Special guest appearance by Snoopy
WHO: The Town of Danville proudly presents Peanuts at Bat as it celebrates the grand opening of the Village Theatre Art Gallery.
WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m.
Monte Vista Beautyshop Double Quartet and San Ramon Valley Jazz Vocal Ensemble to perform during opening
WHERE: Village Theatre Art Gallery is located at 233 Front Street in Danville, CA 94526.
Gallery hours are 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
WHY: “The Town’s Village Theatre Art Gallery creates an exciting new destination where both the visual and performing arts can be enjoyed. When attending Role Players Ensemble, Danville Children’s Musical Theater or the Town’s youth workshop performances, you can now also view the lobby gallery exhibits before the show starts or during intermission,” states Marcia Somers, Assistant Town Manager.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: One of the most lackluster baseball teams known to the sport must surely be the one managed by Charlie Brown. His team is comprised of a motley group of uninspired ball players with a dog—Snoopy—as shortstop. Snoopy, as it turns out, is one of the more talented players on a team that can’t hit, pitch, or field. Every year for nearly fifty years during baseball season, Charles Schulz sent this hapless crew out to lose game after outlandish game.
The Peanuts Gang’s ill-fated baseball games were based, to a large extent, on Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz’s childhood experiences playing sandlot baseball. Baseball was Schulz’s favorite childhood sport, but he remembered losing a game once 40 to 0. This game, he said, gave him the idea for Charlie Brown’s string of losses. Schulz’s passion for the baseball continued into adulthood, he played pickup games as often as he could on baseball diamonds he had built at his home and near his studio. Schulz also followed major league baseball and was a keen admirer of Willie Mays and other talented professionals.
Peanuts at Bat showcases some of Schulz’s most memorable baseball-themed comic strips. Forty-three digital prints from the original Schulz drawings are on display, taking the visitor through five decades of the Peanuts Gang engaged in America’s pastime. Included in the exhibition are vintage Peanuts baseball memorabilia and ephemera: bobble head dolls, banners, and a board game. Also on display are a Louisville Slugger Joe Shlabotnik bat (Shlabnotnik is Charlie Brown’s favorite—underperforming—player, who’s never actually seen in the strip) and an over-sized Snoopy doll decked out in his favorite team uniform.
Peanuts at Bat is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California. It is sponsored locally by the Town of Danville Recreation Services Department.
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