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PEAHOF elections coming in January

Are you interested in promoting the arts in Pittsburg?

Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall Of Fame members will be electing two members of PEAHOF Board of Directors in January.

If you are interested in joining a group dedicated to promoting the arts in Pittsburg, honoring Pittsburg’s cultural icons and establishing a mentoring program for youngsters, you can make a major contribution to achieving those goals with PEAHOF.

Remember, as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

So bring your enthusiasm, your insights, your ideas to the board as a member, a volunteer or simply someone interested in advancing the arts in Pittsburg and East County.

Board members must be PEAHOF members. You need not be a member to be nominated. However you must become a member to serve on the board.

Memberships are available on both an annual or lifetime basis. Individual memberships are $30 annually or $100 lifetime. Family memberships are $50 annually or $150.

 

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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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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.


Organ music will ring out  again at PCT

 event at California Theatre

    

There are plenty of reasons to attend Pittsburg Community Theatre’s ‘Home for Christmas’ songfest at the California Theatre (351 Railroad Ave.) on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

You’ll hear familiar and popular holiday music from old favorites to standards to contemporary songs performed by the Good Shepherd Church Choir as well as PCT singers and dancers during the holiday musical revue.

But there’s an even better – and historic – reason to attend the event. For the first time in well over one-half century, live organ music will ring out during the performance.

Due to diligent work by the city of Pittsburg and a score of volunteers, headed by Tom LaFleur, the Robert-Morton organ that was built in 1928 especially for the California Theatre has been discovered, purchased and restored.

While a second restored 60-year-old ‘Red Devil’ theatre organ will be featured at the concert, it will give concert goers a preview of what is to come when the bigger organ, which has been restored, is brought from the Pacific Community Services building next door to the California Theatre to its old home in the California Theatre.

The Robert-Morton organ, which was the third to be used at the California Theatre which opened in 1920, will be installed in the California Theatre after an organ lift under the orchestra to house the console is constructed. The organ is too big to be stored in the California Theatre currently.

LaFleur has been instrumental in working to preserve some of Pittsburg’s older buildings from the first half of the 20th Century that represent the city’s history.

He was an early and strong advocate of restoring the California Theatre, one of seven similar theatres created by architect A.W. Cornelius throughout Northern California from 1917 through the 1920s. Only three are still used as theatres today, including one in Salinas, the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton and the California Theatre. Cornelius was also the architect for the old Wells Fargo Bank, the Buchanan Building that now houses La Veranda and the beautiful old library on 9th Street and the Marina Primary School on 8th Street which were razed.

When an organization to restore the California Theatre was formed, a member of the Northern California Theatre Organists Society told LaFleur that the California Theatre organ was currently being used in a church in Castro Valley. LaFleur went to the church and heard the organ and realized it was such an important part of the history of the California Theatre that it should come home.

Before coming to Pittsburg, the organ was sold by the church to a winery, which decided the organ was too large for its plans and put it in storage.

In December 2012, the City of Pittsburg purchased the organ, which was stored briefly in an old fire station and later the old Enean Theatre. Many of the fragile pipes and pieces of the organ were stored at Pacific Community Services for climate-control reasons. The sale price of the organ was $15,000.

A group of organ enthusiasts, the Pittsburg Historical Society and dedicated volunteers have worked since then in restoring the organ, raising over $70,000 through donations and grants from the Keller Canyon Mitigation Fund.

“We received at least $100,000 worth or work through donated labor,” said LaFleur.

Dave Moreno, an accomplished theatre organist who will perform at ‘Home for Christmas,’ rebuilt the organ. Julie Porter volunteered to do much of the electronic work, and Freddy Cruz, an electrician, also faithfully worked on the project, which includes a large blower to pump air through the various ranks and pipes, and installation of 11 ranks plus percussion and “toys,” which can create a variety of instrumental sounds, inside the California Theatre.

“If it hadn’t been for the work of the dedicated volunteers, this probably would have been a 10-year project,” said LaFleur.

Tickets for the show are available at the California Theatre box office or online at www.PittsburgCaliforniaTheatre.com. Prices are $10 for children 11 and under, $18 for seniors and $25 for adults.  


Pete Escovedo headlines special concert

New Year’s Eve at California Theatre

Pittsburg native Pete Escovedo is coming home for New Year’s Eve with a special concert performance at the California Theatre (351 Railroad Ave.).

The 81-year percussionist is a member of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction class of 2013.

Escovedo was mentored early in his career by Tito Puente. He toured internationally with Carlos Santana. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career and has performed with his family band that includes daughter Sheila E and sons, Peter Michael and Juan. He has issued 11 albums of his own work.

He is known for his mentoring of other musicians and is also an accomplished fine artist.

The concert with his orchestra begins at 9 p.m.

Concert tickets are $59 with VIP tickets, which include a pre-concert meet-and-greet, are $99. Tickets are available at the California Theatre Box Office, open Tuesday-Friday from noon-5 p.m.


Sam Wesley Jr. (Sam-One) nominated again

for Male Blues Artist of the Year award

Sam Wesley Jr., known professionally as Sam-One, was nominated for the second year in a row as the Northern California Entertainers Music Awards as Male Blues Artist of the Year. The awards will be announced at a May 27, 2017 ceremony at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.

Wesley, “the bad boy of the blues” was nominated in the first ceremony this year. He also served as a presenter at the event.

Others nominated as Male Blues Artist of the Year are Roharpo, Alvon Johnson, Nate Bolden Blues, Sunny Bland, Mike Branson, Kyle Rowland and Filmore Slim.


Holiday events highlight December calendar

Special holiday treats are scheduled throughout the month of December at Pittsburg venues.

Black Diamond Ballet, a group of professional and student dancers from the Pittsburg Performing Arts Academy, will present a full-length production of ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet at the Creative Arts Building (250 School St.) on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

This will be the fifth consecutive year that Black Diamond Ballet has performed the beloved holiday ballet, and, once again, in addition to its full-length performances, it will perform an abridged edition for Pittsburg Unified School District students.

Tickets are $10 and $20 and can be ordered online at www.blackdiamondballet.org

Pittsburg Community Theatre will present its holiday musical revue ‘Home for Christmas’ on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the California Theatre (351 Railroad Ave.).

The California Theatre will also host ‘An Irish Christmas,’ a magical show of music making, dancing and singing with a Christmas journey through Ireland on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $30 for children.



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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.

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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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