'The Hobbit' comes to the Liberty stage
BRENTWOOD -- The Liberty High School Playmakers will present a theatrical version of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic story "The Hobbit" at the Liberty High School Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center, 850 Second St., Brentwood.
The story follows the quest of Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who goes on a journey with 13 dwarves and the wizard Gandalf. Together they set off to defeat the evil dragon Smaug in the prequel to the Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
An interesting twist in the production will include the use of masks and large puppets to bring a new type of theater experience to the community.
Performances are 7 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 6 and 7. Matinee performances are 2 p.m. Sept. 1 and 8. General admission is $9.50 and $7.50 for youth, college students and seniors. All tickets are $5.50 on Sept. 9. Tickets are available at http://libertyunion.schoolwires.net/playmakers or at the door. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-634-3521, ext. 5489, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Stompy Jones R&B band to perform Saturday
ANTIOCH -- Stompy Jones showcases vintage jump-style rhythm and blues at a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
Stompy Jones is a San Francisco-based sextet, renowned for its jumpin' rhythm, wailing improvisations, hip charm and explosive stage show.
Also on stage are John & Charissa Ratto and friends performing Swing and Jitterbug for your entertainment.
Get your tickets early for this sellout show.
Adults are $22; seniors (62 and over) $20; children (under 18) $15. For information and tickets, call 925-757-9500, or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Calendar, art exhibit submissions are sought
ANTIOCH -- The Delta Science Center is looking for art submissions for a 2013 calendar.
The nonprofit is looking for photos for the annual Sacramento-San Joaquin Educational Resource calendar and to submit to the upcoming Delta Art Show at Lynn House Gallery. Each year the Delta Science Center creates a calendar that is donated to local schools with information that will help students understand the importance of the Delta's ecology to the state of California. This year the nonprofit is also co-hosting an art exhibit in conjunction with the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society at the downtown Antioch gallery Sept. 8-29. Artwork must be submitted by Sept. 4.
The theme of the art exhibit is nature.
An artists' reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. The reception and exhibit are free to the public.
For more information, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call 925-325-9897.
For Delta Science Center photo submissions, contact Roni Gehlke at email@example.com.
Local writers invited to take part in anthology
BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood, Brentwood Writes and Brentwood Poet Laureate Kati Short invite all local writers to submit poetry, short story or nonfiction for an anthology to be published by the city of Brentwood.
Any subject is welcome as long as it is not insulting or abusive. All writers in Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen and Bethel Island, or writers who are regular participants at Brentwood Writes Open Mic, are welcome. High school students are encouraged to contribute. Submissions will be accepted through Sept. 28.
For more information, a waiver form and template, email Kati Short at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delta Blues Festival offers music, art, food
ANTIOCH -- The 14th annual Delta Blues Festival is set for noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in downtown Antioch between Second and I streets.
The alcohol-free event will feature music, art, crafts and food vendors. The musical lineup includes the Kenny Neal Band, Gino Matteo, Mo Fo Party Band, BigCat Tolfree, Marshall Law Band and Sam-ONE.
Admission and parking are free, but bring along lawn chairs. No pets are allowed. For more information, go to deltabluesfestival.net or call 925-698-8024.
Stage Right troupe presents 'Gypsy'
ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre Inc. presents "Gypsy" this weekend at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.
This award-winning Broadway musical about an aggressive stage mother is directed by Bryan Anthony and choreographed by Stacey Dempsey. Join Rose, June and Louise on their trip across the United States during the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying out and burlesque was born.
Music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim include "Let Me Entertain You," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Together Wherever We Go, and "Roses Turn."
Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children 10 and younger. Seniors pay only $5 on both Sunday matinees. Limited seating available. For more information, call 925-216-4613 or visit www.srctgrp.org.
Auditions set for 'Jack and the Magic Beans'
ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children's Theatre will hold auditions for "Jack and the Magic Beans" 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St., Antioch.
Frank Ballesteros directs this popular children's classic. Auditions are open to actors ages 7 and older.
Rehearsals will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Soccer players wishing to audition will be accommodated with flexible rehearsal hours.
Performances will be Sept. 28, 29, 30 and Oct. 5, 6 and 7. If cast, there is a $75 participation fee.
For more information, call 925-234-1465.
'Night of the Living Dead' auditions
ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children's Theatre will hold auditions for "Night of the Living Dead" 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St., Antioch.
Frank Ballesteros directs this popular ghoulish tale. Auditions are open to actors ages 12 and older. Everyone will have a speaking role.
Rehearsals will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Performances will be Oct. 19, 20, 21, 29, 30 and 31. If cast, there is a $50 participation fee. For more information, call 925-234-1465.
Tuck & Roll to perform at final free concert
ANTIOCH -- The free concert series finale will feature 1950s and 1960s rock group Tuck & Roll from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Waldie Plaza on Second and I streets.
For more information, visit www.Art4Antioch.org or call 925-325-9897.
PACO presents annual Summer Art Exhibit
PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Arts Collaborative opens the annual Summer Art Exhibit Saturday at the Impulse Gallery, 329 Railroad Ave.,
The opening artists' reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. and features cash awards, live music, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.
Cal Pine Corporation and the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation have joined Pacific Community Services Inc. in its ongoing support of for PACO's regional community arts projects.
Ballerina Dance Academy opens
BRENTWOOD -- Angelina Ballerina, the "little star with big dreams," will soon be sharing her love of dance with children in East County. East County Performing Arts Center is now an official Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy, and joins a growing network of more than 110 studios across North America that offer weekly classes based on the beloved dancing mouseling, star of the Angelina Ballerina book series and animated television program.
The 34-week program is inspired by the CG-animated series airing on PBS KIDS and "Sprout, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps," and it will focus on one storybook per month.
Targeted at children ages 3 to 6 years old, the program teaches beginner ballet at two levels.
For information about the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy program at East County Performing Arts Center, call Nina Koch at 925-240-5556.