2019 El Cerrito Arts Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission encourages everyone to celebrate and promote the arts and culture! Participate, patronize and support the arts and humanities in El Cerrito.


October Arts Month

ARTS MONTH EVENTS


Two Artist Photography Exhibit

September 20 - November 10

Prepared FOod Annex, 10387 San Pablo Ave.


Photographers Fletcher Oakes and Toni Orans will show their photography of places near and far, including India, Cuba, and six European countries.



City of El Cerrito Recreation Department
Environmental Awareness Art & Essay Contest

The El Cerrito Recreation Department will host its first annual Environmental Art & Essay Contest this fall. The contest invites teens who live in or go to school in El Cerrito to explore the theme “The Most Important Step to Reducing our Environmental Footprint” and transform their ideas into impactful art or writing pieces. A workshop will be held during which contestants can brainstorm the theme, pick up supplies, start their project, and/or get help with outlining and proofreading. Submissions will be accepted September 25 through October 30, and the winner will be announced at the Art & Essay Showcase on November 15. Winners will receive prizes including $50 Visa gift cards, museum passes, whale watching tours and more! Visit the website for more information.


NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: FLEABAG


OCTOBER 2 & 16, 7:00PM
RIALTO CINEMAS CERRITO, 10070 SAN PABLO AVE


See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC's hit TV series Fleabag, a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Broadcast live to Rialto Cinemas from London's West End. See the theater website for more information.

BRIGHT STAR

October 4 THROUGH OCTOBER 27
Contra Costa Civic Theatre, 950 pomona ave


This five-time Tony-nominated musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption, inspired by a real event, and set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the ’20s and ’40s. Featuring an energetic and unique bluegrass score and propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances. See the theatre website for more information.


EL CERRITO ART ASSOCIATION ANNUAL ART SHOW


OCTOBER 4, 5, & 6
EL CERRITO COMMUNITY CENTER, 7007 MOESER LANE


This show will include entries by artists in visual media, including oil painting, watercolor, acrylic, drawing, photography, digital, mixed media, sculpture and more. Up to 300 entries overall are on display over the three day exhibition, plus special sales of unframed work on Saturday and Sunday. Bay Area professional artists jury the ribbons granted for cash prizes and merchant awards! See the Association's website for more information.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS


OCTOBER 7, 7:00PM
RIALTO CINEMAS CERRITO, 10070 SAN PABLO AVE


See Richard Bean's English version of Goldoni's classic Italian comedy, in which sex, food, and money are high on the agenda. See the theater website for more information.

CITY HALL GALLERY SPACE EXHIBIT

OCTOBER 7 THROUGH OCTOBER 25

EL CERRITO CITY HALL, 10890 SAN PABLO AVE


The Gallery Space will host an exhibit on the early days of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the most famous band to ever come out of El Cerrito, which will feature items such as artistically-designed album covers, posters, and other promotional material and photographs. A reception will be held on Friday, October 11 at 7pm; the reception is free and open to the public.



20-in-20 Poets Laureate

Litquake at the Library: 20-in-20

October 12, 2:00-4:00 PM


El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave


2019 is Litquake's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, former El Cerrito Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win, will host an evening of readings by local poets laureate, current and former. Poets will include: Ciera-Jevae Gordon, Richmond (current); Maw Shein Win, El Cerrito (former); Dani Gabriel, El Cerrito (current); Lisa Rosenberg, San Mateo County (former); Aileen Casinetto, San Mateo County (current); and Rebecca Black, Albany (current).



Talk on Creedence Clearwater Revival: the first decade, 1959-1969

October 13, 2:00PM

El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane

El Cerrito's Creedence Clearwater Revival became one of the world's top rock & roll acts. 2019 marks 50 years since the first of 8 US Top Five hits and 60 years since the band's inception at Portola Junior High School. Grammy-nominated producer and El Cerrito resident Alec Palao will discuss the quartet's local background and various incarnations, using rare visuals and audio, and share insights gleaned from his extensive work on the group's catalog. Sponsored by the El Cerrito Historical Society.

El Cerrito Art Association program
October 14, 7:00PM
El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane

Enjoy a talk by local photographer and writer Elaine Miller Bond on color photography. See the Association's website for more information.

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL BANDs Play-a-Thon


Saturday, OCTOBER 19, 7AM-8PM
EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL


The El Cerrito High School Play-a-thon will include ongoing musical performances and activities featuring the ECHS Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, and Gaucho Band. Highlights include sessions with elementary and middle school band students from local schools, a noontime jazz concert in the quad of El Cerrito High School, and “Conduct the Gaucho Band!” The event will culminate with a chamber music concert in the ECHS Performing Arts Theater at 6:00pm. All activities will take place at El Cerrito High School and are free and open to the community. More information about the event is posted at the website.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: A Midsummer Night's Dream

OCTOBER 21, 23, 28 & NOVember 6, 7:00PM

RIALTO CINEMAS CERRITO, 10070 SAN PABLO AVE

  

Shakespeare's most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations...with hilarious, but dark consequences. Visit the Cerrito Theater's website for more information.

Mystery Week Writer's Panel

October 22, 6-8:00PM

El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave.

To celebrate Mystery Week, El Cerrito Library hosts a panel of writers from Mystery Writers of America, NorCal Chapter! Local authors, including Mark Coggins, S.A. Lelchuk, Gigi Pandian, Terry Shames, and Kelli Stanley, will speak on the joys, foils, and foibles of writing mysteries with UC Berkeley librarian Randal Brandt.

Spooky Stories Writing Workshop for Teens & Tweens

October 23, 3:30-4:30PM

El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave.

Do spooky, scary, suspenseful tales enchant and excite you? Would you like to create some of your own? Then this is the workshop for you! Come fill the page with tales of ghosts, haunted houses, witches, goblins, zombies, and other supernatural phenomena and "curious incidents." Thrills and chills will inspire our creative journey! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Registration recommended.

EL CERRITO FREE FOLK FESTIVAL

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 FROM NOON TO 10PM
EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL


The El Cerrito Art and Culture Commission is proud to once again co-sponsor this all-day festival presented by the San Francisco Folk Music Club. The festival offers two stages of music performances, music and dance workshops, a family program and spaces for spontaneous jams. Join in to listen, learn, play and enjoy performances and workshops from world-renowned and local musicians alike. The festival is free and open to the public. Visit elcerritofolkfest.org for more details.

Great Art on Screen: Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost

OCTOBER 30, 2:00PM

RIALTO CINEMAS CERRITO, 10070 SAN PABLO AVE

  

Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin's greatest masterpieces are now preserved. Visit the Cerrito Theater's website for more information.

MORE TO COME!

Check back later as we add additional exciting art shows and performances happening in El Cerrito!

If you are hosting an arts event, performance or exhibit in El Cerrito in October 2018 and would like to be included on this list, please contact Maya Williams, Assistant to the City Manager, at 510-215-4318. Thank you!