Michael Robinson, former award-winning journalist for the Oakland Tribune and the 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 art exhibition for Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and published author of a critically acclaimed nonfiction book on the national savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. Before getting into 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.
Titled “Moods For Moderns,” Robinson’s exhibition features one-of-a-kind originals that highlight his three main formats – abstract figuration, mid-century geometry, and modern surrealism. All paintings in the exhibition are available for sale. Robinson is particularly appreciated for his love of big ideas and for his bold color combinations.
His major influences are Kandinsky, Miro and Klee. Armed with a playful attitude, he became known for a deceptively simple style steeped in hidden meanings and cultural references, often quoting rock music titles or lyrics. Robinson’s art is also displayed on his website, michaelrobinsonart.comand Instagram account, @michaelrobinsonart (instagram.com/michaelrobinsonart).
The theater is at 3535 School St., and masks are not required. For more information call 925-283-1557 or visit bayareane.ws/townhalltheatregallery in line.
Youth Poster Contest entries are on display at the Delta Gallery
Entries for the Brentwood Rotary Youth Poster Contest are on display at the Delta Gallery at Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center, 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128. This contest provides an opportunity for young people in our community to artistically express their vision of the hope, optimism, or worries about issues affecting their lives today. The show continues until June 3. For more information, call 925-516-5935 or visit deltagallery.com.
— Delta Gallery
The theater will premiere “Back to the Future Trilogy” on June 4
El Campanil Theater will premiere “The Back to the Future Trilogy” on June 4 as part of its classic film series. All three films star Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson.
The theater is at 602 W. Second St. in Antioch. Show times will be at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The cost to see all three movies, which will be streamed in 4K, is $20 per person. For more information, visit elcampaniltheatre.com in line.
The El Campanil Academy will present the musical “Crazy For You”
El Campanil Theater Academy will perform a one-hour version of Gershwin’s classic musical “Crazy For You” May 27-29 at the Antioch Theater at 602 W. Second St.
The musical is the classic story of a boy, a girl, and a theater in need of salvation. Scene-smitten Bobby Child works as a banker for his overbearing mother, Lottie, but spends his spare hours practicing dance routines and sneaking out to audition for Zangler’s Follies, New York’s most popular show.
Unfortunately, Bobby’s showbiz career is going nowhere, and his shrill fiancé insists he name the date, so when Lottie asks him to investigate a distant client who has defaulted on his mortgage, Bobby jumps in. about the opportunity to get out of town. . Arriving in warm and quiet Deadrock, Nevada, Bobby falls in love with Polly Baker, the kind and hardy postwoman, whose father owns the beautiful but dilapidated Gaiety Theater and was sent to seize it.
Now in love, Bobby comes up with a plan: call his friends, the Follies Girls, from New York, kick off the locals – a band of ramshackle cowboys with latent musical talent – and put on a show to save the old one. building.
With a fast, light script and a collection of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved tunes, including the dreamy ‘Can’t Be Bothered Now’, the catchy and energetic ‘Slap That Bass’ and the plaintive and romantic ‘Someone To Watch Over Me”, “Crazy For You” is a delicious tribute to the beloved and upbeat musicals of the 1930s. For more details, go online to elcampaniltheatre.com or call 925-757-9500.
— El Campanil Theater
A theater company needs help to produce “Dreamgirls”
Pittsburgh Community Theater is gearing up to perform “Dreamgirls” June 11-19 at the El Campanil Theater, but it needs community support. PCT executives say they recently learned that the production company had ripped the recorded performance tracks they intended to use for the show. Now they will have a live orchestra, which has increased production costs from $800 for music tracks to $12,000 to pay musicians.
If that wasn’t enough, the California Theater is under construction, so they’ve had to find another venue for their performances, which means they’ll be using the theater’s technical crews instead of their all-volunteer crews, which greatly increases the production. costs around $8,000. They launched a GoFundMe page (gofund.me/0d7b9394) to help defray these additional costs and hopes to raise the $20,000.
Chorus will present two free performances next month
After a two-year hiatus, the Brentwood Community Chorus is back. Under the direction of Susan Stuart, the Brentwood Community Chorus and special guest quartet ‘Replay’ want nothing more than to share their love of music with a packed house.
Bring your family and friends at 2 p.m. on June 5 at the Brentwood Community Center at 760 First Street. There are no tickets, but donations will be accepted. On June 12 at 3 p.m. there will also be a performance at St. Ignatius Church at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. in Antioch. This is also a free concert, but your donation to the voluntary offering is greatly appreciated.
Everyone is welcome to join the Brentwood Community Chorus, and the fall season will begin in August. For performance or membership details, go online to brentwoodcommunitychorus.com.
— Brentwood Community Choir
Smothers Brothers at the Bankhead Theater in June
The Bankhead will feature America’s favorite siblings, the Smothers Brothers, for another performance in June. After an unprecedented sell-out from their first performance, the Smothers Brothers will delight audiences for an additional performance on June 14, in addition to their sold-out June 13 performance (originally scheduled for January but postponed to June 13 due to the rise outbreak of the omicron variant of COVID-19).
Tickets for all shows in the 2021-2022 Bankhead Presents season are available online, by calling 925-373-6800, or at box office counters. For a full list of events, visit livermorearts.org.
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