The mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Poncho Sanchez’s youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities today. “These are the sounds I grew up with. So when I play this music, I’m telling my story. This is the real thing.” 16 Firehouse Arts Center: March - April 2011

cabaret/country: Johnny Cash Tribute with James Garner Tribute to The Man in Black April 23, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $15-$25 This James Garner is not the well-known actor, but a young man who moves and sounds on stage remarkably like his idol, Johnny Cash. Together with his threeman band, Garner offers a classy and incredibly authentic tribute to The Man in Black, combining his music with stories of the highs and lows of his life and long, illustrious career. Garner plays festivals, theatres, and, yes, prisons; in fact, his tribute was well received recently at Folsom and San Quentin. Close your eyes, tap your toes, sway in your seat — this act walks a very true line.

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classical: Amati Ensemble Innovative Chamber Music April 30, 2011, 8 p.m. Price: $12-$24 The Amati Ensemble, named for the famous family of Italian violin makers and based in the historic town of Maastricht in the Netherlands, is led by violinist Gil Sharon. Along with other European musicians and two members of the Gold Coast Chamber Players from Lafayette, California, they will perform the first concert of their national tour at the Firehouse Arts Center. The program will include Brahms Sextet, Op. 18 in B flat and Enescu Octet, Op. 7 for strings. Their tour, partially sponsored by the Romanian government to promote the music of its best-known composer, Enescu, will continue in Lafayette, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C.

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1st Annual firehouse improv festival Join us for a celebration of improv at the 1st Annual Firehouse Improv Festival in Pleasanton, California. From long-form improv, live improvised hip-hop, a comedic improvised courtroom musical, to teen workshops, this is sure to be a 24-hour period of non-stop improv fun! Well-known Bay Area improvised hip-hop sensations The Freeze will perform at the festival’s opening Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, April 9 starting at 9:00 a.m., teen participants (grades 6-12) will attend a series of workshops designed to immerse them in a more advanced world of improv with classes like “Musical Improv Games”, “Stage Combat for Improvisors”, and more! The Firehouse Improv Festival ends in a performance from The Super Dupers performing “Doo-Wop-Ner: An Improvised Small Claims Courtroom Musical” that debuted at the 2010 San Francisco Improv Festival, and a headlining performance from teen improv troupe, Creatures of Impulse, a favorite at the 2010 Teen Comedy Festival in Chicago, Illinois. Both closing performances take place on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Teen improv performance Workshops Registration information Includes teen improv workshops, all performances, and lunch on Saturday $55.00: Early Bird (if registering February 7-28) $67.00: Registration fee (if registering after February 28) Registration deadline: Friday, April 1, 2011 Registration code: 51282 Register online at or The City of Pleasanton’s Community Services offices located at 200 Old Bernal Avenue. 20 Firehouse Arts Center: March - April 2011

1st Annual firehouse improv festival 1st Annual firehouse improv festival schedule of events Opening Performance Improvised Hip-Hop/Rap Performance (best for ages 12+) by The Freeze April 8, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Students: $8.00 advance & at the door General: $12.00 advance; $15.00 at the door Tickets available at or the Firehouse Box Office FIF Participants: Ticket included with festival registration

Teen improv performance Workshops Various Teen Workshops Throughout the Day For Grades 6-12 Only April 9, 2011, 9 a.m. Price: $55-$67 (registration deadline: Friday, April 1, 2011)

Closing Performance Performance by Creatures of Impulse and The Super Dupers April 9, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Students: $8.00 advance & at the door General: $12.00 advance; $15.00 at the door The Super Dupers performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doo-Wop-Ner: An Improvised Small Claims Courtroom Musicalâ&#x20AC;? Tickets available at or the Firehouse Box Office FIF Participants: Ticket included with festival registration

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library events at the firehouse Arts center cajun: Free Library Music Matinee — Tom Rigney and Flambeau March 13, 2011, 2 p.m. Price: Free Tom Rigney and Flambeau will torch the Firehouse Arts Center in a Sunday afternoon free performance. Flambeau specializes in Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves, and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes. Most of the repertoire is composed by Rigney, but they also mix in a few classics from the Cajun/zydeco, New Orleans songbook.

film: Free Film Series Sponsored by the Pleasanton Library — Facing Ali March 17, 2011, 7 p.m. Price: Free Ten of Muhammad Ali’s former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion. This movie will be hosted by Monte Poole, sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

film: Free Film Series Sponsored by the Pleasanton Library — Dirt! The Movie April 21, 2011, 7 p.m. Price: Free In celebration of Earth Day! Connecting our deepest positive multi-denominational values to the ground beneath our feet. For more information about these events please visit: 22 Firehouse Arts Center: March - April 2011

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Firehouse Arts Center - March/April 2011  

The March/April 2011 edition of the Firehouse Arts Center program

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