The Gallery On Second opens new exhibit

BRENTWOOD -- The Gallery On Second in downtown Brentwood will open a new art show and sale, Happy Holidays. The exhibit showcases the fine art of Anna Birta, Bethi Carver, Sherry Cummings, Jenny Floravita, George Garbarino, Linda Garbarino, Lon Givens, Rosalinda Grejsen, Betsy Johnston, Brian Keith, Colleen Menges, Richert, Nancy Roberts, Danny Senn, Lisa Senn, Ken Tomlin, Tom State, Jennifer Lynn Tam, Beverly C. Turner, Mary E. Vargas, and Cindy Williamson.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday with a reception to meet the artists at 2 p.m. on Thursday at 741 Second St.

Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays

Admission is free. For information, call 925-516-2741, or email Galleryonsecond@sbcglobal.net.

Mariachi Divas to play at El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- The ever-popular Mariachi Divas will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The Southern California group is a unique multicultural, all-female ensemble. Winners of the 2009 Grammy award for best regional Mexican album of the year, they often can be found strolling the streets as official mariachis of Disney's California Adventure.

Adults: $27; seniors (62 and over) $24; children (under 18) $15.

For tickets and information, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Freedom High School Jazz Band

OAKLEY -- The Freedom High School Jazz Band and The Band Boosters present a concert 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Freedom High School multipurpose room, 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley. The show features the Jazz Band with Mic Gillette, formerly of Tower of Power, and a few of his friends

General admission is $10 and $12 at the door. Children are $5. (free for children under 4).

For tickets and information call 925-625-5900.

International film series to show 'Three Quarter Noon'

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Three Quarter Noon" playing at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 25, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The world of grumpy taxi-driver Hartmut Mackowiak comes crashing down when he finds out his wife is leaving him after 30 years. Suddenly, he has to rethink his whole life -- making him even more of a cranky loner. That is, until the day he gets 6-year-old Hayat and her mother as a fare in his taxi. While her mother has to go back to Istanbul for a few weeks, Hayat is supposed to stay in Germany with her grandma. But then Hayat's grandma falls into a coma. Although Hartmut initially doesn't want to have anything to do with the precocious little Turkish girl, he gradually succumbs to Hayat's stubborn charm and decides to help her. Little does he suspect it may also be a case of the little girl helping the big grouch to learn to enjoy life again.

The German film has English subtitles.

The film is part of a collaborative effort with the International Film Showcase, which has a successful foreign film series in Orinda.

General admission is $8, seniors (62 and older) and children are $7.

For tickets, call 925-757-9500 or reserve them online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

LUHSD Education Foundation holiday tours

BRENTWOOD -- Embrace the spirit of the season in the heart of far East County where you will tour festively decorated homes and businesses for the holidays noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 1.

The tour is presented by the Liberty Union High School District Education Foundation with proceeds benefiting the foundation. Admission is $35 in advance and $40 at the door (incudes a glass of wine). Tickets can be purchased at www.educationwins.org or at Hannah Nicole Vineyards, 6700 Balfour Road, Brentwood. For information, call 925-634-2166, or go to www.educationwins.org.

PHS Band benefit concert set for Sunday

PITTSBURG -- Foreverland Band, a 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band will headline a benefit concert for the Pittsburg High School Marching Show Band on Sunday, at the Pittsburg High School Creative Arts Building, 250 School St.

The show opens at 6:30 p.m. with Da Island Way, a local Polynesian music and dance group from Concord, followed by Foreverland at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Railroad Cleaners, 2195 Railroad Ave. or Railroad Book Depot, 650 Railroad Ave., both in Pittsburg. Proceeds benefit the band's trips to Arizona for the 2013 Fiesta Bowl Parade and Field Show Competition, and the 2014 New Year's Parade in London, England.

'Restless Hearts' film at El Campanil Theatre

ANTIOCH -- Holy Angels Books presents "Restless Heart" at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the El Campani Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Filmed in Europe, "Restless Heart" is the first full-length feature movie on St. Augustine. Born in North Africa, Augustine studied in Carthage, becoming an accomplished but dissolute orator. After converting to Manichaeism, a guilt-free religion, he was called to the imperial court in Milan to serve as an opponent to the Christian Bishop Ambrose. But when the Empress Justina sent imperial guards to clear out a basilica where Augustine's mother, Monica, was worshiping, her constant prayers and the witness of Ambrose won him over to Christianity. General admission is $10.

For information, call 925-757-9500, or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

The 'Little Mermaid' sets sail with encore show

BRENTWOOD -- Edna Hill Middle School presents an encore performance of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Edna Hill Theater, 140 Birch St.

Reserved seating is $5. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. For tickets and information, call the school at 925-513-6440, or email bschneider@brentwood.k12.ca.us.

'One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest' at LMC

PITTSBURG -- Los Medanos College Drama Department presents "One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest."

Written by Ken Kesey, this adaptation for the stage by Dale Wasserman, is directed by Barbara Norris.

Boisterously funny, poignant and ultimately devastating, the play is an unforgettable exploration of sanity and power creating a riveting dynamic between R.P. McMurphy, a new patient on the ward, and the ward's head nurse, Miss Ratched.

Performances will be 11 a.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday at Los Medanos College Theatre, 2700 E. Leland Road.

General admission is $10 and $7 for students. Nov. 14 matinee is $5 for everyone.

For tickets and information, call 925-439-2181, ext. 805, or go www.losmedanosedu/drama/productions.asp.

Denver tribute show Saturday at El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Theatre will present "Jim Curry -- The Music of John Denver" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the theater at 602 W. Second St.

Tribute artist Jim Curry, who's voice was heard in the CBS TV movie "Take Me Home: The John Denver Story," has performed Denver's music in sold-out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multiplatinum hits.

Tickets are $15 for youths, $24 for seniors, $27 for general admission. For information, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.