Castro Valley salutes dogs and musical kids Saturday

CASTRO VALLEY — This community is going to get a little goofy Saturday, Aug. 8, with a “Barks and Brass” celebration.

A press release about the dogs/kids mash-up from the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce explains the event:

Downtown Castro Valley will play host to young musicians and their fans, right alongside Castro Valley’s cherished dogs and their owners. Barks and Brass, a new community event, organized by the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda County Economic Development Department, will have its inaugural run on Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Daughtrey Building.

“We wanted to do something downtown that would be just pure fun, and kids and dogs were the first things that came to mind,” said Bill Mulgrew, chamber executive director.

“So many kids spend summers developing musically, we thought it would be a good idea to give them an outlet for appreciation. And, people have been suggesting pet related events to us for a long time, so we’re going to combine them, have a really fun program.”

There will be two stages. At 11 a.m., one of the kids musical acts will perform 20 minutes. That will be followed by a a dog-related contest on the other stage for 20 minutes, then back to the next musical act, and so forth.

Five musical acts will be featured, interspersed with four dog contests: best dressed, best trick, owner look-alike and best looking. The day will conclude with a dog parade.

Local vets, groomers, pet retailers, pet blessings and law enforcement K-9 teams will have exhibits. There will be raffles and giveaways, and food trucks will be on hand.

“We wanted to give the community some reasons to come together and have fun on a Saturday, and thanks to the generosity of Alameda County we get to use the parking lot of the Daughtrey Building before work starts on the building remodel,” Mulgrew said.

Registration for the dog contests starts at 10 a.m., and it is suggested that those interested go early because the number of entries will be limited.

For more information call the chamber at 510-537-5300, email info@castrovalleychamber.com or go to the www.edenareachamber.com/events.

The howling takes place at 3295 Castro Valley Blvd.



Free Hayward outdoor summer concerts

HAYWARD — The Odd Fellows are once again putting on free outdoor concerts Sunday afternoons.
This is the sixth year of the concerts at Hayward Memorial Park, behind the Hayward Plunge on Mission Boulevard.
The concerts are free, but each one features a local nonprofit group. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the nonprofits.
This Sunday (Aug. 9) will have a blues concert with Chris Marquis and Sycamore 129 Blues Band. The concert is a benefit for the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition, commonly known as FESCO. www.fescofamilyshelter.org
 Sezu with Kari & the SweetspOts will perform what is being billed as “original feel-good music” on Aug. 23. Donations will be accepted for South Hayward Parish. www.SouthHaywardParish.org
A jazz concert featuring What’s Up Big Band on Aug. 30 will benefit the Hayward-La Honda Music Camp, a summer camp for middle school and high school students in the Santa Cruz Mountains. www.lahondamusiccamp.org
The jazz theme continues Sept. 13, with 3 O’Clock Jump and Mount Eden High School choir members performing to benefit the school’s choir program. Hayward City Councilman Francisco Zermeno will be grilling sausages from Fabrique Delices.

Hayward Odd Fellows Sycamore Lodge teams up with the park district to put on the concert series, called “Plunge into Music, Arts and Dance for Summer Sundays in the Park.”

The concerts are in the bandshell at the park. If going, grab a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic (no alcohol). In addition to the music, the concerts will have a chalk art area and picnic tables for chess players. Chess players will be on hand to teach anyone interested.

The concerts generally run from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hayward Memorial Park, 24176 Mission Blvd. The park has a tot lot and tennis courts. Indoor swimming is offered at the Hayward Plunge, and a trail at the back of the park follows a creek into the hills.

Hayward Odd Fellows Sycamore Lodge #129 was re-formed in 2010, with a focus on supporting local music and the arts. For more information about the lodge, go to www.haywardlodge.org .

‘Hank Williams’ opens April 17 at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

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HAYWARD — “Hank Williams: Lost Highway, the Music and Legend of Hank Williams” opens Friday, April 17, at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre.

The fourth show in the theater’s 2014-15 Journeys Season will have 10 performances, including a preview Thursday, April 16.

The musical biography goes from the hills of Alabama to the Grand Ole Opry, following country music singer-songwriter Williams’ swift rise from honky-tonks to his Nashville triumphs and his self-destruction at age 29.

The production includes memorable Williams songs, including “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It on Over” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.”

Kevin Singer takes on the role of Hank Williams.

Other cast members: Paul Chianese as Shag on pedal steel guitar; Dylan Collins as Jimmy on lead electric guitar; Sarah Coykendall as Audrey; Rebecca Faiola as Mama Lily; Dwight Mahabir as Tee-Tot; Sarah Mitchell as the Waitress; Kyle O’Brien as Leon on fiddle and other instruments; Tom Reardon as Fred “Pap” Rose; and James Touzel as Hoss on upright bass.

The play is directed by Ben Randle; Olive Mitra is music director.

The creative team: Liliana Duque Piñeiro, scenic designer; Allen Willner, lighting designer; and Valera Coble, costume designer.

Written by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, “Hank Williams” was first produced by the Manhattan Ensemble Theater in New York City, opening in December 2002.

Tickets are $10-$29, and are available through the box office at 510-881-6777 or online at www.dmtonline.org.

The theater is at 22311 N. Third St., next to the Senior Center and the Japanese Gardens. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Hayward landmarks focus of new exhibit

HAYWARD –A new digital art exhibit highlights Hayward’s natural beauty and distinctive landmarks.

“In My Own Backyard” featuring the works of Jeanne Bertolina opens Wednesday, April 15, at the Hayward Area Historical Society’s Center for History and Culture.

Jeanne says of her work, “My passion is seeing beauty and artistic possibilities everywhere and making interesting (and sometimes surprising) compositions from ordinary subjects,” Bertolina said in a release.

An artist reception will take place at noon Saturday, April 25. Those at the reception can vote for their favorite art piece from the exhibit. A drawing will take place, with the winner being given the artwork after the show concludes.

The exhibit also includes trivia about each subject: Buffalo Bill’s was one of the first brewpubs in California. The Ranch restaurant was built with the wood of a pilfered train trestle from Sacramento, and the Hayward Plunge is on some lists of haunted places in California.

The museum is at 22380 Foothill Blvd. Call 510-581-0223 for more information.


‘Telling Tales’ March 23 at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

HAYWARD –Storytellers will share tales of spring fever Monday, March 23, at Douglas Morrisson Theatre.

Using no scripts, the storytellers will tell personal, true stories of spring and new possibilities.

Audience members will be invited to share their stories during open mike at the end of the evening.

Tickets are $5, with open seating. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Douglas Morrisson Theatre,  22311 N. Third St. Details at 510-881-6777.

This is the theater’s fourth “Telling Tales” this season.


Douglas Morrisson to stage ‘Bare Bones’ reading March 30

HAYWARD — The Douglas Morrisson Theatre will stage a “Bare Bones” reading  of “The How and The Why” on March 30.

The play by Sarah Treem will have one performance only.

“The How and The Why” premiered January 2011 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J.

According to the theater, the play explores science, family and survival of the fittest. On the eve of the prestigious National Organization of Research Biologists conference, two scientists meet for the first time —  Zelda, an established leader in the field, and Rachel, an up-and-comer with a radical new theory that will rattle cages in the male-dominated field of evolutionary biology. Treem explores generational divides and the choices women face, both in their personal and professional lives

The reading will be 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the theater, 22311 N. Third St. Tickets are $10 (open seating), and are available through the Box Office at 510-881-6777 or online at www.dmtonline.org.

The reading will be directed by Katja Rivera, an actor and director with local credits at Magic Theatre, Shotgun Players, Boxcar Theatre and CustomMade Theatre. She is an artistic associate with Shotgun Players and Playground and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Treem’s plays include “A Feminine Ending,” “Empty Sky,” “Against the Wall,” “Orphan Island,” “Human Voices” and “Mirror Mirror. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and South Coast Repertory and been in residence at The Sundance Institute and The Ojai Playwriting Conference, among others. Her television credits include writing/producing HBO’s “In Treatment,” “How to Make It in America” and “House of Cards.”


Hayward art exhibit features ‘Places We Have Never Been’

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“Awaiting Death”

By Bruce Roberts

Imagine an art display combining the wackiest, most imaginative of three-dimensional work, along with a shattering array of children’s art focused on the horrors of war: imagination and reality, a combination that startles a viewer’s consciousness.

Foothill Gallery of the Hayward Arts Council is hosting this unique combination from Jan. 15 to Feb. 6 in the show “Places We have Never Been.” The 3-D works are by James Pridham, a man with a long Bay Area career of putting things together—“assemblage” in the world of art.

The children’s drawings and paintings are from Paintbrush Diplomacy, which encourages the exchange of children’s art from around the world. Executive Director Joan Sieber, a Hayward resident, has loaned these pictures, simple in their design, but complex and chilling in their subject.
James Pridham’s work is amazing, crafted with consummate skill and intricate detail. His miniature seaport took 4,000 hours of work, creating every building, every boat, every knot in a His mysterious devices made of found materials challenge the viewer to break out of old categories.

Many are steampunk creations. Steampunk has been defined as Victorian futurism, a sort of “Jules Verne meets Rube Goldberg.” Others have distorted allusions to classical stories and ideas. Fans of J.R.R.Tolkien will love his “Encounter in the Mirkwood” and “Middle Earth Pridham’s flights of fancy are balanced with the serious and tragic pictures created by real children from war zones.

The Paintbrush Diplomacy artwork focuses mostly on art by children caught in the Croatian War of the 1990s, by artists from 8 to 16 years old. A recurring theme is groups of people surrounded by barbed wire, many of them faceless, as if their humanity has been erased.

In other scenes, tanks roll over flowers, armed paratroopers descend through the sky, a large, blood-red hand reaches toward a city. In one particularly violent image, two white doves—traditional symbols of peace—fly before a city exploding with red billowing clouds, while underneath,  a black-hooded figure with slits for eyes and a long gun fires upward.

This thought-provoking exhibit is on display at Foothill Gallery, 22394 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, in the Center for History and Culture. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday. The artist’s reception is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.


Hayward: Free improv Jan. 15

HAYWARD — Douglas Morrisson Theatre is having a free night of improv Thursday. Did we mention it’s free?

It will feature members of Made Up Theatre who will use audience suggestions to create improvised skits.

Made Up Theatre will have two different formats of improv during the show: Laugh Track City for the first half of the evening and 5 Play for the rest.

Laugh Track City is a fast-paced short-form improv similar to television’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The Laugh Track City cast plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions.

Then using a made-up title provided by an audience member, 5 Play will create an improvised “movie.”

It starts at 8 p.m. at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward. www.dmtonline.org, 510-881-6777.



Hayward: Morrisson Theatre Chorus holiday concert Dec. 11-14

HAYWARD — The Morrisson Theatre Chorus will perform its annual holiday concert Dec. 11-14.

“Holiday Concert: Special Songs for a Special Time of the Year” will include classical works, popular holiday songs, Gospel and spiritual pieces and audience sing-along favorites. The chorus is directed by Cesar Cancino

The concerts will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 11-13 and 2 p.m. Dec. 14.

Tickets are $18 adults, $15 senior and $12 junior/student. Douglas Morrisson Theatre is at 22311 N. Third St., next to the senior center and Japanese garden.

The theater’s box office is open from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and can be reached at 510-881-6777. Information is also available at www.dmtonline.org.


Hayward: Day of the Dead exhibit opens Oct. 8

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“Dead End Road” by Angela Villegas.  Acrylic on canvas.

HAYWARD — A “Day of the Dead” exhibit opens Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Hayward Area Historical Society’s Center for History & Culture.

The exhibit will feature altars created by local artists and residents. The altars range from traditional to contemporary representations of the holiday, according to a press release. They include photographs to paintings on canvas and leather skateboards to tattoo-style decorative plates.

“It’s fascinating to see the traditional altars mixed with contemporary art and how the holiday is becoming more and more mainstream,” said Amanda Bateman, the society’s community gallery coordinator, in the release.

A free exhibit reception with no-host food and bar will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. A free public program Saturday, Oct. 11, will include decorating of sugar skulls, face painting and crafts. Admission to the museum will be free that day.

The museum is at 22380 Foothill Blvd. For more information, call 510-581-0223.