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.
Piano Duo music and wine recital
BRENTWOOD -- Piano Duo Polyhymnia will present a music and wine recital Sept. 16 at the Thompson Music Studio at 2628 Saint Andrews Drive.
Doors open at 3:30 p.m. with music at 4 p.m.
The event features music by Mozart, Chopin and Debussy. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $15. For reservations, call 925-513-7156 or email email@example.com.
ARTwalk at Brentwood Farmers Market
BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Arts Society hosts ARTwalk, an interactive public gallery, on Sept. 15 at the Brentwood Farmers Market, Oak and First streets.
The event features art on display and art for sale. Admission is free. jack-BASfirstname.lastname@example.org
Tribute to Patsy Cline at Summerset Orchards
BRENTWOOD -- Summerset
Along with the backup band, the show will feature the additional bonus of pedal steel guitar hall-of-famer Bobby Black, who has been featured with many top country groups.
The performance is at Summerset Orchards Lodge, 770 Centennial Place, with doors open at 2 p.m. Beverages will be available for purchase. Seating is at 2:30 p.m. and the music begins at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Lodge or at the door. Admission is $15. For tickets, call 925-513-2640.
Auditions set for "Frankenstein: The Monster Play"
ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre will hold auditions for "Frankenstein: The Monster Play" on Monday and Tuesday, at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.
Based on the novel by Mary Shelley, this drama will be directed by Bryan Anthony. Auditions are open to actors ages 10-18. Rehearsals will be 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Performances are Oct. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. If cast, there is a $75 participation fee. To receive your audition time, register at www.srctgrp.org.
For more audition and show information, call 925-216-4613.
Brentwood Writes to host poetry open mic
BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Writes will bring all forms of the written word at Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Gallery on Second.
All short work -- poetry, short story, nonfiction, or any other creative work -- is welcome. Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform. The group encourages participants to bring work on any subject, their own or that of another writer, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive. Everyone is invited whether performing or listening and enjoying.
This event is free and open to the public. Brentwood Writes is an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Community Library. Kati Short, poet laureate, is the host.
The Gallery on Second is directly across from the city hall fountain. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 925-634-6655.
Brentwood Teen Theater presents 'Footloose'
BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Teen Theater presents "Footloose" based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon.
Performances are 7 p.m. Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 7 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Edna Hill Theater, 160 Birch St.
General admission is $12 and students are $10. For tickets go to www.BrentwoodTeenTheater.com, or call 925-516-9009
Eagles tribute band concert at El Campanil
ANTIOCH -- Hotel California will present a salute to The Eagles at 8 p.m. Friday at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
By blending its vocal and musical talents, Hotel California reproduces the sound of the Eagles' studio albums while delivering a modern, action-packed performance. Adults $ 27; seniors (62 and over) $ 24; children (17 and under) $15. Call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com. For information about Hotel California, go to http://hotelcal.com.
'Beauty and the Beast' set for Sept. 14
ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Children's Theatre presents "Beauty and the Beast" 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 2 p.m. Sept. 16, 602 W. Second St.
The Beast meets Beauty. Her love restores Beast to his true form and happiness reigns. It's an age-old story revealed in beautiful set and costumes, including music, humorous action, laughter and dance.
Sharon Redman directs this children's classic story with a cast of youths ages 7 to 16.
Adults $ 12; seniors (62 and older) $ 10; children 17 and younger $8. For tickets and information, call 925-757-9500, or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Carpenters tribute concert in Antioch
ANTIOCH -- Close to You presents a live tribute to the Carpenters 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the El Campanil Theatre at 602 W. Second St.
The popular singing duo of the 1970s and early 80s focused on mid-tempo pop and ballads with Karen Carpenter's unique and expressive alto voice on lead vocals.
Michelle Whited performs a stunning presentation by reproducing Karen's unique voice along with Don Stamey on piano. The entire band consists of skilled musicians, assisted by prerecorded background harmonies to attain the exclusive sound of the Carpenters.
'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. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. 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.
Calendar, art exhibit submissions are sought
ANTIOCH -- The Delta Science Center is also co-hosting an art exhibit in conjunction with the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society at the downtown Antioch Lynn House gallery Sept. 8-29.
The theme of the art exhibit is nature.
An artists' reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The reception and exhibit are free to the public.
For more information, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call 925-325-9897.
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 email@example.com.
'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.
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.