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Cows vs. Casinos, and Citizen Committees FTW!
El Cerrito’s under-the-radar reputation belies a rough and lawless history. From Ranchero to cattle path, from “City of Sins” to “the City of Homes,” home of “Big Bill” Pechart and the origin of child care centers, this scrappy, little part of the Bay holds hidden delights, as illuminated by performers who call this area home.
Saturdays and Sundays
May 15 – 30 only
Start times available between 2 and 3:45
The show runs approximately 2 hours and is family-friendly.
Cascada de Flores
Featuring Arwen Lawrence’s ravishing voice and guitarist Jorge Liceaga’s supple accompaniment, Cascada de Flores brings a personal perspective to the Latin American songbook, adapting tradition into musical storytelling.
Akaina (they/them) is a Bay Area theater artist who is passionate about reconstructing historically significant narratives through a gender expansive lens and generating new works that center queer voices and perspectives.
Anne Yumi Kobori
Anne Yumi Kobori is a Japanese-American playwright with a passion for intersectional theatre and a nostalgia complex for the Jazz Age.
Her “The Disappearance of Betty La Rose”
was commissioned by NS and written for Akaina Ghosh.
Alicia Mary Retes
Alicia M. Retes, an engaging performer, weaves original songs into interactive and intriguing Native stories that uplift listeners of all ages. Shape-Shifters and Mischief-Makers of all sorts are eager to emerge for delightful magical moments.
—Lauren Snell, Mill Valley Library and Jessica Ryan, San Anselmo Library
El Cerrito Fun FAQs & Easter Eggs
Like much of the East Bay, what we now call El Cerrito is the unceded ancestral homeland of the Huichun Ohlone (Lisjan) people, now organized under the Muwekma Tribe. Learn more at the Muwekma website or pay land tax to help the Lisjan communities regain their land. As the Muwekma say, “Akkoy Mak-Warep, Manne Mak Hiswe! Welcome to our land where we are born!”
Get lots of cool info—geographical, architectural, fascinating, and scandalous, even a quiz—at the El Cerrito Historical Society website.
Who says the old days were dull? Starting near the end of WWI, San Pablo in El Cerrito was a major hub for gambling.
El Cerrito Plaza used to be a notorious track for dog racing that also sometimes added ostrich races. See for yourself.
Music has always flourished here, and Down Home Music Store/Arhoolie Records has been a source for roots music since 1976.
Thank you to all our helpful El Cerrito Neighbors!
Aimee Lind (Getty Research Institute), Jesse “Chuy” Varela (KCSM) and Robert Weaver (Old West Gun Room) for research information;
Corey Mason (keCg/One World Radio) and Contra Costa Civic Theatre for help getting the word out;
Down Home Music/Arhoolie Records for saying yes to the improv;
and everyone at the El Cerrito Historical Society, especially David Weinstein, whose kind words early in the process help us know we were on the right track.