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News - January 3, 2014

News digest

Grammy nominees in town

The Special Consensus, a bluegrass quartet whose 2012 album "Scratch Gravel Road" received a Grammy nomination, will perform at the Firehouse Arts Center on Jan. 11.

Led by banjo player Greg Cahill, the acoustic band is known for its original songs, bluegrass adaptations of hits from other genres and high-energy live shows.

The concert will start at 8 p.m. at the arts center, 4444 Railroad Ave. The California bluegrass duo of Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman will open the show.

To purchase tickets or learn more, visit the Firehouse box office, call 931-4848 or go to

77th Oratorical Contest

Pleasanton American Legion Post 237 will host its Oratorical Contest Jan. 25 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St.

The local contest -- which offers cash prizes to top finishers, entry into the regional contest for the winner and the potential to compete at state and national levels -- is open to high school students younger than 20.

The competition consists of a prepared speech of eight to 10 minutes on any aspect of the U.S. Constitution and a spontaneous discourse of three to five minutes on the First, Fourth, 13th or 21st amendment.

The entry deadline is Jan. 17. For more information, visit or contact Post 237 oratorical chair Norman Houghton at 846-8725 or

'The Drowsy Chaperone'

The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre will present its rendition of the Tony Award-winning musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" from Jan. 18 to Feb. 1 in Livermore.

The show-within-a-show centers on a modern-day musical fan known as "Man in Chair," playing a recording of his favorite show -- a fictional 1928 comedy called "The Drowsy Chaperone."

The TVRT performances are set for Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. between Jan. 18 and Feb. 1 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.

For tickets and other information, visit the theater box office, call 373-6800 or go to


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