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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.


PEAHOF Officers Selected

Ralph Ramirez was elected President of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame at the September meeting of the all-volunteer nonprofit’s Sept. 27 Board of Directors meeting.

Ramirez, who plays sax and flute, has performed in numerous Pittsburg bands since the 1940s and, along with his wife, Gloria, is a longtime supporter of the arts in Pittsburg and Contra Costa County.

Ramirez has been the top fundraiser for PEAHOF, including soliciting all the advertisers for the inaugural PEAHOF Induction Ceremony program last year. He had been serving as the interim president during the board election campaign earlier this year.

Tom Lewis, the original founder of the Pittsburg Creative Arts Building Corporation which raised over $500,000 to restore all the seats in the renovated Creative Arts Building, was selected Vice President.

Sandi Lee was re-elected to the combined Secretary-Treasurer role. Lee also created the PEAHOF website at pittsburgentertainmentandarts.org and serves as editor of the PEAHOF newsletter.

The board is looking for a replacement for Betty Brown, who has had to step down from her position. Anyone interested in serving on the board can apply for the position by emailing the board at pittartshall@gmail.com.


Pittsburg music legends Vigil, Brewer

 Return Home to California Theater

 

Two generations of Pittsburg musicians, Leo Vigil and Terrence Brewer return home to headline a special musical event at the California Theater on Saturday, Oct. 25.

A 1975 graduate of De La Salle High School (“My mother made me go there, but I attended all the Pittsburg High School activities”), Vigil, one of the West Coast’s top drummers, grew up in Pittsburg which nurtured his musical roots.

Brewer is a 1993 PHS grad where he was the band’s drum major, played in symphonic, jazz and marching band and performed in a number of PHS dramatic productions. He also earned an AA degree at Los Medanos College where he switched his focus from woodwinds to guitar.

Vigil was a profession musician even before Brewer was born, but the two mesh nicely with their varied backgrounds and Pittsburg roots.

 “It’s one of the defining elements of music that it transcends generations,” said Brewer. “And there’s always a thread of the Pittsburg connection that runs through musicians from here.”

The two are excited about the opportunity to play at home in the renovated California Theater. They have played together only once but have seen each other perform for a number of years.

“This is going to be wonderful. It’s so cool,” said Vigil. “This will be as much fun for us as the audience.”

The duo will be joined by Gary Brown on both electric and acoustic bass. Other friends will make special appearances during the eclectic evening.

“It’s going to be music,” said Vigil. “I’m not going to pigeonhole it and say it will jazz or rock or fusion or blues. It will be a first for us. Let’s just go make music and create something. Music is a creative process.”

 “It should be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to it. I’m really excited,” said Brewer, who has been voted the Bay Area’s top jazz guitarist in several polls.

“Somewhere over the years, I came to know a lot about Leo because of the Pittsburg connection,” said Brewer. “When I was at LMC, I heard a lot about him.”

 Vigil said the Pittsburg connection brought him to hear Brewer for the first time more than a decade ago.

“I kept hearing through the grapevine about him,” said Vigil. “I went to a little club that was actually in an alley in San Francisco and checked him out. He was scrunched into a corner, but the music was amazing.”

Tickets for the concert are available at the California Theater Box Office (351 Railroad Ave.) and website. Tickets are $15.50 with special dining packages at $40.50 available with dinner at La Veranda Ristorante Italiano.


Pittsburg Comedian Featured in Documentary

Johnny Steele, who went from being a self-described “smart---“ at Pittsburg High School to winning the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 1992, is featured in a newly released documentary film.

The film, “3 Still Standing,” had its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The film by Robert Campos and Donna LoCiero profiles Bay Area standup comedians Steele, Will Durst and Larry “Bubbles” Brown, who were among the Bay Area’s top comics during the Bay Area comedy boom of the 1980s and are still doing standup comedy on a regular basis.

The documentary, which chronicles their careers, includes archival footage of the three as well as other Bay Area comedians such as Robin Williams, Dana Carvey and Paula Poundstone. It is also entered in the Austin (Texas) Film Festival in late October.

It will be shown at the Christopher B. Smith San Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael ($14, $12.50 senior/student) on Wednesday, Oct. 8, and also as the CineArts at Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley ($14, $12.50 senior/student) on Friday, Oct. 10.


  

 

 

 

 

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