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Jeni Hankins and Craig Eastman Sunday October 23rd, 2016 6:30 PM

Famous World Touring Musician Jeni Hankins along with the multi-talented Craig Eastman will be playing in Concert on Sunday, October 23rd at 6:30 PM

For those of you who know them, get reservations early, For those who don’t know them – Keep reading. Limited Seating – Reserve Early (805) 466-4653

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Original Appalachian Song, Story, and Dance Duet –

Folk Music at its best

Folk Music at its best

Picture a grandmother who could cure thrush in babies by breathing into their mouths; a cousin who was struck twice by lightning and survived; a grandfather who was shot down on the road to his home; an aunt who left the life of a miner’s wife to become a movie star; and a grandmother who spoke to a mysterious man named Charlie through a plastic banana.

These are some of the ancestors of Jeni Hankins of the Appalachian Folk duo Jeni & Billy whose new CD, “Heart of the Mountain: 200 Years of an Appalachian Family,” chronicles the triumphs and defeats of the Smith’s across nine generations in the coalfields. Jeni Hankins has been called her family’s “kinkeeper” because she and Billy have spent the last ten years collecting Smith family stories, transforming them into songs, and sharing them across the world.

ARRIVE as early as 5:45PM on Sunday the 23rd.

SHOWTIME is 6:30PM with one intermission.

WEAR clothes that bespeak the time of year (who knows but bring a sweater)

BRING: Wine if you like, we’ll have Coffee, Sweets and Water

PARKING PROTOCOL FROM 5:45 TO 6:20 Park at the ballfield in Traffic Way and we’ll pick you up.

SUNDAY, evening October 23rd

The Carlin Brickyard

$20 donation and bring cash, check or MC for the goodies at the table: CDS Home Crafts, Pillows

After hearing Jeni & Billy’s newest songs, Kristi Higgins of the Village Reporter described the experience of going to a Jeni & Billy concert as “listening to a photograph album.” That album is full of gingerbread, birthdays, funeral processions, callused hands, dinner buckets, and crisp white shirts hung out on the line.

Jeni Hankins grew up in the birthplace of country music just a county over from the Carter Family and just across the Kentucky border from Jean Ritchie and Loretta Lynn. With a voice often compared to Hazel Dickens and a poetic wit often compared to Flannery O’Connor, Jeni brings authentic Southern Appalachian grace and grit to their music. As Rob Weir wrote in Sing Out, “Jeni has that born in the bone twang.”

Rob Weir continues, “Jeni Hankins is a true heiress of the mountain crown. Call it good, Call it authentic, Call me anytime Jeni is singing and Billy is playing and singing with her.”

Jeni Hankins in Concert

For Tonight’s concert Jeni Hankins will be joined by their longtime collaborator and great friend, Craig Eastman. Craig is a champion fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, and superb storyteller. They recorded the title track of the new album at Craig’s LA studio. Craig also contributed sounds to many of the other new songs.

This is a rare opportunity to see these two play these new songs and many others.

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More about Jeni Hankins

More about Craig Eastman

The Unexpected Decision

March 2014 – Dear Brickyarders
Charley and I would like to let you know that we are closing the chapter on The Brickyard Theatre.
We have been thinking this over for a time and decided that we would move on in our lives to another chapter towards more time for family, greater family and friends.
What a wonderful run we had, yes?  Great memories, good work.
I, Anet, want to particularly thank my family, Charley and Ben, for their forbearance of all things theatre.  They enjoyed the process and the audience but had to endure a lot.
Thank you all for your art put into communal work towards the outcome named Brickyard Theatre.
We raised close to $90,000.  We thrilled many people. We’ll raise a glass one day together.
Love, Anet and Charley and Ben

The Unexpected Man

After a year hiatus, the critically acclaimed Brickyard Theater in Atascadero will be bringing Yasmina Reza’s The Unexpected Man to the stage in September.
On a train traveling from Paris to Frankfurt, two strangers, a man and woman,  share a compartment. He – a famous writer known for being Continue reading

Artist – Dennis Dillow

Walt Whitman By Dennis Dillow

Walt Whitman by Dennis Dillow

Dennis Dillow hails from Cairo, Illinois. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University (B.A. English) and is the author of numerous short stories. He later moved to Seattle to attend the Burnley School of Professional Art.  After graduating and spending two years as a silk-screener at the Boyd Sign Company, he moved to Cambria, California to apprentice under master Sid Francis as a lithographer at BlueBerry Press. For the next fifteen years Dennis worked with some of the top artists in America including Dennis Curry, Ann Laddon, John Ramos, Dan Smith, Al Agnew, Rick Kelley and Brian Jarvi, helping produce exquisite limited edition original Mylar lithographs. He has been drawing professionally for nearly forty years, concentrating mostly on brochure illustration and pencil portraiture.  He has illustrated two local books, Our Cambria by Art and Irina Wilson and The Magic Moonstone which he co-wrote with John Caisley. He currently lives in Adelaida west of Paso Robles, California with his wife, Christina, and together they own Fig Good Food in Atascadero.

Artists – Julie & Melinda

Artist - Julie Forbes

Artist – Julie Forbes

Julie Forbes and Melinda Frankel

have collaborated for over 15 years. Sparking each other’s creativity, they love the challenge of organizing group exhibits that focus on a wide variety of topics, from social justice to contemporary fashion to trash and environmental issues. They are adept at using recycled materials in a variety of mediums. They are the originators and curators of ‘The Peace Library’ an ongoing project featuring Artists’ Books. “Up In Arms – A Creative Response to Gun Violence” was their most recent group project, featuring 100 original posters. The duo’s work has been seen in galleries and libraries though out the county and they have taught many workshops together.

Artist - Julie Forbes

Artist – Julie Forbes

Content is the key to inspiration for Melinda and Julie. Yasmina Reza’s “The Unexpected Man” is an intimate drama, where internal tensions are revealed through soliloquies. The artists used the actual script as background, creating a series of folios reflecting the interior monologues of the “The Man” and “The Woman.” A combination of contemporary stenciling, collage, and digital output keeps the works spontaneous.  In addition, paintings from the “Chairs of our Lives” series suggest stories of middle age using furniture as the symbolic characters. A collection of Artists’ Books will also be available for examination, turning the temporary gallery of The Brickyard Theater into an installation of unexpected ideas.

Art Show Opens August 18th

The Circle of Friends Gallery and Brickyard Theatre Present a new art show, A Temporary Gallery of Ideas, Sunday afternoon, August 18th from 4PM to 7PM.


Artist Julie forbes

Circle of Friends Gallery opens a new art show, A Temporary Gallery of Ideas on Sunday afternoon, August 18th from 4PM to 7PM.  Featured artists in the show are Julie Forbes, Melinda Frankel, and Dennis Dillow.

The Circle of Friends Gallery has been exhibiting once a year for 8 years in conjunction with The Brickyard Theatre’s performances. This year the Brickyard is offering The Unexpected Man, by Yasmina Reza, playing September 6 – 22.  The art show will be available throughout the run of the play.

Walt Whitman By Dennis Dillow

Walt Whitman by Dennis Dillow

Since the play reflects layers and layers that build up to reveal its two characters, Julie Forbes and Melinda Frankel were invited to do collaged images.  Since the play is a dual portrait of the two characters, Dennis Dillow was invited to exhibit his finely detailed portraits.  This is a very exciting show that also includes other works from these fine artists.