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4 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 CommunityPleasanton Is Offering a Variety ofEvents with a Halloween ThemeThe City of Pleasanton’s CommunityServices Department offersa broad range of fun, spooky andaffordable Halloween activitiesand events in October. Participantscan imagine the ghost of Californiarancho Francisco Alviso or a phantomof milkmen-past from the oldMeadowlark Dairy at “Halloweenat Alviso Adobe Community Park”on Friday, October 28 or Saturday,October 29. Join City NaturalistEric Nichols on a walk aroundthe park to learn about and viewsome nocturnal animals of theregion including spiders, snakesand frogs. The tour ends withparticipants making a Halloweencraft. All ages are welcome tojoin in 20- minute tours that beginat 7:00 p.m. and continue to 8:30p.m. The fee is $5 for residents and$7 for non-residents. This fun andeducational activity is perfect forthose ages 4 and up.Also scheduled is another popularfamily event the 4 th AnnualPumpkin Carving Party at AlvisoAdobe Community Park on Saturday,October 29 from 1:00 to 3:00p.m. The fee is $5 for residentsand $7 for non-residents. Dresswith the weather in mind for bothevents and remember to pre-registeronline or by phone at (925)931-5340.Meanwhile, tennis buffs ofall ages can bring their frighteningforehands, scary serves andgruesome ground strokes to the6th Annual Halloween Fun Nightscheduled on Friday, October28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at thePleasanton Tennis Complex onHopyard Road and Valley Avenue.This free event draws hundreds ofparticipants every year. Kids andadults alike attend in costume totour the Haunted Hallway of Horror,enjoy yummy treats and tennisgames for all age groups and skilllevels including ‘Beat the Pro’ andLittle Shop of Horrors sing-along will be held Sun., Oct. 30 at theVine Cinema, 1722 First St., Livermore. Hosting the event will be theTri-Valley Rotary Club.Pre-event social at 5 p.m. includes food provided by Zephyr Grill;beer and wine available to those age 21 and over. Doors open for thesing-along at 6 p.m.Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) is a nerdy orphan working atMushnik's Flower Shop in urban Skid Row. Life is not easy for Seymour.He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard (Ellen Greene)who is already spoken for, and he is consistantly berated by his boss Mr.Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia). While on a quest to find something exoticto place in the window of the flower shop, Seymour stumbles on a verymysterious plant. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soonbegins to sing for his supper.Tickets are $15 adults and $10 children under 12 (with parent orguardian). Call the ticket hotline at 925-273-1603 for more information.A little skunk works on his backhand stroke at the Annual HalloweenFun Night event at the Pleasanton Tennis Complex on October28.‘Speed Serve.’ For more information,please call (925) 931-3446.Those seeking a more dramaticHalloween experience won’t wantto miss “Nightmare” A TerrifyinglyFun Night Of Improv as presentedby the Creatures of Impulse,Pleasanton’s own teen improvtroupe. Participants can help createthe story, setting and characters forthree nights and of fun, interactive'Little Shop of Horrors' Sing-alongPlanned by Tri-Valley Rotaryand completely unscripted theater.That’s on Thursday, October 27,Friday, October 28, and on Saturday,October 29 at 7:30 p.m. at thenew Firehouse Arts Center, 4444Railroad Avenue. Tickets are $5in advance or $8 at the door witha valid student I.D. and $10 in advanceor $15 at the door for generaladmission. For more information,please call (925) 931-4828.LARPD CarnivalTickets AvailableTickets are being sold now forthe LARPD Halloween Carnivalto be held on Sat. Oct. 22 from 1-4:00 p.m. at the Robert LivermoreCommunity Center, 4444 EastAve. This carnival is for ages 2-9years old and usually sells out.No tickets will be sold at the door.Tickets are $7 per youth. Parentsare free.The Halloween Carnival willhave jumpys, a lollipop tree, soccerkick, obstacle course, facepainting, bowling and mini basketball.Everyone will receive agoodie bag and a mini pumpkin.Call 373-5700 or visit LARPDto purchase a ticket.Yosemite Epics Author to Speak atPleasanton LibraryWriter and outdoorsman MattJohanson will show slides and tellstories from his new book, YosemiteEpics: Tales of Adventure fromAmerica’s Greatest Playground.Enjoy vicarious thrills from thesafety of the Pleasanton LibraryMeeting Room October 20, Thursdayat 7pm.“In Yosemite Epics, Matt Johansonhas assembled stories, toldfirst hand by some of today’s topadventurers, of harrowing taleswhen they dodged a bullet in Yosemite.Strap yourself in. It’s quitea ride.” – Ron Erskine, outdoorcolumnistA falling climber’s rope snapsthousands of feet above the ground.A free soloing climber, alone andunroped, attempts a terrifyingdo-or-die move. Two backcountryskiers awake in their tent tofind themselves buried by anavalanche. A daring kayak venturehelps an aging legend discovergreater health and happiness.These stories and more cometo life in a collection of first-personnarratives from rock, snow,ice and whitewater. Thrilling yetthoughtful, the book explains theathletes’ motivations for their ambitiousoutings and shares valuablelessons learned from their experiences.It features tales from SteveRoper, Howard Weamer and LynnMacMichael, Dale Bard, MartyMcDonnell, Errett Allen, JohnBachar, Royal Robbins, Lynn Hill,Hans Florine, and others.The program is free and opento all. No registration required.For more information, call PennyJohnson, 931-3405.Program on Earthquakes PlannedLawrence Hall of Science is bringing another program to the LivermorePublic Library, this one on earthquakes!Livermore Public Library presents, in observance of October’s “GreatCalifornia Shakeout”— Quakes and Shakes, a program for children offeredby the Lawrence Hall of Science. Become a junior seismologistand explore the inside and outside of our planet, find out what instrumentsare used to measure earthquakes and piece together a proper safety kitto make sure you’re prepared—not scared—the next time the groundstarts to quake and shake!This event will take place in the Storytime Room of the LivermorePublic Library Civic Center, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, on Saturday,October 15, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.There is no charge for this event. For further information, please call(925) 373-5504, or visit the website at www.livermorelibrary.net .Harvest Gathering Planned inDublin at Heritage ParkDublin is hosting a “Harvest Gathering” at the Dublin Heritage Parkand Museums, 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin on Sat., Oct. 22.From 3:00 to 6:00 there will be wagon rides, petting zoo, storyteller,fortune teller and craft making. Peek inside the windows of the 1911Craftsman Bungalow to view a vintage Halloween Party. Seasonalhandcrafted items will be available for purchase in the Hay Barn. Therewill be a guided flashlight tour of the cemetery at dusk.Live bluegrass bands will perform outdoors from 3:00-7:00 followedby the Harvest Moon Barn Dance from 7:00-9:00 pm in the 1870 SundaySchool Barn.A $5 wristband covers all activities except food and beverages. Foodbooths will offer Hot Dogs, Roast Corn, Apple & Pumpkin Pie, Beerand more. Free parking. For more information please phone 925-452-2100.
Art & EntertainmentTHE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 5Firehouse's Smash Second Season Openerby Susan SteinbergCelebrating its first year asthe Valley’s newest performancevenue, the Firehouse Arts Centerin Pleasanton started its secondseason with a real bang.Firecracker entertainer LisaVroman, famous long-time star of“Phantom of the Opera”, provedshe could hold an audience in thepalm of her hand without all theelaborate sets, props, costumes andother cast-members of that powerfulproduction.Confessing that she was happierin her own clothes than in thecorset and 20 to 40 pound dressesshe wore as Christine, she was stillan elegant figure in several beautifulformal gowns, and still a vocalpowerhouse of a singer.Vroman also proved that in anintimate space she could connectwith her listeners on a very personalbasis, as she chatted informallyabout her career, her recentmarriage, and her many stage colleagues, who have included DickVan Dyke at the Hollywood Bowland Michael Tilson Thomas, conductorof the SF Symphony.The ladies in the audience werecompletely won over by her warmfreshness: “I’m not really 18 withlong hair or a voluptuous figure.”But in a glamorous midnight bluegown, she was a believable Maria,happily twirling to the girlishexcitement of “I Feel Pretty” from“West Side Story.”In a more serious vein, she gaveAndrew Lloyd-Weber’s “LoveChanges Everything” a movingart-song rendition, focusing on thetruth of the human heart: “Lovechanges everything, words meanmore, pain is deeper than before.Love brings you glory, it bringsyou shame — nothing ever willbe the same.”Switching moods, Vromanbecame a sizzling cabaret chanteusewith the blues-y “Girls ofSummer” (“they get burned”) andthen a hip chick tossing out sexyinnuendos in “The Boy From...”Evoking happy nostalgic smilesfrom the audience was a medleyof classic old favorites, from thehushed magic of “In the Still ofthe Night” to the passionate “Soin Love," and the jaunty “Who’sGot the Last Laugh Now?”Enjoying the slyly satirical sideof Irving Berlin, she showcased theunfamiliar but witty number, “PlayMe a Waltz by Strauss," in whichthe celebrated lyricist dismissed“Broadway tunes” in favor of theold-fashioned um-pah-pah rhythmsof the Waltz King. His “I Love aPiano” was just the opposite: arousing razzmatazz show tune,with the pianist working in everythingfrom Gershwin’s “Rhapsodyin Blue” to those famous notes of“Phantom."Accompanist Joan Cifarellishowed off more of her fabuloustechnique in a solo medley of oldBroadway favorites. She jazzed,she vamped, and she improvisedaround that great Duke Ellingtonsignature tune, “Take the A Train."Her wildly applauded performanceshowed the best traditions of olderfree-style artists now lost in today’sslick musical world. No wondershe’s in such high demand!Vroman’s most moving numberwas contemporary composerEd Dixon’s “I’m Tired of LovingYou," expressing the difficultyand pain of leaving a lover whono longer cares. Full of heartfeltemotion, the lines were sung withthe aching sincerity of someonewho’s been there: “I’ve given youeverything — do you really care?Did you ever love me? You werenever there...”In a more light-hearted spirit,she delighted the full-house crowdwith favorite popular show-stoppers,from Judy Garland’s iconic“Trolley Song” to “I Could HaveDanced All Night”.The concert’s second half beganwith the soaring soprano lines of “Come to My Garden” from “TheSecret Garden." Vroman gave ahauntingly lovely performance,made even more poignant by theparticipation of a gifted youngsinger from Walnut Creek, theangel-voiced Griffin Silva.Another lyrical selection unfamiliarto listeners was a trueart-song written by contemporarycomposer Steve Marzullo, whoset William Butler Yeats’ poem“When you are old...” to an exquisitelybeautiful melodic line.Switching gears once more, shewas all sweet girlish innocencesinging “Say a Little Prayer ForMe Tonight” from “Gigi," confidingthat, like most females, she’dhad a terrific crush on dapper malestar Louis Jourdan.An unexpectedly sarcastic tributeto a famous female “domesticgoddess” had the ladies laughingout loud at “You Wear Me Out,Martha." (Yes, the men were snickeringtoo.)Then it was anecdote time, withreminiscences about unnervingperformance mishaps, from theslowly-unraveling gown in “Phantom”to the tenor who literallydisappeared in the midst of a bigromantic duet. To help illustrateher predicament, she asked for anaudience volunteer. To everyone’ssurprise, Alex Murphy of WalnutCreek, recently graduated from thePacific Conservatory of the PerformingArts, gave a completelyimpromptu professional turn, andwas warmly applauded for hisvoice and his stage presence.Another familiar show-tune,“My Favorite Things” sparkledwith such punchy personal rewritesas “Standing ovations that go onforever, Cashing a check from SirAndrew Lloyd Webber," as theaudience roared.A medley of classic Rogersand Hammerstein songs from“Oklahoma," her encore gift to theaudience, was sung with a joy andsincerity that made them soundnew again. Vroman is truly a classact and consummate entertainer,connecting with her audience in avery personal way. What a pleasureto have her performing right herein the Valley!A continuing year of Firehouseevents promises many morememorable artists. For information,call 925-931-4848 or visitwww.firehousearts.org.Gift Sale to Feature Fair Trade ItemsA fair trade gift sale will be held this Sun., Oct. 16 at St. MichaelChurch in Livermore.The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is locatedat 358 Maple Street.Fairly traded craft items suitable for Christmas gifts or any occasionwill be offered. Prices range from $5 to $20. Please bring a checkbookor cash. Gift items include baskets, scarves, Nativities, tree ornaments,soaps, candles, puzzle boxes, toys, musical instruments, children'sbooks and figurines.The items come from around the world including the U.S., Bangladesh,India, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Vietnam and other countries. Theitems are sold at cost to help the artisans and to raise public awarenessregarding fair trade.Fair trade means that the artisans receive a living wage and thatcharitable organizations are on the ground assisting them, their families,and communities to work themselves up and out of poverty.For more information, clock on fair trade gift sale athttp://stm-scm.blogspot.com. For information on fair trade in generalgo to www.crsfairtrade.org.