Showing posts with label local theater. Show all posts
Showing posts with label local theater. Show all posts

Friday, December 4, 2015

December 5, 2015: Day & Night Fun in San Benito County

Lots of fun stuff going on tomorrow, Saturday, December 5, 2015, in San Benito County. These are some of them. Which ones will you check out?

Boutiques and Open Houses

Spring Grove Santa's Holiday Breakfast and Boutique 
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
This event takes place at Spring Grove Elementary School, 500 Spring Grove Road, off Fairview Road. The all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast is $6.50. Santa Class will be there for photos. About 40 vendors will be selling crafts, goods, and other wares. For more details, check out the event's Facebook page

B & R Farms Annual Holiday Sale and Christmas Open House 
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
B & R Farms is located at 5280 Fairview Road (west side), between Fallon and Lone Tree Roads. They will offer free samples and refreshments as you shop. For more information, visit the events page on their website.

Bertuccio's Market Holiday Open House
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  
Bertuccio's is located at 2014 Airline Highway (west side) just before Union Road. They will offer food tastings, hourly giveaway, and raffle prizes as you shop. 
For more information, check out its Facebook page

Holiday Stroll Through Time Open House  
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
San Juan Bautista merchants will hold its annual "Holiday Stroll Through Time" tomorrow.  They will offer refreshments as you shop their seasonal items. For more information, check out this article in Out and About Magazine.

Living History Days

Tomorrow is the monthly Living History Day at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park, which features the early days of San Juan Bautista. Meet and talk with Victorian Ladies, Mountain Men, and Civil War Soldiers as they demonstrate crafts and cooking of their times. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, click here

The Art of Books!

The Art of Books! is the theme of the 4th Annual Children's Art Exhibition at ARTspace, 240 Fifth Street, in Downtown Hollister. The delightful masterpieces done by local school children are available for purchase, of which proceeds go to funding the local Arts in Education Program. The gallery will be open from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more details, check out this earlier post.

Holiday in Lights Parade

The annual Holiday in Lights Parade in San Juan Bautista will start at 5:30 p.m., going along Third Street.  The Community Christmas Peace Tree lighting will take place earlier at sunset. 

Fa la la la Lah, la la la lah 

The Watsonville Community Band will hold it annual Winter Concert at the Veterans Memorial Building on the corner of San Benito and Seventh Streets. This free concert will start at 7:00 p.m.  

The band is made up of musicians, of all ages, from San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara counties. Tomorrow night the band will perform songs from The Polar Express. There will be a Christmas carol singalong. (I love that part.) For more details, visit this Facebook page.

Play On!

A theater group is rehearsing its play. But, the play's author keeps changing the script. Oh, dear....Oh, rats! It's getting crazy. It's gotten out of hand. Will the show go on? 

That's the premise of the comedy Play On! performed by the San Benito Stage Company, which will run until December 12. The play is at the Granada Theater, 336 Fifth Street, in Downtown Hollister at 7:00 p.m. For more details, go to the San Benito State Company website

La Pastorela

Upon receiving a message from the Angel of the Lord about the birth of the Holy Child, several poor shepherds make their way to visit him. It is not an easy journey to Bethlehem as the followers of Luzbel (Lucifer) block their way at nearly every turn. 

This the basis of the play La Pastorela, the traditional Mexican tale that Luiz Valdez adapted for El Teatro Campesino.  Performed in Spanish, the local acting troupe tells the story through words, song, and dance. La Pastorela runs every weekend until December 20 at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista.  Tomorrow night, the play will start at 8 p.m. 

You can learn about the other performance dates and times, as well as purchase tickets at this Brown Paper Ticket link. Be aware that you must pick up tickets at the El Teatro Campesino box office at 300 Third Street in San Juan Bautisa. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Sunday Treat

A few Sundays ago, while the Husband, our friends, and I were walking around San Juan Bautista, we came across the performers of El Teatro Campesiño practicing their songs on their building's front steps. Of course, we had to stop and enjoy the music.

El Teatro Campesiño turned 50 years old this year. Check out this interview about the stage troupe and its founder Luis Valdez, written by Frank Perez published in BenitoLink.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"Catch Me if You Can"

Catch Me if You Can, a Tony nominated Broadway musical, is now playing for the next two weekends at The Granada Theater in Downtown Hollister. It's presented by the San Benito Stage Company.

A very talented all-teen cast tells the story of real-life Frank Abagnale, Jr. in words, song, and dance. A con artist and check forger, Abagnale manages to stay two steps ahead of the FBI while impersonating a teacher, pilot, lawyer, or pediatrician. If the title and story sound familiar, then you probably saw the movie Catch Me if You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, upon which the musical is based. So, you also know that Abagnale became an FBI instructor and consultant, helping the law enforcement agency investigate fraud and scam crimes.

To learn more about the play, check out this article, "Preview: Catch Me if You Can: The Musical", written by Lois Locci at Benitolink.

Catch Me if You Can performances are:
  • Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m.

  • Tickets are available at the door, as well as at Postal Graphics and San Benito Bene. Admission for adults is $15, and $12 for children, students, and senior citizens.                            

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    Dia de los Muertos with El Teatro Campesiño

    This weekend, El Teatro Campesiño will start off its 50th year with its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration in San Juan Bautista. Through dance, music, art, and altar offerings, the locally-based, renowned theater company will honor and remember the dearly departed. The event will begin on Friday, October 29 and go through Sunday, November 1.

    Joining in the celebration is the Esperanza del Valle Folkloric Dance Troupe, which will perform throughout the weekend at the Playhouse on 705 4th Street.
    • Friday, 8:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
    • Sunday,  4:00 p.m.
    The dance group will perform traditional dances from the Huasteca, Veracruz, Nayarit, Jalisco, and Colima regions, as well as perform Macaria, an original choreodrama that the dance troupe adapted from the novel written by B. Traven. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets.

    El Teatro will also have traditional and artistic altars on display at the Playhouse. The public can view the altars, for free, during these hours:
    • Friday, 7:00 p.m. with Altar Blessing and Danza at 7:15 p.m.
    • Saturday, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, 1:00 p.m. with a closing Danza Blessing
    As in past years, El Teatro will lead a Dia del los Muertos procession through the historic streets of San Juan Bautista. The parade will be held twice—6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

    Monday, October 26, 2015

    Talented High School Thespians

    On Friday evening, the Husband and I enjoyed watching No Signs of Intelligent Life, a comedy performed by the San Benito High School Drama 3 class at the Baler auditorium.

    The play was about extraterrestrials from the far distant planet of Gilroy pretending to be humans so as to study them more closely. The space aliens are hilariously confused and dumbfounded with the ways of the humans as they relate to them in such situations as gossiping around the workplace water cooler, substitute teaching, dating, survival camping, and purchasing a fast food hamburger.

    The young men and women totally delivered the funny. Their passion and joy for the craft of acting was so infectious that I wanted to suddenly audition for a play.

    The drama department has several other performances scheduled for the rest of the year. No doubt, they'll be as entertaining as the one we saw.
    • November 13: ComedySportz (competitive improvisational comedy)
    • January 15: ComedySportz
    • March 17, 18, 19, 24, and 25: Thoroughly Modern Millie (musical)
    • April 8: Variety Show/Faculty Follies
    • April 22: ComedySportz
    • May 12 and 13: Student-directed One-Act Festival

    Tuesday, June 9, 2015


    Mary Poppins is coming to Hollister!

    The musical play, that is. The San Benito Stage Company will be presenting it in July at the Granada Theater.

    It's Tuesday and that means Our World Tuesday. Click on the link to check out other participants from around the world.

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven

    Over the next two weekends, El Teatro Campesiño, of San Juan Bautista, will offer free outdoor performances of Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven in San Juan Bautista and Hollister. This original play is based on the sacred creation book, Popol Vuh, of the Mayans. It uses large-scale puppets, pageantry, and live music to tell the story of how the creators formed the  universe and earth. The play is narrated in English, Spanish, and Qu'iche Mayan. For a detailed description of the play, please click here.

    On August 30, August 31, and September 1, at 3 PM,  Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven, will be performed at the San Juan Soccer Field in San Juan Bautista. On September 6 and 7, at 3 PM, it will be presented at Dunne Park in Hollister. 

    Remember, it's free! And, it's perfect for children of all ages. Be sure to bring your hats, water, and chairs.

    Friday, February 15, 2013

    Local Plays at the Granada

    The Granada Theater on Fifth Street was one of two movie theaters in Hollister for several decades. State Theater, the larger—and probably the older—one stood on the corner of San Benito and Seventh Streets. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the State Theater, and sometime later it was burned down in a fire.

    As a kid, I remember the Granada showed Spanish-language movies.  Today, local theater groups present live performances there. Starting tonight, the San Benito Stage Company will be performing the musical Monty Python's Spamalot.

    The Granada Theater is available for rent. Contact the San Benito Stage Company for information.

    February 11 to 17 theme for Take 25 to Hollister: Red in Downtown Hollister

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Coming Up: A Spring Weekend of Fun

    Lots of things going on this weekend in and around Hollister, if you're looking to distract yourself from doing taxes or to celebrate having done them.  Or, just to take part in the local fun. Here are some of the happenings:

    Friday Evening, April 13
    Charming Chairs Silent Auction at the Blak Sage Gallery. This is a fundraiser for the Hollister Downtown Association. At the same time, the gallery will host an artist reception for artists who will be participating in the Open Studios later this month. 

    Narnia—The Magic Begins at the Granada Theatre. This spring musical production is presented by the San Benito Stage Company and features many young actors. The play opens Friday night, with performances also on Saturday and Sunday and the following two weekends. 

    Saturday, April 14

    Earthquake Walk and Talk. This walk starts at 9 a.m. at the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce (650 San Benito Street).  Geologists will lead folks on a tour of the Calaveras fault that runs through downtown Hollister. 

    Spring Arts and Crafts Festival. This annual event will take place on both Saturday and Sunday in downtown San Juan Bautista.  

    2012 Crab Crack. The annual dinner-dance fundraiser by the Hollister Exchange Club will be at Bolado Park.

    Sunday, April 15
    San Benito County 4-H Pancake Breakfast. This annual fundraiser will take place on Sunday morning at the Hollister Elks Lodge at the Hollister Airport.

    Hollister Derby Girls vs. SINtral Valley Derby Girls.  The junior team will be going at it on Sunday afternoon at Bolado Park.

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    Dinner Theater at Paine's

    Tomorrow night (February 10) is the first of nine showings of Lend Me A Tenor, a comedy full of sophisticated craziness. The play was written by Ken Ludwig, and received several Tony nominations when it was performed on Broadway in 1989.

    Hollister's production is presented by the San Benito Stage Company at Paine's Restaurant on 421 East Street. Evening performances starting at 7 p.m. will be on February 10, 11, 17,  18, 24,  and 25; and afternoon performances starting at 2 p.m. will be on February 12, 19, and 25.

    Tickets include the cost of the meal. $35 at the door; $30, if bought beforehand. For more info, check out the San Benito Stage Company Web site. For the menu, check out Paine's Facebook page about the event.

    Two More Saturday Events
    Here are two other things happening on Saturday, February 11:
    Community Volunteer Fair
    Sweethearts and Memories, Dinner-Dance fundraiser for the local senior citizens center

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    100 Things I Like: El Teatro Campesiño

    Popul Vuh: A Cosmic Pageant
    Our small, yet vibrant, rural San Benito County has richness of culture—as in art, music, and theater. The renown El Teatro Campesiño, for example, run by Luis Valdez, makes its home in San Juan Bautista. This past summer, the theater group had been performing its Popul Vuh trilogy, of which the first and second parts were performed free in the Mission City. Thank you El Teatro!

    Note: Click here if you'd like to see the other 100 Things I Like About Living in Hollister. Uhm, you should know that I just began yesterday.

    Friday, July 22, 2011

    What Are You Looking Through?

    Hint 1: You'll find this thing on Fifth Street, across from the City Hall.

    Hint 2: If a person was sitting in it, she or he would sell you something so you can go in to see the Music Man, which is playing this weekend.

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    The Music Man

    Peeking into the Granada Theater

    The San Benito Stage Company will be presenting the musical "The Music Man" at the Granada Theater. The first presentations will be this weekend. For more details, visit the San Benito Stage Company Web site. All proceeds will go to the Save the Hollister Public School Music Drive.

    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    Popul Vuh Auditions

    A performance of  Popol Vuh: Story of Seven Macaw (part 2)
    at the San Juan Bautista Mission Plaza in September 2010.

    El Teatro Campesiño, in San Juan Bautista, will be holding auditions in April for its summer production of Popol Vuh: A Cosmic Pageant. The epic play is based on the creation story of the Maya. For more information about the auditions, click over to this page at the theater group's Web site.



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