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Alston fired up for Pre-Super Bowl comedy show at California Theatre

The culmination of the football season is at hand the first weekend of February, and Erik Alston has his game face on.

The one-time Pitt High defensive back who played on the last team to beat De La Salle in the Northern California playoffs is fired up, not because of the New England Patriots or Atlanta Falcon but because of the lineup he’s fielding for the Pre-Super Bowl Bay Area Comedy Jam at the California Theatre (351 Railroad Ave.) on Saturday, Feb. 4.

“We have some hella funny comedians and even some music this time,” said Alston, also known as Eric Awesome.

Chris Thomas, a former host of BET’s hit show ‘Rap City’ and a veteran of All-Star Def Jam Comedy, is the headliner that Alston says is “guaranteed to make you laugh.

“We have some new up-and-coming comics who are trailblazing the comedy scene and  bringing you the funny.”

Other comedians are “Soccer Mom” Cheryl Anderson, Jay Rich and Amir Kalil. Dwayne DJ Rum Jr. will be on turntables, and rap artist Rock will perform.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $25, $10 for students and $30 at the door.

Help select PEAHOF induction nominees

The fourth class of Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Famers will be inducted in October.

Induction Committee chair Theresa Jones invites anyone interested in helping select nominees to contact PEAHOF at pittartshall@gmail.com.

Perhaps you have a person you would like to see nominated or perhaps you would like to become part of the PEAHOF Induction Committee. Although you have to be a PEAHOF member to vote for Hall of Fame inductees anyone is welcome to participate in the selection of nominees with the committee.

All nominees must have a biography on the PEAHOF website at: www.pittsburgentertainmentandarts.org. Criteria for selection include Pittsburg connection, recognition and honors and cultural contributions.



We’re not your Uncle Sam, but we definitely need you. 


Here is how I'd like to help:

____ $175 purchase five-piece drum set

____ $150 purchase a keyboard
____ $150 purchase three-piece drum set
____ $135 purchase an electric bass
____ $115 purchase an electric guitar
____ $100 season pass to all mentoring showcases
____ $75 purchase an acoustic guitar
____ $50 purchase artistic supplies
____ $50 purchase performance arts supplies
____ $50 purchase musical supplies
____ $30 provide a mentor for two sessions
____ Become a mentor myself

The Vision 

The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame will be located in the lobby of the historic Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus.

Included in Hall of Fame experience is a 90-foot frieze depicting Pittsburg’s cultural history created by internationally known artist and Pittsburg native Dr. Ronald McDowell. 

An interactive display will provide you with an up-close-and-personal look at members of the Hall of Fame.

Mission Statement

The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame seeks to recognize local musicians, performers, artists and writers, commemorating their achievements and impact upon the cultural life of Pittsburg in hopes of  educating and inspiring the youth of Pittsburg to use and expand their creative abilities to enrich the community.

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

comes home to host clinic


Pittsburg High graduate and Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame inductee Faye Carol returns home March 18 and 25 to conduct PEAHOF’s first  Mentoring Series event.

Carol will work with 60 student singers from Hillview Jr. High, Martin Luther King Jr. High, Rancho Medanos Jr. High, Pittsburg High School and Black Diamond High School at a special clinic in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts Building on Saturday, March 18.

If you know students at one of the schools, PEAHOF urges you to encourage them to sign up to participate in the clinic and concert which will supply students with free meals. Carol says she is looking for students that are “interested” in singing.

Family tickets will be available through the schools, and individual tickets will also be available. Family tickets, admitting up to five family members, are available only at schools for $20. PEAHOF will split ticket sales with each school with proceeds going to each school’s music program. General admission tickets are $10 or $5 for PEAHOF members, students and PUSD personnel. Limited reserved seating is available for $20.

Carol has won numerous awards, including three Bay Area Cabaret Gold Awards, Top Star Award, Singer of the Year and later Entertainer of the Year. East Bay Express readers voted her their Singer of the Year award in 2008.

In addition to her PEAHOF induction, Carol is an Oakland Blues Walk of Fame inductee and received the City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, Jazz Journalists Association Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce Jazz Heritage Award, the KPFA Bay Area Living Legend Award and the Sylvester Music Heritage Award.

Don’t miss this chance for a wonderful evening of musical entertainment and a chance to support PEAHOF’s Arts Mentoring Program.


HS Marching Show Band will benefit

from PEAHOF Annual Dinner on April 22

The Pittsburg High School ‘Pride of Pittsburg’ Marching Show Band will be the beneficiary along with the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame at PEAHOF’s third annual benefit dinner on Saturday, April 22 at the Elks Club (200 Marina Drive).

Tickets for the dinner are $55 ($50 for PEAHOF members) and tables for 10 for $500. This year’s dinner will be catered by La Veranda with main-course choices of Swai Picatta or Tri Tip with Mushroom Sauce. Vegetables and Polenta are included with the main course. Appetizers, salad, French bread and dessert will also be provided.

Pittsburg Community Theatre and the Pittsburg Community Band were beneficiaries at the first dinner. The Pittsburg Police Activities League shared in the proceeds last year.

This year’s dinner is to help raise funds for the band’s trip to Rome to participate in the Italian city’s 2018 New Year’s Day Parade.

“We are happy to help the band,” said PEAHOF President Ralph Ramirez. “Their trip to London left lasting impressions for band members as well as Londoners who saw them at the parade. We’re sure this year’s trip will be a positive experience, and we want to support the students in any way we can.”

Pittsburg High musicians will perform at the dinner.

Tickets available online at:

www.PittsburgEntertainmentAnd Arts.org
Pittsburg Chamber, Railroad Book Depot


Historic play on Port Chicago 50

begins run at California Theatre

On July 17, 1944, the deadliest disaster of World War II took place at the Port Chicago naval weapons facility when massive explosions erupted and 710 people were killed or wounded.

It was a tragedy that haunts not only Contra Costa County but also the United States even today.

Among the dead and wounded were 435 African American sailors, who provided the manual labor to load ships with ammunition and explosives. The death toll for African Americans at Port Chicago accounted for more than 15 percent of all African American casualties during World War II.

The sailors loading the ships were routinely forced into hazardous situations as officers would have them race to see which ship could be loaded the fastest.

After the explosion, survivors, even those that had been hospitalized were rushed back into duty loading ammunition under the same conditions as existed before the explosion. Fifty refused and were ultimately court martialed for mutiny, although clemency is still be sought for them today.

Dennis Rowe did not hear of the story until 2015 when he wrote a seven-minute mini-dramatization of the events as part of a Black History Program for his church in Los Angeles. He convinced his friend David Shackelford to help him with the project, which was so well received that they continued to research the events and turned the project into a play entitled Port Chicago 50 that will be performed four times Feb. 10-12 at the California Theatre (351 Railroad Ave.).

The play centers around Freddie Meeks, who was the first of the Port Chicago 50 to be pardoned in 1999 by President Bill Clinton.

As Rowe researched the Port Chicago tragedy, he learned of Meeks, who had lived in Los Angeles. He connected with Meeks’ son, Daryl, who worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and with relatives of other survivors as well as Port Chicago residents as he fleshed out the play.

When the play was completed, Daryl Meeks attended four different performances, bringing different family members each time to learn the story of Freddie Meeks. Many other relatives of Port Chicago survivors attended performances and were moved by the production and would share their stories with Rowe and Shackelford, who would sometimes use the information in revisions of the play.

One attendee was born on July 17, 1944, the day his father died in the explosion.

Early in the play’s run at a theatre in Santa Monica, Mylrell Miner, came to see the play and sought Rowe out. Miner was from Pittsburg and urged Rowe to bring the play to Pittsburg setting in motion negotiations with the California Theatre.

The play is powerful and thought provoking with strong language. But the story attracted veteran actor Hal Williams to accept the role of Freddie Meeks as an older man reflecting back on the Port Chicago nightmare.

Williams is best known for co-starring with Marla Gibbs in the NBC sitcom ‘227.’ He was also a regular on ‘Sanford and Son’ as Police Officer Smith. He has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows.

“He didn’t know me,” said Rowe. “He liked the story, and the project attracted him. He’s the consummate gentleman and is wonderful with the rest of the cast.”

‘Port Chicago 50’ will be performed Friday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. General seating is $30, $25 for students and veterans. VIP tickets, including a meet-and-greet cast reception are $35. Tickets purchased at the box office before Feb. 6 have a $5 discount.




Lifetime Memberships:

Family - $150

 Individual - $100
Annual Memberships:

 Family - $50

 Individual - $30

Become a PEAHOF

member today!

If you’re not a dues-paying member of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame, please sign up now by clicking here.

Yearly membership dues are $30 for individuals and $50 for families. Lifetime memberships are $100 for individuals and $150 for families. Memberships include voting rights and free tickets to the annual Induction Ceremony as well as discounts on selected events and merchandise.

PEAHOF memberships bring benefits

Becoming a member of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame can be a win-win proposition for you.

Members receive free tickets to the PEAHOF 2016 Induction Ceremony scheduled for October.  Members receive discounts at other PEAHOF events.

One-year individual memberships are available for $30. One-year family memberships are available for $50. Lifetime members are available for $100 for individuals and $150 for families. Memberships can be purchased on-line. 

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Be Part of the Legacy of Pittsburg’s

Historic Creative Arts Building

Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a part of Pittsburg’s history by adopting a seat in the historic Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus. Take pride in knowing that your gift will benefit future generations.

The Creative Arts Building’s history includes performances by legendary artists including: Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and the San Francisco Symphony!

Exciting changes have taken place in Contra Costa County’s largest theatre which opened in 1959. A $9 million renovation project has brought the building up to state-of-the-art standards allowing for quality productions. Make a tax-deductible donation to ensure maintenance of seats and support for youth mentoring programs in the arts.

It’s so easy!!

Choose one of the options below, complete the form with your details and return with cash, check, money order made payable to the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame or use PayPal ... JUST CLICK HERE... You may mail your tax-deductible donation to PEAHOF, 4476 St. John Lane, Pittsburg, CA 94565. Adopting a seat is a perfect remembrance for your children, grandchildren, spouse, parent, grandparent or special friend or loved one. It is a perfect way to honor birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, dedications, holidays and special events.

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