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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 2015 Induction Ceremony scheduled for October. Members will also be able to purchase tickets to the April 25 Abalone Benefit Dinner celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lanzafame Furniture for $50. Price for nonmembers is $55. Members receive discounts at other PEAHOF events, including the Second Sunday Jam Sessions which are scheduled to resume this spring.

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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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.

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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.


Greater Tuna

Greater Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard is a good ol’ down-home laugh-out-loud fest. Beginning May 14 through May 17 for ONE weekend only in the California The-a-tor, Gregory Brown and Brian Villanueva show us what life in a small town is really like.  Then they take the show down road a fair piece to perform again at the Campbell The-a-tor, May 22 through the 24th.  

Set in the ficticious “third-smallest town” in Texas, Greater Tuna is known to be where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The twenty eccentric characters of Tuna are aptly played by these two veteran PCT actors and directed by Betty Brown. The play starts with Arles Struvie (Villanueva) and Thurston Wheelis (Brown) portraying the hosts of a live local radio show. They provide colorful commentary and humorous antics when their banter rolls back and forth with signature responses.  

The storyline focuses on Bertha Bumiller (Brown), her three screwy children – Jody, Charlene, and Stanley – all played by Villanueva, and a few days in their lives. Brown is both sensible and obnoxious in his role as Bertha. One minute she is loving and threatening the next, which makes her a little bit out of her mind.  

Her son Stanley is the epitome of the southern redneck whereas Jody, her youngest son is mentally challenged and charming with his sensitivity. Charlene on the other hand, Bertha’s daughter needs to get a clue. Obviously a talented writer, she needs to focus her talents elsewhere and stop obsessing over being a cheerleader.  

In contrast to Brown’s Bertha, is Villanueva’s role as the Human Society advocate, Petey Fisk. Villanueva makes this misfit adorable when he talks about the dogs that need help and maybe it’s Petey himself that needs a bit of that too.  

Many of these characters are a reflection of sit-com characters of days gone by, like Norm (George Wendt) from Cheers, Mama (Vickie Lawrence) from the Carol Burnett Show, the Church Lady and Garth from Wayne’s World (Dana Carvey) as seen on Saturday Night Live, and Chris Farley, also of SNL fame. This is the comedy of comedies of our time and for Brown and Villanueva to bring it to that level is bliss.  

There are many more character that boast dim idiocy but the absolute scene stealer in this production is…. Well we don’t want to spoil the sir-prise. So y’all come out and see the show. 


Tickets range from $10-$25.

For California Theatre Tickets, call 925-427-1611 or online at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

For Campbell Theatre Tickets, call 925-439-7529 or online at www.eventbrite.com.
Discount tickets available at the Campbell when purchased in advanced.  

Photo credit: Jeff Strawther

Pictured: Aunt Pearl (Gregory Brown) and Stanley (Brian Villanueva)


Sellout crowd enjoys Lanzafame Dinner

A sellout crown celebrated the 100th anniversary of Lanzafame Furniture and benefitted the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame, Pittsburg Community Band and Pittsburg Community Theatre on April 25 at the Pittsburg Elks Lodge. 

The event was co-sponsored by PEAHOF, the City of Pittsburg and Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. Dinner sponsors were Discovery Homes, Island Pacific Supermarket, Ramar Foods, Panda Express, Food Source and Save Mart. In addition, 39 businesses and individuals donated items. 

In addition to donations to Pittsburg Community Theatre and Pittsburg Community Band, PEAHOF made special donations to the Pittsburg High School Marching Show Band, the Pride of Pittsburg, who were the dinner servers, and to Hillview Jr. High School students Lourdes Macias and Lucilla Cervantes, who qualified for the California State Small Ensemble competition with their clarinet duet. 

 

The Pittsburg Community Jazz Band and Pittsburg Community Theatre performed at the dinner. Entertainment was capped off by a march around the dining room by abalone chef Chooch Lombardo and the Lanzafame Family Quartet (Chris, Chris Jr., Jeffrey and Robert) playing ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ as well as the old Italian favorite “Oh Mama.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEAHOF President Ralph Ramirez (left) presents a check to PCT Secretary Cherie Persing as board members Tom Lewis,

Sandi Lee and Chooch Lombardo look on.

PEAHOF President Ralph Ramirez presents a check to Pittsburg Community Band representative Chooch Lombardo as board members Tom Lewis and Sandi Lee look on.

 

 


PHS Band will play for uniforms

The Pittsburg High School Marching Show Band, ‘The Pride of Pittsburg,’ and the band’s musical ensembles are looking for gigs.

The band, which represented Pittsburg at the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, and the London (yes, England) 2014 New Year’s Day Parade, is working to raise money to purchase new uniforms.

The band grew by 24 percent for the 2014-15 school year, and indications are it will grow the same amount next year. New uniforms must be purchased so that all members of the band can perform in uniform.

What better way to support the band and enjoy some great music than to invite the band to your event?

For information or to schedule the band, contact Tony Martinez at (925) 250-8455. Donations can be made to the PHS Band Boosters, P.O. Box 1201, Pittsburg, CA 94565.

 


 

 

 

Individuals, service clubs help PEAHOF

Local service clubs and individuals are helping the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame bring music to Pittsburg junior high students through the PEAHOF Arts Mentoring Program.

The Pittsburg Rotary Club and Pittsburg Women’s Community League have made contributions for the purchase of instruments for use in the program.

John Guerrero, a founding PEAHOF Board member and leader of Natural Blend, one of Pittsburg’s oldest bands, and Allan Grissette, drummer for the Devil Mountain Jazz Band, have both donated instruments for the program.

 Members of the California Watercolor Association have volunteered to work with students, providing art mentoring in the watercolor medium.

Not all donations are monetary ones.

You may wish to donate a musical instrument or art supplies for the PEAHOF Arts Mentoring Program at Pittsburg junior high schools. Or you may wish to share your artistic talent and time as a mentor. You may also consider donating a special piece of artwork to PEAHOF. Contact us at pittartshall@gmail.com.

  

 

 

 

 

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