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.
TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON!
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:
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.
Family - $150
Individual - $100
Family - $50
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If you’re not a dues-paying
member of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts
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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
PEAHOF memberships bring benefits
Becoming a member of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall
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Members receive free tickets to the PEAHOF 2016 Induction
Ceremony scheduled for October. Members
receive discounts at other PEAHOF events.
individual memberships are available for $30. One-year
family memberships are available for $50. Lifetime members
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The Creative Arts Building’s
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artists including: Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles,
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