Michael Robinson, an award-winning former reporter for the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Examiner, is exhibiting his cutting-edge contemporary paintings at the Town Hall Theater Art Gallery through May 31.
This is the first solo exhibition by Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated and published author of critically acclaimed nonfiction about the savings and credit crunch of the 1980s. Before entering the visual arts at age 60, Robinson spent years as a rock and blues musician in the Bay Area, releasing four CDs and playing more than 100 live shows. He has been featured in more than a dozen California newspapers, as well as the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Robinson’s exhibition, titled Moods For Moderns, features unique originals that highlight his three main formats – abstract figurative, mid-century geometry and modern surrealism. All paintings in the exhibition are available for purchase. Robinson is particularly valued for his love of big ideas and for his bold color schemes.
His main influences are Kandinsky, Miro and Klee. Armed with a playful attitude, he is known for a deceptively simple style steeped in hidden meanings and cultural references, often quoting titles or lyrics from rock music. Robinson’s art is also featured on his website, michaelrobinsonart.comand Instagram account, @michaelrobinsonart (instagram.com/michaelrobinsonart).
The theater is located at 3535 School St. and masks are not required. For more information call 925-283-1557 or visit us bayareane.ws/townhalltheatergallery on-line.
– Tracy Robinson
Entries to the youth poster competition on display at the Delta Gallery
Entries from the Brentwood Rotary Youth Poster Contest are on display at the Delta Gallery in the Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center, 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128. This contest offers the youth of our community an opportunity to express their views of hope, optimism or concern about issues affecting their lives today. The show lasts until June 3rd. For more information, call 925-516-5935 or go to deltagallery.com.
— Delta Gallery
The theater is showing the “Back to the Future” trilogy on June 4th
The El Campanil Theater is showing The Back to the Future Trilogy on June 4 as part of its classic film series. The three films star Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson.
The theater is located at 602 W. Second St. in Antioch. Show times are 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The cost for all three films, shown in 4K, is $20 per person. For more information visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com on-line.
El Campanil Academy Presents Crazy For You Musical
The El Campanil Theater Academy will present an hour-long version of the classic Gershwin musical, Crazy For You, May 27-29 at the Antioch Theater at 602 W. Second St.
The musical is the classic tale of a boy, a girl, and a theater in need of redemption. Stage-loving Bobby Child works as a banker for his overbearing mother, Lottie, but spends his free time practicing dance routines and sneaking in to audition for Zangler’s Follies, New York City’s most popular show.
Unfortunately, Bobby’s showbiz career is going nowhere and his flamboyant fiancé insists he reveal the date. So when Lottie demands that he investigate a faraway client who’s defaulted on a mortgage, Bobby jumps at the opportunity to get out of town. Arriving in hot, quiet Deadrock, Nevada, Bobby falls in love with Polly Baker, the sweet and sturdy Postmistress whose father happens to own the beautiful but decaying Gaiety Theater and was sent for confiscation.
Now in love, Bobby has a plan: call his friends the Follies Girls from New York City, cast the locals – a bunch of down-and-out cowboys with latent musical talent – and put on a show to save the old buildings.
Featuring a fast-paced and light-hearted script and a collection of George and Ira Gershwin’s best-loved tunes, including the daydreaming ‘Can’t Be Bothered Now’, the catchy, energetic ‘Slap That Bass’ and the plaintive, romantic ‘Someone To Watch Over Me ‘, ‘Crazy For You’ is a delightful homage to the popular, upbeat musicals of the 1930s. More information is available online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com or call 925-757-9500.
— Theater El Campanil
Theater company needs help producing ‘Dreamgirls’
The Pittsburg Community Theater is preparing to present “Dreamgirls” June 11-19 at the El Campanil Theater, but it needs some support from the community. The PCT directors said they recently learned that the production company had withdrawn the recorded performance tracks they intended to use on the show. Now they have a live orchestra, which has increased production costs from $800 for music tracks to $12,000 for paying musicians.
As if that wasn’t enough hurdle, the California Theater is under construction, so they had to find an alternative venue for their performances, which means they will be using the theater’s technical crews instead of their all-volunteer crews, adding significantly to production costs from about $8,000. You have started a GoFundMe page (gofund.me/0d7b9394) to cover these additional costs and hope to raise the $20,000.
Chorus is presenting two free performances next month
After a two-year hiatus, the Brentwood Community Chorus is back. Led by Susan Stuart, the Brentwood Community Chorus and special guest quartet “Replay” want nothing more than to share their love of music with a full house.
Bring your family and friends to the Brentwood Community Center at 760 First St on June 5 at 2:00 p.m. There are no tickets available, but donations will be accepted. There will also be a performance on June 12 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church on Contra Loma Blvd. 3351 instead. in Antioch. This is also a free concert, but your donation to the voluntary offer is greatly appreciated.
Everyone is welcome to join the Brentwood Community Chorus and the fall season begins in August. More details on performances or memberships can be found online at brentwoodcommunitychorus.com.
– Brentwood Community Choir
Smothers Brothers are coming to the Bankhead Theater in June
The Bankhead will present America’s favorite siblings, the Smothers Brothers, for another performance in June. After an unprecedented sell-out of their first performance, the Smothers Brothers will delight audiences with an additional performance on June 14th, in addition to their sold-out performance on June 13th (originally scheduled for January but due to the surge in the Omicron variant of COVID-19 postponed to June 13). ).
Tickets for all shows in the 2021-2022 Bankhead Presents season are available online, by calling 925-373-6800 or at the box office. For a full list of events see livermorearts.org.
— Livermore Arts
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