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Pittsburg artist featured at St. Mary’s College

Pittsburg artist Luis Gutierrez’s newest body of work entitled ‘Another Kind of Truth’ is currently on display at the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art in a show continuing through Dec. 6.


Gutierrez, who was born in Pittsburg in 1933 and won the Bank of America merit award when he graduated from Pittsburg High School, will also be a special guest featured in the Saint Mary’s ‘In Conversation’ series with Peruvian curator and arts educator Susana Aragon in the Claeys Lounge in the Soda Activity Center on campus (1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga) on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 4-6 p.m.


‘Another Kind of Truth’ is Gutierrez’s newest body of work, anchored by a small group of assemblages, for which he became well known in the 1980s and ’90s. In this work he draws upon multiple artistic methods, but the underlying question he investigates is how to make meaning in a work of art.


Following his graduation from Pittsburg High School, Gutierrez earned an AA degree from what is now Diablo Valley College and a BA from San Jose State. He then attended and completed his graduate studies at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. He taught at Pittsburg High School and at San Jose City College until his retirement in 1995.

His works have been displayed at the DeYoung Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Oakland Museum, Triton Museum, Mexican Museum in San Francisco and the Intituto Allende Museum in Mexico as well as numerous university galleries.


He is also the winner of the James D. Phelan Award, the Ford Foundation Purchase Award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant.

PCT features all-teenage cast in 13 the Musical

Pittsburg Community Theatre offers a different type of play for its youth production for the 2015-16 season. 

It’s production of 13 the Musical is a hilarious coming-of-age musical showing that “cool” can sometimes be discovered where least expected.

The cast, directed by Pittsburg High School graduate Steven Mergogey-Conti, is made up of 15 Pittsburg teenagers. A live rock band will provide the music by TONY Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown. 

The show follows Evan Goldman, played by Carlos Amaral, who is transplanted from New York City to a sleepy small town in Indiana. The show is about fitting in and standing out.

There will be four performances at the California Theatre (351 Railroad Ave.) opening Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. with two performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 22.


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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.

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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.

18 new members inducted into PEAHOF

More than 500 attendees celebrated the induction of 18 new members into the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame at the Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus on Oct. 4.

Inductees represented the diverse talents of the Pittsburg artistic community representing many different genres of music from classical to rock as well as performance arts.

The ceremony included performances by various local groups also showing off the diverse talents of Pittsburg artists. PEAHOF would like to thank the Pittsburg Community Jazz Band; Terry Blinks and the Pittsburg Community Choir; Marissa Morrison and Dianna Shepers, who performed the song “Shy” from Pittsburg Community Theatre’s upcoming production of “Once Upon a Mattress;” Pittsburg High School’s Latinos Unidos Folklorico dance troupe; and the PEAHOF All-Star Band organized by PEAHOF board member Theresa Jones.

PEAHOF would also like to thank inductee Lou DiMaggio for arranging use of the Delta Hawaii Clubhouse for the “After Party” and the New Mecca Café for catering the event.

PEAHOF also thanks volunteers Michael Williams, John Saldana, Mary Burks, Kathy Kozak and Sue Ferguson for their help during the event.

PEAHOF is proud of each of the first two classes that have been inducted and is already planning for the 2016 Induction Ceremony. Friends and members of PEAHOF are invited to contact us at pittartshall@gmail.com to suggest possible 2016 inductees.  


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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VETJAM 2015 scheduled for California Theatre

Oldtown Pittsburg’s historic California Theatre (351 Railroad Ave.) will play host to VETJAM 2015 on Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.

This third edition of the popular fundraiser that also celebrates veterans of America’s armed forces will feature Doc Kraft and Company, along with Billy Schaub, one of the stars of the first VETJAM in 2013.

The event is hosted by Darlyn Phillips, who not only works for the VA in Martinez but has also been active in programs geared to helping homeless veterans. In addition Phillips, who has her own band, has been instrumental in getting area veterans to participate in VA arts competitions.

She is particularly happy to be serving as the host the third VETJAM event.

“I’ve seen what resources can do to help veterans,” she said. “This is a special event to help veterans, and music is an amazing tool and an inspiration for a lot of folks.”

Headlining the show will be Doc (Frederick) Kraft, a practicing physician in the North Bay, who is also a 33-year veteran of the armed forces and served in five foreign conflicts, including Vietnam, the first Gulf War and Iraq.

“We believe that you’ve gotta give back, and helping veterans is a very worthy cause,” said Dr. Kraft. “The feeling in America has changed dramatically about veterans since the Vietnam era. There is so much more public awareness of their sacrifices for their country.”

Kraft’s band is one of the North Bay’s most popular bands and plays a wide variety of songs and styles from the Great American Songbook to rock to jazz.

“We’ve played all over California,” said Dr. Kraft. “We have something for everybody in the audience. We pride ourselves in knowing what our audience wants to hear. We want them to have a memorable night they will never forget.”

Kraft plans to draft Phillips’ band, Darlyn Pearl, and her keyboard player and musical director, Pittsburg’s Tony Archimede, to join his band for several numbers.

Tickets for the benefit event are $10. Proceeds will go toward promoting veterans as they return to the workforce.

Pittsburg comedian comes home

When attending Pittsburg High School, Erik Alston was known for his athletic skills, as a member of Pittsburg’s 1991 NCS champion football team that defeated De La Salle in the championship game and as three-time participant in the California state track finals. 

He returns home on Nov. 14, bringing the Erik “Awesome” Alston comedy show to the California Theatre. 

Alston, known as a composer of R&B and Hip Hop music, turned to comedy on a dare in February when he was asked if he could do a brief “open mic” comedy set before performing music at a Los Angeles club. He was so successful that he has become one of Southern California’s top young comedians. 

“I took the dare, and I’ve been trailblazing in Los Angeles and Southern California ever since,” he said. 

Alston has performed at the Comedy Store, the Improv and the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and recently headlined a comedy show in San Diego. 

He’s coming to Pittsburg for a simple reason. 

“This is my show. I’m bringing friends from the Los Angeles comedy circuit. We’ll have seven acts and are using this as a platform to showcase talent,” he said. 

“But I also want to give something back to my community. I want to show young people that they have many options. Comedy is one way of making a living .” 

The show begins at 9 p.m. with tickets available at the California Theatre ticket office, 351 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door.



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 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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