Michael Robinson, an award-winning former reporter for the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Examiner, has his cutting-edge contemporary paintings exhibited at the Town Hall Theater Art Gallery through May 31.
This is the first solo art exhibit for Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and published author of a critically acclaimed nonfiction book about the nation’s savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. Before getting into the visual arts at age 60, Robinson spent years as a Bay Area rock and blues musician, releasing four CDs and playing more than 100 live shows. He’s been featured in more than a dozen California newspapers as well as in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Titled “Moods For Moderns,” Robinson’s exhibit features unique originals that highlight his three main formats — abstract figurative, midcentury geometrics and modern surrealism. All paintings in the show are available for sale. Robinson is particularly regarded for his love of big ideas and for his bold color schemes.
His major influences are Kandinsky, Miro and Klee. Armed with a playful attitude, he’s becoming known for a deceptively simple style imbued with hidden meanings and cultural references, often quoting titles or lyrics from rock music. Robinson’s art also is displayed on his website, michaelrobinsonart.com, and 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 online.
— Tracy Robinson
Youth poster contest entries on display at Delta Gallery
Entries in the Brentwood Rotary Youth Poster Contest are on exhibit in the Delta Gallery at the Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center, 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128. This contest offers the youth of our community an opportunity to artistically express their views of hope, optimism or concerns about issues that affect their lives today. The show continues through June 3. For more information, call 925-516-5935 or go to deltagallery.com.
— Delta Gallery
Theater to show ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ on June 4
El Campanil Theatre will show “The Back to the Future Trilogy” on June 4 as part of its classic film series. The three movies star Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson.
The theater is at 602 W. Second St. in Antioch. Show times will be 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The cost to see all three movies, which will be shown in 4K, is $20 per person. For more information, visit elcampaniltheatre.com online.
El Campanil academy to present musical ‘Crazy For You’
El Campanil Theatre Academy will present a one-hour version of the classic Gershwin musical “Crazy For You” May 27-29 in 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 salvation. Stage-struck Bobby Child works as a banker for his overbearing mother, Lottie, but spends his off hours practicing dance routines and sneaking in to audition for Zangler’s Follies, the most popular show in New York City.
Unfortunately, Bobby’s showbiz career is going nowhere, and his strident fiance is insisting that he name the date, so when Lottie demands that he investigate a far-away customer who has defaulted on a mortgage, Bobby jumps at the chance to get out of town. Arriving in hot, quiet Deadrock, Nevada, Bobby falls for Polly Baker, the sweet and sturdy postmistress, whose father happens to own the beautiful but decaying Gaiety Theater and has been sent to seize.
Now lovestruck, Bobby comes up with a plan: Call in his friends, the Follies Girls, all the way from New York City, cast the locals — a bunch of rundown cowboys with latent musical talent — and put on a show to save the old building.
With a fast-paced and light-hearted script and a collection of the most beloved tunes of George and Ira Gershwin, including the day-dreamy “Can’t Be Bothered Now”, the catchy, high-energy “Slap That Bass” and the plaintive, romantic “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Crazy For You” is a delightful homage to the beloved, optimistic musicals of the 1930s. For more details, go online to elcampaniltheatre.com or call 925-757-9500.
— El Campanil Theatre
Theater company needs help in producing ‘Dreamgirls’
Pittsburg Community Theatre is preparing to present “Dreamgirls” June 11-19 at El Campanil Theatre, but it needs some community support. PCT directors say they recently learned that the production company pulled the recorded performance tracks that they were counting on using for the show. Now they’ll have a live orchestra, which increased production costs from $800 for music tracks to $12,000 to pay the musicians.
If that wasn’t enough of a hurdle, the California Theatre is under construction, so they had to find an alternate location for their performances meaning that they’ll use the technical theater crews instead of their all-volunteer crews, which significantly increases production cost by about $8,000. They’ve launched a GoFundMe page (gofund.me/0d7b9394) to help cover these additional costs and hope 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 full house.
Bring your family and friends at 2 p.m. June 5 to the Brentwood Community Center at 760 First St. There are no tickets, but donations will be accepted. On June 12 at 3 p.m. there will also be a performance in St. Ignatius Church at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. in Antioch. This is also a free concert, but your donation to the free-will offering is greatly appreciated.
Everyone is welcome to join the Brentwood Community Chorus, and the fall season will begin in August. For more details about performances or membership, go online to brentwoodcommunitychorus.com.
— Brentwood Community Chorus
Smothers Brothers coming to Bankhead Theater in June
The Bankhead will present America’s favorite siblings, the Smothers Brothers, for another performance this June. After an unprecedented sellout of their first performance, the Smothers Brothers will delight audiences for an extra performance June 14, in addition to their sold-out June 13 performance (originally slated for January but rescheduled to June 13 due to COVID-19’s omicron variant surge).
Tickets for all shows in the 2021-2022 Bankhead Presents season are available online, by calling 925-373-6800, or at the box office windows. For a complete list of events, visit livermorearts.org.
— Livermore Arts
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