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The Firehouse Arts Center

A close up of a white theater mask

Hidden among the serene streets of Pleasanton, near some of the finest Bay Area apartments, there lies a bastion of art, music, and entertainment. It isn’t too big, it isn’t too small, and the people who grace its doors tend to leave feeling better for the experience.

The venue in question is the Firehouse Arts Center, of course. Far better than top ten or top five, this locus of culture is widely considered the number one spot in Pleasanton for both the performing and other arts. What has earned it this sterling reputation? Today, we’re going to take a look behind the Arts Center’s unmitigated success.

What Is the Firehouse Arts Center All About?

As you might have already surmised, the Firehouse Arts Center is a multi-use building, dedicated to the celebration of the arts. It consists of several facilities:

“The center is comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the 2000 square foot Harrington Gallery, classrooms and rehearsal space, the grand atrium lobby, and the famous interior glass bridge.”

The theater is the epicenter for the Arts Center’s varied performances. You can catch a variety of entertainers, including masters of the microphone and stage, when you come through for a show.

You need only look to a few recent events to gauge the caliber of the events here. Case in point would be the January production of Noises Off, which brought a dose of theatrical comedy to audiences in rather unique fashion, and the April presentation of Rock of Ages one of the most notable rock-themed musicals of the generation.

Shows such as these rarely fail to excite, and you can always check the event listing and event calendar to learn more about which performances are coming up soon. A few notable mentions you’ll want to keep on your radar include:

Ellis Rodriguez: The 2017 SF Comedy Competition Champion will be performing at the Firehouse Arts Center on Saturday, July 21st at 8:00PM

Bring it On: The musical adaptation of the popular teen drama will be performed by members of the City of Pleasanton Summer Drama Camps. The young actors will be showing off what they’ve learned on July 26th and 27th, and will no doubt be putting on an excellent show.

Harvey Mandel: Bringing a bit of musical flair to the Arts Center will be guitar master Harvey Mandel. Nicknamed “The Snake,” this master of the six-string has a career spanning decades, along with more than a dozen records and some well-known performance partners under his belt. Be sure to make it to the Firehouse on August 25th to see this show.

The list goes on, but the gist of it is that the Firehouse is a great place for performances of all kinds. What’s more, those stunning shows are only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. The Firehouse Arts Center also includes a literal arts center, in the form of it exhibit space, Harrington Gallery. The space is known for it’s eclectic mix of work, and features “seven group exhibitions per year, highlighting works by both established and emerging local and regional artists working in a variety of styles, genres, and themes.”

The current gallery exhibit, titled Dogshow, is showing off inventive portraits featuring “man’s best friend.” These varied takes on the most noble of four-legged beasts feautres work from “notable dog-friendly artists” from across the Bay Area, including Kaethe Bealer, Marina Berlin, Susan Else, Kathleen Hill, Mila Kirillova, William Rushton, and Kerri Warner.

Coming up on the gallery exhibit list is Underpinnings, a celebration of works that “explore and express the skeletal structure of shops, bridges, and art itself.” The Firehouse is known for bringing thoughtful displays of artistry to their gallery on a regular basis, so make sure to stay up to date on what’s in store by keeping an eye on their website. You can also check out many of the fine gallery programs, designed to get everyone who’s interested exposed to the arts.

And those aren’t the only programs the Firehouse offers. There are classes for literature, drama, music, and much more. Almost any creative desire can be explored at the Arts Center, and it’s a much appreciated way in which they give back to the community.

So, to answer our initial query, why the Firehouse Arts Center has such a great reputation around town, the answer lies in how much they do to enrich the community. Providing an outlet for everyone to enjoy the arts is an important good for everyone in Pleasanton.

If you’re at all interested in helping the Arts Center in their mission, you should look into becoming a volunteer. They’re always looking for assistance with the Theater and Gallery activities. If you’ve got a taste for either, you can lend a hand as a performance gallery monitor, usher, will call attendant, gallery attendant, art reception host, or special events volunteer. It will go a long way in furthering the goals of the Firehouse Arts Center, and a great way to build a deeper connection with the community.

The Firehouse says their goal is to "ignite passion among the arts." In this regard, they are certainly a success, and a great value to everyone who calls Pleasanton home. To learn more, be sure to check out the Firehouse Arts Center website, where you can find details about their shows, programs, volunteering, and donating to help the Center continue serving the community.

All Part of the Experience at the Bay Area Apartments

It might all seem a bit too good to be true, but when you’re living among fine places like Vintage, the neighborhood is filled with amazing things for you to do and see. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping, exploring, and having fun throughout the area. The Firehouse Arts Center is but one of many gems that Pleasanton holds, and you can check them all out as a member of this incredible community. Be sure to check out all that Vintage has to offer, and make it your choice for the premiere Pleasanton experience.